Post Paris Musings & Inspirations
Back home in wet, rainy Southern Oregon with winter coming on, I've saved some of my personal favorite photos to muse upon.
|One the left bank, after lunch at la Palette, strolling up the tiny historic rue de l'Echaude, we kept seeing these charming graffiti-drawings on buildings and here in an empty window. Turns out they were done by the fashion designer Jean Charles de Castelbajac who has a boutique in the neighborhood on rue St.Peres|
a tiny shop located on Place Alphonse Deville, just off rue Cherche Midi, epitomizes avant garde French chic.
|Every woman can use a red jacket or coat...so says Donna Fujii, one of the top color analysts in the world....the red can vary from pure red like this great jacket in the window at Kamille to pale pink, to orange, to purple.|
|Marvelous hand stitched sleeve detail....a very nice quality linen muslin is used for lining the sleeve. The jacket fabric is wool.|
|Also from Kamille.|
A fabulous button treatment.
|@Kamille, colored angled buttonholes make a white shirt stand out.|
One of my personal design heroes.
|Yohji Yamamoto interprets the Chanel jacket.|
I love this rendition.
Katherine and I pore over every garment in the shop.
is a quintessentially French RTW line. and I am a fan.
|Feather vest in the window at Lillith|
is one of the world's great working designers.
The New York Times describes him as 'one of fashion's most cerebral designers'.
There was a retrospective Dries von Noten exhibition at the Musee de la Textile et du la Mode at the Louvre. I went twice and it blew my mind.
|Interior of the magnificent Dries von Noten boutique on the left bank in a historic building overlooking the Seine. If you take a close look at some of the prints, you can see it is the same design as used in the garment shown below.|
|In the window @Dries von Noten|
|Hand painted effect print, rather thick silver paint on black....the same print was used in other color ways in other garments.|
is a Taiwanese designer with a tiny shop tucked away in the Palais Royal (one of my favorite places in Paris). We peeked in the window before the shop opened, then stopped back later in the day to see things firsthand. A sewist's dream, each piece one of a kind and impeccable, using silks using ancient dying techniques (dyed with tea and lacquered, or dyed with mud or yam).
|Loved the scrunchy wool hats bound in silk....my friend Gwen bought one.|
|Shirts using the tea dyed lacquered silk.|
Tiny beads are sewn along the edge of the garments.
|In the upper left hand corner, a detail of a scarf made from strips of the lacquered silk and hand stitched together.|
The windows at the original shop on the rue St. Honore are always spectacular.
This year, the them was fall, and they had constructed (sewn) abstract tree trunks made from a metallic mesh like window screening, but much finer.
The items in the window matched the theme on an uber luxe level.
|The dress is made from a flat fur. |
See the tree trunks sewn from metal mesh in the background
|Carrying out the autumn theme is a chain saw and gas can upholstered in real crocodile.|
Why? Because they can.....
on the ritzy Avenue Montaigne
|A sumptuous coat.|
In France, by law, the prices of things in a shop window must be posted.
A rarity, the sign said to inquire within for the price on the coat.
has a shop in the Palais Royal, where the theme of the moment was
|Wandering though the Bon Marche department store, I had a chance to examine this coat up close.|
Truly fabulous, the zippers are sewn impeccably to the wool fabric.
The fabric is a beefy wool melton.
Cost around 3000 euros (around $3800.)
|A more restrained use of zippers on the coat and on the bag.|
|In a wonderful off shade of green, more zippers.|
|A classic blazer power dressing look embellished with zippers.|
THE handbag look of the season is Stella McCartney's zipper trimmed bags.
She calls the faux leather 'vegan' leather.
|The real Stella bags are expensive, but we saw knockoffs all over town.|
|Katherine bought this knockoff tote, also in 'vegan' leather.|
outgoing artistic womenswear director at Hermes, has a chic small shop in the north Marais.
|Nobody does simplicity and classic chic better than Christophe Lemaire who honed his craft through internships with Yves St. Laurent, Thierry Mugler and Christian La Croix.|
|Matières à réflexion|
|This small designer owned/operated shop in the north Marais specializes in hand bags made from vintage motorcycle jackets accented with chain handles.|
They also have a small line of clothing done by local designer friends.
Love this drop notch collar jacket.
Pieced jacket in 2 shades of gray
|Very nice use of texture, raw and finished edges and leather cuff.|
|The raw edges are stabilized and worked as carefully as the finished ones.|