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— Your Fashion Horoscope

What if your new summer wardrobe is written in the stars? We’ve aligned the characteristics of the zodiac with the freshest looks of the season so everything you wear can be cosmically charged.

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 (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You’re known for your unbridled imagination and wide-eyed curiosity, so quirky prints and unusual silhouettes appeal to you.  From Gucci to Isa Arfen - this is the time for eclectic style. Mix and match everything from tribal & leopard to paisley and plaid, anything goes this summer.


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 (Feb 19 – March 20)

You’re a die-hard romantic with a strong sense of empathy and artistic flair. This season, it's all about ruffles - from sweet & floral to denim - get something to suit every mood.


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(March 21 – April 19)

Aries tend to be spontaneous and daring - taking risks is exactly your style, which is why the latest drop from Y-Project is right up your street. The French label is the hottest thing in fashion at the moment, taking reference across genres + eras - it's innovative design and silhouettes are the perfect look for the summer.


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(April 20 – May 20)

This bullishly independent and ambitious star sign has  quite a lot in common with the 80s power woman. Go back in time to the era of crimped hair, hard shoulders and sleek suits. Check out the red patent mini by Marques Almeida and accessories by Attico. 


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(May 21 – June 20)

Geminis are two sides of the same coin. You are sociable and serious all at once. Luckily for you, stripes are having a bit of an identity crisis this season too. They vacillate from being banker pin-striped and super-conservative to crazily zigzagged and super-fun. Dress for your mood.


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(June 21 – July 22)

You are creative Cancer. And loyal too. Classic styles like the button-down shirt in all carnations are your fail-safes. This summers you'll be sporting the deconstructed shirt replete with fluted sleeves, obi belts, drapes and tucks. Try out Y/Project.


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(July 23 – Aug 22)

If the lion is King of the jungle, Leo is arguably King of the zodiac. You’re regal and attention seeking. Command attention with the season’s new colour palette of acid-bright shades: neon yellow, bold purples, traffic-cone orange and flamingo pink.


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 (Aug 23 – Sept 22)

You may be practical and modest but you're anything but boring. For you - clean lines, structure and muted tones - are the name of the game and new minimalism is your favourite trend. It’s all about super-luxe fabrics, day-to-night dressing and cocooning, enveloping shapes.


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 (Sept 23 – Oct 22)

Peace and love little Libra! You’re a gentle star sign looking for a wardrobe imbued with a coquettish sensuality. Fashion’s new take on cut-outs is the order of the day for you. Tulle dresses with diaphanous sleeves, barely-there lace tops and wispy mesh skirts take a softly, softly approach to sexiness.


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 (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

You are fierce. Why not channel the latest military looks + update your wardrobe with a bit of khaki this season? Check out MM6 + Camilla and Marc.


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 (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

What do we want? New-season trends! When do we want them? Now! You are optimistic and courageous Sagittarius and often found on the frontlines, campaigning for what you believe in. Why not give your activism a fashionable spin with a slogan tee?


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 (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Florals for spring? Groundbreaking. It's okay though, Capricorns are traditionalist and with the breadth of prints available this season - it's hard not to fill your wardrobe with your bouquet of colour this season. 


- TMP x


— Meet The #MGirls | BB Jean

— 48 Hours In: LISBON

Often overshadowed by big hitters Paris, Berlin and Rome, Lisbon is the underrated champion of the ideal weekend away. This hilly coastal city offers an all-year round good climate, a magnificent mix of old meets new, and a thriving food scene. 

This is our 48h guide...

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SEE

Old Town - Alfama

The best way to get a feel for the city is by foot; walk the streets of Alfama and its beautifully restored buildings - step into history with a stop at the area's castle and monastery [ Castello Alfama + Sao Vicente de Fora ]. And if the hills get a little too much, just hop on an old wooden tram - no.28 - for a easy ride to the top.

Museu Colecção Berardo

Lisbon has a booming modern art scene, and for the biggest and best collection of contemporary pieces head to the Museu Colecção Berardo. The minimalist space houses abstract, surrealist and pop art, and there’s an impressive rotation of temporary exhibitions.

Take A Trip To Sintra

You might only have 48h, but make time to head out of the city to Sintra, the fairytale town located high up on the foothills of Sintra Mountains. With it's pastel hued palace, Moorish architecture and exquisite gardens it's a photo opportunity you won't want to miss.

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EAT

Sea Me

It would be a crime to not indulge in some of amazing seafood on offer. For something a little different try Sea Me, a Portugal meets Japan fusion restaurant serving up mouthwatering fresh fish, seafood and sushi.

Mercado da Ribeira

For the indecisive diner, there's no better choice than the buzzing Mercado da Ribeira. Eat your way through the regional specialities (including Azeitão sheep's cheese, plates of ham from the Alentejo and retro packaged sardines), or try one of the 5 Michelin Starred restaurants serving dishes from as little as 5 euros.

Pasteis de Belem

No trip to Lisbon is complete without indulging in a few Pastel de nata, otherwise known as the custard tart. Visit the birthplace of the delicious treat, the 180 year old Pasteis de Belem, to experience the real deal.

