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Le Grand Palais, Paris.
This week I acquired the current issue of GQ magazine, its “What to Wear Now” issue. In it, GQ details 30 different looks and trends for the current and upcoming season, and they tackle everything from motorcycle leather to 3-piece suits. I personally dig pages 118-119 (essentials for turning your suit into casual fare). Just ahead of fashion week, it’s both the right time that I should be considering this stuff and also the pivotal point in 2013 where I make major adjustments to my wardrobe (if any).
The essential notes in GQ don’t apply to Peony Lim. After all, she’s a woman, and women’s style follows an entirely different set of codes. But it did get me thinking about Peony, and how during fashion week with all of the high costume fashion and pageantry that goes on, she manages to maintain a balance on her chic being street-ready. With very few marked exceptions, you never want to actually break the bank to achieve what you want. For women, this feat is much easier: maybe you can’t afford what she’s wearing, but there’s more than enough discount/budget/knock-options to get close to pulling off this look. With men it’s a little different. We start off with less options, and if you’re hell-bent on getting as close as possible to the pages of GQ (minus the exclusively high-end stuff), much of your scouring is done online as lower-priced designers with great ideas tend to reside in faraway magical lands. Still, it’s steadily getting better.
That’s my long tangent of the day.