Dior Spring 2019 Ready To Wear

There is a full blown MGC cheer squad here at the OF headquarters. It probably wouldn’t take you long for you to guess who the squad leader is with the loudest roar and the biggest pom poms. We’ve long been fans of Christian Dior and the long list of house designers who have managed to

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Louis Vuitton Spring 19

Nicolas Ghesquière is one of our favourite sartorial story tellers.  This Spring 2019 collection saw Mr Ghesquière take us on a deep voyage to the outer world of futuristic discovery.  Zipping in and out of realities that bridged between worlds based on fantasy and the reality, the designer and his team did not disappoint. Silhouettes with oversized

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On Neutral Territory

A location speaks a thousands words, especially in the latest Oracle Fox Journal submission. Nestled amongst the most picturesque Italian mountain range, is a secret gorge, situated in the Southern region of Abruzzo. To reach this secret Italian gorge is not an easy expedition, one must hike to a vast  valley, passing by ancient ruins and homes

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Sunday Sanctuary: Belgium House

Clean, classic lines is everything we love in a Sunday Sanctuary. When you add a predominantly white colour scheme and understated, mid-century modernist interiors, we are totally sold. This weeks Sunday Sanctuary was created by the wonderful Beliugm-based architect Daskal Laperre. Situated on the outskirts of Brussels the residence is surrounded by large leafy trees, the

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Chanel Code Coco

I’m a bowerbird attracted to magnificent shiny things; glistening antique brooches, jewel encrusted statement earrings and necklaces spangled in lucky charms, there is nothing that escapes my clutches. However it’s watches that rate most highly on my collect-ometre, and for good reason.  You see the magic about a beautiful timepiece is that it’s not only a fab addition

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Miu Miu Spring 2019

  Walking through a series of large life-size bubble Miu Miu font took me right back to my high school days where writing your name in bubble writing was the coolest thing ever. The life sized letters acted as a screen where projected close-up videos of models faces with their hair pulled back in the

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The Byron Bay-sics

Byron Bay is a fantabulous place.  The food, the wildlife, the beaches and the boys are all top quality and if I do say so myself the perfect backdrop for your next rendezvous.  Byron is all of these things and it is also the locale for my latest project with one of Australia’s most beautiful

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It All Began At Bedarra

Please excuse me if it seems as though I’m not paying attention, and just a warning that if you speak with me it may seem as though I’m a world away or even thinking of something else. The truth is my body may be back in reality, but my mind is lying on a sunny

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Polka Face

Every cinderella has her glass slipper and every fairy tale should have a happy ending.  Four months ago I saw this magical heel on Ada Kokosar’s instagram and I could have happily swapped my night in shining armour for this baby along with all of my vital organs. If you don’t really know Ada it’s

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Chanel Spring 2019

  There aren’t many shows at fashion week where the atmosphere outside the venue, is just as electric as the show itself. Outside the Grand Palais on Chanel show day an ocean of well dressed industry folk dance with your favourite street style photographers, while next to them the surrounding Avenues are full of cars

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So Frenchy So Chic: Part 3

Bonjour and welcome to Paris, one of my favourite homes away from home.  After several years of visiting Paris for Fashion Week you would think that by now that I’d almost be part French .. no?  But alas mes amours.. ce n’est pas ainsi …(sigh) it is not so. The most Frenchy So Chic that

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Valentino Spring 2019

  “I was thinking of paradises, about artists’ colonies of the past,” said designer Pierpaolo Piccioli at the Spring 2019 Ready to Wear show this season in Paris. Pierpaolo began to elaborate on the collection with cues to escapism, highlighting that he doesn’t believe in the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities, but

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DROMe Spring 2019

We love the new guard at team O.F.  The designers who are doing there own thing and making a mark on the industry, with a clear and concise voice of what girls like us want.  This season marked my 3rd attendance at a DROMe show and I can safely say that it did not disappoint.

