mercredi 23 avril 2014

Mood - The Best Quotes Picked Up This Week, From Beyoncé, Carlo Brandelli, Damon Albarn, The Late Franco Moschino, Ricardo Tisci And Virginie Mouzat.

1/ "You can be a businesswoman, a mother, an artist, and a feminist - whatever you want to be - and still be a sexual being. It's not mutually exclusive." - Beyoncé.

2/ "We are all the same and we all want the same things: the right to be happy, to be just who we want to be and to love who we want to love." - Beyoncé.

3/ "If you do this job, you have to be all-in. No middle ground. You need balls. No compromise. It's how you gain respect. You can't do this job to be liked, you do it to be respected." - Virginie Mouzat.

4/ "In New York you can get everything delivered - culture, fashion, music. It's a 24-hour injection of new things." - Ricardo Tisci.

5/ "Chic, stylish, modern men don't really want to stand out, they want to assimilate to their environment." - Carlo Brandelli.

6/ "There's need to be some sort of disturbance in your psyche for creativity to be sparked." - Damon Albarn.

7/ "Bad taste doesn't exist." - Franco Moschino.

Courtesy of myself.

lundi 21 avril 2014

Zoom - Easter Couture Chocolate.

Above, 'L'oeuf Ebène' by La Pâtisserie Cyril Lignac.

1 Hugo & Victor, from 55 euros.
2 Lenôtre, 25 euros.
3 Les Marquis de Ladurée, 14 or 40 euros.
4 La Manufacture de chocolat Alain Ducasse, from 18 euros.
5 Fauchon, 35 euros.
6 À La Mère de Famille, 36 euros.
7 Maxim’s, 10,40 euros.
8 Pierre Hermé, 95 euros.

1 Café-Tasse, 10,20 euros. 
2 Pierre Hermé, 210 euros. 
3 Pierre Marcolini, price upon request. 
4 Lenôtre, from 55 euros. 
5 Lenôtre, 39 euros. 
6 Chez.bogato, from 33 euros. 
7 Pierre Marcolini, price upon request. 
8 Boutique Chapon, 30 euros. 
9 Christophe Roussel, 38 euros.
10 Les Marquis de Ladurée, 175 euros.

Courtesy of myself.

Last Week's News - Alexander Wang X H&M, Chloé Sponsors International Hyères Festival Prize, Mary Katrantzou For Adidas Originals, Roland Mouret For Banana Republic And Victoria's Secret London Show.

1/ New Yorker Alexander Wang becomes the first American and youngest designer to partner with H&M in the ten years the company has been collaborating with luxury designers. The capsule collection should include Wang’s signature style: urban sportswear, uptown chic and downtown cool. Alexander Wang for H&M hits the stores November 6.

2/ Official Hyères International Festival sponsor since 2011, fashion house Chloé reiterates this year with its prize inviting the 10 finalists to create a look that reinterprets the label's style. The winner, who will have reflected best Chloé's spirit, will be announced April 28 and greeted 15,000 euros.

3/ American lingerie label Victoria's Secret is bringing its annual top models-packed line-up mega fashion show spectacle to London this year at Earls Court Exhibition Center (that previously hosted the Olympics Games events in 2012) on December 2, 2014.

4/ London-based designer Mary Katrantzou, who's become a fashion crowd's favorite with her psychedelic digital prints and architectural shapes, is designing a capsule collection of Adidas Originals footwear and apparel planned for a November release.

5/ Designer Roland Mouret has teamed up with Banana Republic on a twenty-five-piece capsule collection including separates (skirts, pants, tops) and his signature tailored cocktail dresses that will be available in select stores worldwide and online from August 2014.

Courtesy of myself.

Édito - Paris Thorping.

