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Paris Takes Back Fashion

Balmain SS15

Givenchy, Lanvin, Yves Saint Laurent, and Chanel have always been on our lips, but not a fashion force for a long time, until now. Not long ago our favourite labels and names came from Milan. Starlets wore shape-cut Gucci, Fashion sophisticates wore Prada, and party-goers wore Cavalli. How the fashion world has changed.

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With Men’s Spring Summer 2015 global fashion shows in full swing. Paris held the most buzz. Everyone was waiting for Givenchy, YSL, and Lanvin to take centre stage. Paris had fallen out of fashion for many years. Couture has always been a Paris staple, but Italian designers had even taken over couture, hence Valentino Couture and Versace Atelier. The fashion set were all-a-buzz for Milan creations.

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However, evolution is what fashion is all about.  Fashion houses in Paris dusted off their atelier and re-opened shop. John Galliano rescued Dior, and Tom Ford breathed life back into YSL. Yet these labels were already house hold names, just out of step with mainstream fashion at that moment. What is new is that names like Balmain and Balenciaga on fashion followers lips.  French brands have become fashionable again with full force.

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The love affair with  Paris is not only just for women. Men’s fashion has also been taken over by French houses. What man doesn’t own a Givenchy something? Even street fashion has poured out of Paris. Hip-Hop culture has left American brands for french Labels as well, so you know winds have changed.

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From Paris With Love

MC

Fashion Snob…

Family Affair 

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Sometimes I think I am a fashion snob. I was born with fashion inside me. I do not know how to live without fashion. When some one asks me who I dress for, I always say me. I do not know who else I would dress for, although I had a small dent in my youth when I wanted to be like everyone, but that lasted only a year. 

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Fashion is such a personal expression. You carve your voice with fashion, find a place with fashion, and explore the world through fashion. I was reading an article about 90’s fashion. I guess it’s a new movement in fashion. The article glamourized the days of 90’s fashion, pre-internet media, although technology was a subject, it had not taken over. 

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The article spoke to how fashion seemed more of an insider event. The outside world didn’t care what was going on in fashion. The crowd was more elite and selective. For a moment, I romanticized that moment in fashion while reading the article. I thought about my first time at NYFW in 2010. I was so excited and full of anticipation. I did feel a lot of people flocked to the venue to get photographed, and inside I felt like there were a lot of sencesters, not fashion followers. Yet what is a true fashion follower?

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I am a fashion follower because I went to school to study design, or because I read every book, magazine and article pertaining to fashion? My pal for fashion week loved clothes, but had no clue who anyone was. I would point out all these amazing editors and reporter, but he only cared about which celebrity was front row. I was sad, but we both still enjoyed the event. 

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Reading the article I wished to be one of those people in 90’s fashion era watching supermodels walk the runway and knowing all their names, editors scrambling to write articles to meet daily press deadlines, and a cast of socialites front row. The article poo-pooed all the new media blast from every angle. And I thought for a moment, I am a fashion snob?

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I love that I can see fashion on every level; runway to street. I think most fashion followers today do not know the past or history of every house. They do not know how to describe clothes, only to say “it’s cool.” The vocabulary of fashion has changed, both good and bad, but fashion is about change. Chanel stopped designing when she felt that there was no long anything new to say. Than she came back with the “Town Suit,” revolutionizing fashion. I think she would be proud to see fashion and media blend today. 

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With S/S 15 collections underway, I picked some of my favourite street-snaps of todays fashion moments. This is the power of fashion today. I can sit and observe what is happening in the world from my new shop in Vancouver Atelier3, and still enjoy what is happening around the world. Do I still hit the shows, of course, who would pass up the chance to see walking art. The “cool” thing now is that walking art is on every corner! 

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MC

 

Lupita Nyong’o

“We’re Watching”

Vanity Fair

Fashion is not only about inventive clothing and rock star designers, sometimes sheer personality eclipses fashion. Lupita Nyong’o is that current personality. If you don’t know her yet, your living under a rock, especially if you follow fashion. In the film world, Nyong’o has already won their top award. And now she is receiving fashion’s most coveted award–Vogue Cover Girl.

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Seems like Vogue has been pushing out controversial cover after cover, although fashion has been parsing Nyong’o for a while now,so I guess she is finally getting her recognition.

