french perfume 2013

French Perfume 2013
1. J’adore de DIOR
2. N°5 de Chanel
3. La Petite Robe Noire de Guerlain
4. Angel de Thierry Mugler
5. Coco Mademoiselle de Chanel
6. Shalimar de Guerlain
7. Miss Dior de DIOR
8. Flower de Kenzo
9. Lady Million de Paco Rabanne
10. La Vie est Belle de Lancôme
I am perpetually on the hunt for a new perfume, it seems. Because perfume is so attached to memory, I can only wear one for so long before it becomes associated with a certain time period, or boyfriend. For example, I had a love affair with Coco Mademoiselle for two years, but when I ceased ties with the boy who loved it, I had to cease ties with my favorite perfume. That is the beauty of perfume–in a moment it can take you back to the time period when you were wearing it, whether good or bad (in my case, bad.)
Now that I have made a major move to Los Angeles, and am preparing to move to Paris, I felt the time was right for a new perfume. After trying to research what the top-selling perfumes were in France for what seemed like ages, I was hitting a dead end… no website had quite the information I was looking for. Then I decided to try the search terms in French, and it worked! While I’ve already had love affairs with Coco Mademoiselle, Miss Dior Cherie, and Alien, I think I might try my hand at Guerlain‘s La Petite  Robe Noire next…. any favorites out of this group? Let me know if you have any other favorites I should try out.
XX Kat

gilded swans

{via: CHANEL}

The backstage of CHANEL’s Spring-Summer 2012 Ready to Wear…. is it wrong that I’m already yearning for Spring?

XX Kathryn

spring-summer 2012 rtw {ad campaign}

{via: CHANEL}

CHANEL‘s Spring-Summer 2012 Ready-to-Wear ad campaign exceeded my expectations due to its shocking simplicity. The campaign was styled by Carine Roitfeld (who else?) and photographed by none other than Karl Lagerfeld himself at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc. The shoot encompasses the very best of 90’s minimalism with a feminine, ethereal twist– the frothy skirts, glittering purses, and playful sandals… All captured in black and white, no less! True genius.

XX Kathryn

chanel- voguepedia

At the center of Coco Chanel’s 1932 Bijoux de Diamants jewelry collection is the Comète, a spectacular 649-diamond collar in the form of a shooting star. Despite its obvious opulence, a perfect purity of line keeps it from being flashy . . . and, moreover, makes it as chic today as it was way back when. At the opposite end of Mlle Chanel’s style spectrum is the humble Little Black Dress, as pure and simple and unostentatious as chic can be. Together, they epitomize Chanel’s unique blend of luxury and restraint—a potent dichotomy that has become a near-universal style template for women across the globe and down the decades. ‘A woman can be overdressed, never over-elegant,’ Coco herself once said.

Wise words, indeed! That quote comes directly from Voguepedia (fast becoming one of my favorite online fashion resources) which just released their page for CHANEL! Can’t wait to go explore, mes chéries….

XX Kathryn

chanel pre-fall 2012

The Chanel Metiers d’Art pre-fall 2012 collection was nothing short of awe-inspiring. A veritable mix of metallics, tweeds, and kohl-rimmed eyes… in my opinion a perfect fusion of Indian and Parisian aesthetics. My personal favorites would have to be the gorgeous draped skirts and the gold leggings…. very tempted to try and incorporate these looks into my Fall 2011 wardrobe.

xx Kathryn