lace top: Editorial Boutique
purple tank: Aritzia
black tulip skirt: T by Alexander Wang
black tights: oro blu
chrome watch: Michael Kors
tuque: I lent that to her because her hair was misbehaving
On Friday, I met up with a fellow Montreal fashion blogger by the name of Sarah Monaco (I know, doesn’t that sound like the name of a celebrity?). We had lunch at the lovely Castel Café on Sherbrooke street, and discussed ideas for future collaborations. We also got to talking about the ups and downs of being a local blogger. It’s always fun to meet someone with whom I can relate on such topics, as my engineering friends are far from willing to talk about fashion for hours at a time! : )
Sarah and I had apparently crossed paths a few times at MFW24, but she tells me that she didn’t know how to approach the Snob Affair crew without “making things awkward.” Funny enough, I recognized her when we met up at the café, as I had frequently seen her roaming the halls in school. “Oh, who’s that chic girl?” I would ask myself sometimes. “It must be a first or second year engineering student, my guess is chemical or civil.”
I was wrong on all counts, except for the fashionista part. Sarah is a Psychology major, with a double minor in Molecular Biology and Italian Studies. She’s also taken a ton of economics courses. Broad interests, much?
I brought my camera with me to our meeting and was prepared to turn some heads on campus with street style photography. Sarah is very photogenic, so it was tough choosing my favourite shots to edit! I hope you like the result. It’s spring break for us McGillians, so we’re planning a shoot in the near future. I’m very excited for that!
I was impressed with this portrait of myself by Monsiieur, a very successful fashion photographer based in Montreal. He says that he decided to go for a style a la Hedi Slimane – an extreme pose, naturally imperfect hair, pores and freckles are what gives this portrait its raw vibe. I think I need to resubmit my passport picture…
Below are links to some of my favorite photos by Monsiieur. I know you will enjoy them as much as I do! Note that some of the names I’ve given in the hyperlinks are of my own making. You may not have to click through them all if the AJAX slider opens up.
Fashion Type: I switch it up from preppy casual but still classic. I am all about comfort and effortless chic! It certainly does depend on my mood. Just because you look for comfort when you wear clothes, does not mean that you can’t look SHARP. Thank goodness that fashion accommodates all types of styles!
Favourite Names in Fashion:
Models: KARLIE KLOSS, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Jessica Stam, and Coco Rocha …love these girls for their actual beautiful faces and in haute couture. Their doll faces and girl next door look can still be transformed for something a little more seductive. Karlie Kloss is absolutely my favourite model right now. She has this awesome piercing look when she walks or takes a picture with this little smile…perhaps a smirk. That smirk! Only she can pull off that fierce sexy gaze in an haute couture runway. Yes I have a girl crush on her and its not ending anytime soon. Many people don’t like her as a VS Angel, but I adore her too much to disapprove of her line of work at Victoria’s Secret.
PS, doesn’t Abbey look like a Jane Birkin back in the day?
Coco has a beautiful personality and she often makes impressions on whoever she meets! She’s super talented, I mean did you see how she opened Jean Paul Gauthier’s Fall/Winter 2007 runway show?
Fashion Icons: BLAKE LIVELY
Stella McCartney: Her absolutely feminine tailored brand is sexy and sophisticated. Stella strategically uses lace and sheer materials, my favourite materials. I am now totally stoked that my favourite fashion icon and one of my favourite designers are working together! This July 2011, Blake Lively was named the new ambassador for Stella’s designs!
Elie Saab: In an interview, Elie Saab states that, when designing, he thinks about the silhouette first and then the details. His collections vary from clean cut work wear to draping couture dresses that have so much movement and sparkle. His draping is original, but it makes sense. He transitions from structured to a loose draped shape in one garment, creating a balanced and beautiful silhouette.
Zuhair Murad: I am always pleased with Zuhair’s work. Romantic dresses worthy for any beautiful occasion. Zuhair knows how to accentuate the assets of a woman’s body with his structured silhouettes. The amount of detailed work he does on the dresses with placing the sequins, beads, or lace in all the right areas is far from gaudy or over embellished. He puts glam in glamorous, as cheesy as that sounds. I wish I would have a reason to sport these dresses!
Marchesa (Georgina Chapman/Keren Craig): How do you not love their dresses. They know how to romance. period. Very girly but also their designs are more elaborate and with an edge that bears current fashion trends.
A beautifully ornate red dress on Taylor Momsen below, but it is unfortunate that she chose a floor-length gown on the red carpet where the red just all blends together.
Handbags: My taste in handbags relies heavily on structured silhouettes so that it can “stand” on its own. Structured bags are clean and without fail, it sharpens your current outfit, whether you’re in jeans and a loose knit sweater or in a head to toe suit get-up. I VOW that I will one day be the owner of the world’s most coveted bag: the Hermes Birkin or Kelly. Thought currently, the Birkin/Kelly trademark design is over-saturated in today’s market and has lost a bit of its appeal (eg: Michael Kors Hamilton…which I own. Let it be known that I had this bag before everyone did! Yes, that was a taste of my snobbery).Anyways, here are my loves, which will also be mine one day:
Go-to item: I will never get tired of off-the-shoulder items, whether it’s a dress or a top. To me its the really easy and subtle way to project sexiness.