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Hermes Spring 2019

A monolithic runway length mirror sat adjacent to the freshly-combed sandy catwalk as models serenely glided onto the stage for this season’s Hermes Spring 2019 show.  Every now and then wafts of powdery white clouds floated across the scene in an engineered masterpiece to resemble that of fluffy white clouds, it was something that only

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Loewe Spring 2019

  The stage was set before you entered the building for the Loewe Spring 2019 show.  Set in the backdrop of the Unesco Paris HQ a mid-century modern concrete slab suspended on gravity defiant architectural legs, Alexander Calder sculptures adorning the gardens and all .. tres bien. This was my second very honourable invitation to

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A Worthy Investment

Throughout out lives our parents have always shared advice and passed on their favourite pearls of wisdom. You know the drill; If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all, use your manners, eat your vegetables. But something that has always stuck with me is advice my dad gave me many

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Dual Citizen

Like most people, I always catch myself saying, ‘if only I had more time on my hands’.  In the holistic sense of the meaning, this kind of challenge would only be counteracted by cutting back on the amount of hours I work, which would not seem like a practical solution, or let’s be honest a fun

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The Best Rooftop In Venice

   Aahh Venice, most loved for it’s long winding water ways, handsome gondoliers (uber driver rating = 5.0) and picturesque pastel fascades. This is just a little taste of what I have in store for you from my trip to Venice with watch  connoisseurs Jaeger Le Coultre and I have butterflies over how much you’re going to

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The Age OF Aliange

This is not a normal beauty post, although I’m sure you’ve already guessed by now from the amount of pulled back plaid ensembles and passionate use of safety googles.  You see if you know me well, you’ll quickly discover that I’m a tomboy at heart who loves low maintenance beauty. Over the last 7 years

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The Battaglia Effect

It may just be a coincidence or perhaps even fate, but something was drawing me to Italy and it wasn’t just Venice. Sara Battaglia might be Giovanna Battaglia’s little sister (Editor in chief of Italian W mag and more infamously credited as being one of the worlds most papped street style stars) but she is

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An Ode To Joy

  You know that you’ve met the real me when you start to hear the over-use of my favourite abbreviations.  Lols, brb, sozzles and parfait (‘perfect’ in my twangy Australian accent just doesn’t seem to cut the mustard) all rate highly in my own personal urban dictionary. There is something to be said about the

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Saara: OF by Amanda Shadforth

Location scouting and I are never friends although hopefully you would never realise it.  At this point in time we’ve worked our magic against quite a few relatively challenging backdrops to say the least, a roadside quarry, an abandoned house, and even in my own backyard which isn’t so too bad just a little on

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The Art of Pic Nic

  There is definitely an art to a perfect picnic.  The beauty of enjoing a day off, the shameless laziness, idleness, the simple happiness the fabric of the checked picnic-blanket and sandwich squares. Eating with your hands, let your mind play with the clouds, feeling the wind on your skin bold colors remind us of tasting the fresh air,

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The Prerequisite

  Prerequisite                                                                            noun                              

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Sunday Sanctuary: Villa Waalre

In a week that will filled equally with pre production and post production, a calming space with back to nature elements was exactly what the doctor ordered. This weeks Sunday Sanctuary is a result of a creative sculptural form that is liveable, responsive and elicits an incredible sense of calm. Villa Waalre is located in the town

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Sunday Sanctuary: Curatorial House

  This week at OF HQ we have been channeling the Wes Anderson vibes where the unusual, witty, meticulous and richly detailed are all prerequisites. And just when we thought we’d had enough (said no one ever) this Sunday Sanctuary came along. Known as the Curatorial House, this is where a collaboration between Architect Luke Moloney and interior

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Sensation

If only we were currently swimming in the fresh blue waters in the heart of Italy right now.   Alas the fantasy it is not so, and as the reality of mountains of editing from my latest shoot (which I cannot wait to show you my lovely friends) literally ‘sinks’ in I can only dream

