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Links a la Mode - this week`s 20 best blog posts voted by the Independent Fashion Bloggers

Video: "To Lee, with Love, Nick" - Tribute to Alexander McQueen

    © by SHOWstudio. Direction: Nick Knight. Music: Björk. Styling: Edward Enninful

    Rest in peace, Alexander. We miss you.

Shock! Carine Roitfeld resigns from Vogue paris!


    Pais Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld has resigned after ten years of service. She will leave the magazine at the end of January.

    "It is impossible to overstate Carine's powerful contribution to Vogue and to the fields of fashion and magazine publishing. Under her direction, Vogue Paris received record levels of circulation, advertising and editorial success," said Jonathan Newhouse, ceo of Condé Nast International. "Vogue Paris has established itself as one of the most iconic magazines in the world, with huge influence in the field of fashion and photography."

    Roitfeld has decided to concentrate on personal projects.

    "Carine herself has become widely known as a beacon of style, fulfilling the role with charm and graciousness. She has become a giant in her profession," Newhouse said. "Carine will be deeply missed. I am extremely grateful to her for what she has achieved."

    Roitfeld's replacement will be announced in the coming weeks.


    I don`t get it! What "personal project" could be better than being the editor of french Vogue!?! What a loss for Vogue!

Reprieve necklace designed by Vivienne Westwood


    A necklace designed by Vivienne Westwood specially for Reprieve is now on sale, just in time for Christmas, with all proceeds going to their vital work for prisoners on death rows and in Guantánamo Bay.

    Reprieve has once again joined forces with world-renowned fashion-designer Vivienne Westwood. Supermodel and Reprieve volunteer Jacquetta Wheeler collaborated in the design of the stunning necklace, engraved with the word ‘Reprieve’ and shaped like a heart, because, as Vivienne puts it, “it could happen to you”. All proceeds will go directly to Reprieve’s work for victims of torture, rendition and unlawful detention, and for British and European nationals facing the death penalty.

    Two and a half years ago, Reprieve teamed up with Vivienne Westwood and Agent Provocateur for the ‘Fair Trial My Arse’ campaign. Underwear designed by Agent Provocateur in a fetching shade of ‘Guantánamo orange’ appeared in AP stores on both sides of the Atlantic and was sported by models at Vivienne Westwood’s London Fashion Week show in February 2008.

    This time, the necklace came in a variety of sizes and colours for the catwalk show at London Fashion Week in September, with Jacquetta herself wearing a large chunky version in copper and red. The necklace currently on sale to the public is smaller in size and comes in an oxidised silver finish. There is also a matching clutch pin. The necklace is priced at £105 and the pin at £35, and both are available from

    This project will not only raise awareness of their work, but also the essential funds required to continue it. The profits from every necklace sold will go towards their frontline work assisting prisoners denied justice around the world, from death row to Guantánamo Bay.

    Do you think fashion needs to show more concern for social and political matters?

Exhibition: "Berlin bei Nacht" by Ellen von Unwerth


    Ellen von Unwerth has been on the list of photographers, that Düsseldorf`s art museum number one, Forum NRW, would love to exhibit for a long time. Sponsor Schwarzkopf could win her to produce an exclusive range of photos for them.


    The former model Ellen von Unwerth became one of the outstanding photographers of our time and shows looks from a unique perspective.


    Berlin calling - a new kind of inspiration is born when streetart meets glamour.

    The pictures were shot from september until december 2010 in Berlin`s Cult-Club Tresor.


    They feature topmodels Lydia Hearst, Coco Rocha, Eliza Cummings, Karolin Wolter as well as Burlesque dancers and underground artists.


    The looks range from bondage, boyfriend to glamour and are a hommage to international fashion trends, style icons and street styles.


    "My vision during the realisation of these looks was, to create pictures, that are authentic, glamorous and progressive." sais Ellen von Unwerth.


    The looks were styled by Martina Riebeck, who picked Balenciaga, Dolce & Gabbana and other contemporary pieces of fashion. Hairstyling was done by Armin Morbach of Schwarzkopf.


