24 Dec 2012
24 Dec 2012
22 Dec 2012
Tel Aviv Fashion Week, a set on Flickr.
If you plan to go through my way too many photos here, taken last week during Tel Aviv fashion week, I should say a few words about it before you click on this link. For what it’s worth, I made a mistake. I should have taken a lot more photos of my friends and colleagues at the press room rather than blurry runway shots. And it’s not the quality of my photos that bothers me (that too, but it’s not my point) but the story of the Tel Aviv fashion scene that you don’t get to see here, at all. There are over a 100 photos here, taken during each show, and I had to attend them all. Most of them were taken for Haaretz newspaper’s website, to which I reported on an hourly basis during this event.
This is the time to tell you that I don’t think that what you are about to see here is about Tel-Avivian fashion or at least does not present the way I or my friends dress or wish to dress, if at all. I will also tell you that I truly loved 3 shows this week. One of them even brought tears to my eyes, and another one made me purchase a dress straight off the runway. But that is it. The gap between the amazing production and venue, done by Motty Reif, and the collections presented, was much too big to overlook. Keyword for next time: editing, editing, editing. I should have taken more photos of my friends, simply because they dress up ten times better than what we saw on the runways. As simple as that.
And last words: I had so much fun. It’s hard work, long hours and a lot of stress, and still, so much fun!
11 Dec 2012
I will only introduce the lady in the first photo – that’s Betony Vernon.
10 Dec 2012
I’ve been trying to pull off some sort of a proper red lip look for at least a couple of years now.
I tested several lipsticks, so many of them, all in different shades of reds. To be honest, it never worked. I felt like a clown or at least I felt like the whole world is looking at my mouth. It never made me feel comfortable so I always gave it up and went back to my lip glosses. After a while, I try again and again, and always break.
And then a small miracle happened (let’s keep proportions balanced – it’s just a lipstick) and I discovered Chanel lipsticks. Textures and packaging are two major advantages here, but the strongest advantage to me is the accuracy in colors.
This requires a short explanation: I’m a royal pain when it comes to colors. When I look for red, I mean red only. No touches of pink, orange or anything “interesting”. No! Just red please. And when you pick up a color from Chanel you can count on it – it’s exactly the color you meant to find.
For now, I’m in love with #31. It’s called Cambon and it’s definitely my favorite right now. Here it is:
I hope you’ll find your one too!
P.S. a moment of gratefulness – thank you dear iPad for allowing me to blog with you. Never underestimate your devices. x
8 Dec 2012
It’s funny how I’ve been waiting for this month to start for quite a while now and now that it has, I’m pretty shocked that this year is coming to its end.
Big changes are coming my way and it’s way too soon to write about them here, but I can only say that I can’t wait for 2013 to finally start. I couldn’t be more ready for it.
This week has been quite eventful with collections previews, meetings, dinners with friends and, yeah, work. I started feeling my traveling need biting me a little bit too. Although I miss my friends in NY very much, and the city of course, I really want to go to Paris. I feel like I haven’t been there for too long, since March I think? I really miss it.
Here is the passing week in photos. You can find more in my Instagram at @HillaO.
I grabbed a couple of Noritamy rings and pilled them up on one finger. Here is the gorgeous result, I can’t have enough of those. You can check their amazing designs here at Nortiamy website:
This one was taken at one of my favorite places to eat in Tel Aviv, Hotel Montifiore. I think I eat there about 3-4 times a week now, I love it! These are a couple of deserts we shared, it was amazing!
And yeah I was so happy when Grace Coddington’s new memoir came in with a messenger at my place, I’ve been so curious to read it since I read about it. It’s here and it’s much thicker than I thought it would be:
What can I say, elevators can be boring. My accountant’s office is on the 34th floor, I had to goof around while I was on my way up:
I went to Maya Negri’s collection preview this week at the new boutique hotel in TLV, Brown Hotel. The lobby is beautiful, I loved the huge bookshelf, it’s amazing. Here’s me with Maya and her winter collection’s face-of.
The famous bookshelf –
One of the best things that happened to me was this – lunch with a very good friend, Shelly Gross. I’ve said it here before but I am never too lazy to say it again – besides countless great virtues Shelly has, she also writes the best fashion blog (written in Hebrew) in Israel. Hands down. It’s my favorite. If you read Hebrew, check it out here. Our time together is priceless and means so much to me. She is the best!
She took this photo of me at the restaurant. I regramed from her Instagram straight into mine, I loved it
Till next time,
2 Dec 2012
A lot has been said about Hedi Slimane’s move to YSL and the rapid changes to follow that move. I have to admit that I was very sceptic too at first, but then again I’ve been following Hedi’s work for quite a while now, especially his style and unique take on photography, and have always admired his work. Saint Laurent (it’s going to take a while till I get used to the new name, as close as it might sound to YSL) recently launched their SS13 menswear campaign, lensed by Slimane himself, who obviously also designed the collection. For his first shoot he chose a female model, Saskia de Braw, and the results are amazing. You can always trust Slimane to dare, be provocative, interesting, and always so elegant while at it. Here are the photos taken for the campaign:
(photos from hint mag)
1 Dec 2012
They say that November was energetically evil and brutal to all. It is December 1st, and I saw a beautiful full moon last night.
To add just a couple more cliches to it, I would say that good things happen to those who wait, and also that no dream will ever come true if you don’t work for it. Very hard too.
Hoping for a better month to end a pretty complicated and eventful year
18 Nov 2012
A much needed break from the craziness around me (war in Israel, you know…) in the shape of this beautiful video by Bottega Veneta.
The reason I love videos like this is because I can never explain in words when asked why high brands designs cost so much. These videos explain it so well. There is so much work behind every piece, and each one is done perfectly or not at all. So many super talented people are on it and the materials used are the most expensive ones to begin with. Watch this:
p.s the music on this video is simply wonderful. Adds some magic to the much needed break I was talking about earlier
9 Nov 2012
I have always been so curious to meet or even just know more about the people who make my favorite magazine, Self Service. I have never seen them before so I was really happy when Garance Dore make a 2 parts interview with them on video and posted them on her blog. I was waiting for the second part to be posted so I can share both here in one post. If you like Self Service magazine as much as I do, you would love these videos too:
First part is here –
And here is the second part, mainly about the magazine’s move to the digital era. Very interesting –