October 29, 2015

PFW Street Style Spring 2016, Part III

3 chic looks in Paris
Still can't believe I left for Paris Fashion Week 1 month ago. Here is my final group of my street style photos taken during my short yet amazing trip...

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red dress
green moto, floral print skirt, white crop top

casual chic- denim cut-offs and sweatshirt
red cape jacket and black hat

chic mens shoes

green loafers
model off duty, moto jacket, denim skirt

pink sleeveless jacket trench, lace top, cropped floral trousers

Voilà!

October 25, 2015

PFW Street Style Spring 2016, Part II (of III)

cropped trousers, whimsical gloves, gorgeous heels
...and some more street style photos I took while in Paris for fashion week earlier in the month. Love it!

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shades of blue, trench, top, satin pants
Bryanboy after Dior show
black lace dress, thigh high slit, pale blue Dior purse
dress shirt dress, magenta Dior purse
black and white looks after Dior show
trench and all black look, model off duty
boy sharply dressed in suit after Dior show
sophisticated look, pearls on gray dress

Hope you enjoyed your weekend!

October 24, 2015

PFW Spring 2016 - NATARGEORGIOU

full length look, dress, metallic knitted fabric, natargeorgiou spring 2016
The natargeorgiou woman is modern, feminine yet alluring, and effortlessly cool. For Spring/Summer 2016 (SS16), creative directors Demos Natar and Andreas Georgiou produced another beautiful collection for their brand that stayed true to this look. 

The collection was presented on October 3rd in the Empire Reception Room of the Hotel La Maison in Paris during Paris Fashion Week (PFW). The space was luxurious and serene which made it the perfect backdrop to view and appreciate the intricate detail and subtle complexity of the clothes.

The mood for the natargeorgiou SS16 season is "romantic and strong". The silhouettes were fluid and flowy with delicate fabrics and draping techniques, yet structured with intricate tailoring and volumizing effects. Sheer fabrics and lace worked well with more demure styles to create looks that were revealing, but not provocative. Incorporating their signature cutting edge knitted material which is a foundation of their designs, Natar and Georgiou developed innovative looks by creating the material in neon and vibrant shades and pairing them with sheer net and lace. It was an elegant story of contrasts.

The other colors of the collection were neutrals, pastels and classic black.

Above and below are some photos from their PFW SS16 Presentation. Gorgeous.

close-up of 6 looks, natargeorgiou spring 2016
Another view, dress with yellow top, natargeorgiou spring 2016
Love the provocative whimsy of the shoes...
line-up of shoes with fringe and whimsy, natargeorgiou spring 2016
Designers Demos Natar and Andreas Georgiou with Elias and Marina, natargeorgiou spring 2016
Part of the team: Creative Directors Andreas Georgiou (2nd from left) and Demos Natar (far right) with Elias and Marina

Full room view, natargeorgiou spring 2016 Presentation

Although I loved all the looks, below are my faves from the natargeorgiou SS16 Collection Lookbook.
black dress with lace detail

October 21, 2015

Paris Fashion Week Street Style Spring 2016, Part I

2 women close-up

These are photos I took before and after shows during Paris Fashion Week SS'16. Check back this weekend and early next week for Part II and III.

Note: As always, please link back to this post and credit my photos appropriately if using/re-posting. Thanks!


photographer in action
close-up, blue textured, voluminous floral print jacket
Red dress dragging on sidewalk
showgoers after Peet Dullaert2 looks- red suit, floral printOutside Dior- Look with sheer, lace and blue
close-up- shades and jacket as shirt


October 20, 2015

Paris Fashion Week- Street Views & 5 Things I Learned

Building in Paris

As referenced in previous posts, I went to Paris earlier in the month. Although I've been there several times before, it was my first time to visit for Paris Fashion Week and it was amazing...

Aside from picture perfect sunny weather (I think I got a little lucky!) and ideal moderate temps, there was a palpable energy and excitement to the city that I had not felt during my previous trips. I guess it could have been just in my head from my own enthusiasm... except it wasn't! Even non-fashion industry Parisians I met, especially the Uber drivers, during my stay seemed to be intrigued and maybe even a little obsessed with the week's events.

I was only in town for a couple of days, 2.5 actually, so I tried to make the most of it by going on walks between shows/events, sneaking in some shopping whenever possible, and even practicing my french. :)

Below are a few of my photos I took while on my walks... And keep on reading (that's right, scroll down) to find out some things I learned/observed during my visit that don't necessarily have to do with fashion week. Also, see my next post for some Paris Fashion Week street style photos!
Street View - Boulangerie Saint Placide
My hotel:
Hotel Le Placide
My happy place, Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche, which also happens to be across the street from my hotel. Coincidence? I'd be lying if I said it was.
Street View - Bon Marche Rive Gauche
Street View - Beautiful Parisian Door
Street View - The Louvre
Some things I learned and loved:
1) October (and Fashion Week) is my favorite time to visit Paris. Big surprise, right?!

