H&M s/s 2011 preview

It's cold and dark days like these that really make me long for spring. I long for the day I can wear floaty dresses, shorts and short skirts in all kinds of bright colors again, not wondering if I forgot to bring my jacket because otherwhise I would freeze outside. I long for the day not having to cover every inch of my body to prevent myself from getting a cold, but instead walk around in a simple tee or blouse and feeling the warm touch of the sun on my skin..


MAC Cham Pale

I'm currently not buying any MAC Tartan items, because I'm saving money for this baby, the gorgeous Cham Pale collection, releasing in the US on December 26th and in the beginning of January in Europe. Cham Pale is all about nude, champaign colors with a lot of shimmer. Which is perfect for the holidays if you want to put some make-up on without going over the top. I'm predicting this collection will create the same madness as the Disney collection, so if you want your share of Cham Pale, you better visit your nearest MAC store on the release date. Just sayin'... Take a look at the collection after the break!


Shu Uemura holiday 2010 makeup collection

For their Christmas 2010 collection, Shu Uemura teamed up with Japanese artist Aya Takano, who's known for her fantasy drawings. This collaboration is translated into a wonderful, and very cute selection of makeup items that create a very sweet holiday look.


BeKult conceptstore

The video is in Dutch. Courtesy of Focus WTV and BeKult.

Let me introduce you to one of the most unique concept stores in my hometown, BeKult. They offer a wide range of fun, young brands like Guess, Superdry, French Connection, Fornarina, G-Star, My Brand, Ted Baker, Supertrash, Tommy Hilfiger Denim, Malice in Wonderland, Love Therapy, etc. What really makes this store unique is the whole setting and atmosphere. Watch the video and find out what I mean..

OPI Burlesque

This holiday, OPI hits a high note with the release of Sony Pictures’ upcoming film Burlesque. With an all-star cast including Cher and Christina Aguilera, this musical written and directed by Steven Antin opens nationwide in theaters on December 22, 2010.


Tom Ford for H&M?

The Lanvin for H&M collection has just hit the stores, and people are already speculating who's the next designer in line to design a collection for H&M. Rumor has it that the next designer is Tom Ford, former head designer at Gucci. According to French Tribune, the limited edition collection is going to be the same edition that appeared  the December-January issue of French Vogue, when Tom Ford was the guest editor.

These are pretty rough speculations if you ask me. Personally, I think it's very unlikely to happen if you consider the fact that Tom is very committed to the concept of luxury and that he has no interest in all the press attention that comes with a launch at H&M months before the official release. He really doesn't need it. He even banned the press entirely when he launched his 'Tom for womens collection', so you wouldn't see it. Second, who would want to pay a truckload of money for a dress when everyone can get the same one for a whole lot less at H&M? Exactly, no one. He would kill his own business.

Nevertheless, I do think it would be great though. This would be one of the 'bigger fish' for H&M to catch. To be an (ex) head designer at Gucci.. well, that means something! But for now to say exactly what collection is going to be copied, that seems a bit shady to me.

Source: French Tribune


Design your own Longchamp

French handbagdesigner Longchamp is embracing the social media with the launch of their new application: 'Your Very Own Le Pliage' on Facebook. Just like on the website, it's now possible to customize your own Longchamp 'Le Pliage' model, just the way you want it. Creations can be shared with friends and a gallery is featured on the Longchamp Facebook page. Prices vary from 40 - 90 euro and delivery takes up to 3 weeks.

Bestseller Streetcasting

Ever dreamt of being a model at a real fashion show? Then this is your shot! On Thurday January 27th 2011, Bestseller is hosting a big fashion-event for their clients, new prospects and the fashion press.

They're still looking for some male and female models to star in the fashion show. More info after the break!


RA Xmas Markets

Conceptstore RA is hosting the second edition of the RA XMAS MARKETS where various artists will present their work from November 26th - December 24th 2010.

What to expect? Various stalls offering warm knitwear, second-hand objects, handcrafted christmas decorations, sculptures and home-made goodies.

When? From Wednesday 'til Saturday from 11h -19h, and on Sunday from 11h - 18h.

Where? RA, Kloosterstraat 13, 2000 Antwerp

Are you an artist and want to have your own stall? mail: romain@ra13.be


Press days: a little preview of s/s 2011 part 5

My final post on the s/s 2011 Press days is about my visit to Bestseller, home of many Scandinavian brands like Vero Moda, Only, Object, Vila, etc. Tons of joyful clothes were awaiting us there, making me urge to shop for the spring/summer season. Another thing that caught my attention was the beautiful old building the company was housed in. I could spend hours there, staring at it while trying on outfits. So anyway, onto the clothes..


Lanvin for H&M - The "haute couture" show

Lanvin reworked the clothes they designed for H&M to auction them for Unicef. Here's the video of the official fashion show in New York that was held yesterday.

Press days: a little preview of s/s 2011 part 4

Yesterday I was invited to the Press days at Sumo in Brussels. The press releases weren't in yet, so I can't really say a lot about the brands at the moment, but as soon as I know more, I'll fill you in on the details. What I do know is that again we see a lot of the same trends here: a lot of denim, military, safari and retro styles with animal prints, sand colored items, light fabrics, stripes, polka dots and floral dresses.


Lanvin x H&M: Joe Zee's picks

This week Joe Zee, creative director of american Elle magazine looks at the Lanvin for H&M collection and picks out his personal favourites.

5€ korting op shopVIP.com!

In oktober konden jullie mijn stukje al lezen over de komst van de nieuwe online shopcommunity shopVIP.com. Hier kun je dagelijks geweldige koopjes doen van erg leuke merken zoals Maybelline, Calvin Klein, DEPT, Guess, enz. Wat ook nieuw is,  is dat de fashion directors van shopVIP.com, Tiany Kiriloff en Bastiaan van Schaik wekelijks een modevraag beantwoorden van één van de leden op de community pagina. Daar zullen dan ook hun weblogs geplaatst worden.

Geweldig nieuws is dat ik al mijn lezers nu ook een korting van €5 kan aanbieden! Ga hiervoor naar shopvip.com en geef de code SLSHOP10 op bij de registratie. Opgelet: je kunt je nog registreren met deze code tot 31/01/2011, de korting geldt slechts tot 31/12/2010! Veel plezier met de koopjesjacht! ;-)

To my English readers: because this promotion is only for Belgian/Dutch visitors, I wrote this post in Dutch. I apologize for the inconvenience and I hope you enjoy your time on StyleLab.


Press days: a little preview of s/s 2011 part 3

Here's the last PR stop of the day, Oona. Unfortunately I didn't have enough space on the memory card of my camera to take a lot of pictures (I guess I got a little carried away while taking pictures the whole day). But here's some to give you an idea of the treasures we discovered at Oona during the Press days.


DIY Burberry?

Attention all aspiring designers! Soon you'll be able to be your own Christopher Bailey and design your own Burberry trench coat! Burberry has revealed that they're releasing a website in early next year where you can custimise your own trench coat online, entitled Burberry Bespoke. The website will offer over 12 million available design variations, from the choice of fabric and colour of the fabric to the type of buttons and style of lining. Prices will vary according to each look.

In the meantime, 'Harry Potter' actress Emma Watson has been spotted wearing one of the first Burberry Bespoke designs, a classic beige trench with black leather sleeves. What do you think? DIY or leave it to Christopher?

Zara November Lookbook

Who's up for some new Zara goodness? Discover the new November 2010 Lookbook after the break!


Press days: a little preview of s/s 2011 part 2

After we realised we lost track of time at UPR, we rushed to Making Waves. There, we recharged our batteries from parking stress with the new Zest Music For Life Smoothie (with yogurt, cranberries, blueberries, banana and apple juice). *Yum!*  In the meantime, we also picked up some excellent advice from Wrangler for next season; "If it feels good, do it". And that's exactly what we're planning on doing!


Press days: a little preview of s/s 2011

Yesterday I went to Antwerp to visit some press agencies that were presenting new collections for spring/summer 2011. I didn't quite make it to every press agency on the list because there were so many beautiful things to see, smell, taste, try and feel that I lost track of time. Luckily I brought my friend, Melissa, to help me take pictures and take some notes. Let me show you a glimpse of the future after the break..


When in London..

