Jun 28, 2009


Nude look was born in 1966 when Yves Saint Laurent during a fashion show in Paris presented in the haute couture collection a transparent shirt. At the beginning it was seen as a scandal but then it was immediately copied.
Charaterized by very light and thin fabrics, plackets and plunging necklines, this is one of the most sensual and elegant trend. Skin colour dresses, trousers, bluses and make up in powder nuance.
The delicate sensuality continue in accessories as bags and shoes, with a light and luxury mood. Nude sandals and pumps, peep toes and clutches for special summer nights choosen in ivory, powder, sandy shades. The nude look stand out the bronzed skins and gives refinement to the most light and delicate skins with a tone-sur-tone effect.

Jun 21, 2009


Today I interview a very particolar fashion designer. She is Berber Soepboer: 25 years old, born in Island and now living in Amsterdam.
She has studied at Gerrit Rietveld Academy and then she has started to create collections of very suitable, confortable and changeable clothes, which can be worn in different ways, so that the owner can make choices in how to wear them.
The philosophy of her changeable clothes is: life exists of many choices based on expectations, desire and the available time; when everything is still possible the world seems an incredible place. She translate these endless possibilities in her design.
In these days she has an exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum ‘s Hertogenbosch.

- Which are your favourite fashion designer and why?
- I love Maison Martin Margiela and Hussein Chalayan for their concepts in combination with the design. But I mostly wear clothes by the dutch brand Cora Kemperman. These are simple designs a little special with great color and not too expensive.

- How and when did your passion for fashion start?
- I was always fascinated by the way people dress. And how they express theirselves, or absolutely not, in the way they dress.

- What do you create? And whitch materials do you use?
- I start with my concept and then I create whatever is most suitable to the concept. Up till now its mostly clothes, dresses and some beachwear. Maybe in the future I will make menswear, jewels and accessories. The material in which I work also depends on the concept and what I want to create, it could be anything if it is what I want. Untill now I created new fabrics to do things that can change the appearance of the piece.

- Which is your creations style? How do you describe your collections?
The one thing that makes a design special for me is the possibilities it gives to the wearer. I want to give the wearer a choice in how they want to wear a piece of clothing. You could describe my collections as Doable, multiple clothing, changeable.

- How do your creations come into existence? Which are your inspirations?
- I ususally want to make changeable clothing, so that would be the goal in the end. Then it depends on the circumstances what the design will become, is there a subject or a theme or anything that could relate to the design. My inspirations are things that happen around me, in my life or in the world. It could be anything as long a sit interests me.

- Are your creations on sale? How?
- Since last week one dress is for sale because of the many requests. On internet on my website: www.berbersoepboer.nl. You can order by sending me an email: check the news section on my website for specifics.

- Do you create unique creations or in series?
- Up to now I only created unique pieces, but when I am going to produce something it won’t be unique anymore untill the point people finished the design to what they like most. But it will never become a massive production. I want to keep the series limited.

- Do you work also on contract?
- If the assignment is challenging and it pays well, then I will deffinetly work on contract. Also I would love it to design clothes especially for people I admire.

To contact her:
e-mail: berbersoepboer@gmail.com
web site: www.berbersoepboer.nl, to see all the changes of her clothes.

Jun 16, 2009


Heels, plateau, wedge heels or flats. And many different colors: black, brown, fuxia, yellow, orange, white, pink, purple and silver. Which one do you prefer?

Jun 13, 2009


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Jun 8, 2009


Imagine the atmosphere: a sunny day, clear sea and a sailboat ready to weigh anchor.
This summer the navy style returns in fashion; luxury stripes will decorate clothes and accessories in a perfect Côte d'Azur style.
It has its origin during the Twenties: a fast train called Train Bleu connected Calais to Nizza and Cannes, so that the most chic parisians could reach the wonderful beaches. From it, the navy style was born; it is inspired to French Riviera and many times during the years it is reproposed on the catwalks.
This particolar style has precise rules, specially in the colors choice: white, black, blue and red, with just some modifications in the shades derived from these as light blue or grey. Then a huge use of horizontal stripes, necklines and printed pictures in nautical style, as anchors and starfishes.
As items, this trend purpose jackets, white or blue trousers and gold brown details as buttons and buckles. Then also scarves, bikinis, mini-dresses and bags with blue-white-red stripes and jewels with nautical charms.

