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The New Shape Saver

29 Jun

Apparently designers have figured out that we don’t all look like the gorgeous waifs strutting down the runways.  In fact, many designers seem to have united in a new shape saving technique…the “slimming side panel”.  Leather, florals, bold colors, graphic prints, and sequins can be tricky for any figure.  I love how these designers have made them more wearable and flattering for those of us not in the Kate Moss gene pool.  From all of us, I would like to say a big “thank you”!  Now – if only the maternity apparel designers would get on board…

Jason Wu Resort 2013

Mathew Williamson Resort 2013

Costume National

Victoria Beckham Fall 2012

Paule Ka Resort 2013

Rebecca Minkoff Resort 2013

Erin Fetherston Resort 2013

All images courtesy of http://www.style.com.

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Retro Resort

28 Jun

The Mad Men season finally has come and gone – but its fashion inspiration continues to file down the runways.  Although – it is clear the muse has changed.  With Bombshell Blonde Betty Draper a bit on the porkier side this season, the new Zou Bisou Bisou Mrs. Draper, Megan, has quickly become the primary fashion icon of the show.  Is it mere coincidence, the natural recycling of fashion, or is Jessica Paré inspiring numerous collections this resort season?  Please share your thoughts.

Gucci Resort 2013

Moschino Resort 2013

Rochas Resort 2013

Jonathan Saunders Resort 2013

Paule Ka Resort 2013

Michael Kors Resort 2013

Peter Jensen Resort 2013

All images courtesy of http://www.style.com

 

My Great 8 of the Met

8 May

Of the 8 great looks…which is your favorite?

VOTE BELOW

1. Amber Heard in Zac Posen

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2. Coco Rocha in Vintage Givenchy

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3. Karolina Kurkova in Rachel Zoe

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4.  Christina Ricci in Thakoon

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5.  Caroline Sieber in Christopher Kane

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6.  Bianca Brandolini D’Adda in Dolce & Gabbana

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7.  Karlie Kloss in Jason Wu (Her After Party Dress)

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8.  Amy Adams in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture

The Look of Love – Met Gala 2012

8 May

The list of beautiful gowns and ladies in them on the red carpet at the 2012 Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala is endless.  I will get to the standouts…but first – the real standout of the evening (for me anyway) – was the THE LOOK OF LOVE.  There is just something about the look of a happy couple…it’s always in style.

Andre Balaz and Chelsea Handler

Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady

Funny Couple Will Arnett and Amy Poehler

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel (in Prada)

More of the Best Dressed at the Met to come…

Met Worthy

7 May

Sorry sports fans…this entry is not referring to baseball players worthy of wearing a Mets’ uniform (in fact, as a Yankee fan – I am not even sure what that means anyway).  Quite the contrary – this entry is dedicated to Oscars of the East Coast, otherwise known as the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala.  A once a year event that unites the entire fashion world together and brings designers and muses to the red carpet dressed in head-to-toe perfection.

The day is now upon us and in its honor  – I have compiled a list of “Met Worthy” looks that I hope to see grace the red carpet.  Each designer will bring a “display date” – I.E. a beautiful piece of arm candy to model one of his/her most outstanding gowns.  Here are a few looks from designers and their confirmed dates.

LEFT: Karlie Kloss, Jason Wu’s Date RIGHT: Jason Wu Pre-Fall 2012 Gown

LEFT: Azealia Banks, date to Alexander Wang RIGHT: Potential Wang dress – although it will need to be “glammed” up for the event. That said, her knock out bod will look great in a simple, figure hugging classic black gown.

LEFT: Arizona Muse, date to Erdem Moralioglu RIGHT: Erdem gown…in need of some work – lengthening perhaps? BUT – the color pink is perfect for honoring Schiaparelli – the real star of the evening.

LEFT: Karolina Kurkova, date to celebrity stylist and designer Rachel Zoe RIGHT: Rachel Zoe Fall 2012 Gown

LEFT: Bite-sized Christina Ricci, date of Thakoon Panichgul RIGHT: Thakoon dress – perhaps in need of tightening and lengthening.

And here are looks that I truly hope make an appearance on the muses yet unknown…

SHOW STOPPER! Giambattista Valli Spring Couture 2012

Christian Dior Couture Spring 2012

Monique Lhuillier Pre-Fall 2012

Zac Posen Pre Fall 2012

And finally – the vintage that I hope to see… As the gala is to celebrate the opening of the Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations exhibit,  I am excited about the possibilities of a variety of beauties gracing the red carpet in Schiaparelli’s famous pink and puffs!

Vintage Schiaparelli Gown

Vintage Schiaparelli circa 1951

Vintage Schiaparelli circa 1955

Vintage Schiaparelli Gown

Elsa Schiaparelli circa 1933

Be sure to watch the live stream of the Costume Institute’s red carpet for the first time ever!  Follow the link: http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2012/impossible-conversations/audio-and-video

Derby Day Digs

3 May

This Saturday marks the best day of the year to be a Kentuckian…The Kentucky Derby is upon us!  And while, we unfortunately cannot make it this year, we will still be watching the Run for the Roses from over 6,000 miles away (albeit at 4AM).

