Parisian Chic for Spring.

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Classic colors of black, white, and nude create timeless outfits for next season. Incorporating brights and bold prints, will add a pop of color and finish to a look.

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Spring 2012 Ready to Wear Collection Favorites.

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Suno

Youthful maxi day dress with flirty polka dots.

Suno

Nature-inspired wrap day dress, featuring a deep V cut on the decolletage.

Suno

Neutral toned day dress with a pop of colorful flowers down the sides.

Rodarte

A haunting print dress inspired by Picasso. The flowing layers of fabric add mystery to the entire art piece dress.

Rodarte

Maxi dress with a repetition of print and sheer blue fabric.

Proenza Schouler

A fifties-inspired sheath dress. The off- shoulder look and leather gloves add rebelliousness and sex appeal.

Proenza Schouler

The sheer black top is upstaged with a colorful palette of graphics down the rest of this pencil dress. Body accentuating details include ruching at the waist and decolletage.

Prada

The pleats and color placement are an obsession.

Prada

This dress is on fire, literally. The delicate dress gives a flaming undertone of playfulness.

Prada

Prada

Miuccia Prada reinvents the fifties varsity jacket for Spring.

Miu Miu

The lace cape eludes a refined innocence and quirkiness.

Miu Miu

Missoni

Deep red maxi dress. An inspiring look for a romantic beach cover up.

Missoni

Fringe and off-shoulder sexiness is a look worth wearing for a night on the town.

Missoni

Marni

Bold graphics are a big statement for Marni. The extended sheer lining adds an unexpected silhouette.

Marni

Marni

The oversized vest and socks in heels incorporate school girl chic.

Marchesa

A beautiful goddess-like dress from Marchesa.

Marchesa

Marchesa

Delicate architecture adds to the feminine qualities of this dress.

Haider Ackermann

This tough tom-boy look features menswear inspired print trousers, a dimensional vest, and flat oxfords.

Haider Ackermann

Evening wear gets reinvented with this metallic dress. The top portion resembles suspenders from menswear suits.

Haider Ackermann

Leather jacket with razor cut outs.

Elie Saab

Donna Karan

Oversized jacket with wonderful movement.

Donna Karan

Mermaid dress with geometric color blocking.

Carven

Simple yet elegent dress for any Parisian chic enthusiast.

Carven

Carven

Carven

Calvin Klein Collection

Calvin Klein’s legendary minimal but luxurious style with exquisite fabrics for Spring. This flesh toned dress almost poses for a slip. All it needs is a field of tall grass to run through.

Burberry Prorsum

Graphic prints are styled together for Burberry.

Balmain

The rocker look is exemplified with a black, gold embellished button down and a low- rise maxi skirt with a high leg slit.

Balmain

Balmain

Balmain

Alexander McQueen

Art meets ready to wear couture in Sarah Burton’s collection for Spring.

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

3.1 Phillip Lim

This tie dye dress and Lim’s entire Spring collection bring back childhood memories. For example the freedom of the silhouette and playfulness on color and design.

3.1 Phillip Lim

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Stéphane Rolland. Haute Couture. Spring/Summer 2012.

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Très belle! It is Paris Haute Couture Week. That means all designers and seamstresses alike roll up their sleeves, and present their finest capabilities in fashion. Stéphane Rolland is one couture designer that I was impressed with for the spring and summer season. Previously the creative director of Balenciaga and Jean- Louis Scherrer Haute Couture, Rolland has been making a name for himself ever since his first own couture show in 2007. Haute couture is often thematic and grandiose, respectively. However, what is alluring about the House of Stéphane Rolland is how they set out to create a contemporary approach to couture. The house upholds their bohemian attitude and luxurious extravagance that defines Stéphane Rolland.

In the collection, models featured day dresses and evening gowns. The color palette consisted of red, lime green, black and ivory. Each piece displayed great movement in dimensional cuts and draping. The fine fabrics of silk jersey, gazar, and organza showcased the simplicity and naturality of the collection. Each model donned unconventionally shaped gloves and gold sharp- cornered clutches. The silhouettes were kept minimal as gold metal cinches enhanced the waistline and reflective plates and panels added structure.

And to top it all of, the last evening gown was quite heavy to handle. The red silk jersey dress with fragments of embellished metal panels on the bustier and down the front of the skirt weighed 110 pounds. You don’t call it haute couture for anything!  The dress was 45 meters long as two male assistants in suits escorted model Yasmin Le Bon down the runway.

In reality, couture can be unattainable for the masses, with the exception of celebrities and Daphne Guinness. However, we can always attain haute couture’s essence of fantasy and enlightment. Take a trip, and be swept away by Stéphane Rolland. Amusez-vous bien!

Photos: Style.com + Video: Youtube.com

Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz.

