Liz Malraux Couture: Generations

Greetings my beloved readership,

important events are only a few times or even just once a year. One of these events is the Liz Malraux Couture fashion show which is once in February and once in August to present the spring/summer collection and the autumn/winter collection. On August 6, 2015 the long awaited event took part again in the noble hotel Atlantic Kempinski in the heart of the north-German capital Hamburg according to the motto: GENERATIONS. Get to know why in the following.


Liz Malraux fashion shows are always like a family reunion, you are meeting old friends, you make new friends, you are happy and have fun and still days, weeks and months later you can tell about them. 
High class models such as Oumy Sakho, Zoe Helali or Tereza Fajksová enriched the catwalk once again and personally I was very happy to see my beloved models on the catwalk again.


During the show the designer from Hamburg presented eleven different trends for the coming autumn/winter 2015/2016 season. The fashion show under the motto GENERATIONS symbolizes and unites young with old, experiences but as well friction and furthermore tension. The designer united young. modern, provocative, style-confident and discreet together into a new collection suitable for every age.
The new generation stands for freedom and this is what Liz Malraux focused on. She herself says that her fashion is art that is not simply given away but passed from one generation to the next one but always within the family.
As a star on the catwalk Liz Malraux invited Mariella Ahrens an actress from Munich to join her models.


As Liz Malraux' apparently favorite blogger (J) I've got a seat in the press loge. I was accompanied by my best friend. You know her from behind the scenes of Fall4Me.



The show was opened with the theme "The Power of Colors": With a mix of old and contemporary a new collection was created which is to be seen as art.






The second theme was just as colorful. Inspired by the weather at home in Hamburg where we have cold and rainy summers and gentle winters out of control. Therefore Liz Malraux combined the colors of summer together with the colors of winter and created a collection of bouclé with matched colors for the whole year and so she named it "Four Seasons".


Her next there "Contrasts" was the complete opposite of the previous one. In this theme she used the color of champagne for and elegant trend in combination with a casually worn maxi-skirt at hip-rise in her famous style of Aristo. The timeless contrast was made real with the color black.


The color black played a big role in the next theme as well which was named "Orange Classic" even though it could have as well been named "Modern Classic" since orange is the trend color of the year. Other than in summer for winter orange is combined with black in all its shades and homogenized. For this theme the designer used a new technique of knitting.


The designer continued with a at the first sight rather calm sounding and seeming theme with the deep brown, however "Still Life" simply describes the magic of details with embroidery and the love towards them as we are used to it from Liz Malraux Couture.



Details are as important in the next theme which is named after the main item of the look "Bag-Style" describes that Liz Malraux managed to combine bag and outfit perfectly into one look.



The autumn/winter season always brings nostalgia with it therefore the "British Classic" trend as Malraux calls it returned in this fashion show . Commonly known fabrics and pattern such as flannel or cashmere were made suitable for everyday life and business.


Another old friend that always returns in Liz Malraux Couture collections is the so called "Mystic" theme that is all about lacquer, gothic and coolness.



The more the end approached the more exquisite Liz Malraux' collection became among others because of the theme "Royal". Brocade is the main fabric Malraux worked with for this theme. Apart from the royal fabric majestic colors were used to create a trend with the know-how of the 21st century.



Dresses from 1000 and 1 night are the dream of every woman. Therefore they should be worn on special occasions. Liz Malraux fulfilled herself a dream with this theme "Oriental Nights" and gave each dress from which every single one is an unicum her personal touch with the all-time famouse crocodile leather and multi-color optics.


One can only congratulate the star-designer Liz Malraux to such a breath-taking collection she enriched us with for the coming season, personally I thank her as well for the invitation and heartily welcome. No surprise she is one of my most favorite fashion designers. She is a great person and always catches my taste with her mix of classy and modern.




Last but not least Liz Malraux ' regular customers along with their offspring and presented their favorite items by Liz Malraux Couture. My personal highlight was my friend and model Regina San with her baby boy Alexander Lucien.



Huge congratulations also to the models who did an excellent job

What do you think of the new trends and collection by Liz Malraux? Have you already found your favorite style or rather theme?

Visit her shops in Hamburg at the Neuer Wall 50 or in the Alstertal Shopping Center at Heegbarg 31.
You can as well visit her online here. And do not forget to follow me on my social networks (Facebook, Instagram) for more insights.

Xoxo ♥ Johanna

Post-Eurovision-Depression & -Celebration With... Vahe Tilbian

Hello my beloved readership,

believe it or not but Eurovision is all over the year. After all apart from still listening to the preferred songs the preparations are starting on the whole one year ahead choosing the hosting city and the hall where it is to take place (or building it if it is necessary like it was the case in Düsseldorf 2011), choosing the hosts, deciding and confirming the participation as a country. submitting the potential entries for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest, choosing the artist that is going to represent its nation whether internally or with a pre-election show, promotion shows of the artists and picking personal favorites and of course the event itself with either a post-Eurovision-depression or rather -celebration and thanks to our new technologies also keeping in touch with the artists we liked.

About this depression or rather celebration I wanted to talk with a man of many words the 35-year-old Vahe Tilbian the African-Armenian member of Genealogy the super-group that represented Armenia and the Armenian diaspora in the Eurovision Song Contest this year in the Austrian capital Vienna.

I got and kept in touch with this kind country-mate of mine and artist and asked him about his plans after Eurovision, Genealogy and a personal review on the Eurovision Song Contest. Read the whole interview below.

Fall4Me: Dear Vahe, thank you for having a chat with me. It is a big pleasure for me and my readers to have your attention.
So tell us, how do you feel after the Eurovision Song Contest?
Vahe Tilbian:
I feel extremely honoured and humbled to have been given the chance to be part of this historic project. Huge thanks to AMPTV for creating this opportunity. To be able to represent Ethiopia the country I was born in and Armenia the country where my roots are from, both at the same time was an amazing privilege.


Apart from certainly enjoying summer what are you currently busy with? Do you have any projects going on or any plans you have made real after Eurovision?
It’s actually the rainy season in Addis Abeba, the capital of Ethiopia until late September so other than trying to stay warm and dry I also have my regular shows with my band at the Sheraton Hotel in Addis and in my off time I am working on an EP which may graduate to being a full album. Not sure yet. 

What about your band Genealogy? I am aware of the fact that you and your band members are based all over the world and that it is hard to work on projects through such a distance but do you think you will unite for more projects such as an album for which you and the other members of the band would probably also write and produce, a tour, etc.? Your successful and popular cover of "Menq Enq Mer Sarery" (Engl.: We Are Our Mountains) seemed very promising.
I would love to work with Genealogy again but for now there’s no news of album or a tour unfortunately. I hope that will change. 


Taking a look back at Eurovision, how contented are you with the whole results of the grand final and semi-finals? In particular which participants did you miss in the grand final? Who was rated unexpectedly good? What do you think about the winning entry? Did you live any disappointments? Who should have won in your opinion in which entries did you see winning potential?
If you see the video of us making the finals already tells you how ecstatic I was when Armenia was announced. Of course everyone wants to win and that’s why you take part in a competition but not everyone does win so you just have to do your very best and be happy with your performance. The rest is up to the votes and you can never know what listeners will like and vote for. People like what they like and vote for what they like. One hopes it has nothing to do with politics or borders. 

With regard to your own performance. What do you think is the reason that Genealogy was rated rather bad with a 16th place and 34 points? What did you find very good about your performance what could have been better? Do you think you should have been rated higher? What did you have what other Armenian entries before did not have and this year's participants?
I don’t think Genealogy was ranked badly to be honest. We did the very best that we could and represented our country as perfectly as we could have, representing both Armenia and the Armenian diaspora of 13 million people. It was an amazing feeling. I think that was the main difference between previous entries and Genealogy. We literally represented the whole world. We made the finals which was a great achievement but ended up not getting many votes from voters and the jury. But I guess it could have been worse as some countries got zero votes.
Of course I would have loved for Armenia to be top 10 but like I said above, a competition is a competition. Someone wins, many don’t. 

