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.
Love the provocative whimsy of the shoes...
Part of the team: Creative Directors Andreas Georgiou (2nd from left) and Demos Natar (far right) with Elias and Marina
Although I loved all the looks, below are my faves from the natargeorgiou SS16 Collection Lookbook.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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...
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.