Song of the Day: Pixie Lott | All About Tonight

Nov 30, 2011

I'm sure everyone has heard of Pixie Lott, her songs are so catchy that they always skyrocket to the top of the charts - do "Mamma Do" and "Boys and Girls" ring a bell?
Today's tune - "All About Tonight" is the first single from her new album, "Young Foolish Happy", which was just released on Novermber 14. Take a look at the official music video next:

New York Autumn | Zachary Prell F/W 2011-2012

Nov 29, 2011

Wearability is a key element in Zachary Prell's Fall/Winter collection, which draws inspiration from the Big Apple.
"Our Fall 2011 collection features our signature fit, unyielding attention to detail and luxurious fabrics — all in rich hues and textures, with pops of color and specialized mélange yarns. 
With modern collar shapes, wider cuffs, slimmed down sleeves and a palette borrowed from the city’s iconic stone-and-steel skyline, our sport shirts fit the way men live today."
What a better way to show how the clothes and city mesh together than a photoshoot on the streets of the Big Apple? And with the models being Tobias Sorensen, Reid Prebenda and Joost Van Der Hulst, how can the designs not look amazing?
Take a loot at more photos from the campaign and watch an awesome video next:

Get Ready: Marni for H&M (Video)

Just after the excitement around their collaboration with Versace started to cool down, H&M announces another great collab - with Italian label Marni.
Founder and creative director Consuelo Castiglioni explains that the designs, which will feature both menswear and womenswear items, bring the high taste level, attention to details, original prints and impeccable craftsmanship that the brand is known for.
The designs will be available in stores on March 8, 2012. Don't forget to add the date to your calendars!
Are you craving a sneak peek at the designs? Take a look at the video below, and find out more about the upcoming collection:

Must Read | The Hunger Games

Nov 28, 2011

Some say that you can't judge a book by a cover - but I have to disagree. Presentation is everything. And besides that, isn't a picture worth a thousand words? A good book cover should manage to be a "trailer" of some sort for the book, it should captivate the potential reader and give him a hint about what it's about.
This past weekend I attended the Gaudeamus Book Fair in Bucharest. I went there hoping to find some interesting art, fashion or architecture books to add to my collection (and I did in fact spot the Guggenheim Museum Publications' Giorgio Armani, which I now regret not buying). Unfortunately, it was so crowded that I barely managed to make my way to half of the stands there.
What I did end up buying was The Hunger Games book trilogy, written by Suzanne Collins. It's been a while since I've read fiction, but at the same time I was questioning if these will be my cup of tea - I tend to read less fantasy and more mystery/supernatural/horror.
To my surprise the books are quite captivating, and it's such a great read I'm now halfway through the first volume.

The Hunger Games tell the story of 16 year old Katniss Everdeen , who lives in a post-apocalyptic Northern America, in the country of Panem. This is were each year, the ruling city of Capitol picks one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 to 18 from each of the 12 Districts they hold power over, to participate in a televised event called The Hunger Games, and where only one can survive.
Having heard that the author's inspiration came while she was channel surfing, you can understand my hesitation towards reading the books. Still, I think that they manage to create a world that through it's strong contrast between poverty and luxury resonates with the one we live in.
After the success of the trilogy, it's no surprise that a movie is in the works, with the release date in March 2012.
I think of this as a perfect opportunity so give my pc a bit of a break!

Outfit Post: Gala Get Up

Nov 27, 2011

I guess not only roses are red. Here's the outfit that I wore to the Avanpremiere Gala I previously talked about. This event actually took place the same day as my last outfit post, but a change of clothes was in order, as I really wanted to show you the red military ZARA coat I bought (I've been talking about it a lot on my blog now that I think about it).
Having this strong color, I paired it with some ZARA pants and H&M boots. Also, I was wearing a Versace for H&M bracelet.
A big thanks to The Hearabouts, who took the first three photos!

Can't wait to hear your thoughts!

