THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE

           


A very exciting thing is about to happen... A sneak peak in the life of Anna Wintour, editor in chief of Vogue US, has been made! The woman that never smiles, the woman that never seems to speak, the woman that can make or break the career of an upcoming fashion designer. She turns out to be a real person! She turns out to have a private life! She turns out to LAUGH OUT LOUD!!

R.J. Cutler, director and producer, has made a documentary about this fashion icon of our time. The short film, called The September Issue, was premiered at the Sundance Film Festival of 2009. Here, it won the Grand Jury Prize for Excellence in Cinematography. In the documentary, Anna herself is followed in her professional and personal life. We get to see her at her Vogue office, at designers studios and in her own house with, among others, her daughter.

Anna Wintour is known for her rock hard image as a cold business woman and a terrible person to be working for. There was even a book (and a movie) based on her: The Devil wears Prada. Is she really as terrible a person as everyone suggests? See for yourself. The horrible thing is though: I don't know where to get or see the film yet! I am going to find out where the thing can be downloaded or bought, and get back to you ASAP.

Keep you posted!
xa.

Ps. Check out the trailer and laugh your ass off when Candy Pratts Price, executive fashion director of Style.com, says: "September is the jaaanuary in fashion".



THIS IS IT

           
THIS IS IT
This is it, this is what fashion is all about. Simplicity, good silhouettes and attention to detail. It doens't have to be complicated. The proof is in the pictures.
xa.

Images: Garance Doré and Jak & Jil.

THIS IS IT


EAU MEGA

           
EAU MEGA
Viktor & Rolf are launching a new perfume... It's called Eau Mega. Haven't smelled it yet!
Exciting!
xa.



JUST GREAT

           
JUST GREAT
This is just a great look.
Allison Mosshart always nails it. Effortless, chic, a bit raw and very rock 'n roll.
xa.

Image: Allison Mosshart and Jamie Hince from The Kills.



STYLISH MOM

           
STYLISH MOM
Sooner or later, the question emerges for every woman: do I want kids or not. And if I do, when? I have come to the conclusion that I do want them, but not yet. I'm just beginning to experience the full adult life, with a job, some money and all the freedom in the world (except for the 40 weekly 'office' hours...). I'm not ready yet for the exhausting and structured life that starts with parenthood. However, when I do enter the baby-world, this is how I would do it (image). Style-wise that is.

So many women just look like crap after having their first child. Vibrant, young, independant women turn into pale, shabby, tired moms. Why? Yes, it's tiring and yes I don't have one so how should I know, right? But I think you can be a parent and look nice as well. Look at Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Moss. And in Holland Maria Kooistra and Jetteke van Lexmond. They have babies and they look nice. On her website Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow ones told us about her mom-uniform. It consists of black jeans, striped tops and ballet flats. Not the most daring combination but she looks well taken care of.

And check out the picture, styled by Emmanuelle Alt of French Vogue. Ofcourse the model is not a mother in real life but this is a look every mom could wear. And BTW: Emmanuelle Alt, one of the most stylish women ever, is a mom herself! In the future I am going to do my best at looking great WITH a kid. I might say goodbye to the high heels (for a while) but sneakers can be very cool as well.
xa.



LUCKY ME

           
LUCKY ME
Once in a while, you just get plain lucky. A few days ago, it was my turn. I had mentioned to my boyfriends mom that I was maybe going to buy Rayban Wayfarers. Then she told me she had a vintage pair of black Wayfarers that she found on an airplane many years ago(!). And since she has a small head, she doesn't like the way they look on her. The thing is, I have a huge head so she said they would probably look better on me. And... a few days ago, she gave them to me! So, now I have this really oldschool pair of Raybans. I'm going to take them to a shop to get them repaired and to have them fitted to my face. And then... I have the ideal pair of sunglasses! Is this great or what?
xa.



CFDA

           
CFDA
The CFDA Awards have been given out again. Every year, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, led by Diane von Furstenberg, selects the most outstanding fashiondesigners. A lot of awards were presented, these are the most important ones:

Womenswear Designers of the Year: Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte.
Menswear Designer of the year: Italo Zucchelli for Calvin Klein Collection.
Accessories designers of the Year: Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler.
International Award: Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton.
Lifetime Achievement Award: Anna Sui.

All well deserverd I think. Rodarte is such a great label...
In the picture, you see Kate and Laura with Kirsten Dunst wearing one of their dresses.
xa.

Image: Style.com



AS PROMISED

           
I promised to show you my new Monique van Heist shorts! They're from her Simon Summer 2006 collection. Old stuff, but great stuff! I plan to wear them with super high heels.
xa.

