Paris: The World Capital of Mode

Known internationally for being the fundamental location of the fashion industry, Paris plays host to numerous amounts of trend-setters and style-expertise, Karl Largerfeld and Louis Vuitton to name a few. Despite this conspicuous information, has it ever come into mind the comprehensive reasoning behind Paris’s perspective of being the chief venue for hosting the fascinating affair of mode? Possibly not, as I only came into realisation that the answers are thoroughly desired by the majority of style enthusiasts. Therefore I came to the palpable summation of providing you with this significant interpretation regarding Paris’s considerable association with high-end fashion.

Let us travel to the elegant Haute-Couture establishment of the 18th century, people finally had the tremendous allowance to stride across cities in perfectly fitted clothing as courtiers, alterationists, tailors, whatever your preference of name, began the formulation of assiduously exclusive hand-made clothing that would then be presented amongst the opulence of a runaway show to affluent trend-spotters yet not sold. Being a French form of language, “haute” translates to “high”, whereas “couture” translates to “dressmaking”. Further on in time, ‘haute-couture’ was a favourable term of pieces created in Paris, an example being Charles Frederick Worth, producing unique garments during the mid-19th century. ‘Haute Couture’ has since been a legally protected term of Paris to only be used towards pieces that meet an exact set of luxury standards. Worth was the first tailor to place his name on his own pieces, trying the garments out on beautiful models to have input from not only his creative self, but the differentiating public’s views deciding whether the garment was visually pleasant. Leading on, designers commenced to copy this idea thus building up the aspect of strong dictation in regard to clothing trends. 

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Considering the occurrence taking place in the exquisite city of Paris, designers assembled the view that ample success in clothing brands was only achievable when situated in the mod area. This basing in Paris came with the involvement of placing either an extravagant fashion house of their own or becoming part of an existing popular fashion house. Subsequently, Paris was the fashion capital, a location of the anchor of aspiring designers, a metropolis of fashion houses were built and fashion fanatics made their way through distant countries and sinuous oceans just to be involved in the nascent frenzy.


Concentrating on designers, although most would expect the demand to be at its greatest for the beloved brand of Coco Chanel, Dior, still being in possession of its French origins, held 1st place in reference to popularity followed by the labels of Yves Saint Laurent as well as other pretentious clothing designers. These incredible fabricators aided in the implementation of holding Paris in its peak.

On the other hand, there comes many other acumen. One example is that of the golden triangle, a district between the monumental Avenue Marceau, the Champs-Elysée and the Avenue Montaigne. Being the prime spot of designer retailers, for instance: Kenzo, Chloe and Versace, this refined space only grants those with the inmost of purses to depart holding a purchase. Not only does the area involve the lavishness of extravagant clothing brands but annually has Haute Couture clothing shows amidst the months of January and July. In the intern, crowds of prominent top-models congregate attiring that of the greatest rarity of apparel upon their slender figures. These stunning catwalks require a boundless fee that only the most prosperous hold.

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With gratitude to the flourishing designers that compromised Paris’ chic allure, this city is the conclusive source of all fashion enthusiasts aspiring to become a significant affect in attires leadership. Consciously, I peer at those delicately placed macaroons behind the glass window coaxing the idea that it is just another form of fashion that Paris holds proving that every single feature of Paris is dictated by fashion. Although other primary cities will attempt to overrun that of the cities glamorous culture, fashion will always affect Paris’ amicable society and the way that society advances with their composure of life.

Some Souvlaki Please, with Extra Valentino

Historical gowns patterned with ravishing floral decoration, who couldn’t doubt that the designer is Valentino. This stereo-typical style was clearly shown during Valentino’s 2014 Autumn/Winter Cover Show where Greek goddesses took strides along an almost Adam and Eve based runway, filled with elegant bushes that resembled every child’s imagination of the enchanted forest. Meanwhile, Mr Valentino himself was perched, front row with the exemplary and exquisite female of Kim Kardashian discussing the strong character of the show. Other celebrities fortunate enough to be written on the invitation list included Emma Watson, dressed in a sophisticated black Valentino two pieces and Olivia Palermo, carrying a white satin blouse paired with a black and rosso corsa coloured skort. Furthermore, I just want to mention how opulent the single dangling earring looks on Emma, it has certainly inspired me to wear a similar style of one earring.
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As explained in my previous post, I unquestionably adore monochrome so it came as a tremendously pleasant surprise when I realised that every piece included in the collection constituted of complete monochrome. Additionally, the spectators must have or ready been told about this feature previous to the dawn of the catwalk, hence Emma and Olivia are both presenting monochrome attire apart from the horizontal line concluding Olivia’s skort.

