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FW14 trends report part 4

For this last part of the Fall 14 fashion week trends report, let’s focus on coats: whether they are classic, boho, utilitarian or furry, there will be one for every taste…

Oscar De La Renta FW14
Oscar De La Renta FW14
blue coats
Proenza Schouler, Dior, Altuzarra
utilitarian coats
Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, Balmain
classic coats
Celine, Hermes, Christopher Kane
Fendi FW14
Fendi FW14
gd froid coats
Pucci, Alexander Mc Queen, The Row
Rodarte FW14
Rodarte FW14
70's coats Collage
Prada, Gucci, Rodarte
Tom Ford FW14
Tom Ford FW14
doudou coats
Phillip Lim, Altuzarra, Roksanda Llinic
doudou coats 2
Pucci, Marni, Carven

All images are from style.com

FW14 trends report part 3

The leopard print was very popular this fashion week as well as the total look black, very Femme Fatale, a classic…  Some designers played the Old Hollywood card using accessories like long gloves to accentuate the retro vibe (Altuzarra, TOME, Lanvin) or 20′s/30′s embellished details frocks (Oscar De La Renta, Ralph Lauren, Jonathan Saunders)

Tom Ford FW14
Tom Ford FW14
felin Collage
Balmain, Carven, Givenchy
felin 2 Collage
Gucci, Saint Laurent, Celine
Alexander Mc Queen FW14
Alexander Mc Queen FW14
black Collage
Prabal Gurung, Antony Vaccarello, Erdem
black 2 Collage
Givenchy, Balenciaga, Lanvin
retro glam Collage
Lanvin, TOME, Altuzarra
r glam 2 Collage
Oscar De La Renta, Ralph Lauren, Jonathan Saunders

all images are from style.com

FW14 trends report part 2

70′s boho chic is once again back for next season (Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton, Mary Katrantzou, Marni, Burberry…). Designers also  made references to pop culture: Chanel and its supersize supermarket, Rodarte paying tribute to Star Wars, Moschino showing cereals or chocolate packagings revisited as evening gowns plus the Statue of Liberty being the main point of interest at Fausto Puglisi…

Michael Kors
Michael Kors
70's chic boheme Collage
Marrni, Mary Katrantzou, Burberry
70's urbain Collage
Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton
Jeremy Scott
Jeremy Scott
pop cult coll
Chanel, Moschino, Fausto Puglisi
pop cult 2 coll
Moschino, Rodarte, Chanel

FW 14 Trends Report Part 1

This fashion week was full of exciting things coming up for next Fall. It was also the first show of Nicolas Gesquiere for Louis Vuitton, new faces emerged on the runway such as Kendall Jenner, Karl Lagerfeld transformed the Grand Palais  as a super size Chanel supermarket where guests and then models could do their shopping, genius! But to start the trends report here are the suits plus knits I loved this season. Note that the big thing will be to pair sweaters with skirts or dresses for a chilling night out, enjoy!

Stella Mc Cartney FW14
Stella Mc Cartney FW14
knits Collage
The Row, Celine, Michael Kors
knits 2 Collage
Jean Charles De Castelbajac, Rodarte, Calvin Klein
Isabel Marant FW14
Isabel Marant FW14
skirt and sweats 2 Collage
Prabal Gurung, Fendi, Balenciaga
skirts and sweats Collage
Alexander Wang, Christopher Kane, Louis Vuitton
Stella Mc Cartney FW14
Stella Mc Cartney FW14
suits Collage
Versace, Maison Martin Margiela, Christian Dior

All images are from style.com

Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner made some buzz during this fashion week season. She walked for the biggest houses: Chanel, Givenchy and Marc Jacobs. Who would have said one of the member of the Kardashian tribe could be taken seriously enough to be accepted in the  very selective world of high fashion ? Let’s hope it’s the beginning of a successful modelling career (Kendall is represented by Elite) and not just a publicity stunt due to her famous big sister Kim Kardashian and boyfriend superstar Kanye West.

