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Fendi, one of my perennial favorites. I thought of Europe, of Jane Austen, and of Van Gogh – don’t ask me why. The palette was subdued but rich, definitely saturated. What I didn’t like was how a lot of the looks weren’t very streamlined: bulky coats paired with a wider straight leg, worn with a lower heel; or a long skirt and a fairly boxy top. Worn separately, they’d be fine, nice and simple, but I didn’t always like the overall effect when worn together.
Just a few looks here -

Fendi Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear
Kasia Struss. I like the interesting jacket – the textures, cut and colors are all just unique when combined like this.

Fendi Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear
Arizona Muse. Not a fan of the skirt, but I love the fur.

Fendi Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear
Britt Maren. A simpler look, and I like it.

Fendi Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear
Abbey Lee Kershaw.

The shoes – I like the idea – the shape and color – but I’d have made the heel just a hair thinner and a pinch taller.

Fendi Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Fendi Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear
This one… again, I’d have made the heel a bit taller, and maybe not orange.. but then, it’s unique and kind of appealing in its own funky way.

Fendi Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear
Hate this one. Not sorry to say it. Chunky and unattractive.

Fendi Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear
This one I’d keep as is, height and all.

Righto. I need sleep. Check out the rest of the collection, it’s pretty good (coming from me).

~ r

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Fendi: Furs, suedes, shearlings, organza, and velvet – luxe, wearable art.

Fendi Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
Freja Beha Erichsen. Favourite look, hands down.

Fendi Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
Karmen Pedaru.

Fendi Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
Daria Strokous. Love the colours – dark brown and an almost mustard yellow.

Fendi Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
Julija Steponaviciute.

Fendi Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
Melissa Tamarjin. Layers of fur!

Fendi Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
Abbey Lee Kershaw.

Fendi Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
Magdalena Frackowiak. Kind of a 40s/50s vibe here.

Fendi Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
Dorthea Barth Jorgensen.

Fendi Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
Sigrid Agren.

Fendi Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
Gorgeous.

Fendi Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

The shoe: a low midcalf rain boot/laceup sneaker kind of hybrid… I like it.

Fendi Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

Fendi Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

Fendi Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

Fendi Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

Fendi Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

Fendi Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
Low-cut version.

Fendi Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

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The common shirtdress, a staple in nearly every woman’s wardrobe. Versatile, chic, simple. It had a pronounced presence on the runway, showing up in Bottega Venetta, Rag & Bone, Proenza Schouler, Nanette Lepore, and a few others. Paired with a polished blazer or cosy cardi, heels or flat boots, the shirtdress is somewhat of a perennial favorite.

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Proenza Schouler

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Rag & Bone

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Nanette Leopore

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Charles Anastase

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Bottega Venetta

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Fendi

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Rochas

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Celine

And, as always, the runways have been taking their cues from fashionable ladies around the world…

Strawberry's Nyc Black Hat Vintage Black Jacket Marshall's Leopard Print Shirtdress Marc Fisher Black Shoes
On-trend with her leopard-print shirtdress.

Neneee Contortionist White Dress Neneee Opaque Black Tights Nine West Black Shoes Slate Blue Hat Secondhand Gray Accessories
Opting for the classic route.

Alexander Wang Shirt Black Dress Gap Leather Black Jacket Doc Marten 8 Hole Black Shoes Old Navy Crepe Yellow Dress
The monochrome way…

Coco California Vintage Teal Multi-colored 1970's Shirt Dress Green Dress Vintage Beige And Coral Gradient Scarf As Belt Beige Scarf Pour La Victoire Platform Pumps Wooden Heels Beige Shoes
…and a colourful take on a classic look.

Vintage Boots Black Shoes Urban Outfitters Lace Black Tights Checked Red Jacket Shirtdress White Shirt
Layers, always good.

So there you have it. Shirtdress.