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DRINK

Park Bar

Head to the top of this multi-storey car park for a rooftop bar with a difference. Amazing views across the city, a relaxed vibe and an extensive cocktail list to work your way through, this bar ticks all boxes.

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STAY

Valverde Hotel

This beautifully restored building on Lisbon’s grandest Boulevard is the perfect home away for home. Each of the 25 rooms in this boutique hotel have been individually styled using best of Portuguese art and design, and the heated pool and excellent brasserie restaurant make great additions.

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WEAR

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Lisa Marie Fernandez Twinset

Edit The Brand Ruffle Skirt

N Duo Cut Out Stripe Top

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Lisbon Photographs Courtesy of @natasiapassport + @suitcasemagazine

— 5 Fashion Influencers To Follow On Instagram

For an inside look at the best style, shows and stars, this is who you should be following.

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The model: Frederikke Sofie

Recognised for her trademark golden curls and her oversized specs, Sofie walked in a whopping twenty-four shows for SS17. Follow the Danish model for a behind-the- scenes look at life as a rising supermodel.

Street Style Staple: Rag & Bone's Navy Ziggy Jacket 

Check out her Instagram here.

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The editor: Jan Michael Quammie

InStyle Germany's Jan Michael Quammie is being heraled as 2017's new street style darling, so you better keep up with her latest looks.

Fashion Week Staple: A Bright & Bold Shoe from Joshua Sanders

Follow her feed here.

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The stylists: Victoria Sekrier + Alex Karl

Stylists & former models Victoria Sekrier & Alexandra Karl are known for their own style (Scandi influenced & the perfect mix of feminine and street) as much as their work. For a curated edit of their most recent projects and sneak peak of life behind the scenes, hit follow on both.

Street Style Staple: An IRO Leather Jacket

Victoria's Instagram.

Alex's Instagram.

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The buyer: Taylor Tomasi Hill

As own of Texan boutique Forty Five Ten, Tomasi Hill knows what you'll be lusting after next season, and her account showcases the perfect balance of covetable fashion & charming home life.

Fashion Week Staple: A Statement Camilla & Marc Blazer

Scroll through here.

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The photographer: Tamu McPherson

Street style photographer and founder of All The Pretty Birds, McPherson is just as comfortable behind the camera as she is in front of it. Scroll her feed for a glimpse into her world and work, plus outfit inspiration aplenty.

Street Style Staple: MSGM's Ruffle Mesh Dress

Follow Tamu here.


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Images courtesy of Pinterest // thefrontrowview.com // Getty Images

— Petra Collins: American Dream

Petra Collins is the candy-floss haired photographer who has suffused the New York art scene with her beautiful, ethereal, haunting and provocative images. At just 24 years of age she boasts a cult following on Instagram (over 400,000) and some impressive fashion connections (as one of Alessandro Michele’s muses, Petra has appeared in campaigns and on catwalk for Gucci.

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A long time friend and collaborator of publishing prodigy, Tavi Gevinson, Petra’s work follows similar themes of youth culture, girlhood and body positivity. Think a teenager’s face lit up by their mobile phone, girls in a school locker room or neon light installations. A brazen feminist, she uses her work as a platform for female empowerment. This is one creative soul and her personal style represents the very best of bohemian, laid back cool. Just like her artwork, everything she wears seems to tell a story. One of nostalgia that whispers to a lost Americana.

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Here we round up 4 essentials inspired by her style and work.

 The worn-in tee

With her Studio-54-esque hair, Petra can work a 70s vibe like nobody else – pairing a simple, low key tee with some high-waisted Levi jeans for ultimate old-school appeal. This slouchy black & white striped tee by Iro, is perfectly worn in – just the way she would like it.

The tea dress

Languidly posing in meadows and gardens, with sunlight deeply saturating the camera film – Petra’s portrait often takes on a dream-like quality. Channel her fantasy world with this corn blue number by new designer Rejina Pyo.

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The sunglasses

Vintage with an old-world charm. Bright colours and big frames – pick up these oily blue pair by 3.1 Phillip Lim to complete the look.

The boots

In contrast to her ethereal, flower-child aesthetic Petra’s not often seen with a pair of clodhopper boots. Big, laced-up and round toe styles or beaten up cowboy boots are the perfect balance. Alexander Wang’s Anouck boots were made for walking – whenever adventure takes you.


— Searchlight: Alisa Budunova of Color Temperature

What kind of revelations lie buried in your search history? What does that pizza take-out, flight booking, medical paranoia, ex-stalking say about you?  Quite a lot, right? Your search history is a roadmap for your life. With that in mind, we decided to shine a spotlight on the searching habits of some hip and happening creatives. The Searchlight interview series will show you their inspirations, concerns, plans and dreams. First up is Color Temperature. One of M Project’s newest recruits - with exclusive colourways in the #patatabag -  this outerwear and fur brand mixes riotous style with warmth and practicality. We wanted to know the thought process behind those adorable, bright tangerine mink bags (and everything else in their collection). Here’s what we found out…

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1. "Matisse colors" – This master of shapes is a constant source of inspiration. We love his vibrant and graphic use of colour.

2. "Craziest painters' geometrics" – Our ‘mood of the day’ quite often revolves around painters. Tapping this in brings up the most amazing, kaleidoscopic, graphic canvases.

