Top 10 summer essentials – Rag & Bone denim shorts & more

After providing some inspirations on where to get the perfect straw hats, sunglasses and sleeveless shirts for summer here comes some inspiration on denim shorts. Cut off or cuffed in summer they are the equivalent to skinny and boyfriend jeans. Need some inspiration on where to find the best styles and how to combine them?

1. Rag & Bone denim shorts

For quite some time I considered denim shorts as something for teenagers, rock festivals or the beach. However, since I first saw the boyfriend shape Rag & Bone denim shorts at Montaigne Market in Paris I knew that things are going to change for me this season. Sadly they weren’t available in my size and I had to wait and try to get them in NYC. After buying the Rag & Bone denim shorts “Aoyama” I soon realized that they are incredibly versatile for almost every day!

Karlie Kloss

Karlie Kloss seems to love her boyfriend denim shorts, photos @vogue.it, 4.bp.blogspot.com, rediff.com

Rag & Bone Aoyama shorts in dark blue, rag-bone.com

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Top 10 summer essentials – Equipment sleeveless shirts and more

Summer has completely arrived and for many of us there are only a few weeks left until summer holidays start. After providing you with some inspirations regarding straw hats and sunglasses – here is the next item I consider as absolutely essential when it comes to packing for the big summer getaway. Its the sleeveless shirt! Which brand to turn to when it comes to shopping for them?

1. Equipment sleeveless shirts

OK, when it comes to shirts I am a little addicted to the fabulous basic pieces from Equipment. Just for reference Equipment was initially a French brand founded by Carine Roitfelds long term companion Christian Restoin. However, today its owned by the US entrepreneur Serge Azria, who happens to be the force behind Joie and Current Elliott as well. As a consequence of all of that Equipment is the thing every European Union citizen should stock up when visiting the US (e.g. Slim Signature shirt, silk in US $204.00 (equals $150.80) and in EU EURO 290.00 at montaignemarket.com) – Not only price wise but also regarding the availability of different styles!!!

Montaignemarket

Equipment sleeveless shirts The Keira in black such a great basic when worn with a pair of shorts, photo@montaignemarket

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Cara Delevingne chanel campaign for fall 2014

Have you already seen the Chanel fall winter 2014 campaign featuring Cara Delevingne and Binx Walton  in the boxing ring? It shows that Chanel wants to move forward to a more urban image. They communicate that Chanel somehow works for supermarket shopping or from gym to street. And for me personally the campaign really seems to hit at the right point …

Chanel

For the upcoming fall 2014 campaign lensed by Karl Lagerfeld Chanel send model of the moment Cara Delevingne into the boxing ring, photo@http://myfashion.com.hr

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Top 10 summer essentials – Moscot sunglasses & more

Sunglasses are among the top fashion essentials year round. They easily turn a boring look into a stunning outfit. While its great to experiment with different frame shapes and colors as well as lens shades I personally tend to turn to classic designs with a slightly vintage feel. Here are my top 3 brands for sunglasses shopping:

1. Moscot

I had heard a lot of Moscot sunglasses and optical frames prior to our recent trip to New York and consequently a visit to their 108 Orchard street store just a few houses from the original place where everything started in 1936 was an absolute must! Moscot is a downtown New York based eyewear brand worn by celebrities including Terry Richardson and Jonny Depp. They have  an incredible selection of optical frames and sunglasses with a certain vintage spirit and a totally unique retail environment!!!!

Terry Richardson

Moscot, Retired, Alexis, slate green, photo@http://www.moscot.com/alexis_411_32.html#lenscolor=G-15

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Greg Lauren military jacket

One of the key elements of Vogue Paris editor in chief Emmanuelle Alt s chic minimalist wardrobe seem to be military style jackets. During fashion week back in February she combined an oversized style jacket with white pants and for couture week she showed up in another khaki colored jacket, which she mixed effortlessly with a pair of blue distressed, cuffed jeans. I know at the moment its quiet hot and maybe not the right time to think about shopping for khaki jackets. But as always its best to plan ahead before the best styles have already sold out. So which brands to turn to when it comes to shopping for khaki jackets?

Emmanuelle Alt jacket

Emmanuelle Alt wearing military style jackets during fashion week and couture week in Paris, photos@ eel.com, wwd.com

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Woman wearing glasses ….

