Scarf and style


(Photo:white formal dresses)It is a simple, small piece of cloth, but a scarf lends style, fashion and comfort to the wearer. It also has spiritual significance.

A scarf worn around the neck, drape around the shoulder or tied around the waist or head makes the wearer look stylish and fashionable. It can enhance one’s look.

Not only is a scarf a style accessory, it also helps to protect you from the cold windy weather and the hot sun. It is an all-season must have. You can cover your head for shade from the scorching sun or from the wind. Wearing it around your neck also keeps it warm and protect you from cold and cough. And, sometimes, just slinging it around gives a sense of comfort.

The origin of the scarf is traced to ancient Rome and was used as “sweat cloth” to wipe the face and neck clean with it when out in the sun. Over the years it came to be used as an essential style and fashion item.

Scarf also has a religious purpose and spiritual significance. Women use scarves to cover their head while praying, as a sign of humility and respect to God.

In some cultures, women adorn their head with scarves as a traditional wear, or cover their head all the time as a mark of tradition. Some women wear it for practical purpose. They cover their hair to prevent it from falling in the food when they are in the kitchen or are preparing meals.

Scarves come in varied shapes -square, long rectangle and triangle. Some with tassels, some without and some with laced borders. It comes in varied patterns, colours and fabrics.

In summer

Cool shades are ideal for the sunny weather. It gives a touch of coolness and freshness to your looks. Cotton scarves are the softest and are suitable for summer. They aborb sweat and rainwater on your skin.

In monsoon

Scarves in bright and bold hues lend a dash of vibrancy to your look in the dull and gloomy weather. Scarves in chiffon or silky fabrics are ideal for rainy days. Silk or chiffon scarves, when wet, dry easily and quickly. Silk fabric also stay fresh, crease free and durable even when drenched.

All weather

Cotton scarves are ideal for all weather. They are softest and safest to use for all, come rain or shine. Knitted and netted ones are always in trend.

How to choose the right scarf

The beauty of scarves is that they can be worn with any dress. They can be worn any time, at work places, at formal functions, at parties, or as casual wear. All you have to keep in mind is the patterns, designs and shades of the scarves. They should blend with the colour scheme of the clothes you are wearing. Scarf can be worn by both men and women. Those worn around the neck are also called Kremer.

A simple scarf can splash style, comfort and fashion. Carry a scarf in your bag always even if you don’t want to wear. It would come of use to wipe your face or even your hands. Keep it trendy and stay in style.Read more at:formal dresses online australia

Local brands outshine imports


( dominance of clothing items imported from India, Pakistan and Thailand during Eid is gradually eroding as homegrown brands are making up ground.

This year, local brands, be it for clothes or footwear, seem to be outperforming imported items at different shopping centres in the capital.

A throng of customers can be found at the outlets of local brands such as Deshi Dosh, Aarong and Apex at all hours during this peak shopping season. Lower prices and a better understanding of customer tastes seemed to be doing the trick for them.

“I had to stand in the queue for more than half an hour just to pay for the shoes here. I have never seen such a rush,” said a shopper outside the Apex store in the Bashundhara City shopping mall on Friday.

So he wised up: seeing the crowds at Aarong store he decided against entering the store to come back another day. It was the same story over at the Jamuna Future Park, New Market, Gausia and other big shopping hubs. Storeowners thought the fright over the uniform 15 percent VAT on clothes would dampen sales ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr, the biggest shopping season in Bangladesh. But it did not happen.

Sales were slow at the beginning of Ramadan, said Azharul Haque Azad, president of the Fashion Entrepreneurs Association of Bangladesh (FEAB).

“Usually, consumers have a mindset that living costs will rise due to the new budget proposals, and as a result, they remain cautious about expenditure.”

Azad estimated that the total sales of local clothing brands would come to about Tk 4,000 crore this Eid.

The homegrown brands are doing much better vis-à-vis foreign brands this time, said Azad, also the owner of Sadakalo, another local clothing brand.

