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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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Oh the Holidays

I finally took the time this afternoon to upload all of my pictures from the past month or so.  Below you will find some of my favorite things in Provincetown, where I spend my summers and Thanksgivings, numerous pictures of food (typical), holiday ornaments, my New Year’s Eve outfit, and some other wonderfully random pictures I for some reason or another felt were worthwhile to post.

 

One of my favorite buildings, Provincetown

Love this font

Amazing letters in a fab boutique in Ptown

 

Martha Stewart worthy Christmas cookies

With whipped cream

And without

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin, Cheese Cake (w/strawberry topping), Lemon Meringue

Feast of Seven Fishes

The morning after

New Years Eve

Great Grandmother's fur, Alexander McQueen scarf, H&M lace shirt, Urban Outfitters high-waisted black jeans

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An Apology

Hi blog, it’s been awhile, and for that, I apologize.  I haven’t written in so long that I was scared to come back to it, I have so much to write about and I haven’t been quite sure where to begin.

Well to be honest, what I had to say was just about lovely Christmas presents, shopping excursions, films I’ve seen, and what I wore on New Years Eve, so I guess it wouldn’t have been that difficult.

While I was home in Connecticut the past few weeks, I had apparently decided to go on computer hiatus.  I listened to my parents advice (shocking, I know) and gave myself a much needed break.

But I’m back now, and for some odd reason I feel weird being in New York and not writing on my blog.

After I take a few more pictures, I will be sure to post some fun things I got while home for the holidays.  My favorite being an Alexander McQueen silk scarf (which I have worn practically every day since opening it Christmas Day) and a vintage black silk Yves Saint Laurent skirt/dress set (courtesy of my Grandfather).

As well as fashion and magazines, I am also a huge movie person.  So whenever I go home I try to go to the movies as much as I can ($6 a ticket, you can’t beat that).  This break, I saw Black Swan and The Kings Speech.  It goes without saying that the costumes in Black Swan were extraordinary, the Mulleavy Sisters of Rodarte (who designed all of Natalie Portman’s costumes) are kind of genius, and I sincerely hope they get some major Oscar nods.  The movie itself was just what I expected, weird and beautiful, so I loved it.

The Kings Speech, however, is one of the best movies I have ever seen.  Ever.  And I’ve seen a lot.  I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, except that Colin Firth was supposed to be amazing in it, and he was even better than I thought he could be.  He will hands down win Best Actor in every award show, and he deserves it.  The movie was not only hysterical, but also a well done period piece with Helena Bonham Carter in gorgeous costumes.   I felt so terrible for Firth’s character, King George VI, that I was scraping away at my freshly painted nails, so nervous that his horrible stutter would never go away.

Thanks to my father, the movie theater wasn’t the only place I would have to see movies, because he bought Apple TV.  This adorable black box which allows you to access Netflix, iTunes, YouTube, etc. from your television.  So of course because of that I watched countless movies at home including The White Ribbon the German film which took home the Palm D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival a few years ago, and I have been dying to see it ever since.

On January 1, I was quite exhausted and decided that it would be an excellent idea to not move from my bed the entire day.  So I watched five movies.  It was a personal record for me, and one that I now pride myself on.  I watched, Outsourced, When Harry Met Sally, Love and Other Disasters, Interview with a Vampire, and City Island. It was a glorious day to say the least.  I think I might try and have one every month or so.

I will put up pretty pictures hopefully later on in the week, but I hope this apology is enough for now.

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Daphne + FIT

Daphne Guinness and FIT have a healthy loving relationship, and this couldn’t make me happier. I went to the Japan Now exhibit currently at FIT, curated by the fabulous Valerie Steele, and was pleasantly surprised. The exhibit was impressive to say the least. Japanese fashion is not my favorite but I loved seeing the minimalistic avant garde design sense of Yojhi Yamamoto and Issey Miyake next to that of Japanese Lolitas and CosPlay characters. I thought the mix of these two vastly different styles was great.

But what I liked the most was this sign.
See that sentence at the bottom?  Yes, the last one that says, “Gift of Daphne Guinness”.  There were two of these but the guard stopped me before I could take a picture of the second one.

Daphne Guinness donates to FIT, to my school, to my institute of higher learning.

She is one of my fashion icons. Period.

And it gets even better than this.  The Fall 2011 exhibit at FIT is going to be Daphne Guinness’s couture collection.  I died a little when I heard this (in a good way).

I think it is so unbelievably generous of her to show her world renowned closet to the world.  One that she has been building for decades.  One filled with Alexander McQueen originals and Chanel and Vivienne Westwood…

Just one more reason to look forward to next Fall.

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Windows in Meatpacking

Moschino Window

Moschino Window

Alexander McQueen Window

Alexander McQueen Window

Alexander McQueen Window

Alexander McQueen Window

Stella McCartney Window

Stella McCartney Window

I took these pictures about a month ago in the Meatpacking district.  At first I just thought the Moschino windows were funny, which is why I began taking pictures, but then I got down to Alexander McQueen and was literally awe struck.  Three dresses from his final collection were standing before me.  So obviously I went inside and it took everything I had not to touch the dresses.  Seriously, everything.

I went back a few days later and there were different dresses in the window, it must have been a rotating collection.

The shadow on the Stella McCartney window kind of ruins it, but I love the graphic from the ad with Natalia Vodianova.

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Paris Je T’aime-The End of a Season

Because I am quite far behind on my fashion shows I have decided to condense the last few days into one final post.  That means that these are the absolute stand out pieces from the final days of PFW.

There should also be a moment of silence for both Jean Paul Gaultier’s last Hermes collection and Sarah Burton’s first collection for Alexander McQueen.  Let the changing of the guards commence.

Alexander McQueen

Chanel

Collette Dinnigan

Valentino

Hermes

Louis Vuitton

Mui Mui

Paul and Joe

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Gary Graham, Where Have You Been All My Life?

I don’t think that I have a particular style, necessarily.  The problem is I love too many things to want to have to stick to one.  My interests range from J.Crew to Alexander McQueen to vintage 60’s dresses, not exactly a cohesive look.

And this is part of the reason why I am so entranced with Gary Graham’s clothing.  Some of them were sweetly vintage covered in sequins or pearls, while others were a color blocked masterpieces in neutral tones.

And don’t think I am biased because it was my first fashion presentation, the whole experience was great, from the clothing to the hair to the choreography of the walk.

The models were on a raised platform and on the ground were chalk circles that the models would move to as music played, a bit like musical chairs.

Out of the 20 looks these were my favorite:

Here are two of my (amazing) pictures from the presentation, just to give you a feel of the set up:

And because I know you were wondering, this is what I wore to the event:

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