Subtle Jewelry: THAKOON SS 14

Current State of Mind: Excited for Paris Fashionweek
Music Mood: King and Lionheart
                         Photography by:mara Corsino, for Selfsevice Magazine
These pictures are taken backstage at the Thakoon show. This is absolute my favorite collection so far. I am not a fan of big "Bling Bling", but I found it really stunning how he integrated this jewelry into his clothes.The overall collection is very clean and simple, so the jewelry had a place of it's own. Really subtle if you ask me. Such a new way of eveningwear. Instead of wearing a dress, you can wear these loose relaxing trousers with this intricate detailing. 
Did you notice the small cross-body bags on the long pearl chains? These were made in collaboration with the Japanese jewelry company Tasaki. I just discovered a new favorite....
"If you can dream it....you can do it"



Current State of Mind: Maybe that's what life is... a wink of the eye and winking stars
Music Mood: Dance dance dance (I think Lykke Li and Justin Vernon should be  couple)
If you would know me a little bit, then you know my love for sheer fabrics. Translucency but in a subtle way is my middle name. I am talking about the SS14 Burberry collection by Christopher Bailey.  I always love to read the comments by Tim Burton with great pleasure, he really is a word-magician if you ask me. I just have to quote him: 

Christopher Baileys promotion of Nottingham lace seemed like an advertisement for the biggest underpants known to womankind, that was merely one of the more logical facets of his celebration of the English Rose, a woman who probably couldn't give a good goddamn about thongs and such. So there was something of that sturdy stereotype, the vicar's wife, in the way that Bailey laid a cashmere cardi—maybe with the sleeves knotted interestingly in back—over a lace skirt. And here comes the sexy librarian in her polka-dot blouse and high-waist pencil skirt. 

I love it how he says "laid a Cashmere Cardi". And the sexy librarian look is just so a look I can adapt too.
"If you can dream it....you can do it"

ADIDAS by Stella mcCartney

Current State of Mind: Zen
Music Mood:  I am waiting here
When I saw the video of this collection presentation, I instantly wanted to do more sports myself. This Collection by Stella McCartney for Adidas is really great if you ask me. I like the retro influences.
If I quote Maya Singer on style.com:
From a technical perspective, the emphasis here was on integrating more sustainable textiles into the mix. There was also a focus on lightweight, breathable outerwear. But really, as McCartney herself noted, the point of this showcase, and indeed the point of the collection itself, was to inspire women to get their sweat on.
We'll that definitely worked for me!
"If you can dream it....you can do it"


A bag to hug

Current State of Mind: Don't ask me why
Music Mood: Maybe
                Source: www.style.com, Picture by: Tommy Ton
Ok, don't ask me why I like this picture, because I do not know it either. I just think it is a supercool look. It is the combination of all the wrong things that makes it so right. It is also the combination of different structures and textures. The soft and comfy jersey, the Fluffy bag, the satin-shine skirt. Also the shape of the skirt worn with a relaxed sweater is a really good way to mix up the conventional way of wearing clothes. I love the length of the skirt.

The bag must be so nice to hold. It is like hugging you old teddybear when you were young, but now it is allowed to hug your bag in the middle of the street. It is interesting how this bag can look soft and "huggable" but firm at the same time. 
"If you can dream it....you can do it"


NEw York Fashionweek

Current State of Mind: I fel into the water and now I am free

Is it just  me or am I the only one that is bored from here until the the stars in the sky with the New York fashionweek. Normally I always feel some sort of exitement, a little twinkle that says, "yes it starts again!"
Really nothing that I have seen so far, struck me. All designers are doing the same. And if they are not, you can see exactly from which other designer they got their inspiration from. 

At moments like this I really mis Alexander mcQueen. The fashionworldd would have looked so much different if he would still be alive: The rebel queen of English fashion. He was making such an statement. He was pushing everyone to the edge. Fashion needs an EDGE! But at this point the edge is nowhere to be found. 

It has also something to do with the fact that CELINE wasn't showing last season. It was the only show I looked out for, exept for Chivenchy, and then it didn't happen. Speaking about an anti-climax. I don't know if Phoebe Philo is going to show her collection for CELINE this season, but if she is not, fashion might as wel be dead.

