Tagged: Paris

Stellar x

I’ll always be a louche girl:  The gentle sag of intentional volume, the shadows of creases, the unexpected appearance of skin, the visual freedom of I just don’t care.  All this was summed up by Stella McCartney’s SS18 show which managed to both embrace decadence, luxury and hit high on practicality.

 

Surprise partnerships look evolutionarily natural.

Tie-dye looks cool.

(All pictures Pinterest and Vogue)

 

Away from constrictions and restrictions it was loose lightness with a touch of fresh air.

Laters, Kate x

Minakani x

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Minakani is a Paris based textile design studio and brand created by Figuette and Frederic Bonnin in 2005.  Their work is unerringly recognisable – I’ve long lusted over this picture – yet travels below the obvious radar.

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Theirs is a taste for the different – natural, spatial, rich and expressive.

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Yet surprisingly simple.

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Pared back to just enough.

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A name to add to the scrapbook of my future lottery win..

Laters, Kate x

So Wright..

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The news around the world isn’t great at the moment.  Condensed down, the underlying message I’m hearing is that big things don’t work (Didn’t we learn anything from the Romans?).  And yet the drive to continually make everything bigger and supposedly better runs deep, because if you don’t…you’re a failure; The economy has to grow, companies have to grow..countries, even religions all want to expand till they become these slow moving bloated beasts that eat up everything in their way, with no joined up thinking except feeding this thirst for size and dominance. It’s a big day for Greece today.  I don’t know what the right answer is..I’m not sure there is one, except maybe they should never have joined the EU in the first place. But it seems to me that things are becoming more and more about power plays than people.

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Thank God for the whimsy of fashion….and the joy that is Linda V. Wright, former model and fashion editor, born in Texas but oh-so far removed from a rodeo riding stetson toting stereotype.

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Now living in Paris and running her own shop, Crimson Cashmere,

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She’s a lesson in graceful, chic yet expressive dressing.

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Like the world’s best perfumes, she’s layered in classics all with subtle, different flavours.

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(All pics from pinterest)

You want to sit down with her at a striped bistro table in a busy Parisian street and ask, is this really all possible? Can life really be this easy? This sassy?

Laters, Kate x

The Cellar x

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Sigh.  This is part of the inspiration for our cellar renovation..a warm, inviting room from epic the Hotel Provinence in Paris.myimage 2

But before we get to the fun bits (we’re still shovelling soil), the room layout has to be nailed (literally). It’s not the easiest room – there’s got to be lots of multi-functionality but I’ve found a brilliant site  – The Make Room – which is the easiest, most practical room planner I’ve ever played with.

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You can pull in furniture..and alter their sizes to represent yours..or what’s on the dream list.

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Save different layouts.myimage Add in measurements to ensure there’s enough walk space..(Top tip: As a base line the site uses feet and inches, to change  – look to the right and click on ‘add all buttons’ then, look to the left, find ‘view’ click and change to centimetres)myimage10

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At the end – oh the joy! – it gives you a list of the sizes of all the furniture you’ve used..is that not heaven on a page?

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Then just print off..and hand to nearest Bank Manager…

Laters, Kate x

So Wright..

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The news around the world isn’t great at the moment.  Condensed down, the underlying message I’m hearing is that big things don’t work (Didn’t we learn anything from the Romans?).  And yet the drive to continually make everything bigger and supposedly better runs deep, because if you don’t…you’re a failure; The economy has to grow, companies have to grow..countries, even religions all want to expand till they become these slow moving bloated beasts that eat up everything in their way, with no joined up thinking except feeding this thirst for size and dominance. It’s a big day for Greece today.  I don’t know what the right answer is..I’m not sure there is one, except maybe they should never have joined the EU in the first place. But it seems to me that things are becoming more and more about power plays than people.

e94c97463f156275057836521535b0c2

Thank God for the whimsy of fashion….and the joy that is Linda V. Wright, former model and fashion editor, born in Texas but oh-so far removed from a rodeo riding stetson toting stereotype.

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Now living in Paris and running her own shop, Crimson Cashmere,

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She’s a lesson in graceful, chic yet expressive dressing.

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Like the world’s best perfumes, she’s layered in classics all with subtle, different flavours.

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(All pics from pinterest)

You want to sit down with her at a striped bistro table in a busy Parisian street and ask, is this really all possible? Can life really be this easy? This sassy?

Laters, Kate x

Lemaire x

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Who can say no to effortless, elegant Parisian chic?

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Lemaire is a collective led by Paris-based uber pair Christophe Lemaire and Sarah-Linh Tran who appear to feed off style instead of calories.

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Their aim is exceptional everyday clothing heavily influenced by the atmospheric, historical, heady, cosmopolitan mix of Paris.

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Expect deceptively simple pieces in modest, natural materials, updated to modern with a different kick and swing. It’s a palette that oozes cool from catwalk to couch.

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There’s a sophisticated allure that’s hard to define.

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It’s full of evocative elegance with the sense of languid air, white wine spirtzers and hazy, long days watching the world walk by.

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(All pics from Lemaire)

Impossible to resist, undeniably covetable…

Laters, Kate x

French Fancies x

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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..

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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..

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

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(All photos Style.com)

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

Into the Night..

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

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

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

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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.

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There are the exceptions.  Little tasters.

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

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(All photos by Maxime Ballesteros, Style.com)

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