Thursday, July 29, 2010

J.Crew Pre-Fall Collection

I wouldn't exactly say I'm the biggest J.Crew fan in the world, but I do enjoy the simplistic style of their seasonal collections and wouldn't mind at all if their pre-fall collection somehow appeared in my closet. My top picks from the new arrivals feature an overabundance of casual separates that are versatile enough to wear from day to night (a working girl's favorite!). The J.Crew appeal is its ability to incorporate high fashion details (such as elaborate ruffle details, decorative beading and high quality fabrics) with wearable silhouettes.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Hermes Is In The Air

The harshest reality that hits a working girl fresh out of college (ok, so it's been a few years) is that she will never (ever) again have the summer off to lounge, luxuriate and soak up the summer sun. A girl can dream, can't she? If I had a summer vacation, I would jetset to not-so-popularly-glamorous Maine, South Carolina or Georgia for some rural relaxation where the all-American surroundings would calm my nerves and entice me with their country charm.

But, before I get carried away with my daydreams of arched forest trails and sweet tea sipped out of mason jars, I must reveal my latest travel essential that has become an obsession. Forget Louis luggage and flamboyant designer details, this sleek, chic and modern suitcase is the ultimate in tasteful traveling.

Hermès Orion: available Spring/Summer 2010

Designed by Gabriele Pezzini, Hermès Design Director, the brushed anodized aluminum shell of the Orion suitcase keeps the frame sturdy while the interior surface is reinforced with carbon and Kevlar. The most luxurious, yet practical details are the cowhide handle accents in classic Hermes brown.

Yes, summer decadence can still be achieved by us working girls. And, with this stylish carry-on, we can leave behind our baggage and indulge in lavishly appointed luxuries.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Christy's Comeback

Remember when supermodels were the only ones gracing magazine covers and being featured in fashion campaigns? Yes, young ones, major books paid no mind to the flavors of the week and only gave editorial space to those who really mattered to fashion. One of the power players of modeling's heyday was Christy Turlington (now Turlington-Burns), who possessed all of the classic features that would be used to describe royalty. Now, 20 years later, she continues her fashion legacy by lending her finely-aged face and form to Louis Vuitton's Fall/Winter 2010 ad campaign. Joined by current top models Natalia Vodianova and Karen Elson, it seems that Turlington-Burns has become the godmother of all supermodels.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Hills Finale Fashion

Did you all watch the series finale of The Hills? The show is such a guilty pleasure, even more so now that the characters have developed their own senses of style that totally embody Cali chic. Kristen Cavallari's surfer-girl looks never disappoint and Lo's more sophisticated style gives us older gals something sleeker to gaze at. Tonight, the cast gathered for the After Show in a dazzling display of contemporary couture that would impress any fashionable audience.

Kristen Cavallari looked tan and toned in a feminine frock decked out with lace and shirred panels...

...While Lo looked put-together and chic in her grown-up Tadashi Shoji dress.

Whitney Port, who looked every bit the jetsetter, showed up in a printed mini dress with cut-out sides and sporting peep toe python booties.

Stephanie Pratt chose a cool blue bandage dress to go with her beach bunny style...

...And Audrina kept it sexy in her cut-out, stand-out dress.

And what about the original star of the show? Lauren Conrad looked every bit the style icon that she is in a mesh-back mini dress.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Fall 2010 Couture Collections, Pt. I

I live for the runway. I've fattened up my portfolio with dozens of runway reports and style spotlights during each fashion season. The couture shows are always my favorites because of their exclusivity, grandiosity and unabashed opulence. Here are my picks from each of the 2010 shows.

Armani Privé

Though each piece of the collection seemed to be sculpturally structured, the austerity of the architectural lines was softened with the fluid motion of the silhouettes. The contrast of soft and hard mixed with the monochromatic palette set off a sensational show of a revised Old Hollywood Glam aesthetic.


YES. The bleached chantilly lace and dégradé and ostrich feathers...just, yes. There is something eerie and gothic about the stark whiteness of this collection. Riccardo Tisci is a genius in my book with his fantastical applications of spirituality and anatomy (a pelvic form can be seen on most pieces as well as a spinal belt constructed of porcelain).

Jean Paul Gaultier

JPG never disappoints with his outlandish outfits and otherworldly creations. Remember Madonna's cone bras? Yep, he designed 'em. Today, a couple of decades later, the true Parisian revisits his controversial design with an updated version. If there is anything to say about Gaultier, it's that he really gets haute couture without looking elsewhere for inspiration.

Christian Dior

When speaking about haute couture, the first things that come to mind are bold, beautiful and exquisitely detailed. What Galliano did for the Dior couture collection was show an explosive, almost climactic array of voluminous pieces set against a blooming background. It seems the models were thought up in Galliano's chlorophyll dreams? be continued tomorrow!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Puritan Chic?

* Edited to add:  After writing this scathing review, I did go back to look at the collection again and saw a few pieces that weren't half bad. Still, odd on the whole.

I totally get fashion. I have been working in the field for over four years and have had a love affair with it for as long as I can remember. Unfortunately, certain collections baffle me with their "I think I get it but I really don't" quality. Enter The Row by Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen. With equal parts prairie princess and "seriously, wtf?" The Row's Resort 2011 collection has confused me with its stark puritanical overtones and what I'm just going to refer to as an austere aesthetic for lack of better words. Though calls the collection's quirks "divine little details," I beg to differ. Not exactly what I imagine myself lounging in at a resort. See for yourself...

Saturday, July 3, 2010

For the Love of Louis

For the grand opening of London's Louis Vuitton Maison store, Katie Grand, British stylist and journalist, picked her LV loves and styled them for the exhibit. The May 25 opening also showed pieces by Takashi  Murakami and Jeff Koons, among others. Photographer David Hughes photographed the displays below for the catalog to be published commemorating the opening.

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