About mcQueen: "He is a wild bird and I think he makes clothes fly" ( Quote Isabella Blow)
"If you can dream it....you can do it"


LACE me up

Current State of Mind: Thrilled
Music Mood: The water

Another post on the VALENTINO aw 13/14 collection. If I quote the designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli:
"We were making connections between what they call the severe yet sensual portraits of the Dutch masters for this collection. "We wanted to capture women in a private moment," Chiuri said. "In this show, the face is very important"—as it was for Vermeer and company". They are speaking about Vermeer's Girl With a Pearl Earring.
These pieces have such intricacy in the details.  What we see: a lot of lace and laser-cut leather encrusted with beads or in "Calvinist" plain cotton piqué. The soft wool with the lace collar is to me, a combination from heaven. I am in love with the lace. The red nails make you wander if this girl is as obedient as she seams....
"If you can dream it....you can do it"



Current State of Mind: If you can see it and believe it, it is much easier to achieve it.....
Music Mood: Squalor Victoria
                        Teeshirt from LAUNDRY INDUSTRY

Half a year or so I descided to start my own label. I didn't just decided it, I thought about it for years and Yeeeears actually. I did all sorts of preperations for it. I designed a website for it and had it made.....I ordered labels with my actual brandname on them and then.....NOTHING HAPPENED.
The awkward part is that I even told people about it. "He, you know what; I am starting up my own label" I thought if I intragram about it, it will become real. You know.....just like that. We'll my illusion shuttered, because I am going to tell you, NOTHING happens just like that.
Now I come to think about it, I should have called my label NOTHING. That would have been a good contradiction, but I didn't.
I got bussy again, with my freelance work and almost forgot about the dream. Sometimes time will eat you alive if you do not pay attention. It wasn't that I just sat around and waited for the rapture. I was just super, major busy with other work. I lived in the space of wanting it and resisting it.
I just watched the Oprah Winfrey Show (WHAAAAAaat you watched WHAT!?) Yes, it just so happened to be and what I saw opened my eyes. 
This is what Oprah said if you want certain things to change in your life; "write it down, visualise it, seeing it for yourself and then letting it go. Let it go, but move in the direction towards it. Nothing happens at first. It is over the process of the time and the effort and the energy that you put into it. That the energy comes out....." 

The conclusion is that I am having my things made. I have set a deadline for myself and it will happen. For me it is not about the actual things (in this case clothes) that are going to be made and that my website is going to be online and blablabla. I just want to actually do the things that are now still in my head. I want to become that person that I would like to be. I can learn so much more, but I can also give other people so much more...


ZARA AD aw 13/14

Current State of Mind: I need a hat to cover up my brain
Music Mood: Boa Sorte (Good Luck)

OH my god the Zara Aw 13/14 Campaign is insane! We all know that Zara is always good for a good designer "ripoff', sorry couldn't find a better word for it. But this season they did a pretty good job in copying some of my favorite designer pieces. The copied the Plise skirt, Pinstripe Suit and the Royal Blue double breasted jacket with the golden buttons from Celine. Overcoats simple and clean........also from Celine.
They are  covering the Saint Laurent vibe and they didn't forget to mix it in with a little bit of Dries van Noten..... I have to admit, just for the sake of it, I will get my hands on a few of the pieces, rip off or not, they look pretty good!
"If you can dream it....you can do it"



Current State of Mind:  Clear
Music Mood: A Song for a lover of long ago
I am thinking: CUFFS. Alle these cuffs are from the Aw 13/14 collecion of Valentino. They look so pure and innocent; "Holy" almost. These pictures are in al my favorite colors: Black, Bone, Red, White and Nude......H O L Y!

"If you can dream it....you can do it"



Current State of Mind: Something good will come of all things yet
Music Mood: Du er fin
I just do not know why some people find love just at once and others have to suffer. They break up a few times, because they are searching for that someone.....that special one. After a few break ups, it makes you so fragile that you never want to experience that feeling ever again. 
When you do meet someone, you keep a distance and don't show yourself to the other person just like that. You do not want them to hurt you. When you slowly get to know someone just for a tiny bit, and you have the feeling this is actually a really nice guy, you still do not show anything back....

