they grew on me

Occasionally I can be swayed.  This was one of those times.   I first noticed spectator shoes about two weeks ago on the feet of the autumn eager, I was unmoved.  But I woke up this morning with an eagerness to own.  I was probably exposed to subliminal branding, maybe on the subway — who knows.  So, compliments of Zappos my frenzied state will be eased on Monday.  Say hello to my new friend Stuart Weitzman.

Personally, I can’t think of a better shoe to go with my oversized tweed menswear trousers….can you?

Hear About Hearwear Wear?

I came across this in LA recently. Didn’t know what it was at the time, but a bit of Googling resolved the issue.

It’s HearWear, and they say: “wearable visual reflection of your auditory surroundings. It perceives sound levels and uses a scale of lights to reflect amplitude in clothing or accessories. The level of light depends on the level of sound; the louder it is, the more your apparel lights up.“

And then: “The electronics are seamlessly integrated in the wearable design – the sound-detecting sensor is subtle and unnoticeable, and the LEDs and electro-illuminating wire are embroidered in the transluscent textile. The developed system can be applied to any wearable items – be it skirt, bags, T-shirts, jackets, pants and belts.“

I quite like the idea, but I’m a little concerned I’d be confused for a traffic light, or for a neon sign outside a 7-Eleven! You?

Launch of Zune 2.0

Well it’s not really called that, but it’s not wrong to dub it such. Microsoft released the new-look Zune today, and it’s looking pretty good, but with the latest changes to the iPod (iPod touch and iPod nanos), it’s unlikely it’s going to be an iPod killer over the Christmas period.

Still, Microsoft >are< making some positive waves at last, especially in light of the battering Apple is taking this last week over the iPhone firmware updates, and how it’s alienating its fans.

happy anniversary hello divorce

This weekend I celebrated my 11th and final anniversary with my husband.  For our final anniversary weekend we had romantic dinners, sex marathons and I received this:

We have been seperated for some time and the divorce is already in progress.  But life has a way of twisting and turning and we have found the path back to each other.  So now we are divorcing and committed to remarrying each other.  This time on a beach in St. Marteen — attended by our children, friends and family.  So without obsessing much, I am on the hunt for a wedding dress for my second marriage.   Designers anyone?

Dangling Devices

I really really really hate those little dangling devices that people who should be old-enough-to-know-better have hanging off their mobile phones. I can handle kids having them, even I had a childhood – but 50 year old French women should know better – and moreso because she’s my neighbour! I saw her today with something resembling these. I nearly topped her!

Icelandic fashion #1 Spaksmannsspjarir

Iceland is known for its unique landscape, midnight sun, aurora borealis, volcanos, thermal pools and so on. This, presumably, creates an inspiring atmosphere for young designers.

You can see and feel the nature in most of the creations from Iceland, both musical and design-wise.

Soo… I thought it might be nice to show you some of the Icelandic’s greatest fashion designers.

This photo illustrates work from a design team called Spaksmannsspjarir (”wiseman’s clothes”). They offer a wide range of clothes for women, in all shapes and sizes. You can go to their shop and choose a look and they will costume-make items for you if necessary.

I like.

Skunkfunk Does Green

I like the Skunkfunk brand, with a few independent stores dotted around the back-streets and cooler areas of Barcelona, away from the tourist-infested main thoroughfares, they’re a break from the norm (norm: Zara, Mango, Massimo Dutti, Zara again, Oysho etc)

Kicking-off in the Basque country (Northern Spain/Southern France) they’ve opened up in a plethora of locations as far away as Tokyo and San Francisco.

But boy do they LOVE green! And not a dark green, which I’d wear… but a lime green green – a green that’d be a little hard to get away with, unless you’re living in a place where the sun shines morning to night. I can’t see it being a success on Dame Street in Dublin on a pissy-wet October evening.

Still, I like their style, it’s brave and it’s young, and it’s keeping-it-small while resisting to be everywhere-at-once, which will be the downfall of fellow-Spanish start-up Desigual, who were once niche… but they got greedy.

Yamaha’s Tenori-On

From the hallowed pages of Future Music, this story:

“The silver Tenori-On looks like a small tablet PC with a 16×16 grid of white LEDs. The lights can be seen from both the front and the back of the unit, so an audience can take part in the visual fun as well. The Tenori-On is meant to be programmed both musically and visually. In fact, you can program the music, and then go back and program a customized visual sequence to complement what you’ve composed.”

So the thing can be played as if you were designing with your fingertips, or it can be played by just knowing what notes are where on the instrument, and it has built-in speakers. Rad, or what?!

No Cheating

Comment by lestyle

October 4, 2007 @ 9:07 am

Trinity, only the Le Style moderator has the right to moderate comments. Please relax.

I have received your comment, I have it here, but I can’t approve it, as there’s a bug causing it (and a few other comments, sorry Jean and Shawn) to be rejected. However I will post it here now so that it’s published for you.


There is no law there at the moment to say that it is a criminal offence, not to my knowledge anyway and I’ve worked in legal. Not here in Ireland and not that I am aware of in the UK. However, there was a report back in April 2007 and actually a UK law firm released a report on same quite recently as well, but it was just a report. The European Commission did put forward a proposal to strengthen the criminal law framework to combat intellectual property law offences but this was withdrawn and instead its provisions incorporated into a Directive (proposal!)

..In the directive, all intentional infringements of an intellectual property right on a commercial scale, including attempting, aiding and abetting such infringements, are treated as criminal offences.

I’m not sure of the exact ‘ins and outs’ but per se 🙂 but that’s about the jist of it.