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Comfy chic from Anne Valerie Hash

Two weeks ago, I had an opportunity to preview Comptoir des Cotonniers‘ new AW2015 collection designed by Anne Valerie Hash. She is a prominent French designer with her own label and a history of working for some of the biggest fashion houses of Nina Ricci, Chloe and Chanel. Her take on the new collection is simple – a dress shouldn’t wear a woman. Her outfits are comfy, easy and versatile yet you would feel luxurious in every one of them. A mix of sporty, mannish silhouettes with elegant fabrics and prints portray the true essence of an urban princess. A city girl, independent and strong yet elegant and sophisticated is the muse behind the collection. There are a lot of designs that are new for the brand, like cross-crotch pants and side slit sweaters. My favorite were the sporty pants made from the Italian suit fabric, thin reversible coats and of course the side-laced sneakers that received an overwhelming response in Europe.

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Nicolas said I look like the French singer Heloise Letissier from the Christine and the Queens project. I checked her out on youtube and she is AMAZING. A new type of singers are emerging these days like her and Lorde that put REAL above everything else. Raw talent without pretense. That’s something I am drawn to. I think Christine would be a great spokesperson for the brand. Her personal style is what the new collection is all about.

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Eri and I are wearing the matching looks. I won’t be surprised if we end up buying the same things when the collection hits the stores at the end of August.

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I was so lucky to meet the designer in person and talk to her about the collection. I really admired her sense of humor and passion to make the fashion comfortable. Wouldn’t we all want to look like dressed for a ball while wearing pajamas?

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_MG_5454 I was wondering how come the brand’s mascot Leon lives this long but I finally found my answer. Doggies replace each other. You can see old Leon and new Leon together on this tee.

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I also took a look at Princesse Tam Tam AW2015 collection. The silhouettes stayed the same but the colors and prints are all new and so beautiful. The navy and nude color combination is smart and very sexy. I also liked the updated version of the lace body suit. Everything with a peter pan collar automatically goes into my LIKE list. ^-^

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Comptoir des Cotonniers SS2015 collection

Last Wednesday, I sneaked out at lunch hour to the Comptoir des Cotonniers SS2015 exhibition. I met with Nicolas – the head of French PR communications and my favorite CdC girls Eri and Midori, all dressed up in gorgeous pieces from the new collection. It is inspired by a French girl (of course!) living in the heart of Paris who goes to an intimate┬árendezvous at Jardin du Luxembourg (Luxembourg garden). The first part of the collection is representing Parisian icon – the Eiffel tower. There are a lot of black and white geometrical prints as well as classic tailored pieces done with new fabrics like Neoprene and Chambray.

The second part of the collection is the explosion of color, representing delicate flowers of the France’s most exquisite garden. Orange and blue are the dominant colors but there are also touches of pink, emerald and grey. I am in love with Spring knits and some of the outerwear pieces like the absolutely gorgeous quilted denim jacket and a prolonged bomber coat – both are high on my shopping list. There is also a sand colored cotton jacket that looks a lot like the one I lost – I will be buying it by default. ^-^

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This dress is the so French, it hurts. If I manage to lose my muffin top by the Spring, I will be getting it for sure. ^-^

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I like this jacket a lot, especially the contrast between a masculine cut and feminine flowers.

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That’s the jacket that looks like the one I lost. The color is not as brilliant but the cut is so similar. ^-^

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There is a lot of Jacquard in the new collection. It is used not only for the jackets but for the skirts and dresses as well.

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This cropped sweat top with raglan sleeves is so beautiful. I am imagining wearing it with a maxi skirt and trainers. So casual but so chic.

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Nicolas was in love with these shoes. They go with every piece of the collection. My fat ankles do prevent me from wearing oxford shoes so I won’t be getting these for myself but I am sure they will look really elegant on a girl with thin legs.

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Princesse Tam Tam SS2015 collection was amazing as well. The new lace in feather pattern is so sexy and so modest at the same time. I love the muted pastel versions of orange and cornflower blue and I loved the easiness of beach coverups, especially the blue and white striped maxi dress.

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The ornaments and decorations of the show room were so on point with the garden theme. I always get so inspired when visiting Eri and so envious at the same time. She gets to work in such a beautiful environment. ^-^

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Both brands will start releasing their new collections from the middle of January. The detailed schedule can be inquired at either Aoyama or Jyuugaoka flagship stores. What I love the most about going to CdC stores is the skills of the staff who work there. Their amazing abilities to style me in the most perfect way possible is really so awesome. If you like something but are not sure how to wear it or what to wear it with, just ask any of the girls working there. They never push you to buy something right away but always treat you like an important client. 100% satisfaction guaranteed. ^-^
Thank you Nicolas, Eri and Midori for showing me the new collection and giving me a lot to look forward to. ^-^

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