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#lfw2016 The Kitten Heel: Who Does It Better?



“What does it better?” sounds closer to the truth and to the truth we must be heading when trying to answer it. “Who does it better?”, though, kind of sounds better. It does?

The “battle” is between the fashion shows and the street style when it comes to launch a trend. Not that trends are the dictators, I think we passed this phase when we all realised that personal style prevails fashion trends.

But. But!

When we all seemed to have calmed down with the trends va-va-voom, post fall 2016 fashion shows a half a year ago – due to the fresh emerging clothes down the runways – boom! You can ignore the previous “fresh”, because it is nothing (and we all thought it is impossible; nothing is, apparently) compared to the fresh trend that has just emerged for this fall, during the Milan Fashion Week in progress.

Off the street style.

Courtesy of Natasha Goldenberg, Pernille Teisbaek, Annina Mislin and so on.

– The queen of kitten heels is Emmanuelle Alt

Or that of Chanel, Mansur Gavriel, Jimmy Choo, Balenciaga, Prada, Valentino and so on?

Both. I guess it’s chemistry. Chemistry is everything (and sometimes, not this times, yes, timing is a b*tch). Ladies and gentlemen, the kitten heel!

Its popularity started with Audrey Hepburn back in the ’60s as a rebellion against the stiletto (?!)(?!). The oh-so-small heels were introduced in the ’50s for teenage girls as trainer heels (?!), whatever that is. Nowadays, the white sneakers are used – by the whole planet, not just teenage girls – for training, if by training we mean running from show to show. Fashion shows. Because this is where the kitten heels have been reinvented (again).

It makes sense, they’re comfy. And the sneakers mania has to be in the shadow for a bit, just in time for the big revival. The big trend.

Well,  it seems like the kitten is here to stay. Just like the stiletto. And the white sneakers. That’s not just chemistry, that’s ménage à trois. Whatever that is.

P.S.: mind the red top Natasha is wearing.

Eeeeooooeeeeoooo! The red alert.






Pictures via vogue.com

It Is Always About the "Je ne sais quoi"…


Saluuut [səˈlut]! Only say it with the Hellooo tone, you know. “I’ve always wanted to learn French and drink wine before noon”, said Carrie Bradshaw and probably a whole quarter of our planet. Un quart de notre planète. “Et voilà!”, said I while looking at the glass of wine next to me writing this as we speak.

Truth is I have always loved French (je ne sais pourquoi) and adored Paris and Paris, to me, has been all along changing. Ever since before even going there, I was absolutely fascinated by it and – maybe it is the story everyone (who loves Paris) is telling (/selling) or maybe it really is about the quoi  now that I have, I still am. Once you’re there you can see that it is about them both.

The stories and the quoi.

And the fact that there really is a quoi makes it all so fabulous. Because stories are everywhere, quoi isn’t.

This is one of the reasons for “OZ” – being made – “in Paris”. Btw.

OZ? OZ is the universe you make around you, the universe you can be the wizard of. Wink.

Cap ou pas cap? 


It is a film called “Jeux d’enfants”. No connection (or connection, ha), but since we are talking about quois and today is Bastille Day, we have to talk about le French.

So there is this movie and I can’t decide who I like more in it. Marion Cotillard, who I love for being Edith Piaf in “La vie en rose” (and for just about anything she is in anything) or Guillaume Canet for being Alex in Last night. You see how “I like” quickly transformed into “I love”? Jees.

About “Jees”. A very good friend of mine once told me while in a store, totally amazed by my adoration for les stripes, “Jees, this is so you!” and I was only trying a breton stripe on and thought that it is so common for everyone not just for me. But he was like “No, it is literally when I see stripes that I instantly think of you, not anyone else. You have an obsession, my friend!” and I guess I do.

Or is it his obsession over me? I am so kidding, my friends.

Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel put the breton stripe (!!!) on the fashion map in 1917 (after it being, firstly, introduced in the French navy in 1858) and the French (well, not only) women wore it like there was no tomorrow. The designer must have liked the stripes a lot, but so do we. So do we.

Newsflash! No, for real. The original breton stripe had 21 stripes, one for each of Napoleon’s victories. Told ya.

If we are to start talking about the French cuisine now, over the wine I have been looking at, we might as well wrap it all up here and forget about everything and just enjoy the moment. Just as authentic (dramatic artistic) French women do. And French men, too. Thanks to Because of their French women. They all forget about anything else and just live.

… According to “How to be Parisian wherever you are“, by Caroline de Maigret, Anne Berest, Sophie Mas and Audrey Diwan who I am quoting from the book now: “Age should never be an excuse to go to bed early”. Or “The Parisienne is in love with the idea of love”, which I am not sure is the wisest approach on love, but it sounds romantic and I totally thumb up for it.

Do you? We should meet.

And talk in French or listen to one that would like to buy a hamburger (below) – but, maaaaan (!), their crêpes au chocolat!(!!!) –

and then look deep into each other eyes’ while laughing. You see what Paris does to people?

The other thing we should be having fireworks for today is Coco having said “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.

