I rarely ever read fashion magazines. Occasionally I pick up a copy of Vogue Paris even though it does not really intrigue me. Is it just me, or has the majority of fashion magazines taken a new disturbing direction nowadays? I can’t really put my finger on it but there’s something wrong… something that makes me avoid the fashion magazine racks.
However, there is an exception. I think I’ve found the fashion magazine of my dreams. The mailman just dropped off the first issue of The Gentlewoman today. I know I’m incredibly late but I have literally been tracking down this magazine for months now. Eventually, I found a person who volunteered to sell her own copy to me. This is a well-written and quite inspirational magazine. The layout is perfect, exactly how I want a magazine or my own magazine to look like. Simple, clean and perfect. I am really looking forward to read the interview with Phoebe Philo, one of the most inspiring and talented persons in the fashion industry, which I’m saving for the airplane trip. In fact, I discovered the magazine by accident as I was googling photos of Phoebe Philo, and I’m happy I did it.
The description of the magazine on their website is as intriguing as the magazine appears to be. This magazine is everything I hoped for.
“The Gentlewoman is a new biannual style magazine for a new decade. Featuring inspirational, international women, it pairs ambitious journalism with a sartorial and intelligent perspective on fashion that is focused on personal style – the way women actually look, think and dress.” (source: http://www.mannschaft.org/gentlewoman)
I assume that’s probably your first thought when you discovered the revival of this blog. I’ll skip the part where I tell you all about the numerous fashion blogs out there and that the world isn’t exactly in need of more. Instead I’ll try my hand at explaining why I’ve decided to pollute the blogosphere with yet another fashion blog.
First of all, I have been longing to discover a gemstone amongst the ocean of fashion blogs. A fashion blog that appreciate the simplicity in clothes and style, focus on French dressing, discuss the importance of perfect cuts, timeless clothing, the perfect capsule wardrobe and so on. I really enjoy reading those kind of blogs but unfortunately there are only a few of them (and they’re all on my blogroll). Trust me, I am constantly searching for blogs that satisfy my demands and I tell you that’s not a simple task. Recently I discovered that one of my favorite blogs, which met my demands, got deleted. The disappearance left me devastated. Then an idea struck me, since I couldn’t find the kind of blog I want to read, I would create one myself.
As some of you may have noticed, my style has evolved and changed a lot over the past years. Not only have my style changed – as a person I’m definitely not the same old Fleurette you remember from the other blog. Okay, so I am still the “same” person, but much grown-up, reasonable and fatter (lol). I’ve noticed that I appreciate simplicity in everything nowadays. I like the idea of simple living and I’ve become more aware of environmental problems. Every day I am seemingly getting better at participating in earth day activities. Consumerism is yet another problem I observe amongst the fashion bloggers. I believe it is possible to look stylish, well perhaps not stylish, but great and chic without the urge to add new items to the wardrobe all the time.
A year ago, I donated practically all my clothes to charity. That’s my first step to the pursuit of a simpler and greener life. I feel greater and I love the fact that I do not have to respond to a lot of clothes and clutter in my life anymore.
So, I guess the revival is my attempt to create the fashion blog I am constantly searching for. And I guess I am using the blog to deal with depression, loneliness and low self-esteem as well as hoping to inspire someone out there to stop shopping the planet to death. Blogging keeps my mind occupied.
Vintage A.P.C. from 1992. The clothes never go out of style and absolutely worth the expense.
I have a tendency to stick to only a few outfits, which are my uniforms. I usually wear this uniform after a major binge, or whenever I want to look effortless or don’t feel like squeezing my internal organs into skinny jeans.
Washed Out – Belong
Isabel Marant shirt – Levi’s jeans – Isabel Marant boots
1. The beloved ‘Bidou’ suede boots from Isabel Marant
Ever since I purchased these boots in Paris, we have not been separated unless it rains. My wardrobe color palette is restricted to black, grey, white and navy. Funny because I’d never think of spending a lot of money on a pair of boots in the strangest color called taupe. But I love these shoes and consider them as my wardrobe essentials. The Isabel Marant boots define my style and they’re so French. Wearing these boots make my outfits less predictable. Believe it or not – these shoes go with everything in my closet.
I’m definitely not one of those who are fed up with French voguettes. I love this list, which, I suppose, is Emmanuelle Alt’s wardrobe essentials.
It’s never too early to start planning the fall wardrobe. I never buy appropriate clothes for warmer seasons, which explains why I hate being outdoors during the summer. Baking sun + dark, skinny jeans = AVBC (a very bad combination). Spring/summer clothing rarely appeals to me so I’d rather shut myself indoors planning my fall wardrobe than playing out in the sun.
I have this rule that says I can only purchase 4-5 garments a season. Compulsive thoughts or fashion rules? I have no idea. However, I haven’t bought anything from H&M or other chain stores in the past years, which makes it easier to invest in stuff I really crave. But purchasing a $1500 handbag isn’t a quick or easy decision. It’s hard to tell if I actually crave for a garment or not. And my worst fear is to buy on impulse. I have to start planning early and wait another two months to see if I still want the item instead of calling every store in the whole world only to track down an item I’d missed out on. Lol, story of my life/favorite jacket.
(images via style.com, tfs, isabelmarant_facebook)
Lately I’ve been thinking of this pullover from Isabel Marant. The pullover is actually the only thing I liked from the f/w collection, which is however a huge disappointment. The pullover is versatile and I can see myself wearing it all the time with a pair of black skinny jeans or boyfriend jeans. It would definitely fit into my wardrobe perfectly. But the downside is that it has to be hand-washed. I’m too lazy for that.. Well, we’ll see if I decide to get my hands on this pullover.
Hi. After a very long hiatus, I am pleased to announce that I have revived this blog. I hope my old readers will start following me again – preferably the nice ones, because I am hoping for a new blog era sans mean readers. Nasty, anonymized comments are so 2008, let’s move on.
The former Dead Fleurette is indeed dead. Say hi to the new Fleurette.