2014/04/07

American Diner Story


























I proudly present you our little adventure at the first Croatian American diner “MekPers " (http://www.mekpers.com/). It is obvious that the main topic of our photo story was food.


Did you know that the first diner was created by Walter Scott (year 1872). Restaurants of this type were especially popular in 50's. The original diners were mobile and actual dining cars on railways.








The American diner decor has changed over the years and somehow stepped on 50's architecture, but also kept a lot „art deco“ visual elements.

B/W tiles, comfortable chairs and sofas, that look like a classic car interior from the 1950 's, colorful dining room with American interior, and traditional cuisine... these are the main qualities of American diners. First diner clients were members of the working class, but later diners gained special status in society, particularly among middle class youth.
American Diner wasn't just a place where you could have a great meal, it was a place where you've a great time because main characteristics of such a diner is domestic and informal atmosphere. Diner became a part of the American culture. Food is also traditional and typical American; sandwiches, hamburgers, fried cheese, eggs and for dessert classic American pancakes... and to drink – Coke and coffee. So... after a small presentation of our colorful and cute place, I present to you our photo story.


Models and make-up: Greta MaCabre (Ivana Benko) and TamaraKamikaze

Photographer: Tomislav ValentAssistant: Maja Brčić
Hair: Greta MaCabre
Costumes: pastel striped shirts are actually from grandmother.
Shoes: Bordello-Pleaser / Private
Cardigans: Collectif
Nylon scarf: my / vintage



Cute aprons are made by amazing Charmel Clowny - Charmel 's Creative Corner (https://www.facebook.com/CharmelsHandmade) and the adorable jewelry made by Milushka - http's://www.facebook.com/milushka.jewelry.I would love to introduce you with Miluška and Charmel... so...














Who is hiding behind Milushka accessories?

Milushka is eternally inspired crafts(wo)man and self-taught designer - Mila Juricic. Her favorite fashion era is a time between 20's and 60's. It was a time when women were still feminine, but also very attractive and sophisticated. Her philosophy is hedonism and she considers that we shouldn't limit our enjoyment, especially chocolate, located at the top of hedonistic pleasures. So chocolate and sweets deserve a special place in the world of jewelry! Mila thought it would be nice to mix cookies with the rockabilly theme, so she creates her jewelry collection called „Rockabilly Cupcakes“ (photos).„Rockabilly Cupcakes“ are typical cupcakes/muffins in colorful cups (symbol of American pop culture) with cherries, red roses, bows, sugar skulls, swallows, dices, anchors etc.... and all that we associate with the rockabilly scene. Mila loves Imelda May and also believes that Imelda inspired her for the numerous jewelry combinations, so she is her muse. Food, books and music are not only an inspiration for Mila, she said that the main inspiration for her creations are simply wonderful people.





























Who is Charmel 's Creative Corner?

Real Charmel's name is Barbara Buhin. Charmel's love for sewing and design started very early, while she was still a child. She learned a lot about sewing from her grandmother. In textile high school, she realized all the charms of the design and clothing manufacture. Over the years, she collaborated with some prominent Croatian designers and for the last few years, she is making costumes for dance studio "Celtic fantasy". First she made retro aprons for herself and friends. Today her clothes and aprons are well recognized and she has loyal customers. It's interesting that every apron each is unique and special. Charmel's aprons and clothing are made to show how women can be sexy and special in some situations where it isn't expected – in the kitchen. She finds inspiration everywhere, and one of her favorite designers in recent years is Valentino.


I thank all those who participate in the realization of the "American Diner " story: „MekPers“crew and owners, Tamara Kamikaze, Miluška, Charmel, Tomislav Valent and Maja Brčić.












































Croatian review:

S ponosom predstavljam našu malu avanturu u prvoj hrvatskoj “American Diner” zalogajnici “MekPers” (njihov link: http://www.mekpers.com/). Tema naše današnje priče je – hrana. Ali ne ona na tanjuru, već ona “nosiva”.

