Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Street Style: Centre Columbier

On our way to ESMOD Rennes this past week, we stopped by Centre Columbier and spotted this cutie. His navy blazer/khaki/loafter ensemble were all very classic school appropriate but we particularly loved his bright red school bag and rocker tee.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Time Out with The Starving Stylist

Anyone who's willing to starve for a bright shiny new pair of man boots we know HAS to be pretty cool and The Starving Stylist sure didn't prove us wrong. He's always laughing at someone's tacky pink jumpsuit, or blabbing about how airport security's only real use is for a photoshoot backgroud ( the editorial's pasted on his blog and looks AMAZING), but no matter what, he never forgets to include his style shoots to keep the blogs focus on it's star. Him. So, enough with boring us and let's get to the spice and sass of the Starving Stylist.

LSDM Your blog is so witty and well written..are you really that sassy in real life? and what do your friends think of your blog?

SS My writing is basically the mirror image of who I am in person, but a little less bitchy but just as sassy. I get a lot of support from my friends for my blog, especially when I include images of them in my entries. They just LOVE the shameless self-promotion I feed them.

LSDM We know you only as "the starving stylist"..what's your real name, your occupation? (we're guessing stylist for some reason..but you can never be too sure) what you were like as a teenager? anything else you'd like to let us in on?

SS My real name is Peter and I am strictly a fashion slave. I’m not necessarily a stylist of any sort but basically I am someone who devotes most of their time sharing their passion and love for the industry.

As a teenager, I was very reserved and always kept my thoughts in my mind and words underneath my tongue. But it wasn’t till after college did I became more vivacious. I’ve always been sassy and outgoing but no one knew that until I started opening up and not worrying about what others thought of me. It was like opening up a new can of worms because I’m definitely getting a lot of attention now.

LSDM As far as college goes did you always know you wanted to be in fashion, and therefore, attend a school for it? or did you make this choice afterwards?

SS I studied Marketing Management in college for a short period of time and a few years later discovered my passion and studied Fashion Merchandising and graduated with honours.

LSDM What's your fashion goal/ dream life?

SS My dream is to be sitting front row in Paris at the Chanel runway show, across from Carine Roitfeld and wearing thick black sunglasses that are bigger than Anna Wintours’.

LSDM whats your ideal party/ party outfit for guys and for girls?

SS When I think of party outfits, I think of major glam and dapper looks. Dress to impress is basically the idea. Boys in blazers, slim fitted pants and polished footwear while the ladies, I would love to see in short cocktail dresses and dripping in shiny accessories from head to toe. Also, if any girl strolls in wearing flat shoes and not in heels higher than 3 inches then she should be denied entry into the party.

LSDM Famous last words?
SS “Know your worth and don't EVER settle for anything less.”

Isn't he just a treasure? To see more of the little darling, scoot your boot over to www.thestarvingstylist.com

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Street Style: Bus Stop Champion de Cicè

As spring finds it's way into our wardrobes and onto the streets, denim jackets seem to be popping up everywhere. Seriously though, what's not to like about 'em? They go with everything, feel like your boyfriends jacket but accentuate any feminine flair and travel like a dream. We go gaga over the aged denim mixed with flirty skirts that the French girls pull of so well. How in the world do they manage to look so cute? We highly suspect that there's something hidden in the croissants...just sayin'.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Behind the Scenes at Alison White

The biggest joy in our "job" (I put this in parenthesis because our "job" includes going to Paris Fashion Week and receiving free goodies at showrooms...quite a job, we know) is finding the relatively unknown labels and sharing them with the rest of the world. We were quite excited to be invited to Alison White's showroom, as we were intruiged by her idea to launch a women's wear line comprised of articles made uniquely of cashmere (although the label also carries leather handbags). The Alison White showroom in the 2ème arrondissement in Paris seemed quite modest in terms of decor; however, the articles of clothing spoke for themselves. We tried on a few vests, gilets, and jackets, and we have to say, this stuff felt incredible. They were as soft and comfy as your everyday sweats, but sooo much cuter, of course. Not to mention, the prices were entirely reasonable. The commercial director behind the brand, Charlotte, says that the decision to launch a cashmere brand was a personal one - Alison loves the intimacy and the irresistable soft feel that cashmere has.

