Monday, February 28, 2011

DVF Launches DIANE Vintage Collection

Approximately 40 years ago, Diane von Furstenberg designed her first collection. A 1970s fashion visionary, her iconic wrap dresses and beautiful prints helped define fashion of the era. In celebration of and inspired by these vintage pieces, Diane decided to reintroduce them with a modern update!She pulled 20 archived images and did a little tailoring to suit the beautifully and classically dressed women of 2011. Called DIANE, the collection is full of re-issued vintage prints in classic styles, as well as updated accessories, shoes and swimear!

Red Batik Tights

Printed and dyed tights are a really fun way to punch up an otherwise basic look! I am loving this pair, which also comes in white/purple and black/white! Buy at I Don't Like Mondays for just $20.

Linden Lace Tee

What a pretty lace tee, perfect for layering this spring! Best of all, it's on sale for $40 at Madewell.

Jeffrey Campbell Skate

Now that everyone and their mother owns a pair of Litas, Jeffrey Campbell had to create a new must own shoe! Well, I would bet my favorite jeans that the Skate will be it! I must admit it is very cool looking and sold out most places already. There are still sizes 8-10 at Karmaloop for $205. If you want ivory or beige instead or wear a 6 or 7, you can pre-order at Singer 22 now for $198, but you'll be waiting until the end of May to get them!

Yarn Embroidered Skirt

Yarn Embroidered SkirtThis festively bright skirt by Gryphon is so fabulous!! It just screams bring on spring with it's bold colors and patterns, and slightly 70s ethnic vibe! Buy at Saks Fifth Avenue for $320.

My Style Challenge: Cable Knit Shorts

After seeing a pair by Stolen Girlfriends Club that almost immediately sold out, I have been thinking about cable knit shorts! Of course, now you can get them at Urban Outfitters, which means I needed a more obscure pair that no one else would have. Then I randomly came across some by Autralian brand Tigerlily and...Hooray, I am now officially a cable knit shorts owner! I've been especially inspired since coming back from NY Fashion Week, more confident in layering pieces like button downs. I decided I wanted to contrast the relaxed, almost dance warm-up feel of the shorts, so I threw on my pink cami with sequin trim and layered over a silky blouse. I threw on the vest last minute because layers are good!I love the almost purple leopard print of the top! I decided my purple suede purse would be a perfect compliment. I finished off with my field boots and a jaunty hat, because really no outfit is complete without one!
I'm wearing: Tigerlily cable knit shorts from My Chameleon, pink cami by United Colors of Benetton, blouse stolen from my mom by Kate Hill Petite, menswear vest by Theory, purple suede Coach purse from my sister, field boots by ASOS, necklace that you can't see from Last Call by NM, ring from Forever 21, and hat from Anthropologie.
This is my high end editorial, arch your back pose like on "America's Next Top Model."

Now I need to get myself a pair of culottes!!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Siki Im F/W '11

Although employing exclusively male models for his F/W '11 presentation, Siki Im's Facebook page lists his line as unisex, and indeed, the collection was presented worn by stern, androgynous, warriors. Siki Im clearly drew strong inspiration from Native American culture and spirituality. In an a minimal, industrial space, the models walked down a path of dirt that formed an angular figure 8, striding to the steady drumming beat and solemn chanting of live Native American drummers.

Siki Im comes from an architectural background, and as such, pays close attention to construction and shape in his designs. While the gray-black and deep clay tones of the collection hearken back to the dusty Midwestern plains, the angular cut and asymmetrical, geometric lines brought an edgy, modernism to the collection. Tall hats with wide brims were worn low over the forehead, hiding the models eyes, and lending a touch of mystery, while round circular jewelry further accentuated the tribal association.

The presentation was powerful and atmospheric, featuring a collection that draws from a culture of tradition and spirituality, while at the same time bringing a bold, yet wearable sensibility to the garments.

Siki Im colloborated with weaver Tahnibaa Naataanii to create beautiful, woven knits featuring Navajo geometric patterns.

