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4

July 2012

Paris Fashion Week: Elie Saab Couture Fall 2012

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Paris Fashion Week Elie Saab Couture Fall 2012

With a title like “In Constantinople’s Wake”, I expected nothing less than heavy fabrics and rich textures from the Elie Saab Couture show for Fall 2012. And he delivered that and more. A huge fan of Saab’s, I was in absolute awe at the intricate detailing put into each one of his Fall 2012 Couture creations. Thousands upon thousands of beads and sparking crystals covered various runway to red carpet-ready gowns. The richness of each design was offset by feminine fabrics like silk and lace — even Saab’s jacquard prints (a true nod to the Byzantine Empire) were surprisingly light.

A collection that started out drenched in darkness (check Karlie Kloss strutting her stuff in that plunging-neck, floor-length number black gown) was balanced with soft hues of pink, blue, and gold. The bright pops of teal were vibrant, but it’s the pastel shades that really complement the beauty of Saab’s creations.

Accessories at Elie Saab’s Couture presentation for Fall 2012 included skinny belts, t-strap sandals dyed to match each design, and hair that was braided back both sides.

If I wasn’t convinced of it before, I certainly am a believer now: Elie Saab is a designer who creates with the feminine form in mind. Nothing crazy or over the top needed here to catch attention. Just pure design talent.

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Wednesday

4

July 2012

Paris Fashion Week: Givenchy Couture Fall 2012

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Givenchy Couture Fall 2012 Collection

Audrey Hepburn was one of the biggest advocates of Hubert de Givenchy, after meeting him in 1953 while shooting Sabrina. And it’s no wonder. The house of Givenchy has always been well known for its intricately designed gowns built with clean lines and attention to detail. And now, — almost sixty years later, — with Riccardo Tisci in his seventh year at the helm of Givenchy, we’re experiencing a resurgence of those intricate designs, but this time in the form of a floor-length cape with hand-strung beaded fringe, and a structured gown with a mink bodice and cashmere balance.

Tisci’s got a fair balance between minimalist chic and bohemian gypsy. The colour palate for the Givenchy Couture Fall 2012 collection was earthy; the makeup was natural.

And my favourite look? That gorgeous, subtlety glamourous nude-coloured gown with a sheared mink bodice.

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Tuesday

3

July 2012

Paris Fashion Week: Versace Couture Fall 2012

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Versace Couture Fall 2012

Best worn by a bombshell: You’d think Donatella Versace designed with herself in mind when she upped the glam factor for Versace’s Fall 2012 Couture show at the Ritz Paris. Set a top strappy high heels, Donatella showed her affinity for pastels and metallics in the form of body-baring mini dresses, girly trenches, and floaty floral gowns.

Versace celebrated the female form with plunging necklines, cinched waists, and high slits that hit at the hip. Each design was highlighted with Medusa emblems, intricate beading, and Veronica Lake hair.

An ode to 70s glam, the Versace Couture Fall 2012 show was just that — a completely glamourous celebration.

 

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Tuesday

3

July 2012

Paris Fashion Week: Dior Couture Fall 2012

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One of the most hotly anticipated Couture shows this Paris Fashion Week was Raf Simons making his debut at the helm of Dior. And he didn’t disappoint. Simons’s first Couture collection for the famed fashion house was a beautiful fusion of classic 1940s elegance and modern, minimalist glamour.

The Dior Couture Fall 2012 runway was heavy on slim, cropped trousers, peplum trim, and ladylike cover coats (which doubled as dresses). Amid the more serious shades of black, midnight blue, and grey, Simons infused several pops of colour in the hues of yellow, red, and even a vibrant fuchsia. And, not one to shun pattern, there were blasts from the past with hints of historic Dior patterns making their way into Simons’s designs.

Each look was properly accoutred with pointed toe pumps and the occasional pearl necklace or afternoon gloves. As far as beauty, lips were red and hair was slick with a centre part.

Raf Simons for Dior is — in my opinion — the start of something magical.

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Thursday

1

September 2011

Hope Hearts: Intermix Fall 2011 Lookbook

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One thing I absolutely adore about Fall is rotating my wardrobe and readying it for cooler weather with some key, classic pieces. Usually I have a few items in mind before I start shopping, and I always take inspiration from the latest lookbooks. Check out my three favourite looks from the Intermix Fall 2011 lookbook.

1. Lady in Red: There is just something about a woman who can work a monochromatic look. The dyed fox fur vest by Adrienne Landau is obviously the piece that pulls this look together, layered over a cozy Theyskens’ Theory knit sweater dress. And while that luxe fur certainly is covetable, my attention is on that 70s-style wool felt hat.

2. Luxurious Textures: Silk and softest fur. I especially love the vivid violet hue of that Thakoon silk charmeuse dress and how it pops under an Iro tweed jacket and Yves Salomon coyote vest (an exclusive to Intermix). Beautiful.

3. Black and Blue: While I’ve never been able to wear cobalt blue, I certainly appreciate the structured look and sharp cut of this Rag & Bone Grosvernor jacket. Paired with an easy tie dye sweater and Theyskens’ Theory wide leg pants, this makes for one sophisticated silhouette.

 

While all of the looks combined would cost a pretty penny, those wide leg pants (Theyskens’ Theory, $363.71CAD) are definitely on my Fall clothing checklist.

What are your favourite looks from Intermix’s Fall 2011 lookbook?

 

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Thursday

13

January 2011

Inspired By: Diane von Furstenberg

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Today’s inspired by features Diane von Furstenberg’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection. DVF’s Spring 2011 ready-to-wear collection marks her first season with Yvan Mispelaere (of Gucci fame) by her side. And the results? Draping fabrics, bold prints in subtle, organic colours, leather, and round sunglasses. In other words, simple sophistication that screams success!