“I prefer the local brands as the price is reasonable,” said Roksana Yesmin Tithi, a service-holder who came to Bashundhara City on Saturday to finish her Eid shopping.

Nabila Ahmed, who works at a local private bank, was the exact opposite: she prefers imported salwar suits as there are more options. “The price is high but the designs and quality are to my liking.”

The sales of fashion houses were slow until the 15th of Ramadan due to adverse weather, said Shahin Ahmed, vice-president of the FEAB. He, however, sounded less sanguine than Azad: though sales increased from the last week it will not cover the expected turnover.

Ahmed, also the chief executive officer of local clothing brand Anjan’s, said the demand for saris, especially in cotton and traditional weave, is more than for salwar suits.Read more at:red carpet dresses

Inside the Closet of Australia’s Most Fashion-Obsessed Couple

“Handbags and shoes are forever. Clothing is seasonal.”

So spake Renee Fox, the Australian designer who owns and designs the brand Daisy with her husband, Gibson Fox. Together, the Foxes are hands-down the most unforgettably dressed couple in Sydney. She is a self-professed Louis Vuittongirl, who sports a nameplate Louis Vuitton necklace every day and has a closetful of LV accessories, from the small (a phone case) to the enormous (a Neverfull tote). He’s a Guns N’ Roses tee collector with more Contax cameras than you can count and a stunning Rolex. Together, they inhabit a kitted-out apartment in Sydney that is positively stuffed with fashion grail items and ephemera, like the most coveted Jeff Koons x Louis Vuitton bag, Prada’s sky-high Spring 2013 boots, and Gucci’s snake-heeled sandals. The Foxes’s abode is a literal fashion feast.

It’s always been like this. “My nan used to dress me in frilled pinafores and little French slippers,” admits Gibson of his childhood looks, while Renee pinpoints a post-high school job as a shop girl as the starting point of her love of clothes. “My boss was the first person I met with a serious designer wardrobe. She had every It bag and this incredible apartment. She was a terrible influence and up to her eyeballs in credit card debt. Meeting her was the was the first step down a slippery slope!”

As for what’s next on their ever-growing shopping list, Renee says she’s on the hunt for “the 2015 Louis Vuitton Boote Trunk in plexiglass and impatiently waiting for the new thigh-high orange Silhouette boot with the cute blossom heel,” while Gibson plans to add an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watch to his collection. Neither will take the place of their most prized item, a blue Chihuahua with blue eyes named Paris. Renee demurs, “She gets her fair share of Louis too.”Read more at:red formal dresses | cheap formal dresses

Something sporty

Canadian runner Melissa Bishop. 

(Photo:vintage formal dresses)I met my fiancé, Osi Nriagu, at the University of Windsor. We were both on the track team. He proposed Easter weekend in 2016, just before the Rio Olympics. He wanted to have an Easter egg hunt, so my mom and I bought plastic Easter eggs and filled them with mini eggs, his favourite candy. I found this one egg and when I opened it, I found this big, shiny ring. We’re getting married on Thanksgiving weekend, at a golf course in Windsor called the Ambassador Golf Club. I would say it’s going to be a glamorous, elegant evening.

My personal style is very urban-casual. I’m in workout wear 98 per cent of the time. Trust me, I love dressing up. I love to put on high heels and a short dress and go all out, but that happens maybe three times a year.

I went shopping for a wedding dress with my mom last fall. We started in Ottawa, because that’s where we’re from, but we knew we ultimately wanted to buy my dress in Windsor, because of alterations and the wedding being down here. It turns out I tried on the dress I ended up buying at two separate stores in Windsor without even realizing it. I put it on at the first store and liked it, but I wasn’t completely sold. The next day, I tried it on again at a store called His and Hers, and I fell in love with it.

I’m 5-foot-8, and Osi is just a touch taller than I am. I bought these heels for the wedding when I was at a training camp back in April. I brought them home and said, “Osi, we have to try these on to make sure that I’m not taller than you,” because I don’t want to tower over him in all the pictures. The heel height is maybe two inches. I usually go higher, because Osi loves when I’m in heels, but my feet can’t handle heels all day. So, we’re the same height for the majority of the day, and for the reception, I’m going to change into a pair of flats.

