Archive | April, 2011

4/30

30 Apr

Ladies, there comes a time in every woman’s life where your possessions outweigh your closet capacity. I have officially exceeded carrying capacity. Since I am moving back home (summer) I am faced with the forced assimilation of two closets — two, very full, closets. There is nothing that I need anymore — but being the fashion minded, and obsessed person that I am I cannot stop the consumption. For the summer, I’ve implanted rules — a) nothing simple, nothing without character or that even vaguely resembles an already owned piece b) i need jewelry, always worth it and necessary to outfits c) sunglasses which I will not break, lose or scratch…Something couture and not prescription (I do own prescription Pucci’s)…and possibly more that I can’t remember So here are my first investments of summer…woo! I’m really happy with all of them.

1) Jewelry — noir jewelry, gold dagger wrap around bracelet $120 (off of gilt, it was $50). 2) Blazer. Alexander wang, Leather-sleeved cotton-blend jacket for $770 (the miracle of the outnet, I got it for $271). 3) Opening Ceremony’s fair isle asymmetrical strap dress for $297 from Tobi. 4) Comme des Garçons clover embossed pouch for $138 — dreamy, and definitely unusual.

Everything (so far) is unusual and an asset to my closet. Can it get any better?

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April 29th: The Royal Wedding

30 Apr

I was one of the millions who woke up at 4 AM to watch this spectacle. I have never experienced something so fun in my life. The anticipation when she got in — whether or not this is creepy or impressive, I recognized Sarah Burton when she climbed in to the Rolls Royce to adjust her dress. It was so moving, the entire ceremony (which was so much shorter than I anticipated) and the refined beauty of all the women in their simple, colorful pieces with amazing and unusual headpieces. It was amazing. Absolutely amazing.The ceremony was amazing — I loved reading their lips and witnessing their intimate moments in the midst of such a public affair. It was beautiful, really the wedding of the decade.

Credit: zimbio

Catherine Middleton: The Royal Wedding

Pippa Middleton: The Royal Wedding

Princess Eugenie: The Royal Wedding


Goodbye, Christophe Decarnin. Hello, Olivier Rousteing

26 Apr

It’s official today — this morning, Balmain announced Christophe Decarnin’s replacement. Olivier Rousteing worked with Decarnin for the head of womens wear design studio for Balmain since 2009. That’s pretty much all we know about him right now. His resume states that he graduated in 2003 from the École Supérieure Des Arts Et Techniques De La Mode in Paris and then went off to Roberto Cavalli where he worked for five years before moving to Balmain. Rousteing is described as “a young and promising creative dynamo,” so I, along with the rest of the fashion world, am eager to say what he does for the upcoming season.

Rousteing’s gorgeous — I just really had to throw that out there. Male designers, in general, aren’t that hot in my opinion. They’re chic and have a je ne sais quoi, but Rousteing’s dynamite.

This is only step one in the replacements for lost designers in the Spring season — of which there were more than usual…I see Rousteing having enormous potential and cannot wait to see his creativity in action. And more photos of him. Just sayin’.

Credit: Balmain

Balmain Fall 2011

Balmain Spring 2011

Kate Beckinsdale in Balmain


ADR: Outfits at the Opening

25 Apr

Now, I’m fuzzy as to the chronology of these photos because strangely (or not so considering it’s Anna Dello Russo we’re discussing), she is wearing multiple outfits. I first assumed it was different days of this exhibition but Stacey (in the Jil Sander, slap yourself if you couldn’t immediately identify that) is in other pictures in the same Spring 2011 piece. Confusing? Yes. I don’t know who each piece is by but I’d put money on the skirt being Mary Katrantzou. The designer and Dello Russo have a relationship and it just reeks of Katrantzou’s unusual design acumen.

This is undeniably Mary Katrantzou. SS 2011. Deadly and beautiful and I just want to drink it up and try on one of those amazingly intricate couture pieces. She paired it with Charlotte Olympia pumps with cute little bows.

Again, I think this is a brilliant photo. The idea is simple but the Roksanda Ilincic photo is just so powerful that it is an amazing contrast to the simplicity of the portrait of Anna. The dress is Giles ss’11. Love, love, love as usual.

credit: textstyles/torontoisfashion/tommyton

ADR: The Bay Opening

ADR: The Barbie

ADR: An Introduction


April 23: Photo Inspiration

23 Apr

-Photo from Vogue Australia, May 2011: “I Want Candy” with Julia Noblis modeling shot by Kai Z. Could a shot be cooler? That dress is so intricate it reminds me a little of the Spring Versace collection with the intensity of the embellishment.

