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25 April 2013

The Perfect Tool

LONDON: I call it my magic brush, the super time saver and the perfect beauty must-have, my new Tangle Teezer. No more tangled hair and knots because within seconds the Tangle Teezer straightens my curls and frees me from unwanted knots. I can even use The Aqua Splash version in the shower to work in my conditioner and hair mask.

Shaun P. from England, hairdresser to the international jet set is the inventor of the Tangle Teezer. The different length of the individual bristles protects the hair against damage and does not make it look dull and fizzy. It is designed for any kind of hair, short or long and the compact design makes it the perfect companion on my travels. Try it out for cool summer hair.

The inventor Shaun P., two compact styler from the Salon Elite Edition, the gold rush model
22 April 2013

Inspired by Stella Jean

ROME: Last week end I discovered Stella Jean, a new designer of Haitian and Italian background who is my favorite at the moment. It does have to do with the wax prints and stripes mixed in a way that it looks effortless. Anyone’s reaction at the first sight of the bold colors and the over-size shapes on coats, dresses and skirts might be a little bit surprised. But once you get used to the mixing of prints you get to enjoy every detail and would want to wear Stella Jean’s creations. The mix in prints isn’t only a fashion choice, it is a cultural statement given from Stella which herself is a mix of cultures being a Haitian-Italian designer. This cross-cultural experience she has lived while growing up is transformed in her signature style for her fashion brand.

The Stella Jean Fall/Winter 2013/2014 collection is a journey through the continents. The sartorial cuts are European, the long grey got with the faux fur comes from the Navajos, the hats taken from the British aristocracy have colorful foulard worn by women of the Andes, the asymmetrically-cut shirts are taken from the Mongolians.

What I learned from her styles is that a crisp men’s shirt or a demin top can make any print wearable and cool. Have a look.

Doppio Zero, Rome
15 April 2013

Make my own

LONDON: This post is very special to me because it brings some important aspects of my work together. Let me tell you; In my monthly column, IRMAS MODE ATELIER, which I contribute to German Glamour magazine, I show each month one piece which is designed by me and handmade by my lovely tailor Doris. In this May issue I thought of a unique chunky necklace which is easy to make by yourself. If you are lucky you can also win the original one or find out more about how to make it yourself in the latest May issue of German Glamour (page 117).

The magazine never shows the original piece because as you know IRMAS WORLD is drawn, painted and illustrated. Today I will do an exception and take a photograph of it and more importantly I decorated the necklace on one of my grandfather’s sculptures. His name is Carl Vilz and he was a sculptor studying at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf and later taught at the Bauhaus in Weimar. I inherited a few sculptures and they are in my studio where they inspire me every day. My work is very different from his, but one thing we have in common is the study of the body, the proportions and movement. I like the mix of this classical sculpture which is called Flora, from 1941, made of stone. I will show you more of his work soon but if you like, take a look at his web page.

How to create the necklace

IRMA’S SUMMER NECKLACE

WHAT YOU NEED: Coloured cotton or silk ribbon, a thick cotton cord, ready-made ribbon with pearls, a pin and according thick thread.

HOW YOU DO IT: Decide the full length of your necklace and cut accordingly. Form two loops and stitch them together on each side. Later you will put the silk ribbon through those loops to close the necklace.
Cut the ribbon with the pearls accordingly, iron the ribbon and and stitch them onto the cord.
Once everything is neatly stitched on iron the cord and pull the silk ribbons through the loops and use as a closure. Ready!

8 April 2013

Elle Fanning

Film journalist Mariam loves to be invited into other people’s thoughts. Her devices: speaking six languages, a passion for culture and arts paired with a lot of empathy and interest. After having earned a double degree at the famous Sorbonne University, Mariam chose to write for magazines such as VOGUE, GLAMOUR and IN Style. Based in Hamburg, Germany, she has traveled along the international film festival circuit for years: Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Toronto – that’s her minimum. But she might add Zurich, London, Marrakech and Dubai or others. Meet our cosmopolitan cinéaste who will from time to time contribute to my page with her interviews - this time with an interview with actress Elle Fanning.

Elle was not even three years old when she started her career. She began acting playing the younger version of her sister Dakota’s characters in the mini-series “Taken” and the movie “I am Sam” with Michelle Pfeiffer. On April 9th, Elle celebrates her 15th birthday. She is mainly known for her starring roles in Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere” and the box office success “We Bought a Zoo” with Scarlett Johansson.

In London, I met the blonde beauty in Soho to talk about her most recent movie, “Ginger and Rosa” (German movie release April 11th, 2013).

LONDON:
ELLE, YOUR NEW MOVIE “GINGER AND ROSA” IS ABOUT TWO TEENAGERS, WHERE THE ONE STARTS AN AFFAIR WITH THE OTHER’S FATHER. DO YOU HAVE A BEST FRIEND WHO SHARES THE UPS AND DOWN OF YOUR LIFE?
ELLE: I do have a best friend and I’ve known her since I was 9 when I ent to a regular school. I met her there. She’s definitely my best friend. It was good to have that so I could draw from the experience of having someone for this movie! Ginger is at that age where you’re looking for someone to trust outside of your family. Not your parents – you need someone else. I think there’s a way that you talk to best friends that there is like a secret code, you can read each other’s minds. Ginger and Rosa were eveb born on the same day – you can’t really get any closer. That’s what makes the betrayal that much harder.

HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU SPEND WITH YOUR BEST FRIEND AS YOU WORK A LOT?
ELLE: When I do a film it’s probably just a couple of months. So the rest of the year I’m at home really. But we call each other on the phone and text and all that, so we still do keep in touch.

DOES THE MOVIE GIVE A REAL PORTRAIT OF GIRLS YOUR AGE, THINKING ABOUT IDEOLOGIES AND RELIGION? DO THESE TOPICS OCCUPY YOUR MIND?
ELLE: Yeah, I think it’s the time where you want to be an adult but you don’t want all the responsibilities of being an adult. You still want to be a kid, you still want to be free and childlike. So it’s sort of like you’re trying to find your place in the world, you’re trying to find what’s my view on that subject. Ginger and Rosa are questioning death – especially death – because they grow up in the Sixties at the time of the Cuban missile crisis. Through that menace, they could all die tomorrow at just the press of a button. I tried to put myself in that position of thinking that way – and it was really frightening to me!

CAN YOU RELATE IN GENERAL TO HAVING A CRUSH ON AN OLDER GUY - LET’S NOT SAY MEN!
ELLE: (laughs) Well I think it’s a girl’s like fantasy. Like, I have a crush on Ryan Gosling.

DOESN'T EVERYBODY?!
ELLE: Everyone has, okay, so you know what I mean? Girls have posters of older guys on their walls so it’s kind of that idea. But for Rosa it’s that time, especially during the 50s and 60s, where women shift from being housewives to being liberated. That structured way of life changed completely. It’s more just free. From that you see how it’s possible for someone to have a relationship with someone older.

YOU STARTED SO EARLY – DO YOU STILL GET CRUSHES ON ACTORS – EXCEPT RYAN GOSLING...?
ELLE: Yeah, I still get so starstruck with people, you hear names like Angelina Jolie and it’s like ‘Oh my gosh!’ You don’t see them as real at first. Then I did a movie with her. When I was meeting her for the first time she gave me a huge hug and was like, ‘We’re gonna have so much fun working together’ and I was like right, I’m looking at her – this is her! It’s like an out of body experience in a way – but then you come to realise that they’re just people.

Interview: Mariam Schaghaghi

IRMA

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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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