 This is a confession. Until a few weeks ago, I did not know who Robert Mapplethorpe was. A fact actually quite hard to admit when you claim to be someone pretty fond of art and photography. It’s almost as bad as ignoring the very existence of someone like Avedon. Nonetheless, it is the shameful  truth. 
A photographer I was lending my body to for a project refered to him but was kind enough not to showcase any disdain towards my lack of knowledge on the matter. It only took then a quick browse through Google Images for me to be introduced to the man. At least to his work. And what work ! The kind that strikes a chord instantaneously because it belongs to the timeless quality category of work artists will always look up to. 
The reason why I was told about him is because Mapplethore is the subject of two distinct and major exhibitions in Paris right now: a retrospective at the Grand Palais and the other one comparing his photographs to Rodin’s sculptures at the actual Rodin Museum. Just the right date for Easter weekend, no ?

Courtesy of myself.

This Week On M.B By MNM Blog: Robert Mapplethorpe Takes Over Paris And More.

This Week On M.B By MNM Blog:

1/ Édito - Paris Thorping.
2/ News - Alexander Wang X H&M, Chloé's Hyères Festival Prize, Mary Katrantzou For Adidas Originals, Roland Mouret For Banana Republic And Victoria's Secret In London.
3/ Zoom - Easter Couture Chocolate.
4/ Lifestyle - Stylish News From Alasdair McLellan to Andrew Garfield.
5/ Mood - This Week's Best Quotes (Beyoncé, Jeremy Scott, Ricardo Tisci...)

And More.

On the cover: 'Micheal Reed' (1987) by Robert Mapplethorpe.

Courtesy of myself.

vendredi 18 avril 2014

Trend - Spring 2014 Menswear Desire: Wooyoungmi's Neoprene and Snake Print Nylon Sleeves Sweatshirt.

Trend desire:

Animal skin print: wild touch of eccentric style.

Neoprene and snake 
print nylon sleeves sweatshirt,
205 euros.
Available at selected Wooyoungmi stores.

Photographed / styled by Mboko Mobutu.

jeudi 17 avril 2014

Focus - Fashion Face-Off: The Muscled Torso T-Shirt, Kick Sagat Vs. John MacConnell.

Above: François Sagat in Kick Sagat spring 2014.

In June, last year, former gay adult movie star, François Sagat, launched a line of t-shirts and tank tops he designed, reflecting his iconic and recognizable body parts, labeled Kick Sagat. Recently, New York-based talented artist John MacConnell has released a set of illustrated tees reminescent of Sagat’s. What's it going to be: porny or arty ?


'Adam' crew neck cotton t-shirt,
John MacConnell,
80 dollars.

'Adam' Linen and feathers pillow,
John MacConnell,
124 dollars.

'Boys Boys Boys' white crew neck cotton t-shirt,
John MacConnell,
80 dollars.

'Goat' t-shirt,
Kick Sagat,
47 euros.

'Bodyrealness' t-shirt,
Kick Sagat,
58 euros.

Courtesy of myself.

Zoom - Fashion's Musical Chairs: The Industry's Profesional Power Moves.

Above: Vitra spring 2014 at Le Bon Marché.

Suzy Menkes
After 25 years at
The International New York Times - formerly Herald Tribune - she’s been named International Vogue editor at Condé Nast in March.

Suzanne Koller
Filling up a seat left vacant by Emmanuelle Alt in 2011 when she became editor-in-chief, Koller joins
Vogue Paris as fashion director from Self Service magazine.

Bruce Pask
Men’s fashion director at
T: The New York Times Style Magazine since 2006, Pask has left his position last month for a new gig as men’s fashion director at New York’s department store Bergdorf Goodman.

Franck Benhamou
Leaving his fashion editor position at French
Numéro, it has yet to be revealed what his next move is going to be.

Eric Wilson
Formerly fashion reporter and critic at
The New York Times, Wilson joined InStyle as fashion news director in November.

Alexander Fury
After a year at Condé Nast’s
LOVE, Fury joined The Independent and The Independent on Sunday as fashion editor last year.

Cathy Horyn
At 57, Horyn retired from
The New York Times in January to spend time with her sick partner. She was chief fashion critic of the NYT since 1999.

Matthew Schneier
The former’s deputy editor joined The New York Times’ Styles section as fashion
reporter in February, shaping up the publication’s transitional period.

