Europe has been sending its retail best to us lately; COS came to us via Paris just last week, and now British retailer Whistles arrives stateside. Having set up shop-in-shop at Bloomingdale’s on 59th Street, pieces from the Limited Edition collection shown on the London runway will be available to New Yorkers, right at home.
In celebration, Whistles brought in blogger Garance Doré to shoot her best fashion friends bouncing around and whistling, (adorably) in their Whistles picks. Yasmin Sewell, Elle Strauss, Jeanann Williams, Vashtie Kola, Rebecca Dayan, and Cecile Togni star in the mini film titled #bellesandwhistles, styled by La Marque’s Meredith Melling and Valerie Boster. Watch #bellesandwhistles and then jump on the subway — this is a friend whose visit you won’t want to miss.
Mick Jagger has released a statement about the death of his girlfriend, designer L’Wren Scott. It begins, “I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way.” Read the rest here.
French street style blogger Garance Doré is just the cutest and her interview with fashion designer Stella McCartney is no exception.
Doré interviewed the British designer about her spring collection for the Pardon My French video series on her eponymous blog. (Past interviews have included Jenna Lyons, creative director of J.Crew, among others.)
It’s delightfuly goofy — Doré is obviously a big fan and Stella McCartney manages to be gracious without getting freaked out. She gamely answered questions about designing without fur or leather, eating meat-free, and balancing life as a working mom.
The only part that made me laugh is when she described her clothes as affordable …
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“The smaller the dress size, the larger the apartment,” was the notorious quote from thisNew York Times article on why Manhattan is the thinnest county in the State. French street-style photographer Garance Doré quoted the disconcerting shibboleth on her blog today to illustrate the stark difference between Parisians and New Yorkers when it comes to weight. Doré, a French expat now living in Manhattan, explains that women in Paris know how to relax and enjoy a big lunch with good wine, while women in New York – specifically in the fashion industry – well, don’t. No surprise there, but read on for some of her interesting reasons why.
The typical Parisian lunch consists of “a glass a wine, one or two desserts that everyone shares, no need for an appetizer but stuffing your face full of half the bread on the table is kind of totally ok,” notes Doré. Of course, the meal is almost always topped off with loads of coffee, cigarettes, and smiles. She doesn’t specifically breakdown what New Yorkers eat because, as she notes, they’re normally just watching her grub. “So it was cute to be the only Parisian at a table of New Yorkers. They would watch me rip another piece of bread off, order a glass of wine and a dessert and ask me what was the secret of those Parisians who stay thin despite such a devastating diet.”
The secret? Nonchalance. “I don’t work out at all cause I have so many other fascinating things to do in my life. Like smoking a few cigarettes, just to name one. And I’m perfectly fine with my little muffin top, thank you.”
While Parisians may be svelte, they’re not necessarily toned – and they don’t mind it one bit. “But the women in fashion in New York, they’re not just skinny. They’re New York skinny,” Doré explains. “New York skinny means thin to the brink, yet muscly from Pilates because it gives you those super long lean muscles.” How many fashion girls do you know that have a season pass to Physique 57, Soul Cycle, or Bikram Yoga? Most of them. And while that isn’t necessarily a bad thing (I’m a Physique 57-er myself), it’s just interesting that today’s desired body type is less Kate Moss and more Kelly Ripa. Doré also points at the hormones and chemicals so rampant in American food, versus European produce generally, as another possible reason for her New York “welcome present” of 10 pounds.
Perhaps one day we can find a balance between thin-because-I’m-obsessed NY and thin-because-I-don’t-care Paris.
Given that I’m heading to Paris this week, Lauren Bastide’s city guide couldn’t have come at a better time. The ultra-chic Elle France writer recently took some time out with the enchanting Garance Doré to share her best-kept secrets in the city she calls home. From where to indulge in the perfect baguette to the holy grail of vintage shopping, this Parisian definitely knows what’s up. Until I report back with my own picks, here’s a condensed version of Bastide’s favorites to hold you over.
