Saturday, September 29, 2012

Plastic Fantastic

Work it.

It's been so delightful seeing the trailer trashiness from my favorite ladies lately. First of all, this is not meant to be a who copied who? or who did it better? scenario, but rather an analysis of a fun trend that I hope will continue this fall. While I have a high regard for luxury and designer goods and the craftsmanship behind it all, I also embrace the playful, tacky side of fashion. I like large, vulgar costume jewelry. I like smoky eyes. I also like how perfect these final looks are, because there is plastic fantastic trashy (which is fun) and just plain trashy (which is embarrassing).
For her latest music video, Your Body, Christina dons plenty of neon and short skirts, pulling off eight looks for a true plastic fantastic appeal. I have to give props to the gaudy starfish earrings seen in the beginning as well as those leopard stretch pants. Rawr. For her V Magazine feature, Nicole Kidman stays true to her character, Charlotte, in the upcoming film, The Paperboy, and also wears tight-fitting tops over bright bras. Always remember: the more straps the better, especially exposed straps. The ladies complete their looks with chunky jewels. Besides bracelets and rings, the over-the-top statement earrings really set the tone. When in doubt, go for tacky materials, like rhinestones and paillettes.

Christina Aguilera images taken from Banane e Crisantemi and Heck Yeah Christina Aguilera! / Nicole Kidman images taken from Fashion Gone Rogue

Previously: Nicole Kidman graces the cover of V Magazine

Monday, September 17, 2012

Philatelic Prints at Mary Katrantzou Spring 2013

For Spring 2013, Mary Katrantzou departed from her fitted ladylike silhouettes and showed her amazing prints on loose, billowing looks. It's always interesting to see what (and how) inanimate objects get incorporated into the designer's prints. This season we are presented with postage stamps (the lick and stick ones) and old currencies.
The shoes are even adorned with perforated edges. So clever!

 Mary Katrantzou images taken from Vogue

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Nicole Kidman graces the cover of V Magazine

Check out this gorgeous fold-out cover shot of Nicole Kidman for V Magazine. It's for her upcoming role in The Paperboy...and so cheeky. Shot by Mario Testino and styled with a Chanel skirt by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, it's very different from what we're used to seeing from the 45 year old actress. I really love it. And it also appears that the rounded toe platform pumps that was so ubiquitous for the past few seasons have been officially replaced with the pointy toe heels. I need to find a good pair stat.

Nicole Kidman image taken from V Magazine

Previously: Nicole Kidman in Antonio Berardi at Cannes

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Like They Say in Scarface Kid

As seen in Scarface, this is an actual house in Key Biscayne, Florida

I watched Scarface for the first time ever, and besides being a great movie, it featured some amazing interiors. I've never seen so much marble. Some locations, such as Frank Lopez's house pictured above, really nailed my personal aesthetic - black & white furniture, glass and metal, plus a spot of red. It makes me realize just how modern this look is no matter what decade it is. 

While we've yet to be completely done with remodeling our house, we have started to arrange furniture and decorate our rooms. On our first floor, we used porcelain tiles with swirls and veins that look like marble. It's quite reflective and gives such a spacious feel to an already spacious house. While we continue to gravitate toward black & white, we've also added a dash of red. As such, our formal dining room, which is still a work in progress, currently resembles something from Scarface, in perhaps a cuter version.

Previously: Black & White &...Wood

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Elie Saab Fall 2012 Campaign

Elie Saab is a designer I like to cover, but Fashion Week fatigue usually happens to me when the Paris shows begin so I merely skimmed through his Fall 2012 show back in February. But I did make note of his illusion looks, or what NYMag refers to as the thin dress. Personally 'skinny dress' rolls off the tongue better, and it's what I call these hourglass paneled sheath dresses. Elie Saab applied the illusion to his dress suits, one of which appears in his Fall 2012 ad campaign. So sleek!

 Elie Saab ad taken from Fashion Gone Rogue / Elie Saab images taken from Style

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Victoria and Romeo Beckham in Paris

Victoria spent a day in Paris accompanied by her son, Romeo. The designer was in town for a French Elle shoot with Karl Lagerfeld, which took place in Coco Chanel's apartment. Although I prefer seeing Victoria in her signature sheath dresses, I really like how relaxed and minimalistic this looks. She has on a crisp white button down by Jil Sander and a Maison Martin Margiela black maxi skirt. The bag is most likely her own. And I must say, Romeo complemented his mom very well. The pair went shopping at Chanel before taking a ride on The Roue de Paris, after which they returned to London.

Victoria Beckham images taken from Zimbio

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Tom Ford Fall 2012 Campaign

...prominently features the cape and dress first seen on Gwyneth Paltrow at the Oscars. Style had the exclusive look of the Fall 2012 ad campaign shot by Tom Ford himself last Thursday, but I have been eagerly awaiting higher resolution images to be available, which I eventually came across. The deep scarlet hue is as equally stunning as the white version. I really can't get over this silhouette.

Tom Ford ad taken from Full Time Ford and Style

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Reliable Sheath Dresses at Antonio Berardi Resort 2013

Antonio Berardi has great structured looks, and I always love a good sheath dress. The white and off-white dress below is so feminine, but feels so sporty at the same time. I'm convinced it can pass as a modern bridal look. There are several neon pieces, such as a yellow racer back dress, that are quite sharp too. Reliability is key. 

Antonio Berardi images taken from Style