You think if this is a person with his heart on the right place, there is no need to rush into things. Just have a laugh,act impulsive!?,be mysterious and don't judge......Don't be to serious, and try to look beyond the stereotype. You give just a little bit and you realise it is nice that there is someone interested in you. You have so much to offer, but you don't show it now, because then it only can become more if there blossoms something.

So many love songs a written about this toppic, that I should write my own. I am not a writer, so I am not even going to try. I like to mess around with words and say silly things sometimes. 
I told myself that I wold never judge anyone, without I have seen their actual deeds. Off course, Doubt comes creeping over your back, but sometimes it comes to you, out of insecurity.

You can't blame the other person that after a while they are going to be like; who is this person? But you Can blame a person, that they just trade you in for another person without even knowing you. I just find it really difficult to understand and when I might understand I will choose not to, because love is not perfect.

It is almost like fastfood, it is fast dating. With affairs we try to forget as quickly as possible. I do not even like the word affair.....
People do not talk to each other anymore. Instead of that they become cynical and that is something that I just never want to be, I just refuse to be. They just think about their own needs and if it is not pleased soon enough, they move on to another person to who they Assume will bring them their "so long happy future", but that is not going to happen. If you treat people in they way you do, it will come back to you and sooner or later You will be dropped or be replaced.....

And then you start dreaming of the past......

"If you can dream it....you can do it"


Damn heart

Current State of Mind: One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple. 
Music Mood: Damn
I can feel the night behind me. The warm air is keeping me awake, so  decided to write a bit. What a difference a day makes......You wake up happy and when you finally catch some sleep you realise you are not the same. 

I found this beautiful picture of a girl who is floating on the surface. Do you recognise that feeling when you are under water.....I just hear the sound of the water pressing to my ears. Everything moves slowly under water, silent, fluently. Pure, light and fragile.

It makes me think of one of my favorite collections from Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy. Beautiful intricate dresses witextraordinarily elaborate ornamentation. They are like mermaids, that are just coming out of the water. The models just stood still next to the river. The silence of this collection was an intense roar.

"If you can dream it....you can do it"



Current State of Mind:I feel that I do not have enough time......
Music Mood: GRACE

Sometimes I get to the point that I wander why I am even working in fashion. I speak to my friends who are journalist, nurses and docters and tell them about my experiences in my field of work that I experience every day. They listen to it, but I can't help thinking in the back of my mind, I KNOW that they do not find this important, but I listen to it any way, because she is my friend.

I just can't help it thinking this.....Who am I, caring about clothes, if on the other side of the world people are dying, because they do not have enough to eat or they live in a war zone and they put on whatever clothes that are "on hand". 
This is not completely true, because I do have a fascination with local dressing and cultural traditions and I know that they do not wear just about everything, and there is indeed a decision made according to local traditions. But fact is that they do not pay hundreds and sometimes thousands of Euros for them. Sometimes it is just difficult to put all of this in perspective. I guess as a designer it is good that I have this realisation. But is just so dualistic. 

If you rip my heart open, I do not care about clothes. But what is it then that I keep doing what I am doing? There is something that triggers me going to work every day and that is that is my own personal approach to fashion. From my point of view I love to look at fashion as an work of art. As a designer it gives me the freedom to be creative and create actual things that people can put on their bodies and wear them. I am happy to work as an " in between designer" I do not work for a mass production Brand and I will never will be. I just could never do that. I appreciate the handmancraft and the attention that goes into one piece of clothing. 

I care about the people who are actually making the piece. Sometimes they are true masters in what they are doing. One beautiful example is this short film of Chanel. To see how this couture pieces are been made, is just a joy for my eyes. Those pieces are so intricate, fragile and beautiful! And they make me realise that I do love my work. I am not making couture myself, but I do design pieces that are made by hand on a small basis. And I appreciate that I am part of that small production chain.  

