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The Witchy World Of Alexander McQueen


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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.

 

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Trend Report: The Velvet Boot


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If you had asked me, “Would I be sporting velvet boots this fall?” before I saw Dries Van Noten’s Fall RTW collection, most likely, the answer would have been no. But, then I did, and then I fell……head over heels that is.

Velvet has reached beyond the holiday limits which once constrained it, venturing out into the everyday fashion world. Being so luxurious and textural, it can elevate a simple pair of jeans or a-line skirt into a blissful heaven of chic! With the Victorian look as hot as it is, its apropos that velvet is this season’s hottest accessory.

Check out my 6 favorite pairs (besides those divine Dries Van Notten’s which are sold out in the US) of this new trend, and elevate all your basics.

Gianvito Rossi Exclusive Velvet Ankle BootChristopher Kane Velvet & Leather Ankle Boots

Fratelli Rossetti Velvet & Leather Ankle BootStella McCartney Floral-Print Velvet Ankle Bootie

Top Shop 'Pinball' Velvet Ankle BootsZara

Gianvito Rossi Exclusive Velvet Ankle Boot // Christopher Kane Velvet & Leather Ankle Boots // Stella McCartney Floral-Print Velvet Ankle Bootie // Zara High Heel Velvet Ankle Boots // Top Shop Pinball’ Velvet Ankle Boots //  Fratelli Rossetti Velvet & Leather Ankle Boot

Top Photos: Dries Van Noten Fall 2015 & Emilio Pucci Fall 2015. Photos courtesy of Vogue.com

We’re Not Done Yet

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Trend Report — Bohemian Rhapsody


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The 70’s, they’ve been back for a while. Actually, it’s the 70’s with a 21st century twist for spring 2015. Everything we loved about fashion then — fringe, a-line skirts, stacked heels, flared legs and high waists, with a up-to-date, clean twist. This version of the bohemian women is simpler, cooler, never over done.  She pairs her flares and flowy dresses with current, modern accessories.

Here are some of my favorite pieces to get your boho chic groove on. So if you’ve got a yen for the seventies, a secret hankering to be a Charlie’s Angel, and have yet to meet a platform you didn’t adore, this is your season! Enjoy!

j Brand Tailored High-Rise Flare Heans $198.00

Isabel Marant Gold Tone Feather & Resin Necklace $430.00Masia Brown Suede Gladiator Sandal $510.00

ASOS Monki Knitted Top $36.00Top Shop Suede Button Through A-Line Skirt $140.00

Jerome Dreyfus Gary S Moutarde Handnag $425.00Free People Jasper Midi Dress $168.00

Madewell Pheasant Plum Top $98.00 on sale for $49.99  //J Brand High Rise Flared Jeans $198.00 // Masia Brown Suede Gladiator Sandal $510.00 // Top Shop Suede Button Through A-Line Skirt $140.00 // Free People Jasper Midi Dress $168.00 // Jerome Dreyfus Gary S Moutarde Handnag $425.00 // ASOS Monki Knitted Top $36.00 // Isabel Marant Gold Tone Feather & Resin Necklace $430.00

 

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Spring 2015 Trend Wrap Up


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Even though we are having winterish weather this weekend (a la California Style), I’ve got Spring on my mind. Spring Fashion to be precise. As the new season collections start to trickle into the stores, I thought now was a good time to get our sartorial juices flowing with a wrap up of the Spring 2015 Trends.

It’s A Seventies Thing

Let your inner hippie blossom this spring with romantic, floaty pieces and fringed accessories. (above)

Band Of Outsiders Spring 2015Marc Jacobs Spring 2015Gucci SPring 2015

Military Green

Who knew military dressing could be so chic. The color green (olive and sages), and military influenced pieces are a strong trend this spring with Marc Jacob being the five-star general!

Bottega Veneta Spring 2015Altuzarra Spring 2015ALC Spring 2015

Check Please

Gingham is not just for little girls anymore. It has made its way into sexy dresses and super chic separates. If Marc Jacobs was the leader of the military green trend, consider Altuzarra the prince of check.

Burberry Prorsum Spring 2015Stella McCartney 2015Chole Spring 2015

Divine Denim

Denim has and will always be a staple in every women’s wardrobe, whether she is a fashionite or not. This season denim gets a luxe overhaul, and goes head to toe!

Blue Marine Spring 2015Erdem Spring 2015Diane Von Furstenberg Spring 2015

Flower Power

Spring/Summer fashion has always encompassed florals, it’s one of those fashion givens that just goes without saying. But this spring flower power goes vibrant and splashy! We’re talking statement floral prints!