~ r

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Fall’s in full swing now: the leaves are rapidly changing, the temperatures range from 28 to 65 in a mere 12 hours, the sunset is earlier, our football team has lost all of its games thus far (as is expected), and homecoming has come and gone. (Whatever happened to me making my dress, you may ask? Simply put, I procrastinated until about 11 am the day of… True, I had the template/prototype dress cut out, but 5 hours just isn’t enough to make a dress… at least, for me, as the most complex thing I’ve sewn yet is a pillowcase. I’m fairly sure I can do it, I just need time. So my homecoming dress is now a winterfest dress to-be. I wore a stunning – if I say so myself, which I do – black floor-length number, which I love).

And whatever happened to the fashion weeks? Fashion month? It’s flown by and I seem to have missed it. That makes me sad. Not only because my blog readership has dropped majorly, but because now I feel totally, utterly out of the loop. Sigh. And I don’t have time to catch up on every collection, which I would ideally be able to do at my ease and pleasure. Mais ce n’est pas etre… c’est la vie, non?

No, my life has been taken over by school, cross country, my NHS application, band, and maintaining some semblance of (a) a social life and (b) sanity. Therefore, BWchic and pretty much anything fashion-related (my favourite street style spots, the shows, the news, the gossip) have flown out the window. Fall would be perfect if it weren’t for that annoying factor, school.

Face Hunter. Red hair + ridiculous, huge scarf = perfect for fall. I so wish I could go red.

Vanessa Jackman – Leigh Lezark. I love her hair and face!

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Karla. I love tutu + (semi)athletic sweater + heels… one of my fall looks too, actually.  :P

Here’s some Fendi that I liked:

Fendi Spring 2010 Ready-to-Wear
Frida Gustavsson – she’s taken the shows by storm this season (alliteration much?)

Fendi // SS2010

And the song that’s been on replay pretty much all day: Michael Franti // Say Hey (I Love You)

Ciao!

~ r

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anja rubik // JAK&JIL

Blue beach

A few Resort 2010 looks… starting with Collette Dinnigan:

Collette Dinnigan Resort 2010
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Collette Dinnigan Resort 2010

Collette Dinnigan Resort 2010

…and Jonathan Saunders:

Jonathan Saunders Resort 2010
Katie Fogarty // style.com

Jonathan Saunders Resort 2010

Jonathan Saunders Resort 2010
Hanne Gaby Odiele

…and we’ll top it off with M by MJ:

Marc by Marc Jacobs Resort 2010

Marc by Marc Jacobs Resort 2010

Mmmhmm. Note the lack of towering heels… good for arches, but not so good for people with, shall we say, non-modelesque legs. (Moi, par example?)

Jumping around a bit to Fendi // Fall 2009

Fendi Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

eniko mihalik

bustiers & corsets = a s/s staple. fall, too. so pretty much anytime you feel like bringing on they sexy without being too, you know, whorish. haha.
yeah i’m a bit loopy… dry coughing, headaches, and achiness tends to do that to you. ciao.

~ r

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soliloquy of chaos

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Joseph Font.

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Chiara Baschieri.

Spent all of today in a watermelon red sports bra and a sarong, perfect for these humid days. Tried to go to the beach, but was interrupted by unwelcome clouds and drizzle. Ate hummus. Napped. All in all, a very productive day.
So, swine flu. I can’t decide if this is one of those cases where everyone overreacts and goes crazy over nothing, or if it’s going to be Black Plague 2.0. I’m hoping for the former, thinking it’ll be somewhere between the two. What’s sure is that I’ll be washing my hands a lot, and i recommend the same for you.

On the brighter side of life… reviewing my favourite Spring ’09 collections:

Abaete // Spring 2009

Abaeté Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Abaeté Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Calvin Klein // Spring 2009

Calvin Klein Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Calvin Klein Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Chloe

Chloé Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Chloé Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Chloé Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear
Sophie Srej.

Chloé Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear
Elsa Sylvan.

DIOR

Christian Dior Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Christian Dior Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Christian Dior Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

FENDI

Fendi Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Fendi Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Fendi Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Fendi Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Fendi Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear
Myf.

Fendi Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Fendi Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear
Sigrid Agren.

Fendi Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

That dress might seriously be my favourite from Spring.

Fendi Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

GIAMBATTISTA VALLI

Giambattista Valli Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear
The skirts, the seamlessness of the pieces, and the colours are what really sold me on this collection. This is probably my second to Fendi.