Marc Jacobs FW14
Marc Jacobs FW14
Chanel FW14
Chanel FW14
Givenchy FW14
Givenchy FW14

All images are from style.com

street style life

At the occasion of Paris fashion week I decided to see how it’s like to be among the fashion and street style photographers in front of show venues. It’s a real dilemna because most of the time they are pretty invasive especially that their number have considerably grown over the years but on another side, I have some sort of respect knowing that becoming a good street style photographer is not that easy. And let’s be honest the fashion crowd is now highly contributing to the phenomenon by showing off their craziest, trendiest attire just to have their picture taken. Here are the golden rules to guarantee a successful photographic session and a few selected pictures I was able to take:

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Stylist and fashion consultant Kate Foley

1. Be sure to have the right camera and be ready: good professional material already set up and quick is key to obtain the best shots

2. Know the who’s who of fashion and entertainment world: if you want to have pictures that matter. However there are plenty of unknown fashionistas even photographers take pictures of each other, the only requirement after all is to be stylish!

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3. Find a strategic area: when a “person of interest” arrives you can be sure everybody will jump on her/him to get a picture but some smart or should I say experienced photographers, managed to always take it easily

4. Be attentive: some fashion targets try to get round the crowd or walk fast to avoid being stopped, but if you can spot her/him from afar, you have good chances to catch them anyway. Yes, it’s like a hunting game…

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Fashion creative director Vogue Japan
Anna Dello Russo (in the middle)
International Herald Tribune Suzy Menkes (right)
International Herald Tribune Suzy Menkes (right)
Mme Figaro Fashion editor Carine Bizet
Mme Figaro Fashion writer Carine Bizet
Vogue US Lynn Yaeger
Vogue US Lynn Yaeger
LOVE Magazine EIC Katie Grand (left)
LOVE Magazine EIC Katie Grand (left)

5. Be patient: Often the “real” fashion crowd is coming from a previous show and tend to get to the next one at the time it’s supposed to start or even a bit after, but once one is here the others follow shortly. As for celebrities, it’s another piece of cake. Their technic is usually to enter from an hidden door unless there is none and they have to use the main entrance. In that case, the black car with tinted windows will be your best bet, but once again be fast, it only takes a few seconds for the photographers to completely surround it!

Teen Vogue fashion news director Jane Keltner De Valle
Teen Vogue fashion news director Jane Keltner De Valle
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Julia Restoin Roitfeld
Stylist Carlyne Cerf De Dudzeele
Stylist Carlyne Cerf De Dudzeele
Fashion blogger Linda Tol
Fashion blogger Linda Tol
Vogue Paris Claire Delhens and Capucine Safyurtlu
Vogue Paris Claire Delhens (back) and
Capucine Safyurtlu (right)
Casting director and Fashion consultant Natalie Joos
Casting director and Fashion consultant Natalie Joos
10 Magazine Sophia Neophitou and Vogue Japan George Cortina
10 Magazine Sophia Neophitou and fashion
editor stylist George Cortina

6. Identify your fellow famous bloggers: you will be so focused on all the editors, stylists and VIP’s that you might miss the star bloggers. They became as important and notorious as big magazines editors. For example I couldn’t photograph Scott Schuman from the Sartorialist but got Tamu McPherson and NY Times veteran Bill Cunningham. From the back.

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Tamu McPherson taking a picture
NY Times Bill Cunningham in a blue jacket
NY Times Bill Cunningham in a blue jacket

7. Learn from the best: of course you now have ton of street style blogs/websites, but I would recommend visiting the following sites for inspiration: Jak and Jil, Style.com, Vogue.com, The Sartorialist, On the Street Bill Cunningham

And if you want to know more about the subject read the excellent article published last year in the New York Times by Suzy Menkes about the circus of fashion.

 

Cover Up

After the Spring 14 ad campaign for Balmain, Rihanna is once again getting the fashion sphere excited: she just scored her third cover story for Vogue US, which is pretty rare even for big Hollywood actresses all the more for a young singer of colour.  It seems that Anna Wintour can’t get enough of her style and cool attitude, definitely a nice shake up for the readership of the glossy high end magazine!

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All images are from Vogue US March 14 issue, photography by David Sims

Jared Leto

I rarely post about men, but lately I’ve been kind of obsessed with Jared Leto that’s why I chose him for this new category named Coup de Coeur. For those who don’t know him Jared is an American actor who played Claire Danes’s love interest in 90′s teen show,  My so called life, and movies like Fight Club, Requiem for a dream, American Psycho just to name a few. Known for  completely embracing his feminine side and being adventurous with his look, constantly reinventing himself almost like David Bowie and alter ego Ziggy Stardust, his physical transformation  and performance for the Dallas Buyers Club film as a seropositive transgender earned him a nomination at the Oscars. Besides his successful acting career, he also created his own rock band with his brother called 30 seconds to Mars. Lately Jared Leto long locks and hypnotic blue eyes have been  seen everywhere from NYFW front row shows to awards events. After a couple of quiet years, probably focusing on his music, the androgynous actor is back to the spotlights for our greatest pleasure!

