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Christmas party theme is "Paris High Fashion"... I am unsure how to proceed.

WearingglassesWearingglasses Registered User regular
edited December 2011 in Help / Advice Forum
Searching the net for "high fashion" and similar criteria just gives me a really broad amount of data that runs from "fairly normal, business like" to "as weird as fashion can get". A friend of mine said that it generally means "Metro and slightly eccentric. Paris theme is usually black and red with polka dots or stripes for accent", but I have not talked to her in length about it for elaboration.

Would a black sportcoat/slacks + a striped tieless dress shirt fit this category?

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  • kaliyamakaliyama Registered User regular
    edited December 2011
    Searching the net for "high fashion" and similar criteria just gives me a really broad amount of data that runs from "fairly normal, business like" to "as weird as fashion can get". A friend of mine said that it generally means "Metro and slightly eccentric. Paris theme is usually black and red with polka dots or stripes for accent", but I have not talked to her in length about it for elaboration.

    Would a black sportcoat/slacks + a striped tieless dress shirt fit this category?

    Probably not. Are you guys in college? Is this a work party? The real answer would be haute couture clothes, only really viable if you are a millionaire playboy. http://www.vam.ac.uk/vastatic/microsites/1486_couture/exhibition.php.
    Unless you are all a bunch of art or design students who could jerry-rig your own outfits, she can't possibly mean real paris high fashion, so the next step is to figure out what she really had in mind when she said it.

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  • WearingglassesWearingglasses Registered User regular
    Dang.
    It's a work party. And they're limiting us to Black & White.

    Any suggestions? I am completely in the dark here. Thanks in advance.

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  • kaliyamakaliyama Registered User regular
    Dang.
    It's a work party. And they're limiting us to Black & White.

    Any suggestions? I am completely in the dark here. Thanks in advance.

    What kind of place do you work at?

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  • WassermeloneWassermelone Registered User regular
    edited December 2011
    Kind of shitty theme considering how much of a wide nebulous net that is.

    Dress like Karl Lagerfield. Hes more a New York fashion icon than Paris, but who there is going to know the difference? Works with the black and white theme too.
    http://www.fashionalbedo.com/2011/07/new-york-is-karl-lagerfeld-too.html
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  • EshEsh Tending bar. FFXIV. Motorcycles. Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    edited December 2011
    Kind of shitty theme considering how much of a wide nebulous net that is.

    Dress like Karl Lagerfield. Hes more a New York fashion icon than Paris, but who there is going to know the difference?

    Not true. He's all over the TV and in the magazines here in France.

    But yeah, I doubt anyone at your work has any clue what "Paris high fashion" is. That would be a pretty broad term even here. Just dress up with a little flair and you'll be fine.

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  • WearingglassesWearingglasses Registered User regular
    I work in a software company, so yeah, I (hopefully) think I'm not the only one scratching my head over this.

    I'm going to go shopping for this, since I don't even have a dress jacket, and all I have are business attire and casual clothes.

    I... don't think I can pull off the Karl Lagerfield look.

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  • EshEsh Tending bar. FFXIV. Motorcycles. Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    edited December 2011
    I work in a software company, so yeah, I (hopefully) think I'm not the only one scratching my head over this.

    I'm going to go shopping for this, since I don't even have a dress jacket, and all I have are business attire and casual clothes.

    I... don't think I can pull off the Karl Lagerfield look.

    Is this supposed to be a serious theme or "haha"?

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  • Skoal CatSkoal Cat Registered User
    If its haha, you go avant garde. If its serious, go James Bond.

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    Skoal Cat is correct.
  • WearingglassesWearingglasses Registered User regular
    It's not "haha". At least I don't think it is... the past two party themes were Glam Rock and Hawaiian Beach party, and they were played straight.

    I'd most likely end up looking like James Bond, if not going as him, in terms of attire.

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  • Skoal CatSkoal Cat Registered User
    Glam rock was played straight?

    ceres wrote: »
    Skoal Cat is correct.
  • John MatrixJohn Matrix Registered User regular
    My first thought was "breakfast at Tiffany's" then I had to double-check the sex of the OP. I'm just as stumped when it comes to male Paris high fashion.

  • Stravinsky0Stravinsky0 Registered User
    This sounds like a fairly obnoxious degree of costume specification (especially adding the black/white requirement on top of Paris high fashion.

    Just as a test, I tossed "haute couture" (the French term for high fashion) into google images, and got a lot of European fashion show models, and a number of them work with the black/white restriction. Here are a few that do:

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_FW86_jO7k_A/SYZ16Mu1RDI/AAAAAAAA1bU/8b8UdPod1kU/s1600/Chanel_HauteCouture_Spring2009_0.jpg
    http://www.weddinginspirasi.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/elie-saab-spring-2011-haute-couture.jpg
    http://www.hautfashion.com/files/images/high-fashion-02_0.jpg
    http://www.millionlooks.com/images/elle-saab-haute-couture-fall-2009-01.jpg
    http://squa.re/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/KVA-SS11-MEN-1.jpg
    http://www.style.com/slideshows/mens/fashionshows/F2006MEN/CDMEN/RUNWAY/00310m.jpg

    As with most things fashion related, it's easier on the guys than the gals...

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  • ToxTox I kill threads Punch DimensionRegistered User regular
    Just send an e-mail and ask if "Paris High Fashion" was just a fancy-shmancy way of saying you're supposed to dress all fancy-shmancy, or if it meant something specific/different.

    Also:
    Skoal Cat wrote:
    Glam rock was played straight?

    Quality posting right here.

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