3. "Pantone madness" -  Pantone is pretty much a synonym for colour these days. We are totally in love with their creative video updates.

4. "Color splash"- You never know you will find doing this but aren't the unexpected things the best? As you can tell, we really like colour.

5. "Dried herb, mustard, oak buff " – No, not lunch inspo but an example of a very natural colour palette.

6. "Paris exhibitions"- We are so psyched for our PFW AW17 trip. Definitely going to Centre Pompidou.

7. "Tsunami/explosion/avalanche" - Sounds scary... but we’re not looking for accounts on disasters, rather the imagery. Think steely blue waves, dark-grey tumultuous clouds, fiery hot volcanoes. The best colour pairings come from nature.

8. "Kim K in fur" – We’re constantly looking for updates of who’s wearing our collection. Kim Kardashian is a fan and Kendall has one of our pale pink patata bags.

9. "Fairytales"-  Ethereal, otherworldly, romantic…we look at fairytale imagery for dramatic ideas and unusual features.

10. "#PatataBag" - Love seeing our new client updates. Currently our trending hashtag asks them to check their furry bag into their favourite restaurant with a picture.

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— Super Kawaii

Japan offers a heady mixture of style inspiration from the sleek and minimal to the downright batty. And recently, fashion has been honing in on the kaleidoscopic, more-is-more epicentre of Tokyo…    

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Follow the way of the Harajuku girl

Harajuku is a district in Tokyo which has become famous for its incredible street style. The girls here take an almost theatrical approach to dressing. Think towering platforms, multicoloured tights, pastel wigs, puffy doll-like dresses and all manner of kitsch, plastic and faux fur accessories. It’s mad, it’s eclectic and it’s incredibly fun. Grimes often takes her cue from the Harajuku girls in both her music videos and ordinary life by mashing up textures, fabrics and clashing pieces. How to work the look? Think outside your comfort zone. The mini mink patata bag by Colour Temperature gives serious Japanese sass when paired with the Kamushki wishbone ear cuff, socks and Joshua Sanders sandals.

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Stickers, patches and the customise aesthetic

The haberdashery, DIY, thrift store vibe has taken the catwalks by storm with people rushing to monogram everything from bomber jackets to phone covers. This almost school-girl sensibility of piling on crazily colourful stickers and wacky patches, is so reminiscent of Tokyo. It mirrors the profusion of photobooths in the city where people are encouraged to layer hearts, teddies and anything cute over their snaps. To get in on this trend, grab yourself something denim like the open-backed frayed top by Marques Almeida. Then unleash your inner teen, and stick on any buttons, pins or badges that grab your eye. Putting your own stamp on something has never been cooler.

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A new way to blush

 Forget everything you know about applying blusher. Dabbing it on the cheekbones? So passé. Japanese girls sweep it just under the eyeline to emulate the cartoon heroines of the much-lauded anime films. Kenzo has adopted a version of the look for Spring/Summer 17 that falls somewhere between 70s disco queen and Japanese belle.

 

— TMP MEETS: Anna Barnett

Celebrity Chef, Anna Barnett on food, fashion and throwing the ultimate dinner party

Starting out in the world of fashion and events, Anna found success working for the likes of MTV  and House of Holland. However, her lifelong passion for cooking (as well as her skills in the kitchen), were too much to ignore, and she made the leap to focus full-time on all things food. Her Independent column and blog, The Reluctant Vegetarian, gained her a loyal fan base and in 2015 she released her first book Eat The Week. Now, she juggles many plates, whether it's writing for top publications, event catering, or hosting pop-up supper clubs, no day is the same for Anna. 

We caught up with foodie extraordinaire to chat careers, personal style and her all-time favourite haunts. Plus, she shares with us her top entertaining tips. 

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What projects are you working on at the moment?

It’s a pretty hectic time of the year for me, I’ve just finished a series of events for. I’m now researching and writing everything for a month’s worth of Grazia pages (I provide a recipe and edit their food news pages each week) and I’m planning my next shoot for Vogue (I supply bimonthly recipes). I’m also working on putting a podcast together and currently in negotiations about my next book which I’m hoping will be ‘The Reluctant Vegetarian’.

What does an average working day look like for you?

Every day is so different, sometimes it’s cooking, styling and shooting recipes all day, others it’s endless cooking and preparations for events or catering jobs. Sometimes it’s just writing. Other days it’s meetings and running around. There’s pretty much always a dog walk in there too.

You previously worked in fashion, what prompted you to switch careers?

I had always been surrounded by friends who’d taken a punt and started something they were passionate about, so I drew inspiration from them. I wanted to start my own thing. I was always cooking a lot, putting on supper clubs but also working and travelling a lot in fashion. When it got too much to balance, and there was just not enough hours in the day to do it all, I decided to really focus all my attention on everything food.

How has your personal style changed now you work in food, not fashion?

I probably get dressed up less but love it when I do. That said I’ve bought a lot of good shoes of late so I’m definitely still passionate about clothes, and shoes in particular.

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What would be your go-to outfit when hosting?

Probably skinny jeans with plenty of stretch, a comfortable top, and some mid height boots - comfortable but semi dressy. No baggy sleeves as you don’t want them dipping in sauces or getting the way!

Where do you like to shop for ingredients?

