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Parisian Urban Gothic: My Inner Lagerfeld

When it comes to my fashion loves, first, there are my favorite designers, and then there’s some that simply connect with my soul. My first experience with Karl Lagerfeld was in my early childhood, playing around in my parent’s bathroom, sampling their perfume and cologne. As long as I can remember, my dad wore Lagerfeld. Now, looking back, it’s apparent that my dad and I have more in common when it comes to fashion and what inspires us. It’s often stated that our sense of smell is one of our most powerful senses, and I believe it. The original cologne by Lagerfeld will always bring back memories of special events and the holidays spent with family, and my early obsession with all things editorial. It’s a scent that was revolutionary for its time, having a very distinct edgy take on elegance.

I remember looking up his name as a kid and instantly falling in love with his style and his view on fashion. He’s an icon of Parisian fashion and style, but not a native Parisian, or even French. Crazy right? Paris is renowned for being one of the most snooty cities in the world, especially when it comes to fashion. How’d he do it? A little history lesson for you: originally from Germany, his career in French fashion began while working for Balmain. After settling into his own with his first official compilation with Jean Patou, he didn’t exactly start off on the right foot and actually got booed by the press. Did that stop him? Fuck no.

I’m a firm believer in the sentiment that well-behaved women rarely make history, and it’s true of men too, including Lagerfeld. His urban gothic approach to couture brings new life to Parisian style, and I have never been happier that he’s the creative director of Chanel these days. He’s now one of the most respected designers in French fashion, with the city of Paris standing with him season after season, and some my favorite style muses, Cara Delavigne.  Without the ability to question popular trends, we cannot evolve. The rule breakers pave the way to the future, and it’s what I love most about his essence. This past season’s Chanel show was soul captivating, bringing so much urban edge to a very soft and feminine season, Spring/Summer 2018. One of my fashion muses, Courtney of Always Judging, SLAYED this take on Chanel vibe perfectly.

Urban Gothic Pairings

Fall is my favorite season to style, as you can become more creative through transitional layers that incorporate the best of every other season (hello layering statement blouses under dresses!). I am obsessing over the entire Moto Collection by Carbon38, and was pumped to sample some of the best selling pieces this past September! I also found this amazing yet simple hat at Target and knew it would be the perfect combo to soften my usually edgy approach to styling. It plays so well with my current wardrobe, and can’t wait to add it to my outfits later this season.

Urban Gothic Accessory Pairings

Furthermore: if you’ve been on the edge about buying an Apple Watch thinking that its ROI is low due to the fact that it’s super sporty, think again. You can make technology and sportier styles both feminine and elegant, especially in today’s world of athleisure and the creation of technical fabric. I cannot get enough of my new watch bands from Bezels & Bytes. The rose gold studs instantly grabbed me and reminded me so much of Karl Lagerfeld’s take on Chanel.

Outfit Details

Sweatshirt: Olympic Sweatshirt, c/o Carbon38

Blouse: Something Borrowed Shirt, ADAY

Leggings: Abbot Kinney Legging, c/o Carbon38

Sunglasses: Chloe Sunglasses, TopFoxx

Watch: Apple Watch 2 in Rose Gold, Studded Band by Bezels & Bytes

Hat: Cloche Hat with Fur Pom A New Day, Target

Shoes: Star Platform Wedge, MakeMeChic

Bag: Classic Small Caviar Flap Bag, Chanel

Makeup Details

Primer: Perfect Canvas Serum, Ren Skincare

Foundation: Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, Fenty Beauty in 210

Highlighter: Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter, Fenty Beauty in Lightning Dust/Fire Crystal

Contour: Match Stix Matte Skin Stick, Fenty Beauty in Mocha and Rum

Eyes: Lila Eyeshadow Palette, Natasha Denona

Lips: Lip Color, Tom Ford in Bare Peach

Photos by Shannon Righetti of Shandru Photography

Makeup by Caitlin of Sephora Union Street

Why Fenty x Puma Speaks To My Soul

It comes as a great honor to showcase one of my favorite new icons to the fashion world, Rihanna’s Fenty collaboration with Puma. One of the things I admire most about Rihanna is her “give no fucks” attitude about everything, from her music to her view on fashion. She’s a down ass bitch who’s unafraid of speculation and does things from the heart. I roll to a similar vibe.

Urban gothic streetwear inspires me to be creative in an understated way: finding the beauty in the details of things. The vast majority of my wardrobe is monochrome and unpatterned, always for a reason: there’s always room for details. I live for statement jewelry and bold makeup statements, and for this week’s post, in head to toe Fenty. From the designs of the pieces to the carefully selected features of the beauty products, it’s all understated, leaving room for you to make it your own.

The details I chose for this outfit included this KILLER feather collar found at a local San Francisco boutique on Valencia, Thread Lounge. If you’ve never stepped foot in here, holy OMG! There’s everything from cute accessories for your home like rugs, statement pillows, and lots of boho-chic clothing. It paired SO well with my Fenty dress, and I can’t wait to throw it into the mix for my upcoming evening events for the holidays. Since the dress is a little baggy, I opted to wear my favorite swimsuit of all time, the Agent Provocateur Mazzy one piece. It gave it a nice pop of neon color to an otherwise monochrome look, tying in my statement shoes perfectly!


The soft details of the lace adorned ends were my favorite detail of all. The lace is made of technical material, which makes it an absolute dream to wear. Not only was I comfortable as hell during New York Fashion Week this year, I felt more than ever, myself. I let my details run wild, and it was liberating.

If you try nothing at all from her line, look no further than last season’s kimono dress. It’s simple enough for daily wear, but totally worthy of a round out at Fashion Week, from the shows to cocktail hour. The upcoming season is finally available to shop, check the whole collection here!

Outfit Details

Dress: Fenty x puma dress, Puma

Suit: Mazzy Swim Suit in Blue/Pink (SOLD OUT), Agent Provocateur (different color here)

Shoes: Wedge Star Platform, SheIn

Bag: Caviar Classic Flap Bag, Chanel

Feathered Collar: unknown, Thread Lounge Boutique similar here

Makeup Details

Primer: Ren Skin Finishing Serum, c/o Ren Skincare

Foundation: Your Skin But Better Illuminating CC+ Cream in Light, IT Cosmetics

Blush: Cloud Paint in Puff, Glossier

Highlighter: Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter, Fenty Beauty

Lips: Amuse Bouche Lipstick (custom Bite Lip Lab shade), Bite Beauty similar here

Brows: Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown, Anastasia Beverly Hills

Lashes: Ardell Wispies, Target

Hair Tools Used: BaByliss Crimper / Sultra Bombshell Wand 1 1/2 inch

Photos by Lauren of Laurel Creative

Makeup by me

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