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Le Chic Radical

  I’m not sure what it is about our Eastern European friends in Georgia,  but this particular region of Turkey seems to be somewhat of an incubator for rising talent. In addition to our good friend George Keburia, yet another creative duo hailing from this part of the world has popped up on our radar and now, there’s no

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On Boyfriend Watch

OK so let’s be clear here, I may not be on the watch for a boyfriend anymore (BTW proof of my marital status can be found here) but I’ve been on the watch for a boyfriend watch since, well since I got hitched. Until now … that is. Thanks to my fabulous friends at Louis

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Sunday Sanctuary: Case Design

  There is something to be said about simplicity when it comes to interiors and furnishing. The combination of natural materials and paired back fittings is a match made in interior  heaven. This weeks Sunday Sanctuary appeals to just that, designed by architecture firm Case Design, who are based in Mumbai. The firm work on

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Saddle Up

Argh the 90’s and 00’s, t.b.h they might just be our favourite era’s to reference in the style stakes, think pre-Brad Pitt Angelina, Wynona Ryder circa ‘Reality Bites’ and Chloe Savigny’s early 2000’s tomboyish charm.  But for this girl and the O.F team one of our favourite icons of the era was the Dior Saddle

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In the know

 
Always a fan of the no make-up make-up look… we believe these are all the elements needed
 
Rose Hair Moisturiser: Aesop  .  Nail Polish: J Hannah  .  Lip Balm: Grown Alchemist  .  Arm Cuff: Widen Jewellery  .
 Lash & Brow Brush:…

Pierre Augustin Rose

  Pierre Augustin Rose’s showroom images have been floating around my feed for sometime now, the intriguing yet simple design furnisher has made its way to the top of my to furnishing wish list. This collection has been described as timeless aestheticism, with very clean lines and finishes of uncompromising demand… And that it is.

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Sunday Sanctuary: Tedhams

  This week I have felt the need and the desire to get back to basics. Where was my first stop… Tumblr of course. The old school mood board and source of inspiration for many years and many projects. There is a definite ease and nostalgic feeling when getting back in the groove of tumblr, I

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The Conie

  Never met a Rejina Pyo pump I didn’t like… SHOP OUR CURRENT FAVOURITE MULES

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Public Displays Of Affection

OK friends, let’s be honest here .. it may have become quite clear that after several years I’ve come to realise what my best assets are, and putting this funny face at the front of every image I shoot is not one of them.  I know it may seem harsh or even as though I

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Sunday Sanctuary: Frey House II

  An avid Palm Springs lover since forever, this Sunday Sanctuary ticks all the boxes. This beauty is designed by the one and only Albert Frey, often described as one of the founding architects of Palm Springs, California.  Having visited Palm Springs not to so long ago it would be hard to imagine the desert city

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La Femme Française

  Bonjour mes amours and as Caroline de Magritte so politely put it in the book ‘How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are’ .. ”It’s the personality of a woman that should sparkle and nothing else, that’s the true sign of personal wealth”. When we sit and wonder what it is about the French woman

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The Art Of…

  The art of finding the perfect accessory is never easy… Hopefully this makes the decision that little less difficult keychain: Balenciaga  .  sunglasses: Celine  .  earrings: Pixie Market  .  coffee table book: Bauhaus by Taschen  .  straw bag: Pixie Market

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Sunday Sanctuary: Beachside

If I lived in a space like the above I think I would abide by the simplest of itineraries… I would wake with streams of sunshine on my face while snuggled under fresh white linen sheets. I would proceed, every so slowly to the lounge and take advantage of the spaces use of  natural materials

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A Need For Tweed

Why is it that we’re all so suddenly in love with tweed?  Could it be that through our love of cult instagram account @tasteofstreep that our obsession for Meryl Streep’s plaid ensembles teamed with Tiramisu has tantalisingly left us with a taste for more?  Or is it something more tangible and related to Alessandro Michele’s Gucci

