Topshop fall 2010 campaign ads

Previously I showed you Topshop's lookbook and a preview of some of the garments. Now it's time to take a look at the campaign! The photos were shot by Josh Olins, and damn, they look amazing! Nothing like we've ever seen, from Topshop that is. Who else is excited for fall?


Primark a/w lookbook

Check out these looks from Primark's autumn/winter collection! Most garments will be in stores in September. They're expecting a cold winter, if you look at all those garments with fake fur.  I love the look with the blouse, shorts and lace booties. The black dress with gold embellished shoulders looks great too. Cheap never looked this good!

More outfits from Gossip Girl season 4

Curious what the Gossip Girl cast is going to wear next season? Here's a bunch of sneak peek pics for you to check out!


Is Joe faux real?

Watch what happens when Creative Director of Elle Magazine (USA) Joe Zee takes Chanel’s abominable snowman costume (with fake fur!) for a spin through New York City on a particularly hot summer day.

Hysterical! I love Joe Zee, I laughed my ass off watching this!
Man: "Isn't that hot in there?" Joe: "No, it's Chanel." Man: "It's Chanel, what..?" Joe: "It's designer, from the runways of Paris." Man: "That shit is hot, son! You're bakin' in there!" Joe: "It's hot in a good waaay!"

Olivia Palermo shoot in ASOS magazine

Socialite and 'The City' star Olivia Palermo is on the cover of August issue ASOS magazine. While the cover photo isn't looking very appealing to me, the photos and the outfits inside are gorgeous! More pics after the jump!


Mango fall(s) for Scarlett, again..

Spanish retailer Mango has once again chosen actress Scarlett Johansson to star in their campaign. And once again, she did a great job doing the shoot. It certainly makes me want to purchase. More pics after the jump!

Filles a Papa fashion night

The Belgian brand Filles a Papa is hosting a fashion party at the Kitsch club in Knokke (Belgium) on Friday 6th of August.

On that day, fashionistas from all over gather in the shoppingstreets of Knokke for the Nacht van het Zoute. Shops stay open until late at night and customers are spoiled with champagne and appetizers. When you're done shopping you can go to Kitsch Club and party all night long!

Entrance: free, but limited space (200 ppl max!)

You can find Filles a Papa at:

MUST HAVE 12, Duindistelstraat Knokke
MASON'S 11a, Kustlaan Knokke

For more info on Filles a Papa and where to buy, visit: Fillesapapa.com

Also check out this Spotlight video about Filles a Papa. Note: the video is in Dutch/French


Behind the scenes of Net-a-Porter

A decade ago Natalie Massenet started to sell luxury brands on the internet. Nowadays, Net-a-Porter is a big company with over 600 employees and has offices in London and New York. Last year they also launched an online outlet called The Outnet and soon Mr Porter, a luxury webshop for men, will go live. 'The Business of Fashion' got a tour in their new office. Take a quick peek at one of the biggest luxury online retailers of the moment!

ASOS fall womens lookbook

Here's a preview of what ASOS has to offer this autumn/winter. The products are expected to arrive in September. Pics courtesy of ASOS. Styled by Michele Rafferty.


Kristin Cavallari at the Salt premiere

Check out this dress by 'The Blonds' that Kristin Cavallari (The Hills) wore to the LA premiere of Angelina Jolie's new movie 'Salt'. I'm so into shoulder embellishments lately, so you can probably guess why I love this dress. Those spikes and chains look fierce! You won't catch me walking around with that amount of cleavage though, that's just way over the top for me.

Shopping in Hamburg

Follow the H&M team on their shopping spree in Hamburg, Germany.

London Fashion Week

Amsterdam Fashion Week has just ended and another fashion week is just around the corner. This year London Fashion Week will be held from 17 - 22 September. Sass & Bide, House of Holland, Twenty8Twelve, Vivienne Westwood, Matthew Williamson, Acne, Peter Pilotto, Mark Fast, Paul Smith, Burberry Prorsum and Designers Remix are some of the many names to show their creations for spring/summer 2011. 

You can view the schedule for the LFW catwalkshows here.

