Back on track! ASOS face and body launch event

Back on track! ASOS face and body launch event

Hello Everyone!

I can finally confirm that I have moved and settled in. Everything is sorted so it is time to get back on track with the posts. As you can see, the changes have been finalised with the blog and I couldn’t be more happy about it.

Two weeks ago ASOS launched its face and body collections on their site. They had some beauty products before, but now they extended the amount of brands and they will launch their own line of beauty products as well. To celebrate this, they had a two-day event in Covent Garden where you could see the various types of products they offer and also there was the chance to talk to the ASOS team who were on site.

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For an e-commerce website like ASOS, this is a huge step towards breaking the stigma around beauty products. Beauty and grooming products should be used regardless you are a man or a woman. It is important to keep your skin clean and hydrated, especially if you live in big cities where there is more pollution in the air.

 

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I thought the event was going to be very crowded but actually, it was super chill. There was no rush, you could take pictures and the staff was helpful. We also received some products to try out and everyone was engaging with the beauty professionals who were there to help. Do not worry if you couldn’t make it there. They have video guides online too. I hope this launch will have a positive impact, especially for men. No one is asking you to start putting on foundation, makeup, and all the other stuff, but a little cleanser and an under eye caffeine roll goes a long way. Just Go and Play with it.

See you on Monday,

Abel.

Change is Coming!

Hey Guys!

It has been a while I know. In the past three weeks, I was overwhelmed with a lot of thoughts and stuff like flat hunting. Those of you who live in London, you know that finding a place for yourself is one of the hardest things when you are a student here. I have been staying at my friend’s place since I got back and my past days involved a lot of viewings. After a couple breakdowns, I finally found a place so everything is kinda getting back to normal, but not the blog.

I will be changing the name of the blog and the layout as well. Why? It is only 5 months since I started The Fashion Eclectic and I really like blogging, but I feel that the title is too narrow. As you witnessed, I am talking about a lot of interests of mine. I talk about food, places, traveling, and fashion so I want a name that represents all of these aspects and not just fashion. The content will remain exactly the same. The only thing that is going to change is the name and the layout of the blog. This domain will be still active but you are going to be redirected to the new site whenever you try to visit The Fashion Eclectic. The new site will launch on the 18th of September, which is Monday. Until that time, I will post another reminder about these changes.

See you soon,

The Fashion Eclectic.

New Gear from Japan

New Gear from Japan

Hey everyone! How are you doing?

Sorry for the missed Mondays post but I was at Sziget festival and I actually tried to take pictures there, but they are way too blurry. Today I decided to show you guys the stuff that I got from Japan. It has been a while since I talked about fashion. Now, here I only show two out of the 4 pieces because I am planning an outfit with the rest. They’ll look better that way. But you can already see that the clothes I got are black. I know, where is the colour? I am all about colour and I try to not to wear black. I think people especially in the fashion industry, tend to wear black a lot more. I mean it always looks good, it makes you look thinner etc.

But the reason behind my shopping is that I was actually missing some basic stylish pieces. If you look at my wardrobe, you are going to see colours and patterns but besides black jeans and chinos, I don’t even have a black shirt. I just realised that.

 

Givenchy leather sneakers

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Leather sneakers have become an essential wardrobe piece throughout the years. All the brands from high street to luxury have them in their collections. Black or white it doesn’t really matter. They are stylish and very versatile. You can dress these down and up as well. I went for Givenchy because they do have many options in terms of sneakers. They do have these with a white sole too and if you choose white leather, you can play with the heel tab colours. I think the options were, blue, white and red.

 

Bottega Veneta leather bracelet

 

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I am not really a mens jewellery guy. Especially not silver and gold, but I always liked leather bracelets, so I finally decided to get one. And where to go for leather? Why not Bottega Veneta? They are still a luxury brand with their signature knotted leather accessories. Of course, this brand is also a pricey one.

If you don’t have the resources or you are just not willing to spend too much on leather jewellery, I would go with Fossil. A lot of my friends (guys and girls as well) do have leather accessories from Fossil, and it is a very good brand.

The other two products that you can actually see in the first picture are a Comme des Garcons bag and a kimono robe. These will be featured in my future outfit post probably next week.

Hope all is good and everyone is enjoying the week.

See you on Saturday,

The Fashion Eclectic.

Shopping in Tokyo

Shopping in Tokyo

Hello everyone? How are you doing?

Hope you have some fun activities for the weekend. This weekend I’m visiting a lot of places, so expect more posts about restaurants. But today we are talking about one of my favourite activities to do, which is shopping, so consider this as a guide.

There are several places to go in Tokyo when it comes to shopping, but here I’m only covering the places where I have actually been in the past two weeks.

GINZA

Ginza is a very hype place to go to these days. The district gives home for huge department stores like Mitsukoshi, and Matsuya. Also, there is a good mix of brands out there from high-street retailers like H&M, Uniqlo to luxury houses like GUCCI, Dior, Fendi etc. And of course, the Dover Street Market is in Ginza as well. What I like about Ginza is that there is a pedestrian only zone, where no cars are allowed, which is very nice because you have more space to move between the crowds of people. You will find bars, restaurants, coffee shops there as well.

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Omotesando

Now Omotesando is the absolute winner to me. Omotesando is an avenue starting from Aoyama-Dori and ending at the entrance of the Meiji shrine. The architecture is very nice and the avenue is lined with zelkova trees.

