Category Archives: Fashion

Heidi Klum + Bill Kaulitz – Two Fashion Icons Finally Together

Rockstar Bill Kaulitz will join Heidi Klum tomorrow night on Germany’s Next Top Model. The show was filmed a few weeks ago at the Galaxy Theater in Los Angeles.  Heidi personally called Bill and asked him to join the show: “I just called him and lured him with pretty girls” Heidi told today’s Bild newspaper.

In this weeks episode the models will get styled like rockstars and do a stage dive photoshoot. Joining Bill and Heidi is also star photographer Marc Baptiste.

The team of Heidi + Bill is a dream come true of mine. I always wished Bill would appear on Project Runaway. After all, he is the best dressed male celebrity in the world today and has a unique style. Many designers such as like Karl Lagerfeld, Wolfgang Joop and  Killian Kerner are all fans of his styles. What I most love about his style is that he makes menswear look interesting, and he is one of the few guys that girls look at for inspiration. Sure, like any true fashion icon he makes hits and misses, but he is always interesting and he is never afraid of taking risks and doesn’t dress for the sole purpose of attention or shockvalue, even though his style often draws  lot of attention. I admire people who doesn’t always play it safe (Jennifer “black dress, hair in her face” Aniston, I’m looking at you).

The show will air on Pro Sieben at 20.30 CET tomorrow,

Alexander McQueen Exhibition in Hamburg

The incredible talented Alexander McQueen (who tracigally decided to end his own life in 2010 at age 40), was and still is one of the most influential british fashion designers in history. Now you can see many of his creations that he made for  his own label as well as for Givenchy, at the Museum für Kunst and Gewerbe in Hamburg, Germany.

Tomorrow I’ll go to Hamburg for an 8 day vacation, and this will be one of my first stops! Alexander McQueen is one of my favourite designers. I love the rebellious streak he often showcased in his designs.

The exhibition ends September 2.

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg
Steintorplatz
20099 Hamburg
Official Website

Pic courtesy of Museum for Kunst and Gewerbe. Photograph by Maria Thrun

Pantone Creates Make-Up Line

 

Each year Pantone appoints a specific colour to Colour of the Year, and for 2012 the choice landed on the orange red 17-1463 or the more aptly named Tangerine Tango.

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Sophisticated, but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of PANTONE Color Institute, in an official statement from Pantone, adding that “The color is a spirited, “vivacious and appealing reddish orange”.

The biggest news however, is that Pantone has teamed up with Sephora to create a whole make-up line out of the Tangerine Tango, including eye shadows, lipsticks, lipgloss and even make-up brushes that all are in various hues of the 2012 Colour of the Year.

 

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The products can be purchased at http://www.sephora.com

 

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Vivienne Westwood and Christina Hendricks – a Red Hot Fashion Match Made in Heaven

A collaboration between two of my favourite redheads; curvy Christina Hendricks of Mad Men fame and british fashion royalty Vivienne Westwood, team up together in a fashion match made in heaven. Westwood has signed Christina as the new face of her Get A Life Palladium jewellery line.

Here’s some pics from the campaign:

HENDRICKS-WESTWOOD

HENDRICKS-WESTWOOD

And the products. I love the oak leaf tiara but wouldn’t be able to carry it off myself without looking like a fool. But the heart I definitely would love to have though.
Westwood necklace

Westwood Tiara

Elisa Strozyk’s Genius Wooden Textile

Berlin born textile designer Elisa Strozyk has invented Woodentextile – wood designed and manipulated into textile properties; making it soft to the touch and flexible. The result is simply stunningl.

Woodentextile

At her official website Strozyk says: “Wooden Textiles” is an approach to responsible thinking concerning lifecycles of products. The outcome is a material that is half wood-half textile, between hard and soft, challenging what can be expected from a material or category. It looks and smells familiar but feels strange, as it is able to move and form in unexpected ways.”

The bag “Maria Bonita” made of Woodentextile.

Bag Woodentextile

Together with fellow german artist and photographer Sebastian Neeb, Strozyk has also designed the beautiful Accordion Cabinet, a cabinet on long legs and with flexible walls and doors. It is made out of a combination of wood and textile.

Accordion-Cabinet

Check Eliza Strozyk’s official website for more of her designs: www.elisastrozyk.de

Photos courtesy of Elisa Strozyk and Sebastian Neeb.
Photographer: Sebastian Neeb.

