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show h&m your fresh blue style!

After the success of The Art of the Trench by Burberry, Swedish fast fashion empire H&M (that’s Hennes & Mauritz for us in Scandinavia) now jumps in the bandwagon of social media and invites its customers to upload photos of themselves wearing at least one H&M item and two or more blue pieces to be featured in its online campaign “The Blues.” This is a collaboration with lookbook.nu and will run until March 17, 2010.

At H&M, blue is a key color for Spring 2010. We want to see your freshest blue style wearing your favorite H&M items!

Starting February 25, H&M stylists will choose five looks twice per week to be featured on their online campaign “The Blues.” All winners will also receive a 100 EURO (about $140 USD) gift certificate redeemable at any H&M!

To enter the contest, all you have to do is submit a look of you wearing one or more pieces of H&M and two or more blue pieces. We are looking for H&M looks in which blue is the dominant color that “pops.” Only one H&M item is necessary to qualify, but the more, the better! Don’t forget to tag what H&M piece(s) you are wearing when you’re done.

A 100-euro gift certificate and getting featured on the H&M website alongside top models Tyson Ballou and Daria Werbowy, now that sounds like a good prize to me!

canarian shopping loot

While I sort through over 500 photos from Gran Canaria and pick which ones to blog, I’ll start off with some quick shopping summary of sorts. I wasn’t expecting much on the shopping front while I was on this holiday and since our side of the island didn’t have much to offer apart from the customary supermarket and a solitary souvenir shop, we took our money to the capital Las Palmas and the neighboring (not to mention picturesque) marina community of Puerto de Mogan.

In Las Palmas, the only upper echelon brand I went into was Loewe, where I left empty handed. Walking along the main shopping avenue of Calle Triana, I spotted high street brand Massimo Dutti where I picked up a pair of leather gloves with wool lining and a gingham shirt for work. These items were on sale and I paid less than 50 euros for both. Joy!

We were in Puerto de Mogan one day and feeling the summer vibrations in the air (in January, no less!), I stepped into the Lacoste store and got myself two of its classic short sleeve pique polos in delightfully vibrant colors – Goji Berry Pink and Chlorophyll. Since I’m now back in Oslo, I would have to wait until our summer days are here until I could use these. In five months time. Boo!

Shopping loots make great souvenirs, non?

i got soul but i’m not a soldier

I have been searching high and low for a pair of boots with some heavily treaded soles for use on the snow. And my hunt ended with this pair of high leather boots from Dolce & Gabbana in dark brown calf and rubber soles. Though lacking in thermal insulation, it makes up for with its extra good surface grip and military chic stance.

March on, young man!

mark the date, gents!

Louis Vuitton is presenting its Men’s Fashion Fall/Winter 2010/2011 collection on January 21, 2010 at 1430 hours, Central European Time.

Menswear Paris Fashion Week will be from January 21 to 24, 2010. Since I’ll be on holiday during this time and probably in a place where the sun meets the sea, I’ll look at the photos from the runway when I’m back in Oslo.

Other dates to mention for the dreamers, the fans and the lucky ones.

January 21, Thursday – Gaspard Yurkievich, 1600h. Jean Paul Gaultier, 1700h. Dries Van Noten, 1900h. Henrik Vibskov, 2100h.

January 22, Friday – Junya Watanabe Man, 1000h.  Yves Saint Laurent, 1200h. Rick Owens, 1300h. Kris van Assche, 1500h. Comme des Garcons Homme Plus, 1600h. Cerruti, 1700h. Givenchy, 1800h. John Galliano, 2030h.

January 23, Saturday – Kenzo, 1100h. Ann Demeulemeester, 1300h. Dior Homme, 1500h. Dunhill, 1730h. Hermes, 2000h. Raf Simons, 2100h.

January 24, Sunday – Lanvin, 1100h. Paul Smith, 1700h. Agnes B, 1800h.

For the full list, click here.

acne opens flagship store in oslo

Tomorrow, Acne opens its second and flagship store in Oslo, a 200 square meter retail space at Bogstadveien which will house separate Acne Jeans, Men’s and Women’s departments. This new store development comes at a time of financial crisis when Acne can offer high fashion designs at competitive prices. With a style statement of simple, clean and timeless cuts (very Scandinavian), Acne is a good ally for investment wardrobe shopping.

Acne, along with its fashion house, carries a creative collective that includes an advertising agency, a film group, a web/digital production company and Acne Paper, its magazine published twice a year. And come spring 2010, Acne is also launching a furniture line. Talk about development.

fresh mess for garage dec/jan 2010: shiny, happy people

Pop a happy pill of Nordic cool.

For Garage Magazine’s travel and arts issue, I wrote about Norwegian-born fashion brand, Moods of Norway. Founded in the small, picturesque town of Stryn where Moods of Norway still has its headquarters and showroom, the brand has grown into an international name in fashion. With stores in Europe, the US and Japan and a celebrity following, Moods of Norway continues to set men’s fashion on the edge in its sixth year now with fun, frisky use of colors, sheen and outrageous prints.

For its current collections, Moods of Norway offers sharp suits in either tartan or romantic folk prints. The latter seems to get inspiration from the traditional Norwegian art of rose painting – the prints are ornate and rococo. My personal pick would be this bordeaux jacket (pictured upper right corner on the page) emblazoned with tone-on-tone floral patterns and features a contrast piping on the lapel. It looks so lavish and luxurious!

Also captured in this column is the magnificent Norwegian nature – the snowcapped mountains and the fjords. No wonder Norwegians are happy people (but the award went to their neighboring Danes), they are blessed with good looks and a stunning country to live in.

Show some love and get your copy of Garage Magazine’s December/January 2010 issue. It’s available in many newsstands in the Philippines.

garage magazine dec/jan 2010

The holiday/travel and arts issue of Garage Magazine is now available in the Philippines. For my column, I wrote about Moods of Norway, a Norwegian fashion brand that is taking over the world like a pink tumbleweed. I cannot wait to get my copy. Grab yours now! :)


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