Vanessa Friedman
Longtime fashion editor of
The Financial Times, Friedman joins The New York Times as fashion director and chief critic, taking on both Menkes and Horyn’s roles.

Anne Bianchi
Be magazine’s Anne Bianchi is said to be among potential candidates for the position of editor-in-chief at French Harper’s Bazaar, planned for 2015.

Virginie Mouzat
After nearly two decades covering fashion for French daily
Le Figaro, Mouzat was tapped in 2012 as fashion director of the last year launched new French Vanity Fair.

Godfrey Deeny
Following Mouzat’s departure, Deeny has been appointed editor-at-large of women’s fashion at
Le Figaro while continuing to head Achtung and Sepp.

Deborah Needleman
Having served as editor of
The Wall Street Journal’s weekly magazine, WSJ, for two years until 2012, Needleman then has been offered the position of editor-in-chief at T: The New York Times Style Magazine.

Kristina O’Neill
Successor to Needleman at
WSJ in 2012, O’Neill had held editorial roles at New York Magazine and Time Out New York before landing at Harper’s Bazaar.

Kate Lanphear
Following a career as senior fashion editor then style director at American
Elle, Lanphear was named style director at T: The New York Times Style Magazine in early 2013.

John Brodie
As a
Mr. Porter regular contributing editor since its launch, Brodie has been named editor-in-chief of the retail destination, following Jeremy Langmead’s departure.

BUSINESS CHAIRSPHV Corp. (owning shares of Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein) has bought a 30 percent stake of Karl Lagerfeld’s parent company while LVMH-owned L Capital has acquired a 30 percent minority stake in Giuseppe Zanotti’s parent company.

Taylor Tomasi Hill
After two years as the creative director at e-commerce site
Moda Operandi - following a gig as style and accessories director at Marie Claire - Hill set herself free in October. Since then, she contributed to Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP and is working on a floral arrangement business, TTH.

André Leon Talley
The former US
Vogue veteran has stepped down from his position of editor-at-large at Russian Numéro after a year, last month. He’s took on the artistic direction at e-commerce website Zappos Couture since December though.

Joe Zee 
Former fashion director at W and contributor to Details, Zee has been creative director of US Elle for 7 years. A role he’s leaving in May to become Yahoo ! Fashion’s editor-in-chief and executive creative officer.
Alexander McQueen spring 2014:
'Ikea PS 2012' chair,
80 euros.
Tom Ford spring 2014:
'Skruvsta' chair,
99,90 euros.
Balenciaga spring 2014:
'Mamamia' chair,
160,40 euros.
Courtesy of myself.

jeudi 10 avril 2014

Trend - Spring 2014 Menswear & Ready-To-Wear Arty Fashion.

Julian Zigerli spring 2014.

As seen at Dior Homme, E. Tautz, Fendi, Issey Miyake, Kenzo, Paul Smith, Prada and Raf Simons spring 2014 menswear runways.


Printed leather clutch,
1050 euros.

All-over printed cotton t-shirt,
Dior Homme, 
486 euros.

Katharina Grosse print sack shorts,
Julian Zigerli,
215 euros.

Paint splattered sneakers,
Maison Martin Margiela,
368 euros.

Printed silk scarf,
Acne Studios,
280 euros.

Printed cotton shirt,
Paul Smith,
360 euros.

Paint-print polo shirt,
196 euros.


Linen and feathers cushion,
John MacConnell,
124 dollars.

Crew neck sweater,
Julian Zigerli,
325 euros.

Suit print,
Jil Sander,
590 euros.

Cotton sweatshirt,
Acne Studios,
300 euros.

Printed cotton t-shirt,
85 euros.

Slim-fit cotton shirt,
Raf Simons,
245 euros.

Geometric print sweatshirt,
207 euros.

T-shirt print,
Dior Homme,
190 euros.

As seen at Céline, Chanel, Dior, JC de Castelbajac, Jil Sander, Kenzo, Prada and Roland Mouret spring 2014 ready-to-wear runways.


