JENNIFER LAWRENCE LOOKS WESTERN GLAM IN DIOR FOR ELLE FRANCE

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Actress Jennifer Lawrence lands the September 29th, 2017 cover of ELLE France. The blonde stunner wears a fringed adorned jacket and sheer dress from Dior’s resort 2018 collection. For the accompanying spread, Jennifer looks western chic while dressed in Maria Grazia Chuiri’s designs. Photographed by Stas Komarovski and styled by Ondine Azoulay, Jennifer charms in embroidered dresses and cowgirl hats.

Related: Jennifer Lawrence Lands 4 Vogue Covers

COVER SHOOT: JENNIFER LAWRENCE STARS IN ELLE FRANCE SEPTEMBER 2017

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Dressed in black, Jennifer Lawrence wears Dior maxi dressDressed in black, Jennifer Lawrence wears Dior maxi dressGetting her closeup, Jennifer Lawrence wears Dior jewelryGetting her closeup, Jennifer Lawrence wears Dior jewelryJennifer Lawrence wears Dior poncho, plaid shirt and wide-brimmed hatJennifer Lawrence wears Dior poncho, plaid shirt and wide-brimmed hat

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HOW TO DRESS NOW: OCTOBER 2017 STYLE GUIDE

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See what to wear in October 2017See what to wear in October 2017

It’s October and autumn has finally arrived. If you have not already updated your wardrobe, the time is now. As the temperatures drop, look to sweaters and coats to stay warm in. Denim never goes out of style so make sure to rock a denim jacket or dark-wash jeans. And just because it’s autumn, it doesn’t mean you need to stay away from florals. Layer a dark print with your favorite jacket or coat. For footwear, the fall season calls for sturdy boots and casual sneakers. Discover more October 2017 style essentials below!

Related: H&M Launches Fall 2017 Studio Collection

OCTOBER 2017 STYLE GUIDE ESSENTIALS


Reformation Delta Dress in DonatellaReformation Delta Dress in DonatellaTommy x Gigi Graphic Mock Neck Dress $199Tommy x Gigi Graphic Mock Neck Dress $199
Bold color-blocking makes this mock neck knit dress the perfect essential for the cooler months.
Isabel Marant ‘Nowles’ Shearling-Lined Leather Boots $606Isabel Marant ‘Nowles’ Shearling-Lined Leather Boots $606
These tan-brown boots come in smooth leather with shearling lining and a built-in wedge.MOTHER x Minnetonka SuperNova in Black $110MOTHER x Minnetonka SuperNova in Black $110
These handcrafted booties come in black suede with a starburst design at the front.Pretty by Rory Crepe Maxi Dress in Black $68Pretty by Rory Crepe Maxi Dress in Black $68
Made with a keyhole cutout at the front, this dress oozes pure glamour.Warby Parker Cora Glasses in Crystal Sable with Opal Tortoise $95Warby Parker ‘Cora’ Glasses in Crystal Sable with Opal Tortoise $95
Look pretty in pink wearing a cat-eye influenced silhouette with see-through material.Rosie HW x Paige Josephine Denim Jacket $279Rosie HW x Paige ‘Josephine’ Denim Jacket $279
A classic denim jacket features an oversized silhouette and button cuffs.J. Crew Italian Wool Beret, Wrap Coat in Boiled Wool, Ribbed Turtleneck Bodysuit, Slim Boyfriend Jean in Silverwood Wash and Double-Strap Flats in Leopard Calf HairJ. Crew Italian Wool Beret, Wrap Coat in Boiled Wool, Ribbed Turtleneck Bodysuit, Slim Boyfriend Jean in Silverwood Wash and Double-Strap Flats in Leopard Calf HairH&M Jacquard Weave Leopard Print Coat $69.99H&M Jacquard Weave Leopard Print Coat $69.99
With a sheen finish, this coat goes perfectly with a t-shirt and jeans or an elegant dress.Giuseppe Zanotti 'Ofelia' Wedge Sneaker $895Giuseppe Zanotti ‘Ofelia’ Wedge Sneaker $895
Sneakers get a glam update with this leather style featuring metallic accents.We the Free Park PulloverWe the Free Park PulloverMadewell Cameo Scoop Rib Bodysuit, 10" High-Rise Skinny Jeans: Step-Hem Edition, Fest Aviator Sunglasses and Madewell x Vans Unisex Old Skool Lace-Up SneakersMadewell Cameo Scoop Rib Bodysuit, 10″ High-Rise Skinny Jeans: Step-Hem Edition, Fest Aviator Sunglasses and Madewell x Vans Unisex Old Skool Lace-Up Sneakers

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WEEK IN REVIEW | GIVENCHY’S FALL ADS, BARBARA PALVIN FOR LE LIS BLANC, NATALIE PORTMAN’S NEW COVER + MORE

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Barbara Palvin on Le Lis Blanc October 2017 CoverBarbara Palvin on Le Lis Blanc October 2017 Cover

Catch up with the top stories from the last week in September.

