Sunday, 22 July 2012

Etro - the everyday celebrates beauty

I guess it's time for another glance towards the autumn. The new Etro campaign takes us to a world where graphic elements in black and white meet shining night shades. A world of exotic patterns and rich materials, playing with overlaps and optical illusions.

The men's collection is inspired by Kean Etro's mexican journey. He translates the exotic references seen in fabrics and patterns in a sophisticated and contemporary urban mood. The Etro man discovers damasks, brocades and feathers to learn about the lightness of flight. 

The Etro woman turns the dandy elements with elegance and irony into a feminine concept with lean, tailored looks that used the family's signature paisley as a building block. 

Not always in a respectful way though. We find it laser-cut into a patchwork on a net gown, printed or woven into legging-tight trousers, but it proved itself of having a sensual dimension as tattoos on skin.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

the look of Steve McQueen

I mentioned Steve McQueen in my last post and for those who are not familiar with the name, here is a short introduction.
Mc Queen who was also nicknamed "The King of Cool", was an actor and racer of motorcycles and cars in the 60s and 70s. For me he is one male style icon of his time whose masculinity and anti-hero attitude made his famous.


movie classics by Steve McQueen:
The Sand Pebbles
The Magnificent Seven
The Great Escape
The Thomas Crown Affair
The Getaway
The Towering Inferno

And for the car freaks among you: as you can guess, he had a passion for exotic cars and he owned several sports cars like:

Porsche 917, Porsche 908 and Ferrari 512 race cars from the Le Mans film.
1963 Ferrari 250 Lusso Berlinetta
Jaguar D-Type XKSS and Porsche 356 Speedster

To his dismay, McQueen was never able to own the legendary Ford Mustang GT 390 that he drove in Bullitt.
Regarding motorcycles I have to find out more, he should have collected classical bikes and owned around 100!!!

Monday, 9 July 2012

chalet atmophere at Ermenegildo Zegna

While video screens of roaring fireplaces set the scene at Ermenegildo Zegna fall show, the collection itself emphasizes this atmosphere with earthy colors which often appeared in combination with a dark blue.

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My collection's favorite is the beige leather coat, well known from the 70s, which reminded me a bit of actor Steve McQueen. Another nice combination are the nude shades of trousers and shirt in the second picture in combination with the denim blue jacket which gives the elegant look a touch of sportiness.

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Sporty elegant is also the combination of the the turtleneck sweater, here combined with elegant trousers and shoes. The pattern reminds of a relaxed ski lodge atmosphere which seemed to be the leading topic of the show.

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The last two examples are interesting because of the texture of the material giving coat and trousers a special look. The white and beige combination is always one of my favorite when it comes to elegance. The grey sweater in its contrasting rough texture makes the look again a bit tougher and manly.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Autumn Impressions by Dior

The fashion scene probably had seen nothing like this for years. Outside in the street, there was hysteria. The whole of Paris wanted to be present at this historical fashion moment of Raf Simons' debut haute couture collection for Christian Dior

Inside, blue flowers walls, pink roses and white orchids: A sea of ​​flowers welcomed the guests of the Dior Défilés, among them fashion's greats and goods like Alaïa, Elbaz, Versace and von Furstenberg.

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That it would be a success seemed given, knowing of Simons' "couture trilogy" for his previous employer, Jil Sander. But it was more than that for the avant-garde outsider from Antwerp.

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Even if the drafts included many historical quotes from Dior's New Look, in form of the typical red Dior Tweed here used in a deep-pocketed coat-dress or the black tulle dress with blue embroidery which recalled a creation from 1952, the Dior "Esther" dress, Simons managed to give the creations a personal touch.

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He succeeded an exciting blend of old and new by mixing historical Dior motives with surprising futuristic interpretations. One could see sweeping crinolines in subtle stripes, long slim cigarette pants combined with open dresses and even the delicate pink, which was also seen in his last collection for Jil Sander.

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After an exciting debut, I am at least curious what comes next!