Museum of Bags and Purses in Amsterdam

Herengracht 573, 1017 CD Amsterdam
Opening hours: 3.50-12.50 EUR
Tickets: Open every day! Monday-Sunday 10:00-17:00
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About the founders
During a visit to England one antique bag took the heart and constant attention of Hendrikje and Heinz Ivo. Throughout the years they collected 5000 bags and first had
an exhibition at their home in Amstelveen in 1996. The collection moved to its current place, a house that is part of UNESCO’s World Heritage in 2007. Their daughter, Sigrid Ivo is the director of the museum and the museum is often mentioned as one of the best fashion related ones on Earth.

The collection
The exhibition starts with the oldest bags from the 5th century and by explaining the methods how bags were made and used in the past centuries. Did you know people started making bags back then because their clothes didn’t have any pockets? It moves through time, materials and fashion as well until we reach our current days.
Let me just mention of couple of names from the haute couture collection: Chanel, Dolce&Gabbana, Yves Saint Laurent, Judith Leiber, DKNY, Gucci, Hermés, Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton.
It also contains bags that used to belong to celebrities: the bag Madonna wore to Evita’s premiere, Sophia Loren’s, Julia Robert’s and Lady Gaga’s bag, Salvador Dalí’s wife, Gala Dalí’s bag, Hillary Clinton’s, Margaret Thatcher’s and some of royal families.

The museum shop 
If you take a look at Tripadvisor and other sources you will find that this museum shop has been named the best one in Amsterdam. But why is it so special compared to the one in the Van Gogh Museum for example? Because it is impossible not to find the perfect bag there for yourself. This September the newest collection of Valentino was also on sale. Hard to be strong when so much useful (!!) beauty is surrounding you…
Anyway, you can also take a look back at the bags by buying a book containing stories and photos of the whole collection.

During the visit you can design a handbag for yourself. Here is the one I made while feeling very creative and empowered standing next to a red Chanel bag. Am I a born designer or what?!

My bag

 

 

Vogue

‘When I first moved to New York I bought Vogue instead of dinner. It just felt it fed me more.’ /Carrie Bradshaw – Sex and the City/

The fashion industry’s monthly Bible has to be Vogue magazine. The magazine contains articles mostly about fashion (more specifically haute couture), beauty and lifestyle. It was already founded in 1892 in the USA by an American businessman, Arthur Baldwin Turner and was published first as a weekly newspaper. In 1905 the magazine was bought by Condé Nast.

Vogue has spread from the USA and today it is published in the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Greece, Portugal, the Netherlands, Poland, Ukraine, Slovakia, Turkey, Russia, Australia, Brazil, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, China, India, Thailand and Arabia.

From 1988 the editor in chief for Vogue is Anna Wintour. She was born in 1949 in London. Her career started at Harper’s Bazaar and then in she changed to British Vogue in 1986. She wears her signature look, the bob haircut since she was 15 years old and she is rare to be seen without sunglasses.
Time Magazine claims ‘Runway shows don’t start until she arrives. Designers succeed because she anoints them. Trend are created or crippled on her command.’ Today she is the most influential woman in the fashion industry and is the curator of the Metropolitan Museum of New York so she organizes the MET Gala every year. The First Monday in May documentaey captures how the event is organized.
She supported and raised today’s famous John Galliano and Michael Kors. She declared the magazine’s main goal: ‘Vogue is the best of evrything that fashion can offer and I think we point the way. We are, you know, a glamourous girlfriend.’

Fun facts about Vogue:
Mexican Vogue featured a portrait of Frida Kahlo on the cover in 1937.
Vogue’s photographers include Annie Leibovitz, Mario Testino and Helmut Newton.
The first celebrity cover featured Madonna in 1989.
Kate Moss has the most (over 60) Vogue covers.
There is only 8 American Vogue covers that feature a man including George Clooney, Ben Stiller and Richard Gere.
Salvador Dalí made illustrations for Vogue covers in 1939 and 1944.
The September issue is the most important one in each year because it influences the whole season. The September Issue documentary shows how much it takes to make such an influential magazine.

Anna Wintour’s former assistant, Lauren Weisberger wrote the famous The Devil wears Prada novel. People often compare Anna Wintour to Meryl Streep’s character in the movie. She attended the premier and wore Prada.
Today there are special editions of Vogue such as Teen Vogue and Men’s Vogue.
Fashion designer, Vera Wang started as an assistant at Vogue.
Alexander Wang and Joan Didion also used to work for Vogue.
The largest edition of Vogue weighs 4.5 pounds and has 916 pages in September 2012.
42% of online Vouge’s readers are men.
71K issues of Vogue are sold in half a year only in the UK.

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Best of Emmys dresses 2018

Emmy Award goes to people in the American television industry. The first Emmy statuette (a woman with wings holding an atom) was given in 1949 to Shirley Dinsdale. The person who received the most Emmys is Julia Louis Dreyfus with 11 wins and 24 nominations.
On 17th September the 70th Emmys took place in the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. It was hosted by Michael Che and Colin Jost and the whole event was flooded with celebrities. Here you can find this year’s list of wins and nominees.