I think most brides would agree that you start with an idea of how you want to look, but then you go out and try on a dress in that style, only to realize it doesn’t work for your body. My cousin is getting married next June, and before she went to try on dresses, I said, “Try on every different style of dress you can find, because you really have no idea what is really flattering for you until it’s on your body.”

I don’t have much of a figure. I don’t have hips or a butt or boobs. I’m fairly straight up and down, and that’s just my body type. It works for my job – I mean, it wouldn’t benefit me as a runner to have a big ass or big boobs. I wanted a wedding dress that would complement my body type, and that had a sexiness to it without being overly sexy. I thought that maybe a ball gown would be flattering, but it ended being way too heavy and way too much material for me. Don’t get me wrong, the ball gowns I tried on were absolutely stunning, but I found that fitted dresses with flared bottoms complemented me more.

The dress I chose is so far outside my comfort zone, and so different from what I thought I would have chosen. I haven’t even shown my bridesmaids or my dad the dress. Without giving too much away, it has a sweetheart neckline and a low-cut back. There is bling, and it has a bit of volume at the bottom. It’s certainly not something I see on brides every day. That was the main goal for my mom and me. We said, “Let’s choose a dress that I will never be able to wear again, even to a gala or some type of formal affair. Let’s have fun with this.”

Although there are other aspects of the wedding that reflect who Osi and I are, my dress definitely reflects my glamorous side. This is my one-in-a-million chance to wear something gorgeous and wild. If you have enough confidence – and every woman should have enough – to put on a pair of shorts or spandex tights and go out there and sweat your ass off, then you have every right to step into a glamorous gown. This is how you’re made, this is what you’ve been given, so freaking enjoy it.Read more at:formal dresses online

Australian designers to present wool ranges at Pitti Uomo

Artwork by Bart Celestino, part of the Pitti Uomo Guest Nation stand for June 2017. Courtesy: The Woolmark Company 

(Photo:long evening dresses)Supported by The Woolmark Company, Australian designers will present wool-rich collections as part of the Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery’s biannual ‘Guest Nation’ programme, with Australia chosen for the forthcoming spring/summer 2017 season to take place from June 13-16. Eight Australian designers will present their collections at Pitti Uomo.

Previous countries that have benefited from the program include Ukraine, Turkey and Finland, among others.

Andrea Cavicchi, the president of Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery said that the aim of the programme is to promote and enhance cultural exchange. “Australia is becoming one of the most interesting – and quickly growing – places in fashion and creativity today, that is why we decided to dedicate a Guest Nation project to this country.”

The project was officially announced in Sydney, where Pitti Immagine’s managing director Raffaello Napoleone welcomed the eight designers into the Pitti Uomo family ahead of the event. “We want to highlight the essence of Australian design and lifestyle with a selection of cutting-edge fashion designers and brands, and Pitti Uomo and its audience of international buyers, media and key fashion players.”

Designers like Chris Ran Lin, Richard Jarman, Toby Jones, Mikey Nolan, Lukas Vincent, Pip Edwards, Claire Tregoning, Mario-Luca Carlucci and Peter Strateas will participate in the programme.Read more at:sexy formal dresses

Bald and the beautiful

Cara Delevingne 

(Photo:mermaid formal dresses)The world of fashion is full of surprises, and unexpected and quirky trends. But what defines beauty is something very subjective. Recently, international supermodel and actress Cara Delevingne made a bold style statement by shaving her hair, saying she believes that women needn’t rely on hair to feel beautiful. Previously, model Diandra Soares did exactly the same and set an inspiring example.

According to industry experts, experimenting with one’s looks and making bold attempts like Cara’s, create trends and send a strong message that defies stereotypes.

“I completely agree with what Cara has said. Whether it’s fashion, poetry, or any piece of art work, beauty is all about the attitude,” says designer Rahul Mishra.

