A little penis scandal at Paris Fashion Week – ahh penis alarm.
A too deep décolleté, bums, nipples and other women body parts are not worth talking about anymore. But Rick Owens exposing penises as a fashion trend on a Paris catwalk brings a smile to our faces and for sure we are looking forward to next autumn, hopefully it will be a warm one.
Monday Fashion Week night out here come some impressions of the catwalk at LNFA2 store at Bikini Berlin. Between the empty rags a catwalk, a dj desk, a bar, a make up table of JACKS Beauty Department (thanks, I love my new neon orange lipstick) and many happy fashion people. On the catwalk Bélier, Maisonnoèe and Studio GAMPE. Each of them with their very special presentation if dj and violin combo or live moderation.
Good morning fashion world. Our first show at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Berlin this Monday morning is the Stage Show of the Berlin label Ivanman by designer Ivan Mandzukic.
Scattered in the white room on platforms male models are standing like frozen. Resisting the pushing mass of press and fashion people who try to get the best picture. Dressed in classy black suit pants color blocking dominates the upper components of the outfits. Whether brown shirts with purple fine knit sweater, pink jackets with orange applications, a brown coat with pink lining or an orange with orange combination. A little out sticking an off-white combination with just a little pink somehow perfectly fits into the rest of the collection.
Dandy Men Fashion with a love for details. And if you are too shy for the total color blocking on the top you still can walk on chromatic heels but do not forget the loud socks.
Lolas’ instagram a few days ago was already preparing the big trend to get into mainstream fashion: Platform shoes.
In the 90’s we had the last hype for high end-to-end and stiff raver boots favored in black or white. The must have Buffalo Classics was all over High School and I did not have any.
Visiting Buenos Aires made clear what we are expecting the upcoming summer: massive platform shoes in every colour and style. Celebrating summer the stores and streets are flooded with them right now and EVERY girl/ women/ lady is wearing them to school/ work/ every occasion.
If open, half-open, closed, leather, synthetical, lacquer, black, silver, in sneaker or sandal design – get some. We are already looking forward to next year.
We were sitting at the kitchen table when talking about women wearing hats and what guys connect to the mind status of these ladies. The plurality spoke out that girls with hats are crazy.
This made me thinking about girls with hats I met. Unfortunately the first two that came into my mind are sneaking crazy. That fact does not make me dislike hats in a fashion context but made me think. In any kind of way each of us is a little crazy but this does not make a guy not dating a girl or the other way round. No, the guys said. It is more the relation between hot and crazy which should guide your decision – and there is a matrix to justify your decision:
After watching this I still did not get the full hat thing but at least a wider understanding about choosing girls… .
Buns, more elegant chingnons, are indeed the unsexiest hair-do for women a lot men say.
The higher on the head the more hated by men and the more comfortable for many women.
A glance back in history shows in the ancient Greece it was worn by Athenian women first. But later by different men, too. For example Anthony Trollope, one of the most successful, prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era, wore a bun.
A famous bun girl is burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
So maybe men you are wrong and buns are french chic and not only the hair-do to wear when you are out of sight.
We love buns on our heads and also on the ones of bearded men.
So be careful of bun bearer crossing the street.
Actress and original ‘It’ girl, Chloë Sevigny, hands down wins at having the most inspiring style this side of 1990. Since her debut role in Kids, she’s modeled (rather aptly for French fashion house Chloé), collaborated with hot NY label Opening Ceremony and established herself as film and fashion’s indie darling – and she’s not stopping there. Her latest role is in The Cosmopolitans (a pilot TV show for Amazon Studios, featuring eye candy Adam Brody) about young and beautiful upper-class American expats in Paris. Add that to the Chloë Book – a coffee-table tome of pics coming out next April with a foreword by Kim Gordon, and you’ve got proof the buzz about Chloë never really went away. Chloë Sevigny was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in the film Boys Don’t Cry, and later played a polygamist on the HBO drama series Big Love. Her role in the Brown Bunny by Vincent Gallo or some of her outfits most people couldn’t have pulled of – at all. Chloë does, with grace and an elegant edge!
We believe in Chloë-Style. No one could ever replace her. Although Léa Seydoux has great potential…
1, 2, 3, 4, …52.
Did you watch the movie ’28 dresses’?
I didn’t but when I sorted my dresses by color the other day I realized how many I actually have. And honestly how many of those haven’t seen daylight for a long long time or even still wear a price tag? Despite I just bought two new dresses today and there might be some more in the laundry and in the downs of my closet I counted 52 dresses.
53 dresses to 3 pants in my closet tell: I am obsessed by dresses.
My mission for the next 52days: I will wear all my dresses once and give them a chance to show that they are all worse keeping!
The graduates of the Fashion Design Institute 2014 successfully presented their graduation collections at the Pallaissaal of Adlon Berlin. 15 graduates showed their persuasive and sophisticated women/ men or kids collections.
Thanks for the inspiring show. We are looking forward to hear from you soon!
Dimitri gave a Mediterranean insight into Spring/ Summer 2015 at his fashion show during Berlin Fashion Week. Pattern mix/ color/ prints and treated fabrics are brand mark of the Italian rooted designer. His passion for exotic travel destinations are inspirational to the new collection.