Giambattista Valli Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Giambattista Valli Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Giambattista Valli Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Another detail was the neckline (high & wide) and the open arm holes.

LANVIN

Lanvin Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Lanvin Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Lanvin Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Lanvin Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

MARC JACOBS

Marc Jacobs Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Marc Jacobs Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Marc Jacobs Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Marc Jacobs Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Love the mini-corset.

MISSONI

Missoni Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Missoni Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Missoni Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

PRADA (!)

Vying for third comes the wonderfully wrinkled PRADA… with those infamous heels…

Prada Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Prada Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Prada Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear
Prada Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear
Prada Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Talk about bad ideas. But cute. But dangerous.

Prada Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Prada Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Prada Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Prada Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Love the ruched & wrinkled bras.

Prada Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

So freakin’ skeletal.

Prada Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Mmm, VERSACE time!

Versace Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Versace Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Versace Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Versace Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Versace Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Versace Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Versace Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Versace Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

I love looking at old (relatively) collections… it’s like talking to a friend you haven’t seen in ages.  :)

Capping it off with YSL and the now-legendary CAGE SHOE!

Yves Saint Laurent Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Yves Saint Laurent Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Yves Saint Laurent Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

DROOL.

Yves Saint Laurent Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

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Slouchy things make my heart sing.

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I dream of endless summer

filled with warmth and light

laughter sweeps away any grief

wipes away the last tear

life is simple, pure, and clean

youth is renewed, innocence restored

sparks lit, flames rekindled

days spent lazing in the shade

long, hot nights together, forever.

Summer is the stuff of myths

the wond’rous legends of old

when anything is possible -

no story untold, no song unsung,

no limits, no bound’ries to be seen,

everything is new. Endless summer,

the last constraints tossed away

leaves life open and ready for living.

So go, spend your days carefree,

while away your hours,

dash into a field of flowers -

I’ll see you there someday.

~ r

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Ah, another delayed post… I started this at 7, and it’s 10 now. (I found Blazing Saddles on AMC… truly hilarious movie. Really.)

A few things:

- Greenland is mad at Peter Jensen for featuring their traditional kamik boots (more than slightly altered, of course) in his fall collection. It’s gotten as far as death threats. Who knows why?

Greenland Deeply Offended by Peter Jensen’s Thigh-High Boots

Peter Jensen // Fall 2009. See the boots?

- New Trend: Matador? (Although I’m not sure how many fashionistas will find themselves facing rampaging bulls in the city streets on a day-to-day basis…)

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Fendi & LV. (See also Antonio Berardi) Via Refinery29.

- Trend: retro-inspired pinup styles.

Retro bikini by Elizabeth O'Brien Berg.

Cute or sexy? Or – better yet – both?

Following through with that same era, POLKA DOTS are all the rage. If you’re into polka dots, time to bulk up your already dotty wardrobe. If not, maybe have a few spots of dots… but don’t overdo it.

These sheer nude polka-dot socks are pretty sweet, though.

Emilio Cavallini Medium Spot Sheer Over Knee Socks

Creepy or functional? The Japanese have come out with a fully automatic, average-sized model (which, as The Cut points out, makes it a perfect candidate for ANTM this season!) Watching the video is really cool, but simultaneously creepazoidal (creep-a-zoy-dal: really really creepy. As in, “Zoinks, Scoob!” Ah, the good old Scooby Doo days, way back when.)

Japan’s New Robot Fashion Model Threatens Real Models Worldwide

Via The Cut.

Our leading lady Coco has pulled off an amazing feat for any normal redhead – but this is Coco we’re talking about. And I’m talking about her wearing hot pink pants and looking good.
…why do so many people seem surprised by it? It’s Coco Rocha, for god’s sake. She could look gorgeous wearing a paper bag.

Via The Sart.

Need to make your life a little better? Brighter? Happier? Sexier? Throw on a pair of heels and take a gander at these: Anna Selezneva’s recent photo shoot with Hedi Slimane. Definitely not just for the runway anymore.

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Refinery29.

