samedi 14 janvier 2012

The badass, the dandy, the boho and the fly girl

En ce moment, je suis en mode "uniforme" qui se décompose comme suit:

- 2 couleurs: noir et gris
- rotation entre 3 manteaux: le caban Gap/ Comptoir des Cotonniers/ le Bator d'Isabel Marant
- pantalons sombres fuselés ou moulants
- écharpe en cachemire grise
- sac City Balenciaga

Par contre, je suis en pleine euphorie pour ce qui est des chaussures. Je laisse mes pieds attirer l'attention et parler pour moi.
D'ordinaire, je suis plutôt blasée côté chaussures, du genre à porter depuis au moins 3/4 ans si ce n'est plus, les mêmes boots à talon Colisée de Sacha pour aller au boulot, mes ballerines Lanvin et les week-ends, c'est généralement au tour des boots Isabel Marant, de mes vieilles baskets Comptoir des Cotonniers x Nike ou encore des boots de moto Gap. Bref du vieux et de l'approuvé mais bon un peu ronron tout ça.

Ce qui explique certainement cette récente addiction que j'ai développée qui m'a fait acquérir un petit nombre de paires de chaussures. Des bottes Lanvin aux productions de masse de chez André, ça a été un vrai festival de nouveautés pour mes pieds et du coup je n'ai d'yeux que pour eux. Le reste de ma tenue? M'en fout. J'adore mes nouvelles chaussures et c'est avec un plaisir inouï de gamine que le matin je me demande quelle paire porter. Je n'en suis pas encore au niveau de Mariah Carey ou de Kimora mais au rythme où je vais, sait-on jamais!

Mes dernières acquisitions dictent mes tenues et donnent le ton en traduisant l'inspiration, l'humeur que j'ai envie de montrer.

En définitive, c'est une preuve supplémentaire que je n'ai vraiment pas besoin d'un tas de vêtements parce qu'au final je porte pratiquement toujours la même chose et que la rigueur que je m'impose dans mes achats de fringues est appropriée.

Right now, I'm positively stuck in a uniform. My repeat offender look is composed of :

- 2 "colors": black and grey
- outerwear rotating between: Gap peacoat/Comptoir des Cotonnier coat/ Isabel Marant's Bator coat,
- dark slim/skinny trousers
- grey cashmere scarf
- Balenciaga City bag.

But I'm experiencing a euphoric blast with shoes. Lately, I've let my feet do the talking. I'm usually blasé when it comes to shoes. I've been wearing the same old sturdy heeled Colisée de Sacha boots or my Lanvin ballet flats to work for the past 3/4 years if not more, on week-ends it's up to Isabel Marant boots, destroyed Comptoir des Cotonniers x nike sneakers or Gap moto boots on. In short tried and true shoes but kind of "same old-same old" too.

Which certainly explains the recent addiction I've developped that made me acquire a little number of  pairs. From the Lanvin boots to the mass market productions, it's been quite a festival of treats for my feet. I have only eyes for them. The rest of my outfit? Don't care. I love my new shoes so much that each morning I feel like a kid, wondering which shoe will I slip my feet into.I'm not competing with the likes of Mariah Carey or Kimora...yet!  

My latest shoes purchases dictate my looks and set the tone for the mood I want to translate in my outfits. 

All in all, I think it's further proof that I don't need tons of clothes as I'm always wearing the same things and that the strictness I'm following right now over clothes purchases is fit.

So when in the mood for a badass grungy outfit, I'll just add these bellow.With their zippers, folds, the subtle hint to Yohji Yamamoto, these black deconstructed boots make me feel so stylish even if the rest of what I'm wearing is the blandest combination. They also remind me of the boots in one of my favorite Jalouse editorial .

Ainsi quand j'ai envie d'une tenue un peu grunge et dure à cuir, je termine l'uniforme avec les boots ci-dessous. Avec leurs fermetures éclairs, le pliage, la référence subtile à Yohji Yamamoto, je me sens stylée avec ces boots déstructurées même si ma tenue est complètement banale. Elles me rappellent aussi les boots de l'une de mes série mode favorite dans Jalouse.

 Creeks boots aka the badass's shoes

I got these André straped boots bellow last April. At the time, I was looking for the original J.M.Weston boots but even second-hands were too expensive for me. Till French shoes brand André delivered these inspired facsimile with a hint of J.M. Weston/Hermès/Céline, made affordable for the masses. Since I got them, they're my work days go-to boots. I just add a tailored jacket, slim slightly cropped trousers and instantly feel like a dandy. 

