Paris Fashion Week

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Here we go again... 

I know I've said this before but nowadays it feels like fashion week happens almost every other week. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining, I love this time of the year but now it feels like it's almost just ended or right about to begin every single month. Maybe this could be because the preparations start so far in advance and the work sometimes lasts weeks afterwards. Either way, I'm always excited when it's time for this period to start again and this time was no different. My first show of the season was Lanvin by Bouchra Jarrar and the pretty colour palette (I mean look at all of that white and pink) and elegant pieces did not disappoint. There were so many things I wanted from this collection (like that black power suit, which you can see in the video to the left here for example).

 

What happened?

It's so lovely to see so many familiar faces, look at the most beautiful garments and sip champagne together with friends while visiting new boutiques (I mean this is the glamorous part of fashion week, I can tell you about the not so glamours parts later on) but unfortunately the weather gods decided to play a joke on us and have Paris show itself from its worst side possible. During the week we had non-stop rain, wind and terribly grey weather, which is greeaat for anyone wearing strappy heels or trying to make your hair look okay for more than five minutes. I know, I know, these are so not any real issues (don't worry, I'm fully aware of that) but nevertheless a tiny bit annoying. To get in a better mood the beautiful Rochas collection can be watched over and over again, to the right just here.

I hope you enjoy a few photos and video snaps from this week and fancy getting a little peek into what a week during Paris Fashion Week can look like. What's not shown here though are the less glamorous parts of the week that I previously mentioned, since I don't think you'd appreciate seeing photos of my soar bleeding feet after walking for 30 minutes (I'm not joking, it still hasn't healed haha) to avoid a traffic jam in the most painful heels I've ever worn, the war zone my apartment resembles at the moment or the tomato stains in my kitchen after having a little mishap and not enough time to clean it up. Let's keep the photos and stories to pretty shoes and gorgeous venues don't you think?

One of my favourite experiences during the week was getting to go backstage together with Dior Makeup (which you can see more from right here) right before the Dior show started but a few other highlights were also getting to cosy up next to Gigi Hadid (I did not intend for this to happen but apparently she doesn't want to take a photo by herself), seeing the Chanel rocket ship take off inside the Grand Palais, playing around in the photo booth together with Peter Philips himself and squeezing in a little burger and fries break together with the best of friends whenever possible. 

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...And then Louis Vuitton ended this time in the most spectacular way possible. After seeing fashion shows taking place in Cannes, happening in an old castle in the middle of the English countryside and rocket ships taking off inside the Grand Palais it is possible to become a bit numb towards this experiences but that's why you have to pinch yourself every now and then to realise where you are and what you actually get to experience. The Louis Vuitton show was one of these moments for me. Nicolas Ghesquière showed the collection inside an empty Louvre just as the sun was setting (and showing itself for the first time that week) over Paris, among iconic sculptures and with Frank Ocean's "Pyramids" playing on the highest volume while Nicolas' creations walked through the museum. I sat there with goosebumps all over my arms and tried to take as much of it in as I possibly could. I never want to forget that moment.

Until next time PFW!

Photos by: Hana Lê Van, Ylenia Cuéllar and myself

#DiorBackstage

Total look: Dior

Before the Dior show by Maria Grazia Chiuri took place this season during Paris Fashion Week, I got the opportunity to go backstage and meet the makeup genius behind Dior Makeup, Peter Philips. If you've ever been backstage you know how crazy this can be, how many things goes on at the same time and how many people run around among models, press and photographers. In the midst of this craziness I got to sit down together with Peter to discuss what he had in mind for the show and a few other topics. By the way, people always say "don't meet the people you admire because you might be disappointed" but this was most definitely not the case when meeting Peter – I've never met someone sweeter. Want to know what we chatted about? Ok, this is what I can remember after suffering a small chock after meeting one of my idols:

Can you tell me anything about the look that you're creating for the show?
Peter: It's actually a very natural look, which is almost like "the day after" kind of look. You know that leftover makeup that you don't really see when you wake up, but then when you wipe your eyes with a q-tip there's still some there. For the skin I used the Dior Forever Perfect Cushion foundation. Gentle, subtile eyebrows created with a pen for a very natural look. For lips we used the Sugar Scrub and the Lip Glow for a soft and glowy effect and for lashes the new Diorshow Pump and Volume mascara. The girls are wearing berets for the show and the collection is quite dark so we need to be thoughtful about the makeup look since it comes a big statement with almost anything that we do; if we would do a dark lip for example it would all of a sudden become quite gothic, if we would do a smokey eye it would become something else, and with an eyeliner a bit retro.

