Avanpremiere #13 | Highlights of a Fashion Forward Evening

Nov 21, 2013

Fashion addicts had a particular reason to celebrate this week, as the 13th edition of Avanpremiere Fest took place in Bucharest. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this event, think of it as a condensed fashion week where, during the course of an evening, multiple talented designers preview their latest collections.
I had the pleasure of attending the event myself, and it's been really enjoyable to see how it has grown bigger and better with each edition. This time, 9 amazing collections walked the runway - from up and coming designers such as Cristina Bizu to names that already resonate within the Romanian Fashion community, like Natalia Vasiliev or Ioana Ciolacu.
There have been quite a few surprises during the event so I really wanted to focus on telling you about what I believe were the highlights of the night:

First off, newcomer Cristina Bizu showed her debut collection. She was the first to showcase her collection, and did a great job at that - her pieces were captivating, and most of all fun! There's a real passion behind this designer's work so I'm definitely keeping my eye on her - can't wait to see where she goes on from here.

However, the best collection of the night was in my opinion the one signed by Cristian Samfira. What I really enjoyed was that this particular collection isn't as much about fashion as it is about delivering high quality garments. There's just an incredible amount of thought that went into the design process.

The pieces, which are menswear inspired, are tailored to perfection. It's one thing to put out a flowy dress, and another to create a pair of pants that fit perfectly, as it was the case here. While this was in fact the Fall/Winter 2014-2015 collection, I believe that the looks are definitely beyond fitting in to that specific season and have a timeless feel.

The Most Delicious Calendar Ever

Nov 12, 2013

The Hälssen & Lyon Tea Calendar is something totally out of this world! It's the first ever calendar in the world created from tea leaves. All of the 365 calendar days can be individually detached and brewed directly in a hot cup of water.
While this brilliant idea is something that's bound to get attention, the calendar isn't available for purchase just yet, but instead was send exclusively to selected business partners. Hmm, that only makes you want it more, doesn't it?

"It all started with the idea to merge the traditional product tea with one of the world’s oldest promotional gifts, the calendar. And it led to the creation of a unique annual calendar - made of real tea. It consists of 365 calendar pages formed from tea, pressed very thinly and delicately flavoured. This sensational new product idea was launched in a joint project with the creative agency Kolle Rebbe, Hamburg, and has won several international design awards since.
The Tea Calendar was produced as a limited special edition. It was laboriously handcrafted and is not for sale. This first edition will be followed by an extensive development period until the Tea Calendar is ready for the market.
In the meantime, we invite you to have a look at all the other innovative products Hälssen & Lyon offers to clients - from our patented tea-to-go system to state-of-the-art flavouring techniques."

Autumn Hues | Street Style

Nov 10, 2013

Cozy autumn outfit for an overcast day in Bucharest, Romania.

Colton Haynes Reaches New Heights Singing "19 You + Me"

Nov 9, 2013

Colton Haynes is proving to be a triple threat! The model turned actor has more hidden talents than you might think: he is also a great singer.
The Arrow star recently teamed up with the band "New Heights" and did a stripped down, acoustic cover of "19 You + Me", a song originally performed by country duo Dan + Shay.
Colton began his career as an Abercrombie & Fitch model, and then moved to L.A. where he started his acting career, playing Jackson Whittemore on MTV's "Teen Wolf", and then Roy Harper in the CW series "Arrow".
While this is the first music video where we get to hear Colton sing, he previously has a cameo in Victoria Justice's video "Gold". Listen to "19 You + Me" right now:

The Dark Side of Fairy Tales, Illustrated by Rachael Wise

Nov 8, 2013

Surely when you think of fairy tales, you envision the picture perfect, family friendly, fun Disney type of thing. Well... that's not the case here.
Rachael Wise takes classic fairy tales such as Rapunzel, Peter Pan or Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to a dark, dark (or as she likes to call it - f****d up) place. In this instance, the tales are treated through a contemporary point of view, which doesn't necessarily add realism, but rather gives off a note of relatability. It's the things such as anorexia, plastic surgery and gold digging that really tie these tales in with the obsessions of today's society.
This is, however, not the first time fairy tales are taken to a darker place; in cinema there's a somewhat constant attraction towards a more "gothic" envisioning of these stories. A couple that immediately come to mind are "Snow White: A Tale of Terror" or "The Company of Wolves".

Also, it's worth mentioning that the tales you've read are worlds apart from their original form. When they first came out, fairy tales were pretty much told to scare the children into being obedient. Here are a few WTF versions:
- The Little Red Riding Hood: in the original story, there is no grandma or huntsman. Instead, Red is just given the wrong directions by the wolf, and ends up being eaten. The moral of the story: never trust strangers.
- The Little Mermaid: the very first version by Hans Christian Andersen has the mermaid witness the prince marry another girl. She is given a knife to kill the prince, but instead she jumps into the sea and dies by turning into froth.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears: in the original story, after eating the bears' food, sitting in their chairs and finally falling asleep in their beds, Goldilocks wakes up when the three bears return home, only to be ripped to shreds. In a later version, she actually jumps out the window, but breaks her neck in the fall.

Fun, right? Now that we got that little bit of trivia out of the way, here are more of Rachael's illustrations:

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