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!
Monday, February 28, 2011
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!
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."
Sunday, February 27, 2011
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?!?|
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 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.
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!
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 Style.com
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!
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
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!
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
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.
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...
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
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.
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.
You know the drill, to see the whole collection, catch the slideshow below, or click on it to view full screen: