06/01/2012 - 07/01/2012Bostonista: 06/01/2012 - 07/01/2012

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Chanel Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2012

If anyone could get Paris's Grand Palais to reopen a room closed off for 70 years it would be Karl Lagerfeld.
He staged Chanel's Haute Couture collection at the Grand Palais as usual but in the Chanel customized Salon d'Honneur. 

So, the French's love affair with Lagerfeld is still burning strong but I think I'm becoming a tad disillusioned. 
La fatigue Chanel?! Oui! Oh non!

Karl's vision of future vintage was for a far more substantial woman than I. 

Of course the craftsmanship at Chanel is always impecable but how many variations of the classic Chanel suit can there really be?

I was delighted with the doll faced makeup, since thats my personal cosmetic style, and all of the accessories from the hair nets to the cuffed, fingerless "gloves".

Finally, I was excited to see my current favorite model, Lindsey Wixson, was cast as The Bride this season. It was a more whimsical moment than the rest of the collection so Lindsey's face was the perfect fit. I hope Karl is developing a Lindsey obsession to rival his love of Freja Beha Erichsen!
Doesn't she look like a swan princess?
(All Photos Appear Courtesy of Style.Com)

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.)

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