Perfect Pastels

Clockwise from top left: Jil Sander paisley jacket; Yves Saint Laurent pink clutch; Charlotte Olympia sandals; D&G tulle midi skirt

Ah, springtime is finally upon us, and it seems that the spring fashions have gone classically spring. Pastels are the march-to-may staple and everyone from Jil Sander to Yves Saint Laurent is jumping on the sweet fifties trend. Mint, peach, and bubblegum are the biggest hits. Take your pick!

(all items from net-a-porter.com)

The 84th Annual Academy Awards: Red Carpet Recap

This evening seemed to be all about nostalgia. And it seemed fitting, too, given the year of movies we've had. The Artist, My Week with Marilyn, and Hugo were all about the golden age of film and the beauty of the silver screen. Midnight in Paris dealt with our nostalgic dreams for our own personal "golden age." The Help was retro fun at its best. In an era where CGI and 3D reign supreme, it's nice to be reminded that the true gems of Hollywood are the beautiful, simple movies that tell a beautiful story.

Regardless of who wins the big awards, we know what really matters: who wins best dressed! The starlets were out in full force this afternoon on the red carpet, and there were some huge hits. Glitz and glimmer seemed to dominate the carpet, and many celebs chose whites and nudes. One shoulders were also frequently seen. Here are some of my favorites of the night:

Gwyneth Paltrow

Mila Jovovich

Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen
Stacy Keibler in Marchesa
Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji
Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli
Natalie Portman
Penelope Cruz
Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton -BEST DRESSED OF THE NIGHT

(images from zimbio.com)

Friday, I'm In Love: D&G


Had my prom dress from last year not been so similar to this D&G dress, I would have been so tempted to get it. I simply cannot resist a full-skirted fifties-fueled baby blue dress.

(Dress available at net-a-porter.com)

Queen of Hearts

Anthropologie "Carolinae" Top purchased in Pasadena this weekend
American Eagle Outfitters Camisole
Paige Premium Denim straight-leg Jeans
Steve Madden buckle gladiator Sandals

Hope you all had a lovely Presidents' Day weekend! I know I did, because I got to spend the day with my mommy in beautiful Pasadena. We checked out the Barney's Warehouse Sale (which was pretty picked over, but she found a great dress and now I know to go the very first day), bought some new fabrics in the garment district, and found a few great things at Anthro. And then we got to stay at this fabulous hotel for the night:
The Langham Huntington Hotel was beautiful and built in the twenties and best of all, full of pink! I had to nab a few of the pens from our room because they were just too adorable.

I had such a lovely time and I cannot wait for my grandmother to find a place in Pasadena this spring because that means I'll get to head up there a lot more often! 

Also, look how cool these fabrics are that I picked up! I cannot wait to make shorts and skirts and dresses and more with them!


How was everyone else's long weekend?

Uptown Girl

Oscar de la Renta has long been heralded as the uniform of many an Upper East Side lady who lunches and their Ivy League-bound daughters, but I think there's a part of de la Renta's clothes that appeals to anyone, whether you live in Park Avenue Penthouse, Malibu bungalow, or Wyoming ranch.

For fall Mr. de la Renta went for all-out glamour, using jewel tones and soft pastels as the basis for his collection. Jewels were certainly the theme of the night, for everything from headbands to silky fabrics was adorned with diamonds, emeralds, rubies, and more. While keeping with his New York High Society vibe, he also introduced many looks that the younger set will surely jump for.

Of course, what I loved most was the absolute Blair Waldorf-ness to it all. Those silk turban-style headbands and jeweled beauties got me wishing that Blair would go back to the old headband for once.



My absolute favorite dress of the night? This baby blue beauty with a poofy tulle petticoat that would be perfect for prom. If only I had roughly four thousand dollars to blow on a dress.


(images from style.com)

Welcome to Americana

There is something distinctly native about the looks of Spring. The retro fifties styles do conjure images of one of America's golden decades. We had just won our second World War and had emerged as a world superpower, so I guess the people of the States were feeling pretty good about themselves. And how does one celebrate? Why, by donning pearls, curling hair, and hopping in a vibrant T-bird, of course! More than fifty years after the fact, the fifties still have plenty of lure. For spring, everyone from Prada to Juicy Couture is amping up the saturation, nipping the waist, and rouge-ing the lips. See for yourself, retro is back!


Prada Spring 2012 Ad Campaign
Karlie Kloss for Juicy Couture Spring 2012
Glamour UK March 2012
“American Pop”: Abbey Lee Kershaw photographed by Alasdair McLellan for Vogue UK March 2012

Karlie Kloss for Americans Manhasset S/S 2012 Lookbook

Lana Del Rey
Suzy Parker
Querelle Jensen by Craig Mcdean for W February 2012

Friday, I'm in Love: Lanvin


This Lanvin Doll is one of the reasons why I adore Alber Elbaz so much. He just does fun stuff like this and it just makes me so happy. I wish I had a little sister (and $400 to spare) to give this adorable fashion doll to. And how cool is it that it is totally an Elbaz sketch come to life? I just love it.

