Monday, September 13, 2010
Can I just tell you how disappointed am I with Alexander Wang's Spring/Summer 2011 collection?
I liked the colors (mostly whites, pale greens, and dusty pinks) but the shapes, the styling, the shoes- I guess I'm just not looking for deconstructive this season.
But the only look I liked- I loved:
Casual but polished!
Well...see some examples for yourself.
I had so much fun at Boston's Fashion's Night Out event at the new DVF store on Newbury St on Friday night!
Besides shopping, I also had a great time meeting so many of Boston's most fashionable ladies like Marni from Style Carrot.
Doesn't she look cute?
And Katie who I think was from collegefashion.net but I'm not positive! Isn't that terrible?!
Still, she was adorable!
Of course our lovely hosts at DVF deserve a huge shout out too!
They put up with my friends and I trying on practically EVERYTHING and then just buying FNO tshirts.
So thanks again to the DVF store manager Cora Towne and sales associate Marissa Gilburd!
Okay, I DID actually spend a bit on a beautiful pair of the DVF Zia shoe.
Sexy aren't they?
I had to spent a little as Vogue's FNO initiative was to stimulate the economy!
Friday, September 10, 2010
Lets take a break from the fashion week shows and talk about the fashion week parties!
Chanel celebrated the re-opening of their Soho boutique last night and all of my favorite girls turned up looking amazing!
All wearing Chanel...of course!
Leighton Meester looking very Blair! Except...a little too tan don't you think?
Chanel Iman being adorable and showing off her Chanel bag. I would too if I had one!
Fashion's favorite girl Diane Kruger was the risk taker of the night (as usual) and pulled it off wonderfully!
And my favorite look of the night...
Lily Donaldson doing her best model-off-duty style. She's just so cool!
Here are some of the highlights from the rest of Day 1 at NYFW...
(Click the thumbnails for a bigger look!)
Richard Chai Love
I don't see myself walking down the street in those harem pants, do you?
Very pretty skirts and jackets. Plus the runway itself was beautiful.
Nicholas K was one of my favorite shows of the day...
It is very wearable which I love. Yeah it is kinda an alexander wang/rag & bone knock off but it still looks fresh thanks to the styling. I don't even normally like 90s grunge style!
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Christian Siriano's collection wasn't exactly a hot tranny mess (his own words!) but the Project Runway winner has so much potential that he's wasting and coasting on his celebrity.
Celebrities will definitely love this line for red carpets and when he focused on a white, safari inspiration he found a certain wearability.
Still, he seems to be missing his own original point of view and is very referential to past great designers. Maybe that isn't a bad thing but it would be nice to see something new from him.
Lots of beautiful prints and long flowy dresses seems to be a trend this season! At least Siriano threw in some interesting shapes and colors!
And my favorite looks from the collection-white with brown belts. Classic!
He is the king of the ruffle so of course there was the obligatory giant ball gown...
So overall, a pretty but uneven collection.
I've always loved Ruffian- their clothes always just look so luxurious!
This season was no different as Ruffian grew up into a trendy, but very polished, girl!
It is all very pretty especially if you like Mad Men- because as I was going through the slides all I could think was, "If Betty Draper went military."
The only stumble were the gold lame (I think they were made of lame anyway-its hard to tell in pictures) pieces at the end.
Classic white shirts and cinched waists with interesting twists- army green, bright belts, ruffles, buttons and pleats!
Wide leg white pants for suits with brightly colored belts and oversize buttons.
And finally the disastrous gold. What were they thinking?!
I'm usually a big fan of Vena Cava's cool girl esthetic.
This time around it feels a lot more like casual, neutral pieces that can be mixed and matched.
I think they'd work in a professional setting or a fun weekend lunch but nothing new and exciting.
Loose and flowy with black platforms.
Lots of easy layering with blazers and loose sweaters.
A lot of mix and match patterns with pops of color and lots of skin!
And finally long skirts with cinched waists with a modern take on a turban-like headband.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
For those of us not lucky enough to be in NYC for the big FNO a couple of Boston stores are planning on staying open late and celebrating too- like the new DVF store of Newbury!
Hope to see you there!
Other Boston stores celebrating FNO?
Ann Taylor on Newbury St
Cynthia Rowley on Newbury St
Kenneth Cole on Huntington Ave
Neiman Marcus at Copley
Saks Fifth Avenue at the Prudential
Ted Baker London on Newbury St
True Religion on Newbury St
If you know of a store or a party for Fashion's Night Out in Boston that I haven't listed please let me know! It'll be a fun night with great deals to help stimulate both the local and international economy!
Saturday, September 4, 2010
The ads for Dior's Shanghai collection (titled Shanghai Dreamers) have been released and they're causing a bit of a stir.
Both Jezebel and Shanghaiist have pointed out that while the (unsmiling) white models are clad in the collection the Chinese models have been cloned- in smiling, happy conformity around them.
The photographs are beautiful but left me with a lot of uncomfortable questions.
Is it a commentary on the oppression of communism? And if it is- why are the models who stand out primarily Caucasian? Wouldn't it be better to feature a Chinese model standing out in the couture? Are the "Shanghai Dreamers" Chinese women dreaming of standing out-by being white?
Or are we reading too much into it? Are we too sensitive? Should we just take the "Shanghai Dreamers" photographs as beautiful and leave it at that?
Monday, August 30, 2010
While Claire and Nina stole my heart there were some other great red carpet looks last night at the 2010 Emmy Awards.
My second best dressed of the evening was, of course, Anna Paquin in Alexander McQueen!
Anna's been rocking McQueen most of the year at red carpet events and I just love her loyalty to the late designer. Its a powerful dress for a powerful woman and I think she pulled it off with ease.
Emily Blunt arrived with her husband Office star John Krasinski in an embellished, periwinkle Christian Dior. She's a movie star & could have gone all out but I love that she chose a simple gown and stayed mostly out of the spotlight to let her husband enjoy the lime light a little.
Mad Men had a great night winning Best Drama but the ladies fashion choices-yikes.
Only Elisabeth Moss managed to look elegant and sexy in Donna Karan especially when standing next to the disaster of January Jones' in Versace.
To be honest I'm not entirely sure who Rose Byrne is or what show she is on but I adored the white and gold Gucci she wore last night! The back, the front, the metal it was all just perfect!
And finally an honorable mention has to go to the adorable Heather Morris from Glee...
Heather didn't get it exactly right but she's still a red carpet newbie! I'm a sucker for old hollywood hair & makeup and I think having the glittering Ina Soltani belted helped to make it modern. I'm expecting really great red carpet appearances from her in the future!
Maybe I'm just going through a light and glitter phase but all that drooled over navy last night just didn't do it for me!
My very best dressed of the night was a tie between two surprising starlets:
Claire Danes glittered and glowed in a stunning Armani Prive
while The Vampire Dairies (and former Degrassi kid) Nina Dobrev was breathtaking in
Nina only had a minor involvement in the show (she danced in the opening number) but I think her red carpet appearance has launched her in a way her TV show hasn't been able to.
Claire Dane's won for her portrayal of Temple Grandin but as you probably know she isn't someone I normally think of as stylish.
They both really surprised me and are my definite picks for the night's best dressed.
Who were your favorites?
Monday, August 23, 2010
The past few weeks I've been obsessed with seeing what Clemence Poesy has been wearing every day on the set of Gossip Girl.
Here are some of the highlights...
Isn't her hair amazing?!
I know her character is there to throw a wrench in all of Blair's plans but I'm so excited to see Clemence on the new season!