Fashion is everywhere

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SEE?

All they need is a pair of jeans and a simple t-shirt. A warm knit in this case, since it is winter and I am just recovering from my flu. Hope sweater, Dr Denim jeans and Laurence Dacade boots.

SEE?

LAURENCE DACADE

Most of you probably remember these particular boots from when I was chasing them in Paris. A bit later, they introduced me to their super gorgeous owner Soraya Bakhtiar. I fell madly in love – with the boots that is – and of course, like what almost always happens when I fall in love with something, it is nowhere to be found. That was until I bumped into them on a very cool French webstore I had never heard of before and immediately clicked them home. I mean, they took over this small spot in my mind months ago! I guess that is what happens when your wallet is literally broke(n) – and with that I mean actual holes – and the coins easily roll out. Then again, there is probably over a hundred reasons I can think off within a minute that justify my purchase. – They are utterly gorgeous. – They are French. – They have studs, and although I tend to hate just about anything with studs, these are super cool. – Underneath the studs they are suede. – Their heels have the perfect height. – They are super comfortable. – All they need is a pair of jeans and a simple t-shirt. – They are workable in summer as well, with bare legs. … … … – They are super different from all my other shoes. – They are black. – My boyfriend thinks they are hot – I clearly needed them. – They make me want to get out of bed (yes, I am still sick) and go outside just for the sake of wearing them. – I secretly already went grocery shopping in them, in my pj’s. – They photograph well on mirrors. – Did I mention they are utterly gorgeous? Ok, you get the point.

LAURENCE DACADE

ON DUNGAREES

Back in Paris I captured Anya Ziourova, fashion director of one of those cool Russian magazines (Tatler) we can not easily get our hands on in our tiny little country called The Netherlands, wearing THE leather dungarees, or overalls, whatever you would like to call them, from the 3.1 Phillip Lim resort collection that should arrive in stores soon. She paired them with a black and white sweatshirt and simple black Céline heels while strutting the Tuileries. Miroslava Duma already worked a rusty leather version of them – I believe they were Acne – last February in New York, matched with a nude Louboutin, a bright printed top and an oversized statement (is that a contamination?) necklace. Despite the fact that our Russian street style stars seem to be fans, this might be one of the most man repelling wardrobe pieces that a woman can own. (Makes me wonder though, are they equally sartorially offensive to us when worn by a man, in denim?) And yet do we find mister 3.1 Lim forecast them in black leather for pre-spring, but also in a fuchsia ánd moss green nubuck for when spring has sprung. I remember back in the 90’s they were a huge trend in any form of denim at my school – also in the 70’s, but that was way before I came along – and I also remember I had a checked one, with beige and baby blue, which I wore with those horrendous platform sneakers – predictably also in beige – during the time I thought pictures of the Spice Girls were good fashion advice. Whether I will buy one of these is still to be questioned, but I kind of like them. I mean, these are not just any dungarees, they are leather dungarees. What do you think?

ON DUNGAREES

BLACK AND BLUE

While cleaning the house – this includes closet – a bit last Sunday – that is what Sundays are made for right? – I counted over 17 coats and jackets. 17? Yes, 17! It is not a mountain, but it sure is a decent pile. I also catched myself standing in a particular highstreet store holding a very nice wool coat for a bit too long a couple of weeks ago. I must say I am happy I put it back where it belonged, waiting for a good owner that is actually going to get some wear out of it. Anyway, back to the number 17.  While writing this post, I am wondering, how come I tend to wear the same coat over and over again? Wondering again, when did one single person need over 17 coats and jackets? Should I make a strict selection of 5 and sell the rest to be able to buy some new ones again? Oh and by the way, this hat is absolutely divine if I may say so myself. Rodebjer coat (via DearFieldbinder), H&M fuzzy jumper, Mih Jeans velvet skinny jeans, Alexander Wang boots, Gerard Darel bag and Borsalino hat (both via Monnier Frères).

BLACK AND BLUE

LAYERED EARRINGS

It is just genius how Martien Mellema layered these Wouters & Hendrix and Lyppens Langerbrugsteeg earrings on Naomi Nijboer in Dutch Vogue‘s December issue. ph/ shot with Canon EOS M using manual, playing around with all settings.

LAYERED EARRINGS

WEATHER APPROPRIATE?

It has been raining cats and dogs outside for a couple of days now and here I am, sitting inside, wondering when I will be able to wear my new sunglasses. Cutler and Gross sunglasses (via Monnier Frères).

WEATHER APPROPRIATE?

BARBARA DE RU

If there is one thing I have tons of in my closet – apart from sweaters/jumpers – it is jackets. It is just such an easy piece, super easy to throw on a very special jacket like this one and keep the rest just extremely simple. Wear it with your staple t-shirt and favorite pair of jeans and you are done! Barbara de Ru jacket, COS t-shirt, Dr Denim jeans.

BARBARA DE RU

5 MINUTES WITH LAURE PARIENTE

Laure Pariente is, apart from a self proclaimed serial mom and huge fan of Karl Lagerfeld’s work for Chanel, the artistic director – the creative brain – behind American Retro. Together with her husband David, she started the über cool French label exactly ten years ago, but her love for fashion took off way earlier. “It all started in my childhood. My mother used to make me all my clothes, from embroidered dresses to sequined miniskirts, she made me everything and always took me to go shopping. When I met my husband David, we were always talking about fashion and were both so in love with it, that we knew we had to create something together. He studied finance and I studied business economics, but his family comes from the industry so he learnt me everything that I had to know. We really wanted to do our own thing and express ourselves”, she tells me in an interview, while drinking a cup of tea. In 2004, Laure and David opened their first store in the ever hip Le Marais in Paris, which is now their biggest store. In 2007, Terry Richardson shot their first campaign, starring Johanna Preiss. “The most exciting part of my job is the elaboration of the collection. To collect inspiration, set up a theme, choose the fabrics, really the whole process of making a collection.” Laure describes the typical American Retro girl as a girl who likes being positive and fresh. “She likes to be trendy, but not total look trendy. She would mix our pieces with designer pieces and add something vintage.” She mentions she would love to see Charlotte Gainsbourg wearing one of the pieces and also Vanessa Paradis, Kate Moss and Erin Wasson. “I like those kind of girls. Really cool without any effort. All natural.” The Parisienne’s own style is very eclectic. One day you could bump into her wearing something very feminine and modern, the next day she could look like a teenager or wearing her favorite jeans jacket full of holes. “I get my inspiration from all the girls around me, I like to mix everything and be different.” What her wardrobe looks like? “It is a mess, a big mess, but an organized mess. I know exactly where to find everything. It is full of jeans, vintages t-shirts and tons of shoes.”

5 MINUTES WITH LAURE PARIENTE

HAIR MEET WARDROBE

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HAIR MEET WARDROBE