Saturday, March 28, 2015


It started like a dream in 2003 ...
Bill Kaulitz at a German TV programme.
...And it ended as a nightmare yesterday :

 Screenshots taken from latest Tokio Hotel video.
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The latest video is an escalation of horrors,
that I will not comment.

Instead I would like to spend a few words
about the meaning of the word
"Freedom" or Freiheit in German.

Neither as a stupid joke or fiction.

Below the meanings of the word freedom
(from Google search, banally!):

1. the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants.
Yes, but while referring to (1)
keep in mind another word:
RESPECT (for yourself and for others!)

2. the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved.
Isn't addiction, of any kind, a self-built cage
and neverending slavery?
In fact,
what hurt us most of the whole thing
was not that bottle of Rotkäppchen :-)
(low quality German wine)
it was seeing you, Herr Kaulitz,
 injecting yourself heroin
(or pretending to do that,
the effect on your
young audience is exactly the same!)
on your left arm, the camera perfectly
showing your "Freiheit89" tattoo.
Isn't it a misuse?

And if you say this video is made to discourage
the use of drugs among youngest,
well, it is not working, the message should
have been more explicit and 
less ambiguous!!!

Freedom also means SAY NO
 to Pushers, Bad Friends, the Director
to the Record Company etc.!!!




Baselworld 2015, THE global trendsetting event for the watch and jewellery industry concluded today on a positive note after eight intensive and memorable days. The biggest and most prestigious brands in the world, the finest retailers and the global press once again united under one roof and capitalised on the myriad of business and networking opportunities that are exclusive to Baselworld. A record number of press attendees underlined the relentless growth of interest in the show. 

Universally acknowledged as the one unmissable trendsetting event for an entire industry, Baselworld is the only show that unites key players from all sectors from around the world: watchmaking, jewellery, diamonds, gemstones and pearls, as well as machines and suppliers. The undisputed premier event once again saw 1,500 brands unveil and showcase their innovations and creations. With marginally fewer buyers present (-3% vs 2014), Baselworld 2015 had around 150,000 attendees (including representatives from exhibiting companies, buyers, journalists and other visitors) from over 100 countries. They felt the pulse of the industry, discovered the novelties, and purchased the latest collections which will set the trends for the coming year.More than 4,300 (+ 7.5% vs 2014) representatives of the press from over 70 countries attended the show.  These numbers signify a new all-time record further underscoring the international interest in the show. In keeping with Baselworld's wide reach and universal attractiveness, a livestream of the opening press conference was broadcast and followed by some 3,000 journalists from all over the world.


The show has been a positive one for the watch and jewellery brands. With resilience, responsiveness and creativity, the industry continues to lead the way forward such that the attractiveness and interest that this sector creates continue growing. Nowhere else are more innovations, creations and new collections revealed than at Baselworld – all the elements that make this show THE trendsetting event worldwide.

Reflecting on this year's edition of Baselworld, François Thiébaud, President of the Swiss Exhibitors' Committee, said he was reminded of the show's rich history and the evolution from its simple roots to the superlative event it is today. "Baselworld is universally acknowledged as the premier event for the global watch and jewellery industry. What makes it exceptional is that Baselworld is the only show that fully reflects the excellence of the industry by uniting everyone from the smallest to the largest brands representing every sector; and it offers each of these a prestigious platform to present themselves in the best light."

Summarising his impression of this year's show, Mr Thiébaud said that the feedback he had received from brands over the course of the eight days, leaves him "convinced that this year will be a positive one for the industry because everyone has continued to innovate," not just with creating products, but also with intensifying communication with the media and buyers".

Commenting on the value of the show, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, Co-President of Chopard, is of the opinion that "Baselworld continues to be the major milestone in the year, allowing us to meet and work with all our major clients around the globe. Our press meetings are equally important and increasing every year".

This opinion was also shared by Thierry Stern, President of Patek Philippe, for whom Baselworld continues to be the most important annual event where "we get to meet all our partners and the entire global network in a concentrated time." Mr Stern found this year's show to be "an excellent edition that was really successful in terms of numbers and the interest in our products from retailers and the press".

Enthusiastic about Baselworld and the success of the LVMH Group at this year's show, President of the group's watch division, Jean-Claude Biver, said that for their brands, TAG Heuer, Hublot and Zenith, "the results are excellent and we are above all our expectations".



Baselworld goes beyond the world of watches and jewellery as it is also the leading global event for diamonds, gemstones and pearl merchants. The best players and dealers from around the world participate in Baselworld because of the immense audience it attracts among which are the biggest customers from all markets.
First time Baselworld exhibitor, Shanghai Kimberlite Diamond Co., Ltd. very enthusiastically praised the value of their participation. "This is the first time we've exhibited at Baselworld and we can honestly say this is the one and only show that offers us so many unique opportunities. In the course of the eight days we were able to maximise the effect of our participation as we met with the most important buyers from all over the world and talked to the most significant journalists. All in all, this has been a tremendously successful show for both our brand and our business," said Kimberlite Chairman Dong Liusheng.


More than 4,300 (+ 7.5 % vs 2014) of the world’s financial press, major dailies, lifestyle publications, all the trade press, the biggest TV channels and key players in the field of social media from over 70 countries attended the show to be among the first to discover those innovations and creations unveiled at Baselworld. With everyone from magazine editors seeking to discover cutting-edge trends and innovative designs to bloggers who deliver up-to-date editorials to consumers in every corner of the planet, the international press once again played a major role in creating an unrivalled global impact and underlining the show’s premier position for the watch and jewellery industry.


Summing up the successful conclusion of the 2015 edition of this superlative show, Sylvie Ritter, Managing Director of Baselworld, said that "Baselworld is the heart of a whole industry which spreads throughout the entire world from here. This statement is becoming increasingly true with every year that passes, as Baselworld strengthens its position as the leader year after year." Further reflecting on what makes this show the one unmissable event for the entire industry, Ms Ritter very clearly states: "This envied and enviable position has to be defended untiringly; that's why Baselworld moves forward every year, improving convenience and impact, and never ceases to innovate to meet the constantly evolving requirements".


Pictures are a kind courtesy of Baselworld

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

It was fun! - I AM POP at Boscolo Hotel Milano.

The "Sabba-booth".
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Alfredo Sabbatini.
Joking so much!

Some pieces of Franco Jacassi '60s collection.

The Hall.

      Duomo di Milano's view
from Boscolo's terrace.
        All Pictures above are
              available as prints:         
(C) Maria Layla Barkat
The complete gallery of POP portraits by
Alfredo Sabbatini:

Sunday, February 22, 2015

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Shayna Steele Group - 14.02.15

Brian Cockerham: Bass

Ross Pederson: Drums.

Jeremy Most: Guitar.
The Band.

David Cook: Piano.

Shayna Steele: Vocalist.
All pictures taken by me.
(C) Maria Layla Barkat Fashion! - Acne Paris Resort 2015.

Beyoncé wearing Acne Studios Resort 2015
Beyoncé Knowles wearing Acne Studios Saxe black contrast leather jacket from the Resort 2015 collection while attending Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life, An All-Star Grammy Salute at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on the 10th of February 2015.Saxe black contrast leather jacket is available on and in Acne Studios stores from now. 

 Images courtesy of Lester Cohen.