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Annemarieke van Drimmelen
You know me, can’t resist a beautiful black and white shot to kick of the weekend. Even more so, when the picture involves two items that seem made for each other: an inverted lapel coat (leather detail!) and a roll-neck sweater. Add some slightly tousled hair…et voilà!

Image: Annemarieke van Drimmelen

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Alasdair McLellan
After an unannounced week of silence due to a nasty cold and a somewhat cranky internet connection, let’s get back into the swing of things.
The lovely Natalie asked me a few posts ago (in the comment section) about my thoughts on the last Balenciaga collection. You must know (and you probably do unless you were living under a rock for the past few months – fashion news wise) that it was Nicola Ghesquière’s last collection for the renowned fashion label before passing the torch to Alexander Wang (after a lot of rumours and a good dose of speculation madness). One can easily see why the designer referred to it as „the most sensual collection I’ve ever done“. The first look, and probably the most cited one, is nothing else but a pantsuit combined with a bra top. Although it is not that easy to imagine WHEN, WHERE and above all HOW you are supposed to wear it, there is something very much appealing about that look nontheless. It is polished and well constructed and in the same time it is also unexpectedly revealing. I for one can imagine wearing that top over a t-shirt but maybe I just saw one too many episodes of you-know-which-series or I was simply thinking about the black-harness-over-white-t-shirt-combo sported by Taylor Tomasi Hill a few seasons ago. Either so, Alasdair McLellan did a brilliant job of capturing the beauty of these pieces and so did the stylist (it kind of makes me want to wear every single ring of mine).

Anyway, this black and white shot was patiently waiting to be published and now I’m relieved to get it out of my system. Literally. Not so sure about this look though.

Image: Alasdair McLellan

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Patrick Demarchelier
There can be said a lot about couture (I still owe you one post on this topic) and opinions can differ wildly when it comes to its right to exist. But let me say this: if this dress was made with the sole reason to be worn in this picture, I do think that is reason enough.

Image: Patrick Demarchelier

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Hedi Slimane
Sometimes making a few changes does not only seem like a good idea, it seems like a necessity. As 2012 came to an end, that was how we felt when it came to our appartment. And since we don’t like to do things halfheartedly, more and more ideas came up and we started right away with some executions. Part of the plan is to get rid of all the stuff that had gathered over the time and that we don’t really need (anymore). Weird as it is, I don’t really bother. There is a part of me who finds it quite satisfying to get rid of things and making space for…space. In that spirit I went through the big piles of magazines which have gathered over an unacceptable amount of time. Luckily I could part easily with a good amount of them since I couldn’t see myself flicking through them one more time. Those which stayed, in turn, are true keepers which I will see myself come back to over and over again in the future. Anyway, in the middle of the sifting process I came upon this beautiful black and white shot of Lara Stone. The magazine: Vogue Paris, 2009. The man behind the lens: Hedi Slimane. I remember how much I liked it the first time I turned the page and how it ended up to be part of my illustration portfolio (if you are curious the see the result, just hit the Read More button). Needless to say that my opinion hasn’t changed a bit.

Happy weekend everyone!

Image: Hedi Slimane Illustration: Definitely Golden

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Ann Street Studio
There are some pieces you may or you may not remember. And then there are pieces you probably will never fail to recognize. They will even make you think about the complete collection and what it meant design wise at the moment of its presentation. Everyone of us would probably pinpoint different looks simply because taste is very subjective and therefore there is a certain kind of variety in what stays on your mind and what doesn’t. Some designers happen to make an exception, though: the collection they send down the runway gets ultimately everyone’s attention. Raf Simons achieved nothing less than that with his Jil Sander spring 2011 collection.

Image: Ann Street Studio

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Just a quick post to share this picture with you simply because I found it one minute ago and found it oh so perfect. Hope you are spending a nice weekend…

Image: Justin Chung

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 The designer of the suit: Yves Saint Laurent. The man behind the camera: Helmut Newton. The shot dates back to 1975, but it will never get old. It is hardly possible to find something more classic (and classier) than this.

Image: Helmut Newton

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This was not planned, but apparently this week is all about dresses. I think that I just might pick a whole different topic for next post, but I thought that this beauty is definitely worth sharing. What I love most about that dress is pretty simple to explain: I don’t have the feeling to have seen it already like a hundred and ten times. Although maybe I should point out here that never-seen-before does not necessarily equal wow-this-is-outstanding. Sometimes a look or a garment can be very different from what we are used to see and sometimes we can not stop ourselves from thinking that it probably should have stayed that way. In this case, quite the contrary crossed my mind. (Did I mention that this picture is part of an editorial published in the gentlewoman? No? I should have because those ones never disappoint me.)
As you can read above its creator is no other than Nicolas Ghesquière, who is no longer designing for Balenciaga from this month on. Fifteen years as a head designer for a label seems like an eternity and almost utopian when you take into consideration that the game of musical chairs is reigning today’s  fashion industry. Just like everybody else, I’m curious to see what he is about to do next.

Image: Karim Sadli

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Using adjectives such as delicate, white and lacy might instantly evoke pictures of wedding gowns. Especially when we add into equation the fact that we are speaking about dresses and even more so, when we are speaking about long gowns. The dress above probably ticks all these boxes (and I say probably, because I’m not quite sure about the colour) and yet, we are not seeing here someone prepared to walk down the aisle. There is no doubt really that the dress is sublime, but seeing it makes me wonder about the contextualisation of clothing. If you wearing this for fashion week (which was what happened), does it change our perception or are we still tempted to ask about the future husband. My point is: can culturally set meanings be taken down a notch by changing the framework or styling? Or are some combinations and some kind of fashion items heavily laden with meaning? Just think about restaurants and the classic black and white attire for waiters and waitresses. Wear both colours without paying any attention to proportions and you will maybe end up being mistakenly held up and asked to bring the menu. That does not mean that black and white are off limits when going out for dinner. You can still wear a black skirt and white shirt, but yes, it probably pays off to consider the cut, the length and the fabric.
Back to the case in question: are accessories like dark sandals and  a huge purse game changing enough?

Image: Vogue Spain

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I must be out of my mind. Maybe it is that kind of day, though, to do something totally crazy. Like posting three pictures from one single editorial. The reality is, I couldn’t make up my mind which photograph to choose and so, I decided to indulge a little bit. I like how there is a certain roughness about them, I like the windswept hair and I like those extremely high boots. And since today the rain didn’t stop hitting the pavement for one single second, I even might find those very attractive. Indeed.

Image: Willy Vanderperre

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