The Ultimate Fall Runway Inspo

I went to sleep last night and woke up in the 10th circle of Hell. It is so hot in Columbia. Fear not kind Samaritans, and dear readers, I have not strayed from my path, I have been wearing all black throughout the dampening heat. If there’s one thing that Father Sun has given me lately (besides a horribly awkward tan on my left arm from driving with the window down) it’s autumn lust. I want the cool breeze and October nights, I want to watch American Horror Story after work and I want to the fair. I want leather! I want faux fur! I want beanies and I want it now! Well, instead of throwing a temper tantrum I hit the runways (through the cyberweb) and made some collages.. So without further adieu,here are my top five AW15 RTW collections for major, major outfit lust.

Givenchy 1Just going to take a second and acknowledge the fact that Tisci’s inspiration for Fall/Winter was “Victorian Chola”…as if he couldn’t have us any more hooked. Curls adorned models faces as did a plethora of piercings. This collection in one word? Strong. Even when a delicate cream dress with carefully constructed florets and an oversize fur stole came down the runway, there was an element of sweetness, but it never lost its strength. Sheer pieces were contrasted by plenty of velvet, leather and high necklines creating a modern day renaissance in the form of new age sexiness. This collection is all diamonds.

Thom Browne2Thom Browne is all about dramatic flair, and he did not disappoint this past season. There were male angels, a grim reaper and plenty of (you guessed it!) – black. What Browne did so well, and notably, was create garments that could very easily be considered “mourning attire” and erased the stigma behind them. So you look like you may be going to a funeral? Who cares. Going along wit the theme of Victorian inspiration, Browne sent down look after look of elegant macabre sensibilities. Each look was eerie and tailored to perfection and finished off with a really great headpiece. A+ Thom.

Alexander McQueen3The house of the unusual, and the reigning Queen, Sarah Burton, had an incredible season. Delicate lace dresses featured sculputral details and towering necklines, billowing sheer ballgowns were plastered with roses and leather was used in plenty. Leave it to the house of McQueen to create an airplane dress with a plunging neckline in oxblood colored leather… and to add the perfect lace collar as a detail. This collection was once again, obviously Victorian in its inspiration, but it was done in sultry and daring MQueen fashion. This collection makes you feel memories you know don’t existed; it transports you to somewhere you once knew but can no longer remember. Bravo.

Ann Demeulemeester4 Although Ann may not be running the house anymore, the house is still running, and running fast. Fall did not leave one disappointed, thanks to the like of meticulously draped dresses with Obi leather belts, sheer peakaboo paneling and lots and lots of sexy leather accents. The house of Demeulemeester is an erotic, enticing one; it is unapologetic in its raw strength. And although the catwalks have been littered with neo-goth inspiration, it clearly didn’t phase Sébastien Meunier, who kept his wit and kept designing pieces any Demeulemeester fan can get behind. That is not something to complain about.

Simone Rocha5Simone Rocha has been my life inspiration for the past month or so when I remembered how incredible she is and made this collage. Sweet, romantic, Victorian blooms! Black frills and lace and sheer skirts! This is the sort of collection I want to buy, grow old in and get buried in. Rocha has an innate sense of the female figure, thanks to her understanding of how to create silhouettes, and she loves to show it off. Free the nipple? Rocha’s got your back. Wonderfully sheer dresses were covered with roses and blooms in red and white, black velvet was crafted into blouse size florets… There was plenty at bloom here.

Fall Inspiration: Saint Laurent FW15

It’s almost one hundred degrees in the hot, humid South and I’m itching for cooler days. Fall nights ruled by skintight leather, cheetah print coats and heels that allow no room for error, whatsoever. As the nights get longer and fall looms closer, I’m left longing for the pieces in my closet that make me feel a little rough, a little edgy and a whole lot of exposed. My current inspiration? The much loved, much hated rock star that is Hedi Slimane. All the naysayers, all the haters, all those who doubt his work for the legendary house of Saint Laurent best not doubt one thing; he’s going big. Regardless of where you stand on the debate of Slimane and his vision for the brand, you cannot deny his magnetic, edgy appeal and his ability to bring Saint Laurent to a new, trendier, and younger consumer. Slide3For Saint Laurent’s Fall Winter 2015 collection, there was an overarching motif of bad. In classic Slimane style, however, bad was done so, so well. Although pieces like a nipple exposing asymmetrical dress with perfectly tailored rouching , skintight slashed leather pants and ripped tights all led ones eye to believe that Slimane doesn’t do “clean”, a closer look leads one to believe otherwise. A Tin Man style trench coat in a matte metallic gray, princess style dresses with tulle galore in a variety of metallic 80’s fabrics and plethora of perfectly crafted leather jackets all prove Slimane knows exactly what he’s doing; and he’s doing it well. In a world where fashion is clean, feminine and sweet, there lies Slimane. Slimane is the hair metal in a world of grunge. He is the alternative in a world of clean cut. Although Hedi Slimane’s vision most likely deviates from that which Yves held, there is a time and a place for change… and it is now.

As someone who identifies with the darker side of fashion, that which bites and scratches and leaves one wondering “what’s next”, I admire Slimane. Beyond what any other fashion critic says, beyond the fact that someone out there will retort that you can get that same outfit at Forever 21- Slimane has taken a risk and redefined one of the most iconic houses in fashion history; and he’s managed to hold the spotlight as he’s done so. Yes, it’s not classic. No, it’s not necessarily “chic”. You know what it is? Rebellious and strong. Slimane’s vision for the house is sharp and it is young. Fashion has to be redefined by the youth and if now’s not the time to do so, when is? You go Slimane.

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See by Chloe Pre-Fall 2015 Collection Review

There’s been a shift in emphasis, from the woman who dresses well to the woman who dresses well for herself, and with ease. What proves more inspirational than the 70’s, when love was abundant and ease was a necessity? For See by Chloe’s Pre-Fall collection, the idea of personal dressing rang clear with obvious sartorial cues from decades past; denim was a reoccurring motif as were fringed boots and oversize, flowing, midi length skirt. Denim jumpsuits, relaxed fitting striped dresses, and collared shirts layered under graphic sweaters and western style skirts all created a sweet, western  vibe that isn’t lost in translation in today’s day and age.

Navy blue, camel, white, tangerine and cream compliment the subtle sweetness to See by Chloe’s latest offering. The effortless aesthetic is complimented by the colors, which work with the played down sexiness of the collection. Whether the look in this collection features a monochromatic take on hippie dressing, or a subtle watercolor pattern, there’s still a statement being made, but in true Chloe fashion, in an understated way.

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5 Favorites From Milan Fashion Week

I’ve been so late in the game with this Milan round up. I’ve been keeping up with the collections pretty well for Paris Fashion Week, but Milan flew by me! Milan hosted some seriously dreamy collections, so without further adieu, here are my favorites from the beloved Italian city’s fashion week.

Francesco Scognamiglio

The 70’s have been all over the runway, but this collection takes the sweet and sexy side of the decade and updates it. Luxurious satin and sheer, skin exposing pieces ruled this collection, creating a sexy and chic take on classic hippie style. Flower Power was another motif for the Spring, whether flowers were embossed or used as a pattern, the result was the same; sexy, strong pieces suited for the woman who is free from her inhibitions, a la 70’s.

Fendi

With strong graphic motifs throughout this collection,Fendi wasn’t afraid to spice it up for Spring. Fendi sent look after look of elegant ease down the runway, with looks that seemed to be aimed at a younger audience than that of collections past. Sharp collars, bright prints,feathers and sexy strappy details all came along nicely in this collection. One of the best of the season, Fendi didn’t disappoint.

Agnona

Spring for Agnona was all about silhouettes. Sculptural elements, like slashed and paneled skirts, really helped to define this collection,  which also featured sleek metallic dresses in muted jewel tones. There’s a sort of mythological vibe to many of these looks; think an updated uniform for a Greek goddess or warrior. Gold arm cuffs and chunky heels in black, wood, and gold all create a strong visual statement for a collection composed of visually stimulating pieces. Wrap skirts and dresses were done in variations of the classic, and perfect tailoring really took this collection to the top. Agnona aced this season.

