Friday, November 29, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide


Here are my top gift picks for this season of giving.  From the completely over-the-top to the simplest of luxuries, there is surely something on this list to satisfy just about every fashion craving.  And forget Black Friday - I'm not about to risk my life in a crowd of people still in a turkey coma for some 30% off "steals."  I can get that on The Outnet any day, although I did include one very special sale piece for those of you who have been REALLY good this year ;)

1. Frends Taylor Headphones - $199 @ Nordstrom
2. Gabriela Artigas Infinite Tusk Earrings - $180 @ Shopbop
3. Fjällräven Kanken Backpack - $74.95 @ Moosejaw
4. L'Occitane Hand Creams of Provence - $42 @ Sephora
5. Madewell Openweave Scarf - $58 @ Madewell
6. Cire Trudon Odalisque Candle - $95 @ Barneys
7. Cire Trudon Giant Matches - $12 @ Barneys
8. Opening Ceremony Boogie Hat - $125 @ The Dreslyn
9. Carrera by Jimmy Choo Sunglasses - $199 @ Nordstrom
10. Chanel L'Edition Ultime Nail Set - $375 @ Chanel
11. Tom Ford Beauty Limited Edition 12-Piece Lipstick Set - $588 @ Neiman Marcus
12. Nike Rose Gold Fuelband - $169 @ Nike
13. Proenza Schouler PS11 Tiny Camouflage Printed Leather Bag - $1151 ON SALE @ Luisa Via Roma
14. Leather Jewelry Case - $55 @ T. Anthony
15. Women's Check Fleece Socks - $9.90 @ Uniqlo

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Fall 2013 Looks

Givenchy sweater @ Farfetch
Dries Van Noten embellished feather skirt via Ekseption
Delvaux 'Brillante' mini bag @ Lane Crawford
Maison Martin Margiela python slide @ Barneys

Khaleda Rajab + Fahad Almarzouq sunglasses @ Linda Farrow 
Antonio Marras oversize jumper @ Farfetch 
 Ètoile Isabel Marant pinstripe trousers @ Farfetch 
Balenciaga 'Le Dix' bag @ Barneys
Saint Laurent 'Blake' silver studded oxford @ Barneys

Rodarte alpaca jumper @ Farfetch
Saint Laurent distressed jeans @ Matches
Saint Laurent 'Betty' python studded shoulder bag @ Matches
Saint Laurent metallic gold Chelsea boot @ Matches

It's that time of the year again when my wishlist has grown to such epic proportions that all there is to do is simply share some of my favorite pieces with you via collage because there is no way that all most of these loves are going to make it into my personal wardrobe.  So, in order to shed some light on what's been floating around in my head as of late, I present some of my most highly coveted pieces of the season, styled in exactly the manner I would choose to wear them were I fortunate enough to call them my own.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Great Minds Think Alike Part 4

Brandon Sun // Fendi

Who would have thought that geometric sheared mink would show up on not one, but two, spring runways?  Lightweight leather has become somewhat of a staple for spring, but lightweight fur is quite a novel proposition.  The long sleeve peplum top from Fendi is at the top of my ultimate wishlist for the season, and newcomer Brandon Sun's chevron pieces have me excited to see what he'll do next.

Céline // The Row

Fringe is looking to be a huge trend for spring, and Céline and The Row stepped it up a notch by adding the trim to fishnet pieces.  Whether on a strapless tank dress or a drapey long sleeved bateau, fishnet looks chic and easy when layered to near opacity.


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Great Minds Think Alike Part 3

Christian Dior  // Christopher Kane

It seems Raf and Christopher were feeling pretty literal this season.  Both designers showed text-embellished dresses that signified the message of their collections.  Just in case there were any doubt, Raf Simons wanted to assure that the Dior ethos is going through a transitory period, and its new aesthetic - according to the words embroidered on pieces throughout the collection - is a "hyperreal" reexamining of the brand's archives.  Kane, meanwhile, imbued his designs with an undercurrent of female sexuality by embroidering dresses with textbook representations of the anatomy of a flower.

Viktor & Rolf  // Christian Dior

Schoolboy crests were another reappearing theme for Spring, and this time around they looked fresh and almost futuristic on modern jackets.  Recalling Nicolas Ghesquière's Fall 2007 collection for Balenciaga, the crest adds an unexpected stamp of traditional tailoring to pieces that are anything but.  The Spring 2014 runways showed a plethora of outerwear options substantial enough to wear into Fall, and the classic prep element to the above options would take them into seasons beyond.


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Great Minds Think Alike Part 2

Prada SS14 // Tata Naka SS14

Prada SS14 // Tata Naka SS13

Some more shared inspiration from the spring runways, this time via Prada and Tata Naka.  I cannot even put into words how awesome Prada's spring show was, but if the silhouetted bra top colorblocking and face prints looked familiar, it's probably because you also saw them at Tata Naka.  Prada's spring show was actually somewhat of an amalgamation of Tata Naka Spring 2013 and 2014 - plus crystals, plus athletic socks, plus the most awesome furs you've ever seen in your life.  I want it all.


