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PFW Event: Fred Marzo Boutique Opening Paris Fall/Winter 14/15 Collection

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This week, I had the pleasure to attend the Fred Marzo ‘s boutique opening in Paris. What I like about boutique openings is that you get not only to see the apparel and accessories closer but you get to meet in person the designer behind the brand and hear him talk abou the process behind each shoe and bags.

ABOUT FRED MARZO 

Frederick Foubet Marzorati aka Fred Marzo has gained solid experience working with Stephane Kelian, Christian Louboutin and Catherine Sartore owning and perfecting his skills as a shoemaker for the last three years creating collections for three of the big names in the shoe industry.

Inspiration: Vintage reworked, with a clever mix of elegance, the contemporary and sophistication. Creating shoes with a total shift in paradigm that has led to the quality, rarity and attention he devotes to the creation of his pieces.

With that said, for his fall /winter 14/15 collection the designer wanted to use soft fabric, fur with calfskin treated like foal leather, dipped lambskin and python with warm and refine tones that give each shoe a seductive, subtle,  delicate and luxury feel that invite women to not only wear his shoes but to do it with pleasure and confidence. Take a look at his fall/winter 14/15 collection below that also includes clutches. As always tell us your thoughts below.

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EMERGING DESIGNERS · FASHION WEEK · Paris

PFW: Review Sandra Mansour Fall/Winter 14/15 Collection

Sandra Mansour Fall/Winter 14/15 Collection

For her fall/winter 14/15 collection Sandra Mansour was inspired by abstract painter Dorothea Rockburn who was famously known for her interests in the Golden Mean, astronomy, cosmology and her use of light and proportion.

Sandra Mansour Fall/Winter 14/15 Collection

With pleats, enveloped details, overlay and intersecting fabrics, Mansour wanted to bring some masculinity to some of her pieces  with structured box-like bodices, broad shoulders, large sleeve openings, and high-cut, v-necks embellished with bibs.

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While masculinity cuts seem to be in as seen on the runway of New York and Paris for next fall, Mansour still wanted to keep a feminine touch in her collection  with pieces that are comprised of lace guipure, silk crepe and ziberline as seen on some of her softer evening silhouettes below.

Sandra Mansour Fall/Winter 14/15 Collection

Overall Mansour’s collection will definitely please fans of the brand and attract new ones. Her silhouettes are soft and feminine  even though she played with proportions and shapes and added some masculine elements to some of her pieces.

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PFW: Show Review: Tsolo Munkh Fall/Winter 14 Collection

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Today I attended the Tsolo ‘s presentation in Paris. Despite the heavy rain and the cold weather, I wanted to get to know more about this budding fashion designer.  Tsolo has been on the scene since September 2010  when she debuted her first collection alongside Alexandre Vauthier, Manish Arora and Peachoo Krejberg.  For her fall 14 collection, she told me that she was inspired by her country Mongolia. I was blown away by her craftsmanship especially while working with two textures (wool and leather) that she was able to manipulate and  combine together through a technique of folding to create edgy pieces that can resist the harshest winter.

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Honesty folks, based on what I saw, I am just wondering how can she top this collection next season because I know for a fact that just like I, many were inquisitive and in admiration of her work.

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Tsolo Munkh  Fall 14 collection

See the clothes in this short video below.

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EMERGING DESIGNERS · FASHION WEEK · Paris

PFW: Show Review: Christine Phung Fall/Winter 14 Collection

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Paris Fashion Week is in full swing and this year, I will be attending a few shows/presentations for Sereine Magazine. Today, I attended my first show, the Christine Phung’s  fall/winter 14 collections at les Galeries Lafayette Maison in Paris. Inspired by a line “Everyday life diverts us from the important things” from the book, “An escape to the mountains“, written by  Charlotte Perriand, Phung’s mission was to create a collection that would take our imagination beyond what we routinely do and  Right off the bat, she opened her show with a model dressed in a crop top, tight high-waisted pants, killer boots and ski mask carrying her own ski equipment.

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then a slew of dresses…

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A favorite look of mine was a blue coat cinched at the waist accessorized with a chunky scarf.

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Another favorite of mine as well was a nice pair of blue trousers worn with a flowy white blouse.

