How To Do Everything Better: Shop Like A Parisian

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New year, new you. With that in mind, follow along as we hit up experts in far-ranging fields from fashion to hospitality to travel for their thoughts on how to do everything better this year.

Fashion designer Catherine Malandrino knows a thing or two about shopping like a Parisian, after all she is French-born and now splits her time between Paris and New York City. Malandrino told us: “As a Parisian leaving in New York, I revel in poetry, style, and romance through my clothes. My work is an influential combination of both lifestyles.” We couldn’t agree more. Wanting just a touch of Malandrino’s Parisian cool for ourselves, we had to ask her advice on how to shop and build a wardrobe like a Parisian. Bottom line according to the designer, personal style is more important than following trends.

1. Don’t Overthink Your Style. According to Malandrino, French style is a…

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How to Make It As a Fashion Blogger: Insider Tips

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If you’ve ever considered starting your own fashion blog, you’ve probably considered the following question: How can I make blogging my full-time job, and make money in the process? It’s one thing to have a personal style blog—pretty much everybody and their mom (sometimes literally!) has one, since most platforms are free to start and easy to use—but it’s quite another to take that platform and make it something that nets you actual income.

“Honestly, it’s not easy to make money,” said Natalie Decleve of Natty Style. “And it’s not easy to maintain. If you want to make blogging your full-time job, you [really] have to make it your full-time job.”

That may sound a bit redundant, but what Decleve means is less straightforward than it sounds: In order to make your main source of income your fashion blog, you have to invest not just your…

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Yohji Yamamoto: Paris Menswear

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Moving far away from the mostly-black ensembles we have come to expect from Yohji Yamamoto, this season the designer presented a collection of piled-on layers in an eccentric mix of prints and patterns. The silhouettes were relaxed, as usual, but awakened in a crazy quilt of camo, snakes, skulls, ropes, giant florals, and Navajo motifs.

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Fashion Popsicles: Lara Atkinson’s Portrayal of Kenzo, McQueen, & More

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Dubai-based graphic designer Lara Atkinson collaborated with a high-fashion store to create fashion pops from designers’ S/S ’13 lines.  Although the cold winds are coming through in the states, in Dubai, the hot weather beckons for these adorable frozen treats.  Check out some of the popsicles below.

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Gives an entirely new meaning to “too cute to eat”.

101 Fashion Tips and Tricks Every Lady Should Know

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When it comes to fashion and style, it sometimes seems that everyone and their mother (literally!) have tried-and-true tips and tricks they absolutely swear by. Some are useful, while others … well, not so much. With that in mind, we’ve culled 101 of the best from the best: designers, lifestyle experts and, of course, our staff. Trust us: With these gems, you’ll be well on your way to living your most stylish life.

101. Despite what it says on the tag, cashmere is best washed by hand. To dry it, use a salad spinner, which releases excess water in seconds.

100. Use white wine to remove red wine stains.

99. Wash new jeans twice before taking them to the tailor. Why? Because jeans will always shrink in length when washed.

98. To stop angora or mohair from shedding, fold the garment and place it into a zip-top bag and freeze…

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Best Of NYFW as of yet: Prabal Gurung Spring/Summer 2014

I’ll admit- I may be a bit biased due to my obsession with retro fashion, but Prabal Gurung’s SS 2014 collection is absolutely breathtaking.  Fifties-inspired, midi-length skirts and dresses were one of the main hits, but with an edge- see the backpiece below (although questionable, I do not believe that is not an orthopedic device….).


However, don’t let the racerback piece freak you out.  See my favorite picks from the collection below.


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PG2“I like the idea of femininity with bite,” Prabal was quoted as saying after the show.  It certainly shows.

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These need to find their way into my wardrobe, preferably ASAP.

What are your thoughts on the collection?  Who is your favorite designer at NYFW so far?

The Creative Genius of Sophia Webster

CaptureSophia Webster, an emerging shoe designer, has worked under Nicholas Kirkwood and finally debuted her collection this last season.  Luckily for us, she’s finally having a sale, and the prices are unbelievably reasonable for these one-of-a-kind heels, wedges and flats.  Check em out here!


What do you think of Sophia’s quirky shoe designs?

Punk’s Not Dead: Designer’s Exclusive Punk Collections

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Anthony Vaccarello Lambskin and Macrame Dress, $7,405


If you were one of the lucky few to have attended the Met Gala this year, well, I probably want your autograph.  But if you’ve been one of the lucky ones to have visited the Punk Exhibition at the Met, you probably know how amazing and intricate every one of the specially curated outfits are.  If you’ve got a couple grand to spare, you can get your hands on some of the exclusive collections created by Givenchy, Prabal Gurung, Thom Browne, Balmain, and (of course) Vivienne Westwood, among others.  And, if not, at least feel free to feast your eyes upon the amazing collections available at Moda Operandi.  

Here are some of my favorites below:

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Charlotte Olympia x Tom Binns, $1,495

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Dr Martens Graffiti’d by Klughaus, $445

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Foundwell Customized Vintage Cartier Watch, $11,900

anarchist sweatshirt

Ashish sweatshirt, $625

Check out the other amazing looks here.  Have a lovely day, and if you’re in the area, I strongly suggest you check out the exhibit!

Finally: Why Nicolas Ghesquiere Really Left Balenciaga

System, a new magazine, is releasing it’s first issue complete with an interview with Nicolas Ghesquiere on why he left Balenciaga- straight from the man himself.

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So, why exactly did he leave the brand?  Profound, persistent dissatisfaction with the business operations of the brand. “It all became so dehumanized,” tells Ghesquière:

Everything became an asset for the brand, trying to make it ever more corporate – it was all about branding. I don’t have anything against that; actually, the thing that I’m most proud of is that Balenciaga has become a big financial entity and will continue to exist. But I began to feel as though I was being sucked dry, like they wanted to steal my identity while trying to homogenise things. It just wasn’t fulfilling anymore.

He goes on, complaining about the system that constrained his imagination:

The strongest pieces that we made for the catwalk got ignored by the business people… I started to become unhappy when I realised that there was no esteem, interest, or recognition for the research that I’d done; they only cared about what the merchandisable result would look like.

They keep saying they love fashion, yet they’ve never actually grasped that this isn’t yoghurt or a piece of furniture – products in the purest sense of the term.

Ghesquière claims that, before quitting, he had no idea we all loved him so:

When I got back to Paris I saw the press, and with all the commentary going on I actually learnt things about myself; it was quite beautiful in fact. Generally the reaction had been very positive, even on Twitter there were some very satisfactory things being written.

Source: Bullett Magazine (read more on the article here!)

Verrry interesting, if I may say so.  What are your thoughts on the designer leaving Balenciaga?