Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Pardon My French

Lei Chic The French. Known for accents, art, and a really long cycling race.

Australians. Known for accents, kangaroos, and Crocodile Dundee.

Put them together and you get: a tanned outdoorsman who says "Sacré bleu!" while riding a bicycle with his pet kangaroo...

...or better yet, Toi et Moi, a French-inspired Australian apparel line with sleek, feminine silhouettes, now available exclusively at Basique Threads.

Toi et Moi (pronounced "twah et mwah") launched in 2009 by Australian designer Gill Lawrence, who fell in love with all things French after meeting her (French) husband and spending long days in Paris immersed in art and culture.

Lei Chic Each piece features an element of classic Parisan street chic, from slim-fitting knit blazers with pinstripe linings to sheer, printed tuxedo blouses. Throw on a striped, peplum cutout dress or a soft, off-the-shoulder destroyed knit sweater and imagine yourself sipping coffee along the Champs-Élysées.

Our pick: a sweet, white art deco-inspired fit and flare dress with defined waistband. Think effortless, casual glamour with a touch of romance.

And in case you were wondering, toi et moi means "you and me" in French.

Or in this case, the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

$94-$120, Toi et Moi, available at Basique Threads, Ward Warehouse. Click here for a lookbook.

Posted on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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