Sunday, April 13, 2014

Alexander Wang x H&M

I know that we're all anticipating for summer to finally start, but what if I told you that there is something that would make you want November to come faster? What if that 'something' would be H&M partnering up with Alexander Wang? How would that sound for you?
During an event at the Coachella Music Festival, in California, USA, H&M announced that their next designer collaboration will be with Alexander Wang. This partnership marks the first time that an American designer teams up with H&M on the much anticipated designer collaboration.

The New York based Fashion Designer’s Alexander Wang’s esthetic is a reflection on contrasts, blending the refined and the imperfect. His collections have an unprecious outlook on fashion, and always reflect a sense of ease.
The Alexander Wang x H&M collection will feature apparel and accessories for women and men. The designer will propose a new take on the lifestyle product offering that goes beyond fashion.  The full collection will be available in 250 H&M stores worldwide, including Riga.

I'm sure we'll have to start saving money soon, 'cause this will be a unique shopping experience. Thank you H&M!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Consumed by sunshine

You can call me lazy & you can call me boring, but I've decided to post my outfit looks as well. So we've dumped our winter outerwear & we've turned our clocks forward, but the most important thing is that spring is here & it's staying, at least I hope so.

I used an iPad case with bike print as a clutch bag, I think it's a very cool solution of when you don't want to carry your bag with you & all you need is your keys & your phone. Plus, since I forgot my sunglasses and the sun seems to be very aggressive these days, I used it for that as well, very multifunctional if you ask me.

College jacket by Piazza Italia
iPad case/ Clutch bag by Cedarwood State
Thrifted pants by Topshop
Cap by House
Sneakers by Converse

Enjoy the sun while it lasts & have a great week!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Bai:doo : A nice place

It's been a while since all the holidays have passed and since the celebration season ended. But it wont take long until new ones will come our way & before you know it, birthdays, anniversaries, parties and graduations will take over your organizer and the never-aging question of 'what to wear?' will pop up on your mind again. But if you're above the average fashion consumer with an eye set out for that special something & appreciate quality then this article might be just for you!

Recently I visited Bai:doo which is this cozy workshop/boutique in Riga owned by designer Baiba Tolpežņikova and over tea we discussed her recently established business & fashion in general. Baiba's clients are mostly women who highly appreciate quality & original design. Bai:doo is both  feminine & classical, but always with a twist and a dreamy aftertaste. 'I like my clothes to have a fairytale feeling to them,' says Baiba. 'It may sound very cliche, but I get my ideas from my dreams. I see the clothes in my dreams and then recreate them.' Although her target audience & clientele is mostly women, Baiba sometimes designs for men as well.

Baiba's approach to work and her clients could be described as intuitive. 'Clients come with their own vision of what they imagine and the desirable effect. The minute I get to know the the client, understand the clients background and personal style, everything just evolves naturally.' She always tries to find a healthy balance between what the client wants and her own esthetic 'It's important not to lose yourself in your work. In the end you're the designer, not just a tailor.'

Bai:doo was officially opened on October 30th with a fashion show in the old town. 'Right now I'm still just starting out but I have a distinct vision of what I want to do with my career.' In a few years she would like to have her own clothing line, to produce & sell ready-to-wear garments, maybe even export abroad.
When I ask her about the local street fashion, she points out that women in Latvia tend to look over-dressed. 'I don't think that you have to make every day a celebration, but you have to be well groomed and comfortable.' She adds that for celebrations it's great to make specially tailored garments.

And if you're looking for that special something with a fairytale feeling, then visit Baiba @ Bai:doo in Riga, Avotu street 23.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Gone For Gold

What is a new year without the new years resolutions? It's the best time to leave the unnecessary in the past and focus on what's really important. And studies have shown that one of the most popular new year's resolutions is getting fitter, doing more sport, eating healthy and getting that gym membership you've been talking about for so long. Sounds familiar? This year, It's one of mine as well. But it couldn't be a better time for that, cause not only the winter Olympics are right around the corner, but also H&M has launched a special capsule collection inspired by the Swedish Olympic outfits.