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana really know all about the dolce vita. Baroque style detailing was present per usual, on pieces ranging from hot pant and cropped military jacket sets to all lace dresses. This collection was very sexy, with some serious Matador chic looks. Spanish style was clearly an influence for the designers who presented a collection that was ornate in the all right ways.

Luisa Beccaria

This collection was absolutely breathtaking.Sweet florals were paired with loose gowns in the lightest and sheerest fabrics. Plunging necklines and sheer dresses sans lining made this feminine collection sexy and ethereal. Luisca Beccaria really packed a punch with this collection, which was elegant in its approach, and young and free with it’s details.

6 Favorites From London Fashion Week

There’s a special place in my heart for British fashion, and Britain in general, and there’s always a special excitement during London Fashion Week for me. London Fashion Week is always a little bit more eccentric than its fashion capital counterparts, and there’s always a promise of the unexpected as well. London is known for being a springboard for up-and-coming designers and there’s always a promise of a designer who’s sure to be the next big thing.

Here are my top 6 favorites from London Fashion Week.

Antonia Berardi

Sweet watercolor florals were touched with a graphic twist, and satin and silks ruled throughout the whole collection. Structure was key, and a mastery of tailoring was evident from looks which ranged from kimono style dresses and tops to an origami style shrug. Silohuettes in this collection were almost as decadent as the fabric and details that treated each piece. Iridescent fabrics also made an appearance, adding yet another dimension to each look. A stunning collection that’s crafted exceptionally well

Mother of Pearl

60’s and 70’s sweetness is back, and Mother of Pearl clearly draws inspiration from the decades in their latest collection. Silky, baby doll dresses and sets feel grown up in mixed patters that are demure in their sweetness. Patterns were small and geometric, a perfect match with the a line sheath dresses that owned the runway. This collection is mod dressing done modern and it’s absolute perfection.

Ashley Williams

Ashley Williams features the sort of urban eccentric and graphic designs you’d expect from a British fashion house. Bras were worn outside of shirts and cartoon style patterns paired together to create a sort of high fashion vibe that’s childish in an adult way. This collection feels  like a goth pin up fashion fantasy, something that’s sure to be a hit with the fashion crowd.

Georgie Hardinge

This collection is sweet, prim and proper. 60’s silhouette are revisited with just the right amount of structure and graphic inspiration to create something a little edgier. Peter pan collars and pops of burnt orange help to ground this minimalist collection, aiding in a sweetness that still feels simple. Mary Jane shoes add the perfect finishing touch to this collection that feels incredibly British.

Shrimps

With a name like Shrimps, you know you’re in for something a little bit..different. This collection offered fur in sweet brights, all paired with silk pajama style pieces. The 60’s are back and with a vengeance, especially in this collection that features mod dressing with an edge. Cheetah print isn’t necessarily classic 60’s fair, so there’s a sense of refreshment to this collection with its prints and straight cut silhouettes. This collection is the perfect mix of mod style and innerwear as outterwear; sexy, inspired and mod-ern.

Marchesa

Marchesa always delivers, and this season is no different. Silhouettes were loose and bohemian and structured and sexy, in this collection that was as intricate as it was stunning. The attention to detail in Marchesa’s latest is unparalleled, florals, lace and bead work all own the collection and create the perfect wardrobe for a grown up flower child.This collection is easily my favorite from London Fashion Week, its both romantic and grown up and absolutely stunning. It’s clear that Marchesa knows what it takes to make a woman look, and most definitely feel, beautiful.

Erdem Spring 2015 RTW Collection Review

Erdem’s latest offering is a tropical and sultry take on a garden party. From the very first look, it was clear that this collection takes a note from the tropics, ditching inhibitions in lieu of something a little sexier. Silhouettes were more demure, leaving texture and textiles to do all the talking in this collection that put a new twist on vacation dressing. Oversize floral prints, feathers and lace all play their part too, even tweed makes an appearance.

This collection is sweetly nostalgic; long sleeves pair with skirts and dresses that hit mid calf, to create a classic style that’s juxtaposed with ultra sexy looks.There’s a sort of Valentino style elegance present in many of the looks as well, crafting a very Erdem take on the dolce vita. Dresses and skirts seemed to be embossed with florals, and keyhole cutouts at the sternum feel just right on cropped shirts paired with the perfect a-line midi skirt. Texture plays a big part in making this collection so elegant; collage style floral prints pop off skirts and blouses, while feathers are meticulously crafted onto a blouse and skirt set and a dress to create an iridescent moment in lapis and jade. Nicholas Kirkwood even crafted the perfect vine-like sandal that add another dimension to this collection. Last but not least, Erdem sent sheer, tiered gowns down the runway to close the show; this was a collection defined by paradise, and that is really no surprise at all.

All photos via Style.com

5 New York Fashion Week Favorites

I haven’t had time to catch up with all the New York shows, but I’m doing my best to keep up. I’ve picked five collections I really, really love to feature on here, and I’ll be updating throughout fashion month. I’m excited to see what designers send down the runway, and I’m even more excited that some of the trends so far are so good! Here are a few favorites…

Milly

Milly was all about the sheer layers and patterns.Skirts and tops leave little to the imagination, and although some of the silhouettes and pieces have been done before, there’s a lot that feels new. This collection is sexy, revealing, artistic and elegant. It’s for a confident woman, but it will sure make her feel beautiful.

Assembly

Assembly is the clothing equivalent to the cool older sister of your best friend who you always wanted to be friends with. This collection is minimal in a cool, sort of grungy way. It’s easy, it’s simple, but it’s not boring. Whites on whites and blacks on blacks are perfect for spring especially in easy breezy silhouettes. Definitely a favorite.

 Rodarte

The Mulleavy  sisters sent out a collection of 70’s pirates and ethereal mermaids. This collection is incredible, and the intricate detailing in some of the gowns is amazing. Lace up boots and netted overlay were some noteworthy details, and jackets with oversized pockets and straps were a personal favorite. Can Rodarte do any wrong? I’m beginning to think the answer is no.

Thom Browne

Thom Browne sent look after look of eccentricity down the runway. Oversized hats that seemed more like sculptures were paired with suits and skirt sets in over the top prints. This collection isn’t for the faint of heart or for the timid, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Thom Browne’s latest is for the loud personality who knows how to make a statement in a put together sort of way.PS.. check out that clear raincoat!

Wendy Nichol

Easily my favorite collection thus far into fashion month, Wendy Nichol has crafted a collection that is western, gothic and romantic all in one. This collection has been taken the dark and Victorian themes we’ve been seeing for Fall and updated them for spring. Lace, silk, satin and the perfect all black and white color palette define this dreamy collection.

What are your favorites?

Namaste,

Gabriela

 

 

Melitta Baumeister CC: The Fashion Law

I’ve mentioned The Fashion Law on here before, but I don’t think I’ve announced that I’m writing a weekly column on emerging designers on TFL now! Check out my second post on Melitta Baumeister, who’s creating incredible designs out of silicon. Check it out HERE!

“Melitta Baumeister, who earned her MA in fashion from Parsons: The New School for Design last fall, is helping to jump-start a fashion revolution. The 27-year-old German-born, New York-based designer began climbing the ranks after sending her designs down the runway this past February as part of VFILES MADE FASHION show, which uses its online platform to allow designers to submit their work for a chance to show at New York Fashion Week. Since Baumeister’s NYFW premier, the designer’s sculptured and modern aesthetic has been quite the rage. Her use of unorthodox textiles helps to create her unique design style, which ranges from clean and sleek to oversized and structured. Baumesiter’s philosophical view of fashion helps to inform her designs and her design process, as well. Whether it was a “’real-fake’ black banana cast” that she utilizes to represent a certain moment in time and evolution, in this instance a rotting banana, Baumeister’s evolutionary approach to fashion and dressing help to tell her young, yet, evolving story on the runway and beyond (think: in a recent spread in Vogue Japan and in stores at Rei Kawakubo’s Dover Street Market, just to name a couple).”