Asked if he would have a bald model walk for his shows, he says, “I would love to cast someone like her. Diandra has walked for me and I gave her the strongest outfit of the collection. While casting models, we look at different characters that models can portray. At a show, I’m not just showcasing clothes, I’m also there to showcase the attitude.”

Stylist Saloni Arora feels that even shorter hair is “truly unwinding”. “Even I got bald once. Hair is a beauty element but it doesn’t define beauty. And when it is coming from someone like Cara, it is definitely a bold style statement.

Sometimes, when I step out of the house with my short hair and spikes, people have different viewpoints to offer. But I just feel that my viewpoint is much bolder than theirs,” says Saloni while adding that she’s helped around 10 of her clients go bald.

However, model Noyonika Chatterjee believes that no trend stays for too long in fashion —“We needed someone really popular to change beauty stereotypes and Cara did it successfully. Having said that, I think that only a person in Cara’s position can attempt this. If an ordinary girl did it, I can’t say how people in India would react.”

“Here, it is a belief that giving up your hair is like giving up a big part of your vanity. Also, it’s a trend and in the fashion world, no trend stays too long. There have been icons like Madonna who have done trendsetting things, but it only works for a while. When celebrities take up something like this, it becomes a bigger concern but I don’t see it changing the whole mindset,” she adds.

Agrees beauty expert Ishika Taneja, who feels that hair adds a lot to one’s personality. “What Cara did is very liberating and courageous, but I’m not in support of it. Many people are keen to have shorter hair and I would suggest crops or A-symmetrical hair cuts to them, or going half-way on one side and longer hair on the other side,” says Ishika.Read more


An established vintage seller and fashion blogger, Louisa created the marketplace to sell “vintage clothes for modern closets”.

Trendlistr is a curated online platform for vintage clothing that requires sellers to apply or be invited to become a part of the community, ensuring quality products for buyers and upholding the brand image of vintage traders.

“Existing platforms have pigeonholed themselves into the luxury sector or neglected quality control in favour of the mass market. Trendlistr focusseds on the high-quality vintage sellers and showcases them on a website that looks like any other online fashion shop – appealing to the young, digitally native and fashion-conscious crowd who don’t want to search through thousands of listings for a hidden gem,” she explains.

Louisa graduated from Newcastle University in 2016 and set up her Newcastle-based business with the help of their Founderships programme, geared towards supporting high growth potential student start-ups.

Through this venture, Louisa wants to share her love for stylish vintage fashion with the world to promote the creative, experimental and fun side of fashion that is often overlooked in glossy magazines.

Trendlistr encourages consumers to integrate vintage into their everyday wardrobes and embrace the uniqueness of these pieces that provide a planet-friendly alternative to fast fashion. Louisa explains that in her opinion “Vintage fashion is like the kooky friend who has the self-confidence and attitude to wear exactly what she wants. It’s for the people who love fashion, but are not victims of it.”

The driving force behind Trendlistr goes beyond fashion’s functionality and aesthetic value and ties into its’ use as a tool of identity creation and self-expression. “Vintage clothing has the quality and personality that fast fashion sometimes lacks, but often has a fusty, dusty image that it no longer deserves.”Read more at:formal dresses australia | white formal dresses

Fashion designer shifts into gear for car-themed runway

Car Show 

(Photo:marieaustralia)What could clothing and cars possibly have in common?

Just ask fashion designer Kari Bare who will return to her Southwest Virginia home to showcase her antique automobile-inspired apparel in the sixth annual Wheels in Historic Abingdon car show.

The car show, a main fundraiser for the Cruisin’ Classics Car Club, will stretch from the intersection of Cummings and Main streets to Russell Road from 4 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 3.

Main Street runway

At 6 p.m., local models will take to the highway to present Bare’s fashion line, Buckle and Shift, a name used in both the fashion and car industries. Her retro line was inspired by watching her parents, Bo and Libby Bare, restore vintage cars.

