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I love the excitement and fervor new beginnings bring. They remind us that passion and joy still rage within us. While Natacha Ramsay-Levi isn’t a newcomer to fashion, having worked at Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton for Nicolas Ghesquière, her Chloe Spring 2018 collection is her first as creative director for a house. The results were smashing!
Ramsay-Levi politely nodded to her predecessors while infusing the collection with an “urban cool girl” chic all her own. Painted silks for Karl Lagerfeld, both Stella McCartney and Phoebe Philo were big horse fans, and she lifted a sense of weightlessness from Clare Waight Keller with the wispy micro-floral print and cream dresses.
Chloe is a new girl! She is no longer just a bohemian. She revels in tailoring (her vests, layered and solo, are divine), linear shirt-and-pants combos, jeans cropped and cuffed below the knee, snake-skin prints in clothing and accessories and details, such as, rings piercing the bodice of linen tops and dresses.
Speaking of accessories, look for Ramsey-Levi’s cannage leather boots, python booties and double strapped and double-decker handbags to make a strong impression in editorials, and show up on street style savvy bloggers soon!
I may have been M.I.A from Curators of Style for awhile, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been a busy little bee. While my COS alerts were missing from your email, my energy has been redirected into getting my Kickstarter campaign finished for my new line of small leather accessories — Kristin Ashford Bags.
It has been a lot of work, a lot of learning and a hell of a lot of fun. And, like most great efforts, I couldn’t have done it with out the help of my very talented friends. They helped me write the script, direct the video, lent their homes for shoot locations, and provided me with generous amounts of overall support.
I am happy to announce my kickstarter campaign went live today! Please check it out and if you like what you see, help spread the word. A girl needs all the support she can get!!
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While my number one wish is for my Kickstarter campaign to be a roaring success! I’ve also been dreaming about fall, and all the goodies I need to add to my closet. I am simply obsessed with Balenciaga’s stretch jersey thigh high boots. The vibrant colors worn with muted floral dresses (see Isabel Marant below) and richly colored separates maybe an unexpected combination, but one that oddly looks smashing. They are just the right amount of kick-in-the-pants a fall wardrobe needs. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this trend stick around for a while!
Another item I CAN NOT get out of my head, is Anna October’s ruffled corset blouse; so romantic and sexy. And, plays off of the huge interest in statement sleeves going on. For those cool weather days coming upon us quickly, 3.1 Phillip Lim has taken the puffer coat, cropped it off at the waist and made the sleeves detachable for your Apres ski days.
Another must have for running about in comfort, and lounging around in style are NSF’s cotton sweat pants and side lace-up sweat shirt! Cozy and chic!
NSF Enzo Lace-up Side Sweatshirt // See by Chloé Back Pack // Isabel Marant Diana Asymmetric Floral-Print Stretch-Crepe Dress //Byredo Rose Of No Man’s Land Eau De Parfum 50ml // Balenciaga Stretch-Jersey Thigh Boots // NSF Maddox Cotton French Terry Sweatpants //Anna October Ruffled Corset Blouse//By Terry Hyaluronic Sheer Nude Hydra-Balm Lipstick #5 // 3.1 Phillip Lim Blue Puffer Ski Coat // Gucci Horsebit-Detailed Leather Loafers // Golden Goose Deluxe Brand Wide Leg Trousers
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On March 6 Sarah Burton debuted one of her most breathtakingly exquisite Autumn 2017 collections. One galvanized from an outing taken with her clan to Cornwall, England where she spied a Cloutie tree (on which people tie rags and ribbons as they make wishes), visited the ruins of castles and medieval churches, and where a subculture of paganism and healing witchcraft is said to still exist. From there she was off and running with her imagination and research (which she is wont to do) into the creative communities that inhabit these walls, its traditions, their ancient signs and symbols, and the power that laid within the landscape.
The Cloutie tree inspiration, a prominent theme throughout the collection, was witnessed from the very first look of floating ribbons on a whipstiched black leather coat. It then made its way onto bodycon-ribbed knits, and as wisps of threads streaming from embroidered patches of flora patterned dresses. It was present via the extra long cinched belts on a few of the softly tailored pieces made from cashmere felting. These black/grey pantsuits with their extra long jackets, paired with thick-soled sneakers seemed fit for a modern-day priestess.
Burton wove her Cloutie theme all the way through to its final evening looks. The last 2 exits with their glistening silver sequin embroidery, and their sleeves and hems trailing in black or cream feathers were pure beauty. When the day comes that I finally get married, I’ll happily walk down the aisle in either the cream with green, blue and beige flora and fauna embroidered dress, or the final silver sequin and feather frock. Maybe a visit to the Cloutie tree is in order for me.
Giovanna Engelbert in a Prada // Irene Kim // PFW Street Style // Sayo Yoshida // Mlle Yulia // Alexandra Lapp in Hermes & Bruno Manetti // Street Style // Street Style // Teddy Quinlivan // Hailey Baldwin // Yasmin Sewell // Fil Xiao Bai
I want to live in the dresses of Pierpablo Piccilo’s Autumn 2017 collection. And, while I’m inhabiting his daydream, clothed in his tunics and frocks, I’ll reside at the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild where he unearthed his romantic, strong and vibrant collection fit for a modern-day princess.
Piccilo’s mood boards were a study in the fusion of opposites: Victoriana and Memphis Group — an Italian design and architecture group founded in Milan by Ettore Sottsass in 1981, and inspired by Art Deco, Pop Art, and the emerging postmodernism movements. Nathalie du Pasquier and George Sowden were cited by Piccilo as his main influencers, with fabric designer Pasguier priming his numbers, serial florals and hand motif graphics.
There were plenty of the beautifully intricate, high-waisted and high-necked Victoriana dresses that have been a house staple of late, but it was the Memphis inspirited dresses that really stole my heart. The flowing, waistless, knee-length dresses in lemon yellow satin, colorful sequins, and black and white patterned prints, along with the hands and numerals print maxi dresses, paired with rugged to-the-knee boots that will surely be touted in all the upcoming fall fashion magazine issues.
Now excuse me while I go buy my lottery tickets, a girl has to finance her daydream somehow.
Valentino’s To Die For Accessories:
See the entire collection Valentino Autumn 2017 Collection here.
Some of my other favorite from the Paris collections.
Christian Dior // Dries Van Noten // Loewe // Nina Ricci // Balmain // Mugler // Balenciaga // Off White // Rochas // Chloe All Autumn 2017
I thought I had a handle on my uneasiness regarding the election results, yet with the handing off of the baton last Friday emotions were stirred up again. Frankly, it zapped my creative energy, and I had turned to my security blanket, as it were, of sweats pants, cozy sweaters and Uggs the last few days. I was in desperate need of inspiration. Thankfully, the Pre-Fall 2017 collections are here and there are plenty of looks to spice up my sartorial senses.
Above are a few of the looks I will be drawing upon to add some zing back into my step when curating what to wear. Also, everything from Pierpaolo Piccioli’s superb second solo outing for Valentino. Especially those terrific over the knee boots paired with dresses sliced with a “touch of dreams”. Just what the country needs now.
Givenchy // Emilio Pucci // Tome // Versace // Christian Dior // Victoria Beckham //Acne // Fendi All Pre-Fall 2017
Valentino Pre-Fall 2017
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