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Jeanne Lanvin

Finally – a new Designer Day! Today’s main character is the fabulous French fashion designer Jeanne-Marie Lanvin (1867-1946). You have probably heard a lot of talk about Lanvin for the past week, since the fashion house has been making a collection for H&M which premiered last week. And it was glorious.

Jeanne Lanvin founded the fashion house of Lanvin in the early 1920s, and was for the coming two decades one of the most influential designer of the day. She created a Lanvin trademark of intricate trimmings, outstanding embroideries and decorations in clean, floral colors.

When Mrs. Lanvin died in 1946, her daughter, Marguerite di Pietro –  best known as Marie-Blanche – took over as head of the fashion house.

You know how her career started, though? She made clothes for her daughter, which attracted the attention of the wealthy mothers of Paris. Soon they wanted her to make clothes for their daughters as well, and then, for themselves. Oh yes, one of today’s greatest fashion houses started out with a mother sewing for her kid. That gives me hope.

Today, Lanvin is the oldest fashion house still in operation, and I’m happy to say it looks like it will still be with us for many years to come. Alber Elbaz has been the artistic director for the house since 2001, and has brought in many personal touches, such as the forget me not flower color.

Ah, don’t you just love dresses?

I know I do. Love, Hanna

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Words words words

Hello my dearies.

We here on Viliflik are, as you may have noticed, fond of literature. Not only the sentences, each following the other, creating wonderful stories of mystery and adventure; no, we care for words. The single word on its own, with its myriad of meanings, symbolisms and connotations. You might have heard a snazzy little saying go “the word is more powerful than the sword”, and believe me, this is true (a certain distance from said sword is required of course, but let’s not get into details), and this is why I want to use this opportunity to point your attention to a campaign started by Oxford Dictionary. It is called Save the Words, and the idea is that you chose a word that is about to go out of the English language, and adopt it. Then it is your job to help keep that word alive and in use.

I myself have adopted the word murklins, which means “in the dark” and which I have grown to love and cherish.

I urge you to visit the website  and adopt a word of your own, you find it here: http://www.savethewords.org/

Because words are important too.

Love, Elin


The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Hello the internet!

Since it’s almost Christmas time, and you’re probably all stressed out about exams and Christmas shopping, I thought we’d cool it with the serious books and focus on entertaining you. So today’s Flik is the wonderful, brilliant and hilarious The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, penned by the late, great Douglas Adams.

Sorely missed

I am sure you’re all familiar with the book, being the intelligent and enlightened readers that you no doubt are; but just in case someone has managed to go their whole lives without stumbling across the Hitchhiker franchise, here’s a quick recap.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (henceforth referred to as H2G2) started as a radio comedy show on BBC in 1978. Since then, it has spawned stage productions, a TV-show, a computer game, comic books, two series of towels (which makes sense if you’ve read the books), a film adaptation and, of course, a trilogy of books in five parts.

The plot revolves around Arthur Dent who, minutes before the Earth is demolished to make way for a new hyperspatial express route, finds out his best friend is in fact not human but an alien from a small planet in the vicinity of Betelgeuse. His friend, Ford Prefect, rescues Arthur from certain death and takes him hitchhiking across the galaxy. Hilarity ensues.

There really isn’t much more I can say about it, other than that if you haven’t read it, you’re lucky. You have something to look forward to. For those of you who have read the books, why not reread them? H2G2 is probably the funniest book(s) you’ll ever read and grow increasingly absurd and fantastic as the plot thickens. Enjoy your read and remember:

Love, Mari


Chocolate Cheesecake

Yay, I’m writing Friday Feast without Elin and Mari’s permission! But I just had to. You see, last night, I may have started the Friday Feast early, by making this wonderful chocolate cheesecake.

How to, you ask?

Allow me to enlighten you. Chop up 200 grams of Oreo’s, put them in a round cakeform and mix with 70 grams of melted butter. Put the whole thing in the refrigerator while making the cheesethingy.

For the cheesecake, start by mixing 500 grams of natural cream cheese and 75 grams of sugar (this is a very healthy cake, by the way), and mix it until it’s nice and creamy. Add an egg and mix some more. Add another egg. Add 3 dl. of sourcream, 1 large tablespoon of cocoa and mix well. Next, melt 250 grams of dark deliciousy chocolate. Let this cool off for a bit before mixing it into the banter. Last, mix in 1 dl. of Bailey’s. (you may drink the rest while waiting for the cake) Put the cake in the oven at 180 degrees C for about 45 minutes. When it is cool, put it into the refrigerator and wait impatiently till the next day.

Now, melt about 200 grams of dark chocolate and spread it out on a piece of baking paper, the size of the cake form you have been using. Wait until it is almost stiff, and then wrap it around the cake before gently removing the paper. Mix some cream and dash it on top before decorate with more chocolate. Now enjoy life.

Love, Hanna


Bill Bailey

Hello! This week’s hottie is both hilarious and somewhat of an intellectual. This English comedian, actor and musician has long been overdue for some attention on this blog. I am of course speaking of the magnificent Bill Bailey.

 

You may know Bill from such wonderful sitcoms as Black Books or Spaced, or seen him on the fabulous shows Never Mind the Buzzcocks or QI.

He has created many amazing stand-up shows including: Cosmic Jam, Bewilderness, Part Troll and Dandelion . Bailey is somewhat of a musical genius and his jokes are often based on music (as well as the theories of Stephen Hawkins and Darwin, among others).

 

I highly recommend that you go out and buy everything available from this man. He is truly one of a kind. If you want to read more you can find his homepage here: http://www.billbailey.co.uk/

Love, Elin


Flower Power

Winter really is upon us, and if you, like us, are hanging out in Norway these days you know that it is cooooooold. Here in Trondheim there’s a nasty rumor going around saying that it will reach -17 C this week. Brrrrr. So, in hoping to get some warmth, or at least some summery feelings if nothing else, I thought it fitting that this Vintage Wednesday we should look at the pattern we all know and love: oh yes, we’re talking flower power.

(for sale here)

Apparently, flower power was the slogan used by an American counterculture movement in the 1960s and 70s as a symbol of passive resistance and non-violence.

(Vintage fabric at Happy Notions)

Then there was a tiny little group you may have heard of called the Hippies. They embraced symbolism, often dressing in flowery clothing with strong colors, and flowers in their hair. No wonder some called them Flower Children.

(From Starlet Vintage)

(From LeftyLouVintage)

(From TidePools by Kelsea)

And then there are those of us who just think it’s pretty and fine and cool.

(From TheRareBird)

All the shops I’ve mention can be found on Etsy. Now, do you feel a little more summery?

Love, Hanna


Gianni Versace

The designer for today is the wondrous Versace. Gianni Versace.  This Einstein of fashion was born in 1946 and tragically murdered in 1997. He was an Italian fashion designer who founded the house of Versace – which is now reigned by his sister Donatella and his niece Allegra Versace.

First in the mid 1970s Versace started presenting his collections, and from then and till now it’s been quite a show! Take a look:

After Mr. Versace’s death, Donatella Versace has been the head designer for the label. She has, like her brother, no technical training as a fashion designer, but manages excellently with Gianni Versace’s philosophy: Don’t be afraid of breaking the rules.

Versace often choose a celebrity to represent them. Some of these have been Madonna (twice), Ashton Kutcher, Patrick Dempsey, Ian Somerhalder, Kevin Richardson and Halle Berry. It is recently reported that the new face of Versace will be January Jones.

What do you think?

Love, Hanna