Saturday, February 28, 2015

Blumarine Fall 2015 Ready-to-Wear #MFW

"The Blumarine world has been in transition of late. Once, it was all about frills, girlies, and a sensual yet traditional take on romanticism. Now, it's sharp and sexy. Yet it still manages to maintain a soft touch, a sprinkle of twisted innocence, which is quite an accomplishment. Even in a slinky chain-mail dress and high-heel patent ankle boots, the Blumarine woman still looks somehow delicate, albeit fierce. After all, Anne Molinari is known as the queen of roses, a title she still deserves. There were plenty of roses in the collection she presented today - turned into silver brocade, morphed into wildly tactile fil coupe motifs. They felt fresh: In a season of fashionable debates around the real and the fake, the natural and the man-made, they looked positively synthetic, in a disco and escapist kind of way. Hemlines were decidedly short, cuts were graphic, and glitz was quite a preoccupation. The long coats and cozy oversize mink cardigans balanced the abundance of dresses that made the collection a bit monotonous. All in all, it was a convincing outing for Bluemarine." -

Best Dressed Week #9

Kim Kardashian at The 2015 Brit Awards wearing a black Julien MacDonald jumpsuit with cutout bodice and sleeves, accessorised with Lucien Campbell London choker, Alaia lace-up booties, signature smokey eye and nude lip combo, and messy waves. Taylor Swift at the 2015 Elle Style Awards wearing a vibrant kelly green Julien MacDonald gown with black Giuseppe Zanotti mules, dramatic smokey eye, nude-pink lip, and brushed back straight blow out.
2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards
Emma Stone wearing a midnight-blue Monique Lhullier cocktail dress with lace bodice. She completed her look with Christian Louboutin stilettos, wavy bob, kohl rimmed eyes, and light pink lip. Kristen Bell wearing a lime green bowed and lavender floral appliqued Andrew Gn frock with black stilettos, floral earrings, side-parted straight lob, subtle smokey eye, and nude lip.
Emmy Rossum wearing a bright floral Oscar de la Renta frock with dark maroon stilettos, vibrant magenta lip, tasselled locks, and bronze eye makeup. Scarlett Johansson wearing a black Bec & Bridge with plunging neckline and peplum detailing. Johansson finished her look with Oroton gold box clutch, Pedro Garcia dove-grey faux-mules, side-swept do, soft grey eye makeup, and peachy-pink glossy lip.

Prada Fall 2015 Ready-to-Wear #MFW

"'Sweet…,' said Miuccia, 'but violent. I wanted impact. How can you be strong with pastels?' The answer was to drench them in irony. She had a couple of working titles for her new collection. 'Softer pop' was self-explanatory, a riff on the colour palette. But 'variation on beauty' touched on a longtime fascination of Miuccia's: the relationship between the real and the fake. This show set out to address that issue from both ends of the spectrum. Some of the most appealing items in the collection were cut from ostrich, but equally, a molecular print that harked back to Prada's good-/bad-taste glory days was actually an image of genetically modified ostrich. Tweeds came woven and printed. Music from Walt Disney's Fantasia played, as a reminder that images of extreme beauty can spring from absolute artifice. In fact, there was something a bit cartoonish about the pieces cut from a hyper-smooth, spongy sci-fi fabric that most of us took for neoprene. It was actually a double-faced jersey. 'I could do things with that fabric I couldn't do with another fabric,' Miuccia enthused." -

Just Cavalli Fall 205 Ready-to-Wear #MFW

"The show started off with a dark navy and purple velvet jean jacket and A-line skirt with clean, graphic lines, and the next few looks were black, but the understated tone established at the beginning didn't last long. The show notes talked vaguely about women's liberation, while Chicks on Speed and Yoko Ono rapped about utopia on the soundtrack. It you cared to, you could read the collection as a journey of awakening to texture, to print, and to embellishment. Then again, that might be thinking too had about it. Fringed sweaters were as shaggy as a komondor puppy, bold Bauhaus-influenced prints were worn head to toe, and ostrich feathers turned up as an accent in pieces for day and night. The silhouettes alternately said 1970s or Victorian times." -