I love Broadway Market near my house in East London. They have a great farmer's market every Saturday and there’s also several amazing fruit and veg stores, with endless great produce. There’s a huge variety of everything, and I’ll always head there over going to a supermarket.

What is your all-time favourite restaurant?

It used to be Topogigio on Brewer Street (London). My grandparents used to take us and knew the family that ran this incredible hidden Italian restaurant, but it sadly closed a couple of years ago. Now, my ultimate restaurant recommendation is Da Adolfo just off the coast of Positano, Italy. It’s not fancy at all but serves up the most incredible food and overlooks the ocean.

Where would you like to travel next for food inspiration?

I’m planning to spend some more time in Asia, I cook a lot of vegetarian dishes (for my vegetarian husband) and there’s so much inspiration to be drawn from the Asian cuisine.

What do you have in the pipeline for 2017?

Hopefully my next book. I’m keen to do more pop-up supper clubs, cook more, eat a little less and travel.

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Anna’s entertaining tips

- Get organised. Plan, plan and plan some more! You can never be too organised when it comes to these things.

- Preparation. Get as much prepared ahead of the event as possible. Lay the table and get as much food ready as possible.

- Always give yourself a dish, which can be pretty much made up ahead of serving so you’ve got time to get on and prepare the next course or so you can easily sit down and enjoy the meal with minimum fuss or rushing around.

- Make sure there’s plenty of booze.

- Always cook more than less. It’s great when you have enough to go round and can offer seconds, everyone loves that.

- No bright lights. Make sure you’ve got plenty of candles and cosy lighting.

Anna's Top 5 M Project Picks

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Mother Of Pearl Floral Jumpsuit

Joshua Sanders Lace Slides

MM6 Denim Pants

MM6 Silver Ankle Boots

Lisa Marie Fernandez Off Shoulder Ruffle Dress

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You can find Anna on Instagram and TwitterCheck out her book ‘Eat The Week’ here.

— TMP VISITS: ART IN 2017 Part 2

We've shared our pick of the must-see European exhibitions this year, now it's time to go worldwide...

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Tatsuo Miyajima at Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney

For a totally immersive and unique experience, be sure to head to Tatsuo Miyajima’s Sydney show. The renowned contemporary Japanese artist has taken over the museum’s galleries with his impressive room-scale works that incorporate dazzling LED light installations and other-worldly sound performances.

Until March 5th 2017

https://www.mca.com.au/miyajima/

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Robert Rauschenberg at MOMA, New York

Don’t miss this landmark show celebrating the sixty-year career of one of the most prolific artists of the twentieth century, Robert Rauschenberg. Never one to define his practice by the traditional boundaries of art, the exhibit showcases Rauschenberg's work in all its varied guises as it journeys between painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, installation and performance. Recognising Rauschenberg’s highly collaborative nature, the show will incorporate pieces that he worked on with other big name artists such as Jasper Johns, Cy Twombly and Merce Cunningham.

May 21–September 17, 2017

https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/3634?locale=en

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— Beat The Blues

It’s the new year! And while January seems typically to be characterised by gruelling detoxes, diets and self-punishment, we refuse to believe the very first month of 2017 needs to be all bad. Turn the idea of ‘having the blues’ on its head by following our list of fun, inspiring and enriching blue experiences. Take that pessimists!

  • Listen to some Muddy Waters – one of the most influential artists of all time, he is widely regarded as the father of modern Chicago blues.
  • Watch The Blue Lagoon.  Brooke Shields still inspires serious eyebrow-envy. And slightly unkempt, thick, full brows have never been more in fashion.
  • Touch the sumptuous blue velvet on Chanael K's divine choker. This is a piece that can easily get you back in the party spirit. Pair with some easy denim and trainers for instant laidback cool.
  • Smell  Bleu de Chanel, the musky masculine scent with notes of frankincense, ginger, sandalwood and pink pepper.
  • Eat blueberries in a protein-packed, superfood-laden smoothie and start the year full of energy.

 

— TMP Visits: Art in 2017

Diaries at the ready, these are the European art exhibitions to get excited about in the coming year.   

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Basquiat: Boom for Real at the Barbican, London

Next autumn sees the first ever major retrospective of one of ‘80s most influential artists, Jean Michel Basquiat. A post-punk poet and painter, Basquiat was a key figure of the New York underground scene who was catapulted to fame for his neo-expressionist style and politically and socially charged work. Don’t miss this exhibition of 100 plus pieces that will explore his short but varied career covering painting, drawing, film and photography.

21 September 2017 – 28 January 2018

http://blog.barbican.org.uk/2016/09/basquiat-at-the-barbican-in-2017/

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David Hockney at Pompidou Center, Paris

Following Hockney’s 80th birthday celebrations at the Tate in London, the party continues in Paris with another chance to see the British artist’s work over six decades. From Los Angeles swimming pools to Yorkshire landscapes, see how Hockney’s work has evolved from painting, drawing and print through to photography and video.

June 21 until October 23 2017

https://www.centrepompidou.fr/...

