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Rock n Roll Decadence at the Palace of Versailles

Rock n Roll Decadence: the Versailles editorial

LPA 85 Leather Jacket & GRLFRND “Helena” High-Rise Straight Jean from FWRD

To believe that fashion is divorced from the real world and its contextual groundings is wishful thinking. It is, rather, entirely a symptom of the times and its moods. For the throng of travellers who visit Versailles for touristic pleasures (often musing on how remarkable such a feat would have been 300 years before), it is a place of altruistic merits. It is to educate, to conjure emotion and to bridge a connection to a most important minute of our history. A glorious slice of cake, if you will.

And as we are on the topic of cake – in its most tumultuous chapter, for which Versailles is popularly remembered, it was a symbol of imperialist tyranny and wonton excess, so befittingly caricatured in one young Austrian born French queen. She – with fantastic hair as perhaps her most enduring legacy – was thereafter imagined perpetually enveloped in pastries of every pastel shade. For this I very much prefer, to all others, the Marie Antoinette of Sophia Coppola creation.

Imagine, this young and unworldly small town girl, thrown into a world which was at once miserable in its confinement and monotony, and exciting in its glittering extravagance; what else would one do, but create one’s own world – a sanctuary – of beauty and indulgence. But of course, as with all perils of rock n roll decadence, all does not end well. It is this chaotic existence of devastating and beautiful extremes, that inspires art and fashion to this day.

For yours truly, as part of the manifestation of such inspiration: a leather jacket studded to the edge of practicality, and jeans destroyed to perfection, whose sex appeal lies in un-sexiness. As we all dress as we feel, almost unwittingly, the rule of the day is a rejection of decorum and the female figure ideal. Even without intention, we cannot help but nod to the socio-political climate of our times, nor make reference to history, or an experience, or a place.

In this look:
GRLFRND Jean from FWRD & Anna Quan Shirt

Created in collaboration with FWRD

Location: Château de Versailles | Photography: Louis Villers

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  • Karollyn's World
    15 March 2017 at 9:43 pm

    OMG love it! The jacket is crazy! 🙂

  • Shloka
    16 March 2017 at 1:57 am

    The way you write always has me lost for words. You hit the nail right on the head – fashion is so much a continue recital of who we are not only as individuals but as society and your outfit could not be better suited for where you were.

    The jacket is one gorgeous piece of work and paired with those distressed jeans you have yourself the coolest combo ever. Rock and Roll forever!!


  • Lei Lei Clavey
    16 March 2017 at 7:28 am

    I love this post, the outfits and photos are incredible!

    Love it Jiawa!

    Lei xx

  • Jenelle
    16 March 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Well I am in love. But you knew I would be, right? Rock and roll Parisian style, is my jam. So much love. These shots are beautiful. I adore Versailles.
    xx Jenelle

  • Rachelle
    16 March 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Superb photography! So dreamy <3

  • Elisa
    17 March 2017 at 9:58 pm

    I m always enchanted from your work, i stayed in this amazing place 2 years ago. Magic.

  • Catherine X
    22 March 2017 at 10:49 am

    These photos are stunning. Love the cuffs on the Anna Quan shirt – exquisite!


  • Kurt
    24 March 2017 at 9:18 am

    This jacket is insanely good

  • Sabrina
    27 March 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Your jacket made me crazy! Absolutely stunning pics. Incredible post and outfits.

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