Fendi Fall 2015 Ready-to-Wear #MFW

"It was only after Karl Lagerfeld had designed the latest Fendi Collection, featuring a new kind of construction based on panels of leather, that it occurred to him he's been once again inspired by the architecture of the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, the masterpiece of Fascist architecture that is Fendi's new headquarters in Rome. He talked about the idea of protection, one more designer to acknowledge the toughness of the times. The panels certainly reflected such thinking. So did the substantial, spectacular coats, tucked at the waist to give them a full-skirted flare, and falling to mid-calf. There were also tabard tops (Lagerfeld compared them with the safety vests worn by policemen) and a clutch of oversize padded pieces that looked like repurposed duvets - looks you could truly live in. Their puffiness was a smart counterpoint to the elongated theme, but they were also a reminder of how rarely a Fendi collection relates to anything else that is happening in fashion." -

Max Mara Fall 2015 Ready-to-Wear #MFW

"What would Marilyn do? The Max Mara tram landed on a perfect muse for Fall: Marilyn Monroe circa the pictures that photographer George Barris took of her on the beach in 1962. You know the know the ones: platinum waves swept to the side by the wind; dark swooped of cat-eye liner; nude under a towel that barely clings to her shoulders, or wrapped up in a chunky, hand-knit grandpa cardigan lying in the sand. Iconic and irresistible. But, as usual, it was the coats that were the main event here. Elsewhere, an inside-out style with quilted lining fabric on its exterior looked like an elegant twist on winter's omnipresent puffers. Spinning out the mid-century theme, there were shrunken mohair sweaters and pencil skirts in menswear checks or needle-punched lace, and wiggly bustier - and slip-dresses worn with cozy knits that failed to sublimate the overall sexiness of the looks. Sounds like something Marilyn could've appreciated." -

Friday, February 27, 2015

Alberta Ferretti Fall 2015 Ready-to-Wear #MFW

"The backdrop of Alberta Ferretti's presentation was stunning: a time-lapse sunrise in wintry woods. New day rising. What a gorgeous, optimistic point for a fashion show to start. Ferretti took that notion somewhere even more extravagant ,to the Italian Renaissance, when an entirely new, world-changing culture dawned. For Ferretti, with all her experience, it was the sophistication of the materials that appealed. The gilded brocades, the velvets, and the tapestries of the Renaissance were translated into jacquard patchworks, or prints on georgette and velvet, or the textured trapunto of a red silk redingote. She achieved the most extraordinary effect with the needle pinching of organdie and mohair, creating a soft but substantial fabric on which she embroidered a dégradé velvet. She also showed cozy mohair coats for cold castles." -

Erdem Fall 2015 Ready-to-Wear #MFW

"Environment as an expression of character - the very idea was catnip to Moralioglu, because it translated so effortlessly to clothing. All he had to do was come up with the character. Fascinating, because it got to the heart of Moralioglu's creative process, maybe even revealing more than he's care to about the way his mind works. Because his muse was a nut, a woman fallen on hard times, trailing clouds of faded glamour, shreds of privilege, delusional notions of her own capabilities. Moralioglu wove an inspiring fashion fantasia out of his broken muse. His rich, complex fabrics have always been his strongest suit, but Moralioglu was pleasingly disrespectful with them in this new collection. He reversed his lavish jacquards, exposing a lurid underside, and then, when he's cut them into proper little dresses or full-skirted party frocks, he frayed them, just as he frayed his tweeds. Needle=punching, fashion's shortcut to provocative narrative, was dazzlingly utilised in a camel coat blended with a rococo jacquard, an ocelot coat mixed with shaggy black shearling, and, for the finale, sporty knit sheaths punched into floor-sweeping fill coupe that had been randomly decked with ostrich plumes. It was surreally elegant." -

February Glossy Box

Total Value $101

1.Unwash Bio-Cleansing Conditioner ($36) / 2. Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes Curl Mascara ($22) /    3. Royal Apothic Tinties Lip Butter in Pink ($14) / Julep Color Treat in Heartleigh ($14) / Rituals Cosmetics Foaming Shower Gel Sensation in Yogi Flow ($15)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thursday February 26th #OOTD

Chambray Blouse: Anthropologie / Skirt: M for Mendocino / Oxfords: Frye / Necklace: Tiffany & Co.