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Now that the fashion weeks have wrapped up, we can now step back and take a more objective look at the collections to see what will be filling our closets come springtime.

Layering with sheers; Stella McCartney Spring 2013

Sheer, webbed inset, Celine Spring 2013

Sheer Play: The trend that was so prevalent in Resort has come back even stronger for spring.  You can catch up on Resort sheers here.  If you completely missed Resort, no worries, check this out.  There were sheers in the traditional sense, floaty and flowing, concealing all or a portion of a garment.  Yet some nontraditional sheers began to surface for spring, as well, acting as a webbing material.  Often appearing as an inset in a garment, although it was also found covering the entire piece of clothing, like its more flowy counterpart, as well.  Of course the aforementioned, flowy sheer is easiest to do, layering a chiffon piece with another top or dress.  Incorporating the more structured sheer is best done in tasteful insets, revealing just the right amount.

Subtle sheer; Calvin Klein Collection Spring 2013

Sheer webbed overlay; Calvin Klein Collection Spring 2013

Bright Whites: I’m dreaming of a white . . . spring?  White is the chosen color—or lack thereof—of designers for spring.  Many looks took the hue head-to-toe either in separates or a single piece for a stunning statement.  If you are not ready to channel Bianca Jagger in an all-white pantsuit at the office, then try rocking one of spring’s easier shapes on the weekend.  Column maxi dresses were a hit for spring, and rendered in white, they can go casual or dress, with a quick change of accessories.

Layers of white; Celine Spring 2013

White column maxi; Valentino Spring 2013

Monochrome: If white is not your thing, do not fret, there were plenty of colorful ensembles in the mix for spring.  Like the whites, the colored pieces were shown as a complete, monochrome look.  It is easy to incorporate monochrome into your everyday wear without looking like a giant (insert name of fruit or vegetable here.)  The key is to do it in small doses.  Pick one half of your body to dress in monochrome at a time.  A blazer, layered with a tee in the same color, looks very modern with a contrasting pair of cropped skinny jeans.  Although, if you want to go for that bold, allover colorful statement, simply pick a subdued hue.  Head-to-toe, bright, lipstick red is pretty alarming, but an allover, rusty red ensemble is a much more successful spring look.

A monochrome look with subtle detailing on the pants; A.L.C. Spring 2013

An easier way to do monochrome: short and sweet, with a hint of shine; Akris Spring 2013

Patterned Separates: Pinstripes and plaids are not the only patterns allowed on separates anymore.  Blazers and bottoms with florals and other graphic patterns appeared all over the spring runways.  And paired together, they made a bold statement.  If you shy away from wearing bold, allover patterns, try wearing the pieces separately.  Or, if you opt to wear them together, tone down the rest of your outfit.  Go with a simple pump and leave your statement jewelry at home.

Show some skin to downplay an allover pattern; Tory Burch Spring 2013

The crisp, white button-down breaks up the bold, paisley separates; Sea Spring 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bold Stripes: Also a Resort revival, big, bold, graphic prints, especially stripes, dominated this season.  Although there were plenty rendered in bright colors, black and white was clearly the preferred method in which to execute these prints.  Wear graphic prints up top or on bottom, or even show them off in your accessories, as Marc Jacobs did in his extra-pointy-toed heels at Louis Vuitton.  However, the most popular use of the bold, graphic prints this season was in full-body adornment.  Try a nod to ‘60s mod and don a checkered black and white mini dress.

Black and white stripes on a column maxi; Marc Jacobs Spring 2013

A colorful, casual spin on spring’s graphic stripes; Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So while you are bundling up for fall, bear in mind: still brighter and bolder days lie ahead for our wardrobes.

Much love and good shoes,

e

 

 

 

 

 

Images courtesy of Style.com

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A touch of slip, Thom Browne Resort 2013

Bold, textured slip, Misha Nonoo Resort 2013

Layering is a great way to create different effects within an outfit, whether it be through shape, volume, transparency, or even in creating different colors with those transparencies.  Ladies typically keep their undergarments hidden beneath their outer layers.  For the upcoming Resort season, however, the slips and sheers are coming out to play.

