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Oscar Carvallo Couture FW2014

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Article by Charles Gillman

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Summer was here, and didn’t this Brit know it! Anything generally above ten degrees celsius sends me into a broad-spectrum decline of complaining how unbearably sweltering it is and re-sighting dramatically about how I may not make it to the fall, by falling face first on to a thirty degree pavement. I was already looking forward to the fall, it’s my much-loved time of year as the temperatures drop, the lights around Paris come on earlier and there are abundances of leaves on the ground, Just in case I drop face first.

So, what better way to get in the mood than to go to an haute couture show by Oscar Carvallo with his new collections for fall/winter 2014. Recently I’d become single again, and getting out and about mingling with some fashionistas was just what the heartbreak doctor had ordered. He’d also ordered that I adopt a cat called Willow and that I started reading a book called ‘Good Husband Material’… Yes, I have to hide the front cover when I sit on the metro, however the only first-rate husband material that I was managing to unearth in the so called ‘city of love’ was 100g of chocolate every night and a Starbucks by the river everyday. They were dependable, I knew what I was getting, and I kind of knew that they weren’t good for me. Sounds like the ideal husband, no?

Fine, I’ve turned in to the cat lady at twenty-seven but on the contrary, I do own a lint roll. Anyway enough of that, before I put you all off of Paris completely! It’s the 10th of July and I’m getting ready to go to the show and as I’m becoming a bit of a navy fan, I thought that would be the outfit of choice for the evening. I threw on the navy glasses to complete the look and tried to make my pile of hair into a decent form with it’s nest like appearance, I’m quite certain that I saw a few sparrows fly out of the back of my barnet, but it’s the best it was going to get, so off I went leaving Willow swinging from the clothes horse, keeping herself entertained.

The show was set in the town hall of the forth district, which is a beautiful building! I was expecting to be impressed, but I was blown away this time around at the shows! The collection was entitled ‘Save Our Souls’.

The clothes were literally stunning, created with structure and clean lines in mind but soft at the same time. The colours that we’re used were soft and pastel like (powdered rose) but with a pearl and iridescent texture at the same time. It really was a collection of something strong yet soft. Enjoy the photos and the video!

Oscar CarvalloOscar Carvallo Couture Collection FW2014 by Charles Gillman from Prete Moi Paris on Vimeo.

Press Release by PR agency Alexandre Boulais :

The Oscar Carvallo fall-winter 2014 collection named Save Our Souls (SOS), is a call for the redemption of the souls of the people who, like in Venezuela, fight to defend their rights and freedom.

From the innovation and research of new materials specific to the House, dresses of tulle, silk gazar and silk mikado, parade in tones of gold, white, gray, blue and pink, decorated with horsehair, pearls and hearts embroidered applications. Filled with futuristic influences, glittered tops and short dresses in pearly leather melt into tulle skirts. Phosphorescent strips and mesh dresses boost determined silhouettes with sporty looks.

In a heavenly and peaceful atmosphere, stand oxidized accessories that evoke the past fights: earrings, necklaces and belts designed with genuine cartridges and bullets, shields and bracelets globe “SOS” engraved and accessories such as open hearts. Iconic pieces from the House of Oscar Carvallo, such as the leggings monogrammed OC, accompanying the silhouettes in shades of powder pink and charcoal gray.

Last but not least, a wedding dress created by the visual artist Pancho Quilici is the highlight of this season offering a new thinking on clothing as a protective habitat.

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Defined Moment Couture FW2014

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Article by Frank Cierpial

Images provided by Defined Moment

After going through a hard time in life, sometimes you need to take a few steps back, rediscover who you are, and integrate the old you with the new you. That is exactly what I did after coming back to Paris after a great loss in my life and spent some time with my greatest loves : my friends, crêpes, night walks along the cobblestone streets of le Marais and fashion! It is my favorite time of the year in Paris : Haute Couture Fashion Week (woooo!!!!!! confetti!). Going to a fashion show/presentation in my opinion is the most exciting thing in the world. It can be compared to opening Christmas presents, you never know what you’re going to find inside, and this show was almost like a Christmas present to me. Christmas in July!

