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Monday, July 2, 2012

Raf Simons for Dior HC FW 12/13

It's been a year and a half of drama and gossip since Galliano's ungraceful exit from Dior.
Raf Simons only had a few months from his own departure from Jil Sander to prepare for his Dior debut.

I've read a lot of negative reviews since the show this morning. I'm not sure if people expected Raf Simons into Galliano in four months but it seemed obvious to me that it wasn't going to work out that way. Simons has always been a minimalist and, when looking through the archives, Dior himself was a bit of a minimalist. Galliano's take was often beautiful and theatrical but it was his personal spin. To associate Dior with ONLY John's work is to ignore the house's storied and innovative history.

Sorry. I'm done ranting. 
On to Raf's debut collection for Dior!
Raf's Dior is a quiet, modern take on "The New Look", created by Christian Dior in his Spring/Summer 1947 collection. It was certainly a minimalist collection although there were moments of glamour with heavily embellished gowns. But I was quite taken with the overall simplicity of the collection. I loved the classic New Look silhouettes updated with geometric prints, metal belts, and delicate, embellished tops paired with sleek black pants.  He was able to capture the femininity of the past AND the restraint of modern dressing beautifully without compromising either idea. 
I loved the cocoon feel of his elegant, gray tweed coats that embraced (rather than distorted) a woman's shape. While there was a lot of black, there was also an amazing amount of bright color for a Fall/Winter collection, and all of it worked together to create a cohesive collection.

My only complaints are probably nit-picky, especially as I'll probably never own Dior couture myself, but the visible bra cups just look tacky to me. There also seemed to be a lot of fit issues around models chests throughout the collection but especially when the gowns included the visible cups in the design. They seemed too small and oddly shaped to fit an actual breast and they moved and shifted unflatteringly as the models breezed down the runway. For such a gifted tailor to have such fits is puzzling to me with the only explanation seeming to be that it was intentional. Either way, I don't care for it. There were also some styling and makeup issues. OK, a lot of makeup issues. But I suppose that doesn't really affect the strength of the collection.
While most expected a bang, I think that Raf has begun his career at Dior with a whisper. But a strong, powerful whisper is better than all flash and no substance. This is a step in the right direction and I hope that Bernard Arnault and the rest of LVMH give Simons the time and creative freedom to grow into a true couturier. 

(All pictures courtesy of Vogue UK and edited by The Bostonista)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

3.1 Phillip Lim Resort 2013

With his Resort 2013 collection, Phillip Lim's team achieved the impossible: A beautiful, wearable collection conceived and executed in only 20 days. Resort is often the overlooked child on a designer's calendar, ironic because it hangs in stores the longest, but Lim understands its importance. Despite the time crunch this is a thoughtful, fully realized collection.
As a woman who doesn't often get to escape, I appreciate the urban sensibility found here. And that's no accident: Lim focused on utility with a twist inspired by his own fire-escape garden. His name for this, as he told both The New York Times and Style.com, is "floutility" and it describes the collection perfectly!
The soothing, neutral color palette is emphasized with pops of sky blue and peach but the real revelation here has to be his choice of fabrics. If you're not a fan of floral prints you're sure to be inspired by his lacquered leather "Flirt" skirt, whose shape closely resembles a drooping flower petal. Phillip told Vogue, "It's about adding blooms to utilitarian forms."
(Can you see the skirts blooming?)

Of course if you like flowers, Lim has provided plenty in different forms, like the raffia flowers embroidered across tops. There were also floral patterns scattered throughout the collection but look closely and you'll see that some resemble aerial views of the city and others take the shape of animal prints! 

(I'm seriously lusting after this orange bag!)

Despite the stark shapes, there was a lovely fluidity to the collection and Lim still employed what he does best: liquid like draping. But I was seriously enamored of all of his accessories, especially the shoes. They seem like a fresh take on the gladiator sandals that seem to pop up every two summers.
The only misstep to be found had to be the leather overalls. 
Yeah, leather overalls. 
Seriously, Phillip?

Monday, June 25, 2012

Rainy Day Blues

Well, it's raining again.
I guess I should just be grateful we had four sunny days last week!

So, in my moody rainy day haze I put together a cute, if impractical, outfit to brave the storm!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

A Celebrity Moment: More Diane Kruger

I know you're probably sick of my Diane Kruger obsession but I just had to share how amazing she looked this week at the NHL Awards.
Yeah, they have NHL Awards...

Anyway, she was kind enough to grace their red carpet in Alessandra Rich SS 2012.

She just keeps getting better and better, doesn't she?!

Seriously, though, why were Diane and Josh even at the NHL Awards? I mean, other than the fact that he is possibly Canadian I don't really see a connection.

(Pictures Courtesy of The Fashion Spot and Fashionista)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

And The got2b Winner Is...

Excited to finally announce the winner of my give-a-way with got2b...