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Band of Outsiders Fall/Winter 2014 Collection Review

After Band of Outsiders announced that they wouldn’t be showing at NYFW because of their new store opening, I decided to reminiscence upon their Fall collection. I must have skipped over it because I didn’t recognize the looks but I immediately fell in love with them. Black, white, gray and camel dominated the collection, which was filled with knits that were the proper mix of fitted and slouchy and furs that were shown in new ways. Loose cashmere sweaters and skirts, along with pristine tartan in sets, skirts and coats, worked with the feminine graphic detailing which included peter pan collars prints, letters, and dots. Coats featured interesting details like fur collars, an oversize checker print, and a graphic toggle and pocket combo, which was drawn on. Elbow length gloves even made an appearance, this time in skin tight leather. Classic.

Nipped waits and fitted pencil style skirts manage to have a sort of 40’s vibe, but in classic Band of Outsiders style, each look has it’s own unexpected twist. Rules don’t seem to apply to BOO, who create look after look of lust-worthy power girl outfits that seem as cozy as they look good. Silky numbers were paired with fur and sheer stocking socks, floral “wrap dresses” were restructured and recreated and sweaters were slung low on the hips and tied in classic 90’s fashion. Round black sunnies and patent brogue finished off each and every look to perfection.

All photos via Style.com

Ellie Saab’s Fairy Tale

I wrote a review on Mod Magazine on Ellie Saab’s latest collection.

“For Saab’s Fall 2014 Couture show, the night was the ultimate inspiration. Saab’s gowns were the ultimate  cocktail attire, created to enchant the wearer and whoever was lucky enough to bask in her beauty. Pearls, jewels and sheer detailing, all classic Saab, were taken to the nth degree, creating a couture collection for a princess or queen. Even if the wearer of Saab’s gowns wasn’t truly royalty, there’s no way one won’t feel like a queen in one of his creations.  Ombre gowns that resemble tropical orchids,  mermaid style dresses with banding in an icy blue, and beading galore on classic silhouettes all filled this show. With a color palette of soft jewel tones and deep neutrals, Saab has mastered overstated glamour.”

Find more on Mod Magazine’s site HERE

Lanvin Spring 2015 Menswear Collection Review

High meets low isn’t anything new, but it was the idea behind Lanvin’s latest menswear collection. According to Alber Elbaz, a man’s lifestyle is reflected in the clothes he wears and that’s what was sent down the runway.  Men are dressing up but in a toned down way, creating a style that suits their busy life. Apparently, this means details like suit coats with rolled up sleeves and coats layered over printed silk shirts. Jackets and tailored blazers were layered over patterned silk shirts and pleated trousers ,which look especially modern since they’re fitted and paired with slip-on booties. Lapels were extra thin and sharp and helped to add a slightly dark vibe to the rocker-esqu look throughout, creating a feminine French twist on what could be considered British fashion-boy staples. In classic Lanvin style, the French fashion house sent the neck scarf down the runway, this time knotted around the necks of sharp faced models.

Blazers and trousers were especially fitted, but in the context of the show, this made sense. Contrast was everywhere, like in sleeves of jackets and with pairings too. Square neckties and belts with hanging chain details dressed down any stereotypical business suit; then again, a typical suit doesn’t feature a leather dress shirt. Oversized tee shirts tucked into pants, midi length vests, slouchy leather tanks and distressed details all helped to define the man Elbaz is trying to dress. A man who doesn’t mind riding his bike to work, just as long as he looks ace doing it.

All photos courtesy of style.com

Men’s Fashion Month is Killing It

Men’s fashion month is always a blur of well dressed men doing their thing. I’ve reviewed a couple collections on some sites I write for and wanted to share my thoughts.

Christopher Kane

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“The key to this collection was proportion and it was done perfectly, created for the man who was more than comfortable to show what he’s got. This collection is clean and urban, and has the sort of city vibe you can wear without actually living in the city. It’s the sort of collection you wear if you take fashion seriously, but yourself? Not so much.” Read the entire collection review on Mod Magazine’s website HERE.

 

Craig Green

“Although this collection was not as deeply rooted in the fabric and manipulation of the fabric, as it was in seasons past, Green still conveyed a message, namely via his silhouettes. The looks consisted of layered linen pants and shirts that fit more like robes, reminiscent of ancient priests or samurais with their purity.” Read the entire collection review on The Fashion Law HERE

Joseph Spring 2015 Menswear Collection Review

With men’s fashion month underway, there come a sea of collections that leave me yearning for a man to dress. Joseph’s latest menswear collection is a flurry of perfection; it is for the man who is young, daring and sleek with his approach to fashion. Think short shorts, short sleeve button ups and windbreakers in eccentric colors and stripes, polka dots and florals. If there’s one notion the men’s shows have been testing, it’s the idea of there truly being any “don’ts” in the fashion world. Hems are higher, waists are more nipped and colors are bolder and brighter then what men have been wearing in the recent past.

Joseph’s collection featured sleek silhouettes, patent shirts and mixed patterns to create a collection that’s substantial without being overwhelming. This collection is young like a collection that shows man thighs should be. Don’t get young and immature mixed up though; jackets are tailored to the tens and the mixed textures throughout the collection are the perfect parallel to the high-meets-low vibe throughout

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Public School Resort 2015 Collection Review

Androgyny is the new sexy. Lanky girls rejoice, with collections like Public School’s latest hitting the runway, there is no shortage of womenswear inspired by the boys. For Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne’s second women’s collection for Public School, no style was spared. Crisp white linen shirts and pleated midi skirts really ring true to the whole “public school” name, but this mature collection is eons away from the horrid outfits, or the single uniform, we had to endure from K-12. Instead of ill fitting blue jeans and hemmed plaid skirts, think effortless heather gray jumpsuits and faux “denim” bottoms, in both ankle grazing joggers and knee skimming skirts. Charming all- white looks feel feminine with cleverly placed sheer paneling in silhouettes that are neither prim or sultry. Cool summer nights will definitely seem cooler when they feature Public School’s take on the (slouchy) blazer paired with the perfect pleated pant. Think fashionable school girl with a slight edge. This collection feels effortless and just right for summer, when skin hugging cottons and overtly skin bearing looks are everywhere. We only wish our public school experience was this fashionable.

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Carven Fall 2014 Collection Review

The hot, blazing Georgia sun has unapologetically been kissing my cheeks and reminding me of its existence. Scorching southern summers have an unusual sort of wet heat that’s only further exaggerated by the fact that girls like me only wear black. The heat leaves me aching for October, when the earth turns and fall clothing reigns supreme. As always, looking at Fall RTW shows leaves me bitter at the sun and yearning for the cool simultaneously, and nothing does this more to me than looking at  Carven’s latest show. Carven has always been the go-to house for high fashion French style with a London edge and classic silhouettes with a modern mix. Fall’s collection was chock full of oversize, structured coats in mustard, coral and cobalt and dresses with the perfect demure cutout. Carven’s penchant for pieces that nip the waist just right is present from start to finish with 40’s inspired silhouettes. A mid-calf skimming jumpsuit in the perfect satin rang loud in a dull peach hue and was topped off with a 70’s style belt and zipper down the front. Thigh high leather boots, leopard detailing on pockets, collars and clutches, oversized fur and fur accents,silhouette graphics on coats and dresses, not to mention clutches you actually clutch… this collection has details only Carven could pull off. Coat and mini skirt suits with the perfect mustard paneling, crystal arrows used as a graphic and sexy little numbers that aren’t scandalous create the perfect fall collection. Henry has done it again.. now if only fall could come sooner rather than later.

All photos courtesy of style.com

What’s your favorite detail from this collection?

Namaste,

Gabriela

Alexander Wang Fall 2014 Menswear Collection Review

There’s something unparalleled about Wang’s uncanny ability to make structured gothic inspired pieces urban street-style cool. This is especially true for the young designers Fall menswear collection, which features everything from neoprene sweatshirts to slick leather trench coats to the perfect sweatpant and sweatshirt look. Wang’s dark color pallet is complimented by the perfect camel tone and the slightest accent of cobalt blue. Wang’s penchant for tailoring is apparent in every  piece, and his classic streetwear spin on his high fashion pieces is apparent. This collection is chock-full of lust-worthy jackets and coats, not to mention the perfect take on the beanie. Wang’s effortless aesthetic proves that you don’t always have to sacrifice comfort for style.

