Spotted: Anna Sui’s Gossip Girl inspired line for Target!

 

Blair, Serena, Vanessa, and Little Jenny Humphrey

Blair, Serena, Vanessa, and Little Jenny Humphrey

 

 

Creating fashion buzz first with Alexander Mcqueen, Target succeeded once again by releasing Anna Sui’s new line of Gossip Girl inspired woman’s wear clothing 

Representing each of the four main Gossip Girls, this line has something for every personality.  Blair’s Upper East side persona is captured through a more fine-tuned, prim and proper style; high neck lines, in your face bows, and full flavored fabrics.  Serena’s collection is a cool mix of polished and hip; mixing jean with velvet trim and sexifying a conventional party dress with a plunging neckline of metallic silver teeth.  The garments inspired by Vanessa blend mismatching prints with clashing colors to represent the boho chic style commonly associated with java drinking, poetry reading Brooklyn.  Finally, Jenny’s character is personified in rock and roll fashion, shameless and unabashed.  

Anna Sui’s collection of 19 outfits compete with all of the stylish looks seen in the high fashion designer boutiques yet these garments don’t break the bank! Dream come true?  You better believe it!  These dresses are irresistibly adorable and will add fun and flirty additions to anyone’s closet.  Keep in mind, the collection is only around up until October 17 so hurry up and get to your nearest Target before this amazing collection is gone for good! 

Top 5 Trends at this Season’s Fashion Week!

The One Shouldered Dress

Whether the dress was short or long, the one shouldered party dress was all over the runway this season.  The asymmetry of these garments added an extra element of drama and bared a little more skin making them an ultra sexy and super chic must-have for every woman’s closet.

 

The LYD

We all know and love our most beloved friend the LBD.  But designers have recreated, redesigned and renewed the look so many times that at some point we have to say its okay to move on.  This season, designers realized that we are in desperate need of a change and so they gave us the updated version of the LBD with the Little Yellow Dress.  Short, sweet, and sassy, this dress gives us everything we had before with the simple addition of a hot new color.. and that’s really all we needed! 

This season, designers are saying Yellow is the new Black! 

 

A Flock of Feathers

What says high fashion more than a dress made entirely of feathers?  Feathers ruled the runway this season with feathered skirts, coats, and cocktail dresses.  Just considering the sheer volume of these garments, these quirky garments brought us over-the-top theatrics.  To pull off a look like this, all you need is simple accessories, a great pair of heels, and a lot of confidence!  And from there, you’re good to GO!   

 

Ms. Fancy Pants!

For years we’ve been spicing up our tops with bright colors, crazy prints, and all kinds of fabulous flair.  But why let our tank tops, t-shirts, and blouses get all the fun!?  This season, designers are toning down the tops and dedicating all the pizzazz to the glamour of the pant!  Whether its polka dots, paisley, tribal, or random patterns, let your pants make the grand entrance this time around!  

 

Cut it Out!

One way to add a little edge to your wardrobe is by stepping into one of these avant garde looks.  Designers were pushing the boundaries by adding texture to their garments through an intricate cut-out effect.  Whether the cut outs were randomly placed or provided a beautiful pattern of florals, this look was nothing short of fearless and bold.  

Fashion Inspired by Art

Every season there are always a few fashion designers  who look to art for inspiration.  See if you can find the parallels between these four designers and the painters and artists they found inspiration in for their own Spring 2010 collections.

Tracy Reese found inspiration in French painter Pierre Bonnard

Tracy Reese found inspiration in French painter Pierre Bonnard

London designer Duro Olowu incorporated the graphic style of Pablo Picasso into his collection

London designer Duro Olowu incorporated the graphic style of Pablo Picasso into his collection

Nicole Farhi looked to German Expressionist painter Emil Nolde for inspiration

Nicole Farhi looked to German Expressionist painter Emil Nolde for inspiration

Lela Rose took from the color schemes of painter and print artist Alex Katz

Lela Rose took from the color schemes of painter and print artist Alex Katz

Who said the Red Carpet had to bring the Red Dress?

Can you even distinguish the dress from the carpet???

Can you even distinguish the dress from the carpet???

