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

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

Macabre Monday: Five Ways to Dress Like a Death King

Happy Monday one and all! While brainstorming something different for today’s post, I remembered I posted something on Instagram with the hashtag of #macabremmonday about a month ago. Well, since today is Menswear Monday after all, I decided to dedicate my Macabre Monday to my death kings out there. I love being able to wear all black and feel powerful and i honestly think a well dressed man in black is incredibly sexy. Today’s post features five simple ways to channel your inner Edgar Allen Poe!

 Classy and Casual

Start with the basics. A pair of jeans that fits well (not too tight, not too loose), a black short sleeve button up and some nice black suede boots or oxfords. Add a motorcycle style leather jacket, a leather briefcase and a thick beanie; I love the contrast of the slightly dressed up bag with the chunky beanie. Grab a book and a black and gold accented watch, and you look classy and casual and ready to take on whatever realm you choose.

Belstaff Fall 2013 Menswear Collection
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Dapper on the Go

If you’re anything like me, you still take time to get ready for your 8:30 am class. I know this is unusual but I promise it doesn’t take more than 20 minutes to look decent for an early class and i can promise you’ll feel more prepared and confident for the day ahead. My biggest advice is to pick your outfit out the night before. Start like before with a  good pair of jeans, but in the cold winter months I would trade a button up short sleeve for a thick sweater, adding a coat and some boots once more. Leather accents, such as these boots, wallet and backpack, help you dress like a death king and still be comfortable and prepared for the day (or 8:30 stat). Invest in a killer watch and you’ll never be late,  even to outrun death himself.

3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2013 Menswear Collection
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Belstaff Fall 2013 Menswear Collection
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Phillip Lim 3.1 Fall 2013 Menswear Collection
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Dressed for the Heavens

Every man should have pieces that make him feel like a king. I adore a well fitted suit on a man, my preference is of the skinny variety. If you have to be more formal for an event, a monochromatic black look with gold accents is easy and so classy it hurts. I started with this button up dress shirt and added some skinny trouser pants. I thought that a skinny tie would pop nicely with a vintage gold tie clip, and opted for this instead of a bow tie. I added a men’s blazer instead of a classic suit jacket to change the look into something a little bit more wearable. Change the details to something unexpected; add some leather work boots and sunglasses in a unique shape or style. Again, a black and gold watch adds the perfect pop, and some gold cuff links wouldn’t hurt either .

Band of Outsiders Fall 2013 Menswear Collection
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3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2013 Menswear Collection
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Dior Homme Fall 2013 Menswear Collection
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Top of the Class

To wear the title of “Death King” means being inspired by many dimensions, many lives and many stores..including the beloved Topman. Topman has an endless bounties of macabre pieces that can be worn and worn through season after season. Bundling up in black basics is always a good option when you want to feel and look good. Start with some jeans and a long sleeve tee, add a black hoodie, leather jacket and some boots to stay classic and comfortable. Add details like a woven belt and a weird beanie and you’ll stand out in the best way possible. Topmen don’t blend in, after all.

Alexander Wang Fall 2013 Menswear Collection
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The Laziest Death King

People tend to have this crazy idea that being comfortable and lazy means you can’t dress well. Well. I am here to relieve your distress and tell you that’s not true. The biggest tip I have for my lazy fashion loving men is to buy and invest in pieces that are comfortable but still wearable. Buy some black Vans, some sweatpants that are cool, a graphic pullover.  Have a few pieces, like a good hoodie or some really nice worn in jeans, that you can turn to when you slept too much or are sick (read, hungover) or just lazy and still want to look good. I have some tee shirts from Pull and Bear that I know I can wear with some leggings and a big sweater and be cozy in. Grab some cool sweats, a varsity jacket, a graphic pullover and a sassy beanie and I promise you, you’ll look like the death king you are (even with no effort)

Balmain Fall 2013 Menswear Collection
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3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2013 Menswear Collection
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Hope this post has inspired you to dress a little bit more on the dark side!

Namaste,

Gabriela Lorraine

 

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.

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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.

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What do you love about this season?