Fascinated by the designs of the 1960s and 1970s, Bare recently found a way to incorporate her family’s passion into her own fashion designs.

“I’ve always wanted to have a fashion show in Abingdon and let people back home see what I do. I think the car show will be a great way to tie it all together,” said the designer.

Her clothing line is made from salvaged antique car upholstery fabrics and other accessories. Bare said members of the car club donated fabrics once they learned of her unique style of clothing. Some fabrics were made from fabrics that were manufactured for vintage cars, but never used. A few fabrics were removed from old cars the father and daughter found at salvage yards.

“Some of the fabric is reused, so I’m taking something totally different and turning it into something else which is a really popular concept right now,” she said.

“It’s going to be a cool show with 20 different looks,” said Bare, who will feature her original designs of dresses, vests, and tops, all made from the vintage fabrics.

Spectators can purchase the clothing at the show or place custom orders.

Bare has an eye for using the fabrics in a creative way.

“One of my dresses was designed to look like a fender of a 1953 Chevy.”

Bare used a seat belt from a 1957 Chevy to make straps and a belt for a dress, and closures for a vest. She also used fabric they found on a 1969 Volkswagen, a 1973 Camaro, and a 1971 Mercury Capri.

“One of my dresses was designed to look like a fender of a 1953 Chevy,” she said.

The designer used a seat belt from a 1957 Chevy to make straps and a belt for a dress, and closures for a vest. She also used fabric they found on a 1969 Volkswagen, a 1973 Camaro, and a 1971 Mercury Capri.

“I didn’t think other people would enjoy my clothing line as much as I do, but they loved it. I’ve gotten amazing feedback. It blew me away,” said the 24-year-old, who resides in Fairfax, Virginia, and works as a personal stylist for Trunk Club at Chinatown in Washington, D.C.

Bare’s unique clothing line was featured at the 2016 D.C. Fashion Week. She’s also received invitations to participate in a show with the Auto Recycling Association in Dallas, Texas, in November.

Fashion magazines, DEUX Magazine of Paris, and The Tab of England, a global news outlet based in London, featured Bare Couture in their coverage of D.C. Fashion Week.

A fundraising car show

Chip McCall, president of the car club, said there is no charge for spectators but a $10 fee is required for each car entry. Participants must register their vehicles beginning at 2 p.m. on Remsburg Drive at the Abingdon Farmers Market.

The car club is a non-profit organization that focuses on helping children. “We are a Christian-believing club and we are thankful we’re able to help other people,” McCall said.

Proceeds from the show are used to help fund St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and a back pack program which provides weekend meals to Washington County children in need.

“On a bad day, we’ll have 200 vehicles and a good day we’ll have 400 or more,” said McCall, who has organized the show since 2012.

The show attracts participants from the Tri-Cities region in addition to Kentucky, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

More than 50 trophies will be awarded to a variety of makes and models of cars, trucks, rat rods, imports, motorcycles, and tractors.

“If they’re proud of it, so are we,” said McCall.

“We don’t care if it’s brand new or old as the hills.”

Visitors can participate in a 50/50 cash drawing that allows the winner to take half of the proceeds from the show. Door prizes also will be offered.Read more at:formal dresses canberra

Ready-to-wear Remains a Loss Leader Among the Big Brands

Chanel Cruise 2018 Show: All the Looks 

(Photo:formal dresses canberra)That cliché remains as true as ever: Fragrance and branded accessories are the drivers behind the big branded businesses, while clothing remains a loss leader.

According to a report from Luca Solca and his luxury team at Exane BNP Paribas, the economics of ready-to-wear are “daunting,” with most brands losing money and using clothing simply as a communication tool.

“We consider high exposure to rtw as a structural weakness” among companies, said the Exane report, which is ominously titled “The Truth About Ready-to-Wear.” The bank worked on the report with VR Fashion Luxury Expertise, a consulting firm that provides strategic advisory to luxury and premium fashion designers and brands.