Jared Lto at the Golden Globes ceremony
Jared Leto at the Golden Globes ceremony
Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club
Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club

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Model Ming Xi and Jared Leto at New York fashion week (image courtesy of vogue.com)
Model Ming Xi and Jared Leto at New York
fashion week (image courtesy of vogue.com)

When Saint Laurent was YSL

The movie Yves Saint Laurent, directed by Jalil Lespert, is a must see. Actor Pierre Niney interprets in a impressive way the famous designer, through the movie we live the tremendous success of the young prodige in the exclusive world of Parisian haute couture, his chronic depression and anxiety but also his love story with longtime partner Pierre Berge played by Guillaume Gallienne. The rest of the casting includes Charlotte Le Bon in the role of Victoire Doutreleau the friend and muse of Yves at the beginning of his career but who will inevitably betray him, Laura Smet as the beautiful eccentric free spirit Loulou De La Falaise and Marie De Villepin really convincing in the role of the enigmatic model Betty Catroux. A movie full of emotion, love, nostalgia and creativity browsing a destiny of exception, the end of an era…

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Pierre Niney aand Guillaume Galienne as Yves St Laurent and Pierre Berge
Pierre Niney and Guillaume Gallienne as
Yves St Laurent and Pierre Berge
Pierre Niney and Charlotte Le Bon as Yves St Laurent and Victoire Doutreleau
Pierre Niney and Charlotte Le Bon as Yves
St Laurent and Victoire Doutreleau

Azzedine Alaia knows women

I went to see to Azzedine Alaia exhibition at the freshly renovated Palais Galliera. It’s one of the thing I love when I come back in Paris, there is no cities where exhibitions are so well curated and where I’m completely immersed into the designer or artist’s world. That’s exactly what happened with this exhibit, the more emblematic looks of Alaia were exposed, you could see the perfect fit of the body conscious silhouettes, from the materials used to the cut, the final result is just mesmerising. Azzedine knows how to magnify women and understands the complexity of feminine curves.  Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell, two of his favourite models, but also Grace Jones or Tina Turner wearing his creations, marked the 90′s fashion era. I wish to see more of Alaia’s work in the next couple of years, a real artist who continues to seduce thousands of women around the world but managed to stay true to his craft without falling into today’s fashion diktats.

The Azzedine Alaia exhibition at Palais Galliera
The Azzedine Alaia exhibition at Palais Galliera
Leopard print knitted body and ensemble
Leopard print knitted body and ensemble
Naomi Campbell in Azzedine Alaia
Naomi Campbell in Azzedine Alaia
Stephanie Seymour and Azzedine Alaia
Stephanie Seymour and Azzedine Alaia
Azzedine Alaia black leather looks
Azzedine Alaia black leather looks
Azzedine Alaia hoodie jersey fitted dress
Azzedine Alaia hoodie jersey fitted dress
Azzedine Alaia white belted knitted dress
Azzedine Alaia white belted knitted dress

 

Haute Couture Spring Summer 14

This season haute couture was mostly about modernity and exploring new directions: the silhouette is more urban and graphic without compromising on the high level of craftsmanship (Giambattista Valli, Vionnet, Bouchra Jarrar). Garments are simplified with a contemporary twist probably to respond to the aspirations of a younger clientele: at Chanel the atmosphere was sporty chic, models wore sneakers plus knees and elbows protections, at Christian Dior mini skirts and laser cut out short dresses or gowns dominated the runway. Printed coats were kind of a big thing already for Spring Ready to Wear (Prada, Miu Miu) this time I particularly loved the tribute to painter’s Paul Gauguin at Maison Martin Margiela, let’s also salute the tattoo “trompe l’oeil” crop top! In a less extravagant way, the lion jungle print at Valentino was also very interesting and new for the brand. Another big trend was the Black Swan theme at Valentino, Chanel and Maison Martin Margiela. Last but not least, the return of the Schiaparelli house, maybe a bit too soon to give an opinion but some looks were definitely worth keeping an eye on it like this high waist printed pants paired with long white gloves and tall black straw hat.