Namaste,

Gabriela Loaine

A VERY BREATHING FASHION BIRTHDAY

Dear Breathing Fashion family,

It’s been four years!! Four crazy, wonderful, amazing years. Four years ago I accepted the journey of starting my own fashion blog, and it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. There have been many ups and downs, but I am so proud to say that I never even let the idea of quitting enter my mind. As Breathing Fashion has grown, i have grown with it. I have discovered my voice, my passion for writing, my own personal style, and my dedication to what I hope to make a career in. Over the past year especially, I have collaborated with some amazing photographers, designers, brands and even been featured in a magazine. I have met some incredible people whose complete and utter faith in what I do has helped me more than they  know. I have established a solid reader base and found a layout that makes sense. I can’t get over how blessed I am to have had such a great run thus far. The future is bright, my loves, BF has big things coming!

I had a celebratory photo shoot, and am so pleased with how they turned out!

Here’s to the NEXT four years

Xoxo

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

Menswear Monday; Dress to Impress

First off, happy Labor Day to one and all!  I hope everyone has been sitting poolside and basking in the sun. It goes without saying that if you can still wear white after today BUT you should probably just wear black since black is the best ( unless you’re going for the futuristic minimalist look, in which case please continue wearing white).

Anyway, I was recently approached by one of my good friends who wants me to help style him. He’s going to be in a position where what he wears is important, read limelight, and wanted my advice and “knowledge” (I use this term loosely) when it comes to menswear. First off, he has the perfect gaunt, lanky frame to be able to work any and every trend, so obviously I didn’t hesitate in screaming, texting, YES I ACCEPT when he offered for me to help him. The thing is, he already has his own sense of style and this, in turn, can open it’s own can of worms; I need to be able to define his style while still letting him be himself. You can tell when someone is inauthentic, even if it’s just in the clothes they wear; they either look and/or feel uncomfortable or they read as completely fake. Either way, that’s not the road you want to take as a stylist. I don’t want to create an identity for my friend, I just want to help him create the style he wants and make it accessible for him. With that being said, after a little discussion, I decided to make some outfit sets to help see what he had in mind vs what I have in mind.

Straight jeans, nice boots, a classic watch and a tank top and a sweatshirt or button up are all good classic pieces that work well with a lean frame. Use pieces like a beanie or backpack to add another element to a simple outfit.

 

Another easy way to layer when the day transitions from warm, early in the morning, to cool, late at night, is by layering. Start with a pair of straight cut, dark wash jeans, pair it with a tank top and knot a flannel around your waist. When the evening wind starts scratching at your cheeks, throw on your flannel and slide a pull over on. The lapel and length of the flannel will add some color and interest to  your outfit. Pair it with an urban inspired backpack filled with a great book, some leather shoes and a leather belt and you’re good to go.

 

Living in the South means it’s still warm, so I threw together this collage as an example of how easy it is to still dress well when it’s still famously hot. A patterned or solid short sleeve button up with some cut off shorts and vans or oxfords is simple enough to wear everyday. Unlike basketball shorts and frat tees ,however, you still look classic without looking 15.

 

The last look I created was also pretty simple. Being thin means you can rock things like Henley’s. even though my friend claims otherwise. I liked the pop of the maroon, and I paired the long sleeve with some straight cut jeans as well as a leather varsity jacket and a leather backpack for some edge. A classic watch with a black face and camel strap ties in the perfect leather belt. Add some great slip on leather boots and a piece of classic literature, and you’re more than ready to be the front man.

 

What would YOU style?!

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Gabriela

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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Gabriela

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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Gabriela

What I’m Feeling for Fall 2013

Okay, it may be a tad ridiculous that I’m jumping from what I want to wear while strutting on the beach to what I want to wear come Fall, but it is me, and I am one who ADORES fall. (Remember my pumpkin flavored anything posts? Me too). The dark, gloomy part of the year calls my name and beckons for me to buy every jumpsuit and bodysuit in site. I’ve been so enthralled by all the macabre trends that have hit the runway, and I can’t contain my love any longer… I must blog about it. Here are my three favorite trends of the season.