What is you advice for Armenia's next Eurovision contestant? What kind of song could you imagine or do you even have some artists in mind whom you would wish to represent Armenia next year in Stockholm?
My advice is to be yourself, always and sing from your heart. You can always tell when someone is not singing or performing from the heart. This is a huge stage and an amazing honour so whoever is chosen to represent Armenia for 2016 will be a great vocalist and musician. As for the style of music, I leave it up to the professionals. They know what they’re doing. Forgive my arrogance and just to put it out there, I, myself, would love to represent Armenia again in Stockholm. :-)

Last but not least, is there something you would like to say in general and to the readers and followers of this blog?
Thank you for this opportunity Johanna. I really appreciate the love and passion and want to take this chance I am given to thank everyone for the countless social media messages and for the continued support of both Genealogy and myself as an artist. Thanks to all who voted for Armenia. I am so thankful to the amazing team in Armenia from AMPTV (Hanrayin) for everything they did for us. A group of extremely professional young talented people who I appreciate to the maximum. God bless you all.

Photos: AMPTV

Are you as speechless as I am now? Thank you for this great interview Vahe! And to everyone else make sure to follow Vahe Tilbian on his networks to stay tuned about his projects. He sure has many interesting things to share with you on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.

Xoxo ♥ Johanna

Ted 2 Is Like...

Hey buddies,

lately my best thunder buddy (my brother) took me to cinema and we have decided to watch Ted 2. After I have fallen in love with the coolest teddy bear in town while watching the first movie the second part has been a must for me. I went there without watching the trailer or informing myself about the movie (I hate to be spoilered in any way and enjoy something without any prejudices). I was in the best condition to be surprised. All I have heard was that is to be a good movie. But I did not have any different thoughts about it.


So, I do not wish to spoiler you either about the movie. All I will say is that I can just confirm what I thought about the movie ahead that it is worth watching and a must-watch movie to enjoy at the cinema. I think I liked it even more than the first movie because it was very emotionally embracing however the unique Ted humor is more an represented once again. I could laugh about the jokes weeks and months later on.
At some points I thought that there is no central theme in the movie but Ted 2 is just like the real life: First you wonder why things happen in the order they happen or rather why they happen at all but in the end you understand that it was meant for something bigger and greater.

Xoxo ♥ Johanna

"California"

Hello my dear readership,

in the beginning music has been a matter of talent, of uniqueness and quality. During the time the music business has developed to a real show and entertainment business where not the song itself, the mood and the lyrics are important but the looks of the artists and the catchy tone to sell a product and not to express your feelings as a singer to the audience. The more important it is to a minority to bring back the rare value of the old school where one artist has one personal style and many personal songs with each one baring a story in itself or being dedicated to a special person or experience.

Tamar Kaprelian is one of those artists that puts a high value that her songs are written on her own because the art of music is one of the most beautiful ways to express yourself. Two years after her album "Sinner Or A Saint" she has released an EP named "California". Taking into consideration that Tamar is based on the other side, New York, at the first sight it is hard to get the connection between Tamar and the title song "California"...

Fall4Me: How was the idea of California born with regard that you are from the completely other side (New York)?
Tamar Kaprelian: "California" is a love song to the person who I was dating on the East coast. I was trying to convince him to move to Los Angeles. I ended up moving out to the East coast, instead of convincing him to move out West. And while New York is an amazing city, California always has a special place in my heart. And it constantly calls me back.



And since loving someone is a positive thing the five songs on Tamar's EP sound rather positive even the two deep ones "California" and "Come Home (Walk The Line)". This EP - especially my personal favorites "Good Times" and even more "Feels So Good" inspired me to rethink the song I have been working on (which is dedicated to my crush) and write a happy love song with positive character instead of a deep, melancholy ballad but more to that sometime later.


All in all Tamar's EP was more than worth the efforts of ordering it with the help of a friend from the USA. Something making sure to check out in any way.

Xoxo ♥ Johanna

New In

Hi beautiful people,

summer sale is a horrible sickness. Seriously, it pulls you into its curse to shop like a sinner whereas you actually have holidays planned where you are going to spend money anyway. It is really hard to stay strong with so many beautiful at so low costs. The only way to resist is to just look down and pass by the shops. And if you are taken to the shops resist enough to just buy what is most necessary for you.

