The LV trunks have been around for ages originally being the standardized mode of travel luggage for the elite with matching sets. Along with looking fabulous they had an integral part in keeping personal belonging safe.

In modern times the owning or use of an LV trunk is the ultimate purchase. Fabulous for the ladies living on the 'fab-lane' and quirky enough for the rest of us. It sort of takes up the owner personality and lifestyle.
As far as we are concerned, this is how close we will get to owning one, in a book that is!

The upcoming book release 'Lousi Vuitton: 100 Legendary Trunk' is said to be in October 2010 and it will showcase over 800 photographs documenting some of the most iconic pieces and stories.

Enjoy the video...



More Fashion Coca-Cola Light!

Look what I found!! A day after we posted the Karl Lagerfeld Coca-Cola Light bottle design..

About a year ago from today, an earthquake hit Abruzzo, Italy, and as part of a fund raising campaign Coca-cola Light commissioned 8 Italian female fashion designers to design their Coke light bottles which were then auctioned off during the “Tribute to Fashion” show in Milan.

The designers were: Donatella Versace, Alberta Ferretti, Anna Molinari for BlumarineVeronica Etro, Silvia Venturini for Fendi, Consuelo Castiglioni for Marni, Angela Missoni and Rossella Jardini for Moschino. 

My personal favorite is the Moschino one.. and Versace.. Marni.. they are allll nice!


Karl Lagerfeld & Coca-Cola Light

My, my! what will Pepsi do now!

(not the reaction you expected from a fashion blog! well we like to keep ourselves informed and involved with other industries as well. Especially that we are BIG Coca-cola fans!)

So Coke is officially the fashionista drink well Coca-Cola Light to be specific, thanks to Karl Lagerfeld. 
(He is reminding us to ease up on those calories)

Ever so often, Coke commissions artists, designers, musicians  ..etc to design the exterior of the limited-edition bottles in the original shape. One such occasion was the WE8 bottles, Coca-cola invited 8 graphic designers and musicians to showcase what the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games meant to them.

And now we welcome the Coca-Cola Light the way it should ALWAYS be..

The limited-edition bottle with the designer's silhouette, signature look, signature and some hot pink cap and 'Light', is pure fashion in a bottle!

Appearing April 24th not in a store near us but in Paris's trendsetting Colette Boutique and set to retail for about 3.5 Euros AND also available in a boxed edition that comes with a hidden drawer containing an opener for about 60 Euros.

Deep breaths girls because there is more.. Mr. Lagerfeld himself has also shot an ad featuring Coco Rocha and Baptiste Giacobini holding the aluminum bottle. Ads launch in the media April 28, according to WWD.
Lagerfeld photographed Rocha holding her CocaCola Light in his favorite Lalique glass, dressed in fingerless gloves and a high-collared look from his signature collection for spring.

According to WWD - “Lagerfeld has long been a fan of diet cola, and says he prefers to drink it in a delicate crystal goblet to accentuate the taste”


Indie Boy

Indie boy

Where’s my indie boy?
Guitar playing
V neck wearing
Indie boy

Slow smile
Artistic style
Smarter than most
Veggies he roasts
Indie boy

Don’t get me wrong
Not an eyeliner guy
Or purple hair to the sky
Just an indie boy

Awkward walk
Funny talk
The best locks
Indie boy

Show me this man
This book reading fan
A painter or a dj
So what do you say?
Would you be my indie boy?
My indie boy

By: Sophia Castano


What is Vintage?

Vintage (from the online Oxford Dictionary)
1 the year or place in which wine was produced.
2 a wine of high quality made from the crop of a single identified district in a good year. 
3 the harvesting of grapes for winemaking. 
4 the grapes or wine of a particular season. 
5 the time that something was produced.
1 referring to vintage wine. 
2 referring to something from the past of high quality.

Vintage fashion acquired its name from vintage wine, a better way of categorizing second-hand clothing that belonged to a certain era. Since second-hand could mean any item, it didn't do the older and more original pieces any justice.

There is no exact rule/definition of what is vintage, there are different schools of thought but there is a general idea of it. As with vintage wine, it has to pertain to a year it was produced, be available in limited supply and to some people its a collectible item especially if it was from a luxury label. It doesn't necessarily mean it has to be from a luxury designer, but just the fact that its a piece that pertains to an eras fashion like shoulder padded 80's jackets or flapper dresses.

There is some debate that a vintage item can only be 15 years or older and clothing made before the 1920s are considered 'antique', while clothing made in the 80s to mid-90s 'retro'. 

A vintage item is something that is in great shape and not a rag.
Like one would pay a lot for a vintage watch or vase in great shape, that's the same idea that should be expected of a piece of clothing. It's pre-worn but in excellent shape and hard to find, making it super special and stylish.

Another version of vintage is making era inspired pieces from vintage fabric. 
Inspired vintage on-the-other-hand, is a vintage design but with new fabric.

Most importantly don't be afraid to buy and love your vintage. 
After all you will be the only one wearing it ;)


10 boutiques in Dubai you must visit!

These are 10 of my favorite Dubai boutiques to inspire the wardrobe and the mind ;)
This is more of an insight rather than a shopping guide. We have tons of malls with tons of shops, but this list is for the kitsch, stylish and young designer items. Each piece being a wearable art.

People in Dubai are very nice and the stores are nicer. Shopping here is great, endless supply of everything!
Have fun..