 

  1. Floating sequins cami, sale $79.99, J.Crew
  2. Black 35cm wall clock, $29, Structube
  3. Ralph Lauren round sunglasses, $350, Ralph Lauren
  4. Elias chair, $89.99, IKEA
  5. Lanvin crisscross slingback sandals, $590, Neiman Marcus
  6. Greta patterned pillow, $36.95, Crate&Barrel
  7. Patterned cushion, $19, Structube

 

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Tuesday

4

January 2011

Hope Hearts: Jewel Tones by Lanvin

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For me, January is all about getting inspired. I love looking through Net-A-Porter’s What’s New to seek out my next splurge and awaken my style senses, so imagine my excitement when I came across these gorgeous jewel-toned gems by France’s oldest couture house, Lanvin. From elegant embellished ballerina flats to a must-have mustard satin sheath, here are a few luxurious Lanvin goodies to help cultivate your creativity on this bland January Tuesday.

 

 

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Thursday

16

December 2010

Trend-Spotting: Little White Dress

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Check the bevy of beauties featured in today’s Trend-Spotting: Gwyneth Paltrow, Kim Kardashian, Michelle Williams, and Camilla Belle. This glam and gorgeous quartet of style stars work several variations of the little white dress with seemingly complete ease. And even though you may not have your own personal stylist, replicating your favourite star’s style isn’t really that hard (all you have to do is stomach the cost of a Monique Lhuillier cut-out dress, *gulp*). What can prove difficult is finding the right shade of white for your complexion, and the right white dress for your shape.

If dressing in white — in the winter months, no less — puts you in a panic, take heart and consider these simple rules:

  • Snow white wears best on women with tanned skin and darker hair; winter white and ivory wear best on women of a fair complexion.
  • Remember: Blue eyes or brown, wear white on the town; green eyes, not blue? It’s ivory for you.
  • Keep the look soft by accoutring your little white dress with a neutral-coloured clutch and shoes.
  • Jewelry should be understated: Wear simple earrings and one necklace or bracelet (not both).
I love the layered jacquard skirt and structured style of this Camilla and Marc silk-faille dress ($750, Net-A-Porter). A mini dress that will make maximum impact, the nude colouring of this Camilla and Marc sheath is a nice alternative to harsh white. The cap sleeves and padded peak shoulders will work wonders for your upper body, and they’re balanced by a tasteful tulip mini skirt. The slash neck detailing eliminates the need for crazy accessories.
Also on my radar is the sleeve shift dress by Eliza J (about $208 CDN, Nordstrom). Typically a challenging style, the layered organza ruffles around the shoulders are easy to wear thanks to the straight silk body of the dress. The boat neck of this Eliza J dress is flattering, and helps to soften the structured look. A conservative length, this silk shift dress falls just above the knees.
Finally, for the woman on a budget, this Suzi Chin Maggy Boutique sheath dress is a classic (about $93 CDN, Nordstrom). The rectanglur paillettes add a a subtle shimmer to this ivory dress. The empire waist and scoop neckline are classics; this dress would flatter alm ost any figure.

 

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Thursday

4

November 2010

Trend-Spotting: Flared Denim

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Though we were just debating on Monday the validity of skinny jeans, check the latest ‘trend’ that’s on the horizon: Flared denim.

Like most things 70s (remember MK’s SS2011 RTW show?) flared denim is seeing a revival. From Claudia Schiffer and Holly Willoughby in London, to Lauren Conrad in L.A., it seems your favourite celebrities are stepping out of their skinnies and trying a more shapely denim on for size. A more comfortable alternative to skinny jeans, flared jeans are that easy-to-style pair of pants that will quickly become a go-to in your closet. They’re sophisticated and smart, and will add instant shape to your overall outfit style. While I personally prefer the flared leg in a dark denim, you can go retro with a lighter wash.

Ready to try the trend? Head to Bergdorfs and check out these J.Brand obsidian trouser jeans. Retailing for 180 dollars, this pair of jeans features a lower rise, front slant pockets and a welt pocket on back. Totally comfortable, these J.Brand jeans are 100 percent cotton. Pull on the pants when you want add some spunk to your personal style.

 

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Tuesday

2

November 2010

Get the Look: Olivia Palermo

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Whether she’s pouting perfectly on re-runs of the City or holding her own posing pretty on the red carpet — or in the latest MANGO ads — with model boyfriend Johannes Huebl, Olivia Palermo infuses each of her looks with a solid confidence that’s both classic and edgy. Palermo has a sense of style that’s refreshingly assured for a woman of her young age. She executes each outfit with a sensibility that’s undoubtedly beyond her years. Never one to shy away from a bold look — check the leather shift mini she styled to a recent screening of Welcome to the Rileys — Palermo is in charge of every frock that fits her diminutive frame.

The key to Olivia Palermo’s enviable style? It’s more simple than it seems. Look for classic clothing that doubles as distinct (whether it’s a leather mini dress, as shown, a unique material, or a bold print), accoutre yourself with a statement piece or two of jewelry (ala Palermo’s Mawi necklace and diamond bangles), and wear some unexpected footwear. Carry a colourful clutch to complete the look.

 

  1. Bird by Juicy Couture Leather dress, $1000, Net-A-Porter.
  2. Mawi Onyx and Skull necklace, $630, Net-A-Porter.
  3. Christian Louboutin Bow-Toe Suede pumps, $695, Bergdorfs.
  4. Lauren Merkin Caroline Crocodile-Embossed clutch, $250, Cusp.

 

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