Image below: moniquevanheist.com, by Peter Stigter.

AS PROMISED


GOLDEN OLDY

           
GOLDEN OLDY
Because this one still really inspires me: a golden oldy from the world of stylepages.
Spring/Summer 2008!
xa.



JIMMY CHOO FOR H&M

           
JIMMY CHOO FOR H&M
It's final: the new guest designer for H&M is the label Jimmy Choo. Coming to stores near you November 14th. It's the first time the collaboration is with a label that focusses mainly on accessories. So this means: shoeshoesshoesshoesshoes...
xa.

Image: Tamara Mellon (founder and owner of Jimmy Choo) and Margareta van den Bosch (creative director for H&M).

JIMMY CHOO FOR H&M


hellofashion

           
<b>hello</b><i>fashion</i>

<b>hello</b><i>fashion</i>


           
I said it before: I love Monique van Heist. Well, her designs that is. This Dutch fashionmaker from Rotterdam creates cool, androgynous but sexy clothes. She is not into girly stuff, and neither am I. She makes silk overalls, leopard print pj pants, silver and gold jewellery, grey cotton boxing shorts and so much more. Her style of presentation is very conceptual and unconventional. For example, she'll show you one of her dresses worn by a bearded man. In 2008 she won the Mercedes Benz Dutch Fashion Awards, and this landed her an amazing 30.000 euros. With this money she created her latest project hellofashion.

With this project, she wants to ignore the 'in or out' factor in the fashion industry. Her hellofashion collection is timeless and not season bound. It consists of a number of classic base pieces, and once in a while, she adds new stuff. The 'old' items stay in the collection, and therefore will never be 'out'.

A few days ago I made myself the lucky owner of a pair of grey shorts by Monique. I will show you later, they're nice. For now, I wanna show you my favourite pieces from hellofashion. I love the stardress and the overall is just gorgeous. And I am eyeing the silver 8 necklace...
xa.

Images: www.moniquevanheist.com



ALEXANDER WANG RESORT 2010

           
ALEXANDER WANG RESORT 2010
Hmm, the Alexander Wang Resort collection... I don't know. I'm not blown away. There is nice stuff, but the over all coolness, that's always so typical for Wangs collections, isn't really there. Not all designers do a Resort collection. I'd say this: If you're not inspired as a designer, then don't do one!
xa.

Images: Style.com

ALEXANDER WANG RESORT 2010


WORK IN PROGRESS

           
WORK IN PROGRESS
My favourite pasttime. Me, myself and my scissors and glue.
Another stylepage in the making!
xa.



I DID IT

           
I DID IT
I did it... I bought Margiela shoes and I adore them!
They're so hot!!
I got them in Rotterdam, my new best city friend. The shopping you can do there is just amazing. And if shopping is not an option, you can just browse around and get inspired.
The Margiela's come from Van Dijk, the shop I told you about earlier. I simply love it. Very beautiful clothes but, more importantly, the owner and the girls that work there are nice. As in really nice, not fake nice. Good stuff!
xa.



WHAT DID YOU DO...

           
WHAT DID YOU DO...
I did a naughty thing yesterday...

WHAT DID YOU DO...


STELLA McCARTNEY RESORT 2010

           
STELLA McCARTNEY RESORT 2010
Fan.tas.tic.
I am completely blown away by the Stella McCartney Resort show. The woman is a genius. This is the best work by the designer I've seen in seasons! It's young, fun, exciting. I love it.
I'm very confused right now because I want to show you all her looks. But this is simply not possible. So, I give you 1 look, a sneak peak. The rest is up to you: check Style.com.
And BTW: Anouck Lepère looks great!

So far so good, I have high hopes for the Spring/Summer 2010 shows!
xa.

Image: Style.com



FASHION GOSSIP

           
FASHION GOSSIP

There is a rumour going around... It has been said that Karl Lagerfeld is leaving Chanel! And that Alber Elbaz, now head of design at Lanvin, will take over! And... that Olivier Theyskens, now working for Nina Ricci, will become the big boss at Lanvin! Exciting... We'll just wait and see what happens.
xa.



THE ROW

           
THE ROW
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are not just moderately talented actresses anymore. In fact, acting is in the background nowadays. Ashley doens't act at all anymore. Mary-Kate does some roles, as far as I know her role in Weeds was her last one.

