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On the Street….All About Print Blouses, Milan

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The Best of Paris FW Spring/Summer 2012

I skipped London and Milan FW, but that’s not important right now, because this is what just happened in Paris.

Lanvin Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Lanvin. Rock ‘n Roll Goddess.

Givenchy Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci. I had a hard time picking out just one look, this collection is amazing.  This may not be the most wearable look (there were tons that were) but I think it represents his vision for this collection well.  Tisci gets better and becomes more relevant each season.

Isabel Marant Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Isabel Marant. It’s all about a slouchy, slim pant right now. I’m obsessed. This was by far the most casual look of the collection, but it’s all about the pants. Girl can do a pant. 

Kanye West Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Kanye West. (What you read.)

The critics’ reaction, basically: “I’m happy for you Kanye, and I’mma let you finish, but first I’mma tear your shit to shreds.”  

Actually, I thought his collection showed a glimmer of promise, but overall it was ill-fitting and trite. Let’s see if with more experience (and a good tailor?) he can come up with something decent.  I think he genuinely gets fashion, but it will be tough to overcome the rapper-playing-with-fashion stigma.

But damn the shoes were hot.

Dw by Kanye West: Runway - Paris Fashion Week Spring / Summer 2012

Loewe Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Loewe.

Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Jean Paul Gaultier.

Haider Ackermann Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Haider Ackerman. On the brink of becoming a household name.

Akris Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Akris.

Celine Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Celine.

Hermès Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Hermes. (Respect.)

John Galliano Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

John Galiano.  Fired by Dior and showing again in less than a year.  I’m not sure if he really is an Anti-Semite or not, but look at this dress. 

Balmain Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Balmain. Obsessed with this chambray skirt. Must have.

Stella McCartney Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Stella McCartney. I’m not sure about this swirly, Disney-esque border she’s doing but I think it will be popular editorially. Anyway, at least she’s doing well so she can help her family out financially. 

 Emanuel Ungaro Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Emanuel Ungaro.

Chloé Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Chloe.

Yves Saint Laurent Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Yves Saint Laurent Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Yves St. Laurent. (Courtesy of Stefano Pilati.) That shoe is to die for.

Chanel Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Chanel Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Chanel Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Chanel.  I don’t know how Karl Lagerfeld does it year after year, producing collections that are always chic and modern but still reverential to the House’s spirit and the original vision of Mademoiselle Coco.  He showed 85 looks this season (the story was an underwater pearl) and not a mediocre one in the bunch. I can’t say that about any other designer at this moment. He is one of the few that doesn’t sacrifice showmanship for wearability and vice versa.  Brilliant.

Valentino Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Valentino Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Valentino. In the hands of Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, after Mr. Garavani’s retirement, the house seems to be relevant again and not just the go-to label for televised awards shows and galas.  These looks, two of my favorites, show the lux minimalism and soft flowered points of view of the collection. Lovely.

By the way, I’m really loving a metallic thong sandal for evening.

Valentino Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Hakaan Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Hakaan.

Paco Rabanne Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Paco Rabanne Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Paco Rabanne Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Paco Rabanne. I’m not exactly sure what I’m seeing here, but it’s fantastic. The original Paco Rabanne, who made dresses out of small (and sharp) metal plates, would be proud. It’s really architecture as fashion. And that last dress? It’s made of paper.  

Alexander McQueen Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Alexander McQueen Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Alexander McQueen Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Alexander McQueen Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Alexander McQueen. Designer Sarah Burton (who made Kate Middleton’s dress) is really doing right by McQueen’s legacy. This collection was a beautiful, delicious swirl of what-the-fucknesss. 

And people, the shoes.

Alexander McQueen Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

And also this.

Alexander McQueen Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Louis Vuitton Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Louis Vuitton.  Not my favorite S/S collection (I think it may be time to let Marc Jacobs go on to another brand). Still the embroidery and applique work was superb (all those flowers are plastic with crystal “buds”), consistent with having some of the best craftsmanship in the world at your fingertips, and some pieces were lovely and sweet – if a bit frothy.  But we all know the elaborate clothing collections (of which only a handful of pieces are sent to stores for sale, and loaned to magazines for editorials and celebrities for public appearances) are merely a platform for selling millions of overpriced leather goods to rappers, soccer moms and everyone in between. And in that area, this collection did not disappoint:

Louis Vuitton Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Louis Vuitton Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Louis Vuitton Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Here’s some of the detail of the hand work:

Louis Vuitton Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Louis Vuitton Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Miu Miu Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Miu Miu. I guess it’s safe to say I’m not a Miu Miu customer. 

