Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Brillant Blues

When you think of classic colors, a lot of time your mind can wander to the basics - black, white, beige, navy - and while I'm a definite fan of subtle colors, there's something great about a bright pop of blue - while still retaining that classic look. Bright, bold cobalt blues were all over the runways this past spring, so be sure to stock up on your bright blues to bring a little bold color to fall pieces.




Photos via The Cut

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Fresh Finds: Blue and Green Dots

I think it's safe to say that I'm not the first blogger to covet J.Crew's new polka dot filled collection. And to be even more of a trend follower, my favorite item of all the dotted duds has to be this green and navy cashmere sweater. Reasons why? The navy and bright green dots evokes such a perfect happy it's fall feeling, you can never have too many crewneck sweaters (especially when you go to school in the tundra that is Syracuse), and do you really need a reason to love cashmere? If you're not feeling the navy and green combo, fear not - there's four other color combos to choose from (my second and third places are poppy cabarnet - a deep salmon pink and black, and dusk black - a light gray with black spots). Unfortunately, my unpaid intern summer doesn't lend itself to buying $268 sweaters, so I'll wait for this one to hit the sale racks. If your pockets are deeper, pick it up here.

Photo via J.Crew

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Six Minute Glimpse of Anna Karenina

If my earlier post about director Joe Wright's new adaptation of Anna Karenina intrigued you, then be sure to check out the six minute preview clip below. I can't decide my favorite part - the gorgeous, over the top fashions of 19th century Russia, seeing Keira Knightley in period wear again, or the brief appearance of Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery. See for yourself:

Friday, July 27, 2012

Olympic Metallics

I'm not much of a sports fan, but it's hard not to get swept up in all this Olympic fever - especially because it's taking place in one of my favorite cities and that means plenty of Will and Kate sightings. With all this Olympic mania going on, it's hard not to think of the metallic hues associated with the medals awarded during the games - especially since adding a hint of silver or gold (don't forget about bronze!) is so trendy right now. Here are some of my favorite pieces perfect for the next 17 days - whether you're in London or not!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Mila Kunis for Miss Dior

Two weeks ago, I posted some of my favorite images from this fall's fashion ad campaigns. One of my favorites, without a doubt, is the Mila Kunis Miss Dior advertisement. The photo alone was captivating enough - a 1950's reminiscent hairstyle (complete with bow) combined with a simple, chic black long-sleeved dress on a gorgeous Kunis, surrounded by photographers, evoking an old Hollywood-in-Paris feel. Well now, there's more to be inspired by than just the picture -- check out this teaser trailer, featuring Mila being fawned over by countless paps in various locations, for the ad's short film below!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Pinterest of the Week

As the editor in chief of Cosmetics Magazine, it's practically a guarantee that pinner Kristen Vinakmens  has lots of boards dedicated to the best of beauty. And if she were an average, stick to the basics of my job description pinner, she would do just that. However, Vinakmens goes beyond the average and has various boards dedicated not only to beauty in general, but to nails (Cool Nails), beauty on the runway (Runway Beauty), hair (Hair Envy) and more. In addition to her beauty boards, some of my other favorites include boards dedicated to supermodels, (Supermodel. WORK!), glamorous women in gorgeous clothes (Ladies Who Lunch), fashion illustrations (Sketchpad) vintage style (Vintage) and fashion photography (Fashion Photography). One board that I'm unfollowing, however, is the For The Birds board - I'm deathly afraid of anything with wings and a beak.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Edwardian Street Style

There's very little I love more than period fashion. Whether it's the billowing skirts of the Antebellum South, the drop-waist, glamorous shift dresses of the 1920's, bright, put-together dresses of the 1960's or the basic empire-waist dresses of the early 1800's England, I'm completely fascinated by the fashions of another time. Unfortunately, our knowledge of period fashions don't have the same advantages that fashions today do - I.E. the constant documentation of every trend, garment and clothing craze to sweep the world through countless magazines, blogs, and everyone's favorite photo trend - street style. However, contrary to what you might think, Bill Cunningham, the Satorialist and their modern day counterparts weren't the first one to embrace everyday style. The Daily Mail recently published photos of what looks to be Edwardian street style! Edwardian England is one of my favorite periods of history (hello, Downton Abbey?), so I obviously fell in love with these shots. Check them out below:

Photos via Daily Mail

Monday, July 23, 2012

Marion to the Fourth

I adore Marion Cotillard. Since she made her big splash stateside with her spellbinding performance as legendary French chanteuse Edith Piaf in La Vie En Rose, (although she had been making films in France since 1993), she's risen to the ranks of Hollywood royalty with parts in box office hits such as Inception, Midnight in Paris and Public Enemies. But this August, Cotillard isn't just making a splash on screens, but in print, too. She's scored the August covers of Elle South Africa, French Vogue, Marie Claire UK, and the biggest one of all - American Vogue, rounding out in a total 4 covers this August. Talk about a girl of the moment - and all in time for the release of her latest movie, the Dark Knight Rises. Will you be picking up any of the Cotillard-clad issues? I'm at least getting my hands on American Vogue because I'm a subscriber, but I really want a copy of the French Vogue - as per usual, it goes beyond simply being a 'screaming' magazine cover and looks sophisticated, glamorous and very haute couture.

Photos via Pink Is the New Blog

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Sneak Peek of Target + Neiman Marcus

I posted about Target's upcoming out of this world collaboration with Neiman Marcus a few days ago - a collection that will feature pieces by 20 high fashion designers from Oscar De La Renta to Marchesa. Now, take a peek at this video that gives you a preview of the collection itself! This is not making it any easier to wait for it..

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

July in Monaco

I love Club Monaco. The minute I walk into the store I feel like I'm stepping into this tranquil, fashion paradise filled with natural hued casual mix of resort wear and workwear. It's the sort of store that embodies the more laidback, stick-to-basics side of my wardrobe (rather than the bright and preppy side - I usually try create somewhat of a fusion between the two). I saw the store's July Collection today on The City Sage that was recently released, and no shock here, I'm in love. The clothes are gorgeous and the I'm obsessed with the subtle glam and color scheme of the accessoriesEven happier that I'm living in a city with plenty of Club Monaco locations at my disposal (ironic, because now they finally have an online store). Check out a few of my favorite pieces below, or the whole collection here.

Photos via Club Monaco

Monday, July 16, 2012

Target + CFDA Discount Heaven

Target designer collaborations are god's gift to all thrifty fashionistas out there. We spend our lives lusting after designer brands where even the smallest token costs in the high three figures. But with Target collaborations, these designs of these fashion mavens are brought down from their couture pedestals and into the hands of the "little people". There's been some great Target collaborations in the past few years; most recently, the standouts have been the sell out Missoni and Jason Wu for Target collections. However, Target's next collaboration will blow all those out of the water. Target is partnering up with luxury department store Neiman Marcus to introduce a mega-collaboration featuring looks by 24 designers. Yes, you read that right. 24 designers (all members of the CFDA), at a time. The complete list of participating designers below:

Alice + Olivia
Band of Outsiders
Brian Atwood
Carolina Herrera
Derek Lam
Diane von Furstenberg
Eddie Borgo
Jason Wu
Judith Leiber
Lela Rose
Marc Jacobs
Oscar de la Renta
Philip Crangi
Prabal Gurung
Proenza Schouler
Rag & Bone
Robert Rodriguez
Thom Browne
Tory Burch
Tracy Reese

>The collection will be released in stores this December, and items will range anywhere from $7.99 and $499.99 in men, women and children's clothing, home goods, accessories and more. I just hope that Target's IT team prepares the website for the huge influx of visitors it is sure to receive December 1st - let's not have another Missoni catastrophe, shall we?

Photo via SheFinds

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Diana Brought Back to Life

If you've been reading this blog or know me personally, then you know that I'm completely obsessed with the British Royal Family. (Confession: I have a Royal Wedding keychain on my wallet and daily Google alerts on Kate Middleton sent to my email. Doesn't get much worst than that.) As obsessed as I am with the newest addition to the family, Duchess Kate, I still have special place in my heart for the earlier generation's iconic Royal female, Princess Diana (and no, despite how much I may wish it, she's not my namesake). As such, I've been waiting quite some time for a Princess Diana biopic. And finally, finally, it looks like my wishes have been granted.