Clearly the main focus at Churchill Downs this Saturday will be the paddock full of fine-looking thoroughbreds – but let us not forget the very close runner-up – Derby Day FASHION.  The search for the perfect Derby Day chapeau takes weeks…well months really.  But the fact that I won’t be there in person hasn’t stopped me from scouring the runways for ideas for the perfect Derby Hat.  Among the many traditional options, I also found some rather outlandish looks for those wanting to make a statement.

For the Traditionalist

For the Vintage Lover

For the Attention Seeker

For the Bigger is Better!

Happy Derby Day Everyone!

Blue Skies Smiling at Me

26 Apr

Sometimes it feels like life is one giant rain cloud – spitting its cold hard drops all over our individual “parades”.  But somehow we push through – believing that it is all part of the master plan.  Pushing through is often possible by focusing on the blue sky days.  Yesterday – we miraculously had a legitimate blue sky day in Beijing.  They are few and far between and cannot be taken for granted.  So although yesterday was not a personal “blue sky” day for me – it was God’s beautiful sunshine and white puffy clouds that got me through it.  And so, it is not entirely surprising to me that many designers have recently found His beautiful blue to be an inspiration to their collections.  I suppose if I can’t have blue skies everyday (literally or figuratively) I can at least wear this color that in so many ways represents the essence of a truly happy day…smiling at me.

Jean Paul Gaultier

Monique Lhuillier Pre-Fall 2012

Mathew Williamson

Lyn Devon

Osman

YSL

Elie Saab

I hope that each of you are having a blue sky kind of day!

If a Valentine Walked the Runway

15 Feb

I believe that if Hallmark cards up and decided to leave their “racks” for the runway that they would most likely look like this…

Meadham Kirchoff Spring 2012

Meadham Kirchoff Spring 2012

Thakoon Fall 2012

Meadham Kirchoff Spring 2012

I think it is very clear that Hallmark needs keep their cards in check…we can’t have these looks running around every day!

Images courtesy of http://www.style.com

FALLing for Valentine’s

15 Feb

Perhaps it is a coincidence.  Perhaps it is just a true love for the color red.  Or…perhaps the fact that New York Fashion Week fell during Valentine’s Day this year inspired designers to include the color of love into their Fall 2012 collections.  Whatever the reason – I don’t care.  I love red, and even more – I love the nod to the day set aside for romance.  Let’s FALL in love…

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Monique Lhuillier Fall 2012

Diane von Furstenburg Fall 2012

Christian Siriano Fall 2012

Rachel Zoe Fall 2012

Kevork Kiledjian Fall 2012

Wes Gordan Fall 2012

Moncler Grenoble Fall 2012

Images courtesy of http://www.style.com

Runway Rundown – NYFW – Day 3

14 Feb

While day 3 of New York Fashion Week offered a few amazing pant looks (which I have included in my rundown), I was most  captivated by the dresses and outerwear.  Here are my favorite dress looks from Day 3:

Former Project Runway Winner: Christian Siriano Fall 2012

I am a fan of anything with a built-in cape. Christian Siriano Fall 2012

I love that he paired such a feminine gown with a biker jacket. What a great way to mix up a frilly look. Christian Siriano Fall 2012

I love this cocktail dress. Although, most people (myself included) cannot pull off ankle boots with this hem length. So - if you are not of model height...opt for heels instead. Christian Cota Fall 2012

Christian Cota Fall 2012

This look has a lot going on - but the jacket....I love it. Christian Cota 2012

I am so happy to see that "happy colors" are still going to be around for fall. Dean Quinn Fall 2012

Ruffian Fall 2012

Amazing coat dress. Betty Draper meets Star Trek. Prabal Gurung Fall 2012

Who can resist a sweater with built-in fur pom-poms? So festive! Wes Gordan Fall 2012

I love the red lining...and the huge fur bangles are pretty fun too! Wes Gordan Fall 2012

Unfortunately, the non-model body type might have trouble with this look. My obvious suggestion is a more fitted top to accentuate the waistline. Wes Gordan Fall 2012.

Duro Olowu Fall 2012

Hervé Léger by Max Azria Fall 2012

Lacoste Fall 2012

Mara Hoffman Fall 2012

Rachel Zoe Fall 2012

Now for my “Pant Picks”:

Monique Lhuillier Fall 2012

Rachel Zoe Fall 2012

Rachel Zoe Fall 2012

Mixing prints is holding strong on the fall runways. This is a lot to carry off - but I really like proportions. Duro Olowu Fall 2012

Band of Outsiders Fall 2012

All images courtesy of http://www.style.com

 

 

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