Posts for September 18th 2006
Redolent with rich earthy tones, the Spring 2007 collection from Donna Karan, presented Friday at New York Fashion Week, married flowy 1970s womanhood with Roman-inspired influences. Composed of army green, sandy shades, and batik-like patterns, Karan's loose, toga-style dresses were given structure by skinny belts, metal-ring details, and gladiator sandals. Most notably, this was one of the few collections that actually seemed as if it would look better on real, curvy women than on super-skinny models. The line was a flattering and refreshing twist on sophisticated women's wear. To see all of Fabsugar's Fashion Week coverage, click here. To see the rest of the Donna Karan line, read more
When it comes to mixing and matching patterns and textures, no one does it quite like Custo Barcelona. The line, from Spanish brothers Custo and David Dalmau, is known for wild colors and patchwork styles, which sometimes work and sometimes aren't so easy on the eyes.
The Spring 2007 collection, shown Thursday at New York Fashion Week, is best consumed in small doses. I loved the use of bright yet muted colors against gold accents, as well as brocade-like patterns that evoke exotic bazaars. However, I thought the line overdosed a bit on colliding stripe designs, and I also could live without the pointy elfin booties. But at least no one can accuse Custo Barcelona of being dull. To see all of Fabsugar's Fashion Week coverage, click here. To see the rest of the Custo Barcelona line, read more
I usually find myself bored by Kate Spade handbags, but when it comes to dinnerware, the designer never fails to excite me. Spade's line of fine china and everyday tableware is truly inspired, ranging from modern takes on elegance to playful, colorful patterns sure to impress your party guests. Here are some of my favorite tabletop items from Kate Spade.
St. Kitts Dogwood Point Dinnerware Collection, $14 to $26 per piece, available here.
Rutherford Circle Floral Coupe Accent Plate & Mug, $22 per piece, available here.
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British supermodel Jean Shrimpton (a.k.a. "The Shrimp") was emblematic of 1960s swinging London. In fact, she is credited with launching the miniskirt craze, after showing up wearing a short shift dress in Melbourne in 1965.
But unlike the funky mod style of our last featured Style Icon, Edie Sedgwick, Shrimpton tended toward feminine fashions that today look incredibly classic. With her dark eyebrows, fringy bangs, and understated jewelry, she toed the line between Bohemian and sophisticate by mixing hippy prints with tailored pieces. To see the five essential elements you need to get the look, read more
If you haven't yet heard of Doo-Ri, familiarize yourself now: The line, created by designer Doo-Ri Chung, was this year's winner of Swarovski's coveted Perry Ellis award, bestowed upon the best emerging designer at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards. Doo-Ri's clothes are renowned for their easy fit and ability to cascade down the body, and the Spring 2007 collection at New York Fashion Week was no exception.
The Grecian-inspired styles relied heavily on off-white and gold tones, with most every item featuring one intricate accent as its centerpiece. Striking details included beaded waistlines, criss-crossed fabric swaths, and satin cap sleeves. The full-length evening gowns were refreshingly quiet and elegant, with Doo-Ri saving the fussier details for the fun, more casual pieces. To see all of Fabsugar's Fashion Week coverage, click here. To see the rest of the Doo-Ri line, read more
The Spring 2007 collection from Ralph Lauren was a real standout at New York Fashion Week. Bucking most of the season's trends, it featured menswear-inspired styles, Gatsby-esque glam, 1930s silhouettes, and several puzzling uses of turbans.
The Friday runway show was at once all over the map and yet also reminiscent of everything we've come to expect from Ralph Lauren. Ruffly white collars were paired with elegant riding boots, and cozy feminine sweaters matched up with gold-lame pants. I particularly liked the 30s-inspired evening wear, and there was one very cute beaded cocktail dress that I would wear in an instant. I could do without the turbans though. To see all of Fabsugar's Fashion Week coverage, click here. To see the rest of the Ralph Lauren collection, read more
Admit it: Despite your reservations, you are tempted to try at least one pair of skinny jeans this season. Check out this surprisingly wearable pair of Joe's Jeans Chelsea Stretch Jeans, available for $158 here. I love the super-dark wash, the high waistline, and a slender ankle that would be just at home inside a pair of tall boots as it would be hovering above a pair of platform pumps.
If you believe the fashionistas, anyone can wear skinny jeans as long as you put together the right ensemble, and the possibilities range from long tunics and high boots to fitted sweaters and flats. How would you guys wear these jeans? Let's all go Fab Finding to complete the look. To learn what a Fab Find is and how to make one, click here. Be sure to come back and tell us all what you found. To see some of my favorite online stores to try, read more
Hangbag designer Kooba—which counts Molly Sims, Sienna Miller, Eva Longoria, and Rachel Bilson as fans—has two fabulous new styles out for the Fall 2006 season. Though the leather bags have distinctly different looks, both are adorned with brass-ring straps and gorgeous detailing. The Annie Corset Leather Shoulder Bag is a messenger style with corset-style lacing, antique brass hardware, and an adjustable strap. Buy it here for $625 in oak or black.
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The Calvin Klein Spring 2007 collection at New York Fashion Week was very subdued. But the Thursday night after party was anything but, featuring a calvalcade of stars including Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lindsay Lohan, Drew Barrymore, and Naomi Watts. Of course, without celebs and neutral tones, it just wouldn't be a Calvin Klein show.
This season, the color palette was ruled—as usual—by black, white, and other neutrals, as well as the occasional shock of yellow. What really stood out were the cream-colored and black cocktail dresses with elegant sheer overlays, which encased the shoulders and swept past the knee-length dresses to the floor. To see all of Fabsugar's Fashion Week coverage, click here. To see the rest of the Calvin Klein Spring line, read more