Ok, I try to avoid the word, since it has become so overused, but there is no way around it, This guy is FIERCE!

View the entire collection in the slideshow below, click the widget to view full size:

Friday, February 25, 2011


I just found out about Sicara, a DC-based boutique that features high-end, emerging designers including local super stars Natalia Sanz, Lucienne Faria, and Andrea D'Ambrosia! The store has some seriously covetable items like so:

This Natalia Sanz dress is so beautiful and currently on sale for $300!
There are also purses, like this slick portfolio clutch for $150.
And don't forget the jewelry. This band on band ring caught my eye immediately, why must it be a pricy $1,165?!?
I highly recommend checking out the boutique! Plenty of items under $100, but definitely some high-end pieces that are just stunning to see as well!

Ostrich Embossed Clutch

Ostrich Embossed ClutchI was perusing Piperlime when this Marc by Marc Jacobs wristlet clutch caught my eye! I had forgotten how much I love ostrich embossed bags, particularly in pink! This one is on sale for $117.

Classic Tuxedo Pants

I mentioned before that tux-inspired clothing is soooo chic for fall! But really, there's no reason why you couldn't wear some cute tuxedo pants right now, especially ones on super sale! Buy these at DKNY for $100!

Cuffed Leather Shorts

You know I'm still obsessing over leather shorts! I can't afford any of the ones I want, but I can add this one to the list! Find in grey or teal at Diane von Furstenberg for the not enough of a sale price of $312.

Grey Pebbled Top

From far away this Just Cavalli top looks like grey leopard print, but that's not quite it. In fact, I can't really describe this top at all, luckily there are pictures! Look at more and buy if you like at Zappos for the sale price of $153.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Joy Cioci F/W '11

Joy Cioci designs romantic, feminine pieces with special attention to novel details and careful craftsmanship. This was Joy Cioci's Mercedes Benz Fashion Week debut. With the models standing around a single brightly tree surrounded by darkness, her Fall/Winter 2011 presentation brought to mind woodland fairies out for a night of mischief.

I love the contrast of the rustic, warm, textured tunic with the light, airy blouse.

The asymmetrical off shoulder styling of this dress gives it a look that is both feminine and haphazard, as if she's just come back from romping around in the forest.

"Plus size" model Marquita Pring. I didn't even realize she was a plus size model until I read about it later!

See all the photos of Joy Cioci's Fall 2011 collection below:

Top Fall 2011 Trends

While certain things came back, like mixed prints and velvet, there were a handful of trends that really stood out to me this season!
This isn't you're everyday menswear, this is all sorts of formal!! Back in the 1960's, YSL brought Le Smoking Suit to fashionable women across the globe. This look is quite reminiscent of that, elegant and playing with androgony! Designers such as Ruffian, Jason Wu, Ralph Lauren and Yigal Azrouël showed tux-inspired looks. So get yourself some bow ties, white ruffled shirts, sleek jacket (even better with tails), and stripes down the sides of pants this fall!
Frontier Western
Yippie kayeah, mofos! Lots of designers, most notably Diane von Furstenberg and Kaelen, showed western-inspired looks for fall! Some went cozy with southwest prints on ponchos, some went boho feminine with praire skirts and some rocked a dusty utilitarianism! Western shirts are an easy way to rock this trend, but I'm loving the idea of long duster coats - think my 5'1 self could rock that?
Gaucho / Palazzo Pants
I AM VINDICATED!! I first demanded this come back about five months ago, and apparently the fashion gods listened! Palazzo pants were very common, they're flowy and wide legged. Gaucho pants are pretty much like cropped palazzo pants; they weren't quite as common but some major players did show them, including Diane von Furstenberg, Doo.Ri, and Tory Burch. I still own and wear my pair from high school as lounge pants for around the house. So you KNOW I'll be looking for a new cute pair!

I noticed some other trends, waaaay more than the average amount of red popped up, long maxi skirts and dresses, sheer details - common for spring but less so for fall, and more flatforms, woooo! But I think the top three were the newest and most notable - did I miss anything?

