Friday, February 27, 2009

Student Style: A new look for summer

Winter is making me depressed, so as often as I can, I think about summer plans: where I'm going, who I'll be hanging out with, what I'll be doing, and, of course, what I'll be wearing.

I'll admit, this summer's hottest look is a bit out there, but it also invokes a very fresh, natural feeling as well. The contrast of the wood against summer-tanned skin would make anyone look like a golden god. It's a simple look. It's a little revealing -- in a tasteful way -- and very versatile as well; dress it down for day with cute gladiator sandals or dress it up for night with some pearls.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Pure Bliss

New York Fashion Week for Fall RTW is over :-(

Highlights from NY's week...

3.1 Phillip Lim -- Leather, marching band jacket, London in the 1960s, need I say more? I'm especially fond of the shorts.

Alexander Wang -- Simple and chic.

Alexandre Herchovitch -- Sophisticated. Fur. That's all that needs to be said.

Anna Sui -- Ethnic patterns and bright colors, with a lot of black to add edge made this collection perfect.

Betsey Johnson -- I've always found her runway looks too over-the-top, but worn individually, all her pieces are fabulous.

Boy Band of Outsiders -- Finally someone has found the perfect balance between menswear and femininity. The tomboy look has been perfected at last.

Calvin Klein -- Classic and absolutely stunning.

Derek Lam -- I loved this particular combination of neutrals and the cut of the skirt. Very flattering.

Diesel Black Gold -- The green was so dark and subtle it looked almost black, but when the light hit it just right it was gorgeous. I'm a big fan of the feminine yet edgy, elegant yet slouchy look. This look makes it seem as if you just rolled out of bed and threw random things on without any thought but still somehow managed to fabulous.

Douglas Hannant -- The cut of the dress allows this look to be worn off the runway. I particularly loved the contrast of the delicate sheer top with the heavy metallic skirt.

Isaac Mizrahi -- This dress is very versatile: wear it to a party, out to dinner, or throw on a conservative blazer and thick tights and wear it to work.

Jill Stuart -- One of my favorite looks from New York this season overall. I loved the contrast of the delicate lace and the tough leather jacket. And the shoes... glorious.

Jonathan Saunders -- A perfect example of his whole collection for the season. Black paired with bright patterns. The contrast of colors is standard, but the cut of his clothing is not. Bared shoulders in the winter seem to becoming a trend.

Katy Rodriguez -- Fun, flirty, but still very artistic at the same time with the intricately structured skirt.

L'Wren Scott -- Very femme fatale in a modern sort of way. I could totally see someone like Dita Von Teese wearing this.
Lacoste -- First off, I can't tell you how pleased I was to see two of my favorite models, Henry Barnacle and Behati Prinsloo in this show, especially since they were wearing two of my favorite looks from the collection. Henry was looking very university-prep and put-together, and I adored the oversized sweater and knee socks Behati wore.

Luca Luca -- Fur, fur, fur!!! PETA suck it. I'm sorry, I can't help it. I love my dog to death but this is just too gorgeous and lush to ignore. To those who are horrified... I only wear fur that is fake or that comes from an animal humans eat.

Lyn Devon -- The boyfriend blazer is a must-have for my wardrobe and I am in love with these pants.

Malandrino -- A very stand-out look, not to mention the trousers look ridiculously comfortable.
Marc by Marc Jacobs -- I loved the bright, busy patterns paired with heavy winter fabrics. It adds a bit of cheer to what would be an otherwise dreary winter wardrobe.

Max Azria -- Athena meets Trinity from the Matrix. Past meets future in a stunning combination.

Miss Sixty -- The perfect party dress with a high fashion flair. Every piece from this collection I would love to wear.

Monique Lhuillier -- This gown was something special; it looked like came out of a fairy tale and had been worn by an ocean queen. The layering was reminiscent of both an oyster and baleen from a whale and the delicate white blossoms that decorated the dress were like the plants that grow on coral. It was unique and very soft and feminine, but it was edged up with a sheer long-sleeved black shirt underneath.

Philosophy -- Alberta Ferretti described her collection as "sweet rock." And sweet it is indeed. Alone, the leather pants would be too much to wear anywhere but to a nightclub (or out patrolling for vampires to slay), but when paired with sheer pastel and drab grey wool, it suddenly becomes a fabulous and much more versatile outfit.

Ralph Lauren -- In response to dreary economic times, silks and chiffons and soft light colors were mixed into this fall collection. This look evokes a classic sophistication but the loose harem pants and ruffled scarf add modernity.

Rebecca Taylor -- Classic, almost school girl-esque looks underwent a change of silhouette; still flattering but in a more nonchalant kind of way. The fur, stand-out blue socks and muted leopard print booties are my favorite pieces.

Rodarte --

Tracy Reese -- Fabulous... again with the contrast of different fabrics. Plus, you can save yourself the embarrassment from a walk of shame after a night out and throw an oversized sweater over your party dress.

Vera Wang -- She's the only designer who can make a sack look beautiful.

Zac Posen -- Love it, love it, love it! The color is eye catching and the plunging neckline and ruffled skirt are just beautiful.

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Entirely Unimpressed

The Academy Awards are always one of my favorite things to watch on television, and mostly because of the fancy gowns the celebs wear. For year my mother and I would, without fail, sit down in front of the T.V. to watch the arrival show. It was then that I started to cultivate an interest in fashion.

This year though, not only am I not at home, but I couldn't even watch the Oscars because I was studying for a midterm. Luckily, there is a glorious invention known as the internet that has allowed me to at least see pictures of the event.

As someone who is currently unable to fall asleep, I might just be able to now. The gowns utterly bored me. The ugly ones were ugly. The best-looking ones were bland.

Hollywood... step up your game, please.

Taraji P. Hensen, Roberto Cavalli
A beautiful, perfectly fitted gown.

Natalie Portman, Rodarte
I love her, and I love Rodarte... It's just that she could have done so much better. And picked a color that isn't reminiscent of Pepto-Bismol.

Miley Cyrus, Zuhair Murad
Too much. Too too too much. Fish scales, tiers, glitter, blahhhhh.

Marisa Tomei, Versace
Probably one of my favorite gowns of the night. The train on this thing is impressive.

Kate Winslet, YSL
Looking beautiful as always. I love the lace detail on this dress.

Heidi Klum, Roland Mouret
Drag... queen... must... barf...

Freida Pinto, John Galliano
I love the cut of the dress, but I hate this color on her. I miss the gorgeous golden color of her Golden Globes gown.

Evan Rachel Wood, Elie Saab
Looking a lot less goth-princess in this ethereal dress.

Angelina Jolie, Elie Saab
Black is her color. Looking every bit a bombshell, as always.

Amanda Seyfried, Valentino
I used to think anyone in Valentino could never do wrong. But I was wrong, clearly. Very very unflattering.

Sarah Jessica Parker, Dior Haute Couture
So lovely.

image source: ONTD

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Kate Bosworth looked stunning at the Fall 2009 RTW Diesel Black Gold show, and not just because she's blessed with good genes, but because she knows just how to dress.

She blended the perfect combination of classic elegance, boho chic, and rocker chick in this look. The tights give a polished, lady-like look a bit of edge, and the scarf adds interest and a little funk to an otherwise plain outfit. And the shoes... those M. Martin Margiela wedges are to die for.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Student Style: All gussied up

American Apparel... wear it as a dress or skirt. Or shirt. Whatever.

Layer an obscenely short, loose, fringed/lacy tiered dress over a skin-tight number.