Pleated skirt,
39,95 euros.

Embroidered satin little "Lady Dior" bag,
Christian Dior,
Price upon request.

Christopher Kane,
1144 euros.

Front print dress,
79 euros.

Printed cotton skirt,
49,95 euros.

Laser-cut shirt,
370 euros.

Cotton and silk scarf,
JC de Castelbajac,
390 euros.

Skate slip-on,
Price upon request.

Calf-skin bag,
Price upon request.

Silk brocade pump,
Christian Dior,
Price upon request.

Courtesy of myself.

vendredi 4 avril 2014

Lifestyle - Ten Stylish News From Beyoncé's Mrs. Carter Tour Wardrobe To Jennifer Lopez's Music Video Throwback Style.

1/ During the just wrapped 2nd European leg of her ‘Mrs. Carter Show’ tour, Beyoncé premiered a series of designer looks including Tom Ford’s Jay-Z referenced dress.

Flannel shirt,
53 euros.

Peter Dundas designed a custom beaded bodysuit for Beyoncé, inspired by his Emilio Pucci spring 2014 collection.

Patent leather boots,
Emilio Pucci,
1950 euros.

2/ Johnny Depp made headlines revealing his engagement to actress Amber Heard by sporting a diamond ring he refered to as a ‘chick’s ring.’

3/ Artist Taku Satoh and Issey Miyake celebrate 20 years of the label’s Pleats Please line with «Flowers» visual series.

4/ Is US Vogue dead ? Bof had to ask after the release of Kimye’s cover that caused such trauma and negative responses on the Internet, including many subscribers cancellations. Anna Wintour had to speak up to‘explain’ her choice in a press release.

5/ André Leon Talley has resigned from his post as editor-at-large of Numéro Russia after only a year, citing the country’s anti-gay laws as one of the reasons for leaving.

6/ Brian Lichtenberg celebrates Miley Cyrus’ infamous tongue with a line of tees and sweatshirts.

Cotton printed sweatshirt,
Brian Linchtenberg,
100 dollars.

7/ and 8/ Eyewear brand Mykita joins forces with Maison Martin Margiela on a capsule collection while A.P.C. and Nike are at it again.

Air Maxim 1 Sneakers,
A.P.C. X Nike,
160 euros.

9/ Meanwhile, Jennifer Lopez, 44, is going ‘Jenny From The Block’ on us in her latest video, channeling her epic Versace look from the 2000 Grammy’s and surrounding herself with half naked Instagram gym queens.

Cotton printed t-shirt,
Versus Versace,
130 euros,

Printed leggings,
Versus Versace,
115 euros,

Nylon/lycra swimsuit briefs,
Charlie by MZ,
105 dollars.

10/ Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 Ricardo Tisci VS. Adidas X Raf Simons is this spring’s designer sneakers collaboration battle.

Courtesy of myself.

mercredi 2 avril 2014

Last Week's News - ANDAM Jury Unveiled, Berluti X Cycles Victoires, Céline In London, Pharrell X Adidas And Ralph Lauren's XXL Ricky In Paris.

1/ French luxury brand Céline has opened its very first independent store in London, on Mount Street, in the very heart of Mayfair, providing a total space of 600 m², designed in various and precious raw materials mixed in with sleek and minimalist designs including pieces from Danish artist FOS.

2/ The line-up jury for this year's ANDAM (French National Association for the Development of Arts and fashion) - supporting the work of young designers and helping fashion professionals to establish themselves - has been unveiled, including Xavier Romatet, President of Condé Nast France, Pierre Bergé, François-Henri Pinault, Ellen Von Unwerth, and Caroline de Maigret among 25 other fashion personalities.

3/ Adidas has announced a long-term partnership with Pharrell Williams. The Adidas Originals X Pharrell Williams capsule collection that will be available this summer will be the opportunity for the German sportswear brand to work with Pharrell's Earth-friendly textiles company, Bionic Yarn.

4/ Italian fashion house Berluti and bike manufacturer Cycles Victoire have worked in collaboration to create a new chic and elegant bicycle entirely made by hand in France using wood and leather, accompanied with a line of stylish cycling accessories. 

