Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Girl with the Leather Jacket..

Every time I'm in SoHo I'm inspired by how a girl is wearing her leather jacket - especially when its worn in an unexpected way. With the right cut and fit a leather jacket can be classically cool, edgy, contemporary or even super chic. Its all about the styling..
Annamara Post by Lee Broomfield for Elle Russia February 2011 
Karina Nicholson by Nicole L. Hill for Fashion Gone Rogue 
Kate Moss by Sonia Sieff for Elle France 
Barbara Palvin by Jan Welters for Elle France September 2011 
Terese Pagh by Eric Guillemain for L’Officiel Paris November 2011 
Isabeli Fontana for Faith Connexion Fall 2011 Campaign by Alasdair McLellan 
Melanie Galea via The Street Muse 
Ashley Smith by Guy Aroch for The Block FW 2011 
Anja Rubik for Kurt Geiger Fall 2011 Campaign 
Iselin Steiro for Cover Magazine December 2010 January 2011 by Rick Shaine 
Anja Rubik for Kurt Geiger Fall 2011 Campaign 
Photo credit: Stockholm Street Style
Natasha Poly by Lachlan Bailey for Vogue Spain November 2011
Margaret Made Stockholm Street Style carolinesmode
J.Crew Belstaff Leather Bomber Jacket 
Natalia Vodianova for Etam Fall 2010 Campaign 
 Kelsey Jean Harding by Alvin Nguyen for Papercut Magazine July 2011

My favorite way to wear leather is with a dress- especially a print or a sheath dress. It's the unexpected combinations like a leather jacket with pearls (first photo) or a leather jacket with a pencil skirt that really create a great look with a touch of edge. 
Play with bright/colorful accesoriies especially if your jacket is black or grey. As for hair; soft waves are the perfect combination of feminine and effortless and add to the total cool factor. 
And if for some reason you don't want to look too edgy you can create a more contemporary /sophisticated look by pairing leather with neutrals.

Have a lovely day everyone!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Photo of the Day: Tribal Beauty

I thought I'd share one of my all time favorite editorial photos: Frida Gustavsson by Magnus Magnusson from last November's Elle Sweden.
There is something absolutely breathtaking about this photo. She is not only beautifully put together but there is a subtle element of pride/dignity to her graceful pose. Her breathtaking, dreamlike surroundings not only add to her grace but depict a moment of  absolute peace. 
This proves that fashion photography doesn't just have to be about experimental makeup, labels and red soles but can be a true art form that inspires people.

Have a lovely weekend everyone! 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

...Love Letters, Tea Dresses, and the 1940s..

Although the 1940s were a difficult time with war, separation and rations,- the love letters and fashion we attribute to that time make it feel so much more of a romantic era. It was a time where women were feminine and even in a time of war found a way to look simply incredible. This fall season the tea dresses, ankle straps, prints, and peter pan collars of the 40s have all made reappearances on the runway from designers like Miu Miu and Louis Vuitton,... and we couldn't be happier.
Lara Stone & Frida Gustavsson by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue US July 2011 
Adorable 40s wardrobe in The Notebook 
Kendra Spears by Will Davidson for Harper’s Bazaar Australia 
Keira Knightley in Atonement (2007) 
Barbara Palvin by Eric Guillemain for Vogue Australia September 2011
Kendra Spears by Will Davidson for Harper’s Bazaar Australia 

Karen Elson by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue US October 2011
Frida Gustavsson by Andreas Öhlund for Elle Sweden 
Kendra Spears by Will Davidson for Harper’s Bazaar Australia 
Frida Gustavsson by Andreas Öhlund for Elle Sweden
Miu Miu Fall 2011 Runway
Anna Sui Resort 2012 Collection
Frida Gustavsson by Andreas Öhlund for Elle Sweden 
Ieva Laguna by Koray Birand for Vogue Hellas October 2011 
ASOS Bird Print 40's Tea Dress - $87.80

The 1940s silhouette was semi form fitting and hit below the knee /midi, a combination that when paired with heals created an incredible figure flattering look, that was kept interesting with collars, accessories and prints.. I especially love the bird prints.
You can wear any of these looks with colored tights all through the winter or pair it with a shearling jacket or camel colored coat.
Have a lovely day everyone!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Indian Summer: Fall Fashion for Hot Days

Well it's supposed to be fall, yet tomorrow's temperatures are predicted to reach 85 degrees. 85 degrees! Seriously?!!  So much for all those lovely but way-too-warm-outfits I was planning on wearing in October..... le sigh... So for all of you who agree that suffocating in a darling red wool dress is really not an option, here is little styling inspiration to get you through this Indian Summer..
Malgosia Bela by Greg Kadel for Numéro #122
Samantha Gradoville by Sean & Seng for POP SS 2011
NetaPorter August Fashion Guide
Samantha Gradoville by Sean & Seng for POP SS 2011 
Olga Serova by Nikolay Biryukov for Elle Ukraine March 2011 
Isabeli fontana rosa spring 2012 
Eniko Mihalik by Ben Hassett for Harper’s Bazaar US March 2011
Net-a-Porter Fall Fashion Guide
Noot Seear for Elle Russia April 2011 by Joshua Jordan
Tanga Moreau Txema yeste Marie Claire Italia August 2011 

The common styling trick here is to wear Autumn colors but in breathable heat-friendly materials. Its an easy trick that allows you to pair some of your richly colored summer clothes with some of those lightweight  fall pieces. 
Pick autumn colors like brick red, yellow, burnt orange, and rich green and purple and pair them nude & neutrals.
Have a lovely day everyone!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

..Mod about You..

In the 60s “mod” was about as edgy as it got. The details, patterns, and makeup of 60s mod styling turned everyday looks into statements. The perfect combination of edgy and chic can still be achieved today by adding the right retro touches to any otherwise ordinary look.
Paula Zago by Gustavo Marx for Cake #3 
Andreea Diaconu by Karíne Basilio for One Magazine
Mila Kunis by Robert Erdmann for Glamour UK September 2011
Julia Saner by Willem Jaspert for Playing Fashion September 2011
Samuji Fall 2011 
Max Mara Studio Fall 2011 Campaign Frida Gustavsson & Kinga Rajzak by Giampaolo Sgura

Kate Winslet for V Magazine #73 by Mario Testino 

Hanna Herzsprung in Chanel by Axl Jansen for QVEST #47

Taryn Davidson by Richard Bernardin for Elle Canada September 2011 
Isabeli Fontana by Marcin Tyszka for Vogue Mexico September 2011

Karlie Kloss Stephane Sednaoui Vouge Italia July 2011 
Taryn Davidson by Richard Bernardin for Elle Canada September 2011

You’ll notice that these looks have a rather basic foundation: white, black and patterned /print combinations of the two- you can start by using any such items you already own and pair them together different ways (use these photos as inspiration) and then slowly start adding pieces with color. 
Focus on Hair and makeup as they make huge contributions to styling. 
Accessories like gloves, hats and earrings can also add a slight 60s vibe to even office attire.

Of course if you need further inspiration just watch Charade or a Bardot flick. ;) Have a lovely day everyone!