1. Stacks and Stacks of Rings

anatomy of a stackI’ve been obsessed with Catbird ever since I saw Eva Chen wear their fabulous rings! Check out their selection of jewelry and home accesories HERE

For a long time I really loved a bunch of statement rings with oversize cuffs and a necklace.  I’m a more is more sort of person but I’m honestly loving stacks of thin, delicate rings as a way to make a statement. I think they’re perfect for any and every season, and I love that by mixing the textures and metals they can match whatever jewelry you’re wearing. Style.com is also feeling the trend of rings on rings, so you know that Catbird must be on to something! (PS bottom two photos are also Catbird!)

2. Bodysuits

Sparkle & Fade Mesh Block BodysuitSilence + Noise Black Widow Bodysuit

I couldn’t find any other bodysuits besides these incredible ones from Nastygal and Urban Outfitters, but you get the picture. I love the two leotards on the bottom, the only two from Urban, but I’m fond of their full length older siblings from Nasty Gal. I love how sexy bodysuits are simply because they’re so form fitting and sultry while still being appropriate. I’m calling body suits as one of falls top trends because they have mass sex appeal and if Nasty Gal has already jumped on the bandwagon it won’t be long before the rest of us do as well.

3. Harnesses

All of these photos are of the incredible lingerie brand, Hopeless Lingerie. Based out of Australia, they create handmade, custom lingerie with an edge. I love and lust over  all of their bralettes and garter belts and I seriously cannot wait until the day i can afford to buy a piece (or two or ten). Shop their collections HERE.

Harness Stud Dress

Blind Heat Harness Tank

Chained Cage Dress

If you’re not the innerwear as outterwear type, don’t fret. You can still find some amazing separates with harness detailing, like these from Nasty Gal. What’s sexier than a harness detail or a harness under a blazer (over a tank) when you’re going to work or class? Nothing. It’s such a sexy little unexpected piece that it’s sure to be a staple come fall.

What are YOUR favorite fall trends?XXX

Gabriela

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.

XXX
Gabriela

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.

XXX
Gabriela

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.

XXX
Gabriela

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.

XXX
Gabriela

 

 

 

Menswear Monday: Richard James Spring 2014 Menswear Collection Review

This collection is a little bit dapper, a whole lot of Gatsby and even a little feminine. Consisting of mostly soft pastels and splashes of bright colors, this collection is for the man who doesn’t feel comfortable looking like he belongs chugging a beer. Skinny suits, plaid, summer hats and embroidered summer loafers all make an appearance for Spring 2014. The well dressed gentlemen is definitely coming back into style with thanks to The Great Gatsby, and men like This Fellow.

I like men who embrace monochromatic color pallets, and unusual color schemes.

Happy Monday!

XXX
Gabriela

Burberry Prorsum Resort 2013 Collection Review

If there’s one omen in this collection, it’s this; below the knee is the new mini. There’s no denying it; Burberry has embraced the new hem for the season and done it remarkably well. The fitted silhouette is still feminine and alluring because of the textures, sheen and lace detailing that are added to each piece. Instead of looking overtly mature, Christopher Bailey has created the perfect summertime look that’s easy, sexy and natural. The  sheer fabrics make this collection perfect for summer; the lace knicker-showing skirts are sultry without being over the top showy and the length makes them lust worthy for even the most conservative Burberry Prorsum fan. The brocade patterns and classic trench-coat accents keep the Burberry theme throughout the entire collection. Young and vibrant, this collection was created for the girl who you can’t stop thinking about. Bailey has done it again, delivering not what we want, but what we NEED for Resort 2013.

What do you think about this collection?!

XXX
Gabriela

Elie Tahari Resort 2014 Collection Review

A classic, structured collection that’s perfect for the summer, Elie Tahari’s Resort 2014  is exactly what I crave after seasons of loose silhouettes. The silhouette is redone; with longer hems and looser fits, but it is all edge thanks to the structure maintained. The color pallet of charcoal,  navy, white, black and pale lime green all compliment the simple aesthetic. The sheen of the leather paired with the matte fabrics works perfectly, and adds another element to this stunning collection.

