Peter Lindbergh – The Beauty of Reality

The woman is always more important than the clothes. – P. Lindbergh

Peter Lindbergh is one of the most interesting characters in the fashion industry. His controversial projects and unusual approach as a fashion photographer have made him a pioneer in contemporary photography. Lindbergh has always abhorred the idea of excessive retouching and displaying characterless models with heavy make-up. In his opinion, a woman’s true beauty is expressed by her natural, bare face, regardless of her “imperfections”.

This week, I had the great opportunity to go to his photo exhibition in Munich. Many of his world-famous and life-changing works were showcased on simple walls in black or white, corresponding to his favourite photography style. During the exhibition, I realised that Lindbergh had only captured women in motion or in their most expressive moments – the models were never overshadowed by the clothes they wore. After all, the sole purpose of clothes has always been for women to wear them, not to overwhelm them!

Peter Lindbergh and his work are most intriguing and leave a deep impression on anyone taking a look at his pictures. The models are able to show their personality on camera instead of hiding it underneath expensive designer dresses: the focus lies on the woman herself, anything else serves as an accessory.

This kind of mindset has led to the notorious Supermodel Era in the 80’s. Lindbergh has played a major part in shooting many world-famous models like Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell to the supermodel league.

Lindbergh’s exhibition will be displayed until 28th August 2017 in Munich’s Kunsthalle. I can highly recommend this to any fashion or photography lover out there – you will not be let down!

-V.

A Fairytale Come True… a Visit to Cinderella’s Castle

Who isn’t familiar with Cinderella’s castle from Walt Disney– the inspiration for Disney’s world famous logo!

The iconic castle with its very unique shape and pointed princess towers has been inspired by real-life places. One of them being one of Germany’s most popular sights, Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria. This 19th century castle was commissioned by  Ludwig II. of Bavaria, who was a known admirer of the Middle Ages and Wagner’s operas. Ludwig had a romanesque masterpiece in mind, anyone could marvel at in the years to come. Little did he know that it would become one of the most visited places in Germany.

I admit, getting to the castle is a bit of a hassle. I would highly recommend to get there by car, since you’d be significantly faster and more flexible than by train or bus. Moreover, you should definitely book your entrance tickets to the castle beforehand to avoid long queues. And you should book the castle tour to make the most out of your trip, even though it only lasts around 25 minutes. But the tour guide did have a lot of interesting insights to tell about the Bavarian duke and his dream project. During the tour, I was completely in awe with the inside of the castle, which was beautifully designed and furnished.

Another must-do while visiting this place is to take a steep hike up the hill to reach the popular photo spot. The “Marienbrücke” is a narrow bridge located above the “Pöllatschlucht”, which faces the castle. From there, you can take mesmerising photos. Be careful though as the bridge is quite unsound to walk on!

Who would like to visit this place and see the astounding resemblance in person?

-V.

 

Would you like a cup of tea?

Tea is such an essential part of my everyday life that I can’t imagine my mornings and evenings without it. Other people need their coffees to wake them up, I drink my regular green tea to start off the day.

 

Tea cup “Redoute Rose”, Roy Kirkham

 

I also prefer my tea without sugar. It is quite strange how I don’t seem to be affected by the bitterness, when it does bother me while drinking coffee. But I find that the better the quality of the tea the less bitter it usually tastes. A high-class tea brand I can truly recommend is MARIAGE FRÈRES from France. The last time I visited the shop in Paris and it was heaven on earth!

I also love having a relaxed afternoon tea with family and friends in elegant tea salons like Ladurée and Angelina or in cozy, local cafés or simply at home. A hot cup of a classic or unique flavour accompanied with a delicious piece of pastry or cake is pure delight!

 

Ladurée Champs-Elysée, Paris

 

An obsession of mine, and I think a lot of people can relate, is collecting beautiful porcelain tea cups. I admire the intricate craftsmanship and gorgeous designs of some tea services. Especially the English Fine Bone China from Roy Kirkham, which is mainly influenced by the Victorian Age, is a must-have for any tea lover.

Any other tea lovers out there?

 

-V.

 

 

 

Hello Munich!

Munich is one of Germany’s biggest and most famous cities. Especially the notorious beer festival “Oktoberfest” plays a major part in Munich’s popularity around the world.

Town Hall, Munich

But Munich has so much more to offer than beer and pretzels-what the netizens love and adore about their city is the high quality of living, the diverse and breathtaking landscape surrounding Munich and the many events and outdoor activities it has to offer.

English Garden, Munich

I suspect, you will never encounter another German city just like Munich. The feeling of familiarity and being part of a close community is what fascinates most of the international visitors. People even go as far as calling it a “big village”!

All in all, Munich is a must-see on anyone’s travel agenda. So if you have some time to spare, I warmly recommend this charming city!

-V.

Wanderlust: Any plans for 2017?

Wanderlust: the irresistible, incurable desire to travel or wander.

2016 was a very busy year: I had the opportunity to go back to beautiful Japan, to spend some quality time with my family in Normandy, France and to visit my lovely friend in the vibrant, metropolitan city of Barcelona.

The wondrous nature and historic sites I encountered, while wandering around on Kyoto‘s many mountains and ancient streets were truly a sight to behold. The soothing sea breeze in Cherbourg, the french harbour city, was something I thoroughly enjoyed and the unique, architectural masterpieces of Gaudi in Barcelona were utterly mesmerising.

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Now in 2017, I’ve already made some ambitious travelling plans, which I hope to accomplish by the end of the year. I realise that being a student with a shockingly high amount of free time and no money is a serious problem!

Who can relate?

-V.

What to expect?

I contemplated a good deal about “what to expect from this blog”…Travel? Beauty? Fashion? Lifestyle? – there were countless of categories I could have chosen!

So which of them suited ME the best? I kept thinking about it over and over again, until I came to the conclusion that I couldn’t and shouldn’t be limited to only one category. Why not do all of them? My passion for travelling is just as big as my love for fashion!

Thus here I am, sharing tiny pieces of my ordinary and not so ordinary moments in life. A fair warning though: since I decided to juggle various categories all at once, this blog is going to be all over the place!

Have fun end enjoy reading.

                           -V.