June 25, 2013

You Only See What Your Eyes Want to See

Ceren, Actress
Trech Coat: Mango
Shirt: Zara
Jeans: H&M
Bag: Mango
Sun Glasses: H&M
Necklace: Topshop

Sunglasses are one of the few accessories that both protect and project. They protect your eyes from damaging sunlight and project your own personal style in the process. Thanks to creative designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, Tom Ford and others, sunglasses are more than functional — they are art. Only a few years ago I had one pair - for years, then I finally realized that there is no easier way transforming a look from dull to dazzling in a few seconds by wearing the right pair of shades. So why stick to just one pair that can be broken or lost? Keep a few pairs of shades on hand to give your wardrobe a polish at affordable prices. I stumbled upon Ceren last October. Going through her amazing pictures I noticed that she was one of the first wearing sunglasses round in shape. The perfect reason for me to think about sunglasses and style.
In 1937, when United States Air-Force pilots needed eye protection from the bright sun, they adopted the now-infamous aviator style of sunglasses created by start-up company Ray-Ban. The aviator glasses not only were protective against harmful ultra-violet rays, but quickly became a fashion staple during, and after the World War II era. Ray Ban wasn’t finished exclusively with the aviator, as they innovated unique plastic molding technology in the 50′s to manufacture the wayfarer, their other iconic style. Plastic molding technology made manufacturing sunglasses easy and affordable. Today, most sunglasses take inspiration from either wayfarers or aviators. Since their invention, celebrities have always been on the fore-front of sunglass trends, and sunglasses have become synonymous with Hollywood actors and actresses. In the 60′s, Bob Dylan and Audrey Hepburn were among the early adopters of wayfarer styled sunglasses, and many 1970′s and 1980′s stars brought aviators back into fashion. 
One of the most important industry players is an Italian company Luxottica. Luxottica manufactures in and around 70 per cent of popular branded sunglasses including Burberry, Chanel, Versace, Prada and Ralph Lauren under an exclusive license. This company also owns a number of leading brands including the ever-popular Ray Ban and Oakley.
I think fall eyewear is brimming over with stylish statements! Color and shape are amped up and chic. Michael Kors's models wore either oversized shield-type frames or small egg-shaped shades. Over at Anna Sui, turquoise and pearl in 80s style and school boy frames topped retro-rocker fashion. Tory Burch, known for her modern classics, paired oversized cat eye sunnies with her looks. A few frames sparkled with heavy rhinestone trim, whilst others had gold trimmed frames.
Briefly summarized eye fashion is a completely separate industry with it's own rules. In the end it's important to go for a high UV protection and to know which shape suites you. Sometimes the only reason for wearing sunglasses is that I don't want people to look into my eyes, I want to keep distance or, - to be honest -  I can stare at people without getting caught

June 20, 2013

I'd rather Have Roses on My Table than Diamonds on My Neck

Merve, Student 
Shirt: Zara
Skirt: Zara
Shoes: Toms
Bag: Balenciaga
Bracelet: Swarovski

I love flowers. I am always happy to get flowers. And believe me, there is no need for a special occasion giving flowers to a person (I am trying hard to send this message to the man I love). Flowers are fascinating me not only because they are pretty or they smell nice. Seeing a beautiful flower makes me feel respect, awe and astonishment for the nature. Two hundred years ago flowers were the code for many things you could not say or ask in a direct way. Many flower expressions are an integral part of our language (especially in German). For certain and very important occasions we give flowers, like birth, funeral, anniversary, wedding, welcome, farewell ... If you think about it, flowers are a very important and inspiring part of our daily life, apparently inconspicuous. 
I remember as it were yesterday when my mother went to the final event of my dancing school wearing a long black dress printed with orange and green flowers. I felt embarrassed. Now - thirty years later - I would give anything to wear that dress.
This season many popular designers were inspired by the beauty of flowers. After a long, cold winter nothing can highlight the presence of the spring and summer spirit quite like a vivid, colorful selection of prints, bursting up with life. The floral trend still continues from previous years with printed pants, dresses, skirts, and everything else you can put a flower on. I met Merve last September and I loved the way she wore her floral mini-skirt. The perfect reason for me to think about this trend. From blossoming roses to delicate daisies, floral prints were blooming all over the Spring 2013 runways. Prada, Erdem and Ralph Lauren (just to name a few) displayed their petal productions in bold prints and chunky accessories. It is on the top this season. Florals are all about having fun with fashion and embracing the romance of spring. Perhaps this is why the floral trend is one that just won’t go away. 

June 11, 2013

Who is to Say You Look Good?

Harun, Window Designer for Bershka
Sun Glasses: H&M
Shirt: H&M
Jeans: Bershka
Watch: Fossil
Sneakers: Adidas Super Star
Bag: Marc Chantal
"Men and Fashion" is still a great mystery for me. I already wrote about possible reasons why men are not as interested in style as women. And still, I wish I could write more about men's fashion and fashion related topics. I am sorry to say that, but there are by far more stylish women on the streets then men. That's why I am always happy to stumble upon gentlemen with the certain something. Harun is one of them. He confirms my theory: Obviously stylish men often work for the fashion industry. That's why they are aware of trends and timeless style. Meeting Harun makes me wonder, who is to say, more than anyone else, you look good?
As fashion is such a subjective social topic, it is only inevitable that we will each have our individual ideas of what looks good. We develop a clear idea of style and dressing that suits our particular tastes and we don’t really gravitate from that. In truth, the question of who’s to say you look good is a mixture of different aspects. The fashion industry dictates what kind of items dominate the high street, they create the trends and reinforce the classic styles, they choose the colours, the cut, fit and everything in between, and we are left as the consumers. But within this, we still have the choice: we can choose to wear one thing over another, we can choose how we want to look and it is up to us to be confident in our choices. Confidence in your clothes makes all the difference to the way you walk, the way you talk and the way you carry yourself – it is a crucial element of any man’s (and woman's) wardrobe.