The allure of French style is a topic we’ve covered extensively here at Who What Wear. But, if you’ve ever wondered which U.S. brands inspire trendsetters from across the pond, we finally have an answer thanks to our friends at Vestiaire Collective. The luxury resale site took a look at the American lines our Parisian counterparts can’t get enough of.
The results of Vestiaire Collective’s research revealed that there are a few brands French women are particularly attracted to. And while you may initially think their choices sway towards high-end designers, their picks spanned a surprising range. From denim to sportswear, Parisian women are drawn to many of the same trends us Americans love. Three brands that topped French women’s shopping lists were Proenza Schouler, Madewell, and Nike, lines that we’ve all fallen head-over-heels for before. Clearly, inspiring style goes both ways across the Atlantic.
Inspired? Read on to shop each Parisian-approved brand on Vestiaire Collective now!
Leonardo DiCaprio owns a fair share of Los Angeles property. A little more than a week ago, the actor listed his Malibu mansion for a cool $10 million. Now, according to Trulia, the Oscar-winner is selling his ranch-style home in Studio City, Calif.—though at the slightly more generous asking price of $2.395 million.
DiCaprio’s Studio City pad seems fit for the wolf of Wall Street himself, boasting 3,407-square-feet of airy interiors sitting on a sprawling 15,000-square-foot lot. The property is lush with greenery, which adds to its self-contained seclusion, garnering the sort of peace and quiet a headline-grabbing Hollywood actor might just enjoy from time to time.
Built in 1937, the home retains an air of classical elegance—if Jay Gatsby were to retire to the West Coast, this is where he’d do it. The grand backyard, with a luxe patio and pool, would be the ideal grounds for an under-the-radar party; Leo could join his many model friends for a dip and outdoor barbecue—the estate’s open floor plan could easily accommodate an indoor shindig, as well.
Interestingly, DiCaprio’s home hits the market only two years after he initially purchased the estate. Even more interesting, the movie star may just make a profit—he bought the property for just $2.05 million.
VIDEO: Leonardo DiCaprio’s Studio City Home
Browse through the photos below for a closer look at Leo’s Studio City home.
Chunky sweaters aside, if you’re in the market for a signature fall scent Kristen Bell’s favorite fragrance will set back less than your favorite seasonally flavored latte.
On the Emmy Awards red carpet the Bad Moms star revealed in an interview with Giuliana Rancic during Live from the Red Carpet that she accessorized her designer floral grown and jewelry with an amber oil she gets from Whole Foods for just $4. “I’m wearing an amber oil; I get it from Whole Foods. [It’s] a little bottle that says ‘amber’ on it. Four bucks, go for it,” she told Rancic.
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Bell’s oil of choice is Nemat’s Amber Oil, a warm, subtle scent that changes ever so slightly to its wearer’s body chemistry, which makes it a great option for fall when we want our fragrance to mirror our wardrobes: warm and cozy. We suggest you join us in heading to your local Whole Foods store and grabbing a vial for yourself.
Fashion photographer Alexi Lubomirski’s Diverse Beauty is a fashion book, but it’s more than your average, purely decorative tome that can bring your dreams of a Pinnable coffee tablescape to reality. Yes, there are pages of pretty photos of pretty people wearing pretty clothes, but this one carries a message that’s as substantial as its weight: to redefine beauty. And it all started with a conversation he had with Lupita Nyong’o.
“I was shooting Lupita and one day she asked me: ‘Listen, can you do me a favor? Can you make sure that in post-production that they don’t lighten my skin?’” Lubomirski recalls. “I wasn’t aware that this happened and I looked back at my previous work, and I realized that a lot had been lightened in some way. I was shocked. And when Lupita gave her speech at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards about how it wasn’t until Alek Wek came onto the scene, that she didn’t see anybody who looked like her, who had the same dark, rich skin as her, being celebrated as beautiful. As a father, that struck me, and it inspired me to create a book, where so many different girls can find a page and see themselves in a beautiful, inspirational, and fashionable way.”
