The dream job . . .
And how I ended the day. The start of Nuit Blanche, an event of various manifestations (performance art) taking place all over the city and lasting until 7 am.
No one wants to look like a dweeb, unstylish, unhip, touristy. Just what are they wearing in Paris? What’s trendy? If you do your research on the internet you’ll come up with hundreds of opinions. Pinterest has all sorts of looks to sort through. Fashion houses, magazines, blogs featuring beautiful models in eyecatching yet unpractical ensemble are misleading. There is no ONE answer, it’s all about you and the confidence you have with what suits you. At the end of the day, after walking all over the city, one factor comes to mind: comfort. So start with that, just don’t look sloppy.
A good rule of thumb is to sit in a cafe on a hip street like Rue Montorgueil and watch the passerbys. You’ll end up with load of ideas that you can immediately take to Galeries Lafayette, Bon Marche, Zara, H&M or cool little boutiques in the Marais. The right purse, scarf, shoes all add up to one great “feel good” look just for you.
Some links that will serve you well:
Confusing? Understandable. Just start with the basics, go light, come back chic/cool.
Bill Cunningham, one of the original street-style photographers died on Saturday in Manhattan.
I met him in Paris on several occasions. We were both on the same quest….capturing the excitement of Fashion Week. From years of experience, he knew the who’s who, had all the show addresses (many big houses keep theirs secret), had front row seats (sometimes he was content just to photograph the comings and goings), and ALWAYS, come rain or shine, wore his blue signature shirt. He stood a little stooped (who wouldn’t at 87), had crooked teeth, and a smile that crept up to his eyes. If you said “hi”, he didn’t respond because, like most photographers on the job, the shot takes precedence over everything. Dedicated, humble, never pushy, always carefully selecting his subject, he was an original and I will truly miss him.
Fashion Week Paris is just around the corner. Designers, their clients, the media, the city’s businesses are all feeling the excitement. Mark your calendars for September 27 to October 5. Click here for the temporary schedule. For accredited press members the precious invitations are like prizes.
A few postcards from last year:
More cool places to visit around town coming up later this week. I promise.
It ended about two hours ago. Over 150 fashion houses mostly along rue Saint Honore and the Madeline quartier in partnership with Vogue magazine opened their doors around 7 p.m. to invited guests. The official roster included: A.P.C., A.TESTONI, AGENT PROVOCATEUR, ALAIN FIGARET, ANNE KERVALL, ANNICK GOUTAL, BALDININI, BARRIE KNITWEAR, BERENICE, BLUMARINE/BLUGIRL, BOTTEGA VENETTA, BURBERRY, CARITA, CHANEL – Rue Saint Honoré, CHANTAL THOMASS, CHURCH, ,COLETTE, COMPTOIR DES COTONNIERS, DDP, DIOR, DOLCE & GABBANA, DSQUARED2, EMPORIO ARMANI,ERMANNO SCERVINO, ETRO, EX NIHILO, FAUCHON, FURLA, GERARD DAREL,GIAMBATTISTA VALLI, GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI, GLASHUTTE ORIGINAL, GLAZED, GUCCI, GUERLAIN, HOGAN, HUGO BOSS France, INGLESINA, IO&ES, IRO,
ISTITUTO MARANGONI, JIMMY CHOO, JOHN GALLIANO, JUN ASHIDA, JUNKO SHIMADA, KIEHL’S, KRISVANASSCHE, LANCASTER, LANVIN, LEONARD,
LONGCHAMP, LORIBLU, M.A.C COSMETIC, MAILLE, MAISON MICHEL, MAJE,
MANDARIN ORIENTAL PARIS, MANOUSH, MARC BY MARC JACOBS, MARC JACOBS,
MARINA RINALDI, MIU MIU, MM6 MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA, MONCLER, MOYNAT,
OMEGA, PATRIZIA PEPE, PAUL SMITH, PHILIPP PLEIN, PHILIPPE FERRANDIS,
PIERRE MARCOLINI, PINKO, PIQUADRO, PORSCHE DESIGN, PRADA, RALPH LAUREN,
ROBERTO CAVALLI, ROGER VIVIER, SALAVATORE FERRAGAMO, SANDRO, SARTORE,
SATELLITE, SEPHORA, SERGIO ROSSI, STONE ISLAND, STRELLSON, TALBOT RUNHOF,
TARA JARMON, TOD’S, TOUS, URBAN DECAY, VICTOR & ROLF, VILEBREQUIN,
WOOLMARK, YVES SAINT LAURENT – Beauté, and ZADIG & VOLTAIRE.
I was one not holding an invitation but managed to barge in on the fun. Social Media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler) was in on the action live. Portraits of the guests were instaprinted, sheep were grazing in pens near YSL courtesy of The Campaign For Wool, makeup and manicure sessions were featured, there was cotton candy, mechanical bull riding, balloon giveaways, champagne of course and the glitterati (mostly twenty-somethings) dressed to the teeth clogging the long street.
Longish lines were in front of the most coveted houses and guards controlled the numbers inside. The highpoint of the evening for me was the visit to Chanel, her famous mirrored staircase, small rooms with minimal samples of her elegant products, plush dark grey carpet, Mailbu red cocktails or pear juice in goblets served on silver platters by her welcoming staff. Lowpoint the t-shirt I bought celebrating the occasion from what looked like official vendors on the street. Unwrapped it once I got home. Emblazoned on the front: “2013, Fashion Night Out, September 17”. Maybe that’s why it was only $7. For more info go to the VFNOPARIS webpage.
September 23 through October 1: Paris is the biggest, brightest and most avant garde of all the fashion weeks. It’s superbly organized by the French Federation of Fashion as always. I’ll be there for the exciting Ready To Wear Collection for spring/summer. Front row seat, you’ve got my number.