Posts Tagged ‘2009

30
Jun
09

The Fashion Tango.

Here’s a fashion spread from the July 2009 issue of Teen Vogue. “South of the Border” inspired fashions are the IT factor this summer. They have all the color, style and personality you need to look great on a beautiful summer’s day. Which look would you wear??

pants by Liz Claiborne New York; Swarovski crystal bracelets by LK Jewelry by Leetal Kalmanson; woven bangles by Mercedes Salazar; bag by Antik Batik; sandals by Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti
dress by Marc by Marc Jacobs; fabric and rhinestone bangles by Alyssa Norton; geometric wood bangles by Kool Konnections; yellow bracelet by Giles & Brother by Philip Crangi; bag by Longchamp

t-shirt by Topshop; skirt by See by Chloe’; necklace by Erickson Beamon for Anna Sui; belt by Calleen Cordero Designs; jeweled and floral bracelets by Erickson Beamon; wooden bangle by M. Haskell; beaded bangle by Pono by Joan Goodman
dress by Karen Walker; necklace by Roberta Freymann; bag by Anna Sui; ring by Erickson Beamon; wooden bangles by R.J. Graziano; thin crystal bangles by Sorelli

dress by Marc by Marc Jacobs; bag by The Jackson Twins; beaded butterfly pin (on bag) by Alejandra Quesada; moccasins by Antik Batik


FIRST LOOK: t-shirt by Apparel; shorts by Suno; necklace by Pepita; belts by Sunshine & Shadow; beaded bracelets by Juicy Couture; doll by La Sirena; bracelet (on doll) by Mercedes Salazar

CoutureSteez Out!!!

26
Jun
09

I’m Not Crazy…Don’t Call Me Crazy.

Photographer, Matt Irwin has really captured the essence of a psycho killer with his photo story in the June issue of Dazed & Confused. Inspired by the movie, An American Psycho, this is a scary take on fashion. As a preview to the A/W 2009 menswear collections, this set of photos is stimulating to the eye, mind and wallet, making you want to go out and immediately buy most of the designs. With designers from Balenciaga to D&G, I’d love to wear just about anyone of the styles. Check it out for yourself.

more THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS.

Continue reading ‘I’m Not Crazy…Don’t Call Me Crazy.’

01
May
09

Fashion Gurus of The Week… Past Few Months Actually…

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NAME: Michelle Najla Anthony

AGE: 20

HOMETOWN: Philadelphia, PA & Liberia

1. WHAT INSPIRES YOU WHEN CHOOSING YOUR CLOTHING?

The main thing that inspires me when choosing particular clothing to wear is sophistication and neatness. I like to look stylish, but also keep it simple. Color also plays a major role when I am choosing clothing. I like to mix things up, not always too bright but a little color.

2. WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE LABLES/DESIGNERS AND WHY?

I don’t really have a favorite label or designer because at the moment I cannot really afford the things that I would like to wear… Fashion can be high priced and affordable. There are places where you can go that have nice and affordable clothing,  from H&M to Heritage. Then there’s high priced clothing from,  Roc & Republic jeans to shoes like Jimmy Choos. I mean if you are a real FASHONISTA, you can make anything look name brand.

3. NAME A FEW PIECES (CLOTHING, SHOES, ACCESSORIES, ETC.) THAT YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT…

I cannot live without my heels and cardigans. I love them.

4. WHAT TRENDS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO/PREDICTING FOR THE FUTURE (NEXT SEASON, NEXT YEAR…)?

Well I’m hoping for a new look next season… I’m not really into the bright weird color look but people can pull it off and I don’t knock them for that. I’m looking for something different and hopefully trendy.

GET THIS LOOK

SHIRT: Forever 21

CARDIGAN: H&M

SKIRT: H&M

CLUTCH: H&M

SHOES: Bakers

 

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NAME: Samantha Turner

AGE: 20

HOMETOWN: Queens, NY

1. WHAT INSPIRES YOU WHEN CHOOSING YOUR CLOTHING?

The thing that inspires me the most when I choose my clothes is my mood. If I’m feeling a certain way, I tend to choose clothing that may reflect that, yet still looks good on me.

2. WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE LABELS/DESIGNERS AND WHY?

I don’t have one favorite label. If I like it and it looks good on me, that’s my favorite for the time being, whether it’s H&M or BCBG. My favorite designer will hopefully forever be Chanel, but I also like relatively new designers like Zac Posen. Chanel is just timeless and you can mix and match a Chanel jacket with Gap jeans. Zac Posen is fresh and I love the fit and lines of his clothes.

3. NAME A FEW PIECES (CLOTHING, SHOES, ACCESSORIES, ETC.) THAT YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT…

I can’t live without my iPhone and iPod, my Tory Burch flats, and Asos.com.

4. WHAT TRENDS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO/PREDICTING FOR THE FUTURE (NEXT SEASON, NEXT YEAR…)?

I’m glad that chunky stacked heel trend is still around because they tend to be sky high and actually the most comfortable. Although I like the padded shoulders in jackets and shirts trend, it may not take off like others. Even so I may try to get my hands on a cute little blazer or jacket with padded shoulders (not too much padding of course) to mix with a white tee shirt, some denim shorts and a pair of Keds. Cute, comfortable, and affordable all in one.

GET THIS LOOK

SHIRT/DRESS: American Apparel

SKIRT: American Apparel

JEWELRY: Grandmother

SHOES: Nine West

JoeCouture.

05
Feb
09

Pre-Fall Collections to Long For.

The Fall and Winter seasons are definitely my favorite because I am a fiend for layering. Now is that time of the year when designers begin deciding on what is in store for this year’s ending seasons. From the esquisite styles of Chanel métiers d’art,  for the ladies, to the potent tailoring of Masatomo for the guys, the look of Fall 2009 seems to be a move toward Black Tie Society. Check it out.

Karl Lagerfeld launched Chanel’s métiers d’art collection in 2002 as a way to showcase the skills of the house-owned specialty couture ateliers, pioneering a trend to hyper-luxury and fanning pre-collection mania. Here are a couple of the ready-to-wear looks.

The tradition of good tailoring and the refinement in the finishings declined by Masatomo on items of the male wardrobe which ally high elegance with a casual feel, have been the signature of this designer’s brand since it has started, nearly two decades ago. With this collection, he gives the ideal of standing out and yet remaining in the facade of staples.

As always, Burberry Prorsum revisits the classics with neutral colors, cocktail dresses, oversized cardigan sweaters and playing with pleating and scrunching. ANTM season 5 winner Nicole is a new face for the Pre-Collection and so has the average Burberry look. See for yourself.

D&G, the child line of the brand Dolce & Gabbana, is a more casual line that follows an urban inspiration and attempts to set trends rather than follow them. It is known to be the younger, more flamboyant line of the two and with this year’s Pre-Fall Collection you get just that. These are actually two of the less “extra” designs.

John Galliano’s pre-fall collection for Christian Dior took inspiration from two distinct aesthetics: Alfred Hitchcock’s icy heroines and Helmut Newton’s tough-chic glamazons. The outcome is a very chic collection, showcasing suits, furs and gorgeous cocktail and evening gowns, something i feel every woman should own at least one of.

Danish designer Bertoni showed at Stockholm’s fashion week with a beautiful collection. With suits, sweaters, velvets and knits, the collection conatins the essentials for Fall’s weather. Check it out!!!

Moving on to a more casual approach, Tory Burch infused mosaic prints into her feminine blouses and day dresses for the Pre-Fall Collection. These designs can easily go from day to night and are not as bland as some of our other choices for Fall. Have a look.

Continuing the casual approach are two designers that have become a hit in the urban society. Unfortunately, their cheaper line Girbaud is no longer anything I’d condone anyone wearing, but Marithe et Francois Girbaud has a few looks that caught my eye. PLEASE don’t stop reading my blog for this lls.

