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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

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Lanvin x H&M Fail

Posted in Collaborations by Nneoma Ulu on November 23, 2010

Oh well… looks like I won’t be getting any Lanvin x H&M. I don’t believe in queuing for clothes so this is it for me! Hope all of you who wanted pieces from the collection are having better luck than me!

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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!

Hermès pops up and goes viral

Posted in Happenings by Nneoma Ulu on November 19, 2010

The people at Hermès have been busy recently. Going down the ever faithful but over-used pop-up store route, Hermes have opened up not one but two pop-up stores in London situated at the Rochelle School of Art in Shoreditch and the other on Ledbury road in West London. The reason -an attempt to bring the J’aime mon carré campaign (I love my scarf for those of you who’ve forgotten GCSE French) to life.

However, this is much more cool. I’m not sure why it has gone virtually unnoticed, but check out the Hermès finger skateboard. Showcasing Hermès’ collection in an innovative and engaging way. More of this please!

Under the radar: Valentino x Gap

Posted in Collaborations by Nneoma Ulu on November 18, 2010

Only 5 more sleeps till Lanvin for H&M hit stores in the UK. Whilst people are figuring out their best method of attack and H&M offering guidelines on how to shop, Gap are quietly preparing to launch a new flagship store in Milan and have collaborated with none other than Valentino to mark this joyous occaion. The collection hits stores on November 20th (same day as Lanvin for H&M in USA) and will be available at Gap’s new flagship store in Milan, Dover Street Market in London, Colette in Paris and Gap’s London flagship. It’s a ruffle extravaganza…

Image via Matter of Style

Edie: A new addition to the Mulberry family

Posted in Spring/Summer 2011 by Nneoma Ulu on November 17, 2010

If you’re anything like me, by now, you’ve seen the Mulberry Alexa, gone to visit it in your nearest Mulberry store or large department store. Written it down on your summer wishlist. Thought that you wanted the large tan version then decided on the black leopard print version and have fingers and toes crossed that Santa or boyfriend will deliver it on Christmas Day.  If you are anything like me, you now will have a new dilemma. Mulberry have launched their pre-Spring/Summer2011 collection with an addition to the family – Edie

It is inspired by and named after ‘Little Edie’, the star of the Grey Gardens documentary and film of the same name. The Edie is a hybrid of the iconic Bayswater and Alexa styles.

This reminds me of the customized Roxanne bag Alexa Chung appeared with a couple of years back, that probably started Mulberry’s love affair with her.

Remarkable resemblance, non? They call it the Edie but they really mean the Alexa part 2. Whether its Alexa or Edie, I know one thing for sure and that is, I want it. Sad but true.

Tom Ford loves women

Posted in Spring/Summer 2011 by Nneoma Ulu on November 15, 2010

And we love him too. You’d be hard pushed to find a man that understands the power fashion has to transform better than Tom Ford. So here it is, his return to womenswear.

You can pick your jaw up now. Welcome back Tom!

Images via Vogue

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//Inspiration: Camel, Black & Leopard//

Posted in Inspiration by Nneoma Ulu on November 14, 2010

Some tonal inspiration from Zara’s November Lookbook. I want everything. Shoes and all. The first things to tick off my wishlist – leopard print coat, aviator jacket and the camel blazer. Somebody get me my credit card!

Jay-Z Gets Decoded with a little help from Gucci

Posted in Happenings by Nneoma Ulu on November 14, 2010

Its not often I have a legitimate reason to write about rappers on twentyteneightyfour but I’m making an exception for Jay-Z. He holds a small place in my heart ever since I saw him live at a gig in my first year of university. I went from being a hater to standing on my seat screaming “Hova” and rapping along to his songs. The reason for the post is not because he’s got a new album coming out but actually because he’s releasing a book (stick with it, the link is coming soon). Decoded, reveals the hidden meanings behind thirty-six of his songs and his journey through hip hop. Jay-Z is bringing the pages of his book to life through a collaboration with search engine, Bing, to expose every page in a unique way before its official release on November 16. Jay-Z fans can decode the songs using clues from his Facebook, Twitter, website and Bing, all leading to locations that have inspired his lyrics in Miami, New York, London and Las Vegas.

On November 11, one of the three hundred pages was revealed in a leather bomber jacket in the window of Gucci’s Fifth Avenue flagship store in New York. The leather bomber is a limited edition, one of a kind designed by Frida Giannini. Fans are being encouraged to take pictures and text or upload it to the Decoded page to be in with a chance to win the page signed by Jay-Z. I wonder where the London clues are? Only 2 more days to go.

Vice ‘Love Blogging’ Series: Richard Nicoll & DisneyRollerGirl

Posted in Cool stuff by Nneoma Ulu on November 13, 2010

Vice love bloggers and blogging. They are currently channeling that love, with the help of Blackberry, through film. According to Vice, “the democratisation of the internet has given everyone a voice, and the most entrepreneurial of spirits a platform to realise their ambitions. To celebrate the launch of the new BlackBerry Torch, we have chosen five of the most promising, current fashion bloggers, a selection of creatives who have all utilised their blogs, their roles as bloggers and the modern day technology available to them to communicate their views, build businesses and launch unique brands.”

Disneyrollergirl maintaining her anonymity

The third part in the series features Australian born, London-based designer, Richard Nicoll and anonymous London fashion blogger, DisneyRollerGirl.

Check the video out here (apologies for not being able to embed it… a newly found con of WordPress).

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