Archive for June, 2010

I Have Seen it All Now!

Browsing the fashion scene you can’t help but notice the Milan and Paris Fashion Shows for 2010. It is always exciting and the styles may not be your main street look but there are a lot of new fashion designs to enjoy. I really got a laugh out of the The Twenty Most Ridiculous Looks From the Spring 2011 Men’s Collections on NY Fashion’s website. I have seen it all I thought but some of these designs were just so funny I almost peed myself! I guess when fashion designers get bored over the winter it can lead to disaster!

milan and paris fashion shows 2010

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ILVOELV 2nd Anniversary Giveaway (Sponsored by Fashionphile & Yoogi’s Closet)

In celebration of ILVOELV’s 2nd Anniversary, I have asked Sarah Davis and Simon Han – the people behind the two of the most popular online authentic pre-owned luxury designer handbag stores in the world: Fashionphile and Yoogi’s Closet – to sponsor a giveaway for you my lovely readers as thanksgiving for your continual support. And being the lovely people they are, they have agreed to sponsor!

Fashionphile has generously offered an authentic Louis Vuitton That’s Love Tote 2 MM (from Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2007 collection) up for grabs. I’m very happy that I’ll be able to give away this bag because this is ILVOELV’s namesake, very appropriate for our 2nd anniversary. Also, Yoogi’s Closet has lavishly prepared a US$300 gift certificate which is redeemable towards any purchase from Yoogi’s Closet.

So you may be wondering how could you win these amazing prizes… After the jump, I have posted the instructions + other important information. Please read and follow them CAREFULLY, and most importantly… have fun!


STEP 1: Be sure to ‘LIKE’ ILVOELV’s Facebook Page because it’s where you will be sending your entries.

STEP 2: Decide which of the two giveaways you want. Will it be the bag or the gift certificate?

STEP 3: On a piece of paper or anywhere you could write on. Write down “I LVOE LV” “I LVOE ____”. On the blank write down either Fashionphile or Yoogi’s Closet. If you write down Fashionphile, that means that you want to win the Louis Vuitton That’s Love Tote, and if you write down Yoogi’s Closet, you want to win the US$300 gift certificate.

Lady Gaga artwork © Capitan Nathan
STEP 4: Pose! Take a photo of yourself holding the paper a.k.a. LVoe Letter. Surprise us with your creativity… be fun, be spontaneous.

STEP 5: Log on to ILVOELV’s Facebook Page. On the “Write Something…” part, write down why you want to win the bag or the gift certificate. This serves as the caption for your photo.

STEP 6: Browse for the creative photo you took earlier with you holding the paper from STEP 3.

STEP 7: Click the Share button.

• You must have a Facebook account to participate in this giveaway.
• This giveaway is open to everyone, from any country.
• You can send in two entries, one Fashionphile and one Yoogi’s Closet.
• Post your entries (Photo + Caption) on ILVOELV’s Facebook Page starting today June 25th until July 2nd.
• Entries sent after July 2 will not be reviewed or considered.
• Only post your entries on ILVOELV’s Facebook Page. Entries sent to my email, my Facebook, my Twitter, ILVOELV’s email or ILVOELV’s Twitter will not be reviewed or considered.
• On July 3rd, I will be picking two winners who will win either the Louis Vuitton That’s Love Tote ℅ Fashionphile or the US$300 Gift Certificate ℅ Yoogi’s Closet.
• Winners will be chosen based on the creativity and wit of their entries.
• I will be sending a Private Message to the winners notifying them that they have won + other further details.


Image via ILVOELV / Bengt Enrique

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Two years! Its been two years!

I can’t tell you how happy and proud I am of ILVOELV. I started this blog 2 years ago with nothing but my burning passion for fashion and Louis Vuitton and my ambition to become a worldwide superstar. Though I haven’t reached the latter, ILVOELV sure did become something great. An online luxury resource blog that is rich of information for Louis Vuitton and fashion lovers alike.

