Happy Halloween indeed. Not that this look has anything of a costume to it but purple seems to be the forgotten Halloween color in Europe. In good ol'Merica purple is a big deal for Halloween but the French seem to disregard this, saving their dear aubergine color for more regal occasions. Either way this look for me is all about deep fall colors, between the camel and the purple, it makes me want to do a corn maze and drink apple cider, dip my hands into a cold smelly pumpkin and eat about four pounds of candy corn.
Friday, October 28
For the bravest of the brave there is such thing as the summer short. It's a sort of way of saying I'm fearless or my tan is still warming my skin, or better yet, I just hopped off a plane from some lush tropical location, just popping through for a quick coffee before I'm on my way back to my bungalow.
Either way, we can't tell if we should be inspired or frightened by the strength of the October short man but there is something endearing about this look and most of all if the bare legs didn't catch your eye, I'm sure the old postman bike did.
Hats off to you Mr. Fall Shorts, may your legs stay numb and your immune system strong.
Thursday, October 27
It's a college look, a vintage knit and a deep forest green pair of pants. Boating shoes with a moccasin feel and a true as time leather bag. The fetish lies in the bright pink bicycle, every girls dream no matter how cool. We can't get enough of it, we want to own it, but really what this look is, is a feeling.
Monday, October 24
Rei Kawakubo once admitted that for her the best dressed women in the world were the bag ladies in New York. There is something to be said about layering, draping, the collection of elements that are used in a sum of colors, and shapes creating an element all on its own. This look is so representative of that side of fashion, as a decomposition of layers this could be the most impressive way to wear it.
Sunday, October 23
Lately, and when I say lately sometimes I mean for what feels like ages, I have a profound obsession with Norwegian knitwear. I see it everywhere I go and it's like I have to have it. There is something to simple yet so welcomming, warm and cozy about a Scandinavian wool sweater that makes you want to curl up by the fire with a good book, or go for a walk in the woods. I love them on kids, I love them on a baby, I love them on a boyfriend, I really just want to love them on myself.
So Christmas hints to all, I'm on the market for a sweater like this. Also I love the pants and the gorgeous leather jacket so you don't have to fight over who gets me what!
Saturday, October 22
We are so often inspired by the runways and the magazines that we stop to take a look around and realize that it's the people around us that choose what we wear.
Thursday, October 20
Fashion Week feels years away already. We haven't crossed paths with a lovely pair of Louboutins like these in quite some time. Nor have we had the pleasure of seeing runway on the sidewalk. Looking back it all feels so shiny and gorgeous, everyone looks a little drab with the cold weather starting.
It's hard to remember those sweaty Paris Fashion Week days but we're more than ready for a break, some time on an island far, far, away before we jump back into it in January.
Monday, October 17
Any milliner will tell you that a hat is a statement, a personality, a means of expression. Any hat owner will tell you that a hat represents an occasion, a feeling, a place and a time. And anyone passing a hat wearer will notice them, judge them and share a moment with them.
Hats really are the best way to make your head a whole lot bigger, in a good way of course.
Sunday, October 16
Cat ladies tend to have the worst of reputations. They're seen as hermits, cooky and a bit off their rockers by most. However, this cat ladies proves all of the sceptics wrong with her adorable print skirt that plays off of her rocker chick tattoos and her amazing turquoise shoes. Don't be embarassed to love your kitties, they can be cool too.
We all have geeky obsessions, it's just a matter of presenting them in the most attractive way.
Friday, October 14
There is something about a hair comb that I believe attracks different types of people. For a long time these were associated with older ladies who wore then decorated with beads and pearls. Then, for some unknown reason, they were adopted by rap culture and picked into afros as a sign of some sort. My lack of knowledge on rap style prevents me from explaining this trend but this woman seems to have a rather comical take on the affair. With a large tag for bling-factor and this histerical comb she is the epitome of gansta style in all of her primp and proper elegance. The perfect juxtaposition of style and class.
