Monday, August 20, 2012

Pretty In Chambray and Lace

Today was our first day back to work, teachers and staff minus the students. This outfit is a sweet balance of casual and lovely, summer and autumn.

The shirt is selvedge chambray, while the skirt is made of soft gray lace with a scalloped hem: both from J. Crew. The sandals are from Anthropologie, and the leather cuff (handmade from reclaimed materials) was bought at The Muse in downtown Frederick.

You can see the same shirt, styled for a colder season, in Modern Dickens. I love juxtapositions: they lend intelligent flair to an outfit.


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Hourglass Waist: Fendi and Haider Ackermann Fall 2012

For Fall 2012, both Fendi and Haider Ackermann drew me in with their sumptuous treatment of the hourglass waist.

Between baroque tops and streamlined pencil skirts, Fendi interposed flared belt-slash-waspies paneled in rich dark colors and textures.

Haider Ackermann went architectural on the hips, folding and layering below the cinched waist to evoke associations of kimonos and queen bees.

These two designers have made me see the hourglass figure in an entirely new, exciting way.


Monday, August 13, 2012

Shoe Porn: Givenchy Vittorias Heel in Gold Glitter

Totally unnecessary? Yes. Who on earth needs biker heels coated in sparkly gold glitter? Yet, that did not stop me from falling in love with these Givenchy Vittorias glitter heels with suede trim the moment I saw them.

Apparently I am not the only one who covets impractical chunky-and-glittery footwear, since the shoe promptly sold out in most places. Then a couple of weeks ago, a sample pair in 38.5 popped up for half off on Forward by Elyse Walker. The trouble? They were final sale and I usually wear 39 or 39.5.

Ought I to bite the bullet? After all, they're so glittery.

I went on the Internet seeking answers, and found these photos of Poppy Delevigne sporting the heels.

Oh, dear. I bit the bullet. This story has a happy ending: the shoes fit! Now I have filled that glitter-shaped hole in my shoe wardrobe.

Poppy showed me that the best way to wear such bold and glittery heels is with denim. I would wear mine with dark cigarette ankle jeans and a pale chambray blouse, tucked in.

Is there a pair of glittery shoes in your wardrobe? If so, how do you like to wear them? If not, would you go out now and get a pair?


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Design Gem: Reed Krakoff Orange & Nude

Two perfect ensembles from Reed Krakoff Resort 2012. Minimalist, monochromatic orange and nude: variations on a theme.

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