Her pieces appeal to an incredibly wide range of audiences. There was an incredible selection of more casual wear (see photo above) and classier evening/workday wear (see below). We particularly loved the spunky white sequined vest in the photo shown above. However we thought the leather sac (below) was pretty fabulous too.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Street Style: Boulevard de la Duchesse Anne

We spotted Sola's adorable printed dress from afar and chased after her to get this shot. Since we are constantly on the lookout for indicators of spring, her earthy floral ensemble grabbed our attention right away. When we came closer, we noticed the adorable rose hair-pin and bright-red painted fingernails. We're such suckers for colors and detailing, but Sola manages to make it not look overdone. She looks like she just came frolicking out of a beautiful daydream or rêve...not to mention she's pretty gorgeous herself too.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Time Out with Fred Flare's Press Manager: Chris Bick

It's no secret that we can't resist a little bit of Fred now and then. With trinkets and doo-dads that you never knew you needed, but are too cute to resist pasted all over their website, it's a suprise we've manage to refrain from buying out the whole store. Now that Fred Flare has added their Cute store in New York to the mix, we just knew we has to get in touch with the guy behind the adorable ads of Fred Flare, Chris Bick, for a little Q& A.

Favorite decade? Such a tough question! 20's for the flappers, 60's for the crisp suits and pencil skirts, 80's for shoulder pads and Madonna and 90's for the grunge

Favorite designer? Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Alexander Wang, so many on this list!!

Top 5 song playlist? Diva smackdown... Anything by Madonna, Anything by Beyoncé, Anything by Lady Gaga, Anything by Mariah Carey, Any top 10 hit from the 90's

Favorite food? Cupcakes. Duh.

the New York "cute" store

Favorite party outfit? Hmmm. For boys: Rolled slacks, crispy shirt, bow-tie, black frame glasses and a vest. For girls: High waisted tapered pants, striped crop top, blazer, chunky / layered necklace, side braided hair, Brian Atwood nude platform patent leather shoes... SIGH.

Favorite fabric? cashmere or cotton!

Favorite city? PARIS / New York

Favorite wardrobe essential? Heels! HIGH PLATFORM HEELS!

Famous last words? Strike a pose...

Fred Astaire, the company's inspiration

Fred Flare, named after the fabulously flamboyant dancer, Fred Astaire, has GOT TO be the cutest place in town. If everyone's as bubbly as Chris, I think we've found our first intership inquiries...we just hope that we aren't required to wear green plaid or white plunging v-necks for the job.


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

SYA Style: Brianna Foley

We can't deny that some of us Americans have conformed to the French rainbow of black, blue and brown when it comes to our ensembles, which is why it was so refreshing to see Brianna wearing eye-popping red in a sea full of winter hues. Her jacket, a trinket from the 80s stolen from her mothers closet, is set apart from your typical blazer with it's bold color and gold chain. Her jumper, a find while in Greece, and her jewerly, which she has collected from all over the world, show off her jet-setter tendancies and, best of all, her boots tell everyone that a girl of 5' 10" should never be afraid to wear heels. Bien fait Brianna..bien fait.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Behind the Scenes at ba&sh

ba&sh showroom, Paris

We visited the ba&sh showroom on a recent trip to Paris and had the chance to discover their S/S 2010 and A/W 2010 collection. ba&sh was created by Barbara Boccara and Sharon Krief, two Parisians who sought out to create chic clothing for their every-day wardrobe. Opting to choose non fussy fabric such as cotton and silk, their clothes convey modernity and chicness while maintaining practicality at the same time. We particularly loved their dresses, skirts, which are feminine and romantic - some are flirty and some are sophisticated - and all perfect for the summer! Frankly, we can't wait to wear our latest ba&sh items during our trip to the south of France this April.

Because the A/W 2010 collection is still in the works and highly confidential, we thought we'd share with you some of our favorite looks from the ba&sh S/S 2010 collection.

Rebecca & Maddy

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Street Style: Place de la Mairie

Absolutely nothing announces spring quite like a candy colored pink coat, a floral mini skirt and color blocked shoes. However, with her beautiful red locks in the mix, we’re not quite sure if we adore it or feel a bit of a color overload. Either way, what we do know for sure is that we respect her individuality. Wearing more than a 1/3 yard of pink in France just doesn’t really happen outside of fashion week and usually ends up in weird stares when in public. All we can say is that she’s got some killer confidence …and heels.