Paris Fashion Week Spring 2011 has begun and it is looking really interesting. I have been perusing Style.com, as usual, and I found some things that caught my eye for better or for worse. Some designers are doing really well and others are sticking to their same tired formula. Pictures from Style.com.
Balenciaga is always hard to wear. This season’s collection is no different. I feel like you have to be built like a tall, skinny box to be able to wear these clothes. That being said, I usually like the collections, but this season I wasn’t a fan. The collection just wasn’t flattering on most bodies or by themselves.
Zac Posen made some beautiful clothes this season. Everything looked like it could of been couture, which is one reason why some people don’t see a need for separate couture shows. Designers like Zac Posen and Alexander McQueen have basically been making couture without being apart of the haute couture in France. I still think they should be separated, but that is neither hear nor there. What is here is the fact that Zac delivered with this collection.
The first words that popped up in my head when I saw the Carven collection were cute and sexy. I could see this collection as my fashion editor goes to fashion week looks because they remind me of Anne Dello Russo.
Damir Doma is a new name to me, but I like what I see. His mostly orange collection was right on target. Most designers have either been using orange or white as the main color for their collections. His orange was very tangerine and bright.
Dries Van Noten was very light, airy, and feminine. I really loved the watercolor look and feel of the collection. One thing that I am noticing about these new spring collections is that big shapes and silhouettes are definitely coming back. Big, drapey looks mixed with one even bigger or really tiny element will be important next spring.
Check out tomorrow’s post for more Paris fashion.
Lately I’ve been inspired by by the spiritual world after spending many a night at my boyfriend’s mom’s house. (Which we think could potentially be very haunted). The last night I was there I had a “strange occurence”. I came downstairs with Sue to get some food and everything is quiet.
Although everything is quiet there is a radio in the dining room that we were told never to turn off or change the station. Why? Because the woman who owned the house previously was incredibly Christian and always had a Christian station playing on the radio. She passed away from cancer. It was weird enough that we were told basically never to touch it unless we were going to turn it up. (And god knows that wasn’t on our to-do list).
Anyways, as I went back downstairs alone…. in the dark, literally 5 min after I had just come down with Sue the radio was up blasting that Christian station. No one turned it up because no one was down there. I got chills throughout my entire body like I’ve never felt before. It was one of the weirdest things I had ever felt. There’s a lot of strange little things that go on there like windows slamming shut that are really hard to close, sounds that appear to be someone walking, and dogs barking at nothing a lot during the night time.
Ever since I was a child I was also interested in the spiritual world or whatever you’d like to call it. A lot of people think’s its a bunch of crap, but I’m not so ignorant to the point where I won’t be a little open-minded and at least leave myself open to experience things like that.
Some people will say it’s your mind’s paranoia playing tricks on you, but we all believe different things. And I personally think it isn’t too far off to think a presence can remain somewhere when someone passes especially their home or in other words their domain.
What do you think? Are you a believer in the spiritual side of yourself? Have you ever had a strange occurrence happen to you that made you question if there really is another spiritual realm?
P.S.- Don’t forget Halloween is coming up around the corner. I already know what I’m going to be =]
Milan Fashion Week has come to an end and Paris Fashion Week is on day two. I am behind in shows due all kinds of craziness, but I wanted to bring you the last little bit of Milan Fashion Week, so you four shows that really made an impact on me during the last few days. Photos from Style.com.
Moschino Cheap & Chic was very beautiful and colorful. I am really getting into shorts and bold prints for spring, but the midi-length skirt really caught my eye too. This is something I probably wouldn’t wear too much of, but I like the way it was presented in this collection. I think it changed my mind.
Missoni was inspired by different cultures, and I think that was obvious. The clothes looked like a mix of prints from all over the world Missoni style. The bright colors are perfect for spring, and the wide hats are perfect for shielding you from the summer sun.
Dsquared² was a perfect mix of feminine and masculine. The pants, tuxedos, and dresses really looked great without making the woman look too androgynous. I am noticing a lot of hats in the Milan shows this season. These fedoras match the oxfords that the models wore. Speaking of which, wasn’t it refreshing to see some shoes from the Dsquared boys that didn’t look like you would break a hip in them?
Jil Sander was by my favorite show of Milan Fashion Week Spring 2011. Apparently a lot of other people liked the show as well. The colors and stripes, mixed with the prints and silhouettes made for a perfect collection. I used to wear t-shirts with long skirts a few years ago. I think I am going to break that look back out again.
