Missoni for Target Launches in 10 Days!

…And I, for obvious reasons, could not be more thrilled. Missoni has made its mark in the fashion world and become known for its very distinct signature zig-zag pattern. I have never been a print kind of gal (I honestly have no idea why because I like prints, I just never buy them), but Missoni managed to win over my heart a long time ago. Of course, the prices made many a zig-zag print bikini or cozy knit sweater not much more than a dream for me. But no longer! Because Target’s latest high-fashion designer collaboration is the one and only Missoni.

The 400+ piece collection (!!!) will feature signature Missoni knitwear, swimwear, shoes, clothing and accessories, as well as home goods, stationary, luggage, and even a Missoni bicycle. (Okay, so I really like/want/need the bike, just because it’s cool.) Although not everything in the collection is my cup of tea (I mean, you can’t expect each item to avoid tacky territory), there are tons of fabulous pieces available for all fall fashion palettes, including lots of comfy knitwear.

These pumps are probably my favorite item from the entire collection. Definitely not one of the big stand-out pieces, but the detailing is super cute and I adore the chunky wood heel. Check out some more highlights from the complete lookbook below:

Some of the knits are cute, and I’ll probably be looking for some zig-zag patterned sweaters, like this one. A lot of the Missoni for Target accessories and home goods are super cute, I especially love those mismatched mugs! I think I’ll be spending more in the accessories department for this collection.

What are your thoughts on the Missoni for Target collab? Love it or hate it?

{Sources: top image via target.com; lookbook images via racked.com.}

The New Rachel Zoe Collection

I suppose I owe you a fashion post. Piperlime is one of my favorite places to buy shoes online (good selection, good sales, always free shipping!) and so, naturally, they feel inclined to flood my inbox with random fashion news and updates. (Piperlime, which is an online-only retailer owned by Gap, sells a selection of designer clothing, shoes, and accessories. They also send your order in really cool boxes.)

Today’s email focused on the new Rachel Zoe Collection, which can be purchased/pre-ordered at Piperlime.com. The collection by the renowned stylist features chic denim, great fall coats, basic blouses, dresses, shoes, and handbags. However, in the interest of full disclosure: it was not my favorite collection. While the clothes and accessories were all cute and stylish, I didn’t find them all particularly interesting, even if they would serve as good wardrobe basics. Also, it’s a little overpriced, with some dresses running around $400.

There were some pieces I enjoyed. The denim is cute and stylish, and comes in classic skinny and bootcut styles. Some of the shoes are gorgeous (with killer 6″ heels). The “Melissa” bag is a fantastic piece, and a couple of the dresses are beautiful as well as original.

In all, it’s a solid collection of basics with a few surprises thrown in. I suppose I just didn’t think the pieces all went together well — it’s not that they had to match, but there is definitely a mix of styles present in such a small collection. Just my opinion — take a look for yourself, and let me know what you think! Do you love it, or is it all hype?

{Sources: all images via piperlime.com; collages by me!}

Spring 2011 Series | Runway Review, Part III

In this installment: Chloé, Helmut Lang, and Lanvin. All three had stunning collections with some truly beautiful pieces that showcased the minimalist trend for Spring with an unparalleled elegance. From perfect tailoring to beautiful color palettes to wispy fabrics, these collections were among some of my favorites.

Chloé

The Chloé show was full of simple, beautifully crafted pieces in a very muted color palette. I personally found the looks very refreshing, and they all still carried the Chloé je ne sais quoi: that spark of casual elegance that makes their pieces seem light and wearable, while still remaining within the realm of classic cuts.

The dresses and skirts were particularly striking. I loved the length — just below the knee is always ladylike. The full skirts are playful and chic, and the lightly pleated sheer fabric is absolutely heavenly.

Chloé also took on white for spring in its usual classic fashion. I loved both the looks on the right and left — the crisp, fitted silhouette with small draped details is gorgeous in its simplicity. I also really like the idea of making an all-white ensemble pop with an unexpected bright red flat.

Helmut Lang

The silhouettes at Helmut Lang were just as divine as those at Chloé, but with slightly looser and more casual fits. I found this collection to be very wearable. There were some great tailored pieces and chic blazers, but there were also some very simple dresses pulled together with careful draping. Again, I loved the colors — basic white and gray, with a light peach and a pop of red. Perfect for spring.

