Jackie inspired

This post is inspired by Jackie's quote which I have found recently: "Sex is a bad thing because it rumples the clothes." So true, girls, isn't it? (But sorry, no sex below. Maybe another time.)

Her legend is still alive, her style is still inspiring. You can tell looking at the fall/winter runways, especially at Dior's and Oscar the la Renta's collections. Here are a few examples:

6267, Aquascutum, Dior, Dior

Fendi, Giambattista Valli, Lanvin, Michael Kors

Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren, Versace, Zac Posen


Madonna 2.0

She is talented, gorgeous and stylish. Fashion designers love her vintage look. She wears "anything fruit" as she says. It's Katy Perry - young sensational pop singer with quirky, pinup style.

Katy has been already unofficial muse of Betsey Johnson, but even Karl Lagerfeld is one of her fans (gave her Chanel LBD). She is very much into pinup style of 40's, but also neon, rock star look of 80's. Her stylist Johny Wujek says about the new star: "Katy loves to push the boundaries and be her own colorful self. She once told me she wanted to look like an ice cream cone, so I got her a Jeremy Scott dress that's actually an ice cream cone." Oh yes, Katy loves themed dressing-up.

Her style is as interesting as some lyrics of her songs. Both "Ur so gay" and "I kissed a girl" generated huge buzz in the music world. Not only because the lyrics are controversial themselves, but also because Katy grew up in a Christian household as the daughter of two pastors and even released a religious album in 2001. You must admit, a huge change in this girl must have happened.

But above all that, she seems to be nice and funny 23 year-old (see videos from her concerts) with this potential to become someone big, not just for one season, in both - fashion and music world.

Links: her blog, her myspace.

Source of the pics: Katy's flickr


Anna, finally...

You don't get many good eds in US Vogue nowadays. That's why I would strongly recommend that one. OK, it features Caroline Trentini (for 1 324 327th time), but in general it's really nice. I love the idea of Billy Elliot's theme, clothes are pretty, the fairy atmosphere is surprisingly well shown. Photographed by Arthur Elgort.


Ils (ne) sont (pas) fous, ces Français!

To my mind French are number one nation when it comes to style. Scandinavians are individualistic, New Yorkers - modern, Japanese - eccentric, Italian - sexy, but only French can take a little bit from all the listed features and still look so classy. That's why I am a huge fan of Garance Dore and other French street style websites plus wardrobe blogs, of course.

Of course, it's my opinion, but nobody can argue with the fact - France is definitely the most important country when speaking about fashion's history. Little black dress, "The New Look", polo shirt, miniskirt, bikini and many more - not even mentioning the parts of wardrobe from the past (like redingote or polonaise) - everything created by French designers.

And you can see that even when saying the names of different parts of clothing. Here are a couple of examples (English, Polish or both) of fashion words coming from French:

Béret: beret (eng), beret (pl)
Espadrilles: espadrilles (eng), espadryle (pl)
Cravate: cravate (eng), krawat/krawatka (pl)
Jupe plissé: skirt plisse (eng), spódnica plisowana (pl)
Robe chemisier: szmizjerka (pl)
Robe princesse: princeska (pl)

Any other examples?

And on the pictures - deux parisiennes - Louise (picture taken from the Sartorialist) and Betty (taken from her wonderful blog).


Black beauties

My goodness! The last two weeks of my life were definitely something else! From being extremely sad, to being extremely happy and just feeling nothing between the explosions of either wonderful or terrible mood. Now I feel exhausted.
Two important things happened, which will definitely influence my blogging. 1) My apartment was robbed and laptop was stolen. 2) I was chosen for the seminar on immigration issues - the event is going to take place in Spain and will last for a week. I hope to bring some good memories and pictures:)

But... coming back to the fashion issues. I would like to add one more thing on the black models trend. Here are some of the most interesting black girls on the runways at the moment. You may recognize some of them, but their names are definitely not big in the fashion world. Pity, some of them are really beautiful.

Ajuma Nasanyana
Nationality: Kenyan
Ethnicity: Kenyan
Known for: being VS model, being the face of Vivienne Westwood.

Atong Arjok
Nationality: American
Ethnicity: Sudanese
Known for: Converse and Sephora ads

Hollis Wakeema
Nationality: American
Ethnicity: African-American (not specified)
Known for: current Paul Smith Women face.

Jaunel McKenzie
Nationality: Jamaican
Ethnicity: Jamaican
Known for: first Jamaican to appear in Vogue US.

Joan Smalls
Nationality: American
Ethnicity: Puerto Rican
Known for: being the face of Ports 1981 as well as making appearance in Ricky Martin's video "It's alright".

Kinee Diouf
Nationality: Senegalese
Ethnicity: Senegalese
Known for: being VS model, modeling for Benetton.

Maria Fuema
Nationality: American
Ethnicity: African-American (not specified)
Known for: modeling for Saks Fifth Avenue.

Yasmin Warsame
Nationality: Canadian
Ethnicity: Somalian
Known for: used to model for Valentino couture, Dolce & Gabbana, Escada, Hermes, Shiseido, Chanel, GAP and H&M (and has a son!)

Mimi Roche
Nationality: American
Ethnicity: African-American (not specified)
Known for: being the face of Benetton, Banana Republic and D&G

Samira Bento
Nationality: Brazilian
Ethnicity: Brazilian
Known for: her debut at Diane von Furstenberg (above)

Honorine Uwera
Nationality: Canadian
Ethnicity: Rwandan
Known for: being number one within Canadian non-caucasian models nowadays



125. B-day of Coco Chanel. I apologize I could do more for such an important day, my laptop was stolen and I have limited access to the internet.

You can find the names of the celebrities at my Flickr account.



Just a couple of inspirational pieces:

The Sartorialist, Reykjavik Looks, Hel Looks

Garance Dore


give me some space!

open space + fashion + photography = looks good
(all the pictures come from fall/winter campaigns)

Bette Franke in Roberto Cavalli advert

Mariacarla Boscono in Hermes advert

Anja Rubik, Magdalena Frackowiak in Oscar de la Renta advert

Stephanie Seymour in Loewe advert

source: fashionspot


Back to black

I already have written some of my thoughts on this topic at this blog, but as the situation continues, I would like to come back to the black model issue.

Of course, black (or generally - non-caucasian) models are discriminated in the fashion world, that's the fact. And now, after the famous statement of Naomie's, that "fashion favors fair skin", the discrimination became the "it" topic in modeling. And so now we've got more and more black girls in the magazines and on the covers. Here are some examples.

POP magazine for the upcoming fall have created 6 covers - 3 with white models, 3 with black ones (Naomie being one of them). Harper's Bazaar put on it's cover Tyra Banks (I hoped that she's forgotten, what a pity). And now Jourdan Dunn got the cover of the new i-D. Please, notice, that all of the mentioned covers will appear for the September issues - and it is not yet 10th of August.

Don't get me wrong - I really think that diversity in fashion magazines and in fashion in general is a good thing. But the diversity we have now is not a result of real tolerance, but a-few-months-lasting trend. Speaking of myself, I would really like to see some Asian or Latino faces on the covers, but what I am left with, is just waiting for another trend to come.

The situation reminds me of politics towards Chinese government. For years and years people around the world were aware of the situation in Tibet and nothing had been done. Now - with the Olympics starting - so many people are protesting against the discrimination in China. Again - noble reason, but still just a trend.

(On the other hand, don't you have this impression that lack of well-known black models keeps Campbell in the industry?)