Monthly Archives: March 2011

I See Paris: Part 3 (L-Y)

Admittedly, this post is very late.  But better late than never right?  These beautiful clothes still need to be shown even though Paris Fashion Week ended a few weeks ago. They are beginning to slowly trickle in to magazine’s fashion closets.  Editors are using their best sweet talk to persuade PR companies to let them have these pieces first and assistants are dueling over who gets to feature the Louis Vuitton French maid outfits before the rest.  So below is the rest of the best if Paris Fashion Week.  It’s pretty crazy that there is only a bit more than five more months until it starts all over.

Oh, Lanvin and Alber Elbaz, how I love you so.  This season was a but subtler than the past but his gorgeous pinks and oranges rule the runway once again.  Now who do I contact for one of those amazing “Why yes I am a celebrity” hats?

The show in general was a bit kitschy for me but the huge pailette skirts and dresses are really amazing and made it all worth while.

Nina Ricci is consistently one of my favorites, season after season.  The ultra femininity without looking at all childlike or weak is very impressive.  Peter Copping is a design genius in my mind and is right up there with Mr. Elbaz in terms of women’s clothing.  The soft baby blue-gray color is too pretty, I want to dye all of my clothes that color.

Rochas designer Marco Zanini has this innate ability to take very vintage, retro shapes and fabrics and make them overtly modern and luxurious.  Who wouldn’t want that snow white furry dress for a blisteringly cold December day?

Stella loves her spots.  The Fall trend of polka dots is absolutely solidified with the Stella McCartney collection.  The designs are actually very wearable, even the see-through spotted jumpsuit.

I wouldn’t consider Valentino one of my favorite designers, but I thought the collection above is the best I have ever seen from the house and I would give a kidney (you only need one right?) to own the 6 looks above.  The designers at Valentino made a leather dress sweet and completely sin-free.  Impressive, no?

Fur and capes.  Enough said.

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My Weekends: Chelsea

Chelsea holds a dear place in my heart.  Not only is it the home of my school, FIT, it also has the most darling side streets, both my favorite French restaurant, La Grainne Cafe, and my favorite bakery, Billy’s Bakery, and of course Chelsea Market (though that may be Meatpacking technically).

apricot jam crepe from La Grainne Cafe, perfection

protection from windy 10th ave.

here comes the sun

lipstick all day, every day

dilapidated empire diner

one of my favorite bookstores

children's books

i love doors...

baby gated door next to the one above

i showed this same apartment building months ago. the red door draws me in. i need to live there.

how does this happen? what French maid is running around the city without their feather duster?

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My Weekends: The Village & Nolita

I like to walk, a lot.  I also love to take pictures of what I see, as you can tell from previous posts.  It seems like every weekend I am now exploring a new part of this amazing enchanting city I live in.  Two weeks ago I wandered around The Village and SoHo.  There was brunch, chalked up sidewalks, and beautiful architecture.

the best brioche French toast I have ever had, in one of the most darling restaurants in the West Village, Elephant & Castle (click on the picture if you don't believe me).

The plates at Elephant & Castle (with eggs benedict on the side!)

Greenwich Village, I love these quiet almost European side streets

Heading into Nolita now, such a French building

Nolita

my favorite street in New York, Elizabeth St. in Nolita

open air restaurant in Nolita

coming here next, Nolita

and here...

Washington Square Park

street art

the arch

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A Love Letter to Spring

I am one of those weird people who really like Fall and Winter.  Maybe it is because I was trying to be unconventional as a child, being different by not saying the Summer was my favorite season.  I love the layering and the rich colors.  Sweaters and heeled boots.

I am over it.  I need warmth and sun and to put my gloves in hibernation.  Spring is now my favorite season, I blame the clothes at Vogue for this.  The bright colors and floral prints have brainwashed me into crawling out of my black cashmere wardrobe and into oranges and pinks!

I got out of Vogue surprisingly early one beautiful March day and just had to go outside and enjoy the weather.  It is just my luck that the weather always turns colder/grayer/rainier on the weekends and I never get to bask in the glory of the weekday weather.  With my new black camera in tow, a trip to the roof of my building was very much in order, below are the pictures.

This is basically my ultimate Spring outfit.  Cozy sweater over a short dress or skirt and a pair of heels is absolutely the way to go.  The sweater I bought at the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market, the nightgown was my great grandmother’s, belt from Zara, clogs Jeffrey Campbell, and jewelry is mainly vintage.

 

The location:

The Clothes:

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I See Paris (Part 2: D-L)

I’ve been putting off a Dior post for a few weeks now.  I of course have an opinion about what happened but I don’t really know how to express how I feel about the Galliano incident.  John Galliano is a brilliant designer.  He understands fashion, women’s bodies, fabric manipulation, and drama.  However, I am Jewish, and what he said is obviously appalling and hurtful and I hate that his tenure at Dior and reputation in the fashion industry had to end like this.  Honestly, I am just sad.  That simple word really expresses perfectly how I feel.  I am sad that his time at Dior is up, that he will not design stunning clothes (for a while at least), and most of all I am sad about his feelings towards Jews.  That said his last collection for Dior was, of course, gorgeous.

This Hermes collection is Christophe Lemaire’s first for the house.  It was a bit shaky at the end, but the leather pieces (what Hermes is known for) were luscious and perfect for fall.  I am excited to see what he does for his upcoming collections.

This presentation (the actual fashion show was canceled) was John Galliano’s smallest to date.  The above dresses are my favorite from the line.  His separates really aren’t my style but his dresses always are!

As you can tell from the five photos above I have both a leather and Loewe obsession.  Those two semi-bomber jackets with fur collars are screaming my name and I have never wanted a leather shift dress more.

 

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I See Paris

Paris is absolutely my favorite of the Fashion Weeks.  There is just something about the city that makes the clothes more magical, more beautiful, more aspirational even.  Below I have edited down some of my favorite collections of the Fall 2011 season.  The rest will be posted shortly.  For now please enjoy A-C.

Sarah Burton’s second collection for Alexander McQueen boasted some stunning gowns, fit for a Queen (hint Ms. Middleton).  The fairly small collection was almost exclusively black and white, very Victorian and full of luxurious fur and structure.

Head designer of Balmain, Christophe Decarnin, has regretfully checked himself into a hospital due to depression, and did not work a lot on the line this season, but despite that the old world house pulled through and created a luxe tomboy ish line.  I appreciated the departure from the safety pins and ripped tees, the sequin dresses and metallic fabrics are so fabulous.

Cacharel’s show was interesting, half was the beautiful flower design and the other half was the very simple neutral colored separates, both were equally wearable and modern.

Admittedly the Celine show this season was not as great as it was in the past, but the four looks above I found to be the exception.  Fur is clearly not going anywhere (yay!) and for some reason I cannot get that pink suit out of my head.

Hannah MacGibbon didn’t get the best review of this season’s Chloe collection, there was too much snakeskin and not enough of her beautiful 70’s camel pieces that made the line so popular again.  However, I really loved the leather pants and these new colors she is introducing for Fall.

Seeing that I am not a “tomboy” in the least (though you should have seen me in the 90’s) I wasn’t a huge fan of Chanel and all of the skirts over pants and boyish clothing.  It was mainly black and dark colors, and I feel like only models can pull off the skirt/dress over pants look.  But I did love some of the chiffon dresses and black jumpsuits, it is Chanel after all.

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