Sophie and Co

Maybe you might have already notice my passion for fashion and Vintage…

I really love Vintage, because you can see and touch incredible pieces, pieces that you see in pictures or in museum so you can’t touch them, pieces that made fashion history!

You can look inside and try to understand how they build the dress, jacket or skirt.

Vintage is the best to learn fashion! Because you have the opportunity to see quit old pieces, like for example a Jeanne Lanvin Kimono from the 20’s or an Haute Couture Christian Dior gown from the 50’s… I’m telling you, you only learn fashion by seeing it in real, in 3D. 

So it is why I’m showing you this little video from Vogue about the devastating passion for Vintage of Hamish Bowles, editor at large at the US Vogue and is visit at one of the greatest Vintage store in the world Didier Ludot! 
I’ll hope one day if you come in Paris that you’ll pass by the Palais Royal and see the boutique! Unbelievable!

Enjoy

Shopping in Paris at Didier Ludot - Vogue’s new series Vintage Bowles (par Americanvogue)

Hello, I hope you all have a great sunday!

When you wait long enough for something you really want, is good. Because it’s mean that you will cherish your new item forever.

Let me explain, when you see something and it is love at first sight, you really want to go in the store and purchase it right away. But your subconscious suddenly pops in and tell you that you don’t have the money or you don’t have an occasion to wear this item… So you promise to yourself that when you will have the money or an occasion you will buy your beloved item!! And it can be a while before the time comes… For example I waited two years before I could buy my wonderful, lovely and perfect Maison Michel “bibi”!! What is good during this time, is that you can image what you will do with your precious item, obsessed over it! Or simply forget about it, then you were smart enough not to buy it the first time!

So it is why I am pride to present you my new Maison Michel “bibi”!!! I hope you’ll love it like I do!

http://www.michel-paris.com/home.php?lg=fr 

Well it’s been a while since my last post… sorry for that… 

This post is dedicated to the new (well not anymore) fashion exhibition in Paris, “Paris Haute Couture”. 

It’s an exhibition about a French savoir-faire the gorgeous, the mysterious and the untouchable Haute Couture. The crème de la crème of fashion since it started in the middle of the XIXth century, with the Impératrice Eugénie and her “couturier” Charles Worth and it never stop.

You will have the chance to see one of the most beautiful and impressive collection of Haute Couture gown, all the great pieces of fashion history that you must know and recognize are in front of you, waiting for your eyes to stare at them, judge them, like them or hate them! 

Because you can’t possibly love all of them! I dare you! But you will love most of them for sure, they are so perfect!

So while you can hurry!!

See you soon! 

Her a video of Olivier Saillard the curator of the exhibition and the Musée Galliera :

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xxtr12_exposition-haute-couture-a-l-hotel-de-ville_creation

Picture #1 : Chanel

Picture #2 : A dress from the “La Belle Epoque” period and a Valentino dress

Picture #3 : Schiaparelli Gloves! (Love them)

(the pictures are not mine)

"Ich Bin Ein Berliner"                                        

Like John F. Kennedy said during his speech in june 1963, I was a Berliner for 5 days!       It was quite a shock at first, because of the size of the city and the atmosphere. You feel the past of the city, it has been destroyed following the end of the 2nd World War or the Berlin Wall during the Cold War, Berlin is the city of the twentieth century History by far! But also now you can really feel the underground atmosphere of the city with an edge that make you believe that everything and anything is possible.

Also I have seen Paul Kalkbrenner mixing at the Veledrom saturday night!!! It was unbelievable, this guy is quiet impressive in live! It was such a blast! 

I really hope that you will have the occasion to go to Berlin!! 

Here some pictures from my trip! 

picture 1 : Brandenburg Tor

picture 2 : Schloss Charlottenburg

picture 3 : View from the french Church of the Berliner Dom and the Berliner Fernsehturm (television tower) 

picture 4 : a part of the Berlin Wall in East Side Gallery

Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Spring 2013 : 

Giambattista Valli goes to Couture! Actually I like better is Couture works than is Ready-to-wear, I don’t really know why, maybe because Valli’s ready-to-wear is for a powerful woman, who wears short skirts and still get respected, that you need an attitude to wear  Valli’s ready-to-wear… and I don’t think I am this kind of woman…

But his Couture shows are always romantic, with gorgeous fabrics, they are more ladylike than the ready-to-wear, I think when you wear his Couture you must feel chic, elegant, powerful too(it is still Giambattista Valli!) but it is always on the edge of something, like a dress with an inspiration from the New Look but quite see through! 

