Do you remember my Milan Fashion Week AW16 post about Marni earlier this year, and my crush on their bell sleeves tops with bold colour blocking and geometrical cuts that creates a very modern feminine silhouette? Well, Winter has finally arrived, so it is time to experiment with these amazing Victorian inspired balloon shaped sleeves… I have been looking forwards to play around with this since the beginning of the year. I even found a perfect place to wear this outfit to, which of course, is none other than the beautiful Paris!
During my previous trip, I found this amazing old Parisienne hotel in the heart of Place Vendome called Hotel Westminster. I was so impressed with their yellow and white damask traditional suite that I just thought it would be the perfect setting for my outfit with bell sleeves blouse the next time I stay here. [For the story about Hotel Westminster, see my Paris Journal 1 post]
To achieve a casual and modern silhouette, I decided to stick to a neutral colour palette such as Black and White. This bell sleeve blouse from Alexander McQueen can also be worn as an off-shoulder top, which is very versatile because it will also look good when worn in the summer months with a pair of denim jeans.
For now though, I keep it slightly more feminine by wearing it with a black tailored dungaree, while enjoying a nice cup of tea in my favourite Parisienne home… There is no better remedy for soothing winter’s blue than a good old cup of tea by a cosy fireplace, don’t you agree?
PHOTOGRAPHER: Julia Jevzikova
WHAT I WORE:
Blouse: Alexander McQueen
Dress: Alexander McQueen
Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent