After treading the historical Sicilian landscape from a time loooooooong ago when the island interacted with ancient Greece, Dolce & Gabbana returned bearing treasure: these amazing golden sandals studded with gemstone goodness. Dressy enough to replace your usual hell-on-heels all summer, they would be a super-fun footwear go-to for the duration of the warmer weather.
"Notice Linda Tol's longer length worn with flat sandals; it's the perfect balance. The color of this dress is also a winner - the neutral du jour - but with the pop of her patchwork flap-over bag adds a touch of whimsy and flair." - Stephanie Solomon, former fashion director at Bloomingdale's
WGSN's Sheila Aimette comments on the "importance of superhero graphics. Not just for ht elementary school set, Spiderman is all over Gotham and looks just right with the all-important plaid mini."
"Every day is a Lucky day for Eva Chen. She keeps her cool in a ladylike sheath of cool, fresh minty green by Proenza Schouler. And meow, we love the exaggerated cat eyes." - Sheila Aimette, WGSN
Camo never looked better courtesy of TEN Undies designer Daphne Javitch outside the Adam Selman show.
"Cool chambrays and shades of pink feature prominently in the collection," says Lubov Azria, Chief Creative Officer for BCBG Max Azria about Spring 2014. "Black and light cool-gray set the backdrop for colorful prints with a mixture of warm and cool tones such as Begonia Pink, Vine Green and Bright Yellow." She chose pink, in particular, because it never fails to feel fresh as a fashion color. At home, too. "A classic chair repainted to Begonia Pink," she adds, provides a "bright pop of color that gives more traditional pieces a modern update that stands out and makes a statement against a neutral backdrop."
What a lovely idea - a stylish chair with timeless lines in an eyepopping shade of pink is always welcome in my home!
On the one hand, Tadashi Shoji was inspired for his Spring 2014 collection by feminine liberation; on the other, he finds respite in gorgeously floral & feminine hues for the home. "I would paint an accent piece in the color Blue Hydrangea," he noted. "It is a strong, yet serene, shade of Blue."
For Spring 2014, Christian Siriano found himself influenced by Mexico's Isla Mujeres. "I took influence from the shapes and imagery of grass-lined huts, picturesque color-blocked residential streets, stonework and the locally abundant dahlia." With separates in vibrant reds & yellow, balanced by soft taupe and raffia textile, the collection is like the island: dramatic, powerful, bright, romantic and light."
And what about at home - is Siriano into calm neutrals or vibrant brights? "I would paint a room in Paradise Pink," he continues, "just for something fun and exciting."
"This season, consumers are looking for a state of thoughtful, emotional and artistic equilibrium," notes Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute about how the zeitgeist has impacted the colors fashion designers have chosen to work with for Spring 2014. "While this need for stability is reflected in the composition of the palette, the inherent versatility of the individual colors allows for experimentation with new looks and color combinations."
The stability part I'm thinking means the tranquil Placid Blue & its zippier sibling Dazzling Blue, calm Violet Tulip (the guys' version is Purple Haze), voluptuous Radiant Orchid (or, in the case of the fellows, the less girlie Magenta Purple) and verdant green Hemlock & Comfrey. For versatility, you can't beat neutral taupe (Sand) and medium gray (Paloma). And spicy red Cayenne, blazing yellow Freesia & optimistic Celosia Orange definitely make for color combos with serious pizazz.
Interestingly, Facebook Blue, er "Dazzling Blue" was selected by the powers that be at Pantone as the top color for Spring 2014.
There once was a Fashion Fairy, a posse of tacky Real Housewives of the Harem & a town in serious need of a makeover. Stat. In this fun fashion fairytale slideshow, you get to take a fun journey with me as your expert guide through the Spring 2013 Haute Couture Collections & visit the top trends - both good & evil. Enjoy!
The classic color & cut of the Max Mara trench nicely balances the zippiness of the navy & white mismatch-but-match of the stripes. And of course there is the of-the-moment shoe: the pointy white pump which promises to freshen up everything you already own.
Invest in a pair now. Wear them. Now. Enjoy them...N-O-W!
After a happy collaboration for Spring, Shoes of Prey once again collaborated with on-the-move-up designer Jonathan Simkhai for his Fall 2013 collection held at NYC's downtown Milk Studios. And even those these exclusive 80s ska-inflected styles just stalked the runway, you can already order your own at ShoesOfPrey.com...although good luck choosing between the oxford wedge, bootie and fashion-forward keds/creeper.