Le Bazhaar

The Shrine

I went to the Shrine the other day with a couple of friends. The Shrine is a little “café concert” venue like we call it in Paris, with a very cool decor (old school vinyls all over the walls and ceilings, bistro tables and multi cultural vibe) in Harlem’s neighborhood, which by the way is becoming a hot spot for restaurants, lounges and bars… I love the concept of introducing to the public new talents coming from different musical backgrounds and giving them the opportunity to be discovered. One of the highlights that night  was Katerina Polemi, a half Brazilian half Greek song writer/musician/vocalist who gave a wonderful performance: her repertoire is so vast and personal going from bossa nova to Greek folklore with strong jazz music influences. Katerina plays guitar and sings with no background vocals or any type of distraction, however her voice is so powerful that it gives the impression she has a band hidden somewhere! I invite you to learn more about this artist here 
The Shrine 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Bl New York, NY 10030
 Monday til Sunday from 4pm to 4am
To check the upcoming events please visit www.shrinenyc.com  
Musical band at The Shrine

Crops or shorts ?

Prada SS12 Look

This Spring Summer we will definitely show some skin. Between the crop tops and the shorts fashion brings the sexy back! Even if I like the idea of wearing a crop top to show off beautiful abs, and the retro vibe of some of the looks seen on the runway (think Prada, Nina Ricci), I still have some reservations about adopting this trend in the everyday life… I personally opt for the shorts, first because I’m far from rocking the six packs and second wearing shorts allows you to make endless combinations and, with the right style and accessories, look chic and put together at work or for a trendy cocktail party. If you want to dig in more on the subject I recommend reading this smart and funny article written by Amanda FitzSimons on the crop tops trend in ELLE April  Issue… Whatever team you choose see some examples below hope they will inspire you!

Nina Ricci SS12 Look

Roland Mouret, Nina Ricci and Mark Fast SS12 Looks

Urban Outfitters SS12

Preen, Charlotte Ronson, Rebecca Minkoff, Creatures of the Wind SS12 Looks

Nanette Lepore SS12 Look

Givenchy SS12 Look

Zara SS12

Tibi SS12 Looks

JCrew SS12

JCrew SS12

To watch: Lily Collins

The first time I heard about Lily Collins, I was not excited at all, I was thinking great another famous “daddy little girl” (her father is singer, song writer Phil Collins). Now the more I see Lily, the more I like her innocent beauty and flawless skin which makes her the perfect choice to interpret the legendary Snow White in “Mirror Mirror”(now playing in theaters). I haven’t seen any of her movies yet (she played in “Abduction” starring Taylor Lautner in 2011), so I don’t know if she has the real potential to stay around and make a name for herself on the acting scene, but I won’t be surprised if she becomes a designers favorite and we see her in prestigious ad campaigns (Miu Miu??)

Here Lily poses for LA Times March issue, styled by Hayley Atkin, loved this editorial, enjoy!

La Parisienne

I read the book “La Parisienne” (“Parisian Chic” in English) a couple of months ago. The author, Ines De La Fressange, French fashion icon, and brand ambassador of the Roger Vivier house, offers us the ultimate guide to everything related to the chic modern Parisian woman: style, fashion, food, beauty, interior design, and plenty of exclusive addresses, all you need to know about Paris good taste is in this book. I love Ines simple elegance, humor and fresh take on trends. The plus of the book: the beautiful illustrations and Ines daughter, Nine, modeling for the style pages.

