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I love Paris in the springtime October 3, 2008

Balmain

Balmain

Sonia Rykiel

Sonia Rykiel

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood

I keep holding my breath, waiting for the other shoe to drop on Spring ’09 fashion, waiting for something so fabulous, so wondrous, so knock-out-of-this-world, for just anything to happen, and the Paris shows have, almost, come to the rescue. It’s been, unfortunatly, more of the blah, blah, blah in many ways for this season. But there are a few shining stars. Of note, Balmain’s rock-chic jackets and couture-curve shoulders, Sonia Rykiel’s rose-strewn 40th, and Vivenne Westwood’s madcap, wild-child ways. Check them out.

 

Marni World September 27, 2008

It may have been partially panned in the grouchy New York Times, but Marni Spring ’09, shown in Milan this past week, has been the most wonderful so far, if only for the fact that collection marched so resolutely to its own drummer. Oblivious to the chaos, fear, and financial crumblings and rumblings of the world, designer Consuelo Castiglioni paraded a cheerful pastiche of wildly mixed prints, colors and transparent layers down the runway. Throw in some black kneesocks and beyond-chunky platforms, and you’ve got a look that sparkles in a season that so far seems to be bland, at best. Thank you, Consuelo, for reminding us that fashion is fun. Take a look here.

 

Inside the Fashion Birdcage September 15, 2008

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If Fashion Birdcage isn’t a wonderful name for a fashion blog, I don’t know what is. Run by Enkha Balazic out of artsy Melbourne, Australia, Fashion Birdcage is about all things fashionable—designers, artists, music and more. But her truly fashion insights—as in garments—is spot on and I love to read her designer reviews and interviews. Check out Fashion Birdcage here.

 

Waah, Fashion Week is over! September 13, 2008

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Okay, we all have to go back to real life now, without a host of new duds to look at every night. It’s time to forget about living in the future and get into wearing (and making) our fab fall stuff. But before we say goodbye to the Spring 2009 shows, here’s a few of more of my favorites: Anna Sui; J. Mendel; Milly; and Oscar de la Renta. I’ve yet to see the Project Runway show, but that’ll be the icing on the cake.

 

Red-Eye Candy: Fashion Week Picks September 11, 2008

Okay, it’s mid-week, and I’ve given up on clicking through each collection and trying to save my favorites on Style.com. I’m on fashion overload, and it’s all become a blur. I need to throw myself at the mercy of the fashion editors and say: “I give up. Other than the chunky shoes and boyfriend blazers, I don’t see any trends. Please, I’m begging you, just tell me what to wear.” I will say, though, some favorites have emerged: Preen, Derek Lam, Tory Burch, Boy by Band of Outsiders, Marc Jacobs, Rock & Republic. What are yours? Visit Style.com and let me know. Just remember, it’s hump day—we still have the rest of the week to go.
 

Feel like a Front-Row Girl at Fashion Week September 9, 2008

Preen

Preen

I know I’m probably the last girl on earth to discover Style.com, but I still have to rave about it. The site has the most unbelievable coverage of Fashion Week ever. I’ve attended many times, sweating it out for standing room, and believe me, this is better than being there. Dare I say it’s even better than Front Row (which I have experienced on very rare occasion.) And you don’t have to agonize over what to wear to the tents. Not only can you see the entire line of each show daily (along with years-past archives)—you can add pics to your look book and make notes! It’s perfect for the home designer or sewer figuring out what to create for next spring. I mean, isn’t that what we’re all doing right now? Click here to visit.