Fashion

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Mind Your P’s and Q’s

Polka Dots, Plaids, Pleats and Pearls.

I love my fashion classic.  For one thing, it’s economical.  Classics obviously never go out of style.  Rather than buying at the whim of the latest trend, which will be worthless in a year or two, my practical reasoning is drawn to timeless things that I can wear year after year, season after season.  The other reason I love classics is the inherent class of a classic.  You don’t run the risk of looking “too” this or “too” that or, worst of all, trying “too” hard when you keep it simple.  Classics translate a sense of grace and reserved extravagance – like, “I COULD spend a lot of money on trendy things, but I choose not to.”  Finally classics are what I call modular fashion – they all work together.  You can mix and match classics for days and days and come up with many different variations.  Classics make for an expansive wardrobe without the expanse.

Here are some of my favorite classics.

You have to be careful with polka dots.  They could easily look like a 1960’s costume.  However, mixing polka dots with colors, textures and patterns can be fun and unexpected.

 

This, of course, is my catholic school girl past that just won’t die.  But really, plaids are so stately.  Ralph Lauren has taken them and made them classic Americana which is kind of nostalgic and sweet.  Then McQueen reclaimed it and took it there.


Catholic school again.  Crisp white tees make these pleats look easy and informal enough for any time of day.


Nothing says lady like pearls.  They’re also nostalgic and innocent, like when your Mom bought your first pair.  They’re so sophisticated and always appropriate, but they can also be modern and exciting.


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Gallery Girl Style: Modern Traditionalist

Spicing up your work wardrobe can be a bit of a challenge when you slip into the same routine. However Alex Delotch Davis is always surprising us with new ways to mix and match pieces from her wardrobe and creating elegantly chic outfits.

Here Alex is wearing a camel color skirt she inherited from her mother that becomes the focal point of the outfit. The A-line structure of the skirt accentuates her waist giving her body a wonderful curvature.

 

Alex chose to pair a white oxford with her mother’s circle skirt as “It’s one of those pieces that stands on it’s own so a simple white blouse seemed like a nice compliment”. Not only does the white oxford compliment the tones of the skirt but the subtle detailing of the shirt adds an element of crispness to the outfit.

To finish off the look Alex wears Fendi gold stud earrings, a gold monogrammed necklace and nude peep toe pumps with a delicate bow!

Alex’s go to gallery outfit is not only great for client meetings throughout the day but transitions perfectly from day to night with a nude pair of pumps (pictured here). Happy Hour here she comes!

 

Inspiration from the runways:

Now recreate Alex’s perfect gallery look!

Skirts: Asos, Allencompany, Ted Baker

Shirt: Asos

Shoes: Enzo Angiolini, Christin Michaels

Earrings: Lucia K., Gucci

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My Own Personal Superbowl

Being the girl I am, the zenith of awards season – Oscar night – is my own personal Superbowl. The drinks are flowing and the snacks are out. My breath is baited to see who will win, who will disappoint, and who will never live down their fashion shame. Here’s a short highlight reel of the plays so far  (bear with me for the cheesy football analogies)!

 

Unfortunately, these passes fell a couple yards short.

Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lopez

Players destined for greatness

Michelle Williams, Octavia Spencer, Rose Byrne

Allusions of grandeur

Emma Stone, Glenn Close, and Stacy Kiebler

And my Superbowl MVPs are… 

In forever classic black and white… Angelina and Gwyneth.

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Behind the Set of Fashion Week

Many of the designers showing at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2012 incorporated intricate sets to showcase their fall lines. The bold color palettes and textural elements of their designs are further enhanced through the incorporation of these elaborate sets. Award-winning architect Zaha Hadid adds a sense of playfulness and whimsy to the streamlined designs of Karl Lagerfeld of Chanel.

 

Architect Zaha Hadid for Karl Lagerfeld with Chanel

 

Other designers remove their work from the starkness of a white runway and add dimension through color, texture, and even reflection. Whether it’s to enhance the expressive lines of the design or to create a powerful back-drop, the sets of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2012 are something that no spectator could miss. In some instances, these sets stole the show! Enjoy the runway highlights!

 

Sculptor Rachel Feinstein for Marc Jacobs

Chris Benz

Prabal Gurung

Band of Outsiders

Cynthia Rowley

Imitation

Jason Wu

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Louis Vuitton Roma Etoile

   

On January 27th, Louis Vuitton inaugurated their first Maison in Italy, Roma Etoile. Cate Blanchett and French actress Catherine Deneuve were just two of the many who celebrated the iconic fashion line’s historic opening. Twitter followers were treated to exclusive photos of red carpet entrances via live updates @LouisVuitton_IT.

 

The store is literally set on a cinematic backdrop replete with a dramatic elliptical staircase and a screening room which aims to support the Italian film industry. The location is an old cinema redesigned by architect Peter Marino, famous for his edgy biker style and no less for his awe-inspiring retail stages.