2) Many Parisians are not as fluent in English as I thought. (They just have a better accent and are more believable. :)) This is a good thing, since it enables me to be less self-conscious when practicing my french language skills. At least that's what I tell myself...

3) The French love NYC. In particular, they are obsessed with Brooklyn. I mean obsessed.

4) With Uber in Paris, I can now go out in Paris with high heels. In fact, Uber is an amazing service in Paris. Every driver I met was extremely professional and polite, there was always a car available within 5 mins, and the cars were newer/cleaner/nicer overall than the cars I have taken in nyc. I'm just saying...

5) The Saint Germain des Prés neighborhood in Paris is still my fave. Go there.


I know this is not a street view, but I had to include this pic. This was my breakfast every morning while there. Yum.
My Breakfast Tray

See my next post for some... street style!

Thanks for reading!

October 13, 2015

PFW Spring 2016 - Peet Dullaert

9 Looks from Peet Dullaert PFW Spring 2016
Visiting for only a couple days during Paris Fashion Week, I was excited to have the opportunity to attend the Peet Dullaert show for Spring 2016. Held at the Atelier Néerlandais on October 2nd, the collection stayed true to Peet Dullaert's vision of creating clothes that 'highlight the striking elegance of the body with contemporary reality'. His silhouettes continued to enhance and complement the body to 'allow a freedom of movement' that is both modern and practical.

Inspired by the Cloisonné vases of the Meiji period (circa 1900) the looks had clean/strong silhouettes which contrasted well with the pastel shades, and delicate look and fluid movement of the fabrics.

Below are 4 of my favorite looks from this Peet Dullaert collection. Also inspired by Crane birds, the first two images below show this reference in an intriguing way via abstract wings design detail on the waist.

A strong feature of this collection was Peet Dullaert's innovative use of techno-plissé fabrics as in the image above(neckline and hem) and below. Whether it was used to contrast and complement other fabrications and design details of a look, or used as a dominant design element; the techno-plissé detail always added another layer of movement and texture to the piece.

Scroll through my Instagram (@josephinacollection) for my pics/video related to the the show!

Images courtesy of Peet Dullaert


SHOPBOP Sale!

4 fave picks from SHOPBOP Friends and Family Sale
SHOPBOP  is one of my fave online retailers for fashion-forward pieces. A well-edited selection, they are a go-to shopping destination when I need to fill out my wardrobe. Starting today, you can get 25% off your order with code: INTHEFAM25. Check the site for details and exclusions. Sale ends on October 15, 2015 at 11:59PM PT.

The Balmain embellished sweatshirt, Nixon rose gold watch, Clare V clutch and MOTHER skinny ankle jeans  shown above are some of my fave items from SHOPBOP available now.


Happy Tuesday!


October 6, 2015

Travel Abroad: 5 Packing Essentials

5 Essentials for Travel
Last week I took the 'red-eye' from New York to Paris for fashion week. Although I've been to Paris several times before, this was my first time to travel for Paris Fashion Week for this blog. As you might guess, I was beyond excited and will post on some of my experiences over the next week or so. In the meantime, I wanted to share some packing tips/products that are essential to me when traveling. As the holiday/vacation season approaches, hopefully you will find some of these helpful to you as well!

Clockwise from top left:

1. Travel Hot Rollers- If you know me well, you know that I can not do my hair without my hot rollers. I don't use a brush or comb (sorry!) and have never been able to properly blow it out on my own. All I do is dry it, sleep on it, then use hot rollers in the morning for about 3 mins. Easy. The problem is that a traditional hot roller set is pretty big, so not conducive to traveling... Found this travel set about a year ago which is the only one so far that works for me. Aside from its compact size, the set includes 5 rollers with a 1.25" diameter which is the ideal size for adding wave without over-curling. In addition, it is dual voltage which is a necessity when traveling abroad.

2. Packing Pouches- In a set of 3 sizes, these zippered pouches help me keep my undergarments, socks, shirts, etc. organized and protected from other items in my suitcase. Made of parachute-like material, the pouches are extremely lightweight, durable, and enable you to push the air out to densely pack your items to fit more and prevent shifting within your bag. 

3. Voltage Converter and Outlet Adapter Set- This is a great all-in-one set that includes different adapter plugs for several international regions, and is not as heavy or large as some of the other converter sets I tried. 

4. Jewelry Organizer- I like this one from Kendra Scott, because it keeps everything in one place, yet gives you an option to remove the individual pouches. Also love that there is a hook to hang it up wherever you are getting ready. See below for an image of the jewelry organizer when opened...
View of Kendra Scott Jewelry Travel Organizer

5. Nalgene Bottles- For cosmetics, toiletries, etc., these bottles don't leak. Nalgene makes bottles for use in laboratories, so these are made with a laboratory quality seal. After many incidences of leakage from my lower quality bottles that I had purchased randomly at the drugstore, etc.; I now try to only use these Nalgene bottles during airplane travel. Love them.



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