Posts Tagged ‘trends’

Recently most widely acknowledged in Bailey’s Burberry Prorsum Fall 2010 show, the trend that began as a trickle – a collar here, a cuff there – has been kicked into high gear in a combination of military and aviator styles. The epitome of this: the wonderful, wonderful shearling jacket. Personally, I’ve been long in my quest for the perfect one – dark brown leather, soft and worn, with not too many zippers and absolutely no knit/ribbed cuffs or waistbands, and – of course – the most wonderfully soft, cream-coloured shearling lining the collar and the arms and everything else. Mmmm – perfection.

The designers all took their own take on the jacket, altering the collar height and shape as they saw fit; different shapes and colours, of course; and the basic styling. Edgy or classic? Or both? Mmm.

Burberry Prorsum Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
Burberry – one of the darker looks (Karmen Pedaru) with that dramatic, high collar.

Pringle of Scotland Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
At Pringle of Scotland (Freja Beha Erichsen).

Christopher Kane Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
Christopher Kane’s kimono-esque wrap coat with a shearling collar. (Kirsi Pyrhonen)

Mulberry – soft belted camel suede.

Unique Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
TopShop Unique – Tati Cotliar

Rag&Bone’s maroon jacket.

Margaret Howell – a rather boxier take, but I like it – very 80s. I like how she carried the shearling on over to the shoulders as well as the wide lapels.

House of Holland’s sporty pale blue jacket.

Sophie Theallet – asymmetric black wrapped. I like it – and the shoes!

Reed Krakoff – a menswear approach.

Phillip Lim. A more tailored approach.

Burberry – one of the long menswear coats.

Nicholas K (fall 2009) – preemptive!

There you have it. So, so many options – long or short? Black, dark brown, khaki, or camel? (Or blue, as the case may be…) Loose or tailored? Whatever you choose, it’s sure to be a keeper.

~ r


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Quick shout-out to RunwayDaily for featuring one of my outfits a while back – vintage lace jacket, JCP skinnies, and GoJane lace-up suede oxfords (which, concidentally and regretfully, have become so worn down on both the heel tip and the actual shoe bottom that the right shoe is slanted outwards about fifteen degrees, thus making walking extremely painful… such a shame, as they were relatively comfy to begin with. Ah, such are the woes of shoe-lovers everywhere…)

How to wear lace up oxfords

merci  🙂

~ r

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As you may have gathered from my previous rants posts, it’s bloody freezing up here. So the temptation is strong – very strong – to succumb and forgo your style for jeans with underamour slipped under and a couple thick, fleecy and/or woolen layers up top, the effect of which is decidedly not cute. So this morning, before I trudge off to school* (that’s a lie – my mom drives us in, because I’m one of the lame juniors sans voiture)(today TOTALLY should have been a snow day, no doubt!), here are some coats and furry things to keep me warm mentally.

I’ve discovered that pretty much all faux fur coats are warm – don’t ask me why. Layers? Fur?


Louise Ebel Pandora


A massive, mega-furry, uber-pouf hat? Mais ouais, c’est necessaire!

Utilitarian/sailor-mix duffel coat? Sure, sure – works for winter layers as well as a spring coat.

Chanel Iman via altamira
And yes, a pair of grey suede thigh-highs would be the perfect thing for pulling on over my tights and socks and anything else I can get on my feet to protect my toes from frostbite!

An all-black dress with this silhouette – flared ballerina-esque skirt, very fitted U-neck with long sleeves. To be worn with various fur coats and boots of varying heights. Oh, speaking of…

Burberry Leather knee-high boots

Burberry, $895.

I need to find – and have been searching for, fruitlessly – the perfect pair of (a) flat black/grey boots with just a smidgen of a heel, and (b) either cognac or dark brown riding boots of some type. Necessaire, indeed! If I don’t stop wearing heels every day, my Achilles is going to start really hating me (aka get shorter, which is BAD). So I need a couple pairs (two or three for now) of flat boots/booties for the sake of my feet. Hey, any reason to justify *another* pair of shoes, right?  😉

For my cheap, short grey suede pair, I’m going to I-know-they’re-not-going-to-make-it-through-the-winter-so-why-not-get-a-cheap-pair? route and will probably pick these F21 booties up for $27 – not bad, though I have yet to see them in person. Hopefully this weekend, though if this snow keeps up, who knows?

