March 6, 2012

Prrrr.

by Kaylee Pare

If the above ode to leopard pumps doesn’t convince you that spotted stilettos are incredibly versatile, I don’t know what will. Someone setting out to purchase classic footwear in nude or black, may just as well keep an eye out for leopard too. This is one print that does not discriminate. Buddies with the likes of floral, denim, pencil skirts, polka-dot sheaths, leggings and so many others, a touch of fierce will up the ante in any outfit; plain, print-heavy or otherwise. My modest row of wedges, boots and pumps is screaming for a furry pair – and so am I. Consider it added to the mile-long list of things my wardrobe needs, or maybe I should rephrase that by saying, the list of things I forever crave for my wardrobe. I can hear the prrrr from my closet floor already…

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March 5, 2012

Top it Off

by Kaylee Pare

With March in our midst, I’m beginning to dream of the day when my bulky Winter coat can be traded in for a fitted wool blazer or a light Spring jacket. The novelty of sporting thinner layers that don’t contain down feathers really never gets old after months of Michelin-man-impersonations. One or two lovely statement frocks is what my Spring wardrobe needs for that revived feeling to truly last. My worn-out leather jacket will always be there, but a stand-out colour, some feather detail or a bold pattern certainly wouldn’t hurt. Whether an outfit is lacking in substance or it’s asking for a touch more texture, a unique jacket is the ultimate way to top it all off this Spring. Is your closet well stocked for the upcoming season?

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March 1, 2012

Slouch

by Kaylee Pare

Yikes. It’s been a while. You can always tell when my life has changed in some way by my posting patterns. Ahh what can you do. While I’ve been regrettably ignoring my blog, the Fall 2012 shows have been turning out the latest movements in New York, London and Paris. It’s always a bit overwhelming to sift through the innumerable collections, noting resemblances in cut, colour, texture and influence, but of course, it’s also quite dreamy to get that fresh taste. As with most Fall seasons, the usual suspects showed up to the party; fur, leather, chunky knits, fun Winter accessories and all those woodsy shades we love. Those that haven’t necessarily been on the invite list in previous years, but made obvious appearances, were things like peter pan collars, jumpsuits, white tights, peplum, and billowing leather pants. That last newcomer was a bit of a surprise to me, seeing as though leather is typically shown in legging form on the Fall runways. I can’t imagine how slouchy leather must feel to wear, I would think not ideal for the typical work day. Nevertheless, each of these looks prove that baggy leather can be worn in countless ways, and doesn’t look quite as ridiculous as one would think.
What are your thoughts on the slouchy leather trend?

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February 14, 2012

Love, Love, Love

by Kaylee Pare

Today is a day to celebrate love of all kinds. From the one who’s by your side always, to your parents, your grandparents, your best friend, your oldest friend or even a loyal pet. Life being what it is, it’s important for everyone around you to know how much you appreciate them, and it’s never too late to write a letter, make a phone call or share a cup of coffee. My heart is a lucky one, because it’s filled with many sisters, incredible parents, old friends and new, blogging buddies and above all, people who I know will always be there. To them, I say thank you and love you forever. To the readers out there who come back every once and a while, you are also my Valentines. Thanks for the support xo

February 9, 2012

Non-Negotiable

by Kaylee Pare

 

I went to see Meryl Streep’s The Iron Lady this week, where the story of Margaret Thatcher’s term as Britain’s first female Prime Minister and the years leading up to it, are recounted. Streep, as always, has an almost unnatural knack for becoming a character on screen. You can truly forget for several scenes that Meryl Streep, a face and voice we well know, is hidden under all those “Thatcherisms”. If not just for the brilliant acting and history lesson, I would suggest The Iron Lady to any movie lover.
As someone who tends to notice style before all else, my favourite scene had to be the one you see above, where Thatcher says the glorious words, “the pearls, however, are absolutely non-negotiable”. Actually, the real-life Thatcher said these same words to her image advisers after they suggested she ditch her pearls. Being the strong-willed woman that she is, Thatcher continued to wear her treasured pearls throughout her entire term, and life.
MT’s attitude about style didn’t stop with accessories however, Thatcher was absolute fearless when it came to fashion. As often the only woman in a room, she would never leave her handbag, lipstick, heels or power suit at home. She was confident, and she wore her Conservative blue outfits proudly. As one can imagine, Thatcher had many barriers to cross in order to get into British politics in the 70s, and she never second-guessed how she looked while doing it. In a sea of dark suits, she constantly stood out, and never considered blending in one bit.
Even though her career is seen as somewhat controversial, I think we can all take something away from her courage and audacity. Margaret Thatcher is an intelligent woman who has surely made her impact on the world, and she knows a thing or two about the significance of one’s style. She lives by a principle that we should all absorb; conforming in any way, whether it concerns a string of pearls, or matters of war, will get you absolutely nowhere.

