The trends at Paris Fashion Week seem to encourage the sustainability movement, as we’re seeing plenty of key summer pieces being incorporated into upcoming seasons. Bloggers like Margot of The Pastel Project have already caught on, revisiting old staples and freshening them up for fall. She’s dusting off her old long-term, high-quality pieces, like a classic black Maison blazer, her Converse All-Stars, statement dresses and a reversible tote bag large enough to lug around a second home office!
She’s also not afraid to wear white after labor day, as well as pastels — transitioning key summer pieces like floral print dresses, denim and playful ruffles into fall with black boots or darker, wine-colored accessories. Spicing them up with metallics, sequins, velvet and horsehair keeps them relevant well into the cooler months.
We also love seeing the perpetuation of more versatile footwear and the investment of shoes that go with basically everything. Maybe it’s all the traveling that’s being done and keeping luggage light becoming a major requirement, but either way, it looks like the mantra of the year is “the simpler and more sustainable, the better.”
Although I absolutely love following trends and getting myself new clothes, I’ve been reading a lot about sustainable fashion lately which made me want to restyle my staples. So let’s talk about the ones I have here:
I’ve owned this classic black Maison Scotch blazer for years and it always comes in handy, whether for a formal event, a job interview or a casual chic look à la Parisienne. I also love the little star details on the lining, which make it all the more magical.
These Zara faux-leather pants were a real good deal because it wasn’t expensive and people often think it’s real leather. In addition, they add a rock n’ roll feeling to any look.
This Patrizia Pepe reversible tote bag is my transportable home office lately. The classic shape and the black-beige colors are super versatile, making it easier to wear on a daily basis. Plus, the size is perfect for carrying my laptop, notebook and make-up bag whenever I’m on the go.
I think the majority of us own a pair of Converse and if so, the most common colour is black, followed by white. They are just so easy to dress up.
Finally, amongst all these black outfits, I didn’t forget about my pastel touch — wearing a vintage pastel pink nightshirt. The length of it gives an edgy silhouette to the look which I love.
We had a snack in the middle of the afternoon at Grand Café Lochergut where we both had the Bagel Florence with avocado, poached eggs and aubergine cream. Yummy!
One print I will always fall for is floral (no pun intended)! Flower prints are not exclusively reserved for spring summer collections. In fact, I think it is the nicest and prettiest way for Summer to say hello to Autumn.
The moment I laid my eyes on this dress when visiting the Bread and Butter event, I knew it was the perfect fit for my body type and my taste — cinched at the waist, bell sleeves, flowy fabric and sophisticated pleated detailing and dusty pastel-coloured floral prints. Everything is meeting my expectations.
I’ve been wearing this dress a lot lately, usually paired with ballerinas. Now that fall season is in full swing and morning temperatures are cooler, a coat or jacket would be mandatory. I decided to go to the dark side to add contrast to the white dress with a black boots and bag.
This year’s PFW SS17 was definitely my favourite one so far. I met so many nice people, saw beautiful SS17 collections (with lots of pastels) and on top of that, I stayed at my friends’ apartment so we could catch up on our lives. Now that it’s over, it’s time to share with you the details of my outfits!
For my first look, I wore a ba&sh dress over my sustainable Zara frilled top in light green, layered over this H&M chiffon blouse. I accessorized this outfit with a Longchamp mahogany clutch and added a dash of metallic (big trend this season) with heeled leather ballerinas, also from Zara.
The straight cut of the dress has a sixties feeling which I adore (I wish I could live out my 20’s during the 60’s), while the ruffle sleeves provide a modern and quirky touch to the look.
Just after this quick shooting, I went to the Andrew GN SS17 runway which was, to my delight, full of flowers, embroideries, lace, pastel colours, ruffles, silk, linen, tulle and dresses.
But what I always appreciate in Andrew GN collections is that he always and perfectly blends these über feminine fabrics and silhouettes with edgier details such as pointy toe black boots, rock studs or this time, chokers.
In his latest collection, called “Incroyables and Merveilleuses,” he mixes the joyful and creative Parisian style during the French Directoire period with the punk movement during the Margaret Thatcher years.
Here is the second look from Paris Fashion Week. I was wearing this ultra-soft biker-style leather jacket with a leopard collar from the A/W16 Longchamp collection, a Zara gathered hem top in sky blue, ba&sh jeans, these staple boots from &OtherStories, vintage Ray-Bans and my all time favorite bag, the Drew from Chloé in dusty pink.
In this outfit, I was heading to the SS17 “Digital Tropics” Leonard Paris runway, which blew my mind away. It was like the Leonard woman was fearlessly crossing the jungle, shining bright like a diamond yet fading graciously away between the tropical plants in her flowy attire. I could just picture myself in this concept.
On my last day at PFW, I went to the SS17 agnès b. runway where I was wearing pieces from their AW16 collection. I feel really lucky every time I get the chance to wear their garments.
For today’s look, I decided to go for a crisp white outfit with metallic details. Usually, AW collections aren’t composed of pastel colours. Most of them consist of dark hues. Although I love a good all black outfit from time to time, I prefer going for lighter shades like camels, beiges or even whites. I personally think it highlights my complexion, especially during winter. That’s why I went for an immaculate outfit.
Here I am playing with textures and different shades of white. I combined this faux-shearling metallic jacket with this silk shirt in cream and this maxi wool skirt in white. I paired my new favourite silver ballerinas with heels, and for the pastel touch, my Chloé Drew bag.
This is my ultimate look from Paris Fashion Week, where I was invited to the Shopstyle Social House event to discover new brands, get my hair, nails & make-up done, and relax (something I have a hard time to do, to tell you the truth). But what I was most excited about was to style an outfit and shoot with the talented Alix de Beer, which is the result of this post!
The starting point of this first outfit was this antique rose gilet. It was love at first sight for both the style and the colour. The sleeveless gilet was perfectly showcasing the distinctiveness of this blush top: the cutout shoulders falling on the upper arms. To contrast with the dusty pink shades, I went for these copper culottes and tan sandals.
All of these pieces are from the same brand – Iris and Ink – a brand launched by the Outnet that I didn’t know about until now. Balancing comfort with style, I love the luxurious fabrics and sophisticated silhouettes that the Iris and Ink collection brings to the modern woman.
The first look was more of a chic daytime outfit you could wear to the office. For the second look, I wanted to create more of a nighttime attire vibe. The idea was to suggest a day-to-night look without having to change the entire outfit. So, I just switched out my silk blouse for this gorgeous sequin top.
Sequins immediately give that festive feeling to any outfit, but it can sometimes look like “Hey–I-am-going-to-a-gala-tonight” and thus, a little bit over-the-top, depending on the occasion. However, the jersey hem and sweater-like loose cut offsets that overdressed feeling and makes it look more casual.
I also kept the same bag, but I simply removed the wide shoulder stripe to wear it as a clutch. Like my previous look, I played with different fabrics (silk, wool, sequins and leather) to give texture to the outfits. I guess that’s what I love most about dressing up during autumn.
What I like most about dressing up during autumn is to play with a multitude of fabrics — and that’s what I’ve just done for today’s outfit.
I paired this ba&sh chunky knit cardigan over this ba&sh fluid yet textured blouse, added some Tommy Hilfiger corduroy trousers and my Charlotte Olympia Kitty velvet flats.
Like pompoms this past summer, velvet is THE trend of the fall-winter season. On a colour note, I obviously managed to keep my favourite pastel pink hues and mixed them with fall tones like deep purple and burgundy.