Posts Tagged ‘Fashion’

Net-A-Porter Asks Me To “Shop The New 80’s” – I Say, “If You Insist”

February 26, 2009

I have a love-hate thing for Net-a-Porter, that evil luxury web retailer who lures me in with beautiful designer clothes and teases me with fantastic sales. For the record, I HAVE shopped the site before (I’m in debt for a reason, after all) and, if you can afford it, I highly recommend their sales.

I received an email this morning asking me to “shop the new 80’s.” The 80’s were bad enough for fashion the first time around. Granted, I was age 1-10 during the 80’s, but I’ve seen enough photographs and movies to make this claim with complete confidence. That said, I enjoyed some of the 80’s revivals seen on the spring and fall runways, and I figured I could pull a few pieces worthy of 2009.

From the site’s edited picks:

I’m blazer-obsessed, and I would love a white blazer. I know, it’s a bit Miami Vice, but I like it. And McCartney is known for her brilliant tailoring when it comes to suiting. Stella McCartney blazer, $1,795.

I love heels, I love them high, and I love them loud. These super bright stilettos would be awesome with jeans and a white tee-shirt, or paired with a great black dress. I WANT THEM. Alexander McQueen patent platform pumps, $860.

I’m loving the floaty skirt paired with the leather bodice. I also love that it’s short. Kova & T one-shoulder dress, $510.

I adored this dress on the runway and when Gwyneth wore it. This is one of the few sweetheart necklines, a huge trend for spring, that I actually liked. Stella McCartney dress, $2,595.

I decided to pick a few items of my own that I felt represented the “new 80’s.” Items that I would wear, that is.

A skinny pair of jeans that hit at the ankle are a must, and the zipper adds a screaming 80’s element. Stella McCartney ankle zip jeans, $325.

I am loving this metallic-treated bomber jacket; it’s totally updated Top Gun. Rick Owens jacket, $2,500.

Throwing some neon into the mix, this Marni suede bag is HOT. Marni suede frame bag, $1,090.

The cork sole on this shoe made me think of a updated Candie’s mule. Pedro Garcia leather sandals, $475.

Normally I would not be attracted to this dress (too loud), but I found myself oddly drawn to it. I love the color, it hints at neutral red/navy blue and it would be cute alone or paired with jeans. MCQ dress, $415.

I tend to like my jewelry big or dainty – kind of how I like my shoes flat or sky-high. This necklace feels bad-ass, I love it. ACB tiered fringe necklace, $300.

Another McCartney blazer, this one extra long with cool, elongated lapels. Stella McCartney silk blazer, $2.055.

This reminded me of a Lite-Brite. Remember those? See by Chloé bag, $640.

All Images: Net-a-Porter

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F/W 2009 RTW – Twenty8Twelve

February 23, 2009

I took a break from the shows, as you can tell – and I missed some big ones (Philip Lim and Ralph Lauren, who showed a BEAUTIFUL collection, come to mind).  However, I’d like to take this opportunity to make a confession.

My friends, I am an unabashed Sienna Miller fan.

Love her.  Love the girl.  I think she’s cool, I think she’s beautiful, I love her style, I want to be her.

She and her sister showed their first runway show for their line Twenty8Twelve this season.  It was, by no means, the most spectactular show.  However, I have high hopes for this line.  I’ve seen some pieces in person and I have, by-in-large, liked what I have seen.

The show was fairly basic, but what I like about this collection is the attention paid to proportion, an often overlooked element of apparel design and styling.

All Photos: Style Dot Com

Also, if you have not seen Miller in the Steve Buscemi-directed Interview.  I beg of you, rent it.  It’s brilliant.

F/W 2009 RTW – Proenza Schouler

February 19, 2009

Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez put out an incredible collection for fall; such a relief as I was somewhat let down by their spring 2008 offering.  They kicked off with some awesome camel coats in various lengths, segwaying into beautiful, trend-on layered tweed looks.  The oversized leather clutches the models carried were awesome.  Designers rarely give them bags such as these and you can see if even changed the way they walked – very downtown cool.  The dresses, turtleneck and off-shoulder, were simple but felt daring.  The whole collection felt like Proenza Schouler.  I predict that WWD chooses this as one of the top 10 collections of the season.

All Photos: Style Dot Com

F/W 2009 RTW – Tibi

February 18, 2009

Amy Smilovic put out a retail-ready, fun collection for fall.  I like checking shows such as hers out, because I actually OWN some Tibi.  Including a beautiful Mexican embroidery empire dress I got on sale and wore to a wedding last year (shown above).

