MAISON LA BICHE

My favorite part of attending so many trade shows every year is the opportunity to discover designers who are brand spank’n new or unknown in the USA. Often at shows I walk for 20 minutes without finding a booth I am willing to stop at and chat with but sometimes, very rarely, I discover a brand like Maison La Biche.

It was my last day covering the shows in Paris and I only had a few hours left to check out a small show called The Box; it was located in the basement of another show and my initial impression was underwhelmed to say the least. I walked through 50 booths filled with luggage and iPad covers before I got to a small area that had a few stands with jewelry, hats and the occasional shoe. With my eyes peeled and my patience running low, I spot a small stand with two girls dressed casually chic and chatting in the most, well…casual and chic way. They must be french, I adore them already. Sure enough, as I approach they both greet me with big smiles and a cheerful “Bonjourrrr!”. The bright colors and unique designs of their collection catch my eye as I embarrassingly confess to them my french is sub-par. Luckily they switch immediately to English and are more than happy to walk me through the collection. Jenny and Marie tell me about their desire to start working with their hands again, to go back to a world were creation was not stifled by corporate constraint. Jenny and Marie had both been working in the industry for quite some time as a designer and a stylist, respectively. They tell me that they also have a t-shirt line at Colette (of course they do, they were too cool not to). The more they tell me about their brand the more I fall in love. Mixing nautical cords with over-sized crosses, feathers and skulls, delicate charm bracelets and gangster-like chain…everything was just so good and even more than anything, so salable. Their brand just proves how passion and bravery can free your mind and allow you to embark on your own creative journey. I can’t wait to see what their newest collection looks like in a few weeks when I return to Paris, YEAH BABY!

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DONDA

As I am sure you have already heard, Kanye West couldn’t sleep last night so he decided to fire off 86 tweets about his plans to “pick up where Steve Jobs left off” and inspire the world to come together in a relentless global brainstorm on all levels of creativity. Although I have been a pretty tough critic of Kanye’s in the past, especially his attempt at being a fashion designer, I have to give him a virtual high-five for this. If there is something Kanye is undoubtedly good at, its catching peoples attention and its about time celebrities of the world turn all that spot-light into positive energy.  He is asking people all over the world to step up and join him on what could be one of the worlds biggest creative cultivations to date. DONDA, the name of his new company, is looking to bring reform to the world as a whole with a focus on educating the youth. YOU GO KANYE, you have my endorsement. Catch up with his rant on twitter @kanyewest or check out some of my personal favorite tweets from the 3hr escapade below.

“What good is fame and prestige if you can’t use it to help people… I want to help by doing what I know how to do best .. create”

“…To dream of, create, advertise and produce products driven equally by emotional want and utilitarian need.. To marry our wants and needs.”

“We can collectively effect the world trough design. We need to pick up where steve jobs left off”

-@kanye west

The new seven screen experience Kanye is developing; courtesy of Kanye’s twitter account, @kanyewest

“Watch the Throne” studded Tartan shirt by Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy

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WHATS NEW AT PROENZA

If there is one thing Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez do best, its innovation. The pair are known for their unique expression of art and youth culture through expert tailoring and customized fabrication. With the launch of the PS1 in 2008, the two designer behind mega-brand, Proenza Schouler, redefined what it meant to be an “it-bag”. The newest editions to their handbag line-up include spectator stripes, python and a perfectly florescent neon. Although they are undoubtedly stunning, these pretty bags will cost you an even prettier penny… start saving ladies.

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SS13 MENS GLOBAL THEMES

In case you didn’t have a chance, during our very wonderful holiday, to check out the Mens Global Themes on the site here is a breakdown of the trends we called out for SPRING 2013.

FUTURISTIC FITNESS

Probably my favorite theme for men in 2013, this trend focuses on the balance between futuristic couture and athletic inspiration. Minimalism is the key to keeping this trend balance with a monochromatic color palette and touches of metallic and holographic finishes. Look to brands like Y-3 and Margiela for inspiration.

 

TROPICAL SABBATICAL

With a huge sweep of tropical influences, SS13 for men also supports a sea-side trend, from over-sized Hawaiian prints to casual resort wear. We focus on the diver watch being a key element in supporting this trend as scuba gear is a major influence. New fabrics such as Neoprene, nylon and ripstop are highlighted.

 

AFRICAN WARRIOR

From gladiator sandals and safari inspired bags at Michael Kors to straw materials and bright colors at Burberry, there was a vast range of African influences. We look to new material combinations and fabrications such as canvas, braided jute and wax-finished leathers. Over-sized cuffs and neck-wear also make a statement for SS13, setting a new identification from past seasons’ African expression.

