M.O.D.

           
M.O.D.
Yes, the MOD: Model Off Duty.
A huge inspiration for, among others, Alexander Wang, the coolest designer in town right now. His it-girl so to say.
But Model Off Duty... what are we talking about?

It's interesting to see models when they're not on the runway or on a photoset. Why? Because they suddenly become real people! They suddenly don't have a full face of make-up on and they're not clothed by a stylist. It's even more interesting to see that, with a few exceptions, they all look the same in their daily life! There is this dresscode that they all oblige to. It consists of this: Leather jacket, skinny jeans, platform heels or motorcycle boots, long straight hair and a shabby t-shirt. Colors: black, white and grey. Labels: Rick Owens, James Perse and The Row. Very easy going and glamour-less. It's difficult to say who started this look. It's even more difficult to say who inpired who: did a designer put them up to this, or are the models inpiring the designers now?

The Metropolitan Museum of Art knows best. They are now showing The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion. The exhibition focuses on iconic models of the twentieth century and their influence on the fashion of their eras. It features haute couture and ready-to-wear masterpieces accompanied by fashion-images and video footage of the models that the pieces where inspired on. Marc Jacobs is a sponsor for the show and it's curated by Harold Koda and Kohle Yohannan. It runs until August the 9th. Is anyone going to New York? Let me know how it was!
xa.

Images: Alexander Wang and his ultimate MOD Erin Wasson. And Freja Beha Erichsen, a very well known model from Denmark, wearing MOD style.


M.O.D.


ACNE FALL/WINTER 2009

           
ACNE FALL/WINTER 2009

ACNE FALL/WINTER 2009


           



           
The Swedish brand Acne is booming! So far, they're best known for their jeans but they do so much more! Besides the denims, they have a full collection filled with all sorts of clothes plus shoes and accessories. I love their magazine Acne Paper. The pictures in there are amazing and the concept of the mag is refreshing: more art than pure fashion. Acne is much more than fashion alone. There's Acne Jeans and Acne Paper, but also Acne Film, Acne Doggs and Acne Creative. The name Acne stands for Ambition to Create Novel Expressions. And that is truely what they're capable of, in many ways and in many fields.

I will show you some pictures from their Fall/Winter 2009 lookbook. I don't like everything they've come up with (plastic see through pants...?) but there's great stuff there as well.

You know a (relatively) new brand is doing well when you see a famous person wearing their clothes in public. ChloŽ Sevigny wore an Acne dress to last weeks Bulgari 125th Anniversary in Rome. Since Sevigny is not only famous, but also somewhat of a style icon, this is a great thing for Acne!
xa.

Image below: Style.com



A TRUE WORD

           
A TRUE WORD
"Forget trendy designer labels. Jeans, a sweater or t-shirt worn under a jacket that seems welded to you. When it's just right, when you don't see the effort, it's irresistible."

Emmanuelle Alt
Chef Mode at Vogue Paris



S/S 2009 3

           
S/S 2009 3
Style Page Spring / Summer 2009 number 3.
Click to enlarge.

Enjoy!
xa.




THE SELBY 1

           
THE SELBY 1
www.theselby.com Photographs designers, models and artists in their homes. I'll show you some pictures of the appartment of Julia Restoin-Roitfeld and Alexander Wang's studio.

To me, this is true inspiration!
xa.

THE SELBY 1


THE SELBY 2

           
THE SELBY 2
Alex Wang

THE SELBY 2


CHANEL RESORT 2010

           
CHANEL RESORT 2010

CHANEL RESORT 2010


           
Need some fashion in your life? Then check out Chanel's Resort 2010 collection. For this in-between-collection Karl Lagerfeld went all out. He showed an amazing 78 new looks!

It all happened on a long boardwalk on the beach in Venice, just when the sun was setting. The light was beautiful, warm and mysterious. Models, in groups or solo, showed pirate-, Arabian nights-, and here and there moulin rouge-inspired items. Their hair in twenties short curls. Especially the shoes were amazing: ballerina flats, high heels, sandal flats, see through boots and some models even strutted down the catwalk barefoot! A huge variety.