Let’s take a look at what people wore to the red carpet.

Vanessa Hudgens certainly found her version of the little black dress that was designed by SemSem. The huge bow makes it look very chic and dramatic.

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The full look at the @netflix Emmy’s party!

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You can never go wrong with Chanel. Penélope Cruz looked like a modern princess.

Mother of Dragons, Emilia Clarke was showing of her amazing figure in Dior.

Gossip Girl has never looked more classy. Kristen Bell wore a white Nicole Chavez dress with diamonds.

Dakota Fanning chose a simple and elegant dress from Dior.

The Handmaid’s Tale’s beautiful and talented actress, Madeline Brewer wore a dress from Brock Collection with stunning Bvlgari earrings.

Taraji P. Henson’s dress was inspired by nature and was designed by Giambattista Valli.

Stranger Things’ Max, Sadie Sink look liked a 21st century angel wearing Custom Hiraeth Dress. It was designed by Academy Award nominee, Rooney Mara.

Zac Posen proved that it is never enough of tulle and attended the event with Joey King.

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Underneath the purple rain ☔️ @zacposen

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Style icons III.: Sarah Jessica Parker

”Follow your instincts and do not let other peoples opinion of you become your opinion of yourself.”

Sarah Jessica Parker is most famous for her role as Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City. Curly hair, a pair of Manolo Blahnik’s, cigarette in one hand and Cosmopolitan in the other. She was the first IT girl on television and she won 4 Golden Globes in the Best Lead Actress in a Television Series category.
After the show has ended she appeared mostly in romantic comedies such as Failure to Launch with Matthew McConaughey, All Roads Lead to Rome and Did You Hear About the Morgans with Hugh Grant.
She released 5 fragrances and the SJP shoe collection.

Reading has never been this fashionable.

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One of my favorite things about Instagram is talking with so many of you about books, sharing titles and supporting writers, booksellers and our libraries. I've been a devoted reader since I was a little girl so I'm particularly thrilled to introduce a stunning debut novel, A PLACE FOR US, by a new and powerful American voice, Fatima Farheen Mirza. Our first for #SJPforHogarth. US readers can pre-order now to redeem a special bonus gift. The link with information is in my bio. To all those dedicated international readers, stay tuned. We'll have more information for you very soon. This book is a gift for its fortunate readers and I'm so excited to imagine it in readers hands or on their stacks. Any questions, ask away!!! X, SJ​

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Simple, elegant and feminine.

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@bravoandy always leaves me laughing. X, SJ

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If you thought pink can never work with purple, you were wrong.

A glamorous shoe can spice even the most simple outfit.

This year’s Met Gala theme was ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic imagination’. SJP wore a gold nativity scene as a headpiece and a dress designed by Dolce & Gabbana.

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This is now. X, Sj

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The headpiece obsession started actually in 2015 at the ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’ Met Gala. It was designed by Philip Treacy and she wore a dress she collaborated on with h&m.

On this year’s Golden Globes she supported the ‘Time’s Up’ movement by wearing a black Dolce & Gabbana dress.

To the Golden Globes in 2017 she wore Vera Wang that has certain Princess Leia vibes.

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Many hands. Many masters. I'm on my way. X, Sj

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SJP is one of the New York City Ballet’s board of directors and she attends all of the Fall Galas in the last 7 years. In 2015 she wore a Zuhair Murad dress with Cartier jewelry.

And for the ending let’s take a look at beautiful shoes of the SJP collection. They exist in all the colours of the rainbow so everyone can find the perfect match.

My fashion dreams

When I go shopping or pack for a vacation I always make lists not to forget anything. And sometimes I make lists of things that I truly wish for. Just like other fashion enthusiasts I have fabulous things in my imaginary closet. But what are the most desired things I want to own or do that are related to fashion?

First of course I once would love to go to the Fashion Week in Paris.

I would love to wear an haute couture dress such as this one from Dior…:

… and wear the perfect Manolo Blahnik’s to the dress:

There is never enough of shoes, bags and accessories, so I would have a pair of shoes from Hungarian designer, Reka Vago:

I would love to have quality luggage from Louis Vuitton:

I would love to have a classic Burberry scarf…:

… a Birkin Bag from Hermés…:

… a tweed jacket from Chanel…:

… and the perfect black dress from Givenchy:

This list may seem to much or just a cliché, but I think there shouldn’t be excuses for what we wish to wear, because it expresses who we really are.

 

Style icons II.: Blake Lively

“You can’t really go wrong as long as you are true to yourself.” /Blake Lively/

Blake Lively became famous around 2006 after appearing in The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants and playing the role of Serena van der Woodsen in Gossip Girl. A role that she played for 6 years and Serena’s name became a synonym to IT girl. Later on she played in the Green Lantern movie where she met her future husband, Ryan Reynolds. They have two beautiful daughters, James and Inez. The last three years have been very busy for Blake but she played the main role in The Age of Adaline, The Shallows, All I See Is You, A Simple Favor and debuted in her first Woody Allen film, Café Society.
Blake uses her fame to protect children and put an end to child pornography and sex trafficking.

