Style: we heard about it

Paris Fashion Week has come to a close but here I share some thought provoking photos

Yves Saint Laurent
Yves Saint Laurent
A model presents a creation by British designer Vivienne Westwood. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
A model presents a creation by British designer Vivienne Westwood. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

 How these designs make it from runway into an everyday wardrobe is anybody’s guess.  

A model holding a dog painted in blue wears a creation for Manish Arora's Spring-Summer 2017 ready-to-wear fashion collection. AP Photo/Zacharie Scheurer
A model holding a dog painted in blue wears a creation for Manish Arora’s Spring-Summer 2017 ready-to-wear fashion collection. AP Photo/Zacharie Scheurer.  FYI: the blue dye is non-toxic

Still, it’s a fantasy world that’s fun to partake in and even more fun to eavesdrop on some of the casual conversation.

Models at the Haider Ackermann show. Richard Bord/Getty Images
Models at the Haider Ackermann show. Richard Bord/Getty Images

Overheard at Fashion Week

A true sign of the times, a girl mutters to her seatmate, “all this talk about buy now, wear now. I just want to be able to afford now.”

A backstage interaction:
Assistant: We have to get her into hair and make up!
Manager: No, that’s the look

A waif looking brunette sits next to a blogger:
Brunette: Oh my god, you are just so cute. Too cute. I’m obsessed with you.
Blogger: Have we met ?

In a question we all wonder, but seldom say out loud, a show-goer asks the person sitting next to them, “Have we met or do I just know you from Instagram??”

Lily-Rose Depp during a photocall before the Chanel show. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Lily-Rose Depp (just look at her face and  you can see Johnny) during a photo call before the Chanel show. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
A model walks the runway during the Vivienne Westwood show. Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/WireImage
A model walks the runway during the Vivienne Westwood show. Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/WireImage
A model wears a creation for Giambattista Valli's Spring-Summer 2017 ready-to-wear fashion collection. AP Photo/Thibault Camus
A model wears a creation for Giambattista Valli’s Spring-Summer 2017 ready-to-wear fashion collection. AP Photo/Thibault Camus

Such is the fabulous, fun and flaky world of fashion.


style – I enjoy a good duster now & then

The Duster Coatduster1 - CopyA worn-out old duster.  In the old days of the Wild West the coat protected your clothing from trail dust, but not much else. This type of coat was usually worn by deputy lawmen and a popular choice for bounty hunters.  While it is called the Duster Coat, a true duster would be open in the back, allowing one’s legs to be protected while on horseback.


But this ain’t that!

A great transition piece for spring!  And Spring is just about here.  The open silhouette and sweater-like composition keep your look casually chic and—more importantly— comfortable.  People compare it to the trenchcoat but it’s not exactly because trenches have belts and way more buttons and the fabric is different.

I prefer no collar and a hidden button or two but the styles can vary a bit. It’s so easy to wear because you just throw it over whatever you have on from jeans to a dress and it pulls everything together.  duster5duster4

Kim Kardashian West taken from Bazaar Magazine
*Kim Kardashian West taken from Bazaar Magazine

If you need more warmth just wrap a large scarf or shawl and you’re ready to go.  A neutral shade will keep you from getting tired of it although a bold color is nice too.

*Bazaar magazine refers to the coat Kimye is wearing as a Duster but only in the fact that it falls a few inches above the ground.  It looks like a regular camel coat to me but she does look especially chic wearing an all black ensemble (especially the turtleneck) underneath.  And it’s a little more cover than her skin tight latex dresses.

How about you – do you like them?



style – the ART of Fashion


Dolce & Gabbana Majolica pottery dress.  Fall/Winter 2014-15

Fashions fade, style is eternal.” – Yves Saint Laurent.  YSL was a wise man.

Trends come and go and come back again, many times to haunt us.  Luckily, now more than ever, we have so many choices at our fingertips.  The fashion gods can dictate and we can agree to either follow them, ignore them, or rebel against them entirely.  Today there are no set rules!  Except of course you should strive to not look like a complete & utter slob. We can be guided into a current “hot” style moment but if you love something then wear it regardless if it’s a trend fresh off the runway or not.

Digital prints at Mary Katrantzou, Manish Arora and Antonio Marras
Digital prints at Mary Katrantzou, Manish Arora and Antonio Marras.

Trends will always be there, always influence and always evolve – that’s the great thing about fashion.  Real style is about how you adapt current trends into your existing wardrobe.  It’s fun to play. Let’s get started!

A look at what to expect for Fall/Winter 2014:  Abstract Digital Pattern  – Textured Prints – Ombré Effects – Mottled Pattern Plays – Beautiful Illustrative Designs – Re-Engineered Houndstooth Prints – Sixties Edge – Over Scaled Prints – Painterly Form – Scribbled and Sketched Intense Pattern Mixes – OverLaid Paint Strokes – Pottery Design -Nature & Bird Print References – Dark Muted Tones – High Contrast Prints – Colourful Florals – Animal Patterns – and more.

Bottega Veneta – Pre Fall 2014  (dresses)
Bottega Veneta – Pre Fall 2014

The captivating digital prints and patterns adorning nearly every type of silhouette are here to stay. As they progress towards Fall/Winter 2014 they are bound to grow bolder and louder, but in doing so they will still manage to hold on to some gentleness.

Preen By Thornton Bregazzi - Pre Fall 2014 Preen photos via
Preen By Thornton Bregazzi – Pre Fall 2014 


Where Dolce & Gabbana got their INSPIRATION for Runway Fall Winter 2014-15:

potteryMajolica pottery is the most iconic way of decorating pottery in the Mediterranean. Originally a glaze which was imported by the Moors in the early Middle Ages, since then it has become an art of Southern Italy, in particular Sicily.

Majolica is one of the first exports of luxury items made in Italy, with these intricately glazed ceramics taking pride of place at courts of all of Europe in the Renaissance. It is said Queen Elizabeth I was a huge fan of the glazing and ordered many samples to be made for her in Italy during her reign.

Majolica has continued to attract art lovers, and today fashion lovers since its inception, and remains a thriving art in Sicily. The coloured tiles, pots and vases decorate homes, and even roads in the picturesque town of Sicily.



style: the ART of dressing



Crossing the line between fashion and art becomes more blurred when we look to the current examples of how fashion is presented, evident on the Spring/Summer 2014 runways.artstyle10

There are moments when designers become artists, artists become designers, or both entities becomes something different entirely.

artstyle11The key differences: fashion is, by its nature, a fleeting thing. You’re in fashion one moment, and out of fashion the next. A good work of art should stand the test of time, not the test of taste.  Art and fashion do sometimes fuse, with mixed degrees of success.artstyle1

The genre of fine arts and fashion design bare the affect of trend and social temperature, but their changing relationship to one another is also reflective of society as a whole. Perhaps some collaborations are more successful than others, but what is primarily important is the dabbling, the mixing, and fantastic results that come from the imaginative play of the creations. Furthermore, designers are always pressured to come up with something fresh for all the different seasons.  I think there might be five seasons now, if you consider RESORT as one.  artstyle7

You can decide from the images shown on this page what and how you would integrate this look into your wardrobe.  Let’s have some FUN!artstyle4

artstyle6Are you an Artful Dresser?artstyle1 (2)artstyle10photoEerikMadiga

I love this Chanel purse that has the address of the design house
I love this Chanel purse that has the address of the Paris design house.
the ARTful nail - as seen in Allure Magazine.  Who has the time?
the ARTful nail – as seen in Allure Magazine. Who has the time?

personally…this is MY kind of Supermarket CHIC

Photo: Garance Doré
Photo: Garance Doré

What would I wear to go shopping in a place like this?

Paris Fashion Week – CHANEL goes grocery shopping with boxes of “Tweed Tea“, “Water” (Eau de Chanel N°0) and even “COCOChoco” Cereal amongst the creative & humorous its very own shopping centre.  

Trés Chic!

Photo: Fashion Blogger Garance Doré
Photo: Fashion Blogger Garance Doré.  Apparently they even had Chanel Ketchup bottles.

Karl Lagerfeld is a genius. He comes up with the most exceptional fashion show extravaganzas every single time.

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The Fall/Winter 2014-2015 women’s ready-to-wear  collection show for the French fashion house was held at the Grand Palais and transformed into a “Chanel Shopping Center” during Paris Fashion Week on March 4, 2014. Pure luxury in the form of shopping for groceries.chanelshop11

A Catwalk down the grocery aisles:


photo: Garance Doré.
photo: Garance Doré.

A girl can dream…

On the Runway – Renaissance


RENAISSANCE:  15th Century Is Making A Come Back.

That’s refreshing because I completely missed the era and it’s so unlike fashion from the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s.

Like Renaissance art, look feminine and romantic with opulent embellishments and elaborate prints (think upholstery patterns & textures).

I love the lavishness of it, especially after wearing neutrals all Fall/Winter.  It’s great as long as only a little bit is incorporated into your wardrobe at a time.  Of course the runway is always more detailed but you can include a piece like a decorative jacket (I’ll get out my David Meister brocade) or even an ornate neck piece to jazz up an outfit.  My full length opera coat would be perfect but I’m still not sure about wearing it in a city where people wear jeans to an actual opera.  Hey, maybe it would look great with jeans!renaissance3


Valentino has released its complete spring-summer 2014 campaign. Valentino’s line is romantic with dreamy lace looks inspired by costumes found in the Renaissance.renaissanced&grenaissanced&g2


Other designs featuring renaissance looks are found at Dolce & Gabbana (no surprise here) and Alexander McQueen.

Palette: eggnog, pale gold, peach, pastel blue, plum, brick reds
Materials: Velvet, lace, pearls, golden details, embroidery.

What do you think?  Love it or Leave it?

style – on & off the runway: the belted coat

I’ve always loved the idea of tying my coat with something other than the belt it originally came with. beltedcoats1

You can get creative here too. For instance, in the past I’ve used long scarves & a long thin leather studded boot-belt accessory to tie light coats and shirts and even a removable long patent purse handle (which sounds kind of strange).  Here are a few otherbeltedcoats1beltedcoats3 examples which are ideal:beltedcoats2

Best Looks: From left to right, Reed Krakoff, Altuzarra, Max Mara, Edun, Paul Smith.  Photo -Garance Dore.
Best Looks: From left to right, Reed Krakoff, Altuzarra, Max Mara, Edun, Paul Smith. Photo – Garance Dore.  She says:  “This idea of tying them with a tiny belt or string or ribbon (or whatever you can find?! ) is a fun way to play with proportions and keep your coat closed!”  I agree.

What do you think?  Have you tried this trend?

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Trending now (again) – once in a BLUE mood

blue5I’ve been feeling kind of blue lately – Cobalt to be specific.  The shade creeps up from time to time and last year we started seeing more of this bright color.

blue2Crazy for Cobalt: his season the intense blue made a statement on everything from cozy sweaters to swingy dresses.  It seems to have edged out olive and rust as this fall’s most prominent hue.  blue3

How many shades of blue are there exactly?  I don’t know but some editors seem to have a handle on it:

Meryl Streep to Anne Hathaway in “The Devil Wears Prada – “You go to your closet and you select that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise, it’s not lapis. It’s actually cerulean. And you’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent wasn’t it, who showed cerulean military jackets? And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers.” …………………on and on she goes

blue1With its cool undertones, cobalt complements every complexion from porcelain to dark chocolate.

Derek Lam
Derek Lam

Best colors to pair cobalt with: neutrals like grey, black, white or a combo of either.blue4