Glam Damn It
Lace is everything from sexy to romantic to vintage. It’s versatile, a great way to embrace your femininity, and this season we are seeing it on all kinds of accessories. In regards to the shoe department, Chanel is showing a white heel with patches of black lace for a sexy look. Giabattista Valli is showing a tall periwinkle heel with soft blue lace to create a romantic feel, and Nina Ricci’s peach peep toe heel with lace trim is a lovely vintage-looking shoe. Prada’s black leather and lace bag is strong and sassy, while Aurelie Bidermann’s vintage gold lace necklace and cuff are delicate and feminine. Lace is a perfect addition to your ensemble for any occasion and can take you from day to night. Just remember, a lace top doesn’t need a lace shoe and bag to match.
Some things in fashion are, shall I say, a bit...Strange: guys in Uggs, acid washed jeans, fur bikinis. But when it comes to wearing black and white, the rules are pretty, black and white. This high-contrast color scheme seems to be a trend that never goes out of style; black and white still looks sophisticated and fresh for spring and summer. This year's black and white prints are more likely to be stylized than floral, but don't get rid of last summer's black and white florals yet because you can still wear it this year.
This trend is not only for clothing, this season designers are using the color scheme for accessories. Chanel , Viktor & Rolf and Manolo Blahnik all do superb jobs at using black and white in their shoes. Chanel does a classic white lace up boot with a black toe, while Manolo Blahnik does a black and white cutout, lace-up pump. Viktor & Rolf takes a different route and does an all over black and white striped pattern with ‘bulls eyes’ up the center lacing.
Christian Louboutin has proved with his latest ad campaign that his shoes really are works of art. The Fall/Winter adverts were devised by photographer Peter Lippmann to emulate 18th century pieces of art. Lippman, who is renowned for his conceptual still life photography, cleverly juxtaposes Louboutin’s shoes against classic backdrops that match the shades and textures of the shoes including exotic fruits, flowers, and a somewhat more sinister scull. It’s a novel idea to say the least and, love it or hate it, this campaign is sure to turn heads.
It’s the summer time and vacation is on everyone’s mind. Oscar de la Renta shows consumers how to vacation in style in his 2010 resort wear line, launched on Monday in New York City. After viewing this collection, you can understand (just a little) why de la Renta was a bit bitter about Michelle Obama not donning one of his garments to meet the Queen; his collection is impeccable.
The first few looks are admittedly rigid for resort wear, yet they provide an air of sophistication, aided by the contrasting materials of tweed and satin. The color palette is predominately red, white, and blue with splashes of a few playful colors like turquoise and fuchsia. The progression of the colors and the materials correlate with one another, as the lighter colors present a silhouette that is loose and that flows, as opposed to the angular and linear silhouettes of the darker colors.
I assumed if Fergie would ever channel MC Hammer, it would be on a musical front. Not so, as she strolled into a London studio earlier this week for a session with the Black Eyed Peas wearing trousers with a particularly low crotch. Of all the ‘80s trends, “Hammer Pants” was certainly one I thought we’d never see again.
Although pictures of Fergie in her drop-crotch pants have been garnering media attention from fashion blogs and magazines everywhere, she’s not the first person to strut the look this season. Supermodel Naomi Campbell has been spotted wearing the trend—and so-called “harem pants” have recently made their way onto the catwalk. This time around, the look is much dressier and even has a feminine touch.
Designer Markus Lupfer channeled this season’s sheer and architectural trends in his Spring 2009 Armand Basi One collection. Beautiful tailoring and acute attention to detail are seen in every look. Using mainly a subdued palette of black, off-whites, grays and navys in monochromatic looks, the line finds energy in surprise pops of color where sequined electric blue and hot pink fabrics appear in select looks.
Flawless construction and merging feminine and masculine elements are staples of the German-born designer’s signature style, and this collection is no exception. Masuline-inspired button down shirts are paired with feminine skirts with peplum details. Sheer fabrics soften masculine shirts and pants and expose feminine under-garments. All seams are impeccably finished, and the tailoring and fit of the architectural silhouettes look effortless.
Between the surprise pops of color, the immaculate construction and the interesting juxtapositions, there is something for everyone at Armand Basi One.