All photos courtesy of style.com

Namaste,

Gabriela

Favorite Collections:: Fall 2014 RTW

It’s always hard to put together a post of my favorite collections. There are usually pieces and aspects from many different collections that i love, and trying to narrow this list down can be very harrowing. I decided to accept this challenge today, however, and count down to my favorite show of the season.

No surprise here, See by Chloe had an amazing season. Luxurious and wearable looks were infused with an old time charm, while still remaining true to the 21st century girl. Sexy in a subtle way, See by Chloe managed to have some great elements (like those gold piped shirts) that helped to really create a cohesive collection. Definitely loved this one.

 

McQueen can really do no wrong. Beautiful concoctions of lace and fur created alien-like dresses and separates. Reminiscent of a new age Gothic renaissance, this collection rang true to the dark undertones seen in most of McQueens shows.

 

Easily the master of layering lengths to create rich looks, this season was one of my favorites for Prabal Gurung. Fur as  an accent, vibrant reds and stone grays and unexpected cut outs were among some of the details that helped make this one of my favorite collections in the fall shows.

 

I don’t think Elie Saab has ever disappointed.. His fall collection featured incredible silhouettes, stunning florals and of course breathtaking gowns. Saab has a penchant for creating beautiful and almost surreal gowns that are more for queens than socialites.

 

My favorite show of the season had to be Valentino. Although some of the looks towards the beginning of the show weren’t my favorite, they got better…and better… and better. The floral and tulle dresses were unlike any other, they seemed to be straight out of a Monet painting.

 

What was your favorite collection?!

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Alexander McQueen Fall 2014 Collection Review

Victorian motifs were present throughout this collection, and the eerie sort of vibe was felt throughout the entire show, from the darker and more macabre takes on lace to the actual environment itself. Lace and fur were seen throughout the collection, to no one’s surprise, but the ways in which they were incorporated were new and exciting. Lace was layered into beautiful three-dimensional creations when it was paired with beads, feathers and layered over cage like skirts; taking a more modern approach to the typical renaissance silhouette. Fur was used in the collection in ways only McQueen could pull off; as entire dresses, as graphic prints and patterns on coats and even as Peter-Pan style collars. The darkest shades of a peacocks feather were seen throughout the show as well, and the beautiful high-collared, cage-skirted dresses were accented perfectly when followed by sheer, flowing gowns.The beading in this collection helps to create an incredible depth to each look that is unparalleled, and with the jewel tone color palette, a sense of royalty was felt. This collection rings true to the darker undertones that seem to be prevalent in all of McQueen’s shows. An ode to a Gothic Renaissance, this collection is beautiful and troubling in the most fashionable of ways.

All photos courtesy of style.com

What’s your favorite aspect of this collection?

Namaste,

Gabriela

New York Fashion Week Recap

Fall 2014 fashion week is almost over, and what a beautiful run it has been. Some incredible collections have hit the runways, ans waves of amazing new trends are bound to hit the streets. Asymmetry, fur in unexpected places, mismatched patterns.. I’m very excited to see what the next few months hold.

BCBG Max Azria

With new age color blocking and fur in unexpected places, BCBG holds true to its wearable high fashion nature and creates a collection that is body conscious in a new way. With virtually no fitted pieces, this collection accents the woman wearing it by leaving a little to the imagination.

Charlotte Ronson

A mix of modern hippie, rockabilly and slightly punk styles, Charlotte Ronson’s collection is on ode to the future, inspired by years past. The sort of dark meets light feel of this collection is evident through sheer layering and black on black looks that seem new in the context of the show.

Jill Stuart

Reminiscent of Saint Laurent of seasons past,  Jill Stuart was the perfect mix of structure and sex appeal. Both extremes made their appearance on the runway, from daring netted dresses that left little to the imagination, to oversize boxy coats that hit the lower calf. No matter how covered up the women were, they always looked sultry and seductive; an ode to the idea that sometimes more is less and less is more.

Rebecca Minkoff

By pairing pieces in innovative ways, Rebecca Minkoff has created a street style collection that is attainable and lust worthy. The sort of easy breezy looks we would all love to live in, Minkoff has a penchant for effortless downtown style. Details like thick beanies and sheer paneling in unexpected places help to create a collection that is both memorable and wearable.

ICB

With a neutral color pallet and many differing aesthetics woven throughout the collection, ICB’s show is one for the insatiable woman who lives life on the edge. Whether inspired by a more structural and origami style piece, or a leather tracksuit style, there is easily something to suit everyone’s desire throughout this show. This collection weaves together interesting silhouettes and darker themes to form the perfect fashion week web; high fashion and macabre in all its glory.

All photos courtesy of style.com.

More to come,

Nammaste

Gabriela

Prabal Gurung Fall 2014 Collection Review

New York Fashion Week is in full swing and the fashion forward are hitting the pavement, or their computers, for glances of what the most noted fashion designers in the world are sending down their runways. Prabal Gurung showed his Fall 2014 Collection this past Saturday, and it is easily one of the best collections of the season thus far.

Asymmetry seemed to be the underlying force with just about every look in this collection. Boxy tops and sweaters were paired with asymmetrical skirts with gauzy draped tails. Fur was used in innovative ways throughout the show, especially as an accent. Whether it was lining a coat or dress or on a bolero style jacket, fur was in unexpected places and was even featured in unexpected colors. Strappy gladiator style sandals furthered the idea of asymmetry even more; the juxtaposition of heavy winter furs with short, thigh baring silted skirts and gladiators was refreshing. Cape style coats made an appearance, as did art inspired prints in burnt oranges, slate grays and navy blues. With prints that imitated splatter paint, marbling and sponging popping up on coats, sweaters, skirts and even trousers, there is no doubt that fashion and art can’t be one in the same.

Unexpected combinations were abundant throughout. Calf bearing skirts with thigh high slits were paired with button up long sleeved blouses, taking a more modern approach to a sultry style. Sweatshirts were even made high fashion with the likes of asymmetrical staggered fur accents in dove grays and ice-y whites.  Burnt oranges, crimson reds, stark whites, navy blues and midnight blacks all added high intensity to this decadent collection. Textured tops in these vibrant hues even resembled avant-garde snakes wrapped around their next prey, bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase “dressed to kill”.

This collection wrapped up with stunning gowns featuring cutouts in unpredictable places. All in all this collection is one of the best to hit the New York runways this far, breathing a new and exciting life into what the fall season will hold. There’s nothing quite like being able to revamp your wardrobe, fashion does thrive off of change after all.

 

All photos courtesy of style.com

What do you think of this collection?

Namaste,

Gabriela

Viktor & Rolf Spring 2014 Couture Collection Review

This collection is every fashion-adoring-ballerina’s dream. Beautiful leotard style dresses in the precious powder pinks and peaches accented with hand drawn “tattoos” define this collection. Inspired by Viktor & Rolf’s new fragrance Bonbon, this collection was modeled by the Dutch National Ballet. The constant reminder of the so called dance between fashion and every other facet of art is perfectly shown by the ballerinas grace and Viktor & Rolf’s talent; an energizing duet that helps to shorten the schism between the two worlds. The aesthetics in this collection are a modern approach to a classic art. Silhouettes are reinvented with skin tight nude fabric designed to blend in to look like skin. Faux chest pieces, bow, and arm tattoos all add another accent to an innovative couture collection. The simplicity and elegance in each of these pieces are so wearable and are more than ready to hit the streets…or the stage.

Photos courtesy of style.com

Namasate,

Gabriela

Carven Pre-Fall 2014 Collection Review

Carven has a penchant for creating pieces that emanate the effortless, proper and prim style of the French. Crave-able capes in camels, structured blazers in black, wool lined coats in scrumptious tangerines, and the perfect clog style sling back all shape this tough-prep look that Carven so seamlessly embodies. Paintbrush patterns and black and white plaids add another element of non-conformity to this rather preppy style collection. There’s a certain strength to designer who is innovative in their collection each season, while still maintaining the style and integrity of their house. Henry manages to capture that which is Carven; the strong, structured and sexy appeal of an effortlessly avant-garde woman, in each and every season. There is also a certain comfort in being able to return to your favorite house while knowing you won’t be disappointed. Carven is one of those houses for me; a house that’s cloaked in the promise of inspiration through each and every look. This collection holds its own with its variety of structured aesthetics and with its punk and prep love child looks, it certainly is everything a Carven fan could crave.