“Historical designer brands struggle in the modern luxury market: Rtw, their brand-defining core category, is hardly profitable; multilayer branding and licenses make money, but dilute brand equity. This creates a structural weakness.” It argued that the major listed European luxury groups are no fools when it comes to finance: “They have limited exposure to apparel, and even less to rtw.”

The report went on to say that rtw has become a “niche” in the broader luxury goods market due partly to the democratization of fashion. “Trendy fashion products are available from several brands and retailers — from rock-bottom price points, to rtw and haute couture. Fashion has a lower ‘recognition factor’ than accessories, and is therefore less relevant for consumers to display.”

The report pointed out what fashion brands — and beleaguered designers — already know: Collection development costs are high; fashion shows are very expensive; full-price sell-through is poor, and brick-and-mortar stores must be large to properly display collections, “hence sales and operating margin” are low for clothing.

The bank said in most cases, the goal of the rtw division of any fashion house is “not to lose too much money. The value of maintaining a rtw business is in the aura it creates for the brand.”

The Exane report also addressed brands’ pricing strategy. It analyzed cocktail dresses from 29 brands, among them Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Balmain and Saint Laurent.

Chanel had the highest prices by far, with a median price of 11,700 euros, or $13,050, versus the median price of its competitors at 2,000 euros, or $2,230.

The report said multiline fashion brands can safely venture into the realm of higher prices, as they have lower-priced lines to capture consumer demand.Read more at:plus size formal dresses

Why French Couples Share Everything

When I look back to my early grad school days in Paris, one scene in particular stands out. It was the morning after a very, shall we say, jovial midweek post-exam celebration and my new beau, an artistic and opinionated French classmate, had just slept over for the first time. With the day’s first lecture only 40 minutes away, he walked over to my tiny closet, evaluated its components, and asked me if he could borrow something to wear. Barely waiting for my stupefied nod of consent, he reached for my beloved oversize black Helmut Lang blazer, paired it with his own T-shirt and slim-cut jeans from the night before, and pronounced himself ready to roll.

In retrospect, that morning set a precedent for our short-lived—yet exceptionally fun and fashion-centric—liaison. There was the psychedelic Henrik Vibskov jacket (his) that I wore to celebrate every non-failed exam; the clear-framed Oliver Peoples sunglasses (mine) that were used to deter the rare rays of sun while sharing a 3 euro bottle of rosé by the Seine; the vintage velvet Sonia Rykiel leopard skirtsuit that we discovered at a thrift store during a school trip to Belgium, with him quickly claiming custody over the coveted Keith Richards–worthy jacket while offering to me the more impractical pencil skirt. We were probably destined for a pretty enviable joint wardrobe, but, alas, other obstacles got in the way.

Many moons later, I rarely reflect on the actual relationship, and yet I admit that I occasionally look back on those days with a certain nostalgia. Maybe, in my mind, it is the only time I’ve come remotely close to emulating that rock-star cool of Kate Moss circa her Pete Doherty era, characterized by interchangeable outfits that often appeared to have been scraped together from the same closet (or, perhaps, bedroom floor). While I have since amassed a pretty extensive archive of oversize ex-boyfriend memorabilia, there is something about a mutually inspired aesthetic that makes a relationship that much more—cinematic, perhaps? As fashion heads toward a gender-neutral space, with brands merging their men’s and women’s runway shows and rolling out androgynous campaigns, are more couples reaching into each other’s closets and using each other for style inspiration? And, if so, is this more common among the French, who inherently have a less contrived attitude regarding traditional gender codes?