I was recently asked to write an article about Simply Be plus size clothing, so I decided to write about their selection of Anna Scholz clothing because I happen to be a big fan of the designer. Anna Scholz is an awesome plus size clothing designer, and she sells her clothes on Simply Be’s website. Simply Be sells some other great plus size clothing too. But this coat, pencil skirt, and dress really caught my attention.
The coat, which is $140, is perfect for the winter months. I am actually looking into getting a new coat that looks slightly different from you average black pea coat. This one fits the bill.
The pencil skirt($67) and dress($105) are great because they have this leather like texture to them. They are sexy, but not too sexy. I can dress them up and down for work or for play, and they give your body a nice shape.
What are your favorite plus size clothing items from Simply Be? Is it from their main lines or is it something else?
Duck Sauce is DJ A-Trak and Armand Van Helden. The song “Barbra Streisand” is great. The video is even better. I love the quote that the fake Barbra Streisand says about moving to NYC. Can’t wait to move there!
You would think that people would have learned their lesson after this incident, but no they haven’t.
People of the fashion world listen to me: BLACK FACE IS NOT COOL PERIOD POINT BLANK FULL STOP CUT IT OUT!!!!! ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS HIRE A MODEL THAT IS….WAIT FOR IT….BLACK!!!
Check out Constance Jablonski In Numero #117 By Greg Kadel and tell me this looks right. Seriously can anybody tell me when painting a white woman black, giving her an afro and a black child, and dropping her off in what looks like the Serengeti is cool. Source.
Snapped at London Fashion week. This shoot was a special initiative created by All Walks Beyond the Catwalk Photographer Rankin shot three of 12+ UK Model Managements beautiful girls Naomi Shimada wearing Hussein Chalayan, Katie Parsons wearing Giles Deacon, Kirsty McLennan wearing Alice Temperley and Marte Boneschansker wearing Betty Jackson. These bespoke designs were created especially for the girls and the results are stunning. 12+ UK would again like to thank co-founders Erin OConnor, Caryn Franklin and Deborah Bourne for choosing our girls for this amazing project
For this Versus SS11 collection I played with combining floral, tartan stripe prints from the Versus archive, to achieve twisted and drape mesh dresses. The colour palette is very bright and optimistic (yellow, green, purple, orange, red and blue). I have worked printed mesh into longer, leaner dresses, and knitwear for a more casual sporty/grungy approach. The core of the collection is multi drape stretch mesh dresses using layers of printed mesh. Short comes in multicoloured pop dresses. Shoes and bags feature print and brogue details.
Check out these beautiful bracelets from Korcula Jewelry. They are a sustainable brand that is trying to help those in need in the African country of Rwanda.
New for fall from Korcula jewelry is the “Korcula for Kora” horn bangle. It’s a Rwandan rescue horn bangle from Kora with Korcula’s signature lattice panels of brass with gold plating attached by brass studs. A large portion of the proceeds from Kora horn products goes back to the villages in Rwanda and Kenya to employ the workers manufacturing the pieces – it’s a sustainable brand. It retails for $398.
Also, part of the Houston-based designer’s Signature Line, is Korcula’s Gold Lattice Cuff, which retails for $248.00. Brass with 14K gold plating, it bends and forms easily to any woman’s wrist.
More information at – http://shopkorcula.com/
I love Burberry. Always had a knack for it although its style was a bit too mature for my taste. The plaid cashmere scarves and khaki trenches have always been super cute to me but always a bit too grown for my age. However, things are certainly different as Burberry has made a MAJOR come up for their spring 2011 collection. Although the show wasn’t a favorite amongst critics, just about everyone important in the London fashion scene was in attendance. The trenches next season are fabulous.. Seriously, you’ll be a rock star with these studded and metallic jackets. There a little bit of that Burberry sophistication with an underground London edge to it and it’s definitely the hottest thing on the runway for fashion week so far.
Check out these 3 special-edition plus-sized corsets from Hips & Curves that honor the women who made the garment famous: · Mary Tudor (aka Bloody Mary) · Scarlett O’Hara · Rock Stars (such as Madonna, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Christina Aguilera and Beyonce).
More than 750 mauriceslocations across the U.S. are hosting Rescues & Runways fashion shows to raise supplies and cash donations for our forever friends – animals.
Running throughout September and October, Rescues & Runways is a national campaign created by maurices, in partnership with the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) to increase awareness of animal shelters and pet adoptions through pet-themed fashion shows. (There’s a full listing of Rescues & Runways shows here.
Even if you are unable to make it to the shows, there is still a way to help! For a limited time, maurices is selling its Friends for Life Charm; for every purchase of the charm, $2.50 goes to support the ASPCA. Learn more here.