Wide leg trousers

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It probably won't be a surprise that architecture is the greatest source of inspiration for not only fashion designers but stylists , fashion bloggers and , according to my observations , many other creative fields including photographers , choreographs and make up artists. Taking an inspiration from an architecture does not neccessarily mean very popular (on the Parisian catwalk) skyscraper shapes but the colour palette and mood which is not always that obvious. My favourite places to take an idea from are romantic Catalan alleyways or Lisbon's Alfama but I've found my Himmel here in  Berlin's Friedrichshein, too! It's the oldest public park in Berlin called Volkspark and its beautiful fountain ,Märchenbrunnen -Fountain of fairy tales,that was built between 1905 and 1913.  It doeas remind me of a fairy tale , especially on a day like that!The most beautiful entrance to the park I have probably seen in my life (I'm sorry, my dearest Hyde Park) One of the most romantic places in Berlin for sure. I styled my outfit of the day as romantic and I kept the colour palette of the place. Grey , cappucino and beige with a hint of red . The Marine printed scarf is not the leading trend this year but , the way I see it , it one of the most sophisticated accessories of our times. Wide leg trousers inspired by the 70's are the perfect alternative to long skirts and dresses and are very chic combined with delicate accessories  . They are to be found in Orsay and ZARA from what I've seen in Berlin's shops.

 

Pictures by amazing and talented Rachel Luther

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‘Make Do and Mend’ attitude inspired 1940′s look

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I realised that all of my recent outfits contain of some  white pieces of clothing. It's definitely a good thing since it became this season's most fashionable colour(am I repeating myself?). Today's mood  is inspired by the 1940's in the sophisticated edition. The colour palette is quite uniformy as I remember me wearing the same set of white shirt-navy skirt on my first day of school quite a while ago. It certainly  gives the hint of 'formalness' to my vintage idea .  I was inspired by London's Imperial War Museum  and Second World War 'Make Do and Mend' exhibition(which is probably one of the most interesting places to see in London). I know this is not the most important topic when it comes to the World War 2 theme but many people forget that Londoners tried to live their normal lifes during a bombing raid and fashion was a part of it. Fashion shows were organized , Vogue was published and people were trying to follow trends as usual- only the costs were  limited. Then there was  also 'Make Do and Mend' campaign that dominated fashion scene of England. 'Make Do and Mend' meant that old clothes had to be transformed into new or given away but everything had to be reused or recycled(and that included scarves which were even transformed into parachutes!). People adopted the same trend in 1970's but it was not the government's decision this time - that was the era of subcultures and tie dyeing. People are still inspired by that  particular attitude as there is a lot of clothes swapping events and  upcycling companies are growing fast all around the world.

Just to recap - I am still in Berlin and my second inspiration was the old style cinema in the borough of Schönberg. It is incredible what this city has to offer in terms of hidden places , alleyways , parks and general historical mood.

As for my outfit - I recreated the 1940's silhouette by following vintage rules. Trapeze shoulders - waist - below knee length skirt by using white collared vintage shirt and pleated skirt. I decided to go for delicate  and summery accesories in pastel colours too.

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Berlin Fashion Week mix of photos

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Being in Berlin for over the summer means getting a chance to see the fashion week's events. Once again  the designers showcasing in Germany didn't fail to present something new and eye catching. Berlin's contemporary fashion scene is different to the main  European fashion cities such as London or Paris. Not everything goes in here , it's more edgy and I wouldn't say trend orientated. While the streets were full of very well-dressed people from all around the world , the showrooms and catwalk's were filled with unexpected ideas such as 3D prints (and by 3D I mean the 3D effect) or the uni-sex fashion inspired by one night sex affairs .My newest discovery is a Portuguese newcomer designer Fabio Silva and his  new MIMA collection which will be fully presented in September. As I mentioned  it is inspired by the lovers, sex , one night stay and his own personality.

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Kiwi printed pants

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There are no words to describe how happy I am to be in the capital of Germany this summer. It's not only about the overall joy about their national football team's success(they did so well on Friday) but the beautiful weather and atmosphere in the  local beach bars is just amazingly cheerful! I am currently working for the fashion events/casting/modeling  company in a heart of the city - the famous Kudamm which is the main shopping/party destination in the centre of Berlin. I'm usually spending my lunch break walking down the  high street , shopping or watching people having fun at the Hard Rock cafe . My low student budget is not endangered as sales are still on in my favourite shops.

The fact that the fruity prints are present on clothes and accessories every single S/S  season is obviously nothing new. Is there anything else apart from ice creams that is related to summer as much after all? This year's 'numer one fruit' crown went to  pineapple but it's the lovely kiwi print  from ZARA that I felt in love with. That day I wore it with the  matching white  structured crop top with the stylish cut-out at the centre front and white sandals. I am still very keen on wearing white clothes despite the fact that I am one of the  clumsiest people in the world and they are getting dirty as soon as I put them on.

What are your thoughts?

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The Serpentine Gallery Summer Party was all about textiles

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The Serpentine Party is one of the most awaited social events in London. It's a grat chance for British (and not only) celebs to shop themselves up with their amazingly beautiful partners and to present their fashionable 'outdoor posh party' outfits.

As I already mentioned  textiles are the 'rising star' of the fashion world once again. Last time I wrote about digital and screen prints. Yes , they are fab and worth to possess in your wardrobe but it was an embellishment on Keira Knightley's Huishan Zhang dress that stole the night. That particular outfit is all over the internet and newspapers today. I hope that we are going to be able to find its cheaper internpretations on the high street.

Princess Beatrice, whose sweeping organza 50's dress, complete with leather flowers by Nicholas Oakwell was also very eye-catching and inspirational.

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