I especially loved the separates in this collection.

Darling jacket, I am after a jacket with a modified funnel neck such as this.

Classic Tibi pattern and shape.

A version of what I wear 50% of the time.

Awesome for dancing.

A dressy version of what I wear 50% of the time.

It’s so Princess Bride!

All Photos: Style Dot Com

Vogue Diaries – Ode To Narciso Rodriguez

February 18, 2009

Thanks to Elizabeth’s elephant memory, I easily found my January 2005 issue of Vogue and located the spread she had mentioned in the comments of my recent Daily Inspiration post.

Images: Vogue

I totally remember this spread, and I KNEW hoarding my Vogue issues would someday come in handy!

Thanks Elizabeth!

F/W 2009 RTW – Matthew Williamson

February 18, 2009

Williamson, who you may associate with beautiful, colorful summer wares, put out a gorgeous fall collection that may shape up to be one of my favorites. He easily infused color into a season that has been dour, to say the least. I finished taking in his collection feeling happy and inspired. The woven ombré coats are to die for, and fur-lovers will love the dip-dyed mufflers and generous coats. Cool striped knits and low-slung leather pants make for great basics, while Native American-inspired beading gave some pieces a folksy feel. His gorgeous kaleidoscope pattern mini dress and slinky ombré gown both wowed me in a big way.

At first glance I felt this coat was a big dowdy, but it would look awesome with great basics like jeans, a white t-shirt, and sky-high heels.

I adore the bag, and this look can be easily replicated for less.

Super sexy. I love the choice of color, and those shoes are a must have.

Another great bag. This dress would look equally cool with black tights and flats for winter.

My mother would love this.

Stunning fabric design and tailoring.

I love the sweet shape of this dress.

Too cool for words.

Another beautiful ombré coat done for evening.

Liquid goddess.

All Photos: Style Dot Com

Daily Inspiration

February 18, 2009

What’s inspiring me today.

The dress that closed the Narciso Rodriguez show, S/S 2005.

Photo: Style Dot Com

I have always been a big, BIG fan of Rodriguez.  In fact, I remember writing letters to him and Victor Alfaro back in college when they were up-and-coming designers.  I loved their play on proportions and body-conscious tailoring.

I was picking some earrings from my bulletin board this morning and noticed a photograph I had cut out from a magazine.  It was of Natasha Poly wearing a gorgeous  Rodriquez dress in billowing silk with a cropped corset.  I was reminded of how much I loved it.  So I thought I would share!

F/W 2009 RTW – Rodarte

February 18, 2009

The silhouette was redundant, but each look wonderfully unique.  The collection had a bit of a Mad Max meets Balenciaga feel.  The crotch-skimming, leather-strap-wrapped boots in putty and black paired with short hems (there were no pants shown in this collection) will undoubtedly work for the Rodarte girl.  The palette was muted, with varying shades of matte, crinkled metallics and super-thick knits but the results were anything but boring.

All Photos: Style Dot Com

F/W 2009 RTW – Cynthia Rowley

February 17, 2009

I was left, upon taking in Rowley’s collection, wanting more. More details! The fabrics used for her lovely dresses are intriguing and I wish I had more information about how they were created. The collection was straight-forward and comprehensive, and I loved every bit of it. With the exception of the petal skirts, which I felt were too fanciful. The dresses are perfect for a woman needing to edit back her fall wardrobe, as they can easily transition from day to night. The separates were charming, especially the slouched trouser-style pencil skirts and skinny ankle-length pants paired with jewel-toned ballerina flats.

This wide belt makes for a perfect folksy element.

Some great dresses featured prints that mimic television static.

Comfy and sweet. A great look for traveling.

I am not certain if the flutter sleeves are a part of the dress, but I am liking the cut-out effect it’s creating.

These are some of my favorite shapes to wear, and I am hoping J Crew jumps on the jewel-toned flat trend.

Casual and chic. I love to see a pencil skirt with a bit of a masculine feel.

How easy would this be to throw on for dinner? Or even work? I love it.

F/W 2009 RTW – Donna Karan

February 17, 2009

Karan’s fall collection felt strong and structured.  Every coat and blazer was belted, lapels were huge and stiff, skirts were straight and conservatively hit at mid-calf.  It felt very grown-up.  I was largely underwhelmed, but I also feel that she’s captured the feeling of the times better than any other designer so far.  The collection was utilitarian and somber.  But I loved the beautiful simplicity of the one-shoulder black column dress.

All Photos: Style Dot Com