To follow on I am going to display my three favourite pieces that adequately took their place along the naturalistic catwalk:

First of all we have this mature darkened maxi dress paired with wrapped leather flat sandals, emphasising the Greek theme of the collection. Its mandarin collar adds a mysterious feel to the piece however we then see the gap between the top and skirt providing greater composure and emotion. Another aspect of its piece is its realistic nature. Being a pleated dress among flat soled shoes produces the most perfect outfit for everyday life, particularly city people who spend the majority of their time upon their feet. Especially moving around quite a lot which as you should know, it is not of the highest intelligence to be attiring a pair of Louis Vuitton stilettos in this situation. Even though these beige sandals offer a lack of heel, it is still enough to make an entrance and have others take you seriously. 


Secondly, this piece really composed the formality of Valentino’s collection. By the use of the geometric pattern included in the set contrasting to the pale, partly see-through, collar of the cropped yet still sophisticated top gives the most gallant personality. Once again worn with the khaki sandals, it is very easy to tell that Valentino’s main aim for this collection is that it can be worn in any kind of environment and is comfortable yet still gives a mod impression. In addition to this, I have also noticed that all the pieces have no difficulty in being adapted to fit the season. For instance, the following image pictured only needs a removal of the striking jacket to evolve from an ideal business like winter/autumn set to an impeccable outfit for radiant summer days.


This last piece is likewise to the youthful skater dresses often worn by teenagers of this generation; as a result it’s directed towards younger people. Boldly, there is a considerable appearance of what most people dread showing… legs, however it is not too short to have everyone giving it a deep hesitation when they eye it up in Selfridge’s. Due to the long set-in sleeves, this piece has drama and is definitely not your typical item of a plain, pasty dose of apparel. I believe that the most effective component of this set is the impeccability of the bow that conveys innocence and is associated with the archival form of the graceful fragment of an emblematic Victorian gown.


To summarize, Valentino successfully granted everybody’s idealistic Greek atmosphere by the use of monochrome yet somehow exotic gowns, divine taupe sandals amongst a runway brimming with sensual basil plants. You could only get slightly more Greek if Valentino himself was consuming the luscious taste of a grape during the fascination of his enigmatic show.

How High is your Metronome on Monochrome?

Each time I shop, whether its or the Topshop in my city centre, there’s always a voice trying to convince my ostentatious side to make an appearance but that never occurs because I always end up purchasing the same four colours: black, blue, white and grey. But who can’t go wrong with a bit of monochrome? It is the queen of all colour matches as you should know that white goes with everything and black goes with everything, so what could go wrong?

Despite having the decreased risk of an erroneous pairing, monochrome can tend to bore as at some times the match can be very dull and have a primitive reality. In my opinion, it should be worn in proportion with colourful clothing similar to eating chocolate but balancing it out by eating vegetables in addition. Even though I think this, when choosing between a magenta filled floral tunic dress and a plain abalone tunic dress, I just can’t resist grabbing the more comfortable, easy-to-pair and reassuring piece. Yes, you should be able to feel sanguine in the style you undertake but we need to embrace our figure instead of concealing it in a blanket-like shallow gown. Maybe we should all attempt to wear clothes that usually would be pushed forward on the rail. Because, if not these items will remain as a deliberate avoidance forever.

To end, I would like to present to you two of my favourite clothing items that are purely of course grey, black and white:

Number 1 is a Ribbon acid-wash grey sweater that gives me a feeling of protection as it is 3 sizes bigger than my actual size, I just love the extent of over sized sweaters because they hide my  insecurities resulting in a swift transportation of myself without the apprehension that I look likewise to an elephant.

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Secondly, is an H and M white cable knit jumper costing £19.99 which I agree to the fact that it is a substantial bargain when compared to the equally protracted length of wear that £60 Jack Will’s cable knits implement. Furthermore, white never fails to look pertinent with any form or colour of bottoms which makes the combinations involving this knit appear materialize at an endless rate.


Although relieving dyes bring an infinite ballot of long-term benefits (confidence, reliability and economical pleasantry), there are still ceaseless pieces that speculate endorsing characteristics such as contentment and  spontaneity of which include no sign of black or white. Motivation of the people who attire to these items of clothing still leaves my mind roving every day.