— March 31, 2015 —

Paris Fashion Week FW15 Street Style

One of the best parts of attending Paris Fashion Week is the people watching.  It's not about celebrities--it's about the clothes!  It's the one event that everyone saves there 'special' pieces for; the event where everyone in fashion brings their A-game.  While some people clearly dress only for the attention, it is still an ideal place to pick up on all the biggest trends of the season.  So, what's in fashion right now?  While we saw mainly muted colours in blacks, whites and nudes, we did also see bright pops of colour and texture on the more daring crowd.  Sneakers continued to be the footwear style of choice, with many dressing down a couture piece with an unassuming white leather pair.  We also so the boho trend interpreted with fringing and knit ponchos.  Overall, there seems to be a return to simpler, more straightforward dressing.  Over-accessorising is no longer de rigeur and the maximalist movement seems to be dying down.  Of course, regardless of a trend to strip back, there's always going to be Anna Dello Russo, queen of maximalism, thrown into the mix to stir things up.  Catch all of our favourite Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015 street style snaps below.

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Anna Dello Russo (far left) and The Blonde Salad (far right) exiting the Chanel show in bright colours and textures.

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Model/blogging sensation Irene Kim dresses down her look with white sneakers.

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Anya Ziorouva in an optical print knitted cape.

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A leather fringe dress steals the spotlight.  Fringing was everywhere this fashion week.

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Statement sunglasses continued to reign supreme.

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'Normcore' at its finest, elevated slightly with a pair of embellished jeans.

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A dash of feminine elegance can always be expected at Chanel.

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Mesh, a big trend for Spring/Summer 2015, seen on the sidewalks outside Chanel.

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The pandemonium at Paris Fashion Week outside the Dior Show is evident here as The Blonde Salad makes her entrance.

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Quintessential French girl, Caroline de Maigret, looking ever so nonchalantly cool as she leaves a show.

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Top Chinese supermodel Fei Fei Sun, fresh faced and gorgeous, exiting a show.

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Giovanna Battaglia in her trademark feminine-with-edge look at Chanel.

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One of our favourite new(er) bloggers, Shine by Three's Margaret Zhang.

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5 Inch & Up attends the Chanel show in a pop of colour.

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Carine Roitfeld makes an appearance at Dior in her signature oversized sunglasses.

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Song of Style's Amiee Song looking every bit the sophisticated, beautiful woman that she is at Dior.

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The Chic Muse looking, well, chic!

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Isabella Manfredi of Aussie band, The Preatures, attends the Chanel show.

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Embellishment in conversation.

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A pop of colour amidst what was largely a sea of blacks and muted colours.

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A statement jacket--we wonder if she did catch Tommy Ton's eye?

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Clean classics with a modern edge in the form of a septum ring and a few strands of green coloured hair.  Perfection.

— March 30, 2015 —

Nanushka at Paris Fashion Week Tranoi

We look forward to seeing the Nanushka collection every season.  It's just one of those brands that consistently delivers easy-to-wear, well-made, cool girl clothing.  The Nanushka girl is not a prim or prissy one, nor is she too fussy or high-maintenance.  She's the girl that we all want to be friends with and all the guys want to date.  She has a certain easy, nonchalance and confidence.  Essentially, we all want to be her and raid her wardrobe!  For Fall/Winter 2015, the brand's designer, Sandra Sandor, looked to a Nordic creation mythology and the 70's for inspiration.  Sounds esoteric?  Well, the result is nonetheless a collection of super cool pieces that we can't wait to wear.  Think high necks, thick sturdy fabrics, earthy tones and an overall feeling of laid-back retro coolness.  We caught up with Sandra at her team at Tranoi Louvre during Paris Fashion Week to get all the scoop on her to-die-for collection.

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Tell us about the inspiration behind the collection.

For Fall/Winter '15, I looked at a Nordic creation mythology called the Edda.  The main motif of the collection is the 'life tree', which is the centre of the universe, so all of our prints are based on the remembrance of trees; we have bark textures and branches.  You can also see it in our jacquards.  The colour story consists of a lot of earthy tones, but I love to mute them down with nudes.  I used some graphic colours, as well, such as blue and orange, but I really like them styled together with nudes to soften it.  Regarding the silhouettes and the cuts, they're like 70's wardrobe staples.  I really love the denim, which is a thick 70's kind of denim that's not over-washed.  It's heavy.  We have a lot of retro fabrics, even with the jacquard knits.  It's a love or hate thing, because it's quite innovative; they're not polyester as polyester was in the 70's, now the quality is much nicer, you don't even sweat in it.  But I think people need time to understand the difference that it's not the same synthetic material that it was in the 70's.

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Can you tell us about the print?

We always do a story print, which is the story of the collection; there's the 'life tree' and it's the whole cosmos, there are nine 'homes' on the tree in the story.  There's a place called 'Asgard' which is basically heaven in the story and this is how we showed it, using a marbling technique that was digitally printed.  It's all hand-done and then scanned in with an enlarged scanner and printed on silk.  We did the print on the scarf, tunic and shirt.

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Last season, for Spring/Summer 2015, you worked with a similar kind of creation story, but it was Australian.

Yes, in a way it's always the same, but it always has contradictions.  What I mean by that is I always choose a story that has a metaphorical meaning and lots of symbols.  It's usually always involving very earthly moments and earthly stories and references, but at the same time also other-earthly, transcendent and mystical.  Every story I choose, it's very important for me.  And also with the colour stories, I really like earthy tones, but I like to mix it, like last season we had the iridescence or in the past we've also done organza. So it all appeals to my fabric selections and the textures of the collection.  It's always important for me to have a theme to work around.

