Old world fashion and blue dreams.

Sunday, 26 April 2009

This month the styling wizards at CondeNast gave Zac Efron a lavish Cinderella treatment for a magazine front cover. Getting a break from wearing Californian shorts and half beaten Converse All Star shoes is what Efron needed. Indeed does he looks revealingly handsome in the mid-night blue Dolce & Gabbana suit – and no, the pillars of society will collapse because I used to sacred “H” word to describe a fellow man. If female red carpet fanatics can droll over Gwyneth Paltrow’s slender legs exposed at the London premier of Iron Man movie last year, then I can sure put a small golden star on mans shoulder for a conveying outfit without coming across as one of his adolescent fans.

Creating a gradient of blue shades, the deep finishing of the suit with visible stitching and the chequered Thom Browne shirt melt the outfit into an exfoliating but sober appearance that stands out in a non-obtrusive manner. The black woollen tie from Ralph Lauren crates a character balance between power dressing and spring wear by projecting boardroom power giving the blue and white a bold accent. Once again it is proven that blue and white have a strong superiority over other colour combination in painting an animated but sensual portrayal of contemporary thinking man.

Audrey Hepburn is one of the most distinguished movie icons of all times. Naive and lost, Hepburn’s character Holly Golighty, in the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” has detesting personality traits. But cute voice, glamorous pearls and petite body makes her sweeter than cinnamon swirl. The wide open eyes and charming demeanour are dreamy as a group of ballerinas moving swiftly across a mahogany floor stage. All the precious pearls worn on the ear lobes and around the neck are good for no inspiration in man’s world where pearls have yet to rise to the surface. A welcomed Audrey Hepburn signature is her sophisticated hats.

Kevin Federline, Ne-Yo and Justin Timberlake are all equally accountable for the hat mania that rippled across the western world in 2004-2005 but I was not fazed by their overpopulated trend of wearing a hat, west, white t-shirt, suit pants and sneakers. Dunhill has promised to restore classy hats from old world of luxury by making them available this fall – in 3-4 months that is. Add a touch of casualness to the appearance using a brooch or a flower and birds shall twit beautifully to your ears.


Safari Fashion.

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

The animal kingdom has struck the fashion world with leopard prints while chickenpox blemishes are doomed to ever be part of the runway. An accidental visit to the lingerie section in a Roberto Cavalli store is a trap into a retail jungle infested with more leopard prints than Steve Irvin could have seen in his wildest safari dreams. Then there are the ever pretty store assistants spreading delightful oestrogen in the air that makes the Mufasa inside want to jump on top of the building and roar for the all homeless kittens in universe.

A flamboyant ladies man with a bit too much disposable income, see a leopard flees blanket resting over a living room sofa as the winning way of showing who’s the Fred Flintstone of the 21th century. Not to be forgotten is an ostentatious 18k Rolex Datejust dangling on the left wrist since it’s an essential playboy must-have and so is the unforgivable light blue shirt with the collar popped so high it almost blocks the guy’s peripheral view. What won’t temporarily impair your vision is leopard/tiger printed sunshades from Burberry’s Spring Summer 2009 eyewear collection. Splendid option for shy animal loving trendsetters who’s wants to use sunshades as safe guard from a potentially slimy bucket of green paint poured at them by a notorious PETA hooligan.

Spring Summer 2009 Safari Fashion


Unnecessary necessities.

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Certain things in life are great to have, to eat, to do or take part of but come with a web of strings attached. Salad goes well with 13 inch porcelain dinner plate holding a sizable dinner of fettuccine pasta and oven baked salmon covered in Carbonara sauce. Anyone suffering from chronic laziness is advised to build a tree house than taking on the challenge of making a salad.

The long and slow mission begins at home - - grabbing hold of a piece of paper destined for recycling, and scribbling down the thoughts of mouth watering mushrooms, black olives and sundried tomatoes. Level 2 of the mission takes place in the supermarkets where the head begins to spin from the eyes scanning different prices for avocados that all look the same! Imported or domestic farmers, organic or “regular”, cheap or premium? Choice is the problem and so is chopping the vegetables into appetising pieces. Suddenly a container of 200 vitamin pills is turning out to be an easy fix for a 5 a day. But the purity in the soul felt after eating a salad is worth the trouble of sling tomatoes and swiping a olive oil remains from the kitchen counter. Here is a list of disregarded but useful accessories worth owning.

A mini umbrella is in most people’s possessions but few care to buy a full sized umbrella that can shield the entire body from a single drop of rain. Full sized ones a perfect for stormy days with heavy showers or for providing shelter for two people.

Watch & Cufflink box.
Sexism should not have a place in this world but the reality is that men are inferior to women when it comes to keeping things in order. To ease the male disability of administrating ones wardrobe, there are boxes with neat slots for cuff links and a watch. Excellent for storage and travel purposes.

Travel Wallet.
Having a hand on every travel documents during international travel can be difficult while fighting the strong forces of fatigue, stress and security check frustration. Avoiding digging through a million pockets in search of a misplaced boarding pass or sim-card can be done by storing everything in a travel wallet.


Hedi Slimane for Prada.

Friday, 10 April 2009

Easter is here and in Hedi Slimane’s world everyone hunts for black and white eggs in their backyards. Don’t to be misled by the title written in true tabloid spirit, Prada have not consulted Slimane to design a collection for the Italian designer house. What the two parties have joined brains for is Prada’s SS09 campaign ad.

