KOBJA – recycled toad skins

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KOBJA`s line of luxury belts, bags and purses is made with poisonous cane toads, an invasive species now overrunning the South Sea Islands of Australia.

The Paris-based Polish designer says:

“This highly poisonous toad is in the process of destroying several local species. Animal defence associations have recommended its selective elimination. In this way, each toad skin is recycled, not destroyed.”

Introduced into Australia from Hawaii during 1935 to help with agricultural pests, the cane toad (Rhinella marina) is a prolific breeder, and now numbers in the hundreds of millions. Their impact on local ecosystems and biodiversity is so severe that the Australian army was called in to control their populations.

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Monika Jarosz, who first got the idea for her designs when a friend gave her a stuffed frog from New Zealand, this undesirable excess of poisonous frogs invading Australia was an unexpected opportunity, as she was having trouble finding a supplier for toad skins.

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photo: Ryota Atsumi

The skins are now prepared in Carins, Australia, before being sent off to France to be tanned, dried and dyed in a meticulous, 14-step process. Jarosz also adds lavish touches like inserting Swarovski crystals, in addition to bright colours and careful detailing.

In MONACO you can buy them here!

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KOBJA`s cane toad inspired fashion accessories range in price from 220 euros for a small purse up to 1200 euros for a handbag. They can be found in luxury stores in the most fashion conscious cities, including Tokyo, Beijing, Berlin and Paris. Go and take a look at the Kobja Collection of Toads in Monaco! They are waiting for you in store at Pierre (+377 99 99 61 89), 41 rue grimaldi  98000 MONACO.

GIRL RISING WITH MyAnnika DRESSES (litterarly!)

 

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I was thrilled to be invited to a very prestigious Charity Fashion show at the Novotel in Cannes to comment on the latest fashion trends but more importantly to bring awareness to a very important charity called Girl Rising.

 

Girl Rising is a global campaign for girls’ education.

They use the power of storytelling to share the simple truth that educating girls can transform societies. Girl Rising unites girls, women, boys and men who believe every girl has the right to go to school and the right to reach her full potential.

The mission is to change the way the world values the girl.

Everything the charity does is to ensure that girls’ education is part of the mainstream conversation.

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Being someone who knows a little more than average about fashion I have to say I was excited when I arrived just in time to see the beginning of the fashion show. The same group of amateur models were presenting outfits by different designers. The presented fashion was more the average day-to-day wear but when MyAnnika dresses took the stage and presented the new summer collection I was blown away!!!

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The models suddenly had a change in attitude. It seemed as if the sexy badge dresses transformed the girls into real superstars. Finally I saw the attitude I was missing before!

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The Hervé Léger style dresses by MyAnnika were definitely the highlight of this Charity fashion event in Cannes.

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Girl Rising managed to collect a couple of thousand Euros for their Charity this evening. We all had a great evening, free drinks and snacks and made some great new friends and supported a very worthy cause!

Just take a look at the pictures and comment in the section below on how you feel about the outfits!

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5 THINGS TO DO IN 2015

1. Buy one of the 22 limited edition Birkin Bentleys. Even though it has nothing to do with Hermes or Jane Birkin I am sure the girls will love to be driven around with this beauty!

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2. Come to Monaco and see Novak Djokovic play tennis at the Monte-Carlo Country Club.

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3. Experience the 73rd F1 Grand Prix in Monaco (21st until 24th May 2015). My recommendation is to reserve a private balcony with F1balconies, the best address to book your exclusive F1 weekend.

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4. Britney Spears returns in her Las Vegas show, “A Piece of Me.” Get your tickets here to see the award-winning starlet grace the Axis stage at Planet Hollywood. Her Las Vegas residency will be on until February 2015.

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5. Go to Berghain. The Berlin nightclub best known for dark industrial techno, sexual fantasies lived out in the “darkrooms” inside this former power plant, and for its strict and enigmatic door policy. If you have been before…GO AGAIN!!!

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REI KAWAKUBO

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Upon seeing Japan’s first Louis Vuitton store in 1978, Rei Kawakubo discovered the allure of French craftsmanship and art de vivre. Today, the creator of Comme des Garçons applies her radical, refined aesthetic to a House icon, revisiting the Sac Plat with boldly conceived asymmetrical cutouts and raw-edged details to produce this provocative “Bag with Holes.” Sleek and capacious, the bag is a natural for travel in durable Monogram canvas. The practical insert pouch keeps belongings secure.

