On Saturday Moritz and I went to the Julie Egli X-Mas pop up store at the Times Restaurant in Zurich. Together with her friends from Japan Proxy they organized this temporary store to showcase some great products, perfect for Christmas! I came with a super simple outfit (black sweater, a pair of jeans and boots) to make sure that I could wear all sorts of scarves with it. Loving the colorful prints, especially in winter!
Those pictures were taken last Tuesday right after the fog disappeared and the sun slightly came through. The lake of Zurich seemed much bigger, if not endlessly, as you couldn’t see to the other side entirely. I was wearing a super simple outfit, setting the focus on blue and wearing this lovely duffle coat – they make every outfit look more elegant and British. What do you think?
In exactly 18 days it’s already Christmas Eve. I thought I might give you some ideas on what to gift your loved ones without going nuts or buying them 6 hours in advance. Tell me what you think of those Christmas gift ideas by leaving a comment at the end! Yay or nay?
PS: As we all grow older (and hopefully wiser) we kind of understand the true meaning of Christmas and that it certainly isn’t material. Basically what you are expressing by making a present to someone is your gratitude and appreciation for being there. Always bear that in mind.
I want to start off by the amazing collaboration between Danish brand Soulland and Babar. I don’t know if this children’s book is still up-to-date, but I certainly read it when I was young! I think the idea is so cute & great, so this sweater is definitively going on my wish-list. Pure Nostalgia.
You can buy the sweaters directly at the Soulland online shop. Click to purchase the grey or navy. € 110.00.-
Let’s be honest, it’s a pain carrying your DSLR camera to every event as it’s just too big. Luckily with the Samsung NX300 those days are over! You still get amazing quality pictures and are able to take this camera with you no matter the occasion: travel, event, open air, etc.
In one of the latest issues of Bolero Magazin I saw those amazing POC ski goggles and had to inform myself about them! They are super stylish and you will definitively draw the attention on the slopes. Now unfortunately I cannot seem to find the exact ski goggles as seen in the pictures beneath, but you can shop similar ones here. SEK 1’500.- to 1’800.- (available in different colors)
Speaking of accessories: I found those extremely stylish driver gloves from Dents. Every man should own a pair of driver gloves, you will instantly look as cool as Ryan Gosling in Drive, I swear. Matching the gloves is this plaid scarf in midnight blue with red elements.
Last but not least how about the good old books, TV series or movies? Everything I listed below are books, TV series and movies I’ve read/seen and that I definitively recommend you to read/see! I know what I am putting you through if you decide yourself to read Anna Karenina or War and Peace – massive books (page-wise) yet beautifully written and definitively classics you should have read. As I am not sure if some of you already started watching Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and/or Mad Men I only listed the seasons 1. All four of them are amongst my favorite TV series, so watch them! The Place Beyond The Pines is an amazing two-part drama starring Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper, directed by Derek Cianfrance. Moonrise Kingdom on the other hand is a fantastically filmed and super fun art work by Wes Anderson starring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, and Bill Murray.
The past few days have been wonderful! Sunshine, blue sky and ice cold – that’s how winters are supposed to be. Christmas is just around the corner and I cannot believe it! This year has gone by so quickly.. Have you already gathered all the presents for your loved ones? If not I am giving you some ideas in Thursday’s post.
This outfit might not seem very comfortable, but in a matter of fact it is. The fabric of those pants is super soft, just like the one of the blazer. Both will keep you warm and stylish during this cold time of the year. Obviously the eye-catcher in this look has to be the allover flower printed shirt from Scotch & Soda (click here for similar shirts). This outfit is casual with an elegant touch – perfect for day & night. What do you think, do you like it? Maybe a nice pocket square would have given the final touch, but I forgot it..
When Bret Easton Ellis published American Psycho back in 1991 it was mauled by critics; literary experts found the violence gory and gratuitous, women baulked at the misogyny while others suggested that Easton Ellis was taking a cheap shot for global notoriety with a novel that couldn’t help but dominate headlines.
What was never disputed in the days and years before the novel was adorned with the cult classic status it enjoys now (American Psycho was later made into a critically acclaimed film starring Christian Bale and, in recent years, a stage show which premieres in London next week) was its importance to luxury fashion. Never before had a world in which logos serve as currency been captured so perfectly in fiction. And crucially, never before had we met a character like Patrick Bateman — a serial designer clothes wearer who considers his Valentino couture suit and Oliver Peoples spectacles far more significant to his life than any of the horrendous murders he commits.
Text by Karen Dacre, Fashion Editor at the London Evening Standard.
As well as being sold out (although more tickets go on sale to the public on 5 December, 10 am), the show, directed by Rupert Goold and starring former Doctor Who Matt Smith, is being honored by menswear online store Mr Porter, which has enlisted iconic photographer Miles Aldridge to create a one-off campaign inspired by Bateman and the predatory 1980s Wall Street world he incarnates.
Aldridge’s haunting vision shows various actors from the production including Smith and Les Misérables star Hugh Skinner sharply kitted out in a host of Mr Porter favorites including shirts by Turnbull & Asser, ties by Lanvin and suits by Gucci. The images, inspired by Francis Bacon’s lonely ectoplasmic shadow, are displayed on pop colored backgrounds.
“Photographing the actors on a slow shutter speed meant their movements created Bacon-esque brush strokes with a ghost-like transparency which seemed to reveal the dark vacuum of emptiness inside the characters,” says Aldridge. “As buzzy as the drug fueled, non-stop party and money bonanza that was 1980s New York, everyone in the book is isolated in their own private worlds of ambition and rage. Thinking about that brought me to Bacon.”
Throughout the run of the musical, which opens on Tuesday, Mr Porter will also play host to a microsite dedicated to the novel on which it will offer advice on honing the perfect business card and grooming advice for those who fancy transforming their grooming routine into a major morning production to rival Bateman’s — only time will tell if this includes the honey almond body scrub and a herb-mint facial mask applied by Bateman during the early pages of the novel.
For Jeremy Langmead, editor in chief at Mr Porter, Bateman’s reputation as a luxury fashion anti-hero makes sense. “He did dress well — albeit in a very 1980s yuppie way. And with rigor.”
Bateman’s preoccupations — sourcing the right suit, maintaining perfect skin, looking his best — are the same worries faced by Londoners today and explain why Easton Ellis’s tale remains so compelling 22 years on.
“There’s a little bit in all of us that is interested in business cards, the success of colleagues, the perils of dating, the right tables in restaurants and looking our best,” confirms Langmead.
But he is hopeful, understandably, that the similarities between Bateman and Mr Porter’s customers are few and far between. “I think there are aspects of his life we recognize in either ourselves or those we work with but not too many,” says Langmead. “Particularly his less appealing habits, such as serial murder.”