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PREMIÈRE ISSUE

AUGUST 2014

A LOOK INTO THE

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with the founders of

D’OR ET D’ARGENT

FRENCH CONNECTION

AW14 COLLECTION

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SUMMER

TRENDS

TO TAKE INTO THE

FALL

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IN THIS ISSUE August

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ICY ILLUSIONS

Take a peak at French Connection’s magical A/W14 collection inspired by Russian opulence.

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FASHION EDITORIAL

Denim & Dazed: A Modern Twist on the Classic Overall Trend

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HEALTH & NUTRITION

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TRENDING NOW Your Wardrobe Style, From Summer to Fall

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW talk about their brand and inspirations as

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TRAVEL HOTSPOTS Destination Miami Beach

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Letter from the Editor DEAR READER,

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aving my very own fashion magazine has been an idea of mine for several years; only I hadn’t known that it would one day be a possibility. At eighteen, moving on to nitely is an important one), but creating my digital space online has been my biggest leap of all. Emerging myself into the rapid and fast paced world of fashion, where all the glitter and glam of fashion shows are what we know of the industry, I decided it was time for me to jump into this world.

It all began with what we call a fashion blog a small space on the internet dedicated to showing viewers our many street style looks, talents around the world. After six months since the start of my fashion blog, I have gained numerous opportunities and been inspired by so many talented people in the industry. Now you will be able to discover more through the course of my journey on my blog, and also on my own digital fashion magazine.

My step towards creating BIBI GOES CHIC MAGAZINE is self-explanatory, really. I’ve storytelling since I was a kid, and I knew it would not stop there. Making my way into the fashion industry, I began to think of ways I could expand my creativity and Magazine comes in, showing a wider picture of the fashion world as an extension of my blog BIBI GOES CHIC. Created as a digital magazine written from the perspective of a fashion blogger, my goal is to introduce readers to up and coming as well as popular brands in the industry. The topics are really endless: from fashion editorials, to season trends, beauty and health tips, to brand features and interviews in a magazine you can relate to.

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he start of a crazy new journey begins now, and I’m as eager as ever to let myself go, emerging myself into the world of words, fashion and art. Having you learn and grow with me in this fast-paced industry means so much to me. Therefore I would like to thank you all, my readers, for being so loyal, and for giving me the courage to make my dream a possibility.

Lots of love,

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THIS AUTUMN/WINTER

FRENCH CONNECTION

is bringing chilled vibes to the new collection with a magical twist on tailored, masculine pieces inspired by RUSSIAN OPULENCE.

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This season French Connection is going back to an era of fortune and magical moments.

o you remember a time when the Tsarist yet bewildering magician Troy, this new regime reigned in grand Russia? Inspired by the collection brings its audience into a wild wool coats, column skirts and tailored suits depict a wild, picturesque imagination of cold autumn nights and dark Siberian landscapes. Fill your mind with the strength and magic behind the icy blue tones and military shapes taking over these A/W pieces, but don’t forget about silky separates and sequins for a little party glitz in the winter months to come.

Enjoy.

Taking a look at the collection, luxuriousness certainly plays a big part this season – but so does mystery. Hidden behind those heavy wealth, with a little laid-back ease. The men taking prominence from classic British style through camel, charcoal and deep navy tones make for a strict and rich collection. Women, think structured pat-

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DEN & DAZ

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NIM & ZED

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SUNGLASSES & NECKLACE by BCBG Max Azria

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A MODERN TWIST on the classic overall trend; adding the crop top, statement jewelry, and golden gladiators to the look, _______________________________________________________________________________________ AUGUST 2014 9


BRACELET (Left) BCBG Max Azria BRACELET (Right) Collier De Chien Hèrmes DECO RING SET Stella & Dot _______________________________________________________________________________________ 10 BIBI GOES CHIC MAGAZINE


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DENIM OVERALLS by GUESS? CROP TOP Abercrombie & Fitch ARISOTLE GLADIATOR SANDALS by Steve Madden

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Photographed at _______________________________________________________________________________________ LOEWS MIAMI BEACH HOTEL 14 BIBI GOES CHIC MAGAZINE


PHOTOGRAPHER: C.M.D. MODEL & STYLIST: Bibi

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THE BENEFITS OF WATER AND HYDRATION

Thirsty?

body is as important as feeding it, all year long. Did you know that by the time we feel thirsty it’s already too

It’s always been said that the average amount of water we should consume is eight glasses a day, however it is now suggested that sources as well, and there are varying opinions on how much water we actually need. juice, soup, coffee & tea, etc. So what’s all the hype about water? The advantages of drinking water are an important part of

Droughts occur every year around the world, precipitation. Let’s imagine the same for our organs. Our bodies consist of 60% water. This water helps aid our digestive system to function, keeps our body temperature in tact, and assists blood in transporting oxygen to cells.

