May 28, 2012

Pile It On

The modern sophisticate is not always one for brightly hued garments. Many of the chicest outfits are comprised of minimal color, channeling an organic form of chic. Most effortless combinations seem to be assembled this way, which is a likely explanation for why color is often absent in street style.
Often the simplest solution to a droll color palette in everyday life can be found in jewelry. My instinct is to leave the house with my accessory mainstays: two necklaces and a ring, each with distinct sentimental value. I tend to put more focus into the garment section of what I wear.
As a challenge to such a tendency, I've put together three ideas that use jewelry as a focal point. The foundation of each outfit is simplicity at its best. The jewelry combinations utilize the art of contrast for a collage that pairs alternative creativity with luxurious femininity.

Collages created using polyvore.com

Casual

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DAY Birger et Mikkelson cotton tank top, Moschino silk shorts, Proenza Schouler PS1 bag, Rebecca Minkoff wedges, Coralia Leets earrings, Kenneth Jay Lane flat link bracelet, Ginette_ny monogram bangle, Gorjana charm bracelet, Frangos cluster ring, Kendra Scott ring.

Workwear
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Topshop peplum top; McQ Alexander McQueen cropped cotton trousers; Reed Krakoff handbag; Rebecca Minkoff wedges; bracelets (from top to bottom, left to right) by Frangos, Suzanna Dai, Citrine By The Stones, Kara Ross, Alexis Bittar, and Bounkit; D_luxe spike ring, Armani Exchange stacked rings.

Formal
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A.P.C. silk boatneck dress, Stella McCartney clutch, Alexandre Birman metallic leather heels, EB by Erickson Beamon earrings, Erickson Beamon bracelets.

There are many ways to assemble a wardrobe. In the future, I hope to create a mainstay of wardrobe basics around which I can create a varied collection of avant-garde jewelry.

How do you add color to an outfit of neutral garments?

May 21, 2012

Lust List: Please Print

It's no secret that I'm a print fanatic. Perhaps part of the reason why I'm so drawn to prints is because they are such elaborate works of art. I love fashion that feels like more than just something one wears.

Print Collection
Clockwise (from top left): Rare London stripe floral scarf, Roberto Cavalli blouse, Erdem silk top, Camilla and Marc twill mini dress, Mara Hoffman bikini, Mary Katrantzou biker jacket, Sandro crepe shorts, Office flat espadrilles, Clements Ribeiro silk-satin dress.

As I continue to compile my summer wardrobe, I'm intently focused on vivd prints. These are but a few of the pieces that are inspiring me in my search; I'd go for a Mary Katrantzou printed biker jacket any day.

This post is unusually brief, but perhaps you've noticed that Girl Loves Color has undergone some renovations. I've been working hard on re-doing certain aspects of the site to attain a cleaner and more pleasant aesthetic. I'd be more than happy to hear your thoughts on the updated layout.

xoxo

May 14, 2012

A Katrantzou Dream Come True

I would little expect to stumble upon a Mary Katrantzou design amongst the racks of a designer resale pop-up shop, but perhaps such a meeting was destined. Upon dashing to the fitting room with my newfound dress, I found that the fit was perfect. I was ecstatic upon taking this love home, with its jaw-dropping, colorful prints innate in Katrantzou's aesthetic.


Mary Katrantzou dress (worn as top), Topshop belt, Free People denim cut-offs, vintage bag, Ray-Ban sunglasses, necklaces by Ariel Gordon and Poupette, vintage ring from By Boe (just seen), Sam Edelman spiked loafers.



Mary Katrantzou is widely known for her intriguing silhouettes (in addition to fantastically hypnotizing rainbow hued prints). The fitted jersey number above is an example of Katrantzou's accommodations to her varied fan base; the designer often lifts prints from her runway collections and incorporates them into pieces more friendly towards daily life. It's a convenient and intelligent way to allow a wider range of wearability, which is much welcomed by admirers like me.

Words cannot describe how happy this dress makes me, and it will remain a mainstay in my closet for many years to come.

May 10, 2012

Shoes Like No Other

I have always appreciated the personal touches incorporated into fashion. For this reason, I asked my artist aunt if she would be willing to customize a pair of shoes as a birthday present. I am glad to say that she agreed, and the results of her careful labor arrived just a few days ago. What started out as a plain pair of white slip-on Keds has transformed into a work of art, decorated by hand and now able to roam the bustling streets of the city I call home. My only request, unsurprisingly, was that the final product be colorful. And colorful they are! I am so happy with the end result, and the rain we've experienced has subsided for now, therefore today I was able to don my new acquisition for the first time.
The beauty of these shoes is that they are subtle but loud, a paradox that inevitably enables the feet to capture the eye of the beholder yet not distract from the other elements of an outfit. The color scheme is versatile and the skillfully executed design juxtaposed with the classic simplicity of the Keds silhouette creates an updated version of a casual foundational piece.



Madewell denim shirt (worn as jacket), Free People striped dress, Echo floral print scarf (from Anthropologie), customized Keds shoes.



Photographs taken with my iPhone 4S

It's quite exciting to possess a pair of shoes like no other in the entire world. Of course, it is even more special that they were painted for me by a member of my family.
I am so happy to have received this one-of-a-kind present.