Monday, November 29, 2010

Qualcosa di Rosso

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These pictures provide an instant warmth inside my body. Is it the red?

Model: Maxine Schiff
Stylist: Laura Taccari
Magazine: Flair December 2010
Photographer: Alvaro Beamud Cortes
Source: Fashion Gone Rogue

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Interview: Ceci est UPLA!

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 You're walking down the streets of Paris, near Café de Flore and your eyes glance over at an effortlessly stylish women wearing a chic, classic, shoulder bag. In a few seconds you find yourself overwhelmed with questions. "Where did she get it? When was that bag first invented? Is that the secret behind her style?" And if you just keep walking a couple more blocks, you'll find all of the answers in  a 300m2  boutique-studio named UPLA  in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Près. You enter the shop and are fascinated by all of your choices. The bag that the woman was wearing is available in 25 models and 60 versions each with a different color, material or pattern. 
And how can the UPLA style be described? In four words: "cool, chic, timeless , and so Parisian".

Now, let's return to reality...
Sabine Perring is currently the creative director of UPLA and kindly offered to answer a few questions.I am not going to ruin the surprise for you. Just keep reading and I hope all of your questions will be answered.

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 UPLA'S classic "besace du pêcheur"

 1 - Upla is a famous for its classic messenger bag called a "fisherman's pouch" also known as besace du pêcheur in French . How and when was this timeless bag born ?

The Upla brand is born in 1973 in the district Les Halles. This is a symbolic place of the seventies, quite “underground”. The creators were so "avant-gardists" because they have invented the first thematic corner shop, with all the products they loved. You could find Dutch bikes, Crabtree and Evelyn perfumes, such as organic jam, Smith’s carpenter pants, Swedish pull-overs... That’s in 1975 that they invented the fisherman’s pouch. It’s an immediate hit: men and women no longer want to wear a bag on the shoulder, they’re libertarians and want to show a new way of life. This place becomes a must.

2 - The brand was first created in the 70s. Do you think the costumers have changed since then ? 
Yes and no.
No, they have not changed. There is an affective link between our female customers and their pouch: they have become attached to it. Some women follow us since our inception, and we never disappointed them.
And yes, they have changed in the way that our pouch has changed. Now the pouch can be seen on girls from high school or university, at chic parties, with high heels and a little dress. Or you can see it on mothers at the square, who use it to carry the baby bottles and the children snack. These are style completely different by the pouch always looks fresh.

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UPLA during the 70s

 3- Seeing strangers wearing one of your bags must still be exiting. How do you fell about that?
It makes me very proud to see our bags crossing the boundaries. I can’t help thinking these people have found in our collection something that they really liked.
These are proofs we are right to think about moving to the other side of the Atlantic next year.

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4 - As artistic Director of the brand, what does your job consist of? 

First of all, I am surrounded with a very close team, very involved and so bustling with energy. We keep an eye on the tendencies, but we don’t want to lose our identity, our roots, and so we feel free to take only what we want in fashion.
Our first motto is to stay faithful and true to our brand.
My role is quite similar to a conductor: I do anything from the choice of the collection to the production.

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 UPLA's atelier

5-Who makes up your design team in your boutique-studio in the heart of Saint Germain-des-Prés?
 We actually have a great commercial space in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, near the corner of the café de Flore.
For the winter 2011 season, we took the decision to work with some young designers around the pouch. We can’t wait to see the results.

6-Do you think the economic crisis has changed your way of working ? Did it have any impact on the brand ?

 Not really. Women come back to values, and our brand is timeless. They wear our bags, they store them, buy a new color or choose leather instead of cotton, but they always love bringing their old bags out again. It is because they are still in.

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 7- Upla's style is simple, chic, elegant and heavily influenced by Parisian style. What kind of woman would wear one of your bags? What does this style represents in terms of personality ?

 A determined woman, who thinks the it-bag is out, and who is not blinded by fashion. She picks up in fashion what she wants, what she thinks is good for her. She is not a prisoner of the trend, she is precise and she prefers safe bets.
She is realistic.

 8-Finally, how would you wear the basic pouch ?
These days, I wear my pouch long, under my haunch, with jeans and a Chanel jacket, with high heel boots. That’s my Saint Germain chic street style.

Image and video hosting by TinyPicAfter reading all this you're probably wondering what does UPLA mean. It stands for
Union des Produits Laitiers et Avricoles (Union of Milk and Poultry Products). If you're curious to know more and see all of the bags, don't think twice and check out the official website of UPLA! You can also purchase any of UPLA'S bags online on their e-boutique. You can also follow UPLA in Facebook. I also wanted to thank Sabine Perring for taking her time to answer these question. Merci!

*All of the images are copyrighted to UPLA

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Seeing the Stars






"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars."
-Brian Littrell 

Photo shoot: Vogue UK December 2010
Model: Frida Gustavvson
Photographer: Lachlan Bailey
Styling: Miranda Almond
Makeup: Lisa Eldridge 

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Street Style Inspiration: How to Wear a Scarf


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Click HERE to see the other video!
I'm one of those people who loves scarves, but when it comes to wearing them I honestly don't know how.
Luckily, inspiration can always help and especially street style. Added to that a couple of videos won't hurt, right?

Some people consider scarfs as accessories but I consider them as "friends" who are always there for you to keep you warm and cozy.

Have a great week!

Source of images: FashionisingStockholm Street StyleMr.NewtonJak and Jill,
Citizen Couture, Hanneli

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Mother Nature














There is nothing like mother nature.

Magazine: Blank #55
Photographer: Paul de Luna Meliae
Model:Zen Sevastyanova
Source: Fashion Gone Rogue

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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Lanvin for H&M: My Opinions

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I know that there are thousands and thousands of posts about Lanvin's collection for H&M, but before you think "Yet another Lanvin for H&M post, can't someone do something more original?" read it.
I was going over the Lanvin for H&M Lookbook this morning, which has been realeased the 3 November, and asked myself a simple question, "Is this really luxury? Is this really Lanvin?" Alber Elbaz states that "It's not about a dress for less" but I still think Lanvin fro H&M is not 100% Lanvin. Don't get me wrong, giving people the opportunity of having a Lanvin dress in their closet is a great idea and it is probably any girl's dream, but I still think it isn't luxury in its complete form anymore. What is the point of lining up hours in advance to get your hands on one of these Lanvin dresses that people from all over the world are buying at the same exact time? After all would you consider lining up for hours to get a Lanvin dress a luxury? In my opinion, part of what makes having a Lanvin dress special is the process of going to the shop, carefully trying the dress on, touching the fabrics, looking at the perfect construction of each garment around you, and living the shop with a big radiant smile and holding a Lanvin bag in your hand knowing that a few people own what's inside.

Honestly, H&M did a remarkable job with the whole campaing. They used the best marketing strategies, such as the blog competition, which were very original and new. The video was also very promising even though the length was longer than usual. I love the whole slogan of "I want Lanivn not flowers".

I'm curious of what will happen on 23 when the Lanvin for H&Mcollection, which according to is "the most exciting collection H&M has ever produced", hits the stores at 8:00 (cet). After all, I have to admit that I wouldn't mind having one of these dresses.

If you haven't watched the video yet, what are you waiting for?

What about you? Do you want Lanvin or flowers?

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