Secondella- Favourite Vintage Store for Exclusive Designer Brands

Secondella is one of the best vintage and secondhand stores there is, if you are after high-end design brands. They carry clothes and accessories from all top brands such Gucci, Prada, Chanel, Dior etc. The store is over 300 square metres and is a joy to hang around in, even though some of the stuff there still might be too expensive for one’s wallet.

Edit: I can’t turn off the autostart of the Secondella video, so instead of embedding a video with autoplay, here’s the direct link to it instead.

It’s located on Hohe Bleichen 5 in Hamburg
Official Website

Sternschanze – the Cozy Boho Area of Hamburg

The bohemian and cozy Sternschanze or Schanzenviertel as it also is called, is one of my favourite parts of Hamburg. I discovered it last year, when I visited Hamburg too many times to count, and it was love at first sight.
Unfortunately my camera ran out of battery every single time I went to Sternschanze. Go figure. So I don’t have many pics to share, but here’s some of them. Some I snapped with my cellphone, hence the bad quality.

I feel that so many first time (or second or third time) visitors to Hamburg miss out on this area, cause hardly any city guides or tourists books do any coverage of it. It’s the smallest area of Hamburg and is squeezed in between Altona-Nord, St Pauli, Eimsbuttel-Harvesthude and Rotherbaum.

Sternschanze

Lining the streets throughout this neighbourhood are cozy cafés, bars and pubs, beer gardens and restaurants, which are almost all suitable for a low budget wallet. Many also have quite a nice terrace vibe and culture.

Here you find a good selection of food culture from all around the world; Indian, Portugese, Turkish, Japanese, Irish, French, Spanish, Italian, Morroccan, and German of course. And some restaurant and cafés also have an ecological/biodynamic profile, which makes it even better.

Lots of students as well as bohemian artists and other creatives live in the area which probably help to explain why the prices here are a bit lower than the rest of the city.

Getting there is easy. Just take the U-bahn U3 or the S-bahn S21 or S3 and jump off at Sternschanze. Or just walk. It’s walking distance from the gigantic Messe area, Marktstrasse/Karolinenviertel and Planten un Blomen. it takes about 20-30 minutes to walk to Jungfernstieg.

SHOPPING
There’s plenty of shopping to do here. You won’t find any of the big retailers here, but you will find plenty of alternative and edgy stores, second hand and vintage as well as new stuff.

Below is a pretty typical store window.

store window

Altes und Neue
Altes & Neue is a lovely shop with vintage and new stuff; jewellery, small items for interior decoration; doorknobs, candlelight holders, lamps, clocks, jewellery stands, that kind of stuff.
Location: Susannenstrasse

Altes und Neue

Altes und Neue

Altes und Neue

Mala
Another cozy store.

mala

Mala

Mala

Championship Records
One of several stores for vinyl and second hand records, LPs, singles and CDs.
Location: Suzannestrasse

FOOD & DRINKS

Kumpir
Kumpir is a Turkish baked potatoes resturant, perfect for a quick bite to eat. A huge baked potato so stuffed with all kinds of ingredients that you can’t even see the potato beaneath costs about EUR 3,60. You will get full, I promise. They have a huge selection of various fillings. Pick a combination from their menus or combine after your own taste and desire. I love Kumpuir so much that last time I was in Hamburg I visited it three times in two days.
Location: Schanzenstrasse. There’s also also another Kumpir at Mogenstrasse.

Frank und Frei
After visiting Kumpir take a walk a few metres to the right and enjoy a beer, a drink or a coffe at Frank und Frei. They also serve food. Sit outdoors or indoors. Cozy pub atmosphere indoors (looks like a typical pub with dark wood interiors and lots of framed pictures on the walls. Very nice and friendly bartender and staff.
Location: Corner Schanzestrasse and Suzannestrasse.

Frank und Frei

Sofabar
Cheap drinks and a huge selection of random sofas. Sofa bar certainly live up to its name. Here it’s all about the sofas. A favourite among locals and with a laid back atmosphere and cheap drinks it’s not hard to understand why. Good relaxed crowd.

Hessle Müslibar
Muslibar

HOTELS
There’s a few one or two star hostels in the area, and then there’s the fancy and cool 4,5 star Mövenpick Hotel, which is housed in the old (and heritage protected) watertower in the Sternschanze Park. The watertower got carefully and beautifully renovated into a hotel 2003 after being abandoned and empty for 45 years.

Mövenpick hotel

Right in the middle of the Schanzenviertel is also the Rote Flora, the most curious corner of Hamburg, but I will cover that in a separate entry.

All pics belong to Kuriosa Randoma, except for the Mövenpick hotel pictures which belongs to the hotel.