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Monsieur Lacenaire Boutique Opening : Menswear takes over the Marais

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Article by Frank Cierpial

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I have always been attracted to brands that are off the beaten path or not hindered in taking chances. Brands such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Saint Laurent Paris, and Eymeric Francois are just a few examples, brands like this interest me, they inspire me, and they shine in creativity. So, when I heard that there was a new Men’s Wear boutique opening in Le Marais in one of its chicest areas, you know there was no keeping me away, I was there. Read more →

The Essentials. : For Your Parisian Styled Wardrobe

The essentials

I get asked often by fans or readers how they should pack in order to fit in with the Parisians. So I thought an « essentials » post would be in order. Contrary to what many people tend to think, the Parisian way of dressing, although sophisticated in a way, is not sophisticated as in complicated. It’s rather simple. And a Parisian at an event would prefer to be under dressed rather than over dressed. Understated outfits offer the opportunity to have one small element that stands out, and gives that one element all the visibility it needs to « shine ». Whether it be a fabulous pair of shoes, intricate Calais lace on a blouse, a funky cocktail ring or or amazing handbag.

A basic outfit would consist of a well-fit pair of slacks, a blouse or top, a well-cut jacket and a pair of ballerina flats. (The Parisians are not the spike heel type generally speaking. Cobblestones are just death to heels). Accessories add a little pizazz, but should not be too matchy-matchy.

And voilà! It’s really that simple.

*Bisous de Paris!*

 

Dries Van Noten Retrospective

Dries Van Noten Inspirations expo The Musée des Arts Décoratifs often has fashion exhibits that are of the utmost quality. I have seen a few there, and most recently the Dries Van Noten Inspirations retrospective of his fashion design career so far. If you do attend this exhibit, may I suggest reading Dana Thomas’ portrait of the Belgian deisgner, in the Wall Street Journal first to give yourself an idea of where this artist and his style of working comes from. Thomas’ article describes an independant and hard working man who cares for every little detail of his company. He refuses to sell his company to the large groups, is not on the stock market and insists on only creating two collections a year for men and for women. This allows him more time for the creative process which is the part that he most enjoys (per Thomas’ article). An inspired designer who prefers the thrill of designing for his own brand, than the call of the wealth from the « fashion industry ». He is one of the few remaining artists who is still able to remain self sustaining and entirely inspired. Read more →

Fashion Photo Shoot in Paris

Girls fashion photo shoot in Paris

I was strolling by the Eiffel Tower and Trocadéro the other day, and saw this lovely little group of young American women, all primped up and ready for their photo shoot in Paris. I couldn’t resist, and asked their permission to take a few shots. After annoying them for a couple minutes as I snapped a few images, I left a card with one of them, and tossed a cheery thank you as I sauntered off. I hope they had a delightful time being immortalized in their fashionable best in front of the iron lady. Read more →

Sweet Spring Fashion Inspiration

I LOVE PARIS IN APRIL

April in Paris

 

Is it Spring yet?!?

Is it Spring yet?!?

Spring keeps teasing us here in Paris. We’ll get a really brilliant sunny day in between several cold and gray ones. It’s almost like you can hear a communal « Aaaaaaah! » throughout Pairs when the random gorgeous day glitters down upon us. and then a disappointed chorus of « Boooooo. » when we wake up the next day and see the drizzle or feel the chill. It was a couple Sundays ago, I think we all returned to work on Monday with a light pinkish hue on our fresh faces. Just about all of Paris was out lounging along the river banks of the Seine. I even ran into Sylvia of Finding Noon.

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Luis Buchinho AW14 Fashion and Illusion

Paris Fashion Week AW14

Post by Paul Waters

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It’s a Monday evening and I am standing in line at the Icram center a space more commonly used for music and performing arts, it also forms part of the Centre Pompidou complex. For those of you who don’t know the Centre Pompidou is a very controversial building in Paris that houses and hosts modern art and exhibitions on a yearly basis. It seems a very unlikely venue for a fashion show with its cold white walls, concrete floors and industrial feel. But there I stand clutching my ticket to Luis Buchinho’s show being slowly led by the crowds into the foyer of just such a building. The room is buzzing with excitement fashion lovers appear to be adorned with their most, craziest yet stylish of outfits. Jewels and sequins, textures and colors seem to set the cold room on fire when a set of doors swing open and we are led down into the depths of Paris. Read more →

Fatima Lopez AW2014 – Ad Naturam

Post By Charles Gillman.

 

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It was a Wednesday afternoon under yet an additional grey Paris day. There I was on the Faubourg Saint Honoré collecting my ticket from Melissa for the Fatima Lopez show, I was also in the middle of having a casual nervous breakdown with regards to what to wear, Spanish designer, on the Champs Elysées… At the Lido! “JUST wear something sexy, her styles are always very WOW and sexy!” Melissa said interrupting my anxiety attack that I was oh so enjoying. ‘Sexy… Me? Are you joking?’ I thought to myself. It seemed as if the enormous glasses and the scarf that concealed Charlie’s chicken neck would have to stay home in the thirteenth district for the morning.

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