Yesterday my father and I went to the Queen Sophia Spanish Institute on 69th and Park to see Oscar de la Renta’s Joaquín Sorolla and the Glory of Spanish Dress exhibit, which celebrated not only the spanish dress but its culture and customs through dress. Bridal customs, farming attire, flamenco dancers, and matadors outfits were only some of the exquisitely designed 19th century pieces on display. I have never seen such attention to detail and fabric before. It was a sight to see especially when today’s everyday wear dully consists of jeans and sweaters. The exhibit further cemented in me that our culture today really only exists by cycling and recycling past looks and cultural trends like the mod dress for instance. There is nothing new. So once again once was old is now new again.Which brings me to my next point. Intertwined with the original spanish outfits were contemporary pieces made by design houses like Oscar de la Renta (who has always found Spanish culture at the root of his inspiration for almost every collection), Balenciaga, Ralph Lauren, Christian LaCroix, Eve Saint Laurent, and of course, Chanel. The dresses were all circa the 2000s.
I could only find two of the looks on display online, but if you have a chance to see the exhibit before it closes on March 10th, it could be neither a waste of time nor money.
Balenciaga Fall 2006
Christian LaCroix Spring 2006
Miu Miu Fall 2011
Anna Sui Spring 2012
Proenza Schouler Spring 2012
Proenza Schouler Spring 2012
ADAM Spring 2012
After Miu Miu’s Fall 2011 Collection took fashion by storm, appearing in countless magazines and being worn all over the red carpet, it was evident that everyone was obsessing over those 1940s inspired dresses, well the whole collection actually! So what is the nicest form of flattery? Copying. Well I beg to differ, but my parents always told me to not be upset if someone was copying something I originally did. So Miu Miu should be flattered that such design houses have found inspiration by converting the fall dress into a spring look by using bright hues and intoxicating design! Such bright beautiful flower patterns!
Photos c/o elle.com
1. Matthew Williamson ($385) 2. Victoria, Victoria Beckham, 3. Marni ($74) 4. Marc by Marc Jacobs ($498) 5. Marchesa ($775) 6. Michael Kors ($1795) 7. Matthew Williamson ($765)
Florescent Yellow and Girly Pink are the must have colors for this spring season.
Lately I have been looking around for appropriate yet stylish outfits that show off both my professionalism as well as my own personal style. Now 22 and a senior graduating college its time to sophisticated my wardrobe while still maintaining my own flare. The hunt has been harder than I thought. But while shopping around I found this beautiful winter-white drop-waist dress by Victoria, Victoria Beckham which I assume to be priced at around $800 to $1000. On the right is Top Shop’s tennis dress for a steal at £85. So would you Splurge or Steal?
Although there is nothing more touristy than seeing the big Christmas tree and ice skating at Rockefeller Plaza, you just have to do it. I didn’t go ice skating (the line was a 3+ hour wait) but I did walk along 5th Ave to go shopping/see the window displays at some of the most well-known stores in the world. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it up to Bergdorf Goodman’s or Barney’s, but I did make it to Henri Bendels (picture shown above). There’s nothing more American than converting a strong female icon, Lady Liberty into a sex symbol! Am I right? Wearing a one shoulder dress with a slit that reveals her entire leg, our Lady Liberty looks more like the sexiest most fashionable model than a woman that promotes freedom and democracy. It seems that Lady Liberty is changing with the times.
I’ve wanted a fur vest for two years now. I bought one from Urban Outfitters last winter and ended up returning it. I didn’t have the confidence to wear one out in public. But every time I’d go shopping, I’d gravitate to the fur vest rack every chance I had.
I found that on my 5’2″ frame, fur seemed to consume body. It was like the fur was wearing me instead of me wearing the fur!
Disappointed that I couldn’t pull it off, I gave up on fur for a while. But when I was at Forever21 over Thanksgiving holiday, I found a $30 fur vest I just couldn’t pass up. If it just hung in my closet, I didn’t mind since it was such a cheap investment. And who knows, maybe I’d find cause to wear it.
Well, from the picture above you can see that I did end up wearing it–with a pink and white striped fitted Ralph Lauren blouse. I found that combat boots, leggings, and a fur vest wasn’t working for me so I made it an accessory of a preppier ensemble. I paired it with a pair of Gap jeans and loafers I bought in Paris. Instead of street sartorial, I found that fur works for me if I try looking classy, not edgy.