Couture Street Style Taught Me So Many New Things

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They say you learn something new everyday and I’m willing to believe that, but when it comes to street style, it appears to be more appropriate to say that you learn something new every look.

This embryonic theory could have only been propelled by the photos that came out of the recent Couture Week in Paris, where the outfits were perhaps vaguely quieter than they are during the ready-to-wear weeks and the sun beams down on The Tuileries like the hand of God at a bar crawl. What?

There was plenty of black, notably made interesting by either a series of cascading gold chains and charms complementing a plunging neckline on sun-kissed skin or a scant walk captured optimally through the lens of one Tommy Ton. There was lots of color, too. There were turtleneck sweater cape-vest things, which I think will give the side boob we’ve all come to know a run for its cupping, and a handful of handbags that looked more like inanimate objects than belonging-carriers. Karl Lagerfeld posed with the fur version of himself and Giambattista Valli’s off-duty models won the coolest hair trick award.

Friends giggled in trench coats and leather jackets alike — the latter begging the worth of garments less prosaic than they are. There were rubber earrings that looked like lips, hard shell, embellished clutches featuring human facial features, at least six nods to Philo’s Céline that never, ever get old, and lime green shin-length socks that drove this point home.

There was the now near-ubiquitous Chanel backpack and a variety of basket-bearing bikes. There were sneakers. And overalls. And ballet flats that made me think. A handbag that looked like a blue violet and sleeves so long yet strategically fallen, I wondered about the true value of an operating hand. There was fringe, sometimes squared, and this one pair of satin booties with three rows of pearls across the front and an embellished cap toe that made me question every personal belonging I have heretofore known.

There were kids.

And braids.

On adults.

There was Anna dello Russo in looks 1-50 and interestingly enough, there were far fewer exposed legs than I would have guesstimated to be in attendance.

Arguably most impressively, though, there was the kind of energy that rejuvenates — not depletes — an onlooker’s relationship with fashion. The kind of smiles that can’t be made up and this overarching sense that when all was said and done and these people were ready to pack up and go home, they kind of, sort of, maybe didn’t want to. It’s like I always say, you know, fashion doesn’t have to be serious to be really, really good.

Images shot by Tommy Ton for Style.com and Phil Oh for Vogue.com

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Thoughts?
  • GapToothedGirl

    When fashion hits the streets becomes real!

    XOX, Gap.

    http://www.gaptoothedgirl.com

    • http://blogaboutdesign.com/ B.A.D l Blog About Design

      I definitely agree! Some of these looks are really cool and give off a great vibe :)

      Check out the B.A.D blog… http://blogaboutdesign.com

    • http://dfcghbnkmm.com AnnCates

      That so true! Most of the time if people don’t think they can pull it off they won’t wear it. Then when you see someone else wearing it. They think ” If they can pull it off so can I” That’s when It becomes a hit.
      Much Love, AnnCates xx
      anncates.blogspot.com

  • Kat

    I love the number 7, creative! Right?

    xx

    Kat

    katiquettestyle.blogspot.com

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  • http://www.strippedchic.com/ Shannon Kearns

    This post is badass, so inspiring! Makes me glad I live in Austin, one of the few American cities where one can do over-the-top “street style” without getting looks (not that I’d give a crap, either way).

    -Shannon at http://www.strippedchic.com

  • http://www.mystilettolife.com/ mystilettolife

    I love street style–it’s relatable fashion. Although, I would argue that most of these looks are worn for the events–they aren’t all completely wearable–but they’re beautiful art. I love the woman wearing the large blazer over the skirt: tre chic. http://mystilettolife.com/style/2014/7/15/my-favorite-pieces-are-on-sale

  • Anita

    fashion is subjective. everybody has his own syles and this is good in such a way. i think exactly the same. fashion doesn’t have to be serious to be good. xx Anita

    http://vanillaelephant.blogspot.de/

  • http://rightternes.com/ RightTernes

    Could we talk about how Tommy Ton may be the Bill Cunningham of the 21st Century?

  • http://www.dominiquecandido.com Dominique
  • http://curvilyfashion.com/ Curvily NYC

    Those pearl booties are just too good.

  • http://korisma.blogspot.com Kori G

    A deep, creative love for fashion runs like a current through all of those street style shots. The outfits are all slight contradictions: a structured turtle neck under a light pair of overalls, and stunning, whimsical gowns and skirts paired with “man repelling” shoes of glory.

    I am so inspired right now.

    http://korisma.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.itscarmen.com ≈ CARMEN ≈

    Street style is just that. Style. On the street. You can create your own little personality with garments & accessories. Awesome. :] // itsCarmen.com ☼

  • Lindsay Truax

    Love street style and your take on it.

    pinkandnavystripes.com

  • http://www.be-beaut.blogspot.co.uk Emma Lovewood

    I’m in love with that camera clutch bag! Quirky.

    Emma x

    http://www.be-beaut.blogspot.co.uk

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  • frifri63

    Excellent post Leandra! So insightful and clever. Thanks!

  • rmp

    Does anyone know who this girl is or where those sneakers are from? Her look ironically stuck out the most to me

  • Sabrinna Baglio

    ugh how did she get so successful off of blogging i really wish to be like her shes my inspiration

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