Nowadays, the girls' focus is on fashion. They have established a role as fashion icons and they have front row seats every fashion week. I really love their personal styles. Mary-Kate represents the rock 'n roll meets gothic side of fashion. Ashley has a more corporate style. Besides their personal interest in fashion, to nobody's surprise, they've made a business out of it. They recently published the coffeetable book Influence, about the people that inspired them throughout their careers. A lot of them are fashion insiders. Also, they have 2 labels. The brand Elisabeth & James, and the more high end The Row. It's especially The Row that I like. Ashley is the engine behind this brand and I think she does very well. The clothes are basic but edgy at the same time. She makes great t-shirts and pencil-leg trousers, and she uses nice loose silhouettes.

The funny thing though, is that you hardly ever see any advertising of The Row. The picture that I'm showing here is old, I think it's from the beginning of 2008 or something. And this is the last PR material I have seen! Strange! The Olsens are known for their business instinct so I suspect it's a thought out plan. Maybe they're trying to make the label more exclusive or something. But in my opinion, it's now so exclusive that you can't buy it anywhere! It's ridiculously expensive, so maybe I wouldn't want to buy it anyway, but I would like to have the option. Ofcourse Holland is terrible when it comes to buying new and exclusive foreign brands, but maybe a nice little shop in Amsterdam? Is that too much to ask?
xa.



DRESS TO IMPRESS

           
DRESS TO IMPRESS
Designers go out of their way to bring us the hottest clothes. They have 30 models walking up and down the runway, in the most outrageous outfits. When it's over, they come on stage to take the credits. Most of them are a bit shy and run off stage again within 5 seconds. The funny thing is, sometimes these 5 seconds are as inspiring as the whole runway show! Obviously, designers have great taste. They know how to dress themselves. A lot of the times, they look really easygoing and unfussy. Just the way I like fashion. So, for your inspiration, two designers, captured in their '5 seconds of fame'.
xa.

Images: Louise Goldin and Hannah MacGibbon (Chloé) via Style.com.

DRESS TO IMPRESS


HELMUT LANG RESORT 2010

           
HELMUT LANG RESORT 2010

HELMUT LANG RESORT 2010


           
The big designers create more than just two collections a year. Ofcourse, there are the big Spring/Summer and the Autumn/Winter shows. In between however, there are the smaller Resort and the Pre-Fall collections. These are pre collections for the coming seasons. So for example, it's summer now and we've just seen (in February) the Autumn/Winter shows for 2009. But right now, we're also treated on the Resort 2010 show. So we get a glimse of what the designers will be doing for spring 2010. For fashion people this simply means more work. Now we have to be informed not twice, but four times a year! It also means that it's very difficult to keep track of the seasons. When you really want to be on top of things fashion wise, you will wear Resort 2010 in the summer of 2009. So this makes the summer 2009 collections passé in the summer of 2009. Complicated? Yes!

Enough! On to the fun part. I'm very much into the Helmut Lang resort 2010 show! Ok, I admit, it's not very new or groundbreaking but I love it anyway! Tight trousers, high heels, dark tones and great silhouettes.
xa.

Images: Style.com



ONE TWO DREE

           
ONE TWO DREE
Dree Hemingway is the new it-girl du jour. Great granddaughter of the famous writer and daughter of the actress Mariel Hemingway, she was immediately labelled as VIP. She models, she goes to parties and does all the things it-girls do nowadays. She is also applauded for her personal style and concidered a style icon in the making.

I really do in fact, like her personal style and I think she is gorgeous in real life. On the runway however, I'm less fond of her. She looks like a different person! I understand designers want her in their shows, because she is so 'in' right now. Yet, I prefer looking at her in her real life, when she's just a pretty young girl with great taste.
xa.

Images: Dree the it-girl and Dree in the Calvin Klein resort 2010 show. Both Style.com.

ONE TWO DREE


WHAT THE F*

           
WHAT THE F*
I'm freaking out! I am jealous. Of the shoe collection of a 16 year old. How is this possible? Jane Aldridge is the maker of the website Seaofshoes.com. Almost daily, she posts pictures of herself in the most amazing clothes and especially the coolest shoes. Stella McCartney, Prada, Ann Demeulemeester, Martin Margiela, Givenchy, Chanel, Jil Sander, Dries van Noten... she's got it all. How, you wonder? Who the hell knows! When I was 16, I bought nothing! Let alone Prada booties!

Ofcourse I have my presumptions: I think Jane has a fashion obsessed and very rich mom. They probably have the same shoesize and in part, the same taste. So she wears her moms shoes and outfits, and posts them as her own. This is the only thing I can think of. And this is what I'll keep telling myself, otherwise... I can't take it.
xa.

Image: Sea of shoes



MMMmmmmm...

           
MMMmmmmm...
When I think of Maison Martin Margiela I think mmmmm....
I love this label so much, it almost hurts.
Look at these boots. Are they not the epitome of cool??
xa.

Image: Jak & Jil



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