Men wearing glasses have always been great. They are perceived as a symbol of being intellectual. In recent years I feel that there is an ongoing change in the perception of woman wearing glasses. Many stylish woman showed up wearing glasses at fashion events. Here are my top 3 woman wearing glasses.

Woman wearing glasses – Ines de la Fressange daughters

Nine d’Urso (20), just for reference the testimonial of Bottega Veneta’s fragrance campaign, and her sister Violette d’Urso (15) often wear glasses while accompanying their mother Inès de la Fressange to some of the hottest fashion events. Both prefer bold, tortoiseshell frames with a vintage edge.

woman wearing glasses

Ines de la Fressange daughters wearing glasses at fashion events, photos@chanel.com, vogue.com, gettyimage.com, elle.com

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Top 10 summer essentials – Borsalino panama hats & more

A stylish hat is the ultimate essential for summer holidays! No matter whether you are on a beach, a road trip or discovering an exciting city they do not only complete your look but also protect your head from getting a sunstroke! Here are my 3 top brands to get the perfect straw hat!

  1. Borsalino

The Italian heritage brand Borsalino has great basic hats on offer. While the woman’s selection tend to be very conservative and elegant the mens selection simply has the right styles. Borsalino hats are also a fixture during fashion week street style – so its not just a holiday purchase!

Homero Ortega

Borsalino panama hats are the ultimate wardrobe basic, (photos: Diane Krueger at Coachella – http://1.bp.blogspot.com & streetstyle photo – style.com)

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Maison Michel Henrietta, Virginie & Co.

Hats are an accessory that many many people fear to incorporate into their wardrobe! Even on a hot summer day in the city many people skip the hat and favor to get a sunstroke or to make a last minute tourist purchase of things as ugly as a “sunbrella” (Good god I couldn’t stop laughing when a street vendor offered sun hats in the shape of an umbrella fixed to the hat, while we were queuing at the statue of liberty ferry in NYC!!!). Same goes for a moderately rainy day – where an ugly umbrella is often favored over a nice hat! And the same goes for cold winter days where freezing is preferred over a stylish hat! With Emmanuelle Alt showing up in a black Maison Michel Virginie fedora hat during a chilly NYC fashion week in February 2013 and the opening of the Maison Michel pop up store at 19 rue Cambon Paris at the end of last year everything seemed to change (… or at least that’s what I felt)!

Cara Delevingne

Adèle Exarchopoulos (photo @wwd.com) and Cara Delevingne (photo@ elizabethswardrobe.tumblr.com) wearing the Maison Michel Henrietta hat in some fun colors. The black version with a contrasting cobalt lining is available at Montaigne Market Paris!

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Valentino ankle strap heels vs Roger Vivier Babys U…!

The Valentino ankle strap heels are around since quite some time. They have been worn by one of my favorite style icons, French Vogue editor in chief Emmanuelle Alt, and somehow seemed to please a lot of front row guests during the most recent Valentino Couture show. That said I was a little amazed when I spotted the Roger Vivier Babys U in the shop window of the brands Paris store at the end of May ….

Roger Vivier Babys U

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One week of couture – one week of Ines de la Fressange style inspirations

After reviewing Emmanuelle Alt’s and Carine Roitfeld’s couture week looks here comes a closeup of the outfits of another style icon of mine – Ines de la Fressange. While Emmanuelle strongly adheres to Isabel Marant, Saint Laurent and sometime Balmain for the composition of her looks Carine favors Givenchy and Tom Ford as well as other big name brands. Ines de la Fressange style is totally different. Her looks are usually made up from pieces made by lesser known labels. Thus making her appear like she has handpicked everything on her tasteful shopping trips into the most secret stores of Paris (…the effect is definitely intended as a number of short films named “Ines little diaries” is available on the Roger Vivier homepage. Main actor of the films usually is Ines while shopping in a particular region of Paris! – By the way very inspiring to watch for a Parisian or someone who visits the city more often!) That said what Ines de la Fressange style inspirations can we get from couture week?

Schiaparelli presentation - Ines de la Fressange style

Schiaparelli

Ines de la Fressange and her beautiful daughter Violette d’Urso on Place Vendome at day one of Paris Couture week, photo@wwd

For her appearance at Schiaparelli Ines de la Fressange chose a simple look combining a cream white tunic top (very similar one from Isabel Marant, available at mytheresa.com) with a pair of cropped pants. Accessories – of course Roger Vivier bag and loafers! Continue reading