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Berlin Tattoo Ink Lovn’

When I first came to Berlin a few years back, it didn’t take me long to work out that Berlin women love their ink.  What I found particularly interesting was the more petite and ‘innocent looking’ the woman looked, the more ‘in your face’ her tattoo was.  I’m aware that London girls fly their tattoo flags high as well, but now I live in Berlin, from the considerable artful displays I’ve seen adorn the bodies of their female population, I think that Berlin girls fly theirs a tad higher.

When I’ve been out and about, I’ve always wanted to stop the Berliners I see with the most interesting tattoos, but so far, I haven’t had the guts.  For some reason, I find it easier to stop randoms on the street to take street style pics.  So I got very excited when during my fashion editorial shoot last week, I saw that the photographer’s assistant- Tintin Jonsson– had a mighty fine artistic display creeping up her arm, and I decided to pry into each one-

My Fashion S/ash Life- Talk me through your tattoos, which is the first one you got?

Tintin- That would be this old Irish-pattern tattoo I got when I was 16-

Tintin- I really wanted to get a tattoo at 16 and when I asked for my parents’ permission, my dad gave me his blessing- he is actually covered in tattoos, so he was like ‘Yeah, for sure, do it!’

My Fashion S/ash Life- What came next?

Tintin-  Then I got this roses friendship tattoo

My Fashion S/ash Life (laughs)- Wow, that must have been some friendship!  What came next?

Tintin- My whole family is Catholic, so I got this Virgin Mary tattoo

My Fashion S/ash Life- Well, you certainly found a more visually arresting alternative to going to church! Who out there inspires you when it comes to getting tattoos- apart from your father ofcourse!

Tintiin (laughs)- Actually, my dad has awful tattoos! I’m really inspired by the French tattoo artist called Guy Le Tatooer and he comes to Berlin every second month to do tattoos at the AKA shop.  The shop often has guest tattoo artists and it also doubles up as an art gallery.

I think Guy is amazing and he is famous for doing these Mandala, super detailed black and white tattoos and this is the Mandala tattoo he did for me-

My Fashion S/ash Life- What’s a Mandala tattoo?

Tintin- I think it has its roots in Hinduism/Buddhism and it’s when the tattoo starts at the centre and then goes out in shit-loads of detailed, repeated patterns.

My Fashion S/ash Life- Any plans to get more tattoos done?

Tintin- Yes, but although I love colour in general, I really want to focus on super-detailed black and white tattoos.

My Fashion S/ash Life- Do you plan to get these tattoos to follow-up your arm?

Tintin- Yes, I’m going to continue on my arm that already has tattoos and then I’m done.  I think!

Personal Style

Ask Biki

Question

Hi Biki

I have an event next week in New York, the dress code is ‘Fashion Week Chic’ and the party is happening in the evening.  Please advise on which of the below outfits is best?

Outfit 1

Outfit 2

Outfit 3

From Chichi.

My Response

Dear Chichi

The event’s dress code imply that you are to look fashionable and chic, so the second outfit best fits the theme of the night.  Reason being, the low neckline and length of the romper, make it more youthful than the other options(and as we all know fashion favours the young!)whilst the olive-green hue and silk texture still make it chic.
In my opinion, the first and third outfit are far too formal for a fashion event and most importantly they hide your best assets!
As New York is still mildly warm at the moment, you can afford to show your fabulous pins in their full glory.  For this ensemble I would like your prominent colour themes to be olive-green and gold, because I believe the two tones really compliment each other.  Furthermore, with your skin tone the combination will make you glow and gleam like a Greek goddess. 
Your accessories– namely,your jewellery, shoes or bag– will be a great way to incorporate a golden hue into your ensemble.
I would especially love to see a vintage-inspired gold and black belt cinching your waist.
I would also advise on using soft golden hues, olive-green and earth brown hues with your eye-makeup.
Lastly, I would say that to really show you know your ‘Fashion A. B, C’s’, accessorize your outfit with statement accessories, because with fashion it’s all in the detailing.
Personal Style

D(esign).I(t).Y(ourself) Style

One of my earlier posts was about me fashioning a jacket, having got the material from a Lagos market.  Whenever I wear it and people ask me where I bought it from, I always feel a certain smug satisfaction when I tell them that they can’t buy it anywhere in the world because it was designed by yours truly.

Recently, I had to admit that I lost the ‘D.I.Y style’ award to this fabulous lady who goes by the name, Titi.  Having spotted her statement ankara print jacket a mile off, I rushed to ask her where it was from and got a taste of my own medicine when she replied that she had designed it herself.

