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Fashion week is in full swing in New York. It’s fashion tiiiiime!!! Yahoooo! Camera flash! Stilettos!!!
Okay. Don’t you go forgetting that we are creatures of intellect and reason.
We’re aren’t only defined by our sublimity and perfect outfits, no. (Yes yes yes, I’m talking about all of you and me, of course, of course!)
We are thinking beings as well. We intellectualize.
So that’s why it’s high time we answered to the…. Big Questions of Fashion Week.
Drum roll please…

Is one well dressed if she is dressed in winter as she would be in summer?

Let me explain. Let’s just say, for example, that we’re in New York during fashion week and, again, hypothetically, there’s a blizzard named Nemo that just hit the city the day before.
There are mountains of snow on all the sidewalks and frozen puddles everywhere rivaling March of the Penguins. A freezing wind sweeps down the avenues like a tunnel and there you are in your little sandals with your toes poking out and a short skirt with your shirt open half way down your chest.
You have to be carried to go over puddles and you live in constant fear of death by black ice.
Your outfit would be perfect if it were August, but even my neighbor’s bulldog is more covered up than you (it’s wearing mini-boots)(just looking at your frozen feet makes it cold).

Yet there you are, shivering for the photographers.

So I’m wondering, even if you’re really well dressed… Are you really well dressed? Or does it just totally miss the mark? Is a stylish outfit always a stylish outfit no matter the context, or should one dress according to the circumstances?

What’s this supposed to mean on the Phillip Lim invite? Who’s this Sono Mama?

Here’s what Phillip explained at the show… Sono Mama, in Japanese, means “stay as you are.” I like that thought!

Oh, by the way, here is a little video I caught of Susie interviewing Phillip after the show.

What are we going to be wearing next winter?

Yep! I found a trend!!!

We’re going to wear heavy boots with really short skirts.
Today already I saw it at Phillip Lim (love him forever) and Theyskens (really good show ! I’ll post about it ASAP).

What does everyone talk about in the first row of the shows?
(or the second, or the third?)(Or in standing?)

“Do I look like a car ? I feel like look like a car!”
(Bryan Boy, not quite confidant about his outfit)

“When is this gonna end?”
(The magazine editors, talking about all the bloggers who now have seats at all the shows.)

“Want a ride? Come up in my car!!! Well actually it’s more like a Chinese mini-van. But China is trending!!!”
(My friend Daphné)

How to patch up a bruised ego?

Was your seat at a show just stolen from someone more important than you?
Did you just get yelled at by Rihanna’s bodyguards?
Did you just realize that your outfit is a total fail, just as you’re in the middle of talking to Emmanuelle Alt? (The Goddess of Coolitude)

Here’s a miraculous solution… Amnesia. Pure and simple.
I let it sink in for two seconds, think about what I can do so that next time, it doesn’t happen, and then I tell myself that there are moments in life that are out of my control. At the end of the day, they’re not going to change my life at all.

I don’t know if it’s because of situations like this (it happens every day with fashioooooon) that I’ve had to develop a thick skin (If it’s the case, then cool. Back in the day I would’ve dwelled on the thing for hours imagining all the possible responses I could have given. I know now that gets you nowhere. I’ll never have the perfect response.)
Or maybe it’s the meditating I did in January back when my New Year resolutions were in full force, helping me to distinguish which thoughts were worth my time and which ones don’t deserve any energy.

Whatever it is, let’s hear it for selective memory!!!

Why are flash photos not allowed at Marc Jacobs?
What’s the set going to look like? What’s the show going to look like?

What are they going to do if the flash on my phone goes off accidentally like it so often does?

And a follow up question:
Have you figured out a tecnhique to not get blurry photos of the shows or anything in motion? Please? I can’t figure it out and I need to be able to share my profound comments on Instagram…


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  • It is such a God’s gift to be so talented in illistrating and drawing! It’s amazing

  • i’m great with stick figures :)

  • Being well dressed is a combination of style, but it also has to be a tad practical. You look foolish in peep toe stilletos if there’s a blizzard in town, Hello! You’re asking a very good question Garance! Love your drawings by the way :-)
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    Xoxo Cory

  • Bel article ! Ben pour faire des photos pas floue, j’ai un ami qui prend avec son appareil, le télécharge sur son Ipad puis l’envoie sur son téléphone via Cloud et tadammmm !!!!

  • Merci Garance pour ces réponses aux Grandes questions de la fashion week !