XXX,

Gabriela

Memorial Day Menswear Monday

Happy Memorial Day to all my fellow Breathing Fashionistas! Although the holiday itself is over, I still wanted to post a little something in honor of America. Although this is a holiday to honor all those who are serving, or have served, our country, I decided I would honor an incredible American menswear designer.

Tom Ford immerses himself in creating the perfect gentlemen. He uses clothing as his medium to construct the most impeccably dressed man he can create,  His incredible tailoring is what allows to make each look so powerful, and so flattering.

What do you think of the silhouette and style Ford creates?

XXXX
Gabriela

I Missed Mui!

        Hey everyone! I am SO SO SO sorry for the lack of posts. Junior year is crazy and I’ve had so much going on! This post is going to make up for my lack of previous posts though I promise.

                             First things first

        Prada manages to make everything Mui Mui amazing. This Spring RTW 2011 collection is not only terribly different from their previous collection, but also new and refreshing. Instead of small graphic prints for their spring collection, Mui Mui tended to go with graphic prints on their dresses for this collection. Cut above the knee, the dresses were both innovative in their design and length without seeming to orthodox. Mui Mui managed to have a Western air to her clothing in this collection, and the drop waists seemed to accentuate the models long bodies. Bright blues, pastel yellow and vibrant reds set off the tone to this marvelous collection.

        

    



 

 

                                Here are some random pictures from concerts and Starbucks X



 


I know the tour managers aunt so she drove us to this concert and made us take a picture with the members.It got awkward when we admitted we weren’t there to see them , but to see the band they were touring with.But that’s okay.I live for awkward moments.Please excuse my hair.

 


Veara

 


I like the effect.I don’t really know why it turned out like this though…


Haste the day


Sleeping with Sirens


Poor guy.This was the day of homecoming at my school so I was “dancing”.

Typical of me to go to a concert and not a school dance.

 

            XXX        

Gabriela

 

 


 

Carven

 

    A high fashion French label, Carven is unique and beautiful; all while encompassing a whimsical and care free air. Full of camel colored coats, black stocking and hints of red, Carven is the perfect for fall. Structured yet slouchy, elegant yet casual, Carven manages to hit the right mix between everything you need for everyday high fashion. Although there is an edgy aspect to this line, some geometric shapes and darker colors, Carven’s winter 2010 collection reminds me of a fairytale in the woods. Imagine a high fashion red riding hood mixed with a Kate Moss love for clothing and POP! Carven!

 

 

 

 

winter \\

 

 

            Find the complete collection HERE!

XXX
Gabriela

 

 

 

Ann Demeulemeester

    Ann Demeulemeester has a way of making high fashion edgy and raw. There seems to be such a sophisticated feel to the raw strength she portrays. I love harem pants ( I actually wore my own pair from Zara today) and I love the way she makes them dark and edgy.

                                Fall RTW 2010

I love long floor length sweeping skirts

 

My friend and I are going to start making feather hair extensions. Leave me a comment if you’re interested in ordering one!

XXX
Gaby

Fashionable reads

                Hey everyone, I know I’ve been promising these pictures for a while and I’m sorry for just getting around to them but here they are!

 

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                                        100 New fashion designers

I love this book. It’s perfect for featuring new designers on my blog and it works just as well for when I need inspiration.

 

 


        200 Projects to get you into Fashion Design

This book is perfect for those just starting to become interested in fashion design. It has amazing projects to do to get better at fashion design and the pages are beautiful and glossy.

 


Vogue Paris Collection

This was my gift for the holiday’s this year and I love it! All the post-it notes are attached to the collection of the designer written on it. And each and every post-it note has an annotation of the collection.

 

 



 

 


            My wonderful world of Fashion

Full of ideas for inspiration and awesome fashion related coloring pages. The pages are all really fun to color and full of really awesome fashion archives.

 

 

More later

XX

Gabriela

Not much to write about

                        Well this weekend has been hectic. My family has had a family emergency so I haven’t had a chance to upload any pictures. So let’s see what’s new in the fashion industry.

                                                Yves Saint Laurent Fall Runway 2010

                        As usual, YSL delivers. And it delivers well. This collection is fierce to a whole new lever. Power dressing to the max, black is the most prominent color in this collection. Beautiful and edgy alike, this collection is a breath of feminine fresh air in a world of punk rock looks and tough staples like studs. Unexpected accents and colors make each piece in this collection totally different from the next.

