Archive for March, 2012
For a Spring get-away, designers decided to take us on safari. This runway trend uses prints and embellishments based around the color pallet black, browns and yellow. Don’t be fooled though; these pieces may be inspired by minimalistic cultures but are in no way simple.
To make his piece stand out, J. Mendel covered his tribal print tunic in sequins.
Oscar de la Renta used a soft, flowing fabric to even out the chunky necklace and thick belt accessorizing his dress.
Donna Karan’s body-con dress gave a great modern vibe to the collection, and I love the wooden cuff bracelets.
Proenza Schouler’s mashup of the vintage silhouette and geometric shapes makes this an interesting piece, I can’t decide if its contemporary or nostalgic?
Giulietta’s resort wear separates are simply perfect. I love the hues and the dotted/striped pant pattern is so fun, one I’d definitely wear around the resort with my floppy hat and giant sunglasses.
Kaleidoscopic prints entrance all those who saw the Spring runway for House of Pucci.
Although these prints are nothing new, they are indeed the signature of the label since Pucci reinvented textiles in the ’50s. Marchese Emilio Pucci di Barsento was born in 1914 in Naples, Italy, the son of a wealthy aristocrat. He was raised in the lap of luxury, and became an avid skier and scholar, and actually skied on Italy’s Olympic team in 1934. Pucci attended university in Oregan, and he started designing sportswear for his school’s ski team.
He later served several years as a bomber pilot for the Italian Air Force during wartime, and learned that his family lost most of its fortune in the war years.
While skiing in St. Moritz, a reporter from Harper’s Bazaar, noticed Pucci’s ski outfit and discovered he had designed his own line of ski wear. The reporter asked him to create some pieces for a photo session on winter fashion. His items were well received and showcased in the 1948 edition of Harper’s Bazaar.
In 1949, Pucci opened his first shop in the Isle of Capri, where he featured resort wear. It was here that he introduced the infamous ‘Capri Pant’ that has become a resort wear staple across the world. Another interesting fact about this venture, Emilio Pucci became the first in his family to hold gainful employment in over a thousand years.
The dizzying prints, bold colors and lightweight fabrics were loved by all. Pucci clothing was unlined, and shaped and caressed one’s figure. Pieces could be worn from pool-side lunches to fashionable parties. One client stated “wearing Pucci is like wearing nothing at all”. Everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Jackie Kennedy wore Pucci, and the celebrity following has never ceased.
Pucci’s designs didn’t stop at clothing. A flag designed by Pucci was carried by the Apollo 15 space crew for planting on the moon. He also designed the Lincoln Continental Mark IV for the Ford Motor Company.
In 1970, he was elected to the Italian Parliament. He was a well known fascist and penned several pieces on his views. As an athlete, artist, scholar, businessman, veteran and politician, Pucci passed away in 1992 after living what seemed the life of a renaissance man.
Trending now for Spring and Summer – Pleats!
A nice play off the lady-like trend, wearing pleated skirts is an easy way to look chic. Most common is the pleated midi skirt, one that hits at the calf. New for 2012, pleats have moved north! You can see pleated tops and dresses all over Spring Runways. It’s important to note that shoe choice will determine if your look is casual or formal. A pleated skirt and sandal is a nice “Sunday Afternoon” look. Pair with a heel and suddenly your Saturday night glam.
My favorite look is the Christian Siriano maxi. Paired with a simple top, this look is as comfortable as it is elegant.
Mark Badgley and James Mischka teamed up in 1988 to outfit the young, modern couture customer. Over the past two decades, their brand has gained an extensive list of celebrity fans and has graced several fashion magazine covers.
I wanted to highlight their Spring 2012 collection because it includes pieces that speak to all women. The design team said of the line, “they wanted to make clothing that was structural in shapes and bright in colors”.
Above, I’ve highlighted my favorite looks that show the range in pieces.
In 2009, the duo launched Mark + James by Badgley Michska, which is their contemporary collection, branded as the more affordable way to wear Badgley Mischka.
It used to be something you saw lying around grandma’s house, but this Spring designers are proving crochet has more potential than doilies and hand towels.
In fact, we’re seeing crochet across the board, in dresses (mini and maxi), tops, shorts, pants, skirts and cardigans. A major difference in 2012 styles is that crochet is not an embellishment, but the entire garment.
Layering plays a key role in nailing this look, so keep in mind you want a color that either mimics the crochet hue or matches your skin tone. Also note that crochet shouldn’t compete with fabrics on other pieces, so no lace or frills when completing your outfit. But this doesn’t mean you have to play it safe with the rest of your look! Pair with bold colors and exaggerated jewelry — odds are the piece is fun and should be styled as such!
The popularity of crochet may have spun off our love affair with sheer fabrics, as the ability to see through a fabric (or weave) is simple and sexy.
Similar to a crochet open weave and also trending for Spring 2012 is laser cut textiles. Designers such as Zac Posen utilized this new technology in 2010 to create crisp, intricate patterns, and it’s been making its way to Maine Street shops since.
Pastel denim is a powerhouse trend for spring and summer, and a great pastel pant or skirt of any fabric is a nice closet staple. If you are among the many that only wear white with your pastel pieces you are missing out! Why not bring in more color and do some pastel colorblocking to spruce up your spring style?
One of the most frequent questions I get is how to properly colorblock. This is a great trend, but can be difficult for those who are used to putting on a black top or pant everyday. Here’s some tips to nailing this look:
1. Use a maximum of two to three colors — too many bright colored pieces will look tacky.
2. When to use neutral versus bold accessories— Keep accessories simple when using three colors, notice how Philip Lim has nude shoes and a white bag to offset their three bold pieces. However, Alice and Olivia were able to pull in bold accessories that played off the peach hue. This is because only two colors (peach and green) were used in the ensemble. Even though the cardi and pant are a slightly different peach, they count as one color.
3. When to use solids over patterns — I am not going to say you can’t use patterned pieces, but starting out, it is much easier to color block with solid pieces. Ralph Lauren used a patterned scarf that pulls in colors from the top, pant and bag. This really brought the whole look together
Trending now for Spring 2012 — white suits.
Choose from masculine or feminine cuts, depending on whether you lean towards sporty or ladylike trends. The sporty trend is one that’s made to look athletic by the cut and fabric choices; see Max Mara’s take on a sport white suit.
Also, sheer detail is everywhere this year and fashion houses Elie Saab and Calvin Klein had no difficulty incorporating that into several of their looks.
Designer Nina Ricci did something new by taking nontraditional pieces, bustier and a belted knit coat, and turned it into a suited look. The folded back collar simulates a wide lapel and the double-breasted buttons reminds me of a suit jacket.
The “short suit” is something we’ll be seeing a lot of come the warmer months. Designers across the board ditched the pant/skirt option and paired the blazer with shorts. I especially like Jenny Kanye’s version with the hint of floral print on the shorts.
This look by Yves Saint Laurent is nothing ground breaking, but the boxy cropped blazer is a staple for this season.