12/01/2012 - 01/01/2013Bostonista: 12/01/2012 - 01/01/2013

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Chanel Spring Summer 2013

Karl Lagerfeld told Cathy Horyn that the focus of this morning Chanel couture show was to flatter and display the shoulder.

It might be weird, but I love showing off my shoulders so I was even more excited than usual to see the collection.

Karl also made a rare political statement- the show ended with two brides and no groom.

I think I'll go live in Chanel's enchanted forest. 

(Pictures from Style and NowFashion)

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Anna Sui S/S 2013

My hunt for Spring continues with my review of Anna Sui's Spring Summer 2013 collection for Fashion Maniac. 

Anna Sui long ago perfected her brand of rock-n-roll bohemia and her Spring 2013 collection of poplin dresses, ripped fishnets and candy colored hair lives up to expectations. 

Over the past few seasons, Sui has maintained a fascination with the Victorian and her collections had a distinctly more “adult” energy than usual while maintaining her trademark whimsy. This collection feels much less extravagant (even with the petticoats), and more appealing to the youthful downtown scene that Sui has always had a connection to. Maybe Anna had a hunch that this years Costume Institute exhibit at the Met was going to be all about punk style! 

First down the runway, with Karlie Kloss’s feline prowl and striking eyes attached, was an army green, floral print jumpsuit with a leopard print bralet that set the punk rock tone for the show.  

One of the great things about Anna’s styling is that nearly every look can be broken down to separates that any girl could easily blend into her closet. For example the Ribbon Lattice Cardigan that could be worn over any spring camisole or blouse. The loose lace top is probably best worn casually, but the Olive Ribbed Jacquard Pants can be dressed up or down as needed.
Anna’s whimsical accessories make the biggest splash when paired with simpler pieces- after all a cap with cat ears and shoes topped with ladybug antennas make quite an impression on their own! 

Where would punk or grunge be without plaids? Anna sprinkled the staple throughout with a red plaid, zippered trench on model Lindsey Wixson to a cream and brown plaid shirt made, amazingly, of chiffon. 

Anna also makes a strong case for this spring’s trend of dresses for day, albeit dressed down with leggings, ripped fishnets or cropped pants underneath. Some of these proportions were jarring; off the runway wear those baby doll dresses over a sleek pant rather than loose cargos! 

The collection had two standout moments; the first came in the form of a black neoprene motorcycle jacket and matching leggings paired with an elaborate lace dress. It’s the absolute epitome of downtown chic. 

Surprisingly, Anna’s take on formal eveningwear, made of subversive denim, also stands out. Karlie closed the show in the embellished piece with pearls and gold sequins in baroque pattern, it’s the only piece that truly references her stated inspiration: French designer Madeleine Castaing. 

This was easily one of Anna Sui’s strongest collections in her twenty plus years of showing at NYFW. It’s playful, young, and, best of all, wearable. 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

NYFW Spring/Summer 2013: Charlotte Ronson

As February and the Fall 2013 Season approaches, I thought I'd go back and take a look at some of the Spring collections from September because I'm tired as hell of sweaters, black, and long winter nights.
I need a dose of color to get me through the next three months! 

As you might know, I've been contributing to the online magazine, Fashion Maniac. Some of my reviews (like this one) appear both there and here. I've been doing a lot of freelance work lately and, as a result, The Bostonista has been a bit neglected. I figure two birds with one stone, you don't mind do you?

Anyway, on to Charlotte Ronson's SS 2013 collection!

Despite being born in London and raised in New York, designer Charlotte Ronson’s line has always had a California girl vibe. I’ve always thought of Charlotte as more of a socialite than a designer thanks to her privileged background and close friendships with celebrities like Nicole Richie, Nicky Hilton and Ashlee Simpson, but it’s clear that she does have a talent for creating cool girl frocks. Over the past few seasons her aesthetic has matured from grunge to a sophisticated sexy. 

