May 16, 2011

Aperlaï

Aperlaï Shoes is a relatively new brand that is designed by Burak Uyan. The first Aperlaï collection was spring/summer 2010, in fact. The basic idea behind the designs is effortless luxury that appeals to every woman.

Spring/summer 2011 collection:

All images from style.com

The shoes from this collection have a futuristic feel combined with retro elements. The shapes are very structured and geometric with clean lines and bold color blocking. 
Some of the designs aren't the most practical, but many can effortlessly be incorporated into everyday use. Emerald green pumps will spice up any workwear ensemble composed of mostly neutrals. For a bold statement, gray and yellow shoes reminiscent of oxfords can be added to an outfit of jeans and a t-shirt. Going out to a trendy restaurant wearing a solid color dress, sculptural orange heels can add an extra pop combined with black tights.
These shoes are one-of-a-kind creations, reminiscent of the lauded styles of Nicholas Kirkwood.
Be sure to snatch them up now, before the line shoots to stardom!

Selected styles are available on a variety of websites, including Bergdorf Goodman's site, lindestore.com, and Lyst.

May 13, 2011

Bernhard Willhelm

Bernhard Willhelm was born in Ulm, Germany and studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. He assisted Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Dirk Bekkembergs, and Walter van Bereindonck during this time. Bernhard Willhelm founded his eponymous label with business partner Jutta Kraus in 1999 and presented his first women's collection in Paris. The first Bernhard Willhelm store opened in Shibuya, Tokyo at PARCO in 2006, designed in collaboration with Cyril Duval. His line is carried in stores all over the world, including Maryam Nasseir Zadeh in New York, Creatures of Comfort in Los Angeles, Le Bon Marché in Paris, and The Convenience Store in London.


Autumn/winter 2011-2012 collection:







Images from bernhard-willhelm.com

Willhelm's use of color and pattern may be crazy, but it makes for beautiful and artistic creations.
The pieces that are sold on his website are more toned down and much more wearable, though they are quite pricey.

"Shyaiko" Dress

This dress is one of Willhelm's more wearable creations, yet it certainly doesn't lack in the creativity department. The marker-colored vibe makes the piece feel very one-of-a-kind and the combination of salmon pink and this deep shade of blue looks beautiful together set against off-white.

"Su" Dress


"Reloaded" Legging
Images from bernhardwillhelmshop.com

"Trixxx + Dye white"

"Evil Angel" top

"No.85 Bag"
Images from shop.creaturesofcomfort.us

This bag feels like it was lifted right out of a fairytale. Despite the intricate work done on the surface, the silhouette is casual and slouchy and would make for a good tote; the contrast works well. One of my favorite details here is the subtle knots.

For more about Bernhard Willhelm and to browse through current and past collections for men and women, visit bernhard-willhelm.com.
To shop for the pieces above and more, visit bernhardwillhelmshop.com. A selection of Bernhard Willhelm designs can also be found here.

May 09, 2011

Chanel Resort 2012

Chanel's resort 2012 collection could be defined as luxurious elegance. Garments were adorned with precious jewels and were impeccably made, resulting in glamourous and extravagant looks that had a light, summery feel. The one element that the collection lacked was a solid uniting theme to bring the entire collection together. There were so many contrasts within the collection that it could have really been two or three different collections. Despite this, the looks were still stunning and beautiful, living up to the Chanel name.

Here are my favorite colorful picks from the collection:








I love that color is used not only as the focus of a garment, but also as a decoration to add to an otherwise plain piece, such as the dresses detailed with colorful triangles. Of course, when color is the main attraction it is simply stunning, as seen in the penultimate look featured here.

What do you think?

May 03, 2011

Pick of the Day

I wanted to feature one of my favorite tote bags, which is the popular Tate silhouette by Marc by Marc Jacobs.
The specific pattern of the bag I own is no longer available in stores, but there are many other beautiful patterns to choose from, most of which are colorful but not too crazy, so they can be carried almost every day. The bag is roomy, comfortable on the shoulder, and has good pocket placement for those items that always get lost within a bag (i.e. phone, keys, lip balm). The nylon material is also very durable and water-resistant: another plus! I've had my bag for over a year and it still looks good as new.





All photographs taken by me

The Pretty Nylon Tate Tote, as it's called, is available in two different sizes (though it is commonly found in medium) and are priced accordingly.
Here are some of the patterns that are currently available:
Image from ssense.com

Image from shopbop.com

Image from ssense.com

Image from couture.zappos.com

If you live in a big city, you've probably seen fashionable young women sporting these tote bags in solid colors. The prints, however, are much more fun and unusual and really add a great element to any outfit.

The Pretty Nylon Tate is available on a variety of websites, including Shopbop, EndlessZappos Couture, and SSENSE. Select styles can also be found at Bloomingdale's.