December 11, 2012 § Leave a comment
I love this new fashion trend – when luxury brands serve as cultural resource rather than just consumption good and feed creativity and inspire new products that are much closer to popular culture than originals – especially price-wise. So far my favourite product of that kind was Thursday Friday canvas bags with Chanel and Balenciaga bag prints (read more about it here), but now I found two new contenders – this post is about my first find. This is Brian Lichtenberg’s creation – Homies print, inspired by Hermes logo. What a great way of taking this classy brand and bringing it down to the urban level. Trucks and homies are definitely closer to most people’s everyday lives than horses, carriages and gentleman! J’adore! Plus you have a choice between cotton T-shirt (£65) and cotton sweatshirt (£100) – both available at BrownsFashion.com. But if you want to get your hands on one, hurry – Tees are selling out fast!
October 23, 2012 § Leave a comment
Oh the power of social networking! While the fashion community has been addicted to Twitter for a while thanks to abundance of news and opinions that are uploaded onto it in real time, a new comer that is Instagram is also being adopted for sharing of fashion inspiration. I am all for this photo-sharing app and use it daily – to upload anything from what I wear to where I am and what I eat. It’s fun, it encourages feedback and communication and it is really personal. So if you have not yet joined – do it now. And if you have, follow me @maria_myfashionwishlist and I promise to keep it interesting!
July 19, 2012 § Leave a comment
Russia, with its vibrant culture and rich history has been a fashion inspiration for many designers. Being a Russian-born Londoner, it is always touching to see those pieces – they remind me of my mother-land and its infinite cultural treasures. My favourite collection inspired by Russian Empire so far has been Chanel’s pre-fall 2009, but it might be about to change with introduction of Russian Matryoshka (nesting doll) to Fall-Winter 2012 collection by Charlotte Olympia. Quirky handbag, Charlotte Olympia’s well known high heels and my favourite Pandora clutch that has been altered especially for this collection (now it comes in wood – the same material original dolls are made out of) are the first pieces to be unveiled to the world. I seriously hope there is more to come – statement elements and vibrant colours are very much needed in our autumn wardrobes.
- Baboushka Embroidered Leather Clutch, £375 available at Net-a-Porter.com
- Matryoshka Suede Sandal, $1565 (approximately £1000) available at BergdorfGoodman.com
- Pandora Matryoshka Wooden Clutch, £575 available at Net-a-Porter.com
April 3, 2012 § Leave a comment
An architect, Rem Koolhaas and 7th generation shoe maker, Galahad Clark teamed up in 2003 to create a a new brand of shoes. Unsurprisingly the creations are not simple shoes – they are very much inspired by architecture and interior design making them the most unique and super desirable shoes currently on the market. Indeed they are so desirable the concept took off immediately: now you can find United Nude store is 40 countries (visit one in Londons’s Covent Garden for a closer look at the brand).
- 90 Degrees Sandals, £405 – they look fragile but feel incredibly strong and apparently extremely comfortable!
- Eamz Pump, £215 – Rem took inspiration from Charles and Ray Eames chair creation, as you do…
- Web Hi, £400 – designers turned to miraculous nature creation spider web for inspiration!
- Flame Rivet, £390 – true architectural fantasy, is it just me or do you see something of a staircase here too?