Besides the catwalkshows there will also be a ceremony to honor British designer Alexander Mcqueen. The ceremony will be held for family, friends and colleagues on September 20th in the St. Pauls Cathedral.


Fall ads

The fall ads start flowing in! Which ones will succeed in capturing the heart of the consumer and contribute to the image of the brand and which ones will fail in doing this? What's your favorite?

AIFW: Roparosa

Last Sunday, Project Catwalk 2010 winner Roos van der Kamp showed her third Roparosa collection 'Come out and play'. Being able to show her collection at AIFW was one of the prizes of the competition. Roos searched for inspiration in forms and materials that are used in functional sportswear and she aims for comfortable power dressing: playful, independent and feminine. The SS11 collection is a sequel of earlier collections 'Catch as Catch Can part I and II.

AIFW: Conny Groenewegen

Unlike other designers, Conny Groenewegen showed her 'Request for landing' collection outside of the Westergasfactory. The guests were asked to put on headphones, kind of like a silent disco. The models were standing in front of them, wrapped up in plastic. As the music started, they slowly started to move and free themselves from their cocoons. You've probably guessed it already; this collection was based on the process of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly. We saw knitted jackets, raw knitted details, metallic bodysuits, butterfly sleeves and earthtones mixed with pastels.


AIFW: Daryl van Wouw

Daryl van Wouw really surprised a lot of people on Saturday when he showed his new collection at AIFW. He's known for his streetwear, but this time he chose a completely different style from what we're used to. For this collection, he got his inspiration from the videoclip of the song  'Paradise Circus' from Massive Attack, and Shanghai, where he currently lives. He named it 'Lovely weird world'.

AIFW: Dagmar

Last week Swedish label Dagmar showed for the first time during Amsterdam Fashion Week. Dagmar’ clothes usually are inspired by the Art Deco period of the twenties/thirties. Moving images, architecture, art, music and dance often are an inspiration for the collections too. For this collection, named 'Goddess of the favela', the sisters got their inspiration from rawness of the Brazilian slums in Rio de Janeiro contrasted with the beauty of nature.


AIFW: MC by Monique Collignon

On Friday, couturier Monique Collignon showed her new line MC by Monique Collignon. The new line is classic with a twist, overall very elegant and feminine designs. Some dresses with ruches, but also feminine power looks. Apart from black, beige and white, there were also touches of blue and some animal prints.

AIFW: Frans Molenaar prijs 2010

Seven young & talented designers showed their skills during the Frans Molenaar award show on Friday. They all presented five of their looks on the runway. The contestants were Hyun Yeu, Piotrek Panszczyk, Tischya Oedit, Fred Farrow, Ratna Ho, Marie Burlot and Denise Esser. A jury of three fashion professionals chose Fred Farrow as the winner of the Frans Molenaar award. They thought his collection was very new, beautifully made and had lots of nice details.

AIFW: Red Rail

Last Friday, The Red Rail showed a collection of clothes which you can buy by giving your blood for the next half year. After that the clothes will be presented in the Young Designers United store in Amsterdam. With this project, the Red Rail wants to create awareness about Leukemia patients that can be helped by donating blood. 18 Designers created an unique outfit with the support of Dutch designer Claes Iversen and Angelika Groenendijk Wasylewski from Young Designers United. Together they created 20 different looks for men and women.


AIFW: Lichting 2010

For Lichting 2010, 7 Dutch acadamies sent their 2 best designers to present their graduation collections during AIFW. An international jury had to pick who had the best collection. This year, it was Marije de Haan who convinced the audience with her meanswear collection called 'Flatliners'. The collection was inspired by crimescene photography at the beginning of the 19th century.

AIFW: Marloes Blaas

Designer Marloes Blaas presented her first summercollection at AIFW last week. Like Franciscus van der Meer, she also used WWII as an inpiration, but she mainly focused on the peasant life of that period and the atmosphere surrounding the liberation of the war.

AIFW: Individuals by AMFI

This year, the INDIVIDUALS show of the Amsterdam International Fashion Institute (AMFI) was named 'Some dream of running away to the circus'. Individuals is an ever changing collective of young creative designers. By combining talent every time an inspiring story is told. Every generation adds it’s own unique chapter to the continuing story of Individuals.

