Spring 2014 | Check pattern & cie.

Spring 2014 is finally here and it seems that our wardrobes are stormed by a rainbow of patterns. Mix and match them depending on your mood of the day and desire : check meets stripestartan points at fur and stripes slip on suit.

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© Søren Jepsen (The Locals) – London Fashion Week 13.-18.02.2014

If you wear black and white patterns, no matter the type, you choose elegance (just like below below). Therefore, set off the whole with colorful accessories like both red Chanel and Valentino bags. Of course, you can as well opt completely for the classical look and at the same time make it offbeat with an oversized clutch.

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© Søren Jepsen (The Locals) – New York Fashion Week 06.-13.02.2014

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© Søren Jepsen (The Locals) – Milan Fashion Week 17.-23.02.2014

At designers… Balmain ruled the catwalk with hounders toothCaroline Herrera preferred stripes and floral geometry while Vanessa Bruno went back to school – or to the 70s patterns. If you are a stripes lover, have a look at Altuzarra collection; Burberry if you are in a pastel macaroons and lace mood. Jean-Charles de Castelbajac revisited the military pattern and if Jena.Theo does not sound familiar to you, human skeleton has become a new fashion design. Si, si…

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© Søren Jepsen (The Locals) – London Fashion Week 13.-18.02.2014

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Photography : Vogue.de

 

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Menswear Spring/Summer 2014 | 2 “C“ : Casually & Classy.

Here I am again! Finally ! I am entirely aware of the fact that I haven’t written that much since the begin of 2014. The reason is that university is taking a lot of my time, especially during the exams period. I apologize for it but, I know that I publish posts in a irregular way ; this will unfortunately be like this until the end of my degree. On the other hand I shall do my best to write more and more. 

It’s time now to start a new one ! I am so excited to write again, you can’t even know how much I am !

As I am supposed to write more posts for men, I selected some casual looks at four designers in their Spring/Summer 2014 collections. Those outfits are [or seem to be] really comfortable. It sounds as well that the one-coloured is going to rule this springtime. It is quite unusual for some of you, guys, who do not trust themselves “that“ much. Try once, dare it!  You could be surprised and really like it !

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The first one [above] is from ALEXANDER WANG. Black is always a sure value, you can not go wrong wearing a « all in black » look. Promise. It can be boring for some of you but if you watch the collar and the patch pockets are in leather. They are details indeed but, make dynamic the uniformity of the whole. That’s subtle… which is cool.

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The second one is a TRUSSARDI‘s look. So that you know, the designer wanted to create an oasis atmosphere, like the models would had crashed into a desert. That is why they had to represent an elegant and at the same time a laidback, free man. You could wear such an outfit either in the city or in the countryside. Briefly, you could travel with it, feel comfortable and always look smart. Good deal, isn’t it ? [Note that suede is a nice material. Always looking classy. It is the same to opt for a grey-coloured outfit.]

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ICEBERG [third one] prefers to play with light. Mixing white and beige is a soft way to start spring 2014. It is fresh and elegant ; classic and modern. The cigarette pants reflect the distinguished side of the whole while the sweatshirt the casual one. Small detail on the pants : the black strip on the right pocket. The dynamic is this time [in comparison to the ALEXANDER WANG universe] in the geometry and asymmetry. Choose black shoes to break the “all in white“ wise look. Just some free advice.

Last but not least, the next one [below] is a look from DIESEL BLACK GOLD. Like the previous ones, it confirms that the one-coloured will be the absolute “must-have“ of this season. It is so far the most relaxed outfit within the present selection ; everything is casual up to the shape itself. A fresh white/off-white mix is standing in for the usual blue jean shade, the brand’s signature. Note as well that the bermudas‘ length is the perfect one in the sense that it is not “too short“ as if you were going to the beach. It has to be elegant even if summer is coming soon. [Vulgarity is not “women only“] That is why it also important for you, guys, to choose the right size according to your morphology. It is obvious [or seems to be] that if you are not that tall wearing under-the-knees-length bermudas is not the right thing to do. Try to lengthen your silhouette and not to compress it.

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That’s it! Start slowly but surely to think about your spring/summer 2014 wardrobe and be innovative. It does not mean that because you have to protect your masculinity [of course you do] you are not allowed to wear light colors or one-coloured outfits. Get dressed in this way is not necessarily “gay connoted“. And it is springtime, OK ?

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Source photography : Vogue UK

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Give us coats, we want coats !

My new rubric is officially on ! Let us talk about fashion in its simplest device, in the street. Not THAT far from us.

Because winter 2013-14 has just begun, I find it is a good idea to start with our best friend during this time of the year (I know I am right. And I know exactly how excited you feel when you are thinking about the type of coat you are going to wear this year). Unmasked !

I am particularly enthusiastic regarding coats because some of this season can be really big, oversized and boyish, what I find enjoyable at the highest point. But, it does not necessarily mean that you have to choose these ones. The classical ones will always be there for you, no doubt about it ! As well as those in an officer mood.

