Sunday, February 28, 2010

The second-hand shop experiment: part IV

Here we are at the forth and last part of the second-hand shop experiment. Last Friday, the six weeks had past and I had to go back to the shop to find out what the results of my experiment were, namely to find out whether the shop had sold some of my old clothes or not. It turned out that we managed to sell two items out of seven: the Mango bag and the black and white sequin bolero, for an amount of 55 Swiss francs. I have to admit it: that's not the biggest profit of my life, but, as i wasn't really expecting anything, it has been a pleasant surprise. 
To be honest, I thought that the first item to go would have been the vintage Bally bag with snakeskin facings, since it was the only designer piece I had left at the shop and snakeskin is a real trend this summer...(between you and me, the more I think about it, the more I am tempted to keeping it now ;p). 

All in all, it's been fun and I really recommend to all of you who have time and have some items you think are fancy but you just don't feel like wearing to try the same I've done. And who knows, you could be very lucky with your sale! 

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Streetstyles of the month

Poppre, from Budapest, met in Lugano city

Glasses: bought in the US

Coat: Etienne Aigner, bought in Budapest

Belt: self-designed

Bag: self-designed

Trousers: Mac Jeans, 40 euros

Shoes: bought in the US

I was looking for streetstyles in Lugano, when Poppre caught my attention with her accessories ...not much later she was telling me that two of them were self-designed under the label of Mrs Herskin, where she works with Larisza Pasztircsák and with whom she designes fashion. For her outfit, she chose an old but always valid rule: she personalized some more simple pieces with great accessories.

Go check Mrs Herskin website:
And please, check her MySpace page out too, the pictures are awesome:

Julja, 16, from Zurich, met in Zurich downtown

Glasses: bought at Fizzen (Zurich), 25 Swiss francs

Shawl: H&M, 10 Swiss francs

Green shawl: from the sister's closet

Leather jacket: Royal Beast, 200 Swiss francs

T-shirt: H&M, 20 Swiss francs

Bag: Avant Premiere by Manor, 100 Swiss francs

Jeans: Diesel, 60 Swiss francs

Shoes: H&M, 15 Swiss francs

I loved her nerd glasses and her pink flashy boots. I know a lot of people who wouldn't know how to wear shocking pink shoes...well, in my personal opinion, this girl did it and did with style.
Just cool, just perfect for a young girl like her.

Monday, February 22, 2010

A pink&black surprise

Somebody pleased me with a present...and what a present!

I've been taken to an Agent Provocateur boutique, where I could look around among some of the funniest and hottest pieces of lingerie ever.
Agent Provocateur shops are such a nice experience. They're styled with a very end-of- nineteenth-century-budoir-taste but it also has a certain erotic and fetish side that makes it cute and super sexy at the same time.

Now, since the "somebody" above is the only one who's supposed to see what was in the pink&black bag in the picture, I won't give you any more details. But let me tell something to you guys: make your ladies happy with some pink&black bags, and you'll be happy just the same! Believe me!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

My new vintage baby

Directly from the 1970s ...and from mom's closet ;p.

Love it love it love it.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Did you know that....

Black Book was founded in Sweden in 2008 by André Lorenz Stock who started producing t-shirts in his kitchen using a plain H&M white t-shirt, a pack of transferpapper and a hot iron?

"I was fresh out of high school", told he once during an interview, " and without any perspective for a future career. I made myself a t-shirt and people started asking me about it on the street. That's when I thought of creating my own label".

Thanks to blogs and magazines, the Black Book limited t-shirts became more and more famous among fashion insiders.
Lately, the young label worked in collaboration with another Swedish popular brand from which André Lorenz Stock took the row material for his creations: H&M. Together with the latter, he organized a contest in which the best pictures sent form privates could win the chance to have their images printed on Black Book t-shirts. These are going to be exposed and sold in H&M shops by the end of April 2010.
The picture above shows one of my favourites among the Black Book items.

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Monday, February 8, 2010

How to create your own Margiela sweater...

...with eight pairs of socks!
The magazine created and curated by the Maison Martin Margiela A Magazine provides its readers with a six-paged handbook to create a sweater designed by Martin Margiela.

On A blog, the blog run by the Maison, is stated: "With budgets tight and companies feeling the sting of recession, it is not often that you can expect hidden extras, let alone DIY tips in a fashion magazine these days. A brand’s sense of identity, their signature cuts, silhouettes and logos are their equity and play such a vital role in establishing them in the global fashion sphere. So why unveil the secrets? Why diffuse this essence? With the fear of seeming too profound, ask Maison Martin Margiela. This is exactly what they did in A#1, offering readers the chance to make their own Margiela-inspired garment. (...) Modelled on the Stockman mannequin that is so ubiquitously Margiela, this entire idea resonates well with the deconstructive notions of the house, and the subversion of any commercial goals – by offering a taste of their world, for the price of a few pairs of socks".

I'm sure you'll appreciate their philosophy as much as I do.
Let's get eight pair of white socks and start cutting and sewing then :-)!

P.s. A Magazine is really fascinating. It's worth reading!

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Stella McCartney for Adidas: "we should not have to compromise style for performance"

Running, cycling, swimming, golf, tennis, gym work out, yoga and dance: eight sports for one line idealized by top designer Stella McCartney in collaboration with Adidas.
As the designer states, "it is first and foremost a sports performance line with a technical aspect in every garment. But I have designed it using emlements from my own designs, like the color palette for instance is similar to what I use in my main collection and attention to detail which is not normaly seen in sportswear".
The motto of the collection: "There is a real validity to making good-looking sportswear clothes for women. in this day and age, we should not have to compromise style for performance".
I like the way she thinks!

I particularly liked the yoga collection for its asian traits and the run image jacket in blue from the running collection for its metallic look.

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Living in the jungle

Gucci, s/s 2010
The warmth of the ethnic prints is mixed with the usual Gucci's coolness

Snakeskin, african prints, bright colors, gladiator-heels and much more: ethnic is one of the favorites styles of the s/s 2010 designers' collections. The right styling is to show the coolness of the style and mix it with more chic, elegant and stricter pieces. Also, mixing the various origins is more than welcome, so feel free to match, say, a Japanese kimono with African sandals (that would totally rock with a pair of good jeans and a basic t-shirt for example!).

Diane von Fürstenberg, s/s 2010

Giambattista Valli, s/s 2010
The motto of the two designers seems to be "chic meets ethnic"

Dries Van Noten, s/s 2010
Parisian Africa


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