last night was the academy awards, and while everyone has talked about the red carpet being dead and celebrities being afraid to take risks, there were a few last night that paid off in small ways. i wasn't in love with gwyneth paltrow's pink ralph and russo gown, but it was tailored to perfection. emma stone wore an acid green elie saab number with long sleeves and a high slit that could have gone matronly, but it worked, even if i wished it was in another color. the armani privé gown on naomi watts had an interesting twist, but the pattern on the beading reminded me a bit of a kitchen backsplash. cate blanchett looked like the hollywood royalty that she is in black velvet—by john galliano for maison margiela—with a statement tiffany turquoise necklace. no one looked terrible, but no one blew me away.
that is until i saw diane kruger in this donna karan atelier jumpsuit. i mean utter perfection. she added a bit of fun with a playful anya hindmarch clutch but otherwise kept things simple by pairing the jumpsuit with larger studs and single strap jimmy choo sandals. maybe we'll soon see the day when this look is not only accepted but applauded for the actual telecast and not just the parties (normally solange nails it, but her christian siriano version overwhelmed her).
who did you love from last night's show?
photos via wenn and vanity fair
once again, jack mccollough and lazaro hernandez at proenza schouler had a show that everyone was buzzing about this fashion week. cathy horyn said the sliced pieces in the collection represented a "freer approach...which a shape and attitude that's more modern." (sidenote: welcome back cathy!) hamish bowles said "it gave an energizing jolt to the new york season," while vanessa friedman remarked that they "worked with pedestrian materials...to cut and burn through classic shapes, leaving raw edges and adding movement where normally there is none."
it was sexy in a non-vulgar way, exposing parts of the skin normally hidden, including my new favorite erogenous zone, the shoulders and collarbone. i'm sure these dresses will be in the $2k range (at least), but a girl can dream...or maybe try a DIY or two...
photos via vogue.com and style.com
taking a break from all neutrals to mix some prints...hope you're having a good week!
zara shirt and pants, banana republic pumps, 3.1 phillip lim clutch, tom ford sunglasses (in brown tortoise), forever 21 earrings, eddie borgo and miansai bracelets, melanie auld and vita fede rings
photos by lydia hudgens
remember this post where i talked about what i consider to be the new classics? well here i am wearing the helmut lang pants i featured. i've actually worn them quite a few times, but somehow they've never made it on the blog. the front seaming and trouser details make them appropriate for the office, which is how i wore them with a drapey black tee and this dip hem balenciaga cardigan, then changed into a sexier silk cami for dinner. camel and black can seem be a bit old school, but just by changing proportions, fabrics, or silhouettes, the duo instantly becomes more modern...
balenciaga cardigan, vintage cami (similar), helmut lang pants, kenneth cole pumps (similar splurge and steal), linda farrow x alexander wang sunglasses, proenza schouler clutch (leather version), michael kors watch, miansai bracelet, jest jewels necklace, giles and brother and earthy chic rings
photos by lydia hudgens
we're about at the mid-way point of the new york shows, and there are already a few trends emerging—we're getting out of that 70's show (thank goodness!), the softer dressing we saw in spring and pre-fall is back, and it's not all about deeper shades (see the gorgeous pastels from tibi).
the dion lee show was so beautiful and of-the-moment, with laser cut leather, mohair sweaters and coats, crisp shirting, cocktail dresses with mesh overlays, and bias cut midi skirts in a focused palette of black, white, deep teal, and rich navy. i also loved how lee mixed in sporty elements, like bomber jackets and puffers, with traditional evening pieces like cigarette pants and gowns. the entire collection was elegant but not fussy; in other words, pretty much perfection.
see the other looks i'm loving from fashion month on pinterest...
photos via style.com
fashion month is officially kicking off today in new york and it's a watershed moment for fashion, new york fashion week in particular. it's the last season the shows will be held at lincoln center, and there doesn't seem to be a set plan in place for where they will be come september
while there are shows that i always look forward to (proenza schouler, balenciaga, narciso rodriguez, dior, dries van noten), this season there are designers and brands that are shifting directions, changing designers, or locations. here are the other shows on the calendar that i think will be interesting to watch:
peter copping's debut at oscar de la renta
debut shows are always a tightrope act, but this one will be even more with mr. de la renta's passing. i expect copping to rely heavily on the in-house team and not try to be too revolutionary right out the gate.
nadege vanhee-cybulski, who worked at the row, céline and martin margiela, is the first woman to be creative director for the venerable french brand. one can assume she'll continue to bring a minimal, ageless style to a brand that demands it (and hopefully evolve it—i have felt their ready-to-wear is a bit stale).
for the past few years, the only mass retailer on the fashion week calendar has been j.crew. now there's a new game in town as marissa webb brings banana republic to town, on valentine's day. check out the sneak peek she gave to instyle magazine.
under guillaume henry, carven was reborn as a cool french brand at a reasonable price point. now that henry has left to fill copping's role at nina ricci and carven hasn't named a new designer, it will be interesting to see what the brand's 2.0 version is.
after the tumultuous departure of frida giannini, gucci powered on during the men's shows but now it's time for the women, and time to see if alessandro michele can bring back the magic the brand once had under tom ford.
speaking of mr. ford, he's done a location twist akin to alexander wang showing in brooklyn a few seasons back by staging his fall show in los angeles on february 20.
image of peter copping by michel labelle via the fashion freak diary
i met up with lydia last week to do these shots, and when we got to maiden lane, the street was filled with trucks and there was lots of construction. not exactly the gorgeous street i'm used to seeing so time for plan b. we walked down to market, then to yerba buena gardens, where my tie-dyed sweatshirt and dark blue jeans seemed perfectly matched to the waterfalls across the promenade. it's a little serene oasis in the middle of the craziness (like the target and movie theater that's right next door)...
gap sweatshirt, j brand jeans, jil sander pumps (old, a few sizes left here), prada wallet, linda farrow x alexander wang sunglasses, forever 21 earrings, henri bendel and lulu frost rings, hermés and miansai bracelets
photos by lydia hudgens
some days you just wake up not feeling all amazing, get dressed in something seemingly nondescript, and your mood changes, you stand up a bit straighter, feel more confident, not conceited, but just good about yourself.
that was me on the day i wore this. i had some meetings at work and was going to dinner afterwards, so it was about being chic, but would also warm, because...san francisco nights. so i went with something failsafe—black and white. this white shirt from uniqlo is the best drapey button down—under $20 and with no chest pockets (contemplating buying another one in a larger size to have as a slouchier version), and this maxi is comfortable and flattering. i added a pair of snakeskin heeled oxfords and tossed this clutch in my work bag. and then it happened, the change in my mood, the pep to my step, the inner voice saying 'you got this.' sometimes it's not about what you wear, but how you feel when you wear it...
uniqlo shirt c/o, aqua skirt (similar here and here), alexandre birman shoes, super sunglasses, balenciaga clutch (new version), dior earrings (similar), michael kors watch, vintage bracelet via elle-meme, gorjana and vita fede (also in silver) rings
photos by alex drysdale