Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Les Frenchies = Le Style

There is something about the French when it comes to style it' innate I think ...They can make casual expensive and vice versa, and that my dear readers it's just art. Vive la France allow me to pull my hat off for their impeccable effortless style.

Entre nous le style a la Francaise vient naturellement, c'est inne je pense ... Elles peuvent rendre le decontracte cher et vice versa, ca mes chers lecteurs, c'est de l'art. Vive la France et je tire mon chapeau pour leur impeccable style sans effort.

The French Vogue Gang
Left: Geraldine Saglio
Right: Emmanuelle Alt

Sunday, 24 November 2013

How to Buy a Leather Jacket

1 Type of Leather Jacket Make sure that the type of leather is not too fragile (even very expensive leather can be flimsy, a bad move and schrrr a scratch) you also don’t want a jacket that looks cheap, this clothing item should be an investment not something you buy each season. So pick wisely, inspect the grain of the leather very closely with your own eyes and make sure to touch areas on the jacket you are doubting, if unsure – leave it! The smell usually indicates if the leather is of good quality (at this stage the sales assistant thinks you are insane, well better that than wasting your hard earned cash, there’s a recession out there!). Italian leather is always the best – just be realistic if the leather looks like it will age well, then bravo, on to the next stage.

2 Colour Naturally, black springs to mind, the classic I don’t give a what colour, yet it compliments everything. We are in luck as the times keep evolving. Brown can be a good choice for most fans of all things preppy. I personally find that oxblood is my hue, classic to the core and it almost guaranties that wherever I go, no other guests will pitch up rocking an oxblood leather jacket. Another winner is green, bottle green, olive green or simply khaki green, if the burgundy shade does not cut it for you, this one might. Whatever you do please keep the black / brown / oxblood and green on the dark note, we all love and respect pastels yet leather jackets should be kept in dark shades. Full stop.

3 Fit Leather is a natural material, it will give slightly and over the years mold to you shape. I recommend you size down and wear the heck out of the jacket until it becomes like second skin, literally. Avoid at all cost these oversized trends – yeah in the 90’s we all thought it was a good thing, we are seeing a comeback, that’s only for die hards wannabees – sorry it’s not flattering to swamp in leather and it’s simply a waste of fabric. The arms should end at your wrists, just keep it fitted. The body lining should ideally be made of cotton and the sleeves lining is to be made of viscose.

4 Style 3 main styles to consider and frankly nothing more: Biker, Motorcycle & Bomber Leather Jackets. The Biker, should have good zips, hopefully a collar you can pop up (I prefer mine without waist belts – yuk!). Motorcycle, kind of similar to the biker yet more sturdy, padding on the shoulders, arms – forearms as well as lower back yoke. The Bomber jacket should be very simple yet super sleek, try not to have the arm cuffs and waist cuff in another material, that’s a big tragedy in my eyes, notably after a few years, as when there are 2 materials, the one that’s not leather does not really last, so keep everything leather.

5 Who stocks the Best Leather Jackets Don’t be fooled by big fashion designer houses or bloggers that are endorsing their products too. A good leather jacket can be anywhere and almost any price point. Start raiding your older relatives closets as you will be amazed what leather gems they are hiding. Then move onto charity shops / thrifts shops. Finally venture into high end high street shops, and should you have a good bank account just call up the designers for fittings.

6  Where & How to Buy Them From experience & preference plus online reading
All Saints: they have a badass collection – season after season there will be a really good item, at least 1 so try them in store, try various sizes, they tend to vary from model to model… My best leather jacket ever is from All Saints (Oxblood Biker Jacket). I have been wearing their brand for nearly 10 years now so I know!
Maje: always try in store, check the seams – that should be a cardinal rule for buying clothes it’s one of mine trust me, the sizing is usually right. They are good for summer leather jackets.
Versus Vesace: the good leather smell, leather as soft as butter, I am a lucky girl as I love their simpler designs, I have a bomber jacket that is not as fitted yet looks super cool, this one is special, a keeper.
Twenty8Twelve: I have their vintage chocolate brown waistcoat, it’s pretty cool and goes with everything, the leather is just sumptuous and smells gorgeous.
Market Stalls: the last I got was in Italy, in perfect condition, for just under the equivalent of £25, if a jacket survived 20 years already it’s a good sign. Yet, beware as vintage can mean that you might have to do a few alterations, bare that in mind as that cost could amount to the price of a brand new jacket.


Some leather jackets I stumbled across online and loved: Acne, Anine Bing, Balenciaga, Balmain, Bash, Burberry Prorsum, Faith Connexion, Hunky Dory, Iro, Isabel Marant, J Brand, Rick Owens, Saint Laurent, Sandro, Swildens & many more...

- Bloggers I featured -
Anine Bing wears Anine Bing Moto Leather Jacket
Karen Blanchard wears All Saints Walker Leather Biker Jacket
Lucy Williams wears H&M Icons Leather Jacket
Yours Truly wears All Saints Oxblood Leather Biker & Forest Leather Biker

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Dress Like Miranda Kerr

I must admit Miranda Kerr's style credentials keep on growing, ever since she signed that deal with Mango her style is getting better and better, the outfit she wears here is very chic yet also accessible, I really love the colours.

Je dois admettre que Miranda Kerr devient de plus en plus stylee, depuis son contrat avec Mango, elle ne saisse de nous en mettre plein les yeux, la tenue qu'elle porte ici est tres chic mais toujours accessible, j'aime les couleurs.

- Miranda Kerr Wears -
Quilted Motorcycle Leather Jacket Balenciaga
Green Marl Knitwear Acne
Slit Maxi Skirt Acne
Leather and Suede High Booties Tabitha Simmons style Sally

- La Mode C Le Style Selection -
Pink Angora Crew Neck Knit Acne
Asymmetric Skirt Topshop
Oxblood Leather Biker Jacket All Saints
Burgundy Leather Trainers Lux 574 New Balance
Burgundy Motel Lace Up Leather Boots Office

Burberry Prorsum Quilted Leather Biker Jacket & Details

 - Gore Vidal -
"Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say and not giving a damn"
"Le style c'est savoir qui tu es, ce que tu veux dire, et en avoir rien a cirer"

Quilted Leather Biker Jacket Burberry Prorsum style Vintage SS2011
Cashmere Black Scarf
Denim Shirt
Classic White Tee Shirt 

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Salut mes Loups!

It's been a very long while huh?! Don't worry as I was busy taking care of this business that we call LIFE, besides out of sight is out of mind, right? ... Well you know what I mean - let me just say that I have also been shopping and got some pretty dope stuff. Voila!

Ca fait un baille hein?! Ne vous inquietez pas j'etais en train de magner ce business que nous appelons VIE, apart ca loin des yeux loin du coeur, n'est ce pas?... Eh bien vous voillez un peu - bon j'ai comme meme fait du shopping, et pu obtenir de petites merveilles. Voila!

Wool Coat All Saints style Vita Wool Coat
Sequin Skirt All Saints style Elise Split Skirt
Open Toes Leather Boots All Saints style Manifest
Cuban Heel Fringed Leather Boots All Saints style Bonny
Two Tone Wool Bomber Jacket All Saints style Lucas Bomber

Sunday, 30 June 2013

Happy Birthday La Mode C Le Style

About a year ago I started my blog, I needed to talk about style and good leather jackets :-) really anything relating to style. It's never about how much money you have, however it's about how you make what you already got work for you, keep following me on this pleasant journey (I hope for you), fasten up your belt as it's only getting better and better!

Il ya environ un an, j'ai commence mon blog, j'avais besoin de parler du bon style et de vestes en cuir :-) en vrai tout ce qui a du style. C'est jamais combien d'argent vous avez, mais, c'est plus comment vous faites travailler ce que vous avez deja, continuez a me suivre dans ce voyage agreable (je l'espere pour vous), bouclez votre ceinture car ca va devenir de mieux en mieux!

Leather Jacket All Saints style Pitch Leather Biker Jacket
White Vest Obey
Lipstick Maybelline Passion Red 535

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

New In: All Saints Pitch Leather Biker Jacket

I just had to have it. How could I say no to this amazing leather jacket? It's Black and has quilting plus silver zips, in my size = SOLD :)

Je devais juste l'avoir. Comment pourrais-je dire non a cette veste en cuir incroyable? En noir et matelassee et des fermetures eclair en metal, dans ma taille = VENDU :)

Leather Jacket All Saints style Pitch Leather Biker Jacket