Friday, 11 January 2008

Marc Jacobs Ad Spring 2008 and why I am posting it too.

God. I've been surfing through all the fashion blogs around the world and there's only one hot topic at the moment--the Posh Spice ad for Marc Jacobs. I love Posh although I love her husband a little bit more.




Why am I posting it? To remind myself to exercise and eat less.

I. MUST. FIT. IN. A . SHOPPING. BAG. TOO.

Besos!

Demonizing my Fairytales

The House of Holland says it. Elena Gallen draws it.

The House of Holland lo dice, Elena Gallen lo dibuja.


Meet Elena Gallen--an artist, graphic designer and filmaker from Barcelona whose works are popular with Spanish design cults, clubgoers and of course, bloggers. She's the new addition to funky t-shirt designers with her famous coke-Kate sketch as bestseller.

Elena gallen es una artista, diseñadora, y directora de cine de Barcelona. Sus trabajos son muy populares para los disendores graficos, amante de clubs y por supuesto, bloggers. Ella hace camisetas muy funky, cool y chula como la con dibujo de coke-Kate que la diseñadora ha vendido mucho.

Unlike House of Holland though, Elena twists my fairytale illusions. Yup, I grew up in Disneyland with high hopes that my prince will soon come we'll live happily ever after (have you seen Enchanted yet? I'm sure all the kids image of Prince Charming now is Patrick Dempsey. lol). I've never imagined seeing Bambi with two heads and the Little Mermaid with three breasts but anyway, the t-shirts are just so strangely cute that I wanna wear it one night in a club with leather jacket, skinny jeans and a pair of leather boots that will make Jenna Jameson envious to death.

He crecido con mucha ilusion sobre cuentos de hadas y la verdad, Elena me ha sorprendido mucho. No puedo creer un Bambi con dos cabezas ni la sirenita con tres tetas pero sus creaciones son muy chulas y me encantaria ponermelas una noche con unos pantalones super estrechos, una chaqueta de piel de color negra, y unos botines que Jenna Jameson se haria envidiosisima.



Aren't these lovely? The triple.breasted mermaid

Double-headed Bambi
Tattooed Octopussy
Paris' Tinkerbell


The weekend will be laborious and will not be able to go out. Something to cheer me up though and I'm sharing it all with you---(drumrolls) The sinful pralines from LIDL. Hurray!

Tengo mucho trabajo y no podre salir este fin de semana pero esto me va a acompañar y me gustaria repartirlo a todo vosotros que leeis mi blog----los Pralines ricos de LIDL!

This is one reason why I love Spain. I mean, where on earth can you get authentic Belgian chocolates for 3 euros?

Esto es unas de las razones por que a mi me encanta España. Digo, donde puedes encontrar los autenticos bombones belgas por 3 euros? Solamente en Lidl.jejejej.



Have a good weekend everyone. Meanwhile, I will indulge on this sin.

Que os divertais el finde. Y yo de momento, voy a disfrutar este picado tan rico.


Besos!

P.S.
I know my spanish is sinful as well but at least I tried. I need some practice so I will be posting in Castellano as well starting Monday.

Yo sé que mi castellano esta muy mal todavia pero necesito praticar mas . Por eso, escribiré en este idioma apartir del Lunes.


Check out the Elena's site on www.elenagallen.com




Hello, Gorgeous?

First it was the D&G's gold mobile phone. Now, it seems every designer is lending their names to big telecom companies such as Giorgio Armani for Samsung.

Armani Phone at 599

I understand that everything in this day and age is about image. I understand that if I were a celebrity, I would rather be dead than be caught using a Jurassic era Nokia phone with a green LED screen that plays some obscure classical music as ringtone.

I understand that if were a bigshot businessman, I would definitely impress my clients with my iphone or the latest Blackberry which enables me to surf the Internet, even check some pornsites while having power lunch with an important client. I understand that mobile phones are necessities, not wants. I understand that we can't live without it (although I admire people who can).

