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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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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 →

Paris Street Style #PFW #AW2014 Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake Street Style #PFW #AW14  … I skipped over to the Tuileries fashion week tent on my lunch the other day to snap some street style shots outside of the Issey Miyake show. There was a slew of photographers and bloggers all waiting for the fashion people to pour out of the venue so they could snap quick pics to toss up on the web.

Like so many have started saying, fashion week now happens just as much OUTSIDE of the shows as it does inside. Read more →

Oscar Carvallo Haute Couture Spring 2014 Collection

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Oscar Carvallo SS14 « Voyage Cinétique II » image from official Oscar Carvallo site.

Color and movement dominated the Oscar Carvallo SS14 collection, shown on January 21st at the Paris haute couture fashion week. The collection is an inspiration and collaboration of two artists, Oscar Carvallo the designer and Carlos Cruz-Diez, the painter. Cruz-Diez create six tableaux (see here and here) for the collection and Carvallo’s creations were all directly inspired from them using fabrics and textiles, prints and construction of the different pieces to illustrate the works of art and bring them to life via the moment of the female body. 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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Finding Energy and Fashion for la Rentrée

Summer vacation is over, but it has instilled in my a new energy which will hopefully carry me through the next 11 months. With that new energy I am determined to dedicate myself to taking more care of my body. Weather it’s exercise or yoga or dance, I’m going to do something to keep healthy. I much prefer new year resolutions in September rather than January. January is too cold and so not motivating!

But, of course I like to look good as well as feel good. So it’s time to invest in some trendy workout gear. Here’s how I see myself feeling motivated to go out and make some laps or do some downward dog poses. Comfy in some Andrew Marc Performance wear, (45$ sweatshirt and 55$ yoga pants) and chic with a Kasia Dietz tote, rive droite of course!

And what am I going to do with all this new found energy?!? Why, I am going to take Paris by storm. And in Style. What else! The Fall season is the ultimate fashion season. All the best collections come out in the shop window displays and the hustle and bustle of the fashion weeks around the world make everyone  just nearly crazy. It takes a lot of stamina for those that skip from one major city’s shows to another. I stick to just Paris thank you. But it still requires a lot of my attention, time, and again…that word, energy. So with my new workout regime, I should have it in plethora!

I’m thinking this year should have a rocker/Art Deco theme to it. With sharp and harmonious energetic lines and angles. Gone are the lazy days of Summer! A sleek and broody Marc New York by Andrew Marc dress (138$), with a Gaultier shrug (110€),  Nicholas Kirkwood flats, a Lanvin cuff and some ultra defiant black shades (60$) should make the perfect Paris fall disguise for Fashion week this September… Who’s with me!?!

Paris Fashion Week : Claudine Ivari FW13/14

Once again, I was on the edge of my seat viewing Claudine’s new collection, and as always, it left me speechless. For next Fall she has diverged from the light and airy of her last few collections, and gone for something quite different from before. Her inspiration comes from the Countess of Castiglione, a mysterious character from the 19th century. She was beautiful, stunning, and was an advocate for the advancement of photography in its beginnings. When she got older, she kept herself all day in her place Vendome apartment (that was decorated all in black) and only went out at night, so it was easier to hide her aging beauty.

So of course I was beyond delighted to see such a contrasted inspiration on Mme Ivari’s work. This means that creativity it high whenever big changes take place. Check out my quick interview with the creatrice after the show (and ignore the fact that I look tired and exhausted, I need vacation!) with my buddy Ko Kok on the camera :

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Paris Fashion Week : Devastée AW1314

Devastée, a team of two with a dark youthful theme. I covered their show back in 2011 for their Fall-Winter collection 2011/12.

Photo : Prête-Moi Paris

Photo : Prête-Moi Paris

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Paris Fashion Week : Augustin Teboul AW1314

A Paris Fashion Week presentation, in a folklore luxe setting, where models lounge under the spotlights in a carved wood decorated room at the opulent Plaza Athénée luxury hotel on avenue Montaigne…Augustin Teboul.

Photo : Prête-Moi Paris

Photo : Prête-Moi Paris

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Didit Hediprasety SS2013 Couture Collection

Photo by : Lauren Cashwell

Photo by : Lauren Cashwell

The calm and quiet zen of spring water, a dreamlike Japanese afternoon, the body is warm and relaxed, unconstrained in the soft draping jersey that clings to it gently.

I was invited to attend the Spring-Summer 2013 couture show in Paris held at the luxurious Shangri-La palace hotel in Paris for Didit Hediprasetyo, one of the designers I have been following now for several seasons. One of the things I appreciate the most about his collections is that they change entirely every season, but still to the trained eye, you can pick out the details that are so typical to his work.

Didit never ceases to inspire me, as every season his collections are completely different. He comes up with an entirely new concept, idea and theme, that he always displays with elegance and craftsmanship. The models all dressed in Didit’s version of Japanese zen-wear, stepped slowly onto the padded platforms where they each took their place in the « tableau » that had been imagined by Didit.

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