Jun 5, 2009


Today I interview a young designer born and grown up in Milan: Chiara Grassi. She is 29 years old and she studied Industrial Design at Politecnico in Milan. Since some years she works as head designer for Pharmacy Industry.
In 2007 she created her own fashion brand Cherie’s Flakes: she creates very particular and full of colours handmade beachwear.

-Which are your favourite brands?
-I love the romantic shape of Sessun brand; then Paul&Joe, Rodebjer and Acne for their nordic style. But also the street style of Insight and pop style in Jeremy Scott.

-How and when did your passion for fashion and design start?
-I love creativity since I was very young; sometimes it becomes design creations or fashion or graphic design.

-What do you create?
-In Cherie’s Flakes I create beachwear, specially bikini. They are all unique creations. As materials, I use lycra, elasticated cotton and viscosa; than also lace, tulle, pom pons nad flowers. They are completely handmade.

-Which is your creations style? How do you describe your collections?
-Cherie’s Flakes style is very funny, colorful, easy and feminine: a real colour explosion for summer, sometimes a little bit hippie, some other times sexy. Really girly.

-How do your creations come into existence? Which are your inspirations?
-Cherie’s Flakes come into existence from my purpose to create someting completely handmade, choosiin every time different mix of colours and details. From a very simple process, but that bring me to create a final very original object. My inspiration come from the simple love for beautiful things to use.

-Are your creations on sale? How?
-I sell Cherie’s Flakes creations specially thought Cherie’s Tree House, a small market that I organize two times a year and in which I invite to expose other small brand like mine. I sell also in some shops, as WOK in Milan and Bolondon in Bologna. This ss09 I’ve created a limited edition for Wok store: special beach wear with a wonderful necklace made with lycra.

-Do you work also on contract?
Yes, is possible for costumers to choose shapes and textiles in order toh ave a limited edition for their store.

To contact her:
e-mail: cherie@cheriesflakes.com
web site: www.cheriesflakes.com

Jun 4, 2009


Good morning dear readers!
I'm very proud to inform you that my first two articles on Spray Style Magazine, a free press about fashion and lifestyle based in Italy, are now published. One is about Michelle Obama dressing style (I write for the rubric "Style Zoom", that talks about celebrity's style); the other is an interview to Raoul Keil, the founder of Nineteen74, a social network that connects people that work in the fashion world, as fashion designers, photographers, marketing specialists,hair stylists and make-up artists.
Here you can read the june-july 2009 issue: my articles are on page 14 and 46-47.

Jun 2, 2009


Michela Filippini of Createurope has contacted me after she has seen Style Notes. She wanted me to know about an important opportunity for young designers. So I decided to write about it because I think that some of you could be interested.

In 2008 the first edition of Createurope: THE FASHION DESIGN AWARD takes place: it promotes and supports new designers at the beginning of their career. Thanks to the great outcome obtained, with more than 1000 contributors, a jury with many representatives of fashion world and a fashion show in Berlin, the competition takes place also this year.
The competition is open to european designers but also to the ones from nord Africa and Middle East.
After the first selection, the designers who will be admitted to the next phase, will have the possibility to expose their collection, in order to obtain a great visibility and significant contacts with fashion world.

The deadline to send the portfolio is on the 15th of June 2009. The designer must make before the registration on the web site in order to obtain a code to mark the papers. The designer must not to mark the portfolio with their name.

The final prize-giving will be on the 23rd of October 2009.

Here you can download the paper about “How to enter Createurope: THE FASHION DESIGN AWARD".
If you need more informations you can see www.createurope.com or send an e-mail to info@createurope.com.


Four days ago (the 29th of May) it was my birthday. I've celebrated it in the morning with crazy shopping and then I've gone to the hairdresser to relax myself and to take care of me. In the evening I've met some friends for a happy hour in Milan.
I've received many beautiful things: a pashmina and a beads bracelet from Rossella, Dany and Davide, a Sephora bath kit (body lotion, body wash, a blue bath sponge and some sugar cubes, all ice mint-scented) from Elisa M.K. and 2 books (Toby Young "How to Lose Friends and Alienate People" -italian title: "Un alieno a Vanity Fair"- and Lauren Weisberger "Everyone Worth Knowing" -italian title: "Al Diavolo piace Dolce"-) from Alex and Alessandro. As soon as I'll read them, I'll publish a comment; I hope during this summer.

Then I've recieved also a special gift (not for my birthday, but I've recieved it that day) from Laura Vedani, the jewels designer of Margot's brand. She wanted to thank me for the interview that I've published some weeks ago.
This is a picture of the gift from her.


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