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When I was 16 my friends told me I should start a blog about fashion, because I was fashion obsessed, if I had, maybe I would be a lot further in my fashion career. Anyway, enough about me. I state my past because when I was 16 another  Black female fashion star had centre stage–Alex Wek. I didn’t have a blog then, so I could not comment. I allude to Wek not because I want to compare the two, but challenge fashion’s motivation about beauty.

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Alek Wek
Alek Wek
Alek Wek
Alek Wek
Alek Wek

Women around the world have embraced Lupita for her effervescent personality, amazing acting skills, and striking use of fashion. Designers like to showcase dresses on Lupita for her flash bulb grabbing skills. What disappoints me is that the fashion community only latches to a women like Lupita when it is useful for them, or she an anointed. Example, Alek Wek. When Karl Lagerfeld used Wek in his runways shows, the rest of the community followed. Lagerfeld is not my favourite designer, but I must say he has an eye for original beauty.

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Met Gala
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Lupita Nyong’o

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Original beauty? The beauty is original because it is outside of the norm. I would say this is a bad thing, but in some respect it highlights minorities in fashion. In my next post I will be continuing my ongoing discussion about original beauty. For now I want to say that Lupita’s photos are amazing!!! The Queen of talk herself has graced the cover of Vogue, and said it was one of her favourite fashion moments. Therefore, I must say, “Lupita enjoy your time in the spotlight, because fashion will be marching forward soon.” Good thing she has acting chops to fall back on when modelling is done.

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EYE CANDY

Orthodox Style

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La Cambre Belgium

Men’s fashion has become a new place for designers to experiment with ideas, as men have torn away tradition for more daring looks. Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy has been able to turn men’s fashion into a playground of experimentation. Thom Browne has remixed men’s classics into abstract art, but Tisci has been able to mix mens wear with feminine aesthetics, yet masculine and commercial successful. Only John Paul Gaultier has come almost as close to his success in deconstructed men’s fashion.

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La Cambre Belgium
La Cambre Belgium
La Cambre Belgium
La Cambre Belgium
La Cambre Belgium

Why the lengthy discussion about men’s fashion and emerging trends of the genre? The real question is where is men’s fashion going?

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La Cambre Belgium
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La Cambre Belgium

With fashion bloggers, street photographers, and personal style taking over fashion, we have to find new voices. No longer are trends overpowering the main stage of fashion. Experimentation with non-sexist clothing has become the norm. Not only a mix use of fabrications and silhouette , but a new idea of masculine fashion.

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La Cambre Belgium
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La Cambre Belgium

Where is this wave taking place? Belgium, of course!! I was privy to the school of La Cambre’s latest designer collections of their graduating class. We see a new male take centre stage: confident and experimental with a new orthodox.

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La Cambre Belgium

Vogue In Review: Kim and Kanye

Lost: A Moment in Fashion History

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All About Kim

It’s May, and spring is in the air. The flowers are blooming, fashionistas are waiting for fall collections to be released, and April’s Vogue Cover of Kim and Kanye is being used for mulch. Now that April showers have subsided and we’re all in a better mood, lets discuss what was lost in fashion’s most recent controversial moment.

 

Family Matters
Family Matters

What happened? Kim wanted to be on the cover of Vogue magazine, what girl doesn’t. For crying out loud Sarah Jessica Parker has been on more Vogue covers than she has been on any tabloid magazines. Whereas Kim has been on every tabloid cover countless times, but never Vogue. “There, there little Kim, one day.” Well the day has come and gone with little fan fare according to VP of Mag Net Data, which uses scan data from wholesalers that cover about 98 percent of the market, says the numbers are lower than anticipated.

 

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Walk The Line

A reality star on the cover of Vogue, “NO” the Calvary claimed!!!

 

I have my reasons why I think Kim should have never been on the cover of Vogue, but I am not a gossip blogger. Therefore, like all good PR agents “no comment.”

 

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Mirror Mirror

Moving forward. What we lost. Kim’s Vogue cover had to do with more than her being a reality star occupying fashion’s most coveted real estate. The bigger moment was Kanye!! An African-American man on the cover of one of fashions biggest magazines—gasp!!

