Sunday, 30 January 2011

KENZO 11am Galerie de Minéralogie, Jardin des Plantes, 36 rue Geoffroy Saint Hilaire, Paris 5e

Pure dead brilliant!

Pure Glaswegian, born and bred in the Scottish industrial power city - how could I not think that Kenzo's autumn/winter 2011-12 menswear collection was the best thing since sliced bread? This was without a doubt my favourite menswear show of all time, certainly - in my opinion - Creative Director Antonio Marras' best menswear collection at Kenzo by a long shot. Hours after the show and I was still reeling and brimming over with national pride and grateful appreciation of this new calibre of menswear from the Japanese fashion house. The thorough research, attention to detail and clinical execution resulted in a collection that was met with raved reviews during Paris Men's Fashion Week this season. 
The invitation had also been well thought-out - a little teaser to whet our appetites, the small tartan clad box that came with the invite contained an edition of 'The Kenzo Mystery of Crime' newspaper, and the essential components of a detective's tools: a magnifying glass, a revolver (not a real one ofcourse, just a cardboard paper cut out!), a reflex camera, a pocket watch and a bottle of truth serum.
So much swagger - loved it!
The attention to detail was impressive
The collection included a stripy cardigan layered over a bright green shirt and tie, a sleek dark green tartan suit worn with a blue denim shirt and tartan tie (decorated at the collar with a kilt pin). Hoodies were worn under tailored blazers and paired with sweatpants, chunky wool socks and smart brogues.  As can be expected generous amounts of tartan and check prints featured heavily on the runway, but it looked and felt so brand new. There was nothing old or repetitive about this collection, even the kilts looked fresh and current.
Awesome show!

LA PICCOLA KREATIVA 22 - 23 Jan. Paris Fashion Showroom, Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, 11 rue Berryer, Paris 8e

Valentina Gaia Gambetta, the young, gorgeous designer and founder of La Piccola Kreativa
Cool Hunter Italy develops and assists new talents in the fashion industry and one of those new talents happens to be a quirky jewellery brand called 'La Piccola Kreativa'. AKA Valentina Gaia Gambetta, a happy-go-lucky designer from Genoa who has been making wonderful little delights for adornment since 2006. 'My inspirations are simply to create colourful, thought-provoking jewellery to make people smile,' said the 30-year-old during her showcase at Paris Fashion Showroom. The collection features sweet necklaces, ice cream cone, flower baskets and lampshade earrings. So much fun! Discover more delicious delights at

PETAR PETROV 6pm Parc Royal, 10 rue du Parc Royal, Paris 3e

Petar Petrov, in my opinion, is one of the most understated menswear designer of the moment. I've had the priviledge of seeing his last two collections now and one word always comes to mind: CONSISTENT! Petrov's designs are consistently good, easy to wear and highly sophisticated. No fuss, no muss - just great clothes for the man secure enough in who he is (he doesn't need to hide behind big, obnoxious labels and logos!). 
Petrov's autumn/winter 2011-12 unveiling during Paris Men's Fashion Week continued in the same vein - in terms of clear vision and pure minimalist chic - the silhouettes were clean and stylish. The collection featured fitted tappered trousers, short 70's blazers, leather t-shirts, silk shirts, trendy trench coats and leather sweatpants. I loved the juxtaposing of short oversized biker jackets over longer tailored blazers and shirts. A guy played live acoutic guitar in the corner of the room as the silhouettes rolled out one after another seemingly soothing and strumming away all our winter blues. The perfect antidote to a wet and cold day of back-to-back shows. Sheer bliss!

SHOWROOM ON/OFF 22 - 23 Jan. Paris Fashion Showroom, Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, 11 rue Berryer, Paris 8e

ON/OFF is THE must-see showcase for discovering new international designers. Look out for these six hot, ones-to-watch for 2011 designers: Pam Hogg, Charlie Le Mindu, Ashley Isham, Joanne Stoker, Zara Gorman and Bronnie Marshal. You read it here first!

HOWITZWEISSBACH 22 - 23 Jan. Paris Fashion Showroom, Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, 11 rue Berryer, Paris 8e

Fashion meets art! Design duo Eva Howitz and Frieder Weissbach are on a quest to create a cool, conceptual collection that features the best of two worlds. All the pieces in the new line unveiled at the Paris Fashion Showroom during Men's Fashion Week were all made exclusively in Germany.

FLIP FLOP by MURKUDIS 22 - 23 Jan. Paris Fashion Showroom, Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, 11 rue Berryer, Paris 8e

 An elegant style, bold colour choices, high-quality fabrics and unmistakeable talent. Each piece stands out for its simplicity, comfort and vivid use of colour.

PATRICIA SCHMIDT 22 - 23 Jan. Paris Fashion Showroom, Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, 11 rue Berryer, Paris 8e

Schmidt's dresses and accessories exude elegance and sophistication. Each piece in her new romantic collection was designed with careful attention to finishings and quality of materials.

GRETCHEN 22 - 23 Jan. Paris Fashion Showroom, Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, 11 rue Berryer, Paris 8e

Gretchen's signature pieces are by-far her eye-catching handbags, belts and gloves designed especially for women who want more than just another accessory. The clean lines and original shapes are all the wonderful creations of young designer Anne-Christin Hofmann.

