Pardon our Journey reference, but we're really feeling inspired by icicles this season. Yes, they symbolize all things freezing cold, but they also happen to be exceptionally beautiful, especially when interpreted in the world of fashion. Brands like Blumarine, Chanel, and Elie Saab all got in on the glacial-chic trend this year, showing off slick silver metallics and crystal-encrusted accessories for some seriously statement-making Winter ensembles. Our seasonal mood board incorporates the subzero look to a T: shiny sequin track pants courtesy of 3.1 Phillip Lim have an unparalleled arctic vibe, as does this metallic jacquard party dress from DKNY. We're also digging crystal-embellished accessories as well as Proenza Schouler's iridescent strappy heels — and a sweep of silver eye shadow will only help your icy stares. Click below to shop our cold, cool Winter picks.Clockwise from top left: Nasty Gal Blog, Blumarine Fall 2012, 3.1 Phillip Lim Sequined Silk Track Pants ($1,500), Proenza Schouler Ankle-Strap Sandal ($695), Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eye Shadow in Silver ($32), Mango Decorative Crystal Clutch ($130), DKNY Metallic Jacquard Dress ($395), Kenneth Jay Lane Crystal Bib Necklace ($660)
We can fully live out our fantasies of dressing in head-to-toe white all season long with the somewhat archaic no-white-after-Labor-Day rule null and void. Plus, we're feeling doubly inspired by the Fall 2012 runways, which certainly showed serious signs of a monochromatic takeover courtesy of Derek Lam, J. Mendel, and Tibi. Here's why it works: there's something outright dreamy — in a specifically wintry kind of way — about an all-white ensemble. It immediately transports us fireside, looking out onto a rustic snow-covered landscape, while Christmas music idles in the background and a cedar-scented Diptyque candle fills the room. With us still? Now, insert yourself into this cozy scene, layered up in a chunky ivory-hued knit sweater, flowy cream-colored maxi skirt, and an angora wool scarf to play the Winter white part. Cabin getaway aside, going the neutral route frees up your styling palette to focus on textural plays and color contrasts elsewhere (read: a great red lipstick). We're in the mood for a Winter romance, and this might just be it.Clockwise from top left: J. Mendel Fall 2012 runway, Marc by Marc Jacobs Geraldine Pullover Sweater ($174), Ali MacGraw in Love Story, J.Crew Wool-Angora Snood ($60), Diptyque Paris Feu de Bois Candle ($60), Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick in The Red ($12), Michael Kors Nugget Pendant Necklace ($95), Macha Alabama Ring ($670), Lanvin Draped Satin Maxi Skirt ($4,260)
With the onset of Winter weather (not to mention nor'easters) comes the need to hunker down, stay inside, and take a chill pill. We're feeling especially inspired by Free People's snowy, rustic November lookbook. The slouchy sweaters, cozy leggings and kneesocks, and dreamy, skin-tickling slip dresses were just made to be lounged in — and it calls to mind the same kind of easy, laid-back layering tricks we saw on the runway at Rag & Bone's Fall '12 show, with their oversize striped blanket coats and nomadic leather-paneled pants. Furthermore, we're setting the scene with some more cold-weather essentials, like a chunky knit cardigan, soul-warming tunes, and a rich, delicious bottle of red wine. Are you feeling all warm and toasty yet?
