Rocky Street Style by Cindy van der Heyden
When your read about street style blogs from the Netherlands many people speak about Andy T. and her blog Style Scrapbook.
Our new favourite is Cindy van der Heyden who runs the blog "Come on to the dark side". When Andy T. is like the nice pretty girl next door, Cindy is the more rocky & avant-garde one obsessed with black, leather, smokey eyes and messy hair mixing in her uniqe way pieces from Zara or H&M with cool designer accessories.
Asked for her basic wardrobe, she says: "Great fitted black skinny jeans, leather biker jacket, high heels (sandals and ankle), basic tee’s in black, grey and white and to finish it a great shopper bag!"
We like her unique rocky street style and if you want to see more just click on the we recommend button below.
A glossy da capo for Fall
Tom Ford did it again. He created a new glossy mini-collection for autumn winter 2012 and shows it in a short video. For sure the collection is elegant and opulent like most of his Gucci cult fashion looks of the 90s. But like the other collections since his return into the world of women fashion it's just a very nice "da capo". I really miss the creativity and uniqueness of his style for a new century. Take a look at the collection video below and get a personal idea of his new looks at the brand site.
Behind the scenes with Marc Jacobs
The new Louis Vuitton S/S 12 campaign shows the sweet and pastel tones of the collection including the new "Sofia bag" in milk-white in a candyshop setting. The campaign was shot by Steven Meisel and features models Daria Strokous and Kati Nescher among ice creams and milk shakes.
"The spirit of our Spring/Summer 2012 collection is reflected beautifully in this new ad campaign," says Louis Vuitton Artistic Director Marc Jacobs. "All the tone and texture of the collection -- the lightness, the prettiness, the broderie anglaise, the millefeuille layers of organza -- are recreated in these wonderful images by Steven Meisel. It is all very soft and very sweet, yet at the same time very bold and very graphic."
In fact the behind the scenes video below gives a very optimistic outlook to the upcoming Spring Summer 2012 season. Enjoy.
The swedish brand Acne just launched it´s Capsule Collection for S/S 12 and this season all the new items are in the pure summer color white, a cool trend we have already seen with the new Vera Wang summer looks.
The mini collection includes the brand´s favourite silhouettes in refined clean cuts and in a variety of materials from denim, leather, cotton to silk or lace. Just take a look at Acne´s online shop and find your favourite white piece for this summer.
Gabrielle alias "Coco Chanel" is probably the most famous personality in the world of style and high-end fashion. Thus it does not surprise us that over the years numerous writers and movie directors could not resist to tell us everything about her fabulous life.
Within the last two years at least seven Chanel books have been published. Some of them are biographies, the most controversal among them for sure is Hal Vaughan´s "Sleeping with the enemy" where the author posits that Chanel was a Nazi agent during World War II. The Chanel company is unsurprisingly vague about its founder’s wartime activities where Coco Chanel had a late love affair with the 13 years younger German Baron von Dincklage. A spokeswoman, Iana dos Reis Nunes, referred to Dincklage not as a Nazi but as “a German aristocrat.”
A second biography “Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life,” by Justine Picardie tells us more about the private life of Coco, especially her relationship to her nephew Andre Palasse, whom she raised like a son. In this biography, his daughter Gabrielle Palasse-Labrunie opens her doors and shares personal memories of her great-aunt and also Karl Lagerfeld contributed an original drawing.
Our personal favourite is the special editon of the "Chanel Three Book Set," by Francois Baudot and Francoise Aveline published by Assouline in an exclusive quilted leather slipcase by Chanel which celebrates the the brand's revolutionary style in three editions: Chanel Fashion, Chanel Fine Jewelry, and Chanel Perfume.
We love the fabulous prints of Marni. Thus we selected two looks from the new Spring Summer 12 collection and the matching bags which will make you a perfect summer queen. Just click on the bags below and you´ll get all the details from Marni directly plus a short video and background information about the making of the new stylish fringe bag.
When we take a look into the near future of Haute Couture and Fashion we definitely have to name Iris van Herpen as one of the most promising designers. Although she is only 28 years old she is on the way to become the most inspiring and mind changing new artist since the appearance of Alexander McQueen in the 1990s. By using new materials and state of the art production methods like 3D printing she creates and manufactures unique garments which each of itself can be considered as an object of art.
Thus it is no surprise that the Groninger Museum presents the first large-scale solo exhibition of the work of Iris van Herpen, an overview of her oeuvre from 2008 to the present. We strongly recommend to visit the exhibition which lasts until September 23rd and for those of you who want to take an immediate look just visit her portfolio site where you can see the latest collections and a special video section containing the runway shows and artistic short films.
In the actual S/S 12 Alexander McQueen collection Sarah Burton showed some outstanding new looks in coral.
Now you can get the appropriate bags in this new summer trend style. The Alexander McQueen online store offers a coral folk clutch with hand woven whip-stich details and a mini folk tote with Swarovski crystall skull charm plus the matching peep-toe pumps with block heel and crystal detail shell skull at toe and hammered studs around front platform.
Just click on the items in the image below and you´ll be directed to the Alexander McQueen online store.
Jacques-Antoine Granjon on Vente Privée´s philosophy
Jacques-Antoine Granjon is the inventor of the online flash sales model, which he launched in 2001 under the brand name "vente privée". Since this time dozens of followers copied his idea and established copy-cats all over the globe.
Quite in contrast to all his followers Granjons puts the focus not on the business to consumer model but on establishing a long time relationship with top fashion brands for whom he creates an exclusive sales channel versus a closed group of fashion enthusiasts.
"I have been speaking with brands for 28 years. I know what matters to them: the protection of distribution, the quality of the shopping experience and the maintenance of their image. We look after the brand, because it is our first customer. And if we take care of it well, there will be a good discount, a good service and a good image and the customer will keep returning.", Granjons about his business philosophy.
And the figures confirm his strategy. Today vente-privée sells 41 million products per year to it´s 14 million members which results in an annual turnover of almost one billion EUR and the numbers are still growing. According to the founder we only have seen fifteen years of e-commerce and the best is yet to come.
If you are not a member of the club take a look at the "Le désir" great video below directed by photographer Erwin Olaf and you´ll understand Granjon´s philosophy immediately.