Dress For Summer

dress for summerHave you read Jody’s blog, About Last Weekend?  She shares bits and pieces from her life with such a witty fresh perspective I often find myself laughing out loud.  Well, last week she called me out.  After sweetly asking for a photo of me in a summer dress she then put me on blast, pointing out that I never share photos of myself.  Well, not being one to back down from a challenge (and having a few more photos of myself is said summer dress), I thought this the perfect opportunity for an outfit post.

dress for summer 2Since moving to Singapore my entire wardrobe consists of summer clothing.  Dresses, skirts and shorts are mainstays.  On this particular evening the humidity was ridiculous.  Even though we only had a 5-minute walk to dinner, I knew I wanted to wear something super light.  This sleeveless silk dress was the perfect solution.

dress for summer 3The bright orange color of the dress is a departure from my normal palette, but feels so completely summery that I fell in love with it the moment I saw it.  I also like the simplicity of the cut, which allows me to dress this look up for a date night, but works fine for a quick bite with the family as well.  On this outing I accented it with two necklaces and some gold open-toed flats (which of course you can’t see here!).  Did I mention it was gross outside?  It was so gross that I wasn’t even going to battle my hair.  Instead I threw it up in a messy bun and hoped my Karen Walker sunglasses would help to detract from it.

img_7254Dress: H&M (similar), Karen Walker sunglasses (similar), vintage necklaces, NineWest gold flats

 

What do you wear when the heat and humidity take over?  What is your idea dress for summer?  Could you live in a climate where it was summer year round?

Chanel Couture Fall 2014 Collection

Doesn’t it feel like yesterday that I was sharing the Chanel Resort 2015 Collection?!  Well it is once again time to ogle Karl Lagerfeld’s designs for the iconic house, this time with the Chanel Couture Fall 2014 Collection.  And what better place to draw inspiration than from Modern architect Le Corbusier?  Lagerfeld allowed Le Corbusier’s designs to influence him at every level – from the architectural shape of his pieces to the inclusion of concrete as a design material (yes- you read that correctly!).  Even the setting was created to replicate the architect’s personal home!

Chanel Couture Fall 2014 Another interesting element of the Chanel Couture Fall 2014 Collection was the use of shorts.  In many looks narrow Bermuda length shorts peak out beneath dresses and coats appearing in a variety of fabrics including Chanel’s signature tweed!  I found this to be an unexpected element that added a bit of whimsy to the collection as a whole.

Chanel Couture Fall 2014 The structural, architectural elements were evident in large silhouettes that were equally reminiscent of Modern furnishings.  From dramatic shoulders to exaggerated hips, Lagerfeld’s love of proportion play was on display.  Also worth noting is Lagerfeld fearless tradition from the wildly ornate to the more simplistic pieces, all of which seemed to represent the Chanel of today as well as that of yesterday…

Chanel Couture Fall 2014 I think also of note are the sandals seen throughout the Chanel Couture Fall 2014 Collection.  Like the Chanel Couture Spring 2014 sneakers, there is something very accessible about flat sandals.  However they include just enough ornamentation to elevate them to Chanel Couture status.  I know I would mind owning a pair!

 

What do you think of the Chanel Couture Fall 2014 Collection?  Are there any style lessons that you’ll be applying to your own wardrobe?

 

Images via Style.com / Kim Weston Arnold & Yannis Vlamos / InDigitalImages.com

Gisele Bundchen For Balenciaga Fall 2014

Gisele Bundchen for Balenciaga Fall 2014Gisele Bundchen’s soft long locks are practically a signature look.  So it is no surprise that her newest campaign for Balenciaga Fall 2014 had me doing a double take.  In it the Brazilian beauty turns heads with what appears to be a super short haircut.  It looks kind of Miley-esque with buzzed sides and a longer section on top.  But before you run out to get your very own Bundchen-Buzz, it seems this cut is just an illusion as Gisele has been recently photographed hair follicles intact.

While the hair may simply be for show, you’ve got to love the powerful image that the look evokes.  Balenciaga Creative Director Alexander Wang’s slightly apocalyptic meets femme-fatale aesthetic is captured here in the Steven Klein photographed campaign.  And once you get past the missing tresses and amazing bone structure, be sure to check out the boots on Gisele’s fantastically long legs.  Even without the mirror-within-a-mirror effect they seem to go on for days.  Sigh.  Talk about hitting the genetic jackpot.

 

What do you think of Gisele’s shorn look in this Balenciaga Fall 2014 Ad Campaign?  Is this a look she should replicate in real life?  Or are you a fan of her longer, softer waves?

Breaking My Own Fashion Rules

Fashion RulesYou are probably looking at this photo going “What is the big deal? A horizontal striped top and some sort of floral piece?” (They’re shorts by the way…)  Trust me, it is a big deal.

You see, I am very selective about patterns.  Typically I make statements like, “I don’t often wear florals, polka dots, stripes or anything else that can be misconstrued as cutesy.”  But that isn’t to say I don’t wear patterns!  I have all sorts of abstract and geometric and tribal inspired patterned pieces in my closet.

Then I read a blog post by Arash Mazinani entitled Are Your ‘Fashion Rules’ Holding You Back?  At first read (and I even left a comment to this effect), I thought “No, that’s not me!  I don’t have rules!  I have guidelines!  And I am always willing to break guidelines!  Besides, I shop frequently enough to know what does and what doesn’t work for me.”  And I seriously believed what I wrote.  That is, until I was out browsing the other day.

I was on a mission to find a few basics to fill out my wardrobe.  While I was out everything I came across seemed to be floral.  I went in one store and then the next and the next (the little one was sitting in her stroller enjoying a Lärabar throughout this process).  That’s when it dawned on me: I never picked up a single floral piece to try on.  Not one.  That is when I came face-to-face with the truth: I was imprisoned by fashion rules!

Just then, I saw the above shorts in a store I never go into (ooh- another fashion rule?!).  I liked the black and white and I liked the style (I have a near identical pair in terms of cut & fit but in a chevron print).  I knew this was the perfect time to break free of my fashion chains.

I tried on the shorts.  And while I was at it, I tried on a horizontal striped shirt as well.   Guess what happened? (Come on, this is easy!  The photo says it all!) I loved both and purchased both.

So, I owe a big thank you to Arash for holding a mirror up to my face.  And now the real test is before me— will I incorporate them into my wardrobe?  (And yes, I thought of at least three things each piece would work with before purchasing)

 

 

Tell me, have you broken any of your own fashion rules lately?   How did things turn out?

 

Wish List: Suede Sandals

Ugh- I totally disappeared last week!  Between my little one coming down with a nasty cold and my boss being in town, I was completely bogged down.  But I am back now and once again I am dreaming big… specifically about these shoes B Brian Atwood suede sandals.  How amazing are they?

B Brian Atwood CorrensIf the open-toed bootie was the offspring of the sandal and the bootie, then this is the offspring of the open-toed bootie and the sandal.  I am not sure if that sounds incestuous, but regardless, it is quite the showstopper and in one of my favorite colors no less. (Yes- gray is a color, even to those of you who pair neon green with shocking fuchsia with reckless abandon)

Why do I love this shoe?  It strikes a stylish balance between sophisticated and edgy.  Yes, I could definitely wear these shoes.  Of course we are talking date night and not when running around after the little one…but you know what I mean!

What do you think of these B Brian Atwood suede sandals?

P.S.- You can also pick them up in black or burgundy if you aren’t convinced the gray is amazing as I swear it is!