Textured translucent slip, Stella McCartney Resort 2013

Floor-length Slip Look, BCBG MaxAzria Resort 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The most popular interpretation of this trend is to show just a little—about three to six inches—of your undergarment.  For a more glamorous look, bring the length to the floor.  The key is to not make it look like a typical lingerie slip underneath; otherwise it will just look sloppy.  Try a contrasting pattern or a sheer fabric with texture underneath.

Patterned shift dress under a sheer layer, Giulietta Resort 2013

Sheer shirt dress over black pencil skirt and top, Alexander Wang Resort 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the flip side, a full sheer layer overtop of an outfit is another way to work this trend.  It is best done with a modest bra top and briefs or a shift dress underneath.  Skip the embellishments on this one, with two layers you will want to avoid the extra bulk.

Pants given the Slip Look, The Row Resort 2013

Patterned shorts wrapped in sheer, Celine Resort 2013

Skirts and dresses are not the only one getting the slip treatment.  Pants are turning up in light layers as well.  Gauzy films surround and stream from shorts, both in monochrome and print.

Monochrome slip and skirt, Chris Benz Resort 2013

Pattern mixing, Thom Browne Resort 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is all about layering with the Slip Look.  If you are hesitant to attempt the look, try monochrome pieces, one sheer and one solid.  When you are feeling more confident with your slip-sporting abilities, try some pattern or texture mixing, or even different lengths.  The Slip Look is definitely an easy way to work breezy layers into your summer wardrobe.

Much love and good shoes,

e

 

*Images courtesy of Style.com

Just as it seems the sun is finally out to stay for summer, the Resort 2013 styles have also arrived on the runways.  As usual, the new season brings new trends to consider in reassessing our wardrobes for the coming seasons.  To help better navigate these trends, I have compiled a few that I am certain will catch on—and may even get you through a couple Resort seasons to come.

Little White Dress, Herve Leger by Max Azria Resort 2013

Little White Dress, Donna Karan Resort 2013

LWD: It is safe to say that the old adage about not wearing white after Labor Day has officially been stricken from the designer’s rule book as of this season.  Forget the Little Black Dress, the Little White Dress made an appearance on almost every designer’s runway this season.  These stark beauties came in all lengths, styles and silhouettes.  So take full advantage of the LWD and show your individuality through the one you pick.  Already have one in your closet?  Even better—save some money and put your accessorizing skills to good use.  Breathe new life into your pale frock through embellishment.

Separates splashed with tangerine, Monique Lhuillier Resort 2013

An allover, cropped tangerine look, Yigal Azrouel Resort 2013

Tangerine: If you prefer a little color in your resort wear, pick up some tangerine pieces.  The color made a splash in many designers’ collections this season, in allover solid looks, color blocking, as well as bold stripes and abstract patterns.  Pair it with coral if you are feeling sunny, or your LWD to tone it down.

Bold, graphic stripes, Marc by Marc Jacobs Resort 2013

Pattern mixing with stripes, Rachel Roy Resort 2013

Stripes: This typically tame motif revealed itself many ways this season.  At times, the stripe was singled out, where it became a statement, other times stripes were set off-kilter to one another, then they created the illusion of a new pattern, some stripes were hidden among other patterns, where they became part of a patchwork.

Serious volume, Chanel Resort 2013

A feminine approach to shorts, Jil Stuart Resort 2013

Shorts: As designers re-imagined the suit in recent seasons, shorts began to play a more important role in dressing.  This season shorts took many turns in lively prints, sharp tailoring, even in more voluminous shapes.  If you indulged in the printed short trend this summer, or were daring enough to sport some tailored shorts with your blazer at the office, you will definitely need those shorts for the resort season, as well.