 

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Life In The fast Lane

Never has a man graced the cover of American Vogue magazine, yet Kanye stands lovingly behind his fame-obsessed soon-to-be bride to showcase his power, connections, and passion to the world. Say what you will, and you will, but Kanye has made a real name for himself. Not only in music, but fashion. His influence is boundless. He’s stayed relevant, controversial, and creative, as his predecessors have drifted away. In fashion he has been able to put brands on the map. Influencing media’s vast hip-hop world community—its not East Coast West Coast anymore. He’s fliped hip-hop uniforms into chic standards.

 

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Mile High Club

As a fashion lover, I feel that a moment in fashion history is lost. Due to the fact an over exposed wannabe took the spot light. In years to come The Kim K Klan will be forgotten, as she will glisten into the sunset with her beautiful children. I am not a Kanye follower either, I just watch fashion, and it strikes me when something this amazing happens and we forget to stop and watch. I think the noise in fashion has become too loud. Too many celebrities grace magazines. Too many designers selling out capsule collections with middle road brands, although keep doing them; I love the connection and price. Too many wannabe fashionistas claiming style status for front row seats. What I want is a moment to say, “Ah… did that really happen.”

 

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Fame Game

These photographs will become an iconic staple in our history as a fashion community and society. When we look back, we won’t see Kim K reality star. We will see Kanye, man of the hour in Vogue magazine, holding the women he loves, to give her a dream that was untouchable. “Now I ain’t sayin’ she’s a gold digger, but she ain’t messin’ with no broke #$#$#$” –Kanye

D.I.Y. Style: The New Denim

Denim Flare 

Flare If You Dare
Flare If You Dare

Denim has been a part of our closet since the 1800s. In that time denim has gone from working class basic, to high-end staple. Fashion, film, and iconic symbols have kept denim at the forefront of all trends.

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Amanda Bynes
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Rihanna

Today, denim influences can be seen on every level. The biggest recent change-up has been the look. For almost fifteen years denim has been ruled by low-rise waist lines. The pendulum has swung in our cultural landscape, as Manhattan has moved to other conquest, and Brooklyn has taken back the street symbol. No other venue has taken back denim more than television.

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Skinny Chic

 

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The Folded Jean
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80′ Hair Band

In the early part of the 21st century Sex And The City created fashion rules. Now, Girls! The influence of this new show, now in its third season, can be seen on its lead character Hannah, played by show creator Lena Dunham. She is in charge, and with that, demanding her own style. The low-rise pant hits you in the widest part of your body, so staying slim means a lot. In the high waist, the eye is drawn to the smallest part of your body, while accentuating your curves. Therefore the high waist line has become a hit!

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Brooklyn Girl

Now  the flare. Skinny vs. Flare has been the debate for a few seasons now. It has not caught on the way fashion would like to, as street style seems to still be holding onto the skinny leg. That may change seasons forward, but for now I would say play with the trend. The flare is always a flattering shape for any size. Here are a few suggestions to make the flare your own. Not brave enough. Keep the skinny and pull up your pants. It maybe the first time you get a compliment from your mom!

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Fashion Girl
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Street Flare

MMA: Thom Browne

“Does It Come In Black?”

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Thom Browne

Pattern, shape, and colour still dominate the runway for Spring/Summer 2013. Thom Browne has taken these trends and remixed them into a tapestry of eccentric style. Yet, breakdown each outfit is wearable perfection.

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Thom Browne S/S 2013

The Women’s side of this Mad Hatter Collection is framed on men’s tailoring, which gives it a modern feeling. The muted colour in some of his women’s pieces help you to concentrate on the shape, while the colourful pieces give pop to otherwise boring reconditioned men’s wear.

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Thom Browne S/S 2013
Thom Browne S/S 2013
Thom Browne S/S 2013
Thom Browne S/S 2013
Thom Browne S/S 2013

The Men’s side of his collection is blasted with colour and pattern. Browne is not afraid to have his men speak loud. Always a man of shape, Browne’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection is all about layers.  He has also taken 1960’s Mod, and made it sheer madness with silver painted skin. The combination has created a perfect storm of fashion whimsy.

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Thom Browne S/S 2013
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Thom Browne S/S 2013
Thom Browne S/S 2013
Thom Browne S/S 2013
Thom Browne S/S 2013
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Thom Browne S/S 2013
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Thom Browne S/S 2013
Thom Browne S/S 2013
Thom Browne S/S 2013
Thom Browne S/S 2013