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Rodin - Genius at Work The Grolinger Museum, Netherlands

To mark the centenary of his death, French sculptor Rodin is being celebrated with a large-scale exhibition in the Netherlands. A rare opportunity to see some of Rodin’s most famous works (including The Thinker and Balzac), as well as never-before-exhibited marble figures, ceramics, and photographs that illustrate his creative genius across multiple fields.

19th November to 30th April 2017

http://www.groningermuseum.nl/en/rodin-genius-at-work

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Jeanne Mammen at the Berlinishce Galerie Museum of Modern Art, Berlin

Be transported to the glittering 1920s via the beautiful work of Jeanne Mammen. The German artist specialised in chronicling urban life and the contrasting social classes in Berlin during the Nazi years, and this exhibition shows 120 of her finest. Reflecting her famously irreverent style that flitted from expressionism to cubism, the varied selection of watercolours and drawings will inspire and amaze.

6th October 2017 to 15th January 2018

http://www.berlinischegalerie.de/en/exhibitions/preview/jeanne-mammen/


— Small Screen, Big Inspo

Well, 2016 certainly has been quite a year. One of lows, lowers and face palms. If ever there was a time for escapism, this is it. Luckily the television gods have not disappointed us. They've been serving up some of the most addictive, gripping, zeitgeisty entertainment ever. In an era of Netflix and streaming, it’s unusual to have so many people watching the same stuff at the same time. Only the most outstanding programmes provoke shockwaves of excitement that resonate through social feeds and reverberate in daily office chats. This is TV that rivals film in terms of sheer scale and impact. And, with TV this good, cosying up on the couch is so much more than reality-defying hibernation. It’s culture. And designers seem to agree. There were cult fashion moments on and off screen as characters’ style was paralleled on the catwalks. Here we take a look at four television faves from the past year and the fashion they inspired.

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Game of Thrones

Winter is coming. And this epic, sweeping fantasy drama of warring families and actual dragons makes for perfect cold weather sustenance.  Fur and animal skins are the order of the day in Westeros. Unleash your dark side with a Cersei inspired Martin Margeila trench and Kamuski diamond encrusted Bone Bangle.

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Westworld 

It’s futuristic…but it’s a western…but… there are robots. This incredible masterpiece from director Jonathan Nolan features a slew of big-names (Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Thandie Newton, James Marsden and Evan Rachel Wood) in a cowboy-themed park  full of robotic ‘hosts’ to entertain wealthy guests. Yee-haw clothing made a comeback this year too with spar-spangled Americana, gingham, prairie dresses and cowboy boots seen everywhere. Play the part in Tibi's midi shirt dress or Rag & Bone's tie front chambray skirt.


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Stranger Things

One of the most captivating odes to the 80s we’ve seen in a long time, this sci-fi drama is like The Goonies, ET, The Thing and Stand By Me all rolled into one. Cue retro synth and comic-style graphics! There was an explosion of 80s styles on the fashion scene from pie-crust blouses and puffa jackets to corduroy everything. Channel everyones favourite character, Barb, with an MSGM ruffle bomber jacket and Tibi pom-pom knitted sweater.

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The Crown

This lavish Netflix drama charts the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s through to modern times. Romance, intrigue and political rivalries are made all the more interesting because they are rooted in fact. Fancy ascending the throne? Slip on a pair of deumure, yet sparkling block heeled Bionda Castana pumps and MSGM's pretty pastel tulle dress and your subjects will be bowing and scraping in no time.

— TMP Uncovered: Alina Negoita

In a world where others so often define our actions and choices, young Romanian photographer Alina Negoita pays tribute to the strength of human spirit, capturing the strength and beauty of individuals and communities within their daily lives.

Like many others, we're captivated by the way her images seamlessly blend and merge the realms of fashion photography and documentary photography. Her powerful, often black & white, portraits demonstrate why she's been commissioned by top publications such as AnOther, ELLE + i:D. 

It's the energy & emotion which exude from her raw shots that completely draw us in. Academically trained as a fashion photographer, Negoita explores far more within her imagery, as she delves into themes surrounding race, culture & religion, with beautifully portrayed results. 

We've put together a selection of our favourite shots below...

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“I want my work to challenge our views of conventional beauty, exploration, understanding and acceptance”

- Alina Negoita

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— Meet The #MGirls: Monica Sordo

We caught up with Monica Sordo, the lady behind the eponymous label, who is one of the most recent additions to the site. We find out a little bit more about the woman that creates luxury costume jewellery, with a covetable rebellious edge. Prepare to meet your new accessory obsession...

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Where are you + the brand based? Do you feel this influences your designs?

 I’m based in Brooklyn, NY and our HQ is in LES.

 The city is a big influence for me – the architecture and specifically the Art Deco masterpieces. I can’t get tired of them!

It’s a vibrant energy and the dynamism and eclecticism makes me feel as though I am constantly travelling, just by taking the subway from one neighbourhood to another. There is something romantic and inspiring in that underworld – I love drawing on the subway.

 

What would you say is your biggest influence when you design each collection - do you follow different themes with each season?

 Architecture and Decorative arts.

 At the moment I am obsessed with mosaics from the 1950s and it’s use in architecture [Carlo Scarpa is a great example] as well as Baroque tile work. I just visited Napoli [Naples] for the first time and it was unbelievable!

 

How would you describe yourself and your style? 

I’m a very feminine tomboy…if that even makes sense?!