  • Honey, if you haven’t figured out how to shoot non-blurry runway (or motion) shots yet, what hope is there for the rest of us? And isn’t that what Scott is for? I mean…

  • …Ok and what do you do in the case of an allergic reaction on your upper lip (swollen double size!) ??? (I feel like Angelina Joli in her best years this morning…)

  • Je pense que pour être élégants la première chose est l’attitude et on ne peu pas avoir une bonne attitude si on est pas a son aise… donc a chaque situation (climatique aussi) le vêtements convenables. Ton post est magnifique il me fait vivre l’ambiance des shows même plus que « Pardon my French » (qui est magnifique aussi!)

  • Love your illustration!!

  • Merci pour la première question! Le style hors contexte n’est pas du style à mon avis. Se faire porter par son garde du corps avec ses talons de 12 sur du verglas, ce n’est pas “décalé”, c’est “ridicule”. Les plus admirables sont ceux et celles qui ont eu chaud, qui peuvent marcher correctement, et sur lesquels on se retourne quand même!

  • I love this Phillip Lim interview, he’s awesome and an amazing designer.


  • Solution, pour la photo pas floue: tu poses l’appareil photo sur le chapeau d’Anna Dello Russo assise devant toi. Comme elle ne bouge pas (ou presque) pour que son chapeau-échafaudage ne tombe pas, ta photo n’est pas floue!! eeeeeh oui!!!

  • Ahahahahahah! Hilarant, j’adore, j’ai l’impression d’y être!

    “When is this gonna end?” …trop drôle! Certaines personnes pensaient certainement que ce ne serait qu’une mode, eh bin non!! Super post Garance, j’aime tes aventures “fachionweekesques”!


  • This post is so cool and interesting!!!

  • No, one is not well dressed if she has to be carried over puddles!! One should wear heavy boots and a short skirt … and warm tights! ;)

    Love this post. I’m absolutely going to work on my amnesia response! It’s the only way … moving on is so much better than dwelling on something that can’t be controlled or is already past. It’s usually not as bad as you think it is, anyway. Case in point – I seriously doubt your outfit was a total fail! But you did make me laugh, thanks!

  • Gorgeous sketches! I love seeing ideas from sketchbooks. It shows the spontaneous side of so many illustrator’s. Please can you show more from your fashion week sketches.

  • Clearly I need to meditate more. Until then I’m loving the praise of selective memory! :)

  • Jane with the noisy terrier February, 12 2013, 10:04 / Reply

    Thank you for that first question! I agree with Olivia’s response above–style out of context is not stylish at all, it’s ridiculous! The most obvious symptom of “fashion victimitis.” I’ve been astonished by some of the ensembles worn by one blogger–let’s call her The Redhead Sidedish–whose ensembles are more appropriate for June, than even a mild February day in NYC, much less a blizzard.

  • Super idée d’illustration!
    Et j’ai bien rigolé ;)
    Pour les photos, essayez peut-être de les prendre en rafale puis de sélectionner les meilleures?
    Merci pour ce chouette article!

  • Super illustration!
    Et j’ai bien rigolé :)
    Pour les photos, essayez peut-être de les prendre en rafale puis sélectionnez les meilleures?
    Merci pour ce chouette article!

  • No, that is not well dressed at all. That is trying too hard and ridiculous. Although even in summer I prefer more modesty.

    About your photos though. Large aperture lens on a camera capable of higher ISO without too much graininess. also maybe you can use a bean bag for stability. If I find one I’ll post a link

  • leffrontée February, 12 2013, 10:20 / Reply

    J’adore l’illustration style ” carnet de notes /croquis ” pris sur le vif. Quelle évolution dans tes dessins, c’est beau de trouver son propre style, sa patte. Je sais que c’est beaucoup de travail. Félicitations

  • Garance! A belated happy new year! About non-blurry fashion show photos – ask Mira Duma! Among all fashion personals I’m following on Instagram she seems to be the only one who is capable of taking non-blurry photos, ha. So go ask her next time you bump into her :) (Also please tell her I think she is simply divine!)
    Kaii from London xoxo

  • Love your illustrations! And I agree totally, having a selective memory is a vital step towards happiness, happiness is a choice, most of the time.
    And if you ask me, freezing in a summer outfit in the middle of winter is stupid, sorry to say. The picture of Jenna Lyons you showed us is proof that you can look very stylish in a weather appropriate outfit. A big part of the fun of fashion is the changing seasons, every autumn I crave cozy knits and warm coats and I really look forward to wear all my winter clothes and then towards spring…. yay! the first warm day, when you go barefoot in your favorite summer sandals, I love these moments!
    And I really wonder…. what was Bryan wearing? xxx

  • I think wearing seasonally inappropriate clothes is the ultimate ‘trying too hard.’ Everyone knows you can’t possibly be even close to comfortable! I also think it is likely a tactic done by people who are quite insecure and want to make an impression a little too much, or who haven’t ‘made it’ and also want to make an impression.