 

HER INSPIRATIONS

Breaking the traditional Louis Vuitton Monogram was the premise of this one work—which was to find something that would be new, some kind of new value.

Although there are various ways of breaking to create something new, this time I tried to play it straight: I simply made some holes in the fabric of the bag. I generally like small bags.

I feel that Louis Vuitton is the house that most beautifully and skilfully transforms what is tradition into what is now.

Yet I always approach all of my work in a way that is exactly the same: I look to create something new.

When designing the bag for this project, I was looking for some new design, something that hadn’t been done before, something within the limits of possibility.

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BIOGRAPHY

After originally studying art and literature, REI KAWAKUBO quickly changed track, working for a textile company and then becoming a self-taught fashion designer.

Believing that there are no limits to creativity in the fashion process, she has constantly radically pursued and iconoclastically achieved perpetual progress in her field, breaking the rules and forming new ones that the entire industry has paid attention to.

These features have become the hallmarks of Comme des Garçons, the label that REI KAWAKUBO founded in 1969 and incorporated as a company in 1973.

REI KAWAKUBO has an input into all areas of the creative process, from graphics, advertising and store interiors to designing and making clothes and accessories; each is inextricably linked.

In 1981 she staged her first, and now legendary, Paris show for Comme des Garçons. After an initial outcry, her iconoclastic aesthetic and her love of black changed the wider global – and more commonly perceived – notion of beauty in fashion forever. REI KAWAKUBO called her label Comme des Garçons – ‘Like the Boys’ – just because she liked the sound of it.

 

DETAILED FEATURES

  • Monogram canvas
  • Asymmetric, frayed cutouts
  • Cowhide leather Toron handles and trim
  • Louis Vuitton textile insert pouch
  • Bonded lining
  • Gold-brass hardware
  • 33 X 42 X 14 cm

PETIT CADEAU

Christmas is coming for sure and if you want to give a bit of Louboutin to your friends without putting 700 Euros or more on the table this is your chance. Starting with a single nail polish in his signature red, Christian Louboutin’s new beauty range is just as outlandish as his shoes.

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Louboutin developed his own nail polish. It exists in a wide range of typical Louboutin colors but I would definitely go for the classic red. A highly pigmented, super glossy formula delivers in just two coats the effect of 20 layers of traditional lacquer.

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At 45 Euros a bottle, it’s the most expensive nail polish on offer from a major brand. The highly pigmented, long-wearing polish dries to a luxurious lacquer.

I can promise you every girl who appreciates a little luxury will be very happy to wear her nails in Rouge Louboutin!

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Celebrating Monogram

This is an exclusive first look at Louis Vuitton’s ‘Celebrating Monogram’ collaboration with six art and design legends. In honor of the house’s 160th anniversary, creative visionaries Karl Lagerfeld, Rei Kawakubo, Cindy Sherman, Frank Gehry, Marc Newson, and, of course, Louboutin reinterpreted the famed Vuitton Monogram with a series of accessories.

“They are extraordinary artists; I could even say they are the greatest designers in the world.” said Delphine Arnault.

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LAGERFELD
Punching bags in different sizes EUR 2.300-140.000, Gloves incl. Mat and Valise EUR 4.000
 

From Louboutin’s ‘Classic Caddy,’ accented with the same scarlet that adorns the soles of each pair of his shoes, to Rei Kawakubo’s ‘Bag With Holes,’ a burned out tote that reveals the bag’s inner lining, each creation is playfully distinguished by the unique signature of its creator. Prices range from EUR 1.900 to a staggering EUR 140.000.

“When I designed the bag, I really wanted to give back to Paris, to Vuitton,” says Christian Louboutin.

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LOUBOUTIN
Shopping Trolley EUR 17.000, Shopping Bag EUR 3.500
 

In 1854, at number 4 Rue des Capucines near the Place Vendôme in Paris, Louis Vuitton launched his luggage business, advancing the travel trunks of the time — which were, then, made with rounded tops to allow water runoff — by creating stackable trunks in treated waterproof canvas. In his memory, his son Georges Vuitton created and patented the now-iconic ‘LV’ monogram, featuring his father’s initials, decorated with quatrefoils and four-petal flowers. Since then, Louis Vuitton the company has gone through several transformations under the ownership of luxury conglomerate LVMH. But the LV monogram has endured over the years as the symbol of what is now one of the world’s most widely recognised brands.

