Fall 2012 Runway Trend: Orange and Black

Posted 24 November 2012 at 3:38 PM | Comments (0)

Surely I’m not the only one who steers clear of this color combination at the risk of looking a little Halloweenie. Yet maybe there is a cool way to pull off orange and black, as demonstrated by these eight designers on fall 2012 runways.

BCBG Max Azria, Carolina Herrera, Akris, and Rodarte:

Fall 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Orange and Black (Dressy)

A Détacher, Tracy Reese, Rachel Comey, and Proenza Schouler:

Fall 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Orange and Black (Casual)

Perhaps the trick to pulling it off is to to keep it polished and expensive-looking. That basically means: good fit, good fabric, and good taste. A cheap pair of polyester pants and a pilly sweater will look exactly like Halloween.

Style your outfit to look intentional, not thrown together, and then finish it off with white, nude, or metallic accessories to pull eyes away from the block of orange and black.

Fall 2012 Runway Trend: DIY Belted Coats

Posted 23 November 2012 at 10:50 PM | Comments (2)

I used to dread putting on my puffer coat during Chicago winters. It kept me warm, but I always felt enormous… and dowdy.

If only I had thought to cinch my coat with a stretchy waist belt! It doesn’t even have to match your coat exactly—part of the charm in this trend is in its DIY-look. As long as it gives you an hourglass shape, you can put on any damn belt you want.

Fall 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: DIY Belted Coats

Belted coats from Albino, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Acne, and Burberry Prorsum.

Baton Rouge Dining Room Refashioned for the Holidays

Posted 22 November 2012 at 9:47 PM | Comments (2)

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

In addition to feasting on turkey today, feast your eyes on this. Lisa Davis Gilly’s Baton Rouge dining room, decorated for everyday:

Lisa Davis Gilly's Baton Rouge, Louisiana Dining Room Decorated for Every Day

And then transformed for Thanksgiving dinner:

Lisa Davis Gilly's Baton Rouge, Louisiana Dining Room Decorated for Holidays

Lisa Davis Gilly's Baton Rouge, Louisiana Dining Room Decoration Detail

How much do you love this casual-elegant space? You know I’m not generally drawn to shabby chic, but I am always drawn to simplicity and this color palette. So I could just pluck this dining room out of her home, put it in mine, and I’d be in heaven.

Or, I could just take those mirrored doors. Either way.

*Images from HGTV.com.