2012 August

Friday, August 31, 2012
• 9:59 AM •

Falling

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Here is the latest creative shot of me by the one and only Pier Alexandre Gagné.

I always know and expect that Pier will put an interesting twist on things. He did indeed make things interesting for this photo, although it was kept quite sweet and simple.  The styling on my part was minimal. I brought my old navy lace top to the studio, put it on, and the rest was in the photographer’s hands.

I enjoy this photo for the pose, its composition, colors and for the expression on my face that I didn’t know I was capable of making.  It seems as though I’m about to fall onto a pack of cozy clouds.

Thursday, August 30, 2012
• 12:50 PM •

Katherine

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I had a blast styling and shooting my friend Katherine.  We’ve been great friends ever since we met in advanced calculus during our 2nd year of university (I’ve never had more fun applying Stokes’ Theorum!). This allowed us to be really comfortable around each other for the shoot – she was at ease when posing, and I didn’t feel any pressures to perform with my camera, as I’m still learning a lot about photography. The joys I got from this fashion shoot reminded me of why I work so hard on this blog – because it’s fun.

Since this is my first serious shoot, the goal was to simply display my style in a natural and pretty light, and not to aim too high just yet.  Katherine thrifted this top at Value Village this summer for something like five bucks.  It’s actually a collared shoulder padded button-up, and was probably around in the 1940’s.  It was a great find, though I don’t believe it’s that wearable.  I haven’t told many people, but I have this thing I’ve been doing for a few years now, and it never seems to fail me.  I wear things backwards if they don’t look good the right way. I love what this quirky method of mine gave here.  Worn backwards and with cuffed sleeves, an old top was transformed into something much more modern, yet its classiness is preserved.  That is the essence of the style that I tend to strive for in my own dress – modern and classy.  It was really funny that Katherine’s entire outfit apart from her shoes is worn backwards, right down to the ring! In fashion, people always aim for the unexpected, and I think this was a way of achieving just that.

I will definitely be doing more shoots of my own once Montreal fashion week and all of its hype comes to a close.  I’m excited to start getting more creative with the styling as well as the post processing.  The question now is who, what, where and when!

Speaking of Montreal Fashion Week, have you entered our draw to win 2 full passes to the shows? You’ve got nothing to lose and tons of fashionable fun to gain!

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
• 12:12 PM •

How To Spot A Fake Longchamp “Le Pliage” tote: The Super Guide

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Literally, there isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t see at least 5 people carry a Longchamp ‘Le Pliage’ handbag. They are absolutely everywhere! Though, whether the bags are authentic or not is another question. I also have nothing better to do while strolling around downtown that I made a game out of it: the “Longchamp Pliage Authentication” game.

Here’s a super detailed guide to train you to spot a fake Longchamp in a matter of seconds and from a few feet away! It gets tricky because there are so many different types of these fake totes out there with multiple modifications, and the design has become even more sophisticated throughout the years. I know there are already numerous guides on how to tell when a Longchamp Pliage bag is fake, but I haven’t found one yet that I’m satisfied with, probably because most have little to no pictures connected to their descriptions.

Also, if you really don’t think my guide has helped you in any way, or you just aren’t sure of something. Feel free to drop me an email at reallongchamp@snobaffair.com with pictures and I would gladly help you authenticate a Longchamp Pliage for you.

Please note: Purseforum’s Longchamp Authentication thread is not reliable. I’ve seen Authentic Pliage bags labeled Fake when it wasn’t, and Fake bags that were labeled Authentic. It honestly hurts to see those bad judgements being called (mostly by the same person), so I decided to make this guide.

THE EXTERIOR

The Leather:

PATTERN
Authentic: Has a diamond pattern, caused by relatively straight diagonal lines.
Fake: Can have a lightly-indented fish-scale texture, round or uneven pebble-like texture, or smooth.

REAL_Longchamp_front_leather_Pattern
FAKE_Longchamp_front_leather_textureOriginal Individual Photo Credits: snegurochka79 on eBay, Mrs. Martinez, PurseForum

COLOR
Authentic: Has a really rich tan/cognac color, with a red/orange undertone. If you look closely, the leather has a subtle uneven color finishing with lighter and darker area. (It’s a bit difficult to capture this in pictures sometimes. You need a close-up shot like below.) The front snap button should read “LONGCHAMP” and “1948” with a jockey logo at the center.
Fake: Can be one solid color. Even if it isn’t solid-colored, it does not have any light or dark patches like below.

REAL_Longchamp_front_leather_ColorAUTHENTIC. Original Photo Credit: Darkfairy on Flickr
FAKE_Longchamp_front_leather_texturecolorFAKE.

BACKSIDE OF LEATHER FLAP
Authentic: The jockey logo should be indented in. Color is a beige (turns tan after prolonged use) and it has really short hairs to the point that it looks smooth. Note: For medium and larger totes, the indent is less apparent. You can still feel the indent though!  The snap should read “ORIGINAL PRYM 6/4B”. As of 2013, the snap on the backside of these new bags have “LONGCHAMP” written twice.
Fake: There is no trace of a jockey logo; it is completely flat. Can be a light pinkish/dusty rose or a brown and looks like it has “no hairs” or “too hairy”. The snap reads differently then mentioned above.

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