August 18, 2014

Outfit Post: 9th & Elm

In the end-of-summer season, bright, solid hues pack an especially powerful punch. I gravitate towards gem tones, which nicely complement dark hair and fair skin. However, I would say that gem tones have the ability to flatter anyone. It's simply a matter of finding the right hue.

This bold dress from independent designer marketplace 9th & Elm is significantly brighter in person than it looks online, much to my delight. (It is not quite as rich as a gem tone, but vibrant enough to fit in the family.) I am an unabashed fan of colorful prints and patterns, so a solid-colored dress is a refreshing addition to my wardrobe.

The wonderful thing about bright, solid colors is that they stand on their own. They command enough attention that accessorizing can (and should) be minimal. That means less work for you when it comes to getting dressed in the morning. Who would complain?



Dress and ring courtesy of 9th & Elm, clutch by Anya Hindmarch (similar styles here).

Click here to read more about 9th & Elm, and click here to browse their assortment of mini boutiques, which feature handmade goods and independent designers.

July 25, 2014

Dori Csengeri

In many jewelry designs, color is relegated to the gemstone, a tendency that makes for subtler pieces. For those who prefer their accessories bright and brazen, look to jewelry designer Dori Csengeri, known for her innovative use of color.

Csengeri studied at the "Shenkar" College of Fashion in Tel-Aviv. A textile designer by profession, she specialized in fabric design at Tootal Fabrics in Manchester and worked at Cyril Kowalewsky's studio in Paris.

Csengeri's experience in textile design is evident with her eponymous jewelry label, which is hand-sewn at her atelier by embroidery craftswomen, who use an ancestral technique of assembly by needlework of silky cotton cords. She also collaborates regularly with Swarovski.

As an aficionado of colorful fashion, I decided to ask Dori several questions about her work:


What drives you to use such bold colors in your designs?
I live in Tel Aviv, a city known for its sandy beaches, blazing sun and lively people. I guess that has a lot to do with my fascination with vibrant, happy colors.

Your designs are extremely sculptural. What was the inspiration behind your design signature, and what inspired you for the current collection?
I think that the sculptural shapes are born out of my constant search for innovative ways to interlink new materials with my embroidery and turn them into integral parts of my creations. In my fall-winter 2014-2015 collection, I explored interweaving "unruly" leather cords into voluminous shapes while playing with movement.

How do you decide on the color combinations you use in each piece?
In my mind, color is similar to music. I love experimenting with different ideas and color combinations. When I finally find the perfect tonalities that are harmonious together, I have an "aha" moment, or rather, a sense of wholeness and elation.




Visit doricsengeri.com for more information and to shop online. 
Select pieces are also available at Charm & Chain.

What do you think of Dori's designs?

June 17, 2014

Now In Bloom: Thierry Boutemy for Opening Ceremony

Fashion designers seem to be on an endless quest for new and exciting variations on an old classic: the floral print. But if you believe that the fashion world has seen every type of flora and fauna possible, then think again.

Enter Thierry Boutemy, a Brussels-based florist whose colorful floral arrangements are the centerpiece of the latest Opening Ceremony collaboration. "His bouquets take you back to Harvest time memories, carry you away in a fragile or luxuriant Nature, unlock a calm or confused Beauty," is a sample musing from the info section on Boutemy's website. The florist's combinations are romantic, channeling the emotions conveyed by flowers' fleeting beauty. His arrangements are ethereal and almost fantastical in nature.

Flowers and fashion have been long intertwined, as it becomes increasingly common for designers to commission extravagant bouquets and artistic displays for runway shows. Indeed Boutemy's work has graced the runways of Lanvin, Givenchy, and Dries Van Noten. Yet never have the two fields merged completely, as they do in Boutemy's first foray into fashion design.

To create the designs, Boutemy meticulously crafted a series of floral still lifes, from lavishly bright bouquets to a more minimalist collage of pressed flowers. The works were photographed and transformed into a set of digital prints, which emblazon the capsule collection's assortment of sharply-designed separates, accessories, and Manolo Blahnik shoes. The collaboration also includes a Le Labo fragrance, entitled Geranium 30.