Thursday, October 13
There are people out there still who just love fashion. Who have no direct affiliation to the industry but who are staples. They attend the shows, invest their money and give support to designers. James Goldstein is one of them. He can be seen at all of the shows in London, Paris and Milan, refusing New York Fashion Week claiming to have no interest in American designers. The basketball/fashion lover is the perfect example of the love of fashion. When respect and passion is combined with extravagant style you meet Mr. Goldstein and his Fashion Cowboy reputation.
Tuesday, October 11
We share a great deal of respect for those who still wear black to a fashion show. Fashion Week has been full of white and pink and orange and yellow this season. Paris was at its hottest and with all of the sun shining no one was thinking of the photographers and the old-fashioned respect one has for designers in strapping on a pair of black trousers. As fun as it is to bring out your loudest and most outrageous outfit at a show it's also very frustrating for photographers. If your white pants in the front row are throwing off all of the settings on their camera, they can't get a good shot so for us black still reigns at the shows.
I heard a young girl say something very silly the other day and it made me think about how people and bloggers view fashion today. She was telling her friends that if you are dressed very extravagantly outside a show and there is room left inside you can get in. There is absolutely no truth to this whatsoever. It is common sense that we dress for our neighbors, not for the designer. No one wants to be upstaged on their wedding and the same goes for opening night. So show a little respect and put on a black dress please.
Monday, October 10
Right off the runway and onto the next. It's incredible to see looks transpire to the street. In essence it's the opposite of street-style, it's something that is not at all created from what is seen around us but made in a studio, with a design team with years of experience and insight. What is street-style then?
For us, it's a look, a style, a trend, an item that is born on the sidewalk, in the rain, in the heat of the summer or in the sleet and snow. Its something that comes about by need, out of practicality or simply because it runs with the times. A look that is born from the people, that doesn't require four months salary to purchase but just a little imagination or not even.
That's not to say we do not admire the runway. As the father of all street style photographers once said, we have to observe and recount every aspect of style in all of its forms to truly understand where fashion is at a given point in time. From the runway, to the parties and then to the street there is truth in fashion and truth in its talk of society today.
Perhaps what impresses most is that runway looks still exist today. It's a sort of old-fashioned way of dressing if you really think about it. It means that somewhere great designers are still respected.
Sunday, October 9
There are two Sozzani girls and they are both just as facinating. It always amazes me how two people can look so much alike and also share the same interests. When it comes to esthetics the Sozzani sisters reign in art and fashion going hand in hand from show to show with their long blonde hair and girlish faces.
Friday, October 7
How many times can you see a face that you don't even know? Possibly the scariest part of Fashion Week is the repetitiveness of it all. Every year, at every show we see the same people. As you sit accross from them and watch the same models walk you realize that they are just becoming part of the backdrop. Ms. Dello Russo stands out in the street. There is no doubt about it. When she goes jogging on the Corso Como she shines, so imagine her outside a show; the woman is positively blinding as she leans over and says "Ciao".
The strangest part is when you walk inside the show and take your seat she suddenly disappears. Every runway shot I have from this season has Anna Dello Russo in the background and only when I looked back at all of my pictures did I realize. It's eerie to think that you sit accross from these people every day for about two months a year but when you think of them they're still nothing but a picture.
Thursday, October 6
Last week we were reunited once again during Fashion Week. Our very first try at paparazzi photos started outside the Kanye West show. Although our collection of photos does not properly represent the star-studded evening that we witnessed we feel these pictures have an inspirational quality, something of a representation of the otherworldliness that is Fashion Week.
For one week everything in this city changes, everything is somehow more polished, more perfumed, more groomed than you have ever before seen Paris. Yet Fashion Week is also the most unhealthy week of the year for those of us who 'work' it. Journalists and buyers napping before shows start, bloggers being more and more self-righteous and rude, photographers fighting over spots in a show and celebrities looking completely lost when asked how or why they liked a show, trying desperately to pretend that they can embrace this world called Fashion.
So if you will please join us as we show you the glitter and the darkness that is Fashion Week, the exhaustion bestowed upon us may be bringing out a grimmer side but this is what so much beauty in so little time does. It makes you greedy for more.
Monday, October 3
Brighter than the sun, hotter than the sand, to stand out in the Fashion Week crowds strap on your highlights.