Saturday, November 18, 2017

Feast of Fashion

Thanksgiving is only a few days away, which means the holiday season is on our doorstep. Millions of people will travel by planes, trains and automobiles to gather around the dinner table in celebration of the season. 

Whether a gathering of family or friends, the holiday is a chance to connect, reflect and enjoy each other and all that we have been given. There is of course the traditional Thanksgiving spread complete with warm Fall themed decor, a steaming turkey with dressing, the smell of cranberries and cinnamon filling the air, and cozy knit sweaters worn by the fireplace. But I like to imagine other variations to the dinner table and of course, what to wear to such an occasion.
 "A Feast for the Eyes," Vogue 1996, Photographed by Steven Meisel
Why not have a Thanksgiving filled with couture? Sparkling candelabras, decadent jewels and luxe gowns from the pages of Vogue are sure to make lasting memories.
  
 Or for something a bit more rustic, how about a picnic amid the lush gardens of the estate? And perhaps followed by a relaxing walk and dessert on the porch to watch the sunset? 
 "Custom of the Country," Vogue 2012, Photographed by Annie Leibovitz

You may welcome the notion of the great outdoors on Thanksgiving, but with a bit more glamour. Rather than going the rustic route, there is always the option of donning couture amid the remnant's of summer's flowers. 
"Paris Je T'Aime," Vogue 2007, Photographed by Steven Meisel
And who ever said pastels couldn't be worn in the Fall? When it's couture, it's always in style.

Sometimes you can't anticipate who might show up to share the dinner table. In today's world, an invitation may result in someone completely out of this world. Even with a surprise guest, you're sure to stay poised when wearing your peals and a ladylike dress.  
 "The Total Lady," Vogue Italia 2003, Photographed by Steven Klein 

How will you style your gathering this holiday season?  

Images: Vogue

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Fashion meets Art: Pae White

The space between...the space between here and there. It is often forgotten in our efforts to get to the next destination. Or in the case of physical space, it fades into nothingness as our eyes move from focal point to focal point.
 
For artist Pae White though, this is the space she explores in site specific installations like her 2013 exhibit in London called “Too Much Night, Again.” Using string, the installation criss-crossed in what would otherwise be the white space of nothingness around artwork featured on the walls. The air became three-dimensional as the strings travelled overhead, creating patterns of color, texture and form. 

The use of string in fine art demonstrates White’s tendency to use craft materials, elevating a typically mundane material to one for higher thought and beauty. A single string joined a multitude, creating spaces that varied in string density as they attached to the wall to spell words from the artist’s nighttime ponderings.


 Like White, Sarah Burton utilized a string-theme in her Fall 2017 collection for Alexander McQueen. Strings of red, white and blue dangle from sleeves and bodices. 
They are woven in patterns on dresses, resembling the heavy stitching found on upholstery or baseballs. The thick strings also dangle from bags, creating a fringe that moves with each step. 

In their heaviest form, the strings are woven in such a high volume that they become a tweed-like fabric. 

There is a transient quality to both the art and fashion designs. Both creations showcase how the strings can be combined or stitched in a way to hold something to together. Whether it be a dress or a three-dimensional form, a single string becomes something much more when utilized in a high quantity. But just as the strings dangle from the dress sleeves or spread into open spaces in the gallery, there is evidence they can pull apart into nothingness.

Runway Photos: Vogue.com
Exhibit Photos: 1301pe.com


Sunday, November 5, 2017

Rock Royalty Style

It was the decade of culture wars, the space race and economic crises. It was also the time of bell bottoms, flowing dresses and platform shoes. Messages of peace and love were on everyone’s lips. It was the 1970s.
 

Fleetwood Mac
The decade was heavily defined by music from the likes of Abba’s upbeat disco to the rock and roll of Heart. As music filled the airwaves, fashion took cues from the concert stages. When icons of the era like Fleetwood Mac donned things like peasant inspired tops, funky prints and bell bottoms, the style choices made their way from the stage to the street. 
Heart, 1977

Styles like these from rock royalty and hippie culture continue to find their way onto 21st century streets and runways. Designer Anna Sui always manages to create a collage of references in each season’s collection. Looking at the Fall 2017 designs, I instantly thought of the 1970s and films like Almost Famous, which immortalizes the style and mood of the period.    
Almost Famous


Several designs include busy prints and flowing lines reminiscent of peace-loving hippies.  


 Kate Hudson as Penny Lane
The luxe velvet and fur fabrics are rich and eye catching, the perfect combo for a night at the disco or hanging out with Penny Lane and the Band-Aids at the next concert.

“It’s all happening...” –Penny Lane, Almost Famous      

Jerry Hall
Bebe Buell and Jerry Hall helped immortalize the music-infused styles as figureheads of the culture that we get a glimpse of in Almost Famous. These beauties could be found alongside musicians like Mick Jagger and Steven Tyler, perhaps serving as muses to the music being made.  
Bebe Buell
Fierce prints, windblown hair, romantic details and a carefree spirit are all captured in their looks. The same approach to beauty is embodied in Anna Sui's designs with effortless layering, a fun mix of prints, colors and textures and an undeniable sense of cool.  
Nearly 30 years after the decade came to a close, the beat of the era lives on through music and fashion. Whether dancing to the tune of “Mamma Mia” or “Barracuda,” the collection from Anna Sui is sure to help take you back in time in the best possible way. 


Runway Images: Vogue.com

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Dressed for Fall

The season of crisp leaves, cool breezes and pumpkin spice brings with it classic tweeds, warm knits and a rich color palette. Fall is one of my favorite times of year as it ushers in a season of change and the promise of the upcoming holidays.
The vibrant colors of the changing leaves, fashion and magic of this time of year have been captured in classic films like You've Got Mail, Love Story and When Harry Met Sally. These movies date back to decades sprinkled throughout the 20th century, but the styles of its characters remain relevant even today.
All three films share classic styles that continue to make an appearance each Fall on fashion’s runways and fashionistas’ sidewalks. Tweed blazers, knit sweaters, cardigans and tights all make appearances in the films and are now popping up in Fall collections from Tory Burch and Ralph Lauren.
Both brands use classic styles that are all at once preppy, feminine and nostalgic. The menswear inspired tweed and hounds tooth blazers from Ralph Lauren could easily have been worn by Meg Ryan as she walked the sidewalks of Central Park in When Harry Met Sally.    

Tights under tweed shorts also call to mind the 80s spirit from the film. And what Fall season or film would be complete without chunky sweaters like those from Tory Burch?  


Blouses from Tory Burch are adorned with bows and layered with cardigans. The looks are spiced up with sparkles and pearl jewelry in ways that would be perfect for a modern-day Love Story heroine. 

The collegiate spirit from Love Story also winds its way through the collection with unexpected pairings of prints and preppy details like collared shirts and loafers that would be perfect for strolling, or biking, the ivy lined paths of a university.

"Don’t you just love New York in the Fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies." –You’ve Got Mail 

 
As you cozy up to this season, you can get in the spirit with a Fall-themed movie marathon, and of course, a preppy blazer or two.

Tory Burch Photos: Toryburch.com 
Ralph Lauren Photos: Vogue.com
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