• COS Announces AW21 Debut at London Fashion Week

    Written by Fashion Tales

    COS announces it will debut its Autumn Winter 2021 collection at London Fashion Week presented by Clearpay September 2021, with a hybrid show encompassing a physical catwalk, merged with artistic portraiture and moving image, digitally livestreamed to all at cos.com.

    Emerging from a time of change with a reinvigorated sense of purpose and commitment, the Autumn Winter season will mark a new direction for the brand. The collection will embody timeless COS style signatures and embrace elevated, redefined wardrobe icons. Exploring new ways of looking at contemporary culture through a fashion lens, the campaign features activist, futurist and storyteller, Janaya Future Khan; Actor, Jodie Turner-Smith, and coveted supermodel Raquel Zimmermann, alongside a cast of other inspiring innovators and creators shaping the way we think about tomorrow – a collective expression that sets out to rethink the future.

    Material innovation and long-lasting design concepts remain at COS’ core, as the brand continues to nurture its commitment to sustainability with a collection crafted towards circularity. From organic and repurposed materials to recycled fabrics, a considered approach throughout the design and production process limits the demand on natural resources.

    COS’ in-house atelier revisits the intrinsic details and meticulous construction behind the iconic garments. From contrast binding to hand-stitched re-enforcements and adjustable new fits on tailoring, the brand continues to focus on craftsmanship and making for longevity. A new logo will also feature on the collection and will be updated across all packaging this autumn. Made using responsibly sourced paper and featuring durable woven paper handles, new material innovation ensures packaging is 100% recyclable, aligning with the brand’s wider sustainability values.

  • Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector, 01 Rose Shimmer
    Louis Vuitton, On the Beach
    Gisou, Propolis Infused Polishing Primer
    Glossier, Skywash, Valley
    Urbanista, Paris
    Sensai Bronzing Gel, 61 Soft Bronze
    NARS Exposed Cheek Palette
    Tweezerman Mini Slant, Pink Lemonade

    Summer Essentials: Peach and Citrus

    Written by Yasmine by Elva Ahlbin

    This summer has been about nourishing our skin, becoming more comfortable with a pop of color and learning new things to add that special flair to our day. Such as focusing on quality time with a good book in the park, and listening to a great podcast in our headphones. A podcast that not only keeps us company, but we learn new things from. So in our bag inspired by these elements, we have created a flair of citrus and peach.

    When summer starts, we can feel the upcoming scent of flowers, the ocean and the calmness of the green flourishing around us. The latest fragrance from Louis Vuitton, is the perfume On the Beach. A careful blend by Master perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud, with citrus Yuzu from Japan. Blended with thyme, rosemary, pink pepper and aromatic herbs. A mystique yet summer scent that works for both summer and fall. The perfume can later be refilled in stores equipped with a perfume fountain.

    To achieve that summer glow, the Sensai Bronzing Gel is a smooth and luxurious gel bronzer in three shades to either apply evenly on your face as a primer or use as a contour application where you wish to be sunkissed.

    Following the summer flair in makeup - a recent new discovery from Glossier, is their Skywash - a matte eyeshadow available in 7 shades, from cornflower blue to warm peach. It’s a great product for an easy application for us who don’t always use eyeshadow, but wish to spice it up during the summer. It’s truly a simple yet powerful tool for that pop of color which is a huge 2021 trend.

    For our lips, the classic and loved Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector is year after year a go-to for people all over the world - and 2021 is no exception. With the classic sweet scent it gives your lips that plump and glow you need to begin your day or add shine throughout the day.

    With all of the bronzers, and sunscreen we use, cleansing is key. During the summer with vaccations we need something simple yet effective - that’s why we cleanse away the day with the NUXE Very Rose 3-in-1 Soothing Micellar Water. Designed to cleanse, moisturise and soften in one simple step. Infused with soothing rose water, the cleanser helps to minimise the risk of skin irritation.
    A tweezer in the bag is almost mandatory, never knowing when you will need it. The much stylish and most important powerful Tweezerman Mini Slant Pink Lemonade is not only the perfect size to carry in your bag (you even get a small package to protect it when carried) it’s also stylish with a pink citrus design.

    Last but not least in our essential bag and mind this summer have been the Gisou Propolis Infused Polishing Primer, a lightweight styling primer that prepares hair for styling. It prevents and diminishes frizz, and ensures optimal workable hold. However, be aware the primer doesn't protect against heat, it’s only a primer for later use with example heat protection. It has a light smell that doesn't interfere and is a good summer product for your hair to hold during the entire day and night.

    NUXE Very Rose 3-in-1 Soothing Micellar Water

    Peach and Citrus Yasmine Mubarak Odalisque Magazine

    NUXE Shimmering dry oil Huile Prodigieuse
    Tweezerman Mini Slant, Pink Lemonade
    Urbanista, Paris
    NARS Exposed Cheek Palette
    Glossier, Skywash, Valley

  • Calvin Klein - CKunfiltered Jeans

    Written by Fashion Tales

    Calvin Klein launches CKunfiltered Jeans video mini-series Hosted by AnOther Magazines fashion editor Nell Kalonji, the six-part video series will answer Google’s most-searched questions about jeans and how to style them.