Lubomirski tasked himself with the goal to cast the most diverse range of stars, tapping everyone from A-listers, like Nyong’o herself, Jennifer Lopez, Salma Hayek, Kerry Washington, and Demi Lovato, to transgender models to older women to those who are Muslim. “We are all a part of this beautifully colored, different textured tapestry,” he says. “And we need to represent a broad spectrum of beauty.”
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Diversity aside, the book also explores the very notion of “beauty.” Lubomirski spoke with a professor specializing in diversity who suggested that he ask every one of his subjects to describe themselves in five words. “Because of the way we’re brought up, we can’t help but assign labels to people we see on the street,” Lubomirski explains. But those superficial labels, he continues, aren’t how people think of themselves.
By having people take ownership of their labels (“fighter, brother, sister” versus “black, Asian, gay”), it becomes an empowering, more meaningful and humanizing message. “The answers we got were so amazing,” he says. “It added more depth to their beauty as well.”
Lubomirski knows that this one book won’t revolutionize the industry and change people’s perceptions of beauty overnight, but at least it’s a start. “I’m hoping that the more people see of different types of beauty, that it’ll become the norm,” he says. “You have to keep tapping people on the head.”
And Lupita’s reaction to Diverse Beauty? “She was very happy to see how her story has inspired a movement.”
Scroll down to see a small sampling of Lubomirski’s work in Diverse Beauty, and then head to amazon.com to purchase the book for $50 (all proceeds will be donated to the humanitarian charity Concern Worldwide).
PARIS, France — “Intimate Technology.” Karl Lagerfeld pronounced those words with great relish after showing his Spring collection for Chanel on Tuesday morning. In practice, they could be taken to mean the cyber-tweeds layered over pale, filmy lingerie, worlds colliding in a way that Lagerfeld has always loved.
It was the kind of elision that only he would be capable of, simultaneously versed in the ways of the Old World and infatuated by whatever’s about to happen next.
The show took place against the Chanel Data Centre, a gigantic simulation of one of those facilities you imagine buried deep in the heartland of the USA or Russia, where every call, every purchase, every download that anyone makes is processed and stored. It’s a fascistic notion, which Lagerfeld seemed to acknowledge by sending out a couple of CocoBots to open the show.
But what immediately followed — yet another reconceptualisation of the classic Chanel tweed — was actually fresh and charming. If we’re all living in the Matrix (Scientific American published a piece which proved that may be perfectly possible), it didn’t look as dystopian as I remember. In fact, Karl Lagerfeld has seen the future and it’s pink. Chanel has already pushed fabric technology to the limit, but, here, the designer’s celebration of all things digital was the collection’s raison d’être. It was like the candy-coloured wiring of a million circuit boards had been untangled and rewoven.
“It’s up to us to put the soul in the machine,” Lagerfeld declared. Maybe that’s what the lingerie underpinnings were all about, a sensual, human layer underneath the techno flights of fabric fancy. “It’s not Belle Époque,” he insisted. But even if it was, it would be a sweet idea to have in mind when confronting the realities of an époque that is rather more bête.
One of Paris’s most distinguished families of art dealers sets its footprint in London for the first time this evening when Olivier Malingue, son of the Impressionist and Modern art dealer, Daniel Malingue, opens a gallery bang opposite Sotheby’s, above Ralph Lauren, with an exhibition for the Korean artist Cho Yong-Ik. If the name is unfamiliar, it probably won’t be for long as Cho was part of the Dansaekhwa group in Korea, who experimented with monochromatic, minimalist painting in the 1970s, and have been attracting high prices at auction. This week, two of the leading group members, Yun Hyong-Keun and Park Seo-Bo, are included in the select evening sales at Sotheby’s and Christie’s for the first time, with estimates in the £300,000 range. Malingue’s exhibition is the first for Cho in Europe and traces his various series of works from the 1970s on. Prices range from $100,000 (£77,000) to $180,000.
We thought Rihanna’s $15,000 Saint Laurent fur coat was her biggest fashion statement of the season, but her latest oversize outerwear look is taking the top spot. RiRi can pretty much wear anything and look incredible while simultaneously giving us endless fashion inspiration, so it comes as no surprise that she stepped out in a head-to-toe baby-pink ensemble in Paris recently.
