Friday, February 29, 2008

Why do French girls always look so Glamorous?

Ever since I saw Marion Cotillard at the Oscars I've been intrigued by her innate sense of style and effortless glamour. I spotted this editorial at ELLE and loved the clothes & the whole shoot is really inspiring! These were a couple of my favorite looks;
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xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Ciao Milan Fashion Week!

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These were a few of the collections I really enjoyed. More to come as well as Paris Fashion Week collections! I'll try to swtich it up because I know fashion week coverage can get a bit repetitive!

xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Make You Do a Double Take

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I've been having lots of fun re-creating looks from the Fall/Winter Fashion Week collections. Today, i did my take on one of the most unique looks from the Dolce & Gabanna F/W 08 collection. A great excuse to break out my ashley olsen lumberjack shirt & pair it with something unexpected [an audrey hepburn graphic tee]. It's so much fun taking some of the RTW looks to the streets, i've been getting inspiration from them a lot lately!

xoxo, lauren

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Seeing Stars

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I've never actually watched an entired Academy Awards show until tonight. But, its worth it just to see all the amazing red carpet dresses and accessories. These looks are a few of my favorite from tonight:

  • Jennifer Garner in Oscar de La Renta; she was dressed by Rachel Zoe and its nice to see her in something so dressy because her style is so laid back. I'm loving the stacked diamond bracelets. This was my favorite look of the night!
  • Cate Blanchett in Dries Van Noten; the very pregnant star looked fabulous in this unique dress. It had a very bohemian feel with its embroidery and detailed neckline.
  • Marion Cotillard in Jean Paul Gaultier; I was stunned to see how gorgeous and young the Best Actress winner was since she looked so much older in La Vie en Rose. She looks beautiful!
  • Nicole Kidman, Keri Russell, and Katherine Heigl all caught my eye because of their eye-catching accessories or bold make-up; such gorgeous styling!

On a different note, I fell in love with all the shows from Milan's Fashion Week, can't wait to post some of my favorite looks & trends from the collections!

xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Every day is a Fashion Show

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Just some outfits I really liked from fashion week courtesy of the satorialist! The shows at Milan's Fashion Week have been awesome so far & I can't wait so share some of my favorites. (I seriously could wear the entire burberry & blumarine collections.. but more on that later!) Anyways, I love the above outfits, (doesn't the middle one remind you of something SJP would wear in the upcoming sex and the city movie?)

Can't wait for an opportunity in the future to attend fashion week. I promise you, i will make it there someday.. and hopefully look fabulous :)

xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

London Calling

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Last week was London Fashion Week & i'm just reviewing a few collections that I enjoyed. Currently is Milan Fashion Week, and stay posted for a review of the collections there!

Luella: Her F/W collection was such a drastic change from the cutesy florals seen on her models in Spring. This show as dark, moody, and edgy and I got a very Macbeth witches vibe from looking at the clothes. The pointy witch hats & frizzed out hair make it hard not to sense that. There were some less severe pieces which looked like they had a russian influence that could translate into fall retail. "I wanted something a bit raw and pagan," said Luella of her inspirations.

Vivienne Westwood Red Label: I loved how she started the collection with a picket sign as a twist on the fur protestors outside of fashion shows. The red label maintains Westwood's signature eccentric style, yet makes it more mainstream and wearable for us regular fashionistas. Look for lots of layering layering, with cardigans over dresses, suede over the knee boots, and loose shift dreses in wild patterns.

Matthew Williamson: This collection was composed of the ethnice/tribal prints that have been predicted to be so popular for fall. Paired with giant fur coats, embroidered blouses, and hand and electric blue and pink this look strays from the traditional. Its modernized with its metallic accents and flowing dresses. I'm thinking everyone should invest in a tribal print dress to add to their wardrobe!

xoxo, lauren

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Patterned to Perfection

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Tory Burch's collections are usually slightly preppy and hamptons-esque, but there were a couple looks that were really unexpected and caught my eye. Especially this patterned cardigan over a striped dress. The element of mixed prints makes the look even funkier, but even on its own the cardigan makes quite a statement. I think this will be a big look for fall because it's so easy to throw on and really dress up a white tee or little black dress. Because of its lightweight this is a look that could definitely work for those awful inbetween months where its "not quite hot and not quite cold".

xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

NYC Fashion Week Musings: Part Deux

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So sorry its taken me so long to wrap up NY fashion week. I know we're already well into London Fashion Week, but unfortunately this also coincides with my midterm exams.. yikes! I absolutely could not study any more for my microeconomics exam so, thus my Fashion Week musings: part deux!

