Wednesday, May 18, 2011

J'adore Paris

My mom leaves for a week in Paris tomorrow and I am beyond jealous as I sit here behind my desk at work.  Still, she's never been and I have, so it's only fair she gets to experience it after all this time.  That being said, it's got me longing for travel... especially to Paris!  The museums, the art, the culture, the fashion!

I've already got the perfect Day At The Musee outfit picked out!
Day at the Musee

How about dinner in the Eiffel Tower?!
Dinner and a Gallery Opening

And this would be great for a day spent exploring the Champagne Region.

I think this would be the perfect look for an evening at the Palace of Versailles.
Night in Paris

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Color Blocking

 What exactly is color blocking?

Quite simply, color blocking is the technique of combining colors that compliment each other, in a bold way.  This trend has been resurrected from the 1960s, when Ives Saint Laurent first created the "Mondrian" day dress."

Ives Saint Laurent "Mondrian" day dress, now part of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Piet Mondrian, of course, was a Dutch painter from the first half of the 20th century, who was famous for his canvasses painted with vertical and horizontal lines filled in with bold primary colors.

Piet Mondrian, Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow, 1930

Saint Laurent popularized this look in the 1960s.  Every mod on the planet owned a dress in color-blocking.  Like all trends eventually do, this look faded away when the hippie look became popular.  But, it came back into fashion in the late 1980s, early 1990s in an even bolder look.  (Picture any woman from any television show from the 1980s and you get the idea.)

Claudia Schiffer, cover of Cosmopolitan magazine 1992

 While the 1960s approach is currently popular as well, when you hear the term "color blocking' these days, you'll find the trend is more similar its 1980s incarnation.  Think: Fuschia jacket, purple blouse, blue pants.  It's everywhere this season, from shoes to dresses.  Lots of dresses in stores now have already done the work for you.  Perhaps you're already following this trend.  Get an idea from the photos below and give it a try! 

Gucci, Spring 2011

Charlotte Olympia
Stella McCartney

Friday, May 6, 2011

2011 Met Costume Institute Gala

Jennifer Hudson
On May 2, 2011, The Metropolitan Museum of Art held it's annual Costume Institute Gala and the stars were out in force.  Jennifer Hudson was my personal favorite of the night, besides the fact that she is personally looking so good, this dress flattered her in every possible way.  The color and fit were spot on, not to mention she was styled perfectly.

Blake Lively
I love Blake Lively.  There is just something about her.  Well, there was something about her.  Her hair.  She had that effortless surfer girl kind of beauty.  The new 'do is not my favorite, but her dress at the gala was definitely in my top picks for the night.  I love that it's the exact color of her skin and looks painted on like some sort of Grecian Goddess.

Gisele Bundchen
THIS WOMAN HAS A CHILD.  She looks a-MA-zing.  This dress does everything to accentuate her assets.  It is simply stunning.  You have to be pretty tall to be able to carry off that kind of volume on the bottom, but that is clearly not a problem for this hot mama!  One of my favorite looks of the night, for sure.

Eva Mendez

Holy '70s goodness!  What a splash Eva Mendez made in this color.  The belt I wasn't so sure about at first, but the more I got into the '70s groove of things, the more I appreciated it.  I'm finding it really interesting that royal blue and purple and other jewel tones we generally associate with autumn and winter are big colors this season.  I kinda love it.  Anyway, one of my picks of the night!

Diane Kruger
Please allow me to start first by saying how much I adore Diane Kruger.  I'm not sure exactly why, but I do, and afterall, do I really have to have a reason?  I love this look.  She looks sexy and sophisticated and completely appropriate.  Did I forget to mention, hello, slit up to there!  Woo!

Sarah Jessica Parker
Have we reached the worst dressed portion of the program?  Well no.  Not entirely.  Why?  Because I love Sarah Jessica Parker.  She can do no wrong.  But I will admit that I do prefer to see her in cocktail dresses and ball gowns.  This probably has everything to do with her age.  In dresses like this, she looks more her age.  Older than her age, even.  And I prefer to see her as being... ageless, if you will.  Not to mention her eye-makeup is way too harsh.  The whole thing just adds too many years for my liking.  A good point, however, is the color.  I am really loving this color this season.  Golds and nudes and pale, pale pinks.  The naked look.  Count me in!  Perhaps if the neckline has been lower, or in a v-shape?  I think that could have helped.

