DRIES VAN NOTEN
Wave goodbye to winter, because it's time to ring in spring, and as you tuck away bulky overcoats and infinity scarves, make room for shine and sparkle to add that finishing touch to your springtime wardrobe. This season be prepared to pair minimalist pieces with pale shade garments, as well as colorful jewelry with eccentric prints. These springtime treasures are sure to make you stand out in a crowd.
Some would say the runways of NYC's Fashion Week were all about the accessory. And jewelry was a key staple in perfecting those final looks. Metallic took center stage with designers like Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy and Dries Van Noten. They utilized glossy metal finishes paired with pale colored garments as backdrops. This is a perfect way to add sleek touches to flirty dresses and girly silhouettes. Metal fringe and chunky bracelets are easy go-to items.
Today it's hard to imagine a world without street style fashion blogs. Interestingly, these popular websites are a phenomenon that has only emerged over the past 10 years. Now, sites like The Sartorialist, Jak & Jil, and Face Hunter, are household names in the world of fashion enthusiasts.
We've taken the guesswork out of stylish sunnies so you can stop squinting and achieve serious sartorial style this summer with our favorites from this season's men's collections. This necessary accessory adds a finishing touch to any outfit, regardless of how you define personal style. Check out our top picks for your next pair.
Luxe: Most sunglasses tend to be made out of some combination of plastic and metal, but luxury designer Linda Farrow has added new exotic materials like snakeskin to her designs. Linda Farrow is a top sunglasses designer in the industry and has collaborated with brands including Alexander Wang, The Row, and Dries Van Noten. Her designs mix classic shapes with innovative materials and details. In her own designs, Linda Farrow always shows bold pieces that are perfect to wear year-round. One amazing pair is the Luxe Titanium Snakeskin Aviators in a classic aviator shape, modernized with snakeskin coated temples.
We love to wear white during the summer; it’s light, it’s easy, and it makes us look bronzed. Perhaps that’s why so many designers incorporated the colorless trend into their S/S 2012 collections. Here are some of our favorite looks from the runways and how to achieve them this summer.
A word of advice: make sure you have a Tide-To-Go pen with you when wearing these looks!
Five years ago you wore your shirt tucked in. That is when stripes were fashionable and the checked shirt was still something cowboys paired with Stetson’s (or an item you wore when cutting up wood in a forest!). Then a few years ago, the shirt started to be worn slim fit and tucked in. Next it was paired with a tie. And now we have... no tie! So simple... so...minimalistic.. So... why did we not think of that before?
Everyone from Armani and Calvin Klein through to Dries Van Noten and Patrik Ervell demonstrated this trend for summer. Some designers offered the trend paired with a suit, others opted for a cardigan whilst a few went for the shirt alone. In all cases the top button of the shirt was firmly done up.
Meet Your New Brooklyn Barneys: Barneys Co-op has been shopping around for a Brooklyn location since December, finally finding a brownstone-like home at 194 Atlantic at the corner of Court. There are high hopes for this 6,300 square foot location, as this chic-luxe addition to the neighborhood should transform the street into a real powerhouse. Meanwhile, Brooklyn natives still have to travel waters to Manhattan until the new store opens during the second week of September. Rumor has it that this new Barneys will launch on Fashion's Night Out. Ideal, no?
Typically, seeing who wears what to the Oscars becomes so pretentious and somewhat repetitive once starlets seem to let their dreadful stylists take over their sad little lives. But, last night there were a few hidden gems on the red-carpet as follows:
Maggie Gyllenhaal in Dries Van Noten: Divine! Wait, is this from the Fall 2010 bevy? Review the prints again, please!
Sarah Jessica Parker in Chanel Couture: I'm still not too fond of SJP after her Halston stunt. However, her Chanel Spring 2010 Couture look for the Oscars was quite endearing. Fun Fact: She even wore the temporary Chanel tattoos to the event. Edgy much? Not so much for SJP (she's Carrie Bradshaw for goodness sakes), but she still gained a few fashion points from us.
The first two days of Paris Fashion Week are the most important, no? And as much as we want to take off our Marc Jacobs sunglasses to make a very clear statement about how we're not impressed, we won't, because 2 out of these 5 designers definitely made an attempt to design for the future, and not yesterday's financially stressed buyers. Can you guess who?
Anne Valerie Hash: Initially we thought this may have been an experiment gone wrong. But, after careful reevaluation, we began to fall in love with Anne's (can we call you Anne?) weird and twisted fascination with transparent organza-like fabrications, short trousers over, uh, feggings (abnormal fabric leggings?) and overlay heaven. Also, weren't the silver pointed brogue-style flats just killer? This isn't our first time seeing them during fashion month. Can they please stay forever?
Rising South Korean model Daul Kim was found dead in her Paris apartment last Thursday, November 19th. The 20-year-old, who moved to Paris from South Korea, is said to have been depressed, although she jokingly denied it when asked. She had graced the runways for leading designers including Chanel, Dries van Noten and Alexander McQueen. Despite her success, she had hinted at her desire to end her life in her popular internet blog – a series of poems, photos and thoughts called "I like to Fork Myself". The fashion community is saddend by the lost of such an incredible talent. She will be missed dearly.
Let your accessories do all the talking this season with neckwear that is both elaborate and charming. Top designers are now leaning more toward the attitude of “less is not more; more is more.” Dries Van Noten, Vera Wang, and Ranjana Khan bring subtly to these otherwise overbearing neck pieces.
Dries Van Noten gives his necklace a light, nautical feel to the baubles that dangle and intertwine with one another; Vera Wang’s necklace makes for a bright, energetic piece that is delicately held together with tulle; and Ranjana Khan’s pleated ribbon necklace is as feminine and whimsical as the pearls and jeweled flowers that adorn it. For a more eclectically constructive neck piece, go with Mary Katrantzou’s linear-constructed necklace, inspired by a 1920s Russian architect; wear Heaven Tanudiredja’s antique French blue and golden jet necklace; or be especially bold and hang Tom Binns’ multi-jeweled piece from your neck. No matter what you choose, a bold statement is necessary for this fall season.