Paris men’s fashion week: Juun.J S/S 2011

You know that it’s fashion week in Paris when despite the +30 Celsius heat, almost everyone is dressed in black. Buyers, journalists, and other fashionable folks are crowding outside the fashion shows, fanning themselves with the invitations whilst cameras are flashing as the street style photographers are on the hunt down for interesting looks.

When the doors finally open, the most important buyers get to go first, followed by the major  journalists and photographers, celebs and finally the rest. Usually the fashion shows start (fashionably) late, so until you hear the camera men screaming “let’s start the show”, everybody is still trying to figure out their seat and air kisses to their acquaintances.

All of a sudden the crowd calms down, music starts and the handsome models begin strutting down the catwalk. In about ten minutes the show is over, the designer has bowed to the audience, everyone rushes outside, and the camera rumba starts all over again. That’s  pretty much a fashion show in a nutshell for you guys.

My boyfriend Peter and I were able to attend a few shows, starting with the Korean designer Juun.J., who was showing his fourth summer collection in Paris. I personally liked the dressed-up desert look which also had a hint of Twin Peaks in the mix with the lumberjack coats, motorcycle jackets and trenches (though I’m not quite sure agent Cooper would approve of this). All and all it was a good first show and an excellent start for our busy Paris men’s fashion week experience. More  of the shows to come later!

My boys Arash and Peter outside of Juun.J.

Juun.J. Spring/Summer 2011
Street style in Paris men’s fashion week, June 2010

More images of the collection at Fashionisto.

Signal red

I have a weird relationship with red: I don’t particularly like the color but for some reason the color seems to suit me. Being a brunette with an olive toned skin, red, in fact, should pretty much love me if we go by the book.

I can tolerate red in small pieces such as an accentuating color, for example my apartment is  decorated mainly with black, white, and red. No problem there. However, when it comes to my clothing, I probably own only a dress and a pair of gloves in this brightest of the colors. Red lipstick or more muted tones of red don’t give me shivers, and as you might know,  I own a pair of cherry red shoes which I absolutely adore. But when it comes to the signal red color in large amounts, I back up and get irritated. I’m “seeing red”, so to speak.

So why all this talk about the color red, you might ask. Well, I don’t know what exactly has happened with my brainwaves but when one of my favorite designers, Ann Demeulemeester, marched an army of black and red on the runway in Paris last week, my heart pretty much stopped: red had never looked so fierce, so brave, and oh so good. At this point I really have to praise the magic maker herself, as no one has ever made me actually like and want red this much. I guess when it’s presented right, anything can look beautiful. Even the color red.

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Spring it on

When the temperature is still below zero and you’re trapped inside hibernating from the cold,  thoughts of springtime automatically flow into mind. Even though fashion wise I’m not the biggest fan of the season, this year it seems like the spring could actually turn out to be a good one. Stripes, black, white, grey and touch of rustic metals doesn’t sound too bad and obviously my favorite designers have not failed to please my minimalistic and colorless taste, no matter what the season. In fact, this year I’m as excited about the spring fashion as the fashion magazine world is excited about pushing out the September issue. So, thank you Ann Demeulemeester, Riccardo Tisci and Rick Owens for making my spring  2010 inspiring and wearable – this is how fashion should always be.  And the best part of it all: most of the elements are already hanging in my own closet!

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