“I was thinking, sort of selfishly, of what I could use. Initially, my idea was just a makeup case, just a small old-fashioned kind. The team at Vuitton was so taken with the idea that they said, ‘Well, what if we did a trunk? In your ideal fantasy world, what would you like?’ At home in New York, I have shelves for fake eyeballs, fake nails, eyelashes, and things like that. So it became a little traveling studio in a way”—a foldout trunk complete with labeled drawers, a makeup mirror, and a stool, and covered in retro travel stamps from imaginary destinations. Cindy Sherman

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SHERMAN
Messenger EUR 2.900, Malle Transform (incl. Messenger bag) EUR 140.000
 

To mark the 160th anniversary of the house’s founding, Louis Vuitton’s executive vice president Delphine Arnault, daughter of LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault, and artistic director Nicolas Ghesquière initiated a project, dubbed ‘Celebrating Monogram,’ inviting six of the world’s design pioneers (the ‘iconoclasts’) to interpret the LV monogram (the ‘icon’) for a new series of bags.

“There’s a history that’s very emotional for me to talk about, my father never went to school, was a street kid. He worked in a grocery store, and he won an award at the Canadian National Exhibition for designing a grocery store window. This was the guy who ended up never going anywhere, everything against him all his life—that was the one thing. So when they asked that, I had a little tear in my eye. I never told Vuitton this.” Frank Gehry

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GEHRY
Twisted Box EUR 3.000
 

“The Monogram is the timeless icon of the Maison Louis Vuitton. It has lived through the brand’s countless evolutions, never losing its essence. The leading testament to the fashion house’s success, it was only natural that we should pay homage to it,” said Delphine Arnault.

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KAWAKUBO 
Tote EUR 1.900
 

All the pieces are highly limited and only available in selected LV stores. In France only in Paris and Monaco!

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NEWSON 
Backpack (blue, orange, beige) EUR 4.000

 

 

 

BEAUTY SECRET REVEALED

Every time when we see the stars on the red carpet they look flawless. No wrinkles, perfect styling and radiant skin.

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Celebrities around the world are used to piling on the foundations, powders and everything in between, but when the lights go out and the cameras go off what do these stars look like without all the goop?

While some celebrities may look like a completely different person without makeup, others still look great. Now, what is their secret?

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Dermadrop is the new thing to do! Not just for the stars on the red carpets but for everybody who wants to look young and radiant without using the help of a surgical knife or even injections.

I was fortunate enough to get invited to try it out myself and I have to say the result is amazing. Dermadrop is blowing hyaluronic acid in my skin without even touching my face. All you can feel is a fresh wind pushing the product in the deeper layers of your skin and you are left with no scars or anything. Its the perfect thing to do just before an important event where you want to look extra fabulous and if you go for multiple sessions the result will last for a couple of weeks.

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The product (in a capsule) is via a patented process blown into my skin. All I felt was a strong wind going up and down over my face.

The procedure:

  1. It starts with a deep face cleansing,
  2. A reverse hoover blowing the hyaluron into the skin.
  3. Aprés cream to give the perfect finish.

Overall it takes about 20 minutes so it can be done during lunch break. Recommended for a long lasting result is to repeat the session 4-8 times over 1-2 months. One session costs about 40 Euros and is well worth the money.

Dr. Schlossberger is the only certified practice delivering Dermadrop.

Dr. Schlossberger and her team will have a booth at the Berlinale to let the international stars shine slightly brighter than they normally do.

If you are in Germany do as me and book your appointment today!!!

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LEATHERS ARE THE NEW JEANS

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In the past couple of years we kept seeing more and more leather pants for men. Leather pants for men have become widely acceptable. The comfotable feeling combined with the exclusivity and style makes leather pants the new must-have for todays fashionable men.

In terms of style, my suggestion is to opt for a classic pair of straight cut leather pants. They’re timeless and will match most tops perfectly, whether it’s a button-down shirt, a V-neck sweater, or a stylish wool turtleneck.