Those are just three more-than-good reasons to be sure we get our daily dosages ing water include keeping joints lubricated and skin cells hydrated. Water is an energy booster, and helps the heart pump blood. Dehydration occurs when we lose more water than is being replaced, leaving us perspiring, urinating and exercising to name a few. People who don’t get adequate amounts issues; constipation and kidney stones are just two of the many problems associated with internal dehydration. Our bodies function with water, and being deprived of it causes other organs, causing dehydration in those areas, ultimately leading to health issues. Everyone’s daily schedules are different, the same holds true about our body weight and shape. But don’t let that fool you into believing that we don’t all need the same nutrients to survive internally. Water is a impurities, so we can say that drinking this natural substance called ‘water’ is a ing a good daily routine of replenishing lost

WRITTEN BY

C.M.D

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KEEP COOL

IN THE SUMMER HEAT

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10

OF THE HOTTEST & COOLEST

Summer Trends

THAT YOU CAN WEAR ALL THE WAY INTO FALL… (Without even a wardrobe change!)

As summer is coming to an end it’s time to say goodbye to those endless warm beautiful days and say hello to the Fall season that is fast approaching. With that in mind, thinking about a whole new change of wardrobe may be fearsome, annoying, or just straight out too costly; but did you know that you can easily transform your summer wardrobe into the perfect fall one? ANIMAL PRINTS Taking a turn to the wild side, designers this season adore animal-inspired printed clothing. Don’t be afraid to embrace your daring side and sport a sumptuous leopard print coat or a small yet distinct animal embossed

THE CROPPED TOP & MIDI SKIRT Not too far-out yet more discreet are two of the summer’s hottest pieces of clothing: the cropped top and the midi skirt: very ladylike yet fashionable, and the two paired together are even more stunning. You can take these pieces into the fall by simply switching up your accessories and by adding a blazer or coat to keep warm. SPARKLY SEQUINS Sequins: that shiny material covering a piece of clothing, making you feel feminine yet edgy at the same time. You can go from summer to fall by pairing a sequinned

top with a leather skater skirt and a cropped jacket, mixing textures for a look that’s out of POP OF COLOR This trend follows you right from the beaches to your Warmer weather can call for a structured orange dress and some platform heels, and in a cooler climate you can sport a bright sweater with destroyed denim jeans and gold slip on sneakers. These bold BIRKENSTOCKS & PLATFORMS Don’t forget about those adorable, and hey, affordable Birkenstock sandals that will make their way er wearing them with black and white high socks if you feel like being bold. However, if you’re not up to showing a lot of feet, Jeffrey Campbell platforms are a great transition into the fall whilst THE STATEMENT TEE Keep in mind that the statement tee, which is a big must-have no matter what the season, adds a lot of

GEOMETRICS ALL THE WAY Geometric prints were a great hit during summer, but will be even more popular in the fall. Don’t be afraid to mix and match squares and stripes for a heavily geometric and structured appearance. This METALLICS Metallics have been a big player in fashion for a while now, and have appeared on numerous runways metallic trend is one that will certainly last you all As well as these top 10 trends from the summer, you can also take pastels (in shades of pale pink, baby blue, and mint green), light trenchcoats, oversized outerwear, transparency, sheer, lace and a lot of layering

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1. ZEROUV, 2. BCBG MAX AZRIA, 3. SVELTE, 4. TRIANGL SWIMWEAR, 5. WHISTLES

1. BRIGITTE BARDOT CLOTHING, 2. ALEXANDER WANG, 3. CHANEL, 4. JUNYA WATANABE

1. BRIGITTE BARDOT CLOTHING, 1. MANGO, 2. BCBG MAX AZRIA, 2. MANGO, 3. THPSHOP, 3. MANGO, 4. JEFFREY CAMPBELL, 4. FRENCH CONNECTION, 5. ZARA 5. BCBG MAX AZRIA _______________________________________________________________________________________ AUGUST 2014 19


