Right On Target

Okay all you Target/Designer collaboration fans- BIG news!  Guess who is coming to your local store this fall??  Missoni.  Shall I say it again?  Missoni!  Yes, the label with all the psychedelic chevron style patterns, bright colors and bohemian cuts will be gracing the walls of your fluorescent lit superstore.  And better news?  They aren’t just doing clothing, they are also venturing into housewares!! Relax people.  Exhale.  These items are not hitting the shelves until September.  BUT, until then enjoy some of the looks from the Missoni Spring 2011 Ready-To-Wear Collection.

Charming Chartreuse

I was reading everyone’s comments from last week’s spring trend reports (thanks by the way- I really love getting all this feedback!!) and one of the themes I found was that people kept saying “I love this trend, but can’t wear it.”  And this got me thinking…

First it made me want to say:  Don’t sell yourselves short!!! Yes, there are legitimate reasons not to wear a trend.  But fear is not one of them!!!  (Can you tell I really mean it?  I mean I used like a million exclamation points!)  So, if there is a style that’s caught your eye, give it a shot.  Take your most honest and most daring confidante (and if you don’t have one of those snap a photo and email it to me) and try it on.  You may find yourself pleasantly surprised.

Second:  I talk a big game about wearing certain trends.  But there are ones that won’t work for me either- no matter how much I like them.  One of these trends is the color chartreuse.  It has been all over spring style reports.  And I can’t wear it!  Let me put it this way:  if I were to wear chartreuse my olive skin would glow in the dark.  Seriously, the color looks that bad on me.  Alas, this is a cross I must bear.

But for those of you who can, do!  There are so many great options right now!  Check out some of my favorites:

(Confession: I may still try this nail polish….. you know, so my friends can find me in a dark restaurant ;) )

Where To Buy:

  • M.A.C. Eye shadow in Bitter ($11), maccosmetics.com
  • Image: Suno Spring 2011 Ready-To-Wear, photo by Yannis Vlamos/GoRunway.com via Style.com
  • Whiting & Davis Dalmatian Convertible Shoulder Bag ($115), Shopbop.com
  • Fossil Hathaway Glazed Shopper ($98), Zappos.com
  • O.P.I. Nail Lacquer in Simply Smashing ($8.50), only in stores- see OPI.com
  • Villa Cerese Micro Stripe Wool Wrap ($150), Bloomingdales.com


 

A Little Bit Country

I may have grown up in Atlanta, but I am not (as the song goes) a little bit country.  Both my clothing and my design aesthetic are very urban.  That isn’t to say an escape to the country can’t be appreciated.  This has been of particular discussion in my home lately as we have plans to attend a very good friend’s wedding in Arizona.  I am a bridesmaid and as part of the ensemble will be wearing boots.  My husband Lukus (who was raised in New York, but never misses an opportunity to dress up) and one of our friends, have plans to do their best cowboy impersonation at the festivities (don’t worry- they’ve run this by the bride who’s response was “I don’t care but you better do your homework because if you look like cheesy cowboys you get an F for effort.  Remember, I’m marrying a cowboy who still starches his Wranglers.  Bring it on!”).

All this has resulted in me growing deeply fascinated with Ralph Lauren’s Spring 2011 Ready-To-Wear collection that seems to go west, but with none of the kitsch and all of the style.

Check out some of my favorite looks below:

 

All images from the Ralph Lauren Spring 2011 Ready-To-Wear Collection.  Photos by Monica Feudi/ Go Runway.com via Style.com.  For additional information click on the images.

 

Earn Your Stripes

Photograph by Daniel Hertzell, via soderbergagentur.com

I know!  It’s Wednesday, and you are working, and the weekend feels so far away.  But I can’t help myself.  This photo from Daniel Hertzell has taken me far, far away.  I am craving a cup of mint tea, a hammock and a good book.  Somehow, nothing expresses this desire more deeply than one of spring’s major trends: stripes. From your toes to the pillows in your home, stripes are everywhere right now.  I love this, because stripes are such a classic design.  They are effortless, timeless and completely representative of what I want out of an escape.  So, while it may be the middle of the week sit back, relax, and think stripes!

 

Couture Considerations

I know.  We just talked fashion yesterday.  But I can’t help myself.  Sometimes fashion calls and if you don’t answer, well, it will pass you by.  This is awfully serious stuff.  Especially when your speaking Couture.  And we are absolutely speaking couture.  Which is a completely different animal from yesterday’s ready -to-wear looks.  It is, after all, art!  But why am I justifying myself to you?!  It’s my blog and I can write about whatever I want!  So there! ;)

Paris is hosting the Spring 2011 Couture shows this week… and well I think an update is fitting!

Chanel Spring 2011 Couture Collection. Photo by Umberto Fratini for GoRunway.com, via Style.com.

Oh, Karl Lagerfeld.  This collection is dreamlike.  Heavenly perhaps.  Everything is luminescent, and though the designs are heavy with embroidery, it looks light and airy.  The whole collection is somewhere between a ballerina and princess, which makes it a fantasy.  This dress is no exception, as it is an ethereal piece I would happily find a reason to wear.

Alexis Mabille Spring 2011 Couture Collection. Photo by Umberto Fratini for GoRunway.com, via Style.com.

I am not always attracted to Alexis Mabille’s work.  In all honesty, it usually feels forced.  While some of the pieces shown in this collection elicited the same experience, it was the shows overall concept as well as the above piece that caught my attention.  Like much of the artwork in the Musée Bourdelle,where Mabille showed his collection, every piece was shown twice.  Once in white and then a second time in saturated color.  I found the above dress particularly beautiful in both colors.  There is a sense of ease in the silhouette that is sure to make any girl feel effortlessly chic.

Armani Privé Spring 2011 Couture Collection. Photo by Yannis Vlamos for GoRunway.com, via Style.com.

The Armani Privé is out of this world.  And I mean that in the literal sense.  Every piece was slick, futuristic and completely extraterrestrial.  Which is absolutely fine with me when were talking couture.  Besides, Giorgio Armani is 76 years old and one of the best-known fashion designers, so he can do whatever he wants.  That isn’t to say I loved all of it.  I did love the gown above.  It is innovative, but not unrelatable.  It is a red carpet gown and I am sure we will see it there at some point- just without the saucer hat!

Bouchra Jarrar Spring 2011 Couture Collection. Photo by Alessandro Viero for GoRunway.com, via Style.com.

Bouchra Jarrar’s collection may be Couture, but it is without question the most wearable collection we’ve seen so far.  Jarrar’s tailoring is impeccable and the way she plays with asymmetry (highlighted by piping) is sophisticated and elegant.  There is a powerful element to these clothes.  I love the above blouse and it’s ivory lining.  The styling is fantastic; it is as though the model could walk off the runway and into the street.  This is a unarguably a striking collection.

Christian Dior Spring 2011 Couture Collection. Photo by Yannis Vlamos for GoRunway.com, via Style.com.

John Galliano loves Couture, as is evident it the sheer magnitude of the Christian Dior Couture shows.  They are always larger than life and this one was no exception. The collection, a homage to 1940’s/50’s Dior illustrator René Gruau, truly takes the clothing from the page and to the catwalk.  From the suggested shading to the water-color motif (seen above) the pieces have an element of being illusory, while simultaneously possessing a vintage quality.  It will undoubtedly take a woman with a clear sense of identity to wear this Couture collection.