7.29.2014

OUR FAVORITES FROM A/W 2014-15: COUTURE

It's that time of year again where the stunning gowns and fresh designs come out, and we're always excited to see what the creative designers have got prepared for us this season.

Versace: Donatella's A/W collection was undeniably glamorous and full of life. To start with, she opted for a stunning fur-lined runway, with black and white being the predominant colors through-out. This collection focuses on precision-cut pieces, particularly jackets and dresses, with heavy attention on silver detail and buckles. The draped dresses were all elegant and specific, but details such as thigh-high splits and low necklines created an instant feeling of allure. A 50's theme is also noticeable when we look at the long skirts and sheer ladder additions to the garments. The look that hasn't been around for a while is also making an appearance: long skirts over trousers. The pieces are fierce but still very sophisticated and feminine. If anyone can bring a modern twist to older trends, it's Donatella Versace.








Christian Dior: This collection was definitely going to make our list of favorites. Delicate, luxurious and Eighteenth century inspired, these pieces absolutely ooze elegance and brought forward older ideas in a real, modern way. Raf Simons made it easy to focus on the details. Starting with the powerful ballgowns, the pannier-skirted dresses were paired with discreet jewelry and each set progressed, showcasing a completely different look. One had a more sporty feel to it, particularly the jumpsuits with their zipped details and delicate designs. The Eighteenth century inspiration is evident here. The coats such as mink and cashmere, stood out and the simple, minimalist styling made it easy to focus on the elaborate fabrics. Simons successfully brought back historical references, while making the pieces all relevant to today's fashion.








Chanel: What did Karl Lagerfeld have in store for us this season? Typically, we look for grand sets and a big elaborate back drop but this time, it was a simple theme, which seemed to run throughout a lot of the other collections too. A plain white room with some bold accompaniments like a fake fire and a mirror was the perfect setting for him to showcase his detailed Eighteenth century pieces. Embroidery was the biggest sign that this collection would be drawing inspiration from a historical time period and the heavy use of crystals and sequins added another dimension of detail to the clothes. Tweed in particular was a big fabric he opted for and this fit in well with his Eighteenth century inspiration, particularly the jackets which he paired with simple, flats.







Maison Martin Margiela: A collection with bold prints and edgy cuts, this was an eagerly anticipated one. So much vivacity and excitement was in this couture collection, with decorative gowns and knee high boots. Thigh-high splits and clashing prints were noticeably used too and an Eastern feel runs throughout. In typical Maison Martin Margiela style, there's a quirky, raw feel to the pieces, which is mostly prominent in the bejeweled/net face masks used, making sure his outfits are complete from head to toe. Never one to shy away from patterns and slogans, the bold textures and fabrics used make sure this is a collection that stands out this A/W.







Valentino: Very clearly inspired by the beautiful city of Rome, this impeccable collection was a big favorite, as it brought back classics like gladiators, tunics and yoga dresses. Each item was modernized with bold accessories and we saw lots of use of lace and leather to decorate the pieces. The ancient city of Italy was brought to life, with simple but detailed effects such as mirrored tiles of the Vatican floor and Roman fountains. Very elegant and intricate, Italian traditions were definitely used in designs like the long, plunging dresses, where delicate weaves and patterns were explored. An amazing, stunning collection, where Valentino successfully delved into an older era and refreshed these fashion favorites.
















6.30.2014

OUR EDITORIAL PICK: VICTORIA ANDERSON FOR SCHON, SHOT BY JUCO

Photographer JUCO steps behind the camera to capture these phenomenal, fierce shots for Schon Magazine's summer issue. This season there are a number of trends making a come back such as sheer tops and slogan tees, but the colorful attire in this editorial are classic and will remain ideal summer choices for any year!



























Set on a beach, Victoria Anderson steps in front of the camera and tries on a mix of vibrant outfits, each with a retro edge and eclectic feel. The outfits are all styled by Jimi Urquiaga, who opts for pieces by Kenzo, Thom Browne and Dolce & Gabbana to name a few. The seasonal backdrops are perfectly on trend, with prints and bold clashing patterns proving to be must haves in the coming months.






What is it about this editorial we love? It's including a lot of the great trends that have been set for Spring/Summer 2014. While it sticks to a traditional summer feel, the daring statement jewelry combined with elaborate hats and headpieces create a new level and add a tribal/retro element to the looks. The shoot is playful and lighthearted, while still including some darker and more daring outfit choices. No shot is boring or predictable, and each is unique with it's use of accessories and color. This season, don't be afraid of trying clashing prints and bold patterns. Victoria Anderson shows us how to do it!





5.06.2014

MET GALA 2014 STUNNERS AND BUMMERS

This years Met Gala theme of the night was a tribute to Charles James, America's First Couturier, and we expected to see bright colors and some over-the-top gowns. Though there were a few that stayed true to this years theme, I must admit the red carpet was a sadly underwhelming. The Met Gala is the Super Bowl of Fashion, and I love seeing the fashion "STUNNERS and BUMMERS" on the red carpet worn by your favorite Entertainers, Models, and Designers. This is definitely one carpet you should stay true to its  theme because if not it just looks like you were attending the wrong event. Check out some of last night's red carpet moments.


I love that these ladies brought the Old Hollywood Glamour to the carpet. Blush tones were popular, and sometimes paired with black and white accents (in Dita's case red) which really made for a feminine, sophisticated and polished look. Modern day Couturier's such as, Zac Posen and Prabal Gurung are definitely staples for fashionistas hitting this red carpet. Well done ladies!

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Always one to take fashion risks, Rihanna looked flawless is this gorgeously tailored white Stella McCartney creation. Baring her mid-drift and messy up-do this look is still sleek, statuesque, sexy and reinvents classic looks on this carpet. Who better to mix Rock n Roll and Fashion than Stella McCartney, right? This was definitely one of my FAVS of the night! 

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Sarah Silverman, is known as a corky, but cute comedian that literally STUNNED me when seeing her  Met Gala ensemble. She looks absolutely gorgeous in this Zac Posen gown. Nicely done Sarah!

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Kim K's Lanvin gown was most definitely an upgrade from her last year's tapestry disaster. It was a bit on the safe side, and it looks as though she decided to simplify her look from when she left her hotel to when she hit the red carpet. Seems like she took a note from Coco Chanel herself “before leaving the house, a lady should stop, look in the mirror, and remove one piece of jewelry.” 
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This by far was the biggest bummer of the night. She's been WOWING us with all year with her red carpet fashion, but this is so unflattering for her. I'm surprised PRADA designed this for her. Sorry Lupita!



5.05.2014

SARAH BARTHEL TOUR LIFE STYLE

Four years ago, I met the talented music duo that was Phantogram. Not only was I a fan of their music, I knew the would go on to achieve great things, and I was not wrong. This year Phantogram has released their 2nd LP "VOICES" (click here to get the album), and it does not disappoint. 

Sarah Barthel is a powerhouse and her style is one that reflects her personal style with a Rock n Roll flare. We love mixing easy wearable pieces with fun accessories and jewelry to give it personality. Brands and Designers like ALLSAINTS, The Blonds, The Laundry Room, Hudson Jeans, and Deepa Gurnani are some of our "go to's" when it comes to fit and style when on tour. Check out some of Sarah's looks while on tour.





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