Tuesday, November 30, 2010

fashion moshpit

a girl's right to fur

i am adamantly into all things fur.  yes, this is a declaration. again, i love fur.  so, plz, PETA enthusiasts [ahem..psychos], refrain from pulling out your animal videos. thanks but no thanks. btw, if u are so into the rights of animals, why is it that i see so many of you clad in leather? are u vegan? do u "digest suffering"? do u feel bad for the chinese children and women whose fingerprints are permanently etched into the seams of your tops and bottoms? blah blah. save it. anti fur "activism" is such a convenient cause, isn't it? u don't have to do much.  let people be, and do as they please.

anywho. ok, i'm done. as i was saying....

i am adamantly into all things fur.  whenever I see fur items, I think of Old Hollywood glamour.  Marilyn Monroe.  Zsa Zsa Gabor.  Audrey Hepburn.  Elizabeth Taylor.  Rita Hayworth.  Grace Kelly. what we’ve learned from this era is that: less is more….oh, and that diamonds are a girl’s best friend—but, I digress.  most notably we’ve learned that fur is timeless.  it never goes out of style!

cue Dolce Vita’s Pippa.  this rabbit fur wedge boot is just ah-mazing.  [me wearing it, below. plz, excuse my crappy iphone cam's quality. will b investing in quality cam 4 more styling pix of my outfits soon!! when i do, u'll wish i hadn't, i promise! ha]

initially, I was attracted to its equally fab stiletto counterpart, the Tatum.  but a sturdy stacked wedge wins me over every time!  plus, the Pippa is taller; the more fur the better.  and you know me, even before I could get the Pippa into my grubby little hands,  the tight options were buzzing through my head—should I pair it with a black pattern tight? what about grey?  aside from tights, I just knew that NUDE anything would be just awesome! also, the Pippa, especially with warm skintones worn bare-legged will be absolute perfection. 

i've found that with fur, you don’t have to only pair it with colors that are prominent within the print.  you can throw on various complimentary colors.  i saw a girl wearing the Pippa and it looked great paired with her black jeggings, deep purple over the knee light weight socks, and mutli-colored chunky knit sweater.  I loved her layered look, and the addition of her fringe bag didn’t hurt either!  the pairing of the unexpected adds a bit of “umph” to the entire look and tones down the boot for a wearable day -time look, such as the one below.

[Ann Demeulemeester cardigan, Dolce Vita Pippa, Lori's leather cuff, Cut N’ Paste bag, Urban Outfitter OTK socks, NFP leggings]

for some, this look may be a bit heavy.  understandable.  i get a little layer-crazy sometimes.  if it feels like overkill, feel free to lighten it up by opting out of the Cut N’ Paste bag.  i just love how all of the colors work so well together!  you can also take away the scarf or over the knee socks and keep the bag.  or omit the leggings, and over the knee socks completely and do a slim fitting dress/tunic underneath the wrap with a bare leg!

here are a few more looks featuring the Pippa:

[Helmut Lang top & leggings, Dolce Vita Pippa, Calvin Klein OTK socks, Lori's Nakamol wrap bracelet]

i love so many things about this look.  i am a bit obsessed with the CK over the knee socks because they’re just so soft and light-weight.  i plan to add the grey to my collection.  the subtlety of the Nakamol bracelet adds a bit of edge to the outfit but does exactly what an accessory is meant to do: supplement your ensemble!

[A.L.C. Hardy belted crepe dress, River Island clutch, Glynneth B earrings, Dolce Vita Pippa]

i love the nude sweater tunic that is at the core of this look.  the nude allows the Pippa to shine.  i love a draped earring with an outfit that has a lot going on elsewhere. 

so, remember when you pull out your modern fur or your vintage fur pieces, bring the glamour.

this makes me think of one of the biggest fur whores ever. Fur-ella Deville makes me laugh. KELIS's pro-fur rant. 

fave fur-tastic pix. bossy.

layer it up

p.m. pippa

shades of grey

Saturday, November 20, 2010

focus on a trend, and work it

the endless emerging sea of leggings, jeggings, suedes, fur--and faux--lace ups, sequins, and over the knee boots can be overwhelming.  not into the boy meets girl, menswear-inspired/rebel rocker look? boho doesn't do it for you? unwilling to venture into thigh high territory?  remember that (1) u don't have to tackle every trend at once, take it slow and pick one and focus on making it work with items that you already own. (2) keep in mind that fashion is fun. it's about experimentation and expression. 

also, finding a celeb or public figure to fashion your wardrobe after can also be helpful.  if you are inspired by the classic stylings of our First Lady, fur would be faux pas, but you can rock a tall boot as she does below. 

she is the perfect example of a woman who has a distinct style of dress, but whose wardrobe still reflects today's trends. her style is appealing to women of various age groups, current and sophisticated, but not aged.

take a look at a few of my favorite trend-inspired looks!