(doll available at net-a-porter.com)

NYFW Recap: Part 2

What started off shaky has ended as one of the best fashion weeks in a long while. We aren't even out of winter yet and already I am dying for fall again because I can't wait to see these fabulous clothes in action. There are so many things I noticed, so keep checking back for more fall fashion recaps. I plan to dedicate a full post to Oscar de la Renta because it was possibly the greatest show thus far. But right now here are some other shows that I couldn't get enough of.


Derek Lam
Derek Lam has been long heralded as the king of California minimalism and in a way I have always understood his take on minimalism much more than other designers. For fall he went for a very sleek yet youthful vibe that really showed his attention to detail. 

Tommy Hilfiger
For Hilfiger's "Town & Country" the designer drew inspirations from country clubs and Park Avenue apartments. The entire collection was pretty stellar, but what really got me going was the assortment of fabulous leather coats. The rich colors, the plethora of buttons, and the box shapes all made me smile.

Marc by Marc Jacobs
Marc Jacob's signature line was also a success, which I will most likely talk about later, but his diffusion line deserves some credit too. As a teenager I've always been a fan of the urban youth feel of Marc by Marc, and this collection was full of everything I love about Marc. And really, who doesn't love a girl in a dress and combat boots?

Philosophy
Alberta Ferretti is usually a very romantic designer, so it was nice to see her go back to basics for fall. She showed a true mastery of outerwear in soft neutrals that will be sure to fly off the shelves.

Proenza Schouler
After a disappointing spring show, it was so good to see Proenza Schouler back in winning territory. I loved the shapes and the colors and just the vibe of the whole show. And don't even get me started on that Japanese print. 
 
Thankoon
Thankoon is just so much fun. He really understands what the youth want. We want bright colors and leather jackets and fun dresses and he gave it to us. And really, who else could mix fuchsia, highlighter orange, and maroon so expertly?

(all images from style.com)

The Lonely Hearts Club

What I enjoy most about Valentine's Day is not the excessive romantic lovey-dovey-ness but rather the fact that I can wear as much pink as I want without being judged -not that that really stops me any other day of the year. Still, it is nice to be able to outwardly flaunt my rose-colored clothes without people gawking at me like I'm some kind of My Little Pony.

J. Crew button-down and skirt
Anthropologie sunglasses
Steve Madden boots
Ann Taylor leopard skinny belt 

And because I love you, my fabulous readers so much, I have made a collection of fashion-centric Valentine's Day cards that I'm surprised Hallmark didn't already pick up! Haha. They are totally cringe-worthy (they were made on MS Paint, after all) but hopefully someone gets a good laugh out of them.




Catch Me if You Can

Fashion week is always exciting, but there's a lot more going on between shows. I love seeing all the models and editors in their craziest street fashions as they rush from show to show. Tommy Ton is one of my favorite street style bloggers because he has such a way of capturing the exquisite details of an outfit and knows the mood that a girl is trying to bring out with her clothing. Like me, he certainly gravitates towards the wackiest fashions, and he really knows how to capture the fun of fashion.









(all images Tommy Ton for style.com)

NYFW Recap: Part 1

So far there have been some really stand-out shows at New York Fashion Week. NYFW is never really my favorite, but the designers that I do like have really wowed me this season. Even minimalists like Alexander Wang -and you know how I am hesitant to embrace minimalism- have produced excellent collections. Here are my favorites so far.


Catherine Malandrino
I love the rich hues and the strong silhouettes. Malandrino always gives off such cool girl vibes but this season especially is so fancy and sophisticated. Give me a shrunken varsity jacket and a pout to match and I'm hooked.
Giulietta
I was getting good vibes from this show. The red number on the left gave me Olivia Hussey as little orphan Annie vibes. The peach suit gave me 70s businesswoman vibes. The yellow dress is totally Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde. And the green dress is fifties prom queen. I love it all and hope Giulietta gets the recognition it deserves for an awesome show.

Jill Stuart
I like that there's something for everyone in this Jill Stuart collection. For the simple, relaxed girl you have a sweet peplum tee and trouser combo. For the romantic one there's a daring lace and pencil skirt look. For the mysterious girl there's a chocolate coat and maroon leather skirt. And for the girly-girl, there's a sweet cutout dress with floral print. 

Prabal Gurung
My, how things can change in a year. Last year I was raving about relatively under-the-radar designer Prabal Gurung and his red-filled fall 2011 collection. Now Prabal is the cool kid on the block with a cheerleader in Anna Wintour and every bright young thing lining up to get one of his designs. He went from the mean reds to the fighting blues and ended with gold gowns that only reminded me of the golden year he's had.

Wes Gordon
What I've enjoyed about NYFW thus far is that most of the shows have done a good job of staying away from all black. Instead designers -like Wes Gordon- have integrated rich fall hues into their collections. I love the deep crimsons, emerald greens, and gold flakes. And notice that the indecisive skirt is still going strong! The cuts of these clothes were beautiful.



Well, so far I've been pleasantly surprised by New York. Let's see what the rest of the week brings, shall we? What were your favorites so far?

(all images from style.com)