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See a better photo of the silhouette below from WWD.

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For an upcoming designer, overall  Phung’s collection was not over the top but accomplished what she was set to do, get people talking and paying attention to her craft. For the next couple of years, we hope to see more from her and who knows  perhaps a collaboration with a few A-list starlets.  See more looks in the video below.

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COUTURE · FASHION WEEK · Paris

Paris Couture Week: Alexis Mabille, Frank Sorbier, Giambattista Valli, Chanel …

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Paris Couture Week is over but a couple of notworthy moments  caught my attention. As Always, Paris showed why it is called the fashion capital of the world . From gorgeous models wearing ssome of the finest gowns to the stage, some of our favorite designers showed us why they are the reference when it comes to haute couture.

At the Alexis Mabille show  (above), it was luxury at its best and the designer showed us how to make haute couture seems effortless. Gorgeous!

At Giambattista Valli, the set was just as amazing as the models walking down the runway.

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Victor and Rolf got me shaking my head and asking myself what the heck is going on?  The over the top hair and ballerina shoes worn by the mannequin/ models took me by surprise.

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At Chanel, what else did you expect from Sir Karl Lagerfeld. The man knows how to put on a show.

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The Frank Sorbier stage for its couture collection was over the top amazing. I am loving this.

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PFW: Show Review: Louis Vuitton S/S 14 Collection

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For his last fashion show extravaganza in Paris, the maestro bow down with a bang. Throughout his 16-year tenure at the helm of the leather goods company, Louis Vuitton, Jacobs  injected some life and youthfulness into this more than a century year-old brand. He also gave it a much-needed face lift and turned it into one of the most coveted brands in fashion.

Jacobs spring 14 collection was worthy of a Las Vegas show filled with glossy feathers and models dressed like showgirls. Although the mood was somber and the color palette was mostly black with a bit of  emphasis on denim, Jacobs wowed the crowd with elaborate ornaments, beads, crystals, ostrich plumes and magnificent head pieces. At any rate, what do guys think of MJ last collection at Louis Vuitton? I personally wanted to see more colors but as always, I know this collection will sell well as fans will rush to get their hands on his pieces.

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Marc Jacobs is Leaving Louis Vuitton

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If you read this blog, you know by now that my favorite established fashion house is Louis Vuitton and that Marc Jacobs is my favorite designer.  I have been a fan of Jacobs even before he joined the famed fashion house 16 years ago. I remember him on the Oprah Winfrey Show like it was yesterday. I was younger back then and his line was taking off big time. He was just a simple geeky guy with sunglasses, curly hair and he looked weird. Nothing like the hunk that he is today. I am sad to know that he is leaving Louis Vuitton today but, the man wants to focus on taking his Marc Jacobs line public. Cannot be mad at him for that, considering how well Michael Kors is doing since he went public with his brand back in 2011.   Wish him all  the best. Today was his last show for Vuitton in Paris. I got the memo too late this morning so I was not able to head down to the Louvre Museum to meet a designer ‘s friend and soak it all in and take photos.  Show review to follow soon.

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Career Women Monday · EMERGING DESIGNERS · Fashion · FASHION WEEK · Interviews · Paris

Career Woman Monday: Johanna Riplinger For Sereine Magazine Part 2

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Two weeks ago, we featured luxury eco-friendly fashion designer Johanna Riplinger in our “Career Woman Monday” Post. After meeting Johanna in Paris this week-end, I got to learn and bit more about her designs and future plans for her brand. Check part two of the interview below. If you miss part 1, you can catch it here.

What are some of the most important challenges and advantages that you have experienced in establishing your personal label?

Creating a new fashion label is a long complex process, and time is one of the greatest challenges, because the fashion world as such is a very fast moving sector.  But also, for me personally as designer and entrepreneur, there are so many things to do, and it is important for me to do them correctly and in the right order.  Of course, at the beginning of any new business, there are always drawbacks and obstacles to be overcome, but these represent challenges that stimulate creative thinking and acting. Sometimes when I feel disappointed that things are not working out the way I had planned them, I later realize that, all in all, the answer that I ultimately settled for was in fact, the ideal solution that I would not otherwise have hit upon. Increasingly I am learning to be patient and to take my time in building up my business and in designing my creations – accordingly to the proverb “good things take time”– and thus I try to do everything in the best possible mood and with carefully measured energy.

