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Oscar Carvallo Couture FW2014

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Article by Charles Gillman

Images provided by Oscar Carvallo

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!

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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

Frank Cierpial

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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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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 →

Style Star : Cara Delevingne

This little lady is taking the glossy pages, the runways and social media by storm, and is well on her way to becoming the next Kate Moss.

She has the ability to incarnate any different type of woman for the fashion brands. Whether it’s rock n’ roll, sweet and sexy or classic chic Cara has a chameleon-like way of changing her aura to fit the role she’s in. She owns the look, regardless if its a red carpet event, a lingerie ad campaign or her own life.

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Pin the Shoe on the Dress

Pin the Shoe on the Dress
#ModCloth and more for a fun and chic Valentine’s Day outfit to go to dinner, dancing and beyond with your Chéri!
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Trying On Some Trends

Trying On Some Trends
Fashion comes and goes, and then comes back again… I tend to stick to basics. And then get an occasional fun, frilly or funky item. ISn’t that what they told us about how French women dress? But I thought it would be fun to test out a few trends, and what better what better way to do so than on my Polyvore board. Read more →

Why visit Paris in February ♥

Post by Jenny Bailey.

Love locks on the Pont des Arts via Paris Sharing on flickr

While le jour de la Saint-Valentin might be coming to the city of love, the action doesn’t have to end there – as there’s plenty going on in the capital this month. We’ve got some highlights for you…

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A Makeup Artist’s View on Haute Couture

I am thrilled to present a Paris Fashion Week haute couture show review from the darling and dashing makeup artist Charles Gillman, a British expat who has been making magic in Paris for three years now. I was lucky to get to work with him in a wedding modeling shoot and on my own Sweet Life in Paris video. And now he has been so kind as to lend his « plume » to Prête-Moi Paris for an article on Defined Moment’s Spring-Summer 2014 couture collection.

And without Further ado!

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Defined moment’s show – 22nd January 2014

This winter I’m a makeup artist in hibernation, I’d spent most days nipping out to see clients and then whipping back home to spend my life by the Nespresso machine, as well as gluing my eyes to my laptop. Yes, Paris is fine-looking all year round, but it seemed easier and more tolerable from behind the window, avoiding the wind whipping, falling over undersized dogs and having disputes with fellow Parisians on the metro about ‘who got to the seat at the outset!’ (all these things are frequent occurrences.)

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New Year’s Poem with Love!

Happy New Year!
I hope you sparkle, I
hope you have fun,
I hope your glass is raised with friends
and I hope when it’s done,
someone has kissed you
and wished you
the warmest of cheers,
because you all deserve the bestest,
of bestest,
most fabulous
new years!
With love, from Paris
~Melissa

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