Category Archives: Design Talks

Design Work, The Phoebe Files

One of Philo philosophies has been to subtly reinvent a core group of pieces each season/ the kind of wardrobe staples that she wears herself. “There’s a classsicism and beauty to it, ” she says- ” Why change it?”

All the houses that still have their integrity and stands for codes have that way of working, “ she adds. “The idea of fast fashion, and everething always having to be new, can lead to nothing other than a whole load of confusion. I don’t feel a need for that in the way I dress- and I think lots of other women feel the same way.”

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She had an interview with LVMH Fashion’s president Pierre-Yves Roussel about establishing her own -named brand, but instead of it she’s got Celine. The Phoebe Files in Vogue March 2013

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Design Work, Guillaume Henry of Carven

OMG, he is so lovable!

And, yes, I buy Carven. Because you can buy it. Because it’s fresh. And fresh is not question of age, it’s a question of identity.

 

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Design Talks, Mainstream Codes

Ok guys, I ‘ve to admit, I ‘ve a tendency to be a late mainstreamer. I’m honest and serious about it. It takes me a long time to like some products. And than: it’s to late…
Ok, maybe I’m not a late mainstreamer, maybe early, but I’ve done so many fashion mistakes recently that I’m starting to worry about my taste.

So, following fashion bloggers, I’ve found out, that there are some products that on some point work as mainstream codes: almost every blogger who posts their stuff, owns ( or borrows) them.

For me it’s a sign: stay away, you are 40!

A very classical example:  Isabel Marant sneakers + Celine Boston bag

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( photo via www. marantphiles.com)

Thanks God, my sneakers are well- worn now ( and it didn’t take so long) .The thing I hope for  is, since now everyone is so busy choosing between  Dunk A.P.C.+ Nike and New Balance,  maybe Marant sneakers look more like an old-fashion, classic piece this spring…

The first time  Mainstream Codes I’ll dedicated to Celine.

1)  Celine Trio Bag www.celine.com

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2) Celine Square Glasses here

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Design Talks, The Concept of the New Luxury

Recently I’m posting many thing on Dutch designer Alexander van Slobbe.

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I met him in the moment  I was in the process of organizing the seminar  The Future of Retail at Westerdals School of Communication. I had a great programm with really great professionals: Robert Thiemann,  the Editor-in- Chief of Frame magazine; Thomas Mick, Director of Dior Interior Retail & Visual Merchandising and Charlotte Bjorklund from Li Edelkort’s  Trend Union, but I was missing something.

I guess, I was still missing my personal answer where the future of retail is for me.

And somehow this man, that I had not have any idea about before I came to Amsterdam and just  walked into his shop,  who was taking very slowly,  gave me my personal answer. ( Specially after Robert Thiemann told me the whole his story : about  Alexander van Slobbe going  to Japan, becoming a big brand there and after leaving for home.)

I believe that his New Luxury is my Future of Retail: designers and products made and sold locally not because of a wish to make a fashion super-empire ( I believe this time is over: Armani was the last one) , but doing the things you believe in. Do it differently than even your friends do. Choose yourself what to read, what to buy and what to eat.

Yes, about eating. Now when everyone is some kind of  “healthy ” diet, the most popular is to  avoiding carbohydrates,  I believe, that sourdough bread, made in the bakery on the corner from your house,  is luxury. Because it’s fresh, solf and tasty. It’s not about a brand: is it Åpen Bakery or United Bakeries, it’s about the right way of making  and selling bread.

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But in terms of New Luxury, I’ve already contacted Eventarchitectuur, who did the shop for Alexander van Slobbe.

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I hope, they will make The Future of Retail in Oslo next year.

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Buy Design, The Perfect Jacket

There is only  a couple of things that you really need to buy in this life.
The little black jacket is one of them

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http://thelittleblackjacket.chanel.com/en_GB/thejacket/video/1

Buy Design, Amsterdam: Pearls from Makkum

If you remember, when I visited  Orson+Bodil Amterdam,  I had bad luck to buy a hat. And than I decided to go for pearls.

I got a pearl from Makkum, designer Alexander van Slobbe, made by  Koninklijke Tichelaar Makkum.

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Royal Tichelaar Makkum is the Netherlands’ oldest company, but they collaborate with the greatest modern designers and architects of nowadays Netherlands.

The list is here 

We can read on the webside, that ” The ‘pearls’ can be bought as complete necklace or one by one, to enable the wearer to compose her own ‘pearl’ rope. These ‘Pearls of Makkum’ have become desirable alternatives to the traditional pearl chain. The ‘pearls’ beauty is even enhanced by their luxury presentation box, designed by Irma Boom, who is responsible for all graphic expressions of our company.”

I bought a dark brown one: Onix.

And I told  Alexander that everey time I come back to Amsterdams, I’ll buy one  pearl more. One day I’ll own my own pearl necklace.IMG_7498

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Buy Design, Amsterdam: Orson + Bodil Store Opening

Today on superfuture.com you can read about Orson+Bodil Store Opening in Amsterdam.

I was in Amsterdam 3 weeks ago and completely accidentally run into the store because it was located very close to my hotel.

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I really liked the store and had a nice conversation with the owner, the Dutch designer Alexander van Slobbe.

The funny thing was, I wanted to try this hat.

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But I learned, the hat wasn’t a part of the exibition. It was the  hat of his friend he just left on the bench while he was drinking coffee downstairs in the shop…

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Buy Design, OMA sells

Of course, if you want to convert a building in Venice into a department store, you must not forget about a cultural program. OMA is good in it.

Well, the Fondaco dei Tedeschi is on the corner from a hotel where I usally stay for Venice Biennale. I guess, I better find a new hotel. Not so close to the culture programm…

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via dezeen.com

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Design Talks, The Future of Retail

Wednesday, March 13 Westerdals School of Communication is hosting a seminar The Future of Retail.TFOR_programme_last

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Design Talks, The Case Against Fast Fashion Collaborations

There is  an article that is really worth to read:

Op-Ed /Making The Case Against Fast Fashion Collaborations by Eugene Rabkin

 

“Providing access to affordable clothing is a noble goal. But, alas, this goal was perverted a long time ago by the rise of irresponsible consumer behaviour that has transformed the act of shopping into a leisure activity. According to Textile Recycling for Aid and International Development (TRAID), consumers in the UK purchase a whopping 2.15 million tonnes of new clothing a year. They also throw away over 900,000 garments each year, sometimes with the sales tags still on them. In the US, the picture is even more dire, with consumers dumping an estimated 10 million tonnes of clothing annually.”

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