Saturday, February 27, 2010
Wearable and instantly available to buy online?
Under Christopher Bailey Burberry is one of the only fashion collections that is making money off of its clothing- not its accessories or cosmetics or licensed deals but off of its actual clothing in this economy.
Burberry Prorsum streamed the collection live online and then offered a limited quantity of the pieces for pre-order online immediately following for three days! With a reported 30 million people watching worldwide that is a lot of potential sales.
So if the collection wasn't anything new or interesting it was definitely wearable.
The clothing was easy and pretty while still being practical for harsh winter weather. Of course the focus was on the amazing coats- what would Burberry be without coats? Military, furs, anoraks, and wool whatever your taste of style you could find a beautiful coat! Of course the over the knee boots were a force to be reckoned with too!
So I know that interior design isn't something I normally talk about here but lately I've been daydreaming a lot about what I want when I'm older and settled down with a family.
My biggest obsession? Fireplaces in the kitchen! Not cooking fireplaces (that would be a disaster!) but ones that add a cozy, friendly feeling to the kitchen!
Isn't the above one beautiful?!
I can just imagine a house full of kids sitting eating grilled cheese and soup on a cold winter afternoon with the fireplace glowing in the kitchen! Rather than being a place to rush through it helps turn it into a room where you want to spend time! Plus, even in a small space, it helps the room seem more open and sophisticated. It also gives a focal point that isn't an appliance. I love big armchairs and couches in kitchens too...especially if you have a fireplace there!
My two favorite examples of the perfect fireplace kitchen-
:Sigh: Aren't they lovely?
If you take that idea and put it into this you'd have my ideal kitchen--maybe some day I'll be so lucky!
If any of these kitchens belong to you I'm green with envy!
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Jessica Stam landed the cover of the premiere issue of Vogue Turkey!
In this world economy, and with the "demise" of publishing apparently imminent, it makes me really happy to see that a new magazine is opening its doors!
Monday, February 22, 2010
New York Fashion Week has come and gone.
Check out some of the best of the rest designers & looks...
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
This season marked The Row's first runway presentation and designer Ashley Olsen made sure it was well worth the wait!
The line continues to be about luxurious basics with a twist.
Is it anything new? No. Is it beautiful and wearable? Definitely.
My favorite pieces included the blue python dress and the voluminous belted wrap coat in the most sumptuous fabric I have ever seen. The collection was subtle, elegant and timeless.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
You guys know I'm a huge fan of Rodarte. I think the Mulleavy sisters are artistic geniuses.
I respect their vision. The shapes were as perfect as ever but this wasn't my favorite Rodarte presentation.
This collection was certainly a kind of evolution for the brand- It went from Gothic to angelic. The girls know that they need to keep moving forward because (even with their unbelievable construction skills) they were on the edge of being pigeonholed.
The construction and silhouettes were breathtaking and I adored all of the white garments. Nicholas Kirkwood once again designed the shoes- they looked like candles dripping wax and actually lit up inside the heels. Kitschy but beautiful. I also loved the sheer, silk pants embroidered with flowers and crystals. Practical? No. Gorgeous? Yes!
It was the floral prints that threw me off. I was happy to see them let soft whimsy in (it had worked so well with the Target collection) but sometimes the prints were so busy that I could barely see the designs behind them.
Did you catch the Marc Jacobs show last night? It was streamed live via MarcJacobs.Com and I have to say that it was the best live stream of a fashion show that I've seen yet!
The production was fantastic with cameras perfectly positioned so that those of us who weren't lucky enough to be there in person could see all of the garments from all angles. Plus, the feed was smooth and never dropped out unlike some of the shows that have aired on ShowStudio.Com
Anyway, on to the collection!
I loved this collection.
I usually think of Marc as all spectacle but this was an elegant and non-flashy affair.
The color palate was mostly quiet- grays and beige, soft yellows and whites and the clothes, as a whole, were sweetly understated.
If you know old Marc Jacobs collections than you'll see references to his past throughout the collection which created a mood of dreamy nostalgia but it still seemed fresh.
The clothing reminded me of the early 30s- as Americans were struggling with the Great Depression and trying to pick themselves back up. Women had to be frugal and it was one of the first times that women of a certain class needed to work to support their families. They were women of perseverance and their clothes reflected that. As our own society begins to recover Marc's modern take on Great Depression style is both comforting and hopeful. Women today want to be pretty but they want to show just how strong they are too. Marc definitely accomplished that with this collection!
On a less abstract note I especially loved the nearly shoulder length gloves, the fur, the bags and the small pops of yellows and greens that ran throughout.