LIVING IN THE 21ST CENTURY MEANS LIVING IN A WORLD CONSUMED BY SOCIAL MEDIA, DIGITAL DEVICES, AND INTERNATIONAL LIFESTYLES. WITH THE RISE OF SUCH POWERFUL TECHNOLOGY, IT IS NO DOUBT THAT FASHION IN ITSELF HAS ALSO EVOLVED, ALLOWING BRANDS WITH A NEW VISION TO SURFACE AND TO SHARE WITH THE WORLD THEIR INNOVATIVE CREATIONS. D’OR ET D’ARGENT, FRENCH FOR “GOLD AND SILVER”, IS A BRAND EXECUTING THE IMPORTANCE OF TECHNOLOGY IN FASHION, WHILST STILL SHOWING US THAT FASHION CAN BE AN EXPLORATION OF ART, CULTURE AND LIFESTYLE. THE FOUNDERS, QING AND TIMEUM, SHARE WITH US THEIR MUTUAL LOVE FOR FASHION, ART AND MUSIC, WHILE TELLING US WHAT ‘WEARABLE ART’ TRULY MEANS. BUT MORE THAN BEING A CLOTHING BRAND, THEIR AIM IS TO BECOME A PLATFORM FOR THE NEW GENERATION OF ENTREPRENEURS WHO HAVE DREAMS LIKE THEMSELVES, AND WHO AREN’T AFRAID TO MAKE THOSE DREAMS THEIR REALITY.

As the founders and creators of the fashion brand ‘d’or et d’argent’, what were your inspirations for the first collection, and what is the idea behind your brand name? QING: About the brand name, Timeum had the idea first. We had quite a few different names at first, but what we really wanted was a name that represents the true idea behind the creation of our brand. TIMEUM: Those we want to reach are the new generation of young people who have the chance to travel and to be rich with experiences. The name ‘d’or et d’argent’ really represents a spirit of ‘gold and silver’, which we believe this new generation is. QING: For the first collection, we had so many ideas! Originally, we had between fifty to sixty different designs, and narrowed it all down to ten. We only wanted to show the very best, therefore debating on the first collection for at least 6 months!

TIMEUM: Coming up with a decision on the ten final designs has been a war between us, in some ways! We wanted our first collection to really represent how we are a generation from the city but aren’t completely wild, even though there is a notion of wildness in our behavior.

Using graphics is a key element in your designs. How have you used luxury to distinguish yourselves from other brands using the same concept? QING: There are quite a lot of designs on the market working with graphics. But as I worked in fashion before, I’m constantly analyzing the change in trends, only trying to be ahead of them. For ‘d’or et d’argent’ I wanted to focus on what isn’t yet around, so that our brand could bring about a new vision. For example in our ‘Sea Fuji’ t-shirt, we mixed nature and signature landscapes with color blocking. No one has experimented with that yet, so we wanted

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to visually seek something unusual. TIMEUM: Technique wise, we wanted to have a high quality brand with high quality products. We’ve been really exigent on the quality of the material that we use as well as the quality of the printing, which is also very important. QING: The printing method we use isn’t actually printing, but rather it is a dye. The technical name for it is called ‘dye sublimation’, so it reacts to the heat and dyes into the yarn instead of simply printing on the surface. That method is very representative of the 21st century.

The two of you are from such varied backgrounds and are worldly individuals. How has this impacted your view on fashion, and most importantly, how has it shaped your brand? TIMEUM: That’s actually the essence of our brand; that we are from different backgrounds, yet still have the same love for traveling, for exploring and for meeting new people. What we wanted to do with this brand was play with the differences in our background in order to create an international feeling. What we really want is to represent a world without boundaries. I feel as if we are living all together in this world, without one true nation. The place where you are at the moment and the people you are with is simply what matters the most. QING: ‘d’or et d’argent’ is almost like a medium to express ourselves, and we want to help our generation express their vision and feeling of the world as well. I think it’s great that I’m living in London and Timeum is living in Shanghai. We have our meetings on Skype every single day where we exchange ideas and brief our teams. TIMEUM: Our brand really aims to represent this 21st century. I mean, you can be living 10 thousand kilometers away and still work together on a daily basis! Continued on page 26.

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Qing, you have previously worked with many designers such as Vivienne Westwood, G-Star and Topshop. How has this influenced you in wanting to create your own brand? QING: Working for Vivienne Westwood was very influential. The cutting and tailoring just amazed me, as it was something I always loved. Apart from the tailoring, I’ve learnt working for G-Star and Topshop that you can always wear a nice dress to look nice, but the real skill about knowing fashion is by mixing and matching pieces together. Mixing high street and designer pieces is what fashion really is, and this will show in our designs. We will not just be a t-shirt brand.

