Like many Parisians, I eagerly headed over this weekend to the Carnaval de Colette in honor of the shop’s fifteenth anniversary not quite knowing what to expect and all the while sensing it would be a day to remember. We are talking about Colette here, as in the Paris-based concept store known world-wide for its diverse and edgy selection that mixes fashion, art and culture. I do not know of one instance when they’ve put on a show that wasn’t to say the least memorable.
I’ll readily admit I feel somewhat ambivalent towards Colette. Their selection is absolutely incredible but I find some of the recent ground-floor items to be a bit more tchotchke-esque than I care for from such an avant-garde boutique. Regardless, the idea that such an elite store would choose to open the celebration to us common folk was quite refreshing and in a way, so Colette.
And so I went over to the carnival with a friend, her nine-year-old son and his best bud, as well as her parents visiting from London. I’m not going to bore you with all the details from our fun-filled afternoon. All I will say is this: I haven’t felt like such a kid since…well, since being an actual kid! The sweet smell of candy apples and cotton candy filled the air the minute we stepped into the tent. With a New York style hotdog stand and burger food truck, I felt like I was in the good ole’ US of A on a hot lazy summer afternoon enjoying lunch before heading to the beach. Vibrant colors, textures, and amazing imagery at every corner, I was in total sensory overload.
My friend and I jumped from one stand to the next, giddily laughing like ten-year-old school girls and trying everything out with the boys: polaroid pictures taken, Jeremy Scott for Adidas cardboard-clothing cut-outs tried and tested; candy bought at the all-American food stand (frootloops and pretzel M&M’s here I come!) And because this is a Colette shindig’ a slightly more glamorous activity, getting my hair styled by the David Mallett’s pop-up salon. I swear, forgetting my sartorial inadequacy, I was ready for the Oscars.
But the best part? The general ambiance. Colette wanted the celebration to be friendly and open to all. And that’s just what it was; bobos, hipsters, edgier crowds mingled naturally with rather mundane families out for a fun afternoon with the kids. Young, old, hip or not, you could hear/see/feel laughter everywhere.
I’m sure many of you are already aware that Didier Ludot has collaborated with Petit Bateau on a capsule collection of little black dresses and I have to say I’m incredibly excited, if not giddy (and really impatient) at the prospect of getting my hands on one, if not two or three of these effortless chic, timeless, yet modern (I know, what an oxymoron) dresses that exemplify perfectly both Ludot’s mastering of the LBD and Petit Bateau’s signature traits, usually seen with their T-shirt collection: comfortable, classic and affordable.
Fashionista or not, the little black dress is a must-have item, a staple in your wardrobe. Whether you’re petite, slender or curvy, one of these dresses will fit you like a glove. Perfect for day or/to night looks, usually flattering and always effortless, it’s at the number one spot on my list of incontournables, my go-to items, regardless of the season.
I’m not one to usually push to consumption, but I
highly recommend order you to get your hands on this collection inspired by the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Twiggy and Catherine Deneuve. Beautiful and affordable, need I say more?
Mark your calendars, the collection will be available on Petit Bateau’s online shop and at the Champs Elysées flagship starting November 30th and in the remaining shops as of December 5th. (Dresses go from 55€ to 145€)
So, are you tempted by this collaboration?
During the various fashion weeks, while spending numerous hours viewing the collections on elle.com and style.com, I usually find myself imagining pairing up certain designers that compliment one another.
Case in point, Jill Stuart and Michael Kors for understated elegance with a bit of pop. Mulberry and Erdem for a feminine, modern and quaint look. And finally, Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler for a downtown edgy and sophisticated look.
Tell me, which designers would you pair up?
I have to say I’ve gone into complete pattern and color overload during this NYFW but I’m loving every second of it! Based on the first four days of shows, color blocking is here to stay, somewhat of a 2.0 version that now incorporates geometric patterns. I’m also loving the pastels that have taken over the runaway, particularly in bubblegum pink and lemony yellows as well as the floral pattern explosion seen in many shows. But this isn’t your grandmother’s floral patterned cardigan. Not usually a fan of this, I really admire how Cynthia Rowley and Richard Chai have completely modernized and even given an edge to the somewhat stuffy and outdated pattern.
And finally, I couldn’t be happier with the dress and skirt lengths designers have presented us with this season. Though I can appreciate the aesthetic value of shorter designs, I simply cannot imagine myself wearing any of them. I strongly believe wearability and creativity are not mutually exclusive and it seems designers have gone down that road this season.
Check back later this week for the Part 2 roundup of my favorite looks.
Which were you favorite looks so far?