The author Ines De La Fressange

Nine in “La Parisienne” book
And just for the pleasure, here is some pics of beautiful well known Parisian women…
 Emmanuelle Alt Vogue Paris Editor
 Clemence Poesy 
Vanessa Paradis 
Maiwenn Le Besco

Charlotte Gainsbourg

The return of the Mad Woman

To celebrate the return of Mad Men, and let’s be honest, the return of glamour and class on television, I selected ones of the best looks of the very sophisticated Mrs Betty Draper mixed with some interpretations from the runway. Don’t get me wrong she’s far from being my favorite character in the show, but I have to admit the woman has class! And you, who is your most stylish mad woman??
Mad Men Sundays on AMC

Christian Dior FW12 RTW Look

The feminine cast of Mad Men: January Jones, Christina Hendricks and Elizabeth Moss

Dolce and Gabbana SS12 Looks

Louis Vuitton FW11 ad campaign
Banana Republic Mad Men Collection 2012 (Limited Edition)

Jil Sander FW12 Look

Louis Vuitton SS12 Look

Louis Vuitton SS12 Look

Louis Vuitton SS12 Look

Valentino SS12 Look

Style and Grace

Audrey Hepburn circa 1950
There is something about actresses, singers or personalities from past generations that captivate me, I could spend hours staring at one picture and try to imagine their lives, how they manage their star, or for some of them, icon status. Here is a look back to some of the most influential women who have marked style and fashion today
Audrey Hepburn circa 1960
Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe circa 1960

Elizabeth Taylor circa 1950

Elizabeth Taylor

Brigitte Bardot circa 1970
Pam Grier circa 1970
Edie Sedgwick circa 1960
Natalie Wood circa 1970
Aretha Franklin circa 1970
Ava Gardner
Lauren Bacall
Josephine Baker circa 1920

Louise Brooks

Marlene Dietrich

Jackie Kennedy circa 1970 New York
Audrey Hepburn

All that jazz!

Chicago remains my favorite musical show ever. I fell in love with the music, the costumes, the ambiance when I saw the movie for the first time. Lately I have a “Chicago fever” revival, maybe it’s because of the 20’s Annees Folles inspiration I’ve been seeing recently in the fashion world… And let’s not forget the Great Gasby’s movie coming out at the end of the year!

Etro, Marc Jacobs and Gucci SS12 Looks 
 Etro SS12 Looks
 Gucci SS12 Looks
Zoe Zaldana, Camilla Belle and Evan Rachel Wood all wearing Gucci SS12
Alberta Ferretti SS12 Look


 Do you remember this collection?
 Christian Dior Couture Collection SS05. I loved the beautiful gowns, their theatrical effect, embroideries details and how John Galliano played on the Empress Josephine circa Directoire influence and rock and roll vibe 
I often think about that collection, still, and how impressed I was by so much creativity
Well, the FW12 Dolce and Gabbana collection kind of awaken this feeling, for me it was by far one of the most exciting collection of the season and I can’t wait to see the looks all over the magazines. I love the baroque details, the mix of black gold and lace, the almost over the top accessories very “nouveau riche”

Dolce and Gabbana FW12 accessories details
Dolce and Gabbana FW12 embroidery detail

 Dolce and Gabbana FW12 Look

Lanvin FW12 Looks

Oscar De La Renta FW12 Look

Dolce and Gabbana FW12 Looks

African Connection

 Burberry SS12 Looks
Burberry SS12 Look (back)

Burberry SS12 Look
It’s no surprise that Africa and its particular aesthetic have always been a great source of inspiration for artists and designers. SS12 Collections have been full of African prints or ornaments, and I’m loving it! Here are some of my favorites…

Marni SS12 Look

Marni SS12 Look

Vlisco Wax Hollandais Collection (Vlisco Deutsch Wax fabric)

Vlisco Wax Hollandais (Vlisco Deutsch Wax fabric)

African Wodabee woman

Vlisco Wax Hollandais Collection (Vlisco Deutsch Wax Collection)

Marni for H&M Collection

Proenza Schouler SS12 bag

Proenza Schouler PS1 SS12 bag

African bags in a market

Vivienne Westwood Harlequin Bucket bag (African Ethical Fashion program Collection)

Vivienne Westwood Eagle Applique shopper with tassle  (African Ethical Fashion program Collection)

Proenza Schouler SS12 Looks