5/ Ralph Lauren's giant bag, the Ricky XXL, continues traveling around the world, setting foot in Paris, after New York and Tokyo. On display from March 31 to April 2 in the label's pop-up store in Paris' Galeries Lafayette department store, a new version of the Soft Ricky, designed especially for the occasion, will be available in ultra limited dition.

Courtesy of myself.

mardi 1 avril 2014

Édito - Arty Spring.

Just in case you did not get the memo: this spring’s major trend is the influence of art in fashion, questioning once again the legitimacy of the correlation between the two. Is fashion art ? At this point, we don’t even care. It is a form of expression, just like art is and they nourrish from each other. That’s the certainty.
So with spring having officially started, it is time to follow the fashion canvas and paint on it with style. From ready-to-wear to menswear, from luxury to high-end street, froms pieces of clothing to accessories, the offer is about just as rich as the history of painting. The occasion for us to dive into it. It will be an abstract and colorful rollercoaster ride that we can compare to fashion’s neverending musical chairs game we will also be talking about this week.

Courtesy of myself.

This Week On M.B By MNM Blog: Spring 2014 Arty Fashion And More.

This Week On M.B By MNM Blog: 

1/ Édito - Arty Spring.
2/ News - ANDAM, Berluti, Céline, Pharrell X Adidas and Ralph Lauren.
3/ Trend - Spring 2014 Arty Fashion. 
4/ Focus - Fashion's Musical Chairs.

And More.

On the cover: Dior Homme spring 2014 by Karim Sadli.

Courtesy of myself.

Zoom - No April Fish, No Nothing With Kenzo's Spring 2014 Collection.

Celebrating April Fish / Fools ' Day with Kenzo.

Above and on the next page, Kenzo spring 2014 campaign by Pierpaolo Ferrari starring Devon Aoki.

In Italy, France, Belgium and French-speaking areas of Canada and Switzerland, April 1 is known as «April fish».

    The tradition consists in attempting to attach a paper fish to a victim’s back without being noticed. The perfect occasion to celebrate Kenzo’s spring 2014 collection initiative «No Fish, No Nothing» which aims to alert and combat overfishing in already crowded marine territories and promote the development of reserves around the globe. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Blue Marine Foundation in that order.

From top to bottom:

Cotton sweatshirt,
245 euros.

Cotton sweater,
340 euros.

Printed cotton t-shirt,
135 euros.

Printed leather clutch,
295 euros.

Cotton sweatshirt,
295 euros.

Courtesy of myself.

Mood - This Week's Best Quotes From David Bailey, Karl Lagerfeld, Peter Bryant Jr. And Vanessa Friedman.

1/ "If you treat your subject with seriousness and respect, other people tend to treat it the same way." - Vanessa Friedman.

2/ "I wanted to become a carucaturist: in the end , I've become a caricature." 
 - Karl Lagerfeld.

3/ "Although of course [a selfie] is masturbation of a sort." - David Bailey.

4/ "She is not a standout beauty [...] There is not beauty without strangeness in the proportions ?" - Karl Lagerfeld on Cara Delevingne.

5/ "No, this is electronic masturbation." - Karl Lagerfed on selfies.

6/ "It's pretty sad to have nohing else to do but go online and write nastsy things about people you don't even know." - Peter Brant Jr.

Courtesy of myself.

mercredi 26 mars 2014

Zoom - The Lupita (Nyong'O) Mania.

For anyone who has seen her breathtaking performance as Patsey in Steve Mcqueen’s «12  Years a Slave», the spell of charm has worked.

    The role got the 31-year-old actress of Kenyan origins the Academy Award for Best Supporting actress (among numerous others) but especially won her the attention of the audience, her peers and the fashion world all together who welcomed her with arms wide open as she’s starring in Miu Miu’s current campaign, graced glossy editorials, sat front row at fashion weeks and has been dressed by renown designers all awards season long. 