While her oversize ’90s-inspired jacket is giving us Jigglypuff vibes, we commend the singer for her bold approach to personal style and committing to the monochromatic pastel look. Rihanna draped the cozy Ella Boucht puffer jacket over her expletive-emblazoned Vetements T-shirt ($980) and paired it with a pair of barely-there lace shorts straight off the Fenty x Puma S/S 17 runway along with razor-sharp pointed pumps. Clearly there is no outfit too bold or jacket too large in the singer’s world.
Check out Rihanna’s baby-pink ensemble below.
Dans le nord de Dacca, la mosquée Baitur Rouf surprend du dehors par sa structure rectangulaire, sans dôme ni minaret. Sa très géométrique façade de briques en terre cuite laisse filtrer des rais de lumière à l’intérieur du bâtiment. Déjà l’une des architectes les plus en vues du pays, Marina Tabassum, 45 ans, n’avait presque jamais mis les pieds dans une mosquée lorsqu’elle a été désignée pour en construire une sur un terrain donné par sa grand-mère en 2005. Avant de dessiner les plans de Baitur Rouf, elle a donc visité plus d’une centaine de mosquées à travers le pays. Son ambition: créer une bulle de quiétude dans un quartier pauvre de l’une des villes les plus denses du monde.
“Dans le sous-continent indien, les femmes ne vont traditionnellement pas prier à la mosquée, mais j’ai vu de vraiment magnifiques espaces spirituels. Cela m’a beaucoup inspiré”, raconte à l’AFP Mme Tabassum. “Toute l’idée d’utiliser la spiritualité comme élément d’architecture a toujours été quelque chose d’intrigant”, explique-t-elle. Achevé en 2012, l’édifice vient d’être l’un des six lauréats d’un prix de plus d’un million de dollars du Fonds Aga Khan pour la culture, qui récompense l’excellence architecturale au service des communautés musulmanes à travers le monde. “Cette mosquée en terre cuite est un bâtiment aux proportions exquises à la fois élégant et éternel”, a expliqué le jury dans l’attendu de sa décision, saluant un “design qui défie le statu quo”.
Pays officiellement laïc à majorité musulmane, le Bangladesh a hérité d’une riche tradition architecturale de mosquées, datant de l’invasion turque au XIIe siècle. Les premières mosquées de la région combinaient éléments importés de Turquie et touches locales, comme le recours aux briques ou la mise en place d’un dôme, donnant naissance à une fusion unique en son genre. Pour Baitur Rouf, Mme Tabassum explique avoir voulu rendre hommage à “ces glorieuses traditions perdues”, mêlées aux techniques architecturales modernes.
Lorsqu’il est devenu imam du lieu, Deen Islam n’avait pas imaginé qu’en plus de diriger les prières cinq fois par jour, il officierait aussi comme guide touristique. Mais le religieux de 38 ans n’a pu que constater l’évidence: la mosquée qu’il gère depuis quatre ans, l’une des deux seules du pays construites par une femme, attire aussi bien les étudiants en architecture que les dévots. Les curieux “viennent de partout, dont certains des villes de Chittagong, Sylhet et d’autres parties du pays. Ils viennent juste voir la mosquée et prier”, se réjouit l’imam, débordant de fierté. Le plafond et les murs sont percés de petites trouées pour laisser passer la lumière en fonction de l’emplacement du soleil dans le ciel. Au fur et à mesure de la journée, le canevas lumineux se déplace et se contorsionne sur les murs et le sol du hall de prières. “La lumière douce qui pénètre la mosquée est très apaisante. Mais par un jour brûlant d’été, la température à l’intérieur reste tiède. Vous avez l’impression d’être dans un air conditionné naturel”, explique l’imam de 38 ans.
Également conceptrice du musée de l’Indépendance à Dacca, Marina Tabassum explique qu’être une femme ne compte pas à ses yeux. Elle dit se voir d’abord et avant tout comme une architecte, dont les créations doivent avoir une utilité sociale. “Vous pouvez faire des bâtiments à la Frank Gehry. Mais je me demande si c’est vraiment la chose à faire dans un pays comme le Bangladesh”, dit-elle. “Nous sommes une très jeune nation et la responsabilité d’un architecte va au-delà de la simple construction de bâtiments.”
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