Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A few things i'm dying over

New Mantra

"The thing that is really hard and really amazing is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of being yourself" -Anna Quinlen

Friday, February 24, 2012

A New Twist from Donna

Whenever I think of Donna Karan, I think of flow, organic, womanly. Oh, did she throw me for a loop this season, but in a good way! I can still see the elements within her designs that express who she is as a designer and a person. The focus here is the powerful women. I won't go off on some type of feminist tyrant, but I LOVE that she is harnessing this strength that I think all women hold inside.
On the execution level, I see the organic in an....origami way. The asymmetry of the top hat, the twist in the grey pinstripe dress with a one-shouldered peak. The stunning sequin blazer and skirt, completely open, but with a thick, ribbonish, bowtie. The red blazer is beautifully tailored, and the lbd: truly chic.
I really respect Donna Karan. She knows who she is, what her designs are all about, and leads the tones of the fashion industry.


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Rebecca Taylor Fall 2012

This article was so brilliantly written that I decided to just post what Allison has said on style.com. Enjoy!
NEW YORK, February 10, 2012
By Alison Baenen
You can usually count on Rebecca Taylor for girly, floral frocks, but things were a bit moodier chez Taylor this season. "Our girl has a slightly darker heart," the designer said backstage before her show, by way of explanation for the plum, navy, and charcoal hues that made up her latest collection. As for those new graphics? "Our prints were feeling a little stale, so we took Rebecca Taylor staples and digitized them," she said. The results played well in the charmingly layered mash-up of fabrics. There were angora and ponte knits for comfort, chiffon and jacquard for romance, and—new this season—shearling for snuggling. The resulting cozy coats, raglan sweaters, sheer tops, and tough-chick leggings (they came studded with nail heads) made for a winning tomboy attitude. The Taylor girl did get dressed up a bit—a velvet burnout dress was slouchy and sexy—but she seemed most at ease in oversize bombers and piled-on protection from the cold. Chalk it up to that dark heart.

Nicole Miller 2012

Nicole Miller's collection for Fall 2012 proved to be surprising in many ways. There was some serious play with contrast in textures and prints, which I was lovvvvvingggg. While there's always room for some good throwback moments (aka 60s and 70s era here), not all of the looks were updated enough for my liking. Nevertheless, there were a good few designs that truly represented the craft, detail, and skill that goes into brilliant fashion.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Black, White, and Classically Chic

Elizabeth Olsen in classic black but with a twist in details. Timeless black blazer, mixing things up with a textured black, a-line skirt and sheer black blouse.

Enough said.

Elizabeth, again! Looking stunning in whites, creams, and nudes. Dying over that lady-like, structured bag with pointy, nude, suede pumps.

Great contrast here with geographic print top and easy white silk pants.

I would wear this in an instant. Dark navy with feathered black vest/sweater. Comfortably chic.

This white ensemble is so divine. Perfectly crisp and fresh lines and detailing.

Trending....Elizabeth. Beautiful, white silk blouse with a super wide-leg wool blend trouser.

I'm a sucker for all white (if you didn't already notice). Clean and nautical here with a navy detailing at the neckline.

The contrast of cream and white here surprising meshes and check out those wedges.

Nothing like a fabulous coat to pair with those amazzzzzzzing blue suede booties.

Everything about this is clean, tailored, and classically chic.