  • 3.1 Phillip Lim: I've been watching this promising designer closely since Fashion U, where he was one of the noted speakers.His collection contained a lot of southwestern elements to this collection that I noticed. Big belt buckles, bow-tied blouses, suede vests, and lariats. In terms of accessories, huge statement necklaces and oversized sunglasses were worn.
  • Lela Rose: The look pictured is actually one of my favorites from all of fashion week. I really liked the mix of textures in the garments and the earth tones of all the clothing. The collection contained pretty party dresses and cigarette pants in glitzy fabrics paired down with chunky tribal looking necklaces.
  • Charlotte Ronson: This celebrity favorite had a collection that seemed like much of its looks were inspired by the late Kurt Cobain. Huge doses of plaid, cuffed work boots, and hippie headbands. I'd love to get my hands on some of the slouchy knit dresses and cardigans seen on the runway. The oversized knit berets favored by hipsters were all over the show, adding a further grunge feel.
  • Jill Stuart: I was pleased to see looks with a masculine twist, straying away from the usual uber feminimity of the label. Even the poufy dresses were paired with black leather boots to take the edge off. The color palate was gray, navy, and black but the looks were far from dull. Each look felt like the perfect balance of girliness and toughness with its trenches, hardware, and asbence of stilettos.

Stay tuned for a review of the London shows from this week!

xoxo, lauren

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Anna Sui's Collection is full of Bohemian Goodness

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I love love love Anna Sui's F/W 08 Collection! It's what I like to call bohemian done right. Sui's colletion is injected with vibrant colors, quirky ethnic accessories,and silky textures. I'm loving the coordinated patterned tights and colored boots. The tribal prints are tasteful yet different from the conservative prints seen on Balenciaga's runways last year. The whole collection really reminds me of the North Shore of Hawaii where there is this laidback and vibrant bohemian community. You could definitely wear Anna Sui's dresses there and fit right in! This show is really inspiring and my style.

xoxo, lauren

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

My Fashion Week Musings: Part 1

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So, i've been doing my best to keep up with Fashion Week and saving all the outfits that caught my attention. Proenza Schouler, Ruffian, Marc by Marc, and Sass and Bide are the shows that i've enjoyed the most so far. I think it's because each of the collections is an element of my style. Each of them seems to be inspired by pop culture, fashion icon, celebrity of the moment, and era.

  • Proenza Schouler : The Proenza boys showed a lot of cocktail dresses in jewel tones with tights in a complementary hue. All the pieces were so wearable; you could take them right off the runway to a dinner out with the girls. The pants sillhouette were Katharine Hepburn style, baggy and high waisted in vibrant colors. The boys even threw in some sequined pieces, so I guess that trend won't be disappearing any time soon.
  • Ruffian : This show seemed almost costume-ish, but uber-trendy with its school girl inspired looks with a rocker edge. I loved the coats and cardigans thrown over party dresses and the edgy blazers with ruffled blouses. There were some masculine accessories like ties paired with a slim pencil skirt.
  • Marc by Marc Jacobs: Ah, Marc Jacobs can do no wrong. This collection really suprised me though. I enjoyed its quirky touches like colored tweeds, graphic tees, and loud prints. I liked the dose of neon on a basic black garment; the looks really had an eighties vibe.
  • Sass & Bide: This celeb favorite had a collection that seemed very much inspired by .the very people that wear their clothes. Leggings as pants a la Miss Lohan were worn with several looks. Although, the collection is not for everyone I found it to be youthful and fun; very L.A. The gold sequined headwrap is adorable.

What collections are everyone's favorites so far?

xoxo, lauren

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(Thanks Dad!)

Monday, February 4, 2008

20,000 Managers for One Clothing Brand? hmm..

I saw an ad for this company on a facebook sidebar & I thought it looked interesting so I gave it a look.. The concept is really innovative and covers two areas of business that I'm interested in; eco-friendly clothing and surf brands. The business is definitely more retail-friendly than high fashion but, for anyone interested in merchandising it's pretty fascinating.

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From a press release by nvohk:

Nvohk is recruiting 20,000 - 40,000 members to contribute $50 a year to develop and shape the nvohk brand. Members will make major business decisions including logo design, web design, product design, advertising, etc. Members will also receive a free member t-shirt, 35% of nvohk's net profits in the form of reward points that can be redeemed to purchase products, and 25% off all nvohk products. nvohk will donate 10% of net profits to environmental organizations selected by its members.

How cool would it be to actually play a part in the building of a brand and participate in some of the decision making that goes into a clothing label? I really like that they will be using eco-friendly materials and donating a portion of profits. The members will also recieve a cut of the net profits in the form of "points". Although I'm sure you wouldn't be involved in making any huge business decisions it seems like an interesting project to be a part of. I'm considering it..

xoxo, lauren

P.S. Some fashion week reviews soon.. I have a lot of shows to look through!:)

Saturday, February 2, 2008

"Fashion People Don't Watch the Superbowl"

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So, I have to disagree.. I'm a fashion person but I can still appreciate a good football game. I love the idea of incorporating football and fashion. I read on elle.com how a lot of people in the fashion industry are getting into this superbowl since the Giants are playing and there is actually competition between watching the Superbowl and some shows. So this sunday sport your favorite team's colors or at least enjoy the chips & dip.. :)
xoxo, lauren
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