  • J’adore l’illustration…

  • Illustration au top :)

    J’adore cet article !


  • i think one is the most well-dressed when you can figure out how to still look cool under the circumstances and **for the circumstances, like the cold or the rain. nothing seems or looks more ridiculous than seeing someone who is helpless against the elements and can’t navigate their surroundings -you can still do it with style, and you do ;)

    as for the blurry thing…i wish i knew; i once (about 6 yrs ago) bought a pretty expensive little point and shoot camera while in Hong Kong (it was a Fuji Finepix but a sleek little model that was not made nor available in the States, and it ROCKED) and that thing would seriously freeze anything that dared to move on its formidable littlescreen.

    but, alas, it was stolen in transit once i got back to the States. how upsetting. :(

  • Love love loooove your illustrations!
    And replying to your question, I believe that a stylish outfit is only stylish when worn according to the circumstances. An elegant and well dressed woman is the one who knows where, when and how to wear it.

  • Love this post – particularly the selective memory bit! Good for you that you have developed a thick skin – the only way forward it seems! x

  • Tiens c’est drôle j’avais en tête de faire un post la-dessus demain “les tenues inappropriées “. De mon avis c’est totalement ridicule !
    J’ai adoré aussi les silhouettes Phillip Lim très guerrières urbaines quand à Olivier Theyskens, j’aimerai tellement qu’il rentre à Paris s’occuper d’une grande maison (il en a le talent)( il est tout de même sous-employé chez Theory). Et enfin, la fashion-police n’arrête encore personne, donc tout va bien :-)

  • Love reading your FW reports Garance! And I loved having you join me for Lunchtime at Google!! Hope you enjoyed the interview (…thanks for predicting the trends with me! There were a lot of pigeons indeed… ;) xo

  • Nini Piccola February, 12 2013, 12:06

    Anjali is hilarious! What do you do at google Anjali?

  • Je suis allée faire un saut au Lincoln Center vendredi soir alors que la neige tombait déjà pas mal. Toutes celles qui n’avaient pas renoncé aux doigts de pied dehors et talons et qui se tenaient au mur pour avancer n’avaient aucun style ni classe : elles étaient seulement complètement ridicule ! moi au moins ca m’a fait marrer!

  • Garance, ce post m’a pas mal fait réfléchir et m’a surtout rappelé beaucoup de moment vécus .
    Chaque fois c’est la même chose. Le mois de la mode commence et les premières altercations avec certaines personnes/situations absurdes reviennent
    Et on ne peut évider de revenir à cette éternelle question, tout cela a-t-il un sens??
    Le fait de voir continuellement des filles quasiment en string sur des talons Gianvitto Rossi de 12 cm par -15 degrés, tout en faisant le maximum d’efforts possibles pour qu’un photographe street style les repère pendant qu’elles mettent leur vie en péril en croisant une avenue remplies de voitures prêtes à les écraser !! Et tout ça bien sûr en développant un intéressant jeux de poignets pour que tout le monde puisse apprécier son invitation Alexander Wang dans un main et ses3 blackberrys dans l’autre.
    A ce moment-là, 17 photographes street style, de 5 continents différents sont eux aussi prêts à se vautrer sur une plaque de verglas . Ils se mettent en mouvement dès que l’un ou l’une de leurs collègues commence à “shooter” un des faux oiseaux rares pour obtenir une photo absurde de cette fille absurde dans une situation absurde
    Pour répondre à ta question ces filles qui, sous un blizzard appelé Némo, s’habillent comme en été et bien NON elle sont pas bien habillées. Tout simplement car elles ne savent pas pourquoi elles s’habillent. Elles le font pares qu’il faut le faire. Et le pire c’est que ce sont toutes des clones convaincues d’être chacune les reines du style individuel et original
    Dans le fond s’habiller pour être pris en photo ça peut se comprendre.On le fait tous
    Mais passer sa journée à se demander comment s’habiller et finalement se faire un look tellement artificiel pour pouvoir être pris en photo ça se comprend moins.
    Au bout du compte quand le spectacle est plus à l’extérieur du show qu’à l’intérieur c’est qu’il y’a un problème. Remplir le vide par plus de vide ça jamais été la solution!!