Kirsten Dunst
Why?  I'm not sure what else to say about Kirsten Dunst's look besides, just... why?  Okay, maybe I can manage a few other words...  For the love of God, why?!  Yeah, that pretty much sums up my feelings about this ensemble.  Do you think she got lost on her way somewhere else and just decided to stay?  I don't know.

What I don't understand about Beyonce is why she sometimes "gets it" and yet, she sometimes gets it so wrong.  There are so many things wrong with this picture that I don't know where to begin.  Like Sarah Jessica's problem, this look completely ages Beyonce beyond her 29 years.  This is way too harsh, too Bob Mackie, too 1980s (and not in a good way), too Dynasty, just too, too, too, too much.  Not to mention the fact that she looks encased in this dress.  How is that even possible, when she has such an amazing figure?!  There is just nothing flattering about this look on this woman in this day and age.

Ginnifer Goodwin
This look, on the other-hand, could have easily been a favorite of mine.  Ginnifer Goodwin is so fresh with her pixie cut and the color suits her skin tone perfectly.  Her makeup was flawless and the color of the dress stood out from the crowd like no other.  The cut of the dress, however is where things went awry.  It unfairly makes her look small on the top and large on the bottom, which is SO not the case.  From there, things just seem to fall apart.  The slit up the side of the dress makes it fall even more awkwardly and the shoes are a total misstep.
Jessica Szhor
I will admit, I have no idea who this girl is, but I included her simply because I think what she is wearing is so inappropriate.  The dress, on its own is actually really cute and had she been going to the MTV Video Music Awards, I would have said this look was a slam dunk.  That being said, it wasn't the MTV awards, it was a gala, and unless I'm very mistaken, a gala is usually a black-tie event similar to a ball, but without dancing.  There is just nothing appropriate about this for this event.  The shoes and the stringy hair only add to make matters worse.

Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell
Lastly, nothing to do with best or worst dressed, but simply because I am a HUGE Beatles fan and I love this man more than words (I've met him, ya know?!), Sir Paul McCartney and his fiance, New York socialite, Nancy Shevell (dressed in non other than... you guessed it...Stella McCartney!).  Both looking fabulous.  Congrats to both of them on the engagement.  I have a feeling this time it'll stick!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Let's Talk Hats

The wedding is over, but the fun doesn't have to be.  If you watched the wedding, or indeed, saw any of the photos of the Duke and Duchess' big day, then you have no doubt had a chance to evaluate the wedding fashions and, my personal favorite: the accessories.  So, let's jump right in.

First up, Prince William's cousins, the Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice.

Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice

There has been a lot said about these particular fascinators.  Like them or hate them, they certainly made a statement.  Personally, I think if Lady Gaga had been wearing Beatrice's hat, everyone would have swooned.  Still, it's not my favorite either.  Eugenie's, on the other hand, I actually really like.  I think with a different outift it would have been fabulous.  Very Carrie Bradshaw.

Sophie Winkleman, Lady Frederick Windsor

Now the hat that Lady Frederick Windsor wore, was probably my favorite.  While this hat has a very Zen feeling about it, I can also imagine it on the streets of 1950s Paris.  Then again, perhaps it's just Lady Windsor.  She just has one of those faces.

Carol Middleton, mother of the bride.

I thought Princess Catherine's mother looked just lovely at the wedding.  Very chic and appropriate for being the mother of a Royal bride.  Her hat was just lovely and flowed with her outfit flawlessly.

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson

This look, on the other-hand, worn by London socialite, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, just screams "Look at me!"  That, or she's preparing for the new Smurfs movie, set to come out later this year.  The hat could possibly be all right on it's own, but I have a difficult time imagining it when there's so much going on here.  I know there has been a trend lately of going monochromatic, but this is a little extreme.  I'm just glad she didn't have on matching tights!

Zara Phillips, daughter of The Princess Royal and cousin to Prince William

I can't decide whether I like this hat, however, worn by William's oldest female cousin, daughter of Prince Charles' sister, The Princess Royal.  The whole look is a bit extreme, what with the silver/gun-metal grey dress/coat.  I like the hat, but maybe not with that big flower?  I'm not sure.  I'm on the fence about this one, but it's definitely one of the more memorable hats from the big day.

Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, wife of Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg

Finally, I wanted to end with a splash of color.  I adore this hat!  It fit her well (Unlike Zara's, above, appeared to, judging by the photo of her seemingly having to hold her hat on.) and completed her entire look beautifully.  I found it very fun and just perfect for a Spring wedding.