Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Best of 2010: Designers

The best, most talked about designers of the year. They had both huge celebrity and fashion industry following. Some old, some new, and all at the top of their game!

Best of 2010: Fashion Spreads

1. Vogue Latin America Oct 2010

2. Elle Sweden Nov 2010

3. Amy Finlayson by Justin Ridler

4. Blank Magazine #55

5. Maire Claire Italia Sep 2010

6. Maire Claire US Dec 2010

7. Elle Singapore Dec 2010

8. Maire Claire Brazil Oct 2010

9. "Material Girl" Fall 2010

10. Elle US Nov 2010

11. Vogue US Dec 2010

12. Vogue UK Nov 2010

13. Vlada by David Mushegain

14. Vogue US Nov 2010

15. Vogue US Jan 2011

**even though this is next year, Natalie looks amazing so I couldn't leave it out!**

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Best of 2010: Trends

Friday, December 17, 2010

Pre-Fall 2011 Coverage: The Best Collections

"The Outsiders"

With the inspiration of L.L Bean and the great outdoors, the label United Bamboo pulled out a trendy and eco-friendly collection. Wearable, fashionable and do-able, these clothes are a must-have for any wardrobe. I love the long john pants, sturdy boots, curtain-like flower patterns, and relaxed denim. In a nutshell, United is simple, trendy and oh so comfortable. You could do anything in these looks: shop, go out for lunch, hike up a mountain, and sleep:)
"You're a Firework"

Reem Acra's designs shine once again in her pre-fall collection. Bursts of bright gold, deep blues and greens, and touches of black glamour were showcased. A long time favorite of celebs for the red-carpet and major award shows, Reem Acra is a master at creating the "it factor". Signature palettes, ethnic flare and her overall star-power keep clients and fashion lovers like myself coming back for more.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

"Amazing Grace"

Monique Lhuillier has been worn by anyone who is anyone, to every red-carpet, gala, award show you name it. Known for dramatic styles, delicate details, and overall glamorous meets girly effects, Monique's pre-fall collection is no exception. The best part about these runway looks was the colors used. Deep green, hot pink, ombre hues, and pure white are just some examples. Pulled back hair allowed the wonderful designs to shine. But perhaps the most skilled thing about Lhuillier is that her gowns bring out the best in every women who dons them. Sparkle, lace, volume and sweet regalness is Monique in a nutshell. Amazing collection.
"That 70's Show"

Diane Von Furstenberg is one of my favorite designers because she designs for stylish, confident, career seeking women. Her latest collection took us back to the glory days of the 70's, the era in which she thrived. The best thing about the looks was the solid rich hues of burgundy, teal and mustard yellow. It was almost yummy. DVF always creates simple chic separates that woman of all ages and walks of life can pull off. Boots, sunnies, sturdy bags, wrap details, comfortable textures and overall understated sexiness describe this pre-fall showcase. Well done.
"Stunning Staples"

Donna Karan likes her collections to have sustainability and wear-ability not just on the runway but on the sidewalk as well. A master when it comes to layering, Donna's pre-fall collection showcased wardrobe staples that every fashionable woman should have in her closet. Using an earthy color palette and free-flowing designs, Karan's clothing makes any body type look divine. No wonder she's been around for so long.
"Detail Diva"

Rachel Roy pulled out another great collection that was filled with whimsy and perfectly stated drama. Her color choices are always spot on as I just loved the celery green and pumpkin oranges hues throughout. Feathers, a hot trend right now on the runways, also made an appearance. But Roy used the material in a unique way. I especially loved the ankle grazing black feather skirt as seen above. Fun jewelry, comfortable fabrics, feather sandals, and cool styles completed this confident collection.

I can go on and on about how much I adore Vera Wang as both a person and as an established designer. She is a household name and she creates beautiful clothing with her signature dark glamorous touch every time. This time around her pre-fall collection had a school girl feel about it with short hemlines, pleated skirts, knee high stockings, capes and fun details. Of course it was finished off with bling, feathers, and girly accents as expected. Vera, unlike some designers, has a distinct voice that keeps everyone wanting more.
"Naturally Cool"

Ports 1961 is one of the hippest brands out there currently. They start trends with their effortlessly chic styles and high profile clientele. For their latest collection, brown was the standout hue. Not usually a fan of such a color, my opinion was changed. The grayish brown used was refreshing and gave a 70's boho vibe to the looks. Leggings, muted hues, slinky dresses, feather details, simple hair/makeup, and warm weather accessories completed a fabulous collection.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

"Queen for the Day"

Besides being a legendary designer and one of the most well-respected names in the business, Oscar de la Renta also is a hard worker. I don't know how he does it but he manages to pull out a huge collection of beautiful clothing every season. And even though this is only pre-fall, it feels like another grand affair. I love the overall styling of this collection. It's very Paris high society chic but still youthful and modern. Every look is new and exciting while still being a part of a cohesive unit. Bright pops of color, expensive fabrics, dark lips, sleek hair, and bows/frills are just some of the amazing elements of Oscar's standout collection.
"Black Swan"

It seems like J. Mendel has taken cue from Natalie Portman's latest movie masterpiece as his clothing has a sense of dark romanticism about them. A skilled genius when it comes to designing gowns, Mendel never ceases to amaze me. I literally would die to wear any one of the pieces in this newest collection. They look so soft and simply glamorous. And the sick strappy heels just puts it over the top. Love!