Inspiration – La Parisienne de Dries van Noten

Inspiration – La Parisienne de Dries van Noten

La parisienne a ce côté un peu rebelle.

Et je le traduis dans mes vêtements.

Elle est une femme qui fume. Qui boit. Une femme qui aime faire l’amour. Qui aime bien vivre et n’a pas peur de l’afficher. Elle fait tout cela avec style, et c’est toute la différence.

- Dries van Noten, Côté Paris, juin/juillet 2013

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The Parisienne has a rebellious side.

And I translate that into my clothes.

She’s a woman who smokes. Who drinks. A woman that loves to make love. That loves to live well and isn’t afraid to show it. She does all of this with style, and that is all the difference.

- Dries van Noten, Côté Paris, juin/juillet 2013

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Just One…: Paris Fashion Week S/S15

Just One…: Paris Fashion Week S/S15

Paris Fashion Week!

*long sigh*

I don’t know what it is, but with each passing season, Paris Fashion Week doesn’t fill me with the same glee and excitement as it used to. DOn’t get me wrong, I adore Paris! I adore fashion! But for some reason, I’ve been left kinda cold about the collections.

Besides my eventual Just One… selection, the Alexander McQueen kimono and quilted detailing caught my eye – as did the Martin Grant cropped pants + belted jacket combos. That said, my message to designers?

“Enough with the crop tops!” (aren’t we done with that yet?…it’s so SS14…)

As far away from crop top and disappointing Saint Laurent as I can get is my Just One… pick from Paris Fashion Week SS15 –

This great set from A.F. Vandevorst

AF Vandevorst

The wrap detail and the fluidity of the pants are lovely – and the feather pattern isn’t “twee” – but straddles the line between organic and ethnic. I could see the top looking great with a pair of dark jeans, and those pants setting off a lux heather grey, baggy cashmere turtleneck. Perfect for lounging.

What were your top picks from Paris? Have you been blown away? Or left like me…with a long sigh? 

Photo: Style.com

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Just One…: Milan Fashion Week S/S15

Just One…: Milan Fashion Week S/S15

It used to be that I’d spend hours going through the fashion week show reports, checking out the looks and making my selections. But this fashion month, I’ve found that I’m discovering my favourite pieces on Twitter.

A single tweet is all it takes…to take my breath away.

In the spirit of equal opportunity, I still peruse the collections – you never know when another coup de coeur will pop up – but I find that I keep coming back to the look that made me stop my newsfeed scrolling.

I discovered a new name (to me at least) – Ermanno Scervino – doing wonderful things with jackets and embellished shorts. The relative minimalism of the Versace show caught my eye…hmmm…between Scervino and Versace, it seems that 60s mod look are the way to go for SS15. Must make note.

But in the end, my Just One… for Milan Fashion Week is a bohemian look from Etro.

etro ss15

This isn’t the first time I’ve selected Etro. And truth be told, whenever I’m in Paris, I push my nose up against the glass of their store in St. Germain. I even start rationalizing the price tag attached to the fantastic, wonderfully patterned dresses. I’ve never really been able to pull-off the bohemian look…always seems a bit too flouncy on me – but for Etro? I’d be willing to keep trying.

What was your coup de coeur during MFW? Is there a certain style that you’re drawn to – even if it doesn’t particularly suit you? What’s your chosen Fashion Week media – Twitter? Instagram? 

Photo: Style.com

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Just One…: London Fashion Week S/S15

Just One…: London Fashion Week S/S15

I was plagued with indecision when it came time to pick ‘Just One…’ piece from the London Spring/Summer collections to welcome into my wardrobe. My gut was pulling me towards one piece – a dress from Julien MacDonald that caught my eye right away…a simple sheath dress, with great detailing at the neckline. Actually, the detailing and textile design of the whole collection got my attention.

But, in the end, my heart belonged to a Holly Fulton dress.

fulton LFW

True, a bit dark and heavy for spring or summer – but I can’t resist the embellishment and the crop-top effect. Ties together well for quite an elegant look, don’t you think?

 

Which collections in London made your heart go pitter-patter? Is there a piece you’d love to be welcoming into your virtual-wardrobe?

Photo: Style.com

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Just One…: New York Fashion Week S/S15

Just One…: New York Fashion Week S/S15

True story: Right before settling in to make my Just One… selection for the S/S15 New York shows, I was outside walking the dog in a thick sweatshirt and giant scarf. Freezing my buns off.

 

Fall has arrived.

 

So it felt a little strange to spend my afternoon sifting through photos featuring crisp whites, bright florals, and legs that aren’t covered in wool tights. “Think Spring” I repeated to myself over and over…when really, we all know that a long, cold fall and winter (!) lie ahead for us Montrealers. It’ll be quite a while before we shed our extra layers and enjoy the heat.

But enough whining. There are fashion selections to be made!

My Just One… pick from the New York collections is:

Herrera NYFW

This great jacket from Carolina Herrera.

The curved, mobius-esque edging of the jacket is what seals the deal for me. I love that type of detail. I could picture this paired with my skinny black trousers, or a nice dark denim. A blue camisole underneath and… ta-da! Springtime in Montreal.

 

What was your favourite piece – or collection – of the New York shows? Did the Ralph Lauren holograms in Central Park get you excited? Did the weeks seem a bit lower in panic/frenetic energy to anyone else? Hmmm…perhaps a turn away from the ‘circus’ of year’s past, and a renewed focus on the clothes?

Photo: Style.com

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