March 2, 2015

LFW A/W 2015 Favorites


Man oh man how amazing was London Fashion Week? Much too short for me, I could have had a week more! Despite that there were some seriously amazing collections. In comparison to NYFW's austerity LFW was all about embellishments & extravagance. Instead of making you look at them all, here are a few stand out collections that you should definitely consider taking a peak at. Alexa Chung was right, the Brits really do know how to have more fun with their fashion.

Known for their more colorful patterns and designs it was exciting to see Peter Pilotto showcase some almost  all white pieces. Inspired by childhood boardgames you could definitely see the influence pop up. I loved this white number ( look at those shoes!) and this fantastic coat.

Topshop Unique absolutely nailed it with this gorgeous collection that, dare I say, might be their best yet. Inspired by a girl moving from the highlands to the city it featured lots of fur paired with dreamy dresses, knee high boots, and glitzy night pieces. If there's one collection you want in your closet it's this one.


If asked for only one word to describe Simone Rocha's A/W 2015 collection it would be regal. Plush velvet, gorgeous tapestry, silk, ruffles, this collection had it all. This piece in particular with it's beading and fur drives that regal comparison home.


Erdem is known for rich fabrics and for A/W 2015 that was no exception however this collcetion was a bit more rough around the edges and not quite as polished (literally). The ends of gowns were cut and left frayed giving it a bit of edge while still elegant. See this dress for the frayed ends, but gaze upon this red lace dress and be stunned.


I was pleasantly surprised with Temperley London's more relaxed looks this season. Don't be mistaken they still oozed glam but weren't award ceremony excursive. Full of pieces that can be transitioned from day to night this whole outfit is amazing and this breezy dress with it's high slit would make the perfect piece to use in the Summer into Fall.



After seeing so many NYFW all black collections or neutral palettes it was refreshing to see so much color in LFW. Antonio Berardi's collection had so many colors and patterns that proved you don't have to put away your summer brights. This flirty off the shoulder dress is amazing, and I must have this coat!

London has been the clear winner thus far in Fashion Month, what were some of your LWF favorites? xx

(Top photo: Adrian Parkitny's Instagram, Backstage photos: Vogue, Temperley London photo: Alice Temperley's Instagram & Antonio Berardi's photo: Official Berardi Instagarm)

March 1, 2015

Sunday Link Round Up


We're almost done with the Big Four Cities of Fashion Month. I'm very excited to see what Paris has to offer but first up, here's some things you may or may not have seen this week. 

Time to brush up on your fashion houses, I'm definitely guilty of butchering a few of these names (insert monkey covering eyes emjoii here).

It's all about the details. Take a gander at these up close and personal photos from Milan Fashion Week.

I love the packaging for Adam & Eve Skincare. I also love that it is Cruelty-Free and free from parabens and other non skin-friendly chems.

Have you read this story about Gabi, an eight year old from Seattle, who receives gifts from the crows that she kindly feeds? It's like the plot to a Disney movie! So sweet.

Have you seen "the dress". Well with all this blue & black vs white & gold here's a nifty tool to test your color vision accuracy. The lower the score the better, I got an 11!

Milan has been bringing it, take a look at these: Casablanca inspired Luisa Beccaria, Alessandro Michele's first collection with Gucci, Marilyn looks at Max Mara, and 1990s vibes at Moschino.

xx

(Photo from Vogue)

February 28, 2015

The ASOS Edit



One of my favorite places to internet shop is ASOS. The ultimate fashion destination - if you're looking for something that you can't find anywhere else you'll find it on ASOS. But with over 850 brands (as it brags) it can be a little overwhelming and tiring looking through EVERYTHING to find your dream top or those perfect pair of shoes. Here's a little small edit of things that I've found and liked. Many apologies for my color palette being rather monochrome! Hopefully I can add one or two pieces to my wardrobe soon. x

February 27, 2015

A Disappointing NYFW A/W 2015 Season?


I was going to make a simple nod to this article from WWD in my Sunday Link Round Up however, I felt like it was worth more discussion than a short little blurb. Many apologies if you're not a WWD subscriber and can't read the full article but the gist is that this NYFW A/W 2015 lacked a cohesive theme for trends and styles leaving buyers a little unsure how to market them to the consumer. Overwhelmingly there wasn't a 'spark'.

Personally, I agree. I too was rather disappointed with this NYFW season. Yes there were some definite stand out collections (hello Altuzarra) which I wrote about here. But those were few and far between. I also wrote an article about five accessory trends this season but unlike the past where certain things will pop up immediately as the "it" print or "it" bag it was a struggle to find any overarching trends for the season. Collections were all over the place from the entirely black collection at Alexander Wang to the western inspired Ralph Lauren to Kayne West's x ADIDAS bizarre take on active wear.


