This One Is For Chelsea

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These past few months I have been yearning for an Italy visit. I miss my friends there, the gorgeous architect and the incredible style. I can smell and taste the food as if I just finished eating in my favorite restaurant in Milan. But most of all I miss the spirit and generosity of the people.

Thank God for fashion week. And, the likes of Tommy Ton, Phil Oh and Diego Zuko for bringing us the streets of Italy (via street style). The next best thing to being there.

Chelsea, this one’s for you. Hope you’re enjoying your honeymoon in Italy!

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The Fruits Of My Search

FRS Knitted Tight Dress $ 76.00Isabel Marant Etoile Lambskin Leather Vest $1245.00 on sale for $747.00

Tods Monk Strap Leather Brogues $600.00FRS Midi Skirt In Black Pleats $48.00Clare Vivier Duffel Petit $542.00Jennifer Fisher Hollow Wide Rectangle Ring $310.00

I’ve been on the search for the perfect pair of brogues to wear this fall. Finding a pair that met all my requirements was a challenge. They had to own an element of elegance, as I will wear them with dresses, be sleek enough to wear with skinny jeans (not too overpowering), and all around tres chic. It was tricky but I believe I’ve found the perfect pair (by Tods). I expect it was the monk strap and fringe detail that sold me –  it’s always in the details.

With the find of the brogues, and a new online store I’ve discovered, The Front Row, putting together the perfect day chic ensemble was easy. This TFR black knit dress, perfect on its own, is a whole different look when worn over their white with black fluted pleated skirt. The dress also has a pair of matching knit pants. Three outfits with one dress!

Top it off with  Isabel Marant’s Etoile leather vest (on sale) and Clare V.‘s petit duffle bag for the ideal finishing touches. I’d keep the accessories to a minimum, Jennifer Fisher’s hollow rectangular ring is perfect.

My mindset is definitely switching gears. I’m ready for fall.

TFR Knitted Tight Dress $ 76.00 // Isabel Marant Etoile Lambskin Leather Vest $1245.00 on sale for $747.00 // TFR Midi Skirt In Black Pleats $48.00 // Jennifer Fisher Hollow Wide Rectangle Ring $310.00 // Clare Vivier Duffel Petit $542.00 // Tods Monk Strap Leather Brogues $600.00

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An Ode To Marianne North

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Erdem Moralioglu’s ethereal, fairy tale Spring 2015 collection was inspired by one woman–Victorian biologist and botanical artist Marianne North–who was so esteemed in her profession that there’s a gallery dedicated to her at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, outside London.

Yet Moralioglu’s runway garden was more in line with a jungle, a tropical, evocative one. Starting with the dimly lit runway, dressed in lush emerald green foliage, and continuing with the first displays of brilliant dresses in rich teals, forest and emerald greens, and vibrant chartreuses. A stand out was the grid like crochet and sheer organza dress with plant life appliques in the aforementioned colors. A trellis with blooming vegetation crawling up, over and within.

Like all good fairy tales duality was present. Purity was represented in Victorian influences of the 1890s — high collars, tight bodices and buttons lined down the front, plenty of crochet and broderie anglaise. Juxtaposing that was the wild side with a plethora of feathers and fronds, overlaid and dense, applied by hand. Tiny pieces of cut chiffon were composed in camo-like floral patterns, and cockerel feathers emerged from vivid and vibrant embroidery (absolutely stunning!). All resembling a couture like precision.

One could go on to say the tweeds in shades of black and white, with their edges frayed, represent the common folk in this fairy tale. But remember this is an exotic tale, and we can’t have just any tweed, it must be entwined with floral and plant embroidery and exquisite patches of lace.

The collection was neatly balanced with Nicholas Kirkwood’s black oxfords and cross-laced flat Roman sandals. The perfect modern touches to the perfect collection.

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Deconstructing Fall’s Fur Trend

Soft Faux Fur Coat i$140.00 Shrimps Mabel Color-Block Faux Fur Coat $995.00

DVF Finale Pieced Mink Coat $3200.00Sunday Best Mortimer Coat $150.00

Zara Colored Fur Coat $129.00DKNY Striped Faux Fur Coat

The fur trend really hadn’t gone anywhere, one could say it’s been simmering on low for a few years; much to the delight of animal right activists everywhere. Remember the days when they splattered real fur with buckets of paint, or raised a spray can up for their cause. Luckily with techniques that enable faux fur to look and feel so real, it stepped up to fill the void.

This season the trend is back and on high alert. Real fur was on display on oodles of designers fall runways. But this wasn’t your mother’s fur coats, this season’s fur was colored, marbled, striped, and in all varieties — shearling, fox, rabbit, mink and still plenty of faux.

Fur this fall is meant to be fun, and make a statement! Wear it with jeans for everyday use, dress up a look for evening, or pair it with an evening gown. The sky’s the limit!

