Category: Paris

French Fancies x


It snowed in London last night – not a lot, but enough to make a new ,white world and Charlie a very happy boy.  I’m just grateful we got our boiler to work again..why is it that boilers start staggering on what will be their last legs just when the coldest weather kicks in? And why are modern boilers so crap??

As a distraction from impending doom and financial ruin, I’ve been ogling Tommy Ton’s street style photos from the french Couture Shows, which have to be some of the greatest shots to obsess over: The ideas, the outfits that should look promisingly awful but by small strokes of magic give irony and imagination pride of place..


Maybe the cut out and keep part of the twenty-tens will be eclecticism.  That heady mix of anything goes and modern-old-soul..

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The power to dazzle by mixing high with low, latest and oldest, hard and soft, summer and winter with mesmerising narrative power…things that shouldn’t work in an outfit…working..


It’s a cocktail of’s dangerous territory and a high risk way of telling a story..easy to hype or misjudge.  Or not.


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It’s an organic development that creates the dramatic pulse, exploding the rules and energetically galloping over the baseline..


It’s the stuff of dreams…

Laters, Kate x

Savvy Sonya..


Julie de Libran, the relatively new Designer at Sonya Rykiel has come up with some glorious and gutsy vocals for her 2015 Pre-fall Collection, including a masterclass in how to wear flares..


The proportions are magnificent, with classic details on sleeve lengths, cuffs and pockets.


She imbues the most mundane textures with emotion.


This clash of cobalt and animal mixed with the perfect updated boot and a flash of patterned tight..


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A classy act from a Designer one step ahead of perceptions and preconceptions.

You can hear it glow.

Laters, Kate x

Extra Ordinary x


Burberry Prorsum Pre-fall 2015 is a long way from scuttlebutt rumours and diva strops.  It’s classy, simple, elegant dressing with just a whiff of urban street..


There’s a forensically clear silhouettes – skinny legs, ankle boots and big layers that we can all believe in..


The coats are particularly simple and absolutely lustworthy – but there are no surprises, no attempts to gnaw at anything primal..


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Just effortlessly produced wardrobe staples you’d want to wear forever…the spice is up to you to add…


Laters, Kate x

Into the Night..


Take a look behind the curtain…photos from AW14 after-show Paris party scene..


A walk on the wild side from the safety of your computer screen..


(I can only hope this photo has been photoshopped.  I don’t think my boobs were ever like that…let alone whilst dancing..)


And then you start to think..there’s no colour, it’s not very chic…black and white dominates…It’s as if anti-fashion is the name of the game for fear of putting a foot wrong…which feels like the beast is eating itself from the inside out.


There are the exceptions.  Little tasters.


But they’re an oddity rather than the rule (Loving that handle!)


(All photos by Maxime Ballesteros,

Between you and me..I think it’s best to dream about what it’s like..I suspect we had more fun at the school quiz!!

Laters, Kate x