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Play with Contrast- let’s be rebellious! 運用衝突感, 來點小叛逆!

Recently Chanel launches a series of advertising campaign for its new Gabrielle bag, in which four celebrities are invited to interpret the connection with the bag in their own style.

To be honest, I am not too impressed with either the bag or the series of ad- even though they are from the omnipotent Karl Lagerfeld. The only thing that attracts me at the first glance is Caroline de Maigret, one of the celebrities in this series of ad whom I am not familiar with at all, for her careless yet charismatic style.

最近香奈兒邀請四位明星, 為它新上市的Gabrielle手袋推出一系列廣告片.

說實話, 對於此款手袋和這系列廣告的內容, 雖然皆出自全能的老佛爺卡爾拉格斐之手, 並沒有太打動我. 唯一讓我驚鴻一撇之餘印象深刻的, 是其中一位廣告代言人Caroline de Maigret.

Caroline de Maigre in Chanel ad
via Chanel.com

Then I googled her. From what I found, she is a famous model, muse, music (rock-and-roll) producer and co-author of “How to be Parisian Wherever You are.” In 2015, she designed makeup kit for Lancôme. Meanwhile, she worked on a documentary about women’s education in India.

Caroline is not pretty from a mainstream point of view- her nose looks a bit big. Rather than calling her beautiful , “androgynous” could be a better word. Her signature is the frizzy hair with long fringe. Quite often she appears in public occasions with her makeup-free face with obvious dark circles. To promote her book, this sexy Parisian icon produces a funny video to illustrate how typical Parisians are like.

在google之前, 坦白說, 我完全不知道她是哪號人物, 但是她那在廣告中隨性不羈而充滿個人魅力的身影確實打動了我. 做了一輪功課後, 我發現, 原來她的知名度跨越不同領域: 她在法國是赫赫有名的模特兒, 是許多設計師好友的時尚繆思, 還身兼得獎的搖滾樂製作人. 去年和三位閨蜜合寫了一本書 :<如何當個巴黎女人: 愛情、風格與壞習慣> 期間, 她還幫知名化妝品牌蘭蔻設計了美妝盒, 也拍了一套紀錄片探討印度女性的教育問題.

用世俗的眼光來看, Caroline絕不是標準美女. 她就嘲笑自己的鼻子特別大. 如果要說漂亮, 中性這個詞可能還更適合形容她些. 掛著齊眉瀏海的毛燥亂髮, 就是她的個人特色. 她也時常素顏出現在許多公眾場合, 被拍到兩個深深的黑眼圈. 但這些都無損她被公認的性感巴黎女人形象. 在出書的同時, 她更親自拍了個搞笑短片, 示範什麼叫做正宗的巴黎女人.

翻譯影片裡提到 :十個成為巴黎女人的撇步

  1. 明明沒去參加服裝秀,卻能跟朋友說的頭頭是道。
  2. 手機響的時候,只看不接。
  3. 在不該闖紅燈的時間和地點硬闖紅燈。
  4. 睡覺時綁辮子,刻意在隔天展現毛躁凌亂的頭髮, 讓大家覺得妳昨天有個不羈夜。
  5. 總是在幹醮為何不能在室內抽菸。
  6. 永遠用忙到爆當遲到藉口。
  7. 中午就開始喝酒。
  8. 無論做什麼, 永遠讓自己成為焦點
  9. 不怕老化。(好好享受妳現在的樣子,因為十年後,妳會很想念這張臉。)
  10. 永遠對世事有強烈意見, 但實際上做的跟講的可能完全相反。

It’s not my interest to talk about why Parisians are attractive as too many people have done that. Plus, I strongly believe that everyone’s unique and thus copying the so-called Parisian style will not make you the same (for example, I don’t believe that frizzy hair and makeup-free face are for everyone to look sexy!) What I love to do is to steal some inspirations from these icons and personalize them to make these good qualities like what you are born with.

To me, Caroline’s one-of-the-kind sexiness comes from her careless attitude! There’s an imperfection on her outlook, but it’s done in an intentional approach to delivery such carelessness. Why is it interesting? Because when the perfection is predicable, cliche and boring, breaking some rules could be refreshing and surprising.

