Friday, July 30, 2010

From his point of view: Technology vs Style

Go back to the late 80s or early 90s and have a look at one of the first mobile phones. Now take a look at the new iPhone.

There are two obvious differences:
1. Technology
2. Style

Now I can understand the huge leap in technology between them and the fact that you can now stuff a million times more information and features into much smaller spaces. What I don't get, is the equally huge leap in terms of style!!!

Why did the mobile phone have to be so ugly ? Assuming that the size of it couldn't be any smaller, why couldn't it be better looking?

For those of you who will say that I'm judging by today's style standards, consider this: Did the bulky mobile phone look stylish back then? Definitely not! As far as I can remember people were almost ashamed of carrying them around - the only ones who had them were those who could afford them and really needed them (stock brokers, etc. - remember Wall Street and Michael Douglas' phone?).

Would people of the late 80s - early 90s carry Michael's mobile phone (assuming it was affordable to them) ? Probably not...

Now, you'll say that it was too big to carry around and therefore not stylish. However, I will kindly remind women of e.g. the oversize Birkin Bag. Huge, gigantic, utterly impractical... but stylish! So much that most women would want one (assuming it was affordable) - so, there goes this argument.

So, it wasn't the size of Michael's phone that made it unstylish, it was the actual design!

Is it that technology was the first priority and no one thought about making it look good, or that people who made mobile phones were really good at inventing stuff but had a crappy sense of style?

So what about today? I'd say that style finally managed to catch up with technology (or vice versa?), and that people have realized that style sells as much as - if not more - than the actual technology. So from now on (especially thanks to Apple) we will be seeing record selling consumer products to have a much better balance between style and technology than our parents were used to... No more ugly inventions!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Trend Report: Men's shorts

We are in the middle of the summer and men’s favourite item in their wardrobe is a pair of shorts. You can wear them in so many different ways and occasions and always look stylish!

Easy and cool with casual polos and Tshirts

 
 

Smart casual at work on a hot day

 
 


 Cargo shorts could look relaxed or even full dressed with a blazer

 Bottega Veneta


 

Ready for holidays

Bottega Veneta


And why not wear a pair of tailored shorts, a blazer with a shirt and smart shoes to a summer wedding




 Give a colourful touch to your wardrobe


Dsquared
  All photos from the Sartorialist


The links below take you directly to the shopping page of each item.

REISS, €70
QUICK SILVER at Colette, €75
TOPMAN, €30
BOTTEGA VENETA at Matches, €220
MARNI, €156

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I LOVE: GANDIA BLASCO


Gandia Blasco is a Spanish company which started out with the production of blankets, then carpets and in 1996 they launched their first outdoor furniture collection.



Designed by the architect Ramon Esteve with the participation of Jose A. Gandia-Blasco, their first collection was “Na Xemena”, which continues to be the icon of the company. It is one of the most elegant collections ever made and definitely one of my personal favourites.





Saler collection







Finally, coming soon by Gandia-Blasco…


For more information check this site: www.gandiablasco.com


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Shoot of the week: Greek Islands

The Greek islands have always been a destination of choice for most fashion photographers. These are two of my favourite shoots on the islands of Mykonos and Patmos.


Todd Marshard for Red Magazine.
Mykonos, Greece












Camilla Akrans for the New York Times Style magazine
Patmos, Greece











Photos by FGR

Thursday, July 22, 2010

I LOVE: Jane Birkin


Jane Birkin has been my number one style icon for as long as I can remember. While I do like to experiment with fashion and trends, I always find myself looking at her pictures.


Jane Birkin, actress, model, singer and film director, was born December 14, 1946 in London. Just like her mother, Jane took her first steps before the cameras in 1964 in "The Knack ... and How to Get It"





 



I love her basket bag!
 
 

She was a rising star when she co-starred in "Slogan" alongside Serge Gainsbourg  (later, her second husband). They were the most famous couple of the 70`s and best known their duet "Je t'aime... moi non plus". She has three daughters: Kate Barry (photographer), Charlotte Gainsbourg (actress) and Lou Doillon (actress).






After being seated next to Hermès CEO Jean-Louis Dumas on a flight from Paris to London, Jane took out and opened her Hermès datebook, which was overflowing and some items fell out of it. Dumas insisted on taking the datebook, and returned it to Jane a few weeks later with a pocket sewn onto the back, which has since become a standard Hermès feature. After that, Jane explained her difficulty in finding a well-made leather weekender bag. She went on to describe her ideal weekender and a few weeks later she received that bag with a personal note.  

This bag has since been known as the “Birkin Bag”!


Photos from GettyImages, IBl.se, and The Fashion Spot