Trouble is, the make the reader (moi!) feel totally inadequate and frumpy. Oh well.

Random cool street chic look (love the colours):

turquoise!

MSroboto on chictopia

- The main Weeks may be over, but LA (despite it’s downplayed role) seems to be doing just fine. Read all about it.

- Julia Restoin Roitfeld: not just the daughter of a famously chic and gorgeous and influential, etc… woman. She is her own chic and gorgeous self. Article here.

Hmm, sorry for the obvious lack of pictures here. I’m sleeeeeeepy. Bedtime!

In closing, the Shoe du Jour:

From JAK&JIL, the Louis Vuitton ‘SPICY’ has been deemed The Shoe of the Season. Yesssss!

Mmm, definite shoe porn. On that note, g’night!

~ r

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FENDI: I’ve fallen in love with these shoe boots (slightly like those MMM cutout boots)

Fendi Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Fendi Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Those MMM boots:

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(For the low, low price of a mere $1,154 from eLuxury!)

And a close-up of Sigrid Agren:

Fendi Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

The super-frizzed hair tamed by a velvet headband.

PRADA: Amongst the waders and waders and waders were hidden (sort of) these gems:

Prada Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Prada Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Cut and coloured and studded to perfection.

Prada Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Cutout heels.

Yay shoes!

~ r

PS: and because I feel obligated…

The Waders [Prada]

Prada Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Prada Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Prada Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

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VERSACE

Props to Donatella – while many designers have gone the way of the past (80’s, that is) with bright hot neon hues, wild prints and patterns, and rampant architecuring (?), she opted for a more refined look.

Versace Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Raquel Zimmerman. A bit of glam, a bit of edge, a bagful of chic.

Versace Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Sigrid Agren. Silky pale lavender, simple, timeless, elegant.

Versace Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Blue fur!

Versace Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Yulia Kharlaponova. Simple black pant with a slightly shiny navy one-shoulder top.

Versace Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Vlada Roslyakova. Marilyn Monroe, anyone?

Versace Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Natasha Poly. Nude silk dress with a sheer one-shouldered look (interesting how she sort of played the two trends against each other).

Versace Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Yulia Kharlaponova. Gorgeous colour, sexy cuts, great floaty dress.

DOLCE & GABBANA

30’s, 40’s, edgy, luxe, and firmly D&G.

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Katrin Thormann. Huge shoulders added to a huge, fluffy, totally luxe white fur coat. Simple lines on the skirt.

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Karlie Kloss. A print slightly reminiscent of snakeskin with the iconic pouf sleeves. Bows on the head.

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Lily Donaldson. More shoulders, more line… linebacker? Not at all.

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Jourdan Dunn. Fur-looking dress, fur collar, huge sleeves.

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Chanel Iman. Hot pink silk, ruffles, bows, glitter, and glam.

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Jac. Loads of ruffles and bows, pouffy sleeves, huge necklace.

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Karmen Pedaru. Blue checked silk dress, blue fur collar, black leather gloves.

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Olga Sherer. Look at the shoes! Nice pouffy sleeves with a bell at the end; sheer skirt, blue, bow.

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Natasha Poly. Gorgeous huge skirt with Marilyn Monroe prints.

FENDI
Raw, semi-destroyed, refugee-like, yet luxe materials.

Fendi Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Jessica Stam. Leather pants, rough-looking coat.

Fendi Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Ali Stephens. Camel-coloured fur and suede coat, looks so warm…

Fendi Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Gloves and, most importantly, the shoe-boots make a statement!

Fendi Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Leather corset, gladiator-esque bangles, fur-trimmed shoulders, and a hooded dress.

Fendi Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Nice thigh-highs, simple coat, bright red hooded dress.

Fendi Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Deep, rich red simple dress; bangles and bag.

Fendi Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Ali Stephens. Layered fur coat over a black… jumpsuit?

Fendi Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Catherine McNeil. Lace hem and top; stunning gloves and shoulders.

Fendi Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Black coat with overlay details and a feathery trim. Teal shoeboots.

DSQUARED2
Theme: simple mixing high- and low-end pieces; wearability. Featuring models with everything from Starbucks to Blackberries, this line screams practical chic.

