The Golden Age of Cell Phones

There was a time, not long ago, when mobile phone designers were set to                                      “Inspire Imagination”, as the motto of my favourite cell phone stated. 5586886698_2bd9e9b2b8_o.pngAt the end of 2005 Nokia announced the release of one of the most fashionable phone collections ever, Nokia L’amour, with an impressive flash  designed webpage full of  artworks and whimsical wonder and the most beautiful Tv Ad to this date. (only my last.fm account knows how many times I’ve listened to Dj Sayem’s World of Flowers)

It was love alright. Valentine’s Day 2006, the official release date got me what I call the most beautiful phone ever, cell that I still use in 2017, Nokia 7370.nokia7370.jpgMy second favourite phone was a Limited Edition, Fashion phone meets smart phone in one of the most organic, yet unusual shapes for a phone, the leaf-like Nokia 7600. Continue reading

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12 Favorite Looks from Gucci Men’s Pre Fall 2017 Awesomeness Collection

Since I was a child I have not been this excited about a brand.

My heart beats faster, my mouth won’t close

and my paranoiac side wonders if  Alessandro Michele is  stealing his ideas

from my dreams.15571051_10211575302956763_897733254_n

I think the cultural messages in each embroidery, sequin, the historical references

all mixed up together, multicultural, multi-patterned, this is how I personally see the future of Fashion. 15722811_10211575303436775_1431690667_n

Some may argue that the buzz around him will pass, but I think is rather fascinating to be able not to take out anything and just by adding, and adding, and adding, to metamorphose your aesthetic into something completely new, yet familiar.15682825_10211575304276796_655430101_n15722562_10211575304756808_267506856_n

This also demonstrates respect for your client and a strong point of view.

I don’t think is cool anymore to completely change your brand’s direction from a collection to another.

I think style is something you are born with and  develop for the rest of your life.

It is something personal and it should reflect just that.

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Elle Woods: Feminist Icon or The Big Pink F U to people discriminating against smart, beautiful girls who like shopping. Other heroes included.

I am thinking of something and you should only see it as a person’s opinion from a clothing perspective and education, as I do not claim I have enough studies to form relevant opinions on the matter of Feminism, except general history knowledge and infinite support towards equality and inclusion.

That being said, I think Elle Woods is an Iconic Feminist Face of the 2000s .tumblr_mt7z4u0sey1rqfhi2o1_500 Continue reading

What Would Claire wear? The Breakfast Club

“We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all”200I was 13 the first time I saw  The Breakfast Club  and not very excited to watch an old movie.

At that time I was fascinated by silent comedy movies, some Technicolor oldies, but had no real interest in  recent history.

It was during a sleepover at a friend’s house and she suggested we watch this movie.

Our friendship was an unlikely one, as I was more of the Princess Type meets The Criminal and she was more like  The Basket Case meets The Brain.tumblr_n1f9lay2p41rv7cdvo2_500This movie taught me the most important social rule ever:

“You see us as you want to see us—in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain…and an athlete…and a basket case…a princess…and a criminal. Does that answer your question?”

I think is very easy, especially for teenagers, to reject people that are different from them. Everything is so extreme at that age; If you listen to punk, you need to wear this and that, and you also need to be part of a punk group, so that you would be allowed to dress in that way and many, many, idiotic rules (teenagers are assholes).tumblr_ma8v474bmu1qg39ewo1_500We are not that blend, one-sided people, but it seems that those who are, still carry this type of prejudice in their adulthood, judging and discriminating people that are not like them.

For those people, from a Punk listening Princess, F you and…originalLet’s get to some serious stuff : What would Claire wear? 

I am always imagining my favorite characters and icons in whatever new stuff comes down the runway.  

I wanted to create a more current look for Claire, and also a version that is even closer to my aesthetic, so here it goes:

  1. H&M angora sweater :

hm_angora2. H&M Glossy Skirt:hm_patent_skirt3. Miu Miu SS 2014 Mary Jane embellished shoes ( worn with some girly ankle socks) :

miumiu4. Tiffany’s Pearls and Heart Choker:return-to-tiffanypearl-bracelet-26658578_933736_ed5. Vivienne Westwood satchel :4a8f10f55cf501caed91b690c3dab5f6_best6. Vintage Levi’s Denim Jacket ( from her new “criminal” boyfriend ) :levis_denim_jacketrs_500x260-150213105657-giphy_1giphyHave a fun weekend and if you haven’t seen The Breakfast Club yet, you better get to it.

