The black day dress seems a strange staple for a Spring 2009 runway and yet it kept popping up on runway after runway, as if to say things are a bit dire so maybe a conservative frock will get the attention of concerned buyers? Our gallery showcasing the trend includes Ralph Rucci, Carmen Marc Valvo, Badgley Mischka, Zac Posen, Aurelio Costarella, Vera Wang, Chris Han, Anna Sui, Richard Chai, Joanna Mastroianni, Dennis Basso, Derek Lam, Iodice, Rock and Republic, and Nicole Miller
Everything from skirts and pants to day dresses and evening gowns shined lke the top of the Chrysler Building at New York Fashion Week. And given that we have no clue how Lehman Brothers is going to survive the week we too say its a Hard Knock Life, thus the fantasy and aspirations of a newly impovershied America turns to glitz and glamour. Ralph Rucci, Carmen Marc Valvo, Aurelio Costarella, Reem Acra, Naeem Khan, Joanna Mastroianni, Dennis Basso, Derek Lam, Ports 1961, Venexiana, Calvin Klein, and Isaac Mizrahi are all in our gallery.
Gone are the days when one-piece bathing suits are reserved for the shy and self-conscious. These days, girls of all shapes and styles are picking up one-pieces because they can be as, if not more, sexy than bikinis. Case in point: Naomi Campbell looks hot as hell in an exotic leopard-print one-piece. OK, she's speeding on a motorcycle but you get the gist. In this category, you'll find styles from retro to steamy, playful to girlie, and pinup. Like I said, one piece, all fabulous!
Why not go bold and bodacious with your swimwear this Summer? Sexy, loud prints are a fun way to kick in the waves and best of all, they can camouflage any minor imperfections. This yellow confection by the king of prints, Emilio Pucci, is the perfect example of bold bravery. Dramatic side-swept hair like Kim Noorda optional!
Carmen Marc Valvo Fall Winter 2008 Fashion Show
Not to be confused with granny's boudoir, the items pictured here are for a brocade babe. What's old is new again, and brocade always feels right in the dead of Winter. With a slight sheen and 60's vibe, slip on your patent booties, opaque black tights and costume jewelry for a glitzy night in brocade. Or, mix with dark denim for an upscale casual look. Either way you win.
Pardon moi, but aren't stripes so 2006? I know that's what you're thinking, but the truth is stripes are a classic. Stripes can be nautical, punk, preppy, or chic depending on your style preference. I prefer to go nautical and chic, aka, nautical chic! As displayed in this week's Life&Style, stripes are once again plentiful. Just remember: if you've got some junk in the trunk, avoid big, horizontal stripes. Keep it (nautical) chic with small, sweet stripes.
Carmen Marc Valvo Spring 2008 Fashion Show