Thursday, September 19, 2013

Queen of Style

At the helm of the Alexander McQueen fashion house, Sarah Burton continues to prove she is fashion royalty with collections like the one she created for Fall 2013.
The designer admittedly used religious imagery from the Catholic church, but what I find interesting are her references to Elizabethan style.

 
The style of the garments themselves reveal Elizabethan qualities: high necklines with the ruff collar, quilting and over the top ornamentation with beading.
 
The Elizabethan era references continue with corset belting and voluminous sleeves.  

Though long past, Queen Elizabeth's reign over style remains evident; a beauty and strength that can't be forgotten.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

American Paradise

As John Mayer's latest album Paradise Valley stays on repeat in my car, I can't help but think of the spirit of Americana.
 
With songs inspired by the Midwest, the music makes me imagine wide open spaces, cool mountain breezes, the smell of fresh pine and the style of Ralph Lauren.
 
Listening to Wildfire as the last rays of summer fade, you can dress the part in fringe, leather and lace as seen in Ralph Lauren's Spring 2011 collection.


 
As the temperatures drop, transition your wardrobe as easily as a paper doll from the lightness of lace to the warm cocoon of plaids and Native-American inspired layers like those seen in the Fall 2008 Ralph Lauren collection.


 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A Tale of Fashion Magic

From the pages of children's books to the pages of fashion's favorite magazine, Roald Dahl's stories came to life in Vogue UK.
 Shot by Tim Walker in 2008, the editorial called on artistic greats like Tim Burton and models who included Karen Elson to add color and character to each shot.

 Just as Roald Dahl stated, "Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." So open your eyes and find a little magic...

 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Hello Fall

Summer may be fading into fall, but that doesn't mean that we have to say goodbye to color.
 

 Kate Spade certainly kept in line with the motto, "Live life colorfully" for the Fall 2013 collection. Hot pink, red and yellow boldly says hello to onlookers with a dash of sparkles, polka dots and leopard prints.




And I couldn't agree more, why lose color just because the season is changing when it can be a little cheeky and add a smile to your face? So go ahead, live life colorfully.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Color Story in White

Clean. Simple. Feminine. Chic. All these words describe the newest color obsession for designers...white. Many Spring 2011 collections opted for the neutrality of white that is anything but boring.


There was never a dull moment as Sarah Burton embraced white for her Spring Alexander McQueen collection. A naturalism meshed with Edwardian flair gave the collection a feminine level of drama.



Western luxe shines brightly at Ralph Lauren.

The basic foundation of white glows with metallic accents.

Texture adds further interest with lace, crotchet and embroidery-like detailing.





Clean minimalism is GAP's signature style, and it still holds true with pieces in white and tan.



Like GAP, Chloe embraced a minimalist style in her collection but also added a touch of romanticism with historically influenced lines. Silhouettes range from the full skirted dress, to body-conscious draping that is reminiscent of ballet dancers (with the added touch of slippers).



The clean minimalism of this outfit is enhanced with a pop of red ballet slippers.







This summer, with the help of collections like these, tell your story in shades of white.

Photos from Style.com

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Pacific Passion

It was the kiss seen around the world on Friday, April 29th. Billions of people watched as the love story of Will and Kate was cemented with the wedding of the decade. What's next? How about a dream-worthy honeymoon that matches the fairytale wedding?




A South Pacific get-away seems to be just the ticket with its warm weather, clear blue waters and skies with a dash of tropical romance that any couple, royal or not, could enjoy.



John Galliano's Spring 2011 collection for Dior inspires dreams of summer romance on the beaches of the Pacific Ocean.

So grab your sunscreen and get ready for a romance to remember.

















Runway photos from Style.com