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Vu dans Vogue: Candide Bag Release By Zadig & Voltaire

Article by Frank Cierpial

Frank Cierpial
Frank Cierpial

Each Fashion Week, I aways try to push myself out of my comfort zone.  I either try to add new pieces to my wardrobe, or I wear colors that I have never worn before, or I try to discover new brands.  Living in New York, I have had access to see a lot of brands but for many of them I have never even dared to go in the boutiques.  How I stayed away from Zadig & Voltaire as long as I did is a mystery to me till this very moment.

Zadig & Voltaire Paris

Now, here in Paris, I’m studying Fashion, but in America, I studied French Literature. I read Montesquieu, Baudelaire, Zola, Sartre, and I read Voltaire.  If you were wondering, Zadig & Volatire is a reference to the literary icons.  They are a trendy and quite edgy brand that helps to find a very chic Parisian medium between edge and elegance.  Continue reading Vu dans Vogue: Candide Bag Release By Zadig & Voltaire

La Mode, Le Vin & Le Fromage

Article by Frank Cierpial
Frank Cierpial
Frank Cierpial
After a bit of hiatus from blogging, I am back.  Not only am I back, but I’m finally living in Paris and the inner Parisian in me that was always clawing his way out is in his own element for the very first time.  My classes at ESMOD start next week, which is so opportune because I was given the privildge that I always dreamt of which is brining all of you Paris Fashion Week.  Paris Fashion week is totally different from the Fashion Weeks that I experienced prior in New York.  Ici, Fashion lives. Here, fashion has a life of its own and Parisians, no matter what they do for a living, no matter who they are, and no matter whether they are fashionistas or not…all come together through the language that we all speak being: Fashion.
Fashion Prete Moi Paris
Photo : by Melissa Ladd
Parisian fashion really goes beyond the label.  I have seen H&M, Chanel, Longchamp, and Alexander McQueen walking down the streets of Paris today and all coexisting together.  I see scarves, denim shirts, plaid all being worn according to a person’s own taste and twist which makes it interesting.  It is a truly exciting time to be in Paris.  It is an exciting time to not be in school and able to go to fashion shows.

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VIP Event @ Caroline de Marchi

I was happy to be invited to a small VIP blogger press event at the Caroline de Marchi showroom on rue Saint Honoré (very chic). An French bag designer, Caroline de Marchi has existed for five years.

I saw Kasia Dietz there, enjoyed some Italian inspired hors d’oeuvres with champagne, and was put in a drawing to win a handbag at the end of the evening! Although I didn’t win, I was still inspired to write about the event and the designer.

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Mamy Factory

I randomly came across this darling boutique/showroom on a very unassuming little street in the 17th on the very edge of the Batignolles quarter. (Paris is full of unassuming streets that boast quietly of lovely little surprises!) The Mamy Factory is a brand of knitwear for babies and children, that is all HAND KNITTED by real GANDMAS!!! Continue reading Mamy Factory

Nine SS15 Fashion Trends To Get

Fashion Week Show_PreteMoiParis

I didn’t get to attend Paris fashion week this season (too pregnant!), but I did scour the runway show visuals for you, to pick what I think will be the top items you’ll see on people this Spring and Summer 2015. Here are my top 9… (in no particular order).

  • Floral prints are making a big comeback from the 90’s. Hopefully people will wear them a little differently than we did back then!
  • Wide obi belts; thank goodness the feminine waistline was not forgotten on the SS15 runway shows.
  • Sheers, lace, and lattice cuts will be everywhere, on anything from chic sports wear to pretty cardigans… If it’s see-through, it’s in.


SS15 Fashion Trends
SS15 Fashion Trends

(see where to get these looks here) Continue reading Nine SS15 Fashion Trends To Get

Paris Fashion Week : FW15 Augustin Teboul

Article by Charles Gillman

Charles Gillman : Makeup Artist

Here I am sitting on my sofa, with the sun beaming through the window and the cat is passed out on the floor. I seriously know how she feels! It’s a few days after Paris fashion week, as well as after having quite a few 3:30AM wake up calls for clients having sun rise photo shoots last week, I was in the mood for a few days of hibernation at home. Last Monday I went to see Melissa at home in her perfectly Parisian apartment for tea, macarons, and baby talk… I’m pretty sure a baby could talk better then me at the moment *slowly gets off the sofa and sways towards the coffee machine…*

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Image Source : Augustin Teboul

Where was I, oh yeah, so a little tea and all things twee took my mind off an eventful work schedule. Melissa had an invite for the Augustin Teboul show that was being showcased at one of my favourite hotels in Paris, L’Hôtel Meurice, so I obviously couldn’t say no!

Augustin Teboul 4 PFW FW15
Image Source : Charles Gillman

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Defined Moment – Haute Couture SS15 – The Wedding Collection

For all the past seasons that I have been invited to the presentation of Defined Moment, I have been unable to go, and have had one of my contributors attend. Finally this season I was free, and am so glad I got to see this collection for myself. It was breathtaking!

Image provided by PR agency L'Appart PR
Image provided by PR agency L’Appart PR
Defined Moment, SS15 haute couture presentation
Image by Melissa Ladd of Prête-Moi Paris
Defined Moment, SS15 haute couture presentation
Image by Melissa Ladd of Prête-Moi Paris

Titled « White Moment », this collection was entire dedicated to the wedding dress, and the moment where a couple unifies itself as an entity. Dresses were hanging from the ceiling as if suspending this most important moment in time… Continue reading Defined Moment – Haute Couture SS15 – The Wedding Collection

Antonio Ortega Haute Couture SS15 – Urban Impression-ism

A captivating collection to say the least. Designer Antonio Ortega, born in Mexico, began his love affair with couture and fashion at the tender age of 8, and throughout his career has always been in search for that which hasn’t been created yet. He certainly has infused an incredible amount of energy

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Image provided by PR agency Alexandre Boulais

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Charles Gillman and Men’s Fashion Week Adventures

Article by (British Expat and Makeup Artist) Charles Gillman




It was Fall/Winter 2015/16 men’s fashion week in Paris. Despite the fact that fashion was something I never seemed to struggle with in Paris, the men was something that I wasn’t managing to master after four years in the city of lights. Fair enough I had tailored my wild Londoner ways to the Parisian chic and ditched the floral shoes that I used to wear running around the east end on a Saturday night, and the chunky chains with heavy eye makeup that I would take out for a spin in the west end. I’d managed that, and my now-wardrobe consisted of grey and black and level-headed bits and pieces that made one still look chic, without welcoming any unwanted looks of dismay in the metro, ‘colour! Who does he think he is’


It was a Saturday afternoon and whilst I was mourning the end of yet another male misunderstanding, I realised I should check the time for my invitation to the Monsieur Lacenaire show. The invitation said four o’clock and it was……… four o’clock! Oh my lord, I could have sworn it was at five as I had written it in my diary. I threw on some kind of outfit that resembled a mime (without the beret) and Paris marathoned myself to the closest metro station. Continue reading Charles Gillman and Men’s Fashion Week Adventures

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