My Cubbies may have lost to the Dodgers yesterday (8 to 5) but Frida Giannini seems to hit a home run every time she’s up to bat. This time it’s her Gucci Spring 2015 early 70’s inspired sports wear collection mixed with tinges of rock n’roll glam. As Style.com put it, ” It looked like the love child of Jimi Hendrix and Ali MacGraw—glam with a touch of the good girl.”
It’s hard to select standout pieces from a collection that was bursting with them. In fact, the collection was jam-packed with one impressive look after another. The lush cognac suede trench coat/dress is a must have as well as it’s counter part – the suede cropped sailor pants worn with a fiery lace up print blouse. The antique Japanese silk ensembles were not only gorgeous, but lent the collection your more traditional spring colors. Who knew rusts, cognacs and British racing car green, colors typically associated with fall, could look so apropos for spring.
Speaking of green, the glove-leather shirtdress inset with broderie anglaise was fantastic, especially paired with the green snake skin and claret strapped sandals. Sweet and chic. For a quick 360, Giannini gave us gold bullion embroidered bandleader jackets paired with cropped, full leg and cuffed denim, wild printed silk blouses and snake skin boots. Rock ‘n Roll glam at its best.
To round out this ridiculously wearable and exceptional collection Frida abstained from her coveted red carpet gowns, opting for cocktail dresses in chinoiserie print silks trimmed with crystals.
And if it wasn’t enough that she has the fashion world clamoring for her to-the-knee and ankle ‘Bit’ boots this fall, come spring we are going to go just as bonkers for her suede boots — both to the knee and ankle!
I’ve been on the search for the perfect pair of brogues to wear this fall. Finding a pair that met all my requirements was a challenge. They had to own an element of elegance, as I will wear them with dresses, be sleek enough to wear with skinny jeans (not too overpowering), and all around tres chic. It was tricky but I believe I’ve found the perfect pair (by Tods). I expect it was the monk strap and fringe detail that sold me — it’s always in the details.
With the find of the brogues, and a new online store I’ve discovered, The Front Row, putting together the perfect day chic ensemble was easy. This TFR black knit dress, perfect on its own, is a whole different look when worn over their white with black fluted pleated skirt. The dress also has a pair of matching knit pants. Three outfits with one dress!
Top it off with Isabel Marant’s Etoile leather vest (on sale) and Clare V.‘s petit duffle bag for the ideal finishing touches. I’d keep the accessories to a minimum, Jennifer Fisher’s hollow rectangular ring is perfect.
My mindset is definitely switching gears. I’m ready for fall.
FRS Knitted Tight Dress $ 76.00 // Isabel Marant Etoile Lambskin Leather Vest $1245.00 on sale for $747.00 // FRS Midi Skirt In Black Pleats $48.00 // Jennifer Fisher Hollow Wide Rectangle Ring $310.00 // Clare Vivier Duffel Petit $542.00 // Tods Monk Strap Leather Brogues $600.00
Erdem Moralioglu’s ethereal, fairy tale Spring 2015 collection was inspired by one woman, Victorian biologist and botanical artist Marianne North; who was so esteemed in her profession that there is a gallery dedicated to her at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, outside London.
Yet Erdem’s garden was more on the lines of a jungle, a tropical, evocative one. Starting with the dimly lit runway, dressed in lush emerald green foliage, and continuing with the first exits of brilliant dresses in rich teals, forest and emerald greens, and vibrant chartreuses. A stand out was the grid like crochet and sheer organza dress with plant life appliques in the aforementioned colors. A trellis with blooming vegetation crawling up, over and within.
Like all good fairy tales duality was present. The pure represented in Victorian influences of the 1890s — the high collars, tight bodices and buttons lined down the front, and plenty of crochet and broderie anglaise. Then there was the wild side with a plethora of feathers and fronds, overlaid and dense, applied by hand. Tiny pieces of cut chiffon were composed in camo-like floral patterns, and cockerel feathers emerged from vivid and vibrant embroidery (absolutely stunning!). All resembling a couture like precision.
One could go on to say the tweeds in shades of black and white, with their edges frayed, represents the common folk in this fairy tale. But remember this is an exotic tale, and we can’t have just any tweed, it must be entwined with floral and plant embroidery and exquisite patches of lace.