With the help of Hollywood stylist Micaela Erlanger, the actress has built a consistent strong stylish reputation, made of signature elements: colorfully vibrant, architecturally shaped and elegantly lady-like. Fashion degree granted.

Courtesy of myself.

Last Week's News - H&M's Conscious Collection, Giambattista Valli For Cire Trudon, Kit Harington For Jimmy Choo, L'Wren Scott's Assumed Suicide, Louis Vuitton's Resort Fashion Show, Mulberry And Zadig & Voltaire X Freja Beha Erichsen.

1/ Game Of Thrones' Jon Snow aka Kit Harington has been announced as Jimmy Choo Man's new face. The 27-year-old heartthrob actor will model shoes and bags in the label's Fall 2014 campaign and will also serve as the face of its debut men's fragrance launching in September, Jimmy Choo Man.

2/ Former model, designer and longtime girlfriend of Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger, L'Wren Scott, 49, was found hanged with a silk scarf in her Manhattan apartment on the morning of March 17. Rumour has it Scott owed almost 6 million dollars in debt to investors, a  probable cause for the tragedy.

3/ Louis Vuitton is said to be holding its first-ever cruise destination show for Resort 2015 in Monaco - Dior's choice for its Resort 2014 show as well as Chanel's for its Paris - Monte Carlo Pre-Fall 2007 Métiers d'Arts collection -, marking the French house's new direction, more dedicated to ready-to-wear since the arrival of creative director Nicolas Ghesquière at the helm.

4/ This year H&M's environmentally friendly Conscious Exclusive collection has been designed by sustainable fashion and design think tank Ever Manifesto's Elizabeth von Guttman and Alexia Niedzielski. Made out of sustainable and ethically sourced fabrics, the effort is inspired by flamenco and Spanish bullfighting. Alongside the collection, Ever Conscious, a magazine aiming to raise awareness on the matter will also be released on April 10.

5/ Bruno Guillon has stepped down from his role of CEO at British luxury house Mulberry after two years of duty. Previously managing director of Hermès, he helped upgrading Mulberry's status thanks to close collaborations with celebrities and a series of it bags launchings. Guillon's departure comes 9 months after former creative director Emma Hill's whose shoes haven't been filled yet.

6/ After Yazbukey, it's Italian designer Giambattista Valli who has created two limited edition scented candles for the world's oldest candle maker, Cire Trudon. Named Posatino and Rose Poivrée, the two products will be available in stores from April, at a price of 70 euros each.

7/ Model Freja Beha Erichsen not only models in Zadig & Voltaire's latest campaign but also teamed up with the French brand to design a capsule collection of simple, androgynous t-shirts, jackets and bags marked with an "F" for Freja and "87" for her year of birth. Forty percent of the benefits will be donated to Médecins sans Frontières whom Erichsen has traveled extensively with.

Courtesy of myself.

Édito - Hidden Wounds.

Designer L’Wren Scott’s assumed suicide came as the ultimate surprise early last week. As tragic as every situations of that nature might be, some of us will always wonder how a woman of her profile could be led to such action. Scott, seemed indeed to live the glamorous life.
Aged 49, she was a former model-turned designer and longtime girlfriend of Mick Jagger. You would think she had everything on her plate to be happy. Only, too often in life, what it seems may not actually be. It’s been revealed her business wasn’t doing good since the news of her death but with a millionaire rock star boyfriend on her arm, one can only figure there was more to her gesture than just financial trouble. Just like there is more to happiness than putting on a happy face and living the «good life» as defined by the standards of our modern society. More to life travelling than its actual destination.

Courtesy of myself.

This Week On M.B By MNM Blog: L'Wren Scott's Tragedy And More.

This Week On M.B By MNM Blog:

1/ Édito - Hidden Wounds.
2/ News - H&M, Kit Harington, L'Wren Scott, Louis Vuitton, Mulberry And Zadig & Voltaire.
3/ Zoom - Lupita Mania.
4/Mood - Quotes Of The Week.

And more.

On the cover: L'Wren Scott by Bryan Adams.

Courtesy of myself.
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