Paris: Shopping & Partying in Magical Montmartre

Shopping in Montmartre, Paris and partying at La Machine in the Moulin Rouge.

[dropcap]A[/dropcap] stay in the ‘last village of Paris’ provided a nostalgic whirl of shopping, dancing and eating. I’ve only ever been to Paris for the purposes of sight seeing with family friends who delight in communicating with me in French even though I know little beyond, ‘je voudrais le petit chou-fleur’, so we eased ourselves in by way of Montmartre. Fantasy and reality blurred in the vintage clothes shops and cafes that are the backdrop for Joanne Harris’s novel Lollipop Shoes, the follow-up to Chocolat; a time-warp perfectly fitting for the story of Vianne Rocher, running away from her past lovers and witch craft. Le Boudoir De Marie on Rue D’Orsel offered retro pin-up and frou-frou inspired lingerie, designed by Marie Cazenave (below), and just a stones throw from the steep climb to Basilique De Sacre-Coeur. Dipping in countless thrift and fabric shops bursting with sari’s and Willow prints along Rue De Condorcet and Rue Des 3 Frere’s, I came away with floral print vintage dresses, a tonne of fabric and far too many macaroons. The nights events were a meal at La Famille followed by an out of this world party at La Machine nightclub, in the birthplace of the can-can, the Moulin Rouge. I soon found out that Parisians know how to do fancy dress and they know how to party. With five rooms pounding out eclectic noise from gypsy jazz to dubstep, I surrendered myself to the menagerie.

Marie Cazenave, Paris

Marie Cazenave in her boutique Le Boudoir De Marie.

Boudoir De Marie Lingerie

Boudoir De Marie Mannequin

Boudoir De Marie Betty Boop

Paris Pattiserie

Art Is A Dirty Job Street art, Montmartre.

Body Painting, Moulin RougeEntertainers being body painted in La Machine nightclub at the Moulin Rouge.

Moulin Rouge Dancer

Moulin Rouge DancerDancers in La Machine at the Moulin Rouge

Mark Fast London Fashion Week SS 2012

Good news is, my beloved Peruvian crochet dress can be brought out to play again next summer. Mark Fast’s ready-to-wear collection offered knitwear for all occasions from swimwear to full length gowns. Inspired by ‘desert mirages and tropical eroticism’, the show started with neutral tones, gradually heating up into a storm of oranges and pinks before descending into black, all to a haunting soundtrack including Pati Yang’s ‘Red Hot Black’. The goody bag included a raunchy pair of indigo slashed Mark Fast leggings, Maybelline make-up and Tigi hair products, but more importantly, Mouse & De Lotz chocolate! Notable guests included Liberty Ross and Eliza Doolittle. See all London Fashion Week street style.

Mark Fast Knitwear LFWMark Fast CatwalkMark Fast OrangeMark Fast Red Knitwear

Mark Fast Train

Gemma Cairney LFWGemma Cairney interviewing Mark Fast’s guests

Mark Fast ModelOff duty model after the show

Mark Fast Model LFWA model for Mark Fast’s show, taking a break

Mark Fast Off Duty ModelA model after the show

Mark Fast Gold DressMark Fast KnitwearMark Fast Ready To Wear

Featured Look: Ellie Slee by Andy Bumpus

Ellie Slee has huge Sophie Dahl eyes, huge style and is resident DJ for Babylove at London’s Dalston Superstore. Read more below…

Ellie Slee Sheer Dress

Ellie wears vintage dress from Bang Bang on Goodge street

Ellie Slee Fur CoatFur coat from vintage shop in Toronto

Elie Slee Rooftop DalstonFur coat, vintage from Toronto, yellow dress charity shop in Helsinki & Chanel bag

Ellie Slee DalstonVintage fur coat from Toronto

Ellie Slee Vintage Yellow DressCanary yellow dress from charity shop in Helsinki

Ellie Slee Fox Fur Scarf

You got a first in your fashion history degree recently, what are you
doing now?
I DJ at motown night Babylove and I’m working for the Tate galleries until I start my MA.