Applying to styling, personally I love silhouettes with contrast in details to break rules. The designer who masters contrast is Miuccia Prada- her collections always mix impossible elements and patterns- very quirky, “sometimes ugly” (cited Giorgio Armani) yet one cannot deny that they break fashion stereotype by dazzling your eyes, convey a strong attitude and inspire us to explore the mix-and-match possibilities.

好了. 其實我無意深究巴黎女人為何如此迷人這件事, 因為已經有太多書就不同角度討論過這個主題. 而且, 我也相信, 每個人都是獨一無二的. 光是照抄所謂巴黎女人的各項食衣住行想法造型, 並不能將我們變得一樣迷人. 比方說, 我就不覺得一頭毛躁亂髮和黑眼圈在大部分人身上可以拿到性感的分數. 但是, 他山之石可以攻錯. 我們永遠可以偷學別人, 並轉化為自己好似渾然天成的優點.

對我而言, Caroline最迷人之處, 就是她散發的隨性氣質. 在她的外表, 總可以發現一些精心設計的小瑕疵. 就是這種刻意創造的不完美, 造就這種隨性. 你可能會懷疑, 不完美為何反而被讚頌? 因為, 當完美已經代表可預期, 公式化以及無聊時, 打破成規有時反而會創造驚喜, 讓人耳目一新.

正因為如此, 在造型上, 我個人特別喜歡運用衝突感的配搭, 刻意創造打破成規的樣貌. 最擅長玩衝突感的莫過於Miuccia Prada. 在她每一季的設計中, 總是會融合一些看似衝突或不可能的元素, 既怪異,” 有時看起來很醜”( 她的老鄉Giorgio Armani曾這樣批評過她的設計) 但不可否認, 這些衝突元素創造出來的時尚, 有一種強烈的態度宣言, 不管你喜不喜歡, 總會讓你看得目不轉睛, 而我個人也曾從中得到很多造型上的靈感, 搭配出一些意想不到的新意.

In daily life, being rebellious is never easy. There are thousands of reasons for us to compromise to our work, our roles and money. However, I always believe that fashion can be a form of expression. If your style contains a certain attitude, it will give you an strength to move to that direction bit by bit.

Here are some easy starters to make the contrast in style: just marrying two opposite concepts!

日常生活或職場上, 大部分人總是為五斗米折腰. 有時想耍叛逆, 堅持個性是很難的. 但我堅信, 時尚可以是種自我表達. 如果你在穿搭上塑造一種個性或態度, 漸漸的它會轉化你, 讓你在現實中有自信和勇氣, 往此方向前進.

以下是一些關於衝突感搭配的示範. 一言以蔽之, 其實就是將兩個相反的概念穿在身上.

Sober (tweed jackets) meets casual (denim jeans, cap)

當斯文正經(斜紋軟呢外套) 遇上休閒隨意(牛仔褲, 休閒帽)

Elegant (print dress in chiffon/silk) meets Grungy (leather jacket, sneaker, military jacket, sweatshirt)

甜美飄逸(雪紡或絲質的印花洋裝)遇上頹廢不羈(皮夾克, 球鞋, 軍裝味的夾克, 休閒衛衣)

Something private (lingerie, pajama) meets anything else (suits, statement jewelry,denim)

私密的閨房衣著(睡衣, 蕾絲內衣)遇上不相干的外出衣物(西裝外套, 大件珠寶, 牛仔褲 )

Print meets check

印花撞棋格紋

Androgynous: Feminine (ruffles, pearl) meets Masculine (wide pants, pointy slip-on sneaker)

中性化: 柔美 (荷葉邊, 珍珠)撞陽剛 (寬褲, 尖頭樂福鞋或球鞋)

dandy style
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They don’t all look that difficult as you thought, right? Maybe some of them have been incorporated in your daily outfits without awareness. So keep the spirit, be daring, and enjoy the experiment. Bonne chance!

P.S. I strongly believe that the same principle applying to men too. So there might be a coming one for men. Stay tuned!!

看起來沒那麼難, 對吧? 也許你的日常穿搭中,已不自覺融合了許多以上的元素. 總之, 大膽一點, 享受打破陳規的快感. 祝你能在其中享受並找到自己的小叛逆風格!

P.S. 其實以上所說的也完全適用於男性. 不久的將來. 我應該也會寫一篇男性如何運用衝突性搭配的分享文, 敬請鎖定!



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