Posts for September 16th 2009
Sometimes it's not a hard decision. This was my favorite gown at Marchesa. Done. Why is it always the purple one? While we ponder that, also notice the hand-painted floral tattoo hosiery — pretty cool. And those are custom Louboutins, in case you were wondering. Marchesa was inspired by "the drama and romance of Madame Butterfly," and the red-carpet-ready creations were therefore embellished with handmade origami and sculptured beauty. Beaded flowers and contrasting colors added intrigue, while the palette went from soft mint and lilac to black and fuchsia. Corsets supplied an erotic note. You know my fave, which is yours?
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When the runway is red and the invite has a threaded red stripe through it, does that promise a red-hot collection? When it's Phillip Lim it does. As expected, Lim's first couple looks were red — a lipstick-red double-breasted shirt jacket and roll-down waist pants, a slick red rain trench, red crystal sunglasses (have to have those). But Lim knows you can have too much of a good thing and quickly switched to cool gray knits and his favorite tomboyish shorts, cardis, and button downs.
Unordinary details like "illusion" bow fasteners, embellished belts, and collaged textures separated Lim from the rest. And then came the sparkle. Bronze and silver sequin panels on accordion pleat dresses and a straight-up silver sequin shirt dress surely sent front rowers Lauren Conrad and Leighton Meester's hearts aflutter. And the finale dress, on death-staring Karlie Kloss: ivory lace tiered "compilation" dress with abstract cubist sculptural organza appliqué. The mirrors at the entrance of the runway made Karlie appear to be strutting through the looking glass . . .
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This just in: Anna Sui and Target have hooked up to create fashion inspired by the designer’s favorite show, Gossip Girl. Best of all, it’s available at prices to gossip about. Now, the big question is: which of the show’s four main characters best reflects your fashion sense and personality? Is it charming and ruthless Blair’s love of glamorous classics with a modern twist? Self-assured Serena’s ability to make haughty Euro-styles look easy breezy? Innocent and quirky Jenny’s rocker-chic fashion turn? Or outcast Vanessa’s penchant for bold colors and patterns that set her apart from the Upper East Side elite?
Whatever style is right for you, you can get it at Target now. Best of all, you don’t have to have the finances of an heiress to afford it.
French actress Audrey Tatou has it real good these days — she got to play the legendary Coco Chanel, and now she's traveling the globe promoting the movie in the chicest ensembles. Starting in Madrid then Rome, Tokyo to Los Angeles, and finally in NYC, the actress has attended red-carpet premieres clad in everything from Chanel to Lanvin to Miu Miu. Her overall vibe has been minimalist-cum-girlie, with the black and white Chanel Fall '09 couture frock being the fanciest. All of them are flawless but which is most Fab?
Hilary Duff hit the black carpet for DSQUARED2's party in New York, playing up the dark theme well. She kept herself relatively covered up in this conservatively sexy ensemble, pairing a tie-neck silk blouse with a high-waisted pencil skirt and embellished t-strap heels. She held onto a Goyard envelope clutch and piled on some festive bangle bracelets. Her exact bag isn't available online, but you can still achieve her look, so shop similar items now!