MIKI MIALY 22 - 23 Jan. Paris Fashion Showroom, Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, 11 rue Berryer, Paris 8e

Miki Mialy launched her first ready-to-wear collection here in Paris in 1992, since then she's gone from strength to strength. During Men's Fashion Week at the Paris Fashion Showroom, the Japanese designer presented her new high-end collection where her trademark feminine flair was infused with an air of mystery. 'All woman can make these clothes her own and be beautiful with no limits.' 

LE NEW BLACK 22 - 23 Jan. Paris Fashion Showroom, Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, 11 rue Berryer, Paris 8e

 Le New Black is the first on-line fashion trade fair... the killer heels, the super shades plus the 'zing
prints on the wicked little dresses. This is one fashion trade that's definitely fair, alright!

QASIMI HOMME 5pm Les Beaux-Arts de Paris, salle Melpomène, 13 quai Malaquais, Paris 6e

'A boy struggles to cope with his turbulent adolescence and deals with the latent power of becoming a destructive man in the future world. He rediscovers his tribal instincts for comfort and protection in his transgressive journey toward darkness.' Qasimi's inspirations for his new collection were plain to see at his show during Paris Men's Fashion Week: Future Tribalism - Body Scars, Traditional Armours, Tribal Tattoo, Oil Spills and Cave Art, to name but a few.
 The collection featured edgy fur lined biker jackets, quilted jackets with high collars, raw-edged bib shirt, leather hunting jackets, super slim tattoo tops and leggings as well as light reflecting chunky knit wraps. Uber fitted pieces were contrasted with oversized garments featured in a decadent array of fabrics including cashmere, lambswool, virginwool, hand-dyed leather, rabbit fur, waxed and varnished cotton. 

SONGZIO 1pm Le Bataclan, 50 boulevard Voltaire, Paris 11e

Gazing at the sky above,
Snow flakes twirling around,
Orchid petals swirling around,

The white blossom melted into his tears.
You, the red blood of pine trees turned pure white.
White into White.

Songzio's autumn/winter 2011-12 men's collection was deep and soulful. The lush fabrics, endless layers, rich textures - the silhouettes were reminiscent of an outlaw cowboy married with a hint of samurai warrior. The Korean designer put out an entertaining array of looks culminating in a superb collection for the cold wintery months ahead. Songzio's clothes were more like pieces of armour forged in pure bravery and designed to stand the test to time.

Saturday, 29 January 2011

BERNHARD WILLHELM 2pm Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, 11 rue Berryer, Paris 8e

What to make of this quirky interpretation for menswear autumn/winter 2011-12 by Bernhard Willhelm? As usual the wacky designer didn't hold back. Highly controversial - highly likely - coming from the German designer.  'Willhelm's creations are always a bit bizarre and totally left-field,' said a mate as we waited for the Songzio show to start. OK, so it wasn't everyone's cup of tea but it definitely got us all talking about it. Usually after the shows people simply head for the exit in a quiet, orderly fashion, at Willhelm the crowd - and the models - mingled and mulled around the exhibition space as the nursery rhyme 'Frere Jacques' blared out of the speakers. 
The scene at Bernhard Willhelm's autumn/winter 2011-12 menswear collection

The collection featured cool prints of the world and catchy statements on hoodies, tops, long johns-slash-leggings as well as fitted cycling shorts. 'I feel like he [Willhelm] couldn't care less what people think about his work, his priority is probably not to sell millions in churning out a coherent and comtemporary menswear collection. Willhelm will basically only do what Willhelm wants to do and strongly believes in,' my friend added. And apparently that's putting out more tantalisingly thought-provoking pieces. Seeing his exhibition/show at Paris Men's Fashion Week was interesting but frustrating at the same time, you know - like when you have something at the tip of your tongue but can't quite pronounce it? It was exactly that! You know it's there but you just can't put your finger on it. 


Bernhard Willhelm is clearly a big hit in Japan!

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Wine Tasting in St Germain de Pres

A great haunt with regular wine tasting as well as cheese and wine happy hour every friday. Discover new aromas and flavours to tantalise the taste buds!

Fresh and Fruity, this wine went down like a dream!! Price around 9 (Euros).

A thick, almost tar like liquid- an absolutely fave. Not for the faint-hearted, if you love real depth then you'll cherish this stunning wine. Price around 18 (Euros)

Pop down every friday for wine and cheese happy hour (5- 7.30pm)

Yum!! Gorgeous Organic Ice Cream

 Recommended flavours: Classic Vanilla and Caramello al Sale... they go perfect together, and a small pot of two scoops only cost 3.50 (Euros). Also, must try to the thick, gluppy hot chocolate - sensational!
This ice cream haunt in the 6th arrondissement is so delish, couldn't get enough. GROM, Metro stop: Odeon, 81 rue de Seine

Vintage Shop - What a Find!

Le Dépot-Vente de Buci-Bourbon is a treat for all vintage shoppers. Fab clothes, shoes, bags, deco and accessories galore. Metro stop: Mabillon, 6 rue de Bourbon-le-Chateau, 75006 Paris
Must-have piece- a graphic mustard yellow and cherry red Christian Lacroix cardigan... so tempting!

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

What do you love about Paris

Flair, finesse and all things French
I styled this look for another e-tail site in Paris - minmalist chic is definitely le plat du jour in this city.

What your shoes say about you

Spring and Summer 2011...   ... walk this way!

 put your best foot forward

 and step out in style