February 8, 2012

Reader’s Digest

by Kaylee Pare

This beyond-unique bag caught my eye in 2011, and ever since, I’ve been searching for items that match its distinctiveness, to no avail until recently. Today, I was finally able to unearth the bag’s designer. Olympia Le-Tan, a self-taught Parisian designer who started her career at Karl Legerfeld and Balmain. The two-year old brand of accessories encapsulates the designer’s two passions; embroidery and literature. The result is a collection of bags that you’d be hard pressed to find elsewhere. They are unique in their quality, shape and concept – bringing the typical satchels, shoulder bags and hobo shapes to shame. With celebrities like Natalie Portman and Tilda Swinton supporting the designer on red carpets, there’s no telling where Olympia Le-Tan’s next creations will take her. Truth be told, we carry our lives in our purses, so it’s nice to be forced to downsize every once and a while…and carrying a little piece of creative genius on your hip or in your hand, never, ever goes out of style.

Book clutches by Olympia Le-Tan


Olympia Le-Tan Milk Box Bags spotted on the street

See the full collection here.
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February 7, 2012

By the Seashore

by Kaylee Pare

Chanel Runway Spring 2012

While it may seem as though these Winter months are here to stay, it’s comforting to think that Spring’s inauguration is just a little over a month away. The typical formula for Spring fashion entails florals and pastels, trench coats and bold stripes. This year however, designers have turned to the treasures of the sea to usher in the months of rainfall and blossoms that are upon us. Seashells and corals of all sorts turned up on Spring 2012 runways in the form of statement-making accessories.
Now’s the time to dig out that starfish pendant or start the hunt for sea-inspired pieces to add to your Spring wardrobe. There’s nothing like daydreaming of a warmer season ahead and the clothes you’ll be wearing…especially when the heavenly seashore is involved.


1. Yves Saint Laurent Riviera starfish-print canvas wedge sandals
2. Lanvin Minaudière satin shell clutch
3. Oscar de la Renta pavé shell clip earrings
4. Yves Saint Laurent gold-plated starfish ring
5. BCBG Maxazria draped vine necklace

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February 3, 2012

Fringe Benefits

by Kaylee Pare

Among the hundreds of street style photos I peruse daily, the ones I choose to save often have a unit of correlation. Whether it’s a particular shade of yellow, a fresh take on denim, a flawless pattern combination or a touch of fringe on a suede jacket and a leather skirt. While the idea of a fringe detail may evoke a Western feel, these women prove that a touch of leather transforms the look from southern belle to edgy style maven. I’m definitely feeling persuaded to add some embellished leather to my wardrobe and try this look on for size. As Tamu McPherson (left), Taylor Tomasi-Hill (right) and an unknown show-goer demonstrate, leather and fringe are versatile. Pairing them with an oversized wool sweater is just as fly as opting for thigh-high boots and a wide-brim hat. Truthfully, I expect that any way you decide to style this look will be impeccable – as long as a few loose leather threads are invited to the party.


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January 30, 2012

Viral

by Kaylee Pare

Some videos I thought I’d share this morning.

Carine Roitfeld, editor-in-chief at Vogue Paris until resigning last year, is one of the most powerful fashion influencers in the world. W Magazine recently followed Carine to all of the Couture shows, where she became “the client”, selecting pieces for herself rather than the magazine as she is used to. Watching her joke around with Karl Lagerfeld, Donatella Versace, Jean Paul Gaulthier, and so many others, is priceless.

 

The newest fashion documentary isn’t about a fashion house, a trend or a magazine. It’s about a thing you wouldn’t otherwise consider; a New York fashion week tent. Here, the trailer for the film shows us a bit about the tent’s importance and evolution, with interviews from designers and editors like Carolina Herrera, Nina Garcia, Donna Karan and Betsy Johnson.

 

Karl Lagerfeld’s new self-titled collection was recently launched on net-a-porter.com, the largest luxury e-tailer in the world. To introduce the collection, NAP staged a “Face to Face” interview where Karl asks himself questions, showing us his inquisitive side as well as his honest self. At one point he says, “it is up to you to make everyday perfect” – Chanel’s creative director will always be flawless in my books.

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January 27, 2012

Le Croc

by Kaylee Pare

From left: Christian Dior, Giambattista Valli, Christian Dior, Christian Dior, Giambattista Valli (Spring 2012 Couture)

Spring 2012 Couture’s three-dimensional florals were met with quite the contrast in trends. Translucent pleats, pencil skirts, peplum waist lines and delicate cuts were paired with none other than fierce crocodile in jet black and sand. Collections like Christian Dior, Giambattista Valli, Givenchy (not pictured) and Armani Privé (not pictured) embraced the material, presenting it in its most ladylike rendition. Whereas in other seasons, we’ve seen crocodile coated on accessories like shoes and bags, today’s edition gives us  practical suit pieces for the modern woman. A vicious animal at its most polished and proper – just steer clear of the real deal!

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