Elie Saab Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Elie Saab. what to wear to accept your Oscar.

And that concludes Paris Fashion Week. Stay tuned for upcoming posts on living stylishly on a budget and the best of Fashion Week style.

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The best of the last day of NYFW.

Ralph Lauren Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Ralph Lauren

Marc Jacobs Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Look Marc, we know you’re brilliant. We know you single-handedly revived the House of Vuitton and that you can send models down the runway dressed in grass and dogfood crocheted sweaters and WWD will call it “audacious”, but this collection was utter bullshit. If this is your way of being a brat about not get $10 million for replacing Galiano at Dior, we’re not amused. This is what people wear home from our local county hospital when they wake up in the emergency room, with no recollection of the past three days and missing all of their belongings. 

But of course, we’ll all be buying Zara’s $49 version of your Saran Wrap, er, skirt, next season. Alas, we can’t hate you, because we made you.  

Calvin Klein Collection Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Calvin Klein Collection (Francisco Costa)

Bill Blass Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Bill Blass (Jeffrey Montero)

Naeem Khan Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Naheem Khan

 

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The best of Spring RTW 2012. Because Suri Cruise told me to.

I know many of you have lives involving “jobs” and kids and some of you also have one of those men that sleeps at your house, every night, night after night, for years on end, so I thought I’d do you a favor and curate (pretentious much?) the best of NYFW so you don’t have to.  Oh no, I didn’t go to New York or anything, I just have more Internet time than you do.  (P.S. Yes, there were some patterns, but because I prefer minimalism you won’t see many on this post. Next Spring promises to be cool, floaty, lady-like but with a decided nod back to minimilist 90’s – according to NYFW. Next week in Paris, we’ll see what the Europeans have to say about this.)

My faves so far…

Carlos Miele Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Carlos Miele

Donna Karan Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Donna Karan

Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Marc by Marc Jacobs

Michael Kors Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Michael Kors

J. Mendel Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

J Mendel

Nanette Lepore Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Nanette LePore

J.Crew Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

J. Crew (Yes! They showed at NYFW!)

Sophie Theallet Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Sophie Theallet

Tibi Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Tibi.

3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

3.1 Philip Lim

BCBG Max Azria Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Max Azria

Christian Cota Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Christian Cota

Chado Ralph Rucci Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Chado Ralph Rucci

Reed Krakoff Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Reed Krakoff

Elie Tahari Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Elie Tahari

Carolina Herrera Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Carolina Herrera.

Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren are closing up NY Fashion Week today and I’ll post my favorite looks later.

Next week: Paris Fashion Week!! (Chanel! Dior! Vuitton! Prada! Versace!)

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Imaginary Shopping Spree. Imagine the savings.

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Striped boatneck by Chance. www.chance.com

YSL ring. Saks Fifth Avenue.

WAYUU BAGS

Wayuu Mochilla. Ondademar.com

MORROCO

Morocco Bikini. Ondademar.com

Hermes Quechua sandals in nappa lambskin

Sandals. Hermes.

Chanel Vernis in “Mimosa”.

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High-waisted, wide-legged white pants. Peter Som.

Hermes Printed Beach Towel, Terrycloth

Beach Towel. Hermes.

Margarita on the rocks

A Margarita.

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Ready for Summer?

Here’s a compilation of my essentials the beach this summer. I did my best to include the basics but if you can think of anything I missed, get your own blog. 

Jean shorts. Apres beach you can throw on a t-shirt and a pair of wedges and go for a cocktail.

Rayban Aviators. Always and forever.

LL Bean Tote Bag. Fits everything, washes easily – classic.

If you must.

For the beach hipster, a straw cowboy hat.

Beach blankets.So much easier than beach towels.

A bikini that fits you.

Flip flops. You can spend a bit of money on Havaiianas or do what I do – buy a ton at Old Navy for $5 each at the beginning of the season.

A good book. Right now it’s Albert Brooks” “2030”.

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This.

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