    Denim is core to Calvin Klein’s DNA and the videos aim to educate and empower audiences to confidently wear jeans.

    The videos are hosted by fashion authority Nell Kalonji, a London-based stylist and founding member of the Rubric Initiative, an organization dedicated to addressing the fashion industry’s barriers to entry and supporting a new generation of diverse talent. Kalonji expresses her unique style across six curated topics: summer jeans, mom jeans, boyfriend/baggy jeans, skinny jeans, colored jeans, and below-the-knee. These themes were established in consultation with Google’s creative think tank, Google Creative Works, which analyzed the top searches for denim-related queries from across Europe.

    Jeans are the most universal item of clothing, but for many people, it can feel overwhelming to find the perfect fit, fabric, wash or cut,” says Kalonji. “It’s been an inspiring experience to understand people’s most pressing questions about jeans, and be able to express my own style — honestly and authentically — through six essential denim looks.”

    The narrative of the videos is simultaneously informal and informative, as Kalonji interacts with models as she confidently styles bespoke looks from Calvin Klein Jeans. The pieces celebrate ‘90s nostalgia with high-rise, boyfriend, baggy and skinny silhouettes. Vintage-inspired mom jeans feature a high waist and tapered leg, while dad jeans have a slouchy, oversized, comfortable appeal. The versatile high-rise straight silhouette which became famous in the 80s returns with a fitted high-rise top block and straight leg that hits the ankle. These styles are further complemented by a range of skinny jeans (from relaxed to super stretch, skin-hugging fabric), plus summer-ready styles in white, light blue, grey, bleached and destroyed washes.

    CKunfiltered: Jeans is the second edition of the CKunfiltered series, following the success of the CK Unfiltered: Bra Talk videos in fall 2020. The project further reflects Calvin Klein’s commitment to engage both new audiences and existing communities through creative, unexpected, digitally-driven content powered by consumer data and insights.

    Learn more and see the videos here.

  • Mulberry x Alexa Chung

    Written by Fashion Tales

    Mulberry’s 50th anniversary celebrations continue as the  brand unveils an exciting new design collaboration with a long-time friend of the house and the woman who inspired  one of its most iconic bags: Alexa Chung.

    Launching globally on 12th July, Mulberry x Alexa Chung is the latest chapter in Mulberry Editions. Amplifying its legacy of bold collaborations, Mulberry Editions is a series of limited edition capsules in which leading creatives have been invited to put their own spin on the house’s design DNA.  
    Fortifying her close relationship with Mulberry, this is Chung’s design debut for the house.
’I thought it was a great, quite rare opportunity,’ she says. ‘I never expected to be invited to actually design my own Mulberry bag, which is really a dream come true’. 

    The capsule stars two styles – a roomy shoulder bag, the Big Guy, and a compact clutch, the Little Guy. Both have a go-everywhere, wear-as-you-wish spirit. The effortless, sleek style of ‘70s style icons, like Charlotte Rampling and  Lauren Hutton, inform the pared-back aesthetic. Both bags  draw on the key components of Chung’s personal style:  masculine formality offset with a vintage romance and a  deep appreciation for British design.

    My approach was: How can I honour the Alexa that became so popular and create something that I’m really happy with in 2021?
    I did a lot of image research around the ’70s. I was looking at pictures of Lauren Hutton and Charlotte Rampling and also thinking about films like Working Girl and 9 to 5, this army of ‘boss women’ with careers, a new female workforce turning up to the office wearing tweed.
    There are touches of vintage, touches of menswear. The menswear element was very important to me because that’s how I like my handbags to be. They can come in sumptuous fabrics or rather jolly colours, but these bags always have a very ‘briefcasey’ attitude about them.
    I love the colour palette. The Apple Green is inspired by a vintage bag from Portobello that I love and found really easy to wear with everything, even though it’s this intense, quite ‘off’ shade. The Dark Chocolate suede is also inspired by a vintage bag which I found in New York. I chose the Denim Blue because it’s quite ’70s and the shiny croc because I thought it looked masculine and quite ‘biz’.
    First and foremost, the capsule is incredibly practical. The Big Guy was built to hold a lot of stuff, it’s designed to be carried around all day. The Little Guy is a more elegant, slimline bag for evening. - Alexa Chung

    In a nod to their shared history, she also took inspiration  from the 2010 Alexa. One of the most covetable bags of a  generation, the Alexa went on to win over new fans around  the globe when it was relaunched in 2020.  


