Resort 2019 fashion trends

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Happy Monday morning!

Most students will soon be on vacation here in Quebec, and since I’ve noticed that I had no coverage of Resort 2019, I’m going to remedy that with great clothing suggestions for vacations!

Retro

The most noticable trend for Resort is the retro aesthetic. It’s a cross-over of the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s, but the mood is there for everyone to see: the nostalgia of bygone days, and the desire to feel like Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday while you are on vacation.

The new bohemians

According to statistics, Millennials are very interested in traveling, and the bohemian (or “boho”) style has resurfaced stronger than ever in the last decade. These reinterpretations of the style are softer than the hippie fashions, but remain boho at heart.

Lolita

This is not the Japanese Lolita, but it borrows from its spirit of femininity and youthfulness, while remaining very comfortable when temperature raise too high. (In fact, I think it might be closer to Retro-Lolita and Otome-Kei than Lolita, to my eyes. Either way, it’s casual and girly, I think we can agree on that.)

Cold shoulder

Finally, for a more urban look, perhaps to go out downtown, the cold shoulder, in velvet, and with sequin and pearls could be seen here and there. It might be a little bit warm for a hot day, but a good idea for evening-wear.

I hope that you have enjoyed this article, and I wish you amazing vacations, whatever you’ll do and wherever you’ll be. Stay safe, though. 🙂

All images from Vogue.com

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Bridal Spring-Summer 2019 fashion trends

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Temperley London

Good morning!

I think romantics are going to be very happy about this blog post: I’m going to list bridal fashion trends. It should be fun. 🙂

Soft draped pleats on the bodice

Draping is traditional in bridal gowns, but I’ve noticed a larger number of them for this season. Various options are available, either straight, diagonal, etc., so there should be a suitable design for every body shape.

Bows on the back

A delicate addition to an open back: a bow. As simple and humble as that! Yet, it’s feminine, and brings us back to our dream dresses from when we were children.

Retro

Some designs take us back to the 1950s and 1960s for a classic style. You can go all the way and research Grace Kelly’s wedding…

Marie-Antoinette

Don’t worry! There’s no need to wear cumbersome panniers with these dresses, they simply mimic the style of the rococo era, with large skirts that look like an over-skirt on top of an underskirt.

The Renaissance

Another historical element is the comeback of the Renaissance gown, possibly inspired by the cultural phenomenon that is Game Of Thrones (I’ll continue later on that subject, there’s more to see). I love the Pre-Raphaelite aspect of this trend.

The Spanish princess

For a more boho look, a dress inspired by the Iberian Peninsula might be a perfect choice. The flounces are pretty, but I’m in awe in front of the embroidery!

Game Of Thrones

gameofthronesLast but not least, and the most amusing by far, is the Game Of Thrones inspiration found here and there. With the final season ending in May, it’s no surprise that some designer were inspired by the show, but it’s still funny to notice a few details like that in a bridal collection. There’s even a cape lined with fur (Or are those feathers? I can’t tell, it’s too small on my screen.)

I have no word to describe how that makes me feel! Let’s have a Game Of Thrones themed wedding… Sure! Why not? Valar morghulis. Life is too short to resist fulfilling your own dreams.

I hope I have inspired you, or at least entertained you. Thank you for reading, and have a great day!

All images from Vogue.com

Spring-Summer 2019 fashion trends

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Good morning!

The fashion trends for Spring and Summer are so easy to integrate into a wardrobe, that I could not resist writing a blog post about them. There’s a little bit of everything for everybody, so feel free to pick only the ideas you like.

Delicate pinstripes

This is the most obvious trend for Summer, in my opinion, and an old classic. It’s very easy to integrate into your wardrobe, and it will never go out of style. This said, the pinstripes for this season are so delicate, they are almost invisible, especially on pale fabrics.

Bold pinstripes

A variation on the pinstripes above, but with contrasting colours. The result is a little bit younger and more lively.

Florals

I know, I know, flowers for Spring and Summer is not very original… However, it is one of the trends, and it has invaded even the menswear collection, making the floral motif a gender-neutral (and happy) symbol of the warm season.

Black and white plaid

It seems to be a preview of Fall-Winter, we’re seeing plaid but in its more delicate form. Black and white make this a wardrobe basic.

The Matrix, 2019

Surprisingly, I’ve found gothic designs in the Spring-Summer collection. This said, it is not the latex-clad Matrix style. The fabrics chosen are softer, lighter, and more comfortable to wear in Summer.

Warm pink

Last but not least, warm shades of pink were seen on the runways. With Pantone declaring coral as the colour of the year for 2019, we shouldn’t be surprise to see some pink appear.

I hope I have inspired you. Thank you for reading, and have a wonderful day. 🙂

All images from Vogue.com

Winter trend: the redingote

mens_frock_overcoatAttention, fashion time-travelers!

