Friday, February 11, 2011

Pattern and Frill: fashion week

Fashion Week has come and gone, and there are some fantastic items, targeted towards us 20-somethings. Anna Sui and DKNY took gold in my mind. Their ready-to-wear spring collections have items that are mesmerizing.. partially because of the intense patterns. Some of the items are sure to give us a glimpse as to what we will be seeing in stores this summer (especially around formal wear). Here's my picture low-down:

Frill:: You can have frill or tassel trim, or and entire skirt of frill, or just on the collar, but frilly-ness is present.

Red shoes are still a great accent. and how amazing is that skirt? Very random and a-symmetrical. White blouse/flowing white tops are were a trend as well (Vivienne Tam).

Boo-ya one-zies! The collar frill is sophisticated but fun.

This is very country-girl, but the frilly trimmed apron-dress could be pretty cute. The blouse underneath looks pretty cute as well.

Pattern: From tiny floral to bold exotic patterns, you can be printed from head to toe.

DKNY has pattern and flow here, such a fun spring dress. And love the pockets (also that jacket that is walking away into the distance.. sweet)

This doesn't have a lot of pattern, just in the scarf (which comes back in the collection in different forms), but this ensemble is just so classy. And the trench coat is great.

Alright if you don't want to wear this dress, I think your crazy. The model is rocking it, and the pattern is so eye-catching, and the tassel bottom makes it fun and a little western. Pop a jean jacket on top, and you're good to go. Speaking of jean...

Socks and sandals? what? haha.. alright I would never wear this ensemble, but the bag is sweet, and this outfit is a good indicator that the 70's are coming back strong for spring. Some great colours here, and the skirt pattern is scrumptious.

Talk about pattern! I just thought this dress was fab and creative. It's hancercheif scarf gone cocktail dress.

And remember that first dress? they even have it in a swimsuit! I'd totally wear it.

Well, that's my picture summary of my favourite bits of DKNY and Anna Sui in fashion week. Hope it inspired some ideas for spring shopping :) later!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

We've gotta make it through the winter...

Alright, so here's the thing, sweaters are a necessity, and there are two trends that have been dominating this winter so I thought I'd post about them. The trends are... ... ...

Knit with Pattern and Ovesize Sweaters!

Knitted Pattern sweaters are great because they aren't only warm, but have tons of great colours and you could probably find a pretty sweet one thrifted. Here are some examples of some prime patterned sweaters:

Awesome pattern, this is Christina Stilborn!! her photo as well.

And the guys ones are SO nice...

That was from H&M

Oversize is a great theme as well, since you can wear these larger sweaters with leggings.. and really, is there anything more comfortable than an oversized-sweater and stretchy pants? dont think so. Stripes are the thing on over-sized sweaters right now, but retro colours and patterns are also pretty fantastic in my mind. A note about these: some girls can pull off any kind of large sweater, but I know I can go wrong pretty easy with a buky style. It's good to make sure it falls in the right places, and doesnt just bulk at the stomach. They can look good! Heavier fabrics or fabriscs that fall nicely are better.

Here's some examples from the archives:

American Apparel

i'd maybe wear some pants.. but hey.

Then there's the ultimate.. a combination of oversize-sweater and knitted and patterned! sweet!

well I hope you enjoyed this episode of making it through the winter.. later!


Sources: in order of apprearance
caylee m/looknook
bonnie b/lookbook
Christina Stilborn
Simon s/lookbook
Marwan e/lookbook
American Apparel
American Apparel
American Apparel
Alexandra P/Lookbook
Breanne S/Lookbook