                    

                    

                    

 

                    

 

                    

 

 

 

XX

Gabriela

E is for…

                Erin Fetherston is the classic Bohemian designer. Always in flowing dresses with beautiful light fabrics that emanate summer days in a meadow, her collections are full of fantasy and fashion.In her spring collection ,there are a variety of styles to suit the many personas of the fashionista. Although it’s fall this collection feels like a spring collection as well, with the light fabrics, simple or no textures and easy colors and prints.

    

 

 


 

Miss Dior Cherie

 

Hello fellow blogasphere, I hope everyone is happy and well. I have had a great day, filled with loads of chemistry ( blech ) , ballet , and sleep ( not enough ).I am planning on wearing a high waisted red pleated skirt with my favorite sequin Paris tee shirt. I am filled with a longing of being in Paris, actually dressing high fashion-ly, and having all the clothes my heart desires. Anyway, I am still slowly sifting my way through the London and New York collections, and I am sorry for any countries I may offend (including my own) but I am defiantly look forward to the Paris collections the most.

    Here are two looks I posted on lookbook, you can find them here and here.

 

 


What I’m wearing

Tights : Target

Shoes , Skirt, Jacket: H&M

Skirt: Express

 

 


 

What I’m Wearing

Shirt , Necklace, Chanel looky: H&M

Shoes : Target

Legging: Festivity

Skirt : Forever 21

Cuffs : Mom

 

 

Anyway, how have my dear readers been? What’s been inspiring you?

 

Xoxo

Gabriela

New York Fashion week

 

 

Bonjour my darlings! I apologize for not updating at all this week, it is utterly unacceptable. Anyway, there is so much to talk about and so little time to talk about it! First of all, I haven’t even had time to look through the NY collections or the vogue that I got on Friday. That in itself is a sin. It’s not really, but I’m sure it is somewhere in the fashion world. Anyway, let’s see what there is to talk about. On Saturday I volunteered at a food bank which made me feel quite happy. Today I went shopping and bought a few AMAZING jackets (a fake Chanel jacket, and a lace and leather blazer), a pair of seamed leggings, a ruffled high waisted skirt, and a pair of flats.


Jacket : H&M



I realize it’s missing a button : I will sew a new one on


 




The lace


 

Sorry for the terrible pictures! I know they’re horrid but I promise there will be better ones soon!

 

Okay…the New York collections. The ones I have seen have been extremely different from the ones last fall. I feel as if the recession has affected these collections more so then those last year. Masculine dressing seems to be more widely accepted according to Marc Jacobs(Marc by Marc Jacobs ) , also according to Jacobs, it seems as if high fashion isn’t necessarily the complicated layering and details like it was last year. This year, layers and long cardigans, knits and graphic prints are all you need to look perfectly avant garde.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

Alice + Olivia is probably one of the most inspiring and awe striking collections that I’ve seen (or actually looked through).Besides being perfectly Alice in Wonderland like it’s very lady like …but with a twist. The clothing itself isn’t necessarily the newest or most innovative, but that’s not what makes the collection stand out. In fact the opposite is what makes the collection so unique. The ability of the designer to make this collection a breath of fresh air…that takes talent.

 

 

 

 

Say safe, happy and healthy!

Xoxo

Gabriela

 

Dirty Pop

So, for the first time since Wednesday, I have actually left my house. Today was a very fine day indeed, I went with this girl to the mall and bought some quite adorable stuff ( to all Disney fans – a stuffed animal included ) from H&M and Forever 21. I posted the outfit below on lookbook .You can find it HERE or on the link under the banner that says lookbook.I will post pictures of all my buys tomorrow

Xoxo

Gabriela

 

 

Jacket: H&M

Boots: Zara

Stripped shirt: Forever 21

Long sleeve (cuffed over jacket): H&M

Necklace: Gift

Legging Pants: XXI

 

 

 

 

 

 

D is for Dior…

            Bonjour mes amis! I hope everyone has been having a fabulous fashionable day. I have been sick since Tuesday and have been stuck at home since Wednesday evening. Anyway, I am still working on my alphabet of designers and I am on D (sorry for taking so long).

