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Velvet tv screenshot opening

For a retrospective (fictive) peek at the 1960s, we had Mad Men. For the 1950s (and a small part of the 1960s), we have Velvet, also knowns as Galerías Velvet. As you may have read, when I finished the Spanish serie Gran Hotel, I was happy that there was yet another Spanish retro serie waiting for me: Velvet. A serie that is set in the late 1950s in Spain, with a serious ode to high class fashion of those days. Last week, I came back from my holiday and I couldn’t wait to watch the last two seasons. Season 3 and 4 were added to Netflix (Netherlands) on the 1st of August and I finished the final episode on the 5th of August. Yes, that’s how addictive this serie is. I’ve set my own personal binge-watch record, although now I regret that I didn’t spread my binge-watch pleasure over a few more days. Currently, I am still having a What-do-I-do-with-my-Netflix-life-after-Velvet dip.

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INCONCEPT Live magazine: the smart fortwo

Our phones are smart for quite a while now. We wake up with that little allround device and go to bed with it. It notifies you about your friends, family, the world, cats and dogs running the internet and let’s not forget those interesting ‘SALE’ emails…

However, nothing beats live communication when we are in good company. The same applies to shopping. Online shopping is nice and easy, but we all like some good old ‘live’ shopping every now and then. Where some online shops have almost everything in their product line these days, live shops are often specialized in a few categories. Store in, store out, store in, store out…does that sound familiar?

Well, things are about to change. Remember the magazine-brought-to-life pop-up store INCONCEPT Live? This store that shops like a magazine, opened its doors in November 2014. It offers a platform where creative designers and entrepreneurs showcase their original concepts and products to a national ánd international audience. As you may have seen in my previous blogpost: this is not just any pop-up store, but a store with an innovative concept and a nice modern-meets-vintage touch. However, their concept is continuously developing. Introducing: smart shopping! When you’re done shopping for vintage clothes, buying not-so-common presents, trying out shoes with replaceable heels (innovation of the century!) and drinking that healthy slowjuice, there is something special waiting for you: the new smart fortwo.

 

Sounds like a car, right?

 

Oh wait it is:
 

INCONCEPT Live magazine: the smart fortwophoto credit: INCONCEPT

 

You don’t need to go to a car showroom anymore, INCONCEPT brings the showroom to you. Mercedes Benz ROGAM is showcasing their new smart fortwo (#SMARTrogam) in the pop-up store. This is what I would like to call thinking-outside-the-traditional-store box. Or as Evana Kuik, designer of Men’s fashion label Menswear, calls it: “Shopping 2.0”.

Want to wander around in this live magazine? You can visit INCONCEPT Live Magazine at Coolsingel 83 in Rotterdam.

Clueless movie

It’s almost the end of the year and everyone is going back in time. I mean, Dutchies: who is not listening to the top 2000 songs of all time on radio 2? We went to the future yesterday, but today I am taking you back again to the past. However, this time I am not going back that far, because this is the last post of the retro fashion serie! Back to the 90s, which brings back some extra nostalgic moments for me, because this is the time that I grew up. The time of ghettoblasters, The Spice Girls, Hakuna Matata, Discmans that didn’t fit into your trousers and the internet was just coming up! Imagine that…

This era also left its lasting mark on fashion. A very colorful mark also as you will discover. The early 90s were an extension of the late 1980s. But this was about to change very fast. Remember when MTV was all about the music? Music videos were being produced everywhere. The fashion in those popular music videos had a tremendous impact on the fashion sense because of all those teenagers, who adopted the fashion style of their idols into the real world. Hip-hop artists were seen as topfashion influencers: the urban culture rised and rised, not only in the big cities. The urban fashion motto was: Big t-shirts and baseball caps for everyone! Also, there were a lot of remixed versions of fashion trends from previous decades. In the mid-1990s there were for example The Spice Girls, who brought back a huge revival of the 70s platform shoe. Another item that made its revival under young woman, was the loose, short skirt. Once again fashion comebacks were very colorful. Denim and leather jackets were extremely popular and survived the whole nineties decade. As a matter of fact, denim and leather are true fashion survivors. Who doesn’t own a nice pair of jeans or a leather jacket these days?

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