red white blue outfit

“She grew up in an Indiana town
Had a good-lookin’ mama who never was around
But she grew up tall and she grew up right
With them Indiana boys on them Indiana nights”
Tom Petty, ‘Mary Jane’s Last Dance’

Earlier this week, I was feeling pretty patriotic. Such unexplainable mood swings often call for outfit changes – hence the flag-like colourblocking combination above.

Blue jumpsuit with heart-shaped pockets (worn unbuttoned and pinned in the back to mimic blue separates), red blazer, white platforms.

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BCBG Max Azria SS12
If Max and Lubov Azria had to make one thing for the rest of their lives, I would hope they’d opt for dresses. Even when they take a slight departure from glamour and head towards Sporty Town as they have for Spring/Summer 2012. The move from minimalism is finally here. As wearable as their designs were last season, the duo have done a great job pulling in the athletic chic; sheer panels, then hoodies, chiffon pleats, then drop-waists and low slung pockets. The balance was flirty and extremely contemporary with angled panels, spliced fabrics, and a casual feel that represented a loosening of the industry’s belts.

Transitioning from bra-like straps towards the end of the show, accessories such as wooden, bronze-embroidered platform print sandals and edgy envelope clutches seemed to resonate with the style sense of megafan (and front-row guest) Sophia Bush. There were definite hints of a tribal theme that I predict will be the major trend of Spring/Summer 2011. View Post

Chanel Fall Winter 2011
This has got to be the most excessive-cum-expensive show of Fall/Winter 2011. Though a gargantuan Swedish iceberg was imported for his show this time last year, Karl Lagerfeld decided to volcano-ize his 525-foot runway in the Grand Palais with charcoal, black sand/stone, and smoke. An alternative take on his ‘couture jeggings’ did not stop the show from looking like the remains magnificent, post-apocalyptic, vogueing crater, though the inspiration was largely medieval. To me, the models strutted the audacious side of Chanel as rising phoenixes: roughed up androgyny, beads, quilts, exaggerated pockets, tweed and tailored grunge. See the top five looks below! View Post

Yves Saint Laurent PFW Runway Mirte Maas
Stefano Pilati seems to be both redefining an rehashing Laurent in his new collection which showed in Marie-Helene Rothschild‘s home, who was both a customer and friend of the late Yves Saint Laurent. There was the right amount of ‘future’ thrown into items like YSL‘s iconic smoking jacket, which was transformed into a sleeveless incarnation with oversized lapels. As Pilati was inspired by African and Mexican themes, there were flamenco ruffles and incredible textures on many items, with cuts and finishes that have been missing at many shows this season. I know many of the small quirks – like drastic slits on the leg, topped with off kilter pockets – will be on everyone’s must haves before you could say Spring/Summer 2011. View Post