marți, 24 iulie 2012

H&M Fall 2012, a Sneak Peak

Last week I visited H&M's Showroom and I got a preview of the Fall '12 collection that will hit stores in a couple of months (at the end of August, to be exact).

As usually, there's a little bit of everything for everyone: rhinestones, sequins, lurex, but also a lot of etherial nature prints, velvet and minimalistic designs. My favourites were the green and, most of all, the burdundy pieces and a wonderful peplum top covered in black velvet sequins. Gotta love it. Also, the accessories (bags, hats and necklaces) are super-versatile, to be used in lots of outfits of different moods.

Shoe-wise, the collection keeps to its essence: a shoe for everyone and for every mood. On a gloomy day you can go for the burgundy velvet boots, when you feel pretty optimistic (or in need for an optimistic kick) you can sport the lace ups with cute neon-pink fronts, while on a date or a fancy event you can slip into the gorgeous heels (you can go from burgundy velvet platform pumps to pinkish stilettos).

So, no more words, here's the preview!

In the Men department, things are looking pretty interesting too, with lace-up boots, loafers and lots of classic shoes which can be paired in so many outfits.

luni, 23 iulie 2012

Get Your Kinky-Barbarella On with Mihaela Glavan

Mihaela Glavan's collection for the season to come, Fall-Winter 2012-2013, is pure awesomeness. And I'm not saying it because she's my alltime favourite Romanian designer, as you might have figured out so far.

Her collection, in nudes, a lot of black and some shades of brown, are bound to bring out your inner Barbarella. To do that, the designer has used metal (both silver and gold) molds, shamelessly applied on the heels, and wire-like stitching, both neaty and chaotic, applied all along thigh-high boots or pumps.

Of course, her signature style is still there: the minimalistic design, the cuts in leather, the raw edges and the strips of leather beautifully plaited together.

The Romanian Shoe designer was inspired by baroque deco, but also by futuristic sculptures.
Cool detail: for the metal molds Mihaela had full support from Aurel Ierulescu, a well-known Romanian sculptor.

So, will you go all futuristic-metal this fall?



marți, 17 iulie 2012

Battle of the Divas: Lana Del Rey vs. Lady Gaga

Today seems to be a good day for fashion. Photos of the Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda show have finally surfaced the internet, Tiesto is designing a capsule-collection for luxury brand Guess and Rihanna will be translating her style into a mass-market collection by River Island.

But what would fashion news be without a litlle cat fight? This time round, it's on between Lana Del Rey and Lady Gaga. The grand prize is whoever gets more buzz, more frenzy, more excitement, more anything that will get them all over Facebook, Twitter and the entire internet. It's a diva showdown, starring two of the most famous international songstresses. It's kind of like a mud fight (or honey, if that's what gets you going), but marketing- and popularity-wise.

First off, Lana Del Rey will be the face of H&M's Fall 2012 Ad Campaign. The Swedish brand is dosing our curiosity gradually: two photos off the campaign and a few words to set the mood. The campaign is supposed to be very 60's, very L.A. noir, which explains signing off Lana for it.

Points in Lana's favor: The two images are very Lolita meets Mad Men, in an intriguing way. Plus, the clothes (I bet the puffy peachy sweater will get its own hashtag on Twitter) look amazing.

Points in disfavor: None. Honestly, none. If you find one, mail me.

The second news of the day is about another ad campaign. Lady Gaga has published last night on her Facebook page the image which will promote her newly released perfume: Fame. It got a lot of buzz within these past hours, both good and bad. But, hey, Lady Gaga knows best about bad publicity. 

Points in Gaga's favor: The campaign was shot by Steven Klein. The ad is black and white (classy) and it has a cinema-diva-like mood to it.

Points in disfavor: God, those little men (the little monsters, what a metaphor *eye roll*) look so funny. I mean, when I first saw the image I instantly started to laugh. How can you not? It's silly. And the message of the campaign is sooooo cheap, gives me the feeling of an amateur job.

So, have you decided? Which diva are you cheering for? 
P.S. Mud or honey? ^_^