Miu Miu dress stars on 3 August covers

Have you ever gone through a lot of trouble finding the perfect dress to go to a party and then find out someone else is wearing exact the same one? Oh, the horror! That's exactly what happened with a Miu Miu dress from the fall '10 collection. It happens to be on the August covers of not two, but three (!) major glossy magazines at the same time!

AIFW: Oda Pausma

On Thursday, newly graduate Oda Pausma presented her 'Hobohemian Heaven' collection. It was based on the fusion of two worlds: poetical and rebellion. Where the poet cared for constructed folds, the rebel added a twist like pants and skirts where the hip has been pushed forward. The clothing was inspired on the 'Chelsea Hotel' in New York in the seventies. The only colors that were used are white, black and some yellow accents.

Visit the website here.


AIFW: Franciscus van der Meer

Franciscus van der Meer got so fascinated by the holocaust when he read 'The Diary of Anne Frank', that he decided to create a collection around it. He used the concept of oppression vs freedom: a lot of black, coats cut in half, held together by suede belts and a stripe that fades away, reminiscent of that camp-uniform…

"I tried to put a new, or different, light on a terrible part of our history. This medium has the power to communicate within a human scale, in an individual way, in a way that hopefully creates more understanding between people and their communities," explained van der Meer.

AIFW: MarryMe-JimmyPaul

Designers Marie Burlot and Jimmy Paul seemed to have a lot of fun making this collection and it looks like they didn't take themselves too seriously if you listen at the false version of Britneys 'Gimme more' soundtrack that was playing. 

The collection was inspired by JonBenet Ramsay and told the story about going to school for the first time. It felt more like a trip to Barbieland to me though. They used a lot of pink, glitters, fake fur, feathers and crowns. Not very wearable if you ask me, but definitely fun to look at.

AIFW: Une petite robe NOIRE

Designer Indra Welman wanted to honor the little black dress (LBD) and decided to create an whole collection around the iconic piece, called 'Une petite robe NOIRE'. Yet not all the models were black from head to toe. A green top and two beige dresses with black accents came by too. Welman used embellishments like paillettes, fringes and ruches to create different versions of the LBD.


AIFW: Nicolaas

Project Catwalk participant Nicolaas had his first own fashion show at AIFW on Thursday. There, he presented his 'Edge' collection, which he designed for the edgy woman whom he calls 'a hot mess'.

Material Girl Taylor Momsen

Gossip Girl star Taylor Momsen is officially named as the face of 'Material girl', the line which Madonna and her daughter Lourdes created for Macy's..


AIFW: Iris van Herpen

The second show on the openingsoiree of AIFW was Iris van Herpen. She showed a small preview of  her s/s 2011 collection, which will be fully shown at London Fashion Week in September. Her 'Crystallization' collection is based on the transformation of water into crystal where the designer has taken the process from liquid chaos to a hard structure as a starting point.


AIFW: SIS by Spijkers & Spijkers

Yesterday, the 13th edition of Amsterdam International Fashion Week got kicked of by SIS, the new clothing line from the Spijkers & Spijkers sisters. Great debut for a new label I must say. I'm totally loving the floaty dresses and blue blazers!


River Island fall/winter 2010 lookbook

Here's the lookbook of one of the British retailers I anxiously await to open up a store in Belgium, River Island! When their Antwerp store opens in September, you'll be able to find these looks waiting for you!

AIFW: Ready to Fish_

On Monday, Dutch designer Ilja Visser showed her new Ready To Fish_ collection for s/s 2011 called 'Opposites attract'. And the show really was all about contrasts; from really feminine clothes to some androgynous looks and from prints to nudes to dark colors. The collection has elegant silk tops and dresses combined with tight cut pants and assymmetrical jackets. I love how the trendy clothes were made out of carefully picked fabrics that made them look very comfortable.


Gossip Girl season 4 sneak peek!

It's time for a fashion update on one of my favorite tv-shows at the moment, Gossip Girl! Currently the cast is in Paris shooting season 4. Model Lou Doillon is said to make an appearance on the show this fall and the one and only Karl Lagerfeld (!) is rumored to star as well! We'll just have to wait and see.. In the meantime, let's take a look at some of the fashionable outfits Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester), Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) and Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick) are going to wear in season 4. Enjoy the pics!

