Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Infamous Sale

Well ladies, today is the day. 
The day that only happens twice a year.
The infamous Net A Porter Sale
If any of you are familiar with this sale, you're probably on there right this second. For all the newbies, out there,
Do Not Miss Out!!
With clothes, shoes and accessories from designers like The Row all the way down to J Crew, it's all at least 30% off!
So get out your credit cards and play safe!
Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Miss Dior, I Never Knew You Could Be So Saucy!

Sheer was the appropriate word for this year's Christian Dior Resort 2014 show.
Models walked down in anything from sheer dresses to sheer lace cropped tops.
The underwear effect was also a big hit with a romantic twist to an otherwise revealing look.
With the playful outfits and classic suits, Dior is continuing with their ladylike looks that they are known for.

Christian Dior Resort 2014

Monday, May 20, 2013

The Casual Suit - Chanel Resort 2014

After watching Chanel's Resort 2014 show, there was a common theme in the first few clicks of the show.
For lack of a better term, casual suits.
A pullover top with the common suit lapels and pants. A different take on something that Karl continues to reinvent each season.
With knee pads and paddles accessories, I couldn't help but wonder about the stir Chanel branded paddles would make on the industry. We aren't quite over the hula hoop bags from last season.
Print trends were played up as well as some casual wear that I can only assume will be worn from the sidelines.
With other variations of clothes such as a high-low skirt version of the classic tweed suit and pearls draped on everything except the model's ankles, it looks like Chanel continues to move forward in their own fashion evolution.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Who Ever Said Woman Can't Wear Men's Clothes

 After realizing that the sweaters in my closet are not to my liking anymore, I've decided to go a different route with clothes- shop the men's section.
After looking at the selection on Mr. Porter, I have come up with many solutions to my problem.

Exhibit A-The asymmetrical cardigan - for the downtown girl

Exhibit B: The Casual Sweater - for the lounge look

Exhibit C: The Rollneck - for the cozy look


With these three sweaters, no matter if your male or female, you'll look stylish in your own skin.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Cross Body Necklaces

 After getting tired of wearing necklaces the same way(around my neck), I've decided to mix it up and wear them different. 
Cross body that is. It's caused quite the stir with people. 
The key is to get a necklace that is
A. Long enough
B. Probably should have the same continuous look such as a strand of pearls(although I am not opposed to having some charms at the end).
It's perfect for a more casual look!

Monday, May 13, 2013

What's So Wrong With A Little Black And Blue?

There are so many magazines and many shows that tell woman how to dress and how not to dress. I, however, am not a fan of these shows because of the box it puts you in. 
One in particular that really haunts me and that's not mixing black and blue together. 
But why?
I've heard things such as you look like a bruise but really what's so wrong with looking like a bruise?
So I thought I would take it to the Internet for some clearance. Cause of course, everything on the Internet is 100% right. Isn't that why you're reading this?

With websites such as GQ giving it a thumbs up, others such as Refinery 29 were giving tips on how to wear the trend. Even Oprah gave some tips on mixing the two. So if Oprah is behind something, you know it's right!
Many of these tips included pairing a denim jacket with a black dress, wearing dark blues such as navy with black and even stating how the two colors look more stylish than a lot of color mixes.
With all this information, how can you not go against the grain of what most people state.
Let the mixing begin!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Dancing On My Own....Or In My Proenza Schouler's

Contrary to popular belief, I do not own that many shoes. I'm more of a quality shopper rather than quantity. So when I do buy a pair (remember I do have a champagne taste with a beer wallet), I tend to go for ones I can actually move in, not the typical 6" Louboutins.
Which brings me to these beauties- Proenza Schouler from Spring 2012.
With their wood-looking wedge heel and the covered top, these are perfect to go from a busy work day to a night out.

Proenza Schouler Spring 2012

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Lazy Saturday

After coming across this Irving Penn photo from 1950, I couldn't help but think I need a day off. With a little help from the 'Do Not Disturb' button on my phone, I realized I can be this girl! 
In all seriousness though, we all need these lazy days to recharge and get ready for what's ahead. So here's a little inspiration and a tiny reminder to lay around and do nothing!

Irving Penn June 1, 1950

Friday, May 10, 2013

Vivienne Westwood

From her beginnings of making jewelry to eventually dressing the Sex Pistols, Vivienne Westwood has proven to us that punk has always been around and is here to stay.
She started in clothes with a Pirate collection and eventually got others on board with her look.
She has been named British Designer of the Year twice, an award that has been coveted by some of the most influential fashion designers.

Vivienne Westwood

These and many other factors are the reasons why Vivienne Westwood has always marched to the beat on her own drum and why her punk influence is not going anywhere.

Pirate Collection 1981

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Stephen Sprouse

Where do I begin? During this punk week, I have decided to honor a few designers who have ignited the 'punk' aesthetic. 
Stephen Sprouse was one of them.

