Category: review

Longboard girls and inked-up tights

EVERYBODY KNOWS: I am a fan of tattoos (2 done, 5 planned), so when I got my eyes on this pair of sheer body art printed tights from Pamela Mann I knew I won’t resist them. Getting a tattoo (or more) doesn’t make you a convicted criminal, peasant, tosser, illiterate, creepy hobo with no teeth and no perspective. Except if you are all those already. My point – no need you have your arms cut/skin peeled to get rid of that embarrassing memory or just to please others. I actually agree to ink more than to any jewelry, bling, pierces or make-up. It’s timeless and makes a real statement.

AND, if you don’t feel they are friendly enough for your style, you can always try a pair of tights that emulate ink art. This pair is such a stunner, with mermaids, starfish, roses and stars. They are HELL SPELL BOUND and they make me think of Cali, longboard girls in summer clothes and partying till dawn. They also seem very sheer but these are POWER TIGHTS, don’t break, don’t shred.

IF you’re looking for a hosiery heaven like me, try the online store where these beauties came from. The selection is broad and they have all the crazy inspirational gorgeous stuff you’d usually see on blogs/online shops that don’t deliver to Romania.

PAMELA MANN tights thanks to lovely Floriana from

+ leather jacket @ NEED SUPPLY/LUSH

+ bodysuit @ H&M

AND here are some of my on-store favorites:


You know who I am, Mr. Flannagan, I’m the girl in the afternoon

Love in the afternoon looks better through the right pair of lens. That’s what I instantly thought when the guys from Firmoo sent me these vintage inspired sunglasses that I prefer to sport with a shawl on my hair and the right luxury wear. They reminded me of the class and sass of 1960s movies and they matched my complexion, face shape and style, which is pretty hard to achieve when most affordable glasses look weird on me.

Now, I’m one of those people who like to cover their eyes with something shady in less hot times of the year too. That foggy sunshine in autumn/winter may seem great for photography and all, but it’s killer for those of us with sensitive eyes, so if I can have one pair of go-with-all sunglasses in my bag I’ll cringe less.

If you want to try a little role play like I did with these lovelies or get a new pair of lens for this season (that WON’T hurt your eyes or make you feel dizzy – some sunglasses from high street retailers will do that to you!) these guys have an appealing offer and give your first pair pro bono. Pretty clever ♥ Just go here for details.

OH, they also have this super useful virtual try on app (similar to the TOPSHOP virtual make-up app) that helps you figure out which pair is best for you. Worked wonders for me!

Put your wetsuit on, put a t-shirt on

I’ve fallen in “I need this in my wardrobe and it’s for good” love with the white T-shirt years ago. For me, it was the best match of simplicity and class. I had it on the beach, I slept in it, I hyped it for a high fashion party and I slipped it under a leather jacket for a date.

Then it was the band t-shirts. My credit card faced its limit and my hands faced unnatural multi-tasking last winter in Retrock when I left the place with – I kid you not – 11 bags of vintage rock’n’roll junk.

Last but not least, I am helplessly addicted to my graphic print tee collection. So when TShirt Factory customized this and delivered it to me, I had a blast: not only the fabric was perfectly smooth, a bit sheer like I wear it and soft, but the imprinted cotton looked neat, clear and, well, too fabulous not to take a ride to town with my silk loose biker jacket and 1960’s vintage hotpants.

I’ve been looking for a while already for a good relationship between custom design AND text on t-shirts but the investigation was not that fulfilling. Usually the fabric is too thick, the design is too chunky, the label is sticking out OR (the worst) the print wears off when detergent interferes. T-shirt Factory is similar to a real size factory with all the OPTIONS. I love options, you know already. Pick your own t-shirt, your own color, your own text or design, your own fabric. OR pick from theirs, I’m personally looking at this rock’n’roll inspired line right here.

Oh, and, yes, I am a cotton-sheer-soft fabrics-graphic print freak. I’m sure they have those AA’s for compulsive fabric lovers too, other than shoe maniacs!

Gala Avanpremiere 2010 (review)

Pe 18 noiembrie, Bucurestiul a gazduit unul dintre cele mai importante evenimente fashion & lifestyle al anului, Gala Avanpremiere. 10 designeri romani, printre care si debutanti, si-au prezentat colectiile SS2011 in cadrul unei prezentari ce a avut loc la Muzeul National de Arta Contemporana.

Au defilat Agnes Toma, Anca Ciataras, Christhelen B, Iris Serban, Bianca Popp, Silvia Serban si Alexandru Nimurad, A & S Negulescu, Norina Stoica, Rhea Costa si Radu Vitalaru. Mai pe larg, despre eveniment, intr-o nota mai personala, va voi povesti mai jos cum au stat lucrurile:

– gazduirea unui eveniment ca AVANPREMIERE la MNAC si The Ark, o initiativa laudabila in contextul in care vizualul si manifestele cultural-artistice se integreaza tot mai mult in zona de independent fashion
– alegerea unor designeri din noua generatie
– includerea de proiectii video cu mapping incorporat de mari dimensiuni in cadrul show-ului (o premiera romaneasca).
– vernisarea unei expozitii de fotografie de life-style si moda in cadrul evenimentului, care a reunit lucrarile celor mai in voga fotografi ai momentului: Radu Chindris, Alex Conu, Oltin Dogaru, Cosmin Gogu, Mitichi, Ciprian Strugariu, care au expus alaturi de studentii de la Universitatea de Arta din Cluj, Sectia Foto Video, indrumati de Prof. Eugen Moritz.


– insuficienta preocupare a organizatorilor pentru confortul celor prezenti (fara aer conditionat, sala a devenit dupa foarte putin timp un loc irespirabil iar apa sau oricare alte racoritoare ar fi fost binevenite in acest caz. Zic si eu..)
– nu pretind ca am cunostinte extrem de largi in ceea ce priveste moda la nivel planetar sau autohton. Mai mult decat atat, apreciez intotdeauna creativitatea bine dozata si capacitatea de reprezentare a creativului, iar la nivel conceptual este loc de desfasurare cat vezi cu ochii. Dar nu in Romania. Aplicarea, la noi, a oricaror concepte (traduse in colectii) in care fantezia taie considerabil din practicitate, fara a transmite un mesaj sau o poveste, are mari sanse sa cada in penibil. In primul rand, nu cred ca trebuie sa ai un ochi extraordinar de critic sau sa fii doctor in moda ca sa aplici eticheta de “imi place/nu-mi place, ma inspira/nu ma inspira, e util/nu e util”. De acord, daca scopul tau nu este sa vinzi ci sa derogi de la caile comertului si sa faci couture, nu am nicio problema sa scoti niste minunatii turbate pe podium si sa spui “asta e colectia mea. N-am vrut sa spun nimic, intelegeti voi”. Dar aici nu se pune problema.

Radu Vitalaru

Colectia se intituleaza “Fish-a-men”. Adica Fishermen. Daca gresesc, rog sa fiu corectata. Dar, in baza acestui demers, am sa spun de ce nu mi-a placut.

(asta a fost cea mai ok)

Imbraci niste baieti intr-o suita de blazere super size (dar care cad pe ei precum cuşma lui bunicu’), stropite multicolor cu vopsea, le infasori niste fulare, pui pe ei niste bermude sau niste pantaloni din acelasi regn de dimensiuni cu blazerul si spui AM FACUT ARTA. Nu, ai facut o scamatorie, pe care ar putea foarte bine s-o imbrace artistii de circ (caci daca mai adaugi peruci si un make-up sugestiv, aia e), care nu are nici in clin, nici in maneca cu excentricitatea sau stilul, si care, honestly, deranjeaza ochiul. Iar daca la primele 3-4 tinute am zis “…OK”, patura pe cap (ce amintea de Anul Nou si Capra la colindat), sau plasticul infasurat in jurul umerilor au fost bomboana de pe coliva. De aici, poate ca am inteles gresit titlul si subiectul. Still, daca erau Fishermen, n-ar fi trebuit sa regasim, la un minim, niste navoade, niste plasa, niste lucruri din astea, simple, pe care si muritorii de rand sa le gaseasca fara cusur si abordabile? Hey, but that’s just my opinion.

Iris Serban

Iris acopera de cativa ani fata modelelor cu textil/nylon si le trimite pe podium mascate, in tinute complementare cu “aranjamentul” facial. La fel face si Junya Watanabe, tot de cativa ani, si tot intr-un context similar.









Maybe I’m just wrong, dar, parca de data asta, asemanarea a fost mai mult decat sesizabila. No kidding?

iris serban avanpremiere

Agnes Toma

Finisaje foarte slabe pentru aceasta rochie din care se vedeau iesind, la propriu, aţele:

Ce-am avut rau de spus, am spus. In Romania, nu avem inca nici resursele fizice sau creative necesare pentru a sustine un show de moda de nivel superior. In acest sens, s-a scris foarte mult despre fiasco-urile Fashion Week, prezenta in atatea orase incat isi pierde cu totul din concentrare si semnificatie.

In ceea ce priveste creativitatea, inspiratia, conceptul si rezultatele muncii conceretizate in colectii,  suntem inca departe (cu mici exceptii) de podiumul international. Din pacate, despre asta spune foarte multe mediul academic  romanesc din zona de arta si design, cu “beneficiul” de a canoniza si diformiza (aproape) orice bune intentii creative.

Mai jos, colectiile:

1.      Bianca Popp – „The Unbearable Lightness of Black”, Incaltaminte – HUNTER Londra

2.      Anca Ciataras – „Wonderful Life”,  Incaltaminte – Musette

3.      Rhea Costa

4.      Norina Stoica – „Atemporal 79”,  Incaltaminte – Musette

5.      A&S Negulescu – „Wicked”,  Incaltaminte – Musette

6.      Radu Vitalaru – „ Fish-a-men”

7.      Silvia Serban & Alexandru Nimurad – „by coincidance”

8.      Cristhelen B – „Alb”

9.      Iris Serban – „Human Condition”, Accesorii – Maria Filipescu / Materiale – Mystic Textiles / Incaltaminte – Musette

10.  Agnes Toma

Gala Avanpremiere Fashion and Life-style Fest s-a desfasurat, in perioada 16-18 noiembrie, in doua dintre cele mai avangardiste si emblematice locatii din Bucuresti, The ARK si Muzeul National de Arta Contemporana. Evenimentul a cuprins expozitii de fotografie, instalatii, video, workshopuri si prezentari de moda.

Soon to come, colectiile complete.

Foto David Burlacu