Print On Print

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This spring don’t be subtle about your fashion choices.  Print on print is making its way back to the runway and can be seen on city streets worldwide.  The spring 2010 runway collection of Marc by Marc Jacobs is just one example of designers jumping out of the box.  His collection, full of life with a mix-match of colors, prints, and fabrics, clearly is a leap from the norm.  Although khaki is a significant trend this season, change it up on occasion with these fun flirty combinations.

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Prada Spring Sparkles

Images from style.com

Images from style.com; Prada Spring 2010 RTW, September 24, 2009

Although this collection seemed more appropriate for Resort than Spring RTW (must be the general pantslessness), I absolutely love Miuccia Prada’s use of baubles and fabrics.  I could actually see myself wearing most of the collection to class – with some kind of pants, of course – a rare emotion felt during fashion week.  The beachy prints are beautiful, the fabrics look lush, and who doesn’t love sparkling?  (Can someone please DIY the crystal dress? Or the shoes?  The bag?  Anything??)

Though some critics have written off this collection as incomplete or juvenile, I find it interesting and playful, a good combination for Spring.  And I can’t wait until my hair grows long enough so I can wear this cool pigtail look. What do you say??

Alexander McQueen: the shoes and the show

Image from fashiontoast.com, credit to Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images

Image from fashiontoast.com, credit to Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images

This is why I love fashion: the sparkles, the shoes, and the near-absurdity of it all.  I’ve already heard a lot of differing opinions about these shoes – mainly concerning their practicality (these approach 10 inches!), but even about the aesthetics.  To be honest, they resemble the head of a Bedlington terrier haha.   Personally, I think they’re gorgeous, and I would consider wearing them if they were comfortable, or if ankle braces suddenly became a fashion statement… Hmm…

Anyway, YOU CAN WATCH THE SHOW ONLINE!  Here.

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.

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!

The New York Times: A Fashion Resource?

Flipping through The New York Times recently for one of my courses I came across a whole section devoted solely to NY’s fashion week.  Needless to say I forgot entirely about my current assignment and dedicated the rest of my study time devouring every word and photograph the newspaper offered me.  I always knew The New York Times gave a proportion of its writing space each day to the arts and sciences, but a whole spread on fashion??  My day just increased two-fold! Here are some links to some of my favorite articles taken from nytimes.com.

“Raw Energy to Refined Grace” By Suzy Menkes

Heritage Onscreen and on the Runway By Suzy Menkes

Check out even more articles on the site!


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?