My Best For Amsterdam #FCfindyourlook

There is this fun Blogger-Contest at fashionchick.de and I decided to take part!

The winner gets the chance to attend Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam, yay.

As it will be height of summer then my go to Outfit would be of course very light:#FCfindyourlook Outfit for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam, COS raincoat-dress, FCUK heels, Acne shorts, MAC ruby woo lips. Photographed in Mülheim

This incredible raincoat-dress in a chiffony material from COS is my absolute staple at summer. It’s easy-breezy while it will still safe me from those sudden downpours. Doesn’t it look very Celine-ish? I love it when practicability gets combined with good design. Nothing more satisfying as to be dressed appropriate and to look good at the same time, no? Still haven’t met anyone else who owns a raincoat like this, too.

#FCfindyourlook Outfit for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam, COS raincoat-dress, FCUK heels, Acne shorts, MAC ruby woo lips. Photographed in Mülheim

Underneath I’m wearing Acne Shorts and COS black top. You can see them shine through. And not to forget my hot heels from FCUK. At such a height they’re really comfortable but of course I would take flats with me as Amsterdam calls for strolls through its Grachten.

#FCfindyourlook Outfit for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam, COS raincoat-dress, FCUK heels, Acne shorts, MAC ruby woo lips. Photographed in MülheimAnd if there will be sunshine everybody will see my heart shaped earrings from Konplott sparkling, perfectly complementing the best accessories ever: glossy hair and MAC ruby woo lips.

Let’s hope I’ll win because I really wanna go there and have a look at the great innovative fashion the Netherlands are known for!

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Review: Vika Gazinskaya x & Other Stories

A few days have gone by since the collaboration launch between Russian designer Vika Gazinskaya and & Other Stories of Swedish retail giant H&M. Beforehand the brand, a master of feathery light marketing, teased us heavily with beautifully shot campaign images.

Vika Gazinskaya seems like an obvious choice for this hyped brand as she is already an established persona under fashionistas. As part of the fabulous Russian fashpack she awes street style photographers regularly during Paris fashion week while at the same time delivering actual contribution into the fashion circus with her simple yet very feminine clothing line.

Accordingly to Vikas regular creations the collab mostly consist of dresses, each with a little twist. Some are very sleek, others all-over printed with her signature pencil strokes, strongly reminiscent of & Other Stories beautiful brushstroke package design and here and there you’ll find some girly embellishment like big bows and puff sleeves.

Sadly the quality proofs not very convincing as & Other Stories again decided to use a heavy synthetic fabric. Especially the white collared dress with the pencil stroke print came out disappointing. It looked like an absolute must-have in the campaign images and I really wanted to add it onto my shopping bag. Now I’m really happy that I first took a look in the store…

As usual for this retailer there is actually nothing to complain about the cut but the weird fabric which also looks like it would pill any moment is so off-putting and makes the puffy dresses seem deflated. At seeing them I couldn’t avoid thinking of our beloved 80s movie Pretty in Pink. What a pity, I really thought the clothes would consist of the good old cotton. No wonder there were still so many left on the hangers.

Pretty in Pink Prom Dress
Pretty In Pink movie still

A quick look around the store made me aware that synthetics are the fabrics of choice at & Other Stories. If you’re lucky you get a good one, like the dress I ordered back in December but chances are high that you’re not.

At the end the collaboration is still a big coup for the brand and the designer as it created a big buzz around the web with beautiful pics that will stay. Also once a shopping hungry costumer is lured into the bright store it’s dead sure that she won’t be leaving without a purchase. As it happened to me… I lost myself in the beauty aisle and took some goodies home at least. Enough to talk about in a post soon.

Seit mehr als ein paar Tagen schon ist die Kollaboration zwischen der russischen Designerin Vika Gazinskaya und dem schwedischen H&M Ableger & Other Stories käuflich zu erwerben.

