Posted 7 February 2017 at 11:24 PM | Comments (0)
Bare shoulders have seen a lot of daylight, as halter, off-shoulder, and cold shoulder tops have made it to every trend guide in recent years. I suspected that the next big thing would be one-shoulder, but its direction has taken me by surprise.
It’s not the clean, deliberately asymmetrical, one-shoulder look that I was wearing in the late 1990s or early 2000s. It’s messier, off-kilter. It doesn’t look like it was planned by the designer as much as it looks like it was unplanned by the wearer. Like, “Whoopsie, the wind keeps exposing my shoulder! Oh well, hee hee.” If you look closely, it is obvious that these tops were designed for exposure, but at a glance, you would never know. They give the impression of an unintentional fallen shoulder.
Some of you may think this trend is reminiscent of the 1980s. However, back then, the fallen shoulder look was more casual. Some of these looks, on the other hand, are crisp, structured, or businesslike. They’re buttoned-up shirts gone rogue.
From Victoria Beckham, Self-Portrait, Tome, and Monse:
Some of the looks were no more than pretty tops hanging off the shoulder, which I might be able to pull off in an age-appropriate way. That will be determined at a later date. Like maybe after snowmaggedon.
From Prabal Gurung, Chloé, Tome, and CG:
The dresses really struck me. Designers went for one cold shoulder, or one lost sleeve. Again, for a moment, you don’t realize that these looks are intentional. You want to hand the woman a safety pin.
From Tibi, Hellessy, Vetements, and Self-Portrait:
Even in evening wear, shoulders were falling. I honestly don’t think I could pull this off. Maybe I could if I was a model going to the clubs in NYC, but otherwise a cocktail dress with one fallen shoulder reads hot mess. Not to say I don’t like the look… because I actually might.
From Brock Collection, Prabal Gurung, Rodarte, and Victoria Beckham:
And there you have it. My first runway post in over a year. If things go as planned, I will have a big, trend-research project coming up, which means more runway trends are coming your way. I swear this hasn’t turned into a renovation blog.
Posted 14 September 2015 at 8:20 PM | Comments (0)
I’ve fully converted to the flared leg. I don’t even like my skinnies anymore. In fact, I kind of want every pair of my skinnies to die (unless I buy a pair of over-the-knee boots, in which case they can live to see another season).
I love how my flares give everything a more relaxed, Bohemian vibe, unlike my skinnies, which give a sleeker, rocker look. I am finally ready to welcome this sartorial transition. Bring on the flares and wide-legs! It’s time!
Today I’m wearing my black flared jeans from Forever 21 and burgundy fringe-sleeved top from Piperlime (RIP). Notice the gray hairs around my temples. They weren’t included the last time I drew myself.
Posted 5 August 2015 at 11:35 PM | Comments (0)
Posted 3 August 2015 at 11:11 PM | Comments (0)
Bohemia always rises again in the fashion world, and to be perfectly honest, I wasn’t ready for its return this time around. I had been enjoying the mod, the minimalism, and the normcore of recent seasons; they felt fresh to me. For the new Bohemia, it felt too soon.
Then, last spring, I bought a pair of black flared jeans and a rust-colored peasant blouse and never wanted to take them off. I came around. Really came around. I have now spent the entire summer in sweeping, glamorous, printed maxi dresses and am already planning my Bohemian purchases for the fall.
And how to accessorize all of those new purchases? With a pair of teardrop earrings. Time to put away my minimalist studs and go all out with my Bohemian look. For fall 2015, my favorites are beaded.
Click the image for details.
Posted 20 August 2014 at 3:33 PM | Comments (0)
I am rarely a proponent of the Little Black Dress. There’s nothing inherently wrong with the concept, but I love color too much. Yet lately, as designers continue to gravitate toward neutral colors and simpler silhouettes, my devotion to color is gently waning.
Pieces that have especially caught my eye are this black Osman jumpsuit from the spring 2014 runway, and this black dress that Karlie Kloss wore to the Vogue Foundation Gala on July 11. Both are a kind of simple LBD but with an eye-catching dose of asymmetry.
Posted 4 November 2013 at 8:44 PM | Comments (0)
By now you’ve seen one of many A-list celebrities wearing Charlotte Olympia’s kitty flats, but now designers everywhere are scratching the cat post.
I know house cats are not the sexiest animal, but this trend has a retro girlishness that appeals to me. I like it best when it’s in graphic black and white.
Posted 14 April 2013 at 3:33 PM | Comments (0)
It seems like everything I’m coveting these days is in one of these two trendy hues.
But I’m trying to avoid “proceeding to checkout” because we are… drum roll, please… moving back to the U.S.! So I don’t want excess baggage. It’s kind of an anticlimax Not Shopping after a year of Not Shopping, but I’m convinced this is space-saving measure is the right thing to do.
Posted 18 February 2013 at 11:05 PM | Comments (0)
It’s ironic that the most fashion-forward item in my closet is a twelve year-old pair of shoes. They’re snakeskin, they’re designer, and they’re sentimental—I bought them for my first professional job out of college, interning at a magazine in New York City.
I don’t wear them much these days. Being a stay-at-home mom doesn’t really call for snakeskin stilettos (though I wish it did). However, the snakeskin trend on Spring 2013 runways made me want to take them out and dust them off!
The thing about snakeskin this time around is that it’s not as sleek or as punk rock as it was in the early 00s. This time, it’s kind of… eccentric. I don’t mean that in a bad way. The juxtaposition of oddball and pretty is so very refreshing.
See what I mean below.
Python with Florals and Lace
From Holly Fulton, Erdem, and Preen.
From Proenza Schouler, Erdem, and Preen.
Python and Blue Hues
From Gucci, Jeremy Scott, and Erdem.
I pulled a few quotes from Christa D’Souza’s article on snakeskin for The Edit, because they’re so helpful when thinking about how to wear this wild print:
“As a pattern it’s hypnotic, the perfect counterpart to lace, DayGlo color or even denim.”
“What we are talking about is accents: using python as a vehicle to urbanize a look that might otherwise come across as girly or bland.”
“Just keep the image of an aging rock chick in mind as a warning, and you’ll be fine.”
Posted 9 February 2013 at 10:00 PM | Comments (0)
There are two patterns that inevitably make me think of royal jesters: checks, and vertical stripes. Both were huge hits on Spring 2013 runways.
I’ll get to vertical stripes another time. Meanwhile, “check” out the varying checkerboard scales from Balmain, Alexandre Herchcovitch, House of Holland, and Acne Studios:
And then… there was Louis Vuitton. There was only one message—checks—and it was wildly satisfying. Here are some of my favorites from the hip-to-be-square collection:
I can’t mention the Louis Vuitton show without mentioning the eye-popping escalator finale:
And their equally bold spring ad campaign:
If I were to choose one wild spring trend that I’d like to pull off this year, this would be it. Anyone else crazy enough to join me?