Posts Tagged ‘D&G


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.


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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!!!

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Stores That Catch the Eye!!!

Have you ever been out for a day on the town, not really looking to shop. You suddenly pass a beautifully artistic window display and are immediately intrigued to enter. Here are the top five intricately architectured retail shops in the world.

Number 5-Dolce’ & Gabbana, Milan, Italy

Doubling as the headquarters and the retail store, Dolce’ & Gabbana Milan has five levels above ground and two basement levels. The building is made of Namibia stone, glass and unfinished steel sheet.

Number 4-Armani, Tokyo, Japan

Placed in one of the fashion capitols of the world, the Armani Ginza Tower is a multibrand store including brands such as, Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, Armani/Ristorante and Armani/Prive’. The architecture of this building ties in very well with Armani’s look of simplicity but intricate detail. This is a must see when on vacation in Tokyo.

Number 3-PUMA City, Traveling Unit

Personally, I am not a fan of PUMA but the detail and individuality put in to form this shore to shore retail store is beyond amazing. Currently in the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009, PUMA City travels throughout Alicante, Boston and Stockholm. Wouldn’t it be fun to work for such a store?? I know I’d have a ball.

Number 2-Wish Atl, Atlanta, Georgia

Located in Little Five Points (L5P), Wish rests in the center of one of Atlanta’s most vibrant and edgy districts. As an urban store selling a variety of brands from Triple 5 Soul to Stussy, Wish is best known for it’s shoe department, with a set up so abstract it was placed as my number two fave. It gives off the feel of someones study or library because it is fully stocked with coverless books. Check it out for yourself.

Finally. Number 1- H&M, Barcelona, Spain

H&M has always been  a very well put together store but it’s shop in Barcelona, Spain takes the cake. From beautiful ceilings to well lit walk ways, this store would make you want to move in. Designed by Domènech Estapà, the original architecture of the building was inspired by a neo-classical style. Newly renovated by Estudio Mariscal, there is a very futuristic yet modern feel about the place. It truely distracts you from your shopping experience and yet keeps you fully intrigued. This is definitely a must-see.

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