Balmain Spring 2010 RTW

Image via style.com

Images via style.com

Since Christophe Decarnin’s apparent comeback last year, Balmain has been displayed, photographed, copied, worn and just over-publicized all around.

His $9,000 military/band/sargeant pepper jackets were worn by the likes of Beyonce, Rihanna, Gwyneth Paltrow and the great Michael Jackson.
His acid-wash jeans, well, they are pretty much mainstream.
His $1,5000 studded crystal sandals were shamelessly copied by Zara, and then seen on every corner.

But… we still love him.
And I kind of love him even more after seeing the looks from his spring show.

Short dresses that hug the body, ripped tshirts with form-fitting shiny pants, and tops that just melt on the body.

Vogue‘s Sarah Mower called it “disco cavewoman goes to the front,” and she hit the nail on the head.

Ready or not?

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Image from Garance Doré

So fall is here, I think we all noticed that this morning when we walked out the door.

But for some reason I’m still scared about taking my boots out of my winter closet because then it becomes a fact: it’s cold again.

But leaving my personal fears aside, when do you guys think is the right time to start wearing boots again? Is it the beginning of fall? Do you just wear them all-year-long? When do you put them back in the closet for good?

Answers in the comment section!

Pucci makes it hot

Emilio Pucci Spring 2010 Ready To Wear looks

Emilio Pucci Spring 2010 Ready To Wear looks via fashionsquad

As it begins to cool down in Chapel Hill, Pucci runway looks directly from Milan suddenly warms my heart. And even though I’m ready to dig out my winter clothes (me and humidity don’t go together), looking at these sexy, body con, sequined dresses make me miss Spring time.

But hey, maybe I can switch the bare legs with opaque tights, the sandals with knee-high boots (fall must have!), and add a structured coat. There’s always a silver lining, and Pucci’s seems to be especially bright!

3.1 Philip Lim

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So I might as well and admit it: I’m obssesed with Philip Lim.

His zipper-trimmed dressed and tops were love at first sight, but when a designer keeps on giving, and giving, and giving, it’s hard not to fall this heels over head in love.

It’s like mixing Alexander Wang and Alberta Ferreti all in once: feminity with an edge.

I got a Rodarte flashback while looking at the pics from this show, did anyone else get the same feeling?

Givenchy, How I Adore Thee!

Givenchy

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The new Givenchy collection is so alluring it’s dizzying! I feel like I’m being hypnotized by a snake charmer (in this case the snake charmer is no other than designer Ricardo Tisci, who I happen to have a huge crush on).

The velvet coats, structured but floaty gowns and embroidered pieces are mouthwatering.

Even while the collection is somewhat confusing, or disheveled, in a way, the lines remain as a constant from model to model, piecing it together.

How to take inspiration from this collection?

The black velvet coats are an easy addition to our closets. For a more daring look, the sarouel pants are a good choice.

“Diamonds” are a girl’s best friend

JEWELRYOne of the things I’ve learned from my mom is that I should never, ever, leave my house without earrings.  Other than that, I’ve never been the type to wear much jewelry. Sometimes I sling on a necklace or a pair of bangles, but most days, I blindly gather my silver studs from my nightstand, put them on, and call it a day.

But recently, I’ve been abnormally attracted to big, chunky, shiny, statement-making jewelry.

It’s no secret that bold pieces of jewelry have been making the fashion rounds lately: bib necklaces, sparkly earrings, chunky rings, etc.  It’s all about letting the jewels do the talking, and pairing it with a simple tee and basic pieces seems like a match made in heaven.

I call it the “I just rolled out of bed and abused granny’s jewelry box” look.  And I love it!

But, I have a limited budget, so when it comes to jewelry, I look for expensive-looking cheap pieces that can complete my look.  And I found the perfect place: Forever XXI.  There are hundreds of pieces to choose from!  Every style, every color: all at very low prices. Almost all the pieces on the banner above are less than $10.  So, if you’re looking for a cheap way to update your look, go to Forever XXI, and enjoy! (I already have three necklaces coming my way).

Resort 2010 Collections

Resort 2010 Dear Kaleidoscope readers: Resort 2010 collections are in, and in what way!

Going through the different collections gives me butterflies: from Burberry’s edgy cool to DVF’s uber-femininity, there’s something for every taste.

What I would do to own that red Marc Jacobs dress! The fullness of the skirt, the pop of the sequins, it’s all you could want and more.  Alexander Wang shows his forte with draped body-con dresses in metal colors. Miu Miu channels girliness with a geometric cut, who thought those two could work so well together?  Burberry oozes coolness with this look, the loose coat, ruched sleeves and muted colors make up for an incredibly strong statement look.  DVF… every girl’s dream line. Colorful dresses that hug the body. They even make the headpieces look cool (ok, maybe not).  And Thakoon, the most wearable resort collection shows us the perfect summer look (take note!) feminine airy blouses with roomy jean shorts and killer heels. Deadly combo!

Photos courtesy of style.com, image created by Patricia