J'ai acheté ces boots avec bride en avril dernier. A l'époque je cherchais le modèle de JM Weston mais même en occasion, elles étaient trop chères pour moi. Jusqu'à ce que André ne produise ce facsimilé, avec quelques connotations Weston/ Hermès/Céline, rendu abordable pour les masses. Depuis que je les ai, je les mets les jours de boulot. Je rajoute juste une veste de tailleur, un pantalon fuselé légèrement raccourci aux chevilles et instantanément je me sens comme un(e) dandy.


André boots aka the dandy's shoes

For week-ends, a touch of boho carefree attitude is provided to my aforementioned uniform by these shearling lined suede boots. They're so comfortable and warm, I can only be at peace with the world when I'm wearing them!

Les week-ends, j'apporte une touche bohème et cool à mon uniforme avec ces boots en daim fourrées. Elles sont tellement confortables,  je ne peux être qu'en paix avec le monde quand je les porte!

the other André boots aka the boho's shoes

My inner 90's fly girl/Neneh Cherry fan is ready for a Buffalo Stance with these Isabel Marant sneakers. Tough and sweet, sassy that's for sure. Considering the Marant sneakers, I'm a late bloomer. Since they came out, the sneakers were completely out of my radar despite my fondness for the fellow French designer. How can I explain ? I don't think I can. You either like them or don't. I was among the latter till a few months ago when they became obvious as in "I-can-totally-see-myself-rocking-those". Somehow they also turned out to be some kind of regression fetish as they remind me of the TLC, the late Aaliyah and co era. My teen years.

Ces baskets Marant font ressortir mon côté fashionista des années 90/fan de Neneh Cherry. Elles sont à la fois coriaces et adorables, impertinentes c'est sûr. En ce qui concerne les baskets, je n'étais pas conquise au départ et du coup elles n'avaient pas du tout capté mon attention malgré mon affection pour les créations de Marant. Il n'y a pas d'explication possible, on aime ou pas. Jusqu'à présent, j'étais dans le camp des indifférents à tendance contre, et ce n'est que récemment que j'ai changé d'avis. Elles son devenues une évidence. D'une certaine façon, ces baskets sont devenues un doudou régressif qui me rappelle l'ère des TLC, feu Aaliyah et consorts. Mes années d'ado quoi.

Isabel Marant sneakers aka the fly girl's shoes

Pour terminer ce long article, voilà ce que donne mon uniforme version baskets, prête pour le 1er week-end de solde à Paris.

To end this lengthy post, here's my uniform in fly girl sneakers mode, ready for the first sales week-end in Paris. 




manteau - coat: Isabel Marant (Bator) / Knit-maille: Comptoir des Cotonniers / Trousers-pantalon: Jennyfer / sac-bag: Balenciaga / baskets-sneakers: Isabel Marant / earrings-boucles d'oreille: h&m / necklace-collier: ebay

17 commentaires:

  1. I love the 1st pair of boots. Very cool.

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  2. Loving the IM wedge sneakers on you. I'm kind of coming around on the sneakers (I, too, used to hate them). Sometimes they don't look like they blend organically into a person's look though--like the sneakers focus too much attention on themselves or look awkward on the legs--depending on the person. On you they look adorable!

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  3. I LOVE all your posts anyway but this one....awesome. You always look so comfortable and perfect really!

    I have a uniform habit also but it extends to the shoes/boots. I'm going to rethink that, thanks! Karen

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  4. Prêt: Thank you! Cool is the word that popped in mind when I spotted these shoes and litteraly skided to a halt in front of the store's window to gape at them!

    Thanks Anonyme reader! The saying "never say never" is so appropriate when it comes to fashion. There are some currents that I know no matter the popularity, I'll never endorse. Leggings fall under that category. Yet,this morning I was just looking at an old Isabel Marant Etoile catalogue in which the model wears leggings and suddenly it didn't seem that bad, actually it's cute. So just seeing the cloth worn in a way that echoes with my tastes shed a different light to it. Now, I won't start wearing leggings any day soon but the power an image can have to make you warm up and eventually embrace a concept is quite startling and that's what happened for me with the Marant sneakers.

