December 15, 2016

SHOPPING - Antidote (2)



How about a quick Antidote review ? I have no idea when this was exactly released, but I actually bought stuff from it on sunday evening.. and some things were still available. But I think I missed the most interesting part of this release. Here is a little compendium of my laziness :


This collection obviously take us to the Vetements/Acne/etc. trends. Oversized, unfeminine, streetwear and statement pieces. I promised myself that I would not buy dresses anymore, because they are too many in my closet and I have almost no use for them (tell me you're experiencing the same thing !). But here, I think that my best buy was... the dress. I love its shape and the mesh thing that gives it a delicate touch ! I don't really have an opinion for the rest ; but I'm quite anticipating what I may create with the Balenciaga bag and the weird booties.


The theme I chose for this batch of outfits is "some Disney princesses". I think they definitely fit in a commercial for Vetements/Acne/etc. No, jk héhé ; but still, I thought that it would be fun to imagine them as today's young generation...


1. Ariel as a sunset on the sea - Antidote top and pants.
2. Belle as a Parisian book lady - Antidote dress, D&G bag, Erdem skirt & Marc Jacobs fur.
3. Aurore as the teenager that just woke up - Antidote tights and beanie, D&G undershirt & Chanel bag.
4. Elsa as a posh storm (yeah sorry that's poor I know) - Antidote bag and booties, Balmain skirt.






That's it !
So, what do you think ?
hope you enjoyed it,
cheers, 


M.

December 14, 2016

5! : how to deal with 2017 trends - FLOWER edition.




That article is sleeping in the "unpublished" section for too long. It needs to be release ; because this end of 2016 is going to be busy. FM-Style cycle 13 is coming up (guess who is JUDGING haha) and Tribute are just around the corner. So, better be ready right ?

I wanted to comment what Vogue France has established as the trends of 2017. Luckily for the 5! column, there are indeed 5 of them : flowers, sports, pink, metallic and b&w.

While reading the Vogue article, the "flower" they are promoting here isn't any kind of pattern. It has to be like your grandmother's kitchen in the 70s (no no no not again). This wallpaper-ish version of a flower pattern is quite bright and clearly a statement. I've tried to figure out in this article how I would style it. As usual, please, feel free to comment because, well, with this trend, I must admit I'm a little confused...


THE RESEARCH





I want this confusion to go away. My weapon : Pinterest. With method, you can overcome any hard situation. Here are some chosen picks of what I've found that could be interesting as an inspiration. The first series of pictures are from runaways and SS 2017 (mostly resort) collections. You can spot in order of appearance D&G, Gucci, Erdem, Valentino and Cavalli.



Then, I praised Alexa. As I'm a total freak and I almost know her wardrobe by heart, I recalled that she wore somehow a Christopher Kane dress that had some weird flowerish pattern. It took me quite a moment to find it (hence the fail on the left - that's the google shenanigan) ; it is more known on Emma Watson than on Alexa, but you know, I don't really care about anyone else than Alexa so.. I've posted the runway version (right) so you may get it a little better..



Since Christopher Kane seemed to be a good start, I search for what he planed for SS 2017. And that's a bingo ! I loved how he paired it with gingham. I think I'll follow him on that path, but also on the fact that using touches, that are mostly graphic instead of wallpaperish, can brighten an outfit without killing it.





THE OUTFITS


Level 1 : the Kane dress



Ok let's start with that dress I've just talked about. Surely I have it in my closet (remember how psych about Alexa I can be) ; the deal is to match its details with accessories (the "detail" part of the outfit) of the same color scheme. The rest is plain black so the accent stays on the texture of the dress. Only the flowers are highlighted here.



Level 2 : shy flowers


This vest is perfect : flowers but not the "show off" kind of. The whole outfit has to remain basic, only the accessories and shoes should recall the outfit (it's only a touch, not a full twinset coordination). The flowers are here but they are not making the whole thing weird.



Level 3 : the grandmother skirt


There is just a key here to overcome an old flower pattern : the modernity of the other clothing used. A structured coat that brings seriousness to the naive flowers, lines on the sweater that gives energy to this floppy skirt and a pair of combat boots that your grandmother definitely cannot put on. Who says old now ?



Level 4 : how to punk the flowers



Embroidery flowers sounds like punk flowers. JK no they don't ; so they will be perfect for my punk outfit. The thing would be cliché to go entirely punk. Touches are more surprising.. it's as if you were creating a path that links the whole thing. The embroidery flowers echoed to the gem flowers of the bag, that goes with that silver choker that goes with those combat boots. Yeah, like touches that give the general vibe.



Level 5 : blue "editorialist" flowers



I'm not joking anymore. I don't see many blue flowers - I can name some but they are quite rare where I live. A blue, unusual flower should be then perfect for the editorialist outfit. As you may noticed, the previous outfits were paired with black ; therefore, I chose white here. I added structure to the center of the bust and blur to the arms ; minimalism is the key here - only shapes should be a statement. The flowers are surrounding the outfit without smothering it.





That's it !
So, what do you think ?
hope you enjoyed it,
cheers, 


M.

December 06, 2016

HOTTEST BUYS OF THE MONTH - November 2016



HELLO hello ! I'm not writing much these days, but that doesn't mean I'm forgetting about the blog. Let's say that I kinda have to force myself to log in these days.. not inspired or I don't know. Sometimes it comes and goes ! 
Anyway, there is one thing I cannot avoid - and this is still a pleasure to chat about it : the Hotbuys column ! So, without useless rambling, here is my review of last month's release. 
Just a quick note : I didn't really took part in the comps of SMW and SSS related to Hotbuys, but please please please, take some time to check them out ! I promise, you won't regret it 😉




Alright so, this month's release was quite "retro-ish" (90's to 00's ?). I must admit that I was truly waiting for that kind of "tank" cleavage so I can work with it on the site.. but unfortunately, it turned out as unusable for my taste (like I think I just need a regular length, basic-colored tank top). Still, some pieces are staples and I ended up buying a lot (7 items this month !). See below :




Here are what I bought :
- the long dress : love the cleavage, but not sure about the length 
- the tank top : love the cleavage, but not sure about the color
- the cashmere sweater : this one IRL is a wanted piece
- the mom jeans : more wearable than these
- the platform sneakers : kind of Spice Girls, but kind of today-ish
- the granny purse : I needed some silver detailed purse.. 
- the chain-choker : perfect, embellishes everything, goes with everything. #1 BFF.

And here are the outfits that I've made with some of them :


1. Going through winter doesn't mean you have to dress like your grandma - HB sneakers.
2. That sweater goes with everything - HB sweater + choker, Saint Laurent blazer + purse.
3. When you're on holidays at your parents and you accidentally stained your jeans - HB jeans, Kenzo  sweater & Hermes bag.





That's all !
So, what did you get ?




cheers, M.