2011 has been an incredible year, sartorially speaking. From Anne Hathaway's eight costume changes at the Academy Awards to Diane Kruger...well, whenever the woman puts on clothes, a few of the ladies that didn't make the cut were this close. Ultimately, we decided that the criteria to make Joonbug's "Top Looks of 2011" list lay within three very simple (and very visible) requirements: originality, memorability and game-change factor. Once we began to whittle down our large list, we found that very few looks - no matter how much we loved them - fit these requirements.
Whether you were into kinderwhore or hypercolors, the 90’s were an exciting time in personal fashion. Not everything always made sense (ultra low rise jeans, anyone?) but it was certainly always interesting.
Naturally, the films produced during that time reflect this smorgasbord-aesthetic. Every girl remembers the first time they saw “Titanic” or “Clueless”. We remember sobbing with our friends at the end of “Cruel Intentions,” cheering on the protagonists of “Pretty Women” and “A League of Their Own,” and having our jaws drop during the adrenaline needle scene of “Pulp Fiction.” While these films are not exactly all Oscar-winners, they have stood the test of time in a different way. The reason it was so easy for us to jump right into the worlds of the characters was due to the flawless work of their costume designers.
In the past few years Solange Knowles has become known for her spunkier attitude, and marching slightly off beat to the drums of her dancey diva sister Beyonce. And in these same years, Solange has accomplished what few siblings of superstars do – develop her own star power. Maybe it was her dip into djing, which is unfortunately scarce of females. Or maybe it was the daring chop of her mane to grow her hair out naturally. Truthfully, all of the above have added to her celebrity allure. But what we’ve come to love her for most is her great sense of style and growing presence as an IT girl in fashion.
Her she is at a Net-A-Porter hosted party for Dolce and Gabbana this summer, looking and feeling very 90s cool with her leggings and "Poetic Justice" style braids. Janet Jackson should be proud.
Miuccia Prada never fails to impress us with her cohesive imagination in her collections. Last year’s Spring 2011 collection sent us reeling with delight as we watched the stripes and bananas promenade down the runway. This year Prada sent an equally, if not even more, desirable assortment of ready-to-wear and accessories down the runway that left us revving our engines. Seriously, those shoes have taillights! A perfect counterpart to the retro men’s collection, knee-length, pleated A-line and leather pencil skirts paired with midriff bearing bandeau tops were made for the seemingly innocent companion to the Prada man. We were most impressed by the silhouettes of the swimwear and dresses. Following the contour of a woman’s shape, Prada pieces together contrasting fabrics to emulate, in a much less literal way, the undeniable shape of a vintage hot rod. Flaming footwear and leather clutches with hot rod imagery complete the execution of the throwback to the 50s. Finished with lace and eyelet outwear in paled pink and blue, the collection certainly accomplished the “sweet” précis coined by Miuccia Prada herself.
Fergie recently stepped out looking summer-rock-n-roll chic in a skin-hugging Dolce & Gabbana floral print dress, cropped embellished leather jacket and yellow Christian Louboutin heels. She completed the look with over-sized black sunglasses and a simple black clutch.
We love the combination of flowers mixed with a rock edge. This look is also very versatile and could work year around. We're conservatively estimating Fergie's look is coming in around $2500 to $3000 -a stiff number for most ladies out there. Our version comes in around $300 -all style, less cost!
The little white dress entered spring’s runways at full throttle. From D&G to McQueen, top designers showed off little white dresses decked out with their own personal touch. You too can add something special to your LWD by incorporating your personal style and the confidence to pull it off. Besides being a visual communication tool, fashion is about representing you. Here are some tips on how to give a “little extra” to your little white dress. Remember, these are just suggestions— you should be your own muse!
From the runway:
The LWD dominated the spring 2011 ready-to-wear runway shows, most notably Dolce & Gabbana's. Jill Stuart’s take on the LWD included structured silhouettes mixed with ruffles and frills. Azzaro’s show-stopping LWD encompassed a crystal bodice and a tired white silk skirt both united by a large black bow. Monique Lhuillier’s LWD designs were just angelic. Some other LWD designers included Derek Lam, Chanel, and Alexander McQueen (which is in the hands of the deserving Sarah Burton who took over for the late McQueen).
2. For the "everyday" girl: Abercrombie, ‘Kylie’ dress ($68 at Abercrombie)
Fashion moves fast; do not get left behind. The LWD is the season's hottest trend, but it may become your fierce new closet staple.
Check out our exclusive interview with New York's DJ Vitale. As an international nightlife sensation, Vitale has played some of the hottest rooms in the world. From The Limelight and Palladium in New York to Feria in Tokyo, DJ Vitale has become a worldwide label and spins the best sounds from city to city. DJ Vitale sat down with us to talk about where he came from and where he is now.
What is the best party you have every played?
The Dolce & Gabbana party in South Korea. I was DJing for people who had no idea what the music was in the store in Seoul.
What is the craziest thing a fan has ever asked you?
To play Shakira during a house set. Oh, and there was the time that two girls asked to make out in the DJ booth while I was spinning at The Limelight.
Heaven on earth can best be described as part high-end clothing boutique and part full-service make-up studio. With that said, Candice Birdsong and Joelle Brodhecker, owners/creators of Addiction Studio, can best be described as angels. This Antique Row addition offers resale clothing and accessories from an impressive list of designers including Gucci, Dolce and Gabbana, and Dior. Candice and Joelle are trained make-up artists and host make-up seminars, complete with cocktails and hor d'oeuvres. So if vintage Louie bags are your drug-of-choice, make like Amy Winehouse and say no, no, no.
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