FASHION EQUATION
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.

Colette x H&M
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.

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.

FASHION EQUATION
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A L'Etoile d'Or, Denise Acabo
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: 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).

Elise Chalmin
DALIDA, HER WARDROBE ON AND OFF STAGE, PARIS
Dalida, Palais Galliera

Iolanda Gigliotti, better known as Dalida, was born in Cairo to Italian parents.

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.

Le Grand Musée du Parfum, Paris
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:

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.

Where Mountains Meet
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.

THE GUCCI PRINCETOWN SLIPPER SYNDROME
Gucci Princetown leather slippers

Living in a trendy capital like Beirut is accepting the fact that from the minute a strong look comes out, the whole city embraces it.

My Fat Lady by Ghida Younes
‘MY FAT LADY’ IS EVERY LADY

She’s a lady and she’s fat. Don’t see any mockery in her name as this special character is all about love.

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