All images courtesy of Opening Ceremony

The color schemes are striking and the silhouettes both modern and practical. It is a collaboration perfect for the customer who adores a bright floral print, yet also yearns for something a little edgier. Boutemy and Opening Ceremony offer the best of both worlds.

One could say that Thierry Boutemy is sprucing up an old favorite.

The collection, which also includes menswear, is available online or in Opening Ceremony stores. Click here to view a more extensive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the collection.

What do you think of the collaboration? What pieces would you (or wouldn't you) purchase?

June 05, 2014

Links à la Mode: Style Surfing

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Style Surfing

Summer is officially here. Well, not technically... but it's still here. Headed to the beach this weekend? Going on holiday? Have you broken out your sandals and sunscreen? Yeah, summer. What to wear? How to take care of your youthful skin? Wedding season's here... do you know how to dress for the occassion? Well, if you're looking for inspiration, you've come to the right place. This week, we have a wonderful roundup of great summer themed fashion posts and a couple of other fun (and a few serious) tidbits. So grab your iced tea, and sit down for some good summer reading.

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June 04, 2014

Fashion Meets Art: Inspired by Romare Bearden

Artist Romare Bearden was a descendant of the Harlem Renaissance known for his masterful use of color, which can be seen in a variety of media: paintings, watercolors, collages, and prints, among others. After seeing a show of his work, "Storyteller," while visiting the Jenkins Johnson Gallery in San Francisco, Bearden's complex and beautiful color palettes inspired me to translate his juxtaposition of hues into the language of fashion. 

It would be impossible to capture all of the dimensions of a Bearden work in a simple outfit, so I instead chose to focus on the aspects of each piece that immediately stood out to me. I attempted to remain loyal to Bearden's chosen color schemes while also choosing clothing and accessories that would embody the spirit, personality, and creativity of each work. Yet, ultimately, each outfit is meant to be a wearable creation, perfect for the current season.

All images courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

Baptism (1975)

Romare Bearden 1
See by Chloé silk top, $265 (available here); Elizabeth and James cargo pant, $265 (available here); Pierre Hardy ankle cuff leather sandal, $1,055 (available here); GiGi New York sky blue clutch, $165 (available here); Georg Jensen moonrise pendant, $1,995 (available here); J. Crew tassel pendant, $55 (available here); Monica Vinader gold-plated citrine ring, $98.10 (available here); Satya Jewelry citrine ring, prices vary by size, from $53.91 to $98 (available here).

Circe (1977)

Romare Bearden 2
Saint Laurent draped dress, $4,550 (available here); Sergio Rossi flora sandal, $1,260 (available here); Aranaz clutch, $450 (available here); Alexander McQueen skull ring, $350 (available here).
The Sea Nymph (1977)

Romare Bearden 3
Kenzo crop top, $167 (available here); Kenzo flared skirt, $193 (available here); Kenzo leather and neoprene sandals, $175 (available here); Givenchy leather cross-body bag, $1,275 (available here); Marni earrings, $342 (available here); Arme De L'Amour rose gold-plated snake ring, $172 (available here); David Yurman pinky ring in rose gold, $1,950 (available here).
To learn more about Romare Bearden and his work, visit the Romare Bearden Foundation. His paintings can currently be seen in the Smithsonian traveling exhibit "Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey," on view at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire until August 17, 2014. Select works can also be seen at the Greenhill gallery in North Carolina until June 22, 2014 and at the Jenkins Johnson Gallery in San Francisco until June 21, 2014.

June 03, 2014

Links à la Mode: Style Secrets Revealed

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Style Secrets Revealed

There are so many "secrets" in the style industry. It's all smoke and mirrors, or so they say. We're here to put an end to that. As bloggers, we like to share those secrets often whispered between friends. No, not who you kissed at the party last night! What to pack on your trip, how to get your sunglasses fitted, what are the best pairs of black tights around, and heck, even compare your wardrobe to that of a woman living in the 1930's.

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May 23, 2014

MIUNIKU

Designers have shown a recent penchant for busy prints: ones that keep the eye occupied with multitudes of vibrant colors contained within complex, multidimensional patterns. The Spring 2014 runway shows were full of them; bold, art-inspired prints were a major trend

Amidst the popularity of these elaborate prints, Mumbai-based brand MIUNIKU comes as a refreshing addition to the fashion palate. Founded by sisters Tina and Nikita, the brand's name derives from the nicknames their parents gave them: Miu and Niku, respectively. 