Like me, Titi got her ankara print material from a market in Lagos and she cleverly decided to give it a youthful and chic flair by adorning it with sequins, which she got from the same market.  Titi will be happy to know that she is bang on trend with this jacket as this A/W 2011 season, the waist has made a shapely return.  International designers like Rouland Mouret, Gucci, Valentino, Loewe and Emporio Armani  all sent their models down the catwalk in jackets that cinched and pinched their waists to hourglass perfection.

Alexis Carrington (character played by Joan Collins in the iconic ‘Dynasty’ TV Series, as if you didn’t know!) would adore the exaggerated shoulder detail, n’est ce pas?

Courtesy of vintage-lasdivas-blogspot.com

A clutch with a similar colour tone compliments the jacket-

What I love about this look is how Titi has managed to fuse two cultures, namely Western and African.  One of the great things about fashion is its ability to unite various traditions and styles in perfect harmony.  Titi illustrates this by modernising her African-inspired jacket by pairing it with a skinny belt from Topshop, bag from Reiss, leggings from Asda and shoes from New Look.

Ladies (and adventurous) gentlemen, my advice is to take yourself to your nearest market, buy some material and like Titi, bring out your inner Tom Ford.

Personal Style

Inside the Wardrobe and Mind of ‘The Queen of High Street Style’

As much as I love taking note of what people are wearing on the streets, at events and so on.  There is a particular, indescribable pleasure and pride I get when my friends’ ensembles teach me a thing or two.  For years now, a very good friend of mine’s various stylish and unique outfits have had me asking repeatedly, ‘where did you get that?’  And after a while, I realised that more often than not,  the response was from a High Street store.  In fact I think she could give High Street ambassador, Gok Wan, a run for his money in picking up the best looks on the High Street. 

This is a lady who is up to date with all the various High End and High Street collaborations and is so dedicated to possess them that she will queue for two hours to get the limited garments and accessories.  Not content with the more obvious finds in High Street stores, the pieces in her wardrobe hail from interesting finds in her local charity shop, Oxfam all the way to secretly hidden boutiques in Argentina.

This ‘High Street Style Queen’ goes by the name Fayola Saunders and on a recent trip to her house, I convinced her to wade through her boxes, rails and even more boxes of clothes and accessories to come up with four main looks-  work wear, day wear, date wear and evening wear And as if that wasn’t enough, I also decided to pick her brains at the end of it all to get some tips for girls and women out there who are still trying to work out how High Street stores can work for them

Faye’s Work Wear

 

Faye’s work outfit- Grey jacket and shift dress -M&S, black pair of shoes- Primark, black bag- H&M

Faye’s Day Look

 

 How print-tastic is this skirt?

 Faye’s day outfit- Bead necklace-Oxfam, bangle Oasis, Navy blue blouse- Primark, skirt- Asos.com, sandals-boutique in Argentina, leather fringe bag- Primark, silver and blue ring- Asos.com

Faye’s Date Look- This is not a ‘First Date’ look, but rather a look for when you have been on X amount of dates and it’s more ‘acceptable’ to start looking like you made an effort

Faye’s ‘It’s now ok to look like I made an effort for this date’ look- Blue cardigan- Primark, blue feather earrings- Primark, peacock print dress- New Look, turquoise blue and aqua green bag-Matthew Williams for H&M, blue,silver and diamante ring- Asos.com, blue suede stilettos-Primark

Faye’s Evening Look

 

Faye’s evening outfit- Dress -Lanvin for H&M, snakeskin stilettos Kate Kanzier, gold snake bracelet- Roberto Cavalli for H&M, snake ring- Roberto Cavalli for H&M, gold earrings- Topshop, black leather bag- Primark

 Interview

My Fashion S/ash Life- Talk me through why you chose this particular work outfit?

Faye-It’s my favourite suit dress, I don’t normally shop in M&S but I saw it in the shop window and I loved the ruffle detail and initially I just wanted the dress, but when I tried it with the jacket, I loved the combination and decided to get the whole outfit.

My Fashion S/ash Life- I absolutely love the structure, shape and print of your Asos African batik-print skirt.  Talk me through your day ensemble.

Faye- I love African print and when I saw this skirt I knew I had to have it.  I also happen to have a lot of blue accessories and a top from Primark which complimented the skirt, so I went for it.

My Fashion S/ash Life- And why this dress for your evening look?

Faye- A year or so ago, I wanted a nice, classy dress for New Years Eve and when I heard Lanvin was collaborating with H&M,  I knew that would mean chic, timeless dresses at an affordable price.  So I went down there and queued for two hours before the shop opened and it was worth it.  As soon as I saw it, I knew it was for me- I loved the asymmetrical detailing, the ruffled detail and I love the fact it has a deep purple tone and is not black.

