The Wu-nderkind designer has stepped up to the neutral palette plate and slammed a blindingly bright ball of hues out of the park! But we're used to game-clinching homeruns from Wu, aren't we? We’ve been seeing an array of beautiful nude looks from almost every designer this season, but who doesn’t want to also wear warmer, more effervescent colors in the sunnier months? For this collection, Wu took inspiration from a handful of stylish eras including the 1940s (tweeds, nip-waist detail, which means flattering for our figures, and corsages) and the 1970s (turbans, bumblebee stripes, and can’t miss ‘em floral patterns).The juxtaposition of classic female proportions against a Studio 54 mood gave way to a surprisingly harmonious explosion of cut and color. Other notable mentions? Ruffled edges, oversize Jackie O.-esque shades, transparency, purples, fuchsias, and the debut of the designer’s new logo, “Miss Wu.” She’s an adorable little owl illustration sure to be found on his Spring 2011 bags and sunglasses — just you wait.
Posts for September 10th 2010
I had a serious '90s flashback at Rag & Bone. Between the Thom Yorke-curated soundtrack and homage to rave culture, I couldn't shake the feeling that David Neville and Marcus Wainwright were taking us on a futuristic Space Age adventure. And trust me, it was a ride to remember. BFFs Gossip Girl Jessica Szohr and model Jessica Stam were joined at the hip, while Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington sat together quietly waiting for the show to start. As each model walked out, I kept hearing the words "space," "tribal," "bondage," and "Helmut Lang" to describe the collection, and I'd say that's a spot-on recap. To all you longtime Rag & Bone fans, not to fear! Spring's forecast is full of playful sheers, wearable lightweight neutral knits, and sexy rubber-soled heels.
It's a four-way tie for favorite style takeaways: vibrant bursts of color (deep reds, silver lamé, bright greens and blues), harness bras worn over the clothing, thick nude-colored crochet tops to layer with, and graphic prints on long chiffon skirts. It was definitely an unexpected showing from Rag & Bone, but change can be a good thing. In this case, it's a fabulous thing.
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Vibrant! Vivacious! Exuberant! Alive! Peter Som's Spring '11 creations scream those keywords and beyond. It's a lesson in how color can be synonymous with being fashion forward. Let's break it down: Som sent down a bevy of floral prints, colorblocks, solids, tweeds, and a few black and white pieces to temper the fun. I'm sensing a hint of mod, a nod to whimsy, a touch of surfer inspiration, and an overall polished sensibility. The most interesting concept is the one in the center — tweed on caffeine, love it!
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New York Fashion Week kicked off this week, and the Venice Film Festival continued, so there were lots of delicious red carpet looks to munch on. Here are three appetizers: Thandie Newton in Stella McCartney, Shannyn Sossamon in Louis Vuitton, and Heidi Klum in mega sparkle. Step inside for the rest: Rachel Bilson, Jenna Lyons, Selita Ebanks, Michelle Williams, Eva Mendes, and more.
For Spring '11, Max Azria is all about the modern, effortlessly chic woman. Just a glimpse at the looks he sent down the runway at BCBG, and you'll know exactly what I mean. It's a collection full of vibrant color, floating minis, and subtle cutouts. In essence, it's plain sexy, but minimally so. There's nothing that's overworked or too complicated, just dreamy silhouettes enhanced with thoughtful embellishment. A collection designed with a full appreciation — and total understanding — of what it is to be sexy, simplified. Float down the runway with fluidity, full-on color, and modern femininity.
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