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For spring, they were inspired by Emilie Floge, lover of Gustav Klimt.
"Spring 2012 is the most recent stop in Rubin & Chapelle's continued exploration of modern dress codes and looks at an 'elevation of day' and a 'softening of evening'. Sonja Rubin says, "Photographs of Emily Floege and Gustave Klimt depicted on their summer vacation on Lake Attersee in flowing robes depicts a dignified yet easy sense of Luxury and Leisure". Kip Chapelle says," We wanted the effortlessness of a T-shirt but with the clarity and formality of a tuxedo".
Ruffian Spring 2012 collection brought us bold colors, soft fabrics and plenty of chic. From the bright magentas to the electric blues, this collection was full of basic styles that would be easy to replicate at home. Take for instance what we shall call the "Thoroughbred Ponytail", a chunky messy mid to high ponytail paired with simple yet strong skirt suit or one-piece bathing suit.
Classic silhouettes were accentuated by ruffled shoulders and low-waisted layered skirts alongside bold colored yellow, black, and red color blocked maxi dresses. Hot pink or turquoise shoes, anyone? In a few simple words, expect the coming spring to be full of blinding hues meant to stop traffic and blind onlookers. Wear you shades!
From seat B-4-3 we onlooked as people and celebrities alike were seated for the showing of Costello Tagliapietra's (CosTagg) Spring 2012 collection. Drape dresses, wrapped skirts, and airdyed tights were the stars of the show, not to mention cameos by such artists as Corinne Bailey Rae. Rust and aqua marines were a few of the paired colors that were featured among the air-dyed fabrics. Airdye, the new frontier of dying fabrics is created without using a drop of water. Each Costello Tagliapietra dress dyed and printed with AirDye technology saves:45 gallons of water / 95 megajoules of energy / 3 kilograms of greenhouse gas.
How's that for going green? To say the least the show was as amazing as it was educational.
For the fifth season in a row the students at the Academy of Art University have out done themselves. Since 2005, the School of Fashion has premiered the collections of recent graduates during New York Fashion Week. It was an amazing show to say the least. WIth all this rainy weather we've been having it was great to see a plethrea of nylon and vinyl coat, jackets, skirts and vests. Relatively neutral was the color palette used.
My favorites were the gauzey linen-like coats and tops that blew like fallen leaves as they came down the runway. It looked so luxurious. Now the luxe of all this was complimented by clean lines and simple concepts that were really amazing to see up close.
Worn by Anja Rubik in Balmain’s Fall 2012 campaign, this jacket stole our hearts in March and we’ve been lusting after it ever since. Silk fringes of gold, white, and navy scattered with embellishment of Swarovski crystals and mirrors create this show stopping striped blazer. Our only opposition is the $31,095 price tag! However, we just can not let this look go, so we have found a way to get it for less.
The look revolves around the jacket, and we love this sequin and silk piece by Parker . Channel the stripes and embellishment with rows of sparkling, two-toned sequins and keep the structure with an exaggerated shoulder. Grab a simple, comfy, white tee shirt like this one by T by Alexander Wang . It's sheer, cool, and layers perfectly with a statement jacket. Next, add a pair tailored skinny pants. Nez trousers by Hakaan boast a perfect fit, with a flattering front pleat and comfortable low rise.
You don’t have to spend your summer sailing a luxurious yacht to look like you were. Some of fashion's most beloved designers are all setting sail for an iconic nautical look for Resort 2012. Yves Saint Laurent designer, Stefano Pilati, showcased an elegant collection with sophisticated looks with sailor friendly accents throughout. The Moschino Resort 2012 collection followed suit with tailored navy blazers paired with pops of red on a mostly clean white palette. Whether it’s the sleek high waist, button adorned trousers or the embroidered anchors, we certainly cannot wait to cruise away with these designs.
For Resort 2012, Alexander McQueen brought us luxurious, romantic fabrics; velvet, embroidery and brocade (said to have been inspired by Isabelle Adjani in La Reine Margot, the late designer's favorite film). Sarah Burton, who has taken over since McQueen's untimely departure, has been revered for bringing a softer, feminine touch to the collection while still maintaining the fierce structure McQueen is renowned for.
When we saw this black, silk floor-length dress adorned with gold embellishment, we almost fainted. It's one of those dresses a girl could die for (and the price would probably kill us). So if you want to get the luxurious McQueen look, that's a bit more realistic to wear (and buy) we got ya covered! Introducing our new section: Runway to Real Way -where we take looks right off the runway and recreate them into affordable, wearable versions. Yes, you'll be coming back for more!