Thursday, March 31, 2011
The 1999 film "The Talented Mr. Ripley" brings my style inspiration for this summer. Gwyneth Paltrow beautifully plays Marge Sherwood, the girlfriend to Jude Law's Dickie Greenleaf, in this 1950s psychological thriller. When they are first introduced, they are residing in a small town in Italy. The scenery and the fashions are perfect- airy, bright, and full.
Marge is an all American girl with sun kissed skin and soft blonde hair. She has a preppy sense of style, mostly from her upper class upbringing and ivy league life. Her outfits consist of crisp white shirts, knotted at the waist and layered over a swimsuit. She pairs this is full skirts, espadrilles, and straw handbags. Minimal accessories complete the look.
To get her look I've compiled three outfits with pieces from Anthropologie, J. Crew, and ModCloth. I searched for vintage-inspired shapes, colors, and prints in skirts. Clean and basic tops are then paired with wedge sandals, retro sunglasses, straw bags, and classic accessories.
J. Crew Boy Shirt in Thomas Mason Fabric, J. Crew Pearl Studs, Anthropologie Sugar Work Skirt, ModCloth Rainbow Graph Two-Piece, J. Crew Farmers Market Tote, ModCloth Roundtrip Rendezvous Wedges, and Cutler & Gross for J.Crew Sunglasses.
Anthropologie With A Twist Tank, A.R. Trapp for J. Crew Troubadour Sunglasses, Anthropologie Ardennes Skirt, Anthropologie High Sun Bikini, Anthropologie Espadrille Sneakers, and Anthropologie Streamertail Bag.
J. Crew Cecilia Dress, J. Crew Brimfield Tote, Anthropologie Evelyn Maillot, Anthropologie Starfish Cuff, ModCloth Pouring Rainbows Heels, and Anthropologie High Gloss Belt.
Now, if only summertime weather would come around I'd be all set!
Monday, March 28, 2011
My favorite collection, Spring 2011.
What I particularly like about Devon's work is her classic style with quirky twists, such as bright colors or optical prints. Her designs are something I think a young, modern Audrey Hepburn would wear. The pieces are minimal but not stuffy- think Calvin Klein meets Kate Spade. I greatly look forward to seeing what she presents each new season.
From top to bottom: Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Fall 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
To get her look for less:
J. Crew Rialta Tweed Jacket, $250
J. Crew Tuxedo Shirt in Thomas Mason fabric, $150
Citzens of Humanity Hutton Wide-Legs, $189
Zara Fashion Blucher, $79.90
Zara Blazer with Contrasting Lapel, $129
Anthropologie Hermitage Top, $98
Zara Straight Trousers, $79.90
Zara Ballerina, $49.90
Forever 21 Tweed Shoulder Bag, $22.80
**Images via GoogleImages.
The couture shows for Spring 2011 took place at the end of January and we are seeing more of the looks featured on the red carpet, including the Oscars. Here's an overview of the six main collections, from my least favorite to my most favorite:
Armani's collection, to me, was just off the mark. It didn't say "Armani". It said "TRON meets 90s-revival." The dresses over pants, shimmer fabrics, button hats, and dark purple lips didn't cut it. Out of 41 looks, these are the only looks I liked (and even then, just sort-of liked). Armani is traditionally classic and tailored with glamor and a bit of androgyny, not futuristic, shiny, and saucer-topped.
Valentino's collection was also drab in color, but it features some really well-designed details. The layered collars, ruffles, floral applique, and tiny bows were a delight amidst a sea of nude tones. The shimmer and beading in some of the more formal pieces was stunning. Again, I felt myself longing for a really great red dress. I felt that the silhouettes and detailing were there, but not the palette.
Elie Saab's couture collection was my favorite. I felt like it was everything a couture collection should be- elegant, entrancing, and stunningly gorgeous. The collection feature a wide range of colors- from rosey pinks to lavender, greens, reds, grays, and drop-dead sexy black. Each garment was showcased amazing details like three-dimensional flowers, beading, and lace. We've already seen several looks on the red carpet, including the lavender piece seen above on Mila Kunis at the Oscars and the off-the shoulder red number on Halle Berry. I don't blame them- if I were attending a red carpet event, Elie Saab would be my go-to man.
**Images via Style.com