Mat Gordon | Joop! F/W 2011-2012 Lookbook

Nov 26, 2011

Joop! stunned us with a wonderful Fall/winter 2011-12 campaign - The Blue Hour - which exuded a such a high level of class and elegance.
The label's lookbook comes as a great addition and showcases the designs beautifully. This is what the current season should be all about in my opinion, a dash of color combined with extremely well tailored pieces.
View all of this season's looks, modeled by Mat Gordon, next:

In Stores | Versace for H&M Collection Review

Nov 25, 2011

One thing is for sure: H&M's collaboration with Donatella Versace did not go by unnoticed. After eagerly going to the store the morning of the collection's launch date and thoroughly going through the products, here I am, sharing my thoughts on the designs.
No compromises were made - the collection undoubtedly stayed true to the brand, and I for one can't help but applaud that. While H&M's purpose was to bring the collection to a wider audience, (at prices much lower than Versace's usual ones) I think it never was about editing and turning down the volume, nor do I think it should have been. The collection, as I've mentioned in some of my older post, is a mixture of the label's presence at different moments in time, and materialized into iconic pieces.
Writing the review just now, after reading many others, I couldn't help but be surprised by how the collection was judged, even by some of the more popular bloggers and editors. What I noticed was how quick they were to dismiss it, and I do believe that not toning down the designs was a big part behind this. And while I do think that when criticizing a collection is all about it going through your own taste filter, it is however important to step outside the box and take a look at the label's vision and aesthetic.
In short, it is available for everyone, but it's definitely not for everyone.

The collection was split up into several groups, each one representing a specific moment of the brand's evolution and having a unique design. My favorites (probably the most commercial ones as well) were the Pelle Borchie pieces. And the must-have item from this collaboration was coincidentally the most expensive one as well - the studded, leather jacket.
While the more expensive pieces were a bit harder to sell, the accessories went off the shelves like hot cakes, as most people desired at least a souvenir of some sort from the collection.
The one thing I felt a bit disappointed about was the fact that a few days before the launch, Versace held a special runway show in NYC, where a few exclusive designs hit the catwalk. Ironically, I believe those were some of the more commercial (here I go using that word again...) pieces, and I for one would've preferred to see an orange version of the pink suit in stores.
I leave you with some more photos I took of the collection:

If you wanted to get a piece of the collection, but didn't get the chance, fear not. Donatella's collab is not over just yet, a pre-spring collection is in the works, and will hit stores in early 2012 (January 19th is going around as the precise date).

Thanksgiving, Pusheen Style

Nov 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! While I do not celebrate it in my country, I do want to take a moment to say how thankful I am for everything in my life. I try not to take anything for granted, and appreciate all that I've got, especially my family and friends.
Also, I'm thankful for all my amazing readers, which always brighten up my day!
I leave you with a very well put together Thanksgiving schedule from Pusheen the cat, which after several busy days sounds like a great plan!
What are you thankful for?

Arrow | Ioana Ciolacu S/S 2012 Collection

Nov 23, 2011

Romanian designer Ioana Ciolacu surprized us all by reavealing her Spring/Summer '12 collection at the Avanpremiere gala event that took place earlier this month.
The talented designer chose to do a video presentation instead of a runway show, showcasing a collection that featured very conceptual garments. Strong lines accentuated the powerful, determined designs, which in turn developed a strong connection with the wearer.
Take a look at Ioana's video presentation next:

ZARA Man November 2011 Lookbook

Nov 22, 2011

With the weather getting colder with each day - already seen this season's first snow! - ZARA brings you a few options with how you can keep warm in style.
Check out the label's October menswear lookbook, modeled by Jacob Coupe next:

Song of the Day: Oh Land | Voodoo

Nov 21, 2011

Voilà! Another addicting song that's bound to get stuck in your head, much like it has in my case. Today's tune comes from danish singer-songwriter Oh Land.
Even though I've just found out about her a few days back, her album is now part of my playlist. So how did I discover Oh Land? Thanks to the awesome song selection at the Avanpremiere Gala I attended.
Check out "Voodoo" next:

Working The Runway | Avanpremiere S/S'12 Gala

Nov 20, 2011

Thursday evening, November 17. The National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest is taken over by the fashion industry, as hundreds of people, from bloggers to magazine editors and celebrities, gather for a very special event that everyone has been buzzing about.
The Avanpremiere gala was something that everyone made sure not to miss, as 12 designers - well-known names and newcomers alike - revealed their Spring/Summer 2012 Collections to the world. A mixture between runway shows and video presentations, the event proved to be both exciting and surprising to the audience.

The catwalk showcased an incredibly wide range of garments. And with a dozen designers, how could it not? Each of them had a distinct concept and inspiration, and while all were amazing, I can't help but feel that some collections did resonate a lot more with me than other.
Statuesque models walked the runway, working the designs they were wearing, to the beat of some incredible songs that I now have in my playlist on repeat (from the likes of Lykke Li, Florence + The Machine or Oh Land to name a few).
And during all of this, there's me, running like crazy, making my way through the crowd to try and take some shots that made the clothes and the models look their best. For now, I leave you with some of those shots (including some GIFs after the cut - so make sure you take a look at the full article!):

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