31/07/2014

SQUARE WAVES






BELLFIELD Bomber Jacket
KENZO Neoprene Square Waves Print Tee-Shirt
CHEAP MONDAY Skinny Jeans
SPITFIRE Sunglasses
CHEAP MONDAY Necklace
CHEAP MONDAY Bracelet
CHEAP MONDAY Tote Bag
KENZO X VANS Slip On


30/07/2014

DREAMERS


Fashion industry is obviously a business rather than an industry of dreams or of dreamers. But it is certainly made by people who want to tell a unique story. This daydream travel/story has to be a new experience for the customers who also want to be carried away, diving into the designer's story. We do believe fashion has many purposes and its dreamy perspective is the one we cherish the most. Yang Li, who is an optimistic punk London based designer who presents his collections in Paris Fashion Week, captures this emotion with his AW14 "dreamers" collection.




Pics by Lea Colombo via Dazed Digital
Everything has already been done in terms of creation over the decades. One designer cannot send a simple dress, a t-shirt or pants on the runway without a story, an innovative cut or a peculiar craft going along with it. There is a demand for pieces that make a fuss, a debate considering the prohibitive prices. Yang Li has nothing to worry about. His AW14 collection features much ado about something pieces  deconstructing, reinterpreting and transforming the idea of luxury. He definitely wants us to dream with his collection, telling a personal romantic story with raw fabrics which are his signature such as leathers and animal skins like rabbit furs and calf mixing them with exquisite wool and silks. There's a strong attention on details and also on the choice of fabrics which are essential to create his silhouettes that are elongated, asymmetrical, bold and irreverent. We don't care if we appear as some Cruella DeVill but his furry pieces are to die for! The boxy "dreamer" top, the bra top and the circle long skirt are showstopper pieces as much as the hair calf leathers. It is funny how those fabrics have the power to create a scandal. There is no attempt to provoke with this collection rather than exploring new directions. Those directions that remind you of the work of anti-conformists such as Margiela and Kawakubo. The word "dreamer" sounds like a rebellious slogan. This is clearly a romantic manifesto echoing with Kawakubo's soldiers of peace. Yang Li's idea of luxury is definitely a radical one and his clothes have to stand out for their uniqueness. It is the same idea behind the burgundy half dress over a t-shirt paired with black trousers. Those tricky or perverse looks are the expression of modernity. Yang Li plays with the idea of an evening-wear gown for his breakout finale, ending with the reinterpretation of a red carpet black dress that is very conservative in the front and slightly "slutty" in the back.

There is no irony or no strong criticism about how a luxury collection should be here. This collection is full of contradictions and references such as 90's Grunge and 50's Couture. There's no need to put a label on Yang Li's work. The only thing that matters is the positive message behind this collection because we do believe there's nothing dark about his work. There is still dreamers on the planet and Yang Li is one of them. His only attempt is to make us smile, travel and obviously dream, just like a good old music album would do! So instead of pre-ordering these price on request pieces, we are going to listen to Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation!






Pics via Style.com

29/07/2014

DANCING ON MY OWN






MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA X HM "Flat" Jacket
TOPMAN T-Shirt
ZARA Trousers
KENZO X VANS "Flying Tiger" Sneakers
SPITFIRE Sunglasses
JUMP FROM PAPER Bag


28/07/2014

2 DAYS IN PARIS


LAZY OAF Tee-Shirt; JUMP FROM PAPER Backpack



TOPMAN Tee-Shirt; CHEAP MONDAY Jeans


SPARKS LONDON Homemade Shorts; TOPMAN Socks; JUMP FROM PAPER Bag

Le Bain Turc - INGRES





VANS Shoes
There is a Frank Sinatra's song that goes like this "I love Paris in the Springtime/ I love Paris in the Fall/ I love Paris in the Summer when it sizzles/ I love Paris in the Winter when it drizzles" and that's true, we love Paris but we have to admit that we're getting a little blasé by it. After all, we have been here a hundred times and sometimes, we find it hard to see it with brand new eyes. The same places (the Opera district, the 3rd Arrondissement, la rue Saint Honoré...), the same stores... So we needed to change this situation, to re-discover Paris, we had to act like tourists! Of course, not the "traditional" tourists who is not aware of the traps he has to avoid. We are smarter than that and above all, more aware of the tricks!

Here, by tourists, we mean going to places that are not that familiar to us, going off the beaten tracks to catch a different essence of the capital. After all, in our everyday life, that's what we are trying to do so when on holidays, let's be true to ourselves!

