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29 March 2013

Spring Break

PANAMA: It is grey almost everywhere in Central Europe when I look out of my window in the morning to check out the sky. Almost Easter and the duffies are still sleeping. The only thing that helps is to think of some bright ideas. Colour your daily agenda, wear bright lipstick and look at the swimming pool series by the British artist David Hockney… plan a trip to a sunny destination if you can or buy bright flowers to put on your desk. Wear your most colourful outfit and colour your plate with bright herbs, eatable flowers and vibrant vegetables. I am lucky to escape to Panama for a few days where I am relaxing in a neon coloured sun lounger beside the pool of the world’s most poplastic hotel, the El Otro Lado, Panama.

El Otro Lado
Diane von Fürstenberg-designed Grand Piano Suite at the Claridges
Mix all flowers together, just make sure that no colour equals another, models wearing Peter Pilotto spring/summer 2013 outfits, ruffled skirt by Peter Pilotto, Krink Markers in neon colours, bright accessories were present almost in every show during the spring/summer 2013 runways, like for example from Marni, a pistachio-coloured Roger Vervier bag from 2010, David Hockney’s key Sixties works at “A Bigger Splash: Painting After Performance” at the Tate Modern, London till April 1st, sparkling, blinking lip shine by Christian Dior, Coral Gucci, spring break at the Francis Ford Coppola Palazzo Margherita in southern Italy, Cinderella shoes by Valentino, A Prada combination from spring/summer 2013
19 March 2013

Customize your smartphone

BERLIN: Let me introduce caseable.com to you, a young company from Brooklyn and Berlin that worked on this great project together with me for my individually designed collection of iPhone, iPad, eReader and laptop cases. Each design is manufactured by hand in New York and Berlin and all products are made from recycled material.

I was very happy to see that the German magazine Gala featured one of my designs on their WE LOVE list for this week and hope you will have as much fun as I do with getting your smartphone dressed up...

11 March 2013

Last Day in Paris

PARIS: Our Guest Fashion Editor Daniela Agnelli spent her last day in Paris to round up Fashion Week and is now back in London at her desk at the Telegraph Magazine.
After she had been on the go from the start of the Fall Collections in New York until now she is full of new ideas and inspiration for the coming season. I am curious to see how she will translate trends and ideas in her upcoming productions around the world. I will keep you informed and say, ‘Merci beaucoup, Daniela!’ 

So the fashion shows are nearly over?
The Miu Miu show signed the end of fashion month! Everyone had a big smile on their face! Especially the ones like me who did all 4 cities...

How was your last day?
I started with the big Louis Vuitton show, the only show that starts on time! So even if everyone was still hung-over from the night before (after a very glamorous Valentino dinner and the celebration of the new issue of CR, the new Carnie Roitfield’s magazine at the Hotel Shangri-La). We all made it on time to the show. And I loved it! It was chic and sexy! Loved the idea of a glamour woman in a hotel... I wanted to wear everything!

Then Moncler show right after was so much fun! They built a mountain set with fake snow, Husky dogs and a snow princess on the catwalk! Incredible set design and a great collection too!

I realized I didn’t go to Colette during all week. Colette is a good source of information and inspiration, so I went and I spent a couple of hours looking at books and magazines before heading to the Miu Miu show.

The Miu Miu show was presented at the Palais d’Iena, but the venue had been altered by Rem Koolhaas and the way the set was made, the proportions of the models very elongated, the result was a sort of Poppeye silhouette.
Nice long skirts and coats, visually very nice, but not easy to wear if you are not tall....

What is good about Miuccia Prada is that she always surprises the fashion audience!

I left Paris with a very good and positive feeling for the next season! À la prochaine fois!

6 March 2013

More shows, more clothes, more going out… much more fashion

PARIS: Today I talked again to guest editor Daniela Agnelli, fashion director of ST Fashion and Telegraph Magazine in London, who reports for IRMASWORLD.COM from the fashion shows in Paris.

How was your week?
My fashion week was very busy. But also very inspiring!
The highlight of the weekend was definitely Céline. The trends that came through showed more of a focus on a feminine silhouette. Which was very different from last season’s slouchy and flat furry sandals. There were also beautiful boots and great bags in the show!

How would you describe the overall direction?
There is a new take on tailoring! Generally shoes at the show are flat big soles and mid-calf boots and great, the legging second skin thigh boots. Most of the shoes this season are more walkable and manageable! And the bags are soft and slouched like a clutch.

