09/01/2011 - 10/01/2011Bostonista: 09/01/2011 - 10/01/2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

Events in Boston: Shoe Sale & Brunch at Cynthia Rowley!

Need something fun to do tomorrow?
Head over to Cynthia Rowley on Newbury St., for 20% off shoes and 10% off everything else (even sale items!) 
Plus, if you're there between 11 am and 3 pm you'll be able to enjoy some complimentary mimosas and pastries! 

Sounds like my idea of a perfect Saturday! 

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Emily Muller S/S 2012 (Boston Fashion Week)

I only attended three Boston Fashion Week events (two of which I covered for Stuff Magazine's website) but my favorite event was Emily Muller's "Escape"S/S 2012 fashion show!

The lovely Renata of Scorpion/Disco is Emily's assistant and she snagged me a front row seat at the show! 

Emily began her line just a year ago but she already has a distinctive style that fits in perfectly with the Boston fashion scene. Her graceful designs easily go from day to night in the city(perfect in our walking town) but would also work for a warm day on Cape Cod.
My favorite piece was the intricately layered wedding dress- I loved the (nearly) scandalously high front with the dramatic cape/train trailing behind her. Maybe not great for church but perfect for my fantasy beach wedding!

Nearly every piece of the collection featured leather straps which added a tough edge to even the most feminine of looks and gave the collection it's irreverent, sexy Pocahontas vibe. The Emily Muller girl is an incredibly strong, modern bohemian. 

I love the sear-sucker stripe fabric! Very New England but the straps and structure made it feel new and playful.

I'm dying over this skirt! 
And finally, my idea of the perfect Sunday outfit. 
That belted cardigan with the full sleeves? Perfect for Boston's unpredictable spring and fall weather!

I really need to mention the head pieces, by Alana Ryan for Maxine in Trousers, because I was completely blown away by them!
They made me wish I lived in England where its socially acceptable to wear statement head gear on a regular basis! 

Thank you so much to everyone at Emily Muller (especially Renata!) for the invite.
Pictures are my own & courtesy of Emily Muller!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Louis Vuitton S/S 2012

Six months is apparently a lifetime at Louis Vuitton, where they've gone from dominatrix to delicate daisies in one season flat. 
But Marc Jacobs is, of course, the master of the quick change in the fashion world so this style 180 isn't entirely unexpected.  Especially if this LV show is being taken as Jacob's final audition for the job at Dior.
If the parade of the New Look down the Louis Vuitton runway is any indication he certainly wants the job!
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As usual, it wasn't all gorgeous. There were some awkward bodysuits, like this argyle sweater version.
 If it is this unflattering on Anja I can't even begin to image how it would look on the rest of us.
Although, I suppose, we wouldn't be pants-less!

I also could have done without the plastic, 3D flowers that adorned the evening gowns. They were voluminous enough without them!

For the most part this was a lovely, sweet collection for Spring that will certainly sell.
Especially the Celine-eqsue shapes of some of the new leather handbags.
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If this was Marc's final collection for Louis Vuitton it was a pretty note to finish on.
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(And then there was Kate.)

Thanks to Style.Com for the pictures!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Norman Ambrose SS 2012

My last event at New York Fashion Week was great (and not just because I had an actual seat) because I have been a fan of Norman Ambrose for quite some time now!

Meant to evoke the way light changes in the Mediterranean as the sun rises from the East the garments sparkled and moved like water.
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Except for the occasional forays to the East (in the shapes of hats and some prints) this was the perfect collection for sleek, sophisticated women on a beachside vacation. Some of the silvery prints reminded me of aquatic life (specifically jellyfish) which, if today's Chanel show is any indication, will be a big trend come spring.
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(Blurry pictures are mine and the rest are courtesy of Norman Ambrose)
Thank you to everyone at Norman Ambrose & MAO PR!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Katya Leonovich S/S 2012

Russian born designer, Katya Leonovich, was inspired by American football for her Spring/Summer 2012 presentation at Lincoln Center.
Sexy, and unabashedly cool, the collection reminded me more of Surf culture than Monday Night Football. 

Most of the colorful collection's pieces were hand painted with such lovely prints that were almost in stark contrast with the deconstructed nature of the garments. 
   But, thanks in part to Leonovich's couture background, the beautiful chaos of each piece melted into a cohesive collection.

This dip-dyed denim patch dress (one of my favorites from the collection) looks pop star ready.

Admittedly, some of the denim looks and bra tops felt a bit dated.
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I couldn't help but be reminded of two 2001 red carpet moments...
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Katya's best work came in the form of her draped and gathered chiffon dresses.
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Overall, this was a fun, almost avant-garde collection that brought a completely different feeling to NYFW!

Thanks to everyone at Katya Leonovich and MAO PR!
(Pictures are my own as well as courtesy of MAO PR and MTV)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Lela Rose S/S 2012

I have to admit that I was a little distracted at the Lela Rose show.
Mandy Moore was front row!
I love her. So sue me!
I was also just learning how to use the motion/action mode on my new fancy camera so I have some really great pictures and some really bad ones (including a series of Mandy sneezing. I didn't mean to actually get pictures of that but it was more in focus than the model walking past her. Oops!)
Also front row was Susan Sarandon, her daughter Eva, and Mariska Hargitay who is crazy beautiful.
(Mariska after the show)

Inspired by nostalgia for old Las Vegas and the idea of a "neon graveyard" (like a future of abandoned Coney Islands) Lela Rose added much more color than usual to her Spring 2012 collection.
The mood board might make you think of both rhinestones and gloom but Lela managed to turn her inspirations into a cheerful, pretty, well constructed collection!

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I loved the green lining of this jacket. Sophisticated and neutral enough to go with anything but with a surprising pop of color making it perfect for spring!

Along with the dreamy florals Rose also showed intricate geometric patterns often using a cutout technique.


But for me the collection really shone when Lela stuck to what she does best: youthful but elegant dresses and gowns!

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Thanks to everyone at Lela Rose and Krupp Group!

(Pictures are both mine & courtesy of Style.Com)
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