One of the major advantages that I have enjoyed in the course of establishing my label is the numerous marvelous encounters with all sorts of people on the way; these encounters have led to new forms of collaboration, to manifold inspiration and assistance, and, above all, to great new friendships.

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Who is the woman that you design for and what is the message that you are trying to convey to her?

I design for a broad spectrum of very individual women worldwide. Basically, I have in mind a woman with wide-ranging tastes and interests with a strong aesthetic sense that enables her to appreciate both refined sophistication and natural harmony. Such a woman is confidently self aware; she is conscious of her choices and of her impact; and she actively participates in the life of her society. She is able to stand up for her convictions and to assert herself in public as well as in private life. Her style reflects her appreciation of luxury, in the positive sense of comfort, enjoyment, and wellbeing. All in all, there is more to her than meets the eye.

The message I want to communicate to her is that she can be herself and believe in herself, and that she should bring out all her hidden talents and latent forces – in short, that she should be confident to be the woman that she is. Thus, the clothes I design for her are meant to encourage and to assist her to appreciate and to express her genuine femininity, both inwardly and outwardly, in her own individual and personal way.

I am very inspired by women and love to create for real women, not only for models. Anything can look lovely on a model but it’s more challenging to create something which beautifies each woman with her own truth. I try to find cuts and shapes which women can immediately relate to, feel good in and feel truly themselves.

I try to find cuts and shapes that real women can easily and immediately relate to, can feel good in, and can truly be themselves.

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I know that you are planning to enter the US Market can you give us more info about it.

I plan to enter the US Market in 2014 with my collections. At present, I am looking at different platforms in order to find the right one and the right way for me to enter the overseas markets, e.g., the right locations, the right people and the right partners, in order to reach not only professional buyers but also the final customers. In taking this step, I am also looking forward to getting back to a part of my origins, for I have American as well as German roots. Soon, part of my collections will be available online.

Retailers are currently stacking up for the fall and winter seasons: what can we expect from you this fall? Are there any key pieces in your collection that you think every woman should have this fall? 

I think it’s important to choose well among the new fall and winter pieces and to match them with one’s existing wardrobe. Among my favorites for this winter are the angora pullovers, which really keep you warm. They are made of 100% French angora, the rare naturally powder-colored wool of rabbits, which are raised in a natural manner by local breeders in the center of France. It is soft as feathers and the finest fur, and wearing it is a most luxurious and sensual experience!

Where can people buy your clothes and stay connected with you?

The best way to connect is by signing up for my online newsletter and by following me on one of the social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and most recently Pinterest. Soon, part of the collection will be directly available online in addition to being sold in various European multi-brand and concept stores or in temporary pop-up stores especially in France and Germany. Furthermore, if you subscribe to the online newsletter online I will keep you informed throughout the year about private sales and trunk shows which I organize regularly.

For the professional audience I will be exhibiting during Paris Fashion Week in the well selected high fashion fair MeMy which takes place just off the prestigious place de Vendôme in Paris.

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Johanna Riplinger S/S 14

Special thanks to Johanna for taking the time to meet with me in Paris. If you would like to get in touch with Johanna Riplinger, Follow her on Twitter, like her on Facebook and Pinterest. Most of all, support emerging new talents.

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COUTURE · FASHION WEEK · Paris

Show Review: Alexis Mabille Couture Fall 13

Paris couture week is in full swing in the city lights. For this fall 13 couture, designer Alexis Mabille was inspired by the nineteenth-century Italian painter Giovanni Boldini. Let’s just say that Mabille’s couture is not for everyone.  I can see a couple of  European royalties in one of his gowns but the average woman not so much. There were a few pieces that I did not like and could not figured out who would wear them. The ombre pants, the big bow, the exaggerated shoulders and sleeves were simply overwhelming for me.

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However, I was sold on these beautiful evening gowns (especially the grey satin number below). The silhouette is feminine, very flattering and I love the décolletage. I am pretty sure that many women will agree with me on this one.

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How about the these  knee-length satin dresses number below!

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 Anyways, at any rate, what are you thoughts on Mabille’s couture fall 13 collection?