Lanvin

Lanvin took on a darker color palette than Chloé and Helmut Lang, but still showcased pieces that were wearable in warmer weather. The details were a bit richer and more extravagant (although not overly so), but the silhouettes and cuts of the clothes remained similar to those from the other two collections.

I loved the pops of deep pink on the runway — the dress on the left was one of my favorite pieces for spring. The colorblock trend is back this year with plenty of bold hues, and the pairing of raspberry and fuchsia on a one-shoulder dress looked amazing.

There was plenty more pink left in the show, too! It’s a great color for spring — something not as heavy as red, but still fun and flirty nonetheless. (Kind of like honeysuckle pink, which is, incidentally, Pantone’s “Color of the Year” for 2011…). Side note: doesn’t Karlie Kloss look absolutely stunning?

So, to recap: Crisp, beautiful tailoring. Fitted silhouettes. Full, flowing skirts. Sheer and silky fabrics. Natural colors with pops of bright pink and red.

What did you think of the Chloé, Helmut Lang, and Lanvin spring ready-to-wear collections?

{Sources: Chloé show photographed by Monica Feudi/GoRunway.com, accessed via style.com. Helmut Lang show photographed by Dusan Reljin/Management Artists, accessed via style.com. Lanvin show photographed by Yannis Vlamos/GoRunway.com, accessed via style.com}

Spring 2011 Series | Runway Review, Part II

I started this series a while ago (in January, to be precise) to showcase looks from the Spring/Summer 2011 ready-to-wear shows. And spring is coming up fast now! The goal from these posts is to draw inspiration from these looks, not necessarily try to replicate them exactly. Ashley from 2 Eyes In The Mirror mentioned in a comment on the first runway post that Hermès was her favorite show “hands-down,” so I’ve made sure to include it here! I’ve paired it with Ralph Lauren and Emilio Pucci to keep up the Western theme for spring.

Ralph Lauren

The Ralph Lauren show made very good use of the color white. It was similar to that at Dolce & Gabbana but with a Western twist. Swap out the floaty blouses and shorts for more structured shirts and high-collared dresses and throw in some leather belts and you’re good to go.

I found a lot of the clothes at Ralph Lauren to be pretty wearable, or at least easy to translate into everyday wear. I really liked the light floral prints for dresses, classic button-downs, and wide belts, although, granted, a lot of the basic silhouettes were exaggerated on the runway (read: pouffy sleeves).

Emilio Pucci

I loved the really rich and vibrant colors on the Emilio Pucci runway, as well as the many gorgeous and flowing dress shapes. The hair and makeup was beautiful and perfect for spring, with hair a little messy and undone, but still shiny and healthy, and a natural, bronzed face. (More beauty shots can be found in the details here.)

My favorite look from the entire show was the orange dress on the left. I’m usually not a big fan of orange, but it looked fantastic with the leather boots turquoise bracelets. The soft pleats on the fabric were also a big plus! I can’t see myself ever wearing something like this in real life, but I do love the color combination of leather/warm brown and turquoise, as well as the slightly sheer fabric for blouses.

I thought the look above left most easily translated into everyday — the leather jacket over the floaty spring dress is a classic combination for transitioning into the hotter weather if toned down a bit from the runway version.

Hermès

This show was incredible and I can see why it was Ashley’s favorite. I loved the sharp tailoring, color scheme, leather details, and the entire runway set. While some of the looks are not something I could ever see myself wearing, the riding pants are Hermès were perfect. We’ve seen riding pants a lot this year in fashion, and it’s great to see that Hermès is continuing the trend in the spring.

I also thought that Hermès was able to pull off the monochromatic trend quite subtly in some of its looks. Top left, Abbey Lee Kershaw looks very ladylike in high-waisted paper bag trousers and a tucked in tee. The black-on-black ensembles that popped up every so often on the runway made great use of different textures (sheer, leather, silk…) to differentiate between individual pieces (we also see this concept bottom right with the light cream outfit worn by Jac).

What do you think of the Western-style ready-to-wear looks at Ralph Lauren, Emilio Pucci, and Hermès?