What have you done today? I came back from a visit to Oxford and listened to En
Vogue ‘Don’t Let Go’ on repeat, I can never tire of that song. Then I had cranial sacral therapy from a friend. The therapist lays hands on the patients head and spine.

What are you doing to stay creative during this time? I’ve been writing and reading in the British Library which is the best place in the world. I’ve never been anywhere that encourages concentration so much.

You DJ at Dalston Superstore, what’s your musical style? It circles around the golden era, and veers off to music from Atlantic, Stax and the Motown record labels, mostly soul with a helping of disco. A guy called Paddy hughes started the night with his friend Tors Beedles. When I heard what they were playing I cornered Paddy and said, ‘How are you doing this without me, I LOVE Motown?’.

You’re based in Dalston & Hackney, how do you feel about the recent troubles in London and your area with rioting? It was almost strange it didn’t hit harder here as the various groups are quite disparate and unconnected. It’s the first story in the news that felt really close to home. I’m from near Newcastle and Geordies just wouldn’t have it! I checked in the morning for updates and travel disruption and one morning found the Turkish community had defended the area. Loads of us took our business to the Turkish restaurants the next weekend to say thanks. It was quite emotional.

Who are your style icons? My new one’s Priscilla Presley, which stems from my obsession with Elvis. I want my wedding entrance song to be ‘I can’t help falling in love with you’; Elvis was singing it about Priscilla. Also Vanessa from Eastenders with her big hair. Tyra banks, I don’t like her clothes but I love her attitude, after she was shot looking unflattering on a beach, she came on her show and said,  ‘To anyone that needs to say something negative to others because they need to feel good about themselves, KISS MY FAT ASS!’. Can’t forget Mia from Pulp Fiction, Alla Nazimova and Nancy Beaton. For general style Sex In The City season two was great, all bright pink disco pants & calf length fur coats. Tacky done right looks good.

Where do you shop? Clothing exchanges like Bang Bang, and charity shops in
London and Durham. Durham has the best charity shops, they smell of fags &
dead people, my best find was some great salmon pink trousers.

You worked for Pringle during your degree, do you think their recent push to modernise can bring them to the next generation? It’s part of our heritage, and the Argyle print is an iconic image for British style, crossing into sub cultures such as football casuals, (a look popular with football hooligans from the 80’s onwards) and then later the chav look. I met Tilda Swinton, who’s representing Pringle, and she said she remembered her mother and grandmother wearing Pringle twin sets. They were sexy but prim at same time. In an early film noir film Lana Turner wore a twin set, but at the same time the Queen was wearing it.

Photography by Andy Bumpus

Andy Bumpus – Street Style Illustration

Andy Bumpus’s street style fashion illustrations

Illustrator and photographer Andy Bumpus offers his take on some of the Nicely Turned Out muses. His colourful linear portraits, ever so slightly haunting with no facial outline or features except for the subjects mouth, provide a unique style of fashion illustration. He recently produced show report illustrations for Vauxhall Fashion Scout’s catwalk shows over S/S London Fashion Week, which have been featured on and Amelia’s Magazine.

Andy Bumpus Fashion Illustration Floral TrousersShoreditch New York Style

Andy Bumpus Fashion Illustration ChinosHarem Pants Truman Brewery, Shoreditch

Andy Bumpus Fashion Illustration Sophia HefferSophia Heffer, vintage shorts and wooly jumper

Jonny Borrell Oxjamming for Oxfam in Dalston

Shopping for second-hand bargains whilst bopping to bands all in the name of charity? Erm yes please! The fundraising event in Oxfam on Kingsland Road, Dalston launched the Oxjam music gigs being held all over the UK during October. Razorlight frontman Jonny Borrell, (who ironically recorded Don’t Go Back to Dalston in 2004), performed along with Little Comets and Pope Joan .

Emma wears dress + shoes from a charity shop (whole outfit cost £2!)

Sophia wears a vintage jumper, Topshop shorts + Office boots.

Jonny Borrell