Posts tagged ‘runway’

January 26, 2012


by Kaylee Pare

From left: Chanel, Giambattista Valli, Elie Saab, Chanel, Giambattista Valli (Spring 2012 Couture)

The Spring 2012 Couture shows have come to a close and as usual, designers have implemented corresponding elements in contrasting ways, making all of us writers categorize groups of looks into ‘trends‘. As much as I know that this type of content will be repeated on multiple platforms in similar manners, I believe looking at individual pieces by style is more worthwhile for us regular shoppers than looking at a collection in its entirety. Here, with looks by Chanel, Giambattista Valli and Elie Saab, three-dimensional florals are abundant. On everything from coats and skirts to tops and gowns, 3-D arrangements make dainty petals a little more bold, and a little less bland. If anything, they are reminiscent of ‘he loves me, he loves me not’ moments.


January 19, 2012

Hits the Mark

by Kaylee Pare

As much as I love the Mugler, Yigal Azrouël and Vivienne Westwood type shows of this world, it’s always refreshing to see a wearable, human and flawlessly concerted collection. A.L.C.’s creator Andrea Lieberman conceptualized her brand to be just that. What resulted is a line of basics that go the extra mile, and lookbooks that look luxury and accessible all at once. A.L.C.’s Pre-Fall 2012 collection is brimming with vital staples that are sprinkled with seasonal trends like peter pan collars, mid-length hems and hints of minimalism. The result is a collection I could really see myself wearing, and one that I think really hits the mark for Pre-Fall.
See the full collection here.

December 5, 2011

Casual Mondays

by Kaylee Pare

Perhaps you should consider throwing on a full skirt, layers of soft rose and a simple chignon this week? Pretty in pink never goes out of style. Lovely.


June 14, 2011

Obsession du Jour: Burberry Prorsum Resort 2012

by Kaylee Pare

Burberry has forever been associated with all things timeless; the brand invented the classic trench after all. In recent years though, Christopher Bailey has truly taken the Burberry name to a whole new level. Last Spring, Bailey made the juxtaposed leather sleeve a huge trend for the season. He also recreated the trench in that collection, one that was later worn by every stylish woman attending subsequent runway shows (think: spiked sleeves). For his Resort collection, the classic trench remains intact but bold shots of neon yellow and leather accents make the jacket completely fresh- and can we talk about these hats? The pom pom, the texture and that shape, it’s all perfect and tops this collective off like nothing else could. Plus, the shoes are absolutely divine. Strands of wooden beads drape some, while tribal T-strap wedges dominate others. The graphic prints of his pencil skirts and jackets denote a taste for Africa while the shapes and fine touches bring the feeling of modern elegance and wearability at its best. This collection is an A++ for me. Look out for gofer-like hats and touches of yellow in the coming months and recreate the Burberry look like I know you can.




June 2, 2011

YSL Resort 2012: Anchor’s Away

by Kaylee Pare

Resort-wear often brings with it a trace of nautical expression, and Stefano Pilati’s Yves Saint Laurent Resort 2012 Collection is no different. While the typical blue & white stripe did make some appearances, Pilati chose to design this year’s collection with the help of one object in particular; the anchor. Bringing with it a sense of the sea, necklaces, skirts and dresses displayed anchor motifs; imagery which provokes thoughts of setting sail. The collection is beautifully classic and if us civilians can take anything away from it, it’s to pick up a few anchor accessories and channel Pilati’s Resort-wear look, even if the closest Resort is a pool in the middle of the city.




March 20, 2011

Bright Lights, Polka Dot City

by Kaylee Pare

I wouldn’t say it’s a generalization that most women own a polka dot adorned item in some way, shape or form. Whether it’s a statement-making blazer or a small clutch, polka dots are a classic pattern that will not likely become extinct anytime soon. This fact was reinforced at this year’s Fall 2011 shows, with an overwhelming number of designers choosing to showcase polka dots in all manners possible. While Stella McCartney, DVF and Rodarte chose to present the print at its most feminine, Marc Jacobs sprinkled the pattern throughout his entire collection and Yohji Yamamoto showcased it in his usual unique and playful way.

So, when you ‘spot’ that sweet crop top or eye-catching dress, take a second look. Polka dot pieces are no longer your run-of-the-mill wardrobe staples. They should be mixed and matched, worn together like never before, and paired with your other go-to patterns, like leopard print and stripes – tastefully done, of course!

From top left: DVF, Alexander McQueen, YSL, Marc Jacobs, Rodarte, Gucci, Stella McCartney

source 1 2 (collage by Non Stop Style)


February 7, 2011

Color Blocking: How-To

by Kaylee Pare

Color blocking is a fun way to get ready for Spring without a hefty credit card balance. This trend is all about re-evaluating how you wear colors. If your first instinct is to match a bright yellow cardi with dark denim (although a glorious choice), you may want to venture outside the proverbial box. Color blocking essentially breaks the rules of matching. Even so, it’s a bright and sunny way to look at your wardrobe, and can help you reinvent it. Here a few instructions reviewed with the help of various Spring 2011 runway looks.

How to Color Block Pink:
Pink looks great with many colors in the blocking scheme. Some do-no-wrong choices are red, purple and coral. Neutral accents break up the brightness. If you’re looking to stand out in a crowd, opt for yellow!

How to Color Block Orange:
Orange is great with purple, white and green. If you’re looking for less of a Spring look, go for brown or red (see it here). If you want to rock the 60’s Twiggy look, go for baby blue!

How to Color Block Blue:
The Spring runways exhibited an array of blues this year, with teal, baby blue and electric coming out on top. Each of these work great mixed together. Accents of metallic, purple, yellow and charcoal offset the look.

How to Color Block Yellow:
Yellow presented itself on the runway in hues from bright to muted. Warning: Do not attempt a color block with dark mustard yellow, you will certainly fail terribly. Color block Spring’s yellows with teal, pink and green.

Pre-Fall Color Blocking: It’s all about Teal.
If you’re looking to plan very far in advance, you should be keeping an eye out for teal. As we’ve seen, teal can still be worn in the color blocking scheme for Spring but it’s making a huge return in Pre-Fall, so you know it’s an investment that will pay off!


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