When I visited Paris on a weekend trip three years ago, I was 22. It was my first time in Europe, and I was traveling alone. It was already quite cold then, but because I wanted to wear a dress (I very rarely wore pants back then, even jeans), I stubbornly insisted on wearing a dress with a coat. Why? I was in Paris, the fashion capital of the world.
In the previous post, I talked about how my clothes toned down slightly, so I won’t get into that. But how did I end up thinking that French fashion equated to something glamourous and over-the-top? Blame it on Hollywood. A lot of my favorite fashion-related films and shows showcased larger-than-than life Parisian fashion.
But as I eventually discovered, Parisian fashion is a lot more subdued than I thought. French high street brand Promod came in a couple of years ago and showed the trendier, street-smart side of French fashion to Filipinos. I’ve been a fan ever since; I particularly like their scarves, belts and tops (I have one of their tank tops in three colors because it fits so well). A perfect mix of comfort and style, Promod is one of the shops that I always check out whenever I’m in Greenbelt (they do have other branches in Megamall, Trinoma, etc).
So let’s spice up things a little. I’m giving away 10,000 pesos in Promod gift certificates! Just tell me what are your top three favorite moments in French fashion. They could be in pop culture, photo shoots, movies, runway, etc. The references don’t have to be strictly French (it could be a scene from “The Devil Wears Prada,” or “Zoolander,” as long as it takes place somewhere in France). Make the entries as long or as short as you want. There are three ways to do it:
1. Leave a comment below explaining what your top three favorite moments in French fashion are. Don’t forget to include your name, email address, website (if applicable) and contact number, if desired.
2. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re emailing me, you can attach photos (always a big plus!)
3. Do an entry on it on your blog. To let me know about the entry, either leave a comment below or email me.
Deadline is August 25, 2010 at midnight. Two winners will win 5,000 pesos each in Promod gift certificates. I will notify the winners, who can pick up the prizes at my office (ABS-CBN Publishing) upon notification. It’s extremely important to leave your contact details.
To make things fair, I will enlist the help of a third-party judge to choose the winning entries.
Aside from the examples I listed above, here’s another of my favorite moments in French fashion. It’s a fashion editorial in Paris with the Simpsons and Linda Evangelista, featured in a 2007 issue of Harper’s Bazaar.
For the duration of the 30-Day Blog Challenge, I’ll be giving away other goodies too, so keep reading!
(Day 2, 30-Day Blog Challenge)