Want to experience London in a different way? During my trip to the capital of Britain I discovered another side of London that is perfect for sweet tooths like me. Here's two stops for when you're tired of shopping and need to recharge your batteries.


Illamasqua Nail Polish

One of the things on my list that I wanted to get on my trip to London, was an Illamasqua Nail Varnish. I came across some of the colors of the English brand on the internet and I thought it was time to try something different for once, so I ended up buying 3 not-so-common colors at once: Milf, Fern and Lament.


Celebrity drama at H&M

According to Elle, H&M won't let anyone wear the Lanvin x H&M collection before the runway show in New York on November 18. Even when worldfamous starlets like Jennifer Lopez and Madonna asked to "borrow" (read: have it before anyone else) pieces from the collection, they were simply told "no". Then why are British celebs like Roisin Murphy and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, who don't have quite as much celebrity status as J. Lo or Madge, pictured wearing the dresses at London's Lanvin preview? Even some Belgian celebrities that attended the preview in Brussels were each offered to choose a piece to take home (for free) according to newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws.

On the other hand, why would any celebrity with such a high status want to get a piece from the collection? If you have that much power and money, why get a Lanvin for H&M piece, when you can easily afford the real deal? The whole point of Alber Elbaz was to be able to broaden his audience, meaning that he wanted to reach people who can't afford an original Lanvin piece. Plus, H&M doesn't need the celebrity publicity on these designer collaborations, they will sell out like hot cakes in no time anyway. If it were me I would stop whining and get my ass to the nearest Lanvin store or visit Net-a-Porter.com.
Source: Elle.com

Behind the scenes of Lanvin for H&M

What is the Lanvin for H&M collection all about? Alber Elbaz, artistic director at Lanvin and Margareta van den Bosch, creative advisor at H&M talks about the Lanvin for H&M collection.

Shanghai Street Style

This week H&M is checking out the street style in Shanghai. Get inspired by the trendy Shanghai people who are mixing and matching items to create stylish outfits.

Scarlett for Mango Winter 2011 Ad Campaign

They really must love Scarlett Johansson at Mango (or the sales numbers of the clothing she represents in the campaigns).  Again she managed to renew her contract to star in another one of the campaigns of the Spanish retailer. At least she did a better job than Olivia.

23 reasons to buy Zara online

I'm pleased to say as of today, the Belgians and the Dutchies are also able to shop Zara online! You are now only a click away from having the hottest trends at incredible reasonable prices delivered at your doorstep. Here's 23 reasons to get you started on shopping Zara online!

Katy Perry wears Van Steenbergen

In her newest music video "Firework", popstar Katy Parry is wearing a creation of the Belgian designer Tim Van Steenbergen. In the first minutes of the music video she's wearing the designers' shoulder pads that are decorated with silver beads.

"Perry saw the accessory at the Curve store in New York or Los Angeles and made her stylist get in touch with us." said the spokesperson of Tim Van Steenbergen. Here in Belgium, only the gold version of the piece will be available at the bridal shop Punt Komma in Lier.


Olivia Palermo for Mango a/w 2010

Here they are, the campaign shots of the Mango holiday 2010 collection, featuring 'The City' star Olivia Palermo and her German model boyfriend Johannes Huebl.

StyleLab loves Lanvin for H&M!

Here it is, the moment we've all been waiting for. It's time to reveal the full collection that Alber Elbaz from Lanvin has created for H&M. Are you ready to be completely blown away?


Jessica Szohr shoot in ASOS magazine

Jessica Szohr is the next celebrity in line to star on the cover of Asos magazine. People may rave about Leighton and Blake, but Jessica Szohr has some serious style credentials of her own. The 25-year-old Gossip Girl starlet modeled clothing from Rebecca Minkoff, Paul Smith and Asos at a New York City based shoot.


One of my favorite trends of the season is definitely the leather look. Leather jackets make a comeback for about every year during autumn/winter, but this season the leather look is spotted all over the runways. And I'm not just talking about leather jackets. Think leather trousers, shorts, skirts, and even leather tops and dresses. While black is still the most dominant color, this season there are leathers in soft, powdery greys, rich camels and chestnut browns. If you really want to be on top this season, go for a vibrant red leather trouser as seen at Isabel Marant.
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