Sunday, March 6, 2011

Slowly figuring out Geneva

I am finally figuring out what to do for fun in Geneva, this town is not much of a "party" town and options are limited. When other plans never concretized, a friends boyfriend suggested that we go to the Halles de L'Ile. I was told there was no cover, a fabulous venue, good music and no door drama. Jackpot, just my kind of place. The location itself is amazing as you can see, it is in a converted warehouse occupying the entire tip of an island at the mouth of a river. The design is simple and industrial with a large bar in the center. The music was EXACTLY what I like and the DJ was super cute, in my drunken stupor I had a conversation with him and asked about other places where he spun but I unfortunately don't remember what he said :(
The courtyard has a really cool feature, old ski lift cabins! Perfect for a smoke and to ghetto drink out of a plastic bottle in your friend's purse... 
The only downsides are the ridiculous prices (15$ for a G&T but I guess it's normal here, everything is just mad expensive) and the fact that the crowd doesn't really mingle, but I think that's just how it is in Geneva. 
Fun fact: i took the train at 2:36 am to get home and made a huge effort to stay awake but of course i dozed off only to be woken up by a conductor telling me I was at the end of the line. I stumbled out and had no idea where I was, started to panic thinking I was in Zurich or something, wandered towards the exit and only there realized that I was actually in Lausanne. At the station I go to every single day. The lesson of this story: try not to drunkenly pass out on a train in Europe, you might just end up in another country. 

Viktor & Rolf

Viktor & Rolf are to me one of the most interesting design duo's out there. Their clothes never really follow trends, they just do their own thing : find a theme and follow thru. Last season it was the idea of a men's shirt, and this one it is the idea of medieval armor. While other avant-garde designers feel unrealistic and off-putting, I always think that the Dutchmen's creations have a sort of whimsy and beauty that always makes me smile, and most of the collection is actually quite wearable. Their spring 2010 chainsaw massacre tulle ball-gowns have become almost iconic and Fall 2011 will probably end up being just as recognizable! I would just love to meet a fierce bitch that is a V&R customer, she would be my kind of gal.

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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Swiss Swatch Watch.

I had been on a search for the perfect Swiss watch ever since I got to Switzerland. At first I really wanted a watch that was somewhat high end without being ridiculously expensive, so I was looking at brands such as Tissot and Movado, and I fell in love with this one Movado watch but it turned out to be impossible to find. My theory was that since I am in THE watch country I would have no problem finding it, but it was like looking for a needle in a haystack! Finally, my friend suggested I just get a plain old Swatch but I found that to be boring… until I found the Black Rebel. It is everything I was looking for, simple, straightforward and very contemporary without being trendy. It is actually quite similar to the Movado I was obsessing over with its simple numberless black dial and black strap, but for about a tenth of the price! And best of all, you cannot get any more Swiss than Swatch!