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Dressing Like Dita

I have a lovely habit of wasting time on one of my favorite websites : ShopStyle. It’s like having the world as a closet and being able to create outfits form millions and millions of articles. It’s addicting. I am warning you now.

I am also a big fan of Dita. You know who I am talking about. She inspires me and well frankly, I wish I had her waredrobe and work-out regime!

I created some looks from pictures of Dita Von Teese found off of Google. It was time-consuming but fun to browse thousands of pieces of clothing and accessories, looking for that one perfect piece to illustrate her outfits.

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Couture fashion week : My favorites from the major brands

The Dior show was very subdued minus Galliano, and perhaps change is a good thing. I did however love the sillhouettes and waistlines which to me are the most important part of a gown or dress. It’s the base from which all the extra frivolities may flutter, and it must be perfectly accented and cut. The next important thing is the neckline which must draw attention up to the face, and the the hemline which brings the eye back down and allows the pbserver to engulf the entire attire and see through it to observe the woman who is wearing the dress. For she should not mearly be a hanger for the garment, she should be the reason for the garment. This piece shown below I feel takes all of those elements into consideration. Simple, yet elegant. Classic, with a youthful ease.

From Vogue.fr

Alexis Mabille, went for an interesting « total look » perhaps with his models face color matching the gown she was wearing : blue, orange, grean, yellow etc. And capping it all off with giant paper flowers on their heads. The piece I chose for this list is the light aqua beaded short dress, because the detail work embodies what couture is all about. It goes beyond prête-à-porter and brings the work done on each piece to a whole other level of difficulty and savoir-faire. These beads must all be hand sewn. These details are all incorporated one by one with excruciating attention paid to even the slightest stitch. The human labor and hours of time put into one piece SHOULD far surpass anything prête-à-porter can claim.

Photo : Vogue.fr

Jean-Paul Gaultier understands the spectacular concept of couture…that all-out-shocking-let-your-creativity-run-wild aspect to fashion design. It’s so hard to pick one single look from his Spring 2012 couture show. It was literally the opposite of the Dior show. It has this wonderful mix of Lindy hop culture paired with Amy Winehouse nostalgia and a fully charged palette of colours and textures. Gaultier understands how to do the daring, how to push the limits yet remain true to his signature style. I chose this piece not because it’s my favorite, (I couldn’t chose a favorite there were too many), but because it has got Gaultier all over it.

Photo : Vogue Paris

Karl and his collection want to take us on a trip while staying true to the Chanel culture, with acatwalk set that looked the like the interior of an airplane. Like Gaultier, his work for this power fashion house always remains faithful to those elements that have it wings. One of them being the perfect cut. This is a standard chez Chanel. And it comes out on every piece. The perfect lines, the perfect patterning of fabric and textile. This piece brings that precious value to eveidence.

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Couture is an art that can do more than just dress the body, it can create goddesses with the mere donning of a garment that seems to have been woven by fairies. These are the Elie Saab gowns. His talented ability to make a woman become a dream is breathtaking. Like this…

Photo : Vogue Paris

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Vintage ‘it’ bags and more

Since 1995 Monsieur Gérard Avrand and his wife Mme Valérie Michot have held this boutique that brings new life to items that no longer serve their original owners. Chanel bags, Prada, Hermès, Vuitton… I guess in this age of consumerism we can all get tired of even the finest of things and be on the search for something new. Thank goodness there are people like Mr and Mrs Avrand for those of us who aren’t always looking for the newest ‘it’ bags, but rather like to find vintage editions that are no longer sold in the mainstream marketplace.

The boutique is called the Galerie Antiquités de l’Île Saint-Louis, and the concept is that of vintage accessories being treated like antiques, items with increasing value according to their rarity and good condition. They work as a dépôt-vente (consignment) or they may also buy and resell.

Luxury shoes, handbags, scarves and silk ties, jewelry, even furniture! (the dog is not for sale) :-)

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Vintage Hermès Kelly bags, left-right : 1994, 1970s, 1995

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20 rue des Deux Ponts 75004 Paris
Tel : 01.43.29.27.77 @ : isl.antiquites@wanadoo.fr

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Two decades of passionate fashion

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Dior by Galliano 2005-06 Haute Couture

The nineties and the first decade of the new millennium brought us an entire spectrum of emotions that the Musée des Arts Décoratifs has decided to commemorate in an intimate look at some of the most influential designers, in the second volume of their retrospective exhibition : Histoire idéale de la mode contemporaine. Starting with Maison Martin Margiela and ending with Balençiaga with sandwiched inbetween everyone from Dries Van Noten to Alexander McQueen to John Galliano, Karl Lagerfield with Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Lanvin, Prada, Comme des Garçon, Martine Sitbon….and more.

