DESIGN MATTERS: SEAT Mii BY MANGO

H&M may be known for collaborating with premier designers such as Jimmy Choo, Lanvin and only two months ago, Isabel Marant. But Spain’s very own Mango just raised the bar with a tie-up for, literally, its biggest piece on the market yet.

A car.

Yes, folks. Mango joined forces with Spanish car manufacturer SEAT to create a stylish urban car with a unique feminine touch. The SEAT Mii by MANGO is a city car with a special focus on design: fashionable on the inside and stylish on the outside. It is the ideal combination of fashion and efficiency in one compact city slicker.

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I also received news by e-mail just this morning that a contest has been launched to mark the collaboration.

Artists, illustrators, fashion designers and creators from all over the world are invited to submit accessory designs based on the theme “An urban car for a city girl.” They must use the template provided to design a make-up bag and shoe bag.

Apart from the privilege of having his or her design go into production, the winner will also receive a brand new Mii by MANGO car! The judges will likewise choose five other designers who will each receive a MANGO wardrobe worth €500. Entries will be accepted until March 4. Visit Mango’s Facebook page to participate.

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BLACK IS BACK: MANGO TOUCH A/W 2013

You know that the cold season is near when black becomes trendy once more. (Then again, when does this color ever go out of fashion?) For instance, Mango Touch, the accessories line of Mango, is big on black in its offering for autumn/winter. Rock on!touch1

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COPY THAT: WHITE WEDNESDAY

Just a quick post to show you that you can never go wrong with white. (Especially with a white dress and white slip-ons.) Happy Wednesday!

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Inspiration photo: Pinterest. All items except Mango bag available from Zalando Netherlands and Spain.

MANGO KIDS IS HERE

I was just thinking two days ago why Mango doesn’t have a kids collection. Zara has one; H&M, too. Even Massimo Dutti has a children’s line. Then, boom! I get this e-mail yesterday announcing the launch of Mango Kids soon. So there you go. It’s official: I’m psychic. (Or is it the Mango people who are psychic? Well, good to know that we share the same abilities.)

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

It is Mother’s Day today in many parts of the world. As a tribute to my mother, I made a little collage showing how we would wear the same pair of jeans on an ordinary day. You see, my mom is not like any other mom. I know that every child has probably said that at least once in his or her life. But, cross my heart, my mom is really different. She wears nothing but blue jeans, flat sandals and simple shirts. I’ve seen her don a dress more or less five times in my whole life. When my sister and I were young, she would wear matching blouses and skirts, custom-made for her by a dressmaker, to our graduation and recognition rites. After each occasion, the blouse and skirt duo would never see the light of day again. She doesn’t put on jewelry, except for a modest watch. She never gave a darn about brands. She never cared about trends nor fancy clothes. Yes, she is far from fashionable, but she is always happy and confident in her own skin. Happy Mother’s Day, Mommy!!! You’re super and special like that!

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COPY THAT: MARIONA PLANAS IN BLUE AND RED

When it comes to styling denim jeans, Mariona Planas is somewhere on top of my list. I especially like it when she wears boyfriend jeans with flat shoes; she looks edgy and sophisticated! She’s big on ballerinas and although I have yet to find a pair that will fit my odd size feet, it doesn’t hurt to turn to her style for inspiration.

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