September is back to school season, but in the fashion industry September rhymes with fashion month. With a few days left before the craziness of fashion week starts, take some time to extend your fashion knowledge with these documentaries on fashion channel Made To Measure.
BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK
Bill Cunningham, streestyle photographer legend, left this world in June 2016. However, this documentary by Richard Press will forever survive him. Check M2M to learn more about the man who ruled New York’s streetstyle pages for 40 years: https://bit.ly/2w8S8SW.
THE DAY BEFORE: ISABEL MARANT
Part of the serie «The Day Before» of M2M, this episode dedicated to Isabel Marant shows theFrench designer during her last fittings. With her relax and cheerful attitude, she gives us a glimpse of howeffortless Parisian style is made: https://bit.ly/2MptfNC.
THE BALMAIN STYLE
Olivier Rousteing entered the French house Balmain in 2009. Since then, we cannot talk about Balmain without talking about Rousteing. He has turned the house into a powerful company with his use of social medias and celebrity connections. Loic Prigent brought us into the backstage of a Balmain fashion show: https://bit.ly/2wcLjQq.
THE LEGACY OF ALEXANDER MCQUEEN
In February 2010, the fashion industry mourned one of its creative geniuses: Alexander McQueen. The British designer was known for its excentric fashion style. Nicknamed the «Terrible Child» of fashion, he had a huge impact on how we see fashion nowadays. This documentary deals with eve- rything the world will remember from McQueen: https://bit.ly/2we4kC5.
COUTURE: THE NEW QUEENS OF HAUTE
Follow Danish designer Iris Van Herpen and French designer Delphine Delivet as theydipped their feet into the Parisian Haute Couture week for the first time: https://bit.ly/2MGa4Pi.
You probably have been seeing it everywhere. Polka dots, warm colours, linen and cotton have invaded our Instagram/Pinterest feeds as well as most of the Spring/Summer 2018 runways. With the warm weather fully settled and the knowledge of your summer vacation coming soon, you might want to transform into a South of France girl. Here is our guide on how to shop, furnish, smell and live like a Mediterranean woman.
Let’s start with your wardrobe first. Where to shop? First of all, Jacquemus, of course, since it’s one of the brands that started this whole trend with its «La Bomba» collection. Loewe, Jil Sander can also be a good pick with their numerous linen and cotton minimalist pieces. In the bridge fashion category, you could choose Nanushka, an emerging Hungarian brand who designs a lot of neutral toned garments. And of course, fast-fashion stores such as Mango, Zara or & Other Stories offer a huge variety of summer pieces inspired by this trend.
This trend is now all over instagram, although some influencers’ styles have been embodying this South of France vibes for a while. Starting off with the most famous ones, @chrisellelim and @neginmirsalehi recently posted some serious Mediterranean outfits, @sincerlyjules casual style can easily express the effortlessness of this trend. Although, if we had to talk about three new names worth discovering it would be @nycbambi, @yoshinomia and @lafemmebeige. Those three influen-cers have really distinctive styles, based on their obsession with the French riviera, mixing vintage pieces and more modern ones.
WATCH AND LISTEN
You can easily get inspired by watching movies: the landscapes, the outfits, the soundtracks... To get the Mediterranean feels, you can start by watching Et Dieu créa la femme, a classic French movie with iconic actress Brigitte Bardot. More recent movies like Call Me By Your Name, La French or La Villa are also worth being watched. If you want to feel as if you are casually relaxing on a sunbed, here is what you should listen to. We would strongly advise some good old Serge Gainsbourg with La Javanaise or Je t’aime moi non plus. You could also listen to La Mer by Chantal Chamberland.
When it comes to furnishing a South of France or Spanish modern inspired house, natural materials and warm colours will be your friends. You can start with key items, to progressively add some solar touches to your home. If you are planning on doing this, we would strongly advise going with woven baskets, jute or Moroccan inspired rugs. Focus on wooden and linen textures, keep the color combination neutral (with beige, brown, white) adding warm colours in touches (orange, mustard, burgundy). Check out stores like Maisons du Monde or Anthropologie. Finally, if you want to spice up your art gallery, you can invest in Cate Adriana’s illustrations for some minimalist modern art.
Mediterranean scents usually bring warmth, they are (most often) based on Orange blossoms and Citrus smells. We could describe these scents as a mix of beachy and oriental. Here is a selection of fragrances we put together in order for you to become a real South of France girl. Starting with those who like the summery smell of salty hair and sand, you would certainly enjoy the Beach Walk by Maison Margiela. For lovers of oriental scents, we would advise L’Eau de Torocco or L’Eau de Neroli by Diptyque. For a more feminine fragrance, check out Acqua di Par-ma’s Gelsominio Nobile. With jasmin and floral accents, this perfume might be more adapted for the spring season. If you like woody scents, try Orris & Sandalwood Cologne Intense by Jo Malone. Finally, to complete the furnishing of your South of France inspired house, you can invest in an Orange Blossom Room Spray (by Diptyque).
It is back to school season, the perfect opportunity to go back to your books (even if you are not a student anymore). Perfect your fashion education with these books and the wonderful thing? They can even serve as coffee table books.