All photos courtesy of style.com

Namaste,

Gabriela Herstik

Dior Spring 2014 Couture Collection Review

There’s something innovative and fresh about a couture show that can walk between award show and pret-a-porter. In Dior’s latest collection, texture and cutout work are key in encapsulating a futuristic garden party feel. Simon’s has pieced together a collection that is inspired by movement, both figuratively and literally, that is represented by interesting silhouettes that both veil and embody the sexuality of the female form. Simmons has seamlessly introduced new silhouettes, along with classic ones, into this collection by reviving them with cut outs and fabrics that are translucent and structured. Even the monochromatic looks tease the eye with subtle floral like webs, and the soft mints, pinks and creme color pallet are only accented by the shock of stark black and whites.

This collection feels young and fresh, wearable and enticing. The modern collection doesn’t feel too futuristic, nor does it draw too much in the past. It’s even more electrifying to think each piece was handmade, sculpted to perfection to be shown on the runway.

All photos courtesy of style.com

What’s your favorite piece?!

Namaste

Gabriela

 

Valentino Pre-Fall 2014 Collection Review

With a whopping 78 looks, this collection was enormous just in figures. Valentino’s Pre-Fall collection seems to be a a Gothic Renaissance garden party, stirring up the urge to sip on the finest wine under the full moon. One of my favorite Pre-Fall collections, Valentino has once again, created something for the books. Whether it’s an animal motif on a cropped sweatshirt or a plastic faux slip accent on a dress, there’s a lot of eccentricity throughout the collection. According to style.com, “eccentricity” was the word of the hour, and the true inspiration behind the collection itself. I’m in awe of the updated renaissance style dresses in shimmering golds and all of the jewel tone, oversize floral prints as well. Peter pan collars, bows, capes, box cut jackets, fur vests, shag coats, and structure galore all speak to the underlying theme of craziness. One of my favorite things about the house of Valentino is that no matter what direction the season takes,each collection it is so unmistakably Valentino. Pre-fall is no different, with all the stunning looks it really is an enormous collection, in the best way possible.

All photos courtesy of style.com

What’s your favorite look?

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Gabriela

No. 21 Fall 2014 Menswear Collection Review

Ahh, Menswear Fashion Week, How brilliantly you sparkle and how freshly you polish my heart. A smile never ceases to form on the edges of my lips as my eyes hungrily scurry across Style.com at all the well dressed gentlemen. I’m tempted to make a little scrapbook of all my favorite looks and collections so I never forget them, maybe I’ll just find a random boy to dress in all the latest trends..we shall see.

I’m still learning the ins and outs of the wonderful world of menswear, so I always find new houses and designers I’m not familiar with. No. 21 is one of said houses. Just like Guillaume Henry manages to create pieces that are both high fashion, easy, and wearable for Carven, Alessandro Dell’Acqua does the same for No. 21. Tartan sweaters, leather jackets, pleated dress pants and neoprene sweatshirts and jackets all layer perfectly to immaculately dress every  model who’s sent down the runway. Appropriately enough, there are, you guessed it, 21 looks in this collection. Layers are key, once again, for this jewel tone modern rendition of a somewhat classic urban style. Think modern German boarding school for this collection; peeks of collars under striped and cable knit sweaters, cropped dress pants and leather platform boots. Each layer and detail, from the leather soled boots to the perfectly mismatched patterns, all elevate this from a basic men’s look. The perfect burnt orange compliments all the navy, burgundy and gray, and patterns used as accents, such as stripes and tartans once more, all weave these colors together. Furs and shags all add yet another dimension to this collection, and paired with a slick side parted do for all the models, there is no doubt this collection is definitely up any menswear fanatics ally.

All photos courtesy of style.com

What’s YOUR favorite look?!

Namaste,

Gabriela

 

Hardy Aimes Fall 2014 Menswear Collection Review

There comes a time in every female fashion lovers life where her path of admiring  haute couture leads her to the wonderful world of menswear. There she finds the universe that encompasses everything from the perfect skinny suit to the immaculate leather shoe. It’s a truly wonderful world that hums it’s own song, a world that is often overlooked, but one that shall never be forgotten.

Hardy Aimes has created the most perfect world of all. Gorgeous sport coats in beautiful grays, fitted blazers in warm chestnuts and chinos and dress pants galore. Layers are the look in this collection, whether it’s a blazer and  sport coat combo or sweater and blazer pairing, Hardy Aimes wasn’t skimping. With only 12 looks, why should they?! Each piece is paired to perfection, but the first and last look of the show were easily the most notable. A dusky blue suit jacket  paired with a checked pant and a beautiful brown structured sport coat defined the first look. Pulled together with a brown leather bag and savvy brown shoe, the almost mismatched, dual tone look was perfect. The last look of the show was remarkable as well, a modern take on the classic tuxedo, made mod in the perfect jewel tone royal blue. A subtle black pattern adds a sheen to the skinny style tux, and paired with the black lapel and dual tone bow tie, this is a great look for someone who loves a good twist on an old classic.

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All photos courtesy of style.com

Whats YOUR favorite look?

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Gabriela

ICB Pre- Fall 2014 Collection Review

There’s something effortless about silhouettes that help shroud you in mystery. The not so simple task of wearing something that is sexy but still leaves enough to the imagination is taunting, but is definitely worthy of the effort. ICB’s pre- fall collection is a noteworthy mix of structured leather, color blocked pieces and thigh and ankle skimming bottoms in the perfect neutral color scheme. Not only is this collection perfect for the woman who appreciates an effortless edge to each of her looks, it’s also for the woman who knows her style like the back of her hand; this collection is easy, effortless, simple and so wearable that it is almost a joke. The tight graphic prints and punches of red throughout create the perfect city slick mix and help to style the woman who loves her style as fierce and original as she is. This collection creates the perfect potion for sexiness, edge and the perfect pinch of mystery.

All photos courtesy of style.com

What do you wear when you want to feel mysterious and sexy?

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Gabriela

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alexander Wang Pre-Fall 2014 Collection Review

Androgyny at its finest, this menswear inspired Pre-Fall collection has new and interesting silhouettes to keep the mind and eye happy. This collection starts off with an original take on a men’s suit by adding coral patent straps and royal blue athletic inspired collar and reinventing the silhouette. Structured pieces like oversize jackets and pleated wide legged trousers all work the androgynous style, but thigh high boots in leather and drapey tops in mixed fabrics add layers of sexiness. Nothing in this collection is truly fitted to the body (minus the exception of a beautiful gray woven dress and skirt), but details like mesh necklines, cutout patterns in tops and short hems make sure you know there’s still a strong and sexy woman wearing the clothes. Androgyny is reinvented in this collection in looks like a structured  white coat layered over a gorgeous camel turtleneck and paired with a short hem and thigh high boots to add a sexy twist to an otherwise conservative outfit. The details in this collection are beautiful; from the mix of leathers and woven silvery gray fabrics to the saddle shoes to the pops of color from drawstrings. This collection is easily one for the woman who likes to blur her own lines.

What do you like about this androgynous style collection?

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Gabriela

Belstaff Spring 2014 Menswear Collection Review

I couldn’t pass up the fantastic opportunity of writing a wee menswear collection review. Past all the Polyvore posts and featured men, Menswear Monday hasn’t been quite so exciting. I always need practice articulating how a collection looks, feels…etc, and I wanted to catch up on the men’s shows so here I am! I reviewed Belstaff’s Spring 2013 Collection a couple weeks ago, and I had I couldn’t resist a review  of their menswear collection as well. This military inspired collection is rugged and rough in all the right ways. With pops of citrus and the perfectly fitted pants, this collection is definitely suited for everything from the harsh city streets to more natural and rugged terrain. Thick, industrial style jackets are given an urban twist with cinched waits and structured collars which lend the collection a slightly more feminine vibe (in all the right ways). This collection includes work style men’s bodysuits as well as ascots and some beautiful leather bags, which are all unexpected for Spring, but with bright neutrals they will definitely transition well. This collection is the perfect mix of industrial bad boy and well dressed gentleman. Who knew Columbia, SC could spawn such a talented designer!

