Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend the Designers for Tomorrow event at Berlin Fashion Week. The project, which reached its tenth edition this year, encourages and supports young talents in the fashion industry. The winner receives a one-year sponsorship program that launches their career in the business. This year’s host, role model, and advisor was Alber Elbaz of Lanvin. The five finalists were Edda Gimnes, Ancuta Sarca (whom you might remember from last year’s Gala UAD and from this interview), David Kälbe, Marc Morris Mok and Elisa Key. Check out the slideshow below for a few snaps from the show, and the official pictures from the runway here.
Oh. My. God. I freaked out when I discovered Putri Febriana last evening. Have you seen her work? The Indonesian graphic designer/illustrator makes the most wonderful, detailed, colorful, joyful illustrations I’ve seen in a while. Just look at those ice cream girls by the ice cream truck! All the stylish ones on the beach! The couple in front of Ladurée! The umbrellas on that Shibuya-like crossing! If you love all of these, you’ll be happy to hear she also sells them as silk scarves (so impressively chic!) or other merchandise on Society6. I’m dying for one of those scarves!
I grew up eating berry mousse on a regular (summer) basis. For those of you not familiar with the concept, it’s berries mixed with an equal amount of sugar and some egg white. It tastes absolutely delicious, but just imagine how much sugar goes into that 1 to 1 proportion! It’s insane. This recipe is nothing like that. Because there’s zero sugar. No dairy, no eggs, no gluten etc. And not only does it taste just as good, but it’s also ICE CREAM. And being ice cream is one of the best things one can be.
I’ve tried making banana-based ice cream before, and it’s a treat. Mix in some cacao powder and you’ve got chocolate ice cream. Throw in walnuts and – you got it! – walnut ice cream. But this raspberry version is my absolute favorite. Bananas are naturally sweet, so there’s no need to add anything else. Raspberries are just a little sour, which makes the combination easy on the taste buds. Oops, I just gave away all of the ingredients…
- 1 ripe banana
- 2 handfuls raspberry
- Cut the banana in slices. Wash the raspberries and remove greens. Freeze fruit for 3-4 hours.
- Add the frozen banana in a food processor and mix until it becomes creamy, scraping off the walls as necessary.
- Add the raspberries and continue mixing until the fruits blend together perfectly and have a soft serve consistency.
- Serve immediately.
- This recipe makes 2 small portions. Use the same proportions to make more ice cream at once, depending on the size of your food processor.
We’ve had some extreme heat the past couple of days, but you know what? I’m not even complaining. After such a long and grey winter, I’m happy with every bit of summer I can get. Be warned: if you ever visit Berlin, it should be in summer. That’s when the city reaches its full potential of events, picnics, flowers, lakes, produce, and everything else that makes for an easy living. These photos are just partial evidence.
Since we talked about flamingos recently, I thought I’d go on a treasure hunt on ever-inspiring Etsy and see what’s up. And I’ll tell you what: flamingos are so popular. Especially with weddings and bachelorette parties! This post is a little more universal than that, cause anyone with a love of pink is gonna love these handmade pieces. Click on each one to go to the respective shops.
Kling dress + Maguba sandals + flea market pin
If you’re following me on Instagram, you might have seen this spot before. The story is that I’ve passed by this apartment building all winter long while going to work. I liked it, but never stopped to take a picture, because it looked just a little too empty. And then summer came. The turquoise window frames were suddenly perfectly complemented by bushes of perfect pink hydrangeas. It’s impressive how different the same place can look in various seasons! And I have to say, I do love the German way of gardening and landscape design.
Moving on to my outfit, I’ve been waiting a long time to wear this dress! I got it in winter on sale (and it came in a pizza box, seriously?), and I haven’t found the right way to layer it, so I simply kept it in my closet, waiting for warmer times. I just love the neckline, the flowy skirt, and the atypical hot color. The sandals are another item I’ve been keeping in my closet for a long time, due to weather reasons. They’re my first pair of Swedish clogs, from Maguba. I wanted some so badly, and it feels rather nice to finally be able to walk on wooden soles!
I never thought I’d post a Thom Browne collection on this here blog (or even a resort one for that matter). And yet here we are. The resort collection is a nod to mid-century Americana, and it’s unlike anything the designer has shown before. I mean, look at those bags, shaped like adorable animals and toys! Look at those mismatched socks. And the anchor-shaped heels on those pumps or the tricolor ribbon bows on the brogues..? Not to mention the pastels! That group shot with the dachshund bags could just as well be the poster to Wes Anderson’s next film.
I think street style as a phenomenon is starting to fade. I noticed I’m collecting way less street shots on my Pinterest board and it’s harder for me to get excited about this or that look when it feels like I’ve already seen everything. But that might also just be a phase, what do you think? I still love pairing fashion with random things in a visually pleasant manner, and this is the latest installment. I’ve made another comparison with (pre-war) travel posters a while ago, but there’s just so many inspiring designs out there, I had to repeat the theme.
Have you noticed that flamingos are everywhere lately? I don’t remember a bird being so popular since owls had their big hit. I blame it on the mid-century lawn flamingos and the revival of everything related to the era, but also on their beautiful, irresistible color. I tried to fight the trend, but I soon caved in. I needed some flamingos in my home, so I made them with really few supplies and so easily. I made ten (although, after a while, it was hard to stop making them) and hung them by the window in a garland. Want to try for yourself?
What you need:
- pink yarn
- pink pipe cleaner
Start by cutting two cardboard circles of the same size. Then cut out a smaller circle inside each one, to create a donut shape.
Cut a very long piece of yarn. Put the cardboard circles together and wrap them in yarn, until fully covered.
Next, slide the scissors between the circles and start cutting the yarn all around the edge.
Separate the two circles slightly, and tightly knot a piece of yarn at the middle, leaving the ends long, to act as legs. This is a good time to cut the pipe cleaner to the size you want the flamingo neck to be. Slide a piece of pipe cleaner in the hole inside the pompom.
Remove the cardboard circles carefully and trim the pompom if necessary. Model the neck of the flamingo with your hands and you’re done!
Make as many of these as you need for a party garland, or use a single one to top a pretty gift. And I’m sure there are other uses I haven’t yet thought of!
Cliche? Yes. Necessary summer after summer? Also a yes. You can’t miss nautical vibes this time of the year, no matter how hard you try. The easiest thing is to stop trying and give in to the temptation. Just, you know, close your eyes and imagine you’re on a beach. But don’t close them just yet, cause the best is yet to come!
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