For Spring 2013, Charlotte embraced her girlie side with sheer paneling and nipped waists. Ronson told Style.Com that she was inspired by waves and light reflecting on the ocean as seen in her pastel palette and shapes. A standout example came from look 11:
The form fitting gray-blue denim reflected light with its thin stripes and white polka dotted sheer back.
Meanwhile, the waves influence was almost comically literal in a color blocked cutout dress that would have been better as just a flirty blue skirt but Charlotte is at her best when she relaxes and goes more casual with jumpsuits, bra tops and leather. 
Charlotte obviously wants to continue to grow as a designer and appeal to a wider audience. Unfortunately, the boucle suits and shift dresses just felt too forced. Her evolution from tomboy to girlie girl is appealing enough, and, besides, the Charlotte Ronson girl doesn’t want, or need, “office wear.” 
This season also marks the launch of Charlotte Ronson Handbags, which is sure to please her established fan base. From trendy leather bucket bags to ladylike satchels and slouchy clutches, Charlotte has the perfect bag for any occasion. I suspect that many an “It” girl will be carrying the Mine Mini Miaudiere and Classic Floppy Tote come spring!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

An Olsen Engagement?

Is my perennial style icon, Mary-Kate Olsen, engaged to her much older boyfriend Olivier Sarkozy?

I don't know but that sure as hell looks like an engagement ring on her in Paris yesterday...

(Thanks to Hollywood Tuna for the original picture.)

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Scan Me

(A Me-Ality Station)

Back in early December, I was invited to try out the much talked about Me-Ality Scan at Natick Mall. 
I have to admit that I was a little bit intimidated by the machine in the middle of the mall since it is a bit reminiscent to those airport body scanners. 

But, since you get a detailed description of your best fit bets, its a lot more fun than going through security! 

The experience itself is super easy (and if you're shy don't worry! The 3D image doesn't show up on a screen so no one sees your shape.) you remove any metal that you might be wearing and then step into the scanner fully clothed. You do need to stand super still for an accurate reading. (I needed to be scanned twice because it couldn't get a reading the first time.) The "wand" rotates around your body using radio signals that bounce off the water in your skin and in about 15 seconds has precise measurements. 

I was really impressed with the results that I printed out at the station. I thought it would just tell me my size in brands or various stores in the mall but it actually makes specific suggestions and lets you know where the style is available. For example, Joe's Honey Jeans in size 29 is apparently my perfect jean. 

(My #1 best bet for jeans!)

Me-Ality is free for shoppers because brands and stores pay to be included in the results. This is both good and bad, in my opinion, because while it takes the guesswork and frustration out of trying on clothes at the mall, it also means that some of your favorite brands and stores may not be included. The scan also creates an online profile so you can access your results on the Me-Ality website. These are constantly updated with newly added merchandise and brands so you'll be able to get new recommendations for as long as your body shape stays the same. 

Personally, I loved getting my results directly at the mall. I was able to email them to myself and print them out. This first set of recommendations had a lot of "ideal fit" options in nearly every category for me. I'm more disappointed with my online options today since most of the results seem to be in the middle of the "ideal" fit bar. I still have my email recommendations from the day I was scanned though and will be using them as a guide for future shopping especially for jeans!

In November, Me-Ality launched a partnership with Nordstrom called, "Sized Just For You". Every person scanned automatically receives an email with with their best fits from brands available at Nordstrom

Me-Ality has four locations in the Boston area including Solomon Pond Mall, Northshore Mall, South Shore Plaza and Natick Collection. There is also one at the Cape Cod Mall in Hyannis. 
If you've seen the stations while shopping I highly recommend that you take the time to try it out. It's free and takes only a few minutes- far superior to a frustrating hour in a dressing room! 

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Karlie Chop!

Have you guys seen Karlie Kloss's shaggy new hair do?
The supermodel officially debuted it at  backstage at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show but she actually took the leap for Vogue

I wouldn't do it for anyone but Anna either!

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