Friday, April 30, 2010

Street Style from Around the World

New York-She is definitely working the bohemian thing.
Milan-This look reminds me of 60's, Bob Dylan and the whole Woodstock works for him.

Paris-Love the trench, especially the color. I wish I could see the whole outfit.

London-You can tell that she is comfortable with who she is and has created her own individual style.



Paris-Love the pumps.....good choice with those pants.



London-Now that's and interesting pair of shoes!

Milan-Love the strappy heels and her choice of pants.

Milan-This is a stylish group.

Milan-I really love this look....I wish I could see it up close. That coat is awesome!

Milan-This is a nice casual look......the addition of the sweater and purse adds a bit of classic.


Men: "Street Etiquette"

Street Etiquette is a male-focused blog written by the two very stylish men pictured. Beautifully written, informative and the "go to place" for some of the lastest men's fashions and more. Read more about this dapper duo below.

Joshua Kiss and Travis Gumbs are single handedly changing the perception of male urban fashion

Meet Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs, two dapper gentlemen from Harlem who are single handedly changing the perception of male urban fashion. On their immensely popular blog, Street Etiquette, the two get dressed in anything from crisp button downs with thin striped ties and khakis to leather jackets, cuffed jeans, and sock revealing saddle shoes, clearly and vividly photographing each stylish concept for their eager readers.

Aesthetic architects, the two make each outfit more appealing by offering close glimpses of embellished details - recent posts showcased bright orange embroideries on a maroon jacket, toggle buttons on a navy blue stand collar coat, and tassles on a pair of well polished deep amber penny loafers. Though in their twenties, Kissi and Gumbs seem to have old souls, and constantly reference erstwhile pictures to inform their current chic. They say, "Our Street Etiquette is…our love for incorporating different styles of fashion into our urban understanding."

(Vogue Black)

I shall be a faithful follower!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Favorite Looks from the Pre-Fall Collections

Burberry Prorsum-I would wear this dress with the leather trench in the picture below.....what a great combination!
Burberry Prorsum-Luscious!
Carolina Herrera-this is a great look for the the print blouse.
Piazza Sempione-This look reminds me of Babe Paley, Lucille Ball, Jackie O and others who epitomized this classic look.
Piazza Sempione-Love the know I'm all about the details!
RM by Roland Mouret-This gorgeous little number is ladylike and with a bit of a the unsual design.
RM by Roland Mouret-Another feminine delight which would be perfect for a cocktail party or a night out on the town......I'd like it with a nice, black, cropped leather jacket.
Thakoon-Another luscious goody.....the hem design is absolutely fabulous. I would wear it just as it is here, but I think I'd opt for black booties or a snakeskin platform.
Versace-Such glorious colors! This is a great "all around" look, in that, it works with heels and would look equally nice with a pair of flats and a wrap.
Yves Saint Laurent-A nice take on the little black dress. Perfect for a night out, but I would hate to cover up those sleeves!
Yves Saint Laurent-Perfection! The knot detail takes it from simple to a sure standout!
Jean Paul Gaultier-O.k., there are probably some UGH sounds going on. I must confess, I love, love, love, the pants and this particular style is a must have for me! Many people don't care for the harem pants, but the fact that this pair is denim makes them far more appealing, at least in my opinion. You really have to look closely to see that it is not a skirt over skinny jeans. Whatever, however.......I love 'em!
J. Mendel-Love the skirt.......if it's draped, tucked wrapped or has a bow, I'm usually taken with it!


Barneys Dedicates Window Displays to Iman

Iman has always been our fashion icon, but when she receives the Fashion Icon Award at this year's CFDA's, it'll finally be official. To celebrate the honor, Barneys New York creative director Simon Doonan is dedicating two of the store's Madison Avenue window displays to the supermodel/mogul/ blogger. According to WWD, one display will include collages and cutout images of her; while the other will showcase a Bruce Weber portrait of Iman with quotes about her from style luminaries like Diana Vreeland and her hubby David Bowie. Check out the displays when they're installed on May 11th!


Wow, how exciting! I can imagine how thrilled she is to be honored in such a fashion. She is indeed a style icon and still looks very much the supermodel. Congratulations Iman!

