The Active Intellectual…we all know her. She’s the woman who walks into a room in a striking outfit that only she can wear. She’s unique. She’s her own woman. She’s funny. She’s sporty. She loves embellishment in her wardrobe. She knows how to pop color and she is the queen of avant-garde finishes. She is the life of the party. This woman who we all know, was the inspiration for Malaysian Prête-Couture designer Bernard Chandran.
The Espace Pierre Cardin in Paris is a great place to see a fashion show. It is a little isolated into the 8th and the further you go down this cobblestone street the more you fall in love with the calm serenity that Paris also has to offer. It was my first time there and I was seeing Diogo Miranda who is also from Portugal (see my other post on portuguese deisgner Luis Buchinho) and his Spring Summer collection.
The collection started very upbeat with colors like pink, and peachy pink and dreamy creamy colors. We also saw a lot of very unusual cuts and of course pastels. Continue reading Diogo Miranda #PFW SS16
As a contributor to this blog, there are times when I feel nostalgic. I look back into the archives and dig out articles that Melissa wrote that I really enjoyed, or that other contributors wrote that I really enjoyed, and of course I love to look at the evolution of my work. Fashion Week is my favorite « holiday », because it is a time where the evolution of work is celebrated. We fashionistas gather to celebrate designers and it is a time where we can live in their creative world and forget the world around us.
Luis Buchinho has been for a long time one of our favorites here at Prête-Moi Paris. The evolution of his art is simply amazing, and I urge every single one of you to go back into the archives and dig out Melissa’s articles on him as he is a gifted designer. Continue reading Luis Buchinho #PFW SS16
We were invited to discover one of the most charming hotels on the Right Bank of Paris, the Hôtel Edouard 7, which is the ONLY hotel on the avenue de l’Opéra, and full of history and decoratively inspired by this British prince and king who loved Paris. (He probably loved Paris as much as I do from the looks of it!) … What a delightful hotel we discovered. It’s like a jewel box or a theatrical dressing room and the perfect place to stay in Paris for a cozy or romantic getaway. And if you already live here, it’s the perfect place to go for drinks after the Paris Opera show lets out, or a fancy dinner when you are all dressed up for the ballet. I could even imagine myself staying in one of their suites as a pretend « getaway » (since I do already live here) where I feel like I am off on vacation for a weekend, and I wouldn’t even have to get on a train or plane to feel like I’m off somewhere special!
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.
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
Raise your hand if you remember when we used to bring our camera film to the photo shop to get developed. Remember when we didn’t know what the images looked like beforehand? Remember the excitement we had when we would go pick them up!?! Oh I do, I remember those magical moments of opening that Kodak envelope with baited breath, hoping the shots came out how we had hoped, and even if the pictures that didn’t come out great they were precious, because they expose and illustrate a moment in our lives that we find important enough to capture and print onto photo paper. Remember when paper pictures were all we had?!?
It’s important not to forget the importance of pictures, real paper pictures. It’s important to remember to make hard copies of those precious moments, our favorite moments, because pictures are more than just an image to « like » or comment on on facebook or instagram, pictures are all that’s left from fleeting moments that pass all too quickly. KODAK MOMENTS has a new tool that helps us keep those moments so easily, that it’s as simple as using a smartphone app.
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.
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.