  • je voulais savoir tout simplement si le truc le plus cool des fashions weeks n’étaient pas de retrouver toutes ses copines???

    Sinon je suis inquiète je n’ai pas vu une photo d’Anna Dello Russo…


  • Like the illustration that represent this post! Nice work Garance!;)

    Wish I could be there …Enjoy this great time of the year in the awesome city, NY! Looking forward to your posts.

  • I questioned the same thing on one of Scott’s posts a while back, where everyone seemed to be praising how ‘unexpected’ a girl’s bare legs looked in the middle of winter. In this situation, I can’t think of how good someone looks, I just think about how cold or uncomfortable they must be. I’m going to sound like a jerk, because of course fashion is at times NOT about comfort, but when one’s battling -10 weather in spring clothes, doesn’t the appeal just get overshadowed by the vanity? Living in Toronto, also post snowstorm, I really think you can dress well for the elements.

  • Je trouve ca stupide mais vraiment de sortir en mini jupe petite chemise et sandales alors qu’il y a de la neige partout, de la pluie et UN BLIZZARD.
    Ca me fait rire plus qu’autre chose de voir quelqu’un en tenue d’été alors qu’on se les pèle sévère dehors, le style c’est être confortable et en accord avec soi-même pas d’être stylée juste parce que c’est la fashion week donc il faut que je m’habille au top, me les cailler et paraitre ridicule.
    Voilà, après c’est mon avis hein!
    illustrations toujours au top, je suis fan :)

  • That is really, really great post and with that video. Perfect job. Have a nice day.

  • vaya pierrakou February, 12 2013, 12:27 / Reply

    ma mere,styliste des annees 70-80’s me disait toujours que etre bien habiller se traduit par le bon choix de vetement selon l’occasion et j’ajoute selon la meteo…sinon, comme vous dites on frole au combien le ridicule!

  • I remember watching an interview with a style icon/actress from the 60s (I don’t remember who but probably along the lines of Grace Kelly) and they asked what’s the first thing she does to dress stylishly and she said:”look at the weather”. I live by that.

  • Are there not a million gorgeous and stylish coats (and boots) to choose from?? Being inappropriate is the epitome of unchic.

  • So glad you brought this up! No an outfit is not stylish if it’s not appropriate to the weather. You just look silly. And cold!

  • flanellerouge February, 12 2013, 12:42 / Reply

    So dear Garance ! nous savons toutes, que, après toutes ces folies, c”est : comment être au top avec un tee shirt, un pull en cachemire et des flats – vous avez trouvé les meilleures, les plus belles hier !
    — Et un zeste en plus !!!
    Qu’on trouve justement où vous êtes maintenaaaaaaaannt !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ” Avant j’aurais ruminé le truc pendant des heures en imaginant toutes les répliques que j’aurais données si j’avais eu du répondant. Maintenant je sais que ça ne sert à rien : je n’aurais jamais de répondant”

    hahaha c’est fou, on n’est nombreux comme ça, à avoir ces répliques qui résonnent dans nos têtes et qui surenchérissent notre gloire imaginée quand dans la réalité c’est trop nul

    J’adore le principe du notebook !!! C’est un peu ce que j’essaie de mettre en place sur mon blog, mais je n’ai pas encore l’art d’organiser le tout de façon … esthétique.
    J’espère que tu nous en pondras d’autre !

  • A summer outfit in winter is totally not cool. You can’t be good at fashion, good at dressing yourself if you can’t dress for the weather. After all, that’s what clothes are really for. If you have a good dress sense you can dress for any occassion, any weather and still look chic. It’s hard, but that’s half the fun!

  • Si une fille est habillée comme en été en plein blizzard, même avec un super look, n’est pas bien habillé! Risquer une pneumonie juste pour se faire phototgraphier, faut pas exagérer quand même! Et j’adore les commentaires des premiers rangs, surtout les rédactrices qui ne supportent pas les blogueuses!

  • Lovely interview and the drawing on top is just amazing! xx


  • This collection = perfection

    I can’t even select my top 5, all looks are so nice and wearable. And those boots… Oh I am even more happy I own a pair like that!