Editorials:
Barbara Palvin Embraces Summer Style for Le Lis Blanc Magazine
Fei Fei Sun Turns Up the Glam Factor for Vogue Australia
Bella Hadid Dazzles in Gowns & Gems for Harper’s Bazaar Arabia
Cara Delevingne Shines in Rebellious Styles for The Edit
Delilah Belle Turns Up the Heat in Grazia Australia Shoot

A cat wears custom collar in Givenchy fall-winter 2017 campaignA cat wears custom collar in Givenchy fall-winter 2017 campaign

Campaigns/Lookbooks:
Givenchy Features Felines in First Campaign Under Clare Waight Keller
Finally Fall: 5 Autumn Looks from Reformation
Candice Swanepoel, Josephine Skriver Star in New Victoria’s Secret Sport Campaign
Purrfect Pieces: H&M Showcases Fall Knit Styles
Karlie Kloss & Naomi Campbell Front Swarovski’s Star-Studded Holiday 2017 Campaign

Natalie Portman on ELLE South Africa September 2017 coverNatalie Portman on ELLE South Africa September 2017 cover

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CHANEL SO LIGHT BAG

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Apart from the official bag-release announcements on Chanel’s website, there are sometimes new bags that come after. For example, these gorgeous Chanel Tote Bags for the Fall Winter 2017 Collection Act 2. These bags just came in and they’re ready to be loved.

The Design

These bags are crafted as timeless as they can be. The body is refined with diamond quilting, but they are not designed in the same way as on the Classic Flap Bag. In fact, they’re flat quilted. If you look closer at the front of the bag, the stitching is quite interesting. The quilting-effect is stitched and it stops at the edges.

The center features the signature CC logo in vintage gold hardware, which looks nice and chic. The top of the bag; at the opening of the interior as well as the handles are both designed in bi-color. If you pick the classic color black or beige, you will get the classic burgundy shade as the second color.

The bag feels like it’s made from smooth calf leather. It’s gorgeous and perfect to use on casual days. So what do you think?

The Sizes And Prices

This bag comes in two sizes. The small size has a squared shape and it looks similar to the Small Lady Dior Bag. Currently we do not have the style code, exact measurement and prices of this bag. Once we know more, we will update this post. Please ask the SA at the boutique for more details.

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CHANEL BOWLING BAG WITH BOY CHAIN

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Now that the Boy Bag is so successful, Chanel decided to implement some of its component to the new seasonal handbags. The Boyish design has always been part of Chanel’s DNA from the moment that Gabrielle Chanel opened her first store in Paris. Now introducing the Chanel Bowling Bag with Boy Chain from the Fall Winter 2017 Collection.

The Design

Big and stylish, this bag is ideal for the busy woman. It’s designed in diamond quilting and embellished with a vintage CC signature logo on the front. It also comes with a front pocket in case you have important essentials to carry but you need instant-access to them. The top is made with double leather zipper and the most special part is the top handle redesigned with golden plate – a bowling bag can’t get more luxurious than this.

The bottom studs are ready whenever you need to drop this bag on the floor. The bag is crafted with grained calfskin and it’s all love because it means less maintenance. The grainy leather also gives a nice luxury touch.

Besides the top handle, this bowling bag also comes with a boyish chain which resembles to the Boy Bag. This chain is also made in vintage-like hardware and it’s attached to a leather strap for comfy carry.

The Interior

Bowling Bags are in general always spacious. It has more space than the medium sized Trendy CC Tote Bag. The large compartment also makes it ideal for work.

The Prices And Sizes

Style code A91908, measuring 7.9’ x 11.8’ x 3.9’ inches, priced at $3800 USD, €3800 euro, £3290 GBP, $30700 HKD, $5830 AUD, $5275 CAD, ¥474120 JPY via Chanel boutiques.

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If You Want to Buy an Hermès Bag When Visiting Paris, This is the Insane Procedure You Now Have to Follow

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GETTING IN JUST TO SHOP FOR A BAG AT HERMÈS’S FLAGSHIP BOUTIQUE CAN TAKE UP A FULL DAY OF YOUR VACATION.

[Editor’s Note: We’re taking a break this week before the end of summer, so for the next few days, you’ll see a mix of new posts and some old favorites. This is one of the latter—think of it as PurseBlog Classic!