Giambattista Valli SS14
Giambattista Valli SS14
Giambattista Valli SS14
Giambattista Valli SS14
Bouchra Jarrar
Bouchra Jarrar SS14
Vionnet SS14
Vionnet SS14
Chanel SS14
Chanel SS14
Christian Dior SS14
Christian Dior SS14
Christian Dior SS14
Christian Dior SS14
Maison Martin Margiela SS14
Maison Martin Margiela SS14
Maison Martin Margiela SS14
Maison Martin Margiela SS14
Valentino SS14
Valentino SS14
Valentino SS14
Valentino SS14
Valentino SS14
Valentino SS14
Chanel SS14
Chanel SS14
Maison Martin Margiela SS14
Maison Martin Margiela SS14
Schiaparelli SS14
Schiaparelli SS14

Golden Globes 2014 best dressed

The Award season is officially launched with the Golden Globes which were held yesterday evening in LA. Actresses really stepped up this year with beautiful looks. Many of them chose dramatic, old hollywood black gowns like Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive, Sofia Vergara in Zac Posen (love how she paired the Lorraine Schwartz flower turquoise necklace and the strapless long ball gown), Jessica Chastain looking very glamorous in Givenchy Haute Couture or Taylor Swift with a color block shocking pink and black Carolina Herrera gown. Lupita Nyong’o was gorgeous in a bright tangerine Ralph Lauren cape gown as well as Emma Watson, always a step ahead, in Christian Dior Couture… Also special mention to the A-list expecting mums: Kerry Washington, Drew Barrymore and Olivia Wilde which all made wise choices to hit the red carpet, plus more best dressed!

Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive (image from eonline)
Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive (image from eonline)
Sofia Vergara in Zac Posen and Lorraine Schwartz (image from eonline)
Sofia Vergara in Zac Posen and Lorraine
Schwartz (image from eonline)
Jessica Chastain in Givenchy Haute Couture (image from fashion gone rogue)
Jessica Chastain in Givenchy Haute Couture
(image from fashion gone rogue)
Taylor Swift in Carolina Herrera (image from ok.co.uk)
Taylor Swift in Carolina Herrera (image from ok.co.uk)
Lupita N'yongo in Ralph Lauren (image from popsugar)
Lupita Nyong’o in Ralph Lauren (image from popsugar)
Emma Watson in Christian Dior Couture (image from mtv.com)
Emma Watson in Christian Dior Couture (image from mtv.com)
Kerry Washington in Balenciaga (image from the huffington post)
Kerry Washington in Balenciaga (image from getty images)
Drew Barrymore in Monique Lhuillier (image from the miami herald)
Drew Barrymore in Monique Lhuillier
(image from the miami herald)
Olivia Wilde in Gucci Premiere
Olivia Wilde in Gucci Premiere
Zoe Zaldana in Prabal Gurung (image from eonline)
Zoe Zaldana in Prabal Gurung (image from eonline)
Caitlin Fitzgerald in Emilia Wickstead (image from eonline)
Caitlin Fitzgerald in Emilia Wickstead (image from eonline)

 

Here is to 2014

It’s that time of the year again, the time of good resolutions, the opportunity to start fresh, change habits and take on new challenges. Here at Le Bazhaar, expect also a few changes to come but we will talk about it again very soon!  After the black and white trend, the Spring Summer 2014 collections are more colorful and joyful than ever. With strong influences from foreign cultures (Africa, Asia) but also art with graphic patterns and splash of colors, (seen at Chanel, Celine, Prada, Preen, Pucci among others) fashion is announcing a year of renewal, risk taking, hope and enthusiasm. We can’t wait to see Nicolas Gesquiere’s work at Louis Vuitton, the evolution of Alexander Wang at Balenciaga, what would happen to the Jil Sander brand after its founder of the same name left her label for the third time and of course Marc Jacobs designing just for Marc Jacobs, many exciting things in perspective! I chose actress Keira Knightley Harper’s Bazaar February 14 shoot (wearing Chanel SS14 on the cover) because of its freshness and the positive message that each picture communicates. Hope you will enjoy, wish you all a successful, stylish and happy new year!