I have many people to thank who had been with me and helped me within the past two years. I’d like to thank Lesley and Adrianna of Louis Vuitton PR New York for all the support. Chloe of Louis Vuitton PR Asia Pacific for the invites to Louis Vuitton Press Presentations (though I haven’t attended one yet… LOL), Pam of Louis Vuitton PR Philippines for graciously sending me Louis Vuitton Press Kits every season, ThePurseForum for introducing me to many lovely people (Mark of Freshmess, Francis of In LVoe with Louis Vuitton, Alvin of Bagaholicboy, Tita Vanessa, etc… and of course my dear friends Mary and Christine. I’d like to thank Isaiah Artest (congrats to his brother Ron and the Lakers!) for generously giving me my first ever Louis Vuitton bag, Alexander Huseby for being a great friend (see you in Paris!), Sarah Davis of Fashionphile and Simon Han of Yoogi’s Closet for continually supporting ILVOELV and for sponsoring ILVOELV’s 2nd Anniversary Giveaway. And of course, I’d like to give thanks to all my readers who frequently visits ILVOELV for their daily dose of Louis Vuitton. And to everyone who are not mentioned here, thank you. 

I wish that ILVOELV will be more successful in the coming years. There’s no turning back, the only way is up, UP, UP!

And to celebrate ILVOELV’s 2nd anniversary, I will be giving away a Louis Vuitton That’s Love Tote (the namesake of my blog) sponsored by Fashionphile, and a US$300 Yoogi’s Closet Gift Certificate sponsored by Yoogi’s Closet. Visit this post to learn more.


Image via Brunocerous / ILVOELV

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Hey everyone, I’m a featured blogger for Miele’s ForeverBetter. The whole interview is featured below. Many thanks to Lauren for the interview!

In our latest installment from ‘You and Miele’, Vivian from Lola Re talks about why garment care is so important to her, and what we should all be wearing this summer. USA football kits anyone?

1. If Lola Re were a book, what would the blurb on the back of it say?
If you asked Lola Re her interests, she’d say ‘Cultural revolution, fashion, forward thinking and my hair – but not neccesarily in that order.’ Her blog reflects that; it’s a unique mix of musical refererences, profiles of emerging young fashion designers, daily style photos, and skin & haircare product reviews. She’d say it’s a work in fashion progress.
2. Aside from fashion and beauty, what other passions / interests do you have?
Dancing, holistic health & independent film. I also love camper vans, tea and my family.
3. How important is garment care to you? Do you have favourite items that require special care?
That’s a great question and one I think should be focused on more by young fashionistas. If you’re going to build up a collection of unique and significant pieces, then you should take proper care of them! Ironing is a good start… Miele makes a Rotary Ironer that is incredible. You sit down at it and feed your clothes through, and it has multiple settings and a little arm that swings out to hold the items you’ve just ironed without creasing them. It’s brilliant!
4. We noticed you’ve been getting involved in the World Cup festivities. So, who’s going to win it?
I am probably the least qualified person to say! I do however wish I could meet whoever designed the USA’s team uniforms. How dashing is the white sash detailing across the front?! It makes the players look like princes.
5. We at Forever Better could do with some fashion pointers… What sort of clothes and accessories should we be adorning ourselves with this summer?
I am currently infatuated with chunky wooden heels and clog sandals. Now, these can be quite tricky to style into an outfit, so I’d recommend an open toe design and tousled, windswept summer hair to balance out the bulk of the shoe. I like the ones I stole from my sister.
I think one of the bright crocheted dresses from Jasper Garvida’s S/S 10 collection would look incredible with chunky wooden clogs and a brown leather bag on a Saturday afternoon in some London market… Dreamy.
6. You graced our presence at last year’s Jasper Garvida catwalk show. What kind of events would you like to see us run in the future, for Fashionistas like yourself?
I loved attending the Sparks Miele charity fashion show last fall. I realised that we fashion bloggers can use our newfound influence to help causes. Let’s get everyone in a room, throw a fashion show, raise some money and maybe even donate some clothing. We could call it Charity Shop 2.0. That would be so much fun!
Thanks Vivian. Head over to Lola Re to see all of her latest outfits and find out more about Lola Re.

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A song I’ve been listening to today.

[Song: 'Quelq'un M'a Dit' by Carla Bruni]

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Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2011 Menswear Collection – Details

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2011 accessories are eclectic and elegant including Chinese symbol LV medallions on leather cords to wrap around the wrist, a lifesaver medallion in unpolished tiger’s eye and windshield sunglasses. Sandblasted crocodile monk’s sandals and Chelsea boots alternate with Blunstone type trainers with perforated detailing, and split personality classics with smooth insides and brogue or Richelieu styled exteriors.