Amsterdam International Fashion Week

Tomorrow is the start of  Amsterdam International Fashion Week 2010 where Dutch designers will show their spring/summer collections for 2011. This week I'll keep you updated on what's hot and happening over there!


Kate Moss for Longchamp: second round

Kate did good with her bag collection for Longchamp last season. Now she's back with another one for this fall. It's the second collaboration between Moss and Longchamp's Artistic Director Sophie Delafontaine. The collection is inspired by the 70's and uses a mixture of leathers including zebra lining and imitation crocodile.

The Body Shop: Baked to Last

The Body Shop has a yummy looking new make-up collection called 'Baked to Last'. The collection has duo eyeshadows, blushes and bronzers which are baked in the oven on terracotta plates instead of being pressed. This process provides more intense colours on the skin and leave a nice shimmery finish. You can find the products in The Body Shop near you.


Mango fall/winter pics

I've got a truckload of Mango items prepared for you. Some of the summer trends will still be very 'it' this autumn if you look at this collection: animal prints, military influences, prints, big & bold jewellry.. I think the accessories turned out great. I love the white handbag, very Chanel. The heart shaped earrings are very cute too. I think I'll have to pay Mango a little visit!


Lindsay Lohan's nail art

Lilo has done it again. This time it's a 90-day prison sentence for violating the terms of her probation (which was going to alcohol education classes weekly) *Oops!* But why all the fuss about the 'f*ck you' written on Lindsay Lohan's middle fingernail? Spite from the f-word, I think her rainbow tie-dye nails look amazing! Want it!

Dutch translation:
Lilo kreeg het weer eens voor mekaar. Deze keer moet ze 90 dagen de cel in omdat ze niet naar haar verplichte wekelijkse alcohol cursus ging. *Oeps!* Maar waarom gaat al die aandacht naar de 'f*ck you' op de nagel van haar middelvinger en niet naar de kunstwerkjes zelf? Behalve het f-woord, vind ik haar regenboog tie-dye nagels helemaal geweldig! Hebben!


Chanel short film: Shopping Fever

Seems like Karl Lagerfeld can't get enough of shooting short films. After his short film debut 'Remember Now', he now released 'Shopping Fever', to honor the new autumn/winter 2010 pre-collection. The film shows Abbey Lee Kershaw and Dree Hemingway getting back to their hotel from a huge Chanel shopping spree. Male model Baptiste Giabiconi also stars as a bellboy.

Dutch translation:
Het ziet ernaar uit dat Karl Lagerfeld geen genoeg kan krijgen van kortfilms maken. Na zijn kortfilm debuut 'Remember Now', lanceert hij nu 'Shopping Fever', ter ere van de nieuwe herfst/winter 2010 pre-collectie. De film toont Abbey Lee Kershaw en Dree Hemingway die terugkomen naar hun hotel, nadat ze zich tegoed hebben gedaan in een Chanel boetiek. Mannelijk model Baptiste Giabiconi is er ook te zien als bellboy.

Festival hairstyles


Jessica Alba in Christian Dior

Oh, how I love the Christian Dior flower dress Jessica Alba wore to the Christian Dior Couture Fall 2010 fashion show. The bustier floral dress combined with a golden-colored belt that compliments her waist and a pair of white pumps made the Hollywood beauty look absolutely stunning!


New Look fall/winter lookbook

Here's what British retailer New Look has to offer you this fall/winter. The collection is expected to be in stores by the end of July. I love how this collection turned out to be really girly with its wavy dresses and skirts and that a lot of light colors were used. It kind of brightens up a cold winters day. What do you think?

The Worlds Greatest Catwalk wants you!

The Cophenhagen Fashion Council wants models for their Worlds Greatest Catwalk event during Copenhagen Fashion Week August 11th-15th!

12 girls from all over Europe will now get a once in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of the 250 professional models at Worlds Greatest Catwalk. Topmodel Helena Christensen will be the protector.

The Worlds Greatest Catwalk is with its 1609 meters of red carpet the longest runway ever. The world has never had more than 100.000 spectators to one fashion-show before. The show will also be broadcasted all over the world and live on the Internet.


