Alice Goes to the World’s Biggest Fashion Show
Paris – La Mode C’est Vous
Earlier this month the French fashion Mecca Galeries Lafayette held the second ‘La Mode C’est Vous’, taking over the Boulevard Haussman in the centre of Paris for the world’s biggest fashion show. Stylish members of the public were invited to celebrate the distinct personalities of the four fashion capitals of the world – Paris Boheme, New York Preppy, Milano Glam and London Hipster – alongside blogger ambassadors brought in to oversee the action, in the form of NY’s The Man Repeller, Milan’s The Fashion Fruit, London’s Style Bubble, and Paris’ own Eleonore Bridge.
As corny as a term like ‘street-style’ can feel, there is something to be said for the way that style can identify one to the vast metropolis that they live in, and also reflect the ways of that particular place. Nothing beats the buzz of a major city – by just wandering around urban streets you can feel the history, attitudes and culture of a place swimming in the air: the spirit of a city. This spirit is something that naturally settles into its inhabitants, and is accordingly manifested in their outward appearances. Everyone who knows me knows that I am a city girl through and through.
So, courtesy of Galeries Lafayette and London’s beloved style blogger Susie Bubble, I headed out to Paris earlier this month to get my ‘London Hipster’ swag on and rep the coolest city there is in an epic fashion extravaganza…
There were some questionable, though hella endearing, interpretations of London style out there on the day – though maybe I’m just not hitting up the right spots to see cool cats dressed like the dude from Clockwork Orange wrapped in a Union Jack flag… But you could definitely see that London was the most colourful and fun part of the show; that to other cities London style is playful, interesting and undeniably cool…
Some Milano Glam:
This Parisian lady was wearing music. Damn. I need to work me out how to do that…:
And I’ve got to admit that own outfit probably wasn’t the embodiment of London’s scene in an ensemble – but for a city as culturally diverse and happening as our Big Smoke, I don’t think one outfit could ever quite pull that off… For the show I just wore what I felt like wearing – going for a Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver meets Run DMC vibe:
It wouldn’t be a fashion event if there weren’t some crazy characters present – these two guys were the hottest:
As to be expected, the French were incredibly hospitable – during my trip I was truly wined and dined at some of the ritziest places I’ve been to (and let’s face it – will ever go to), enjoying a sexy breakfast in bed every morning:
Travel has a way of not only exposing you to new sights and places, but also of opening your eyes to seeing your home differently – as cool and intriguing as it was to see fashions and styles from Paris, New York and Milan, it sure made me appreciate certain London ways that you just take for granted. Never before have I identified and felt such affection towards the whole ‘dressing like you’re broke and don’t give a damn how you look or what anyone else thinks’ look, especially after seeing how much money and glamour talks in other scenes. I believe that it’s only when you’re a foreigner that you realise quite how British you are. I think it’s kinda similar to how UK hip hop just sounds so sick when travelling – something about listening to Jehst in the US makes your bosom swell with UK pride…