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19
Feb
10

Moving the blog

Sorry for no updates the last week. My internet connection has been my biggest enemy the past week, but I think I got it all figured out now.

Anyway, Im moving this blog. Due to complaints from a Norwegian shop with the same name, saying there is a chance of confusion between their store and my blog, I decided not to cause trouble and move this blog. Although I must say the likelihood of confusion in this case is zero.

Anyway, here is the new blog Neo-Culture

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29
Jan
10

moving

Tomorrow is moving day! Heading back home to Gothenburg.

Therefore updates have been scarce and will continue to be over the weekend.

No weekend movie tip, but you should seriously consider watching Love Exposure which is in my opinion one of the best movies last year, the year before, and probably for years to come =)

09
Jan
10

Bruno Pieters x Calming Park

Paris stores often smell very good. Not without reason. All the nicer store uses either airspray or scented candles. Best scent had the Maria Luisa store so of course I had to ask what they were using.

A fairly new colab between bruno pieters and Calming Park. They are made of organic palm wax and paraffin with a 12% perfume concentration. It was released as a limited edition in November 2009.

You will find them in selected retailer shops for Bruno Pieters or Calming Park, like 10 Como Corso or Le Bon Marché

09
Jan
10

New parfume

One of my favourite eau de toilettes is Narciso Rodriguez for him. Passing by Schipol on my way back to sweden I noticed they were selling Narciso Rodriguez for him limited edition eau de parfume. I couldnt resist getting it and its just as good as the classic one, maybe even better actually.

Its a new take on musc mixed with some iris and red berries.

Go have a sniff at it if you spot it!

05
Jan
10

Paris!

Finally arrived in Paris!

I´ve Been a bit slow on the updates, cause of illness.

Tonight we arrived in Paris. We´re staying next to Marais at a small boutique hotel which is nice. Its small but cute. Tonight is going to be pretty slow just going out for something to eat. Im still sick but feeling much better, although tomorrow will be a very busy day as we head out for the soldes. I’ve got it all worked out, 26 stores in 2 days! No biggie haha. Only my flu and tired gf will slow me down =)

More updates and pictures later tonight or early morning tomorrow!

03
Jan
10

Wanted labels: Rick Owens

Next label I want to shine some light on is the American designer Rick Owens.

Rick Owens is perhaps the designer among the wanted labels that received the most attention in mainstream fashion media lately. Mostly because of his amazing leather jackets which have been seen on the Hollywood celebs. It is also a brand that I believe, often serves as an introduction to this type of avant garde fashion. Rick Owens designs are often interesting, but personally Im not a big fan….any more. I still crave for a leather jacket and perhaps a pair of his signature or combat boots. Also his basics (tanks and t-shirts) are all top class and excellent for layering, but his silhouette is somewhat difficult to pull off….it certainly requires a lot of its wearer.

“Born and raised in Porterville, California, Owens studied fine arts at Otis/Parsons (now known as Otis College of Art and Design) in Los Angeles for two years before a pattern-making class led him to drop out and work for some local companies that produced sportswear and inexpensive imitations of designer clothing. His own label, begun in 1994 found a following, selling exclusively to Charles Gallay, a pioneering Los Angeles retailer who kept Owens in business for several years. In 2001, he signed with Italian sales agent Eo Bocci Associati for world wide distribution, and his production moved to Italy.”

“He began to receive attention when an image of Kate Moss shot by Corrianne Day and styled by Panos Yiapanis appeared in Vogue Paris, featuring one of Owens’ fitted distressed leather Jackets. He showed his first runway collection in September 2002 during New York Fashion Week with the support of American Vogue and Anna Wintour, who also featured him and his muse Kembra Pfaler in a spread shot by Annie Leibovitz. The following season Owens launched his menswear collection, showing it alongside his womenswear in his Spring Summer 2003 runway show. After his second runway show in New York Owens made the decision to move the studio from Los Angeles to Paris and show during the Paris collections. He also began his longstanding collaboration with the stylist, Panos Yiapanis, who has been working with Owens on all his catwalk shows to date. He marked the anniversary of his 10th season with a launch of a retrospective book named ‘L’ai – Je Bien Descendue’.”

“In 2007 he was awarded a Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award. In 2002, he won the Council of Fashion Designers of America Perry Ellis Emerging Talent Award. His look has been described as “glamour-meets-grunge”, but Owens himself says “I try to make clothes the way Lou Reed does music, with minimal chord changes, and direct. It is sweet but kind of creepy. It’s about giving everything I make a worn, softened feeling. It’s about an elegance being tinged with a bit of the barbaric, the sloppiness of something dragging and the luxury of not caring. At Revillon, I felt it isn’t about displaying one’s junk, but rather giving the woman a selfish pleasure. It is about using sable as the lining under a very humble jacket, the luxury is all hers.”

“The opening of his first shop in the Palais Royal, in Paris, also debuted his furniture range as well as his various clothing lines from the younger and more affordable Lillies and the denim range named DRKSHDW to the very exclusive Fur collection Palais Royal. His second store in New York’s Tribeca opened in the Summer of 2008 with plans of further expansion.

Where do you buy Rick Owens?

Sweden:

JUS

Fever (Drkshdw)

Europe:

Oki-ni

Antonioli

Browns

Luisaviaroma

The Corner

America:

Komakino

MixMix

The Archive

Ssense (Drkshdw)

Reborn (Drkshdw)

02
Jan
10

Planning for Paris trip

Since we arrive on the evening of the 5th of Jan and leave at noon on the 8th, we have to be pretty well prepared for what to do and see in Paris. I wish I had more time so I could go see all the museums etc.

Besides the Eiffeltower, palais du louvre and the triumphal arch, here are the spots Im planning to pay a visit.

Palais de tokyo, is a contemporary art museum.

“The idea is to have no permanent collections, but to let experimental artists have somewhere in central Paris to express themselves, hence an opening full of “installation” and “interactive” art.”

L’eclaireur, is supposed to be the avant garde heaven carrying brands like Poell, m.a+ etc. In total there are five stores in Paris. I hope to go to the one on rue herold and maybe the one in marais

Shimji, is a small store in marais carrying different japanese labels.

Damir Doma, is the only store in the world of the croatian designer. One of my favourite designers. A visit here is definitely on my to-do-list.

Rick Owens, palais royale. Also a must. Maybe not one of my favourite designers anymore. But his designs are always interesting.

Comme des Garçons Black, is the brand’s new “Guerilla” store concept with prices slashed compared to the mainline.

Colette, is the super hip mother of concept stores. Limited editions of everything!

Bless, is a german label. Rumours says the shop is supposed to be quite cool.

Lafayette, is not on my list but my gf’s so I have a feeling its unavoidable.

If you have any specific recommendations, don’t hesitate to share your expertise =)




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