And don’t you forget we’re all pretty bizarre. XOXOgiphy1

A walk with 1st year students

edit_1intro.jpgA few weeks ago I was invited to take part in a beautiful project, inspired by the streets of Bucharest.

First year Fashion Students from UNARTE, coordinated by Proffessor Ioana Avram, created ready-to-wear garments, garments that later would be selected by invited industry people, experiment that would determine the virality and desirability of the items, and also the many ways in which they can be worn.

Each guest had to select 3 items;

Propose a styling for each piece;

Select the desired location for each outfit.edit1_coverThis Project, Crosswalk Bucharest,  is a fun, social way, in which new students can interact and learn from people that are already working in Fashion.

I was excited about the garments I’ve picked, I think we have strong  young voices in Fashion, and this kind of homework can only benefit the students, as they come into contact with the local industry.

I also had a little fun with the photos, as you can see in my edited selection below:edit31.Nicole Halmagyi jumpsuit & Cami Donciu handbag.edit22.Andreea Daniela vest.edit4a3. Andrei Dudau pants.edit5edit1Crosswalk BucharestRazvan Firea
Project coordonator: Lect. Univ. Dr. Ioana Sanda Avram

Stock Photo: Baciu Raluca
Styling: Răzvan Firea
Make-up: Alexandra Vîrvan, Karina Caraghiulea
Hair: Carla Andreea, Ana Tvardochlib
Models: Ana Capsali, Raluca Irena , Eli Vanghelici

 

Invisible

13652302_10210048139698636_1688439597_nI am not quitting.

I am not letting go.

I am not going to abandon my dreams, my beliefs, and not even my hobbies.

I am still here.

I am still creating.

I am still dressing quirky.

I am still fighting for my rights and the rights of others.

I am still buying shoes.

I am still dreaming of a better world.

I am still frightened at the thought It might never come.

I am still binge-watching HIMYM.

I am still trying to believe.

I am still daydreaming of a John Lennon Utopia.

I believe in you. We have to believe in each other.

Don’t let people become invisible.

Open your eyes.

Being Invisible enables Discrimination.

Discrimination bathes in Hate.

Hate is the child of Ignorence and Fear.

Hate is the end of Civilisation.

I am still here.

I am not quitting.

#BEBRAVE #WERENOTINVISIBLE

 

 

 

Fakebook Generation

When I was 18 I almost gave my dad a heart attack.

It was the first chance I had to vote and I skipped it. I argumented that I didn’t have any “good choice”, which I now realize that was just plain stupid of me.

Born in Romania, I am part of the first generation raised exclusivelly in a democratic political system, and like most of them I just thought that all my rights are a given, more than often forgetting how hard people fought for those rights.

My dad said ” Very well my son, that’s soo smart of you. It’s fine that stupid people fought and died for your rights so you can just take a piss on that.”

I was ashamed. It was the first time I could vote, and the last time I didn’t.

You see, I liked to think that my generation is more involved and aware.

We go to protests, we speak our minds, we fight for our dreams and all that jazz

Unfortunately, I am reminded more often than I would like to, that most of those reactions are just “fashionable” for most people. 

It’s fashionable to speak out (on social media);

It’s fashionable to fight for human rights (on social media);

It’s fashionable to express discontent when we’re being marginalised (on social media);

It’s fashionable to show emotions and support for people in need (on social media);

It’s fashionable to be charitable (on social media);

Who cares what you think about laws, politicians, natural disasters, if you just post about it?! If you don’t vote, you can’t complain about the people elected, if you don’t help someone in need, you can’t be judgemntal about other people not helping. If you don’t give to charity, you can’t judge people based on how much money they spend.

I’ve always seen myself as an Oscar Wilde book, deeply superficial.

I am capable of deep tought and introspection. I enjoy Art, History and Anthropology, and I actually like reading.

But in the same time you will see me spending 8 hours on guccci.com, talk for days about some pair of shoes or start long argumentative discutions reasoning talking a few days more about the same shoes, or rewatching for the third time some cheesy sitcom.

I am all that, but I am aware.

I like dreaming and sometimes I live in my own world.

But when things get real, I have to get real also.

We think that we deserve our rights, but we must not forget that we have them because someone fought for them.

It’s disappointing to see how people fight the fight only on social media. How courage is something everybody has behind a screen, how we defend ourselves and others only on a wall, but stay completely silent when violence and injustice happens in front of us.

Stop being fake, and just BE the person you so relentlessly work to APPEAR to be.

After all, our souls have to look good too.

Yours truly,

A citizen of the world

 

Photo Credit: Essential Homme April May 2016