Our favorites: the pure white dresses, see-through lace tops and huge colorful pompom necklaces and earrings.
We were just discussing the situation of construction works in Berlin when we ended up having not enough bikes and due to the crazy weather circumstances were stuck in one traffic jam after another.
The new location of the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Berlin (which we have to say has never been as good as this year) is actually situated quite central in Wedding but the 4 kilometres could easily take one 60min. In the end I missed two shows. One due to a traffic jam in front of the PREMIUM fair (due to its new concept they had big days). The other one because I could not find a parking lot.
The Bread & Butter turns up with big news every season. And this year they say ‚Bye Bye Berlin. We are moving back to Barcelona!’. The mayor of Berlin had his own style of answering by not showing up for the fair’s opening and dancing on another event. A moment of loss but who knows they might come back sooner than they expect themselves.
And the PANORAMA fair. Successful at the most miserable location (Yes it’s true the new airport did still not open yet.) just moved to the Internationale Congress Centrum Berlin in former West Berlin and rocked with a expanding portfolio of brands. Congrats!
Another point to be mentioned is of course the weather. Berlin winters used to be freezing and summers hot. From year to year the climate seems to change but on Fashion Week the weather sticks to the rule. This year again: heavy rains, thunderstorms, sun and sticky air in a row. What to wear? How to keep hair and shoes dry? But as Berlin is a relaxed city one did not get any comments on bad hair days. The more you meet and discuss which rain or heat did what harm to you and your outfit.
Lessons learned. A swedish guy has beer for breakfast, lunch and supper. Get one of those fancy transparent rain coats to wear while cycling from one spot to another or use the public transport instead. Have a cool story for your wasted outfit and wear it with style. Even people talk Berlin Fashion Week dead and big players are moving on there is still so much more to explore in this pulsing city of change. We are not dead we are just about to explode.
Well, that’s what you’re missing in Cannes right now – besides awesome weather and beautiful dialects:
MAPS TO THE STARS
Canadian director David Cronenberg has already participated in Cannes’ competition four times with Crash, Spider, A History of Violence and Cosmopolis – without winning the Palme d’Or… This time, he’s coming back with a satire of the entertainment industry involving ghosts, Robert Pattinson, Julianne Moore and burnt Mia Wasikowska. An intriguing, contemporary and possibly crushing plot that could charm Mrs President, aka Jane Campion, who will head up the jury.
Part of the Official Competition category
TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT
It seems almost too easy for Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne to make it to the Croisette: Two Days, One Night is their sixth film to compete at Cannes and they’ve already won the Palme d’Or twice – first for 1999’s Rosetta and then for 2005’s L’enfant. Now they gamble on Marion Cotillard to bring them good luck on one of the most contemporary themes ever: the economic crisis. Together with her husband Fabrizio Rongione, the French siren tries to convince her colleagues to renounce their annual bonuses in order for her to keep her job.
Ryan Gosling‘s writing-directing debut was even more appealing under its working title: How to Catch a Monster. In this “Detroit-shot fantasy-drama” starring Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan and Eva Mendes, a family will discover a route to an underwater city. An essential to watch, if only to determine where we most prefer Gosling: in front of or behind the camera.
Part of the Un Certain Regard category
Another coming-of-age story, but with a monster involved. It Follows, by American director David Robert Mitchell, is a nightmare about “sex, love and the unseen horrors that follow us”. Another cult movie? He’s already attended the Critic’s Week in 2010 with the now cult The Myth of the American Sleepover. So all bets are off.
Part of the Critics’ Week category
He’s only 25 but cracked the competition with his fifth feature. Xavier Dolan, the Québecois wunderkind took his first steps at the Director’s fortnight with his 2009 debut, J’ai tué ma mère, then entered Un Certain Regard with Heartbeats and Laurence Anyways. Far from his last film, Hitchcockian thriller Tom at the Farm, which premiered in Venice, Mommy is a family drama. The story follows a mother (played by his muse Anne Dorval) who has to take care of a troubled teenager (Antoine-Olivier Pilon).
Last year it was Sofia Coppola who had the honour to open Un Certain Regard with The Bling Ring. This year, no bling at all, but an impressive and courageous debut by three young co-helmers, Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis. The “Party Girl” is Angélique, a 60-year-old nightclub hostess who finally decides to settle down by marrying Michel, her most regular client. But is she really ready to accept that the party is definitely over? A gripping family drama that sounds perfectly right for a good reason: the main parts are played by one of the director’s mother and siblings.
Part of the Un Certain Regard category
With its title that sounds like an homage to the Beatles, Ned Benson’s Eleanor Rigby could also be rebaptized The Marriage Plot since as Eugenides’ brilliant last novel, the writer-director will raise the challenge of telling one of the oldest stories in the world: the dissolution of a marriage. We follow the daily life of two recently married New Yorkers, Connor and Eleanor (James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain), who unfortunately lost a child. The film is divided into Him and Her movies, alternately focusing on their two very differing perspectives: to forgot their common pain, he spends his days working in a restaurant while she returns to college for further education… A very ambitious first feature.