How did you like Yves Saint Laurent last night?
I was very disappointed about SL... I thought it was a Top Shop show having a bad day... It was interesting to see the face of everyone dropping from the beginning of the show till the end...

Which accessory was mostly seen?
I think bags are in every single show! Giambattista launched a new one in his show. I went to see the Tabitha Simmons shoe collection and they are amazing.

How about make-up?

Make-up is more focused on the eyes this season and nude on the lips.

Did you read the article about bloggers by Suzy Menkes in The New York Times?
Yes I did. I totally agree with Suzy about bloggers – too many and too much. To be honest I hate them!
The general atmosphere in front of the show is very colourful but less fun then spring/summer because of the cold ...and to be honest, the bloggers are sometimes too aggressive!

Will go to Valentino now... will report later!

From top left to bottom right: Yves Saint Laurent, Giambattista Valli, Céline, Céline, Lanvin, Céline, Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Chloe, Valentino, Carven
1 March 2013

Arriving in Paris with Daniela Agnelli

PARIS: Guest editor Daniela Agnelli is the fashion director of ST Fashion and Telegraph Magazine. She grew up in Milan, Italy, and had a love of all things fashion from an early age. She moved to London 18 years ago and worked for publications in the UK and the US, including Marie Claire, InStyle and Harper’s Bazaar. She is dedicated to developing new projects and ideas for herself and the Telegraph, where she has worked for the past five years. After fashion, her passions include travelling, golf, yoga and Pilates. She lives in London and reports for IRMASWORLD.COM from the Paris fashion shows.

How was the H&M show on Wednesday night?
I got into Paris and went straight to the H&M show at 9:30 pm. The show was at Musée Rodin, an amazing location! Quite a shock though, considering that this location has always been used for YSL or CD Couture .... and now H&M! Quite extraordinary and probably it’s a sign of the fashion business at the moment!

The show was very well styled and they had all the top models walking on it. From Cara de La Vigne to Joan Small …just to name few. They built a marquee in the garden of the museum and recreated inside different rooms like going to a private home ...at the end of the show the backstage was transformed into a disco dance!

And the morning after: What do you do when waking up in Paris?
In the morning when I wake up I try to organise my day ...look at the schedule and try to understand how to make the most of my day between shows and appointments.

How was your first day in Paris?
Yesterday I saw 5 shows! My first day in Paris! I started with the most awaited show of the season – Alexander Wang for Balenciaga! He showed in an intimate salon on Avenue George V. It was a very beautiful show, quite unexpected Balenciaga. He did a collection respecting the brand’s archive but using a modern silhouette and great tailoring, cocoon coats and jackets with rounded volumes. Very well executed! I thought very grown-up for a 29-year-old master of the street sporty look! Then there was Carven, Balmain, Anne Demeulemester, Rick Owens and Nina Ricci.
The dulcis in fundo of the day was Lanvin! Always a good and happy way to end a long fashion day, especially in a location like the Ecole des Beaux-Arts! It was quite relaxed at the arrival with male ushers serving popcorn and soft drinks and mini bottles of champagne... Night and day was mixed together. The mood was very young and relaxed, even in the shoes, most of them flat!

Can a lipstick put you into a mood for a show?
I am not wearing lipstick at the moment. I went for more neutral look and if I wear it has to be nude! I am more into eyes...

What do you read at the moment?
I am reading a novel from a Spanish writer that my sister gave me to relax my mind in between shows.

If you travelled light, what are your absolute necessities for Paris?
I didn’t have time to unpack my clothes from Milan Fashion Week and repack for Paris....but I added more clothes: another fur coat (Paris is very cold at the moment!), 3 pairs of shoes (more heels and another ankle boot!), and a couple of evening dresses (I had a look of my schedule and there are a few glam dinners and parties coming up...

Who are you seeing tonight?

Tonight after the shows I have drinks at Eddy Borgo show room/apartment and dinner at Vanessa Bruno’s home. Should be fun and cosy!
A demain!

IRMA

brings good news to you.
She lives and travels around
the world, stopping wherever
she sees something interesting,
reporting on what inspires her.
She finds beauty in the
most varied places,
from fashion shows
to art exhibits, from lonely
beaches to bustling cities.

WHERE IS IRMA NOW?

MUNICH

When in Munich my
favorite store to look
for the best selection
of clothes is THERESA.
The staff is competent
and always has the
best ideas for styling
and mixing different
designers together.

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