In February of 2005, I went to Paris to work Fashion Week at the WHO’S NEXT show. I had studied French from 7th grade through college so I was beyond ecstatic to be able to travel to the City of Light.
Most of my time was spent at Le Porte de Versailles where the shows were being held but I did venture out to see La Tour Eiffel, Brasserie Lipp, Café de Flore, Sacré-Coeur, La Seine & Notre Dame to name a few. To be honest, my favorite part was a two hour stroll looking for a specific restaurant I could never find. Paris was the most peaceful city I have ever visited. So still and quiet yet so rich in culture.
I can still remember thinking how lucky I was to be a relatively small town girl, working for a Danish fashion designer flying on business from Copenhagen to Paris. Good times, great memories.
Paris was perfect, or parfait as they say en Français.
I woke up each morning, grabbed le petit déjeuner on my way to the Métro, worked the show and then finished the evening eating oysters from Provence and drinking delicious wine I will never remember the name of.
In retrospect, I would have loved to JUST be a tourist but I got the opportunity to live the culture instead of just visit it. For that, I will be eternally grateful.
Below are some amazing vintage Parisian finds from Etsy meant to remind you of one of the most amazing cities in the world.
Luella says…Paris, Je t’aime.
Gorgeous linen backed Art Deco ORIGINAL 1921 ad for the Au Printemps store in Paris
Fabulous Antique Ornate French Pier Mirror Gesso Carvings
Vintage Handmade Heirloom clay tea set
Antique DAHER TIN PLATE
Romantic Country French Antique Sofa With Carvings 1900′s France
Vintage French Continental Princess rotary phone
Large French Silver Metal Swag Brooch Signed
Muslin Ribbon – French Flourish
Antique Silver Tray Oval French Chic
Antique French Carved Bergere Chair
Hand Picked French Lavender (lavande)
Vintage French Carved Hand Painted Chest With Marble Top Paris Chic
Paris Opera Glasses
Crystal Light Bulb Cover
If you haven’t been to Paris, save up your pennies and go.
It truly is a season-less city. Paris in the Summer or Paris in the Winter doesn’t detract from all its splendor.
“They are amazing, but can you walk in them?”
Fashion + Function = Flats. It really is that simple. I am happy to report a lot of the major designers went with flats on the runway for Spring 2011. The two worlds of chic and comfortability are finally getting closer. (yay!!!)
As with everything; if you do it right, it doesn’t matter anyway. I won’t quote Christina Aguilera here, but I am going to tweak her message a bit. Ladies, you are beautiful no matter what size heel you wear. Change it up a bit. Give your aching feet a rest. Throw in a day or two of wearing the perfect pair of flats and if you get a fashion conscience, tell yourself you’re channelling Audrey Hepburn.
Luella says… Put your Feet on the Ground
I am missing New York fashion market week for the first time in 8 years. It feels very strange to not look forward to enjoying the onset of Fall weather and being able to finally wear the items I have been patiently saving all Summer. (Although, if you live in Southern California, you know I should have been wearing them these past two months when it has been overcast and 60 degrees.)
I digress, my great friend and hairstylist Nadine went on a last-minute trip to NYC this past weekend with her cute fiancé. Besides telling her to have a wonderful time and visit some of my favorite restaurants, I gave her strict instructions. Shop around and take some quick Polaroid shots of your LOVE items so I can post them here as Nadine in New York.
Nadine’s choices inspired me and I spent my afternoon diving into the design houses of YSL, Chloe & Martin Grant’s Autumn/Winter 2010 collections on Style.com. I then took the liberty of choosing some of my own LOVE items to share.
Enjoy the essence of Ready to Wear.
MARTIN GRANT is an Australian born designer
Fashion House: PARIS
YVES SAINT LAURENT is designed by Stefano Pilati
Fashion House: PARIS
CHLOÉ is designed by Hannah MacGibbon
Fashion House: PARIS