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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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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Polished Precision: Amanda Wakeley

July 16, 2009 at 7:30 pm (Business, London, Luxury) (, , , , , , , , )

This self taught award winning London based designer exhibits the precision of her tailoring season after season. (1) I made a special exception to my “keep it current” rule and pulled a look from Amanda’s 2008 Fall-Winter collection. (2) This funnel neck half sleeve dress paired with black accessories is the look you will find next to the word polished in the dictionary. Simple is sometimes best – especially in clothing. For your next boardroom affair you should leave the legs bare, add an amazing cocktail ring, & a simple skinny belt and proceed to the tall chair at the head of the table.

Womens Fall 2008 RTW

White Funnel Neck Dress (RTW)

(1) http://www.amandawakeley.com/web/aboutus.html

(2) http://www.elle.com/Runway/Ready-to-Wear/Fall-2008-Ready-to-Wear/AMANDA-WAKELEY/AMANDA-WAKELEY/(view)/0/(imageIndex)/15/(play)/false

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