Temporary concept stores

Lately, a number of temporary concept stores have seen daylight in a lot of big fashion cities. Although the phenomenon isn’t that new, it’s only recently that I have come across these pop-up stores in CPH.

The idea is to open a store for a few days or months and have it designed in a particular and creative way that demands the attention of the customer. It creates a somewhat different if not unusual shopping experience.

The latest and most notable example is the Arnsdorf temporary store in Melbourne. The architect Edwards Moore was inspired by Arnsdorf collection which included thighs in nude colors that he incorporated into the design of the store.

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By Malene Birger

I bought this fabulous Malene Birger wrap dress at the Copenhagen Airport. It was the last one left. It would be a pretty simple dress if it wasn’t for the embellishments on the lower part of the sleeves and the shoulder area. It fits perfectly and creates the illusion of me being taller, which I really like 🙂 Also, it floats beautifully below.

Istanbul

Last week I visited Istanbul and was amazed by this beautiful city of 14 million.  I have to admit though that February is not the ideal month to travel to Istanbul; it was minus degrees, snowing, raining and extremely windy. I’ve decided to come again for a second visit in May in order to experience Istanbul’s full potential.

This was my first visit, so I was clueless about the city, well, not entirely though, I knew there were going to be a lot of mosques and I wasn’t disappointed. Luckily, some friends who had been to Istanbul before were able to give me some useful info about places to party, restaurants, attractions etc.

One fact one should know about Istanbul is, that even though Istanbul is a modern city much like the big cities in the West, the Turks’ English is very limited, especially within the older generations. Even at an international spot such as the airport the staff is left speechless when spoken to in English.

The hotel we stayed in was located in the hip Beyoglu district only 100 meters from Istiklal Cadessi shopping street. On the side streets you could find lots and lots of small bars, clubs and restaurants. We went to the Indigo bar and later on the Indigo club right next to the bar where we danced the night away to some house beats played by a Belgian DJ on that particular night. Beyoglu is the place to stay if you plan on partying a lot in which case, everything is pretty much walking distance or pretty close by anyway. The Beyoglu district however, doesn’t hold a candle to the beautiful historic Istanbul on the other side of the Galata bridge. The only negative is the non existent nightlife in that area.

Also in Beyoglu, not that far away from the Galata tower, we stumbled across a nice sushi place. The sushi was sooo good and of great quality, freshly made by a Japanese cook. The restaurant was also very beautiful with clean and minimalist interior. For all sushi lovers I recommend this place. It’s called Sushi Express and is located here.

There are a lot of other nice bars and restaurants close by here that are worth exploring. You will especially notice a lot of exclusive hotels in this area.

People in Istanbul love to shop! Not even 0 degrees can keep them from strolling around the city’s vast shopping streets. Right after crossing the Galata bridge from Taksim you will find a different kind of shopping center very unique to Istanbul: The Grand Baazar. It’s the world’s oldest and biggest baazar and includes more than 5000 shops. Here you can find jewelry, hand-painted ceramics, carpets, embroideries, spices and antique shops.

However, if you are interested in some high end shopping than go to Nisantasi where you will find a large variety of all the famous brands.

Another interesting part of Istanbul is the Bebek district which is an old fishers town. Make sure to visit the stylish post modern Lucca bar/restaurant which seems completely out of place when compared to the rest of the city. The clientele is overly chick. I have not been there after dark but according to their FB page it turns into a popular night club with some pretty hot international DJs.

Other popular party places in Istanbul, Ortakoy, are open clubs Reina and Anjelique which are right next to each other. I have to visit them during summer and then get back to ya.

The Turban is still here?

Just as I thought that the Turban’s golden days were coming to an end, I see this glamorous looking one on Asos.

The Return of the Turban

 

We have already witnessed the revival of turbans on the fashion runways of 07, 08 and 09 and this year is no exception. Inspired by the early 20th century when the orientalist trend was at its peak, the turbans have once again sparked a sense of exoticism and elegance.

One might be drawn to conclude that the turban mania started with the SS 07 Prada turbans from three years ago but no one ever really expected the turban to make it to the everyday fashionista’s wardrobe. So, is Miuccia Prada the one to blame for the renaissance of the turban? Well, perhaps, but all we know is that since then, the turban has made a reappearance in several collections in different forms: from relaxed and laid-back versions at Catherine Holstein to exotic and luxurious at Ralph Lauren.

Back in the days, the French referred to the turban as a cache-misère, or “hide misery”, because they were a chic solution to dealing with a bad hair-day. Today, this fabulous head-piece can be a perfect accessory for the evening, paired with an elegant long dress.

Just think Old Hollywood, Marlene Dietrich and Lana Turner in the glamorous 1930s, who knew how to wear the turban with sophistication.

As always, the first ones to embrace the trend have been the celebrities. The turban has already become a popular high-street trend and spotted on several celebrities, such as Nicole Ritchie, Kate Bosworth and Ashley Olsen.

Wearing this kind of headgear will doubtlessly bring you a lot of attention. It is sophisticated, chick and does not look at all like you are hiding a bad hair day.

These women pull it off quite well, even the dude with that fierce look but I guess he’s more used to it than I am 🙂

Nude colors

This spring, nude tones have once again made it to the runways. I first saw the appearance of the nude color trend last spring as part of Stella McCartney’s collection. It was very inspirational and included everything from nude dresses to nude boyfriend blazers and jumpsuits. This year neutral colors can be spotted at Donna Karan, Burberry and Lanvin, just to name a few. I, for one, absolutely love this color but will have to wait till summer comes and I can get a sweet tan to complement it. It just doesn’t look good on a pale skin.

Skirt and top from H&M

Blouse from Topshop

Early 90s flower dresses are back!!!

These months, a wave of 90s nostalgia has been floating through me. I’m thinking Beverly Hills 90210 and especially the characteristic  floral dresses familiar to this era.  Even though the early 90s fashion still cracks me up, I appreciate the more stylish update of it this summer. To me, the most notable were Donna’s dresses, which for the most part were tight, short and flowery. I never had the opportunity to wear the Donna dress in the early 90s (I was only 9!) and nor did I want to wear one afterwards because, well, it was cheesy but now that it’s fashionable again, I think I can pull it off. I’ve found a few on ASOS and in ZARA but I’m still looking for more…

P.S. Check out Ian Ziering aka Steve in his flowery man shirt – I really hope that the 90s flower power trend this summer is only directed towards women’s fashion.