    The result of this unique collaboration is an exhibition of contemporary, wild, glamorous and sexy pictures of Berlin`s excessive nightlife.

    ellen-berlin999Photographer Ellen von Unwerth

    Visit "Berlin bei Nacht" at Forum NRW, Düsseldorf from december 15th 2010 until february 13th 2011.

    Picture sources: my own pictures, picture 10: Ellen von Unwerth für Schwarzkopf

    How do you like the pictures? What do think about art being produced for a museum exclusively?

Christmas Giveaway: win a Cheap Monday Shirt or a Monki Scarf -EXPIRED -


    Cheap Monday - Carolina Skull Tee (black, size S)


    Monki - Rianna Scarf (gray)

    There will be two winners, one wins the Monki scarf, another the Cheap Monday shirt.

    Everybody who follows Boheme Noir on either Twitter or Facebook or Blogspot (your choice) can enter (only one entry per person).

    Comment to win:

    Name: - your first name-

    I follow on: - post Twitter or Facebook or Blogspot here -

    E-Mail address: - your e-mail here -

    Giveaway Terms

    - Deadline is december 20th 2010, midnight, central european time.

    - The winners will be drawn by random number generator (your number is your posting`s number. If you`re the third person to comment you are number 3 and so on.) Screenshots of the drawn numbers and the winner`s number are published in this post on december 21st. I will contact the winners by e-mail on december 20th for the shipping address. Worldwide shipping of the items is payed by Boheme Noir.


    Winner of the Cheap Monday Shirt is number 13, Elisabetta.

    Winner of the Monki Scarf is number 9, Kirstin.

Store Art

    I`d like to introduce you to two amazing Design Stores

    ... Cheap Monday in Copenhagen ...


    The Store was opened in late November 2009. It is situated on Kronprinsensgade 7 and has an area of 400 sqm. The store sells, in addition to complete Cheap Monday collections, limited editions of specially designed garments. The interior is designed by the Swedish Architect and Design Firm uglycute and is characterized by their style of using raw and simple materials.


    It was voted to be the best boutique in Copenhagen 2010.


    For more information on other store locations and Cheap Monday fashion lines visit

    ... Monki in Hamburg ...


    The Store was opened in late November 2009. It is situated on Mönckebergstrasse 22.


    It`s design concept is "The City of Oil and Steel".


    For more information on other store locations and Monki fashion lines visit

Video: Givenchy Haute Couture F/W 10/11

    Dreams in white, gold and nude. Opulent details, lace, fringes and embroidery make these dresses look like a winter fairy-tale.

Burberry Brit Store Opening in Milan


    Burberry Brit has opened it`s first store in Europe. The 250 square metre store opened on Corso Venezia 9, Milan on november 27th. The opening-hours are monday to sunday 10.30AM - 7.30PM.

    The Store reflects a new store design concept developed by Burberry Chief Creative Officer Christopher Bailey. British materials and themes are used throughout the store in a contemporary and innovative way with flat screen LED video walls showcasing Burberry digital content.

    The Burberry Brit collection is centred around relaxed outerwear, the Burberry check and denim.

    The new Milan store carries Burberry Brit, Burberry Sport and Burberry Accessories (Menswear, Womenswear, Non Apparel, Fragrances, Watches and Eyewear).

    There are currently five other Burberry stores in Italy – Milan, Rome, Florence, Bologna and Venice. Burberry has two existing Burberry Brit stores in New York.


    My favourite Burberry Brit looks F/W 10/11










    Which Burberry Brit look is your favourite?

Retrospective: Chanel Paris Shanghai Cruise Collection 2010 Video

    I love how the retro-inspired clothes fit the modernity of Shanghai perfectly. I also love the military elements and the classic, low-key lady-like make-up!

Links a la Mode - this week`s 20 best blog posts voted by the Independent Fashion Bloggers

Video: Valentino Haute Couture F/W 10/11

    I`m not feeling the shoes (flat mules!?! Not only fugly but also unsafe to walk in!) but I`m very much feeling the short dresses, the ruffles, layers, the black and white, the see-through blouses, the bows and Valentino`s usual "overkill of feminity, tenderness & elegance". YAY for that!