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Jill Sander Resort 2019

  Upon one of my late night Insta scrolls, the recent Jill Sander Resort 2019 look book caught my eye. The use of multiple models  and colour blocking repetition has been on my mind since my team and I had a brainstorm meeting, and Jill Sander Resort 2019 tied together all the elements floating around in

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First Glance

 
Casual Fridays outfit inspiration…
t-shirt: OF by Amanda Shadforth  .  earring: Ellery  .  bag: Mansur Gavriel  .  mules: Balenciaga  .  pants: Ellery  .  book: Assouline Eames
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Shape Up

I’m fully aware that I’m not the most lady-like ‘eh-hem lady’ that you’ve ever met.  With a track record of tomboyish behaviour when it comes to dressing (stealing dad’s cardigans included) this girl-slash-boy tends to shy aware from the overly pretty. However why would you cut off your nose to spite your face and when

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Sunday Sanctuary: Summer House

  The recent cold front that has been apparent in my normally warm corner of the world is starting to take its toll… (dramatic) All jokes aside right now the sound of a summer house sounds more than appealing. This summer house is located on a forested cliff, deep into one of the more spectacular fjords

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Common Denominator

Do you ever get the feeling that you’re missing out on something that everyone else knows about but you.  I somehow once missed a group message where my friends had organised tickets to see one of my favourite bands and I didn’t realise until it was too late ..  let’s just say fomo is my

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The Go-To

It’s midweek and I’m feeling informal, for me this means tagging my best friends into cat memes, reggae in my car on the way to the coffee shop, unbrushed hair, and jeans with tweed my lazy day reliable go-to. Let’s not give up all together here though right?  A girl working in fashion needs to

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Venice Film Festival With Vogue Australia

It only feels like yesterday but last September during a run of perfect italian autumn days, I was lucky enough to attend the Venice Film Festival as a guest of the beautiful Jaeger-LeCoultre. An invitation to travel to a dream city for an adventure such as this was of course accepted with endless amounts of grateful enthusiasm…

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Sunday Sanctuary: Zicatela House

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Geometric

 
Inspired by modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer’s modern yet sensual aesthetics this exquisitely designed bag has an eye-catching curvilinear geometry.
This may be my new bag for the season… xx
 
Modern bag from Mlouye in Black

OF by Amanda Shadforth: Margarida

Romantic yet not overtly girly, poetic without being pretentious, the inspiration for the second editorial instalment for OF By Amanda Shadforth was inspired by the nostalgic image of the Portuguese Woman. When I sat down with my team earlier in the year with an idea to photograph a series of muses for my new venture,

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Sunday Sanctuary: Amangiri

  This weeks Sunday Sanctuary vast expanse of desert terrain is making me feel like a mid year holiday should be on the books, a holiday that evokes a sense of land before time. Located in Utah, Amangiri is a paean to architectural elegance, with low set rectangular buildings matching the colours and textures of the

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Chanel Fall 2018 Ready to Wear

    There was something magic in the air this season at the Chanel Fall 2018 Ready To Wear show.  As you walked into the Grand Palais you were greeted by an eerie and beautiful enchanted forest, it something similar to from a Brothers Grimm children book.  Nine incredibly haunting trees stood centre stage, free

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Hermes Fall 2018 Ready To Wear

Under a dusky pink Parisian sunset the audience milled as the anticipation grew for the Hermés Fall 2018 runway show.  Shifts of misty fog drifted between trees grouped around the edges of the outdoor runway paved in cherry red gravel.  This was the first Hermés show that I’ve been lucky enough to attend and the

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Peachy Keen

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Good Company

 
 
 

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Sunday Sanctuary: Union

Familiar to the union of old and new, ancient and modern this Sunday Sanctuary dates back to the 17th century. An old oil mill in Soglinao Cavour, a small village in the province of Lecce, Italy. The raw spirit of the home is still intact where ancient stone floors, walls are arches speak. The old

