Monday, September 15, 2014

Velvet Crush

Viktor & Rolf Fall 2014 Couture; Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent Fall 2003 ad campaign

Gwyneth Paltrow at the 1996 MTV VMAs in bespoke Tom Ford for Gucci

L to R: 
Giuseppe Zanotti brick red velvet t-strap sandal @ The Corner
Alexandre Birman dark red velvet tie sandal @ Saks
Burberry Prorsum burgundy velvet and satin sandal @ Net-a-porter
Burberry Prorsum 'Bateman' cherry velvet open toe boot @ MyTheresa
ASOS 'Missionary' red velvet lug sole shoes @ ASOS

Look 1/Left: 
Victorian gold pendant earrings
Rosie Assoulin slit front velvet dress @ Moda Operandi
Barbara Bonner 'Tambourine' velvet shoulder bag @ Luisa Via Roma
Gianvito Rossi velvet ankle strap sandals @ MyTheresa

Look 2/Right:
Louis Vuitton 'Essential V' earring @ Louis Vuitton
Altuzarra for Target velvet blazer @ Target
Altuzarra for Target velvet tuxedo ankle pant @ Target
The Row fringed leather clutch @ FarFetch
Robert Clergerie velvet slipper @ The Corner

Loved Viktor & Rolf's Fall 2014 couture collection but find yourself wondering, "Where will I really wear that red velvet dress with the overpowering bow?"  Or remembering, "Oh, yeah, I can't afford couture...?"  No need to fret!  Red velvet is amidst a major revival right now, and everything from sandals to eveningwear is available in the righteously regal fabric.  You can get your fix with any of the de rigueur shoes above - or - get the look that I am craving most right now by pairing bold head-toe-toe velvet with a gold statement earring and a side of serious fringe.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Obsessed With Stella McCartney Fall 2014


Cut Shibori jumper Pre-order @ Stella McCartney
Cut Shibori trousers Pre-order @ Stella McCartney
Fendi shearling handle 3Jours tote
Gianvito Rossi Carlie leather sandals @ MyTheresa

I'm not sure why, but in all of my extended browsing of the Fall 2014 collections on, I never really gave much thought to Stella McCartney.  I scanned it once and never revisited - my routine for collections that aren't season-after-season favorites - even though Stella consistently ranks somewhere in my top ten.  The other day, though, I just so happened to click on one of those tailored-to-you based on crap you've looked at in the past banner ads for Nordstrom, where I eventually clicked my way to the fall Stella pre-orders.  For some reason, the collection was so much more appealing in a retail format, and I instantly became enamored of a matching mélange knit sweater and skirt, a look that I have been obsessing over since sourcing material for this post.  It's like a light bulb went off and all of a sudden, I couldn't get enough of the collection - the insane knits, the sexy minimalist fringe dresses, and THE starry flatform oxfords.  My favorite look from the show is Look 21 - a matching wool sweater and trouser combo in emerald and black.  This is the silhouette I am most craving for fall - a two-piece knit paired with statement accessories, including a timeless (with a twist) top handle.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

MØ 'Waste of Time'

High Summer '14 Look

Mykita 'Roald' lite tea shade sunglasses in Copper/Black @ SSENSE
Kimberly McDonald uvaronite garnet and black diamond triangle earrings @ FarFetch
Burberry Prorsum dark green fur and lambskin cropped caban @ SSENSE
J.W. Anderson classic oxford shirt dress @ Net-a-porter
Altuzarra 'Djinn' plaid pencil skirt @ MyTheresa
Ashish pink stripe sequin tote @ ASOS
Marni flannel crisscross flat slide sandal @ Neiman Marcus

With the heat index soaring well above the 100's and the humidity at a daily average of 60%, I find myself daydreaming of fall - knits, pants, sleeves.  This look is a mix of pieces that are available right now (some pre-order) and that in other climates could be considered summer-wear, but here, unfortunately, would be no match for even the most powerful A/C.  Here's looking to fall - and that gorgeous green Burberry Prorsum cropped caban.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Louis Vuitton Series 1 By Juergen Teller

Finally seeing this shoot in motion only further underscores the indelible coolness that is Nicolas Ghesquière.  Total love.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Juergen Teller for Louis Vuitton Fall 2014 feat. Freja and the Maserati Boomerang

While I am somewhat ambivalent about the other images in Louis Vuitton's first campaign under the creative direction of Nicolas Ghesquière, Juergen Teller's photos capturing Freja Beja Ericsson and the ultra rare (as in, there is only one) 1972 Maserati Boomerang really capture the aura of luxury, edge, and exclusivity that Ghesquière has in a very short time restored to the storied French house.  The clean concrete setting surrounding a singular aged tree provides a stark contrast between old and new, perfectly mirroring Ghesquière's brilliant re-imagining of some of the most iconic pieces in French fashion history, from the classic Speedy to the LV travel trunk, now handheld and known as the Petite Malle.  Though the campaign as a whole lacked cohesion, "Series 1" is a promising start to what is rapidly shaping up to be fashion's strongest pairing.