Zuvor wurden wir Mädels mit Teaser Kampagnen ordentlich getriezt und auf die Stücke heiß gemacht. Wie ginge es denn auch anders, sind die Verantwortlichen bei & Other Stories doch Meister der federleichten Vermarktung.

Vika Gazinskaya ist unter den Fashionistas dieser Welt bereits eine etablierte Persönlichkeit. Als Teil des russischen Fashpacks bringt sie regelmäßig alle während der Pariser Fashion Weeks mit ihren modernen Styles in Verzückung und liefert gleichzeitig darüber hinaus mit einfachen und doch mädchenhaften Kleiderkreationen einen echten Leistungsbeitrag im Modezirkus ab.

Die Kampagnenfotos wirken dementsprechend wie eine natürliche Erweiterung des bisher gesehenen. Die Marke und die Designerin passen perfekt ineinander. Auf der einen Seite haben wir ein Gesicht geliebt von Bloggern und andererseits eine von Bloggern verehrte Marke.

Die Kollektion besteht hauptsächlich aus den für die Designerin typischen Kleidern mit Twist. Manche sind sleek, einige mit dem sehr wiedererkennbaren Bleistiftstrichprint der Designerin, der an die schöne Pinselstrichbedruckung auf den & Other Stories Verpackungen erinnert, und andere wiederum haben gänzlich unminimalistische Stoffverzierungen angebracht.

Leider erweist sich die Qualität der Kleider als leicht unterirdisch, so dass es mich nicht gewundert hat, diese noch in en masse im Laden hängen zu sehen, obwohl der Launch doch wieder soviel her ist. Besonders das weiße Kleid mit dem blauen Bleistiftstrichprint und dem Kragen hat mich enttäuscht, während es in der Kampagne noch wie das absolute Must Have ausgesehen hat und ich es mir unglaublich gern in meinen Einkaufskorb gewünscht hatte, war ich jetzt doch sehr froh es im Store zuerst in Augenschein nehmen zu können.

An den Schnitten ist wie üblich nichts auszusetzen, aber leider haben die Kleider eine weitere Gemeinsamkeit mit der regulären Kollektion: & Other Stories nutzt gerne Synthetikstoffe und wie ich beim Durchsehen im Laden festgestellt habe, beinah ausschließlich welche mit merkwürdig dicker Haptik, anscheinend hatte ich bei meiner letzten Errungenschaft Glück. Schade, denn in den Kampagnenbildern wirkt alles wie solide Baumwolle.

Ich habe wirklich versucht dem Kleid etwas abzugewinnen, aber die Vorstellung diesen unbiegsamen Stoff, der sehr nach Pilling aussah, auf dem Körper auszuführen war mir dann doch zuviel. Und der Rest der Kollaborationsstücke war noch schlimmer, durch die Stoffwahl wirkten manche ähnlich Luftballons denen die Luft entwichen ist, ein wenig wie 80er Jahre Promdresses.

Letztendlich wird die Kollaboration, aber kein Fail gewesen sein, denn sind wir Frauen erstmal in kauffreudiger Laune in den Laden gelockt, lassen wir in der Regel auch etwas von unserem harten Geld da.

In meinem Fall waren es dann ein paar hübsche Kleinigkeiten aus der Beautyabteilung über die ich dann demnächst berichten werde.

The Coolest New Swimwear Label

Hey folks, a new player of stylo beachwear arrived in town!

mymarini outfit fuchsia red bathing suit swimwear one piece

mymarini one piece flitter shop grau bathing suit swimwear

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Look at those swimsuits! I’m in love with them. The brand is MYMARINI, ethical swimwear made in Hamburg. A friend of mine which is befriended with the designer Mareen Burk hinted me to them.

I wish this label was already out two years ago when I was on a desperate month long hunt for a cute bathing suit that ended with buying a cool yet disappointingly low quality one from Anthropologie for 200 Euros!!! I knoooow that is a lot of money but you would have done the same after months and months of fruitless searching.