How would you describe the Monica Sordo woman? Do you design with a particular woman in mind?

 The Monica Sordo woman is confident and stylish. She loves to travel and own pieces with timeless yet playful and cool quality.


What designers + trends are you most excited about at the moment?

 I am obsessed with Marco de Vincenzo’s Resort knitwear in multicolour stripes – fringed dress, cropped bell bottoms and coats – all of it!

 Also…I can’t go anywhere without a pyjama set of silk robe these days! Natasha Zinko boxier shapes…Michael Le Sordo kimono style…Sleepy Jones classic cut – there’s so many options!


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What is your favourite city & why? What’s your favourite holiday destination?

 I love to travel and spend a lot of time between Caracas and Lima besides NYC – so picking my favourite is hard!

 But I just came back from Italy, where I visited Naples for the first time. I really wasn’t expecting the city to be such a masterpiece – it’s so rich in architecture from so many eras – colourful and messy but with an unexpected elegance. So it’s probably a brand new addition to my favourite cities around the world! Italy in general is my favourite holiday destination – I love the food, the culure “il dolce far niente” – every little find, every little corner of the country is very inspiring.

 

 Name something you can’t live without?

My face cream.

 

What do you love about The M Project?

 I love the two sisters behind it. When I first met them I thought they are so stylish and cool! They are two young and smart entrepreneurs, doing an amazing curation of brands online. We are so excited to be a part of it.  

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TMP x

P.S. keep checking the site as new season amazingness is about to go live!

— NYFW SS17: The Low Down

New York Fashion Week is signals the start of  the most fashion forward month of the year! As the opener of fashion month the editors, bloggers, industry insiders and celebrities bring their style A-Game.

We've put together an MGirl low down of some of our favourite street style trends from the past week, which we'll definitely be channeling for the new season. As well as checking out the latest offerings from some of our favourite #MProject brands...

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Pink is back! & this time it's not just for the girly girl. Sickly sweet candy coloured tones were all over the cool streets of NYC. We're obsessed with head-to-toe tones of blush, but if that's a little too much, throwing on a leather jacket or a pair of distressed jeans adds a little edge.

Our Top Picks:

Go Girly in Razan Alazzouni's Baroque Skirt

Keep it subtle in Maryam Massie Zedeh's Wedge Heel

Stand out from the crowd in MGSM's Hot Pink Mini


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Logos & Slogans are definitely big news for AW16. Old school band tees provide the perfect layering essential, under or over. Wear underneath a slip dress or on top of a contrasting tee for a nod to the nineties.

Our Top Picks:

Go Graphic in Bella Freud's Generation X Tee

Stay Monochrome in Etre Cecile's Slogan T Shirt

Add Some Colour in MO&Co's Visionary Tee

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After season after season of androgynous shapes, the waist is finally making a comeback & NYFW has only proved this further. Corsets, belts & bustiers are your new best friend, M Girls!

Our Top Picks:

Expand Your Denim Collection in Marques Almeida's Corset

Go Pretty & Delicate in Razan Allazouni's Embroidered Bodice

Keep It Simple in Nicholas' Curve Hem Bralet

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SS17 for one of our all time faves, Alexander Wang, was all about deconstructed basics and playing with the classics. Waists were highlighted with wrap-around fabric & ever popular sportswear reappeared, with their collaboration with Adidas.


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Purveyors of cool, Rag & Bone, brought us Motorcross inspired biker jackets and androgynous separates, as well as injecting some femininity with everyone's current favourite; the slip dress. It looks like nineties inspired style is here to stay for 2017!

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Now, with LFW almost over, we're excited to see what Paris & Milan will bring! Share your favourite street style with us & let us know which brands you're coveting for the new season!


TMP x


— Time To Transition

Fall is just around the corner and the summer sale is about to begin (credit cards at the ready!). So, this means it's definitely time we paid a little attention to next season's wardrobe. But, don't fear, there's no need to forget those summer staples just yet. We've put together our top tips for transitional dressing, meaning you needn't leave your beloved florals & pretty dresses at the back of the wardrobe. And what better excuse for nabbing a summer sale bargain?!

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1. Dress Over Jeans

As the cooler weather comes along there's no need to wave goodbye to your cherished maxis, midis & minis. Just pull on a pair of jeans and you're ready to brave the brisk autumn.

#TMP Picks:

Mother Of Pearl Floral Midi

Tibi Organza Dress

Rag & Bone Crop Flare Jean

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2. Slip & Roll

The slip dress is one of 2016's hero pieces and there's no need for it to get forgotten just yet. To bring your cami straps from summer to fall just layer over a roll neck; the AW season's wardrobe essential.

#TMP Picks:

Rag & Bone Midi Dress

Tibi Silk Dress

Camilla & Marc Spaghetti Strap Top

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3. Get Shirty

This year's been all about the shoulders and just because the weather is cooling off doesn't mean you need to forget about them. Layer a bustier over a loose fit shirt for an instant new season fix.

#TMP Picks:

Each Other Black Corset

Tibi Crepe One Shoulder Top

Iro Finley Top

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4. Pretty Tough

Romantic fabrics are made for summer with feminine florals and sheer fibres. Just add some tough textures in the form of outerwear to any delicate summer dress to get fall ready. Leather & denim are your go to.

