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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 Рthe 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 rendezvous at Jardin du Luxembourg (Luxembourg garden). The first part of the collection is representing Parisian icon Рthe 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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“Nouvelle vague” inspired AW 2014-2015 collection from Comptoir des Cotonniers

Yesterday, Eri invited me to a preview of Comptoir des Cotonniers autumn/winter 2014-2015 collection that was inspired with experimental French movies of the 60s. Those “New wave” masterpieces captured fashionable urban Paris with its young residents and their endless night parties. Fashion icons such as Brigitte Bardot and Catherine Deneuve were the bright stars of the movement.

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60s revolution liberated women to wear mini skirts and trousers. Yves Saint Laurent was one of the young designers at that time who made women look sexy in menswear. CdC collection features a lot of pants in classic silhouettes as well as freshly rediscovered ones such as Galliffet. There are a lot of looks featuring cropped pants with loafers – comfortable duo that will transform any girl into a chic Parisian.

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The quality of the shoes went up as well as assortment. If before there were only 4-5 pairs per collection, now there is going to be 10-15. I am very excited about it because I really love their shoes and the fact that they carry my size. It is rather problematic to find anything bigger than US7.5 in Japan. Speaking of shoes, CdC’s collaboration with Keds is hitting the stores this weekend and their collaboration with New Balance is going to reach Japan next year.

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The collection has a lot of classic CdC Parisian pieces such as trench coats, skinny denims, little black dresses and nautical sweaters but it also features iconic 60s looks with capes and cropped Peter Pan-collar tops,  poncho sweaters and blouses with collar ribbons Рall silhouettes completely refreshed for the modern market.

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“A line” comes back in the new season. Everyone in Paris is obsessed with it at the moment. CdC is also experimenting a lot with color and texture blocking. I really like this cute black dress done with two different fabrics.

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Midi skirt is going to stay for at least another season. I have my eye on this simple yet sexy gray skirt. The new way to wear it without looking old is to pair it with a cropped top or sweater and tough looking boots.

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There is a lot of detailing in each garment and the quality is really impeccable. Nicolas, from French PR team said that CdC’s main focus lies in finding the best production without raising the retail cost of the item. Watching season after season of Project Runway, I already know how much the garment cost goes up if it has an extra pocket or insert.

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This bold geometrical print was a huge success in Paris. It photographs well so I bet a lot of fashion magazines are after it.

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Another great find in this collection is this light-as-air backpack from CdC’s mini line Mademoiselle Plume. It will become available around September (read around my birthday, hehe).

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I also saw the new collection of Princesse Tam Tam – luxurious French underwear and homewear brand. It was inspired with geometrical patterns of the 60s that you can see through its designs, textures and art. There is a lot of delicate lace and comfy jersey. The brand is trying to blur the borders between homewear and streetwear creating a lot of pieces that can be worn in and outside of maison. With pajama look being so trendy this year, I see them succeeding. After all, what girl doesn’t secretly want to show off her sexy boudoir look to a broader audience. ^-^

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This print with a bathing damsel is so playful and delicate. It was certainly created for fun-loving, free-spirited girls who don’t really care about the standard definition of sexy and dress not only for their men but for themselves as well.

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Thank you Eri, Midori and Nicolas for showing me around and giving me so much to look forward to. Hearing a beautiful inspiring story behind each look makes me want to buy it that much more.

Comptoir des cotonniers spring/summer 2014 collection preview

Yesterday, I went to the Comptoir des cotonniers show room to see the preview of spring/summer 2014 collection. I was blown away by the versatility of designs. I could easily pick up a couple of pieces and wear them in various combinations all summer which I will end up doing for sure. I was really impressed with the smart mix of airy bohemian textiles (silk, georgette, lace) and playful rock’n’roll details (zippers, chains, fringe and leather).
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