    Truly appreciate the kind words Karen! Thanks!
    Paradoxically what I enjoy about the uniform is that sometimes I don't want to put much thought on what I put on, you know. Yet I still want to let a bit of personality spill through and not look too zombie like in the dead of Winter. It's actually funny how a pair of shoes induces a different kind of attitude, a particular stride and pace.

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  5. I love your IM Beckets!! You look fanbulous and bad a$$!! :0)

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  6. Wow, I'm really surprised, because I also thought I'd never liked those IM sneakers. I started warming to the lower top version (Bobby or whatever) but never these really high top ones. That said, you make them look good, it's unbelievable. It's the very paired down yet edgy way you've styled them. They somehow look too literal on others, but not so here. Well done! Love your uniform. The difference in shoes really does change the outfit.

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  7. It's amazing how just wearing a different pair of shoes can change an outfit so much!

    Enjoy your new shoes!

    minima/maxima, a blog about minimalist style

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  8. I love the Dandy boots - and the Marant sneakers are growing on me. They look so good on you! Shoes really change an outfit, and your mood as well. Right now I'm lusting for Marant's sandals and Jenny boots...

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  9. Thanks Julide! Those sneakers definetely brings out attitude! Not to the point to swagger because that's not my style but I walked a little taller and not only because of their hidden wedge, though it did help! ;)).

    S: Thanks very much. As we were discussing just a couple of days ago, Isabel Marant status has changed so much over the past few seasons and one thing that puts me off often is the overexposure, be it from h&m, Zara or Marant. To the point that it strips my desire for certain of her items especially from her mainline.
    And this played a big part in my late discovery/appreciation of these shoes. There were and still is so much crazyness surrounding these sneakers that the whole purchase process is off-putting.
    About the "Bobby" version, I must say la garçonne did once a great job helping me warm up to them! I saw these sneakers in grey and black in IM store last week-end.I didn't dare trying them on though! Haha! Enough with the shoes already!

    petrichore: Right?! After finishing that post, I suddenly thought about that black dress project from a few years ago. I don't know if you heard about it (http://www.theuniformproject.com/). I don't mean to replicate the lady's project but as a result of this uniform look, I'm starting to feel the itch to get rid of some of my clothes because it made me aware of the uselessness of a good part of what I own.

    Thanks a lot Emmy!

    Garderoben: Thank you! For awhile I was so miserable with shoes. A few years ago, it always seemed to me like what was in stores never agreed with my tastes and personal preferences (heels not too high, too thin) and now I have to restrain myself! I certainly learned the power of shoes in a look. I don't know if it's a mind trick but a good pair of shoes can really lift you up.
    Are you thinking about the IM flat leather sandals? If that's the case, I'm also onto them!:))

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  10. you look fantabulous! those IM sneaker wedges are amazing. a friend of mine got them too when she went to paris and she's been rocking hers out too. i love the witty brilliance behind the design - and now there are so many designer copycatting the idea!

    i love love love a flat short bikerish boot. i've been living in my Golden Goose bikers since i got them, and they're perfect for confidently traipsing around town.

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  11. J'aime beaucoup les André. Tu as succombé aux sneakers ;) j'adore
    bises

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  12. Ahhh! I love the sneakers!

    When I bought my pair, I saw them from afar and I thought to myself, "No.... No...."

    and then I put them on and I couldn't take them off.

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  13. Miss Sophie: Thanks a lot! "fantabulous", I love that word! It cracks me up! Golden Goose really makes cool shoes. I still have a soft spot for their distressed sneakers...

    Merci DailyGlamour! Ah les André sont vraiment géniales. D'ailleurs, André est entrain de devenir mon fournisseur officiel de chaussures. Je n'ai jamais acheté autant de chaussures chez eux. Avant je papillonnais un peu entre Jonak, Minelli, Parcours Paris/Colisée de Sacha (en solde), Eram mais depuis plus d'un an, André c'est LA boutique où à chaque fois que je rentre je vois un modèle qui me plait avec un bon rapport qualité/prix.

    G: Oh You wear the IM sneakers very well! You know, I saw the pink colored Spring version this morning and my reaction was a repeat of yours. Except I didn't leave the store with a new box this time around!;))

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  14. your style is both chic and rocks at the same time! #hawt

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  15. Bonjour, aurais tu le nom des premières ? Je les ai vues chez André tout à l'heure et je cherche la référence sans succès sur le net ! ^^

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