This photo is so nostalgic for me and I love the incorporation of innocence with high fashion and an insane pair of shoes. Photo shoots like this are rare and I would put money on the fact that it’s an old editorial from the entire aura of the photo, this is my favorite kind of photography.

Mary-Kate in the most glamorous photo I’ve ever seen. I have a fancy easter party tonight and you can bet that I will be channeling this photo when I get dressed!

Credit: tfs/vogue/nastygal

ADR: “The Bay” Exhibition

21 Apr

How absolutely adorable is this? These are photos taken from the opening of Anna & Tommy’s exhibition in Toronto. This custom Erdem jacket was a gift and how cute are they together! It’s a real meeting of the most creative minds in the business…love it. Wish I could go to Toronto and see the exhibit.

Credit: torontolife

Dynamite: Alexander McQueen Spring 2011 Shoes

20 Apr

I am drooling. These McQueen shoes came up on net-a-porter today and I literally contemplated depleting my savings…While there were so many more from the collection the best part about these three are that they are completely wearable. I mean, if I saw these shoes (if you can even call them that) at an event I would admire and want to murder and steal them from whoever is lucky enough to own them. Info? The first pair is the Resin leaf silk-satin peep toe pumps going for a mere $1,675. Number two is the sculpted resin and leather sandals at $3,495 and lastly is the affordable Appliquéd leather wedge sandals for $995.

Deadly, amazing. Dreamy. I swear one day I will get a pair and you will all drool over them!

Credit: net-a-porter

Trends from Paris: Fall 2011

Alexander McQueen Fall 2011 Runway Review

Alexander McQueen Spring 2011 Runway Review


Anna Dello Russo Obsession: Part I

19 Apr

I know I’ve been talking about this for days and I swear I have actually worked on the most enormous ADR collection ever. Where to begin? I’m starting with a few random, gorgeous pieces.

1.

I don’t know if my obsession with ADR has anything to do with the fact that every shot of her outfit is so glamorous and artfully shot. Look at the way her fur stands out against the old grace of the city. She looks stunning. I love this Pucci fur. I loved in on the runway and it looks even more amazing under the night sky with all the elegance of ADR under it. I haven’t seen any shots of what’s under the fur but I’d be willing to bet it’s the sheer Pucci dress from the runway — I recently read an article where she said she copies the runway looks because that’s how the art is intended to be seen, like downloading an entire CD vs. one song. You replicate and honor the artist in this way. It was a perspective I had never considered.

2. 

This reminds me of McQueen in the structure of it. The intricacy and delicacy in a McQueen piece is missing though. In terms of the rest of the outfit it’s not all working for me– it feels like she is drawing from different eras in a way that doesn’t work. The shoes and the sunglasses, minor aspects but when it comes to this level of sartorial acumen, everything matters. I loved the two different perspectives of this dress although they’re similar so the “runway” look is posted below. The collars are different but it’s undeniably a slightly modified version… delicious, just delicious.

3. 

Talk about sass! I love the shoulders on this they’re so…dominating and severe …like a small dose of McQueen on a regular blazer…high fashion at its finest.

Need another dose?

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Credit: EVERYWHERE, style.com, streetfsn, ADR, jakandjil, stylelist

Anna Dello Russo: The Barbie

18 Apr

Well it was only a matter of time before Anna Dello Russo was turned into a barbie! As strange as it is to see her walking around with the miniature, personalized plastic version of herself I kind of love it. There’s a bit of a glare but next to the doll in the box is a photo of Dello Russo in the Dolce & Gabbana piece that the doll is wearing. Below I linked a photo from Styleite, it is Dello Russo in the real dress next to a close up of the doll — the similarity between the two is absolutely stunning.

Credit: ADR, Styleite

Anna Dello Russo: An Introduction

11 Apr

As my friends can tell you, I admire Dello Russo to such an amazing extent. There is no one quite like her when it comes to fashion because she embodies it. She doesn’t admire it and critique it, she wears it. I’ve worked for a few days (in the midst of attempting to reassemble my academic career before the end of the semester) on assembling an ode to Anna Dello Russo for both your benefit and my own. While stumbling through now ancient pictures of the editor, I realized that if you scroll back to the very beginning of the 3 thread long Dello Russo TFS thread (which dates back to early 2008) she wasn’t half as inspirational a sartorialist as she is now. Whether this is on account of a change of fashion or she became more daring I don’t know…the things she wore in 2008 that may have been deemed risky (I was not as obsessed with her then as I am now so I do not know) are easy today — an ostrich feather skirt and a turtleneck? Honey I have that in my closet. Anyways…here’s a glimpse since I won’t be putting these up later. Dello Russo from early 2008:

Credit: TFS