After brunch on Saturday, my friend Stacy (who I haven’t seen in months) and I, went to the newly-opened Balenciaga women’s flagship store in Soho. I’ve been to several Balenciaga stores around the world like Los Angeles and Paris and most of the boutiques were quite underwhelming. The new Soho store however is pretty major. Obsessed with the interiors, especially the green marble! I also love the selection. For some strange reason, I thought the Soho flagship had better selection than the store on Saint Honore… hmmm.
Sweater, trousers and shoes, all by Balenciaga, gold bracelet by Miansai by Michael Saiger.
I know, I know. I’m a bit late in the game. I initially had doubts buying these Balenciaga cut-out boots at Barney’s. They first released these boots (for women) centuries ago but when I saw them on the men’s section for the first time during New York Fashion Week, I knew I had to get them. It’s a no-brainer purchase.
Are you excited for fall? I am! I’ve decided to stock up on outerwear this season. I bought this Acne Studios coat (dubbed the “Era”) on my trip to Stockholm last month. I know I’m gonna get major mileage out of this piece. Outerwear (ie. jackets and coats) is the most crucial thing one needs in the upcoming cool months. If you are a keen observer of my personal style, you’ll know that I’m a coat person vs a jacket person. There’s something comforting about wearing a nice, big coat. I like how it envelopes you and sometimes, the simplest, frills-free coat can be the chicest thing in the world.
Sunglasses by Saint Laurent, “Era” coat by Acne Studios (click HERE), belt by J Crew, bag by Missoni, shoes by Balenciaga (click HERE)
An afternoon trip to Barney’s in San Francisco resulted in me picking up this cheeky ‘Pervert’ t-shirt by Givenchy. I’m obsessed with it. We’re all perverts to an extent.
Givenchy ‘Pervert 17′ t-shirt at Luisa Via Roma, $325 (click HERE), pleated shorts by Alexander Wang, $475 (click HERE), hat by Herve Leger, bracelets by Hermes and Cartier, watch by Cartier, sunglasses by Karen Walker, shoes by Balenciaga
Time has flown since I arrived in Southern California; it’s become quite evident that beaches are a huge part of the local culture. Queenie’s been wanting to show me around Orange County. So, after taping, we headed out to see some of the beaches. Each beach I’ve visited was more beautiful than the next. But like many things in life, beauty can often be deceptive. From the sand to the sunshine, everything was perfect—expect for the water, which turned out to be fucking freezing. I guess I’ll have to wait until the summer.
T-shirt by Balenciaga (click HERE to buy), watch by Cartier, shorts by Timo, shoes by Prada
Talk about love at first sight. Fell in love with this light-weight yet surprisingly warm knitted turtleneck sweater with metallic silver thread chain-mail details from the fall/winter 2012 Versace womenswear collection. I like how it looks oh-so-rock-n-roll tough… but it’s probably the most fragile garment I own. I had to be extremely careful not to break any of the chain links. One wrong move is all it takes to ruin this piece.
Turtleneck (gifted) by Versace, trousers by COS, shoes by Balenciaga, sunglasses by Michael Kors
I think I’ve reached this stage where I’m (finally) becoming smarter with my purchases. After all, I’m gonna be stuck with the things I buy now for the next few months. It’s always nice to buy very, very few BUT only from the best AND wearing them to death as versus buying a lot of disposable things that you only wear once or twice. I fell in love with these great black trousers from Balenciaga in Paris. The store ran out of the pant in my size so I got it in a size larger than my usual. I’m trying to decide whether to get them altered (afterall, they were meant to be high-waisted) though I must say I love the slouchy effect. I also love how you are not able to see the leather details at the back of the obi-like bow on the front. Secret luxury. The black boots are also from Balenciaga. Picked them up at the men’s store in Rue Saint-Honore. I’m gonna make these boots my everyday shoe. As for the t-shirt, lord have mercy, I know, I know. Please don’t judge me. Thank you.
‘Special Presentation’ t-shirt by Balenciaga, women’s trousers by Balenciaga, men’s boots by Balenciaga
Laetitia Casta in Balenciaga for Vogue Russia August 2010 Cover
Ooh la la! French heroine Laetitia Casta is on the August 2010 cover of Vogue Russia.
It's their "French" issue and she's wearing Balenciaga.
Stunning eh? Vogue Russia never disappoints.
Meanwhile, did you hear the news that American Harper's Bazaar is featuring, hold on to your seats, Jennifer Aniston on their September issue cover? SHOCK, AWE, HORROR, GASP!
I threw up a little in my mouth when I read that online. Isn't that what, Jennifer Aniston's 878,949,939,904,009th cover? Way to go Harper's Bazaar for breaking ground and pushing the envelope with your oh-so-fresh cover choice. High-five!
This is shocking and super scary. I received this news alert from Women’s Wear Daily last night during dinner.
In other Balenciaga news, noticeably absent from Thursday’s front row was French Vogue editor in chief Carine Roitfeld and her team. They were barred from the show. “We’re blacklisted,” Roitfeld said with a shrug at Nina Ricci later in the day. “It’s too bad, it’s a beautiful house and it’s French. I hope that it’s not forever.” She noted Balenciaga no longer advertises in the magazine or lends it clothes, but stopped short of giving any reason for the rift. “Ask them,” she offered. A Balenciaga spokesman declined comment.
It’s no secret that the House of Balenciaga, which is owned by Gucci Group/PPR, is super conservative
when it comes to their show but to blacklist Carine Roitfeld (who wore Balenciaga in last year’s CNN feature as above) and her Vogue Paris team means something serious happened behind closed doors.