All photos By Vyque and Alyssa or pilfered from

Futuristic White Blazer

Futuristic White BlazerI love the minimal, futuristic look of this white blazer! It would look great contrasted with a floaty mini skirt and some tights and tall boots now, bare legs and strappy sandals in late spring! Buy at Need Supply for $140.

Eyelet Jersey Dress

I've been feeling white for a few months, remember my all winter white outfit? Well, white even more fun in spring! Buy this beautiful eyelet lace dress at Bloomingdale's for a relatively affordable $88!

Jeremy Scott for Swatch

Thanks to AlixRose for bringing this to my attention! Jeremy Scott designed the above watches for Swatch, aren't they just fabulous? I've decided to start wearing watches again, well ever since I found a vintage 1980s Gucci one ;) But these are pretty fabulush as well, I'm very tempted by the picture frame one! They're $70 each, but are actually listed under "For Him" - boo! If you really want one I'm sure you could make it work; you just may need to add in another hole to make it fit your delicate wrist!

Watercolor Bow Blouse

I very much like this print! Very painterly, but it could be floral one day and spacey the next, it all depends on your perspective! Buy at Pixie Market for $221.

Faux Shearling Bomber

Be on alert for great deals on outerwear starting now, people! This cute bomber with faux-shearling lining wasn't too pricy to begin with, but it's on extra sale for $80 at Delia*s. Anyone know if faux-shearling even touches real shearling on warmth?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

GO International Designer Collective

Looky what I read yesterday: "To celebrate five years of offering trend-forward and affordably priced fashion through its GO International program, Target introduces the GO International Designer Collective. The collective reintroduces 34 dresses - each priced for under $50 - from 17 previously featured GO International designers, giving Target’s guests a second chance to own some of the program’s most coveted dresses."

OMGPONIES!!!1!!1 So excited for this, you have no idea how many dresses I missed out on by being too slow to add to my cart or by not throwing my unnaturally pointy elbows! I AM wearing my Rodarte for Target lace tights right now and have gotten the usual tons of compliments I get every time I put them on! This time I vow to the fashion gods that I will try harder! Let's see what dresses will be available...Available exclusively at Target, the limited-edition collective features dresses from Luella Bartley, Tara Jarmon, Paul & Joe (by Sophie Albou), Behnaz Sarafpour, Proenza Schouler (by Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez), Libertine (by Johnson Hartig), Alice Temperley, Erin Fetherston, Jovovich-Hawk (by Milla Jovovich and Carmen Hawk), Rogan (by Rogan Gregory), Richard Chai, Jonathan Saunders, Thakoon (by Thakoon Panichgul), Tracy Feith, Rodarte (by Laura and Kate Mulleavy), Zac Posen and Tucker (by Gaby Basora).Can I get a squee?? I will tell you now, I can almost guarantee physical harm will come to any who get between myself and that Thakoon dress that slipped from my grasp last time.

UPDATE: In my excitement, I forgot to mention! The dresses will be available March 13 through April 10!

Mixed Print Tee

Mixed prints, particularly tribal-esque ones, are so much fun! But if you're not sure where to start, why not get a piece that does the work for you! Buy this mixed print tee at Creatures of Comfort for the sale price of $45

Zig Zag Puff Sleeve Sweater

I need more interesting prints and patterns in my life, like this sweater! I totally want to wear this with a chiffon, floral print skirt and grey oxfords! Buy for the sale price of $110 at Gargyle.

Ethnic Print Platform Wedges

Ethnic Print Platform WedgesI soooooo badly want these shoes!! Love the print, love the platform, love the price! Just $90 at Aldo, why is the smallest size a 7?!?!?

Chiffon Maxi Skirt

Some of my favorite street style looks during fashion week involving long flowing skirts! This chiffon one has the extra bonus of being a neutral rose, tres chic for spring! Buy at Urban Outfitters for just $54.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Red Pants

Since I saw so many red pants during fashion week, I decided to create a set of them at various price points! I suppose you can say they're chic now, but when would you not need a pair of red pants anyway?

Off-Center Cross Necklace

There's something about this small, minimalistic necklace that I totally adore! It goes from basic to way more interesting than it has any right to be by being sideways and asymmetrical, don't you think> Buy at Planet Blue for $98.

Lust for Less: Bright Leather Satchel

I very much want this bag:Don't you love it! It fits so many of my requirements, it's a fun bright color and it's crossbody and it's satchel-shaped! If only it wasn't a pricy $395 at Kate Spade. Sigh, way too much for me right now, let's see what other options are around...Now this one from Modcloth for $135 is near perfect, I think I actually like it's shape and details a bit better in fact! But I'm really not sold on its color, what do you think? Oh wait, they have it in red too, how tempting...

Leather Shearling Cap

Well, I'm pretty much done with my NY Fashion week posts, just generating some collages on the top trends I saw now. But until I find the time to finish those up, back to some regularly scheduled programing: things Vyque wants!!

My vintage shearling coat is ridiculously warm. So if you hate the cold but don't have the cash for an entire coat, I recommend a shearling hat, like this fabulous cap! It's still a pricy $278 at Searle, but that's certainly more affordable than a real shearling coat, which I have yet to see for less than $700.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Nautica F/W '11

This was the first time I attended the presentation of an all menswear collection at Fashion Week, and having done so, I would happily attend more. *blink* *blink*...what? The Nautica Fall 2011 presentation was, well, nautically themed (admit it, you come to fasshonaburu for keen insights like this). Specifically the collection was inspired by the Maritime Heritage of the Sleeping Dunes region of Lake Michigan. The pops of bright orange contrasted with deep navy blues are a hat tip to the safety orange of the Coast Guard.

While Nautica is by no means breaking new ground here, that can be refreshing in and of itself. Often times the menswear at fashion week tends towards ensembles that would be difficult to talk the average guy into wearing (see green velvet pants at Nicholas K). Undoubtedly (and unsurprisingly) preppy, this collection is modern, tailored, manly, and of the utmost importance to many men, looks comfortably wearable as well. Me? I'd happily take a boat trip with any one of these guys.

At Nautica I learned that male models tend to be easily distracted...

...and very concerned (note furrowed brow...a popular facial expression)

This outfit is so Nate in Gossip Girl that whenever I look at this picture the model's face morphs into Chase Crawford's.

See all the looks from the Nautica Fall 2011 presentation below, or click on the widget to view the slideshow full size:

Mara Hoffman F/W '11

I would sum up Mara Hoffman's Fall 2011 collection as abstract tribal desert nomad. Succinct, no? She was influenced by her artist husband Javier Piñón's latest work, O Babalon, a collage depicting a mystical earth goddess and her attendants. Mara Hoffman extended that idea into an exploration of the female spiritual being and warrior.

Setting the tone for the presentation was the Japanese band Water Fai, playing chill, etheral music that carried the viewer off to distant lands. The models graced the stage wearing dresses with bold, geometric prints that bore names like "Hunter", "Arrows", "Wolfy" and "Traveler." They were accessorized with stunning jewelry by All For The Mountain (check out their totally trippy website), turbans, and somewhat incongruously, flip-up sunglasses. In addition to the printed fabrics there were intricate knits constructed in Peru and a multi-striped wool tweed developed by Hoffman for the collection.

The turban, tasseled body jewelry, and heavily kohled eyes of the model, bring to mind an exotic princess in a far off land.

I love the colorful, almost kaleidoscopic pattern revealed between the zebra striping of this dress, but the pattern leads the eye directly to the model's lady parts...or is that just me?

Look at her nails! Look at her nails! I was geeking out so hard over the black markered fingertips. I wonder how much I would frighten my coworkers if I showed up to work tomorrow with my nails like that?

You know the drill, to see the whole collection, catch the slideshow below, or click on it to view full screen: