New Lagerfeld Look

The popular German fashion designer has created an exclusive collection for the new year.

Karl’s New Look. Photo from Vogue.

Karl Lagerfeld is launching a new and affordable womenswear label, named Karl. The slim pair of black trousers with a metallic biker jacker and chic leather vest are the first samples of what is to come from Karl.

Lagerfeld said to WWD, “It’s my today’s taste and style and a reflection of how I think a great number of people would like to be dressed now. I just want not too expensive clothes that people may like and perhaps want to wear. That was my concept for a long time, but my business partners in the past wanted to be like Chanel or Fendi without putting behind what is needed to be like that.”

The 100-piece range will feature daytime wear and evening wear available online through Net-A-Porter. There are also plans to open Karl Lagerfeld stores and temporary boutiques as the innovator has become a global fashion icon contributing lots of intriguing pieces for menswear and womenswear. The new collection can relate to any woman who possesses interests in fabulous street chic as the clothing will be affordable, students may even be able to purchase the new looks.

The collection will unveil at the Couture Fashion Week in Paris on 25 January 2012.

Spanish Fashion Inspiration

With a theme of Spanish romance, a new exhibit will debut this weekend in New York.

Dominican fashion designer, Oscar de la Renta collaborated with André Leon Talley to illustrate his admiration of Spanish dress.

Traditional Spanish attire. Photo from Fashion News/NY Post.

Valencian artist, Joaquín Sorolla inspire de la Renta’s collection for designs which resemble the likes of Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Lacroix and the late Alexander McQueen.

The Queen Sofia Spanish Institute in Manhattan will feature the striking and beautiful designer collection to bring to life the ideas of the set designer, Stefan Beckman.

If you’re looking for a cultural fashion getway this may be it as the exhibit will be displayed from this weekend to 10 March 2012. The address is 684 Park Avenue between East 68th & 69th Street. The closest train stop is 68 Street Hunter College/Lexington Avenue off the number 4 train, enjoy!

Warmer Apparel

It’s that time of year again when we all need to bundle up and recognize appealing fashion wear.

At the CFCA/Vogue Fashion Fund awards, several designer turtleneck samples were displayed.

Turtleneck lovers. Photo from NYMag.

It’s one of those articles of clothing for those who do not like to show a lot of skin. With lots of cable knot designs and print, numerous designers are showcasing the classic turtleneck apparel this season including, my personal favorite, Michael Kors, Stella McCartneyJoseph Altuzarra who has been a real inspiration in launching turtlenecks for his collection, Donna Karan, Olivier TheyskensIssey Miyake and many more.

Rihanna performing in London. Photo from US Weekly Magazine.

Celebs with street style are even wearing turtlenecks  but with lots of variations such as Rihanna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alexa Chung, Elizabeth Olsen. Turtlenecks go way back though from the days of college athletes and military squads to Audrey Hepburn and our days of the Something’s Gotta Give where Diane Keaton has a turtleneck metldown.

The clothing carries a unisex appeal. Anyone can where a turtleneck whether from H&M or Marc Jacobs, they work in every sense as fashion designers are trying to rehabiliate the garment into contemporary fashion but adding a dash of sexiness for men and women.

No Heels

Flat shoes are back?!

For high street fashion wear and haute couture catwalks most women wear those skyscraper 4/5 inch heels but some designers and select celeb style icons  have started to rock ballet flats. To be honest, it makes sense if they want to be able to walk comfortably.


Academy award winning director Martin Scorsese made his first children’s film which topped the box office this week.

GK films portrays a story about a 12 year old orphan boy, Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield) living in a Paris railway station in the 1930s. From a past memory, he finds a mysterious connection in this 3-D adventure.

The film was adapted from the children’s novel by Brian Selznick. There is lots of creativity and invention of dreams where it’s hard to imagine the perfect metaphors on screen.

Hugo manages the network of clocks in the station. Eventually, Hugo unofficially assumes the job. He lives within the steamy walls of the train station, eats stolen croissants and hides from the station inspector (Sacha Baron Cohen) with a disable leg during his investigation rounds.

During the film, Hugo attempts to repair the strange mannequin inherited from his late father (Jude Law) from a museum. Overtime, he becomes obsessed with automation, fixing the rescued piece and finding his purpose in life. Soon he befriends a book smart teenager Isabelle (Chloë Moretz) and her godfather,the former famous French filmmaker, George Méliès (Ben Kingsley), now the  clockwork toy salesman at the station.

Scorsese created a well presented and passionate film in a clear attempt to capture modern audiences’ attention through showing the magic of film creation. The film has lots of depth, various camera movements and three minute tracking shots which often convey scene settings where machinery is highlighted.

There are strong themes of robots, orphans, automation and clocks. The drama is compiled of adventure, family moments, emotions, fantasy and mystery with its wonderful thematic material throughout shots of England and France.

The story is not over yet. Hugo is in theaters now, go discover the secret messages of Paris in this nostalgic film.

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One Man, Two Guvnors

The new play, One Man, Two Guvnors  by Richard Bean is a brilliant hit in the world of cultural arts for the West End.

Based on The Servant of Two Masters by Italian playwright, Carlo Goldoni, there are many songs by Grant Olding.

The exciting comedy is centered around Francis Henshall (James Corden) in Brighton, England during 1963. When fired from his band, he becomes a minder to Roscoe Crabbe who is eager to collect £6,000 from the father, Charlie Clench (Fred Rigdgeway) of his fiancee, Pauline Clench (Claire Lens), who is clueless and never understands anything except her love for Alan (Daniel Rigby).

Yet, Roscoe is really his twin sister Rachel Crabbe (Jemima Rooper) posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers (Oliver Chris). While meandering by The Cricketers’ Arms, Francis takes on an extra opportunity in landing a second job with Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to reunite with Rachel.

In order to keep things simple, Francis tries to keep his two guvnors apart which turns into a confusing masquerade of fun through themes such as food, love, sex and money.

One Man, Two Guvnors received five star reviews as the funniest show so far this year. Tbere is always a moment of laughter. Followed by Buddy Holly like musical tunes during stage changes and intervals. The play highlights what it’s like to work two jobs and still be able to manage your own life. As one can understand, there cotmes a point where the two become entangled. It takes someone exceptional to be able to multitask in life.

The play is showing at The Adelphi Theatre. The closest tube station is Charing Cross, off the Northern Line. Here’s a sneak peak below.