NYFW is typically known for Ready-To-Wear clothing, most collections are more tamer than the avant garde or haute couture that you'll see elsewhere (most notably Paris). It is usually the designs you see popping up in high street fashion. That's not to say 'boring' as most collections bring something exciting to the plate (see last season examples: edgy Alexander Wang, 3D dresses at Rebecca Minkoff, and deconstructed florals at Caroline Herrera) but this season many collections either fell flat or too safe.


On the flip side, when risks were taken, occasionally, they weren't executed well or the designer wouldn't follow through with them. A few examples that come to mind is Rebecca Minkoff's Patti Smith inspired collection where few pieces felt more fitted for a 1970s inspired costume then everyday wear. Diane von Furstenburg's sheer cocktail dresses looked more suited for the bedroom then at a party. Lastly, Vera Wang (known for her wedding gowns) took a rather big risk with a much more casual and, like Alexander Wang, nearly all black collection but unlike Wang's risky move her's felt a bit dull.

As of late, I've been more excited with the LFW collections. London has always had a place in my heart and LFW tends to be more quirky, adventurous and fun in comparison. Still wearable but unexpected. I have seen more trends come out of LFW that feel like definite winners for next Fall then anything that came out of NYFW (and the buyers seem to agree, see this recent WWD article, again apologies if you're not a subscriber!). But don't be too bummed New York, there's always next season.

What are your thoughts? Were you impressed with NYFW or did it leave you feeling underwhelmed?

(All photos from W Magazine

February 25, 2015

Having A Moment : D'Orsay Flats


I know I just mentioned a little while ago that I've become more of a heel lady but flats do still have a soft spot in my heart. I love D'Orsay flats as they are like the ballet flats more sophisticated, chic older sister. With hundreds of different cuts, colors, and styles the options are endless. Here are my favorites. x

Leele Flat from Club Monaco $229 // Nina 2 by Vince $350 // Pointed Faux Leather Flats from Forever 21 $23 // Julieta Suede Point-Toe Flats by Micheal Kors $125 // Little Rock Pony Ballet Flats from ASOS $41 // Vinyl D'Orsays from ZARA $36 // Point Leather Flats from & Other Stories $120 // Sam & Libby Heidi Flats from Target $30 // Harper Cutout Flats from JCrew $158





February 24, 2015

Five Accessory Trends from NYFW A/W 15

 NYFW was full of little bits that complete your outfit worth showcasing. While it's easy to focus on the outfits, let's focus on the details instead. From lots and lots of fur to saying goodbye to the blanket scarf here are a few things you should add to your wishlist ASAP.


 Oversized Fur
NYFW was all about the bigger the better fur. Massive fur collars (Altuzarra) and cuffs (Michael Kors) or worn as sashes (Creatures of Wind). Nearly every collection featured this plush detail. You thought fur coats were in? Wait till you start seeing these pretties pop up. 

Cover Your Calves
Forget ankle, forget knee high Fall 2015 boots are somewhere inbetween hitting about mid calf. See Victoria Beckham, 3.1 Philip Lim & Suno for examples. Tougher than the dainty ankle boot but coyer than the thigh highs.

Bye Bye Blankets
If 2014 was for the blanket scarf, 2015 is all about the neck scarf. Short and oh so chic. See Coach's bandana, Tory Burch's offside ties, and Marc by Marc Jacob's art school cool girl. 

Don A Cape
Embrace your inner superwoman and rock a cape. Done in multiple different ways the possibilities are endless. Wear it western style like at Ralph Lauren, draped over your shoulders like at Nicolas K or attached to your coat a la Tibi. 
 
 

No Bare Legs
 Forget the no tights club, wearing tights layered under your shorter skirts and coats is back in. Not only will they keep your pins warm but you'll look perfectly pulled together. From more colorful options seen at Honor & Costello Tagliapietra to the traditional black at Zimmerman forget shaking in your boots for the sake of fashion.
Will you be adding any of these bits and pieces to your Fall 2015 wardrobe? I know I have my sights set on a few things! xx 
(Top photo from: Trend Survivor // All other photos from: Style.com)  

February 23, 2015

Inspired by : Marble


I just recently bought a new MacBook Pro (woo-hoo first big girl purchase of the year!) and couldn't be happier with it. I also just bought a fancy-shmancy marble inspired decal which in turn has resulted in me looking at hundreds of beautiful photos of marble. I think next up on my wish list is a marble inspired phone case hmmm.. xx