Now I am drinking the wine to that. Not just looking. And if it actually is “before noon” when you read this, then you totally get me and my point.

And crave. I bet.





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This Is It

Summer! It’s the 31th of August and there’s no way back because Fall is here to stay.

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Now, we all love Fall and you can’t say that you don’t when you see those leaves falling, playing in the wind, making you think of who you want to hug right now. Not now. When it’s Fall and the leaves are falling. You paid attention to the drill. Or to the kiss, at least.


But it is just August 31 and September that’s about to start is just the beginning to this beautiful transition from tiny clothes to flowing long ones, from thin clothes to thicker ones and so on. No, no. Let’s put it like this: it’s the beautiful transition to layerrrrrring. Ka-ching!

You can sense my excitement since I am writing about something different from the picture above.

Now. About that: it is one of the all time flawless combos. And my all time favourite ones. Perfect for the upcoming between-Summer-and-Autumn days. Perfect anytime. Throw a fur on and it’s Winter mood on. The ankles will get the fact that you’re a fashionista. Wink emoji.

Rule: it’s the white, classic shirt. It’s the blue, classic jeans and if it’s jeans that could tell stories well, that’s the s*it! It’s the black, classic (almost classic) stilettos. And that’s it. No, it’s not. It’s the hair and the make-up, too. It’s about the whole package.


Always Coca-Cola. Jk.

Always Michael Jackson!

Listen to this one and it will seem like Fall and Winter could come together and it would be just great. It’s that “Shhh, it’s Michael, lets sing along!” and then everything falls into places.

Falls… Fall… You know?

Ready, Fall!

Emmanuelle Alt and The Army of Lovers


She says she doesn’t want to become an image and, yet, her signature look is one of the most recognisable (often imitated, never duplicated), not to say COOL in the world. Emmanuelle Alt is the definition of cool and the fact that I say it now is probably not so cool in her eyes.

You know?


“First, I think a good attitude for a woman is to be confident, and to be confident is to be natural. I don’t want to be an image.”, via vogue.com.  And this is where she got me. At “is to be natural”. Alt caught the worldwide eye when she replaced Carine Roitfeld as Vogue Paris’ editor-in-chief after being fashion director for over 10 years. And then the world widened its eyes. Yes, I am emphasising here.

“Hm!”, I thought to myself then.

“Wow!”, I say to myself now.

It took me a few interviews (“I don’t want to open my mouth every 10 minutes, you know? It’s just not me. I’m not shy but I’m not pushing myself forward.”, telegraph.co.uk), a look at her smile and the fact she likes music so much to virtually know her and like her. She is all “that” style, but she is so much more!

“I love to dance, I love to sing,” she says, and while she demurs at the thought of ever wanting to get up onstage, she’s not averse to a more select audience. “After a shoot, I like to do karaoke. David [Sims, the photographer] likes it, too. And Kate [Moss]. In the studio, when you’ve been working hard all day, it’s such good energy to just play around.” Via vogue.com

You know?!

Her style, her “the-whole-planet-knows-about style”, is all about the tee, the jacket, skinny pants and pointed shoes combo. “Topshop black skinny jeans are the best!”, Alt says. No muss, no fuss. As for the shoes… Saint Laurent!

“Because the heel is perfect. I mean, this” – she proffers the dinky heel of the black ankle-strapped shoe – “it’s like walking on flat shoes, which is a gift. I don’t want to suffer in my clothes. I don’t think it’s sexy or attractive someone walking like this…” She mimes a totter.” Via telegraph.co.uk.

Well, good luck with that, girls. And boys. Wink.

She doesn’t feel the need to pull out all that circus, but, boy, does she know nonchalant or what?

She is the definition of nonchalant! She invented the word! Inside out nonchalant. Charmant. It’s like “Look at me or don’t. I’m doing my thing. I love what I do. I feel what I do. I’m having fun. Can’t wait to kiss my lover and hug my kids tonight. George Michael in the background. Mm, can’t wait. 🙂 🙂 :)”, while walking through the cameras on Rue des Tuilliers. Oh, and this is the first time I am using “:)”. Yep.

This is how Alt relaunched the Vogue website.

You know?

Never try-hard, always fun!

“I don’t look after myself. I don’t do yoga, Pilates, those things. I hate physical effort, I don’t run anywhere, but I am super-energetic. Make-up? I just black my eyes and that’s it. My hair? I get it cut on set (fashion shoots), I never go to a hairdresser. I’m not sure I’m French. You think I’m not smart enough?”. Via telegraph.co.uk.

I want to go to Paris. Today.

“I don’t get blasé easily. Also I feel very lucky. When you’re in good health you can deal with the rest. I appreciate the simplicity of how life is beautiful. No,” she considers, “I don’t get my happiness from collecting shoes.” Via telegraph.co.uk.

If the whole planet would wear the Alt uniform – you know the drill: tee, blazer, jeans and pointed shoes – the world would be forever at peace.

Now you know!

Peace and love!

Oui, l’amour, mon amour, toujours, Paris, croissant, chocolat, merci, ma cherie. Oui, oui, oui!

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Written by Cristina Pavelescu