Dsquared² Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Freja Beha Erichsen. Can’t you see this on the streets?

Dsquared² Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Heidi Mount. A bit of boho-chic in this. Very Olsen.

Dsquared² Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Giant scarf, cargo pants (?!?), lavender cardi under a leather jacket.

Dsquared² Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Great shorts: neutral, high-waisted (a bit), loose, simply chic. The vest and hat top it off.

Dsquared² Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Toni Garrn. Loose, sort of high-waisted khaki pants, cuffed up = trend, natch. And oh look, layering on top! Fur, denim, cardi, and a knit tee. And caffeine.

Dsquared² Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Daria Strokous. Matching shoes & bag – leopard print – with stovepipe jeans, a nude scarf, and a great black fur-trimmed coat.

Dsquared² Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Studded jacket, mixed layers, chic-in-a-bun. Ha ha, idk.

Look du jour:

Photo via The Sartorialist. Love her matching green shoes, gloves, and hat, all mixed in with the simple black coat.

SHOE DU JOUR:

Prada Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Prada // Fall 2009. Utilitarian sole, luxe upper.

~ r

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…and so begins our quest for the perfect Valentine’s day – or V-day, for short (not the WWII version, of course… more like V-Day, US edition!)

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Right off the bat, you think of red and pink, right? Right. But you certainly don’t need to do, say, an all-over-heart-print jumpsuit and dye your hair red.

That would just be weird.

Instead, opt for mixing pieces of red and/or (personal preference if you like them together; personally, I don’t mind) with light neutrals such as white, silver (scarves & shoes & jewellry, I’m referring to. Don’t take that as an excuse to wear silver pants. Please.), grey, & denim. If you go denim, I’d go darker – light denim with red & pinks can look a bit off. So basically, don’t go overboard – for you, for me, and for the sakes of all those around you!

So this post will cover the basics (mostly dresses), and the next few will get into the more detailed stuff. Ha ha, this is Intro to Valentine’s Dressing 101. So welcome to class.

Anyway… I’ll start with dresses!

If you live somewhere like I do (read: cold), dresses can prove to be a bit tricky in February. WHATEVER YOU DO, DO NOT WEAR WHITE TIGHTS UNDER A RED/PINK DRESS! You have been warned. Unless you’re intentionally going for a “look-I’m-6-and-cute-and-playing-dress-up!” look, white tights + red dress = *cringe*worthy.

Good dresses: comfortable for you (pick by what you like & how you feel in it, don’t necessarily go by the book/follow trends exactly. That’s so uncreative.). Also, be sure to watch cleavage… while a little something special is good for V-Day, you don’t want people dropping dollar bills down the front of your dress (I hope…) As for colour/print, splashes of colour or a solid are optimal; florals add a nice spring-y touch to an otherwise very, very, VERY wintery holiday. Brrr. (Our heat wave is ending, it was only 35 today when I ran. Grumble grumble grumble…) If you do an all-white dress – which can be very romantic and Valentine’s-y – be sure to accentuate with plenty of red (don’t forget red lips!). Romantic is, of course, the key word. Flirty too.

OK, rather than keeping talking, I’m just going to show you… starting off with a few runway looks, then taking it to the [realistic] consumer level. Starting with those amazing Fendi flowered frocks from Spring… love!

Both, Fendi // Spring 2009. Notice: red shoes (and red belt in the background, paired with a girly pale pink frock). The hair & makeup on these is very dramatic – if you want to combat/balance out a very girly dress, you can do a dramatic smoky eye and a more sexy hairdo. (Girly dress + curls = very very… cute. Not necessarily sexy, which is what we aim for. Sexy is what we aim for.  :P)

Monique Lhuillier // Pre-Fall 2009. My jaw literally dropped when I saw this for the first time just now; I don’t know if it was the colour, the shoulder strap, the bustley skirt… but I am in love. Who needs boys when you have dresses like this?

If you’re not in a hot pink mood, there’s always the alternative pale pink, which tends to have a much softer feel to it (especially if it’s a delicate fabric).

