With Valentines Day just around the corner and the start of Chinese Lunar New Year, February marks an exciting yet busy time again for celebration and party dressing. In honour of such a vibrant and luminous occasion, I was inspired to create a chic East-Meets-West look to ring in the year of the monkey with grace, luck and style!
At an early age, I understood the power of accessorizing and how it can change your entire outfit and mood easily. According to Marissa Webb, accessories are like "icing on the cake" (1) where it allows you to be daring and have fun. For example, we can think of our clothes as a blank canvas until we incorporate accessories to really make the ensemble our own. I find that what defines my style is the way I play with accessories, colours, textures and patterns and it is the combination of all those factors that makes it very personal and unique to me. Still fully inspired by the Parisian runways, I want to rework this orange rusty poncho and show you my tricks and tips on how to accessorize.
Welcome to February and the month of Fashion Week! Other than the exquisite runways shows and beautiful couture gowns, what I love most about fashion week is the street style outside. With the haute couture shows ending in Paris, I was fully inspired by the beautiful photos shot by Phil Oh and I was especially drawn to Russian editor and streetstyle star Miroslava Duma. Always impeccably dressed, she paired a white wool duster coat with jeans and a chic black beret that added a much needed Parisian touch to a lost tradition. Boldly claimed by one Parisienne that the beret is a "myth", I was shocked to read that in Paris, the beret is considered a "cliché". In contrary to those beliefs, I have always seen the beret as a signature nod to French culture and an elegant winter accessory that paired well with everything. Not fazed by that comment, I seek to revive this "eccentric chapeau" (1) and return it to its former fashion glory.
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