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Do you have favourite pieces this season?

I love the knitted tunic, the poncho cape with the detachable hood.  I love the oversized wool coat with belt and the vest.  One of our big features with this season's cutting is the transfer seam; there are no side seams on many of our pieces, the coats, the dresses. The story print with the landscape is also doing really well.  The 70's waffle fabric I also love, it's very light.

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What is it about the 70's that appeals to you?

I don't know!  I just really love the colours, I love the retro-ness of it and the whole vibe.  It's really warm for me, also, regarding the colours.  If you look at it photographic eye, it's all of these warm, reddish, rusty shades.  I love this.  It's not so much the philosophy, but the hippie movement is also a little bit close to me.  I love the movie Hair, for example; I watched it when I was young and it really had an impact on me.  I don't think I could live my life as a hippie, but I really love their willpower and the relaxed attitude about it, the chill thing about it that you don't need to worry so much.

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Which pieces have been selling well this time?

Actually, similar to the pieces that I like myself!  But actually some of the more expensive real shearling pieces are selling really well, too.  The long belted coat is a best-seller, as well.  The poncho and the long knit cardigan are doing really well, too.

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— March 25, 2015 —

Fall/Winter 2015 Trendspotting: Let Loose

The verdict is in: skinny pants are out and a new looser pant silhouette is in for Fall/Winter 2015.  From culottes to wide-legs to bell-bottoms, designers showed everything but those ubiquitous skinny legged silhouettes this season.  And we're really digging this fresh new direction.  It's about a more laid-back, easy aesthetic, made ultra cool in the way the pieces were styled.  At Ellery, we saw her signature bell-bottom trousers cut slightly looser, worn with a mini skirt layered on top and a skin-tight lace top to finish off the look. sass & bide also showed a bell-bottom style, but cut slimmer, for a very late-60's rock aesthetic.  Camilla & Marc showed multiple pairs of lust-worthy culottes, shown with drape-y tops.  Alexis Mabille gave his wide-legged trousers a sexy twist with a midriff-baring top.  And, finally, both TELA and D.Efect kept the whole silhouette loose for an ultra cool-girl look, paired with an oversized coat or a slouchy sweatshirt.  We seriously can't wait to give our skinny jeans a break and get our hands on these looser trouser styles this fall.

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Left to Right: TELA, Camilla & Marc, Ellery, sass & bide, Alexis Mabille, D.Efect.

— March 24, 2015 —

Talking to TELA at Tranoi in Paris

TELA was all about a nostalgic nod to the 60's for the Fall/Winter 2015 season, updated with feminine silhouettes, set against a colour palette inspired by Russian artist Olitski.  We caught up with the talented Federica Legrenzi, the driving force behind the label, while they were showing at the prestigious Tranoi Louvre trade show in Paris.  We visited them early on a Saturday afternoon to find their booth buzzing with interested buyers.  Born in 2009, TELA has developed a strong brand identity as a label that champions its wearer through its designs.  What does this mean?  They strive to keep their styles simple enough to let the wearer's personality shine through, while also maintaining a balance of both minimalism and femininity in their design.  Federica was inspired to push that femininity a bit further this season, with a larger selection of skirts and dresses, as well as a more feminine take on their classic men's-inspired shirt.  Read on to learn more about Federica's design process and inspiration this season.

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"My favourite piece this season is the one I'm wearing, this jumpsuit.  And the coat.  This fabric is made with a special technique which takes tweed and puts a lamination on top, leaving a foil of gold fabric on it.  Then there is a machine with needles that takes the white wool from the lower tweed fabric and takes it out, that's why you don't see it completely gold, but a mix of gold and the white from the tweed.  It's something very new."

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"These images are a collection of pictures that I like a lot.  Typical, natural gestures.  I like the idea of a hand, coloured; this is the same colour that I put into the collection.  It's something that really expresses touch in a 'colour' way."

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"There are also works by a Russian artist, Olitski.  We started with these two colour groups because we loved this combination. It's like an accent, but at the same time it's very graphic.  This is where we developed the print.  It's what TELA looks like: simple, but very graphic.  So this was the beginning of the collection."

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"For the colour, we started [with Olitski].  But, through this season, we wanted some pieces that were close to the later-60's that's why I looked at Twiggy or other images from that time.  And, in the lookbook, often we put a cap; which was like the beginning of Balenciaga, when it was very feminine, but strong with this accessory."

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"The main texture is the stripe.  They are going straight, horizontal, every kind of stripe.  I think now is the time to play with lines.  It's not something that is just TELA, but I think it's a seasonal mood of many designers.  This is my interpretation.  Dots and stripes are something that will never go out of fashion."

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"The high collar is important for this collection, because normally TELA was recognised only for men's-style shirts and stiff collars; for the first time, I really wanted something more feminine to play with a masculine piece.  This is the kind of shirt that I came up with for this season.  It's simple, the way I cut them, but they have these feminine details that I like a lot.  I wanted to play with ruching, too.  It's feminine, but on a sporty cut, which is the combination I like the most."

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"Trousers, in general, have been selling very well this season.  But, because of the 60's, but also because I think everybody has a nice pair of trousers, the new bottom for me for this season is the skirt.  But not one specifically; all the lengths.  I developed all the lengths; the short mini 60's style, the pencil skirt in cashmere and wool, the huge one with the stripes, the divided skirts with the leather detail."

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