Congratulations, Maria! 
You'll be getting a full size set of got2b's rockin' it dry shampoo & conditioner!

While you're waiting for more great Bostonista give-a-ways be sure to head over to Oh Wow You Wore That to check out my guest blog on how to style those tricky printed pants you love!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Events in Boston June 2012

Does your man need a style update this summer?
Head over to Jack Spade on Newbury St tomorrow night where he can customize a pair of shoes to his exacting taste while enjoying a beer!

Leave your man at home on Wednesday, June 20th for a Wedding Season: Swap & Shop hosted by The Swapaholics and 40Berkeley.

What are you waiting for?

Friday, June 8, 2012

Give-A-Ways got2b Dry Shampoo & Conditioner!

At this point, I think I've tried nearly every dry shampoo on the market.
Because, in theory, what could be more convenient than spraying your hair clean in twenty seconds flat?

For the most part, drug-store brand dry shampoos have left my hair more gummy and dirty-feeling making me desperate to shampoo the old-fashioned way. Plus, they often have overpowering scents and leave a white or chalky residue on hair.

When got2b sent me their Rockin' It! Dry Shampoo and Dry Conditioner, I was more than a little hesitant. I have to admit, I haven't used got2b a lot in the past. I associated it with college boyfriends using their "Glued" line for shaggy hair. But after giving their dry shampoo a whirl I have a whole new perspective on got2b.
I loved that Rockin' It has a citrus scent; Every time I swung my hair I got a nice little hint of lemon that gave me a cheerful boost. It also blended right into my hair (but keep in mine that I'm a blond) and I didn't  feel as though it was flaking out during the day. I don't know that it made my hair necessarily look all that cleaner but I had just washed it the morning before so it really didn't look dirty to begin with. It definitely soaked up any oils in my hair and felt really nice when I massaged and brushed it out. 

You might be wondering: What the heck is dry conditioner? Basically, it's just Rockin' It's leave in conditioner. But this one does nicely compliment the Rockin' It dry shampoo and it definitely left my usually dry hair much softer and less frizzy.

Ready to try it out for yourself?
One lucky Bostonista reader will received a full-sized set of got2b's Rockin' It Dry Shampoo and Conditioner.

To Enter:
1. Leave a comment in this post with your first name and email address.

2. Follow Bostonista and got2b on Twitter

3. For an extra entry "Like" Bostonista and got2b on Facebook

Winner will be announced on Friday, June 15th at 9 PM!
Good luck! 

(Thanks to Got2B, and Salon for the pictures.)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Girl Crush: Hanneli Mustaparta

One of my favorite personal style blogs is still Hanneli Mustaparta.

Since she's on every fashion guest list (even attending the Met Gala last month), I think it's fair to assume that I'm not the only one who adores her style!

You don't often see black and white photos from the style blog set in the summer so this one, of Hanneli in a $12 vintage dress, really stands out in the sea of bloggers!

She's really inspired me to start doing my own personal style posts, although I don't want that to ever be the focus of my blog, and thought it might be a good summer experiment.

What do you think? Should I take the leap from "fashion blogger" to "personal style blogger"?

(Thanks to Hanneli Mustaparta for the photo)

Sunday, June 3, 2012

HANA S Hair Dryer by Misikko Review

I have always had frizzy, unruly, thick hair. 
Long before I started dying, bleaching, heat treating it- my dark blond hair was textured like a horse's mane.
I always envied girls with thin hair- it seemed so magically manageable. 

I still haven't come to terms with my hair's natural shape, weight and feel. 
But I might be getting closer to learning how to manage it thanks to the HANA Air S dryer.

A few years ago Misikko was kind enough to send me their HANA flat iron which has been a styling life saver so when they offered to send me the matching blow dryer last month I jumped at the chance to give it a try.

The HANA claims to reduce drying time up to 60% thanks to its motor, shape and tourmaline lined ceramic body. I have a lot of hair and with my old dryer it usually took about 35 minutes- with the HANA I've been clocking at around 20-25 minutes. Not a huge difference but it does help me out in the morning!

I was really pleased that the HANA includes a concentrated diffuser.
 My stylist always uses one to dry my hair at the salon but I could never find one that fit my old blower. The diffuser definitely helps to get sections of my hair straighter and smoother than without one. 

Another great feature is that the HANA allows you to control the power intensity and temperature used with three heat settings, two fans, and a "cold shot" to seal hair cuticles. 

After a few uses, my hair is noticeably less frizzy. Stick straight? No, but that has much more to do with my lack of hair styling skills than the quality of this blow dryer. It is a professional quality blow dryer that works far better than my old, cheapo one from CVS. Plus, Misikko does an amazing job of packaging and includes a variety of free goodies such as nail files, a bottle of their shine serum, and a surprise or two!

I always use a heat treatment product before I apply any heat, especially important since I tend to go over my hair with my HANNA flat iron immediately after blowing it out with my dryer. It really helps give my hair a smooth, glossy finish.

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