The collection was neatly balanced with Nicholas Kirkwood’s black oxfords and cross-laced flat Roman sandals. The perfect modern touches to the perfect collection.
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The fur trend really hadn’t gone anywhere, one could say it’s been simmering on low for a few years; much to the delight of animal right activists everywhere. Remember the days when they splattered real fur with buckets of paint, or raised a spray can up for their cause. Luckily with techniques that enable faux fur to look and feel so real, it stepped up to fill the void.
This season the trend is back and on high alert. Real fur was on display on oodles of designers fall runways. But this wasn’t your mother’s fur coats, this season’s fur was colored, marbled, striped, and in all varieties — shearling, fox, rabbit, mink and still plenty of faux.
Fur this fall is meant to be fun, and make a statement! Wear it with jeans for everyday use, dress up a look for evening, or pair it with an evening gown. The sky’s the limit!
As you know I’ve got my eye on DKNY’s striped faux fur coat (at $495.00 it’s a bargain). I’m into wearing faux fur, but DVF makes it awful tempting with her Finale pieced mink coat. Now that’s a statement piece.
Soft Faux Fur Coat $140.00 // Shrimps Mabel Color-Block Faux Fur Coat $995.00 // Sunday Best Mortimer Coat $150.00 // DKNY Striped Faux Fur Coat // Zara Colored Fur Coat $129.00 // DVF Finale Pieced Mink Coat $3200.00
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Now that everyone has packed up camp in New York, and headed overseas to finish off the Spring/Summer 2015 collections, I’m highlighting some more of my favorite looks from NY. Everyone was having such fun with their fashion statements. Such inspiration!!
A last look at a few more of my favorite New York exits.
Street Style: Anna Del Russo In Christopher Kane and Alexander Wang Bag // Street Style shot by Phil Oh // Street Style shot by Tommy Ton // Giovanna Battaglia // Street Style shot by Tommy Ton // Street Style Celine Skirt // Street Style Phil Oh // Giovanna Battaglia In Marco De Vincenzo Skirt, Rochas Shoes // Marina Larroude In A Comme des Garcons Shirt
Collections: Proenza Schouler // Calvin Klein Collection // Oscar De La Renta // The Row// Wayne // J Mendel — Spring/Summer 2015
Marc Jacobs takes military and uniform inspired dressing in to the world of designer clothing with oversized cargo pockets, exploding cabochons, and divine silk duchesse fabrics. Uniforms went glam in little pouf skirts and paper-doll sixties shifts. Jacobs quoted his inspiration as images of Grace Slick, who wore fatigues to protest the Vietnam War in the ’60s. “Military clothes are part of the fashion vernacular now,” he pointed out. Was this his statement on the war crazy world we live in today?
And, we can’t not mention the “experience” Jacobs provided. Beats by Dre headsets were on every seat, so you watched the show in your own little private world, the melodic sound track acting as a background to a soothing voice crooning thoughts composed by Marc and his collaborators — “When she goes in, the dog starts to bark. No, not that kind of dog . . . one that sounds like cheap electronic hip-hop from the eighties,” or “Can we move the house to a place where nothing ever happens and things are slower? I’ll be happy there . . “
“The idea was to put everybody in their own world,” Jacobs said backstage of the immersive experience. “It’s what you make of it.” Which is exactly how it should be!
Juan Carlos Obando Goes Back To His Roots
“This is actually the most personal collection I’ve done because it was all about Colombia, my home,” Juan Carlos Obando said after his Spring show. In the first half of Juan’s collection he introduced refreshing, soothing neutrals in lieu of his signature red-carpet gowns and bold color combinations which did make an appearance in the second half.
His fabric of choice was a beautiful, ivory waxed silk, lending the clothing fluidity and a sensuousness that I was immediately attracted to. I can just imagine how amazing these clothes will feel against your skin. That, and the loosely structured silhouettes take comfortable to a sublime state of dressing.
While I have always loved Obando’s use of vibrant colors, it was the neutrals I adored in his Spring 2015 collection. I’m coveting them all, but there is that rich wine colored dress too….