[Hue sequin legging, Sam Edelman Navato, Pour la Victoire Twiggy, Topshop top, Chloe blazer]

this look is typical girls’ nite out attire!  the suede platform Navota slingback is a great way to bring in a touch of classic style.  i love the opening in the front, very retro.   in my book, wearing sequin leggings with a boot is a no-no, i just feel like you make more of a splash if you don’t distract from the legging and choose to go with a non boot option.  my decision to add a simple crossbody was deliberate, i wanted to make sure not to add another busy element to the outfit.  the addition of the blazer “man(s) up" the look while the bustier keeps it feminine and playful.

[Sam Edelman, Dixie, Hue legging, Nila Anthony rabbit fur body bag, Alexander Wang top]

this look is easily my favorite for everyday wear.  i love wearing all black,  and see it as a blank palette of sorts, because it permits you to add other colors and items without bordering on excessive.  speaking of excessive, i am absolutely in love with the Nila bag—it’s right on trend, at a great price! shades of olive are everywhere, as is fur, and i love the interesting pop it provides juxatopsed against the black.  if you have legs for days, Edelman’s Dixie is just perfection, paired with the black legging.

[Sam Edelman Zamara, Hue floral tights, James Perse top, Siwy Camilla shorts]

Edelman’s Zamara is just ridiculous.  the girl that wears this boot is absolutely fearless!  these über tall boots put me in a rocker state of mind.  they are just asking to be paired with short denim cutoffs and tights.  this look is a bit over indulgent, but hey, that’s the rocker lifestyle.

[Dolce Vita Tatum, La Vie necklace, B.ella deco tights, Topshop tunic]

this look appeals to my boho obsession.  the flowy tunic is simple and muted, which is needed since the Tatum is so wonderfully dominant.  i have a longstanding love affair with pattern tights.  they make me very happy.  when deciding to include this particular grey tight, i wanted to stay in keeping with the idea of neutrals.  to me, greys, blacks, whites and tans are non interfering shades, meaning that they won’t interfere with each other or other colors prominent in your look.  the final addition of the La Vie necklace just makes perfect sense.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

street chic, via VOGUE.

VOGUE. fashion holy grail. all looks 2010. these are my faves.

[shoes: sickkk. pairing of the shoes w/ the legwarmers: divine fashion intervention. only a true fashion maven could create such an on point look.]

[LOVE. very euro. think: iconic Twiggy.]

[again, the shoes are the star of the show. plus, they're frilly. blazer is perfection; counters the girlyness of the boot.]

[classic. simple.]

[reminds me of the 70s. 60s?]

[über chunky infinity scarf, paired with leather. i like.]

[this wooden platform is otherworldly. for a copy checkout JC's Brisbane & Broome-St]

[just ah-mazing. the white button-up with the padded puffed sleeved blazer, truly original.]

[i must admit, not into the cherries AT ALL, but the pumps are ridic. i'll take it from the waist down. gimme.]

below, non VOGUE, but haute nonetheless. <3.

[fur is right, in my book. always.]

Sunday, November 7, 2010

rock it. like fashion.

we all know that that my infatuation with Ri is not healthy, but my bias doesn't negate the fact that the girl's fashion is so BEYOND.  she manages to serve up über sex appeal, rock a hot boot, all topped off with pouty lips! she is the ultimate fashion guide.  here are my fave femme rocker looks.

WAIT...this Stella McCartney perforated boot [JC's "the issue" is a great copy] is just ridic, worn perfectly by Ri and Blake.

ok, now more rocker chic:

a variation of the above Balmain, as seen below on Bey in 2009:

in my quest 2 delve further into the pouty lip, i've decided to try OCC's Lip Tars. when they arrive, i will post updates :) until then, here are a few of the season's pouty vamped out lips:

[i've added her simply b/c she's gorg--look at that bone structure]

so, dolls, the lesson here is to make a statement. no need to sex it up as much as Ri on the daily. but whatev u chose to focus on--the lips? boots? commit to it. and ROCK IT. like fashion.