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Almost as if everyone knew of the importance of being at last fashion week that will host a Céline collection that came out of hands of Phoebe Philo (it was an interim collection but you could see Phoebe all over it), the streets were like a homage to the designer and the brand that shaped almost every wardrobe of every woman around the world (even if you never owned a piece of Céline, you were a part of the aesthetic she created by wearing pieces of Zara, Mango, H&M or countless other brands and new designers that were “inspired” by her). The madame boots, printed turtleneck tops, pleated skirts, cropped jacket with the “tail” – it was everywhere.
Here are my favorite looks from Paris Fashion Week streets, living proof of how much we’ll miss Phoebe. Forever.
I’m a huge fan of A.W.A.K.E. (exhibit A, exhibit B) – the very few pieces I own are the joy of my entire wardrobe. They’re all so odd but still so wearable, I feel like they do the job for me when I want add that little whimsical touch to my outfits without trying too hard. I absolutely, unconditionally love this brand.
So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’ve already added many items from the “American western meets Russian winter soldier” Fall 2018 collection to my shopping list. Starting with the corduroy suit, cowboy boots and more and more of the asymmetrical, snafued octopus tops!
See the entire lookbook over at Vogue and see below for my favorite looks from the collection.
Me being away on vacation and still trying to keep up with all the runway shows & street style looks every single night made me wonder something I haven’t given much thought before. Why am I doing this, when street style isn’t necessarily what my blog is about (I’m not the one taking the photos, it’s not my main topic, I’m just doing a compilation)?
Then I realized, I’m doing it as an inspiration board for my future self, when I want to see all the best looks of that season I have a convenient place to find them all in one place instead of visiting every single website or scrolling down pages of Pinterest pins.
So here it is, my favorite street style looks from Milan Fashion Week, handpicked by a very tired blogger lying in bed at an LA airbnb in the middle of the night!
If you haven’t started wearing crazy colors and overload tartan print already, I can assure you that even the most minimalist of you will be intrigued after scrolling through London Fashion Week street style for a while. I know I do!
As I was trying to find a witty title for this outfit post (which quite frankly is the hardest thing after finding Instagram captions) I realized the Carrera sunglasses I’m wearing already have the perfect name. Created using the retro aesthetic of the classic pilot shape bound together with a double metal bridge and the iconic Carrera logo, the name may be hinting at anything; a destination, a root, a union… For me, it’s a bold way to embrace the good old pilot with a hint of red, a color I’m trying to adopt into my everyday looks.
90’s have always been my favorite era (and when I say 90’s I’m also thinking about early 00’s), not just because I lived my childhood in it but also because it’s the time that I resonate with everything the most. The music (open one of my playlists and you’ll see where I got stuck), the minimalism, technology we grew up with… Everything I remember from 90’s and can’t remember but find out now is fascinating to me, everything but the sunglasses and the eyebrows.
I know you weren’t expecting me to bash 90’s sunglasses in the first paragraph of a post about 90’s sunglasses, but it’s true (I’ll get into the eyebrow point in a separate post, when thin line eyebrows become a thing again in a couple of years). I’m usually uncomfortable with any super trendy sunglasses trend, huge or small, and prefer wearing classic models year after year. That’s why it really irritated me at first when I started seeing super thin rectangles all over Instagram, to the point I felt worried for those eyes not getting enough coverage from the sun.
But I guess no one is immune to this perpetual motion we call fashion, so yes I bought an estimate of 5 pairs of 90’s sunglasses (4 vintage, 1 may or may not be Gucci…). The “let’s not spend a lot of money on trends” plan is off to a great start this season.
I know I’ve been neglecting the blog to a point where social services may take it away from me until I prove I can still be a good and responsible parent to it; I apologize to anyone who actually cares about it. BUT, even with all the moving/vacation craze, I wouldn’t (couldn’t) miss Copenhagen Fashion Week: my favorite of all non-major fashion weeks. The street style is as unique as the runway itself, crazy vibrant and always inspiring; makes you want to wear color over color. Even worse, makes you want to look forward to Autumn!
One of the best feelings in life (besides peeing when you have to and drinking water when you’re thirsty) (or seeing that one item you’ve been lusting after for so long on sale) (OK there are many amazing feelings but this is also good) is finding something hanging in your wardrobe from years ago not only into which you can fit but also is super trendy. I must admit I haven’t worn these “Millennial Pink” pants a lot since I bought them but now seems like the perfect time to give them another chance. I feel like Princess Bubblegum in a cool oversized blazer.
I always believe there’s a funny plot twist in every person’s life story, something that happens to them very ironically when they think they’re the last person it can happen to. To me that thing was getting married. Despite the endless – sometimes subliminal – pressure you get all your life as a girl to get married, to have kids and live a “proper” life, I kept on chanting Anouk’s “Nobody’s Wife” like it was my personal anthem. I kept on laughing when my friends tell me despite what I say, I’ll be the first one to get married. I couldn’t be in serious relationships and marriage simply wasn’t fit for me.
Then, at 19 years old, I met the love of my life. After dating for 7 years we got married when we were 26 years old. And yes, we were the first ones among our friends to get married. It wasn’t a splashy proposal and a show off wedding. It wasn’t because we had to get married because we’ve been together for so long and that’s how it was supposed to be. We got married because we both wanted to and quite frankly because I needed a Canadian Visa to stay with him in Canada and getting married was the quickest and easiest way to get that. Without that requirement I don’t know if we’d ever got married. Probably yes, but probably a lot later. It was never something I looked forward to, and still to this day I don’t use my full name unless I legally have to and I don’t wear my wedding ring – not because I’m not committed but because being a wife is not something that defines me.
Every society has norms and expectations for women that limit our lives, that make our decisions for us, that put expiration dates on things we don’t even know if we want or not. Right now I’m struggling with defending my decision not to have kids, fighting with people accusing me of being selfish and that I don’t know what’s best for me, that my opinions will change in the future and to have a child is the best thing that can happen to me, that being childless means living an empty life. I’m 30 years old, an age I thought I’d be mature enough to understand what those people mean and truly want children, but nothing has changed. I don’t want children and I don’t see my life any less happy than those with children. Maybe I will have children in 5 years, maybe in 10, maybe never. Maybe I’ll adopt, maybe I’ll sacrifice everything I have to help children around the world someday. Maybe our house will be filled with children laughter (and cries!), maybe I’ll just have pets. It’s my decision and I’m doing everything I can to make sure no one dares to interfere with that.
One of my favorite skincare brands SK-II addresses this issue in their latest hero film “The Expiry Date” and they invite women everywhere to challenge the idea of having an expiry date, to challenge the norms, to marry on their own terms and to live their own life. It was really inspiring to see such a big and internationally renowned brand to draw attention to a problem many people fail to recognize. We have to talk about this, we have to support the independence of women and we have to change the belief that women have expiration dates. Watch the video below and spread the word, become a part of change!
The Expiry Date | SK-II #changedestiny - YouTube
This is a sponsored post, in partnership with SK-II
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