1. Women in Dior, Portraits of Elegance by Laurence Benaïm
Full of portraits of the powerful women who wore Dior, this book combines wonderful photographs and backstories of women from all eras, from actress Marion Cotillard to royal Margareth of England.
2.It by Alexa Chung
The autobiography of what made British It-girl Alexa Chung the style icon she is. With memories from her childhood, chapters on the style inspo her grand-father gave her or on her iconic pieces, Alexa tells us about what turned her into an indie-rock style guru.
3.The Fashion Book by Phaidon
Described as "The fashion bible" by Vogue, The Fashion book has every name you need to know in fashion's history. From designers to photographers and stylists, the biggest names are all in there followed by a sum up of their career.
Anne-Laure Mais launched her fashion blog in 2009, after discovering bloggers like Garance Doré or Betty Autier. A real ambassador of the Parisian French girl look, you would see her most often in jeans, simple tops and comfortable shoes. Her favorite brands? Jacquemus, Levi’s, effortless and casual. She recently founded Musier Paris, a clothing brand inspired by vintage pieces and the Parisian style.
Born in Epinal, Caroline is currently living in London. The blonde girl used to work on television, which helped creating her community when she started her fashion and beauty blog. She has a style quite feminine and put together, although her more casual outfits can often be consideredboho-chic. She founded the brand Wandertea in 2014 (same year as her blog), a brand focused on detox teas.
This 20-year-old Parisian girl launched her blog Léna Situations in 2013. Not afraid to laugh at herself, Léna likes to be sarcastic when talking about life as a blogger. She describes her style as easy-chic, switching from sportswear to classy all the time. The fashion student has made her goal to promote positivity and hard-work, easily creating a community to surround herself with.
A sportswear lover, Alexandra created her blog back in 2012. Alexcloset is the perfect blog to get sneakers inspiration. Although don’t reduce her to her sporty style, Alex knows how to go from casual to chic like the back of her hand. And the 27 year old has an important fashion back- ground, with experience working for Be Magazine in Paris and Elle in Montréal. She launched her Iphone case brand two years ago.
For all lovers of artistic pictures and colorful hairstyles, Natacha is the one you have been looking for. Her instagram allows you to take a peek at the colorful illustrations and designs she creates, as well as the travel photographs she takes. She now lives in Barcelona with her family. This mom of two started her blog after having been put on bedrest during her first pregnancy. Althoughher mum life was the main inspiration behind her blog, it is now more focused on lifestyle. She oftenshares pictures of her vintage colorful outfits who are just as artistic as her soul.
The English Indie-Rock band that influenced the 2000s is back with their 6th album. The news just got confirmed by Nick O'Malley, the bassist who revealed that they had been working on it for a while.
The band started in 2002 and used to be nicknamed The Death Ramps. It is formed by Alex Turner (lead singer), Jamie Cook (guitarist), Matt Helders (drummer) and Nick O'Malley (bassist).
Arctic Monkeys just released new tour dates in American and European festivals after being on hiatus for nearly 4 years. Lead singer Alex Turner took advantage of these years to work with another band The Last Shadow Puppets, formed with Miles Kane, Zach Dawes and producer James Ford. All the while drummer Matt Helders collaborated with Iggy Pop on his last album. Awarded with the Brit Awards seven times and nominated for the Grammys, the band is known for its singles "Fluorescent adolescent" and "Do I wanna know?".
Their last album AM which was released in 2013, hit the n°1 charts in the UK, and featured hit singles such as "Why'd you only call me when you're high?" and "Do I wanna know?". Let's hope for them that this new album will convince the audience as much as the last one.
La Promesse de l'Aube is a French movie directed by Eric Barbier. The movie is an adaptation from the autobiographic novel of Romain Gary published in 1960. The book has already been adapted once in 1971 by Jules Dassin.
From his childhood in Poland, through his teenage years under Nice's sun, and until his aviator achievements in Africa during World War Two, Romain Gary lived an extraordinary life. But his determination to live a thousands lives, to become a great man and a famous writer, it all comes down to Nina, his mother. It's the love of this endearing and eccentric mother that will make him become one of the main writer of the 20th century. Although this unconditional love will also be a burden in his life...
You will be able to find it in French cinemas from the 20th of December. But you can already have a taste by watching the trailer here. ././bit.ly/2lJ9gcD http://bit.ly/2lJ9gcD
Junior Empire set the scene of La Maroquinerie in Paris on fire the 8th of June. The pop-rock band is from Albion. With its British, Brazilian and Australian members, not only the music is cosmopolitan but the band in itself also is. The rock songs they are playing are as delicate as they are powerful.
Jack Balfour Scott is the lead-singer of a group, Jack and Joey Arnold Zapata (the keyboardist) met in a pub in Camden. They the encountered Hannah Van Den Brul (who plays the violin) in a theater. Jordan Grispino, the drummer is an old friend of Jack. Diego Belmont, guitar player, is hired shortly after.
The influences of the group are wide, from MGMT's pop to The Killers' rock and Jamie T's hip hop. The band creates pop songs, heavily influenced by rock music with a taste of electronic sounds. Their lyrics are thoughtful and delicate, like in Modern Love.
In June 2017, they released West Coast an EP. The songs "Said and Done" and "Let me love you" are also part of their most famous ones. You can listen to their song West Coast here: http://bit.ly/2EYx0SJ.