It was nice to see Karl's pick of models: a lot of Dutch girls! Lara Stone, Gwen Loos, Iekeliene Stange, Kim Noorda and Queeny van der Zande all walked their walk.

I am not a huge Chanel fan in particular, but I really enjoyed this show. I thought is was very old school Chanel but at the same time experimental and fun.

xa.

Images: Style.com



ANOTHER PROJECT

           
ANOTHER PROJECT
Again, a fashion project has come my way.
Now the search is for these boots for this winter.
I adore them. They're by a Scandinavian designer, Carin Wester.
And ofcourse, very difficult to find in Holland...
I keep being reminded: must move abroad in name of personal style!
xa.

Image: Fashion Squad



H&M AUTUMN/WINTER 2009 1

           
H&M AUTUMN/WINTER 2009 1

H&M AUTUMN/WINTER 2009 1


H&M AUTUMN/WINTER 2009 2

           
H&M AUTUMN/WINTER 2009 2

H&M AUTUMN/WINTER 2009 2


H&M AUTUMN/WINTER 2009 3

           
H&M AUTUMN/WINTER 2009 3

H&M AUTUMN/WINTER 2009 3


THE BEST

           
THE BEST
My favourite fashion websites are:

www.style.com
www.jakandjil.com
www.thesartorialist.blogspot.com
www.garancedore.fr

Style.com is the best site ever. You can find everything you want to know about fashion right there. Every six months, I'm glued to my screen watching all the fashionshows. Outfit after outfit, video after video, review after review. Also on Style.com: party pics, fashion news throughout the year and updates from Vogue.

Tommy Ton is the creator of Jak & Jil the website. He takes pictures during the international fashionweeks, mostly of the fashion incrowd. On his website, I've seen some of the most inspiring images of Emmanuelle Alt, Kate Lanphear, Carine Roitfeld and models off duty. Check it out!

One of the first websites revolving around inspiring fashion images is The Sartorialist, by Scott Schuman (seen on the image with one of his models). Throughout the years he has become a bit of a celebrity himself, recognised by everybody in the fashion scene. People throw themselves on him to get their picture taken. The nice thing is: he takes his website a bit further than just girls in nice outfits. He focusses on the sartorial world in it's whole, men and women, young and old, all over the world.

A French fashion girl with a great eye for style and a talent for drawing. Garance Dorť lives in France, which is so much better than Holland when it comes to fashion, and this shows. On her website, she shows beautiful women in very stylish clothes. She also does (fashion)drawings. I'm less fond of those, but I must say they do look cute.

xa.

Image: The Sartorialist



NOT HOT

           
NOT HOT
I love fashion. I love men. The two of them together however, can be tricky. I appreciate it when a man takes care of himself. I even encourage my own boyfriend to take a scrub once in a while. I also like it when guys know a bit about fashion and have their own style. But a guy wearing espadrilles or gladiator sandals? Or a straight dude with a silk scarf?? You can call it metro, or just vain. I call it unsexy. And very uncool.
xa.
Images: www.pause.se/bloggar/hannaojohn

NOT HOT


UPDATE

           
UPDATE
An update:
I told you that I never really shop in Rotterdam. Today however my man went there for business and I, since I didn't have to work, jumped to the opportunity and went with him. I went to VANDIJK and loved it! It's a shop on the Van Oldebarneveltstraat owned by Wendela van Dijk. She sells brands like Stella McCartney, Martin Margiela, Humanoid and Current/Elliott. I bought this fantastic pair of pants by Monique van Heist, a Dutch designer that I have loved for years.

After this I also visited Van Dijks other shop that only sells Isabel Marant. I liked snooping around and fingering the nice items but I didn't want to have any of it.

What I really liked about both shops was this: the girls that work there are very sweet! Quite often this is not the case in shops with nice brands and expensive clothes.

Great day!
xa.

UPDATE


LOVE

           
LOVE
I can't help it.
I love the Olsens.
xa.

