The clutch

The clutch
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I have been wanting to blog about this trend for a little while now, and my new Polyvore account just made it even more simple for me! It’s even more fun and easy than my Shopstyle account. And allows you to blog your style creations with just a click!
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So this clutch thing… I think we will see more and more people (in fact we already do) walking around with a clutch in place of a bag. I say “people” because it is not a trend just for women anymore! Mens’ clutches are all over the catwalks these days. The contest for who’s got the bigger birkin is over. It’s all about the bag becoming a real statement and charming accessory as well as being functional. Its first function? Lightening our load! Continue reading

Fall 2012 Fashion Trends

Here are some of the trends off the runways for the Fall/Winter fashion 2012-2013 collections as selected by moi :

LACE, VELVET & RETRO NOSTALGIA

Designer : Anne Valérie Hash; Model : Dorothea Barth Jorgensen; Photo : Style.com

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Paris FNO 2012

Me admiring a Moschino jacket, Photo : Lauren Cashwell

This year Paris FNO happened on the rue du Faubourg Sainnt Honoré.  I thought it would be a mixture of avenue Montaigne and Faubourg Saint Honoré, but avenue Montaigne did not participate at all. There was a slight improvement from last year, meaning access to many stores was less strict, but I was again left with a an annoyed feeling that they still haven’t understood the purpose of this event.

Some stores denied access to us, claiming that theirs was a private party and we had to have had a special invitation.

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Vintage ‘it’ bags and more

Since 1995 Monsieur Gérard Avrand and his wife Mme Valérie Michot have held this boutique that brings new life to items that no longer serve their original owners. Chanel bags, Prada, Hermès, Vuitton… I guess in this age of consumerism we can all get tired of even the finest of things and be on the search for something new. Thank goodness there are people like Mr and Mrs Avrand for those of us who aren’t always looking for the newest ‘it’ bags, but rather like to find vintage editions that are no longer sold in the mainstream marketplace.

The boutique is called the Galerie Antiquités de l’Île Saint-Louis, and the concept is that of vintage accessories being treated like antiques, items with increasing value according to their rarity and good condition. They work as a dépôt-vente (consignment) or they may also buy and resell.

Luxury shoes, handbags, scarves and silk ties, jewelry, even furniture! (the dog is not for sale) 🙂

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Vintage Hermès Kelly bags, left-right : 1994, 1970s, 1995

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20 rue des Deux Ponts 75004 Paris
Tel : 01.43.29.27.77 @ : isl.antiquites@wanadoo.fr

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Vintage heaven

♫ Where do used clothes go when they die? They don’t go to heaven where the clothespins fly. Go to a hanging wire and dry. Wear ’em again til the Fourth of July… ♬

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Rochas 225€

Actually they are reincarnated and get a chance at life again…. as they wait in Nirvana (anyone getting my little joke here?!?) where you may try them on for size and purchase them if you so fancy, so that they do live again. This place can otherwise be referred to as Thanx God I’m a V.I.P. and it can be reached by taking the righteous path to the 10th arrondissement in Paris, France.

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Dior

I have never seen such a beautiful vintage store in my entire life. IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. The young couple that are the owners, have a knack for meticulous almost borderline maniac arranging capabilities, their store is IMPECCABLE…and everywhere you look you see a picture perfect line of color coordinated-gradient racks of frocks and feathers and fun, fun, fun things! They even have a stunning Dior evening gown to dream about. A ground level and an underground level great you with eyefuls of color, clean lines, spaciousness for browsing and so many many tangible articles. All of their articles are quality to luxury… there is NO bottom-of-the-barrel stuff here!

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Leather clutches & wool and cashmere scarves

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Only part of the shoe selection

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impeccable...

Opened in 2009, Sylvie Chategnier, the driving force behind this stunning boutique, used to sell vintage luxury clothing items in her private boutique by rendez-vous only. La ti da! Thanx God I’m a VIP also has their own it-bag brand, and they do touch-ups and hemming in their store. Thanks God, because if you find something that you just can’t live without but it doesn’t fit well, they can help!

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The peeptoe green silk Louboutin in the middle is size 40, and was marked at 250€!

What can you expect to find there??? Among others you can find treasures from YSL, Chanel, Lacroix, Rochas, Chloé, Louboutin, Nina Ricci, Lancôme, Prada, Givenchy…and more.
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THANX GOD I’M A V.I.P Shop

12 rue de lancry

75010 Paris

01 42 03 02 09

mardi au dimanche 14h-20h

(Tues-Sunday 2pm-8pm)