Friday, 25 September 2009

Swedish national costumes

Inspiration for shape and colour combination.

Meters of fabric

Nice shoes and beautiful lighting.

Northern outfit

Look at these boots! and amazing shrug!


Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Pre-collection AW09

Ok, ok, I know, this is just the start...hum...blame it on the sewing machine?!
Let's consider it as a research piece, shall we.

Albman from Kosovo

Personally my favourite.

Traditional costumes

Mongolian colours

Mongolian attitude

Monday, 21 September 2009

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Lamb and snow

The most inspiring thing I found on my London Fashion Week end is this photo of a man dragging a lamb through the snow. It was framed and hanging in Rosie's living room on top of the fireplace just waiting for me. Perfect for AW09 spirit isn't it?

Ready for London Fashion Week

Vanessa and Rosie ready to rock London Fashion Week. Don't cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me? Don't cha?

Friday, 18 September 2009

Sissi Wang and General Kuanyu

These two are also from the Chinese Theatre. Are we starting to get the feeling yet?

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Home made masks

Obviously, I couldn't resist having a go at it myself...

He came from the snow

Tired and weakened by the lonely journey through the menacingly still landscape he emerged from the millions of icy flakes like a vision. His clothes were stained with blood and mud - yet the new patterns they formed on his robes gave an inexplicable depth to his appearance. They dignified him in a way that only the beasts which saw him fight the relentless wind with stubborn resilience and cross the frozen river bed witnessed.
The King was back.

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Russian fashion

Alim Khan, photographed by Prokudin-Gorskii in 1911. Apparently he was the last emir of the Manghit Dynasty.
Well, I don't know about that but our good man had a true sense of style and the big chunky belt will definately not get him through security check!


Kathakali is a highly stylised classical Indian dance-drama noted for its attractive make-up of characters, their elaborate costumes, detailed gestures and well-defined body movements.
This is what we will show you when you come to the reception in Kerala and we will ask Achchan to give detailed explanations about everything.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Happy Birthday Lydia!

Dear Lydia,
I wish you a wonderful 10th Birthday.
I hope you have a great day!
Only the best wishes from your Godmother.

Setting AW09

That's the kind of setting I am thinking about for the photoshoot AW09. Bare trees, crisp frozen ground, a faint ray of light to give hope to my warrior that the battle is not lost yet.

Monday, 14 September 2009

London Fashion Week

I am thinking of wearing this FCUK blouse for the London Fashion Week. The other option is my Yves Saint Laurent tiger print long hooded zip cardigan with leggings...pffff.
Any advise please! I need to impress Vivienne!

Sunday, 13 September 2009


See the thirty second film we made for the moncinema competition to promote the credit crunch - we got through to the top 3 finalists!

Saturday, 12 September 2009

Wedding dress?

While searching for the perfect wedding dress I must confess that I did consider this one as a serious potential candidate for a long 3 seconds for the simple reason that it will keep me nice and warm in the cold Swiss winter time. I have finally opted for a slightly more revealing one (!) but I still find it quite inspiring in an 'easter' kind of way.


No glitz, sequins or shiny beads this time, a warrior needs to hide and become invisible in dense Northern forests . We are trying to play it low key (I said 'trying') with gentle tassels, modest trims, humble tape and tons of tiny pompons like snowflakes. It should do the trick.

Friday, 11 September 2009

Welcome to Wonderland!

Idea and realisation by Vanessa Meister, photos by Nathalie Bissig

Chinese Opera Masks

Mystery is finally broken, these are Chinese Opera Masks (two images found on the net).
Less is more? I don't think so...
Manish, sorry mate, we now know where your beautiful works of art come from! (but we still love you)

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Foretaste of the website layout

Drawings by Vanessa Meister.

Getting the fabric together - piece of cake

Geometric shapes, contrast colours, the tight sharp contours of a brave warrior lost in the snow - are you loving it already?

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Camera bag

Soon to be ordered online - we are getting the proper website ready. These things take time.

The cushion seller

Drawing by Vanessa Meister.

MTV Swatch playground

Entry for T-shirt competition. See our entry and others here:


Starting the winter collection - I found these masks in a second hand shop and bargained hard to get them despite the owner's firm decision to get them priced. My business skills are hot!
Ladies, get ready for the coolest winter collection yet...


Announcing the mood for AW09. Design by Vanessa Meister.

Ordentliches Brimborium

One of the August issues of Weltwoche carried an article on our forthcoming wedding. We're not sure when it is but they announced it's in October anyway. Read on in German if you can manage!

Leaving home - in style SS09

Model Mélanie Meister, design by Vanessa Meister, photos by Nathalie Bissig