I know that I talk about small things and big things at the same time. Maybe I should cut this point of view in small bits and talk about them step by step on my blog. It interests me and Ialso want to find out, why I am doing what I am doing and more important were is it that I want to be going?
To be continued.....

"If you can dream it....you can do it"


Eternal LOVE

Current State of Mind: Curious to the time to come
Music Mood: Free as a bird
I just stumbled upon these two love stories......
- So beautiful -
I guess stories like this seem to intrigue people because we are all searching for this one eternal love.  You just know it when you found it.....I guess I will have to find out then, sooner or later......
"If you can dream it....you can do it"


Red Velvet Hat

Current State of Mind:  Red Velvet
                                                   Source: stockholmstreetyle
This Maison Michel hat is my dream. Worn by Elena Perminova in Paris with this Elaborate N U D E dress.....So stunning. I am really curious to see all the new collections coming up!
"If you can dream it....you can do it"


The White Balenciaga jacket

Current State of Mind:  She smell of Blossom is filling my head
Music Mood: The Growlers 
                 Source: Stockholmstreetstyle
Hi there, Spring is in the air. Finalmente! I am still thinking All White and Off White outfits. The White Balenciaga jacket paired with the creamy knit and the white trousers are so fresh. I wish I could pull this off.
The dotted jeans is also something funny. The best outfit to me are classical outfits, paired down with a statement pice, in this case the dotted jeans. Also a chunky bag is always good. This black Valentino is all on once. It is a classical bag, but the studs are giving it this edge. 
I sign up for the black bag in the last picture with the white piping......tres chique!
"If you can dream it....you can do it"


Emmanuelle Alt: White Blazer

Current State of Mind: Excited and slightly anxious –my new webSHOP! is in the making, I am going online first week of March!

Yes Yes, I am going to do it. I just decided it, and now it is really happening.....; I am starting my own laaaAAAbel! I will tell you more about it later.
Something I am currently on the lookout for is THAT white blazer. It looks just so fresh, worn with an all black outfit. The white blazer that Emmanuelle Alt is wearing here, is extra stunning, because of the fitted sleeves and it is slightly longer. Really classical and modern at the same time.
Well, if I do not find it, I am going to make one myself. That is something that I hardly do lately, making clothes for myself. But I just get so frustrated by not finding the right kind of stuff in the shops. I am not a big shopper, maybe that is also the case. Think White!
"If you can dream it....you can do it"



Current State of Mind: Hazy
Music Mood: Bonfire

My choise of music doesn't really fit the (rock'n roll) image, but I like to play with contrasts. Let's talk about this AMAZING leather sweater by Philip Lim menswear AW 13 collection. I see myself totally wear it. I am obsessed with (luxurious) sweaters lately.
It is also about contrasts, a sweater in a material that you don't expect. The leather overized trousers are also totally my thing. And then not to forget about the shoes! This metalic leather is STUNNING! The cOOOoooLoooOR!
A women wearing menswear is also another contrast. Something you don't expect. So it is all about the unexpecting! My advise for today is: PLEASE DO the totally unexpected! Be surprising, break some boundaries and PLAY!
"If you can dream it....you can do it"



              Source: style.com, picture by Stockholm Streetstyle 

Current State of Mind: A light and melancholic longing for nondescript and vaguely familiar memories.

Today is the day that I am going to promise myself that I am going to write on this blog every other day (every day is just too much, I like to tell myself that I have an actual bussy and oh so interesting life). No matter what my mood is, or whatever excuses ( Too Bussy, Too tired, Too uninspired or too whatever...) those are going to be ignored and i am going to write, or post the shit out of it.
The New Year is a new beginning and I take that as an opportunity to get myself going. I have to get myself on the Road    ( Love that movie..) I have to understand what I am doing and most important of all where I am going. 
I thought that I would have figured that out by now, but that is not quite the case.
I would like to tell you about my plans, but I haven't figured them out myself yet, so that is something to look forward too....are you coming with me?

I love this quote by Jack Kerouac:
“the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” 
"If you can dream it....you can do it"