What I don't understand is why normal people like me would want to get a thousand euro worth of mobile phone when nobody seems to care to send me messages, or if they do, chances are, I left my phone at home or something. When I want to get in touch with someone, I call. I don't need the most complex features which makes me anxious and angry sometimes. I don't want to press 20 times to get the letter "A". I don't want to get into several folders before I can see who texted me. The only time I need my phone's camera is when I go to shops to take photos secretly otherwise, I use my digicam hence I don't need my mobile to have 10 megapixels which slows down everything. No, I don't need to wait 20 minutes to download and read a simple message.

I don't need complications in life. But then again, it's just me.

If you are luxurious and would kill for everything signature, here are your choices from The Phonehouse, the leading mobile phone distributor in Spain:


Prada. Now 399 euros from 599.
Ted Baker 299 euros
Hummer 239 euros


PORSCHE 1,200 EUROS


LEVI'S 299 euros



If Lanvin would come up with one soon, now that's a different story.

What about you? What's your phone? Hello...hello?

Besos!

photos from www.phonehouse.es, www.geeksdot.com



Wednesday, 9 January 2008

Who cares about the weather?


a sale is a sale is a sale.

My friends Louise and Sheba called me at 9 am in the morning to go to the Miramar Mall in Fuengirola , Monday. Still recuperating from colds and flue I had during the weekend from my Granada trip to show the Alhambra to my visiting friends from Ireland, I gathered myself and at 10 am sharp, we entered the battlefield. And oh, my god, was it a battlefield! People everywhere as if it was the last day of the world; pushing, running,men , women, crying babies everywhere and the the queues to stores are endless. I thought it would be a perfect moment to get some pictures to rave and rant about in my blog so with the help of my Nokia phone (I'm not sure about using a digicam since it's too obvious and also, I don't know if the stores would allow to take photographs of their products etc.) I clicked, clicked and clicked my way to the mall with running colds and and heavy head galore.

First Stop: Vero Moda---after a slice of pizza for breakfast in the foodcourt (we were starving when we arrived), we immediately rushed to Vero Moda. I got super excited since Giselle Bundchen was their image model for w2007 collection, I was expecting loads of fab pieces from this European brand. I wasn't disappointed. Loads of shiny, glittering splendids innate to European fashion. I saw loads of Prada clones which was nice but the prices are still high. Will wait till week 3 of the rebajas for a much needed vengeance. Bought: nada. zero. pricey.

Jack and Jones / Pepe Jeans---I'm not really into sporty clothing ( Ok. I'm not sporty, I don't go to the gym, I don't like physical torture, ok?) but my girlfriends pulled me here so I didn't have a choice. I was surprised that behind those hoodies, jumpers and jeans, they've got some girly stuff as well. I love the shorty-shorts with yellow ribbon/belt as well as funky floral dress which is perfect for turtlenecks and leggings.

More walking, window shopping, checking, loitering, and before we could go to Spain's most beloved retail store Zara (love it!), my head was already swirling and I had to take a paracetamol tablet. I hated myself for going out in such condition. I should have just stayed home, curled up on my bed watching Spendaholics on BBC but hey, who wouldn't want to miss the first day of sale? No one.
Zara was full. Super full and with my condition, I didn't have the energy nor the enthusiasm to try look for great pieces so while my friends were pulling hair with other women for some Burberry Prosum clones, I content myself with amazing bags abandoned by the crowd. I really love these oversized bags. Original price 120 euros. Now, 59.95!


I promise to make a separate entry for ZARA in the coming days . Let's save the best for last.


Next, Stradivarius /Pimkie---funky clothes for the younger generation. Loads of shiny clubwear. That's my friend Louise trying on a Stradivarius top.
Pieces from Pimkie
I wish I have Susie Bubble's artistic flair. I know she could think of something to make out of this one. This metallic/silver latex leggings stared at me intently but I just couldn't imagine seeing myself wearing it! I bought it anyway just in case I get a chance to travel to Mars or something. OR Halloween perhaps. :)

That's my girlfriend Sheba eagerly waiting for summer to arrive. Dress by Dorothy Perkins.12 euros.


Super hot pants! I love , I love, the Kylie Minogue-ish style of these two. (click the image to enlarge). From Stradivarius. I got the denim one. Hope not to gain more weight till summer or else...
Very chic dress from Dorothy Perkins. Ideal for office . Black stockings, platform shoes, and accessories galore, I imagine.
Cute summery top from Dorothy Perkins, again.


And last but not the least...my loveliest buy of the day...Chanel sunglasses. 130 euros . I didn't have the energy to try on much clothes so I focused myself trying on hassle free things. I didn't need to queue to the changing rooms. All I needed was a mirror and some model attitude---extreme model pouts.


We finished at about five in the afternoon and to say the least, I was exhausted and super sick, I threw up. Yes, I did.

After a cup of chamomile tea and loads of paracetamols, I tried to sleep. Outside it was raining and the cold was unbearable. I gave my Chanel one last look before I doze off.
Who cares about the weather?

Besos!

Monday, 7 January 2008

Architecture + Fashion = ArchiFashion

This is the dress that provoked my thoughts.

Loewe

No, it wasn't the shape, the size nor the colors that amazed me but the glittering mosaic patterns reminiscent of Gaudi's Parque Guelle in Barcelona. These architectural patterns make me wonder ...would it be possible to combine fashion and architecture? If so, would the fusion be absolute? Or just complementary?

In the book Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture, authors Brooke Hodge, Patricia Mears and Susan Sidlaus examined the many overlaps and visual and intellectual principles that unite fashion and architecture:

"In recent years, the boundaries between architecture and fashion have become increasingly blurred, and this beautifully illustrated new book explores the intersections and concepts that underlie the two disciplines. Both architecture and fashion are based on the human body and on ideas of space, volume, and movement. Each functions as shelter or wrapping for the body—a mediating layer between the body and the environment—and can express personal, political, and cultural identity. Fashion designers and architects share much of the same vocabulary and similar techniques of construction: pinning, darting, folding, wrapping, draping. Fashion designers have always been able to achieve complex, often architectonic garments using fabric. Today, many architects are looking to fashion and techniques of tailoring as they attempt to achieve more and more complex forms using hard materials."

Staircase dress from Issey Miyake
Junya Watanabe and the Sydney Opera


The Loewe dress is an obvious example for "skin". It is a basic dress without the complexities of architecture in its structure, form nor the use of high-tech materials to call it a "bone". The pattern used is clearly inspired by one of history's finest architects---Gaudi. The use of intricate mosaic pattern in this dress is a "trademark" of the Spanish architect's use of broken ceramics in his designs, most of which have hallucinatory effect . It may not be as colorful as any of Gaudi's creations like the benches In Parque Guelle or his fairy-tale like buildings that lined up the streets of Barcelona but still the dominance of the mosaic and is but truly the architect's signature.

The dress and the Gaudi mosaic

alexander mcqueen

Airplane dress by Chalayan made from the same materials used in aircraft construction.Remote controlled. (photos from www.designboom.com)

Although it is quite clear that architecture and fashion (Archifashion) blend and complement each other, it is difficult to say to the marriage of the two will be absolute. Quite impossible, if I may say. Maybe in the runway it is, but in real life, would you really want to wear Hussein Chalayan's airplane dress? Imagine walking down Manhattan when suddenly you realized you lost your remote control. That would be a disaster.

In fifty years time, perhaps, the face of fashion will change and the use of materials unthinkable by mandkind will be the trend:brass skirts, steel stilettos, bubble wrap tops, and plastic stockings. Hussein Chalayan and other geniuses maybe giving us a glimpse of what's in store for us in the future but in the meantime, I'm okay with my soft silk nightgown...


Besos!

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