We, Mimi Blogger Team, visited the Tim Walker exhibition ‘Wonderful Things’ at the V&A museum in London the other day (the exhibition ran from 21 September 2019 to 22 March 2020). We are fans of the photographer Tim Walker, so we simply had to come to London all the way from Amsterdam. As always, we took pictures for you, who couldn’t be there.
The first room, at the start of the exhibition, is filled with work made for fashion magazines. Hence the dripping ‘gloss’ from the ceiling we guess.
De Red-Hot Cowgirl draagt een perfecte outfit voor de Zomer van 2019 volgens Mimi Berlin. Relaxed mèt glamour: op workwear geinspireerd en uitgevoerd in high-tech materialen. Het alledaagse her-ontworpen in superzacht leer met high-end afwerkingen. Dit alles overgoten met een care-free jaren tachtig saus van draagbaarhed, glans, prints, kleur en plezier.
(tekst,trend-styling/beeld: Mimi Berlin voor WOTH Magazine nummer 14/ Nieuws Mode Shopping. Bovenstaand origineel artwork)
Camp is the the theme for this year’s Met Gala, the fundraising fest for the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) in New York City, held yesterday May 6th. As we all know the Met Gala is one of the most important red-carpet events of the year. It’s also the place were celebs take fashion the most serious, because the party is hosted by Anna Wintour. This evening is also the opening night for the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibition: “Camp: Notes on Fashion” (opens on May 9, 2019 but more on that later on this blog) What is Camp?
“Camp is an aesthetic style and sensibility that regards something as appealing because of its bad taste and ironic value.”
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Above a quote from Wikipedia, we, at Mimi Berlin, like to make it easy on ourselves, but we will give an example which we came up with. Joan Collins, she is the embodiment of Camp. For those who don’t know her; she is an actress born in 1933(!), who became the Queen of Camp playing Alexis Carringon in the 80s soap-opera Dynasty.
We picked our favorite outfits or most suitably camp from eonline.com. They are (Getty) images (for the Met Museum/Vogue)
Joan Collins’ outfit is also the best example of (Old-School) Camp. Wearing an age-apropriate glittery Tiara ànd a big ruffled romantic (wedding) dress with feathers is camp. What sets Ms Collins apart, is her awareness of the fact that she’s perceived as camp and she’s having fun with it on a high level. We are not sure if Nickie Minaj knows that she’s (New-School) camp, but that actually really doesn’t matter, she probably does and she is. That makes her one of the best-dressed women of this gala, according to us at Mimi Berlin. Donatella Versace is old enough to know that she doesn’t need to dress far away from her own taste. She added ‘Divine‘ to her outfit, a witty hommage to the late and famous Drag Queen we suppose. Naomi and Lizzo look very comfortable in their outfits, which are very lovely detailed and Campy indeed.
Model Doutzen Kroes, actresses Elizabeth Debicki and Hailee Steinfeld were glad that bows and ruffles are all the rage right now. Their outfits are very fashionable and come with the “camp-part” for free, but they don’t look really at ease, don’t you think? But these dresses look very pretty on them! Well, they are beautiful dresses and women!
The major part of the celebs on the pink carpet were far too dressed up. We aren’t going to upload images ’cause they aren’t favorites of us. Look them up online if you haven’t seen them yet. We guess RuPaul just needs to be noticed, so he put on a clowns suit. Kendall Jenner dressed as a showgirl, which is more drag and not camp at all, in our opinion. We like the fact that Gwen Stefani is channeling Liberace, but she too looked far to “dressed up”. We didn’t get the campiness of Cardi B’s outfit at all, can somebody please explain? Well our list goes on, but we won’t bother you with that.
Below a two and a half our video by Now This News on YouTube, it’s a live stream of the Met Gala 2019 Red Carpet Arrivals. We haven’t seen it yet, but maybe you have the stamina to watch it?!
Mirror Mirror Magazine is the newest, bi-annual, beauty magazine on the Dutch market. The glossy is founded by Georgette Koning, who also is the editor-in-chief and creative-director. Issue number 8 was launched the other day at the New Werktheater in Amsterdam, the headquarters of ‘…,staat’, the ad-company responsible for the design and art-direction of this issue of Mirror Mirror.
#8 Spring 2019
We, at Mimi Berlin, went to the launch because we were invited ànd are always very gespannt to flip through the pages of this lovely mag, it’s one of our favorite actually. The newest issue is filled with tons of editorials and interesting reads. Interviews with, for example, Violet Chacki, the famous dragqueen and Val Garland, global director of L’Oréal and with Sandra Govers, a make-up artist who is a collector of fake eyelashes ànd a read about beauty-product design. Stuff you won’t find in your average beauty magazine, we feel like. We will spare you mentioning all the editorials because that’s a long list as well. Just go and see for yourself is our suggestion.
The Spring 2019 issue has 4 different covers to choose from. Cover 3, photographed by Philippe Vogelenzang was revealed by Juno Dijkshoorn, the make-up artist for this photo.
In the 1980s Ms Koning (graduated as fashion-designer) designed bags, she had her own label called ‘Pearls for Swans’. She also designed for large(r) companies, such as for example; Thierry Mugler. Konings made a careerswitch in 1995 and started writing for several newspapers, such as the Dutch Qualitätszeitung NRC Handelsblad, and magazines such as Avantgarde and Vogue Italia. She has her own on-line magazine as well it’s named Independent Fashion Daily, which is written in Dutch only, unfortunately.
Mirror Mirror is available at bookstores and at of course at Athenaeum in Amsterdam where the magazine will have a feature shopwindow in April 2019.
Window shopping in Milan is one of Mimi’s greatest pleasures. This week is all about furniture and industrial design ’cause it’s Milan Design Week #mdw19, but we do need our fashionfix so we took a stroll along the shop windows of the high-end fashion brands in the area around the Via Montenapoleone. Below some pictures we made for y’all, who don’t have the time to go shopping for fashion design.
From Industrial to Discotheque to Safari
From the top of our heads (and thus in a nutshell) we could not help but spot the following ‘trends’. ‘Discotheque’ with neon colors, hologram, shine and glitter in silver, gold and bright colors. ‘Industrial’ with neon lights, concrete, silver detailing and transparency or plastic. On the ‘Safari’ side of the ‘shop-window-spectrum’ in Milan: animals, in particular the giraffe, monkeys and birds. Furthermore we’ve seen some tie-dye, at Prada and Stella McCartney only, and of course the color pink in all kinds of romantic shades.
Shop windows with a very romantic and girlie vibe, in pink: from pastel to shocking. Pink. The larger-than-life easter egg is made by Cova