My Lanvin loves H&M shopping experience


    I arrived at H&M (Königsallee 76, Düsseldorf, Germany) at 7.30 a.m. (it usually opens at 10 a.m. but today it was scheduled to open at 8.00). There already was a crowd waiting in front of the store.


    I received a bracelet, that marked my shopping time for 9.20 - 9.35.


    I intended to buy the black ruffled lace skirt and the fur coat but when I got in at 9.20 I had to learn that the fur coat wasn`t available :(


    Everything in my size (36 / S) was sold out already and only one pair of shoes in my size was left.


    The ruffled lace skirt was very unflattering on me (it made my hips look two sizes larger than they are), the shoes looked quite tacky (so did the bags...) and the sole was super slippery, so they were not an option.


    So I chose the black ruffled dress for 149 Euro.


    I`m content.

    Even though the whole experience didn`t meet the expertations that were built up by all the hype during the last weeks.

    How was your shopping experience? What did you buy?

The (re-worked) Lanvin for H&M Show in New York

    Why did Alber Elbaz re-work the collection for the show?

    Is what we`re getting in the stores next week "not good enough"???

Joop! Collection Women S/S 11


    Self-confidence, a secure sense of style, sex appeal and modernity - these are the underlying themes for womenswear. With the new looks for the spring/summer 2011 season, the JOOP! woman is able to live out and display all the facets of her style and femininity in full. The stylistic spectrum ranges from decidedly feminine aspects to urban yet relaxed looks topped off by lascivious/dreamy elements. The focus is on the mutual attraction of opposites. The specifically contrary links between feminine details and casual outfits create a particular appeal and deliberately seek to convey a sense of tension.


    A light summertime look, a natural appeal and bold contrasts are the main theme here. The juxtaposition of femininity and precise tailoring finds its expression in the interplay of sharp crisp

    materials and soft fine images. Summer wool, cotton/elasthan gabadine and linen structures are contrasted with cotton piqués, shimmering taffeta, fine silk batistes and pleated silk crêpes.


    Multi-layered and perfectly harmonised colours highlight the individual message of the collection. The first theme uses light neutrals and deep hues of grey with a touch of purple as the base colours.

    In the second group, tobacco brown and a dark ocean blue conjure up a deep and mysterious aura. This base is supplemented with elegant summer neutrals such as Cabana and Champagna. They are combined with strong luminescent blue and green hues as highlights.

    The reflecting light of a summer afternoon inspires the range of colours in the final delivery. Light sandy shadings are supplemented with delicate powdery pastels, joined by brown nut tones and cool pistachio green. Oceano remains relevant as a base colour and a variation of classic black.







    I love the nude & powder colours and the retro-modernity of the elegant cuts.

    What are your favourite looks & accessories from Joop! S/S 11?

Joop! Collection Men S/S 11


    The collection is characterised by masculine sex appeal, a strong sense of style, clear lines, and perfect fits. To create this message, skilfully fitted sports jackets and suits with slim silhouettes, exhibiting elegant cuts, wide pocket flaps, elevated waistline and pockets, take centre stage. Sartorial details and features emphasise the premium quality of the deconstructed jacket and suit types. In the area of evening wear, dinner jackets with white mirror silk lapels radiate glamour and confident extravagance. Slim silhouettes and carefully worked out details inspired by authentic uniforms characterise the jacket and coat variations.


    The used materials range from summery, light materials over classic wool to compact, masculine trench coat weaves and double faced qualities. Traditional cotton blends and cotton weaves displaying a wool mélange look are found side by side, showing a modern combination of the different aspects of the materials. High-quality performance and shape-memory fabrics stand in contrast to markedly natural fabric qualities and finishes.


    A dark, masculine base colour tonality, made up of midnight blue, deep brown and anthracite, weaves its way through the entire collection. Camel, sand, shades of mineral grey as well as graphic white form an additional signature feature. In the rhythm of the collection, this neutral basis gradually develops into a new, summery harmony, with modern, summery accents such as dynamic red, fir green, legion blue, and frosty berry shades.




    Men`s Bags




    I love how this collection is young & classic at once. I`m also loving the sophisticated green and the yuppie-ish round glasses!

    What are your favourite looks & accessories from Joop! Men S/S 11?