Tiger Mom or Cougar Town?

Yes, one could wonder while seeing this pic. Don’t worry, I was just standing in the rain, watching my kids playing tennis, like every afternoon. Rain or shine…

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But while the majority of “soccer moms ” will support their kids is sweat pants, leave it to the french to wear something a little more glam’. Here I chose a Zara Classic day dress in leopard print which will give me the opportunity to tell you a little more about leopard in fashion.

Cavemen use to wear leopard furs to protect them from the cold but also to gain strength and courage from the animal spirit. In 2565 AD, the Egyptian princess Néfertiabet was buried in an asymmetrical leopard sheath, a symbol of power and hommage to Bastet , protective goddess  of mothers and children but also to Sekhmet, goddess of destructives forces. These two feline divinities evoked  both woman creative and destructive powers.

In 1925, the american actress Marian Nixon creates a buzz while trotting down Hollywood Boulevard with a leopard on leash, living version of her fur coat.

ImageIn the U.S, leopard print was the staples of starlets and always had a tacky version. The first Grand Couturier to use leaper print not only fir and turn it into a beacon of elegance was Monsieur Christian Dior with the launch of his Couture house in 1947. Yes, leopard prints were part of the new look and it was  an instant hit within the clients. Below here is the “Afrique” evening dress and her little sister “Jungle” afternoon dress from the SS1947 collection both of which I would gladly wear today.

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This August 29th 1953 leopard print bustier gown covered sequins is an absolute beauty

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Though the leopard print has been despised by the bourgeoisie who found it vulgar and offensive, it continued to go strong decade after decade and survived any fashion trend imposing itself as a wardrobe staple.

Catherine Deneuve, Yves Saint Laurent absolute muse and perfect image of ice cold femininity, adopted leopard prints through out her life. Here in the 70’s wearing a leopard print trench coat, the mere essence of the “Rive Gauche”, both independent and teasing to be tamed by the right man.

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And is still able to teach Kate Moss some major fashion lesson throughout the lens of Patrick Demarchelier.image5

 

 

During his Fall Winter 1997-98 Couture Collection, Jean-Paul Gaultier sent down the catwalk a satin and leopard fur bustier gown which sent the PETA association through the roof. They were really close to throwing a pot of paint at the insulting garment. Thank got they didn’t.

defile-jean-paul-gaultier-automne-hiver-1997-1998_4064178 Alaïa, Dolce Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli , all three brands known for their voluptuous and sensual vision of women make a prodigal use of the famous print. Dolce and Gabbana being famous for lining their clothe with it.

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From accessories to make up, perfumes and even kids collections, the leopard print is everywhere.

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But do not forget that the first one to use it for a perfume ad was again Monsieur Christian Dior in 1949 for his  Miss Dior perfume illustration by Gruau in 1949, still so modern and feminine . And this powerful animal still leads the way for empowered yet feminine and seductive women all over the world. the only downside, you can never go cheap with leopard unless you have style and you know it.

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How to wear boyfriend jeans?

Boyfriends, lovers, husbands, fathers of our children…They all hate our boyfriend jeans while we absolutely love them for their comfort and easy look. So how to style them so they finally get to like them?

First of all, avoid wearing bulky sweaters or jackets with boy friends jeans. As they are slouchy, you have to have a tight bust to balance the look. No boots nor sneakers either as you have to show your ankles. They will seam a lot thinner with rolled up pant cuffs. The whole idea is to make everything other than the jeans look slimmer. So here’s how you can style them.

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With preppy accessories like here, I am wearing my J.Crew boyfriends, paired up with a striped Pull and Bear tee shirt, a Zara navy blazer, some Chanel classic pumps and a Mochila bag to add a little bit of funkiness.

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You can also wear it with a silk blouse, a little cleavage is better. Zara blouse, my J.Crew boyfriends jeans, Gucci belt, Louboutin sandals and lace printed leather purse made by me.

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Same J.Crew boyfriend jeans paired with a Maje tee shirt and biker jacket, Prada heels and sliver leather clutch also made by me.