One of the major elements I’ve noticed on the runways for Winter 2019 is the Victorian coat. An homage to the Victorian redingote, or riding coat, it is suitable for all genders. In fact, it’s a bit gender-neutral by definition, as 18th century women borrowed the idea from men, and it evolved in shape and style according to fashion trends. Although some of the styles seen on the runways are very tailored and close-fitting at the waist, some are a bit more rectangular and masculine and therefore, a bit more suitable for those who don’t have a perfect hourglass figure.

Choose your style, single- or double-breasted, ornamented with trims, artificial fur, or made with an elegant fabric; it is sure to look elegant and formal, no matter the occasion.

Images: vogue.com

 

My beginner’s guide to Bollywood movies

A few years ago, I have started watching Bollywood movies, entirely based on the colourful screenshots I had seen, and without any understanding of Hindi. Watching foreign movies with subtitles has proven to be quite an adventure, but an addictive one.

My first attempts were the few movies I was able to catch on weekends on the Canadian Omni channel, and the only copy of My Name Is Khan available at the video rental store, but it was a start.

As I became more and more curious, I confess that I started to download illegally the movies I couldn’t see otherwise, and the subtitles I found were often fan-made and so very bad, that I could barely understand the movie. As an exemple, the subtitles for PK were going so fast that they were over at the middle of the movie, leaving me there struggling to follow the story at all.

However, through all the good and the bad, I fell in love with Bollywood cinema. I love the stories, the music, the colouful costume and scenery; it makes me want to travel to India. 🙂 My only recommendation would be to download official version, with professional subtitles.

If you’ve never watched Bollywood movies, and don’t know where to start, I would advise you to try My Name Is Khan, which is almost an American movie. Then, perhaps you should continue with Hindi Medium (a comedy-drama), and Don and Don 2 (Thrillers/Gangster movies).

I also love and recommend Om Shanti Om, Dhoom 2, Dhoom 3, Devdas, PK, Bahubali, Jodhaa-Akbar, and Padmaavat (this one has such a sad ending though, it’s not for everybody).

What about you? Do you have favourite Bollywood movies you would like to recommend? If so, please comment below, the more the merrier. 🙂

Since a blog is a great platform for self-expression, allow me to share something personal. I’ve always been shy, especially as a child. I always struggled to speak in public, and oral tests at school were always a torture. However,  I’ve fought hard to overcome this and express myself more. I try to smile to strangers wherever I go, and talk whenever I get the opportunity. With time, I discovered that my cheeks don’t always turn as red as they used to.

I even have a blog now! I can share my ideas and accomplishments with the whole world.

My advice would be this: no matter your reason(s) to be shy, just try. The more you try, the easier it will be. 🙂

 

My favourite movies about fashion

We are approximately at the middle of the Fall season, and days are getting shorter, but also colder. At the risk of sounding cliche, “winter is coming”, quite literally. Many people, including myself, start pondering about their winter activities. For my part, I do enjoy a good movie when the weather is too bad, and I thought I might share a few with you today. All four of them are documentaries about fashion.

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Valentino: The Last Emperor

Let’s start with my favourite: Valentino: The Last Emperor. I have truly enjoyed this journey into the world of Valentino Garavani, and his life-long business partner Giancarlo Giammetti. What I love the most about this movie is how it follows intimately the making of a collection, with its beauty and glamour (of course), but also its little mishaps. The relationship and complicity between the two men, who argue almost like an old couple, adds an human dimension to this documentary. I would recommend it first, especially for fashion debutantes.

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Signé Chanel

My second choice is also a very good one, so we might not agree about the order I’m placing them. Signé Chanel is a French documentary that also goes intimately into the making of a collection, from sketches to the runway show. Again, what really fascinated me was the human aspect. The various artisans who are involved into the creation of a dress show their meticulous work in front of the camera, revealing the many hours needed to create each item. I think everyone who has seen this documentary remembers Raymonde Pouzieux, the official passementier (someone who makes trimmings and edgings) of Chanel, and the last living person who has known Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. She is both touching and amazing, working in her rustic workshop. The only problem with this movie is its language: although a version exists with english subtitles, I cannot guarantee that you will find it easily (or legally), but it’s worth the effort if you can find it.

Third and fourth choices, but slightly less interesting for me as these are about fashion journalism rather than fashion design, are The September Issue, which shows the making of Vogue’s magazine most sought-after issue, and The First Monday In May, which is about the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual gala. They’re not my personal cup of tea, as I’m much more interested in the making of the clothes than their wearers, but I have to admit they were both very interesting.

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The September Issue

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The First Monday In May

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a fair exchange, do you have any fashion-related movie you could recommend? Please, leave your suggestions in the comments below. 🙂

Have a great day!

Welcome to my new blog!

I’ve had a few experiments with blogging before, which were not so successful (and also not necessarily as mature as they should have been), but I have a good feeling about this one. It came during a mood for something new, and feels very much needed right now.

It’s a new beginning, like an innocent new baby, and it feels completely rejuvenating.

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Let’s hope for the best for this new baby blog, then!

Thank you for visiting, see you soon!