At that time options for girls refusing to wear a bikini were somewhat limited. Since then it has become better with labels popping everywhere. But it is still tricky to find a suitable swimsuit as it is a little known fact that there has to be put a certain amount of craftsmanship into the design of a non-wired swimsuit in order that nothing wiggles around. This will not happen with the MYMARINI pieces assures us the designer as all of her suits are double-lined which firms and acts slightly slimming, yay. The price point is almost as high as my Anthropologie one but the quality is way better, for sure.

I like that she uses ecofriendly fabric from Italy, you can read about it here, and prefers to produce everything in Germany by herself and her team so it is hundert percent ethical.

In fact Mareen has a background as graphic designer and surfer babe and this really shines through in her pieces. The best stuff has always come from people who now what they’re doing and develop stuff which they actually want to use themselves. Her designs are sleek and chic but still sporty enough to have fun at the beach. Personally I do like the focus on a high waist which gives everything also a little of the retro vibe that I adore so much.

This image is from the Facebook site:

mymarini outfit bathing suit swimwear one piece

And below a dreamy campaign pic of the brands bikinis photographed by Gordon Timpen.

My Marini Bikini Campaign pics by Gordon TimpenAnd after clicking through all the product pictures I noticed that the brand uses beautiful, fit models but doesn’t (over-)photoshop them. This is cool! First, it looks cool and second, it lets you better imagine how the suits would fit on yourself. Ain’t that great?

UPDATE: The site offers free shipping to the US!!!

 

What’s On Right Now

Shigeru Takato, Nachrichtenstudios in Sankt Peter Kirche Köln, Vernissage

Two art hot spots in Köln:

Japanese artist Shigeru Takato shows a strong choice of his photographs in the great location of gothic church St. Peter.

Shigeru Takato, Nachrichtenstudios in Sankt Peter Kirche Köln, Vernissage

Though Takatos subjects are contemporary, all of his images are taken with a really old analogue camera, a Linhof Technika III from 1950, which gives them a lively and deep color spectrum. What’s also stunning is that the church is still in use. Right now, with the big print behind the altar, this creates quite a contrasting sight especially during service. Open till the 6th of May.

Shigeru Takato, Nachrichtenstudios: Sharareh in front of oversize print in Sankt Peter Kirche Köln

The big print glued onto the apse. With me in comparison, you see how big it is! From the front it seems deformed.

Shigeru Takato, Nachrichtenstudios in Sankt Peter Kirche Köln, Vernissage. 3D Print vor Altar

The real purpose reveals itself if you go up onto the church gallery through the little door you see below and then look on it again. Doesn’t it look like I photoshopped the print into this image? Like if it’s floating… Takato is rocking some precise calculation and glueing here.
Kunst Station Shigeru Takato, Nachrichtenstudios in Sankt Peter Kirche Köln, Vernissage

 

Also still on: Mark Jenkins at Galerie Ruttkowski;68. Open till May, 18th.

Mark Jenkins. Vernissage Terrible Horrible’ at Ruttkowski63, exhibition poster

 

Here some iPhone pics from my friends of the opening:

Life-sized sculptures. Some wasted…

Mark Jenkins. Vernissage Terrible Horrible’ at Ruttkowski63, After-Feasting

Others just simply disturbing…
Mark Jenkins. Vernissage Terrible Horrible’ at Ruttkowski63, Disturbing Girl

And this one… guess if it’s irony or serious criticism!
Mark Jenkins. Vernissage Terrible Horrible’ at Ruttkowski63, Hangover

Oh, there also comes a hand creeping up to me. (BTW my mom sewed that silk trench coat herself. Ain’t she amaaaazing!)

Here, having fun with my lovely friend Elli. She is an actress and stunningly beautiful. Really, you have to see her IRL. Her hair shines so bright that you get blinded and her skin is like a peach. Well, I think I’ll have to get behind her beauty secrets 🙂Mark Jenkins. Vernissage Terrible Horrible’ at Ruttkowski63, Elli und ich

Ups, nudity peekaboo:
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