"The entire outside world is based on your thoughts and mental attitude. The entire world is your own projection. Your values may change within a fraction of a second. Today you may not even want to see the one who was your sweet honey yesterday. If we remember that, we won’t put so much stress on outward things."
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda)
Last week Scott Schuman of the oldie-but-goodie blog, The Sartorialist, posted a photograph of a young and of course fashionable woman on the street. My first reaction to the photo was “wow, her layering is effortless, and the texture of that coat is beyond!”
The look was “trend-saavy” in no way, yet she looks amazing. The photo was from four years ago. FOUR YEARS! Schuman went on to say that
“the shot is proof that fashion is not moving any faster than before, it’s just the availability of new, cheaper product is faster and stores want us to want newness faster. If anything, I think the digital space is allowing us to use the search function in a way to pull ideas that may be four, or five, or (someday) ten to twenty years old to help us create a look we want to wear that day.”
I completely agree with this. After browsing through my bookmarks upon bookmarks of fashion and style resources through the past several fashion weeks assessing and articulating opinons on the styles seen on the streets and on the catwalks, I agree that the innovation in trends is slow and that a new look is often based off of past ideas. I mean how many different ways can you cinch a belt around a slouchy sweater? The coat this girl is sporting looks like it could have walked off the Fall 12 Louis Vuitton runway.Style i.m.h.o. and a sense of fashion comes from something deeper than just following trends and buying the latest.
So today at my bi-weekly Zara trip (haha), I found myself dreaming about the rustic leather coat I had tried on in a vintage shop rather than the overpriced, mass produced sweater in my hands. I put down the sweater and headed home, as I tried to figure out when I could go to that vintage shop tomorrow.
Visions Couture from Printemps on Vimeo.
The pioneering fashion site SHOWstudio has taken over the store front of the Printemps department store (Mode, Boulevard Haussmann) for Paris Fashion week. Windows have been dedicated to several designers such as Junya Watanabe, Gareth Pugh, Maison Martin Margiela, Paco Rabanne, and Rick Owens. Each designers vision, style and aesthetics has been interpreted by SHOWstudio and Daphne Guinness, into a collection of interactive videos ‘Visions Couture’. I love this as it’s a fresh new way to display designers passions and aesthetic principals.
Open until 10 March. Printemps, Boulevard Haussmann, 9th. www.printemps.com/
Two summers ago I had bought a black linen peplum pencil skirt at a small boutique. The lightweight fabric and color instantly caught my eye as an easy-to-wear piece. But it was the amazing fit and silhouette that had me sold, the $20 price tag didn’t hurt either! Meep! I swear by the peplum as there is a variation for every body type, and am ecstatic that it adorned the Fall 2012 runways.
Acne/Jason Wu/Marc by Marc Jacobs/Suno/Thakoon/Badgley Mischka/Vera Wang/Yves Saint Laurent
I’ve seen her face, and of course remember those 60’s circular frames and slender wrists decked in bangles, but I guess I never researched this wonderful and inspiring woman Iris Apfel. With an Eye-Bobs collaboration and a wildly successful MAC line just ending, Iris is shining just as brightly today as she did 70 some years ago. My favorite part? She sticks to what she loves; hardly follows trends and sticks to the classics. And I figure the same, if it ain’t broke, dont fix it right?
I was so happy to see some amazing outerwear pieces at Altuzarra. Either im going crazy or the variations in shape, fabric, texture, and pattern actually made me want to wear a coat for a while longer.
I really hate to say this, but Zac Posen kind of let me down this time around. The Z Spoke by Zac Posen Fall ‘12 was evidently focused on classic and figure flattering silhouettes (which may I add I am all for!) but lacked visual interest in my humble opinion. I loved the simplicity and ease of the pieces and that coral color is a favorite (and a trend) for sure, but i was just not blown off my chair by any particular look.
Paris has been keeping me very very busy these past several days so I am just now beginning to delve into the NYFW fall 2012 shows. I am getting cozy with a hot cup of tea, dipping eggs and Honors Fall collection which with each click I love more and more. Its a good thing im comfortable because i have a feeling Im going to be on this bed for a while…
10 Crosby Derek Lam RTW Fall 2012
Contrasting the feminine colors and silhouettes from his Spring collection, Lam uses a bit of androgeny in his new Fall 2012 collection. Buttoned up collars contrast flirty peplum silhouettes, and easy jersey dresses are layered with tailored blazers. The mix of easy and structured pieces make for an attractive and utterly wearable collection.
Elisa Sednaoui by Eric Guillemain. I love the combination of a full length coat with a fuller pant and heavy boot. This contrasted with her long hair and feminine features, makes for a relaxed and believable look.
Alexa Chung is SUPERGA’s new face and creative director. The shoot was styled and directed by Alexa herself.
seen tons of jackets similar to this here in Paris. very cute and cozy for chilly days
(Source: la-fille-danse, via rougefatal)
i am leaving for paris tomorrow night, and am at a loss for words. Excitement, anxiety, opportunity are all consuming me.