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Or a more casual version with ballerina flats, here my Repetto bolt bolchoï ones paired with a poppy red silk Maje blouse and my Mochila bag.

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And you, how do you wear your boy friends?

Met Ball 2014 best looks, who improved from last year and who should fire her stylist?

The Met Ball 2014 is over and we had plenty of time to analyse every guest’s gown by now. So, after giving it a lot of thought, here are my winners for this year’s edition. So here was the dress code

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BEST DRESSED, I really hesitated between Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta Sarah-Jessica-Parker-1

and Suki Waterhouse in Burberry. I finally will go with Suki as SJP won last year and Oscar de la Renta was an the go to choice for this kind of dress code. Also, I’d rather wear my clothes tags inside than on the dress.

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Some ladies who were smack in the theme and flashed gorgeous gowns were

Karolina Kurkova looking like royalty in her gorgeous Marchesa gown,karolina-kurkova-vogue-6may14-pa_b

Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta Autumn Winter 2014,amy-adams-vogue-6may14-pa_b Taylor Swift in a custom made Oscar de la Renta gown,taylor-swift-vogue-6may14-pa_b Bee Shaeffer in Alexander Mc Queenbee-shaeffer-vogue-6may14-pa_b

Charlize Theron in Christian Dior

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Kendal Jenner in another bespoke TOPSHOP gorgeous gownkendall-jenner-vogue-6may14-pa_b

and Chanel iman in again TOPSHOPchanel-iman-vogue-6may14-getty_b-1

WORST DRESSED, again, balancing between Lupita N’yongo in what looked like a bird in cage Prada costumelupita-nyongo-vogue-6may14-pa_b

Christen Dunst in a star wars dress by Rodarte. The death star, really?????kirsten-dunst-vogue-6may14-pa_b

and Shailene Woodley with her Rodarte autumn/winter 2014 collection recycled rags but I think we really do have a winner here.shailene-woodley-vogue-6may14-pa_b

BEAUTIFULL OUTFITS BUT MISSED THE POINT

Blake Lively in a custom made Gucci Premiere gown

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Caea Delevingne and Stella MAc Cartney in Stella Mc Cartney. BTW, Miss Mc Cartney shouldn’t wear her hair in such a tight bun, it makes her looks old and ghostly

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Gisele was gorgeous as always in Balenciaga but really missed the point

gisele-vogue-6may14-pa_bWell between all the beautiful dresses that we saw on the catwalks, the vintage dealers and the couture houses museums, some guests should definitely fire their stylists. This is what I would have worn should I had been invite. A beautiful Vintage Dior Haute Couturec01b

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Nicolas Ghesquière debut at Louis Vuitton for FW 2014-15

This must have been the most anticipated show of the Paris Fashion Week. After 14 years as Artistic Director of the iconic monogram firm, Marc Jacobs led place to Nicolas Guesquière, ex Balenciaga.

The invitations came in a black Taïga enveloppe, each monogrammed to the guests initials. Very classy and thoughtful

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On each seat was a note simply signed Nicolas expressing his gratitude for being here today. “Today is a new day. A big day,” “You are about to witness my first fashion show for Louis Vuitton. Words can’t express exactly how I am feeling at this moment…”

Freja opened up the show with some greasy looking bangs and a very 70’s Ally Mc Graw look, meaning short skirt, thick fabrics, empire waist and knee high boots.1625561_10152112329317562_453462723_n

I am not a big fan of the 70’s look with geometric patterns in brown, orange and red, thick and rigid fabrics looking more like upholstery fabrics than ready to wear ones.00110h_1280x1920 00150h_1280x1920

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Ski Sweater anyone? This will be a smashing hit next season in Courchevel, I can guarantee it!

00140h_1280x1920A lot of designers opted for tiny waists and flirty skirts, a feminine and juvenile silhouette. I love the ankle strapped boots but being short, will probably not wear them with a short skirt but rather with pants to elongate the silhouette. The contrasted color and mix of patent and matt leather will make these boots some very coveted pieces.