Judging by the responses of my friends, it’s clear that my penchant for menswear is not unique. Parisian fashion stylist Schanel Bakkouche is quick to admit that she routinely turns to the closet of her boyfriend, Vogue Art Director Fernando Dias de Souza, to source oversize Dries Van Noten or Acne Studios shirts to pair with her skinny jeans, an Éditions MR sweater to layer with a skirt and boots, or a Saint Laurent leather jacket or trench to throw over her full look. Beyond his enviable clothing selection, Bakkouche applauds her beau’s clean and uncomplicated styling, noting his unique way of layering outerwear pieces and mixing denim with leather or suede. Dias de Souza is quick to point out that the inspiration is mutual: “I think Schanel looks very confident in the way she dresses, very comfortable with herself, and that inspires me.” While the majority of her closet is off-limits due to their size discrepancy, he has been known to swipe a white shirt or two and generally sees no stigma in occasionally shopping in the women’s department. A proponent of the gender-fluid movement, he sees it as a direct consequence of our evolution as a society: “I like the direction things are going. I’m for freedom and equality and I think that not necessarily buying what you’ve been assigned to reflects that.”

Indeed, it appears as though more men are finding themselves gradually inching out of their comfort zones, thanks to the influence of stylish significant others. Jérémie Kanza, founder of Parisian restaurant Balls, credits his fiancée, Lola Rykiel, founder of PR and consulting agency Le Chocolat Noir, for instilling his newfound appreciation for fashion and taking him out of his navy and black uniform. “With Lola, I rediscovered colors,” he says. “I dare to wear new things.” One such thing happens to be Rykiel’s leopard Saint Laurent backpack, which he borrowed a year ago and has yet to return. Rykiel herself is guilty of helping herself to what she calls Kanza’s “Pantone-like range” of cashmere sweaters and Ralph Lauren button-downs, pairing the latter with bathing suits and Stella McCartney platform sandals. “It became my go-to summer look and we basically share his shirt stock,” she explains. Yet while the duo has engaged in some playful sartorial experimentation, Kanza admits that Paris isn’t exactly a playground for eccentricity. “French guys are always in a paradoxical situation. On one hand, girls like men with a feminine side; muscles and large clothes are banned. But at the same time, men need to be virile,” he says, adding that it is, perhaps, this very inconsistency that pushes French men to adapt a more androgynous style.

“I don’t think it has to do with being French or European, but more about the ability to provide context to neutral pieces. Men and women are converging when it comes to this type of clothing,” says Sébastien Fabre, founder and CEO of Vestiaire Collective. A longtime fan of gender-neutral styles such as A.P.C. jeans and Common Projects sneakers, he has successfully converted his girlfriend, Melijoe communications director Anne-Lise Perioche, to such staples, even inspiring her to purchase a pair of Birkenstock Arizona sandals for a summer holiday in Ibiza. While Perioche can’t resist also occasionally indulging in her beau’s Saint Laurent button-downs or trusted vintage Jaeger-LeCoultre watch, she admits that most of her preferred “borrow items” have a more sentimental connotation. “I sleep in his Alexander Wang T-shirt. I also like to steal his scarves during the winter because of his smell on it,” she says. Fabre points out that there’s a subliminal mutual influence that comes with building a private world together. “It’s not only about the way you dress, it’s also about the smells, the shared expressions, and the anticipated intuitions,” he says. “It’s an organic and positive process for a couple to be indirectly influenced by each other.”

And what if fashion happens to be at the center of your world? Acne Studios senior designer Lara Barrio, whose boyfriend runs the Parisian fashion showroom Boon, observes that each of them have strong personal aesthetics that usually send them in different directions at the beginning of a season. “He is way more avant-garde and likes an all-black total look,” she explains. “I have a more eclectic mentality and tend to like lighter shades and rougher finishes.” And yet, she notices that they always end up matching a few months down the line, once again confirming that fashion is so much more than just clothing. For people who live it, it is a continual dialogue, a confluence of concepts, references, and ideas.

Perhaps that’s exactly what I miss about my early grad school days: not the psychedelic jacket or the silly sunglasses or even the guy sipping rosé behind them. It is the novelty of the new experience, the constant exchange of energy, the symbiosis of two mentalities and quick narrowing of two worlds, one of a pragmatic New Yorker and the other of a Parisian artiste, manifested in a velvet Sonia Rykiel suit.Read more at:formal dress shops brisbane | cheap formal dresses melbourne