Tuesday

Narciso Rodriguez for Her

You've seen the ads; a simple black and white photo of Carmen Kass with beachy bleach blonde hair messily braided into a heidi/german milkmaid-esque style, oh so chic and modern.
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Kass is the face of NARCISO RODRIGUEZ For Her Eau de Parfum, my new obsession.

In my opinion, the perfect designer perfume should accurately reflect the designer's style, and in Narciso's case, it does so to a T.
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looks from the designers S/S 08 runway show
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Rodriguez's gorgeous gold ankle strap sandals

The laidback, simple, and youthful Parisian-eque style of his clothing is mirrored in the perfume's delicate combination of honey blossom, amber, and egyptian musk.

Sephora.com's biography of the scent:
"Musc is at the heart of For Her. The fragrant harmony of the musc expresses itself through three pulsations; honey flower, radiant amber, and tactile wood. This fragrant harmony develops gently and slowly, rounding out into the warm tones of sunkissed skin, dusted in a soft, velvety sensuality.

Notes:
Honey Flower, Solar Musk, Orange Blossom, Osmanthus, Amberlyn, Vanilla, Tactile Musk, Tactile Woods, Vetiver.

Style:
Warm. Sensual. Feminine."
-Sephora.com


I can no longer count the times I have wandered into a "Marionnaud" store (A chain of French Parfumeries), just to "try" Narciso's lovely perfume. My perfume searches are extremely intense, I rarely truly LOVE a scent, even after sniffing my way through Sephora's whole perfume section! Once I find one a think I kind of like, I have to test it out on any number of victims: friends, boys, my sister, random homeless people... have a true paranoia about smelling bad. in my opinion, wearing a bad or overpowering perfume is almost worse than just smelling bad naturally!

Therefore, after multiple sniff tests of Narciso Rodriguez For Her, and after hearing one friend say it smelled like honeysuckle (my favorite flower), I have officially fallen in love with Mr. Rodriguez's concoction.

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Narciso Rodriguez at his S/S 08 runway show

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Narciso Rodriguez For Her eau de parfum 1.6 oz $72

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Narciso Rodriguez For Her Hair Mist $32

If you haven't smelled it yet (hint hint MOM, for christmas), it's time to pay a visit to your local sephora!

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-Arianna
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Monday

Brooklyn is for the Birds

As you may have heard, Brooklyn is cool now. Michelle Williams, Heath Ledger, (pre-breakup) and baby Matilda lived there and became the epitomy of the young hipster Brooklyn family. BIRD, which has two locations in the lower borough, is THE hot spot for the young maternal Brooklynite. The boutiques sell both cool mommy clothes and accessories (that are the OPPOSITE of your mother's clothes) and adorable baby clothes, many of which I wish were made in MY size. Yes, I'm still in Paris, but I can salivate from afar through the boutique's great website which has great pieces from many of my favorite designers: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Acne, Alexander Wang, Bing Bang jewelry, Clu, Isabel Marant, Grey Ant, Helmut Lang, Ld Tuttle, Loeffler Randall, Jane Mayle, Repetto, See by Chloe, Vanessa Bruno, and Vena Cava. If you're in New York, get across that bridge! If not, enjoy the website as I am.

Baby Bird
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Milo in Maine short sleeve flower print onesie $25.00
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Egg + Avocado camera onesie $38.00

Momma Bird
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3.1 Phillip Lim plaid wool 3/4 sleeve coat $655.00
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Farhi - Nicole Farhi wool cashmere cardi-coat $435.00
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Grey Ant high braided jean $335.00
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Mayle chain handle leather handbag $495.00
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Bing Bang boxing glove earrings $100.00
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Repetto patent leather flats $185.00
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Mayle silk patchwork 3/4 sleeve dress $625.00
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Loeffler Randall ruffle peep toe pump $375.00

Bird
220 Smith Street
(corner of Butler Street)
Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
T: 718.797.3774
Metro: F or G to Bergen St.

Bird
430 Seventh Ave
(between 14th and 15th Streets)
Park Slope, Brooklyn
T: 718.768.4940
Metro: F to 7th Ave

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LOVE from Yves Saint Laurent

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The door slammed behind me. Ahead was a long white corridor with faceless white doors blending in with the walls. No, I wasn't being admitted to a mental institute, I am describing my visit to the Yves Saint-Laurent foundation, Rue Léonce Reynaud, 75116 Paris métro Alma Marceau. The website is actually really informative and well done, it has a great timeline and pictures of YSL's couture pieces organized by year.

In the workroom of "le fondation," there were several women carefully repairing YSL's couture pieces; Yves retired in 1998 and the company no longer produces couture pieces.
F.Y.I.
Haute Couture= custom made pieces fit to the client in every possible way. With frequent buyers, they create custom made dress forms that they alter as the client's body changes. Couture pieces are usually made from high-quality, expensive fabric, and are sewn with extreme attention to detail and finish, often using time-consuming, hand-executed techniques.

After watching them repair some of YSL's Picasso capes,
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we were led to a numberless door, and then into the bowels of the YSL couture archives. The guide opened one of the white closets, revealing an alleyway of couture pieces. Kept at 18 degrees Celsius and 50% humidity, the closets house all the most famous YSL pieces from the '60s to the '90s. We were shown a gorgeous gray tweed cape dress from the '60s, typical '60s block color dresses modelled after Mondrian paintings,
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Pop art modelled dresses,
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A sequined, beaded, and embroidered jacket from the 90s, modelled after a Van Gogh painting, that took 600 hours to make and was, at the time, the most expensive jacket in existence, at 1 million francs.
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The original Pea Coat, modelled after sailors' coats,
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And the original black "Smoking" Jacket.
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After the couture warehouse visit, we went downstairs to the exhibit of YSL designed costumes for theatrical and film productions, such as the 1967 "Belle de Jour" starring Catherine Deneuve.

We also saw some pieces that were reminiscent of current fashion trends, such as a sequined minidress similar to the 2007 trend revived by Tory Burch
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and feathered Coats and Dresses like the current trend I recently covered.
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One of the great things about Yves was that he had actual artistic talent; he sketched his own designs, unlike most designers, who either have to go to school to learn how to sketch their ideas, or just drape fabrics over forms.
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Yves Saint-Laurent at his Final Haute Couture show in Spring 2002.

The visit was one of the best experiences of my fashion-obsessed life so far, though it was a bit torturous as I couldn't even touch the clothes, let alone try them on. A few weeks ago we visited la Musée de la Mode which had an exhibition of Jean Paul Gaultier's most famous pieces, and many of those created for avante garde dance companies. We're going to another exhibition soon so I'll write a piece about that as well!

-Arianna
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