Watts said it was "an honor to be able to play this iconic role." And great Oscar bait, am I right?

Naomi Watts has been slated to play the late Princess of Wales in a biopic focusing on the last few years of her cut-short life, told from the perspective of her longtime bodyguard. Originally titled "Caught in Flight", the film has recently been retitled simple "Diana" (a much more fitting title, if I do say so myself). A few photos of from the 9-week shoot have been released, and they're making the anticipation that much worse. The resemblance between the two is uncanny. I think it's safe to say that this portrayal of an icon will go over better than Lindsay Lohan's Elizabeth Taylor biopic (I can't even think about it), and if she pulls it off, may be Watts's chance at Oscar gold. It worked for Helen Mirren, right?

Photos via THR, Grazia

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Ralph Lauren Takes an Olympic Tumble

The Olympics can oftentimes bring up controversy. Let's face it - they're a worldwide sporting event, controversy is practically unavoidable. Fast paced races, down to the buzzer games, scores varying by less than a few decimal points - slip ups are unavoidable. Less commonly, however, do the issues brought on by the games revolve around fashion. Yet, here we are, less than two weeks until the kick off of the 2012 Olympics in London, and the United States' first fashion related of the year has arisen.

Iconic American designer, Ralph Lauren, was chosen to design the official outfits for Team USA at this year's games. A seemingly perfect choice, right? Not so much -- not only did Ralph come up with some pretty lackluster designs - the men's outfits are alright, but those berets are a little much, and the woman's skirt is incredibly unflattering. All in all, the designs are simply boring and stiff. Maybe they didn't want to do anything too daring, but these are really just unimaginative. And to top it all off, the clothing isn't being manufactured in the U.S., but rather in China. Isn't the entire point of the Olympics to support one's own country? This seems to directly go contradict that ideal. All in all, it's causing quite a stir before the games even have begun. What do you think of the Team USA uniforms?

Photo via PurseBlog

Friday, July 13, 2012

Fall 2012 Ad Campaigns

I did a post about the Spring 2012 ads last winter, and with new Fall 2012 ads surfacing, a similar post was due for these new ads. I think my absolute favorite has to be Mila Kunis looking adorably chic and tres francaise in a Miss Dior ad, complete with big hair, a great long sleeved black dress, and fawning paparazzi. While no Miss Dior will ever top my absolute favorite fashion advertisement - Miss Dior featuring Maryna Linchuk floating above the city of Paris holding a group of balloons, circa SS 2010. Check out this ad and more of my favorites below, and of course, the full look book at The Cut.

Miss Dior




Leon Max



Antonio Croce

Photos via The Cut

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Iconic Fashion Illustrations

I'm obsessed with these adorable illustrations by Joana Avillez for Refinery29. She sketched pictures of some of the biggest "personalities" in fashion today, alongside several classic quotes and descriptions about the pictured icon. Some of my favorites are below, but see the rest here.

Photos via Refinery29

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Go To College at Condé Nast

As any magazine major would be, I'm justifably in awe of/love with Condé Nast. The corporation is not only spearheaded by the Newhouse family, who donated an insane amount of money to make my school, the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communicatoins, possible, but also owns some of the top magazines in the world. From personal favorites of mine like Vanity Fair, Vogue, and Glamour to well-respected titles (that I'm a less avid reader of) like Wired, The New Yorker and Bon Appetit, Condé Nast is a dream workplace for anyone looking to break into the world of magazines.

Now, Condé is making it just a bit easier to get an inside look at the brand - with the opening of the first ever Condé Nast College of Art and Design. The college will open in London's Soho neighborhood in January 2013 and will teach both a 10 week course and a year long course to be launched in October 2013. Both courses will focus on fashion, and graduates will earn a "Vogue Fashion Certificate". 

A digital sketch of the College in London on Greek Street

The college's webpage claims that they will pave the way for students to make it the world of fashion. Even Condé Nast's president, Nicholas Coleridge, claimed on the website that they would look to the college to staff their teams at their magazines. I don't know about you all, but I'd take a 10 week course in London to get a job at Condé Nast - not a bad idea!

Photos via The Telegraph
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