The Promod Blogger Challenge
The task set before every blogger and stylist team was to create five looks based on the term "Je ne sais quois" utilizing the current Promod collection at Megamall Atrium. It sounded simple enough until I realized that je ne sais quois literally means "I don't know what".
Hmmm...a five piece collection based on "I don't know what"? This might not be so cut and dried after all.
For this challenge, I teamed up with Tessa of Tooshallow.com (you can check out her own take on our collection here) and our further research revealed that aside from the literal translation, je ne sais quois is also used to refer to that intangible quality that makes something distinctive or attractive, or in Tagalog "may dating". And so we set out to create five separate and distinct looks that we felt would best exemplify the elusive je ne sais quois with French high street fashion as our inspiration.
For our collection, we decided to create a muse named Louise and had Louise and her many outfit needs in mind when we put together our five ensembles.
The first outfit is our resort wear. Louise may be on vacation but she is definitely no slouch in the fashion department, so while she might be on a holiday her sense of style is still working overtime.
We chose a white tank top and matched it with a cropped and cuffed pair of trousers. We then livened up the ensemble with vibrant sandals and accessories. The scarf around her neck not only added color and depth to the outfit, it also served as a cover-up for chilly nights in exotic locales and freezing airport lounges.
In direct contrast to the bursts of color in Louise's vacation outfit, we took a totally different route with our safari ensemble and chose a completely neutral palette. After all, bright colors will make Louise stand out and become easy prey for lions and tigers out there in the African wild.
We paired khaki green shorts with dark brown leggings to protect her from those ginormous safari mosquitos. We had a little fun with the top and layered two separate blouses on top of each other to create an interesting neckline and sleeves.
And I know we said that Louise is on safari, but we couldn't resist letting her wear these strappy heels. So to make up for the less than practical shoe choice, we then decked her out with a scarf, hat and shades to protect her from the elements.
Next up was a play on contrasts with a sharp, military inspired cream jacket on top of an extremely lacey and ruffly dress.
I suppose this is something that Louise can wear to a meeting, it is undoubtedly professional yet at the same time reflects her fun personality. We added a pair of feather earrings as well to further highlight Louise's funky style.
The fourth outfit was inspired by a musical icon and the red jacket should be a dead giveaway on who we were trying to channel with this look.
Clearly, Louise is a Michael Jackson fan (who isn't?!) and so we paired the iconic Thriller red jacket with slim cut jeans and sneakers for an unmistakable rock and roll vibe.
Admittedly, we went a little overboard with the accessories and layered two different necklaces together just because they were so pretty and gave the whole outfit a heavy dose of bling.
From Michael Jackson, we then took our cue from another pop superstar, the ever controversial Miley Cyrus.
We fashioned a glitzy outfit that Louise could wear when she feels the need to let loose and paint the town red, ala Ms. "Party in the USA" Cyrus.
The sequined dress had a very low front so instead of putting something underneath, we decided to put a long and thin tunic shirt on top of it.
I love how the sequins peek out from under the white shirt creating subdued sparkle as compared to the exposed sequins on the bottom part of the dress.
Aside from the sparkly sandals and studded belt, we decided to do away with other forms of accessories accessories and just added a feather headband as a finishing touch.
So there you have it, our five looks for Louise. If anything, this challenge taught me that being a stylist is no easy task. It involves thinking out of the box and going beyond what you would usually wear to create a look that perfectly captures your client's different moods and unique personality to make her stand out from a crowd. Definitely not an easy feat if you ask me.
We also realized that French high street fashion is something that we can all imbibe and is not at all exclusive to the Louises of Paris. The trick is finding your own style and creating looks based on that. But more than discovering the perfect pair of shoes to match your eye catching neck piece, it is imperative that you look as if you didn't spend a good hour mixing and matching key pieces from your closet. That's how the French do it, the masters of effortless chic, they have perfected the "I just threw this on right before I walked out the door but still I look so fab" style of dressing.
I don't think we were able to come up with a concrete and textbook definition of "je ne sais quois", but we sure were able to personally see and feel its effects as we sifted through one amazing piece after the other from the Promod collection.
Thanks to Promod for the fun afternoon!
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