suiting can sometimes be perceived as dated, uninspired, boring, but this season, suiting came to the forefront in wonderful collections by jason wu at hugo boss, olivier theyskens at theory, jil sander, stefano pilati at agnona, and these two collections: haider ackermann and christian dior. at the former, it was all about ease, with loose monochromatic looks in earthy shades topped with floor length dusters, boot skimming skirts, fur vests, and wide leather belts. at the latter, color was layered upon core colors black and heather grey and traditional menswear fabrics (wools, tweeds, pinstripes) were mixed with silks and satins in the form of flippy hem skirts and knee dusting scarves. the collections were completely opposite ends of the spectrum, but both were sexy and sophisticated. here's to the new way to suit.
pics from style.com
i'm a few days (ok, a week) behind, but here's some things that are inspiring me, i love, or i've added to my wishlist for march...happy friday!
one. i can see wearing this skirt now with a chunky sweater and into warmer temps with a cropped jacket, tee, and sandals.
two. i've been obsessed with my hourglass ambient highlighting palette since i got it, and now they've come out with ambient lighting blushes, a blend of impactful color and highlight. my favorite is mood exposure, a soft plum mixed with a brightener.
three. i tried dior's new look 1947 perfume (from la collection privée) at the neiman marcus spring blogger event, and it's become part of my scent wardrobe. it's floral, but not overly so...great for everyday.
four. i love a dressy flat, and these from club monaco would make a good alternative to my valentino rockstuds. the oversized grosgrain bow and neutral snakeskin upper would go with just about everything. (also available in solid black)
five. many times i think miroslava duma's style can be a bit out there for everyday, but this look, captured by collage vintage at paris fashion week, is so chic. the colors (that chartreuse and the colorblock pant), the proportions, it all works perfectly.
six. i already have a few rose gold and black stone rings...this is one from alex mika is the newest addition to my jewelry wardrobe.
seven. aerin lauder's rose lip conditioner is already a staple in my makeup bag, so of course i'd want to try to rose balm lipstick, which comes in 10 shades with a natural wax that seals in moisture to keep lips soft.
eight. just picked up the memoir from misty copeland, a soloist for the american ballet theater. she's the first african american woman to be a soloist for the ABT, and she tells her story of starting ballet at age 13 (unheard of in ballet terms) and the personal battles she endured to become one of the top ballet dancers of her time. check out her beauty routine on into the gloss from earlier this week.
bringing a bit of bright blue to the grey days...hope you're having a good week!
j. crew factory men's sweater, asos skirt (same fabric in shorts), jil sander pumps (sandal version), talbots bag (see similar choices below), j.crew and stella and dot necklaces, céline, jewelmint, eddie borgo bracelets
has there been a show in recent memory so shrouded in secrecy than today's vuitton one? nicolas ghesquiere granted no interviews and gave no preveiws before showtime, presumably not even to the anna wintour. no, he wanted us to wait with bated breath and to see and feel it all at the same time, whether in person in paris on virtually (this was no tom ford, no cameras/press allowed situation). the first hint that it was something special: the note that showgoers received, as seen here on garypepper's instagram. clearly he grasped the magnitude of this new role and was humbled by it, but he also seemed to be inspired to tackle this new challenge—reinventing a house that had only been invented (in terms of fashion) less than twenty years ago.
so he looked back to the 60s and 70s, luxurious versions of things i remember my mom wearing: patched leather jackets, a-line skirts, chunky intarsia knits, high waist slim double knit pants, and layering turtlenecks, in woodsy colors like ochre, mustard, chocolate, cornflower blue, and moss green. this being vuitton, the accessories were top notch (something ghesquiere knows a bit about), like miniature trunk bags, quilted versions of the alma bag, and curved heel booties. it wasn't the hyper-futuristic, super techy pieces you've come to expect from ghesquiere from his time at balenciaga. and when he did speak backstage, the thing he stressed was functionality: "what do the girls around me what to wear? i'm surrounded by many women, so i listen to them." imagine that. even though the world of ghesquiere for vuitton will be most likely unattainable for me (at least i can go to the san francisco flagship and oooh and ahhh), it does make me excited for the direction they are headed.
pics from style.com
i mentioned this gorgeous blazer by laveer back in november, and i realized even though i've worn it many times since then, it's never made it onto the blog. i picked up at the santa barbara boutique dressed on my anniversary trip, and it's become a staple with its herringbone sleeves and subtle camo body. dressed is stocked with so many of my favorite designers, like phillip lim, alexander wang, iro, equipment, veronica beard, kenzo, and proenza schouler (photographic evidence here). plus they have a cool blog featuring new arrivals, trend reports, and santa barbara happenings.
laveer is the brainchild of former shopbop fashion director kate ciepluch who was on a quest to find the perfectly tailored outerwear piece. the collection has amazing details like menswear style pockets, crested metal buttons, and leather trims, and even better, comes at a reasonable price point. locally, you can find laveer at the grocery store, neiman marcus, and barneys, and online at shopbop, nordstrom, and elyse walker (like the solid black version of my jacket on crazy sale!)
laveer blazer via dressed santa barbara, gap t-shirt, veda for urban outfitters skirt (similar leather and faux), plomo booties via intermix (previously seen here; all suede version on sale!), talbots bag, club monaco scarf, betsy + iya rings, forever 21 earrings
when it comes to outerwear, there are really just a few pieces that will sustain you through an entire year, and the moto jacket is one of them. this timeless style originated around early 1900's, with the first shearling versions made for aviators in the first world war. then in 1928 irving schott of schott brothers created "the perfecto," the iconic moto jacket style featuring thick leather, a waist belt, and a flap zip closure that wouldn't let air in while riding a motorcycle. the perfecto has been worn by marlon brando in the wild ones, james dean in rebel without a cause, and by the band the ramones, cementing its image in the counter culture. since then, the perfecto style has made its way onto the runways of every major city and reached iconic status. and while it has definitely gone mainstream, it's the perfect way to add a bit of edge to any ensemble, from casual shorts and retro sneakers to a print maxi dress to the red carpet.
Check out some options below for real and faux leather options, in black and other colors of the rainbow...
images via atlantic-pacific, collage vintage, steven alan, this time tomorrow, wendy's lookbook, us magazine, because i'm fabulous, style snooper dan
so much goodness in these three collections, two from brands that i'm all too familiar with and one that's the debut show from the designer of another of my favorite lines, no. 21. the common thread of all three is powerful women, one unafraid to wear a challenging silhouette, futuristic fabric, or garish colors. alexander wang came out of the balenciaga archives and into the nicolas ghesquiere years, showing a collection of elegant sportswear full of techno fabrics. and the casting—natasha poly, mariacarla, caroline trentini, and queen gisele—throwback names to ghesquiere's time. dries van noten just did what he does best: mixed prints, textures, and shine, and this time added a 3d element. i'm totally craving a midi tulip hem skirt and an aztec print bomber in safety orange. finally at rochas, alessandro dell'acqua played with less sexy, but no less powerful silhouettes, like shorter jackets layered over a longer flounce top paired with a knee length skirt. and like wang, he played with artificial fabrics like patent leather and dense crystals on shoes, gloves, and jackets. it may not be how i can dress on a daily basis, but exuding strength and power through style is definitely something i aspire to.
pics from style.com; collage by me