Thursday, July 28, 2011

Hints from the Runway

Try some of these easy pairings to add a little designer to your look (No budget needed!)

Black Shirt:White Collar 

Seen at Calvin Klein, DKNY and Louis Vuitton, this classic combo creates simple, instant polish. Try a rounded collar for a more modern take.
Turtle Neck:Sweater

Seen at Celine, with slick trousers. Also pair your fall turtleneck with a collarless coat, a classic trench, or a fur vest.

Bright Tights

Seen at Fendi. Pair with a neutral knee length skirt, and a patterned top that picks up the color of the tights. Plaid is a smart fall option, as are ankle strap pumps.

White Button Up:Black Skirt 

Seen at Ralph Lauren. Every woman should own a classic white button up and black skirt. Ralph Lauren makes the two staples fresh again. Simply add accessories with hints of color. Lauren went with green add-ons and red lips. A belt with a center buckle is the perfect way to complete the look.
Ralph Lauren


Seen at Dries Van Noten, Dior and Marc by Marc Jacobs. If you will be sporting black booties next season, take a hint from Dior and opt for over-the-rim black socks or bunched leg warmers (not too thick). Or, just as well, bring in color. Try a deep fall tone, like rich burgundy. Also, bringing a pattern to the leg, perhaps peeped out of a snakeskin boot, as seen below, adds ultra cool interest.
Dries Van Noten

Friday, July 1, 2011


If I can only buy one new piece of clothing for the Fall, what should it be?


Possibly because it adds instant elegance, offers bountiful versatility and layering options, and appeared on many Fall 2011 runways, the neck-tie blouse is your one must-have item. You can find the necktie top in many variations, from glamourous evening gowns to low-key button ups. A silk blouse version, in a classic creme, vibrant hue, or black and white graphic, can be dressed up or down, layered with fall vests, cardigans, sweaters or jackets and paired with pencil skirts, trousers, and even jeans. Tied high or tied low, in a bow or just a fold, over or under, this is the piece that feels new everyday. Gucci, probably the most, tied many of its great looks with a bow:

*Style note: Layer with a sweater, belt it with a skinny, and drape over with a long pendant 
*Style note: A scarf can cast the same effect. Try a plunging V neck and tie to the side. 
Other ensembles, wrapped up nicely:


Yves Saint Laurent 

Dolce & Gabbana 

Alberta Ferretti 

Salvatore Ferragamo