As you know I’ve got my eye on DKNY’s striped faux fur coat (at $495.00 it’s a bargain). I’m into wearing faux fur, but DVF makes it awful tempting with her Finale pieced mink coat. Now that’s a statement piece.

Soft Faux Fur Coat $140.00 // Shrimps Mabel Color-Block Faux Fur Coat $995.00 // Sunday Best Mortimer Coat $150.00 // DKNY Striped Faux Fur Coat // Zara Colored Fur Coat $129.00 // DVF Finale Pieced Mink Coat $3200.00

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So Long New York

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Now that everyone has packed up camp in New York, and headed overseas to finish off the Spring/Summer 2015 collections, I’m highlighting some more of my favorite looks from NY. Everyone was having such fun with their fashion statements. Such inspiration!!

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A last look at a few more of my favorite New York exits.

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J MendelOscar De La Renta

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Street Style: Anna Del Russo In Christopher Kane and Alexander Wang Bag // Street Style shot by Phil Oh // Street Style shot by Tommy Ton // Giovanna Battaglia // Street Style shot by Tommy Ton // Street Style Celine Skirt // Street Style Phil Oh // Giovanna Battaglia In Marco De Vincenzo Skirt, Rochas Shoes // Marina Larroude In A Comme des Garcons Shirt

Collections: Proenza Schouler // Calvin Klein Collection //  Oscar De La Renta //  The Row// Wayne // J Mendel — Spring/Summer 2015

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Marc Jacob Enlists

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Marc Jacobs takes military and uniform inspired dressing in to the world of designer clothing with oversized cargo pockets, exploding cabochons, and divine silk duchesse fabrics. Uniforms went glam in little pouf skirts and paper-doll sixties shifts. Jacobs quoted his inspiration as images of Grace Slick, who wore fatigues to protest the Vietnam War in the ’60s. “Military clothes are part of the fashion vernacular now,” he pointed out. Was this his statement on the war crazy world we live in today?

And, we can’t not mention the “experience” Jacobs provided. Beats by Dre headsets were on  every seat, so you watched the show in your own little private world, the melodic sound track acting as a background to a soothing voice crooning thoughts composed by Marc and his collaborators — “When she goes in, the dog starts to bark. No, not that kind of dog . . . one that sounds like cheap electronic hip-hop from the eighties,” or “Can we move the house to a place where nothing ever happens and things are slower? I’ll be happy there . . ”

“The idea was to put everybody in their own world,” Jacobs said backstage of the immersive experience. “It’s what you make of it.” Which is exactly how it should be!

Juan Carlos Obando Goes Back To His Roots

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“This is actually the most personal collection I’ve done because it was all about Colombia, my home,” Juan Carlos Obando said after his Spring show. In the first half of Juan’s collection he introduced refreshing, soothing neutrals in lieu of his signature red-carpet gowns and bold color combinations which did make an appearance in the second half.

His fabric of choice was a beautiful, ivory waxed silk, lending the clothing fluidity and a sensuousness that I was immediately attracted to. I can just imagine how amazing these clothes will feel against your skin. That, and the loosely structured silhouettes take comfortable to a sublime state of dressing.

While I have always loved Obando’s use of vibrant colors, it was the neutrals I adored in his Spring 2015 collection. I’m coveting them all, but there is that rich wine colored dress too….

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A Modern Classic

 

L.K. Bennett The Jamiee Tote $725.00

I’ve always had a special affinity for lady like purses. It must generate from my love of all things Audrey Hepburn. I like the contrast of wearing them with edgy rocker chic looks as well as minimal, clean ensembles.

L.K. Bennett has introduced a new handbag collection this fall, dubbed the First lady Collection. Classic and elegant the three silhouettes -  Jackie (named after the famous first lady), Joan (a crossbody) and Jaimee (my favorite, a modern take on the tote), represent a style for every occasion, but if you ask me they can all double duty.

Their retro shapes are inspired by vintage handbags and satchels, and their craftsmanship underscores their classic appeal — beautiful brushed gold hardware contrasts with exquisite grained leather.

L.K. Bennett The Jamiee Tote $725.00 // L.K. Bennett The Jackie Bag $695.0.

 

L.K. Bennett The Jackie Bag $695.00

It’s Toms Turn

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Just in time for holiday shopping, Toms and Target has announced their ultra hip collaboration set to debut November 16. And, as is the Tom’s way, when you buy they give. “Every TOMS for Target apparel, accessory and home good purchase results in the donation of a blanket through the American Red Cross or Canadian Red Cross, or one week of meals through Feeding America or Food Banks Canada. And for every TOMS for Target pair of shoes sold, a pair will go to a child in need.”

Nothing like giving back during the holiday, or any season. And, everything retails for under $50.00. Tom’s sure does make it easy to be oh so good! Check out the entire collection here.

