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A Bird & a Boy

Posted in News by Nneoma Ulu on December 19, 2011

Gisele is the new face for Givenchy’s Spring/Summer 2012 ad. Gisele’s beauty shines through the dark gloomy Twilight-esque feel. Ricardo Tisci described the atmosphere as “the expression of a love story between a surfer and a mermaid.” Love the eeriness of this and that there is no sun in a spring/summer ad.

Chanel have confirmed that punk rock chick, Alice Dellal, is the new face of its Boy Chanel handbag collection. As both model and musician, she is Karl’s perfect Chanel girl. Alice shares my love for nose rings and shaved heads, her and Chanel are a match made in heaven, for me.

OnePiece, Boxpark Shoreditch

Posted in News by Nneoma Ulu on November 28, 2011

Move over Westfield. The first ever pop-up shopping centre, Boxpark, is opening in London’s Shoreditch this week. One of the stores featured in this innovative concept pop-up is OnePiece™, spreading the joy of comfort, style and fun with their first UK store. Keeping with the festive spirit, if you head down to their store in Boxpark and say: ‘I’m spontaneous, not too serious, not too cool. Confident with no worries, so I would like to jump in and join you!’ (just rolls off the tongue, right) – they’ll give you a £20 gift-card for your very own onesie – If you want to get it online, type code 85237 upon checkout on www.onepiece.com and you’ll get free shipping.

OnePiece Jump in Behind the Scenes from Knut Gresvig on Vimeo.

If you like a bit of celebrity endorsement the following celebs have been spotted rocking their OnePiece – Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Rhianna, Usher, Jayden Smith, Westlife, Kate Moss, Paris & Perez Hilton, Whitney Port, Paramore, Pink, Henry Holland, Agyness Deyn, Pixie Geldof, Nick Grimshaw, Jude Law and Sadie Frost.

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//Currently Obsessing… @CondeElevator//

Posted in News by Nneoma Ulu on August 10, 2011

This is genius. An anonymous Twitter feed from the elevators of the New York Conde Nast building, @CondeElevator, is revealing all the comments we would expect to hear – stereotypical ‘The Devil wears Prada’-esque.

My favourites so far..

@CondeElevator Omigod I love your dress so much I wish there was a ‘like’ button I could press.

@CondeElevator Conde Elevator Girl #1: I love that necklace, I saw it at Banana last week and almost bought it too. Girl #2: [flips hair] This is Gucci.

@ Conde Elevator [silence] [silence] [silence] [silence] [silence] [silence] [silence] [silence] Summer Intern: “Was that…?” Intern #2: “Yeah”#annawintour

@CondeElevator Conde Elevator Girl 1: “Is this skirt totally see through?” Girl 2: “No! No! Looks great.” Guy, after they exit: “That skirt was totally see through.”

 Keep ‘em coming, we want more!

Tacos & Denim: Is Gap having an identity crisis?

Posted in News, Thoughts by Nneoma Ulu on August 9, 2011

Everyone loves Gap. It’s a high street staple, somewhat overlooked (these days), but definitely not forgotten. Pulling in designer heavyweights such as Valentino and Pierre Hardy not to mention partnering with the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund to reinvent the white shirt with the help of the then upcoming designers Thakoon, Rodarte, and Doo.Ri (to name a few), Gap has always had a strong identity based on a clean and classic aesthetic. There is no doubt the recent departure of Patrick Robinson has left a “gap”… and a bright blue truck has got me questioning where Gap are headed.

Pico de Gap, is a mobile truck (think ice-cream van) tearing up the mean streets of New York, LA and San Francisco to celebrate its Fall 1969 collection, offering gourmet Mexican fare from celebrity chefs.  Visitors can score two tacos and a drink for a mere $1.69. If you show proof of a same-day Gap denim purchase, your grub is free, and with every taco purchase you’ll get a $20 voucher to use at Gap. Not a bad deal.