Both lightweight and functional, the bags inspired by active sport are the perfect match with the clothes. Featuring ingenuous details such as numerous straps and handles, zips and convenient pockets, the super light nylon styles showcase the iconic Damier check printed either in black, electric blue and amazonian green. Totally foldable and packable within their inside pocket, refinement lies in the teinted calf and sophisticated suede trimmings.

Washed olive or khaki denim tote styles, printed with either LV Monogram large scale or “Louis Vuitton Articles de Voyage” archive signature bring a military feel to the collection. Complementing the rich nylon and denim models, the iconic Keepall Waterproof comes this season in a Damier printed translucide PVC version while the Utah leather and Damier Graphite canvas are personalized by tattoo artist Scott Campbell.

These extraordinary products, with carefully crafted, determinedly modern volumes, embody the pairing of creativity and savoir-faire that the Maison Louis Vuitton so cherishes.

More photos after the jump…

Images via Louis Vuitton / Mazen Saggar / Ludwig Bonnet

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Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2011 Menswear Collection

Louis Vuitton has gone on a head trip for Spring 2011. “It’s a rhapsody of three virtual scenarios for a digital bohemian, a man who travels the world from behind his computer screen ”says Louis Vuitton’s Men’s Studio Director Paul Helbers under the artistic direction of Marc Jacobs.

“The codes have changed. There’s an eclecticism in the way men dress today from Scandinavia to China and Brazil. It’s a culture clash” says Helbers.

Amazon skydiving inspires the collection’s army issue parachute constructions and lightweight silks. Layered leopard prints provide jungle camouflage, and from China there’s quilting, Classic patterns and animal signs from the Chinese zodiac (interpreted by New York superstar tattoo artist Scott Campbell) come to embellish the ensemble.

The Amazon parka with a military mesh back pocket is sleek, functional and designed to fold away—rather than stuff—into its own bag. Military construction shows in jackets with foldaway hoods and in the parachute jacket, laced up on each side (inspired by the air pressure control of parachute design) with a slim officer’s uniform fit. Pants are ready for anything, but formally styled with sleek self-belted waists, dart seams and tape trim from waist to knee. Caftan shirts, V-neck and loose, adapt to rough or elegant circumstances in featherweight suede or silk damask. Sleeves roll up for both shirts and jackets. And shirts combine silk and knit for an incomparable drape and ease inspired by the Asian attitude where silk is treated as a basic. Tailored two-button jackets are light and unstructured, but hold their shape with a high and defined waist with slight flare in silk, linen and technical nylon.

Formal jackets are pattern-lined. Shirts sport fil coupé bicep tattoos and Chinese zodiac animals, like the fire horse, show all over lightweight pants.

Materials for this go everywhere collection mix technical nylons, elegant silks, soft, washed sea island cottons and linens lightly coated or chintzed to wrinkle just slightly. Technical nylon is roughed up in weathered prints for sun- distressed parkas, textured in a silk blend taffeta weave for an ultra-light trench, or dressed up in the LV digitalized monogram floral for a jacket that’s still unfussy. And silk is washed, quilted and seersuckered for new textural dimension. Leathers go exotic from faded blue python for the body tracing parachute jacket to heavy grain bison leather with a rhino or elephant hide look.

Exotic and earthy colors cross the rain forest to Shanghai from lava to smoke pearl, chartreuse, amber, parakeet green and chocolate chip.

The rest of the collection after the jump…

Images via Louis Vuitton / Antoine de Parceval

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Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2010 Ad Campaign (Complete Images + Making Of Video)

“The strength of Louis Vuitton is its almost magical ability to reinvent itself every season,” says Artistic Director Marc Jacobs. “Last season was all about the idea of the New Age traveler. This season was a manifesto for beautiful, ladylike clothes. Two different collections, two different campaigns, but one Louis Vuitton.”