Sigh. That’s about all I have time/effort/the will/energy to do now… I have an article to write (involving a mystery Marine captain who decided to send our school his mission flag – why? I must admit I felt like quite the CIA detective snooping around online, compiling a document – dossier, shall I say? – all about this guy, Matthew A. Seavitte. I found out quite a bit, which makes me wonder in turn – how much can people find out about me if they set their mind to it? A bit disturbing if you let your mind wander. Ah, I’m off to read/nap/draw/something. Oh, or do homework. *scoff*

One last thing – I finished reading The Godfather today. GREAT BOOK. READ IT.

~ r

*I started writing this in the morning but didn’t have time to finish, hence the semi-confusing phrase. Mais ca m’est egal, n’est pa?

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I don’t care if Karl himself made them and presented them to me – anyone – these are NOT OK for anyone except… well, no one. Even on the runway it looks ridiculous – which is hard to find, if you have an open [fashion] mind. But these could not – and SHOULD NOT – be translated into everyday streetwear. EVER.

Other sequins are fine, though, if done tastefully ironically, I guess. For festive days. NYE and Christmas and Mardi Gras and such.

image via style.com // Balmain SS2010

~ r

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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.

Proenza Schouler

Rag & Bone

Nanette Leopore

Charles Anastase

Bottega Venetta




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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A while back, I saw (in some magazine, now sadly forgotten) a model sitting against a wall, wearing track pants and heels and for some reason loved it. Now sweats + heels is making a major appearance on a few fashion-forward ladies who crave chic comfort. On the runway and the street, sweats are back. (Paired with a jacket and heels, of course, but still!)

How to wear: sweats + heels + a basic top + either a fitted jacket, a loose blazer, or a fur vest… anything, really. That’s what’s so great about this look: it’s so ridiculously versatile!

Rag & Bone Resort 2010
Yulia Kharlaponova
There’s Rag&Bone’s Resort 2010 line, with its slim chic sweats, rough boots, jackets, and… headscarves? But hey, it works. Me ❤

Then Isabel Marant, in both S/S09 and A/W09.


Isabel Marant Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear
If you ignore the top half (which I don’t like), the sweats are great. (The boots too).

And on the street…

no sweat.


Mag-netic Electric


And I believe Refinery29 had an article on sweats’ comeback… ah yes, here.

Now, where do you find the perfectly chic sweats?

F21, $16.50

UO, $38

Alloy.com, $27

James Perse Old School Fleece Pants
If you feel like springing for these James Perse fleece sweats, have at it. $125, shopbop.com

Monrow Vintage Sweatpants with Zipper
Although if you’re going to spend, I’d opt for these Monrow sweats. $132, shopbop.com.

So there you have it. If I ever manage to locate that editorial, I’ll stick it on here. But for now, ciao!

~ r

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Erin Fetherston Spring 2009 Ready-to-WearSo yesterday I went in – gasp – American Eagle with my friend A, not intending to buy anything… because, well, it’s AE. But I saw hanging on little hooks near the floor striped knit bandeau bras and couldn’t help myself. It was $7 and coral and I’m wearing it today and I’m going to go back and get more, I think…
Point is, this is one trend that I will gladly hop on the bandwagon for  🙂

Erin Fetherston // Spring 2009

A few choices:

$11, AA, in a bajallion colours. (Over 20!)

$4.80, F21, in 4 colours.

$28, UO, just this colour.

$16, UO, just this.

And that corset bra at UO that everyone loves:

$28, black & pinkish.

So yeah. Blech, off to school.

Trend: bandeau bra – plain or patterned – layered under a deep V (or worn alone for sleeping on hot nights…)
Assessment: sweet!

~ r

PS: trend I absolutely loathe: denim jackets (90s-esque)… I dunno. Maybe it’s just me, but pretty much anything that’s demin that’s not jeans, I hate. This includes denim skirts, miniskirts, jackets, vests…

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