There are many moments in fashion when I can't believe someone made that! But that's what makes it all so fun — the industry encompasses the chic, the not-so-chic, and the flat-out bizarre. Like these chain shoes; they make Alexander McQueen's armadillo platforms look like a breeze to walk in. I may not want to own them, but I can appreciate them. Proceed to see more similarly unusual pieces, some worth considering, some totally not.
Frida Gustavsson combines preppy tailoring with casual accessories to create her stylish off-duty look. The Swedish model selects classic pieces that reflect an understated elegance along with showcasing her ultra long legs. Over the last year she has risen through the ranks, walking in an incredible 60 shows for Spring '10. No doubt, her street style will continue to impress as her popularity continues to grow.
It's bound to happen. Everyone starts to hibernate as the days get shorter and the temp gets colder. However, that's no excuse to dress drab. I suggest making your Winter retreat a fashionable one via buffalo plaid, sherpa-lined denim, laced boots, and boyfriend jeans. Think Paul Bunyan, or rather, Paulina Bunyan, when styling your warm warfare. Now, all I need is a cabin, fireplace, hot cocoa, and a snuggly stud muffin.
From the runways onto department and drugstore shelves, I'm sure we'll see lots of fresh new makeup options and application techniques go full circle come March. Last month in New York, we saw six very wearable trends emerge, from peach lips to bold eyeliner to heavy-handed under-the-eye liners. But throughout the course of New York Fashion Week and other Spring 2010 shows, including Paris, London, and Milan, there were other looks that won't quite make the transition. Take this sequin forehead heart-shaped applique, for instance — straight from the Ungaro show in Paris, for which Lindsay Lohan acted as artistic adviser. While I appreciate each and every designer's artistic flair, some looks just won't translate to real life. See what I mean now.
You could say it became a trend by way of DKNY's sneaker pumps (above) and perhaps Ann Demeulemeester's lace-up wedges. Now that spring footwear is hitting shelves it seems there are plenty of lace-up sneaker heights to choose from. This trend might be loathed by some and loved by others but, regardless, we're just happy that there's some padding in this season's sky-high numbers. A few strips of PVC and a wooden five-inch platform shouldn't be our only option for fabulous super-tall footwear.
Thanks to Belgian designer Ann Demeulemeester's slick portrayal of black and white stripes, I'm a fan. This Vintage Puff Sleeve Black and White Stripe Blouse, size small/medium, reminds me of a striped Demeulemeester blazer I own. It's a fine piece for those who want to fuse rock 'n roll with a French aesthetic, along with some old-school sophistication. Top it off with a shrunken vest and roll up the sleeves for a less buttoned-up look.
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