I've tried it and this is what came out:

This denim dress is something I have had on my shopping-list already for 
some while. Now that there was a better offer for this dress and my size
was still there I bought it.
Denim dress - Peckott

I was actually looking for a mint-green blazer but I needed mint-green pumps anyway and have
found the perfect ones left only in my size. That must have been a sign.
Pumps - New Look

Trying does not cost a thing so I just did it but my mother liked this skirt so much that she 
prompt bought it.
Skirt - She by Karstadt

Bijoux are worse than anything because they can catch me worse than
clothes can but luckily I was critical enough to just stick with this 
necklace for which I already have the matching bracelet.
Statement necklace - I am

Not looking into the shops is a good strategy to escape this sale. Because I will stay strong to save my money for holidays. having this in mind I wish each one of you a great summer time and holidays. Recharge and gather positive energy for the new season.

Xoxo ♥ Johanna

Stay Strong Flower

Beautiful like a flower, dangerous like a flower, strong like a flower.
Good day my beloved readership,

while world is turning more and more a crime and war some are left with a simply pure heart not willing to give in to the system. How many times have you heard how naive and stupid you are? As much as I was, good. Do not be discouraged by those bad tongues. I translate "naive and stupid" with "too good for this world" and I encourage you to start thinking this way, too.

Still not convinced? Okay then let us all imagine for one moment that we were flowers. Crazy, I know but we all are certainly creative enough to imagine it. Is it wrong that a flower is living to itself its whole life? It is just there, it does not do anything necessarily earth-shaking but let us be honest it is beautiful to admire. This is the moment when some people will rise up and say beauty was not everything.
Nevertheless the beauty of a flower is everything. There is no better ideal than a flower. In black times or white times. It makes me just remember my career as blogger. My success has begun when I stopped worrying why the others have it while I do not. It made me feel like my level is widely under theirs and I started to wonder, to wonder, to wonder. What can I do? What is missing? How can I get there? What is their key? (And even) should I just not give up? This storm of questions slowly trying to destroy me did not want to let go off me. My conclusion: Never! The sun shined and gave me the energy to bloom and grow. In this business (and probably in every business). I must think like a flower, be like a flower, be a flower. I do not need to care about competition. I love unconditionally and I support unconditionally with all my being. And even if someone would try and tear me off I will be there, bigger and stronger. In black times and white times.









Flower dress - New look
Flower Crown - La J (Johanna Karajan Creations)
Necklace - SIX
Watch - Chanel

Xoxo ♥ Johanna with love from Lüneburg

Polina Gagarina Spectacle

Good evening my friends - or as Russians would say: Dobriy vechr,

the day before yesterday I have had the chance to be a part of Polina Gagarina's audience during her concert spectacle in the Russian capital Moscow however not live on place, where a huge hall was full, but as viewer. Those of you who are new to this blog, missed to follow this year's Eurovision Song Contest, are not into Russia or those to whom this name sounds familiar however cannot assign this name to a face Polina Gagarina is a Russian singer and was her nation's representative in this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna with her song "A Million Voices". However... how could somebody forget about this face?


After Eurovision in May of this year it was the first time the 27-year old singing mother gave such a huge and lavish concert. In one and a half hours she changed her outfit five times and with that her music-style. Her opening was rather sensual, calm and deep which turned emotional and strong of feelings and closed with a jazzy highlight.







Polina Gagarina certainly is a heartily and very emotional woman. Whoever thought this thrill of emotions came just because of the high rating in Eurovision had been proven better yesterday. All the time she was talking to her audience saying emphasizing how much she loved them and how thankful she is for everyone who was part of this concert. Furthermore she was holding her microphone to her audience to invite them to sing with her.

"Love is the sense of life", Polina Gagarina


Apart from having won my heart with such a kindness the petite Polina has an unexpectedly strong and deep voice that amazes me.
I loved her her concert very much yesterday and think she is a very sweet person worthy to be checked out and supported. Indeed spectacular

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Xoxo ♥ Johanna

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