It’s that time of the year again.Tis’ the season of hauling enormous September issues to read on the subway , trying on decadently soft camel coats even though the weather won’t be cold enough until November anyway and ingurgitating anything with a hint of pumpkin spice. Ok so maybe I am a tad early , but since we are almost the first of September , I figured I would just elaborate on what I would want to be wearing this fall now. And that’s anything plaid and/or that makes me look anything remotely similar to Daria Werbowy. Although I am not sure if I have one rebellious/cool/Daria fiber in my body , maybe I can scrounge up enough to curate the ideal Saint-Laurent grungy Parisienne aesthetic (maybe). Here’s a little inspiration straight from the good people at French , American , UK Vogue and a little bit of Zara and Saint-Laurent.
Alexander Wang’s much anticipated first collection was definitely, worth the wait . Wang’s usual downtown roughness was toned down with the parisian’s brands classicism, upgrading Cristobàl Balenciaga’s familiar rounded theatrical cuts to modern cocoon coats. The cracked marble effect was a recurrent theme , from the runway to most of the pieces. As predicted , the show was in a much more intimate venue and less of a conceptual spectacle then Wang’s usual show , but that only emphasized the simple beauty of the clothes. My favorite pieces where the marble inspired pumps, again a reconstructed classic silhouette .Looks like the edgy urban Wang girl has grown up into a proper( but still effortlessy cool) parisienne.
Images via style.com
Before I say anything about these photos, I would like to mention that these photos are perfection. Caroline is the epitome of the parisian woman,maybe even more than Emmanuelle Alt. Her hair is so carefully undone, the smoke softly seeping out of her bare lips , there is no doubt , she is Paris. I came across these photos on the BLK denim close-up website and spent so much time just reading and looking at pictures on that site. BLK denim has that effortless and simple feel I look for in brands.
You can find the rest of the images and more intresting interviews and photos here .
I’m sorry about the fact that I’m writing about Margiela again . But he’s like Wang to me. Mysterious and modern , always different but wearable . I think that is what I like to see the best in shows , something minimalist but still slightly feminine . The leather , the baggy silhouettes and careless hair are so Paris to me. Just perfect.
I was reading recently an essay in the August Paris vogue about the Parisian girl . It is no secret that Europeans in general have a different (read : much chic-er)lifestyle from people of my side of the pond. After reading this article , I realized just how elegant and perfectly non-chalant this alleged Parisian the author writes about is. Wearing vintage Chanel , never really having combed hair , smoking while doing just about everything and of course , all that being done in her le smoking . For his first collection , Hedi Slimane seems to be going back to the roots of St -Laurent , showing pieces like in past collections from Yves’s time ( le smoking and making them more modern , catering more today’s modern woman . Emulating the Parisian woman is quite difficult task , but Hedi just made it somewhat easier .
All photos are from style.com . It’s the best place to keep track of shows .
Last season Balmain showed beautiful and detailed baroque style pieces with such intricate beading . This season , if we look past the 80’s inspired shoulder pads , we have the perfect party dresses. Short but not skanky because they are simply too fashion to be skanky and (again) the most intricate details. I really think they should go into couture eventually. Mark my words , these dresses will be street style stars. Don’t you just picture these looks with disheveled hair and a smoky eye à la Marion Cotillard on the cover of Vogue Paris?
I just saw this picture in my Facebook feed and I just had to share it with you . It’s the ad for the new jewelry line by Hedi Slimane for Saint- Laurent . It’s apparently a line of jewelry for men and women (!) and this is the only peek available. Since its a work of Slimane’s , I think Cartier Lové bracelets will have to step aside.