{Sources: Ralph Lauren and Emilio Pucci runway photos photographed by Monica Feudi/GoRunway.com, accessed via Style.com. Hermès runway photos by Yannis Vlamos/GoRunway.com, accessed via Style.com.}

 

Trendspotting | Sheer Genius

On the Shoulder | Caroline’s Mode

Slightly see-through tops, skirts, and the like are not the most original of trends, but stylish nonetheless and trending big time for Spring 2011. Sheer, floaty layers were seen at the likes of Prada, Miu Miu, and Chanel, and have been appearing on the street for quite some time. I love looking at the street style photos — they give you real-life interpretations of the looks seen on the runway, and they are, in my opinion, far more creative and wearable than anything seen in a fashion show. Here are a few variations on the sheer trend, showcased by some seriously stylish girls.

The Skirt. A sheer skirt can add interest to your look and add pretty, swirling layers. Just be sure to wear something underneath and make sure your skirt is longer, because, well, we all know a see-through miniskirt is bound for trouble. I really like these variations shown above. Although more geared towards winter than the upcoming spring season, they still look fabulous – come spring, just swap in a tucked-in blouse (and/or change the black for a lighter color), and you’re golden.

  1. I love the soft pleats on this skirt, seen over at Caroline’s Mode.
  2. The always-fabulous Ashley from Two Eyes in the Mirror – be sure to check out her blog for more fabulous outfits.
  3. A quick street style shot from Fashion Toast. Not a see-through skirt, but the layers of sheer tulle do the trick and I love the volume, à la Black Swan.
  4. Another sheer black skirt — a bit longer than the others, with a long coat to mask some of the sheerness, photographed by the talented Scott Schuman over at The Satorialist.

The Dress. Sheer dresses can be used perfectly for event dressing (obviously you wouldn’t want to wear one grocery shopping) — the key is to keep the look classic and a little glamorous. If baring your lingerie (like Elena Perminova, left) isn’t really your style, don’t worry! You can always go for a minidress with lots of sequin detailing (like Diana, right) or a solid dress with a few sheer insets.

  1. Definitely the boldest of the ensembles here, and not exactly practical for everyday wear. However, I think Elena — snapped for Caroline’s Mode — does an incredible job of pulling off this tough-to-master look in a very classy and elegant fashion.
  2. I like Rumi’s look from Fashion Toast because it’s very simple and the details on the dress are beautiful. Still a little see-through for everyday wear, but it could pair fabulously with some black tights and ankle boots.
  3. The gorgeous Diana from Dressed Up Alligators — in my opinion, the most wearable way to get away with a sheer dress. It has sheer details up at the top, but towards the bottom of the dress, the gold sequins cover the skirt section completely, giving you full coverage while still rocking the sheer trend.

The Blouse. In my opinion, the easiest way to wear the trend. A sheer blouse (not necessarily a completely see-through one, either) can add a level of sophistication to an outfit when tucked into, say, a simple black skirt. It’s chic and gorgeous, and the slightly sheer blouse will always be in style (making it a great closet investment piece)!

  1. Try wearing a nude tank top under a very sheer blouse, like this woman, photographed for Street Peeper.
  2. I love the length of this blouse, worn by the fabulous Tracy of The Closet Shopper. It’s not super-sheer, just the tiniest bit see-through. The tunic length is also perfect for pairing with leggings. You can also check out her working a sheer, black blouse at this post on her blog.
  3. Another semi-sheer blouse from Karla of Karla’s Closet. Bows are a great detail for sheer blouses because they help cover you up a bit (and look super-cute!).
  4. A sheer blouse worn by Kirsi Pyrhönen on Caroline’s Mode. I like the solid sleeves, shrunken fit, and beaded details on the fabric that makes this blouse perfect to wear open or buttoned up, with a black tank top underneath.

Hope this post gave you some ideas for working the sheer trend into your look this Spring! Remember, style is all about taking fashions and trends and making them your own — wearing them so you feel comfortable in them. Also be sure to check out the stylish bloggers featured (Ashley, Diana, and Tracy) in this post for more inspiration!

{Source: All images in this post via carolinesmode.com, streetpeeper.com, karlascloset.com, fashiontoast.com, 2eyesinthemirror.blogspot.com, thesartorialist.com, dressedupallligators.blogspot.com, and theclosetshopper.blogspot.com}

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