#TMP Picks:

Mother Of Pearl Floral Shirt Dress

MSGM Abito Cocktail Dress

Iro Leather Biker Jacket

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Stay tuned for Summer Sale details, coming your way soon...

TMP x

— Rio Ready

Everyone seems to be going Olympics crazy and we didn't want to miss out on all the action! If your gonna cheer on your nation & channel some team spirit you may as well do it in style. We looked to Rio for a little outfit inspiration to ensure we're scoring high in the style stakes this August...


- Track Star -

Track pants: This season's must have? Yep! Go faster stripes & luxe fabrics set the pace. Disclaimer: Don't worry, no exercise required!

Get The Look: MSGM Stripe Side Pants

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- Go For Gold -

Set the bar high and show your scoring style with medal metallics. Bronze, Silver or Gold are all winners.

Get The Look: Rupert Sanderson Gold Stiletto

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Who can mention Brazil & not think of Carnival? Not us! Flamboyant shapes & intense hues are the go to to make sure you're #RioReady.

Get The Look: MSGM Woven Midi Dress

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TMP x


Image Credits: The M Project // Pinteres

— Summer's Here!

To celebrate summer we're launching a little competition for you and your best #MGirl!

Up for grabs is a Summer Survival Kit featuring all the essentials including some must have sunnies, a travel journal, a beach-ready bag, easy-to-wear tee & a cute swimsuit for both you and your bestie!

Just head over to Instagram, post a pic of your ideal getaway or favourite holiday snap, tag us [ @mprojectstore ] & your best girl & end with the hashtag #MGirlsTravel for your chance to win.

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In honour of our competition we've picked out three of our fave European destinations and are sharing our golden style rules for when we pay a little visit...


#1. St Tropez, France


- Keep It Classic -

Something timeless, well cut & classic can never go wrong

- Stripes Are A Girl's Best Friend -

A Breton Stripe is a French stereotype for a reason - it looks effortlessly cool!

- Give A Nod To Menswear -

A good fit & excellent tailored pieces always look great and always flatter


- Our Top 3 Picks -

Nicholas Stripe Bustier Dress

Tibi White Twill Pants

Lisa Marie Fernandez High Waist Bikini



#2. The Almafi Coast, Italy


- Relaxed Tailoring Is Key -

Lose fits and easy tailoring keep you looking sophisticated on the cobbled streets.

- Femininity Rules -

Romantic fits and delicate ruffles provide the perfect day to night outfits.

- Embrace Your Surroundings -

Look to the architecture & natural beauty to inspire colour palettes


- Our Top 3 Picks -

Rag & Bone Black Shirt Dress

Lisa Marie Fernandez Linen Dress

Lisa Marie Fernandez Twin Set Bikini



#3. Ibiza, Spain


- Make A Statement -

Colour, print, pattern, texture. Go all out.

- Swimsuits Are Your Saviour -

You'll be wearing them morning, noon & night so invest in a fun, colourful selection!

- The Brighter The Better -

Crayola brights & neon hues are your daily uniform.


- Our Top 3 Picks -

MSGM Zig Zag Mini Dress

MSGM Boho Print Halter Top

Lisa Marie Fernandez Off Shoulder Stripe Bikini


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We'd love to see your #TMP buys so make sure you share all your holiday snaps with us!

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Image Credits: ELLE UK // Marie Claire UK // @Naseebs // wethepeoplestyle.com // Pinterest //The M Project

— The Eid Edit

The festivities of Eid call for elevated looks that leave a lasting impression. We've curated an edit of our #MGirl top picks to help you celebrate over the holiday season.

We've put the spotlight on 6 of our M Project brands, choosing our top pieces that will ensure you celebrate in style.

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- Tibi -

What could be more festive than sequins & tulle? Look no further than Tibi for their selection of elegant, ethereal dresses. Which will you choose - girly pink or dreamy blue?


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Stack up a selection of mesmerising gems from Delfina Delettrez for an extra hit of glamour.


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Go all out in Paper London's show-stopping scarlet jumpsuit.


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Take your florals in an unexpected direction with Marques Almeida's delicate tulle dress.


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- Joomi Lim -

Inject subtle bursts of pop colour in pretty saturated tones with Joomi Lim's latest collection of coordinated Earrings, Rings & Chokers.


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- Edit -

Sometimes keeping it casj. is best! Pair EDIT's colour block peplum skirt with an easy-to-wear tee and fresh white sneakers.

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Eid Mubarak!

TMP x

— Stars & Stripes

We're taking our style mega Americana this 4th of July. A classic colour palette of red, white & blue never disappoints & stripes are an undeniable summer staple year after year. We've put together a mini edit of Stateside inspired favourites that would be perfect for that NYC city break you've got planned...

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You can never go wrong with a breton stripe. Fact. Keep it casual in Etre Cecile's Breton Stripe T Shirt Dress.

Go bold and colour block from head to toe. Stand out in T by Alexander Wang's ribbed midi dress or pull on a pair of MSGM's blue crepe pants.

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Slogan tees are always a winner. Keep to Red, White & Blue for Americana vibes. Look to Filles a Papa, Bella Freud & Etre Cecile for some tongue in cheek options.