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Gabriela

Burberry Prorsum Spring 2014 Collection Review

Perhaps not the most cohesive collection, Burberry Prorsum’s Spring 2014 show was all sorts of sexy and sultry. Opening with sets of sheer floral lace skirts and shirts in muted pastels, and later transitioning to a more neutral color pallet  in more substantial fabrics, Bailey definitely kept this season interesting. Proportion and draping were everything, whether it was an oversize, cape like camel coat or leather skirt with cutouts imitating lace. High waisted skirts ending below the knees, sheer or not, were the ultimate leg lengthener and seem quite sexy when paired with a cropped top. The classic trench was reinvented and reconstructed; the only truly recognizable trait was the length and fabric. Large, geometric appliques made an appearance on skirts and coats alike and brought back a baroque sort of theme in a modern and elegant context. Pearly pastels, lace and just the right mix of soft and structure all conglomerated to sculpt another note worthy Burberry Prorsum collection.

Photos courtesy of style.com

Don’t you wish you had that transparent raincoat??

Namaste,

Gabriela

Electric Feather Spring 2014 Collection Review

One day you’ll wake up to soft white sheets and a tired whisper in your ear. You’ll wake up to packed suitcases and a warm hand, a cold morning and some hot coffee. You’ll travel in car, on plane, on foot, only to arrive in a country that hums in a different language. Your heart settles and your ears sharpen and your eyes soften and your hand grasps and suddenly your wanderlust has stuck and stuck hard in a country you’d only expected to imagine. Your suitcase chuckles as you pull it along behind you on the cobblestone but the music of the city blurs it out. Days pass and they pile up and you’ve lived vibrantly and brilliantly in clothing that is as beautiful and soft and huge as the Parisian lifestyle you’ve accommodated yourself to. Your thoughts have been saturated with a culture that feels new and old at the same time. You have been saturated by the taste of a life you’d wished was permanent, by the taste of your love’s lips sweet with wine by the Seine, by bitter coffee that warmed your hands and heart, by the taste of the air at the top of the Eiffel Tower. You have wrapped your heart with the city and you have cloaked yourself in clothes that are as vibrant as the culture you fell for, so when you go to sleep in clean sheets with a tired whisper in your ear, you know you’ll be okay.

Namaste

Gabriela

Belstaff Sping 2014 Collection Review

Clean, simple lines in crisp whites and cool blacks are having their moment on the runway this season. Belstaff does it especially well too; leather and mesh paneling on sharp silhouettes help to script a futuristic and edgy feel for this collection. This spring collection dances the line between young and mature perfectly; the fit of each piece is relaxed but has a sexy detail, whether it’s that the shirt is sheer or the hem high, Belstaff plays well for a diverse audience.

You know what makes this collection, and house, even cooler? The creative director, Martin Cooper, is from Columbia, South Carolina! Better yet? My yoga teacher’s husband grew up with him and they remain best friends.

 

All photos courtesy of style.com

Namaste,

Gabriela

Joseph Spring 2014 Collection Review

It’s a new take on the 90’s and the leisure suit. Sly mesh paneling, white minimalist perfection and silk and satin like no ones businesses all create a strong 20th century vibe. Relaxed cuts and monochromatic patterns all really work every from of “leisure”; you can drink your wine by the tennis courts but still look like the bombshell you are while doing it. This collection manages to hold on to a sort of luxurious athletic look; Adidas style sandals paired with oversize clutches, patent leather pieces and incredible cut out detailing step up the luxurious aspect of the collection. And although this collection is cohesive, it is still versatile; in the colors, in the textiles themselves and in the styles of the fabric. Sequins make an appearance and are all grown up in sultry tank tops under sheer shirts and dresses, and even a luminescent eggshell makes an appearance in a suit of its own. This collection pays homage to the 90’s by reinventing it; maybe the fashion would have been better if this is what it had looked like to begin with.

All pictures courtesy of style.com

Namaste,

Gabriela

Willow Spring 2014 Collection Review

As if the sheer, polka dot minimilistic madness could end. .Smooth, silky satin’s, sultry, straight lines and the perfect sheer paneling coupled with strategically placed fabric blocking make Willow one of the best collections I have seen thus far. Elegance and edge couple together to form a delicate dance that’s only enriched by perfect neutrals in interesting textures. Body suits and dresses that drape perfectly are accented by the ideal plunging neckline, revealing a little while still keeping the fun of imagining what lies below. Asymmetrical shirts and dresses are accentuated by sharp shoulders in asymmetrical hemmed cardigans in stark white and blacks. This whole collection is laid back, sexy, avant-garde goodness, and the last look surely doesn’t end on a bad note. A gunmetal gray biker jacket is accented with the perfect holographic silver on the lapels and is worn with a holographic bra and bodycon skirt. Willow is the perfect addition to the amazing shows at Fashion Week.

What’s your favorite part of this collection?
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Gabriela

Olympia Le-Tan Spring 2014 Collection Review

An obvious  ode to sailor and pin ups alike. Olympia Le-Tan’s Spring 2014 collection is a little bit costumey and a whole lot of sexy. Garter belts, victory rolls and short hem galore, this collection is sultry and sweet; a perfect mix for the Spring. The color pallet doesn’t stray too far from whites, blues and pink with a little bit of black mixed in. Stripes and big, bright floral prints added to the tutu style skirts and hot pants that are oh so pin up. This collection is light, fun and a whole lot of sexy, one of my favorite looks being a fishnet shirt, some pastes, patent accented hot pants and thigh highs; talk about sex appeal to the mask. I’m loving sets of skirts and tops or shorts that match; I think it’s so sexy to expose a couple inches of abdomen. The nude stockings and garter belt add just the right amount of siren sexiness to this incredible collection.

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Gabriela

Piece d’Anarchive Spring 2014 Collection Review

Edgy, dark, structure with an urban flair.Cool, crisp midnight blacks and stark whites emphasize the  vision of this collection. Flatform sandals and converse, as well as patent boots, give an ode to Converse and Dr.Martins and tinker with the idea of low fashion inspiring high fashion. There is no lack of texture or pattern in this collection, grid-like cutouts, and stripes and checks all add detail that keeps the eyes wandering. New age style bowler hats and beanies also add a flavor of high street style to this collection. Layers of cutout skirts are thrown on and under leotards, shirts and dresses, while geometric style tee shirts and jackets are seen on almost every model, male or otherwise, There is easily a street and sport style influence and taste to this collection; high maintenance gone fussy, if you will. One of my favorite looks includes a button down black cardigan with oversize steel buttons, grid cutout inserts on the sleeves, a checkered pencil skirt over legging shorts, a black bowler inspired hat, and some platform white Converse inspired shoes worn with white socks. This collection is edgy and dark, just as seasons past were, but it has a whole new take on how it presents those tones. The grunge sort of feel is out, and urban is in. There’s no doubt about it either; this collection will be making its way onto every paved surface available.

All photos courtesy of style.com

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Gabriela

ICB Spring 2014 RTW Collection Review

It’s classic Prabal Gurung style to send models down the runway wearing exactly what we want for Spring. Clean lines in a medley of blue, white and black tease the senses from the very start  of the show. Holographic silver, ripe reds and jade greens keep the minimalist collection interesting; whether it’s a drop waist dress, a low riding pant and a crop top or a futuristic take on the peplume, there was always a new perspective to the trend that’s been going on and on. Pearly pinks, baby  blues and dove grays also added to the softly structured shirts and shorts. Even though the pieces weren’t completely “structured”, the shape of each piece accented the model who wore it perfectly by draping to accentuate her body instead of just conforming to it. After seasons and seasons of punk ideals and culture trickling into fashion, it’s refreshing and new to see clean lines, soft colors and a “less is more” mentality. The perfect juxtaposition to the fall runways, if this season is anything like this collection, we’re set for the best Spring to date.

All photos courtesy of style.com

What do you love about this season?

Namaste,

Gabriela Loaine

Warby Parker Fall 2013 Collection Release

Instead of taking the typical, advertisement route to release their fall collection, Warby Parker decided to take the trendier road; by using bloggers. I have the amazing chance of partnering with this wonderful company to show off their Fall 2013 collection.