What's New (Again) for Resort 2015

While resort and its fellow pre-season collections aren't necessarily known for producing truly innovative pieces - the in-between seasons, after all, are intended to fill more basic year-round needs in customers' closets - this current season in many ways has shown a revival of several trends that have been absent from the runways for quite some time.  In addition to introducing a few new silhouettes alongside these old favorites, Resort 2015 may also shockingly play out to be the tipping point revealing a new era soon to come.

That 70's Girl

While fashion may have recently turned its eyes away from the 80's and briefly toward the (too recent, in my opinion) 90's for inspiration, resort has shown a drastic shift toward classic 70's silhouettes - think pointed collars and wide lapels, stiff A-line shapes, and a super long and lean trouser.

Seen at: Gucci and Louis Vuitton

Sporty Stripes

Building upon the Australian-led sports luxe trend that has stuck around for the past few seasons, Resort's sports-inspired looks came in the form of oversized tops and wide floor-grazing pants emblazoned with bold multicolor stripes.

Seen at: Marni and Rosie Assoulin

Day Dressing

Cocktail dresses are now fully appropriate as day-wear, so long as they are paired with a clunky platform sandal or boyish brogue.

Seen at: Erdem and 3.1 Phillip Lim

Match Game

Matching dresses and coats were seen on several resort runways.  Most notably, Derek Lam offered a knitted two piece ensemble in a neutral space dye, which was also recently seen on slim turtlenecks at Rodarte Fall 2014.  Technically, three is a trend, but I am already calling the triumphant return of this 70's style staple.

Seen at: Derek Lam and Prabal Gurung

The Tea Skirt

Paired with a luxe knit and an unexpected flat, the classically feminine style has made a comeback in airy chiffon and lace.  Think more upscale grunge than the sweet circle skirts that have appeared these last few seasons.

Seen at: Rochas and The Row


Fringe Benefits

Has anyone ever opted NOT to use this particular phrase when referencing fringe on the runways?  I think not; however, this season's fringe is a little different, trimming heavier (almost woolen) pieces and imparting more of a cozy luxe vibe than the southwestern sexpot vibe that has been seen as of late.

Seen at: Christian Dior and Chloé

Everything Goes Evening

Evening wear got a quirky makeover for resort.  From tropical monkey "lace" on a sheer gown at Valentino to over-sized crystals trimming the collar of a fuchsia micro-mini at Marc Jacobs, it is clear that the black tie crowd is ready to step outside the (black strapless satin) box.  Resort, it appears, has broken the final barrier that once separated the kooky streets from the uppermost echelons of fashion.  Sure, we just saw sneakers at couture, but a (presumably) $20,000 monkey dress leaves no room for doubt that truly now, anything goes.

Seen at: Valentino and Marc Jacobs


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Back to Life Back to Reality

If you are a child of the 90's AND a hardcore Philophile, you'll understand exactly how I got here.  If you need a hint, check out the Spring/Summer 2014 campaign video at  I am all over the arts luxe vibe in this collection, and the ad campaign ingeniously showcases the sculptural elements and vibrant athletic undertones that were hallmarks of the season.


It's Couture, Baby!

Christian Dior

Spring 2014 Couture has now come and gone, and the one thing I really took away from the shows is that sneakers probably aren't going anywhere anytime soon.  Last year, I was astounded at the number of show-goers wearing sneaks to the shows; this year, they made it onto not one, but two, couture runways.  Karl Lagerfeld chose to accessorize every look at Chanel with a pair of complementary over-the-top trainers in python, pearls, beads, and tweed.  Raf Simons also paired beaded trainers with several looks at Dior, although his slip-on style encrusted in the most delicate little pastel flowers somehow elevated the athletic staple to something much lighter and more feminine. 

Bouchra Jarrar, Maison Martin Margiela, Giambattista Valli

Of course, I most look forward to couture season for the showcasing of the extraordinary, be that in terms of construction or design.  Bouchra Jarrar has become a favorite of mine for her razor sharp tailoring, and this season, she upped the ante with the unexpected combination of sportif stripes and feathers.  Margiela, on the other hand, showed an artisanal mélange of textiles from varying cultures and eras that combined can only be described as "tattooed carpetbagger luxe."  I was especially fond of the metallic accents on tapestry coats and the gorgeous lime gold Tabi boots that accompanied each look.  Finally, Giambattista Valli presented a glamorous lineup of unapologetically pretty party dresses, because sometimes, despite fashion's inexorable attraction to the now, it's just nice to see some simply pretty dresses.


Friday, January 17, 2014

Christian Dior Pre-Fall 2014

It's simple...WANT.