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How Christmas 2017 windows look in Paris

This is an exercise I enjoy doing every year since four years now, right before the holiday season. I take a close look at the Christmas windows of Paris department stores as well as different luxury brands to see who’s got the most creative and innovative concept. Since forever, Christmas windows are a big challenge and the perfect occasion to surprise us, the potential customers and to celebrate the winter collection with a selection of carefully planned products and accessories….

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5 contemporary jewelry brands you’ll love for Christmas

I took a holiday from my blog and my english posts, but with Christmas around the corner, I realize that I have a lot of things and news to tell and especially share with you. And that I’m eager to tell you about it. So, this is part one of my Christmas ideas, this time focused on French and British jewelry brands I like to follow. Don’t worry, I kept an eye on some quite budget friendly pieces 😉  …

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Good night, signora Sozzani…

  This is one of the most surprising news of this year. And a really sad one. Next to the one about Bowie or Alan Rickman leaving us earlier this year. I guess signora Sozzani wanted to move and live in a rainbow and watch us from out there. An extraordinary woman that I admired and considered as an inspiration since my first steps into real fashion, when I learned about her as I saw her in the front row of a…

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Christmas time 2016 in Paris

Some days ago a swiss friend sent me a pirate video clip currently circulating on the net: old videos of riots that took place some ten or more years ago were edited and presented like images of an actual attack of immigrants on the capital of France. Violent street scenes terrorise a scared population with police incapable of handling the situation. The title was  “Paris occupied by immigrants – the media keeps silent”. As streets in Paris don’t resemble at all…

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The first carbon dress constructed like a beemer: the interview with the designers

I say a lot that a car is “sexy”. And usually I say it about a dress, too. But if a dress would be not just as sexy, but as resistant and daring as the most innovative car? Therefore, when I found out that a couple of designers created a dress using the same carbon fibre found in the BMW i3 and BMW i8, I wanted to talk to them. And I asked Felder & Felder sisters about the process and their…

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Good night, Sonia Rykiel…

« Je suis une imposture de la mode. Je n’ai jamais étudié la couture, je ne sais pas tricoter et malgré ça, je suis devenue la reine du tricot, si ça ce n’est pas une imposture. » “I’m a fashion fraude. I never studied couture, I don’t know how to knit and still I became the queen of knitwear.”     “First I made a dress because I was pregnant and I wanted to be the most beautiful pregnant woman….

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Most ancient restaurant in Montmartre

This is the kind of adress a parisien friend will tell you about, not some fancy city guide. Montmartre has its good place (mostly hidden ones) and the touristic side I mostly disagree with, as the truly adopted cranky parisien I am. What made me curious about this extraordinary place? To discover the place where Apollinaire, my dear Toulouse Lautrec or Picasso use to meet for a glass of Absinthe. Guess you haven’t heard about this spot :-)) Build in 1879, nothing has…

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My grandmother’s gloves

My grandmother loved driving. She had a green Mini, the original one, ordered in London on a trip there. And even if she really needed glasses for the traffic, she was so proud to admit that she might be a driving danger. I loved her driving gloves and being in the Mini with her. For me it was more of a toy car by that time. The gloves, made especially for her in natural yellow-gold leather and sewed by hand,…

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The Emperor’s New Clothes – Olafur Eliasson at Versailles

Last year inside and outside the castle of Versailles we admired Anish Kapoor’s sculptures and mirrors. We played with the images, with our image upside down or on an enourmous arch, seeing us large or thread thin. It was joyful and lovely, interesting and artistical, as Anish Kapoor used us in tens of years of classy work and research. This year the exposing artist is Olafur Eliasson, a Danish-Icelandic artist, world known for sculptures and large-scale installation art. He uses…

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My Gala UAD 2016 notes

This time I decided I will rather make a kind of moodboard regarding the Gala UAD 2016 and it took me quite some time before I could reduce it all to the key moments. The Gala UAD, one of the essential fashion events in Romania, is the University of Art and Design from Cluj ceremony where students from Master and Licence degree present their very first collections. There is ambition, lot of talent and a highly professional preparation ensured by…

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