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Not a big fan of the bulky knitted empire waist skirt either, especially matched with a shiny leather tiny top and greasy bangs.00280h_1280x1920

In this look I couldn’t help but wonder if Mr. Ghesquière was fan of the cult french series “Les Deschiens”. Come on, are we really going to wear this?00420h_1280x1920

But there were pieces I really liked, like this casual look. I love the shinny leggings, the monochromatic look, the loosely hanging belt and the sheering black coat.

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Or this beautiful belted tweed coat with leather details. So 70’s chic…00340h_1280x1920

And this gorgeous black crocodile one.00260h_1280x1920The cocktail dresses looked like a mix between Laura Ingals and Balenciage and the hip slits looked weird and not really practical. What kind of panty are you going to wear under this?00360h_1280x1920

I could definitely picture Courtney Love emerging from a bar completely waisted wearing this look. It is the combination between the “U” neck, the nude hue, the excess of zips, the platinum hair, and hazy eyes of the model that reminded me of her, no?

00450h_1280x1920Well, so much expectations for a rather disappointing show which no one in the industry will dare to qualify this way. But hey, look at Charlotte Gainsbourg back stage with Nicolas Ghesquière wearing a piece from his debut Louis Vuitton Collection. Doesn’t she look like she had a car accident and is wearing a neck collar?17_nicolas_ghesqui_re_et_charlotte_gainsbourg__2__446957941_north_883xThis is only a debut, the good thing is, it can only improve from here. Let’s not forget it, Mr. Ghesquière is an amazingly talented designer, he just needs some adjusting to the big power house which Louis Vuitton is.

 

 

 

 

 

For FW 2014-15, we will go grocery shopping at the Chanel shopping store

Thought that “La Grande Epicerie du Bon Marché” was the chicest place to go grocery shopping in the city of lights? Well think again.

Mr. Karl Lagerfeld magically turned the Grand Palais into the über chic shopping center where the fashion crowd spent time browsing the alleys before the show started.

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With his legendary wicked sense of humour, the Kaiser stacked up the shelves with Chanel and Coco branded products, announcing that they were having a special promotion, 20% more on the Cube by Chanel chicken broth. I love KL!

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From water to sugar,

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and cooking oil

Cococolza-l-huile-vegetale-preferee-du-Kaiser_visuel_galerie2The funniest name was the egg one, “le neuf de Chanel”. Those who speak french will understand….

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It is even more hilarious knowing that Gabrielle Chanel didn’t even know how to cook and took all her meal from the Ritz where she had an apartment. I am quite positive than Mr Lagerfeld doesn’t know how to boil water nor knows where the grocery store is as may of the fashionistas invited too which makes the whole thing just brilliant. I wonder what did the people put into their trolleys and shopping baskets. The packaging are so beautiful that i would have been happy to bring any of them home…

Karl-vient-inspecter-la-mise-en-rayon_visuel_galerie2As for the show, beautiful and wearable as usual. Cara Delevingne opened up the show, all pretty and sporty in pink.00010h_1280x1920

As in the Haute Couture a few weeks ago, all the models walked down the runway wearing adorned sneakers. I particularly like the knee high version.

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00260h_1280x1920Other reminiscence of the Haute Couture show, the wasp corseted waist,  for a juvenile and elegant figure.00380h_1280x1920

A lot of black, grey and white, as usual for Chanel. A lot of tweed and galon but amazingly enough, Karl Lagerfeld always manages to create new silhouettes, new looks, taking the DNA of the Brand to a new level and making look always new and fresh.

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A lot of baby pink too, to add up to the young feeling of the collection and to remind us that winter wardrobe is not only about dark colors.

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I LOVE the Chanel take on grocery shopping with basket made out of the legendary chains

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or a matellassé “caddie”

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The models shopped at the Chanel Super Store too, visibly enjoying themselves.ad_128915101ad_128914983 ad_128915805ad_128915008A superproduction for an unbelievable show that will be very difficult to top. Bravo Mr. Lagerfeld, you are always one step ahead of your time and a true visionnaire.