This event is what I have spent my past few months doing outside of school. It was a student hosted fashion show on Earth Day Weekend dedicated to sustainability. All designers were challenged to create pieces made from recycled, vintage, organic or reusable materials. It was amazing to see come to life.
So I havn’t been blogging lately but I am going to start again. First with some of my favorite photos from my recent New Zealand trip over the next few weeks. This photo is of my kiwi friend Chamolie on the cliffs of Piha beach in the Auckland region. I love her mermaid dress.
This winter I have seen a lot of my favorite trends being revived from the past. Based on the Fall/Winter 2011 runway shows, this guide emphasizes some staples that should be added to every woman’s wardrobe this season. While last spring and summer we saw a lot of 1950/60’s style clothing inspired by the TV show Madmen, and the summer film The Help, this season we are going to fast forward into the 1970’s and late 60’s for some mod structure and groovy patterns. For more vintage inspiration we will be looking at the 1940’s skirt and dress lengths, which are coming into play once again
The Crop Knit Sweater
The great thing about a cropped, slouchy sweater is that you can wear it from fall through spring. In the fall and winter it can be best paired with high waisted pants for a 70’s look, or skinny pants for an 80’sfeel. In Oscar de la Renta’s spring 2012 collection he has chunky, cropped sweaters worn with full maxi skirts, which is the best way to transition them from winter to spring while still keeping your legs warm.Oscar de la Renta Spring 2012 Collection Pullover from Urban Outfitters$59
The High Waist Flare Pant
The 70’s“bell bottom” has come back with a whole new meaning, only now the trend is the high waisted flare pant, which is essentially the same style with a little more class and structure. The Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall/Winter 2011 collection showcased many variations of the flare pant, all paired with sophisticated blouses and straight, simple jackets to achieve a lean look. The flare pant look can be tailored for a businesswoman, or for a casual day out. In order to avoid the extreme “bell bottom” look, I recommend that you buy the pants at a longer length, and wear them with heels.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall/Winter 2011 ASOS High Waist Flare Jeans $37.74
The 1940’s Tea Dress
The A-Line, menswear inspired, 1940’s tea dress is making a comeback in floral patterns. Miu Miu’s Fall/Winter 2011 collection demonstrated the style with a strong shoulder line. The stark structure of the40’s tea dress makes it almost mandatory to have a delicate pattern, and looks best paired with chunky heels and mid calf socks to bring out the feminine nature of the style.
The Pale Pea Coat
According to the October issue of Vogue, the “No white after Labor Day” rule is being thrown out, thank God for that! Wearing creams, taupes, and stark whites shouldn’t be just for the warm months. We see so many dark and solemn tones in winter wardrobes, why not go against the grain and wear light shades? Donna Karan’s shawl-collar pea coat was featured in Vogue’s spread, “A Winter’s Pale,”along with other beautiful pastel and fresh white overcoats.
If you are anything like me you do most of your shopping online. Let me recommend a few stores that will have the season’s latest trends at fair prices.Asos.com has a great selection of designer and ASOS brand clothing ranging from inexpensive to top dollar prices. UrbanOutfitters.com also has very up to date stylish clothing, but doesn’t always measure up in quality. TopShop.com has the trendiest pieces from the UK, but their prices are in the more mid to expensive range. When looking for shoes online I would shop at SteveMadden.com, especially to find heels and leather boots. In my experience they are exactly as described. If you are searching for shoes or clothing varying in price, I would also suggest Nordstrom.com because they have free shipping and their Brass Plumline is very affordable, yet stylish. Another area of online shopping to consider, especially with reoccurring trends of the past, is the vintage clothing market. The best prices you will find are on the Etsy and eBay vintage boutiques, such asBustown Modern, Thriftwares, and Art House Vintage.
Although I have only given examples of a few of my favorite Winter 2011/2012 trends, there are many more key styles that will be hitting the streets during these cold months to come. Light colors are no longer just for warm seasons; creams and pastels are going to be big this winter, in addition to the classic 70’s browns, oranges and metallics. 1960’s color block sweaters, A-Line blouses, mod high-heeled boots, and swing pea coats seem to be making a come back as well. Retro and vintage are no longer just for costume; our popular styles today are being influenced greatly by our past.
Maxi skirts are a must have this winter!
Love her blog, and her, not to mention this outfit. Color blocking heaven.
GPOYW- Malibu Dreamin’ - Where the evenings are made for color.
Beer- Pliny the Elder because he said we can’t get it in NY and it’s awesome.
Loving this look, I think I may have to get one.
Been awhile since I have blogged (been having a computer angst lately) but I am back again andddd I love this shirt. Something about the plum color is awesome.
<3 this outfit and the collar tips
Who says fall isn’t a time for color?
What Inspires Us: Oscar de la Renta’s spring 2012 line featured at New York Fashion Week
These photos are from the fashion blog, from me to you. I love this blog and her photography is phenomenal! Not to mention this line is gorgeous beyond belief, poufy colorful skirts and cropped sweaters? I would wear it all.