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American Sportswear At It’s Best

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Derek Lam took his fascination with the 70′s and dove in head first coming up for air with a Spring/Summer collection that delivers the affectivity of the decade yet with a modernity and freshness that speaks of today. “That era was the high point of American design, and I wanted to reiterate it in a modern, universal way,” said Lam backstage.

The American sports wear master delivered again with a fantastic collection that opened up with rich patchwork suedes of dove grey, violet and light brown. The lush suedes fell like liquid over the models with a suppleness and lightness about them. The simplicity of the silhouettes, heightened by top stitching, were in what may appear to be haphazard patchwork patterns, but I’m guessing were very well thought out.

The slouchy high-waisted trousers with patch pockets and a simple collarless blouse were a favorite, as was the sailor motif in a white below the knee full skirt and sleeveless crewneck top embellished with gleaming metal studs. And, who will be able to resist the palest of pale lilac suede duster (divine worn over anything) paired with a simple knit top and violet suede to-the-knee a-line skirt. Not I!!

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The Perfect Tuxedo Blazer & Long Flowy Dresses

Altuzarra closed with a perfect black tuxedo jacket worn over a very sexy shear, cut out gown that would be just as heavenly over his velvet gold patterned and sheer fabric flowing gown!! Let’s hope to see them on the upcoming red carpets!

Altuzarra Spring/Summer 2015

Altuzarra Spring/Summer 2015

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Spring Summer 2015 Emerging Trends From New York

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Two trends have emerged so far from New York Fashion Week. Come spring of next year we will be seeing a lot more high-waisted pants – slim legged and full, and white shoes of various silhouettes.White shoes aren’t always the easiest to get just right, but these designers make it look effortless.
In the few days that New York has been pleasantly over run with designers eloquently parading their designs down the runways, more than just a few featured shoes in various shades of white — Altazuura, Derek Lam, Alexander Wang and Honor (loved their pointy toed flats) were some of my favorites.

Just the other day my friend and I were commenting on how all the young girls are wearing high-waisted shorts these days. It made me think how high-waisted pants have been trickling back into fashion over the past few seasons. They have now invaded New York, and are here in full force!!

Alexander Wang’s high-waisted slim legged satin trousers, and Altazurra’s ultra skinny pants (tres sexy even with a gingham shirt) are a modern and refreshing take on slim leg pants. Derek Lam’s slouchier, full legged version have definitely caught my eye, and I’ve a strong suspicion are going to be a prominent silhouette not only this fall, but next spring as well. Another favorite that takes me back to the seventies are Diane von Furstenburg’s indigo denim jeans — with a slimmer and slightly more tailored look. I can picture any of Charlie’s Angels, chasing down the latest criminal for their boss, in these high-waisted flared jeans and looking oh-so-chic while doing so!

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When A White Poplin Shirt Isn’t Just A White Poplin Shirt

Jil Sander Cotton-Poplin Top $580.00Alexander McQueen Broderie Anglaise Puff SLeeve Blouse $4265.00

3.1 Phillip Lim Embelished Poplin Top $450.00Edun Choi White Collar Violette Shirt $475.00

Seeing Leandra Medine (Man Repeller) at NYFW in her cutoff shorts paired with what was definitely not your ordinary white poplin blouse (see yesterday’s post, she looked amazing!!) inspired me to rethink the classic combo of denim and the white button down.

This season the white poplin button down is a strong trend, and appeared in most designers fall repertoire. (But really when has this classic not been in style?) The only difference is now you’ll be seeing a lot of what I like to call statement white shirts. Still made from the classic poplin cotton, the silhouette has been given a makeover — tweaked, embellished and designed with an edge. These are not your mother’s white shirts!

Start with your favorite pair of cutoffs or jeans, add Burberry’s polished leather lace-ups (heels for a dressier version with jeans), and simple accessories as not to take attention anyway from your statement piece. Marly Moretti‘s open crescent ring and Becksondergarrd‘s Carmen metal clutch are the ideal accoutrements!

Genetic Denim Alexia Anti-Fit Cutoffs $165.00 on sale for $41.00Burberry Polished Leather Lace-Up Flats $475.00

Becksondergarrd Carmen Metal ClutchMarly Moretti Open Crescent Ring $88.00

 Jil Sander Cotton-Poplin Top $580.00 //Alexander McQueen Broderie Anglaise Puff Sleeve Blouse $4265.00 // Edun Choi White Collar Violette Shirt $475.00 // 3.1 Phillip Lim Embelished Poplin Top $450.00

Genetic Denim Alexia Anti-Fit Cutoffs $165.00 on sale for $41.00 // Burberry Polished Leather Lace-Up Flats $475.00 // Marly Moretti Open Crescent Ring $88.00 // Becksondergarrd Carmen Metal Clutch

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