Our trip started with a genuine tourist thing, "le passage obligé": Le Louvre! It's been ages since our last visit to the world's largest museum and everything was here! The paintings (Mona Lisa leading the way), the sculptures, the souvenirs (amazing how far you can go to make money!) and of course, the horde of tourists coming from all over the world. An ocean of tourists who all want one thing: taking a picture of the mysterious girl with a mysterious smile. We quickly understood that the majority of them was here for her and only for her, the Beyoncé of painting. It's almost impossible to come close to here if you except the fact that she is protected by a giant unbreakable window, a security cordon and two guards. There were so many people in front of her! Insane! Most of the persons here did not even notice that in the same room was the largest painting of the museum (and much more interesting than La Joconde) Véronèse's Les Noces de Cana. It's a little bit funny to see that after Mona Lisa's room, the museum got quieter and the atmosphere less hot as if most people didn't care about the rest (the wonderful paintings of Ingres, David, Géricault, Delacroix and so many others!). Do they really love Art? We seriously doubt it...

With hindsight, these 2 days in Paris were all about contrasts. After all, how would you call the fact that we wanted to go off the beaten tracks while we chose to visit Le Louvre first? So after our walk in the world's most crowded museum, we decided to look for a place we've wanted to find for a while: the place with the pillars designed by artist Daniel Buren, the one obsessed with stripes and checks. We knew that it was around Le Louvre but where exactly? For us, it was like a mythical place, only known by insiders. We wanted to be insiders! After a quick search and as if we were guided by some powerful forces (no, we are not getting mystical) we found it and it was so so calm! Heaven after the noise and heat we had experienced a few minutes before. A true discovery and a perfect place to take pictures (as you can see in this article). Next to this nice location, we found a unique and out of time place, a place with trees, cute children playing, a majestic fountain and huge luxury stores (Stella McCartney, Rick Owens, Marc Jacobs, Pierre Hardy, Maison Kitsuné...) le Jardin du Palais Royal. A place you should definitely visit if you ever come to the City of Lights.

The day after this enchanted interlude (and after a quick visit to the Kenzo store, place de la Madeleine where we found some really cool clothes you'll see in future OOTD), one of our best friends Noëlla, took us to Belleville, a popular district far from le Palais Royal but nonetheless, picturesque, sincere and cheap (a good point when you are in Paris!). In Belleville, a drink has a normal price for a drink and you can eat gorgeous Chinese raviolis in a typical restaurant for a never seen before price! Good to be back to basics and genuine values sometimes. In a way, this part of Paris reminded us of Brick Lane in London or some alternative free zones of Berlin, a part of the city where street artists express themselves, a place where there are no conventions, no rules, where walls belong to those who want to transform them, to magnify them or who just want to give them another meaning. Once again, we felt like being somewhere out of time, in a kind of small romantic village with a strong identity and this is a great feeling we should definitely have more often! We'll try to keep this in a corner of our minds for our next stay in Paris and perhaps, we'll visit a district we have never seen before. After all, this is what holidays are meant for!


SPARKS LONDON Kimono Jacket; SPITFIRE Sunglasses


RAY BAN Sunglasses




SHAUN SAMSON Fat Goth Tee-Shirt, URBAN OUTFITTERS Socks


JOSEPH TURVEY X RIVER ISLAND Tee-Shirt


27/07/2014

LINKS A LA MODE: THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP [07/24]

This week, we submitted our article about Natalie Westling & Binx Walton to IFB's Links A La Mode and once again, it seems that they enjoyed it since we are part of the weekly roundup! As bloggers, it is so important that this kind of initiatives exist because it is important to know that people read your posts and love them. Always great to feel encouraged. So thank you very much to the Independent Fashion Bloggers! If you haven't read this article about these cool American girls, now is the time and if you want to discover some other cool blogs & bloggers, you'll find 19 links in the list above!


Getting Ahead

This week we're getting ahead of the trends by, you guessed it, indulging in hair accessories. Head scarves, headwear, heck, even jewelry. Maybe you're taking the lax look to a whole new level, and try to wear sweatpants to work? Oh yeah, there's that too! So, don't fall behind, read this week's fantastic roundup!

Links à la Mode: July 24th


26/07/2014

W.A.R.M. TOP 10


1/ The Ad Campaign: Alexander Wang AW14 by Steven Klein



2/ The Movie Trailer: Saint Laurent directed by Bertrand Bonello





3/ The Newcomer: Ed Marler joins the SS15 Fashion East line-up 



4/ The Fashion Film: Kate Dreams - Stella McCartney AW14




5/ The Obsession: The Issey Miyake Platinum Bao Bao



6/ The Gif: Twin Peaks meets Kenzo AW14 [via DazedDigital]


7/ The Model: Sasha Pivovarova in Incendiaire for Vogue Paris August 2014



8/ The Sound: Lana Del Rey - West Coast [Breton remix]




9/ The Editorial: Perfect Icons by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan



10/ The Work of Art: Dior Fusion Sneakers - Savoir Faire



24/07/2014

DENIM DELIGHTS





CHEAP MONDAY Denim Shirt
KATIE EARY X TOPMAN Tee-Shirt
CHEAP MONDAY Jeans
PETIT BATEAU Bag
H&M Bracelets
ZARA Sandals
RAY BAN Sunglasses