Bora Aksu and People Tree

When Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana purchase pieces from your Central Saint Martins graduation show to inspire their own collections, it’s got to be a pretty flattering compliment. For Bora Aksu, this experience was the beginning of a charmed fashion trajectory. A four-times recipient of the NEWGEN sponsorship award, he founded his own label straight out of art school and never looked back. Bora’s clothing mimics his career’s fairytale aura, cut with rock’n’roll edge and old-time royal glamour. Described by Vogue as gifted with a ‘romantic, 18th Century vision’, he has collaborated with the film, dance and music-scene elite. Bora and Dazed managed to fit all of this into our chat, plus a few words on his covetable designs for ethical label People Tree…

Dazed Digital: Who or what was the inspiration for your A/W 2010/11 collection?
Bora Aksu: Based on an imaginary relationship between Marie Antoinette and Edward Scissorhands, it’s about searching for the beauty in the unexpected. The idea was to create demi-couture dresses with a twist using different techniques. The colour palette adds dramatic noir details to a base of subtle pastels; bold coppers and blacks cut and contrast cupcake blues and pinks.

DD: How did your exclusive capsule collection for fair trade, organic label People Tree happen?
Bora Aksu: The collaboration started through a Japanese Vogue project. Three chosen designers (Richard Nicoll, Thakoon and me) designed one piece for People Tree; a limited line was produced. After its success People Tree asked me if I’d like to design a small capsule collection. As the whole purpose is something beyond fashion I didn’t think twice and we’ve been collaborating since then. I’ve learned a lot… It’s a totally different production process, compared to my own line. You need to be much more flexible as a designer. Its not so much about what I want, it’s more like what can we do together.

DD: You’ve worked with contemporary dance company, The Cathy Marston Project, and epic film prop designers Artisan Armour. How was it?
Bora Aksu: I love collaborating with creative people from different fields as it totally brings a new vision to what I do. The Cathy Marston Project was about designing costumes for their dance company. It was challenging as the costumes had to meet their needs (flexibility, strength, movement). The first trials were a total disaster – all the costumes were ripped apart in the rehearsals. And then I got it right and we were all happy.

DD: How did it feel when Tori Amos bought your whole Living Waters collection for her Bee Keeper world tour?
Bora Aksu: She is such an inspiration and I love working with her. She is so down to earth and working with her is always so much fun. At that time, I think she came to the show and decided that my whole collection fitted perfectly for Bee Keeper. Then we had meetings together: her excitement excites everyone around her. She is a very special artist.

DD: Which other fabulous women have you dressed? Who would you love to wear your garments?
Bora Aksu: Keira Knightley, Kirsten Dunst, Liz Jagger, Helena Christensen, Twiggy.

DD: Do you have more multimedia collaborations planned for the future?
Bora Aksu: I do have a film project. It’s very exciting but it’s still in discussion so lets see…

DD: Where can we buy your work?
Bora Aksu: Selfridges in London, Via Bus Stop in Japan, Zenta in Paris, Sbaiz in Milan, D-Mop in Hong Kong…

DD: What has been your best career or fashion moment so far?
Bora Aksu: I enjoy every minute of my career as I’m doing what I love… I’m still very excited about my meeting with the Queen at Buckingham Palace in March. She is very warm and has such an aura around her.

DD: What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Bora Aksu: It was from my Course Director from Central Saint Martins, Louise Wilson: ‘there is nothing impossible and if you really want it you can make it.’


I usually don't care for those collections that take one particular silhouette and create variations, however in this case, I find them interesting. While the actual dress "structure" doesn't change much, it's the cotton candy colors and details that actually make them appealing. Each piece manages to hold it's own without looking as though it's an exact clone of the last. The black and Metallic pieces are perfect opposites.

"The High & The Mighty"

Featured are pre-fall lovelies courtesy of Designers are definitely "scaling new heights" when it comes to heels, though it only adds to the shoe's appeal. The Miu Miu black glitter boot, Fendi navy platform with chain detail, fendi "butterfly" platform (under the navy), and the Dior suede bootie are my personal choices as sure winners for the upcoming season.

Skinny jeans, harem pants, jumpsuits and any tapered leg trouser will be perfect with the four above-mentioned. For a killer pair of strappy sandals for that special little black dress or some other beautiful confection, Giuseppe Zanotti and Rene Caovilla will certainly fit the bill.

Miu Miu
Miu Miu

Miu Miu

Miu Miu




Giuseppe Zanotti





Rene Caovilla

Michael Kors
Michael Kors