Christian Dior // Spring 2009. I highly doubt any of you can get your hands on this… but hey, it’s pale pink and pretty, so why not?

But here’s another pale pink option…

Marchesa Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Marchesa // Spring 2009. Love the wrapping and the… bulges? Bunches? Bouquets? on the hips.

…or a plummy pinkish hue:

Donna Karan // Pre-Fall 2009. Definitely a plum/rose colour… I have to find some fabric this colour soon! Great if you want to stand out in a crowd.

You’ve noticed that most of these are more loose & flowy & floaty than bandage… simply because unless you’re a stick, it can be tricky to pull off a bright red bandage dress… That and the fact that they’re more hot/sexy than romantic/sexy… Hmm, maybe it’s just my opinion. You?

Anyway, moving on… sort of… to white & red dresses. What can I say? Lady in red = stunning. Woman in white = gorgeous. You pick.

Monique Lhuillier // Pre-Fall 2009. OK, Monique Lhuillier is officially on my favourites list. Gorgeous gowns galore! As for this dress, again with the one-shouldered look and a full-ish skirt… Classic & elegant & gorgeous. What more can I say?

J. Mendel // Pre-Fall 2009. One shouldered is a huge trend for PF/Fall. Yesss, finally!  :)  This dress has a sleeker silhouette and is just as gorgeously radiantly stunningly beautifully goddesslike. Interesting buckle detail at the waist that gathers the fabric in…

Christian Dior // Spring 2009. Want dramatic? Go Dior.

Anne Valerie Hash // Spring 2009. Love the beading detail and the slightly flapper-esque feel this gown has… Another thing: floor-length is gorgeous, but may not be the most convenient/appropriate cut; shorter (but not too short: too short can quickly go Skankaholic on you) is easier to deal with, especially when traipsing around Paris for a romantic evening. (Because I would totally know.)

Red dress time!

Oscar de la Renta // Pre-Fall 2009. Colourblocked floor-length crumpled silk with a huge flower at the waist? YES.

Reem Acra // Pre-Fall 2009. A simpler look, not as shiny or HELLO WORLD!, but still very classic & elegant. Love the neckline on this one.

Reem Acra // Pre-Fall 2009. Another RA gown; this one has that sheen, but is in a deeper colour than the OdlR. Really lovely and – importantly! – sexy, yet sort of soft. But not too soft.

Christian Dior // Spring 2009 Couture. Again with the drama – I mean, I love the dress to death, but realistically, can you see yourself wearing this out to eat? Nope. But look at the colour – sort of a classic red, maybe a little deeper. One of my favourite V-Day colours.

Armani Prive // Spring 2009. Almost a sporty look in this slim, shimmery (a bit) Armani gown. A more coral-y pinkish red… most women can wear this sort of colour pretty well. (NOTE: everyone can wear coral!)

OK, moving on to the shopping portion (yay!). Dresses for all ranges & ages.

style #301989801 fuschia silk beaded halter dress

Badgley Mischka // Bluefly.com, $595

style #302119301 poppy silk beaded halter gown

Carmen Marc Valvo // Bluefly.com, $555

macys-dressMacy’s, $158. Like the neckline on this one.

If you’re on a really tight budget, this $15 F21 dress will do the trick… pair it with some lace tights, heels, and killer jewelery and you’re set.  :P

F21, $30

JS Boutique One Shoulder Ruched Jersey Gown

JS Boutique // Nordstrom, $178. Jersey for a more casual look; has the one-shouldered look.

robert-rodriguez-dressSort of fun and flirty, this Robert Rodriguez ($539, Shopbop.com) dress is great for a casual V-Day get-together.

Alex Evenings One Shoulder Burnout Gown

A white dress! Nordstrom, $184

OK… if I find more dresses, I’ll let you know. Trust me.

Next: shoes! (I think. Might change. Stay in tune. Don’t touch that remote!…)

Look du jour:

Peter Som Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Peter Som // Pre-Fall 2009. I like this coat, it seems to have a sort of Russian air to it. And you know by now how much I love that… for some reason…

A demain!

~ r

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