In theory, the experience of high-end shopping should be one of the things that makes the elevated cost of luxury goods worth it. If all goes as both brands and shoppers ideally want it to, clients are treated to a relaxed experience in a serene, beautiful store, assisted by kind, helpful associates and then leave (after parting with an obscene amount of money, the store hopes) feeling fancy and pampered. In reality, though, sometimes that experience is hard to guarantee, even at the very top of the luxury market. Just ask Hermès.

Most luxury brands do everything they can to stoke demand and create a perception of scarcity, because those are the dynamics on which full-price designer purchases hinge. After all, if something doesn’t seem rare or special, why pay a premium for it? No brand is better at managing that perception than Hermès, which is legendary far beyond fashion circles simply for how hard it is to get the brand’s most sought-after bags, even if those perceptions can be a bit exaggerated on average. When it comes to shopping at the Hermès global flagship store on rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris, though, demand from international tourists hoping to score bags when visiting the city has so far outpaced the boutique’s ability to serve customers in an appropriately luxe way has resulted in a switch to a somewhat complicated and time-consuming appointment system that can take up a full day of a traveler’s stay in Paris, if not more.

The FSH store, as Hermès acolytes refer to it, is popular for several reasons. First, it’s much less expensive for tourists from outside western Europe to shop for luxury goods while visiting the region than back home, both because of differences in international market pricing and hefty tax rebate incentives. (For more information on that, check out our guides to international pricing and maximizing international tax incentives while shopping.) Second, the FSH boutique is the biggest one in Paris and generally has the best stock of hard-to-get bags, so shoppers looking to score flock to it. Third, it’s the global flagship, and if you’re already spending money to travel to Paris and hoping to come home with a special bag, wouldn’t it be nice to have a story about buying it from the most important Hermès boutique in the world? The experience is part of the price, after all.

All of those factors have created a perfect storm of consumer interest, which has lead to a not-so-luxurious reality when it comes to managing the store’s crowd. In an effort to bring a little order to the chaos, Hermès has implemented an appointment system for shoppers without an existing relationship with one of the store’s sales associates (SAs). The system either works great or is offensively bad, depending on who you ask. We put the question to our PurseForum Hermès members, and below, we’ve got a breakdown of the buying process’s steps, along with tips and tricks from people who have followed the rules and come home from vacation with the bag of their dreams.

(Note: These procedures are applicable for handbags and leather goods; it’s generally possible to shop the brand’s jewelry, silks, shoes, ready-to-wear and other product categories on a drop-in basis, as long as the crowd isn’t overwhelming.)

GETTING AN APPOINTMENT

At the FSH Hermès boutique, snagging a Birkin or Kelly starts with the same first step as acquiring almost anything that’s highly sought and available from limited sources: you get in line. The boutique opens at 10:30am Paris time, and before that, lines form on the sidewalks outside the store’s two entrances: the main one, and the side entrance, which opens into the store’s Sellier department. Our members reported arriving between 8:00 and 9:30 to get in line, and even the earliest among them weren’t the first people waiting. For instance, tPF member sqsd told us, “My husband and I waited on line at about 8:30am. There was 18 people in front of us and the line turned to around 22 by the time the store opened. We got an appointment for 1pm.” Meanwhile, member sheanabelle arrived a little later: “This happened on a Tuesday in October. Got on line at 9:22am. There were 6 people at the side door and about 24 people at the main. I sent my lovely fiancée to the side door. By the time it was 10:20, I stepped out of line to check out the queue and there were a good 40 people behind me. I was given a time of 3:30pm.”

picture of hermès faubourg saint-honoré front entrance via purseforum member jemk927

If your aim is to be seen by an SA as quickly as possible, setting your alarm extra early may be the way to go. The very first shoppers in the store are assigned to SAs on the spot until all are occupied, and after that, appointments are doled out for the remainder of the day. The faster you get into the store to make your appointment, the earlier your appointment will be and the more likely the store will have something on your wish list in stock by the time you’re seen.

Overall, more shoppers tend to line up at the FSH boutique’s main entrance than around the side, but none of our members mentioned noting a particular advantage to doing so, even though a couple heard rumors that the front door was more advantageous. If you’re not traveling alone, it may be best to follow in sheanabelle’s footsteps and split your crew among the two lines to get your bases as well-covered as possible. Divide and conquer, right?

It seems as though the store is not as meticulous about crowd control as it is about other parts of the Hermès handbag experience, though. Many people who shared their FSH appointment experiences mentioned line-cutters joining friends in front and people from further back in line rushing into the store ahead of those in front of them as soon as the doors opened. None mentioned Hermès security doing much about it. tPF member LOVERofCHANEL told us, “As it got closer to opening time, the line in front of us doubled because of line cutters. Not only that, but when the doors opened, some people behind us rush to the door, cutting us and most in front of us.”