If you haven't heard, then H&M has designed a collection for Swedish Olympic Team and the Swedish Paralympic Team to be worn at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. And to celebrate this collection, H&M Sport has created a special capsule collection inspired by the Swedish Olympic outfits so we could not only look amazing in the gym, but also support the Olympic movement. The collection is not just functional sports garments but also casual items that are perfect for layering.

The color palette comes from the Swedish flag, with dark blue, royal blue and vivid yellow, mixed with blue and yellow snake prints. I found some amazing items in this collection and majority of pieces can be worn outside the gym as well. H&M's Go Gold collection is perfect to get that relaxed sporty look.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Cruelty Free Fashion

Do you see yourself as a nice person? Do you think you're compassionate, caring & a good person in general? Would you ever hurt someone? How much did your bag cost? Your shoes? Your biker jacket? And your accessories - wallet, belt or gloves? You got them on sale? ''That's so cheap for a leather bag'', that's what you thought. For you it maybe didn't cost much, but for someone else, it cost their life.

Maybe I am being a little radical here, but I can't stay silent about it. I mean, leather looks great, it's always on trend, people look at it as a must-have. I am sad that it took me twenty years to become a vegetarian. But it's not only what you eat - it's what you wear, what you think, say & do. I've made a promise to myself to never buy anything leather or fur ever again. It is sad that the majority of people don't realize that we live in the 21st century and we don't need to kill to survive. It's not the middle ages when people used animal skins to stay warm during the harsh winters. But for some reason, people seem to think that they need to kill to look good. That they need to embellish themselves with skins and furs of animals, so others would think higher of them. Every time I see a rich woman in a fur coat my heart freezes or when I walk into any shoes store and realize that the majority of product is leather it really saddens me. I'm not going to tell anyone how to live their life, but I'm asking you to think to yourself for a second. Is it really ethical to buy something that was killed and put it on your own body. Is it right to wear something that was murdered just for the cause of making profit and making you satisfied. Does it make you feel like a good person? Does it make you happy?

As a vegetarian, I feel discriminated every day and not only in cafes and restaurants, but also in clothing & shoe stores. However, I do want to applaud brands like Stella McCartney & OlsenHaus for being green and making their choice cruelty free. But for some ever reason, the society have this negativity against vegans and vegetarians, like it's something bad, something objectionable. But all that I want to do is to spread peace and I dream of peaceful coexistence for the human race and the animal world. If you agree with my opinion and this article makes at least a little bit sense to you, please share it so people would think for a second. I've made my choice - what's yours?

Thursday, November 28, 2013

A Fashion Story: Edie Sedgwick

We live in a time where it's easy to take things for granted. We tend to forget things, conversations, memories, happenings, people - we tend to forget everything. It's because most of us were born in a world where you don't have to fight for your freedom, rights (yes, most of us, not all of us, unfortunately) & we can do pretty much whatever we want. But we tend to forget that there were people going against the stream for things to be how they are now. We forget that there were people who took risks & set trends that are timeless even though decades have passed. And I think we should talk about these people more than we do & honor them as we can. And I want to honor the hugely inspirational 60's 'it girl' Edie Sedgwick.

There are a lot of stories about Edie & her tragic lifestyle. But I don't want to talk about the bad stuff. I started reading articles about her and exploring who she was after watching the amazing movie Factory Girl, starring Sienna Miller as Edie. The magic begun when Edie met Andy Warhol at a party after moving to New York city. She starred in his controversial movies and became a muse and a close friend of Andy's. She started modelling and appeared on the pages of Vogue, Edie instantly became a New York socialite, an 'it girl' that young girls would look up to.

Sedgwick's timeless style is still widely talked about and admired. She had an iconic 'More is More' approach to fashion wearing layers of leopard print and fur over striped t-shirts that she wore as dresses. Her trademarks were huge shoulder length chandelier earrings, exaggerated eye makeup and false eyelashes. Her style has been replicated not only by trendsetters like Courtney Love, Agyness Deyn & Emma Watson, but also by leading fashion houses like Marc Jacobs, Burberry, Louis Vuitton & YSL.

