Voo Store defines the word “cool“. And defines in a clear way, what is a store which makes you fall in love within the first glance. In heart of Kreuzberg district, a buzzy concept store is hidden in a former locksmith shop patio with heavenly selected clothes (Marques Almeida, A.P.C., AMI & Gosha Rubchinskiy for example), awesome shoes and lovely stationery. You can relax and read niche magazines while drinking delicious coffee from their Companion Coffee place. Or you can hurry up for the last Acne Studios beanie. Also, don’t forget to try out the sensual Mad et Len fragrances. In other words, let Voo seduce you with their amazing assortment!
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Bally‘s SS16 felt like a nice comeback to menswear reality. Great trousers, desirable jackets, super cool pajama suits – and all of that styled in a chic, modern way. With always chillded-out Clement Chabernaud as the face of the brand, the Swiss house instantly became a hot spot for guys which search for comfortable clothes with stylish twist. Pablo Coppola, the new creative director behind Bally, knows what men want.
Julien David’s laid-back cool collection is definitely the one in which you are going to look for a perfect coat this season. Duvet collars, “made in Japan” embroideries and very dandy attitude made this most basic piece of your wardrobe not only essential, but desirable. But if you’re not a “coat” person, David has a lot more to offer for AW15 – greatly tailored pants; beige varsity jackets; heavy stompers. Although this collection might be the most commercial and simple yet by Julien, it still keeps the relaxed signature.
The thing I love most about Julien David is that he knows good how to connect prettiness and practicality. In his summer collection, where models had those circus curly hair, we had feminine dresses that highlighted the silhouette. But still, keeping it more like him, Julien used high-tech fabrics and embroideries to create cool knits and skirts. The mix of lady-like and modern was even more contrasted with these curvy creepers. It was really a “to be” show this season.
Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley, since last season, are the girls behind MBMJ (Marc by Marc Jacobs). And they are really doing a REVOLUTION (see AW14) at this brand! For summer, the designers brought a new strong sign- The New World System. With this, written on the cool tomboy shirts, we all really felt something new and refreshing. For example the round, sculptural plexi handbag (it’s FAB). Plastic-like polka dots tops. Latex looking blouses and leggings. And very polished Dr. Martens boots…the collection was really colourful, and it felt super cute and kawaii! What else felt lovely was the fact, that the collection is totally bold, youthful, fun… and these things are a bit missed in present fashion world. Katie and Luella, keep on doing what you are doing- it’s MEGA ULTRA great.
If Celine had a male reflection, NuGgETS would be the perfect guess… Japanese label NuGgETS present their Fall/Winter 2014 offerings, with a tightly colored range of menswear staples. In a departure from previous collections, the brand sticks to a tonal palette of navy, camel, burgundy and grey, contrasted against fresh white and denims, the range of staple garments stick to simple one-color makeups, allowing for bold, tonal styling. The brand has a cool “lazy” mood- melange sweaters tied around, denim outfits and chic camel trousers. I already have an eye for most of the looks…
Bouchra Jarrar is called by many the quintessence of Parisian chic. And also, it’s said that her Perfecto trousers are the most comfortable ever. In fact she does couture, which in reality is ready-to-wear, but still, everybody call it haute couture. Well. For Fall, Jarrar presented Nicolas Ghesquiere like tailored jackets, trousers made out of four layers, sporty vests with hand-crafted detailings and oxford shoes made in collaboration with Christian Louboutin. The collection is seriously chic and sexy and classy- but I am afraid it’s not really couture, even if a lot of work was used to do this collection.
Sunglasses are a very important part of your outfit, and if they are colourful and cheerful (but in good taste!) then it’s even better. So let’s talk about Christian Roth, the American brand by Eric Domege and Christian Roth, which knows perfectly the balance between niche eyewear and slightly hippie chic. The Miami residents, Eric and Christian designed eyewear for major brands like Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs and they were the first-ever eyewear designers to be honored with an invitation to join the CFDA. For those two, design and high quality is the largest priority- also, they try to produce new silhouttes and concepts that nobody ever had. And if we add all these fabulous, neon colours and artistic twists, we’ve got the perfect sunglasses for summer. I am in love with the brand! More on www.christian-roth.com
For spring, AMI took us all back to school. With models wearing black Oxfords, white sweatpants, chcked / stripey shirts or denim vests, it really smelled with coolness. The designer, Alexandre Mattiussi, then proceeded to send out a youthquake driven collection that hit on all the cliché clicks that exist at any given high school, anywhere in the world. But this being France and Mattiussi being a Frenchman, his interpretation of those stereotypes were decidedly cooler then most.