The expo began with these words (translated by me) : The nineties was the decade of maturity. They were also radical years, completely opposing the preceding decade. » …… « The first decade of the millennium were years marked definitively by the graveness of the events that punctuated them. The euphoric start of the new century was in part stunned by world-wide tragedies. The world of fashion put on a more discreet demeanor. »

Each designer that is displayed has several pieces set in a mise-en scène with lighting, and a video of a défilé or two that helps define the artist’s true nature, or inspiration. Some of the artists reinvent themselves over and over, so it is hard to chose one particular collection, but if it can’t pin them down to one style or inspiration it can at least communicate what drives these designers to create, and display what they bring to their art. Read more →

Vintage heaven

♫ Where do used clothes go when they die? They don’t go to heaven where the clothespins fly. Go to a hanging wire and dry. Wear ‘em again til the Fourth of July… ♬

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Rochas 225€

Actually they are reincarnated and get a chance at life again…. as they wait in Nirvana (anyone getting my little joke here?!?) where you may try them on for size and purchase them if you so fancy, so that they do live again. This place can otherwise be referred to as Thanx God I’m a V.I.P. and it can be reached by taking the righteous path to the 10th arrondissement in Paris, France.

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I have never seen such a beautiful vintage store in my entire life. IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. The young couple that are the owners, have a knack for meticulous almost borderline maniac arranging capabilities, their store is IMPECCABLE…and everywhere you look you see a picture perfect line of color coordinated-gradient racks of frocks and feathers and fun, fun, fun things! They even have a stunning Dior evening gown to dream about. A ground level and an underground level great you with eyefuls of color, clean lines, spaciousness for browsing and so many many tangible articles. All of their articles are quality to luxury… there is NO bottom-of-the-barrel stuff here!

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Leather clutches & wool and cashmere scarves

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Only part of the shoe selection

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Opened in 2009, Sylvie Chategnier, the driving force behind this stunning boutique, used to sell vintage luxury clothing items in her private boutique by rendez-vous only. La ti da! Thanx God I’m a VIP also has their own it-bag brand, and they do touch-ups and hemming in their store. Thanks God, because if you find something that you just can’t live without but it doesn’t fit well, they can help!

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The peeptoe green silk Louboutin in the middle is size 40, and was marked at 250€!

What can you expect to find there??? Among others you can find treasures from YSL, Chanel, Lacroix, Rochas, Chloé, Louboutin, Nina Ricci, Lancôme, Prada, Givenchy…and more.
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THANX GOD I’M A V.I.P Shop

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Joyeuses Fêtes! – Happy Holidays!


Christmas is always a magical time of year for those who love the Christmas spirit. I didn’t have to search far for the magic in Paris…
The place where you can find all the children with big round eyes is in front of the display windows (« vitrines ») of the Grands Magasins, Galleries Lafayette and Printemps. Every year they have celebrity designers invent a concept for their Christmas windows, or « vitrines de noël ». They always have some mechanical fantasy that moves puppets and objects to create for a little show. In front of these large and wonderful mechanical scenes there is a special, platform that runs the length of the window, wide enough for two children to pass eachother, and guarded by a railing so that only children may get on it. It brings them up above the knees of the pushy camera bearing adults so that they can see and dream…

The adults can enjoy other smaller windows that are more for displaying the designers’ clothing and accessories than the Holiday scenes, but in a festive manner with all the trimmings that can only be conceptualized by the reative minds of the designers.
And they do seem a bit more geered towards adults this year, or is that just the general French attitude towards « allure »? Whatever it is, it certainly catches the eye!

The other theme that Printemps touched upon was luxury and fine things…Although stunning, I found this less magical in a year of financial crisis and high unemployment rates…

These windows are by DIOR and CHANEL :

But most of the magic that I found was within the company of loved ones. Whether it was baking cookies for them, decorating trees with them or just spending these precious moments together, moments that seem so fleeting as every year sails on by and by…the magic of Christmas for me can’t be found in a gift box or display window, the magic of Christmas is the warmpth that comes from loved ones.

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