Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Balmain Jacket

I know I'm a season late to bring up the Balmain Jacket but I just started this blog recently and therefore couldn't obsess over it properly earlier. Let's just put it this way, when Balmain introduced it in their Spring 2009 collection, this one jacket made such an impression, that practically every fall collection this year has included a jacket similar to it. So, why the big fuss? After all, the military jacket has been done before. What sets this particular one apart is the ability of Balmain to juxtapose ruggedness with sophistication. Swarovski crystals accent the shoulders and give it a level of chicness that would otherwise be lost in the typical casual look that military jackets usually convey. Beyonce and Rihanna have both been photographed wearing it and I'm sure we'll be seeing many more fashionistas sporting the same look.

Who has been inspired by the jacket? I think a more appropriate question would be, who hasn't? Alice + Olivia, Chanel and even H&M have recreated the jacket and they all have the same formula: black structured jacket + big shoulders + crystal accents. I plan on picking up the H&M version as soon as I can get my hands on it.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, the Balmain jacket runs $11,410.

Balmain Spring 2009

Alice + Olivia Fall 2009

Chanel Fall 2009 RTW

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Stuff I Can Actually Afford

I'm gonna take a break from the fantasy world that is high-end designer fashion and take the time to appreciate clothes I can actually afford! I fell in love with H&M when I lived in D.C. last spring due to their tendency to recreate looks that high-end designers have created and bring them into the mainstream by making them super-affordable. You could easily pick up a top for under $20 or grab a chic dress for under $30. Texas doesn't have a single store, and that makes me very, very sad. That being said, everytime I'm in Cali, my cousins know that a pilgrimage to H&M must be made while I'm there.

Their Fall collection is a succicnt summary of the upcoming season's trends and it seems like a prominent theme is volume. I don't know how I feel about all of the baggy silhouettes. Harem pants were reintroduced last fall and I although I love the idea (I've envied Princess Jasmine's turquoise harem pants since I was kid.....MC Hammer's, not so much), they are not typically very flattering. Last year, the harem pants were made out of stretchy materials and were light and airy. They had a more casual look and I saw many unfortunate consumers pairing them with flip-flops. I loathe flip-flops. This year, harem pants are more structered and chic. I would definitely rock some with heels or booties. The only issue I have with the baggy pants look is what it does to the crotch area. I've seen other designers completey butcher the harem pant by making the crotch area look completely awkward. More on this on another post.

My absolute favorite piece in the collection, though, is a wide black leather belt that would look fab over a structured, white button down. There is a white button down in particular that i spotted with voluminous sleeves (kind of an ode to the infamous "puffy shirt"from Seinfeld) that would look great with a sleek high-waisted pencil skirt or skinny jeans, like the model is wearing. Again, there is lots of unnecesary layering that is clearly there to show off as many pieces from the collection at one time as possible. I guess since it rarely gets under 70 degrees in the Texas winter, I've never really appreciated 7 layers of knit blouses, jackets, scarves, etc. H&M also included a jacket that is a nod to the black, crystal-embellished Balmain jacket from the spring (which I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE and will probably dedicate an entire post to). I'm going to be in California in September and will mos def pick up a piece or two or 10....and will not have to break the bank to do it!

Harem Pant

Harem Pant with layers, layers, and more layers.

Black leather belt... <3

White Puffy Shirt

Love it.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Chanel: 2009 Fall Couture

Chanel: Spring 2009 Haute Couture

So I'm just gonna say it. I've never been a huge fan of Chanel. I know I probably just upset the Fashion Gods, but I truly feel as though they've had the same old-lady suit look for years. When Karl Lagerfeld took over in 1983, he supposedly made the line edgier by shortening the hems and adding more color but everytime I see a new collection, I keep seeing the same uninspiring look. I'm thinking it may just be that Chanel is too classy, mature and put together for me and I prefer more of the color-outside-the-lines approach to fashion.

Whatever the reason, I haven't been too impressed with anything Lagerfeld has put out recently (ok, except for the spring 2009 haute couture all-white collection -see photo above post- which had a unique take on using paper origami as hair accessories) until I saw his 2009 Fall Couture collection. Of course there was a string of stuffy suits, but there were 1 or 2 pieces that really stood out to me as something totally different than what I expect from Karl. Although, I'm not a fan of all the unnecessary layering and awkward hems that were short in the front and long in the back (way too reminiscent of a mullet for me) I still really loved 2 of the sequined frocks. There was color, texture, and dare I say, some edge to the dresses. Sort of had a peacock-inspired look, which has been echoed in many collections this season, without being too obviously feather-like. Karl, you completely caught me off gaurd with these 2 pieces.

Boring Chanel Suits

Sequined Dresses

Mullet Dresses

Monday, July 13, 2009

Dior Rings

Growing up in San Antonio, I remember first learning about Dia De Los Muertos in the 6th grade in Spanish class and saw for the first time skulls, "calaveras", being portrayed as a festive decoration and not merely as a morbid object. I kinda thought skulls were pretty neat until Avril Lavigne and the whole pseudo-punk/i-bought-it-at-hot-topic craze destroyed my appreciation for them. I pretty much wrote skulls off as a tacky punk trend until last night. I was flipping through Elle when I came across a Dior ring from their Coffret de Victoire collection that I couldn't stop staring at. A giant turquoise skull with stunning multi-colored gems all over it. If anyone could make skulls artistic and just plain gorgeous, it's Dior.

I remember when I was in Vegas last summer, I walked into Dior and noticed the jewelry from the Incroyables & Merveilleuses collection and was just stunned by the level of detail and burst of colors. Sure they kinda seem gaudy and ridiculous at first. Like, who would actually wear them? But after a closer look, it's hard not to appreciate how insanely gorgeous they are. And, yeah, I would totally rock one of these monster rings.

Incroyables & Merveilleuses

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Oh, hello there!

So i decided to start a blog. What am i going to blog about? Umm...prolly mostly about fashion, mixed in with some stuff about music, art, and film. Occasionally, I might bitch about medical school and how it takes up all of my free time.