Devil In The Couture Details.

As I am getting amped up for NYFW this weekend (where you should follow me backstage at the Ruffian show on Saturday morning on ALL the social medias), I would be amiss if I didn't mention the incredible Spring Couture shows we saw over the past few weeks.  Instead of talking about the looks themselves, I wanted to pick out some of my favorite details from the shows...because isn't that REALLY what couture is all about?  (It is, don't argue me.) First up in trusty ol' Chanel who nailed pastels as per usual.  Leave it to Lord Lagerfeld to sneak in something a bit youthful and also questionable in the form of sneakers.  But screw it, I would wear these kicks in a heartbeat.  And if Karl told me to wear them with a tulle skirt, I would be all 'anything you say, you're magic'.

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Raf Simons...you Dior designing gentleman who I wish I was my friend...you are able to use texture like it ain't nothin' and then it becomes EVERYTHING.  It was slightly reminiscent of everyone's favorite merry-go-round centered Vuitton show but stood completely on its own.  The use of artwork and the balance of pastel and deep navy is basically what I wish my wardrobe and life looked like.

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Giambattista Valli kinda killed it when it came to the embroidery and embellishment game.  The color palette was baller.  The accessories were equally as baller.  And dammit I wish I had the money/excuses to wear all of this.

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Schiaparelli came flying in like the slightly more refined but still just as batty sister of Vivienne Westwood.  And it's impossible to not love that.

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And everyone's favorite Valentino went fashion balls out with fabrications.  That lace, those feathers, the embroidery and, oh look, adorable lion prints!  Gothic ballerina on safari.  Well, that's a dream I never thought I would have and now can't stop thinking about...

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(All images c/o Style.com)

Rockin' Resort 2014.

Resort collections are a strange breed.  They always seem to come out of nowhere just as I feel like I've fully recovered from Fashion Week and then leave me in a different kind of retail therapy desperation.  Not only do I want the clothes and want them NOW, I also feel the overwhelming need to go on a holiday.  For someone who, yes, has just been to Mexico and spent three weeks in London, I still feel like I need a holiday.  Mexico was more of a family reunion with margaritas and London wasn't exactly tropical.  I want to put my feet in the sand, sip on a cocktail and watch the world go by.  In fabulous clothes.  So I wanted to share some of my favorite looks from the Resort 2014 collections.  In related news, I will be turning 30 one month from today and have yet to make any plans.  But a well-dressed, last-minute trip somewhere doesn't seem like the worst idea ever.  Who's in?

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Chanel is always a funny one for me.  I'd love a bit more Chanel in my life.  Or rather, I'd like any Chanel in my life.  But the Chanel Resort collections are always a slow starter for me.  There were some real nods back to the traditional Coco Chanel looks but completed with some real punk elements.  Karl always has a vision...it just takes some of us a bit longer to properly see it.  Curse us little minions and our unimaginative brains.  (Speaking of Chanel, have you entered to win a beautiful Chanel print or any other of your choice in our latest giveaway?!  Enter here.)

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The new and improved Christian Dior uses color in some pretty incredible ways.  The fabrications and silhouettes alone make me excited to be a girl.  And for someone who has to go into any shopping trip specifically saying to myself 'do NOT buy another article of black clothing', this collection makes me want to make everything BUT black.  Throw one of those navy blue jackets my way, will ya, Raf?

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I've always been a bit terrified of Cavalli.  All his collections always just seem like a poor man's tacky Versace.  So with this resort collection, it was really nice to see a softer side to Just Cavalli.  Leopard print did sneak in there but even that seems more delicate than usual.  Anyway, it's cool.  Real cool.

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Moschino Cheap & Chic is always endlessly adorable.  And this collection is no exception.  Bows and lace are always present.  But this time, there seems to be a throwback to my adolescence when daisies and tie-dye were having a real comeback.  Well keep coming back.  I'm loving it.  (Done the right way, of course.)