    Taking their cue from vintage satchels as well as the  Elkington briefcase that inspired the original Alexa, the  Big Guy and Little Guy feature chain straps and a boxy,  streamlined silhouette. The colour palette ranges from  classic, earthy shades (Black, Dark Chocolate, Tan) to peppy,  optimistic tones (Apple Green, Denim Blue). Materials  include glossy crocodile-effect patent leather, sumptuous  velvet and suede. Launching alongside the line-up is an edit  of complementary Alexa bags, which are released in the  same colour palette.  

    The collection also chimes with Mulberry’s ongoing com mitment to sustainability and responsible manufacturing.  The bags are crafted from materials that are sourced  from environmentally rated tanneries, made in Mulberry’s  carbon neutral Somerset factories and intended to be loved  and worn forever.

    #Mulberry50
    #MulberryxAlexaChung

  • photography Agnes Strand

    Dyson-PICK UP COLORS with Sainabou Chune for Rave Review

    Written by Fashion Tales

    Odalisque's beauty editor Elva Ahlbin had a chat with freelance hairstylist Sainabou Chune / MIKAs Looks.

    E: Hi Sainabou, we have been able to join you for the photoshoot of Swedish upcycling brand Rave Review and seen your process for creating unique hair looks on the models.
    Can you tell us a little about your thought process?

    A: “We have worked with colour and texture to create simple looks with an edge. By, for example, picking up a shade in the hair or adding hair extensions, we have been able to produce very subtle details - small simple means are often enough to find that little extra.
    We have worked to preserve the everyday and mundane in each model, but tried to find a dispute for each look. ”

    E: What tools do you prefer to use when styling hair and why?
    A: “In my profession, things should go fast and smoothly and it is important to work with the right tools - that's why I use Dyson. The tools are easy to clean, work on all hair types, are ergonomic and allow me to be time efficient.
    Also - the last thing I want as a stylist is to damage someone's hair. The models we work with often sit in the chair and their hair is exposed to great stress, so Dyson is completely right to work with because they always strive for the hair to be healthy“

    E: Dyson is really at the forefront when it comes to hair tools and several hair stylists and hairdressers have switched to Dyson's hair dryers because they weigh a little and are very effective and gentle on the hair.
    You also have other favorites from Dyson I understand?

    A: “I really like their cordless straightener! I can easily take it with me on sets to fix hair without tripping over wires or being dependent on electricity. ”E: It really is a pure dream! Thank you for this chat Sainabou.

  • The Botanical Garden in Uppsala

    Written by Anna Backman by Fashion Tales

    In the ever changing world of fashion, is there anything as timeless as a baroque garden? They never go out or style, or out of season. At least not in The Botanical Garden in Uppsala, where the spruce topiary and the box hedges stand to attention even after the heaviest snowfall. How did Olof Rudbeck, when he drew the plan of the garden in the late 17th century, know that it would yield gorgeous pictures from a drone four centuries later?

    Once a royal palace garden, The Botanical Garden moved to its present site at the turn of the 19th century, when it had outgrown Carl Linnaeus’ research facility across the river. The move was endorsed by the art loving King Gustav III. His taste is reflected in the peculiar but stunningly beautiful Linneanum building, first drawn by Olof Tempelman and improved by Louis Jean Desprez. It is a strictly classical building whose sunken arches lend a Pompeijan touch, a temple of Flora, inaugurated in 1807 at the centenary of the birth of Linnaeus.

    Linneanum houses one of the oldest orangeries still in use. This is where spring comes first in Uppsala, a Mediterranean haven where almonds blossom early. It is the home of some of the world’s oldest potted plants, three bay trees from Linnaeus’ time. In spring the plants are moved to the courtyard, framing events such as the Music in the Garden concert series. The orangery then turns into a popular venue for wedding receptions run by Cajsas Kök.

    If you take the time to explore you can trace the garden’s history through its growth rings. The box hedges hide treasures such as the rose and peony quarters. Beside the shadowy colonnades of trees reminiscent of the leafy avenues where high society would promenade centuries ago, young lime trees wait for their first trim. The conifer grove provides a Gothic contrast, conjuring the image of students dreaming up romantic poetry in its shadows. Today’s students prefer the lawns, where they lay on blankets reading or have fika with friends. Evenings and weekends, the garden fills up with people practicing yoga, playing boule, or just enjoying the greenery. Artists such as Elton John, Tom Jones, and ZZ Top have played here.

    The Botanical Garden is a living museum with more than 7,000 species from all over the world, many of them cultivated in the new section across the road where the homely potager contrasts the rough rocks of the Scandinavian alpine plants. The Tropical Greenhouse is where locals go to get an infusion of chlorophyll in the rainforest section, or to marvel at the elusive giant water lily which only blossoms at night in summer. Outside, by the magnolias and lilacs, the Triller family offers food and fika made from locally sourced produce at Café Victoria.

    The Botanical Garden has kept its style over the centuries, its growth rings have merged into a harmonious entity. The major change is accessibility. Once a reserve for the elite, it is now open for everybody all year round, Uppsala’s front room where many memories are made.

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