Cue the Clueless quotes.
Cue the Clueless quotes.
Not only were her looks from Paris couture week great, but I swear she’s more than just a Kanye-styled mannequin.
Bastille Day has put us in a Francophile mood. It reminded us of all the reasons we (and fashion in general) love France.
Is it the Breton tees? The Haute Couture? That effortlessly sexy undone look all French women just magically seem to possess? Maybe it’s just the sheer luxury of all things French.
In our ranking of the top luxury brands, all but three were French companies. Luxury pervades French culture. New York has sporty and cool, London has experimental, Milan has quirky classics, and Paris has over-the-top, no-holds-barred Fashion.
Click through to find out exactly what we swoon over from French culture and let us know what French exports you love!
In the spirit of July (the month of my birth!) I’ve picked all out my favorite things for this month’s mood board. Click through to find out what to get me for a present…
Ever wonder what models do after they stop stomping the catwalks (aka after they gain a few pounds and turn 25)?
For the last ten years, Althaus worked as a high fashion model. She was scouted by Ford in Paris at 17, worked as a fit and runway model for Alaïa, walked for Givenchy, Isabel Marant, Burberry, you name it. She did editorials for Vogue Italia, Numéro, and i-D.
“I felt the superficiality of fashion and I wanted to do something more,” says Althaus. After living the hectic, uprooting life of a model for a decade, Althaus, who says she’s always been into holistic medicine and meditation, decided to settle in the states. But, since you can’t smoke anywhere in the US, Althaus had to quit smoking (a habit most models find hard to kick). So she turned to hypnosis, and it worked. After hypnosis helped her to quit smoking, she got curious about it and “started to learn all the ways it can help people.”
If you live in New York and you happen to prefer Alaia and Proenza over Aldo and Payless–even if it’s just to look at–you’ve probably heard of Tribeca boutique Edon Manor. Launched in 2007, the beautifully furnished, beautifully stocked shop attracts those chasing after the perfect pair of Giambattista Valli pumps but aren’t willing to hike all the way uptown to Bergdorf to get them. (The boutique also happens to be right around the corner from Locanda Verde–one of our favorite restaurants in the city–and Smith & Mills, a favorite bar.)
Now the team behind Edon Manor wants to get to know shoppers outside of their New York City niche a little bit better. Owners Ryan Korban and Davinia Wang recently launched their gorgeous e-commerce boutique, Edonmanor.com. I recently sat down with the duo to discuss what it’s like to build a luxury boutique in the midst of a recession, and how to maintain unexpected success.
Fashionista: I’d like to hear how you guys got together. How did you two meet?