Nestled in Charming 11 arrondissement, this comfy Parisian pied-à-Terre blends allure and Parisian warmth.  Sabina Socol the beautiful owner of this architectural gem is indeed a lucky girl, but setting luck aside, Sabina is a well-known and hard-working fashion influencer who runs two blogs (Who What Wear and Into the Gloss)! She epitomizes French elegance and has managed to showcase her sartorial aesthetics by creating a super comfortable and functional apartment which combines Parisian, Danish and Boho vibes in a way that is both utilitarian and beautiful.  From a soft pink Berber rug, that contrasts against a mustard yellow velvet divan, everything in this apartment is highly addictive.  I’m obsessed with the cacophony of colors and textures found throughout those walls.  Speaking of walls, did you notice her palette choice? The sage green in the living room adds another layer of dimension from more traditional pied-à-terre where white walls tend to be de rigueur. But, hey! Rules are meant to be broken and in this case, the mismatch of colors break away the monotony and rigor found within the confines of more traditional Parisian homes. Oh, petit clien d’oeil, notice the light bulb hanging from the ceiling in that living room?  Again, it’s another unexpected way of breaking away from conventional norms where an imposing lustre (chandelier) would normally be expected. However, despite the eclectic use of colors, this pied-à-Terre remains uncompromisingly Parisian and captures the essence of French conviviality.
xx, Kenza

 

 

Photography credits: Constance Gennari via the social light family website.

I have been beyond obsessed with olive green lately. There is something so soothing about it. It is such a warm yet neutral color! I know that pink is dominating the deco sphere right now. However, neutral tones like olive green also deserve a loud round of applause for their unobtrusive warmth like those beautiful earthy linens.

 

 

Or how about this oh so chic piper petite velvet sofa?

 

Those looking for something more opulent will fall in love with this merveilleux Pied-à-Terre.  This couch not only exudes French sophistication but contrasts nicely with the pink elements found throughout this stunning room.

 

 

Green has never been as dreamy as this Morrocan Bathroom: simply stunning! Forget heading to the Hammam, this bathroom is fit for royalty! By the way, I need to hug whoever thought of adding that peacock on that lavabo! Seriously: details like that make such a huge difference!  I also stumbled upon this velvet couch; notice how the gold-framed backdrop brings out the earthy olive tone of this couch and adds so much sophistication? It’s not too loud of a color and the gold element ensures it isn’t bland either.

 

But I’m not done dreaming just yet, take a look at this enchanted piece of heaven! This is proof that heaven is on earth. This Morrocan garden seems to come out of an exotic fiction novel! Notice the lantern and those tiles? Those tiles are everything! I can’t contain myself! I can totally envision myself drinking mint tea and reading Laila Lalami’s The Moor’s Account. She’s one of my favorite authors btw!

 

 

 

Dreaming is nice, especially for those of us who live fulfilling but stressful lives. Which reminds me that I need to make it a point to invest in my health. I have been making a lot of excuses lately. I am a foodie, and I have put on a lot of weight since I’ve been in LA. Lack of exercise is the major culprit. But no more excuses! Especially with a bike like this one! Santa Monica, watch out! Here I come!

 


xx, Kenza

 

Photography credits: We are tribes; urbanoutfitters.com; Elle Decor; Pinterest; amazon.com; sociallitefamily.com

It’s been a minute or two since I’ve posted about Marrakesh. I have stumbled upon Carlay Summer’s Instagram page, and I am completely infatuated with her thread, along with her ability to capture’s Marrakesh’s essence.  Her visual trademark consists of Gorgeous pastels, lovely riads, lush plants, and cacti. It is one my favorite IG handle and I go there for daily inspiration especially before the work week begins.  Her portfolio can be accessed here. Enjoy!

xx, Kenza

 

 

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Photography credit: Carley Page Summers

 

The world of luxury publishing has always been shrouded in secrecy. I have often wondered who is the fashion editorial elite responsible for shaping and influencing luxury trends.  It is fascinating to me, especially as someone who aspires to be at the helm of my own publication one day. However, there is so much involved with launching a publication and the whole process can be emotionally taxing not to mention riddled with obstacles. Fortunately for me, I had the chance to interview Founder and Editor-in-chief Francisco José Pavón Chisbert to help demystify the world of publishing and talk candidly about Pasarela de Asfalto, an influential print and digital Luxury magazine headquartered in Madrid, Spain.

a jurist and political scientist by trade with a sense of wisdom that defies his age, Francisco’s passion for fashion started as a blog and led him to eventually assume the reins of his publishing empire. It could be argued that this pivot move into the world of fashion editing was divinely pre-ordained given Francisco’s innate fashion flair and affable charm.

He is a natural, humble even, but his business savvy, tenacity, and unwilingness to compromise on his editorial vision have been critical in sealing his brand’s legacy over the past 10 years. The results speak for themselves: His publication boasts an impressive roster of personalities, from royalties to celebrities, fashion icons, and politicians, a carnet d’adresses that includes actress/Activist Lindsay Lohan, S.A.R. Princess Tania de Bourbon Parme,  charles-henri von lobkowicz, just to name a few.

Despite his busy schedule,  Francisco was kind enough to share his insight with Spectacle of Vanities on what it takes to be successful in this industry. He also talks about his favorite designers, his fashion philosophy which accounts for his distinctive aristocratic flair. He not only knows fashion but has a fiduciary relationship with Spanish designers, and strives at all time to highlight the sartorial spirit of Spanish craftsmanship and his reverence for Spanish prêt-à-porter.  It is in the veins of legendary fashion icons like Elio Berhanyer and Francis Montesinos that Francisco continues to carry their legacy–that is by upholding the aristocratic spirit that comprises Spanish Haute Couture and promoting Spain’s vibrant cultural patrimony through his award-winning publication Pasarela de Asfalto.

SPV: Can you tell me about the “Pasarela de Asfalto“?

Francisco:  First of all, we must bear in mind that my magazine was born almost 10 years ago, by then I was one of the first bloggers in Spain and one of the very few men to talk about fashion. At that time my blog was hosted by a very important Spanish company worldwide (Grupo Prisa), a company for which I worked speaking just about fashion. Returning to the topic, the name of my blog was “Pasarela de Asfalto”, translated into English as “Asphalt Catwalk” a name that later took my magazine in his honor, however, that name is more related to the origins of the media that I lead today, some origins in which fashion for me represented the way in which people lived fashion in the streets. My first interview was with Enrique Loewe, a person linked to the fashion and luxury sector worldwide, known by the brand LOEWE that was once owned by his family. In that first interview, he told me when reading my magazine: “I love the title, Pasarela de Asfalto because the success of fashion is being on the streets”.

 

SPV: As someone very young who holds the distinctive title of youngest publisher in Europe, what are your bits of advice for anyone wanting to launch their own publications?

Francisco: Thank you very much for your words. My fundamental advice is that they trust in their product, that they are honest, but above all fighters, that they do not surrender to adversities, that they face them with force and always surround themselves with good people that love them, appreciate and support them, like family and real friends.

SPV: Who’s your favorite fashion designer/brand?

Francisco:  My favorite creator is Elio Berhanyer, he is the last Spanish designer of Haute Couture who is still alive, after the death of Balenciaga. For me, it is an icon who dressed Ava Gardner and Cyd Charisse among many celebrities worldwide known as the Queen Sofia of Spain. It is a privilege and an honor to know him and call him my friend.

SPV: Speaking of fashion,  I am curious to know your thoughts on the highly contemptuous rebranding of the legendary brand CELINE by Hedi Slimane? Do you have a position on this?

Francisco:  As I see it, the big fashion houses should always keep their essence, know how to adapt to the new times and adapting to the current needs of the consumer and the market in general. I suppose that the signature that you referenced, will have thought a lot about these elements that I have indicated and will have made the decision that they have considered more accurate. From my point of view, I think there are things that should never change because they distort the essence of the product, transforming it into a completely new one, no longer of interest to the consumer and taking away that aura of mystery that always surrounds the big Maisons.

SPV:  You have a distinctive royal presence about you, and I am wondering what are the criteria that drive you in choosing to wear certain designers?

Francisco:  Thank you very much for your words Kenza. I usually get carried away by the fantasy of the moment and the absence of rules in relation to fashion. Seen as I feel good, although sometimes you have to have a lot of courage to go out and face prying eyes. Obviously always seen in relation to a specific situation, I will never be dressed in the Supreme Court as I do in the fashion week of Paris, everything has its time and place. I try to be free in every moment, always bringing my touch of distinction. So, to attend a catwalk, I will wear Francis Montesinos, who is not only a great friend but one of the most influential Spanish designers. I like the essence of his designs which are infused with Spanish sensibility.  Wearing his clothes allows me to me feel like the ambassador of Spanish fashion for a few moments.

SPV: What is your most memorable interview?

Francisco: I would not be able to mention one without forgetting another just as important, but without a doubt, Elio Berhanyer’s and Enrique Loewe’s were memorable. The one of S.A.R. Princess Tania de Bourbon Parme was amazing, Soledad Lorenzo, Deborah Hung or Bob Sinclar among others, were surprising!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photographie credits: Pasarela de Asfalto 

Boo! Have a ghoulish day, mes amis! The spirit of Halloween is alive, and I am here for it! Halloween gives me the perfect excuse to surround myself with dark themes, dive into the shadow work, summon spirits, binge on horror movies (hello the exorcist!) and yes, decadents sweets! I am amazed by how vested Americans are; it’s serious business, from stores to schools and art galleries!

Vam museum’s IG handle does not lack ghoulish spirit with their frightening display of dark elements, and This porcelain doll is nightmare-inducing:

What about this dress? Such a breathtaking piece de resistance, wouldn’t you agree? This costume, which was featured in Queen of the Fairies in Gilbert and Sullivan’s opera is nothing short of diabolical. Designed by Bruno Santini,  the dress exudes feminine authority and definitely draws inspiration from snow white and the henchmen.

 

 

 

Of course, I’d be remiss if I failed to showcase Alexander McQueen macabre, yet dazzling and truly unforgettable rendering of Black Swan in the “Horn of Plenty” as part of his Fall/Winter 2009 collection

 

On a lighter note, this ghoulish giant vampire bunny strolling over a frozen Thames river preying on innocent souls is weirdly cute but still somewhat spooky!

Enters the wicked witch for Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without a witch present to torment our souls.

“The Witch” by Andy Warhol can be found at Guy Hepner Gallery

 

But Halloween is not just limited to the gold USA. If you’re lucky enough to be in Paris, rue Chanoinesse (ex rue des Marmousets) near Notre Dame Cathedral is home to a gruesome part of history rarely talked about. It is rumored that during the middle ages, a local barber/butcher would kidnap strangers, slaughter them, cook, grind their limbs and sell their meat to inconspicuous patrons as savory pâtés en croûte! 

Present day rue Chanoinesse still looks hella creepy here if you ask me:

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On that note, mes amis, I wish you a terrifying Halloween!
Happy Halloween!