Pregnant and powerful. The actress chose to wear this Frozen inspired Versace dress to at Cannes in 2016…

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Let It Glo

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…with this beautifully detailed handpiece. Blake takes a time to consider her accessories.

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Not a footprint to be seen…

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There isn’t many women who can rock green leopard trousers but Blake certainly can! This white blouse shows off her flawless back.

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🌈💄🌈 mom’s night out

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Is that you, Cinderella? She also this dress to the 2016’s Cannes Film Festival. The dress was designed by Vivienne Westwood.

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👠 (throwback)

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She attended Cinema Con this year by wearing a Sonia Rykiel designed suit jacket and Christian Louboution shoes.

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…Who wore it better?

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She manages to dress comfortable, elegant and feminine at the same time even outside red carpet events.

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…Honey badger don’t give a damn.

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The actress wore this magnificient Versace dress for this year’s Met Gala. The dress took 600 hours to make!

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Winter is coming 🏰🐉❄️🐺🏰

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But this wasn’t Blake’s first Versace creation on the Met Gala. She also wear a phoenix inspired golden one in 2017.

And details again. Clutch with matching nails and rings.

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Subtlety is my forte.

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She decided to support her husband on the Deadpool 2 premier by wearing the superhero’s red&black costume colours. The dress was designed by Brandon Maxwell.

Propagating her newest film, A Simple Favor, where she portrais a very classy lady.

Sustainable fashion

The world has gone through a lot of negative changes lately. We can all feel climate change on our own skin, smell air pollution and see nature struggle. Many people has woken up and decided to try to make a change while we can. Al the things happening around us made an impact on fashion as well. It has been a long time ago, when lavishment was acceptable. Wasting is not chic anymore. Besides other industries, fashion said yes to being eco-friendly.

Eco-friendly fabrics
The most plausible step to a better tomorrow for fashion brands is to use organic materials for their clothes such as bamboo, organic cotton, silk or cashmere. By achieving this we can reduce one fourth of the world’s pesticide consumption. H&M made a basic collection from organic cotton. Stella McCartney’s stores are not only powered by wind energy but she often uses recycled materials and her clothes are animal-free.

And there are some other initiations:

Adidas
The sport brand introduced a shoe to the market that was made from recycled ocean waste in association with Parley for the Oceans.

Calvin Klein
CK designed a dress for Emma Watson that was made from plastic bottles to the 2016 Met Gala.

H&M
The company launched a new campaign called Conscious that means you can bring all your used or ruined clothes/towels to an H&M store, and your clothes will have a new purpose later. In return the store will give you a discount or coupon.
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The brand presented its Conscious Exclusive collection that contained dresses made from plastic shoreline waste.

Vivienne Westwood
The British designer takes the protection of environment very seriously. She supported the Green Party on the Elections and she teamed up with Farms Not Factories and launched a line of bags and T-shirt that were all made of organic cotton in 2014.

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6 of Hearts #VWPackOfCards Photo by Juergen Teller.

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Dr. Linda Thomas
The British doctor became famous with the Wave of waste dress that was made from 100 body boards.

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World Earth Day. So why all this focus on Ocean Plastic? Many think Blue Planet 2 was responsible and as incredible as that was, it aired at a time where we had already reached a tipping point. We have allowed Climate Change to keep going on in the background. We really have learnt to look the other way as the polar ice melts and chaotic weather patterns are already being seen. We can get on a plane with enjoyment not realising that each person on a long haul flight has undone the carbon saved by each person living completely off grid. And there aren’t that many people doing that. The Ocean won’t let us do that. She is spewing up the plastic big and small on our Coastlines. The scientists can tell us anything but if you do a #2minutebeachclean anywhere in the World you can find plastic. It is in our water, it is in our food. It’s killing. Now the good news. When I went to the Ocean Plastic Crisis Summit in London a few weeks ago and listened to experts I really understood everything works. Bad news, we need to do everything . Good news, everything makes a difference. So whether you are a child and thinking about writing a letter or an adult who is going to stop buying plastic (polyester/nylon) clothing, just do it. My current struggle is plastic packaging. In the comments let me know what areas you’re struggling with and let’s help each other. Image by @symagesphotography of @emmajaneskinner wearing Wave of Waste dress by @linda_eco_design from 100 dumped bodyboards collected by @beachcaresw of @keepbritaintidy Eco Hair by @clairswinscoestudiocouture Eco make up by @rebeccarosemua and using @ecostardust #lovepeopleandplanet #worldearthday #oceanplastic #marineplastic #thereisnoplanetb #waveofwaste #waveofwastedress #plasticfree #take3forthesea #surfersagainstsewage #greenpeace #keepbritaintidy #plasticfreecoastlines #thetimeisnow #litterati #joinedupthinking #systemschange #wecanmakeadifference

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