Subtly printed, slim pants, Belstaff Resort 2013

Bold floral printed pants, Sachin + Babi Resort 2013

Cropped pants: The most popular way to cut this trendy pant this season was slim, solid and tailored but that did not stop a few designers from thinking outside the box.  The cropped pant manifested itself in a cuffed genie style at Rachel Zoe and Lanvin and even a denim palazzo style at Chanel.  Many designers chose to render their crops in bright abstract and floral prints, like the ones at Sachin + Babi and Kelly Wearstler.

Embracing stripes and shorts, Marc Jacobs Resort 2013

LWD-Tangerine combo, Erin Fetherston Resort 2013

Resort is all about bright colors, fun patterns, and relaxed silhouettes, which were certainly represented this season, so relax, slip into something colorful and enjoy exploring these trends!

Much love and good shoes,

e

*All images courtesy of Style.com

As a member of the jury at the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival, you are most likely allotted certain fashionable favors when it comes time to walk the red carpet.  Whether Diane Kruger’s fashion victories at the Festival were aided or not, as a result of her stylish display at Cannes, she has earned a spot on my ones-to-watch list.

Kruger in Giambattista Valli at the screening of “Moonrise Kingdom”, Image courtesy of Tomandlorenzo.com

Kruger explored many trends on the Cannes carpet.  It certainly did not hurt having her husband, Joshua Jackson, on her arm serving as a hint of eye candy, either.  His looks complimented hers, and never overpowered them.  Many stars were opting for long and dramatic trains at the premieres.  At the “Moonrise Kingdom” premiere, Kruger approached the train with a softer, feminine touch, her Giambattista Valli gown, flowed spectacularly from her shoulder in fluid waves.

Kruger in Vivienne Westwood at the “Amour” premiere, Image courtesy of Ellaandlouise.com

Since Karolina Kurkova showed up at the Met Gala this year in a—literally—head-to-toe golden ensemble by Rachel Zoe, gilded beauties have been popping up everywhere.  Donning a rose gold Vivienne Westwood number, with asymmetrical draping at the “Amour” premiere, Kruger gave this trend the perfect balance of edge and sophistication.

Kruger in Nina Ricci at the “Killing Them Softly” premiere, Image courtesy of Zimbio.com

Kruger’s pick for the premiere of “Killing Them Softly” was, by far, my favorite.  Partly because she probably would have been crucified for wearing this at a red carpet in the States—but this is Cannes!  The sheer, white, floor-length, cap-sleeved gown was fitted to the mid-thigh with alternating strips of detailing.  With a gathered skirt, divided from the bodice by a line of feathers, the white dress was accented by a hint of purple in the flowers occupying the left shoulder.

Kruger in Chanel’s Resort collection for 2013 with Joshua Jackson at the amfAR Gala, Image courtesy of Rte.ie

Kruger in Calvin Klein Collection at the Calvin Klein & euphoria Calvin Klein Celebrate Women in Film event, Image courtesy of Ellaandlouise.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the looks she sported from Chanel, Calvin Klein Collection and Balmain, we saw Kruger prove her style chops in a variety of styles and lengths.  Kruger rocked this oh-so-sweet above-the-knee A-line dress, fresh off the runways from Chanel’s Resort collection for 2013, punched up with sparkly pumps and a metallic clutch.  The tea length dress Kruger wore from Calvin Klein Collection is right on trend.  The simple white shoes are the perfect compliment to the clean styling and the bright color of the dress.  I thought the cleavage was a little unnecessary but, eh.  The Balmain look gave us a glimpse of Kruger’s edgier style.  While she was buttoned up on top, the studded belt, flared black mini skirt and cutout peep-toe booties showed her bolder side.

Kruger in Balmain on the set of the TV show, “Le Grand Journal”, Image courtesy of Gomoneyways.com

Kruger in Versus Versace at the Festival’s opening photo call, Image courtesy of Gomoneyways.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the Cannes Festival’s opening photo call, Kruger channeled her brazen side once again, in a maroon lace-up Versus by Versace dress with a pleated skirt.  The dress was reminiscent of Roman armor; perhaps it was to shield her from fashion victimization in the coming days.  Oh, the power of a good dress.