How would you describe the ultimate Dior girl?
Peter: There are so many words for this but she always love herself as a woman. 

If you had two pick one or two Dior products that you could not live without, which products would it be?
Peter: For now it's for sure the new Diorshow Pump and Volume mascara and the Sugar Scrub

Is there a makeup trend out there that you wish never became popular?
Peter: For me they're all kind of amazing but it just depends on how you wear it yourself, you have to make it your own. I could maybe say too much shading and highlighting but when it's well done it can look amazing as well but when it's badly applied, when it's too much or too little it can look less good... 

If there's anything every woman should think about when applying our makeup what would it be?
Peter: Balance it out. Some girls need more, some girls don't need more. Make sure you've put on enough makeup and make sure you haven't put on too much makeup. Try out new things, test products, you can make mistakes and learn from those mistakes and remember to evolve. Your makeup should always evolve with your face because what looks good on you when your 20 years old might not look as good on you when your 40 years old. Sometimes girls get too used to a certain look. That's the fun part of makeup as well, you can do so many different things with it.

Video by: Ylenia Cuéllar – Music by: "Holding back" SG Lewis ft. Gallant

Green Ivy

Nina Ricci dress
Charlotte Olympia clutch
Nina Ricci dress

Dress: Nina Ricci – Clutch: Charlotte Olympia – Shoes: Carolina Herrera – Ring: Katkim

Last Friday I had the opportunity to attend the prestigious César Awards here in Paris to celebrate French cinema (and also to breathe the same air as George Clooney – just sayin'). I wore this green (which made me feel like I want to wear green more often) Nina Ricci number that I absolutely fell in love with for the occasion together with the cutest Charlotte Olympia clutch.

Photos of me by: Hana Lê Van

Georges Hobeika

Wearing Georges Hobeika

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I wore this dress during fashion week, to a dinner for and together with Georges Hobeika. Can I be perfectly honest with you? I never wanted to take it off. And I still dream about it. The perfect little black cocktail dress.

Photo of me: Hana Le Van – Hair & Make-up: Trine Juel

Buongiorno Milano

Milan in February

I don't normally make any resolutions for new year's but this year I actually did have one in mind. It's still not a resolution but just a little thought I'll carry with me throughout the year. More of a goal I guess you could say. Either way, my little "goal" for the year was to travel more for personal reasons again. When travelling so much for work I've actually forgotten how much I enjoy travelling for just myself as well (don't get me wrong, I love travelling for work too of course). I'm happy to say that I can kind of half tick off this goal on my list after this little trip to Milan. Although, hopefully this was only the beginning of travelling more for personal reasons this year. I have so many other places I want to visit! 

I decided to spend the "most romantic day of the year" (I'm not the biggest fan of Valentine's Day there is but hey, I don't think having a day to spread a little bit of extra love is something negative) strolling the streets of Milan, indulging in a ridiculous amount of pasta and passing one million little flower stands on our way – extra pimped out just for this day. We stayed at the beautiful Principe di Savoia hotel while in Milan, feeling like royals even if it was only for a little weekend escape. I'm starting to understand that I have a major weak spot for beautiful hotels, getting changed into a bathrobe the second I've checked in, ordering breakfast in bed and enjoying a bathtub for once (since this is something that barely exists in Paris) – but then again, who doesn't?

I also have a weak spot for Italy and this is something that anyone who truly knows me can testify to. I don't know what it is but there's something about the language, the food, the people, the colours. I just love it. Milan is quite different to Rome (a city that is extremely close to my heart) and many people usually say that Milan is quite ugly or "industrial looking" to put it nicely but I have to say that we found so many lovely spots and neighbourhoods in the city this time which made me so pleasantly surprised. I've been to Milan before but only two times and both quite briefly. The second time I visited I went to Milan for fashion week, which is a hard time to truly see and discover all the little nooks and corners of a city.

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I'm so excited about the fact that I made my little promise to myself about travelling more for personal reasons came true so early during the year. I'm also so excited about the fact that I got the opportunity to fall in love with Milan during a couple of days (but don't worry Rome, you still have my heart). I can't wait to come back one day in the future and hopefully stay longer this time and also plan little day trips to nearby favourite locations such as Lake Como and Lake Garda. Bye bye beautiful Milano

For a few suggestions and a couple of places that I managed to hit up while in town, you can have a look at my "Milan Suggestions".