If you know me, if you know what I believe in, if you know my love for fashion; you know that I will back up this brand 110%. For every pair of Warby Parker frames you buy, a pair of glasses are donated to someone who needs them. As if that wasn’t enough, the 60’s inspired looks will make your heart melt. Think social uproar, think a time when everything was changing and rebellion was in the air.

Named after famous literary reference, the story of this collection is already framed (har har) in a gold light. Each piece evokes a sort of nostalgia; a yearning for a time when one’s voice could ring out in rage, or happiness, and be joined by countless others in unison. Grab your favorite lace dress, some pumps and a pair of Warby Parker’s new frames and you’re sure to have your voice heard.

And don’t forget; these pieces may LOOK like they break the bank, at $95 for acetate styles  and both acetate and stainless steel for $145, they definitely don’t hurt your pocket.

Ripley Oak Barrel Eyeglasses

Ripley Whiskey Tortoise Eyeglasses

Ames Whiskey Tortoise Eyeglasses

Ames Whiskey Tortoise Eyeglasses

Throw on a lace dress and some oxfords to compliment your new glasses. A vintage watch and Chanel add some glamour to your simple look, while a red lip draws some danger in. Top it off with a spritz of perfume and you’re ready to go.

Duckworth Oak Barrel Eyeglasses

Duckworth Revolver Black Matte Eyeglasses

Rowan Whiskey Tortoise Eyeglasses

Holcomb Marbled Sandstone Eyeglasses

Holcomb Oak Barrel Eyeglassesprep by gabrielalorr featuring a mini skater skirt

Maybe you need something more retro, with an edgy pull. Compliment your sleek, new, second pair of eyes with a leather varsity jacket, a sporty sleek crop top, and top it off with the perfect turquoise skirt.

3/4 view Ames Graphite Fog Sunglasses

3/4 view Ellison Marbled Sandstone Sunglasses

3/4 view Ellison Whiskey Tortoise Sunglasses

Fall Collection 2013

Ways to Wear your Feed Bag by gabrielalorr featuring a pocket purse

No matter what your style is, the new collection has something to suit it; whether it’s vintage whimsy or classic charm, every pair of glasses will make you feel as good as you look. I am a firm believer that it is important to give back to the universe that has blessed you with so much. If you’re going to buy yourself something, may as well help someone else while you’re at it!

Want to buy every piece? You’re in luck! The collection is live HERE.

Namaste,

Gabriela Lorraine

Viktor & Rolf Fall 2013 Couture Collection Review

Leave it to Viktor & Rolf to redefine minimalism. The duo created the perfect minimalist couture collection…in black. After seasons of white and silver or holographic minimalism, the structured black pieces, along with the softly draped looks as well, were oddly refreshing. The cocoons of darkness are engulfing as well as vibrant and alluring. The depths of each piece draw one in like an unsuspecting fly into the barely luminescent cobweb. Almost powerless while looking at this collection, it’s as if the cape dresses and skirts have sucked every piece of free will from you and have left you gasping to find whatever remains of your breath. The soft accents of the fluff on the hems and edges of dresses break up the aesthetic into something you can focus on. Each model ended her walk by sitting, or posing, and becoming a part of a sort of sculpture that the designers created; an ode to zen. How very appropriate.

All photos courtesy of style.com

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Gabriela

Death Queen Style Sunday

Hello Breathing Fashionistas, I am so beyond glad to be back and to be, gradually, getting into the blogging grind! I am so excited for the year ahead of me, and I’m so excited to be back in Columbia.  I am also so excited to announce that my amazing friend Morgan Epperson, find her site HERE, is going to be collaborating with me every Sunday as my in house Sunday style photographer! Morgan is not only incredibly sweet and lovable, she is also incredibly talented and a fellow Fashion Board member. Today, we shot in my backyard, yes I have train tracks and a graveyard in my backyard, and I’m so happy with how amazing the photos turned out! I felt like today was a perfect day for a gauzy tank top, Carven inspired shorts and my Lita’s;  proper death queen attire

I keep forgetting I don’t have class tomorrow, which is super nice, and I’ve spent today with my twin at brunch and relaxing. I get to go to yoga later, spend the night with some friends and I’m looking forward to what the night holds!

Shirt: TJ Maxx

Shorts and long necklace: Forever 21

Short necklace: Barney’s Outlet

Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

Purse: Zara

Socks: H&M

Bracelet: Nasty Gal

Sunglasses: American Thread

 

What does YOUR Labor Day weekend hold?

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Gabriela

 

PS: Make sure to check out Morgan’s site: mepperson.portfoliobox.me

Jean Paul Gaultier Fall 2013 Collection Review

If the Flintstones were to come into the new age with a rockabilly, sexy vibe, they would probably wear this entire couture collection. Structured leather pieces, gauzy and iridescent dresses and velvet galore, Gaultier sticks to it’s nearly costume style while still holding an air of sophistication. This collection can seem like Gaultier was scatterbrained as he came up with designs, but overall th pieces manage to make sense when placed next to one another. The incredible hand beading and intricacy of this entire collection shall be noted; it’s not so often we see such over the top couture collections.

All photos courtesy of style.com

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Gabriela

Alexandre Vauthier Fall 2013 Couture Review

This collection is taking couture into the new age. Sexy, slinky numbers, structured blazers a la Balmain, navel exposing necklines and skirts that resemble belts are all staples that are woven into the sexiest couture show to date. A neutral color pallet of blacks, tans, white and icy blues, feed into the sultry and exposed vibes. Leather and satin add some sheen and glamour to this bodycon collection, and stand out pieces like a gauzy number over a cutout body suit really separate this collection from any other couture collection. Vauthier’s slinky dresses are glamorous and sexy with beautiful details like thigh high slits and bustier tops. Cut outs and matte blacks and whites take a sexy Herve Leger sort of approach by leaving little to the imagination. It’s interesting really, how in the colder months it’s easier to be sexy; a shorter hem with a peep of thigh is unexpected when the temperature drops. It won’t be hard to turn heads in the autumn months if you’re wearing an Alexandre Vauthierr piece; sexiness isn’t seasonal.

All photos courtesy of style.com

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Gabriela Lorraine

Helmut Lang Resort 2013 Collection Review

Sheath dresses, boxy tank tops, and loads of the most buttery leather all come together to form the perfect boyfriend inspired resort collection. Numbers in jet black leather are paired with soft-as-rose-petal cotton. The marriage of the textures create a sultry edge in a masculine silhouette, and details like snakeskin ankle boots and quilted collars add interest to the monochromatic looks.  Color blocking is done to the nines, and blazers with thin lapels are refreshing in the cool, effortless, edgy style Lang so easily creates. Marbling details on simple dresses adds a pop of pattern to a neutral color pallet, and the classic blazer/dress pant combo feels edgy and modern with cropped cigarette style pants. Thigh high slits, cropped pants and leather detailing all make this collection unexpectedly edgy and feminine. This resort collection is a definitely a new twist on a typical resort collection, but it definitely proves one thing; black is not seasonal.

All photos courtesy of style.com

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Gabriela L

Best of Berlin

Berlin has designated itself as a fashion mecca; a little known jewel that’s creating some real diamonds in the fashion industry. MBFW Berlin is this week and from what I have seen, there are some real show stoppers, including the three designers I will be featuring. Berlin has it’s own sort of vibe, much like each classic fashion capital, and that’s what makes it so perfect to house an explosive fashion week; Berlin’s punk rock, underground vibe is magnified by the designers the city houses.

Augustin Teboul

Imagine Gatsby meets baroque meets punk. Classic 20’s details are accentuated by their modern pairing with leather accents and striking head pieces. Intricate beading takes the spotlight with sheer layers playing a supporting role, and flowers drape each and every look in Teboul’s 2013 Lookbook. Snakeskin prints and soft draping bring this collection into the modern era, while still retaining it’s 20th century flair. It’s sort of the punk rock, art loving Gatsby one would imagine if Gatsby was, well, modern.

