Friday, February 26, 2010

Rockin' the Runway: Dolce and Gabbana

I've been saying ALL winter that I need to hit the slopes.  I'm dying to go snowboarding... especially after seeing Shaun White kill it at the Olympics!!! So when I saw Dolce and Gabbana's fall 2010 runway... I was in heaven!!  Their chunky winter knits are a modern twist to a nastaglic favorite.... Love the knit jumpsuit and romper!!!  The textures were so interesting with the contrast of the knits with the leather, fur, and silks.  In my utopia, I would slip into one of these numbers at the lodge and  be enjoying a hot toddy by the fire. Sigh...
Photos: Marcio Madeira via

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Rockin' the Runway: Matthew Williamson

Ok... so this is the first of many Fall 2010 runway posts.  I always love what Matthew Williamson puts out but this runway was truly exceptional.  He has proven time and time again that he is a master of prints but this time around he added some beautiful draping and contrasting textures to create a very intriguing and unexpected show.  I had a hard time just picking a few pictures to post, as you can probably tell. ;)
Photos: Marcio Madeira via

Friday, February 19, 2010

Olympic Style

Yes, I know it is fashion week.  And yes, I know I haven't done one runway entry thus far.  There are two reasons for this:  1. I like to wait until all the shows are done and pick my favorites, and 2. THE OLYMPICS ARE ON!  I am a bonafide Olympic addict. I can't miss a single event. Since last friday, my apartment has become messier and messier, my friends ignored, and my diet has consisted of anything I can make/order without leaving my television for more than the time it takes for one commercial break.  Luckily, the Olympics are only every four years.  Team USA has some major style thanks to Ralph Lauren, Burton, and Nike.  I especially enjoyed the moose knit hats for the opening ceremony and the classic cardigans.  The snowboarding uniforms were also a highlight.  I loved the preppy plaid and patched jackets, not to mention the board pants are treated with denim.  Awesome.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Diamonds are a girl's best friend

I had the great pleasure of visiting the Field Museum's latest featured exhibit: The Nature of Diamonds.  It was truly unbelievable.  With diamonds dating back to the Renaissance and earlier up to the extravagant pieces of our time, it was a girl's heaven.  I spent my day bouncing around from glass case to glass case salivating over the endless number of carats... and then... I entered the vault.  This is where they kept the big showstoppers.  Beautiful broaches and necklaces with thousands of diamonds adorning them and this unbelievable 128.54 carat yellow diamond by Tiffany.  I'm still awe-struck.
From top:
Princess Mathilde Corsage Ornament
 In 1855, this six-inch rose was crafted of 2,637 Brazilian diamonds for Princess Mathilde, niece of Napoleon I. Cartier later acquired the piece and sold it to Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt III, queen of New York society in the early 1900s.
"Milky Way" Necklace
This voluminous necklace, designed by Dieter Huebner, sponsored by Brinkhaus Jewelers, is adorned with 2,000 luminous diamonds.The “Milky Way” necklace was designed in 2000 as a celebration and ode to the millennium.
"Bird on a Rock" Tiffany Diamond
The 128.54-carat Tiffany Diamond, one of the world’s largest and finest fancy yellow diamonds, is showcased in this well-known setting designed by legendary jeweler Jean Schlumberger. The “Bird on a Rock” setting is designed with white and yellow diamonds, ruby, gold, and platinum. 
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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Lee Alexander McQueen 1969-2010

Today is a very sad day for the fashion industry.  We've lost a true visionary, an artistic pioneer, Alexander McQueen.  He was one of my favorite designers and I'm a bit heartbroken.  Rest in peace.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Shoegasm: Camilla Skovgaard

It has been far too long since I've done a post devoted entirely to shoes.  Camilla Skovgaard has earned it.  Such a covetable group for Spring 2010! Don't you just love the saw blade sole detail? Lust away!
Photos: via

Lovin' Leather

There is something about wearing leather... It is so versatile.  It can be hard, soft, tough, or quirky but no matter what it requires confidence.  I've been wearing quite a lot of leather lately and from the second I put it on I feel fantastic.  I feel self assured, confident, and find myself walking with a bit of a strut.  What is it about leather that transforms us? We may never know exactly. What I do know is it has me under it's spell... I'm totally hooked.