What I Wore: Dévastée

What Austin and I wore to Dévastée...

tsquared white vneck
Paige Denim camo skinnies
Zara nude pumps
vintage brown braided belt
Betsey Johnson charm necklace
vintage cheetah bandana
 brown purse
Audrey grey open-back tank
Dylan George black skinny jeans
Jeffery Campbell seafoam suede wedges
Betsey Johnson black purse
xx, Q.

Under Pont Alexandre III: Dévastée S/S12

French designers Ophelie Klere and François Alary of Dévastée invited us to their spring/summer 2012 fashion show with smiling popup churches. The invitation gave us a peek at what was to come down the runway at the parisian club Showcase underneath the Pont Alexandre III. Another macabre show of Fashion Week in Paris, Dévastée presented a playfully creepy collection of stripey menswear cuts, translucent, patterned pieces, and silky rompers. As if apart of some cheeky funeral procession, the models were dressed in monochromatic black ensembles, many with the smiling pattern of jack-o-lanternesque churches, crosses, tombstones, and skulls mixed with Eiffel Towers, flowers, and hearts. Dévastée using dark, gothic motifs on flowy fabrics, created dresses, skirts, shorts, and blazers that will blend nicely from winter to spring.

Front Row
Smiling print constant throughout the show
Final Run

Next time, something more light from the Paris runways.
xx, Q.

[credit: Francois Alary]


What I Wore: Thimister

H&M tan silk tank
H&M black tank dress
The Limited brown sweater shrug
black tights
Aldo black suede wedges
JADEtribe brass and glass beaded bracelet
Soixante Neuf rose gold quartz and aquamarine rings
Pimkie brown purse


Monastic Yet Maniacal: Thimister S/S12

My Paris Fashion Week began in the Marais with the medieval, monastic, macabre and maniacal Thimister collection entitled "The Conformist" by dutch designer, Josephus Melchior Thimister. Personally inviting us to his Spring/Summer 2012 show, Josephus requested "wash your hair well before attending". No one checked us at the door, but the odd request only added to the ethereally lit and mysteriously heavy air of the Garage Turenne. Beginning in summery, lightweight whites and ending in black and earthy browns, models strode out of a medieval cloister down the modern, industrial runway in shredded, gauzy ensembles cinched with heavy leather corset-like belts with multi-closures and pouches.

Outside of the cloistral, natural feel of the show, my thoughts first arrived at the macabre and maniacal notes throughout the collection. The repetitive dissonance of the soundtrack matched with the aggressive violins and shrieking woman, allowed for an intensely eerie ambience that lingered throughout the show's run. The first look out set the mood and reminded me of the opening scene of John Doyle's 2005 Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd where, as The New York Time's Theater Review described it, "the show begins with a wheyfaced young man in a straightjacket, surrounded by people in institutional white coats. He has the numbed look of someone who has seen the unspeakable." Thimister's own 'wheyfaced' model, in a diaphanous cream dress with a straightjacket-like corset belt, drifted down the runway with that same horrifically vacant look. The whited out makeup used on the models paired with the snug caps worn only accentuated the chilling macabre atmosphere.

Pictures from the show after the jump.


Other News from the Other Fashion Capital...

Two-pairs-of-shoes owning Louisiana native turned New York City fashion maven, Ashley Knox, is competing in Lucky Magazine's Search for a New Lifestyle Contributor. At round three in the contest, Ashley and 118 others were asked to write about their "Best Connection" be it a best friend, sister, cousin, etc. and discuss their styles, personalities, shopping habits, and beauty choices - how they differ and how they're the same. Below is an excerpt from Ashley's post about her and her just as fabulous sister, Rachel. Make sure to click on the link and vote for Ashley. Her fashion and beauty advice accompanied by quirky tales of her migration from Louisiana to the Big Apple deserves some recognition.

HANDS DOWN MY BEST CONNECTION Of course, it has to be my sister. It could be because she's my only sister, but there are a whole host of other reasons - both hilarious and sartorial - why Rachel is my best connection. Truth be told, it wasn't always that way. At age 16, Rachel packed her bags and headed for college (two years early, mind you, being the ambitious Aries that she is), while I was still navigating the halls of raging hormones, a collective experience we like to call the seventh grade. I was experimental and angsty. She was wild and brave. The only common grounds we shared at the time was a cup of coffee every morning, and mine was mostly milk and sugar. Hers, I'm sure, was black and mature. So when I showed up at Rachel's door in 2005, with a duffel bag in hand and essentially homeless, we didn't really know one another. I mean, really know each other. It was the eve of Hurricane Katrina, and there I was, a senior in college evacuating from New Orleans to Baton Rouge with no home, no job, no school, no car, and only two pairs of shoes (one of which were flip-flops!) to call my own...
Continue reading here and be sure to vote! HANDS DOWN MY BEST CONNECTION : Lucky Magazine

xx, Q.


Paris Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2012

Fashionably pooped.
With the whirlwind of Fashion Week coming to a close, I finally have a chance to sit down and write about all that is stylish, fashionable, and à la mode. Over the next few days, you will receive images, videos, and musings on all that was Fashion Week in Paris this season - from what was worn to shows to what was worn during shows. Keep a look out for posts on the following...

Antoine Taurin
Claudine Ivari
Anne Valérie Hash
Amaya Arzuaga
Lie Sang Bong
Viktor & Rolf
Steffie Christiaens
Igrid Vlasov
Talbot Runhoff
Agnes b.

A très bientôt...
xx, Q.

[credit: pinterest]

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