HAPPY 20TH ANNIVERSARY COLETTE!

This month, Paris first concept store turns 20. Founded in 1997 by Colette Rousseau and her daughter Sarah Andelman, the “meeting place” (as Andelman calls it) quickly became an institution. On top of their amazing talents’ radar, they presented something new in France. The idea was to combine style, design, art and food in one place.

DO WE DRESS UP FOR MEN OR OURSELVES?

We can criticize fashion all we want, affirm that it has become commercial, that it has failed to reinvent itself, but we can’t deny the fact that customers can choose amongst many styles. From preppy to romantic, classic to eccentric, the trends are countless. A new movement seems to have entered the industry though. It’s what I call the “stand out movement”.

ONLINE SHOPPING VS IN STORE SHOPPING

“The future is online”. That’s what my friends told me when I shared my doubts about starting a blog.

FASHION EQUATION
THE RISE OF ATHLEISURE

Gone are the times when sportswear was exclusively for sports. I unfortunately grew up during the '80s, a traumatizing decade that celebrated shapeless pants and cotton tee shirts that showed every drop of sweat.

RACHEL K BRINGS COLOR INTO OUR LIVES

Artists are usually believed to be tortured souls. Well, a quick look into Rachel’s world is enough to sweep away that misconceived idea.

Born with a pencil in her hand, Rachel Koleilat learned a lot from her father, himself an artist. “Papa magie”, as she likes to call him, most certainly awakened her creativity and imagination.

TO BANG OR NOT TO BANG

While it’s ok to make wrong sartorial choices, a bad haircut is a tragedy. It takes weeks, sometimes months, for everything to come back to its right place. Throughout my teenage years, I’ve explored many styles: the short spikey look, the dreadlocks, the bob, the center part and finally the bang.  

HEADBANDS: FROM SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR TO TUPAC SHAKUR

Turbans and bandanas have been around since the down of time. Worn because of religious believes, traditions or pure style, they can be seen throughout the world and are currently super popular in the fashion scene.

KARMA SALMAN, THE RING ARCHITECT

Many young designers have recently emerged in Lebanon. Entrepreneurship is without any doubt in the Lebanese DNA. The country is full of risk-takers and go-getters driven by passion and determined to bring something new.

WHAT’S A “PARISIENNE”?

French women are usually associated with class, chic and elegance. Lately the words French and Parisian have been overused by the fashion industry.

FASHION EQUATION
ROSEANNA MIXES STYLES

If you can’t pick between a sporty, romantic or bohemian look, Roseanna is the brand you should root for as it gathers different styles in one piece. Created in 2007 by Roxane Thiery and Anne-Fleur Broudehoux (“Roseanna” is the contraction of their name), the contemporary Parisian label is growing discreetly but surely.

DID YOU KNOW: THE TRENCH COAT

Trench coats have been popular for quite some time now. From detectives to flashers, Charlotte Gainsbourg to Peter Falk’s Columbo, this wardrobe classic has been adopted by a large number of individuals. That’s probably because no matter the age, the gender, the body type, it looks good on anyone. It’s also multi functional.

PUFFER JACKETS: UGLY BUT TRENDY

Puffer jackets are to coats what Ugg boots are to shoes. Their unaesthetic aspect doesn’t prevent us from wearing them. I was around 12 when I got my first puffy jacket. Chevignon was one of the most popular teenage French brands at the time.

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