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20 March 2014

Valentino's Adventures in the Wilderness

We'd just tumbled on a soft, dewy pile of moss, closed our eyes to get them ready for the unfolding fairytale land - but Oh! we couldn't even rest our senses and sink into the redolent Eden of Adam and Eve; an enraged tiger's roar forced us to wake up and return to the bitter reality.

Well if I had to write a review about Valentino's Spring 2014 Couture Collection for a children's book, or for the opening scene of a low budget adult movie, this would surely do as a first paragraph.
However, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli took 55 operas and came out with 55 "matching" looks, inspirated by them. What a brilliant idea. To be honest, I tend to forget about Valentino, as a brand and most of the times I just recall and automatically associate the name of a photograph I saw of Him, Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani (phew) in a Hungarian Elle magazine, like million years ago, but which I still sharply remember of. It was taken in his house, and it was utterly fabolous. And I remember, as a teenager I imagined being-in-the-fashion-business must look exactly like that. I wasn't so far from the truth, I guess. Anyway, somehow Valentino denotes Vintage for me but in a good sense and I keep thinking of the chic 80s, 90s every time I hear his name. It's time to change this image in my head.

Aside from this collection you can tell that Valentino himself had a passion for nature, especially junge-like plants, vibrant coloured flowers and floral details in furnitures. Also safari and African motifs (here). He represents those millionaires who have The Money to go on those inspiration- and lion-hunting vacations into a civilised jungle, and take many servants and order them to make sure that their latest designer clothes won't get dirty and the Diet Lemonades are always ice cold.

Knowing all this, it shouldn't be such a surprise seeing The Jungle coming alive on the runway and challange all our sensory organs to take this playful, untamed, cartoony, animal printed collection in. The floating dresses as a hot summer breeze and the heavier coats ("not embroidered but built into the fabric of the garments, like a puzzle") as a shield from all the dangerous lions and elephants are perfectly working and moving systematically together like an awakening Henri Rousseau painting (above Fight Between a Tiger and a Buffalo, 1908). This harmony continues in the rest of the collection, vivifying swans and the ancient Egypt as well.

17 March 2014

16 March 2014


Finally fashion designers realised that they don't have to take themselfes so serious and a little bit of silliness is not going to hurt. Karl, just Karl, decided to broaden his personal cult and interfere to our everyday life with a range of mostly black and white emojis which have no actual meaning but still fun to use. When you run out of words, just do-a-Karl. Fab.

06 March 2014

fake Chanel

Taken in October, 2012

02 March 2014

Halfway 2 Heaven

The home of drag queens and divas.
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25 February 2014


Last night I was watching telly and got bored. Shouldn't waste my time, really.

23 February 2014

Hungry for a Big Mac?

Beyond the fact that Jeremy Scott is extremely trashy there's also some potential about this capsule Moschino collection. The impact of the classic Chanel costume gives us the relief to approve the uniform look of a fast food restaurant worker because this little magical touch makes it obvious that we don't work for £6.20 per hour.

I'd pay for the satisfaction to see any aristocrat walking in to a party on the Upper East Side in Shelly Johnson's outfit from the Double R Diner. What age range was this collection made for exactly?


Alright, so here I am again, in a bit of a perplexity. I left blogspot 2 years ago for tumblr, thinking I have no time for blogging, I'm bored of writing or even thinking about others' works and I'll make my own space, reinvent my own creativity. Unfortunately, due to several events, it never happened and probably it is one of the most disappointing things in my life so far. Exept for still being poor.
A lot of things happened in the last 2 years, the most important of all is I finally moved to London in October of 2012 and I am very happy here. About a month ago I moved in with a friend to Crystal Palace who probably inspires me more than anyone ever, so I am very positive about this forthcoming year and I am sure that the next few months are going to be life changing and I will be able to focus on all the things I want to achive in the future as an author and a painter.
I am still not sure about blogging. Shall I continue or shall I completely stop? Is it worth to spend time on it? We'll see. I think I'll try to catch up briefly what happened in the last 2 years but more like a little photo journal not like a diary. I'm planning to post at least 5 entries a week here about both personal episodes of my life and inspirational things like art, fashion, film, music or anything else really what interests me and have an opinion on.
Is anybody still here? Please talk to me girls and boys!

my current space of life

@ crystal palace

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21 July 2012


this blog's moved to here: www.selfkatalog.tumblr.com

(I give tumblr another try...it's possible that I'll be back here in a few months, who knows)