Monday, December 28, 2009

T Magazine Martin Margiela Suite Ile aux Oiseaux

T Magazine explores the interior design stylings of Martin Margiela with a profile of the Suite Ile aux Oiseaux at Les Sources de Caudalie near Bordeaux. “For 650 euros a night and up (a special package includes “a gift signed by Maison Martin Margiela” — perhaps one of the Maison’s new wine-bottle lamps?), guests can retreat to the avant-garde chambre between spa treatments and bottles of premier cru at the hotel’s La Grand’Vigne restaurant. (In keeping with the spa theme, the restaurant offers a calorie-conscious menu amid the foie gras.)”Read the full writeup at T Magazine.

Backstage exclusive: Dolce&Gabbana SS10 men's campaign - Part 1&2

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

How to shop on sale and not look,as if.


Sale shopping can be the most rewarding shopping there is, when done correctly. Here are a few tips to help you take advantage of reduced priced items that you can wear and enjoy for seasons to come. When shopping on sale the first thing you should look for is that the merchandise is not worn (returned) or damaged. Shop in superior quality stores or luxury brand houses insuring the quality and return policy. Best buys are basic or classic pieces or designed pieces that are unique in cut, details or workmanship. Look for designer pieces which are hard to determine the trend of the season. Try staying away from trendy items examples oversized, tight fitting or color. Keep in mind this purchase should be for next year, picture yourself not at the moment but the following year (next winter or next summer). Remember buying on sale is only rewarding when it looks as if, you paid full price.

Michelbergerhotel Berlin

“Berlin is unique. Nothing is permanent. Nothing is perfect.”
Thomas Michelberger describes the process of design, collaboration and accidental imperfections that have developed into the raw, creative and rebellious interior of the michelberger hotel.

Six years ago, a group of friends from diverse backgrounds came together with a romantic idea; to create a shared house where they could live together and friends and family would always be welcome and feel comfortable.

In September this year, their dream was finally realised in the form of a 119-bedroom hotel, designed with an exceptional level of precision and detail but epitomising the rough yet personal atmosphere that is unique to East Berlin, where it is located.

“Guests are truly guests, staying at the house of a group of friends.”

The high ceilings, stone archways, oversized paned windows and large internal courtyard of the former factory building in Friedrichshain seem to have transformed effortlessly into the hotel in its current form whilst still retaining the memories and history of its former use.

Throughout the bedrooms and public spaces, every detail is thought through with a playful combination of textures, colours and forms and an abundance of personal elements either custom designed by designer Werner Aisslinger or hand picked from the flea markets and antique stores of which Berlin has no shortage.

The collaborative design process is evident within the various public spaces, which allow guests to flow easily from one area to another.

Entering under a Hollywood style sign with oversized light bulbs, the community atmosphere is apparent.

The unusually understated reception desk creates a casual environment, apparent by the diverse mix of guests and locals sit together in the foyer and bar under oversized lampshades made entirely of 1960s – 70s German travel books designed by Werner Aisslinger, who explains “My approach was to do a collage world, not a clean, designed world.”

The standard room types, referred to by their size 33m2, 55m2 and 88m2, show a unique level of space efficiency and vertical play with the loft beds perched above the bathrooms with views past the sunflower yellow curtains, onto either the river Spree or the internal courtyard.

Graphic designer Azar Kazimir was a part of the team from the beginning and has contributed to the fanatical level of detail in the public and private areas with unique hand designed wallpapers, signage and branding throughout.

"The design and construction process", Thomas explains, "was driven by passion and moral rather than contract, involving the construction team from the outset and developing the design right through the construction process".

Walls have been left unfinished and marks on the polished concrete floors sealed in, the unintentional imperfections have become part of the charm of this unique hotel.
It's honest. It's original. It's Berlin.


Friday, December 11, 2009

Hotel Le Bellechasse designed by Christain Lacroix

One well tailored suit

Every man needs at least one well tailored suit for special occasions that arise, even if it is just once a year. It will save you from feeling embarrassed and cheap when everyone else is suited up at some event except you. Navy or gray suits are classic and neutral and both can be dressed up or down. You can even wear the blazer with khakis or even jeans. This is an item worth spending some money on. A black or dark gray suit preferably make it single-breasted. Medium weight wool is long lasting, holds its shape well and of course, is multi-seasonal. Trendy cut is not the appropriate one. A classic style will do, you will be able to wear it for years to come. This way too you will only need to change your shirt and tie or top to keep it looking up-to-date.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Y-3 F/W 2009/10 Full Show

There's no face like home-made facial mask face.

Facial masks should be an integral part of every ones regime. Not only do they replenish our skin, but they force us, in an unobtrusive way, to take time for ourselves and relax; after all, it's impossible to get much of anything done with a layer of creamy goodness slathered over your face, and cucumbers over your eyes.
But why get dressed up and go out to a spa, when you can get the same benefits, and remain comfortable in your own space? The answer is: there is no reason. Below I've included recipes for at-home face masks. Each provides unique benefits, but all are quick and easy to blend up at home, with ingredients you use every day. Hey, you can even make yourself a smoothie while you're at it.

Nourish: Banana-Avacado Mask


  • 1/2 over-ripe banana
  • 1/2 over-ripe avacado
  • 2 Tbsp unflavored full-fat yogurt
  • 1 tsp olive oil


Mash banana and avacado, combine with other ingredients, and mix well. Apply liberally to face and neck. Leave on for 20 to 30 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

Exfoliate: Tomato-Lemon Mask


  • 1 over-ripe tomato
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp instant oatmeal


Put all ingredients in blender, puree until smooth. Apply to face, let soak 20 minutes, rinse with warm water.

Tighten: Peach Mask


  • 1 ripe peach
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp unflavored full-fat yogurt


Peel and pit the peach. Blend together with egg white and yogurt until smooth. Pat gently onto face. Leave on 30 minutes. Rinse with cool water.

Smooth: Honey-Almond Mask


  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 tsp almond oil
  • 1 Tbsp yogurt


Mix all ingredients together until well blended. Apply layer to face, leave on 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, gently wipe residue with a damp cloth.
So find time to relax and enjoy a facial mask at home and don't forget the smoothie.


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Berlin/New York, Berlin,Germany/New York,U.S.A.