For the best soy banana smoothie: Rose Bakery (46 Rue des Martyrs, 75009) For the quintessential baguette: Arnaud Delmontel (39 Rue Martyrs, 75009) For hard-to-find fashion magazines: Les Editions OFR (20 Rue Dupetit-Thouars, 75003) For luxury vintage shopping: Since (30 Rue St Roch, 75001) For super thrift shopping: The Le Marais district is where it’s at. Boutiques include Freep’star (8 Rue Ste Croix la Bretonnerie) and Noir Kennedy (22 Rue Roi de Sicile). For a fashionable rendezvous: Le Water Bar de Colette (Rue Saint Honoré, 75001) For your nightlife fix: Le Baron (6 Avenue Marceau, 75008) For your non-touristy culture fix: Musée Maillol (61 Rue de Grenelle, 75007) For yoga with real Buddhist monks: Le Centre Sivananda (140 Rue de Faubourg Saint Martin, 75010)
Being Anna Dello Russo, fashion director at large for Vogue Nippon, isn’t easy. A self-described “passionate fashionista,” Dello Russo is a fanatic for wearing completely different, creative ensembles from head-to-toe every time she steps out in her stilettos. She is also known for being very media savvy, which is why she recently gave Style.com her gift ideas for some of the most famous fashion bloggers in the biz. See her picks, after the jump.
One of my favorite style bloggers is French photographer and illustrator Garance Doré. She has a natural fashion flair all her own, but when paired with her equally stylish boyfriend, Scott Schuman (a.k.a. “The Sartorialist”), it is almost too much fabulousness to bear. So when Garance shared her holiday wish list with Harper’s Bazaar, I paid close attention. See what she wants for Christmas, after the jump.
2. A new diary. 3. Dinner with all my family together: It’s difficult as we’re all in different places. I would love to have us all be together for just one night. 4. A year of massage/spa treatments: amazing! 5. A ring by Gaia Repossi.
In just a few years, Anna Wintour has undergone quite the attitude adjustment regarding her perspective on the blogosphere. While at one time so bothered by the word “blog” she tried to come up with a substitute, Wintour has done a 180. In Vogue’s next issue, she’ll highlight seven different fashion bloggers. Word first came when Bryanboy tweeted he was in town for the shoot; then the names of Tommy Ton of Jak & Jil and Todd Selby of The Selby were added onto the confirmed list. (None of these three are necessarily a surprise, given Bryanboy’s prominence within the industry — sitting front row at D&G and having a Marc Jacobs bag named after him — while Tommy Ton contributes to Style.com.) But who are the unnamed four?
Tavi seems pretty much guaranteed. The tween blogger hosts a video on Style.com in which she previews Rodarte’s Target line and their related photo shoot on the plains of North Dakota. Also a very likely candidate: Hanneli Mustaparta — the Norwegian-born former model who lives in NYC and whose street-style photo blog has garnered the respect of many within the industry. Beyond that it’s very likely that photo bloggers Scott “The Sartorialist” Schuman and his gf Garance Dore are the other two, as each has been both featured on and contributed to Vogue quite a bit. Susie Bubble of Style Bubble and Rumi Neely of Fashion Toast are potential wild cards as well, but we’ll have to wait another few weeks until the full cast of bloggers is revealed. Regardless, it marks quite a revelation in terms of Wintour and Vogue’s acceptance of the fashion blogging community as a whole. Besides, if you can’t beat ’em, might as well join ’em.
New York Fashion Week is still over a week away, but that doesn’t mean designers aren’t slowly but surely divulging specifics on the shapes their SS10 collections will take. According to the Cut, Alexander Wang is channeling his inner “perv” for his latest collection, while Proenza Schouler’s designs should call to mind a stylish “off-shore” castaway. Specifically, NYFW’s leading designers have handed over one or two-word responses regarding the inspirations behind their respective collections. While most answers are less literal, Alice + Olivia kept things simple; their latest designs are inspired by rockers the Plasticines.
Speaking of designers, street style photographer Garance Dore (whose ethereal, beautiful images have landed her gigs contributing to Vogue Paris among other outlets) is, as I’ve mentioned in the past, teaming with GAP. But as of today fans across the world can check out the fruits of her collaboration — a series of tees showcasing Dore’s iconic illustrations – which will come to a head when GAP opens an exhibition of Dore’s work at its soon-to-debut pop-up shop on Carnaby Street (open Sept. 10th) in conjunction with the retailer’s 40th anniversary.