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Oscar de la Renta.  I don't even know what to say.  This man never fails to dazzle.  I love you.  I have always loved you.  I will always love you.  Marry me.

(All images c/o Style.com)

Au Revior, Fashion Month! My Paris Highlights.

The time has come for us to bid a sweet (and exhausted) goodbye to 'fashion month', as it is now dubbed.  Fashion editors, bloggers and the style obsessed alike have been wandering the globe for the last four weeks, chasing the trends and excitement of the Fall 2013 collections.  I know I have said it before but we all know Paris gives the final bow for good reason...it is fashion on a whole other level.  In presentation and style, it is a brand unto its own.  This season, there seems to have been a real move into a world where the beauty is in the details.  It was less about making a statement and more about silhouettes, fabrications and construction.  A move from the excitement of fashion to the love of it...which is inspiring.  Paris round-up?  Black and white and biker jackets. Here are some of my favorite moments from Paris Fashion Week:

Alexander McQueen

Alessandra Rich

Alessandra Rich

Chloé

Chloé

Chanel

Chanel

Chanel

Christian Dior

Christian Dior

Christian Dior

Givenchy

Givenchy

Kenzo

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton (and the immaculate Kate Moss)

Miu Miu

Miu Miu

Valentino

Valentino

Valentino

(All images c/o Style.com)

OH MY DIOR: The Spring 2013 Collection.

There is very little to say about this collection other than squeal with delight and make faces at it like you've just fallen in love.  One of the most anticipated shows of the season (the other being the newly renamed 'Saint Laurent'), all eyes were on Raf Simons to see if the magic he brought to his final Jil Sander show and his first Dior Couture show were simply flukes or the work of a real star.  So as guests settled into one of the four different colored block rooms specially constructed at Invalides in Paris (and I settled into my bed watching it live streaming online), there was quite the buzz.

 

 

 

Raf delivered.  Raf exceeded expectation.  I want Raf to be my best friend.  Saying before the show that he wanted to pay as much attention to the legacy that is Mr. Dior as he did to his own aesthetic and vision, it seems these two men make a great spiritual team.  With designers like Sarah Burton at McQueen getting some stick for trying too hard to recreate what her predecessor may have wanted and Hedi Slimane given a hard time for potentially stripping YSL of its heritage, Raf seemed to find a really happy medium.

 

 

 

 

 

Don't alienate but update.  It was Dior to the core but in a new era.  The shoes seemed to be a problem for a few of the models but if that is the biggest hurdle, who cares.  This was a gorgeous show and Raf has obviously found his way home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(Images c/o Style.com)

I Want Raf Simons To Be My Best Friend (Who Dresses Me).

While on the topic of the haute couture shows, it would be a massive mis-step if I did not bring up the majesty that was Raf Simons first collection for Dior.  Talk about throwing a guy in at the deep end!  Hire him in April and tell him his first show with the legendary label is their couture line at the beginning of July.  It's mean and kinda brilliant.  The thing about Raf is that you can't help but root for him.  After his emotional departure from Jil Sander, it became pretty clear that this is just a lovely fella who knows how every woman wants to dress.  And, in fact, everyone WAS rooting for him.  His front row included DVF, Donatella and Marc Jacobs to name a few, which is pretty insane.  Those are the kinds of cheerleaders I want. And boy oh boy did Raf deliver the goods...for a label that has been fledgling through not just a difficult economy but also a heavy bit of controversy with the booting of the label's previous designer John Galliano for some rather unsavoury (and anti-Semitic) statements, they got exactly what they needed.  The collection is a tribute to not just Raf's skills as a designer but also to the label's history.  See what Raf had to say below (and fall in love with him a little bit more):

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What the designer did is take the famous silhouettes from the label dating back to the first and most famous collection, The New Look, in 1947 and bring it up to modern-day.  Little updates to shape and fabrication and color made this somewhat basic collection a revolutionary one for the label.  And I want it all in my closet.  Like now.  So sort it out.

See below some of my fav looks, as well as the full show.

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