Now this is a neat idea but the thought of tacos and Gap denim doesn’t sit so well with me. This is not what I would normally expect from a brand that screams modern classics. But hey, who doesn’t like tacos!

Kanye

Posted in News by Nneoma Ulu on August 8, 2011

On the eve of the iTunes release of hotly anticipated album – ‘Watch the Throne‘ – a collaboration between hip hop heavyweights, Jay-Z and Kanye West, it appears that Kanye has been hanging out with Giuseppe Zanotti. Potential shoe collabo coming up? Whilst I might not be running to snag a pair of his heels, I will definitely be listening to Otis.

Image via Jak and Jil

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Posted in News by Nneoma Ulu on February 23, 2011

If you are going to be anywhere near New York from early May to the end of July, be sure to hot foot it down to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for an exhibition of Alexander McQueen’s work featuring 100 designs from his 19 year career.

Image via The Guardian

Michelle Obama, the Alexander McQueen dress and Oscar de la Renta

Posted in News by Nneoma Ulu on January 23, 2011

Michelle Obama proved herself in the style stakes pretty early on in her husband’s presidential race,  so when she stepped out in this beautiful Alexander McQueen gown for the state dinner with Chinese President Hu Jintao, it did not come as a surprise. The woman knows what suits her and dresses beautifully. What was unexpected, was the backlash…

Oscar de la Renta, who has dressed every First Lady for the past 30 years (except Mrs O) quipped: “My understanding is that the visit was to promote American-Chinese trade — American products in China and Chinese products in America. Why do you wear European clothes?” (WWD). The claws are out! He does have a point but I guess she didn’t think she was making a political statement by stepping out in a dress that was designed by an American. I would love to hear how she would respond to Oscar.

Karl Lagerfeld calls on the Gods for Pirelli

Posted in News by Nneoma Ulu on November 25, 2010

Never been a fan of calendars. They remind me of Woolworths (RIP) and searching for stocking fillers. However, I could be at a turning point. Enter the 2011 Pirelli Calendar shot by Karl Lagerfeld. The Lagerfeld difference – men. Usually the calendar focuses on nude women but Lagerfeld is changing the game, which is why I’d be happy for this little beauty to be in my stocking come Christmas Day. In the first shot to be released below, Garrett Neff is sandwiched in between Isabeli Fontana and Bianca Balti. He was inspired by the Greek gods. The calendar will be unveiled in Moscow later this month.

 Image via The Cut

Google presents boutiques.com

Posted in Cool stuff, News by Nneoma Ulu on November 19, 2010

Health warning: Before you start reading this, I must warn you that this has the potential to seriously thwart your productivity levels at work and could render you both useless and broke. If you are happy totake that risk, read on.

This week saw the launch of boutiques.com from Google, their clever but arguably delayed foray into the fashion industry. According to Google, it is a collaboration of the “computer nerds and fashion nerds”. The site not only boasts online boutiques selling wares offered by various designers and retailers – from high to department store, but a large number of curated “boutiques” selling the looks worn by celebrities and fashion bloggers.

So what sets this venture apart from your average online shopping experience? Google’s algorithms.  In every boutique on the site, there are dozens of additional choices inspired by a designer’s or celebrity’s style — generated by algorithms. Boutiques.com is not a transactional site, it is about “curation” – pulling together your favourite items and Google adding suggestions based on what you like. Anyone can create a boutique so get clicking!

Quotes of the day: Karl Lagerfeld

Posted in News by Nneoma Ulu on November 10, 2010

Suzy Menkes and Karl Lagerfeld at the International Herald Tribune 10th Annual Luxury Conference

On ego: “People think I’m on an ego trip, but I’m not. I can get out of people what they want to express but can’t.”

On how he embraces the digital world: “If you are against ‘digital’ in the world of today, you are lost . . . I don’t use computers so much — they do what your brain is meant to do. But they are beautiful.”

On designing: “I love my job. I have no idea of what it means to take yourself seriously. You have to be detached.”

via Fashionologie

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