Stephen Sprouse Dress

Fluorescence colors and graffiti were two things this designer is known for and has had success with. With Andy Warhol as a fan and friend, the designer brought in many of Andy's influences when creating his clothing. He was featured in many department stores but unfortunately could not keep up with the cost and demand of his clothing and eventually had to shut down his business.
For people that did not know him back in his clothing days, you may remember the collaboration he did with Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton for the graffiti handbags.

Stephen Sprouse Collaboration with Louis Vuitton

Stephen Sprouse was a great visionary and brought about a punk trend that no one had done before. A creative talent in his own right, he will definitely go down in history as a true talent of the fashion industry.

Stephen Sprouse

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

A New Age Of Punk- The Not So Punk, Punk Look

While many people at the Met Gala decided to wear the typical punk trends such as spikes, leather and plaids, many opted for a less obvious approach. 
Florals and sheer, girly dresses were also a big hit among many attendees.
Buy why the change? Is this our new way of interpreting or did many just neglect to find their inner punk selves?
For one thing, florals do have a certain appeal and it was back in 2008 when Elle UK did a punk floral shoot. And the MAJORITY of people did wear the appropriate floral dresses. Majority being the key word.
The sheer look was a little more understandable. Most had an almost gothic appeal and than of course the all over mesh dress was uber on point.
So with everyone's different interpretation of this Punk Chaos exhibit, it left the door open for many ideas of future punk looks.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

One Infamous Element of Punk....Leather

Leather has been a strong element to the punk revolution. It comes in all forms from jackets and shoes to pants and, in the case of Kanye West, skirts.
 It has become as ubiquitous as the white trend or low heels. Pretty soon we'll be seeing people walking down the street in dominatrix outfits. 
And it most definitely can add some edge to a once simple outfit. 
Leather has had a lot more of a presence recently. And you know when leather is a big trend in the summer time, than it's bigger than you could imagine. Anyone brave enough to walk through the city heat with a pair of leather leggings is OK in my book.
So for all the people out there that are intimidated by the punk trend, just add a little leather to your outfit. 

Balmain leather jacket

Sunday, May 5, 2013

A Week Full Of Punk

In keeping with what is going on this week, I was thinking of how I wanted to talk about the new punk exhibit at the Met. But why condense it all into one day? Why not make it a week long of designers, the punk trend and what it really means to be punk.
Stay tune.....

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Subtlety Means Something

Let's face it, everywhere we look, there are woman carrying around logo handbags. With Louis Vuitton and Fendi logo bags out there and growing by the minute, where do we look for a little subtlety?

Next to fragrance, it seems like handbags are the go-to designer fix for people of all classes. As long as they have that logo next to them, they can brag to their friends, co-workers, or whomever will listen to how much they love their bag. And at that point, it almost makes it reasonable to shell over the sometimes thousands of dollars.
But what about something a little more subtle?
Designers like The Row and Celine come out with more discreet handbags that don't need a logo spread all over to get their point across. What happens when that logo is no longer "in" fashion?
Louis Vuitton is probably the biggest offender with the non discreet LV spread across the front and back with easy recognition. Then again, I don't think Louis Vuitton will ever go out of style, at least while Marc is at the helm of the brand.
In a world where a logo is on everything from handbags to notebooks, a little subtlety can go a longer way.

Friday, May 3, 2013

White Out

With this Spring's number one trend being black and white, I've decided to join so many others in what I like to refer to as a white out.
With the majority of my wardrobe being black, I had to really branch out for this one. After purchasing a white blazer and a few tops, my search is complete and just a tad complicated by the fact that it's incredible hard to actually wear white clothing.
One thing I believe that should have been mentioned when purchasing white clothing is not to move in it. Don't eat, drink or engage in any kind of activity. (This actually sounds like the perfect way to lose weight). 
Actually, after thinking it over, white can last you year round, as long as you are not one of those people who doesn't believe in it after Labor Day. 
So join the rest of us with our white out outfits, just remember to not put make up on around it. 
From left to right: Alexander Wang Spring 2013, The Row Spring 2013

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Here's To Hoping For Warmer Weather

After recently receiving these pair of beauty's in the mail, I have been patiently awaiting the day where I actually get to wear them, cue, the weather.
Why does it seem that whenever you really want something to happen, aka warm weather, you never seem to get your wish. 
And to think the groundhog didn't see his shadow....

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Off Price And Discount- Do They Really Help The Economy?

Being guilty of succumbing to the pull of the off price market, I start to wonder whether they are actually helping the economy. We get excited opening the Alaia handbag we just purchased for 70% off, but what does it do for the industry?
Many people would argue that outlet stores saved the industry from crumbling, while others think it degrades the high end luxury world.
Designers get downgraded when they end up on sale racks for a fraction of the price and it doesn't help someone's logic of "Why would I buy this at full price, I'l just wait for it to go on sale." 
Some outlets don't even offer the same merchandise. It becomes de-spec and treated like the real deal.
The fast fashion retailers get inspired from designer collections and turn around to recreate it for a fast fashion fix for those who are unable to spend $500 on a blouse. 
Are we looking at a short term fix that will only bring the industry down in the long term or are we looking at the next greatest thing?