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How to wear Beetlejuice stripes this Spring

Le 2 mars 2017, 09:46 dans Humeurs 0

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! Just like clockwork, stripes have returned to the spotlight as they do every Spring, but this time round they’re bigger and bolder than ever.

While the monochromatic trend may conjure images of everyone’s favourite veteran scaremeister, designers have taken it upon themselves to give the print a polished spin.

It’s official, traditional felon fare is in.

Super-sized, black-and-white bands that come vertical, horizontal, or a mix of both, the look that Michael Keaton made iconic will soon be making its way into your wardrobe.

On the runway, designers gave the look a fresh, high-fashion makeover with the likes of Gareth Pugh offering up a sculptural feast of shapes for his spring/summer 2017 collection.

The British designer used graphic optical art to evoke beams of light on sunburst-patterned looks that included structural two pieces and linen kaftan dresses.

Meanwhile, at Nina Ricci, the stripes were reworked countless ways – think banded gowns in silk taffeta, windbreakers, crescent shaped handbags and Eighties style tailoring. 

This was an era that defined Carolina Herrera’s collection too. In a debt to her inaugural 1981 collection, the designer rooted black-and-white candy-stripes on classically girlish strappy taffeta dresses, ball gowns, bomber jackets and denim.

Certainly, this trend is not for the faint of heart but, if anything, the runway certifies it as a fashion-forward alternative to monotone separates. 

Brave enough to go bold or go home? We recommend a striking two piece paired with a black silky cami or plain tee.

But, should a full-on striped look intimidate you, simply introduce small doses at a time and always remember to pare down your accessories.

Subscription service lets you remotely manage your own tiny farm

Le 16 janvier 2017, 09:57 dans Humeurs 0

Nowadays, a wealth of products are available at the click of a mouse for food lovers, with craft beers and hand-reared veggies delivered to their door but one company have decided to do things a little differently.

For around £65 month, you can now manage your very own piece of land and eat all the organic produce grown on it.

Brazilian based company Mandala da Montanha, was set up by Martin Schneesche and Alexandre Yokoyama in 2015 as a farm for selling home-grown food but, unlike other subscriptions services, it allows the consumers to be part of the farming process.

Tapping into the rise of the Millennials for whom convenience is King, this service lets people decide what they want to plant - from a variety of lettuces, beets, onions and spinach to more indigenous ingredients like scarlet aubergine and okra - and for a small fee, delivers it right to their front door.

There’s no doubt that Millenials’ ‘I know what I want and I want it now’ attitude is changing the food industry but the duo insist that Mandala is about much more than indulging people’s hankering for convenience.

“Being a little farmer sucks sometimes, because most people think that a lettuce head is always the same, which it is not. 

Distributors only want pretty vegetables, and always with the lowest cost possible. So we decided to sell directly to our clients, who value our products,” Schneesche told Munchies.

It also allows customers to know exactly where their food is coming from, how it was produced and fundamentally reduces food waste.

With their ten square metres of land, if someone produces an excess of food the owner can decide to trade the remaining harvest with another subscriber who has also over-produced their lot. 

What’s more, Mandala also offers classes to its subscribers in regenerative agriculture, tool handling, land management and cultural dealings at no additional cost.

Day for Night insiders decode festival fashion

Le 16 décembre 2016, 10:33 dans Beauté 0

Fashion may not be listed on Day for Night's official lineup, but make no mistake, street style will be one of the main attractions during this weekend's "festival of the future."

Last year's two-day music-meets-visual art extravaganza attracted more than 20,000 concertgoers, including award-winning fashion designer and Balenciaga's former creative director, Alexander Wang. Event organizer Dutch Small anticipates that attendance will double this year; Wang is among those expected to return for this weekend's festival.

"One thing that we noticed at the event last year was that people dressed differently than at other music festivals," he says. "We saw sharp, sleek and monochromatic outfits. I do feel that Day for Night has its own distinctive look - in the way that Burning Man and Coachella have their own aesthetic."

Topman USA, a fast-fashion men's chain that retails out of Nordstrom department stores and has a stand-alone shop in the Houston Galleria, is one of Day for Night's sponsors. And the UK clothier has tapped Bayou City blogger Josh Robertson to be its official festival brand ambassador.

Robertson, branding specialist and creative director of Rebel Wishes, joined four other social media stars at the Houston Chronicle offices this week: Magen Pastor, Dominique McGhee and Saba and Sarah Jawda.

The sartorially gifted group modeled trendy Instagram and Snapchat-ready ensembles fit for Day for Night's rocker-chic crowd.

While Robertson dressed in head-to-toe Topman for our makeshift runway show, sisters-slash-interior designers of Jawda and Jawda opted for high-low outfits that mixed designer finds with more affordable, locally sourced pieces.

Sarah sported a white lace Thurley dress from Baanou in the River Oaks District. Saba paired a Misha Nonoo coat dress with fishnets purchased from a Montrose sex shop. Both sisters wore Nora Lozza earrings that are currently on sale at their holiday pop-up boutique on Blossom Landing through Dec. 21. Pastor wore an all-white outfit from Salt Studio Boutique and McGhee went the luxury route in muted Prada and Burberry.

"We're excited for Björk and Travis Scott's performances and will probably wear lots of cute but also comfortable things, like messenger bags and little booties," Sarah said. She and her sister helped developer Frank Liu Jr. of Lovett Commercial transform downtown's former Barbara Jordan Post Office into a 150,000 square-foot events center re-named Post HTX.

"Comfort is key; you never know what to expect," Sarah said.

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