9.30.2011

LOOK TO NAIL: MONOCHROMATIC

when all else fails, go mono!
a singular color-combo can actually be quite potent. it’s as easy as choosing a color that suits you, or your mood, and piling it on & on.  this season has already provided several examples of the way the mono look works, flawlessly.
   GRAZIA.IT | ANNA DELLO RUSSO

                  HARPER'S BAZAAR

                   HABITUALLYCHIC.BLOGSPOT | AMANDA BROOKS | TOMMY TON
 
 GRAZIA.IT | BESTIES

                 HARPER'S BAZAAR

                  HARPER'S BAZAAR

               HARPER'S BAZAAR | MONO UTILITY LOOK


               HARPER'S BAZAAR | JULIA RESTOIN ROITFELD

                       GRAZIA.IT

   GRAZIA.IT

               HARPER'S BAZAAR | RED




9.29.2011

PARIS F/W: BALMAIN SPRING 2012










olivier rousteing's, the new creative director for balmain, debut show was wild, wild west without losing sight of the line's rock & roll notoriety.  i love the slightly-slouchy silhouette, a come-hither appeal! the bold patterns, the leggy hemlines, plus gold & fringe accents are requirements of any luxe gunslinger.

9.28.2011

CONCEPT: LAYERING


be all, end all...
and by that, i mean this is by far & away my favorite layering look
EVER!

with fall approaching, if not here for most, layering becomes more essential to our mobility. the transitional focus of layering can be nerve wracking and tricky for some, so i want to highlight prime layering examples, and the godess of layering herself: TAYLOR TOMASI HILL




layering_eva peng_elle tumblr

layering is a fearsome thing to behold. it takes panache, and a'lil understanding of the how-to's and def-not's that the masters of layering display effortlessly.

layering should, and often, exhibits a sense of humor and spontaneity. not to be taken too seriously, the look above dabbles in layering, patterns and the POP of bright color.


layering_elle tumblr_Aviel

notice the textures & patterns, bold. the key to getting this right is that a majority of the look, regardless of fabric or graphic, remains in the same earthy palette. this gives it enough continuity that she is able to throw in the skirt as the statement piece without unbalancing the rest of the look. well done.

layering_elle tumblr_Bonnie Chen

if your look leans toward the classic, layering is as easy as a few of the right pieces + accessories: denim, trench and a bright bag. All is pulled together, and yet has depth.


layering_elle tumblr_Leila

"weather" it's summer or fall, you can layer!! the above demonstates that quite well. again, it's great to notice a creation-theme. grey is the chosen palette, which serves as a base that allow her to mix, not one but, two animal prints. the look is refreshing rather than psychitzo.

try your hand at this concept slowly... it is a skill, i believe, that is most rewarding when mastered. g'luck.

9.27.2011

PONCHO




i envision this as an anything-goes topper: to add texture to a layery-look,
as a luxe dress cover-up, or merely atop jeans.
i must have !!


NAILED IT: FREJA BEHA ERICHSEN














Casting agent James Scully, said of Erichsen:
“The queen of cool. Probably one of the most-requested models of all my clients. She is the perfect old-school clothes-hanger with a little eighties androgyny thrown in.”

9.26.2011

HOT UNDER THE COLLAR






louis vuitton brings us to neverland !!

a peter pan collar is a specific type of shirt collar, usually found on women's & girl's clothing. the collar evokes a sense of innocence, and the simple design appeals to many women of all ages. like many fashion trends, the popularity of the peter pan collar waxes and wanes, but a few examples can usually be found on the racks of a department store, especially in the girls' section. it is also possible, of course, to sew your own clothing with a peter pan collar, or to modify an existing shirt collar.
several things distinguish a peter pan collar from other types of shirt collars. the first, and most distinctive, is the rounded edges of a peter pan collar. the edges of the rounds may meet or overlap, or there may be a gap between them. the collar also tends to be small and unobtrusive, as well as close fitting. typically, a shirt or dress with a peter pan collar is modest, since the collar hugs the neck, not leaving room for display of d├ęcolletage or cleavage.

COVETTED




isabel marant




i adore the isabel marant red leather pants, seen just about everywhere.

while not within everyone's price point, there are equally chic, budget-friendly versions by COS (above), as well as a similar zara version in black, which i purchased & wear constantly. close enough !! the zara's are phenomenal for quality vs price. i plan on wearing them ceaselessly this winter, and added a sheer white blouse & heels for a complete look.

**as soon as i get my archive content uploaded for this blog,
the zara look, mentioned above, just may be the first personal shot i post here**

until then, inspiration lies in the images above.

UPDATED:
my lovely girlfriend marie so kindly pointed out last night that you can now shop for zara online...! i might be quite the late comer to this, but am happy to have them more accessible, as well as being able to provide images of the outfit i mentioned above. unfortunately, the only element i could not find was the shoes. you'll have to wait until i get my pictures up for the full monte. enjoy these for now. XO!





zara