S većim očekivanjem Hrvatska je konačno dobila svoj veći “diner” tj. zalogajnicu. Što je to “diner”? Prvi diner otvorio je (ili bolje rečeno stvorio) Walter Scot, godine 1872. Zalogajnice tog tipa bile su posebno popularne u Americi 1950′s godina. U početku dineri su bili mobilini i u rangu kioska, (baš kao i naš “MekPers” koji je s vremenom “narastao“ u pravi restoran). Dekor američke zalogajnice mijenjao se godinama i nekako je stao na arhitekturi 50′tih godina ali su se dosta zadržali i elementi art deco arhitekture . Dakle, crno-bijele pločice, udobni separei koji svojim izgledom asociraju na unutrašnjost oldtimera iz 1950′s, blagovaonice koje neodoljivo podsjećaju na tradicionalnu američku kuhinju…Prvi dineri su bili namjenjeni za radničku klasu, no kasnije dobili su poseban status u društvu, posebice među mladima srednje klase. U dineru se nije samo jelo već družilo, a glavna karakteristika takvih zalogajnica je upravo domaća i neformalna atmosfera. Američka zalogajnica tj. diner postao je i ostao dio američke kulture. Hrana je također tradicionalna tj. tipična američka, a toga se drži i naš “MeKPers”. Dakle…sendviči, hamburgeri, (MeKPers ima svoj poseban recept – Zloburger od kojeg pucaju gumbi na hlačama,)pohani sir… a za desert američke palačinke. Od pića najpraktičnije je sve to zaliti colom. “MekPers” u svom asortimanu hrane i pića nudi i ukusne tortilje, tako da sam ipak našla nešto za sebe
.Dakle… nakon male prezentacije naše šarene lokacije, predstavljam vam našu priču!



Modeli i make up: Greta MaCabre (ja) i Tamara Kamikaze

Fotograf: Tomislav Valent
Asistent: Maja Brčić
MUA: Greta MaCabre
Kardigani: Collectif
Kostimi: pastelne prugaste košulje su zapravo u ex-vlasništu moje bake i dugo sam zapravo čekala ovakvu priliku i priču za njih.

Cipele: Bordello/privatno

Šifonske/nylon marame: moje/vintage
Pregače su by Charmel’s creative corner(https://www.facebook.com/CharmelsHandmade) a za presladak nakit se pobrinula Milushka –https://www.facebook.com/milushka.jewelry.

Ukratko ću vas upoznati s Miluškom i Charmel i njihovim predvnim i kreativnim radovima.



Tko stoji iza Miluške?


Iza Milushke stoji vječito inspirirana rukotvorka te samouka dizajnerica, u ovom slučaju – nakita, tridesetpetogodišnja majka troje djece i nikad odrasla dejvojčica Mila Juričić. Najdraža modna era, kako Mila kaže i kako se da naslutiti, je ona između 20ih i 60ih prošlog stoljeća, onog doba kad su žene još uvijek bile ženstvene, a opet dovoljno samosvjesne da naglase svoj seksipil. Miluškina filozofija je hedonizam i zato je smatrala da se u tome ne treba ograničavati u uživanju samo jednim osjetilom a budući da se slatkiši, ponajprije čokolada, nalaze na samom vrhu hedonističkih užitaka, činilo joj se da zaslužuju svoje mjesto ne samo u svijetu gastronomije, vec i u svijetu nakita – kad su već tako vizualno atraktivni! Mila je smatrala kako bi bilo zgodno spojiti kolačiće s temom “rockabilly”, tako je nastala kolekcija „Rockabilly Cupcakes“ (koje nosimo Tamara i ja). To su popularni cupcakesi u šarenim košaricama (kao jedan od simbola američke pop kulture) i kao ukrasi se pojavljuju trešnjica, crvena ruža, mašna, sugar skull, lastavica, kocke, sidro… itd., odnosno sve ono što povezujemo s rockabilly pokretom. Mila tj. Miluška najviše voli stil Imelde May. Smatra da ju je upravo ona podsvjesno inspirirala na već spomenuti spoj kolača i rokabillyja. Osim u hrani, u muzici, u knjigama, Mila se inspirira jednostavno – prekrasnim ljudima.




Tko stoji iza Charmel’s creative corner?

Iza Charmel se krije Barbara Buhin. Charmelina odnosno Barbarina ljubav prema šivanji i dizajnu je počela vrlo rano, dok sam još uz baku učila šivati i vesti. U srednjoj tekstilnoj školi je spoznala sve čari konstrukcije i izrade odjeće. Tokom godina ostvarila je suradnje s poznatim hrvatskim dizajnerima a zadnjih nekoliko godina izrađuje kostime za Plesni studio “Celtic fantasy”. Odjeću i retro poregače je prvo počela izrađivati za sebe i prijateljice. S obzirom da se pojavio veliki interes za njima počela ih je izrađivati za vjerne kupce. Izrada samih pregača je jako veseli jer je svaka unikatna i posebna. Charmel kaže da bi voljela omogućiti ženama da budu posebne onda kada se to ni ne očekuje – u kuhinji. Inspiraciju pronalazim posvuda, a jedan od najdražih dizajnera zadnjih godina mi je Valentino, kaže nam Charmel.
Zahvaljujem svima koji su sudjelovati u realizaciji “American Diner” priče: ekipi iz “MekPersa”, Tamari Kamikaze, Miluški, Charmel. Tomislavu Valentu i Maji Brčić.




"Bon Appétit" :)