What is it about red carpet events that brings out the need for a red dress??  It was like every celebrity at the 2009 Emmy Awards talked to the same stylist!  Truthfully, most of these gowns are so simple in cut and design that there is almost nothing helping distinguish them from the brilliance of the matching red floor.. and when the carpet is a competing factor in your designer wear gown, well, thats an problem.

Of these women, I have to pick Mila Kunis as the best red dress of the night.  Kunis steered away from the popular choice of scarlet and opted for a slightly darker shade of cranberry.   Her Monique Lhuillier gown had a fresh ballerina style silhouette with all of the layers of tulle.  Even more, the way the  skirt and bodice comes together with a simple band of black at the waist offers a wonderful nod to the beauty of the 50’s era gowns.  The choice of wearing the richer cranberry tone also complimented Kunis’s olive skin and dark brown hair in just the right way.  And finally, the way the the tulle skirt came right above her Ferragamo shoes gave a youthful feel to the entire look.

Mila Kunis wearing a Monique Lhuillier gown

Mila Kunis wearing a Monique Lhuillier gown

Emmy Awards: Best Dressed

Marchesa and Atelier Versace win this Red Carpet

Marchesa and Atelier Versace win this Red Carpet

I must say there was a definite lack of jaw-dropping, statement making gowns at last night’s Emmy Awards.  Usually at award shows you expect to see gowns so exquisitely beautiful you have to remember to catch your breath when watching the TV screen.  While there were a number of beautiful actresses present wearing top designer names, the ‘jaw dropping’ effect could only be credited to a select few.

Fortunately for us, these three actresses reminded us that yes we are in fact at an award show and therefore the fashion needs to be bold, over-the-top, drama! Mad Men’s January Jones look incredible in a white Atelier Versace gown.  The contrast of the geometric corseted bodice with the flowing sheer chiffon train was striking and perfectly showed off Jones’s curves.  In a similar shade of ivory white, Olivia Wilde, of House, pulled some strings with the Marchesa designers by wearing a dress straight off the Spring 2010 runway!  This dress hit every mark.  It paired asymmetry with the illusion of embroidered tulle wrapping around the body.  The intricate detail that went into this dress forced people to take a closer look and appreciate its true beauty.  And the way in which Wilde downplayed her hair along with her accessories was the perfect approach when wearing a dress like this.  Finally, Grey’s Anatomy Sandra Oh looked like her own statuesque Emmy award in yet another Marchesa gown.  Truthfully, Oh is always a top pick for me at award shows, but at the 2009 Emmy Awards, she did it once again wearing a body hugging, gold embellished dress complimented with a simple rope belt.

Models Before & After all the Makeup!!

See how an amazing hair and makeup artist can completely transform the face of a model. Amazing!
Coco Rocha
Coco Rocha at John Galliano Fall 2009 Ready to Wear

Sasha Pivovarova
Sasha Pivovarova at Oscar de la Renta Spring 2010 Ready to Wear

Caroline Trentini
Caroline Trentini at Christian Dior Spring 2009 Ready to Wear

Raquel Zimmermann
Raquel Zimmermann at Alexander McQueen Fall 2009 Ready to Wear

Elsa SylvanBehati Prinsloo at Armani Prive Fall 2009 Couture

Ralph Lauren: Denim Couture

Denim Couture!

Denim Couture!


Ralph Lauren broke away from the elegance of fashion week and brought us back to a more familiar, more recognizable, and certainly more comfortable style with his Spring 2010 collection. He reminded us what is at the foundation of American fashion and of what all of us choose to wear on a daily basis, the jean pant.

It was nice to have a designer recognize that we are currently in a recession and to present a clean and basic collection stripped of all the frills and ornamentation usually found in Fashion Week. In respect to today’s economy, Ralph Lauren didn’t try anything pretentious or impractical. Inspired by the newsboy, the farmer, and the cowboy, Lauren was able to come up with a few fun twists on our everyday wardrobe staple, denim. Even his silk garments were presented in a faded blue silk to simulate the style of a perfectly worn in pair of jeans.

In the end, the collection was a group of familiar pieces that occupy many of our closets. Its been a long time since we’ve seen the jean overall come down the NYC Fashion Week runway. But its definitely a first seeing the jean overall directly incorporated into the final show gown of the collection!