Add a statement colour block shoe in red or blue for a subtle reference. Bionda Castana and Rupert Sanderson provide perfect popping blues.

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Mix up the classic stripe with fragmented stripes and reworked gingham. Go matchy in Etre Cecile's Crop Top & Midi Skirt or look to Nicholas for their tailored tied bustier top or dress.

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TMP x





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HOW TO RETURN OR EXCHANGE:

Making a return or exchange is easy. Just make sure you send us an email to logistics@mprojectstore.com, with your order number, and send your item(s) back to us within 15 days of shipment.

RETURNS

  1. When placing an order, you should have received a confirmation email containing a summary of your order and order number, e.g. “SNIP-1234”. This order number must be referenced when initiating a return. Please send this number to logistics@mprojectstore.com, from your registered email, explaining why you wish to send your item(s) back. If an item is faulty, please provide details.
  2. Sale merchandise, jewellery, tights, hats, and leggings are Final Sale and cannot be returned.
  3. If you have a question as to whether something can be returned you can email us at logistics@mprojectstore.com.
  4. Items must be returned in original, unused, and unworn condition, with tags attached and must be approved by M PROJECT.
  5. Do not return any product(s) until you have received an email response from us acknowledging your desire to return the item(s).
  6. The customer is responsible for all shipping costs of returns unless an error was made by M PROJECT. We will not accept CODs. Exchanges will incur additional shipping charges.
  7. You need to provide the Air Way Bill or Shipment Tracking Number via email in order to track the return.
  8. If you'd like to exchange an item because the fit isn't right, provide us with the replacement size.
  9. To request a refund, select how you would like to be credited. This needs to match the original payment method used. Please note, store credit is valid for one month from issue date.

EXCHANGES:

There is no charge to exchange items for a different size, however all exchanges are based on stock availability. Shipping is also free on the replacement item, but if you are based outside the KSA you will need to pay duties on this.

Simply send us an email, quoting your invoice number, to logistics@mprojectstore.com, and specify the new size you require.

If you selected PayPal when you placed your order, any applicable taxes and duties on your exchange should be paid with your debit or credit card.

Please note that we are only able to offer size exchanges. If you wish to exchange your item for an alternative style, we suggest that you return it for a store credit and purchase the new piece separately.

We recommend that items are returned from the same country to which they were delivered. This ensures that your return is covered by our free returns policy and reaches us promptly. Orders sent back from a different destination may incur additional charges or be delayed by customs.

RECEIVING A REFUND:

Your refund will be credited to the original payment method or as store credit to your M Project account.

Please note that refunds can take up to 15 working days to show on your account due to varying processing times between payment providers.

LATE RETURNS:

Your item(s) should be sent back to us within 15 days. Returns outside these timeframes will not be accepted.

OUR POLICY:

Items should be returned new, unused, and with all M Project and designer garment tags still attached. Returns that are damaged, soiled or altered may not be accepted and may be sent back to the customer.

Order number must be declared with return to ensure proper tracking. Unidentified returns may be returned to the sender.

SHOES:

All shoes must be tried on a carpeted surface until you are certain you are keeping them. Shoes should be returned unmarked and in their original, undamaged shoe box as this is considered part of the product. Shoes that are returned without a box, in a damaged box or with marked soles may not be accepted, and may be sent back to the customer.

LINGERIE & SWIMWEAR:

Briefs, swimming costumes and bikini bottoms should be tried on over underwear, without removing the protective adhesive strip. Returns may not be accepted if this strip has been removed or if items are soiled, and may be sent back to the customer.

COLOURS

We have made every effort to display as accurately as possible the colours of our products that appear on M PROJECT. However, as computer monitors vary, we cannot guarantee that your monitor's display of any colour will be completely accurate.

Ready to wear size chart

US0002 - 44 - 6810121416
UK468101214161820
Italy363840424446485052
France323436384042444648
Denmark303234363840424446
Russia384042444648505254
Germany303234363840424446
Australia468101214161820
Japan35791113151719
Jeans2324 - 2526 - 2727 - 2829 - 3031 - 3232 - 33  

XXSXXS - XSXS - SS - MM - LL - XLXL - XXLXXL - XXXLXXXL

Shoe size chart

US3.544.555.566.577.588.599.51010.51111.5
UK11.522.533.544.555.566.577.588.59
Italy/Europe3434.53535.53636.53737.53838.53939.54040.54141.542
France3535.53636.53737.53838.53939.54040.54141.54242.543

Ring size chart

US4 56789
UKIJKLM N O P Q R
Italy88/991010/11111212/1313 1414/151515/16161717/181818/191919/2020
France4647484949.55050.551525353.55454.55555.556575858.55960

Glove size chart

LadiesXSSMLXL
Size "66.57/7.588.5/9

Belt size chart

US0002 - 44 - 6810121416
UK468101214161820
Italy363840424446485052
Europe65707580859095100105

XXSXXS - XSXS - SS - MM - LL - XLXL - XXLXXL - XXXLXXXL

Hat size chart

US6⅝6⅞77⅛7⅜7⅝
UK6⅜6⅝6⅞77⅛7⅜
Europe52535455565758596061

 XSXSSSMMLLXLXL

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