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SMART – CASUAL… everything goes

Leather pants are not only “in” but are now established as classy alternative to blue Jeans. If you are looking into buying your first pair, there are a few things you should consider.

Keep in mind that leather trousers tend to be more casual but depending on the cut you may also look very sharp at the office.

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Some people still think of leather pants as very trendy. Don´t avoid wearing them to places where people tend to dress more conservatively but be aware of the effect they might have.

The market for leather pants is huge. First you need to define what style you are after. The classic straight cut goes well for a business look but maybe you prefer a more baggy style like Kanye West…

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OUR SHOPPING GUIDE

Prices vary a lot and usually depend on the quality of the leather and the brand. But I can tell you this must have item for a mens wardrobe never comes as a bargain. If you go for a less famous brand the price will still be high if the leather is good quality and if its a high fashion brand prices almost never start under four digits.

Men’s fahion shows since 2012 boasted colored pairs, croc styles, and plenty of traditional black options. See these looks and plenty of additional novelty leather pants in this post.

 

Jitrois has explored the innate sensuality of leather since launching his namesake collection in the eighties. In the following picture you see him wearing his straight leg low-rise jeans in lambskin with a denim effect. Leather pants that look like jeans.

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Clothsurgeon takes an entirely different approach to streetwear. Based in London, the brand headed by skilled tailor and designer Rav Matharu takes a bespoke approach to their versatile creations. Employing a Savile Row methodology, Clothsurgeon pieces (many of them crafted from the finest leather) are meticulously cut and sewn with quality, fit and wearability as the overarching standards.

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PRSVR, which stands for Passion, Resilience, Sacrifice, Values, Respect is a brand that jumped on the fashion scene with a mission to create premium leather pieces. Their collection consists of leather jackets ($200-$600), leather vest combo jackets ($500), leather tees ($460), leather sweatpants ($500-$520), and sweatshirts ($80-$420).

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En Noir has a huge celebrity following and the brand has only been around for a few years. The biggest trendsetters in the industry are seen rockin’ EN|NOIR leather sweatpants, think Kayne West, A$AP ROCKY, Big Sean, Drake and more. It’s all menswear and I’m completely obsessed with the “monochromatic minimalism” collection. I like black clothing and on top of it, it’s mostly leather!

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Finally, take into account that leather pants can be worn all year long except for a few very hot days during the summer and there for are well worth the money.

 

A BELT WITH A MISSION

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When Romy and I went to Saint Tropez last week we found a package of Mission Belts waiting for us. The amazing colors and stylish looks convinced Romy so she wanted to find out more.

While on the beach enjoying the glorious weather at the Cote D´Azur we decided to find out what Mission Belt is about. Obviously they have a Mission…so lets find out more in this post.

While at the beach we also bumped into Allanah Starr, the most famous Transsexual in the world. She was born in Cuba, grew up in Miami, lives in Paris now and spends her summer in Saint Tropez.

But first lets find out what Mission Belts mission is:

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One $ from every belt goes towards helping people in their fight against hunger and poverty. Mission Belt understands it as its corporate responsibility to give something back to hard working individuals that simply need a hand up. Often times the $ that Mission Belt passes on represents 20% or more of their profit.

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 The creators of Mission Belt produced a video to demonstrate how easy it is to use one of their belts. We could not resist sharing this video with you because it is hilarious and at the same time shows you how to use the Mission Belt.

Check the video out here…

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Living in Monaco means living on the bright side of life and there for we reccommend you the brightest colors Mission Belt has to offer. We actually got a vivid green, intense purple, summery yellow and a girly pink version of the belt which does´t only look good but is also easy to use and supports a social course.

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Big THANK YOU to BAR DU SOLEIL for hosting us in St. Tropez. The food was amazing and the beach Ramatuelle was a nice change to the crowded beach in Monaco.

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IF YOU LIKE THE MISSION BELT AND THE IDEA BEHIND IT THEN SEND US A MESSAGE ON FACEBOOK.

TELL US THE NAME OF THE MOST FAMOUS TRANSSEXUAL CURRENTLY VACATIONING IN ST. TROPEZ AND YOU HAVE THE CHANCE TO WIN YOUR VERY OWN MISSION BELT!

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