My Fashion S/ash Life- And why this outfit for your date?

Faye-I love peacocks and the colour blue, so when I saw this dress in New Look, I knew I had to have it.

MyFashion S/ash Life- From looking at your jewellery I can see you are one for statement pieces, is that a fair assessment?

Faye- When it comes to accessories, I’m an all or nothing kind of gal.  I can quite happily wear an outfit with no accessories but when I do decide to, they are very much in your face.

My Fashion S/ash Life- How would you describe your personal style?

Faye- It’s a bit of a mixture- for work my style is classic and simple and I tend to wear a lot of blacks and greys, but when I’m going out at night, I’m much bolder and adventurous in the way I wear my prints, colours and cuts of garments.   So like I am with my accessories, I don’t have much middle ground- I’m either classic or I’m wacky.

My Fashion S/ash Life- What do you mean by wacky? In this day and age, we associate wacky style with personalities like Nicky Minaj and Lady Gaga.

Faye- Well I’m not wacky by those standards but when I dress up outside work, I like to use detailing, colour and print to make me stand out in the crowd.

My Fashion S/ash Life- High Street or High End?

Faye- High Street

My Fashion S/ash Life-  Which is your favourite shop to shop in and why?

Faye- Primark, because if you have the right eye and you know what suits you, you can find good pieces that are priced cheaply.  Also with the vast selection, you can buy pieces to spice up an outfit as well as the basic essentials.  So I tend to mix and match my brands by donning an expensive bag and then balancing it with a fab piece from Primark.

My Fashion S/ash Life- How often do you edit your wardrobe?

Faye- I don’t edit, I just add!

My Fashion S/ash Life- Who are your style icons?

Faye- I don’t have any.

My Fashion S/ash Life- That’s interesting, most people tend to have one.

Faye- To be honest, I am not that influenced by people, I know that everyone is to a certain extent but for me, I either like something or I don’t.

My Fashion S/ash Life- What skeletons are hanging in your wardrobe?

Faye- Ah there are so many…

My Fashion S/ash Life- Indeed there are, I remember from our uni days! 

Faye (laughs)- Well I do have a pair of purple satin, skin-tight flares.

My Fashion S/ash Life- Ooooooh Boogie Nights! How has your fashion sense changed through the years?

Faye- As I’ve grown up and become more confident, I’ve got a lot more experimental with my fashion picks which shows through the range of colours and prints in my wardrobe.

My Fashion S/ash Life- How has the fashion press by way of mags, blogs and TV shows influenced your way of dressing?

Faye- I’m a ‘Look’ mag girl as opposed to a ‘Vogue’ girl, reason being, I like the way Look mag has carried the trend of making the High Street more chic and trendy.  So I’m influenced by fashion mags who have picked up on that tend.

My Fashion S/ash Life- And how exactly how have you been influenced by Look magazine?

Faye- Well sometimes, I’ll read mags like Look or Grazia and not buy it (laughs), yes I know, classical cheap! Anyway I’ll do that, see what the High Steet stores have in stock and if I see a piece in a mag I like, I will go to the store to try on the piece and if it fits right, I will buy it.  So I use the mags like a catalogue.

MyFashion S/ash Life- Oh I love it, that’s exactly what fashion mags want you to do!  Good to know, it still works.  Now, if you won a prize where you got to have a free consultation with an image consultant, which area would you say you needed help with the most?

Faye- I definitely need help streamlining my wardrobe.

My Fashion S/ash Life- I can help you with that, at a friendly fee of course!  And finally, Carrie Bradshaw or Cheryl Cole?

Faye- Definitely Carrie Bradshaw!

 My Fashion S/ash Life- Good girl.

I would like to give a big thank you to Faye for making this article possible.  You wouldn’t tell from the pictures and how forthcoming she was during her interview, but Faye wasn’t feeling well whilst I took these shots and grilled her, but she was ever the professional and amazing friend and let me poke, prod and prim her to my heart’s content.

Personal Style

Colour Trend for A/W 2011- Camel Brown

Fashion is all grown up this A/w 2011, gone are the days when she skipped through the city in dazzlying, attention-seeking fluro brights like neon pink and canary yellow.  Now she is favouring more subdued, elegant hues as the nights get longer and the days get shorter.  One of the earthier shades she will be experimenting with this Autumn/Winter season is camel brown.

London girl about town, Madeleine Glatz illustrates how work this colour tone into your ensemble-

Madeleine’s short jacket, oversized bag and shoe boots are  from Mango.  Her  top and leggings are from Primark.  Her pashmina was a gift from India.

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