Friday, December 30, 2016

Shimmer and Shine

New Year’s Eve is the night when a few extra sequins may as well be a prerequisite for dazzling memories. The Fall 2016 collections include plenty of options fit for a sparkling night.

From fabrics that shimmer, to textured sequins and beads, dresses like these are sure to help you shine.

Though snowflakes may be falling when the ball drops, you can add a layer of practicality with a turtleneck sweater under your party dress thanks to the styling by Valentino.

The shimmer of the fabric can pop thanks to bright colors like these seen on the Ralph Lauren runway.

If turtlenecks aren't your style, you can bundle up with a sequin-adorned jacket while also keeping your legs warm with the help of colorful socks from Rochas

 You can keep your look extra sweet with an outfit in shades of bubblegum pink as seen with the Preen designs and styling.

Regardless of where New Year’s Eve festivities take you, or how you choose to shine, remember the night is yours…and it’s the start of something new.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

A Swiss Story

The story begins on the countryside of Switzerland, with our heroine travelling the countryside of Switzerland…from the tops of the snow capped mountains, down to the depths of the lush green valleys. She continues her trek into the Netherlands, walking among tulips and windmills before heading to the city streets of London. 

Such is the journey that we are taken on in the Alexander McQueen Resort 2017 collection. These seemingly diverse points of inspiration come together to form designs that are at once nostalgic while also modern enough for today’s world.

With floral prints and details reminiscent of a Swiss folk dress, the dresses are fit for Heidi all grown up. 

Continuing the European influences, prints, scalloping and cut-outs mimic the printed designs on Dutch   Delftware dishes. The 17th century pottery was inspired by ancient Chinese porcelain. Windmills, landscapes and seasides found their way onto the dishes of the Dutch…before making their way to the runway designs in more abstract forms.
As fields and flowers are set aside for the mechanics of the big city, the designs evolve from ruffles and prints to straight lines. With capes and military button accents, the designs pay homage to the classic British detective, Sherlock Holmes, and the iconic London guards.
So then how does our heroine’s journey end? We can imagine her collecting friends and memories along the way. 

She is not fashioned for a life among strangers.” –Heidi

And even though every adventure, including our heroine's, must come to a close, there is beauty to enjoy along the way.

Let’s enjoy the beautiful things we can see, my dear, and not think about those we cannot.” –Heidi

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

So This is Christmas

Giles Deacon
Tis  the season for mistletoe and mischief…or at least a few festive Christmas parties. But the statement that always seems to be on our lips is, “I have nothing to wear.” 
If the invitation doesn’t dictate a tacky sweater, then how about  couture?
Ribbons and bows, snow that glows and candy flavored kisses all abound in this  magical time of year. What better way to dress the part, than in couture inspired by the season’s colors of green, white and red?
 Jean Paul Gaultier 
“And so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun…”
 Alexandre Vauthier

You’ll be ready to sing “O, Christmas Tree” while wearing bejeweled green creations of tulle and velvet.

 Zuhair Murad 

Viktor & Rolf

 Like a sparkling snowflake,  you can enter the party in pure white. White is never boring when embellished with jewels, textures and artful shapes.
Jean Paul Gaultier 
 Viktor & Rolf
 Francesco Scognamiglio

Giambattista Valli

Or if making a loud statement is more your style, you can turn up the heat with a red ensemble. Like the red of holly berries, Santa’s sleigh and your sweetheart’s kisses, the color is sure to add a dash of spice to the holiday mixer. 
Atelier Versace 

“A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear”

Runway Photos are Fall 2016 Couture:

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Wooded Wonderland

As the leaves of the trees transition from summer to fall, the woods beckon us, inviting us to hike the trails of the changing landscape. There is a sense of the unknown as you enter the depths of the forest beneath the towering canopy of tree branches.
Designer Alberta Ferretti explored this wooded theme in her Fall 2016 collection. Dresses and coats feature textures, colors and prints that move through all aspects of the forest environment. 

They take us from the bark of the trees, to the furry creatures living on the forest floor, to the moss covered rocks, to the birds floating across the sky and to the blooming flower patches.

As a symbol, the woods have mixed meanings. Taylor Swift asked, “Are we out of the woods yet?” on her 1989 album as an expression of relational uncertainty and turmoil. People often desire to be out of the woods when they think of bad situations and wanting to leave the darkness of their circumstances. It's like a wish to leave the woods in order to enter the light of the clearing.

But not everything in the woods is bad or something to be escaped. As the Fairy Godmother said in Cinderella, “If Cinderella had not entered the woods, she would have never met her prince.”
Sometimes we have to enter the woods, though darker than the sunlit path and perhaps a bit ominous, for the chance to discover and grow in new ways.

The prettier the flower, the farther from the path.” –Little Red Riding Hood, Into the Woods

As we step past the shadows, the sun shines a bit a brighter. With the sun dappling through the leaves of the trees, the flowers are able to spring forth, adding life and color to the wooded wonderland we call life. 
It simply takes a few steps from the path to find the promise of the flowers. So take a breath and get ready to explore your very own wonderland.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

A Pilgrim's Thanksgiving

With leaves falling, the smell of cinnamon in the air and the taste of pumpkin on your tongue, you know that Thanksgiving is here. With this holiday comes images of Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving dinner in the new world.

 If you’re like me, I always imagined the Pilgrims in black and white with buckles on their hats and shoes. Turns out that black and white were only worn on Sundays and formal occasions. Women wore shades of red, green, brown, blue, violet and gray. And buckles were not actually in fashion until later in the 17th century. 

Nevertheless, I can’t help but continue to picture them across the landscape of New England in 1621 dressed in the classic black, white and buckles. This type of imagery has definitely persisted in the imaginations of designers as well. 

Pilgrim's Landing
Sarah Burton presented Pilgrim-esque designs in her Pre-Fall 2013 collection. Wide collars, belted waists and buckles are all reminiscent of the Pilgrim look. 
Her runway designs could just have easily been donned on the shores of the New World, though the heels and over-the-knee boots would have been a bit cumbersome. 
The pleats of Lady Hawkins ruff are mirrored by the neckline and hemline details on the McQueen dress, as are the delicate cut out designs. 

Other designers, including Chloe and Jean Paul Gaultier, have also found inspiration in America’s first settlers. The inspiration was reinterpreted on a scale of sexy to sweet. 
Gaultier’s hat and collared ruff are a feminized version of menswear from the period, ramped up with a touch of sex appeal thanks to the skirt's short hemline. 

The Chloe Spring 2007 collection featured classic Pilgrim elements like the collars, but with a dash of 1960s flair with mod baby doll dresses. The designs were a bit sweeter and more demure than the flash of Gaultier. 

Regardless of what the Pilgrims truly wore on that first Thanksgiving, we can embrace the true spirit of that first autumn harvest feast and say a prayer of thanks as we celebrate all that we have been given. 

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