Summer is over and everywhere on Twitter or Instagram, you can read "last day of Summer"... Sad in a way but it also means we could wear clothes from new collections and it means above all, Fashion weeks and more shows, more clothes, more Wows and more inspiration for W.A.R.M.! For this roundup of IFB Links A La Mode we submitted our article about LOVE Magazine and got selected once again! So if you haven't read this lightweight post yet, you could find the links above, among 19 other bloggers who got the honours of the Independent Fashion Bloggers this week!

Last Weekend

Labor Day marks the last day of "Summer" even if it's actually September 21st... but who's counting? Oh yeah, EVERYONE! Fashion Month kicks off next week, so everyone get your rest. Get everything you need to be done for regular life done this weekend if you can, because we'll all be glued to the runways for the next month. So now is the time to muse about life and style, to stock up on your Fall wardrobe, and catch up on your magazines... don't know where to start? These links will help!

Links à la Mode: August 28th

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CHEAP MONDAY Sweater and Shorts
UNDERGROUND Apollo Creepers
SPITFIRE Sunglasses
SWATCH Watch  

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W.A.R.M. TOP 10

1/ The Editorial: Beyoncé for CR Fashion Book Issue 5

Pic by Pierre Debusschère

2/ The Reunion: Rachel, Monica & Phoebe together again at Jimmy Kimmel 

3/ The Magazine Cover: Ola Rudnicka for Purple Fashion Magazine

4/ The Stockholm Fashion Week Collection: Cheap Monday SS15

5/ The Talk Of The Town: American Horror Story - Freak Show

6/ The Music Video: Grimes ft Blood Diamonds - Go 

7/ The Stockholm Fashion Week Standout Look: Ann Sofie Back SS15

8/ The Fashion Film: Somebody - Miu Miu Women's Tale by Miranda July 

9/ The Must Have: COACH Sweater sold on Colette.fr

10/ The TV Show: House of Style hosted by Iggy Azalea




Fashion shows are often a kind of celebration, a party you wanna join and it suits perfectly to the SS15 Cheap Monday show where people were invited to join a pool party as if they were in an episode of 90210! Actually, it also reminded us of an episode of GIRLS where Hannah the character played by Lena Dunham, is on drugs (CAUTION: Drugs are bad) and dances to the Icona Pop hit "I Don't Care I Love It" as if tomorrow will never happen in a club somewhere in New York. This easy-going, non pretentious, spontaneous, carefree collection entitled Over My Dead Body is reflected in the explanation of the collection on the Stockholm Fashion Week website : "Mindless Optimism, naive and childish quality". After all, Summer is made for such a behaviour! Being free, dancing all night long, hanging in bars with friends and not caring about tomorrow! Carpe Diem just like when we spent our holidays in Berlin when we often saw the sun rise. The gang of designers at Cheap Monday knows how to capture a vibe, the vibe of the streets with cool kids, club kids, grunge boys & girls, party-harders for an explosive and really interesting result giving us the envy (almost the NEED) to wear these garments. There is not really a statement in this collection but radical looks with radical pieces (the pumps that even the boys are wearing!) and a radical makeup emphasizing the fact that you need to accept people as they are. Come As You Are, As You Were and As You Will Be! The mixing of genres adds a real plus to this collection, a je ne sais quoi making it highly desirable. That's what a party is made of: many people with their own personality and their own sense of style!

The washed blue denim pieces (definitely a 90's vibe) are cut & ripped to the extreme showing the body underneath and are always paired with graphic pieces (a black and red plaid shirt with slogan white jeans/ a knotted bra top over a kaleidoscopic shirt paired with an eyelet knitted skirt) or come with knotted pieces on the waist (a ripped denim jacket, a plaid shirt or a leather like jacket). The complex layering and styling are primordial to give this silhouette so you'd better mix all these propositions together! And of course, don't forget to grab your black cat eyes sunglasses and your pvc platform boots to head to your party or to whenever you're going!

This SS15 collection will for sure remain on the top of our wishlist till next season! Now, the only thing we still need is a swimming pool to jump excitingly into it and play with some inflatable toys just like the models did at the end of the show. After this, we believe over our dead bodies that Summer will be fun!

The Show pictures come from the Stockholm Fashion Week website.
The Swimming Pool pictures can be found on the Cheap Monday Facebook.

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It won't be a surprise to you but we love LOVE. Of course, we love the feeling that could make you move mountains but here, this is not the point, above all, we love the magazine created by Katie Grand in 2009. Every January & July we wait eagerly for the brand new issue and for all the hype going with it. But as I said before, it's not a surprise for you, fellow readers as we have already written about it here, here and here! So it's time to talk a bit about the latest issue, the 12th one simply subtitled GIRL.