Now we’re back to classy with one of my favorite women’s designers, Roberto Cavali. Favoring body-conscious silhouettes and plenty of draping and folding, Roberto Cavalli played up botanical, animal and feather motifs in a neutral palette with dashes of turquoise and fuchsia. Me likey!!!

Lanvin affirms its style with an obvious elegance. Chic comes with a light touch and exceptional fabrics, always with the light-hearted attention to detail that confirms the revival of the house’s masculine wardrobe. The fall collection is beyond unique and yet still remains timeless. From suits to boots, cardigans to scarves, the designs are impecable and I hope to own a few articles myself.

Last for my ladies is the amazing Zac Posen. He is known for doing corky yet classic looks and this collection is no different. Zac Posen showed a salon-style presentation with plenty of French flair: flirty trumpet skirts paired with matching jackets reminiscent of the Forties along with red-carpet-ready silk fringe dresses. Check it out!!!

Last, but certainly not least is Hermes International, S.A. Hermes is a French high fashion house specializing in leather, ready-to-wear, lifestyle accessories, and perfumery luxury goods. With there fall menswear collection they have come HARD!!! No longer will we only go to them for our scarf collection, you’re going to want to own a few of these pieces. Check it out!!!

CoutureSteez Out!!!

04
Feb
09

Carolyn Massey and TOPMAN.

As I stated in a previous entry, I love TOPMAN USA. I recently found out about their LENS line, which is released twice a year in Febuary and September. The line features different designers, inviting them to make small collections for the line. This seasons five include, Dexter Wong, Kasper Harup-Hansen, MJOLK, James Long and a new fave of mine, Carolyn Massey.

Carolyn Massey has established herself as one of the key names in British menswear (soon to come to the states), producing relaxed luxury clothes and a number of beast pieces for her TOPMAN LENS collection. She will take place in London’s Fashion Week with her first solo show on Febuary 25th and I’m super excited to see it. But don’t fret, you won’t have to wait that long to get a sneak peak of her Spring/Summer 2009 collection. Check it out!!!

CoutureSteez Out!!!

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03
Feb
09

Fashion Guru of The Week 02/02/09.

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NAME: Carl Davis

AGE: 20

HOMETOWN: Warrenton, NC

1. WHAT INSPIRES YOU WHEN CHOOSING YOUR CLOTHING?

Ideas pop into my head most of the time and I go from there. I do get inspiration from other sources. Kanye West has a big influence, as well as European runway.

2. WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE LABELS/DESIGNERS AND WHY?

Ralph Lauren (not to be confused with Polo). His designs are classic, yet very modern and sophisticated. They are also well made and detailed using high quality materials. Louis Vuitton—> timeless.

3. NAME A FEW PIECES (CLOTHING, SHOES, ACCESSORIES, ETC.) THAT YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT…

Sweaters. Loafers. Sunglasses.

4. WHAT TRENDS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO/PREDICTING FOR THE FUTURE (NEXT SEASON, NEXT YEAR…)?

I can’t wait until spring. The bright colors. The weather with no coat, unless I want one. I think pastel colors are what I’ll be wearing a lot of this coming season. I’m also getting a little attracted to Gucci. You’ll probably see me in a few [Gucci] items real soon.

GET THIS LOOK

SHIRT: Zara

CARDIGAN: Polo by Ralph Lauren

SLACKS: Ralph Lauren

SNEAKERS: Louis Vuitton

JoeCouture.

09
Jan
09

Marc by Marc Jacobs

Spring 2009 is vastly approaching and the amazing American designer, Marc Jacobs, has a lot in store for you fashion fanatics. As many of you may know he launched the amazingly sheek, yet affordable Marc by Marc Jacobs line in 2001. Since then, the line has grown to become a fashion lover’s must-have and never fails to put out the most sought-after clothing and accessories. His runway show this fall got terrific raves and is one of my top favorite, next to the Burberry Prorsum Spring Summer 2009. To form your own 2009 collection, fellas check out Bloomingdale’s and ladies check out ShopBop. If you even begin to consider yourself slightly fashionable, you MUST own something by Marc this spring. I know I will.

CoutureSteez Out!!!




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