I just changed my Facebook relationship status and was terrified how HUGE it appeared in everybody’s newsfeed – I thought it would be a subtle detail in my profile but Facebook seemed to find it necessary to more or less smack it everyone in the face. I tried clicking “reduce size” in my timeline, but it didn’t work. I gave in and clicked “delete”, but it still appeared in the newsfeed. Very very big. The strangest people started liking my “In a relationship” status: people I haven’t spoken to in years, one of my exes and also a guy who recently had a crush on me. Someone who went to elementary school with me, who used to tease me (I still remember how he threw a dead snake into my face) and later surprisingly came out of the closet, commented on my status and said that my new boyfriend looked like a real sweetheart.
My university (AMD - Academy of Fashion&Design) organizes a fashion show each semester where all of the freshly graduated designers, journalists and managers present their graduation performance. It’s a cool event where students and fashion interested people gather. You can flip through the magazines each of the fashion journalists produced on their own, or take a look at the bachelor thesis papers the managers wrote at an elaborately decorated booth. That was especially exciting for me, because I will have to write one just like those in the foreseeable future. The highlight of the evening was the fashion show: Each of the design graduates presented the collection she or he has been working on for the last months. I knew one of the graduates and had helped another one with modeling, so I was especially excited how their work turned out. And the show was great! So much creativity and talent: Straitjackets and mental home inspired outfits, fashionable blood stains, newspaper prints plus matching newspaper frills and cagelike, body deforming cuts – I loved what they created and the fact that the collections were so diverse made it very entertaining. They played different versions of “Smells like teen spirit” throughout the show and I’m pretty sure it’s stuck in my head forever.
But what I like most about my outfit today is this hands collar. It’s such a cute detail! It reminds me a little of the surrealistic artists of the past – we are currently talking about this at my fashion history course at university. Dresses with drawers, a cup in fur or earrings that look like a bird’s nest in the outer ear… not the most practical things but those were fascinating moments in art history. And sometimes you just can’t distinguish art from fashion. I’m currently working on an assignment about the artist Meret Oppenheim, she created the cup and the earrings I mentioned, but is known for her surrealistic paintings and sculptures. As I did more and more research I really started liking her for not only her work, but also for her feminist, humorous and strong character and her interesting lifestyle. It’s funny how persons who aren’t even alive anymore live on in the things they accomplished and manage to draw you into their world. I bet she would have liked that collar!
Equipped with shirt, pants, bowler and loafers this outfit probably is the most masculine one I ever put together. It’s so masculine I already feel my facial hair growing…… oh, sorry, wrong alert: there just fell a strand of hair in my face.
Is anyone of you sometimes looking for new wardrobe basics too and can’t exactly find them? It’s always the same: I want something plain and think that probably every shop sells it, but when I start searching for it I can’t find something that completely meets my taste. I lately had this problem when I was looking for black wedges and for plain black and white bandeau bras – you might think that are the easiest things to buy but they definitely aren’t. Now I was craving for a half black and half white blouse, thinking it would be easy to find. Hours of intense online research aka browsing every shop I know proved me wrong. Disappointed from all this fruitless effort I decided to check my mails. Just on that day the online shop “Persunmall” contacted me and offered me to pick something from their site. I was browsing their tops and guess what I found – the perfect black and white shirt! If that isn’t fate I don’t know what is.
Big thanks to Persunmall at this point :)
Big thanks to Persunmall at this point :)
Does a story like “working with a friend on a project (you should have finished weeks ago) for many hours at her place, suddenly losing all files because of a broken USB-stick, smoking a bit instead, missing the last train home, having to take a taxi and finding the guy who was waiting for you since forever asleep on your staircase” sound familiar? Then you might be a loser too! Other symptoms could include: dropping out of university, being too lazy to leave the bed most days, basically just sucking at life! If that describes you, you better order a loser rosette too at the Dearcolleen’s Etsy shop – I even got a postcard and a magnet along with my order with the slogan “ I think you’re more awesome than 2-Pac on a unicorn” and the matching cute drawing on them. That cheered me up a little.
As a fashion student I’m naturally excited when such a big event like the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin takes place in my town. But my student life also put obstacles in my way when I actually wanted to attend some events: my wonderful university decided that right now, at the week of the MBFWB, was the right time to schedule all of our exams. Since it’s an outright fashion academy, somebody might not be very good at creating timetables. They even send us invitations to some shows, but then they always go like “Oh, but you should better be learning”. My email account is a lonely desert of rejected event invitations. The most irritating thing about this is that before university started, they promised us that we would even have time off to attend the Fashion Week. But now we don’t only have no time off, we have all these exams in addition.
At least I had time for one event, where a hand full of designers presented their work at “Music Meets Fashion Berlin” (16.01.14). I really can’t say that I liked everything, but what really stood out in my opinion was the label Perlensäue:
By now nearly all of you should have let your New Year’s resolutions slide and should have accepted that you are horrible, inveterate human beings. Instead of feeling bad just come over, give me a high five so we can start doing all the things we promised ourselves to never do again - with unrepentant smiles on our faces! I didn’t have the time anyway trying to become a better person, all of my exams are coming up and I’m drowning in work! At least my nails are looking good while I’m dying.
Whether you’re a “New Year’s Eve Grinch” like I was last year, a family orientated “let’s watch Dinner For One and the fireworks right after”-celebrator or a wild, rockets and bangers firing “terror pyromaniac”: I hope all of you had a great start into 2014! I celebrated New Year’s Eve with my friends and went to a home party. We clinked glasses on a nearby bridge at midnight, watched the fireworks and fired some ourselves before heading to a club right after. It was a fun night, starting with the huge buffet and unlimited alcohol, my New Year’s kiss at midnight, weird things happening like people asking to take pictures of my socks, us dancing in the middle of an empty dance floor in the silliest way just to prove the guy wrong who said that “every female dance move looks beautiful”. I caught a cold and was exhausted when I left the club sometime in the afternoon to drive to a hospital – but don’t worry, just to visit someone there.
I don’t really have any New Year’s resolutions: I will drink more, smoke more and eat more unhealthy food just to be different (okay, not really). Everything that encourages people to become better persons can’t be bad obviously, but when this is the 10th time making the same New Year’s resolution you should be concerned about your endurance.
Winter and autumn colours are nice and all, but I really don’t see why I should dress in grey, black and burgundy for six months straight. I’m like the little girl who comes to school wearing a pink glittery princess dress: I wear what I feel like wearing. A bit stubborn? Well, maybe!
You might think wearing a short skirt plus crop top in winter would make me catch a severe cold and die within seconds. Let me assure you I’m typing this on my laptop alive like never before. It’s been incredibly warm in Berlin this time of year and I really don’t care about a wonderfully white Christmas when I can wear my spring clothes in winter instead. I have to admit though, that the “catch a cold and die”-scenario wouldn’t have been very unfounded if I didn’t wear a huge warm coat over my breezy outfit.