>> Shine on. Cleverly composed with eye-catching colors and high-impact jewels, these glimmering rings — like little works of art — make a statement all their own.
Posts for December 2011
>> The high-necked baby doll dresses Opening Ceremony offered up for Spring 2012 aren't going anywhere for Pre-Fall; this time around they come in a transition-worthy selection of stripes, sheers, high shine, and zigzag. Separates — in the form of figure-skater skirts, flared trousers, ponchos, and moto jackets — looked especially pared-down and easy-wearing this season, with just a hint of the brand's signature retro-quirk thrown in for good measure.
>>'Tis the season for cocktail parties, cozy dinners, and lots of holiday cheer. Get in the spirit — and bypass the traditional — with these gorgeous home entertaining essentials. No matter your style, we've gathered over 30 holiday-perfect goodies guaranteed to get your home looking chic — from now through the New Year. Click through for five inspiring looks.
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>> Six months from now when the next transitional items start rolling into stores, there'll be plenty of super-cozy looks on offer from Missoni. Cold-weather layering — in the form of oversized outerwear, body-con dresses, and belted waistlines — was the message, and it came in the form of jumbo coats, boxy fur-trimmed vests, and maxi-length jackets, with plenty of space-dyed turtlenecks and graphic-knit minidresses to wear under them.
>> Carine Roitfeld is not only enjoying life as a free agent — she's also enjoying the ability to speak her mind, she says. In a recent New York Times article, the former editor opened up on everything from her current hair color to certain friendships — new and old. Among the newest tidbits? Confirmation that stylist — and former French Vogue colleague — Marie-Amélie Sauvé will be involved in Roitfeld's yet-to-be-named magazine. Read on for a few more highlights:
On the past year: "This could have been a terrible year for me. It could have been very sad for me. I could have gone off to hide at a spa, or to Riyadh, but instead I changed my personality, and it has been a very successful year.”
On the Roitfeld brand: "Funnily, it is true that my name has become almost a brand. Maybe I will follow Tom Ford. I will not be as successful as him, but I want to have as much fun.”
On returning to her roots as a natural brunette, after five years of being blond: "I think I will be more me."
On losing her 10-year friendship with Emanuelle Alt: "Maybe this was not supposed to be a friendship. If I look at the balance, maybe I lost some people I thought were my friends, but I made so many new friends. I am very happy, in the end, because I am the winner . . . at the end of the day."
>> Escape the gift-buying bustle and cold-city hustle — the season's sunnier side is all about jet-setting in style. In bold primary hues, graphic prints, and easy shapes, these pack-now essentials will have you in a cruise state of mind in no time. See them all now.
Photo: Stella McCartney Resort 2012, courtesy of Getty
>> Giorgio Armani revisited one of his favorite references for Pre-Fall 2012: androgyny. This time around, his signature suits came double-breasted, slim, and cut in rich charcoal and deep onyx. Trousers — another Armani mainstay — were pleated low on the hip for just a hint of '80s jaunt. Also recalling that era was an appealing selection of wear-now party dresses — some drop-waisted with bubble poufs, some body-con with cutouts, and all accented with high-impact neon.
>> For Pre-Fall 2012, Erdem Moralioglu infused his signature prim-and-proper silhouettes with an eye-popping mix of tangerine, citron, deep blue, and blood orange — just the thing for the girl who likes her sweater sets with a side of boldness. Prints and lace — two more Erdem classics — were used strategically and to great effect: fiery florals sprinkled the hem of a full-pleated skirt or the bodice of a slim-lined shift, and dainty lace added graphic intrigue in the form of applique on trenches and sweaters.
>>The 1967 film Far from the Madding Crowd was the touchpoint for the darkly aristocratic Pre-Fall 2012 McQ collection. A rich olive green — found on anoraks, military-tinged riding jackets, and quilted biker coats — along with a smattering of tweed and cable knit lent an English countryside vibe, while high-neck collars, ruffled blouses, and fit-and-flare silhouettes added a dose of primness. This being McQ, there was still plenty of accessible edge: wide black belts, cropped leather gloves, and moody prints.
>> For Pre-Fall 2012, Rachel Zoe infused her signature '70s sensibility with a dose of something new: '60s mod. Mary Quant peacoats, trim ankle pants, and perky minidresses mixed easily among lean-flared trousers, slim-lined blazers, and floaty maxi dresses — pieces that are by now Zoe classics. Silhouettes stayed clean, as did the color palette — just a splash of vivid red, fuchsia, and cyan here or there to contrast what was an overall subdued story of black, taupe, gray, and cream. Texture — and a bit of California glamour — came in the form of matte sequins, printed chiffon, and a high-pile faux fur.
Photos courtesy of Rachel Zoe