I also love the shorts dresses(#2, #3) with a 60’s vibe but totally current, with their “cape” like a revisited shoulder flap. And well, the shoes are unbelievable!!! ;)

Pictures from Style.com

(Caroline Brasch Nielsen, Louise Parker, Valery Kaufman)

Haute Couture Spring 2013 : 

Ah! I LOVE Valentino!!! Love, Love, Love Valentino.

I loved the brand when it was Monsieur Valentino Garavani himself, and I am so in love with what Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli are doing with the brand! It is just fresh, young, classic, chic… and so on! 

When people ask me what is my favorite brand, and I have to choose one that I could wear all the time, only this one! I always say that I do not know, that there are so much choice out there, I cannot choose only one!!! But when I see season after seasons what they are doing with Valentino, I could change my mind and just pick Valentino!!

The textiles are gorgeous, the dresses are romantic yet wearable, I love the hair and make-up at each show!!!

Well I’ll say it one more time I LOVED this show and I LOVE Valentino…

pictures from Style.com

Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2013 :

Well I think the looks speak for themselves… always a pleasure, always chic, always timeless. Karl does Chanel like Mademoiselle used to, with a je ne sais quoi that makes you want to wear Couture all the time. When you see the show it doesn’t feel like Couture because you see yourself in all of them, but actually, it is Couture because of the way they made it, because it is hand made, because it fits you perfectly.

This is Couture!

(Aymeline Valade, Lindsey Wixson, Julia Nobis and Edie Campbell)

Pictures from Style.com

Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring 2013 

Here are my favorites pieces from the collection. With this four outfits you can really go from the morning to the late night. 

You start with black pants that are just cut perfectly, and a beautiful top that brings spring, after you keep your perfect pants and wear another spring-like top, thanks to the gorgeous flowers embroideries, but you add a coat because it is spring and it is still chilly out!

Then cocktail hour with well, a cocktail-dress, light in the fabric and the embroideries but with a structure. And the grand finally, the evening dress, which I think is a bridal dress! And a really beautiful one! Because most of the time bridal dresses are just ew… This one is unbelievable, if I had the money and if I was planning my wedding… I would want THAT dress!!! But sadly no… so I’m just looking at the picture!

Pictures from Style.com

The Couture Week has begun!

Atelier Versace Spring 2013 Couture Collection : 

Here Donatella brought body-loving, rigorous fit of her gowns to black wool shot through with 24k gold pinstripes. 

I’m just in love with the black fox fur epaulets embroidered with gold. And the white dress with the neon tubes pink, green, yellow is just to dye for, Donatella here combines minimalist with sexy, well done! 

(Karlie Kloss, Andreea Diaconu, Aymeline Valade, Daria Strokous and Katya Riabynikina) Pictures from Style.com

Well you might have guess by now but I am  a huge fan of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris!! What not to love? Interior Design, Fashion and Jewels!!!

Anyway, I’ve just seen their new Fashion exhibition “Fashioning Fashion, Two Centuries of European Costume, 1700-1915”, from the LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art). 

The exhibition shows us the evolution of the forms, taste at that time! We can see almost one hundred pieces thanks to two gentlemen, Martin Kamer and Wolfgang Ruf, both antique dealers and collectors of ancient costumes and textiles. 

When you go through the exhibition and you stop in front a magnificent dress from the 19th century, you might catch yourself day dreaming about the people who used to wear this outfit on a daily basis… about their lifestyle! Who hadn’t dreamed about Paris during the “Siècle des Lumières” or “La Belle Epoque”! 

The exhibition will be over the 14th of April 2013

http://www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr/francais/mode-et-textile/expositions-70/actuellement-447/fashioning-fashion-deux-siecles-de/

Picture 1: Dress à la Française, 1765

Picture 2: Dress and Wrap, 1820

Picture 3: Tournure Dress, 1885

Picture 4: Turban by Paul Poiret worn by Denise Poiret in 1911 for the “Mille-et-deuxième nuit” party

© 2010 Museum Associates/LACMA