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Designers · Fashion · FASHION WEEK · Paris

Tsumori Chisato Spring 13 Collection

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Japanese fashion designer Tsumori Chisato (above)has been in the business for two decades, and since launching her brand in 1990, she has been known for her use of  luxurious materials, intricate beading and embroidery.

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Chisato is also a print master that has managed to fuse French and Japanese influences into a signature look that is feminine, sophisticated and fun.

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A true adept of the Japanese manga and Kawaii culture, she is also known to bring a cuteness, playful attitude and bohemian approach to her fashion aesthetic. For spring 13, her collection is not surprisingly a mix of abstract and tie dyes prints that are fun, bold and colorful.

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I am a true print fanatic so it is not surprise that I love this collection for spring. Any thoughts? Feel free to leave them in the comment section.

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Vika Gazinskaya Fall-Winter 2013 Collection

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Always on the look out for talented women designer, my search brought me to Russia where I discovered  Vika Gazinskaya. Opulence is the word that comes to mind when I think of her fashion aesthetic.

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Trained at the Moscow State University where she studied fashion, in 2002, under the guidance of  l’ Officiel Russia, Editor-in-chief, Evelina Khromchenko, she won the most coveted Russian Silhouette Charity Foundation Award. Her clothes are chic, elegant and very feminine.

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Since showing her first collection in 2007, she is still one of the most sought after designers in the industry. She is a designer that I would love to see one day during Paris Fashion Week. Check out more looks below from her latest offering for fall.

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This collection screams, “I am rich, and I ain’t shy about it.” Feel free to tell us what you think in the comment section below.

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Fashion · Paris

Say it with: Midi- Skirts

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Maison Rabih Kayrouz left & Lanvin right

I love midi-skirts maybe because I am tall and I think that they look better on me than mini-skirts. During the hottest months, I go for length when it comes to adding pieces to my wardrobe. What is great about midi-skirts is that they are very versatile and can be worn regardless of the season. Making them a wardrobe essentials that anyone should have or at least try. From the runway of Paris as seen at the Lanvin, Trussardi, Ermanno Scervino, Maison Rabih Kayrouz and many others, this staple will never be out of fashion.

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Trussardi Fall 13

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Paris Fashion Week: Show Review: Balenciaga Fall 2013

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Alexander Wang seems to have channeled White House Black Market, devoid of any color, for his Fall 2013 Balenciaga collection. He pretty much continued in the heritage of the famous fashion house in using high technology materials but added sexy details in cut out dresses, slim fit pants as well as major toe cleavage in the footwear. Here are a few of my favorite looks:

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PFW: Show Review: Vanessa Bruno Fall 13

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It is obvious that here at Sereine Magazine, we have a soft spot for Vanessa Bruno. Yesterday she presented her fall 13 collection at the Grand Palais de Paris and at this point, I cannot wait for her to officially open her first store in New York.

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For fall 13, it seems to me that she is following the same direction as her spring 13 collection with menswear inspired looks mix with a couple of shift dresses that fans of the brand will most likely be pleased with.

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I am not a fan of menswear inspired looks for women but despite my personal preferences, once again, Bruno delivered another solid collection comprised of  a color palette of white, black, and grey with tailored pants, jackets, coats with detailing decorating embellishments on skirts and dresses. Some of my favorites looks are below:

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Designers · Paris

Paris Fashion Week: Vanessa Bruno

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While the lights are shining brighter in the city of lights during PFW, one collection that I am looking forward to see is none other than French designer Vanessa Bruno. I missed the opportunity to meet Vanessa when she was in New York and it is one of my biggest regrets. I simply could not find the time to stop by her pop-up store in Soho. I sincerely hope nonetheless to meet her one day. Until that day comes, today is her big day in Paris as Bruno is gearing up to present her fall 13 collection in a couple of hours at the Grand Palais de Paris.

Her current spring 13 collection presented last September includes sundresses, tailored crop jackets and pant suits made with an urban chic and simplicity mixed in with some broderie anglaise to give it a more refine look.  With an added dose of youth, and joyful spirit, there is not doubt that women whether in the streets of Paris or New York will have a problem wearing these pieces come spring.

Some of my favorites from her spring 13 collection are below.