Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
2. Stretch Sequin Skirt (sale $98) by Donna Karan at http://www.yoox.com/
3. Braided Leatherette Belt ($6.80) from Forever 21 at http://www.forever21.com/
4. Textured Black Neckwarmer ($28) by Fuzzy Lumkin Crochet at http://www.fuzzylumpkincrochet.etsy.com/
5. Cable Fingerless Gloves ($125) by Vince at http://www.shopbop.com/
Tonight I came across one artist in particular tonight who makes very interesting accessories which are definitely worth sharing.
This Etsy shop is called Giia Neckpieces and Accessories and the artists makes fantastic bib necklaces which are very on trend this season. Designers such as Donna Karan and Jason Wu were showing them on the runway for Fall. These particular pieces are handcrafted by the artist in her studio in Italy. They are made from felt (great for fall!) and layered so that they have depth, interesting especially in the piece on the left which is made to resemble inlaid stones. She also carries colorful pieces but these three show a range of her available styles.
Bib necklaces are also a wonderful solution to a shirt that is just a little bit too low at the neckline. They are so cool and are much more interesting than a crew neck shell.
1. (Left) Mask Stone Bib Statement Necklace, $95
2. (Center) Wien Hex Bib Statement Necklace, $75
3. (Right) Organic V Bib Statement Necklace, $90
The link for her Etsy shop where you can view and purchase her pieces is http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6797261.
If you get the chance, do take a look and look around the rest of Etsy too. It's really a lot of fun and you would be suprised at how cool some of the things are!
Friday, October 16, 2009
For instance, here is a look from the Fall 2009 Lanvin runway show.
Her outfit is simply a basic blouse and knee length pencil skirt. What is unique is the styling and accessories that accompany the look.
Here are some similar items to consider:
I love the idea of the gloves and the fur. Fur is very big this season and if you can't afford or would rather not buy the real stuff, faux fur is great!
I showed a brooch because I'm not sure that the H&M fur has a clasp so you can always substitute with a nice pin. Vintage is great. Thrift stores are a wonderful way to find old jewelry and style your wardrobe! Alternately, you can always sift through your mother's jewelry box.
1. (Left) Convertible Drape Cardigan, $194, by Alice + Olivia at www.nordstrom.com
2. (Center Left) Draped Knit Cardigan, $17.80, from Forever 21 at www.forever21.com
3. (Center Right) Front Drape Cardigan, $435, from Les Nouvelles at www.shoplesnouvelles.com
4. (Right) Ombre Open Sweater, $33.99, from Charlotte Russe at www.charlotterusse.com
The Alice + Olivia is great because you can style it freely depending on your outfit. The Les Nouvelles version is really beautiful and if you look at the website you can see all the small details that make it so special. I like the shape of the Forever 21 version and I think it is very easy to wear. As for Charlotte Russe, well, ombre's always fun. I also think that the angled hem is flattering.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
1. (Left) Turtleneck Sweater, (on sale) $29.99 by Dana Buckman for Kohls at www.kohls.com
2. (Center) Layering Turtleneck, $39.50 from Ann Taylor Loft at www.anntaylorloft.com
3. (Right) DKNY Long sleeve merino turtleneck $145.00 at http://www.dkny.com/
This whole tznius extravaganza at DKNY might be because Donna Karan is Jewish, but it's more likely because they just have a creative stylist.
Either way, I'm a fan.
2. (Center) Rollin Skirt, $168 by French Connection at http://www.frenchconnection.com/
3. (Right) Grecian Draped Skirt, (on sale) $9.99 by Mossimo at http://www.target.com/
Here are a few examples of interesting pencil shapes from the Fall shows. Notice in addition the Dries Van Noten and Haider Ackermann looks both include modest tops.Left to Right: Haider Ackermann, Givenchy, Dries Van Noten, all from Fall 2009 runway shows. (http://www.style.com/)
While the Haider Ackermann show was one of my favorite from that season, the Dries Van Noten look above is a favorite. The way the metallic is played against the dusty rose is very elegant.
Hold on to your traditional pencil skirts, however, and if you don't own one, now is the time to invest! They happen to be particularly on trend at the moment, but the look never goes out of style and is definitely a smart purchase. Depending on the fabric (of course) and how you layer and style your outfit, they can generally be worn either casual or dressy.Left to right: Thakoon, Calvin Klein, Carolina Herrera, all from the Fall 2009 runway shows. (http://www.style.com/)
Here are some examples from the Runways about how the traditional pencil skirt is being worn and modernized. At Thakoon, we saw vivid hues and in this example a cobalt skirt to play off of the other bright colors. In both Thakoon and Calvin Klein, the pencil skirt serves to balance the full top, whether it be fur or a structured jacket. Carolina Herrera uses the skirt as a classic to accent her belted and layered look which could look too chunky with a fuller option.
1. (Left) Denim Pencil Skirt, (on sale) $29.99 from New York & Co at www.nyandcompany.com
2. (Center) Wool tweed Oona Pencil Skirt $128 from J.Crew at www.jcrew.com
3. (Right) Pencil Bandage Skirt (on sale) $79.99 by Marciano for Guess at www.marciano.com