marilyn monroe fashion

One of the things I love about Marilyn Monroe‘s style is the timeless femininity of it. She always stuck to the most flattering silhouettes and curve-hugging fabrics without overexposing herself. For a modern take on her classic look, see below!

modern marilyn monroe
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La Mer Collections St. Tropez Chain Wrap Watch
Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Marghi off-the-shoulder cotton top
Lanvin Silk Exposed Zip Pencil Skirt
L.K. Bennett Azure Macrame Sandals

Emporio Armani SS12
Giorgio Armani certainly packed a punch with his Emporio collection this season. Titled “Neodesign“, his Spring/Summer 2012 showing was almost entirely composed of black and white. Verbally boring, but aesthetically captivating.

There was a brilliantly icy uniformity to the garments; usually white, often crystallized, and sometimes extra-striking against black piping or bright pastels. Silhouettes were otherworldly yet always flattering – it was incredibly obvious that construction was the name of the game. Strangley, the futuristic concepts did not date the clothes. In fact, the mindfulness of the current customer met with the Italian’s innovation produced a truly alluring collection. Brava. View Post

Mary Katrantzou SS12
Oh, Mary Mary, she seemed to be sick of everyone asking how her garden grows. Visual tools are the best answers, anyway. With an elongated bed of flowers in the centre of Miss Katrantzou’s Spring/Summer 2012 runway, the tone was set for an smart set of sartorial garden glory.

Glory, it was. I haven’t seen a designer use such involved precision in efforts to rewrite the linearity of a woman’s body for quite some time. Especially not like this. Her cuts are unusual in the most glamorous and distinctive way, letting her seamlessly follow body-conscious silhouettes with weightless trains. Like sophisticated, lavender, yellow, orange, green and pink birds of paradise. View Post

Diane von Furstenberg SS12
Diane Von Furstenberg finished off her Spring/Summer 2012 show in the most brilliant way. After a brilliant showing of diverse (yet all somehow classic) garments – the “Beginnings” collection – she strutted down the runway to Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” (“It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day”…the ultimate shower song) while handing out tiny American flags. It was September 11th, and Diane was spreading love as far as she possibly could.

You could see it in the clothes, as well. There was a no-frills approach to ladylike silhouettes that still managed to wow with beautiful sorbet colouring, expert draping, and elegant embellishments with no agenda. It was romantic, warm, remarkably patterned, and offered an exuberant foundation for any woman’s Spring wardrobe. View Post

Armani Prive Fall Couture 2011
Thus far, I have been relatively unimpressed by the showings of Fall 2011’s Couture Fashion Week. Giorgio Armani‘s collection for Armani Privé – “Hommage au Japon” – however, is an exception.

As the title suggests, Giorgio was profoundly moved by March’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and thus dedicated the collection to the refinery, aesthetic and beauty of the troubled country. Vivid florals were paired with heavy velvets, obi belts, shapely silhouettes and directionally profound shapes. Though it came at the very end, the tangerine embroidered top and black sequin skirt was the collection’s perfection. Absolutely beautiful in every way.