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Here you will find mostly luxury flagship stores and the Omotesando hills mall as well. Other than that, there is a huge variety of coffee shops and restaurants starting at very low prices and then there are the fancy expensive places too. When you are at Omotesando, don’t forget to explore the small streets around the avenue. You can find small Japanese restaurants specialised in serving one type of food like gyoza, ramen, and okonomiyaki.

 

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I would suggest that you start at Aoyama-Dori and walk through the avenue. Then you can go to the Meiji shrine, or just turn right and you will find yourselves at the entrance of Takeshita street, the famous shopping street of Harajuku.

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Takeshita street requires patience to go through it. It is very tiny and usually, there is a massive amount of people trying their best to taste and buy everything. It is not that long though and it is worth to go there.

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Do not forget to stop at zaku zaku for a soft serve ice cream. It is one of the best soft serves you will ever have. Once you are finished and you are not exhausted, go to Laforet Harajuku, a department store with brands that I have never heard of, but it is worth the time to check it out.

That is it for today. Hope you enjoyed the reading.

See you on Monday,

The Fashion Eclectic.

 

 

 

Catching up with the SS18 menswear collections – Paris

Hey Guys! Hope everyone is doing well.

 

Today it is time for us to talk about the menswear collections in Paris. Let’s start.

Lanvin

Lanvin was all about layers and layers of clothes. There was a lot going on. The collection was very street-skate meets tailoring. One thing I loved was the jackets. I could just go to the store and buy all of them (probably never going to happen). What is very admirable is that Lucas Ossendrijver has been the creative director for the menswear collections for quite a while – I think about 10 years – but he is always bringing something new and fun.

The show is available here.

 

Yohji Yamamoto

Well, Yohji Yamamoto is one of my favourite designers, so this might be biased a bit, sorry. I loved this new collection. I think it was essentially contemporary him, but the dramatic women paintings were amazing.

The show is available here.

 

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton took us to the beach. That is what I concluded of the collection. Beach or even island life, floral print shirts and t-shirts, the small hat usually guys wear at the beach bar with sunglasses. Surfing and enjoying all the bits of life. I loved it.

The show is available here.

 

Alexander McQueen

Now I was thinking a lot about this collection. It was very anti-spring/summer collection actually. The collection had beautiful double breasted jackets, suits,  and leather jackets. So, this whole concept got me thinking a bit. Can we expect the S/S collections to be just linen shirts with shorts and espadrilles? Of course not, that would be simply stupid and we would just limit ourselves and the boundaries of art. After this chain of thoughts, I re-watched the show and it gave me a whole different perspective.

Click here for the show.

 

So the conclusion is, if you don’t like the show or don’t understand it, watch it again and again. Trust me you will get more and more out of it.

See you on Saturday,

The Fashion Eclectic.

 

 

 

Catching up with the SS18 menswear collections – Milan

Hey Guys! How are you doing?

Finally, I’m back on track with the posts and I will do my best to schedule them ahead to avoid another missed post. (You remember last week, right?)

Today it is all about the menswear collections at the Milan fashion week. Let’s starts.

PRADA

I have mixed emotions about Prada. First of all the setting was very interesting. It felt like being in a comic book. I love the fact that even the ground was a part of it as well. In terms of clothes, there are pieces that I love and there are pieces which I hate. I think the printed shirts are super fun with the comic prints as well and the knee high socks. But then there’s the other part of the collection. Jumpsuits, why? I don’t really want to expand on this because this will turn into an essay and we don’t want that. Let’s just say that I think male jumpsuits can only be worn by a certain amount of guys who have the body to pull that off.

click here for the show.

 

Versace

Versace had such a nice young cool energy. The show was at the Versace palace in Milan and it was essential Versace. I love the fact that pink is still rocking as one of the colour trends, and this means it will stick around for a while. The printed T-shirts that are coming back with the brand name on them look so fun. Also, the colour palette of the collection is great with the soft pastel colours but then you can find bright reds as well. It really feels like the “energy of today”.

click here for the show.

 

Salvatore Ferragamo

Pastels and neutrals, summer colours. The collection was okay. One thing I liked particularly is the huge variety of wide-cut shorts.

click here for the show.

 

Marni

The title that I would give for this collection is order in the chaos. There was a lot of things going on. Different cuts, patterns, shapes, and colours. It is like each look was super individual but when put next to each other, it still felt right. Great job and congratulations to Francesco Risso – this was his second show as the new creative director for Marni.

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There you go guys. Any thoughts on the Milan collections?

See you on Wednesday,

The Fashion Eclectic.

Balenciaga at the V&A

Balenciaga at the V&A

Hey guys! Happy Monday!

 

Sorry for the late post but everything is crazy right now. I have a couple of days left in London before I leave, so I have a lot of stuff to do. Anyways, today is another exhibition recommendation. I love going to exhibitions, and now I am sending you to see Balenciaga at the V&A.

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The exhibition follows the life and work of Cristóbal Balenciaga, the founder of the well known brand. Everything is explained in detail, how the designs were created, how the attention to detail was essential, and you can find some iconic pieces with the revolutionary silhouettes and shapes.

 

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What I really liked is that there was a whole section on how different cultures inspired his designs, and you can definitely see that when you are looking at the clothes. The exhibition itself s not that big, you only need an hour but it is worth the price.

 

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If you love fashion, you should really go and check it out. I only share just a few of the pictures I have taken.

See you on Wednesday,

The Fashion Eclectic.