19 Aug 2014

10 thoughts of wisdom you should learn from Coco Chanel

She was born 130 years ago but her intelligence and charisma made it to some timeless wisdom quotes that we all should learn from. Coco Chanel was more than a designer, she was a muse and a model of strength and ambition in her tough times. As she continues to inspire women all around the world, I've decided to put together her most popular quotes on life, fashion and relationships. 

Which one is your favorite?

18 Aug 2014

How I've experienced heaven on earth

Heaven on earth, we tend to use this phrase to describe exotic places, food or experiences that make us extremely happy, and we usually exaggerate it, let's admit.  Yesterday I've got to know a totally different meaning of this words. I saw Lake Moraine back in October and it was spectacular, but the way I've experienced it on our last trip was absolutely out of this world. I remember when I was a child, religious missionaries would give us books with clearly visualized Bible stories. The chapters about heaven would always look extremely colored and unreal. In my puerile perception, it was a place that I would never see in reality. But then, over 20 years I've got to see Lake Moraine, a place I can literally call heaven on earth now. Imagine a turquoise (that needs no Instagram filter) water in the heart of the Canadian Rokies. Imagine how you would climb some rocks and get to see this insane scenery from a bird's view. Imagine how you would get on a boat to the other side of the lake where you would breath peace and silence with a strong smell of wood and with a view of water falling from a sharp top of a mountain. It was exactly like I would imagine heaven, with identical views and serene emotions. 

PS! I wore...who the hack cares about it:)))

14 Aug 2014

Agent Provocateur's new video proves we are fashion hypocrites

Since I've discovered the fashion industry's insides, I've painfully realized how a supposed world of beauty and beatitude is actually judgmental, discriminatory and sometimes racist. It's not a secret you won't get on a catwalk if you are not almost starving before trying, it's not a secret you won't get a chance to become a supermodel just by working hard, it's not a secret that fashion brands don't give a damn on your almost utopian ideas of respect for a woman's body as long as they need to sell their products. And sex sells. It always did. Some might find it offensive and insulting, some might even like it on the contrary. 

Yet what I noticed is that all the outrage regarding sexism in fashion advertising is almost always related to women. We all have something to say when a woman's body is used as a sexual object, but we are silent in hypocrisy when this happens to a man. We are stupefied when we see a Tom Ford ad featuring a woman's naked body and a fragrance, however we absolutely love singing loud Beyonce's famous "Who run the world? Girls...". A Chanel campaign featuring a man beating the shadow of a woman might cause some serious issues in the media, while an image of a man on a leash is more likely to be perceived as an innocent fetish. 

"Aren't we just a bunch of fashion hypocrites?" I've asked myself when I first saw Agent Provocateur's latest video directed by no one else but Penelope Cruz. The story line features a thirsty crawling man in a desert and a bunch of sexually provocative women trying to seduce him with lascivious dance moves. As he tries to get closer to them craving for rescue, one of the dancers gets a bottle of water and splits it on her naked body, literally enforcing the poor guy to lick it. 

By far, this is one of the most repulsive and disgusting moments I've seen in a fashion ad campaign. Yet, the worst part is about the ignorant reactions it caused.  People liked it and found it really cool and sexy. People didn't find anything wrong about abusing, emasculating and humiliating a man. 

Let's try a simple exercise of roles exchange. Imagine for a second an ad campaign in which a woman is kept on a leash by a man... Imagine how women around the world would react if Jay Z would proudly sing "Who run the world? Boys (or men)"...Imagine how a video ad would look like when a bunch of sexy athletes would humiliate a thirsty, dying woman in a desert... Would we react the same? I bet no. Therefore, women who are yelling about their rights while they are not properly perceiving  sexism should reconsider their options next time they want to make a point against misogyny. 

5 Aug 2014

You can now buy Victoria Beckham's wardrobe. Literally.

Victoria Beckham pulls more than 600 iconic pieces from her wardrobe, that will be sold during a special auction held in collaboration with Outnet.com. The luxury online outlet has partnered with the designer for supporting Mothers2mothers cause. 

“In February this year I visited South Africa for a project that I was working on with Anna Wintour. It was on that trip that I met Mitch Besser, founder of mothers2mothers, and the Mentor Mothers, who are the most remarkable women I have ever met.
I came back from South Africa and thought, what can I do to help? I started going through my closet and found so many great pieces that I’ve worn and thought, maybe I can raise money by auctioning these off. Working with THE OUTNET has been so exciting for me - I just want to do whatever I can do.” says the fashion icons. 

Everything you have to do is register online, wait for August 20th and get your savings ready for some Alexander Mc Queen and Antonio Berardi pieces. 

Here is a throwback at Victoria's style evolution:

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