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In DC today, it is rainy and cold and gray. A chilly 45-degrees Fahrenheit, to be exact. In Paris, it is 13-degrees Celsius with a light drizzle.  With this much precipitation in the air, it is only right and fair to turn the eye towards outerwear. If you are like me, one who does not like when the temperature dips below 75-degrees Fahrenheit (or 24–degrees Celsius), then right about now you are looking for coats and jackets and gloves to wear to keep the body warm.

Rainy weather always makes me think first of Paris, more than any other city in the world. Yes, even before Seattle. When thoughts of travel to Paris come to mind, I don’t think summer in Paris, but rather Fall or Winter, sometimes even Spring, in Paris. The association with cool (weather) and Paris works for me because S/S Paris Fashion Week consistently occurs in October. And while it makes sense to explore a city when the weather is less frightful, I can only think of being a flâneuse, that quintessential lolly-gagger who, with umbrella in hand, strolls an arrondissement, stopping before glass windows of shops displaying their wares, enticing one to come and have just one of that thing.

Making one’s way around a wet and rainy Paris as the ever-thoughtful flâneuse then leads to thoughts about jackets and other types of outerwear, which leads me to the topic of today’s post: what to wear on those cool, sometimes downright chilly, days and nights.

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Two years ago, Balenciaga ushered in the wave of floral dresses with bulbous skirts and cinched waists. Ever the trend-setter, Nicolas Ghesquière has quite likely done it again. If what he created for Balenciaga’s Spring/Summer 2010 show is any indication, a harder, tougher aesthetic is what we can expect to see on the racks of high-end department stores and smaller, mall stores. Next year promises to be full of  sleek leather and black fabric, a marked contrast from the florals and soft palettes typical of Spring/Summer looks past.

However, to serve as a contrast to the leather jodhpurs and tough hoodies, Ghesquière punched up the look with bits of color and sheer fabric–hard and soft. Ever the forward thinker, the designer also turned his eye to sustainable materials, using fabrics that were organic or recycled. While it may not be that Ghesquière was making a political statement–“Go eco!”–he certainly made a fashion statement, opting to use the fabrics that he did when envisioning his new look.

Be prepared to see the inspired Balenciaga look in a matter of months!


[Photo credits: style.com]

Martin Grant’s collection for the Spring does exactly that. He’s created finely tailored clothes that accentuate the best parts of a woman’s body–her shoulders, her legs, and her neck. However, there was one miss, and it was the hot shorts that he made. Yes, they accentuate super long legs, but I found them to be a bit much. Aside from that, I was in love with the collection. There were details on each of the outfits that are worth mentioning: the single button; the cinched waists; the perfect gathering at the hem. The color palette was simple in creams, camels, and greys, but there were moments that he punched up the collection with eye-popping lime or shimmering pink.

[Photo credits: style.com]

Stella McCartney continues the floral theme seen in the Balenciaga show. Her collection was very floaty and flirty, quite reminiscent of an ethereal nymph.

Giambattista Valli went for the girly hues in rose, canary, and powder blue.


Céline went for the bold in everything from clothes to bags to shoes. Très chic!

Some of the silhouettes, particularly when looking at Stella McCartney and Giambattista Valli, also recall a 1970s vibe with the paisley print and roomy caftan dresses. Groovy!

[Photo credits: Getty Images; WireImage]

Thursday, October 4th, looks as though it will be my favorite day of this whole Paris Fashion Week business.

Giambattista Valli, Céline, and Stella McCartney are showing!

I first read the woNicolas Ghesquièrerds Nicolas Ghesquière about eight years ago. The context in which my eyes skimmed that name is quite…unique. I loved reading Internet soap operas at the time. There happened to be web drama title “A Lovely Light,” which took place in bitchy Hollywood, with actors who were up-and-coming and socialites who were fighting the aging process. In any case, the author of this web drama (I forget her name) named dropped various designers, and the name Nicolas Ghesquière was one of those. Maybe it was the fancy accent mark over the “e” in Ghesquière that stuck out to me, but ever since then I have never forgotten his name. It doesn’t hurt that he isn’t bad to look at.

And neither is his collection. The classic Balenciaga shape is present in the clothes the models wore, but those fabrics are simply heavy and lush. The shimmer beneath the lights are spectacular.




Of course, there was also this piece (and several others like it) that reminded me of what Bradley Baumkirchner created for his Cher-inspired piece on Project Runway‘s Seaosn Three. And it wasn’t good.

[Photo credits: elle.com]

It’s no secret that I have an affinity for vintage fashion. John Galliano provided that with his collection for Christian Dior. Very ’20s chic, I’d say.



And if we’re to look at how each look was accessorized, I would say that the hat trend will not be going anywhere any time soon. Which is good for me because I have a cloche and a Kangol that I haven’t worn in some time now. I’m also impressed by the Dior shoes. Very dramatic.

[Photo credit: elle.com]


la fashionista has had an interest in fashion and style since childhood when she first saw her mother dress in the various fashion of the 80s. Her mother was also a great seamstress, which was a definite influence on la fashionista's foray into fashion. Sadly, her mother's sewing talent did not get passed on to la fashionista.

But that doesn't mean that she doesn't still love talking about fashion. Because she does!

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