We love the magazines offering several covers because several covers mean the opportunity to choose, to be an active reader that proudly decides which cover to get! Perhaps it's a little far-fetched and most people take the first cover they can grab but we love to be able to decide which magazine we want to hold! It gives us more opportunities to get a magazine we will truly love from beginning to end. Let's admit it sometimes you love a fashion magazine but hate its cover, we have several examples in mind but we're not here to be bad (even if sometimes it's good to be bad...). So, this time we had the choice between the actress Amy Adams, the Angel Adriana Lima, the Icon Christy Turlington and the "newcomer" Kendall Jenner. The choice here was not really hard... Even if she is a good actress, we are not huge fans of Amy Adams (though this cover from Juergen Teller is really cool), Adriana Lima is the kind of models that bore us to the highest point and Kendall Jenner... Well Kendall Jenner remains a Kardashian in our eyes so it's hard to find her exciting. Despite the fact that she has been knighted by such fashion masters as Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld and Riccardo Tisci, we can't find her appealing or iconic. Maybe in a few seasons, we'll change our minds! Maybe not. So our obvious choice was Christy Turlington, one of the most beautiful models from the 90s and one of our favourite covergirls. We can remember the Vogue Paris cover by Patrick Demarchelier from October 2008, a perfection! Here she is shot by Inez & Vinoodh for a decadent, baroque, romantic, almost kitsch result. Beautiful!

As always in LOVE Magazine, we witness the gathering of the greatest talents of the moment! The established photographers such as Patrick Demarchelier (once again!), David Sims (the starting point of this issue according to Katie Grand:" when I started this issue, my main objective was to fulfill a dream: to work with David Sims on a personal project. David is perhaps the most honest fashion photographer of our generation"), Tim Walker (and his unique & dreamlike world) or Mario Sorrenti (whose favourite candy is pussy...) share the glossy pages with less famous but not less talented ones such as Liz Collins, Ezra Petronio or Drew Jarrett. And fresh faces (Natalie Westling, Binx Walton, Jean Campbell, Mica Arganaraz or Issa Lish) rub shoulders with Cara Delevingne, Edie Campbell (also a contributing editor for the magazine), Julia Nobis, Magdalena Frackowiak, Raquel Zimmermann or Kate Moss! The Best ones for the Best Fashion Magazine! 

Pic by Phil Poynter
Pic by Liz Collins
Pic by Patrick Demarchelier
Pic by Tim Walker
Pic by Tim Walker
Pic by Mario Sorrenti
Not to spoil the whole issue if you haven't read it yet (What? You haven't read it yet? What are you waiting for? Go go go!) here are some of the things we particularly LOVEd. According to us, a Fashion magazine is not all about beautiful pictures by the greatest photographers. Of course, it is important to showcase the clothes in the best possible ways but we also love to read exciting articles with great contents and unique points of view (that's why we also love reading I-D magazine & Dazed). On this particular point, there's no doubt that writer Murray Healy has a unique point of view and we especially adore his piece of writing about the pleasure you feel when having a fashion magazine in your hands and the idea of obsession & compulsion in Fashion called Fashion, Obsession and the Magic of Fetishism. You could buy this issue only to read this article, it's worth the price! 
A new issue of Love Magazine is also the occasion to discover new talents (essentially British ones) and a perpetual source of inspiration when you are a blogger. This time, they meet Riyo Nemeth, an artist who specialized herself in videos and whose sister is Lui, the co-founder of Primitive London, we had the chance to meet and photograph her last Summer so, it's like we could humbly feel a small connection with Katie Grand's magazine.
In a way or another, Love Magazine always manages to make one of our fashion dreams come true; this time, they ask Hanne Gaby Odiele, one of the most stylish models according to us, to style herself. As expected, the result is brilliant even if we would have loved to see more.
Last but not least, this magazine is the perfect place to read about designers: newcomers or legends. This time, they met Gareth Pugh (wearing his own collection), Joseph Carter (the design director of Marc Jacobs' Womenswear studio) but also and above all, the sensation Simone Rocha and the icon Vivienne Westwood. The first one talked to Adrian Joffe, the president of Comme des Garçons and Rei Kawakubo's husband and in a very relaxed interview (he has known her since her childhood), they spoke about the influence of her origins on her work, about travelling and her future projects. An enchanting discussion that makes this designer even more lovable.
The article about Vivienne Westwood (once again written by Murray Healy) is the occasion to learn more about her relationship with hubby (and head designer) Andreas Kronthaler. A perfect and touching couple and a nice text that is perhaps a perfect preamble to Westwood's autobiography (due in October).

Of course, there are many other parts of the magazine we love but it is such a pleasure to wander along its pages and discover its treasures that the best you can do is judging by yourself. And between you and us, owning it makes your shelves much more exciting!

Pic by Patrick Demarchelier
Pic by Rankin

In her editorial, Katie Grand explains that this issue was motivated by a desire to work with people she truly loves working with. She writes:" I suppose I could almost call it our Honest issue. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did working on it." But in the end, what started as a kind of selfish urge becomes a matter of universality. We love the artists and models she wanted to feature in this issue and we adore the shootings and stories she and her team tell us. So on that point we guess that this magazine has the most appropriate name ever!

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W.A.R.M. TOP 10

1/ The Editorial: Daria Strokous by Nathaniel Goldberg for Harper's Bazaar US

2/ The Movie Trailer: White Bird in a Blizzard by Gregg Araki

3/ The Must Have: Vans X Liberty London

4/ The Fashion Film: The Wolf in Her by Kate Moss for British Vogue

5/ The BookI Just Arrived in Paris by Juergen Teller & Nicolas Ghesquière

6/ The Music VideoAnaconda - Nicki Minaj

7/ The One To Watch: Sandy Liang

8/ The Models: Cara, Karlie, Joan, Fei Fei, Edie & MORE for Vogue US

9/ The Magazine Cover: Grimes for POP Magazine 

10/ The Song: Break The Rules - Charli XCX