SNOW IN PARADISE
This Kickstarter-funded debut feature by editor-turned-director Andrew Hulme is an astonishing and uncommon gangster film set in London’s East End. This UK’s answer to A Prophet will be one of Cannes’ sensations thanks to the amazing lead actor, Frederick Schmidt, who plays Dave, a petty criminal who will eventually seek redemption through Islam. Schmidt was spotted by one of Hulme’s scouts outside the shop where he just had an argument with his boss. His first role, but obviously not the last.
And some more arty stuff:
It’s because he gorgeously undressed young prostitutes in the dawning of the 20th century in House of tolerance that Bertrand Bonello attended the 2011 Cannes film festival. Now it’s his ability to put French actor Gaspard Ulliel in Yves Saint Laurent’s tuxedo that brings him back to the official Competition. Cannes’ most glamorous entry, also featuring Léa Seydoux and Louis Garrel. Not to be confused with Jalil Lespert’s boring “Yves Saint Laurent” the other recent biopic of the very cult French fashion designer.
THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER
Hard to convert a try after such critically acclaimed debuts like The Policeman. But Nadav Lapid’s second feature is even more impressive and powerful. The film centers on an educator who discovers that one of her schoolboy is a true genius of poetry but has to face the fact that there’s little room left for poetry in our world.
CATCH ME DADDY
We knew Daniel Wolfe for his exciting music video: Plan B’s double-platinum album The Defamation of Strickland Banks or his video for The Shoes’ Time to Dance starring Jake Gyllenhaal, that immediately became a YouTube sensation, clocking up half a million hits in just two days. Catch me Daddy is Wolfe’s debut feature, a “visceral thriller” about Laila and Aaron, a couple on the run in the badlands of West Yorkshire. Newcomer Sameena Jabeen Ahmed, who plays Laila, is the true heroin of this very dark story, which seems like an interesting overturn of the thriller genre.
Part of the Directors’ Fortnight category
(Alice Rohrwacher, Italy-Switzerland-Germany)
One of two female directors in competition this year, Italian writer-director Alice Rohrwacher delivers a very personal second feature after her beautiful 2011 Directors’ Fortnight entry, Corpo celeste. Le Meraviglie (“The Wonders”) is the coming of age story of Gelsomina, a 14-year-old girl who lives a secluded existence in the Umbrian countryside, with her parents, sisters and animals, until the arrival of Martin, a young German ex-con. Don’t miss one of the most remarkable new voices from Italy.
Every film by Rüben Östlund (director of Play) is an irresistible lampoon and his fourth feature, is no exception to the rule. Set in a French ski resort, Tourist observes how tensions unfold in a family after the father tried to save his skin, and his skin only, during an avalanche that fortunately didn’t injure anyone. Last January at the Gothenburg film festival, the Swede who used to direct skiing film confessed that his “secret goal” was “to shoot the most impressive avalanche scene in the history of avalanche scenes”. We saw it and can confirm: it worth the trip.
TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA
A new film produced by the Ghibli studio is always a magic event. This one by 77-year-old Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, My Neighbors the Yamadas) was 8 years in the making but the result seems up to our expectations. Inspired by an old Japanese folktale, the film tells the story Kaguya, a tiny little girl found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, who decide to raise her. After having became a superb young lady, she decides to move to the grand capital city…
DARKER THAN MIDNIGHT
Sweet and poetic like as a Pasolini film, Sebastiano Riso’s first feature is a coming of age story inspired by the real-life tale of one of Italy’s best-known drag queens, Fuxia, played in his young age by a marvellous young actor, Davide Capone.
Nothing to do with Linklater’s masterwork Boyhood, but Girlhood, by one the most glorious represent of the French new generation Céline Sciamma, will definitely be a highlight. This drama about a group of teenage rebels will complete a trilogy exploring the construction of gender, that began with her 2007 debut, Water Lilies and continued with Tomboy.
(Sergei Loznitsa, Ukraine)
Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa is a bright and incredibly demanding director (My Joy, In the Fog). He’s also a fearless documentary filmmaker, who put his camera on Kiev’s central square to explore from the ground level the protests against the regime of President Yanukovych, that started last November and never really ended. Knowing the guy, Maidan must be a powerful must-seen.
Part of the Special Screenings category
For Love & Lemons took their brand name literally this time!
Heart shaped glasses and juicy boobs shot in Texas’ summer sun.
Sure, it’s the Lolita-checklist in perfection:
▽ Beautiful girl
▽ Plump boobs
▽ Bubble gum bubble
▽ Bows in the hair
▽ Lolling on a cowl
▽ Socks in plateau sandals
▽ Tan line
▽ Brigitte Bardot hairstyle
▽ Sexy pout
▽ Tiny tooth gap
▽ And the classic: sucking some jam from the finger
But does following the Lolita-checklist compromise the magic of these images? No, not at all! They warm our hearts and make as crave for summer (and Hailey)!
Model: Hailey Clauson
Photographer: Zoey Grossman
Stylist: Ashley Glorioso
Makeup: Stacey Tan
Hair: Ramsell Martinez