The morning lineup is your best bet to get an early appointment time and the best handbag availability, but if you’re open-minded about the day’s purchase or more curious to have the experience and pick up something fun instead of trying to score the day’s only black Birkin, appointments can sometimes be made later in the day by dropping by and checking availability. During busy tourist seasons or heavier shopping days (Saturdays, for instance), all appointments may have already been given out, but several of our members had luck checking in circa noon for an early evening appointment. (For reference, the store closes at 7pm.)

WAITING FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT

You might think the term “appointment” implies a fixed time both parties have agreed upon in advance, but in the FSH boutique’s system, your allotted time will jump around throughout the day and you have to be ready to report back to the store fairly quickly. The system Hermès uses generates a link that’s sent to the client, and then it’s his or her job to refresh that page throughout the day in order to track the changing appointment time.

That requires tourists use a data-enambled smart phone quite a bit, as well as the ability to receive text messages, which can be costly for handbag hopefuls who have traveled to Paris from a different cell market. For people looking to buy handbags that can cost well into the five figures, though, I suppose that might not be as worrisome as it would be for the average European vacationer. Still, it’s something to keep in mind.

When your assigned SA is finishing up with their previous client, Hermès will send you another message asking you to return to the store. If you’re late for your final appointment time, the store will try to accommodate you, but you may have to wait a little longer if your SA has already moved on to another shopper. These accommodations, as well as Hermès not wanting to rush earlier shoppers while they consider their options, are likely the reason the FSH boutique can’t guarantee set appointment times at the beginning of the day. That’s great for shoppers during their appointment–after all, who wants to be on the clock while deciding to spend 15 grand?–but it can create a lot of time to fill for clients with later appointments. Luckily, the area around the store doesn’t lack for other shopping and diversions.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING YOUR APPOINTMENT

So, the time has come. You’re inside the Mothership. You’re drinking champagne and it’s time to spend some money. What kind of experience can you expect? Based on reports from our Forum members, your SA will ask you some detailed questions about your style, size, leather, color and hardware preferences, and you’ll then be shown your options one by one, along with potential coordinating wallets and small leather goods. That means if you have a Birkin in your hands and you want to consider a Kelly that’s also available, the Birkin has to go back to the stock room to potentially be snapped up by someone in another appointment.

Unfortunately, there’s no way for shoppers to know the totality of what the store has available, so it’s important to think long and hard before the appointment about what your preferences and dealbreakers are and how flexible you’re willing to be. In the moment, it’s likely very tempting to buy whatever you’re offered–especially if it’s a Birkin–but that’s some very expensive buyer’s remorse you’d have on your hands.

YOUR ODDS OF BEING OFFERED A DREAM BAG

Although some of the Forum members who responded to our question weren’t able to find bags that suited their tastes (one, for example, asked for a Birkin and was offered a Garden Party), a surprising number came away with more or less what they had hoped to find, including Birkins and Kellys. And that wasn’t just true of longtime Hermès clients, either; one tPFer, Mrs.santio, scored a 30cm Birkin in the popular etoupe color despite never having bought a bag with the brand before.

the birkin tpf member jemk927 was offered on her visit to hermès faubourg saint-honoré

The most obvious thing I found in common in the stories of big bag scores at the FSH boutique was a chatty, friendly experience with the SA. If you’ve ever worked in customer service, that probably doesn’t come as a shock to you; it’s only natural to go above and beyond for people who treat you with kindness and respect when you’re in a position in which people frequently feel entitled to treat you like a servant. In Birkins, as in life, your attitude counts.

We’ll leave you with some helpful tips offered up by Pocketbook Pup, an Hermès client who has shopped successfully at the FSH boutique a number of times:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge and appreciation of all thing Hermes.
  • Don’t overdress in designer duds head to toe. Look like an Hermès customer. Casual elegance rules.
  • If you have an Hermès bag, carry it.
  • If you bought an Hermès bag there in the past, bring it back with you when you return.
  • Always be polite to everyone: customers, staff, security. Hissy fits get you nowhere.
  • If you have an appointment time later in the day, don’t loiter in the store (e.g. sit in the shoe department reading your phone). It will be noticed and frowned upon.
  • Don’t count on getting a bag or let it ruin your vacation. Nothing is a given. Sometimes they honestly just don’t have what you want that day.

Also, it’s worth noting, there are several other Paris Hermès stores where procedures for shopping and buying bags are a little more normal. Their inventory might not be quite as big and you won’t get the thrill of the global flagship, but you might just be able to get in and get out in a relatively timely fashion and, most importantly, get on with your vacation

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