Archive for September, 2011
Isabel Marant – one of our faves – showed today. The first half of her collection consisted of sporty, tie-dyed looks and lots of patchwork and fringe (also a big theme at Barbara Bui). There were some very pretty lace pieces in the second half of the show along with structural pieces with tribal influences that we loved. At Balmain, 25 year-old Olivier Rousteing infused intricate, geometric embroidery with rock ‘n roll edge for a very cool effect. Short hemlines and studs abounded, and the color palette was a mix of whites, golds and blacks. Definitely one of our favorite collections so far in Paris!
Photo credit: Style.com
It’s day three of Paris Fashion Week and we’ve seen some amazing clothes come down the runways. But as they say in the news business, if it bleeds, it leads, so let’s start with the fashion disaster that took place at the Balenciaga show earlier today: The benches that editors, buyers and other fashion royalty were sitting on began to creak and eventually broke, sending Vanessa and Victoria Traina, Kate Lanphear and Eric Wilson – just to name a few – to the unfashionable floor. Suddenly the show became ‘standing room only’, and everyone spent the rest of the presentation teetering in their 6-inch heels. If only we could have been there to see it in person!
But back to the clothes. Barbara Bui showed a lot of black and white pieces punctuated by pops of neon yellow and other bright accessories. Fringy jackets and skirts as well as asymmetrical hemlines also dominated. At Nina Ricci, the classically feminine label featured bra-like tops layered underneath lace dresses and boxy jackets. Each model was topped off with a retro pillbox-type hat, which we’re guessing is a trend that won’t make it off the runway.
Be sure to check back tomorrow for Elyse’s dispatch from Milan!
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Paris Fashion Week is underway! We’re already starting to see lots of pastels for Spring 2012. Rochas sent their models down the runways in ladylike, retro head scarves and plenty of Easter egg hues, while others were accessorized with angular, futuristic sunglasses and small cross body bags. But the action wasn’t just on the runways, of course. Proenza Schouler design duo Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez hosted a swank party at Paris’ newest haute spot Silencio to premiere their short film Snowballs which brings to life the pair’s Navajo-inspired Fall 2011 collection.
Stay tuned for more updates from Elyse at Paris Fashion Week in the days to come!
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In case you haven’t noticed, Missoni is having a moment. The label’s capsule collection for Target, which came out on September 13, sold out in a matter of hours, causing bidding wars on eBay where much of the merchandise ended up. One brazen (and deluded) eBay seller is actually trying to sling a pair of Missoni for Target rainboots for $31,000 so that he can pay for his daughter’s college tuition. (Good luck with that.) Despite all this pandemonium, we gotta say: there’s just something about the real thing. The fit, the fabric, the feel…it’s just better when it’s the real deal. Our fave Missoni piece of the season is this multicolor miniskirt, and we also have other options available in-store. But hurry…because this stock is going the way of Target’s. It won’t last long.
One of our favorite customers (and good friend!) Sydney Holland sent us this photo today of her chic, head-to-toe Elyse Walker ensemble. Because we love the way Sydney incorporated fall’s floral trend into her outfit in such a sophisticated way, we’ve decided to make it our official Outfit of the Day and dissect it for you right here, right now. Let’s start with the shoes, shall we? These just came in from YSL, and they are insane – love the patent cap-toe on the suede platform! Suede is a fall staple and the touch of patent gives these YSL beauties an unexpected twist. The black pencil skirt is another wardrobe basic – this one is from Theory, but we have lots of different options available at the store and online. The dark floral print blouse – a pattern that was all over the fall runways – is Beyond Vintage. Sydney accessorized with a Fendi ‘Chains’ messenger bag, which is made from this beautiful sequined leather that has an understated metallic sheen. Love the way the bag pulls the whole look together and works from day to evening.
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