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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Poised Contour: Azzaro

July 20, 2009 at 9:23 pm (Cocktail, Formal, RTW) (, , , , )

The label was established in Paris in 1962 by Tunisian born Loris Azzaro and has been well known amongst the French elite for the bold cut-outs & ornate beading of its pieces. In todays garment marketplace vintage Azzaro is highly coveted (1). Current Creative Director, Vanessa Seward, has kept the Fall 2009 collection true to its roots with this black silk jumpsuit with bishop sleeves and cut out detail at the neckline (2). Add an equally bold cocktail ring and some sparkle to your ears for that J. Lo worthy – entourage inclusive – entrance to any event!

Black Silk Jumpsuit (RTW)

Black Silk Jumpsuit (RTW)

(1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loris_Azzaro

(2) http://www.elle.com/Runway/Ready-to-Wear/Fall-2009-RTW/AZZARO/AZZARO/(view)/0/(imageIndex)/15/(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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