Perfume may not be for everyone, but those of us who love it really love it. I have a hyper-sensitive sense of smell — I smell things before anyone else does, and I can often identify them instantly. I can smell a new perfume offhand and rattle off the most dominant notes in it. Many of my childhood memories are steeped in scent, so much so that whenever I catch a whiff of the Yves Saint Laurent Paris perfume my mother wore when I was small, I’m suddenly five years old again. Keep reading »
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Louis Vuitton is basically synonymous with luxury, so it’s no surprise that the brand goes all-out for its shows … especially with one Marc Jacobs at the helm. If you thought last season’s stunning life-size carousel was unbeatable, well, think again. As is fitting for a collection heavily influenced by “the golden age of rail travel,” Jacobs and team Vuitton truly outdid themselves with a custom-painted, LV-branded steam locomotive that transported the models out onto the runway. I can only daydream about the kinds of shows Marc would produce should he be tapped for la Maison Dior … [Fashionista]
Chanel is one of the biggest trendsetters season after season. After all, we’re talking about the brand that made temporary tattoos chic. Global creative director of beauty Peter Philips is inarguably a makeup mastermind and his bedazzled eyebrows are nothing if not striking, but I pray that this latest venture will not be the next one to make its way off the runway and out into the streets. High fashion is high fashion for a reason. This is the reason.
Kanye “dressed” Kim, whatever that means, for her appearance at his fashion show in Paris, so naturally that’s head-to-toe Kanye West you’re seeing … or not seeing, if you’ve already closed your eyes to make it go away. I’m somewhat less concerned about the fur than the human she must have scalped for their hair.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I almost prefer Fashion Week street style to the clothes marched down the runway. I know, I know, it’s basically blasphemy, and I acknowledge that none of the real-girl style would exist without catwalk collections to forecast trends, but there’s nothing quite like seeing an actual outfit put together in an individualistic way. Of course, the attendees of the shows also happen to be some of the best-dressed ladies in the world. Checking out street style shots induces way more envy in me than the designs alone. I always find myself thinking, “where did she get that?,” or “damn, I wish I thought of that first.” I didn’t think of it first, but I will relentlessly copycat the effortless, inspired outfits until I’ve mastered creating them myself. If you, like me, are in the throes of style thievery, try these three Paris Fashion Week street style-inspired looks on for size.
It goes without saying that occupations in the modeling industry these days come hand in hand with some unrealistically stringent standards, so much so that it’s hard to believe that the runways used to be the territory of fully-grown, reasonably-figured women. In this weird generation, it’s all about the youngest, the tallest, and most importantly, the very thinnest — today’s top models look less like adult women and more like fine-featured science class skeletons. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, sure, with the world’s finest of finery draping from their bones, but the repercussions this ideal has on society are hideous and tragic. Keep reading »
“Creative” and “eccentric” are adjectives that pretty much go hand-in-hand, so it’s hardly a surprise when clothing designers get a bit quirky with their creations. It’s almost never a bad thing — in a profession devoted to the manufacturing of wearable works of art, an odd bent here and there is not only appreciated but encouraged. Some designers take their whims to dresses, but for others, it’s shoes. Some of the world’s most renowned visionaries are responsible for kicks that you’d hesitate to put on, lest they bite your foot off. Many are incredible and inspired, while others are just weird. One thing is for certain: these designer deviations are not cheap. Looking extra avant garde comes at a price.
As anyone who’s flipped through a fashion magazine in the past month will know, florals are really happening right now. The pattern formerly reserved for tapestries and the old pillows at your grandmother’s house has reclaimed its glory and is being worn in all its incarnations. One garment in particular became ubiquitous on the spring/summer runway, and now it’s popping up on fashion editors and celebrities alike. The unexpected rise of the floral pant is inescapable: they’re everywhere, so you may as well embrace it, even (and especially!) if they’re out of your usual comfort zone. Personally, I think they’re an awesome look, particularly when worn with an otherwise neutral, streamlined outfit. What do you think: would you wear them? If you’re looking to get your hands on a pair, check out my picks after the jump. Keep reading »
My amassment of scarves is one of the most important components in my wardrobe. A good scarf changes any outfit, but it serves especially well if you’re prone to head-to-toe monochrome … and I am. If you were to sift through my closet, you’d find black, gray, more black, white, dark gray, heather gray, maybe some navy blue here and there… and a veritable kaleidoscope of colorful scarves. They’re mainly silk, which is a good indicator as to the time of year they favor: winter calls for thick, dark knits, but come March I’m busting out the flashy accessories left and right. If you don’t own a springtime scarf, now would be the time to invest in a really, really amazing one, because you’ll be wearing it for the next couple of months, right up until things start to get steamy. Here are my picks for silky scarves in punchy hues — I promise they will give any and all of your outfits an instant, seasonally appropriate facelift.
Okay, so it seems like spring is actually coming. We’ve had a few false starts (i.e. the entire winter), but now March is upon us and it’s only a matter of time before we’re breaking out those bathing suits. Just kidding, I won’t be because I hate swimming. I will be breaking out my … cutoffs.
Anyway, we’ve come to that sort of in-between stage where it isn’t truly warm yet you’re still sweating in your peacoat after a few blocks. This is where lightweight outerwear comes in. You can add hefty layers beneath it for warmth on cooler days or boil it down to just a T-shirt on warmer ones. Airy jackets were made for this purpose: the piece should casually wink at early springtime, but it shouldn’t make things traumatic should you get caught in serendipitous downpour (no silk!). Without further ado, here’s my roundup of seven buoyant layers perfectly suited for this transitional time.