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Alber Elbaz is an insipration. He spoke about life’s experiences and the truth, pressure, and renovation in the fashion industry at the 2011 Deloitte Ignite Contemporary Arts Festival at the Royal Opera House. Elbaz shared brilliant admonition for anyone pursuing a place in the fashion industry. Lanvin eludes such an energy to innovate while upholding their rich tradition of couture and originality. Every time I watch a Lanvin show, I treasure how each piece can be worn by women off the runway to perfection. That is why I honor Lanvin as one of my favorite designer labels. For their public appeal and attention to what women what today, Lanvin encourages women to encompass confidence and fantasy over reality.

Quotes.

“Success is like a perfume, smell it but never drink it.”

“The difference between a tailor and a psychologist is just one generation.”

“I found the heritage – I found the history, I found the tradition, and my job was to bring newness- when newness meets heritage, it becomes magic, that’s the alchemistry.”

“You can buy anything you want. The one thing you cannot buy is talent. You cannot buy a muscle. […] to get muscle it’s hard work. And it’s not coming overnight. It’s a long process, day after day, that you work in the gym, to get a little bit of something. That’s how it is to be a designer.”

“Yves Saint Laurent gave women power, Chanel liberated them and when I joined Lanvin, I thought ‘what do I bring to women? One day, I received an SMS from a friend in New York – she was in a taxi on the way to court to face her arsehole ex-husband, and she said to me ‘Alber, I am wearing a Lanvin dress, and I feel so protected.’ That to me was the biggest compliment I ever received. To have a 500 gram piece of silk make her feel protected – that made me very happy indeed.”

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Rely on Jeffrey Campbell to Make a Statement.

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Eye-catching, bold, artistry, and attention to detail are a few words that I would describe Jeffrey Campbells. I discovered the 99’s while skimming through Urban Outfitters’ boot section. They immediately caught my eye. With a keen sense of style, platform/wedge boots are a currently hit. The raving reviews also exhibited idealization over the refreshing, underground brand.

Like any good fashionista au courant, I researched Jeffrey Campbell:

Ten years old and hailing from the heart of Los Angeles, Jeffrey Campbell has slowly become the footwear brand to know in the US. As the collection has grown, changed, evolved and expanded we have worked diligently to offer a point of view that reflects who we are—who we strive to become. Our family based company, small and hard-working, is forever on the search for new inspiration, concepts and details which all combine to create the many styles you see us offer each season. In short, we love what we do, and we strive to show that passion in each seasonal offering.

Based around vintage inspirations, runway trending and the grind of daily life, Jeffrey Campbell has emerged as the footwear choice of fashion nomads globally. In recent years, Jeffrey Campbell has become more available in Europe, popping up in high concept boutiques and on the shelves of top retailers across the continent. With our focus on an international fashion conscious client we have been thrilled to see our collection being offered globally, arriving on the doorsteps of more and more top boutiques around the world each season. We are sold regularly across all of Asia, Canada, Australia, The UK, New Zealand and the list of countries grow, as we continue to develop our brand.

Jeffrey Campbell remains today a small family owned fashion forward footwear label, that roots itself in creating fast paced footwear for the woman on the go. Our inspiration comes from the everyday woman, the girl on the street, the lady on the subway, the inspiration is YOU. With an eye for detail and a close concentration to concept and design, the Jeffrey Campbell collection offers something for everyone.

These shoes are exquisite; architecturally, constructively, and ingeniously. Jeffery Campbell is a brand staple for street, avant-garde fashion. Check out additional Jeffrey Campbell photos below.

Source: http://www.jeffreycampbellshoes.com/about/

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Valentino Garavani. il Re del Glamour.

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Valentino. The Last Emperor.

Film Quotes.

“An evening dress that reveals a woman’s ankles while walking is the most disgusting thing I have ever seen.”

“I don’t care about the collection. My dogs are much more important.”

“People have to be on their knees in front of me.”

“You look a bit too tan.”

“After me, the flood.”

“I know what women want..they want to be beautiful.”

“Valentino is Valentino.”

“…I would eat them!”

“This was the best thing for me to create dresses, I am a disaster in everything else.”

Photos + Video: marcellainreallife.tumblr.com + Google + Youtube

Blanc is the new Noir.

Yves Saint Laurent

Happy New Year! Let’s start 2012 with a resolution revolution: winter white. Although black will always rule the fall and winter, its time for a refresh in style. White is a great alternative to look crisp and sophisticated. This color is not only for the innocent, today’s winter whites are daring and unexpected during the winter blues.

Like black, White can be very versatile. For day, I recently paired a sheer, white Wet Seal buttoned up tunic with black H&M high-waisted trousers, and black Max Studio oxford heels. A classic look that is chic and timeless. Inspiration below:

Alexander Wang

White lace is also great for winter. For night, I selected a white lace dress for the holiday parties I attended. From Forever 21, this lace dress can be simply paired with black tights, a black faux alligator H&M belt, and black Max Studio oxford heels. Since the white is already a bright statement, keep the accessories the same color and/or muted. Inspiration below:

Alexander McQueen

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