Ex-designer at day and photographer at night Slimane’s gloomy work of art in keeping him busy during his time away from needles, textiles and drawing boards. High contrast and deep shadows is what Prada wanted for their campaign photos and that’s exactly what they got. Artistic but punchy every single frame has what it takes to look right in an art gallery exhibiting modern photography. There is always some Yin and Yang, and for this French-Italian project the undesired package that came with putting Slime in charge of this mesmerising campaign is Dior Homme.

Miley Cyrus cannot inappropriately be used to advertise a Natalie Portman movie, it defy common sense -- the same way pouring curry sauce on vanilla ice cream would result in an unthinkable explosion of flavour in your mouth. Regardless of how powerful and handsome the photography is, Prada’s collection available in the stores is not what comes to mind at first sight. Most of the pieces advertised are in fact dark blue, and the image projected couldn’t be more different from the authoritarian runway presentation. Not much of the clothes are visible in the shots either. Dominated by head and shoulder it wouldn’t be too farfetched to assume the campaign is designed for an anti-dandruff shampoo. What Hedi and Prada have created is a fake fantasy -- but one that I wish was true.


From runway to retail.

Monday, 6 April 2009

Belgium design Dries Van Noten Spring Summer 2009 collection had mercury shooting out of every fashion meter when he presented during the summer last year. With cuts delicate as fine Belgium chocolate the pieces were very handsome in the sensual blue hues dominating the collection.

Caramel coloured accessories used as a supplement to the beautiful array of blue colours added a visual punch to what can be described as a post-70s designer collection with the simplicity of the 60s. Striking of all accessories were the formal shoes with a strap of contrasting colour. Men’s shoes tend to command high price tags, creating a preference for shoes with simple appearance for all around usability with every ironed piece of clothing in the wardrobe. These are excellent shoes for anyone interested in classic but yet unique pair out shoes without excessive visual decoration.


Trendsetters IV: Greed.

Thursday, 2 April 2009

Satan has multiplied, and he has done so successfully. Satan is your car mechanic, your bank account manager, Mr Andersen, your neighbour and maybe even me. Wise philosophers with the same predictability powers as Nostradamus would expect the end of world to be brought by a meteoroid smashing down the Atlantic Ocean. But recent happenings in the world have showed that we are our biggest threat.

In mid 2007 the earth was the brightest planet in the universe with stock markets and property prices peaking high as Mount Everest. Logic made so much sense, house prices only went one direction, more was more and less was less. Under the soil of the beautiful grass was a very seed called greed. Bernand Madoff was an early spring bloomer in February where his rotten roots were exposed. The short trial and favourable ruling of his judge served justice right, but a big hole of emptiness was left in the hearts of his victims who are helplessly asking questions about where their invested money went. Capitalism can be a dangerous game, and if engaged in one has to play by the rule “play at your own risk”. Therefore the US government has no obligation in reimbursing any of the $65 billion Madoff mysteriously disposed off.
After high school my mother tired talking me into pursuing the academic path of becoming a doctor or reading for a finance degree. Her advice must have originated from other parents who care for their children’s education and future. Parents love saying the words “My son works for a bank.” or “My son is a doctor”. The fascination over doctors and bankers is the power that comes with those two professions. One job involves managing money while chilled gold bricks and bank notes are in a vault beneath the marble floor of the office, the other job is all about healing people. What could possibly be as or more important than life and money?? Integrity perhaps, decency, humility and other qualities that govern social morale. All those qualities don’t exist within the glass facade of AIG head quarters or the executive office that belonged to the former RBS CEO Sir Fred Goodwin.

Honour has become an alien word amongst top financial leaders of the world. Senior staff taking out obscene bonuses funded by tax money coming citizen’s who just lost their jobs, have completely tainted reputation of bankers. Only terrorists rank lower in public admiration. Disgraced AIG executives showed no curtsey and respect towards the family fathers who committed suicide over losing their jobs. One family father who’s fully alive and breathing is Michael Jackson. It has long been known that his finances are disintegrating at a faster rate than some of the cosmetic surgery that has been carried out on his face. His loyal fans are to gift him a £100 million bailout in exchange for 50 concerts in the 02 arena. In that way he will be the Jedi Knight to rescue Neverland from its imminent. But who will rescue me and you?

My appointed savour Gordon Brown held a several hours long meeting with some of the world’s most powerful men today. Although the meeting resulted in an announcement of a stimulus package for the more underdeveloped nations of the world, there was no words mentioned about a plan that would ease life for UK citizens who will be funding a considerable percentage of the stimulus package. The G20 summit has been the most expensive pre-Easter party rather than a meeting bringing about a solid action plan for turning the economy around. All the unnecessary glitz of installing Jamie Oliver as the chef for Wednesday’s dinner at No.10, inviting Naomi Campbell and JK.Rolling warrants a new description for the G20 summit because has looked more like Gordon Brown inviting 19 guys for a bloody awesome time in London.

Mr. Brown and President Obama are in fact the Easter bunnies of the moment. Maybe only they and dolphins can see the rainbows in each others’ eyes because Obama and Brown light up the minute they see each other. Other leaders at the summit don’t share the same sparkling relationship and two people who clearly not jealous are Nicholas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel who both having kept their heads sharp during the festivities leading up to today’s meeting. Blushing and getting cuddly in front of cameras will certainly not stimulate banks into start lending again.