However, because of her troubled childhood & badly influential people around her, Edie went off the track. Her modelling carrier was ruined because of her involvement in the drug scene & Edie was constantly in and out of rehabs and mental hospitals. She died at the early age of twenty-eight in 1971. Let's remember her as a style icon of the past century.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Be proud of Agnese Rakovska: The Interview

I want to start off by congratulating all fellow Latvians as it's our 95th independence day. Today should be all about celebrating who we are and being proud of our small nation and it's people. And in a way it's exactly what this article is about. And I really want you all to feel proud of the amazing Agnese Rakovska, who is not only the lead singer for the band Triana Park, but also a trend setter, style icon and a personal favorite of mine. I still remember the chills her music combined with her eccentric style gave me years ago when I first saw her perform. And that amazement has not disappeared, it's only gotten stronger. After this introduction I bet you can tell how honored and excited I was when I found out that she agreed to do an interview for my blog!

Agnese describes her personal style outside Triana Park as very simple 'I like monochromatic colors, although sometimes it all can go ''nuts" and I can look like a rainbow - it really depends on my mood. Last two years I was stuck on the black color and it seemed to me a very reasonable choice, as it fits almost anything,' but now she admits to have fallen for pink stuff, 'hearts, cats and cosmic flashes are what I love at this moment!' Cosmic flashes definitely go with the blog layout. I wanted to find out how influential her personal style is to the band, 'Triana Park is an experiment. After doing all the stuff we have done, I feel like we need to move on. I am not the same person I was 5 years ago.' She admits that Triana Park's fashion is not so much about her individual style but more about the unconscious borders that she needed to set during the period. 'It is more about the journey and the possibilities - expressive images and pixels are only the resonant parts of my inner motivation to express myself.'

I was eager to find out what inspires her both musically and fashion-wise. Agnese tells me that she loves music and fashion that lives outside the time gate. 'If the song seems to be as cool as it was 10 years ago, it is definitely a good song! The same is with fashion - the style though rotates in spiral somehow... But the most important of course are the people who stand behind the curtain and, amm yes - God is above all that I guess.'

I found out that Agnese separates her stage-wear from her daily clothes, 'but somehow I still find a way to jump out of the plate. In total I can say that my styling abilities are very low - I am happy that I have worked with professional people who have helped me with the stage performance stuff, but as long as we speak about my casual clothing way - it is not so brilliant,' her guess is that it's the reason many people don't even recognize her on the street. When I asked her about her current fashion obsession, she admitted to loving pink color, shorts & skirts, but added that she's not keen on wearing jeans and pants at the moment.

Over the years I've noticed Triana Park doing collaborations with fashion designers such as QooQoo and others. Agnese says that collaborations are always cool, 'they give you a new perspective on things. You have to do that if you want to get the best out of something. I believe the person can be good in different areas - fashion, arts, music, but if you want to get the things done right, you have to collaborate with people who know their job very well! We have a lot of cool people in Latvia, I hope to enjoy this process more in the future.' And trust me when I say that I hope she does, I advise you to check out their fashion merch store HERE.

I really wanted to find out her thoughts about the local street fashion in Riga. 'I have had some weird moments in my life when I see some really crazy street fashion from elderly people, and I am so amazed that I just want to pull out my camera and take a pic.' She then adds, 'in total I might say that our street fashion is kinda boring, but of course there are exceptions!'

And last but not least I wanted to find out about what she and the band is currently up to. 'Triana Park is now working on a new material and the studio process seems to take more time if two persons in the band are students. There are a lot of cool sketches and demos, but we are really trying our best to get it all together. We did some recording in Valmiera this summer and we did a really good collaboration with Estonian music producer Sethh, who is a music genius. A lot of things are going to be really new and I just hope that our listeners will love it as much as we do!'

Photos from Triana Park's personal archive.

Warning: Once you listen to this song, it's stuck in your head! Give it a try!

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