Vidal Sassoon

The ever amazing Vidal Sassoon passed away yesterday at the age of 84.  His work has always inspired me, in hair as well as fashion, but  he has touched so many.

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Have We Met?

The Costume Institute Met Ball 2012. Theme this year?  Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations.   I have looked through some of the photos on Style.com and usmgazine.  So far, so beautiful.

Camilla Belle In a beautiful Ralph Lauren, But my favorite aspect of the look?  The deep purple lip with the light, shimmery dress.  Lana Del Rey in Joseph Altuzarra.  I love the sheer black cape. So stunning.

My favorite hair inspiration and the newlywed, Carey Mulligan in Prada.  Karolina Kurkova in Rachel Zoe. Loving the matching turban! These dresses are some major displays of all that sparkles.

Hey Anja, could your Anthony Vaccarello gown show a little more hip? Mary-Kate’s The Row dress is very nun meets geisha in a very modern way.

Brights!!! The ever stylish Diane Kruger is not a disappointment in this feather adorned Prada.  And January Jones wears Versace well.

Doubtful DIY

I want to make this! Yeah, right.  I just want this beautiful James Nares for Coach bag.

Just something else I’m obsessing over that was intended for use by men! Sunglasses, watches, cologne, and now bags.

I Do

This weekend marked the beginning of wedding season (for me at least) with a trip a few hours into the interior of Florida for the first in a long string of weddings.  Most of the invitations I have received (so far) are from friends and family completely unconnected to one another, so I thought I could buy one perfect dress to wear to all the weddings.  As i dragged myself from one dreary dress department to another I realized that while one dress would work wonders at an art museum it would fall flat in a garden. 

What to do? Surf the closet for some repeat wears (and get one new dress just to feel better about the headache I received from the bad lighting at the local mall).

Watching loads of drunk guests bust a move on the dance floor I finally began to realize how little thought people put into their wedding day ensambles. Yeah, yeah, yeah, it’s supposed to be all about the bride but I can only assume that same bride doesn’t want to see a family friend in the dress she wore to her great aunts 80th birthday in photos for years to come. 

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Charlotte Ronson, Jill Stuart, Anna Sui

  Banquette halls are notoriously cold so you may end up looking like this model from the Jill Stuart runway in an over-sizedtux jacket (yes, chic at the moment), or you can get smart with a sweet matching cardi like the one Anna is showing off.

I love each of these girl’s hair for a wedding too.  Nothing too fussy, leave that to the bride and her attendants.

Paris S/S 2009 RTW: (Preliminary!) Highlights

First off, many apologies for a lack of updates — between my being busy moving out of the state and Michelle’s on and off relationship with the Internet, we haven’t had a moment to really sit down and take a look at all the S/S shows that have been happening until now.  Luckiy for me, though, Paris always happens to host my favorite shows of the season.  

My inner science fiction nerd fell in love with the Balenciaga presentation.  I am all about the  iridescent fabrics, and the cut of the pieces was perfect.  Can you even believe how great the male models looked in those supremely tailored suits?

 

Another favorite Paris show of mine was by Maison Martin Margiela, which celebrated the designer’s 20th anniversary.  A very conceptual presentation, Margiela obscured the faces of the models so that the focus was strictly on the clothes.  I’ve been in a blazer frenzy lately as well, so Margiela’s jackets with exaggerated shoulders were a welcome sight.

 

 

To round out the post, I’d like to take a closer look at Ann Demeulemeester’s Spring/Summer line.  This is one designer whose collections I would wear every season.  I love the gathering and draping of the fabrics, and I thought the lightness of the sandals balanced the volume of the dresses.

        

All photos courtesy of style.com

Spring/Summer 2009 RTW: Marc Jacobs and MBMJ

Any misgivings I had about Marc Jacobs due to his Fall/Winter 2008 show have vanished after seeing his Spring/Summer collections over the past few days.  In his signature line, Marc mixed and matched tons of different prints and fabrics, and the influence of a variety of American eras was evident — lots of 90s plaid, gingham, and bustled skirts. 

 

In his Marc by Marc Jacobs show, I fell in LOVE with the shoes, especially the sandle/shoe lace-up hybrids.  Like the Marc Jacobs line, the Spring/Summer MBMJ collection also placed an emphasis on the waist through the use of layered belts and, strangely, multiple fanny packs — isn’t one of those things at a time enough?  The paper-bagged shorts, however, stood out as something I must have come next spring.  For some fun backstage and detail shots of the show, check out the cobrasnake.

Florida Does NYC Fashion Week

I love it when I hear about Floridians doing great things in the New York fashion world, because it gives me hope that I can make it out of this hot swamp of a state one day too.  This Friday, our friends at Love Brigade will be launching their diffusion line, ex-oh, at the D’Apostrophe Showroom, and from what I hear it won’t be your usual “15 minutes and it’s over” runway show.  Check out the video to get a glimpse of the collection, and if you’re in New York you should try to go see festivities for yourself!

There’s No Place Like Fashion Week

Beginning September 4th — just in time for Fashion Week! —  Saks Fifth Avenue will be displaying reinvented versions of Dorothy’s ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz in celebration of the film’s 70th anniversary.  The shoes have been created by a variety of ready-to-wear and accessory designers, including Betsey Johnson, Diane von Furstenberg, and Jimmy Choo.  One of the sponsors for the event is Swarovski Crystals, which is why many of the heels are bedazzled beyond belief.  After the showing at Saks and Bryant Park, these red slippers are going on a countrywide tour (including a stop at Art Basel in Miami) before being auctioned off to support the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.  Below are just a few of the pairs I like the most — click here to view more.  I think Dorothy would definitely be jealous.

 

Pictured: Betsey Johnson, Botkier, Jimmy Choo, Diane von Furstenberg, Tuleh

Lil’ Karl, Perhaps?

Oh, Karl Lagerfeld – always giving me pause whenever I read about him.  This photo is from the latest edition of Harper’s Bazaar that features some fashion famous in “fantasy” poses.  Apparently, Karl loves the rap music and fantasizes about being the next Lil Wayne. Proof of his thugness? Totally wearing Phat Farm jeans. I love it! Look for the magazine to also include Georgio Armani posing as Fred Astaire and Michael Kors as James Stewart in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window.

A Stand Out

I’ve never been one for overly bright “look at me, please!” kind of outfits, but I don’t want to be a bore either.  So as I begin shopping for the fall I’m sticking to basics in grays, blacks, blues, and browns and then finding some small but effective pieces in primary and other bright colors. By looking at designers collections for Fall/Winter ’08, I got a little inspiration.

A.F. Vandevorst, 3.1 Phillip Lim

Best Behavior, Dries van Noten

All photos from style.com and copenhagenfashionweek.com

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