One of things I look forward to most during Fashion Month are the creative ways attendees wear trends. Streetstyle is among my favourites and admittedly I could sit on the sidelines and watch as sidewalks become the perfect runway for guests.This season, I packed one singular bag for Maldives before taking a flight through Dubai and New York to Paris. If you’ve never been to the Maldives and flown on a seaplane, there is a limit of one bag and one personal item. No additional bags are allowed. This is probably a fashion week attendee’s nightmare! I had a variety of options, but in the end, I decided to accept the challenge of packing one luggage and one duffle bag for the entire haul.
I packed both summer and fall outfits into 1 suitcase. Admittedly, I had forgotten a couple of key pieces that would pull my outfits together, but in the end it worked out. I kept my outfits a little more approachable, and in my personal opinion, much simpler than I had in the past. You can see I re-wore few key items in different ways. Hopefully you liked the outcome! For many of you who joined me on my journey from Maldives to Paris and then to Amsterdam, thank you so much for always being such wonderful, positive and kind individuals. You added a little extra bounce to my step!
Monochromatic Animal Print: Zebra & Leopard
I admit I’m not the biggest fan of leopard, but I do love black and white and own a zebra coat (as seen in one of my earliest blog posts here). I banked on the fact that it would be warm in Paris, as it had been the prior year I attended, and luckily the first couple of days it was around 20 degrees celsius. Most people thought this was one dress, when in fact it’s a dress over blouse. If you have a smaller waist and broad shoulders as I do, a belt to bring the waist in and pull it all together will work perfectly. I got the softest leopard beret for an incredible price and pinned the Chanel brooch to it. The belt and boots are from my closet and I’ve linked similar ones incase you’re looking to re-create this look below.
Bold Statement Shoulders
Big shoulders are hot for the 2018 leading into 2019, but it’s actually one that I have loved since I was in high school Growing up, I felt a little self conscious of my shoulders. I was really athletic so I felt my shoulder cuffs were quite big compared to the rest of my body. It’s so silly how we feel because looking back, I absolutely loved my body, even if I were more of a tom-boy. I was picky when it came to selecting items that were too fitted on the shoulders, but even now being more comfortable in my skin, I prefer statement sleeves and strong shoulders, so when I saw this I knew immediately it would flatter my silhouette. I originally purchased silver skinny trousers for this look, but ended up leaving them behind since my bag was full – huge mistake. Let it be a lesson to you to always go with your instinct and bring it just incase! Still I was lucky it was shot by street style photographer @capbylv. You can sho9p the look below:
During the day I wore this outfit, I also went to Samira Buchi’s studio. This New York designer’s atelier is in Paris and she handrafted in her bags using incredibly buttery leather that eventually shapes to how you fill and wear them. I tried on numerous bags, but the red one is one that really looked beautiful with this outfit, as seen above. You can order and see the entire collection from her site.
Mixing Trends – Statement Shoulder & Animal Print
This is an outfit I’d wear regularly. I love the bold shouolder top and the sequin denim. A few of you immediately DM’d me on IG and recognized these Roberto Cavalli and I was floored. I wore this on my day off in Paris and caught Marimekko’s Spring/Summer preview. Admittedly, I love the white boots, but they don’t work for my feet anymore since my arches have fallen a bit, so I’m retiring those and getting new ones. I’ve linked some options below. I am obsessed with the studded Alexander Wang ones and the wrap around strap MSGM ones with the steel toe. My own belt was really rare and sold out but I’ve linked some other red belts as well.
A trip to Paris is not complete unless I’ve worn a piece from a designer showing at Paris Fashion Week. The Jacquemus dress is a favourite of mine but I’ve only worn in the summer. Plaid is incredibly hot this season, so I decided to layer it over a sheer black plaid top. I wore my statement round crystal heels and finished the look off with a structured blazer. This was the most French chic I could get and something I can see myself wearing all the time.
Metallic Trend – Silver
The one that represents me best is probably this one. It’s edgier, looks more expensive than it really is and feel modern. I turned a silver dress into what looked like a jacket over a sheer plaid turtleneck and tied with my obi belt where a trench belt might sit to cinch in the waist and finished off the look with leather trousers and crystal heels.
The first luxury designer I had ever been introduced to was Versace, which back then was designed by Gianni Versace himself. Back when Toronto used to have a really small group of luxury stores, Versace had what I recall to be a large flagship on Bloor Street West in Yorkville. My sister and I used to pop in a regularly. It was my very first taste of luxury runway fashion and because of how special those memories are to me, and how the 20th anniversary of his death had just passed, I wanted to pay tribute and also wear vintage Gianni Versace, while modernizing the look. Funny enough, I don’t personally love leopard print, but I love the silhouette of this dress. If you don’t like a print, definitely stick to a silhouette you love and it’ll transform how you feel about it. I’m wearing a vintage Versace leopard dress, a Gianni Versace foulard baroque scarf, my thigh leather boots, the leopard beret with chanel brooch and a charm belt (since I unfortunately snapped my beautiful Versace belt, which you’ll have seen me wear in this blog post here). You can shop similar pieces below.
I did it. It all fit in 1 bag, and I was still able to add a couple of extra outfits for my trip to Amsterdam after I was finished. That is my outfit round up for Paris Fashion Week. It was once again, such an incredible whirlwind. Time flies when you’re having a great time. I met so many wonderful people and feel so inspired by the designers and individuals I met. If you have a favourite look above, I’d love to hear in the comments below!
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