The house of Yves Saint Laurent has always been known for establishing iconic staples in a woman's wardrobe and continuously evolving and refining them. There probably isn't one fashion enthusiast who didn't snatch up a pair of the 'Tribute' platform pumps when they were introduced three seasons ago. For Spring/Summer 2008, the 'Tribute' still has it's platform and 4 inch heel but it's been given a fresh new look with a t-strap and buckled ankle strap. How amazing they looked in yellow when they tip-toed in front of me outside the Giambattista Valli show. YSL 'Tribute' sandals + rolled up cropped pants = FEROCIA COUTURA!!! LOL
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Spotted outside the Marios Schwab fashion show
Carine Roitfeld in her shoe of choice for Paris Fashion Week
Last season, I could barely grab a glimpse from where I was standing of the shoes designed by Manolo Blahnik for Christopher Kane at the Spring/Summer 08 show. All I could see were lace-up ankle boots with silver cap toes. As these spectacular boots paraded by, I immediately thought to myself, "How amazing would it be if these were actually produced to sell and not just for viewing pleasure on the catwalk." So to my surprise, I had my first sighting of them outside the Marios Schwab fashion show. I was busy taking someone else's photo but I quickly turned and took a quick photo of them before the woman sporting them jetted off. After being able to get a closer look, I could finally put my finger on what they reminded me of: part cowboy boot, part loafer and part fetishistic ankle boot. How fabulous and kinky is that combination.
Two weeks later in Paris, I wasn't surprised to see Carine Roitfeld sporting them outside the Balmain show. But I was surprised to see her sport them everyday to the shows. It was unlike her to wear the same thing more than once during fashion week but I guess when something is so utterly fabulous as this boot, you can't help but want to wear it all the time. That's the thing about a really great shoe.
It's not a pleasant sight to see a child taking up a front row seat at a fashion show, especially in London or Paris. So please leave your children at home or get a babysitter, however, please feel free to bring your puppy if it's this cute and obedient. I have a soft spot for puppies :P
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It's typically a whirlwind rush outside any fashion show during Paris fashion week. I try to take as many photos as possible, so sometimes I'll just snap and take the odd one here and there. This one is particular is really nice because Edita is such a classic beauty and the Paris light just radiates on her.
The makeup at the Jeremy Scott show was meant to make the models look like bank robbers, but right just before the show I spotted Canadian model, Alana Zimmer, making a quick phone call, so I ran up and took this quick snap. I had no idea what the theme of the show was but I thought she was looking pretty fierce in her Marc Jacobs ensemble. She looked as if she had walked off the pages of some comic book.
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Generally, I usually have a mixed reaction to almost every Miu Miu collection. Actually, you could say that I have a mixed reaction to every Miu Miu collection but it isn't until that I've seen it person or on someone who wears it well that I'm fully convinced. I guess that's the intrigue and appeal of Miu Miu; they're idea driven clothes that are meant to be dissected and worn a particular way. After seeing some of the harlequin frocks and fanciful shoes up close at the Rue Saint-Honoré store location, I felt deeply in love with the collection and had a new appreciation for the brand. I've now learned not to judge Miu Miu until I've seen it in person and worn on a chic Parisienne girl. Neither should you. Trust me, the shoes were killer!!! And so were the dresses....Ok, I'll stop.
Posted by JAK & JIL at 10:55 PM
It doesn't take much to get a fashion enthusiast into a pair of stilettos, but it certainly takes quite a hardcore fashion fan to slip into the Yves Saint Laurent 'Hero' Military stilettos. I was waiting in anticipation all fashion week for someone brave enough to be wear these super thin stilettos and actress Margo Stilley was spotted outside the Sophia Kokosalaki show sporting them. Just look at that thin bar supporting the arch. You got to really love fashion if you're gonna try to balance yourself on these.
Last Friday night after a delightful dinner in the Saint-Germain, I took a stroll along Rue Saint-Honoré to take a glimpse at all the new window displays that had been put up just in time for Paris fashion week. The moment I stepped foot in front of the Lanvin boutique, I was in total awe of how breathtaking the voluminous pleated polyester gowns looked all blown from beneath. Unlike most of the other window displays, this one in particular was so simply elegant in the way that it each dress took center stage in each window rather than being distracted by any props. It was one of those rare moments that reassured my love for fashion and of course, Lanvin.
Even before they hit the runway, Carine was spotted outside the Grand Palais wearing these towering platform boots from the fall/winter collection. She even asked me, "Can you guess who designed my boots?" Of course I was stumped and she said, "Of course you don't know because they're YSL fall/winter 2008" God, I love her :)
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I found myself completely intrigued by this intense conversation between Raf Simons and Cathy Horyn of the New York Times. All I wanted to do was watch them converse rather photograph the arrivals.
A nice little reunion: Julia, Mario and Carine
Irina Kulikova fresh out of the Chanel show with gold roots
The Sartorialist and Leigh Lezark stepping aside for that picture perfect moment.
She's got quite the appetite for fashion
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I always love waiting outside the Balenciaga show each season to see what models were casted in the show. It's obviously the most influential show and to walk in it means a great deal to a model's career in a show season. Props to Hanne-Gaby Odiele and Sheila Marquez for rocking the Balenciaga ensembles.
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The heel that Margiela showed could possibly be the thinnest and most lethal I've ever seen. I instantly thought of the film, Single White Female, when they came piercing down the runway.
I can't exactly explain what these are exactly but I was just in awe when they came out. They're stiletto pumps with hosiery attached but it's not like clingy. It's almost like they're sheer pants but not exactly. Don't ask me to come up with a specific term, all I know is that Martin Margiela is a genius.
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