I've included locations/landmarks to make it easier for the cab driver.

50 Degrees - in Souk Al Bahar
Minimalist. Simple. Clean. And a super concept store.

5 Green - in Bur Dubai next to DHL
This store was one of the first concept stores to open in Dubai back somewhere in 2004, combining art, music, literature, exhibitions and fashion, it's still as cool as ever!
5 Green website - click here

Amzaan - in Wafi Mall
For the trendy, casual and social girl in all of us and with access to young local designers, this place is a must if on a shopping spree!

Boom & Mellow - in Mall of the Emirates
Reminds me of the beautiful Parisian boutiques. Très jolie..
Boom & Mellow website - click here

Ginger & Lace - in Wafi Mall
Cute, girly and pink! Every-time I go there I discover a new designer. 
Ginger & Lace website - click here

IF - Jumeirah next to Central Perk cafe
IF you can pull of what they have then by all means go for it. 
A huge and gorgeous 2 level villa with clothes, clothes and clothes! 
I'd say if you just wear black or prefer darker colors, biased cuts, asymmetric cardigans, plastic belts then this is for you. Showcasing genius designer labels such as Comme des Garcons, Junya Watanabe and Maison Martin Margiela.

O Boutique - Jumeirah beach road right next to Roadster diner and the One furniture
Funky furniture by students, chocolate calculators, a Sponge bob painting and really unusual gift items. Need I say more?

O'de Rose - right opposite Choithram supermarket in Umm Suqueim
If I had to describe this place in one word it would be magical! It will put a spell on you..
Villa turned Middle Eastern boutique with a relaxing and homey essence. It's more like a museum of Arabian pop art mixed in with oriental antiques with a twist. SOOO many things to see and buy.. Good luck!
O'de Rose website - click here

Sauce - at the Village Mall on Jumeirah beach road and Dubai Mall
If you want quirky and girly, Sauce is the place to go. The place makes me feel like I'm going into a dolls house or a girly candy store. Endless supply of clothes that will make your heart skip a beat!

Tigerlily - in Wafi Mall
Also one of the early stores to bring in names such as Future Classics, Mathew Williamson and Chloe. 

If you need more personal help, feel free to contact us info@xoxochickpeas.com
or check out Dubai City Guide


Kitty Cooper's eco-styled footwera

Please welcome Kitty Cooper and her Riverbank Carnival Collection! (the trumpets play)
A wide array of very feminine and stylish eco-footwear, a trend that is slowly emerging amongst young designers. 
People and fashionistas (because fashionistas are a very different breed of people!) are more and more environmentally cautious and so are looking for eco-friendly options. And here we found a designer who has a very quirky, kitsch and sustainable line.
Her environmental cautiousness starts all the way from her fabrics, which are all vintage fabrics through to her packaging.
(For more info about Kitty Cooper's collection, please visit the website by clicking on the title.)
and now The Riverbank Carnival Collection




Not for the 'fashion victims'!

Unusual... Twisted... Quirky... Les Queues de Sardines (Translation: Sardine Tails)
check out the website for the complete collection and the limited ones!

QR Codes

Unbelievable technology!! 
It's already all over Japan, on billboards, flyers, emailer.. etc..

As usual we are still way behind.. 

Tips on how to scan it from your phone:

- For Blackberry's: the easiest way I know is to go to your BB Instant Messenger, Opions>Scan a Group Barcode>Slowly press the camera button and a weird sound should come out, like the supermarket barcode scanner (the tricky part)> et Voila! 

- iPhone's: For iPhone's you need to download an application called NeoReader to get your phone to read the code

But hey, here's ours!


A Single Man

Did you ever think that although the canvas of a fashion designer maybe a piece of cloth meticulously draped or a runway concept so avant-garde, it always has so much thought, life and imagination transporting you to their state of mind.. 
Now imagine these thoughts and ideas used to make film.. 

Tom Ford, director and screenplay writer for 'A Single Man', a 3 Golden Globe Award nominee and Official Selection in London, Tokyo and Toronto Film Festivals.

He did it again..


Maison Martin Margiela

Unconventional and cutting edge.
Our man of the month (maybe even year!)
Mr. Martin Margiela or Maison Martin Margiela

Unusual website (as with all his collections) http://www.maisonmartinmargiela.com/

Belgian born fashion designer with a degree from Antwerp's Royal Academy of Fine Arts, rumored role in the collective Antwerp Six. In his early years a designer for Jean Paul Gaultier and later on a creative director for the Hermes women's line... 
All that and more, but at this point I'll save you the history class. Look at his collection and then be a judge of whether you want to read more about him or not.

Deconstructed cuts, edgy, asymmetric, messed up proportions, wearable art and just weird items
Puts mainstream fashion to shame.. even art
HIS stuff should be in museums 
An acquired taste
Wearing a Maison Martin Margiela will attract a lot of attention but not the usual stares
something more like 'what the hell is.. is that.. how is she wearing it.. Oh interesting' stares.. 
Monochromatic palettes with hints of color

take a look at my top items

AIDS t-shirt with a percent of the proceeds given to the Association 'AIDES' France
Originally part of the A/W 1993/4 collection, but has been in every season ever since.
Clic to enlargehttp://www.maisonmartinmargiela.com/en/collections/PE2010/collection-13.html

As seen in the Madonna 'Celebration' video

Fine jewelry indeed (also notice the display)

And last but not least the collection...