Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Block Party: Color Blocking in Spring/Summer 11

Posted by Elisabeth Bass at 22:50 0 comments
Le Trend:

'Vibrant', 'patterned', 'flowing', 'free', 'tribal' and 'floral'. From the runways to the everyday spring summer 2011 is a 70's inspired cornucopiaaa of loose fits, shiny fabrics and color, color, and yes more color! The thing about so much color is that naturally you're going to want to wear it all- at once. That's right, this season you have permission to clash it! This season you will not dive to the back of your closet for those go to pieces of black, whites and nudes. You will shop, splurge and spree into a fabulous new collection of bright reds, fuchsia, purples, corals, navy and citrus. Le Trend? Blocking it all together to create the ultimate in glamourous color clashing!

Lets evaluate New York Fashion Week SS/11 designers Marc Jacobs and Diane Von Frustenberg; It is my opinion that Marc Jacobs has had a love affair with color since Louis Vuitton- everyone take a moment to recollect the limited edition graffiti collection, *Le sigh. Fast forward to present day and we are witness to a brilliant collection of glamourous, flowing pieces in a more mature palette of wine colors. My personal ready to wear favourite; Deep Red Drop Waist Ruffle Skirt dress blocked with Plum Purple oversized leather belt with consuming flower detail (also spotted on runway).
Buy it-

Diane Von Frustenberg collaborated with new lead designer Yvan Mispelaere (formerly of Gucci and Chloe) to show pops of color and clashes of tribal and geometric prints. A collection of citrus, chic fashion for the softer femme, wearable day to evening. The Reara Dress in coral candy blocked against currant was my favourite in this collection.

These designers were far from lonely on the runway, color blocking is major this season and easy to find. Tips for your BLOCK PARTY: 1. Minimal Accessories!!! You've already got enough going on! 2. Clashing is Good!!!! The worse it seems to look the better you're doing (think red and fuchsia) and 3. Lipstick and Nails are not going to match your outfit, stock up on reds and corals, trust, its already major! -xo

Monday, 21 March 2011

Le Trend: Ladies Who Brunch; the Evolution of the Ladies who Lunched

Posted by Elisabeth Bass at 22:14 0 comments
Its no secret that modern women have made their claim in the professional markets. Perhaps it is lesser known that they carry their professional ambition and confidence from work into the fabulosity of their social scene as well as the super elite world of luxury fashion. As women, we have demanded equal rights, equal pay and the opportunity for higher and even ivy league education. If that wasn't enough you can bet that we'll demand of ourselves that we appear polished and chic all of the way to the top of the corporate ladder. Today's woman puts Wonder Woman, and her OTK boots to shame.

Does this fast paced world of ambition and style have room for the socialites and it girls of yesteryear? The ladies who spent their days indulging in leisurely lunching and hours of shopping? I believe that the well to do femmes de societe who once dominated the social scene and the front rows of fashion have suffered an invasion and succeeding domination courtesy of the career girl. Sure, the society girls didn't just disappear into their penthouses and BMW's. I 'm quite sure that in a fit of jealously some proclaimed “I want what she has” and marched off only to return with a masters degree and a career of her own. Regardless of where she came from the modern woman wants it all. Unfortunately there is just no time to take a three hour lunch amidst a fifty hour work week.

Where does all of this world domination leave us? Well, at the end of the day girls still want to have fun and although we may not have the time to 'lunch', as our predecessors did, we can always make time to induldge in a weekend 'brunch'. Internationally career girls have made the commitment to shake off the effects of last night's cocktail hour, dress fabulously, meet another fabulously dressed career girl and indulge in mimosas and eggs benedict until late afternoon. From New York to Paris, San Francisco to Vancouver the scene is the same. The career girl is the new 'it' girl. Professionally, socially, and fashionably. Its time to move over femme de societe and make room, the femme du monde is here to stay.....perhaps she'll even make time to meet for brunch.

ElisabethBass Copyright © 2011 Design by Ipietoon Blogger Template | Illustration by Enakei | Blogger Blog Templates