Much love and good shoes,

e

Now that the Easter holiday has come to a close, kids are back in school, relatives are back on the road, and your pastels are finally back in the closet, ready to pop out at next Easter.  But hold on, pastels can do much more this season!  So before you pack up those baby blues, pretty pinks and grassy greens, let’s explore the versatility of these marvelous hues.

The No-Brainer Set: The pastel sweater set has chic written all over it.  Dress it up with pearls for a sweet vintage look. Or go casual and modern and pair the set with skinny jeans, flats and funky accessories.  Personally, I like to take the cardigan solo, buttoned up over slim cropped pants with flats.  And for a more casual look, I will throw it on over a neutral crewneck tee and jeans.

J Brand's 811 Mid-Rise Skinny Leg Jeans in Soft Lilac, Image courtesy of Jbrandjeans.com

J Brand's 811 Mid-Rise Skinny Leg Jeans in Soft Lilac, Image courtesy of Jbrandjeans.com

Denim: As I have mentioned before (“Spring’s Must-Haves”), pastels are going to be a major trend in denim for spring.  Do not just confine yourself to denim, however.  If a periwinkle pair of canvas shorts catches your eye, go for it.  In a season filled with bright and bold colorful pant selections, why limit yourself?

Metallic details complement the pastel accessories in this Louis Vuitton Spring 2012 campaign, Image courtesy of Pinterest.com

Fossil Key-Per Tech Sleeve in Yellow Multi, Image courtesy of Fossil.com

Accessorize: Punch up an outfit with a pop of pastel.  An oversize clutch in canary yellow will brighten your day and keep you on trend.  Peachy pumps will start your outfit off on the right foot, whether you go casual with jeans, or dress it up in a pencil skirt.  Mix your pastel accessories with metallic detailing for some chic bonus points.  Take cues from Marc Jacob’s accessories for Louis Vuitton Spring 2012.

Essie's Nail Lacquer in "Navigate Her", my pastel of choice for today, Image courtesy of Essie.com

Pale Beauties: The beauty market has followed designers in their thirst for pastels.  So feel free to brush on a soft pink lip or swipe some robin’s egg blue over your eyes to freshen up your look.  The Easter Bunny was kind enough to bring me a bottle of Essie’s nail lacquer in “Navigate Her,” a pretty pale green, to keep my nails on-trend.  Today I paired my newly painted nails with my dark wash skinny jeans (cuffed), my floral t-strap peep-toe flats, a white tee and gray cardigan.  I must admit, my shoes received more attention than my nails, but that is to be expected.  The pastel is not typically a bold, look-at-me statement; it is a soft, feminine one.  So use pastels to your advantage, let them compliment your other statement pieces.

Pastels combined perfectly with their jewel tone counterparts on Oscar de la Renta's Fall 2012 runway, Image courtesy of Style.com

The pastel craze should endure well into fall, as they mix in amongst bolder, darker garments, so enjoy these softer, muted pieces and feel free to stock up!

Much love and good shoes,

e

As the new Fall 2012 collections are hitting the runways, I cannot help but think ahead to what my closet may look like once the leaves change again.  If you find yourself in this same predicament, you may want to consider my picks for fall and get a jump start on your shopping:

Donna Karan, Image courtesy of Style.com

Red bottoms: Or red in general.  In my book, red can be used as a neutral.  It goes with—almost—everything.  The bold hue popped up all over the runways of Donna Karan, McQ, Marc Jacobs and Calvin Klein Collection.  Of course red denim is an excellent choice however; you can try red on trousers for a modern, sophisticated look.  Do not just think bright, candy apple red, try burgundy for a night out.