 

ALMOST FAMOUS

Taking inspiration from pure Rock-n-Roll, this trend is not defined by a specific decade but rather a free-spirited and grungy sensibility. For many decades music has influenced fashion but one consist trend taken from the industry is a nod to rocker’s non-nonchalant garb. With juxtapositions from distressed and worn in tailoring at John Varvatos to casual kick-back Cobain style at Nicholas K, this trend is sure to fill the shelves for SS13 with more attitude and style than any of the others.

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GISELE x GIVENCHY SPRING 2012 CAMPAIGN

There are no two brands I love more than Gisele Bundchen (yes, she is a brand.) and Givenchy. Shot by the always amazing Mert + Marcus , Gisele looks insane in this stormy beach scene. Our (tropical baseball) hats are off to you Tisci, you’ve done it yet again.

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THE PERFECT POINTED TOE

If you’ve missed this trend, you’ve been sleeping under a rock… to put it nicely. Here are three of my favorite styles of the pointed toe heel:

Giuseppe Zanotti for Thakoon

Casadei

Casadei

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BOYS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN

I love the styling on this shoot… Nicholas Galetti always does such a good job and with subjects like these soon to be big-shot models, you can’t go wrong! I especially love the mixed media in the accessories and the printed Nikes in the first image. Jacob Morton, Felix Cordier, Patrick O’Donnell and Jan Philip Zuelke show that not only “girls just wanna have fun”.  Shot by Matias Indjic for Dedicated Magazine.

 

all images from thefashionisto.com

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AT MY HOLIDAY PARTY

I would have this video playing over and over again on a projector on the wall

My decor would be metallic themed … I think red and green is cheesy and the holidays should be sparkly and magical, not kitschy.  like this:

I would wrap all my guests’ party favors in diamonds like this:

I would have VIE LUXE candles burning, not only do they smell incredible but they come in this most divine jar as well.

and I would have an arrangement of books on my coffee table, of course including Carine Roitfeld’s book, IRREVERENT

images via amazon, citified.blogspot.com and vieluxe
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SS13 GLOBAL THEMES

Today all of the SS13 Global analysis for ladies will be completed (yay!). On the site you can find six overarching trends which encompass Spring 2013’s most trend sensitive content. Although there are no definitive contemporary versus junior trends, we feel that that there is a very clear divide in the presentation between which skews younger. Here is a more intensive break down of the trends. Check back to http://www.fashionsnoops.com later today for the full report.

GREAT GATSBY

With the new Gatsby movie on the verge of being released it is no wonder that American designers such a Ralph Lauren and Tory Burch channeled delicate feminism of the 20s with this SS13 theme. In accessories you see a focus on a more simplistic heel as we move away from past seasons’ chunkier, 70s inspired silhouettes. Cloche hats, fringe embellished coin purses and a washed out pastel palette help to soften this trend.

 

OLYMPIC GLAMOUR

The key to executing this trend for SS13 is finding the perfect harmony between sporty and chic. We have seen active for so many season but this takes the traditional casual wear and adds a twist of glam. Contrasting traditional sporty material with a feminine silhouette provides the perfect balance. Perforated leather, mesh, nylon and neoprene are key fabrications for Olympic Glamour in SS13.

 

OCEANIC OPULENCE

The Chanel SS12 show was a huge force behind the evolution of Oceanic Opulence. Although this trend is focused around life under the sea, the true key trends lie in fabrication and iridescent finishes. With sequins being such a huge movement in past seasons, we see a shift into a more muted sparkle with opalescent hues and subtle shimmer. Sky high platforms with lucite soles and seashell encrusted handbags help to maintain the dreamlike world of Atlantis.

 

LUSTROUS FUTURISM

With an overload of metallic on the runways, we focus our attention to a more futuristic and minimalist sensibility for SS13. Clean lines, sharp cuffs and layers of embellishments, this trend is over the top with glamour. Balmain, McQueen and Antonio Berardi played key roles in helping this trend to unfold. Key call outs include oversized cuffs and chain-mail clutches.

 

RETRO VACATION

Think back to sun bathing at a retro Motel in the heart of California. Fast cars, late nights at the diner and a youth movement that was sure to change the world. Prada set the tone for Retro Vacation with her crop tops, flame pumps and oversize rose-bud earrings. An innocent color palette gets zest from deep coral hues and kelly green. Accessories range from headscarves to cat-eye glasses and everything inbetween.

 

RETURN TO AFRICA

Season after season we see an interpretation of African Tribal; for SS13 the shift lies again in the fabrication. Braided jute, colored canvas and feathers help to put footwear and handbags on a new level. We see Art Deco influencing more geometric silhouettes in-conjunction with these new materials creating a “”Return to Africa” unlike one we’ve seen before.

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ASOS SS12 PREVIEW

Headed to the ASOS SS12 preview last week and it totally blew my mind. Their use of fabrication is incredible considering the price point. I loved all the tropical inspired hot shorts and mini dresses. The lucite tinted visor and perforated backpacks were so cool too. I am always so impressed by the evolution of ASOS as a private label brand. Some of my favorite shots below….

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