 Augustin Teboul S/S 2013

Augustin Teboul S/S 2013

Augustin Teboul S/S 2013

Augustin Teboul S/S 2013

Augustin Teboul S/S 2013

Augustin Teboul S/S 2013

Augustin Teboul S/S 2013

Augustin Teboul S/S 2013

Augustin Teboul S/S 2013

 

Issever Bahri

Part quirky, part deranged hypnotist, part mandala lover. Oversize sloping shoulders, opaque looking eye glasses and netting overlaid on plain shirts all step up this Bahri collection from a basic lookbook. This collection is the perfect example of a great use of textures; metallic finishes on  windbreaker inspired jackets add unexpected flair to a futuristic ensemble. Pleated skirts in pattern blocked styles also add something different to all the color blocking that has been popular in previous seasons.Your eyes never stop as your looking at this collection; there’s always another element to observe and note, whether it’s mandala like circles lined up like a strange sort of crop circle, or the perfect overlay on a knee skimming dress. It’s as if Alexander McQueen had a baby with an alien and it’s this collection; UFO style raincoats in perfectly clear blue tinge are the perfect topper to color block, ankle skimming cigarette jeans. The ultimate collection for the avant-garde space babe.

ISSEVER BAHRI S/S 2014

ISSEVER BAHRI S/S 2014

ISSEVER BAHRI S/S 2014

ISSEVER BAHRI S/S 2014

ISSEVER BAHRI S/S 2014

ISSEVER BAHRI S/S 2014

ISSEVER BAHRI S/S 2014

 

 

Irene Luft

Vixen, space cadet encased in gold. Architectural pieces are plated in the finest of gold, and worn with eerie, couture like masks that resemble gas masks. Clear plastic is layered under dresses and worn as shirts, leaving nothing to the imagination and creating an interesting silhouette. The simple gold and cream color scheme elevates the sophistication of this already luxurious and sultry collection, and adds to the sort of sultry luxe vibe.The use of tough, translucent plastic allows a sexy, structured look to be created. The first dress, with it’s paneling, is reminiscent of an airplane and is a perfect example of the up and coming talent that Berlin holds; creating a piece such as this one is not an easy feat by any means. The second look in this collection is just as good; little ivory flowers adorn a sheath of clear plastic, creating a hide and seek effect that is perfect with the simplicity of slicked back hair and bedroom eyes. This collection is high fashion Pan’s Labyrinth for adults; playful in all the right ways, while still maintaining the perfect amount of allure and enchantment.

IRENE LUFT S/S 2014

IRENE LUFT S/S 2014

IRENE LUFT S/S 2014

IRENE LUFT S/S 2014

IRENE LUFT S/S 2014

IRENE LUFT S/S 2014

IRENE LUFT S/S 2014

IRENE LUFT S/S 2014

IRENE LUFT S/S 2014

IRENE LUFT S/S 2014

IRENE LUFT S/S 2014

What do YOU think of these Berlin designers?

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Camilla and Marc Resort 2013 Collection Review

Rooftop parties may be far and few, but there’s always an occasion to pretend you’re getting whisked away to some late night, garden party affair. Camilla and Marc’s Resort collection houses the perfect of structured separates and flouncy floral, high necklines and short hems also add another element of minimalist flair.A white sheath dress with an asymmetrical hemline and mesh v-neck insert is the perfect little look to strut across the garden on the rooftop patio you are so graciously hosting a party on. Silky tangerines and neutrals make an appearance on sultry dresses, and bustier tops paired with drop waist pants and structured a-line skirts are also featured, and perfect for a NYC night out nonetheless. Silk and satin bring a new sort of appeal to the overdone minimalist aesthetic, and Camilla and Marc nail it. Simple sandals enhance each look while still maintaining the new age minimalist look.

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Elie Saab Couture 2013 Collection Review

Elie Saab is easily the new age king of couture. His sheer, beaded numbers draw eyes from fashion loving fiends and red carpet vultures alike, and with good reason. Saab has found his niche in couture dresses that create a strong, sultry woman by slipping her into a dress that could only come to her in a dream. Striking colors are matched with intricate beading that accentuates the woman’s figure with cinched waists and plunging necklines.Saab creates the ultimate woman by draping her in gowns made of stars and woven with star dust; above all else he manages to cloak each and every lady he dresses in a physical manifestation of their inner beauty. Saab’s fairy tale dresses are beyond anything Cinderella could imagine, but also better than anything in her wildest dreams. Maybe a princess isn’t exactly fit to wear such a dress, but instead a queen; a woman who isn’t afraid to make a statement and show off her beauty and her soul.

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Chanel Fall 2013 Couture Collection Review

If there’s one thing Karl Lagerfeld manages to do in each and every Chanel collection it is weave each piece together through classic Chanel cuts and tweed. Although this collection is irresistibly Chanel, it is also irresistibly modern with its structured jackets and thick low slung belts. Some looks are closer to the classic image of Chanel; clean, square cut, chic tweed. Some looks are more modern; low, plunging necklines and sheer and airy blouses paired with a tweed jacket in revamped grays. Structured, pointed shoulders and dresses in tiled, shimmering hues are just different enough to leave one’s mouth agape, but keep one’s eyes pealed for more. The latter half of the collection evokes everything from futuristic, space age themes to Renaissance tones. Soft, clingy fabrics bring a touch of sex appeal to a classically conservative house and Karl Lagerfeld’s vision is made all the more refreshing.

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Saint Laurent Spring 2014 Menswear Collection Review

This collection is not for the men who are faint of heart, nor is it for those who are questioning their masculinity. Slimane has done it again, seeking out a younger generation of thin, waif style, rockabilly boys to target in his most recent menswear collection. Leather was a staple, accenting the long, lean legs of the young thin men that wore them. Ranging from red and black pants to blazers and shoes, Slimane was not shy of this patent staple. Nor was he shy of eccentricity; although the collection has the classic skinny suite style throughout, Slimane manages to stray far, far away from being quote on quote “classic”. Some of the looks are more wearable, simple fitted suits with accents such as metal tipped  or leather lined collars. With suit jackets and blazers ranging in patterns from checkers and cheetah prints to polka dots and sequins, this Saint Laurent collection is probably not what YSL himself had in mind. Although many have detested Slimane from straying so far from the path of Yves Saint Laurent’s vision, it may be time to embrace change and youth. The target market may have changed, along with the houses’ name itself, since Slimane’s reign of Saint Laurent, but the cool, classic edge of Saint Laurent certainly has not. Fashion is an expression of the current times, and just like the 1920’s, maybe Slimane’s so called rebellion of the classic YSL style is Slimane’s effort to create a new age flapper style for men, so to speak. If Slimane is creating something so out of the ordinary for the house he is working for, who’s to say that he isn’t feeding the people what society is feeding him.

 

If you’re more for the classic menswear style and want to woe me, or any style appreciative lady, wear something along the lines of fitted pants, a blazer or leather jacket, some cool shades and the perfect leather shoe.

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Chloe Resort 2014 Collection Review

This collection is the perfect antithesis to the Fall and Spring collections of earlier this year. Oversize, clean lines, a slight 60’s vibe and some vibrant colors all scream “resort” in the best way possible. Clare Waight Keller knew exactly what she was doing when she crafted this collection; although most looks may be considered conservative and simple, there is definitely not a lack of personality.With the perfect mix of soft and structured and the perfect combination of color and neutrals, Chloe is definitely having a winning season. Wide legged pants, structured jackets and soft lace accents create an ethereal vibe throughout each look. This collection is both effortless and beautiful in the most avant-garde way.

All photos courtesy of style.com

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Carven Resort 2014 Collection Review

Carven is one of my favorite houses, that much is evident. But just because i love a house doesn’t mean I love every aspect of every collection. As a darker soul I tend to appreciate fall and winter collections more so than any other. This seems to be the case with this collection as well. The patterns and prints of Carven’s Resort collection are perfect and subtle, but the sunglasses completely rectangular shape doesn’t seem to compliment the rest of the look. Some of the off the shoulder dresses don’t quite seem to mesh with the silhouette or the texture of the piece they’re paired with .  This collection overall, however, is still classically Carven. Somehow whimsical and grown up at the same time, the pieces manage to be structured and delicate which seems perfectly refreshing for resort. Carven also manages to show how color blocking is still relevant and alive, if done well.

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