Gucci, Image courtesy of Style.com

Black: Remember those sweet pastels we discussed for last season?  Sure enough, the pretty pinks gave way to a bevy of flowing, black chiffon gowns (Gucci) and fierce, black tailored pieces (Donna Karan.)  Any fashionista worth her (or his) weight in shoes knows to never purge her closet of classic black duds—but it never hurts to add a few more pieces.  Pair a black chiffon top with your tailored separates for an easy work-to-night-out look.

Floral embellishments: Not your grandma’s florals, these are dark and moody, winding around black lace or covering plush velvets.  Take cues from those featured in Gucci or McQ.  Ditch the frilly flowers and go for a darker color palette when choosing your florals.  This will make it easier to transition them from day-to-night.

Burberry Prorsum, Image courtesy of Style.com

Plush pieces: Last year we saw a whisper of this trend in velvet and corduroy bottoms, but this fall it is coming in full force with jackets, tops, skirts, pants and suits for both sexes.  Christopher Bailey of Burberry Prorsum, Giorgio Armani (Emporio Armani) and Frida Giannini (Gucci) took advantage of these plush fabrics.  With these textiles, a little bit will go a long way and will read “luxury” more effectively than head-to-toe velvet.  Pair a plush pencil skirt with a classic white blouse or simply try a chiffon blouse with plush detailing over trousers.

Marc Jacobs, Image courtesy of Style.com

Ankle boots: Don these boots with jeans or show them off with a ladylike dress or skirt.  Marc Jacobs and Oscar de la Renta embraced the ankle boot, embellishing it to the fullest.  Do not be afraid to let your socks peek out of your ankle boots, just make sure they are appropriate for the occasion (thin, about mid-calf, and—do I have to say it?—in good condition.)  Tights are also an excellent pairing for these boots in the colder months.

As a side note, just because red and black are major players this season, that is no reason to neglect your whites from spring.  It looks as though they will persevere past Labor Day.

Much love and good shoes,

e

Winter is fading away and spring is now upon us.  My dog can feel it in his old rickety bones.  It is time, yet again, to sift through the new spring lines and decide what is essential to add to our new spring wardrobes:

Louis Vuitton pumps, Image courtesy of Style.com

Pointed-toe ladylike pumps: Pack up last year’s stacked stilettos and say hello to a more gravity-friendly pump. They were all over the spring runways in the more classic form, as seen at Louis Vuitton and Prada. The lower heel also manifested itself as a bootie, as seen at Oscar de la Renta and Chanel.  It also took flight as a delicate sandal at Givenchy and Stella McCartney.  Pair these ladylike pumps with flirty feminine dresses and skirts or some cuffed denim to really show them off.

Cropped coat: If you do not have one of these in your closet already, for shame!  They look adorable layered over a tee and jeans or a spring dress.  Go for a bright color, such as red or green, to instantly add a pop of color to a neutral outfit.

1969 Gap Always Skinny Jeans, Image courtesy of Gap.com

Milkshake denim: Once again, it is a free-for all when it comes to denim this season.  Every silhouette and wash will be at your fingertips, however, picking pastels that conjure up thoughts of sipping milkshakes or smoothies is the way to go to stay on-trend for spring.  This brings me to my next pick . . .

Pastels!: Think soft and ladylike this spring.  Take your hue cues from Easter eggs—yep, I went there—just not the hideous ones you dye at home.  But remember, it is all about balance.  Head-to-toe baby blue is not a good choice for anyone—except a baby.  Pair a pastel bottom with a bright or neutral top.

Diane von Furstenberg, photo courtesy of Style.com

Experiment with white: Designers such as Diane von Furstenberg, Stella McCartney and Karl Lagerfeld (Chanel) played with white in all kinds of textures, opacities and structures for spring.  So get inspired!  White will look amazing with your pastels and ultra crisp with a cropped pair of skinny jeans and pumps.

Hopefully your closet is now more adequately stocked for spring.  Now go forth, and strut your stuff.

Much love and good shoes,

e

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