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Paris Takes Back Fashion

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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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Lanvin ss15

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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

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Style DNA: Spring/Summer 2012

Summer Heat

Summer is about lying on the beach and relaxing pool side. None of which come naturally to me. I do love the heat of the sun, but I love my clothes more. I like to get dressed in the morning, and I enjoy putting together an outfit. Having to be half-naked and stuck on a beach has never really appealed to me.

Prada 2012
Prada 2012
Prada 2012

Yet, I know I can not hide from the blazing sun. For men, summer is not always exciting. Swim trunks and washboard abs is pretty much all you need. For women, a skimpy bikini seems to fit the summer bill. Well, I thought I would do some research about what can be fashionable at the beach, so maybe a Hawaii vacation could be in my summer frontier.

Hermes Spring/Summer 2012
Hermes Spring/Summer 2012
Hermes Spring/Summer 2012

What I did find was an amazing collection of knock out swimsuits for women. Of course, fashionistas already know, and have seen this amazing collection months ago, but for us mere mortals, I thought a refresher was in order. Prada created one of the most exciting swim collections I’ve seen in, well in my forever! This retro inspired 50’s muscle car collection was a knock out. Fashion has hit the beach!

Prada 2012
Prada 2012
Prada 2012

For men, it was a little harder to find something as stellar as Prada, but I found a few items that I think will keep you cool and fashionable at the beach. Hope you like these Hermes and DSquared 2 looks as much as I do.

DSquared2 Summer 2012
DSquared2 Summer 2012
DSquared2 Summer 2012

Happy 4th of July!!! Let these explosive looks light your fireworks a blaze!! Just don’t get wet, these clothes are expensive!!

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Closet Confessions: Identity Crisis

Who Am I?

Givenchy Spring 2012
Givenchy Spring 2012

I spend a lot of time obsessed with everything fashion, so much so, that I get lost in my mind. I see everything, I want everything, and I can never get my look right. Personally, I know who I am inside, but outside I am in consent evolution. I’d like to say I take fashion risk constantly, but sadly no, I am way to self-critical. In my younger days, I was obsessed with designers like Prada, Dolce and Gabbana, Gucci (Tom Ford days), and  D2, love my Canadian boys!! Now, a little older, a little more travelled, and almost out of university, NOW WHAT?

Givenchy Spring 2012
Givenchy Spring 2012
Givenchy Spring 2012
Givenchy Spring 2012

In middle school I was sporting Dolce and Gabbana to every party, yes we partied a lot. High School was all about Prada, I thought Prada’s intellectual style would translate into good grades–nope! Summer’s in Japan led to DSquared, and Tom Ford’s Gucci days of cool. I felt at ease with myself at this point, but as University wore me out, and my clothes became lacklustre. No time for style when you’re sprinting to class.

Givenchy Spring 2012
Givenchy Spring 2012
Givenchy Spring 2012
Givenchy Spring 2012
Givenchy Spring 2012
Givenchy Spring 2012

Back on the fashion block, I am perplexed about what to wear next. What will define my new understanding towards style? Travelling has been great way to observe new looks, cultures, and perceptions. However, I still haven’t found my signature look. Walking away from fashion to study has left me in a position of new discovery.  I am enjoying for the first time, in a long time, not knowing what to wear. I love walking down the street and checking people out, attending the shows, and saying “I’ll try that.” One collection that has snapped my attention for a couple of seasons now is Givenchy. Givenchy Spring 2012, men’s collection has me wanting to take a fashion risk, step out from my comfort zone, and into rock-hard style.

Givenchy Spring 2012
Givenchy Spring 2012
Givenchy Spring 2012
Givenchy Spring 2012

Like a child, I am discovering fashion all over again. The cards have shifted so much in the fashion world, as new designers take centre stage, and established designers draw the curtains closed. There is a storm  brewing in fashion, one that is wild and unpredictable.  The names of the future are being etched as we speak. Keeping our innocence of exploration is what will keep our eyes to the horizon.

Givenchy Spring 2012
Givenchy Spring 2012
Givenchy Spring 2012
Givenchy Spring 2012
Givenchy Spring 2012
Givenchy Spring 2012