S4S: July 26th

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With the second installment of her collaboration with AG jeans hitting stores last week, I’m already sighing for the fabulous Fall collection. True to her seventies aesthetic, the designs feature high-waists, flares, lots of denim, and a personal fave of mine, corduroy– not to mention overalls and rompers. This chick makes anything look cool; it’s even almost affordable to dress like the It girl herself…head to AG Jeans for a blast from the past and, let’s face it, your fashion future.

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S4S: June 21st

PeterPilottoAncientGreekSandalsThe news of an exciting new footwear collaboration delightfully surprised the fashion world recently, and now I’m sighing for a coveted pair of Peter Pilotto for Ancient Greek Sandals. The fun prints and colors on these sandals lend an extra spring in your summer step and beautifully complement a simple white cotton dress (a summer staple). Unfortunately, the brilliant designs are part of the Resort 2016 collection and won’t be out until November, so all that’s left is finding a tropical destination for winter vacation to show these babies off!

 

 

 

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Haute Confusion

“You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select… I don’t know… that lumpy blue sweater, for instance because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise. It’s not lapis. It’s actually cerulean. And you’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns… And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin.”

 

As Miranda Priestly so cleverly articulated to Andy Sachs in The Devil Wears Prada, you don’t have to be a top model to wear runway looks, but re-imagining the pieces we see on the runway is not always easy. Let’s pretend Miranda Priestly chose us to go to Paris Fashion Week as we attempt to interpret the Fall 2014 Haute Couture looks that appeared on this week’s runway.

 

 1. Full Skirts

Left: Chanel, Photo Courtesy of Vogue, Right: Photo Courtesy of ModCloth
Left: Chanel, Photo Courtesy of Vogue, Right: Photo Courtesy of ModCloth

Unless you’re trying to reenact van Eyck’s Arnolfini Wedding, Chanel’s Fall 2014 skirts are probably not for you. To go from Matronly to Mod, try a high-waisted full skirt that hits the knees. This one from ModCloth styles perfectly casually with a black cropped sweater for fall, or dress it up with a knotted silk button-down.

 

2. Beaded Dresses

Left: Maison Martin Margiela, Photo Courtesy of Vogue, Right: Photo Courtesy of Asos
Left: Maison Martin Margiela, Courtesy of Vogue, Right: Photo Courtesy of Asos

Beads aren’t just for flappers and fancy dresses, they’re for fall! Turn the beaded looks seen on the Maison Martin Margiela runway into an everyday look with a beaded shift dress. This one from Asos is perfect for day and night because of its neutral background and subtle metallic beading.

 

3. Fringe

Left: Versace, Courtesy of Vogue, Right: Photo Courtesy of Asos
Left: Versace, Courtesy of Vogue, Right: Photo Courtesy of Asos

I love fringe because it’s so eccentric yet somehow so versatile too. You don’t believe me? I bet you have a fringed scarf, fringed shorts, and maybe even a fringe bathing suit if you followed this season’s  swimsuit trend. Well the possibilities don’t end there! This fringe kimono from Asos adds a touch of effortlessly chic to any outfit with its casual shape and geo-tribal print.

 

All the extravagance and theatrics of Haute Couture can sometimes cause haute confusion, but don’t let that intimidate you. Let your style be your guide and the looks will work for you!

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Feature Photo: Versailles, location of the Chanel Resort 2013 show