After growing up in Mumbai, the sisters studied pattern cutting and womenswear at the London College of Fashion, graduating in June 2013. In July 2013, they received the Fashion Innovation Award from the London College of Fashion. The sisters were semi-finalists for the 2014 H&M Design Awards and were recently named one of 12 finalists for the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers.

The designers describe the brand's aesthetic as "a balance between clean lines and graphic details, mixing minimal and maximal elements." The AW14 collection showcases color blocking on a series of oversized yet structured separates, including a magnificent array of coats.

"Our first collection was mostly monochrome, so we thought we should take a risk and experiment with colour on our next one," Tina stated in an email, referring to the choice to use such bold colors in the AW14 collection. "So this time, we kind of stepped out of our comfort zone and played with colour and it turned out quite well!"

The pieces evoke a fresher, cleaner facet of modern art than that seen in the Chanel and Céline Spring 2014 shows. Although Chanel and Céline's maximalist looks have their own distinct appeal, MIUNIKU's designs, such as an ankle-length coat with a Mondrian-esque color scheme, are attractive because of their restraint. The hues are subtler than those seen in the recent hey-day of color blocking in 2011, and many of the pieces use white in order to soften the bold juxtaposition of brights. The result is far from quiet, but it is calmer than the maximalism to which fashion has recently become accustomed.













All images courtesy of MIUNIKU

To learn more about MIUNIKU, visit miuniku.com.

May 15, 2014

Chanel Resort 2015

It is clear that Chanel revels in the power of the spectacle. When reading reviews for Karl Lagerfeld's latest and greatest show, it is often the show's magnificent locale that occupies the opening paragraph; each season, people are whipped into a frenzy by the newest world that Lagerfeld has fashioned. Yet, as time passes, it seems that Chanel has become tied to the expectations for a presentation even grander than the last.

Indeed for some time now, I have felt that the designs themselves have suffered at the expense of this increasing focus on the spectacle. After all, as an online audience member, I am not inundated by the sets. It is my absence from these spaces that allows me to focus almost exclusively on the clothing. (And it is the clothing that most interests me!)

However, Lagerfeld's Resort 2015 show for Chanel caught me off guard. It is not quite fair of me, but I have cast aside many of his past shows, regarding them as more kitschy than classy - I tend to think of Chanel as synonymous with classy, imagining the iconic black 2.55 bag. It has taken me until now to understand that Lagerfeld just wants to have some fun with the brand; this is because Chanel Resort 2015 perfectly encompasses both classy elegance and Lagerfeld's inclinations toward playful design.

Here in Abu Dhabi, the latest offerings from Lagerfeld juxtapose Western and Eastern influences with modern silhouettes and colorful patterns and embellishments that feel distinctly vintage. Nothing is stuffy or overwhelmingly avant-garde. The use of color is particularly striking: the color schemes are unusual and even somewhat unexpected, such as in an ensemble of teal, orange, and white with dashes of green and purple. Yet they combine in artistic, exotic ways. The pairings are not messy; that is to say, they are not kitschy. Rather, the colorful patterns look as if they were from an elegant printed scarf from the priciest vintage shop in the neighborhood.

Despite the vintage vibe, the collection is not stuck in the past: embellishments, layering, and pattern mixing carry the prints into our modern age. Yet even those pieces that are decidedly less modern are charming, such as a navy floral print cardigan and a similarly printed light teal sweater.

Indeed the collection is tasteful and pleasing to the eye, but it is obvious that Lagerfeld also has his customer in mind. Not only do the aesthetics of the clothing and the locale complement each other well, but setting the Chanel show in Abu Dhabi is certainly a good way of reaching out to a new breed of young clientele; after all, customers of luxury fashion (particularly haute couture) can be increasingly found in the Far East.

Combine these many facets, and it is easy to see why this collection is a successful one.











Images from Style.com

Click here to view the collection in its entirety.

What did you think of Chanel's Resort 2015 show? Leave a comment!