Fashion and style how I see it. Not dictated by the masses, rather what inspires me. I'm multi-faceted. A writer. A photographer. A Cypriot born Lebanese living in Toronto and traveling the world capturing style on the street. My style? Geeky Chic. Your style? That is what I aim to uncover because every style has a story behind it. I want to uncover stories.
Ever spot someone and wish you two were friends? When I saw Nicole and spoke to her for 2 minutes, I did. Park for a second the fact that her rocker chic aesthetic and her magnificent jawline are totally disarming. It’s that she looks like she can own a game changing night out on the town, and one should be so lucky to join the ride.
Alright, style talk. I seldom use the word fierce, wary of sounding like a clichéd fashion writer, though I will make an exception this time because the occasion is so fitting. Nicole does indeed look, ahem, fierce, and I will attribute it beyond those avant garde Rick Owens ankle boots. There’s an appreciable effect in looking grand in an oversized black t-shirt and black leggings. Indeed, the boots certainly add that edge, however her overall style is that much more pronounced by the entire package, Nicole 360 if you will. I love Nicole’s look. It’s so, “I don’t give a shit”. I think women who can pull that off and look this good deserve a hat tip.
New York Street Style: Jolie Laide gives Jolie a run for it’s money
Comptoir des Cottoniers is a French brand that captures the French aesthetic of effortless chic, an essence closer to “jolie laide” in the sense of unconventional attractiveness than to stilettos and mini skirts striding along cobble-stone boulevards. One could peg the likes of Charlotte Gainsbourg as a leading lady of this style, with her simplicity and ardor wrapped in Balenciaga.
I felt like a mini-celebrity entering Soho’s CdC, as all of their sales associates approached me to point out that I was wearing one of their dresses! One of the associates who approached me was Thea Murvanidze, a Georgian-born, New York-based artist with an effervescent personality and dressed head-to-toe in CdC (with Frye boots). Not surprisingly, Thea’s craft inspires her fashion and, most likely, vice versa. In her fashion choices (and her art, perhaps?), Thea said that she likes to mix and (un)match textures and colours, and the masculine and feminine, with interesting and surprising results. True to her word, she chose to wear her very feminine and flowery jumper with heavier leather boots and aviators - in true jolie- laide form. (I loved Thea’s jumper so much that I ended up buying it for myself!)
It was a flare jeans fest at New York Fashion Week, and among the guests of honor was Emmanuelle Alt, accompanied by a few fashionable others, including this woman. I’m really happy flare jeans have made a comeback. I think they are flattering on women, and although I’m not ready to part ways from my skinny jeans just as yet, flares are a nice departure from skinnies. I particularly like the way this woman has coupled her flare jeans with her crew-cut sweater. The sweater itself is adorable with its soft, fluffy material and ¾ length sleeves. The cuts of the sweater make a great pair with the long lines of the flare jeans. It gives the woman height and a great silhouette. I also think the cut of the jeans is perfect, enabling the ends of the jeans to lightly tread the ground.
Rock ‘n Roll meeting military chic doesn’t get much better than with Kyle Anderson, senior accessories editor at Elle US. It’s been noted that this Swedish bombshell mixes runway one of a kind items like Balmain or Burberry Prorsum with vintage military pieces. Case in point: his killer Bess combat boots and his Balmain trousers. Heck, this guy could be in full Balmain military regalia, however I believe his coat is Burberry Prorsum. The larger than life shearling lapels give it away, but I could be wrong and would love to be corrected if it is the case. It’s guys like Kyle that confirm my obsession with menswear, especially when it is wrapped with military luxe.
Joanna Hillman of Harper’s Bazaar US looks fantastic in her Burberry Prorsum shearling jacket. I adore the ruggedness of this jacket! Specific elements of this piece that drive me wild include: shearling (obviously!), oversized collar, double leather tabs at the ends of the sleeves, zippers galore and the cropped waist. Yep, pretty much everything! Oh, and seeing as this jacket is of the aviator variety, I find it especially wonderful and appropriate that Joanna matched the jacket with some classic Ray Bans. Joanna, you look positively Top Gun!
I feel so lucky I caught this woman at that particular moment. She looks like a transplant from a movie scene whereby this wonderfully chic woman from the city is waiting on an outdoor train platform. She has either stepped off a train (the old kind with lots of smoke) or is waiting to board, alone and very much to herself.
There’s just too much to admire about her style. I simply adore how she wears her coat off the shoulders. The brown silk polkadot shirt tucked underneath slightly worn flare jeans, i’m so in love and in desperate need to imitate this look! During New York Fashion week, where this photo was taken, I noticed a good deal women wearing flare jeans, including Emmanuelle Alt (and here is a same day photo of Emmanuelle taken by the Sartorialist).
I always preach that one of the marvels of street style is the ability to discover how people shape fashion for themselves. It’s in the details, I always say. This woman’s main details, among others, are her off the shoulder coat and the lovely scarf she’s got wrapped around her bag. Her hair is somewhat sloppily tied up and she’s not wearing any make-up or excessive jewellery, yet with a few simple style choices that’s how easy it is for her to look so damn chic.
After I took Sergio, this lady, and Terry’s photo, I instantly became obsessed with former era styles. From the 1920s to 1960s and 70s and everything in between, I wanted to pay tribute to all the fantastic style goers I captured on the street whose influences have been of years past. So, I rummaged my trunk of street style goodies and came across this one. All I can say is: her hair! Followed by: her earrings! She looks simply amazing. I love her coat, and how well it compliments her skin and earrings. Interesting that she chose to wear a plaid shirt underneath, which probably tells me that she doesn’t like to overdo it when it comes to the outfit. It’s clear that the focal point of her style is her hair.
Round two of amazingly dressed hair on women. What’s not to love here? Satin head dress wonderfully matched to a mongolian style jacket, emphasized at the lapels. Not to mention how much I adore her sunglasses. They’re kind of geeky chic I think, with their defined square-ishness and thickness. June Ambrose is radiant. Her smile is unmistakable for a woman who is so comfortable with herself. That’s all style to me.
A colourful addition to my previous post: superb context into the world of street fashion blogging (during Fashion Weeks), as told through the eyes of Garance Doré and The Sartorialist. This is where I want to be. All the time.