  • Wouaouh. Tu as réussi à me réveiller alors que je suis exténuée. Qu’il est intéressant, amusant, agréable à lire, ton billet ! De l’humour, des situations cocasses et du recul de ta part, beaucoup de recul, ce qui te sauvera toujours, je pense, de bien des situations déconcertantes.
    Et que dire du dessin ? Très réussi !
    Merci et à bientôt,

  • Je vais parler de Montréal et sa Fashion week parce que c’est celle que je vis. Déjà pas de photographes dehors, trop froid et les médias qui arrivent en Sorel pour se changernendouce au vestiaires, pas glam. Et quand on a de la chance on peut ré avoir nos affaires après.
    Mais hé, Will Smith était la,on n est pas habitués, alors le défilé qui suivait on l’a même pas remarqué, horreur

  • So nice to get a glimpse into NYFW this way! I’m actually attending London Fashion Week by the end of this week. Looking forward to it!

  • It doesn’t seem fashionable to dress under the weather, you risk looking foolish. I own enough clothes to be fashionable no matter what the temperature. Yesterday I wore a fur-lined leather Nurten Ceylan jacket with big chinchilla collar, cuffs and trim around the hem, a lavender and brown knitted scarf, greige leggings and brown calf-high boots and a sleeveless brown wool shell. When I took the coat off I was perfectly suited for the inside and when I was outside I was perfectly suited for the outside.

  • Garance-

    I like to film things and then when playing back, hit pause and take a screenshot to get a still image of what I want :) Hope this helps!

  • “there is no bad weather, just inappropriate clothing” – some proverb :)

  • nice doodles… currently usin ipad …there’s no google translation popping…cant understand french.

  • Hi MK! On your iPad if you click on the EN in the upper right hand corner, the page will reload in English. Hope this helps! — Alex

  • I have the solution to blurry photos that end up cramming my instagram feed….VINE! I don’t mind little runway show clips at all!

  • Rhoooo, quand même … Que de questions, que de tourments, que de doutes !!!

  • Garance, je dois te dire que je t’aime de plus en plus.
    Have a nice day. Cheers.

  • Dans un livre que j’ai lu, il y a longtemps je ne me rappelle ni du titre ni de l’auteur, le personnage principal critiquait sa tante qui s’habillait en hiver comme en été, trouvant cette attitude “primitive”. Je n’ai jamais tout à fait compris ce qu’elle voulait dire par là mais cette idée m’a marquée et j’y repense chaque hiver…

  • Dressing stylishly, for me, always references the environment in which one is been stylish in. I love to see a woman, on a frigid winter’s day, wearing some cool yet warm wool coat, some funky yet warm hat and a pair of groovy, slush-defying boots. My admiration of her style always includes the fact that she looks at ease and warm whilst scaling that three foot bank of snow.

    P.S. Dying to know what Ms. Alt was wearing!

  • Dressing stylishly, for me, always references the environment that one is being stylish in. I love seeing a woman, on a frigid winter’s day, wearing a cool yet warm winter coat, a funky but warm hat & groovy, yet slush-defying boots. I admire her style because it includes the fact that she looks cozy and effortless whilst scaling that three foot high bank of snow!

    P.S. Super curious to know what Ms. Alt was wearing.

  • HAHAHA, non mais DQP quoi, fabuleux!
    Je crois qu’il n’y a réellement qu’avec tes posts que je rigole tout haut devant mon écran, genre AH! AH! AH!
    Le plus cool, c’est de se dire que Garance Doré aussi se prend [parfois] la honte et feint l’amnésie !

  • Très inspirant ce notebook !

  • Les pages du notebook avec les croquis devraient être disponibles en version “affiche”, je suis certaine que ça plairait à plusieurs!

  • All I can say in regards to feeling as if you suffered a wardrobe fail infront of Emmanuelle Alt… is you were talking to EMMANUELLE ALT! That adds a million cool points to your personage, which automatically boosts confidence, which automatically makes any outfit look better. Problem solved.

  • “et qu’un blizzard, appelons-le Nemo”

    “des flaques à moitié gelées à faire pâlir les pingouins”

    “(il a même des mini-bottes)(rien que vous regarder lui donne froid aux pattes)”

    “Qu’est ce qu’ils vont faire de moi si le flash de mon téléphone se déclenche par accident comme ça arrive un coup sur deux ?”

    4 fous rires en moins de 5 minutes, MERCIIIII GARAAAANNNNCE :D (plus de 4 au fait en ajoutant les phrases qui me font rire sauf que j’ai honte d’afficher publiquement que j’ai le rire facile x)

    today you’ve done your random act of kindness <3

  • La page de ton carnet de note est géniale!


  • Les défilés pris avec VINE c’est super cool ! Fais nous ça … !!

  • Vine is great for capturing runways!!

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