I think this may be the first Valentine's Day that I'm not absolutely dreading (it has negative connotations for me completely unrelated to what you think) and I wanted to do something special for all of my lovely readers to celebrate!
If you're a fellow Boston-area girl, you're probably addicted to Harvard Square's charming Forty Winks boutique. Usually, underwear shopping is a horrible undertaking at the mall, right? Not anymore! Forty Winks has a light and airy atmosphere, a knowledgeable but unobtrusive staff, and all of your favorite labels from Hanky Panky and Cosabella to Only Hearts and Calvin Klein.
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.
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!