Miu Miu fall/winter 2010 campaign

The Miu Miu fall/winter 2010 ad campaign features models Siri Tollerod, Ginta Lapina, Daphne Groeneveld and Lindsey Wixson. Thanks to the make up, they almost look like sisters! And it seems like they had a good time doing the shoot. This campaign captures the spirit of the Miu Miu girl perfectly. She's young at heart, loves to have fun and she's fearless in her choices. And that's how we like it!

Stock Sale Delvaux

Haven't found the right designer handbag on sale yet? Be sure to check out Delvaux' stock sale in Brussels on July 16th. Handbags, wallets and other leather goods will be offered at -50% 'til -70%! First come, first served!

Stock Sale Delvaux, Friday July 16th, 9 am - 9 pm, 'Arsenaal' Louis Smidtlaan 7, 1040 Brussels. Parking: Waversesteenweg 1015

Dutch translation:
De juiste designertas nog niet gevonden in de solden? Ga dan zeker eens langs bij de Delvaux stockverkoop in Brussel op vrijdag 16 juli. Handtassen, portefeuilles en andere lederwaren worden er aangeboden aan -50% tot -70%! Men verwacht opnieuw een grote opkomst, wees er dus snel bij!

Stockverkoop Delvaux, vrijdag 16 juli, 9u - 21u, 'Arsenaal' Louis Smidtlaan 7, 1040 Brussel. Parking: Waversesteenweg 1015


Burberry launches makeup line

It was only a matter of time before Burberry would launch it's own cosmetics collection, but this week it finally happened! Burberry Beauty was born. It took them 2 years, but the result is a great collection that delivers a light, natural look. The collection consists of foundation, powder, bronzer, lipstick and eye shadow and has Burberry written all over it thanks to it's signature on the metal packaging and embossed in the product itself.

The line is not yet available in the Benelux, but you can buy it through Nordstrom.

Dutch translation:
Het was een kwestie van tijd vooraleer Burberry zijn eigen cosmeticalijn zou lanceren, maar deze week was het eindelijk zover! Burberry Beauty is geboren. Het kostte hen 2 jaar, maar het resultaat is een geweldige collectie die voor een lichte, naturelle look zorgt. De collectie bestaat o.a. uit foundation, poeder, bronzer, lipstick en oogschaduw en is heel herkenbaar door het ruitjespatroon die op de verpakking en in het product zelf gegraveerd is.

De lijn is nog niet in de Benelux te koop, maar je kunt hem wel aanschaffen via Nordstrom.

Twilight star Ashley Greene in ASOS magazine

A new part in the Twilight Saga, Eclipse, just hit the theaters and again, all around the world people are going crazy! I haven't seen the movie yet. Have you? What do you think of it? (No spoilers pls!)

Anyway, the new July issue of ASOS magazine is featuring Twilight star Ashley Greene (playing Alice Cullen, Edward's sister) in a lovely photoshoot.

>>More pics after the jump. You can view the full magazine here.


Anna dello Russo's closet

Anna dello Russo is an Italian powerwoman who works for the Japanese Vogue as a fashion director and is one of the most photographed people during Fashion Week. She wears designeroutfits exactly as shown on the catwalk, wears them only once and stores them in an appartment in Milan, where she hardly even stays. If only I had a designercloset like that.. what a waste.. *sigh*

Dutch translation:
Anna dello Russo is een Italiaanse powervrouw die voor de Japanse Vogue werkt als mode redacteur en is één van de meest gefotografeerde mensen tijdens Fashion Week. Ze draagt designeroutfits precies zoals ze vertoond worden op de catwalk, draagt ze vervolgens maar 1 keer en bergt ze dan op in haar appartement in Milaan, waar ze zelf zelden verblijft. Had ik maar zo'n designerkast.. wat een zonde.. *zucht*

Alexander McQueen resort 2011 by Sarah Burton

This is Sarah Burton's first full womenswear collection since she became the creative director at Alexander McQueen and I have to say, she did a great job! Although his amazing work can never be equaled (the inspiration of this mastermind seemed to be endless), she is a wonderful successor for the brand.
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