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Peter Do Bag, Balenciaga Pants

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Travel Guide: 3 Days In Venice

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve drifted off into a day dream and found myself wandering through the streets of Venice… Venice has always been right at the top of my list, but somehow I’ve never quite made it. … When I was a little girl my grandparents returned from a cruise through

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Sunday Sanctuary: Vila Tugendhat

  In the midst of an Instagram scrolling vortex, I stumbled across this master piece of beauty and simplicity. With an instant save and a quick google search, a perfect Sunday Sanctuary was in my horizon. And here we are now at Vila Tugendhat, designed by the architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and built

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Valentino Fall 2018 Ready To Wear

It only feels like yesterday that I was lucky enough to be shaking it on the dance floor at the Valentino Spring 2017 afterparty while head designer Mr Pierpaolo Piccioli cut tracks behind the DJ booth.  The rainbow lightbox dance floor was covered in a sea of men and women, but it was the females

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Sunday Sanctuary: Calming Space

    In a world-wind week which involve launching our very own collection of custom t-shirts and bespoke art prints a bit of R&R and calm was definitely in order.  The architect and owner behind this beautiful calming space, Vincent Van Duysen,  is an advocate for the elimination of excess, and creating serenity in throughout all

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Celine Pre Fall 2018

My most recent Cèline experience (and a certain highlight of the year) involved having the opportunity to wear one of my favourite looks from the Spring 2018 Ready To Wear show, Phoebe Philo’s last Ready To Wear collection for the French luxury house of our dreams. In my eyes Philo has always been one step ahead, whether its Furkenstoeks

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OF By Amanda Shadforth

In August 2011, I nervously created my very first post on www.oraclefox.com.  I was working from my tiny Art Gallery in Queensland… picture a desk out the back of the gallery positioned against a wall covered in pictures from floor to ceiling, torn out of old magazine and art journals.  The ‘Wall Of Inspiration’ which

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Sunday Sanctuary: Light Fill

  A long time fan of anything and everything tonal, this weeks Sunday Sanctuary is no exception. This somewhat minimalist apartment has just the right amount of character catching our interior eye. Located on the top floor of a centuries-old townhouse in the beautiful city of Copenhagen, sits this bright, woody naturalist’s dream space. The

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The Long & The Short Of It

Today we’re going to talk about proportions… and no you heard me right not portions (I’ll will definitely have fries with that), but proportions as in ratios in the fashion sense. Where once you would have caught me gloating that wouldn’t catch me dead in mini skirt past the age of 22, I’ve now changed

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The Summer Of George

In the lightning speed world of fast fashion,  I’ve become increasingly obsessed with a desire to search out the relatively unknown .. and I’m not just talking about latest section on Topshop here friends.  Don’t get me wrong a girl still needs her shot of Gucci-mania goodness but sometimes it’s nice to sniff out the

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Sunday Sanctuary: Casa Modesta

Welcome to Portugal and the magical Casa Modesta, which might I add speaking from personal experience is a pure slice of heaven.  Recently my team and I travelled to the south of Portugal to photograph this instal-drool worthy location which has long been on our travel buck list. Casa Modesta is not like any other

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A Lazy Weekend In Byron Bay

I’m just going to put it out there, change is great but a getaway to Australia’s eastern most destination, dripping in white sandy beaches, artisan markets and healthy gourmet bistros has got my vote any day.   Whoever said ‘change is as good as a holiday’ has possibly never travelled to one of my favourite

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So Frenchy So Chic: Part 2

Eat, Sleep, work repeat, eat, sleep work repeat… Welcome to Paris Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2018. For those not on the ground PFW looks like a magical fairy tale broken up with long lunches at insta-worthy restaurants and the kind of fashion shows that one would swap a kidney to attend. Well let me clarify,

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