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 All images are from Harper’s Bazaar UK February 14 issue

(courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar UK)

The fantastic Diana Vreeland

Before Anna Wintour, fashion had another empress, her name? Diana Vreeland, one of the most iconic and influent figure of fashion history. Born in Paris, at La Belle Epoque era in the early 1900′s, Diana already a highly regarded socialite, worked herself to the top by always managing to be the most elegant, interesting, smartest woman wherever she went despite her ungrateful features which will be the object of recurrent cruelty from her own mother. Soon she becomes fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar in New York until she joins Vogue as editor in chief right in the middle of the creative and youthful period of the sixties. At Vogue, she will establish her status of most influential person in the industry. Her unique eye and fearless attitude allowed her to discover or propel to stardom talents such as Lauren Bacall, Marisa Berenson, Cher, Ali Mc Graw, Barbara Streisand, Edie Sedgwick, Lauren Hutton and the list goes on. Her last position will be at the MET Museum, acting as a special consultant, where she will revamp the whole fashion department and curate memorable fashion exhibitions. The Eye has to travel is a wonderful documentary on Diana Vreeland that I urge you to watch to learn more about this legendary figure.

Diana Vreeland
Diana Vreeland
Diana Vreeland in her living room that she likes to call "A garden in hell"
Diana Vreeland in her living room that she liked
to call “A garden in hell”
Diana Vreeland style icone
Diana Vreeland style icone

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Diana Vreeland and Marisa Berenson
Diana Vreeland and Marisa Berenson
Cher for Vogue magazine, who will soon become a major artist, 1966
Singer and model Cher for Vogue, 1966
Edie Sedgwick  in Vogue proclaimed It girl by Diana Vreeland
Edie Sedgwick, Andy Warhol protégée, in Vogue
proclaimed It girl by Diana Vreeland

Ad campaigns of the season

Two ad campaigns caught my eye for Spring Summer 14: Rihanna for Balmain shot by Inez and Vinoodh, and neo soul prodige Erykah Badu for Givenchy shot by Mert and Marcus.  Olivier Rousteing and Riccardo Tisci, respectively creative directors for Balmain and Givenchy, are taking their brand to the next level by choosing two strong powerful female artists also known for their unique and highly influential sense of style.  We can only respect those bold choices which hopefully will encourage more diversity in the fashion landscape.

Rihanna for Balmain (image courtesy of Balmain)
Rihanna for Balmain (image courtesy of Balmain)
Erikah Badu for Givenchy (image courtesy of Givenchy)
Erykah Badu for Givenchy (image courtesy of Givenchy)

The lady skirt

The elegant skirts are back. Actually they were never gone, they just belong to this category of timeless and forever fashionable items that every girl should have. Jessica Alba in Ralph Lauren and Dianna Agron in Oscar De La Renta both look perfect and show us how to wear it!

Jessica Alba wearing Ralph Lauren
Jessica Alba wearing Ralph Lauren
Dianna Agron in Oscar De La Renta
Dianna Agron in Oscar De La Renta

 

In the mood for…

Colored hair…One way to lift up your mood and update your look and add a little bit of fantasy is to dare trying flashy hair colorations. The main inspiration being the blue hair from Abdel Kechiche’s movie, La Vie d’Adele, whether you choose to do a kaleidoscope style playing with shades like Katy Perry gorgeous mix of blue and turquoise or adopt Jamie King sophisticated hair locks you will be right in the trend of the moment! You can also go all the way like Kelly Osbourne famously known lavender color or get inspired by the celebs below, have fun!

Katy Perry (source the hairstyler.com)
Katy Perry (source the hairstyler.com)
Actress and model Jamie King (source us magazine.com)
Actress and model Jamie King (source us magazine.com)
Kelly Osbourne (source bellasugar.com)
Kelly Osbourne (source bellasugar.com)
Kelly Osbourne (source huffingtonpost.com)
Kelly Osbourne (source huffingtonpost.com)
Ashley Smith (source Marie Claire US Dec 13 issue)
Ashley Smith (source Marie Claire US Dec 13 issue)
La Vie d'Adele movie poster, (in English, Blue is the warmest color)
La Vie d’Adele movie poster, (in
English, Blue is the warmest color)
Demi Lovato (source starpulse.com)
Demi Lovato (source starpulse.com)
Singer M.I.A
Singer M.I.A
Singer Kelis
Singer Kelis
Lady Gaga at the Grammy Awards
Lady Gaga at the Grammy Awards