It’s spring, it’s April – you know the drill – it’s raining outside! I hate dressing for rain because I feel like all my nice stuff will get ruined. Not to mention that I get all gloomy and I just want to sit around in sweat pants. This year, I finally ante-d up and got my self a pair of rain boots. They’re red and have camellias on them and I love them. They are so cute that I kind of don’t want to wear them in the rain! But they were made for wet weather so I know they’ll hold up just fine. That’s the beauty of rain boots – no worrying when you stomp through puddles because they’ve been made for sloshing about. From classic styles to super high-end, there are rain boots for every style and taste – here are some of my favorites.
Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and Dries Van Noten get together for a smashing little rendezvous that sparks our creative senses,and sends us off on some costly little shopping sprees! Wait – no? Oh my bad, maybe that’s just me! Or at least, that’s what this spread makes me feel like doing. And since I can’t afford to hit up Barneys on a daily basis, I will settle the mock of the above for a third of the cost.
Enjoy the inspiration, colors, patterns and affordable alternatives available for your closets now!!
I love all the prints!!
On the left (inspiration): Philip Lim dress, Proenza Schouler ankle boots, Elie Tahari leopard-print chiffon dress, Louis Vuitton boots.
On the right (Outfit):
Kenneth Jay Lane ring available on Zappos.com Nasty Gal Leopard Cape dress Topshop Animal drape dress Nasty Gal Draped Zebra dress
Zebra print baby-doll dress available on NeimanMarcus.com
♥♥Kirsten Dunst is the new face of Mon Jasmin Noir, the forthcoming fragrance from Bulgari.
♥♥ After a five year hiatus, Jo Malone is launching a niche fragrance collection titled Jo Loves.
♥♥ Ten years after it’s launch, Dior Addict lipstick has reemerged in 44 colors. Said to be the widest shade range on the lipstick market, Dior Addict’s campaign will feature Kate Moss.
♥♥ Pat McGrath turned models at Gucci into seventies inspired, Edwardian dancing queens with porcelain skin and deep ruby lips. The artist used Xperience Weightless Foundation, Volumizing mascara, and Elixir lipgloss, all by Max Factor.
♥♥Clinique introduces the 90 Second Skin Care Analysis by way of Apple Ipad. The in-store experience will allow consumers to be “custom-fit” for skin care needs.
My Latest Obsession Milan Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2011
The circuit of Fashion Week shows continues this week in Milan, where the heavy-hitters came out to play. Based on what I’ve seen so far from Milan Fashion Week, designers are garnering a lot of inspiration from the past, and twisting it in fun and creative ways. My favorites thus far are Gucci, D&G and Alberta Ferretti, who all took inspiration from the 70s, 80s and 60s respectively.
The venerable house of Gucci opened Milan Fashion Week and they certainly set the fashion bar high for the rest of the week. Frida Giannini, Gucci’s Creative Director described the collection as “a contemporary female dandy” whose roots are firmly planted in the 40s and 70s. The Gucci Autumn/Winter collection featured beautifully dyed jewel-colored fox jackets and stoles, skirts, dresses, culottes and pussy-bow blouses. In contrast, the evening wear was sultry, ethereal and seductive. Models glided down the catwalk in sheer chiffon numbers that featured halter-necks, cut-outs and thigh-high (even waist-high) slits. Matching full knickers were paired with the dresses, and, as much as I hate to admit this it’s probably the most successful inclusion of these “big knickers” that I’ve seen to date. Not that you’ll be seeing me out in them anytime soon.
Continuing the theme of getting inspiration from decades past, D&G looked back to the 80s for their autumn/winter 2011 collection. Blaring Madonna’s “Vogue” in the background, models wore knit dresses, pencil skirts, leggings and over-sized silk blouses and blazers. The pattern of choice? The alphabet, of course! The pattern appeared in both black and white and bright neon colors EVERYWHERE including some inspired jewelry. The finale featured letter-printed tops with dyed feather tutu skirts. I LOVED this collection. The cheeky playfulness partnered with the nostalgia of the 80s made this collection near impossible to resist.