Shot in a New York studio by Steven Meisel, Louis Vuitton’s Fall/Winter 2010-2011 fashion campaign brings together three decades of supermodels – Christy Turlington, Karen Elson and Natalia Vodianova – in a series of exquisite images that capture the eternally feminine spirit of the runway show. Soft sepia tones and a set resembling a movie star’s dressing room conjure an ambiance that combines intimacy with cinematic glamour as the models pose in the season’s sweet bustiers, Fifties knits and sweeping skirts, surrounded by stacks of shoe boxes from which peep the collection’s charmingly retro bow-fronted pumps. In keeping with the ladylike mood, the spotlight also falls on Louis Vuitton’s dazzling reinterpretations of its iconic Speedy handbag, in alligator, waxed calf leather, or flocked and sequined Monogram canvas.

Antoine Arnault, Head of Communications for Louis Vuitton, comments: “In his fourth campaign for Louis Vuitton, Steven Meisel has produced another richly evocative set of images. And what better way to celebrate eternal femininity than with three of the world’s most beautiful women – Christy Turlington, Karen Elson and Natalia Vodianova?”

The Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2010-2011 advertising campaign will break in the August 2010 issues of magazines worldwide.

More images + the Making Of video of the campaign after the jump…

Models: Christy Turlington, Karen Elson, Natalia Vodianova
Photographer: Steven Meisel
Stylist: Karl Templer
Hair: Guido
Makeup: Pat McGrath

Making Of video

For bigger sized photos of the campaign, check out ILVOELV’s Facebook Page. Be sure to ‘like’! :D

Images via Louis Vuitton / Steven Meisel

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First Look: Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2011 Menswear Show

The Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2011 Menswear show is about to start any minute now and Karen Kooper of LiveFashionWeek has snapped this photo of the show’s set. Looks like they’re back in the place where they have shown the Spring/Summer 2010 collection.

Bookmark this page as I will be adding photos from the people who are attending the show.

via LiveFashionWeek

More photos after the jump…

The bags! I see some leather, nylon-like Damier bags… is that a Patent Monogram Canvas Keepall?! via LiveFashionWeek

The collection’s theme: “Digital Bohemian” LiveFashionWeek

I love the sunglasses!

Damier bag in Nylon?


Scott Campbell’s temporary tattoo with the Monogram pattern

Scott Campbell’s temporary tattoo with the Monogram flowers (on the model’s neck). I wonder how much this is! I’m so getting tatted with Monogram! LOL

Temp tattoos based on Chinese astrology at Louis Vuitton by Brooklyn’s resident star Scott Campbell

Image via Karen Kooper / LiveFashionWeek, Details, Jessica Michault

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First Look: Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2010 Ad Campaign

It’s out! I’ve been looking forward to seeing this for weeks! Here is the Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2010 Ad Campaign starring supermodels Christy Turlington, Karen Elson, and Natalia Vodianova, photographed by Steven Meisel.

WWD reports: Typically, Marc Jacobs gives his collections for Louis Vuitton a different spin in advertising versus the runway. For the forthcoming fall campaign, slated to break in a wide range of August titles, Christy Turlington, Karen Elson and Natalia Vodianova are shown preening in front of old-fashioned makeup mirrors backstage, as if they were ready to take a stroll around the fountain of the Louvre’s Cour Carré, the setting for Vuitton’s show during Paris Fashion Week in March. Ditto for the multigenerational casting — one model in her 20s, one her 30s, one her 40s — adding up to one of the most sophisticated Vuitton fashion campaigns to date, according to Antoine Arnault, Vuitton’s director of communications.

“The atmosphere was very Fifties, very elegant,” he related. This is the fourth Vuitton campaign shot by Steven Meisel, who constructed the period set in a New York studio. Arnault described the media spend as “flat” and said it would remain print driven, running in tandem with the company’s “Core Values” campaign. The latest one, depicting Pelé, Diego Maradona and Zinedine Zidane playing foosball in a Madrid cafe, will continue to run through the World Cup tournament and into the fall. In light of the disgraced French team, Arnault expressed relief that Vuitton did not opt to cast today’s soccer stars. “We made the right choice to work with legends and not spoiled brats,” he said.

What do you think of these first three images? Me, I personally think that they somewhat lack the glitzy glamour of the campaigns shot by Mert & Marcus but I can’t help but love these. They’re simple and elegant, very real and of course Natalia, Karen and Christy looks breathtakingly beautiful. xxx

Images via Louis Vuitton, WWD

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