Monday, February 27, 2012

Try Walking in My Shoes

Production: The Granit Sisters
Concept & Director: Shira Granit 
Camera: Louiz Green - 
Makeup: Koren Oren
Actors: Yair Meyuhas & Tom Granit Ramu
Editing: Bat Golan -
Styling: Tom Granit Ramu
Logo: Noa Haber -
Music: Be OK, Ingrid Michaelson - no copyright infringement is intended

This video is made as a creative initiative, not for profit.

A very big thanks to my leading man!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Paris Vintage Tour

Paris is a city that idolizes fashion; it's in its blood, everybody is dressed with intent – from elderlies to babies. Whenever I come here I usually spend my time either roaming the streets people watching or roaming the many vintage stores the city has to offer. You can find truly rare garments on some of the racks – Dior's new look, rare Chanel bags and jewelry, YSL eye wear and the list goes on and on.
When I started this blog, one of my main intentions was to share my recommendations of the many fashion gems I come across - shops, markets, exhibitions and special events – luckily I finally got around to writing about my true love (or at least one of my true loves, apparently I have a few) – Paris vintage shops.
Le Marais Area
Rue de la Verrerie, Paris 75004 – Along this street you can find many vintage stores, price ranges vary from store to store and cover the entire scale, below are my favorite 2.
FRIP'IRIUM 2 Rue de la Verrerie, Paris 75004
A nice small shop which sells women's and men's apparel, accessories and even bathing suites. Prices range from 10 Euros for the simple stuff to a few hundred Euros for designer garments. Next door you'll find a great boulangerie and café.
FREE'P'STAR 61 Rue de la Verrerie, Paris 75004
A big space holding thousands of clothes one on top of the other, includes women's and men's apparel and accessories.  This place is a bit overwhelming, you should take some time to dig through the clothes in order to fish out the good stuff – certainly worth it, prices are very low and there are a lot of beautiful items hiding.
Marche Dauhine
140 Rue des Rosiers, St Ouen 93400
This market is filled with many small shops holding rare vintage clothing, accessories, toys and even vintage magazines (I saw a 1960 edition of Vogue!). Like Rue de la Verrerie, price ranges vary from stand to stand and cover the entire scale. The market is open only on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from around 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
FALBALAS Stand 284 285
A must see stand, beautiful and very rare clothing starting with the beginning of the century. Items are very expensive but if you get to the market, be sure not to miss it.
Montmartre Area
CHINE MACHINE 100 Rue des Martyrs, Paris 75018
A packed 2 story shop at the end of Rue Des Martyrs, besides selling, the place also offers to buy or trade your old clothes or personal creations. On sale are mainly women's and men's apparel and accessories but also cool vintage souvenirs such as records, post cards or dolls. Prices are very attractive and it's quite easy to find good bargains.
KILLY GRIND 47 Bis Rue D'Orsel, Paris 75018
This is a special kind of vintage store, selling improved vintage items and retro clothing, all hand stitched. The small shop holds also retro accessories and is beautifully designed.

Below are some pictures of me with my brand new Killy Grind sweater, what do you think?

Photographer: Shira Granit

Sweater: KILLY GRIND, Paris
Pants: Aviva Zilberman, Israel
Boots: Fly London
Bag: Venice (Sorry - I lost the store's business card)

Monday, February 20, 2012

Venice Mask Festival Part 2

 Wondering the narrow streets of Venice during the carnival, one might feel like time has gone back hundreds of years - not necessarily due to the many medieval costumes, but rather the combination of the costumes with the preserved city, its old buildings and canals and the absence of any sort of wheeled means of transportation (not even bicycles!).
One thing is for sure - it took a hell of a long time to get ready in those days, just look at the pictures below and you’ll get the idea.

In one of the city's guides, in a section called 'do not' it says not to attempt to dress-up for the festival and to leave it to the Venetians. After speaking to some of the men and women in disguise, I can assure you that a lot of them are out of towners so besides the guide people being liars – if I would have remembered the name of the guide I would have put it in my own ‘do not’ section - you can feel free to dress up and experience the festival to the full.
Above you can see me with my new fake fur hat, purchased in Rome, wearing my sister's and mom's masks.
Below are some of the best costumes I came across, everyone who dressed up was more than happy to pose for a picture, there is truly nothing more colorful and inspiring than a dressed up city.

For you sharped eyed folks, my sister is hiding in 2 of the pictures...

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Venice Mask Festival Part 1

Venice tells a tale of a medieval masked city, ladies and gentlemen going about their business covering themselves with pretend faces. Over time, more and more problems arose due to the disguises - many faceless crimes were occurring around the city and banning the use of masks was inevitable. It was decided that once a year wearing masks will be permitted during the carnival that celebrates the passage between winter and spring, so for 10 days each year the streets of Venice are filled with illusions.

My mother, sister and I took a train from Rome and arrived at Venice Central Station around noon. Transportation in the city includes walking or sailing so we took a taxi boat to our small and charming hotel – Palazzo Vitturi, about a 5 minutes walk from the main Piazza - San Marco. From the first moment, we were awed at this beautiful city that seems frozen in time. We went to one of the known mask shops Ca' del Sol and purchased ourselves a mask each.
In my mind, a mask is a fashion accessory like any other and I immediately planned my outfit, mask included. My sister, Shira, took these pictures of me in the hallway of our hotel, which looks and feels very authentic.

Photographer: Shira Granit

Mask: Ca' del Sol
Dress: Ethy and Paule, Amsterdam
Tights: Zohara, Israel
Purse: Vestiti Usati Cinzia, 45 Via del Governo Vecchio, Rome
Shoes: Aldo
Necklace: Otilya's, Israel
Bracelet: Castro

Monday, February 13, 2012

Birthday Girl in the Desert

Skirt: American Apparel
Body Suite: Ugly Duckling
Boots: Fly London
Fur: Niva Vintage
Bag: Beit HaBubot