Timeum, how has your passion for business and technology led you to have a career in fashion? TIMEUM: Well, I will say that business is more of a tool for me to achieve projects related to my passions. My passions are really fashion and music, but I like to launch new projects in a variety of fields. Studying business is actually a tool for me to be able to manage projects, such as ‘d’or et d’argent’.

The spirit of your brand is to become a platform for the new generation of ambitious entrepreneurs around the world. How do you feel you will achieve this? TIMEUM: Well firstly, the main focus of the spirit we want to spread is to be real entrepreneurs, and to never stop working on new, innovative projects. At the moment, we are currently collaborating with a performance artist, a photographer, and even people in the music industry. Collaborating with people in many different fields also allows us to expand our knowledge and interests. This really is how we will achieve becoming a platform as both a brand, and as individuals. QING: As Timeum said, our strategy is to work with different artists, such as bloggers, people in the IT and business industry, etc. We’re focusing on collaborating with these interesting international internet figures who will make us evolve as a platform, and who will represent our ideas through technology. TIMEUM: People often define art as painting or photography, but we take art in the general sense… We are trying to reach the artist of life.

Having started with a collection of digital printed unisex t-shirts, what should we expect from you in the upcoming season? QING: I love handbags and hats! TIMEUM: Yeah (laughs), so it definitely won’t stop here. We aren’t just going to have t-shirts! Soon our brand will be completed with other items to form a full collection, using the t-shirts as the basis of our brand. T-shirts are something we love to wear ourselves, so we will still be trying to find cool designs for the future collections. QING: And as I said earlier, I really love tailoring. All the skills that I learned from Vivienne Westwood will be used and explored in our tailoring as well. TO CHECK OUT THE AMAZING NEW BRAND ‘D’OR ET D’ARGENT’, BE SURE TO VISIT THEIR SITE AT W W W. D O R - E T- DA R G E N T. C O M AND TO TWEET THEM @ _DORETDARGENT_!

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MODELS: Jade and Charles MAKE-UP & HAIR: Azzurra Bonaldo

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TOP TRAVEL HOTSPOTS

MIAMI BEACH Art Deco

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As the largest city in the world, Miami Beach is the epitome of trend-setting fashion, art galleries, beach resorts, and wild nightlife. Although Downtown Miami, Coral Gables and Coconut Grove are also popular districts in Miami, South Beach tends to be the place which is a major cultural destination that lures in tourists fond of fashion and art. Miami is my stomping ground every year, and continues to be my home away from home, and one of my favourite hotspots! So let me take you to my local hangouts, shopping scenes, and eateries on South Beach, better known by the locals as SOBE...

SHOPPING ON

LINCOLN ROAD

Lincoln Road Mall is one of Miami’s most popular shopping streets. Home to high-end retail brands, local boutiques, cafés and even art galleries, Lincoln Road definitely has something for everyone. A fashionista’s dream, this seven-block strip is a pedestrian walkway, ideal for the perfect shopping experience in Miami.

As a blogger, my favourite stores are BCBG Max Azria (one of the biggest in the States!), Steve Madden (for reasonably priced and incredibly trendy shoes) and GUESS? (I always find an item I love there). But what’s not to miss are the local and vintage boutiques all along Lincoln Road Mall, as well as several art galleries, such as Romero Britto: the talented modern pop-art artist. And if you’re hungry, there are small outdoor cafés to sit down and have a snack, putting your shopping on hold just for a little while!

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RESTAURANTS ON ESPANOLA WAY

With so many shops and restaurants Beachfront on Ocean Drive, one block off the beach on Collins Avenue, and on Whashington Avenue, don’t hesitate to go off the beaten path when you arrive at Espanola Way between 14th and 15th street. There you’ll discover a hidden cove of Spanish heritage. As the quaint, cute street depicting a typical Spanish village, Espanola Way is definitely not a disappointment for all those loving small restaurants with delicious Spanish food, or for Art Deco maniacs, as this street is filled with red roofs and Latin architecture.

Day or night, you won’t want to miss out on the Nikki Beach experience, South Beach’s most popular beach club! With cabanas and lounging sunbeds surrounded by white flowing curtains, you’ll be in awe from the moment you step foot in the door. With Ocean Front dining directly on the beach, you will not be disappointed! Dress is casual chic beachwear; this is one of the places to be seen in SOBE!

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NIGHTLIFE IN SOUTH BEACH

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