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Dries Van Noten Spring 2015


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Wow. With a collection this ethereal and splendorous it is difficult to know where to begin. So, I’ll just start at the beginning — Dries Van Noten’s inspiration. Drawing from John Everett Millais’ Ophelia, the Pre-Raphaelite image of Ophelia floating dreamily in a magical woodland setting, he commissioned Argentinean artist Alexandra Kehayoglou to create a mossy forest floor. Keyhayoglou’s woven rug in pastel shades of green, pink and blue and the richer, darker shades of green and teal appeared as forest grounds so lush one might anticipate finding tiny drops of dew on the model’s shoes.

Forever the master of mixing patterns, fabrics and silhouettes into mouth watering ensembles that flow and drape without ever overpowering the wearer, Dries outdid himself with what appeared to be fabrics pieced together from brocades and hand-blocked silks, yet were actually jacquards woven in one piece. Cue Van Noten shaking his head as he recollects the difficulty of the process.

The bevy of organza, silk, chiffon, jacquard and gilded fabrics composed into an array of tiered dresses, vests (short and long with flashes of lame), must have sequin t-shirts, the sheerest printed blouses, biased cut skirts, and mens wear inspired loosely structured trousers harmonized their way into a gorgeous and evermore wearable collection; one that any stylish, fashion obsessed women will give her right arm for come Spring 2015.

My must have is one of the combinations of lame or richly patterned bandeaus worn over the silk jacket/gossard like printed blouses. Heavenly and modern.

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Fall 2014 Biggest Trends


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Knits: whether head to toe, boyfriend size sweaters, or big chunky sweaters with uber wide turtlenecks, this is the year to invest in cozy, comfortable ultra modern knits.

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Fur: Mixed with leather, colored, shearling, real or fake (be kind, wear fake), fur was everywhere on the runways. It can be a big investment, but believe me this trend will be around for quite some time. (Gucci & Sacai)

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Swinging Sixties: Fall’s retro trend emerged from the catwalks of Paris — Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent and Valentino all imparted new life into the sixties dollybird dresses. Italy was in the vibe too, displaying Peacoats, full mini’s and ankle cropped pants.

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Slouchy Pants: Skinny pants aren’t going anywhere soon, but there’s a new relative in town. A more relaxed, roomier pant with a fresh new look yet still just as chic. (Celine & Christopher Kane)

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Pop Art: Prints aren’t going anywhere this fall, and you certainly can’t miss them. In fact, they might have you doing double takes. One might even frame them as Pop Art on your walls?? (Dries Van Noten)

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Dresses Over Pants: Speaking of not going anywhere. The dress over pants look has decided to stick around. I love how fall textures and fabrics give it a whole new vibe. I’m in love with this Haider Ackermann look.

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Spiced Up Evening Wear: Leave it to designers such as Givenchy, Valentino and Mary Katrantzou to add a little (or a lot) of zest, spice and humor to evening wear. It’s nice to see evening wear that doesn’t all look the same. I wonder how many of thee beauties will make it to the red carpet? Also, look for lots of sheer evening wear this fall.

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Paris Fashion Week – Dries Van Noten’s Brilliance


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The austere setting – a massive hangar like space that provided a long walk and plenty of viewing time for each exit, and a lone guitar player – Colin Greenwood of Radiohead, set the stage for Dries Van Noten’s collection of simple juxtaposed to the opulent (at times within the same look). As Vogue wrote online, “Spring be damned, the show was a stunning parade of dark tulip damasks, jet black ruffles, Byzantine gold, Ottoman tassels, and embroideries that set the night sky against barbed wire as the season’s leitmotif. Into that heady brew Van Noten stirred the plain and simple, in the form of honest, hardy fabrics like poplin, calico, natural linen…the result was a perverse, audacious marriage of rich and poor.”

“I thought about how Tamara de Lempicka, Loulou de la Falaise, and Charlotte Rampling dressed,” Noten said backstage. “And I wondered how they’d do it today.” His ending results were folkloric/ethnic pieces such as pheasant tops with easy pants, over-sized tasseled-carpet-shoulder bags and tassel-fringed knits over pants and loose Bermuda shorts. In fact, the Bermuda shorts with fringed knits or ruffles were some of my favorites. He then must have imagined his muses dressing on a grander scale, incorporating flashes of gold lame, a micro-beaded gold shift, an equally small amount of sequins paneling the front of a calico coat, and the aforementioned stunningly rich tulip damasks and jet black ruffles (his Spanish influence).

If you observed hints of Issey Miyake , and Comme des Garçons (frills of ruffles and pleats), I’d say you were spot on. The result for me, could at times, seem over whelming (yet I can appreciate the brilliance) but when tamed down I adored them: the chic ruffled halter top paired with ultra mini red on black dotted Bermudas; a romantic black ruffled skirt and blouse; and his first exit of a simple cream tank dress with gold lame ruffles lined hip to knee.

Next February, Dries Van Noten will be honored with a major retrospective of his work at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, curated by Pamela Golbin. With such a masterful body of work, I’d say it is well deserved.


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