Image: www.olsensanonymous.blogspot.com



I AM NOT MY HAIR

           
I AM NOT MY HAIR
It has been done... my hair is gone! For the past year it has been very long, covering at least half of my back. And somehow, yesterday, it got cut... I know myself, I always do these things in a spur-of-the-moment. Sometimes this turns out good, sometimes well... not so good. In this case I'm not sure yet. I like it, it looks nice. Shorter hair always looks a bit more naughty than very long hair, I think. It is however also less sexy. And I miss my long locks to shake with a bit. For the record: it's not that short. It still covers my shoulders but still... it feels so naked!

I think I will just stick to this: I went from Balmain 2008 to Balmain 2009.

Images: www.style.com

I AM NOT MY HAIR


ARE YOU DECENT

           
ARE YOU DECENT
I grew up in a no bra household. My mother just never wore one. Why? Who knows. A seventies vibe? Maybe. A non bra loving father? Probably. Hectic schedule? For sure. Small breasts? Definitely. Thatís why my mom was so surprised when my big sis and me started wearing braís as soon as we could. She never encouraged this and yet we did it anyway. She loved it, thought it was cute, but didnít join in.

Lately, after years of wearing bra after bra, I find myself in a bra puzzle. I donít want the Ďpower braí anymore. The firmly shaped pre formed one that makes your breasts look super round. I also donít want the practical one, that gives of a very unsexy vibe. In factÖ like my mother, I donít want one! Period!

Now look at what has been going on in the world of fashion and style lately. Apparently, I am not the only one with issues of the bra on her mind. Women, especially young women, donít wear them anymore! Look at Kate Moss and Sienna Miller in their daily lives, and a lot of models and actresses showing their uncovered boobies on party pics on style.com! I like this. I think it looks kind of strong and natural. I like the idea that you are confident enough to say ĎThis is what they look like and I like emí. Letting them loose like that gives of a devil-may-care attitude. I am all for that! ButÖ in my daily life, Iím still a bit shy. When wearing a t-shirt with nothing underneath I feel vulnerable. Like people can see more of me than I want them to. Like Iím not fully dressed. Also I have very critical girlfriends. When they see me, or any of us, letting them hang loose, a snide comment is on its way. I think this is because they think not wearing a bra means showing of. Which is strange, because this is exactly what braís are made for! To make boobs look bigger and better aka showing of!

I think that for now, Iíll experiment in the privacy and safety of my own home and let the nipple showing to the professionals.
Let me know what you think!
xa.

Image above: Garance Dorť

ARE YOU DECENT


DUTCH SHOPPING

           
DUTCH SHOPPING
My favourite stores (in Holland this time):

Amsterdam:
SPRMRKT
Rika Boutique
American Apparel
Skins Cosmetics

The Hague:
Donna Tienda
COS

Utrecht:
Zolamanola
Sool Fashion

Rotterdam:
I never really shop in Rotterdam but I know there is a store there that sells ONLY ISABEL MARANT! To die for! Must visit soon!

xa.



GRAB IT

           
GRAB IT
In the May issue of British Vogue I read an article by Harriet Quick about the new way of wearing your handbag. Yes, you WEAR your handbag, you donít carry it anymore. This means: you ignore the handles and just grab your bag or purse by the balls, like itís a cheap bag of nacho chips. This, I think, looks a lot more nonchalant and grunge. Like you donít give a damn about your bag while in fact, you would slap a person coming to close to it right in the face.

One side of me thinks: why am I even thinking about this, let alone writing about it! Weíre talking about handbags and how to carry themÖ My God! But the other side of me is intrigued. I indeed spotted the trend in magazines and the internet (shows on style.com). However, I havenít seen it on the streets yet. I do think a little shift might be happening: women don't worship their bags anymore. The IT bag is over. Letís wait and see what happens.

xa.

GRAB IT


ERIN WASSON

           
ERIN WASSON
Just a little pic for inspiration today.
I like her style!
xa.



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