First, it is quite important to choose the coat’s shape depending your morphology (I would say that it is something you always have to be aware of… no matter the type of cloth). The same with the color. But, it is obvious that you already know which one suits you better and which one makes you look like… (yes, you know). And the length. That is the point ! You can play with it and choose a two-size-more-than-usual coat being absolutely conscious of your act. So cheeky ! We love it.

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Personally, I do really like wearing my coat wide open (even it is -5° outside…I mean…what is most important ? Maybe it could be related to my repeated cold state ?) Anyway. It lets people guess what you are wearing under and gives a kind of fluency to the whole look and to the silhouette as well. And this mysterious Sherlock’s look you get wearing it in this way… Benedict Cumberbatch knows exactly what I am talking about. British like often (you have to excuse my profound love for England and her adored London).

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Source photographies : IMAXtree via Style Bistro

Street Fashion. Street Style.

Street Fashion. Street Style.

Call it as you want to, you prefer to. It is up to you. Nonetheless, let me introduce this new rubric on my blog! It is such a pleasure for me to start writing on street shots because it is something new and I like when habit is broken – even if I find it difficult to get used to change. Anyway. Right ? Somehow change is “almost” always positive. So… let us write and rewrite about street shots of models or – why not – of ordinary people like you and me ! Just think that the street is a catwalk, “our” catwalk, to be exact. My enthusiasm is increasing more and more and that, only due this last thought.

I hope you will enjoy my articles, comments, likes and dislikes about the following selections I have prepared for you. And you, men, do not believe that I would not try to find some fashion treasures on your behalf. Be patient.

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Last but not least, I have to specify the reason why I start writing about what is happening on the street. Thanks to Jerome of Never Too Real. (Visit his blog… you will love it : models everywhere, really good shots, and so on.). He asked me – not directly – if it could be possible to create a review on my blog for everything what concerns street fashion. I have to admit I did really like his idea. You know now the “why & how”. Take care, everyone!

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Source photography : Model Eliza Kukawska by Never Too Real

Marine Deleeuw

Well, what if I say… frenchie, brunette and classy ? Okay, okay. Perfect cheekbones, thick eyebrows and strong face ? She was the face of Barbara Bui Pre Fall 2013. She is maybe a fresh newcomer in the world of fashion, but has already walked for BCBG Max Azria, Jill Stuart, Rag & Bone, Tommy Hilfiger, Dolce & Gabbana, Moschino, Prada and so on. Only big names, bien sûr. If you see Joséphine Le Tutour, Pauline Hoarau, Manuela Frey, Lieve Dannau or Marilhéa Peillard, she must be somewhere around. Guessed ?

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She is 19. French – from Valenciennes, to be exact. Discovered by Elite France at the age of 16, she works now for the following agencies: The Society Management in New York, Why Not Model Management in Milan, Premier Model Management in London, View Management in Barcelona, Scoop Models in Copenhagen, m4 models in Hamburg, Elite in Paris and Toronto.

I am wondering if it is really necessary to write an article about her. I am only saying that because you do not need anything more than her strong face, her intense look to understand that she is becoming ‘a catwalk queen’ – as wrote Woman Wear’s Daily after interviewing her.

65. It is the number of Spring/Summer 2014 shows she walked this year. In other words : top girl. It is not really surprising… she is the kind of beauty you can not stop staring at, she has something wild in the eyes and like a ‘dark’ aura, but not in the negative sense – you know exactly what I mean : a mystic aura. Anyway. It must be attractive because Carven chose her to be the face of her Fall/Winter 13 Collection, as well as the ones of Iceberg – sharing the glossy paper with Joséphine Le Tutour & Mijo Mihaljcic – and Moschino – with Dauphine McKee & Elisabeth Erm. And look how stunning she is, photographed by our dear Karl for the Chanel Fall/Winter13 Ready-to-Wear Collection Press Kit.

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Jealous, girls ? Of course you are! You can not deny that Marine is slowly but surely becoming a face, as well as a body, that we are not about to forget. As the good fashionistas you are, you are obviously aware of how much the French touch pleased – and still does – the fashion galaxy.

Below photographed by Sharif Hamza for Interview Germany, ‘Black Dress’. Professional, isn’t she? In fact, she does not take herself seriously, at least not yet. It will not be long. “Je tire la gueule et ça marche.”, as she said to the magazine ELLE in January 2013. Every model knows how “tirer la gueule”, but Marine does it differently, so nicely, so frenchie. “Un petit air à la Frida Kahlo” as well, according to Erin Doherty, fashion editor in chief of ELLE Paris – must be the eyebrows.

Even if we do not know her that good, we are all – and if you are not, I am –  impatient to see what she ‘has in store’. To be continued…

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Source photographies: The Citizens of Fashion – Vogue Japan/by Matt Irwin, British Vogue, ZsaZsa Bellagio and Models.com (photographies 4 & 5).