Pugnacious Affectation: Balmain

September 6, 2009 at 8:13 pm (Business, Casual, Day to Evening, Luxury, Paris, RTW (Ready to Wear)) (, , , , , , , )

As the arbiter of the chic tough-femme look, the label has done an excellent job in their interpretation of the strong shoulder trend for this season. Pierre Balmain established the design house post-war in 1945 to return Fashions’ focus to glamorous dressing. After his death in 1982 the house struggled creatively & financially until 2002 when the appointment of Christophe Decarnin – formerly the designer for Paco Rabanne – brought new life to the failing label as a result of his slight alteration of the houses design direction. (1) Now, the label is currently a fave for celebs such as Beyonce & Kim Kardashian who have been spotted on many occasions wearing pieces from the collection. A perfect way to balance this silhouette is to pair it with a fitted top and bottom such as skinny jeans or a pencil skirt. But, if you feel like a line backer in the look then leave it at the store.

Black Leather Crop Sleeve Jacket, Fall 2009 (RTW)

(2) Black Leather Crop Sleeve Jacket, Fall 2009 (RTW)

 (1)

http://nymag.com/fashion/fashionshows/designers/bios/balmain/#

(2)

http://www.elle.com/Runway/Ready-to-Wear/Fall-2009-RTW/BALMAIN/BALMAIN/(view)/0/(imageIndex)/2/(play)/false

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Simple Sophisticate: Aquascutum

July 22, 2009 at 6:19 pm (Casual, London, Luxury, RTW) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Pronounced ak-wuh skyoo-tuhm (1) (2) and Latin for water shield, this luxury label was originally established circa 1851 in England for outerwear that is fondly known today as the trench coat. As a perfect example of their “Understated British Elegance” this simple white blouse with a bishop sleeve & fitted cuff has been tastefully paired with the plaid tab front slim pants for their Fall 2009 collection(3) (4). This is an ideal look for doing lunch with other sophisticates.

White Bishop Sleeve/Fitted Cuff Blouse & Plaid Tab Front Slim Pant

White Bishop Sleeve/Fitted Cuff Blouse & Plaid Tab Front Slim Pant

(1) http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/aqua

(2) http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/scutum

(3) http://www.aquascutum.com/aboutus/

(4) http://www.elle.com/Runway/Ready-to-Wear/Fall-2009-RTW/AQUASCUTUM/AQUASCUTUM/(view)/0/(imageIndex)/5/(play)/false

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Convincing Coquetry: Alvin Valley

July 17, 2009 at 3:48 am (Cocktail, Luxury, Miami, New York) (, , , , , , , , , )

Cuban-American designer Alvin Valley has been known as the King of Pants because of his famed fit and celebrated style (1). Subsequently, I have to appoint him King of Romance for his refined execution of a soft feminine silhouette as seen in his collection for Fall 2009. This dress with a pleated V shaped neckline is perfect for a cocktail party (2). Add some sparkle to your wrist & ears to draw all of the attention in your direction.

Pleated V Shaped Neckline Silk Dress

Pleated V Shaped Neckline Silk Dress

 (1) http://www.alvinvalley.com/

(2) http://www.elle.com/Runway/Ready-to-Wear/Fall-2009-RTW/ALVIN-VALLEY/ALVIN-VALLEY/(view)/0/(imageIndex)/17/(play)/false

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Poetic Flair: Afshin Feiz

July 14, 2009 at 6:54 pm (Casual, Luxury, Paris) (, , , , , , , )

I have pulled this remarkably gorgeous bishop sleeve chemise dress with a bateau neckline from the Spring 2009 Collection of Afshin Feiz courtesy of Elle.com (1). This is a very simple, elegant, & comfortable look for day time wear. Iranian born & American educated, Afshin launched his first collection in 2004 after leaving college where he studied literature in an effort to make his parents happy while suppressing his need to design. His inspiration by poetry & love is artfully translated in his collections along with the cultural influences gained from his many travels. And, be still my heart! As he is fan of Tom Ford, Proenza Schouler, Alex McQueen, & Stella McCartney – only a handful of my favorites!(2)

Womens Chemise Dress w/Bateau Neckline & Bishop Sleeves

Womens Chemise Dress (RTW)

(1) http://www.facebook.com/ext/share.php?sid=100655608194&h=byBXB&u=Xu-Eo&ref=mf

(2) http://www.myfashionlife.com/archives/2008/08/04/an-interview-with-afshin-feiz/

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Orange Crush: Agnes B.

July 14, 2009 at 6:36 pm (Business, Casual, Luxury) (, , , , , , , , , , )

A lovely colorful printed shirt dress with collar that I pulled from the Agnes B. Spring 2009 collection courtesy of Elle.com(1). You can tone this down with a pair of silver opaque tights or simple bare legs. Keeping it belted will define your silhouette so stick with an orange-red or shiny black patent. Either way this tailored piece will surely get you noticed.

Collared Womens Shirt Dress (RTW)

Collared Womens Shirt Dress (RTW)

(1) http://www.facebook.com/ext/share.php?sid=108451080881&h=p_46B&u=fYrvE&ref=mf

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