                        D is for Dior….

Although Tim Gunn isn’t fond of this designer, I am still trying to figure out my vote. I love the theatrical aspect to his work and I know that’s exactly what Gunn hates. Now that I’m contemplating where I stand on the issue of Dior, I wonder why I’m wondering in the first place. I love Dior! So what if it’s a bit crazy and theatrical! I love theatre and fashion, and I love that they merge! Christian Dior is an iconic fashion label, and even of the man behind the brand passed away, that doesn’t mean that Galliano isn’t a good match for the iconic house. Dior would have been ripped apart by people and the fashion industry alike if Galliano wasn’t suitable for his position! Not only is Galliano a good designer he is also innovative. John Galliano single handedly (or multi handedly with the help of the rest of the house) started the innerwear as outerwear trend. With that here are some personal favorites from spring 2010 RTW.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love the contrast of the couture looking corset with the platform heels and socks.

 

 

 


I love the structured skirt and how it’s translucent with the draped chiffon.

 

 

 



 


Leather + Floral = Love

 

                                        Tea Party gone avant-garde

Sophia Kokosalaki has one of my favorite spring RTM 2010 collections for more than one reason.

  1. Feminine to the max without being like every other spring designer on the runway.
  2. The mid calf lace up platform gladiators are stunning
  3. She makes the innerwear as outerwear look elegant and wearable
  4. The draping is marvelous and breathtaking

 


I love this structured but free form (what a contradiction!) dress

 


 


 


 

 

                        Xoxo

Gabriela

 

 

 

 

 

                                

Birthday girl.Birthday week.

                

Wow. This week has been so crazy. As you may have noticed from the title, it was my birthday this week! Yes, on Tuesday to be precise, the big 1-6.And even though I had a good day to look forward to, I still have had a ridiculously long week. Not only have I had about a million projects, I’ve been super stressed and extremely tired, hence, no posts! And for that I am sorry

So I would love to update everyone on what’s new with my life.

  1. I am applying for Lit Mag (Literature Magazine for anyone that isn’t good with abbreviations) at my school. Lit Mag is a poetry and prose magazine that comes out each semester at my school. It’s beautiful, and includes poetry and art submitted by students at my school. I am done with my application and am turning it in tomorrow to see if I am selected for an interview. Keep your fingers crossed!
  2. I am officially obsessed with tights and leggings. It’s pretty sad. I spend my days at home cyber-shopping and longing over colorful and avant-garde fashions.
  3. I am going to learn (or re-learn) how to knit, thanks to my very fashionable grandma.
  4. I don’t have many readers on this blog so I am trying to spread the word and get known.
  5. I love the animal /princess/dinosaur bracelets, I have the princess kind (below).

     


     

    I don’t have any new looks on lookbook, so I am in dire need of an amazing photo shoot. Foreshadowing perhaps?

     

     

                        Xoxo

                    Gabriela

I long for lace…

    Ever since I saw Prada’s beautiful fall 2008 Runway collection, I have been in love with lace. Actually, Prada’s mesmerizing collection enhanced and deepened my love for lace. Ever since I was little I’ve been in love with tea parties, tea, and all things British. And along with being proper I’m sure lace falls into this category. When I was little I’d have tea parties with my friends or family and proclaim “Make way for the Queen of England “. How special was I?

Anyway back to Prada. This collection captivated my heart with the rich creams and blacks and the modern (and 20’s inspired) take on lace. Prada’s collection was anything but ordinary.


 


 


 


 

 

                My goal for this upcoming month is to buy lace leggings and a long sleeved lace top. So beautiful and so easy to layer. Perfect! I would also love to have a pair of Harem pants and …

                SHOULDER PADS!!!! For $2 at Joanns Fabric I am getting some. And I will update when I do.

 

I’m so sorry about the lack of posts and lack of outfit posts but I have been super busy and I can’t find my camera charger! So , once I buy a new one I will post a lot.A lot a lot.

                                Lots of love

                                Gabriela