Archives for category: Personal Style

Lou Reed died yesterday at the age of 71. He was the lead singer of the Velvet Underground – a band who was managed by Andy Warhol – and had a long career as a solo artist with a fan base that included David Bowie, Mick Jagger and Patti Smith (not to mention that he was married to performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson). He was also a true pioneer who wrote lyrics that dealt with homosexuality and drug addiction at a time when these subjects were very much taboo. He also had an iconic, signature style that captured his dark, rebellious side.

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1970s
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1970s
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1975
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2013 cover of The Times featuring a portrait from 1975.
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Hedi Slimane for V magazine, 2013.
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1972 album Transformer, shot by Mick Rock.
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With Andy Warhol at a release party for Rock and Roll Heart. New York, 1976.
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With David Bowie and Iggy Pop. London, 1972.
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With Mick Jagger and David Bowie after Bowie’s last performance as Ziggy Stardust. London, 1973.
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©Transformerby Lou Reed and Mick Rock.

For my first personal style post in ages I chose an outfit I actually wore quite a while back: a crisp white shirt with a bright orange swingy skirt and cobalt blue sandals.
I wish I could still run around like that! Unfortunately, fall is not approaching; it has already come – to stay. So no more open-toed shoes, short-sleeved blouses and tights-less anything. Oh well, at least I don’t have to keep up with immaculate pedicures and perfectly shaved legs for the next couple of months.

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Last week, I was asked by the people of the Frankfurt Book Fair (who happens to be the world’s largest) to take pictures of stylish visitors and exhibitors for their lookblog tumblr. Great! I thought. But wait a minute… Are there even stylish people at a book fair? It’s not NYFW, after all, where you stumble over fashionistas, whether you like it or not. And indeed, it wasn’t easy to find the handful of people who weren’t clad in shapeless jeans, t-shirts and “reasonable” shoes. But I did find some beautiful women and men with a great sense of personal style, after all. So, this is what I have been up to in the last couple of days. You can find all pictures here, and below some of my personal favorites.

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That is, wild animals in the Central Park Zoo (which, by the way, is small, but very beautiful) and high fashion on Madison Avenue (where, indeed, I did nothing but window shopping).IMG_4863IMG_4867IMG_4868IMG_4873IMG_4894IMG_4903IMG_4920IMG_4923IMG_4942IMG_4908IMG_4922IMG_4938

So here I am, distributing flyers with my dear friend Juan for the new business we are setting up. What business, you want to know? Oh, thank you for asking! Well, we are about to start Fashiondot, a shopping assistant and fashion advice company. Right now, we’re getting everything prepared and our website is still in the making (although you can already check out the “Coming soon” version here: fashiondot.de), so we are not quite ready yet. But there was a big street festival last weekend here in Frankfurt, and so we thought, oh, what the heck, let’s print some flyers to start spreading the word! And so we did. As you can see, the party took place in the city’s red light district. It was a lot of fun! And of course I’ll keep you posted about everything Fashiondot-related and let you know when we’ll be ready-ready!DSC_4376DSC_4464
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First, let’s just get it out of the way and state the obvious: These shoes aren’t the best choice for this outfit. I really don’t remember what I was thinking. Perhaps I just wanted to wear them no matter what – they are gorgeous, after all. The jacket, on the other hand, is a really old wardrobe staple of mine. I bought it at H&M’s men’s department many years ago; sometimes, I almost forget that I own it, until it suddenly comes back from the depths of my closet to be my daily companion again. I really like its military feel and how it gives a relaxed vibe to anything you wear. Last, but not least, the jumpsuit… Well, what is there to say about it! It’s a jumpsuit! I don’t think that there is a jumpsuit out there I wouldn’t love – and wouldn’t mind owning, for that matter. Oh, and nope, I don’t usually hang out in industrial areas, I just thought the blue metal thingy would make for a nice background for the blue jumpsuit!DSC_2450DSC_2504DSC_2454DSC_2516DSC_2584DSC_2569DSC_2493DSC_2591Shoes: Chloé, jumpsuit: Zara, jacket: vintage H&M, belt: Maison Martin Margiela for H&M, bracelets: Marni for H&M

Things I like about summer:

  • Wearing my summer clothes
  • Not wearing socks
  • Seeing my pedicure
  • Eating watermelon
  • Sleeping with the windows open
  • Lying in the shadow with loads of fashion magazines around me
  • Long days

Things I don’t like about summer:

  • The sun burning on my skin
  • Having to shave every day
  • Seeing my pedicure
  • Sweat staining my clothes
  • Having to eat ice-cream (cause if you don’t, apparently, you’re not a person)
  • Diet coke getting warm after 5 minutes
  • Cracked heels

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Dress, shoes: Zara, sunglasses: Evoke, necklaces: Topshop, rings: COS, Topshop, H&M

A couple of days ago, I threw on some shirt and trousers without much thinking, really, to meet with a girlfriend. When she saw me, she got all excited and exclaimed: “Oh, so this is your Michael Jackson-inspired outfit!” Well, first of all, I don’t recall owning a Michael Jackson-inspired outfit. And second, when I think about Michael Jackson and his wardrobe, something in the line of these precious things comes to mind:

The iconic red Thriller jacket.michael_jackson_red_jacket_1
The black leather jacket worn on the cover of Bad.Michael+Jackson+BAD
Or even this thing – whatever this is – a gold foil leotard?Jacko_Gold
Well, this is what I was actually wearing:
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So I really don’t know what she was talking about. But of course I was, like: “Yep, sure, that’s totally my Jacko outfit!” When I got home, I went right to my laptop to find out what my friend had in mind; and look what I found:
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Trousers: Zara; shirt, shoes, necklace: H&M; rings: COS; watch: Casio

So, after all this fancy Haute Couture extravaganza, I thought it was about time for some outfit post. Really, just to remind me that, well, yeah, I don’t live in a world where I can run around in some bedazzled, embroidered and crystal-embellished silk and tulle confection all the time. *sad face*
About the outfit: The top I’m wearing is pretty old, it’s from the Swiss label Laboratoire. The shorts are basic H&M and the sandals are a Melissa rip-off I bought for, like, 3 dollars from a street vendor during my last holidays in Rio de Janeiro. But the best thing about this outfit is that it was warm enough to  wear it!
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Top: Laboratoire, shoes: from a street vendor in Rio de Janeiro, shorts: H&M, sunglasses: Evoke

Don’t I look like a milkmaid in this apron dress? I put a white shirt under it to compensate for its sweetness. Lately, I have been wearing a lot of white shirts, I think that they always give any outfit a really fresh, crisp and at the same time strict look.
I actually rarely wear skirts or dresses, but decided to change that! I just bought a white, summery dress and my very first pencil skirt. I’ll show them in one of my next Personal Style posts.ImageImageImageImageImageImage
dress: Twenty8Twelve, blouse: COS, shoes: Melissa