Wearing head-to-toe white is one of the most sophisticated looks that you can accomplish to elevate your style without trying very hard; in fact, the only thing you actually need to do is make sure that you don’t get any scuffs or stains on your white apparel! Wearing white only in the summer is such an outdated notion that with a few easy items to consider, can transition white what you need it to be all year long. The easiest way to start is with accessories; see how it feels to participate in the look via a handbag, a pair of shoes, jewelry, or bag. Next up: let’s try winter white! Unlike a pure, almost opaque, bleached hue of white that is popular in the summer time, winter white takes on an almost yellowish tone that makes it a better match to blend in with winter’s other neutral shades of taupe, grey, black, brown, and navy.
October 5, 2011
Martyrdom and fashion don’t normally go hand-in-hand, but Rick Owens SS12 runway displayed a sacrificial, spiritual vibe, perhaps with a touch of Owens’ signature dark side and a cynicism. Models, or “electrocuted martyrs” were bonded in sleek, slender gowns and skirts. Black and white, to the extreme, with the occasional rusty-orange, the collection certainly got us thinking about a pure dressing aesthetic, whatever that may mean to each individual.
This season, Chanel keeps it title as a fashion powerhouse, not that we would ever doubt Karl Lagerfeld’s genius for a second. Runway-turned-underwater adventure, the all-white set was extravagantly contrasted by the icy pastels of the clothing. A lot of cream, mint green, baby pink, and dusty blue combined with fluffy skirts that were softly feminine and not a bit prissy. Puffed shoulders were carved out delicately and softly while the house’s signatures such as practical dresses, skirts, boxy tweed jackets, and swimwear naturally took its turn down the runway.
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September 28, 2011
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In a story of masculine-meets-feminine ease, the Emporio Armani spring lineup displayed the designer’s best foot forward at contemporary sportswear pieces. A closer look at the collection made it seem as if I had flipped through an old-fashioned black-and-white photo album: classically piped blazers and jackets crowned with skimmer hats felt dainty yet refined. Halter dresses, slim skirts, and pastel cropped pants impressed with a definitive sensual feel. In all of its largely asexual appeal, however,these garments are truly ready-to-wear, even with the sparkling crystal details — perhaps the perfect touch to break the monotony of day-wear.
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While we may not all be bold enough to bare our own midriffs, Pucci’s above the belly tops yielded a muted sex appeal that all women aspire to exude, regardless of the stage or current phase of life. It was impossible to look away from the jumble of prints and peeks of lace insets. The black, red and pink palette initiated an early can’t-stop-me strength, and towards the end things got lighter (and shinier!). A lot of skin and a lot of awestruck detailing breathed new life into the storied Florentine brand- magnifico!
Raf Simons teased us all with bits of color, but his main attraction, the show’s beginning and ending, was pure white. Jil Sander’s spring looks were rooted in its history with its “signature white poplin shirt,” sometimes sensually sheer, further reinforcing a transparent theme for spring 2012. Paisley and gingham later made an appearance; it was certainly modernism combined with couture that sparked the curious, less minimalist spirit of the collection.
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