This is Not a Birkin
Remember when Anya Hindmarch designed the “I’m not a Plastic Bag” that kept selling out within minutes of going on sale? Well this screen-printed tote featuring a likeness of the Hermès iconic Birkin bag reminds me of just that. Emerging “it” label, Thursday Friday, were looking to create a bag that could be used for everything, including the groceries, when inspiration hit. “We realized that we were using an extra bag to supplement our ‘real’ bags…So we ended up with a surreal design that references luxury but is ultimately an anti-status status symbol.”
And just like the Birkin, there’s already a waiting list. How about that! Thankfully it’s only three months and sets you back only $35, rather than the three years the average customer has to wait even after shelling out thousands of dollars at Hermès… (for some reason however, I don’t really feel their pain).
Shop the Together Bag at www.thufri.com
How Bizarre is the new CHANEL Campaign Video?
Karl Lagerfeld has just released this new short film for CHANEL called Window World. Some might find it creepy but I found it quite mesmerizing between the music and trying to differentiate the mannequins from the models. Enjoy! (or be creeped out).
Fashion Facts: Did You Know….
… That Gucci is about to Open its Own Museum in Florence, Italy?
Italy’s legendary fashion house plans to open a Gucci museum in Florence, the brand’s birthplace, just in time for Gucci’s 90th anniversary in 2011 (so any moment now…!). The announcement was made in early 2010, coinciding with the launch of a Christie’s appraisal site for Gucci collectibles. I’ve scoured the net for more information on exact opening dates, sadly without much luck. Nevertheless, it is definitely happening. The curator of the ‘Idealized History of Fashion’ exhibition, currently showing in Paris, spoke about his difficulty in acquiring any donations from Gucci because they’ve been keeping all the good stuff for their museum opening in Florence this year.
Gucci’s President and CEO, Patrizio di Marco had this to say about the museum…
“The idea to establish a Gucci Museum is a way to celebrate the incredible story and heritage of this House. Gucci has an extremely ‘rich’ archive of vintage items that has never before been accessible to public viewing. The aim is to develop a dynamic and innovative experience, where visitors can appreciate and enjoy our history but at the same time understand how vibrant, and alive Gucci is today. Florence will be the location for the Museum as it is definitely the place to privilege—we have our roots here and Guccio Gucci started this phenomenal adventure in this city.”
Naturally, MessyNessyChic will keep you posted!
(Did You Know..)
…that Balmain has a Successful line of Hair Extensions?
Who knew? They’ve been making them rather secretly for years too! For those of you that like to experiment with your hair length, don’t be so quick to presume that this is just another Jessica Simpson-style exploitation of hair products; it’s Balmain after all! The collection of products is designed and marketed with fans of the Balmain runway looks in mind. There are nine different collections, from permanent real human hair to semi-permanent synthetic, “daily” pieces for events and one for those seeking to add volume to their locks.
The Bachelor’s Must-Have: Black Soap
SO sexy! I realise I’m talking about a bar of soap here, but just look at it! Okay, looks aside then, black soaps have a manly scent of earth and ash to evoke cave-man fantasies that involve washing oneself with mud. And just in case you were wondering, no, black soap does not lather black.
An interesting explanation of how black soap actually becomes black was suitably dumbed down for me in the New York Times’ T Magazine:
“…the science is that the particles in these bars aren’t actually black but completely opaque, and when they’re compressed into soap, no light gets in. No light equals black.”
This Caswell Massey soap pictured above and featured in T Magazine is a ‘sophisticated mix of vetiver, patchouli, tobacco and other spices that lingers without cloying’. Sounds good to me boys (whatever ‘vetiver’ is).
Worth Popping Your Head into…
The new Hermès Shop in Paris, Converted from an Old Swimming Pool
Listed as a historic monument since 2005, the swimming pool built in the mid 1930s was once part of the Lutétia Hotel in St. Germain, notorious for being occupied by the Nazi army during Second World War. Despite it being lavished with luxury product and impressive modern design sculptures, this overwhelming space still has a strong nostalgic air and a compelling architectural Art Deco identity. Whether the mosaic floor tiles are from the original swimming pool of 1935, I’m not quite sure…!
17, Rue de Sevres, 6eme, Paris (Metro: Sevres Babylone)
(Worth Popping Your Head Into…)
‘The Idealized History of Fashion’ Exhibition, Paris
What will make this fashion exhibition different from the usual fashion retrospective is that a large majority of the clothes on display have been donated from real collectors rather than the fashion houses themselves. Mouna Ayoub, a fixture in the front rows during the 1990s, donated her extensive collection of haute couture dresses — lavish Chanel gilded coats and extravagant Jean Paul Gaultier couture pieces. There will be a noticeable and interesting difference in seeing the curvy, womanly client clothes in contrast to the designers’ sizes worn by the runway models.
The Idealized History of Fashion. Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Through May 8.
What CHANEL thinks about French VOGUE’s New Editor
Emanuelle Alt: Move Over Carine!
So we have a new editor for the most important magazine in fashion. She hasn’t published an issue yet but CHANEL’s Karl Lagerfeld, unsuprisingly, has quite a few opinions on the new first lady of VOGUE… (tempted to roll my eyes)… so listen up!
“Her style is her big shoulders, long legs, tight jeans, sleeves up to the elbow, one hip out. I personally like her. She’s a handsome French woman. She has a style, but is it enough to make a whole magazine? As editor in chief, she may blossom… She’s more about Parisian chic, perhaps less eclectic than [Roitfeld] and all this kind of sexiness.”
While he does kind of have the description of her style down to a T…
“handsome French woman” ???
Jeez, you couldn’t get a straight compliment out of this guy if you tried.
Missoni’s New Look: Blair Waldorf and Hip Hop
Check out Gossip Girl‘s Leighton Meester starring in Missoni’s new campaign. Shot by Juergen Teller at London’s Museum of Everything– one of my absolute favourite places, we’re thinking Leighton looks quite adorable in these vibrant photographs, slightly dorky, but adorable! And we love dorky anyway.
P.S. Is it just me or is Missoni getting a little bit Hip Hop on us all of a sudden… Check out their new campaign’s video…
Want but Don’t Need:
Lego-Compatible iPhone Covers
Oh the hours upon hours that I spent building entire cities made out of lego with my brother as children. These SmallWorks iPhone covers, compatible with Lego bricks are sure to sucker those who played endlessly with the little coloured blocks and stick men. Only twenty bucks for a childhood legacy!