Runway to Red (gray) Carpet

Here is a wonderful example of taking a runway dress and using it in “real life” (quotes because, let’s face it, a star studded event only qualifies as real life  for a select few).

Elizabeth Banks looks modern yet demure in this fabulous Matthew Williams piece.  The neckline is in wonderful, unexpected contrast to the cutouts and breakaway hem.

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.

Style Options: Prints

Prints range from the overly bold to the small and delicate, but right now it doesn’t matter how you wear them, just that you find a place for them in your wardrobe.  Here are pictures from Face Hunter, Style.com, and the  Sartorialist that show this philosophy in action.  Many with rich color, and of course lots of floral as shown on runways everywhere.

Below are some prints you can use as more inspiration or get for yourself.

Clockwise from top:

Oscar De La Renta, floral print dress, Net-a-porter.com

Ballet flat, payless.com

Mosaic Beaded bag, Alloy.com

Zebra Stripped Scarf, Delias.com

Richard Chai for Target, Cowel neck dress, target.com

Fighting the Good Fight

I see them walking down the street and at festivals, as well as in party photos from Style.com.  The gladiator has been around the block a few times and doesn’t seem to be losing steam either.  They come in every shape and style, from simple to studded, and from beige to metallic.  I’m a little over the trend (although admittedly smitten by them early on), but I better get used to them.

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