The next time you wonder why your shoes cost so much….
The next time you wonder why your shoes cost so much….
Do you like when people remark on your personal style? Have you ever been stopped in the street and told you look great. At Ludique we love to see someone rocking their look and will treat you from time to time with our favorites. These to darlings were with their parents on 5th Avenue in front of Bergdorf Goodman.
New York’s market week is a bi-annual event when industry insiders – designers, buyers, stylists and retailers assemble to check out what fashion trends we will be craving come next season. As such, it is an event where everyone’s eyes are not only on the clothing, but on each other as well.
What’s a Montreal personal stylist to do when faced with the challenge of packing his own suitcase for a 5-day stay in New York for this sartorial celebration? Stay calm, focus and visualize.
As anyone who travels knows, packing can be a daunting task, especially when there are numerous functions during the travel that require different codes of dress.
My goal for the coming week was to strike a balance between professional, edgy, elegant and interesting. Indeed, that is how I would characterize my style on a day-to-day basis.
My method? Think about the image I wanted to project and assemble outfits that would make me feel most like myself in every context of the trip. As one would do when preparing a meal, I started with a base, added key ingredients to give my outfit the character I wanted, and chose accessories that would add nuance and texture. Finally, because I was packing for several days, I thought about how many combinations I could extract from each outfit (or how “many” my recipe would serve).
A few of my favorite combos:
Base: funky orange print blazer, navy waxed denim jeans.
Ingredients: textured printed top or navy shirt.
Accessories: wide black belt, urban studded boots (to give the look a more “city” feel).
Base: black cardigan-style blazer, dark camouflage jeans.
Ingredients: crisp black v-neck.
Accessories: black/zipper belt, metal chain, dressy (yet funky) boots too offset the casual nature of the jeans.
Base: Grey plaid suit, dark denim jeans.
Ingredients: Blue/pink striped shirt, grey plaid vest.
Accessories: pink/blue tie, pink/black shoes.
Roll each piece tightly for least amount of wrinkle and pack closely together like cannelloni in a baking pan!
Montreal Fashion week is an industry specific event designed to give our local designers the opportunity to present their next collections to potential retail buyers, media and stylists. It is also an opportunity for fashion insiders to strut their best-styled selves. And like other fashion weeks, what is happening off the runway is almost as noteworthy as what is happening during the shows. However, perhaps because we are not in New York, or Paris, or London, there is an omnipresent dressed-down causal chic aesthetic; nobody wants to look like they are trying too hard. Except when it comes to shoes, and then the game is on. Here are some snaps of some of our favorites.
My own very bad idea to wear these heels while working backstage on the first night, necessitating an emergency text to Jeff to please bring replacements from the car. (Always have a back-up shoe.)
Pretty in Pink, and great combo with the red nail polish.
Daring to be playful with colourful flats.
Very similar to my favorite camping boots.
A cute couple.
Very architectural, and yet she could walk.
A fashion no-no anywhere but on the beach, or the shower at the gym. We will most certainly regale you in the future with our hatred of the Flip Flop.
If you’ve ever wished you had a teeny-tiny personal stylist to keep beside your closet mirror to tell you what to wear you’re not alone.
Ludique, a personal fashion consulting agency, was born almost a decade ago when we began to understand that not everybody was as giddy about putting together and accessorizing their outfit each day as we were. “How could that be?” we wondered. What kind of deficiency could somebody be suffering from not to enjoy the experience of trying on multiple combinations of top/bottom/shoe/boot/accessory until they found their perfect look for the day?
Much to our relief, we discovered that people were not ill or lacking some fundamental genome, but rather were suffering from a lack of sartorial knowledge. We also realized that though not everyone had the talent or time to create their perfect second skin day-in-and-day-out, most people do share the desire to look and feel their best. They simply needed help making that happen.
Enter the love child of Caroline and Jeff: Ludique! Clothing is our thing. It always has been. Ask us how we “got into” working as personal stylists and we’ll tell you that we were born this way.
Certainly, we get excited about clothing. That dress with just the right cut in just the right fabric gets our heart rate up. The blazer that screams chic, edgy, tailored and timeless gives us goose bumps.
Yes, we’re about clothing. But clothing would be nothing without the person wearing it. The perfect garment becomes such when it finds the perfect individual to bring it to life. And by “perfect ” we don’t mean simply “perfect body type”. Indeed, different bodies require different shapes and cuts of clothing, but dressing well is so much deeper than that. It’s about taking care enough to understand the complexities of the person wearing the clothes – their personality, the image they wish to project, how they feel about themselves, what they want others to see in them – and then finding the pieces that will express all those things. Essentially our role as stylists is to take the best of what’s on the inside and help our clients express it on the outside.
At present what we would like to share with you is our ongoing passion about clothing in our day-to-day lives as fashion lovers and professional personal stylists. Our favorite items of the moment, our fashion pets peeves, and personal dressing dilemmas, with the hope that it will resonate for you.
Caroline & Jeff