Friday, September 20, 2013

Great Minds Think Alike


Erdem // Prabal Gurung

While I was clicking through the images of the Erdem show on, I stumbled across a dress I thought I had seen before.  It only took a short while to recall where, as it was only a few days earlier that I had seen it - or, as it turns out, a very similar dress - at Prabal Gurung.  Apparently Coca-Cola isn't the only thing inspiring multiple designers this spring.  The black and white dress has shown up on several runways, and were it not for the shoes and slightly different (but still slicked back I must note) hair, I would say these two were from the same collection.


Monday, September 16, 2013

Sugar Crush


The title is also a reference to the soul-sucking wallet-emptying iPhone game Candy Crush, but what I really want to focus on here is the appearance of everyone's favorite soft drink on the Spring 2014 runways.  It seems designers are crushing hard on Coca-Cola, as both Marc Jacobs and Ashish showed classic Coke themed tops for spring.  Ashish's show featured the logo on his signature sequined tanks and tees, and accessories ranging from grocery bags to crowns to traditional Indian- and African- inspired jewelry highlighted the multicultural ethos of the global beverage.  Jacobs' collection was predominantly Victorian grunge, but just as he slipped in that Mickey Mouse sweatshirt amongst the mod offerings last spring, he again chose to accentuate a singular lounge piece with a bit of pop culture.  Fashion is at a unique moment in time now, with the internet and the pervasiveness of street style having brought what was once highly exclusive to the masses, so it is refreshing to see designers embracing this with a nod to one of the greatest socioeconomic equalizers in history.


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Fall 2013's Shoe of the Season: The Stretchy OTK


Christian Dior



Fashion month is over, and I'm calling the 'It' shoe of the season.  A cold-weather continuation of spring's knee-high gladiator, the stretchy over-the-knee boot is the clear frontrunner for fall.  My personal favorites were from New York and Paris, and I am betting some serious money that the embroidered Dior boot will go down in history as one of the all-time greats.


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Tom Ford [for Gucci] Fall/Winter 2013


Tom Ford's first London showing and his return to runway since founding his eponymous womenswear line was nothing short of what one would expect from the king of over the top opulence.  


The historic Lancaster House was the perfect backdrop for Ford's exclusive designs and a ripe foil to the unabashed sex appeal that is his signature.  Ford is admittedly quite comfortable straddling the boundary of good taste, and it is the delicate balance he strikes between tack and restraint that sets him apart from his competitors in the field.  He may have tried to avoid the press these past few years, and rightfully so - fashion has arguably lost much of the allure that comes with privacy - but these are clothes that deserve to be highly publicized. 





As much of a departure as his fall show was from previous seasons under his own label (where color was confined to one or two looks and an accessory here and there), it was shockingly reminiscent of some of his more colorful collections for Gucci circa 1999-2000.  Tribal patterned bead work and bold floral prints evoked his spring 1999 collection, while astrakhan lamb, leopard, and lace hearkened back to the fall collection of that same year. 


the January 2000 VOGUE editorial 'After Hours.'  Styled by Grace Coddington and lensed by Mario Testino (one third of the Holy Trinity that also includes Carine Roitfeld, longtime Ford collaborator and current season makeup muse), it features two of the key looks from Gucci's spring 2000 collection.


The collection's accessories also recalled that early aughts bohemian flare, although the super-slim cat eye shades were decidedly more evocative of the previous decade.


Hopefully Ford's renewed runway presence will equate to an increase in editorial appearances as well, as the heavily beaded knee boots and dagger closure pumps in pony and suede would light up any accessories feature and could easily inspire a full spread on their own (I know I'm already dreaming).


If this post has left you salivating, 1stdibs has many of Ford's original designs for Gucci available online now.  Satisfy your cravings here, here, or here.  And might I add - I tried on that beaded python dress back in the day, and it is SO worth it ;)

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Outfit Lay Out: Pop Grunge

Bop Basics beanie, Prabal Gurung x Linda Farrow sunglasses, Fuzzplex sweater c/o SwayChic, ASOS ripped boyfriend jeans, Céline box bag, Marc Jacobs pilgrim flats

Since I live in a city with a higher annual rate of precipitation than Seattle, I decided it would be a good idea to occasionally post my outfits in a manner that in no way depends on the weather (or the availability of a photographer other than myself).  I styled my look for today around a super snuggly striped sweater that was sent to me by SwayChic, an up-and-coming LA boutique that specializes in the sort of 80's/90's pieces that I have been hopelessly nostalgic for as of late.  They have tons more cute sweaters, and I am also digging this baroque printed one (sort-of Stella, no?) and this amoeba knit (yay science!).  Today I'm also busting out my Marc Jacobs pilgrim flats, which may be my favorite pair of shoes I have ever bought, save for the fact that they are about a size too small.  I really wish more websites would post accurate sizing information on the shoes they sell because too many brands are terribly inconsistent in their sizes.  Oh well, beauty is pain, right?