Saturday, 5 December 2009

From U.S.A. with Love

Seems like America is liking my humble little blog. Look who's been visiting today, December 5, 2009 !

From the fashionable streets of New York, the gay backrooms of San Fran, to the rednecks of Texas and Oklahoma and the wealthy pensioners of Florida....Thank you very much for dropping by Marbellastyle!

Of course, my little Spanish minions would not be forgotten coming second with 66 readers today. People, it is a long weekend. Log off and enjoy the outdoors, por dios!

And a bigshout to all my new recruits from the Eastern block Azerbaijan, Latvia, Macedonia, Romania, the shisha smoking women of Uzbekistan, Iran, Serbia and the brand obsessed teenagers from Korea, India, The Philippines, Japan and China.

Wow, sound like Eurovision frenzy to me , this is. Keep it coming and por favor, leave your comments, bitches!

A big, big BESO to all of you!

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Out of Stock

How many times did you have to browse through online shopping sites, choose something just to find out that the item you want is out of stock?

I am sure you have experienced this as much as I have. The first few instances I told myself, “wow, I´ve got really good taste, all the stocks that I want have been sold out”. After a while, I felt like I was bullied. I know I´ve got great taste, now give me my item!

Everyday, hundreds of online shopping sites are born. They offer us the moon and the stars for sometimes, ridiculously low prices--- Something that we can’t say No to. As we check our daily emails, we can find at least 5 new online stores wanting us to sign up with them and get the crème de la crème of the retail world in a just one click. But whether the stocks are available or they deliver on time is another problem. As the demand grows it gets difficult for brands to double their supply. Where lies the problem? Do we need another China to mass produce products so we can cater to everyone? No, thank you very much.

Two months ago for example, I badly wanted to buy a watch online and low and behold, the item was unavailable. I contacted their customer service to ask when they can have it back and they said it would be two months after. Two months after? The desire would´ve been gone at that time and financial priorities would have changed.

Now, we are talking about an international shopping site here. If we talk about Spain, it would be a near death experience. A friend of mine wanted to buy a 32 inch HD TV of a specific brand. We scoured different stores that usually stock them, in vain. No one knew when the stocks will be available again. None of them knew, not even the main supplier in Madrid. Only God knows, as we say. And to be honest, don’t even bother to contact Spanish customer service especially telecom companies---they just don’t have any idea what customer service is, period. (And I stand strongly on this matter. How long do I have to wait to get a telephone line in my new apartment? Answer: Since September and still counting. They don’t even apologize for the inconvenience!).

A certain Spanish online store where I signed up releases new merchandise every Monday at 7am. Of course, I would check it say around 7:30 and I am always as sure as hell, my size was not available any more or the items that I want were all sold out. Now if it’s Jimmy Choo for H&M, I could understand the panic buying extravaganza that will happen but no, this is not Jimmy Choo and definitely not H&M.

All of us hate queuing in a crowded store with screaming kids at the background and mothers with their pushcarts ready to elbow, kick and beat anyone who stands on their way. Thanks to virtual stores, we now can shop in the comfort of our bedroom in our pajamas and literally shop till we drop and doze to sleep. However, if every time you fell in love with a pair of crystal encrusted stilettos all you get back is an “out of stock” message, I would rather be with the sea of people, pull hair and teeth until I get what I want rather than settle to something I don’t want for half the price.


Sunday, 29 November 2009

Hercules and Orschel-Read my lips: Androgyny.

Spain definitely loves some ingenious androgyny. Hercules, the country's premiere men's fashion magazine and Vogue Spain feature top model Iris Strubegger for their December issues sporting a face that could launch a thousand eyebrows: Is it a she or a he?

Amusingly enough, Vogue which obviously a woman's magazine features Iris with a fresh, clean, make-up less face, sporting a sleek pompadour which highlights her to die for angular, perfectly chiseled face. Very manly, very masculine. On the other hand Hercules, which is a men's magazine features her in a more twisted way--as a woman looking like a man who looks like a woman. Makes sense? You decide for yourself. Looking closely at the photograph, you could even see the hair on her arms which made me think it was actually a male model on the cover!

Hercules is a biannual luxury fashion and style magazine for men. The publication is bilingual with almost 220 pages of top class brands, models and photographers in the planet.

In this issue of the said mag, they feature Balmain's Creative Director Christophe Decarnin, Adam Kimmel and Oscar De La Renta among others. They also pay tribute to the glory days of romantic Hollywood, cowboys and boys in camp (boyscouts camping I mean.). As expected in a men's fashion mag, you can find a lot of exceptionally beautiful young men in their underwear, a lot of skin, a lot of hair (in all parts you can imagine) and disappointly enough, a lot of black and white picture.

Don't get me wrong. I am an Avedon fan and I love black and white photographs especially when they are use sparingly in a magazine. However, sometimes when it gets too dark to actually see details of a piece of the clothing or too dark to visualise the total look of the image, a good subject goes to waste. I think sometime colors work for some pieces where black and white couldn't do justice at all.

The magazine costs six euros but it is definitely worth it. Here's a simple slide photo presentation to kick start your Monday.

As for the Vogue issue, let's save that for another entry.

That one I assure you is much more colorful than Hercules.

Speaking of ambiguity, Monseur Stefan Orschel-Read, the

man behind Lady Gaga's outfit when she appeared on German TV

program "Wetten Das" has once again blurred the boundary of sexuality

in fashion with his excruciatingly beautiful collection called

"Mourning for Orlando".

Photo: Lady Gaga wearing Orschel-Read Couture trousers in a

German TV program.

Orschel-Read's "Mourning" collection is a circus of fun, creativity

and pure talent. His tailoring is exquisite, the details are meticulous

and the use of different materials including fur, leather and everything in

between is just pure genius.

I Particularly love these headress/hats which, for some reason make me associate them with Japan and the whole Geisha culture. No, it's not the whitewashed faced models but the hats seem like what a geisha wig would look like on a bad day, or worst, a week without a shower.


photos: Lady Gaga (google images), Orschel-Read couture from the designer's website, magazine photo owned by marbellastyle.

Smells Like (Gay) Teen Spirit

Confused of someone's sexuality? Gaydar not working? Well, the next time a fag hag tells you someone is gay because she can "smell" him, you can immediately confirm her effervescent suspicion: If he smells like EAU MO, he definitely is gay!

Introducing the EAU MO (try to pronounce it the gay way : (ho-mo) eau de toilette pour gay. Yes, the only perfume that is out of the closet, marketing specifically to the gay male market.

With base notes of Cedar, Amber, Musk and Vanilla (hmmm...), it "smells like the spirit of youth".

Amen to that.

Now you know the perfect Christmas gift you can give your GBFF (gay best friend forever). EAUMO is only available online and comes in two sizes (I thought there were more than that...) and comes in a slick bottle with the color scheme of HOT Magazine---electric pink and black.

The gorgeous muscled mary in the picture, sold separately.



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