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FASHION EQUATION

Colette x H&M
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H&M X COLETTE

Parisian concept store Colette announced 3 weeks ago it would close its doors on December 20. Like everybody else, I was of course surprised, but I didn’t quite get the disproportionate responses. Sad emojis, broken hearts, love letters and even few RIP followed the announcement on social medias.

Even if it was Karl Lagerfeld’s favorite shop, I believe the decision was due to the fact the temple of cool was not selling enough.

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THE SLIDE TREND

Slides are to shoes what boy bands are to music. They have ups and downs, people can’t really say if they like them or not, and their comebacks are usually short-lived.

The casual footwear was one of last summer’s major staple and is still around today. The Adidas slides (a long time classic) may be a safe choice, but many non sports brands have come up with cool interpretations. Gucci, Miu Miu, Isabel Marant, Valentino, Chanel, they all fell for the oldie but goodie trend. If the shape is pretty much the same, each favors a particular material, pattern or ornament.

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FLAMINGO? HELL NO!

Barely recovering from last year’s unicorn and swan hysteria, I already have to face another summer trend that has invaded every single shop and household.

If I find the pink bird fascinating in real life, I have difficulty appreciating the derivative products. And that’s because they’re everywhere! It’s like the hit-song “Despacito”. The entire planet has overdosed on it, but continues to play it on repeat!

Xuan
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FASHION EQUATION

A L'Etoile d'Or, Denise Acabo
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DENISE ACABO: THE CHOCOLATE WHISPERER

Entering L’Étoile d’Or is like entering a place you’d only find in Children’s stories. I first heard about the chocolate and candy shop while watching a documentary on Pigalle, one of Paris mythical neighborhoods. The 1903 interior, the selection of French traditional candies and the colorful owner, Denise Acabo, enchanted me.

Elise Chalmin
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ELISE CHALMIN: YOUNG AT HEART

I’m not fond of hearts. Whether on clothes or jewelry, I find them cheesy and girly. French have a better word for it: “cucul”. French also say “il ne faut jamais dire fontaine: je ne boirai jamais de ton eau (meaning: never say never).

I came across Elise Chalmin work on social media. People might criticize modern platforms all they want, but they are (and will always be) fantastic to discover emerging talents.

The minute her super recognizable tee-shirts with two strategically placed hearts popped up on my screen, I knew she won mine.

Dalida, Palais Galliera

DALIDA, HER WARDROBE ON AND OFF STAGE, PARIS

Iolanda Gigliotti, better known as Dalida, was born in Cairo to Italian parents.
Despite 30 years of success, 120 million records sold and major hits, the first thing that comes to mind when I hear her name is not her songs but her style, as my mom keeps on telling me that she is the best dressed singer of all time.
Palais Galliera’s exhibition on Dalida’s wardrobe totally proves her right.

Le Grand Musée du Parfum, Paris
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LE GRAND MUSÉE DU PARFUM, PARIS

Le Grand Musée du Parfum, not to be mistaken for the Musée du Parfum (also known as The Fragonard Museum), opened 6 months ago in the the heart of the very chic 8th arrondissement, right in front the Bristol Palace. Previously owned by Maison Christian Lacroix, the 19th-century mansion is now dedicated to the world of perfume.

Marbe Unique Sandals
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DID YOU KNOW? 6 FACTS ABOUT SANDALS

If clogs, kitten hills, wedges or thigh-high boots are questionable, everyone agrees on sandals right? We’re talking about a style adopted by many real/symbolic/religious/fictional characters like The Statue of Liberty, 300 Spartans (including Gerard Butler!) and Jesus. Pretty hard to turn our back on that…
Some facts about the world’s largest-selling shoe design:

1. The English term sandal comes from the ancient Greek word ‘sandalon’ meaning "wooden shoe".

Where Mountains Meet
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WHERE MOUNTAINS MEET, A SUSTAINABLE LABEL

Designers Genevieve Saylak and Corissa Santos are clearly not afraid to go against the trend. If nowadays, consumerism, wasteful practices and a tendency to neglect natural resources prevail, the duo has decided to go the other way around.

Launched in 2015, Where Mountains Meet favors responsible sourcing (the materials are organic and naturally dyed) and craftsmanship. The collection is produced locally in New York in partnership with global artisan communities.

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BIKINI VS MONOKINI

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the bikini. When it first came out, religious and cultural groups were highly against it, criticizing the degree of exposure of the female body. Bikinis actually became popular when movie stars like Brigitte Bardot, Raquel Welch and Ursula Andress began wearing them on public beaches and in films.