Clockwise, from top left: Michael Kors Stripe Blanket Scarf ($68), Rag & Bone Fall 2012 runway, Free People November 2012 catalog, Vanessa Bruno Cable Knit Sweater ($543), Swanson Vineyards "Help Is Here" Sweet Red Wine ($25), Very Best of Ray Charles ($17), Araks Elin Slip ($285), Antipast Ribbed Over The Knee Dress Sock ($42)
There are some movies we'll never take out of our rainy-day rotation, and Wong Kar-wai's nuanced romance In the Mood For Love fits the bill. While we're mostly swept away by its lush portrait of an unlikely star-crossed relationship, it's the gorgeous 1960s-inspired wares we're looking to right now for a little Fall pick-me-up. Brocade finishes are tinged with embroidered fabrics and costume jewels are adorned to modestly-cut sheaths, and all in the richest prints and sultry red tones. The more we daydream about these luxe designs, the more we see a connection between this retro love story from Hong Kong and the chinoiserie influences spotted on the Fall '12 runways.Clockwise from left: Wong Kar-wai's In the Mood For Love, Oscar de la Renta Beaded Tassel Clip Earrings ($395), Jason Wu Fall 2012, Lanvin Lace-Appliquéd Silk Chiffon and Satin Dress ($4,995), Miu Miu Embroidered Satin-Covered Leather Loafers ($650), Diane Kruger, Zara Embroidered Velvet Box Evening Bag ($80)
Jason Wu left no decadent stone unturned with a nod to sensual Asian-inspired silhouettes, and we have stunning leg-baring gowns to show for it. Alber Elbaz showed off his affinity to ladylike dresses, all absolutely dripping in jewels at Lanvin, which provided just the right amount of feminine glamour. And at Oscar de la Renta and Miu Miu, the focus on nostalgia abroad was honed in via bold embroidered details and even bolder gem-encrusted accessories. As we head into a season fraught with icy temps and a more covered-up styling approach, let these inspired finds remind you that Fall is begging to be drawn upon for its dark, moody (read: chinoiserie) romance.
Russia is having a moment. Thanks to Keira Knightley's latest film incarnation as Anna Karenina and real-life Russian fashion darling, Miroslava Duma's latest Fashion Week looks, we can't seem to shake the visions of each of these beauties, decked out in decadent furs, rich fabrications, and enviable jeweled add-ons. That's what our Fall fantasies are made of, as of late. Fortunately, dreams become reality when you couple inspirations with this season's actual shopping options: baroque themes that we saw on the runways at Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, and Balmain now manifesting as a pair of opulent gold trousers or a pair of studded ankle-straps. These finds make channeling that high-society drama with Miroslava's street-styled twist all the more attainable.Clockwise from top left: Keira Knightley as Anna Karenina, Shourouk E-Vegas Earring ($465), Valentino Couture Winter 2012, Topshop Paisley Jacquard Cigarette Trousers ($90), Zara Ballerina With Jewels ($90), Miroslava Duma, Elcom Fox Fur Stole ($1,539)
It's pretty palpable here in NYC, talks have turned to the onslaught of street style and Fall New York Fashion Week. Our thoughts are likewise consumed with what the following few weeks will bring — street style that's teeming with covetable accessories (hello, Phillip Lim!) and snaps of our favorite style setters, like the always on-point Taylor Tomasi Hill. From there, it's on to what we'll be wearing, like Tom Binns gorgeous statement jewels and a luxe anorak. As for accessories, we couldn't help but tune into the Oscar buzz and channel our love of Marilyn (and the lovely Michelle Williams) with a nod to the glamazon's red lip and quintessential shades.Clockwise from left: Taylor Tomasi Hill, Tom Binns Slap Dash Collar, Joan Smalls for T Magazine Fall 2011, Mikkat Market Fur Parka, Street Style Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel, Nars Semi-Matte Jungle-Red Lipstick, My Week With Marilyn, Yves Saint Laurent Square-Frame Acetate Sunglasses
Though the holidays are over, chilly weather is still nipping at our noses — and since there's still ample time until Spring, we've decided to just make the most of it. We're feeling inspired by rustic, cabin-chic style à la Jessica Hart in Marie Claire, easy, slouchy sweaters, luxe lounge pants, and bohemian-cool touches like a floppy wool fedora and a fashion-meets-function pair of duck boots. Take advantage of the cold front and curl up by the fire with a glass of red wine and some folksy tunes from one of our recent favorites, The Civil Wars — it's the perfect blues-tinged music for a cozy night in.Clockwise, from left: Jessica Hart for Marie Claire, Topshop Chunky Knit Cardigan, Free People December 2011 Catalog, Rag & Bone Wool Felt Fedora, Barton Hollow by The Civil Wars, Acne Bauer Sweatpants, ASOS Aspen Lace-Up Duck Boot