Month: September 2010

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week – Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta is famous for making beautiful ladylike clothes, so it’s no surprise that his Spring 2011 ready-to-wear collection would be replete with retro, feminine silhouettes. I loved many of the looks shown on the runway, and found many of them surprising wearable even for regular Janes – regular Janes who could afford them, anyway. Even though I may not be one of those lucky women, I did find plenty of inspiration to guide me in planning my next few shopping quests.

This skirt is so, so pretty. I love the blue – it really does pop against the black, doesn’t it – and the flower appliques. A look like this could easily veer into cutesy territory, but here it’s definitely all grown up glam. And those shoes are to die for!

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2011 ready-to-wear (via Jezebel)

It looks like the model is wearing a matching pale pink nail polish, and I wish I knew which oneI would love to wear something like to the office … and work in an office where this could be just another Monday morning. Wouldn’t you? The pale pink lapels and belt are a wonderful finishing touch. – I’ve been looking for the perfect pink for years now.

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2011 ready-to-wear (via Jezebel)

This is a beautiful cocktail dress. It’s not just the lace (though I can’t get enough of it) … I love the portrait neckline and the bell shape of the skirt, which would flatter almost everyone. If this isn’t the epitome of ladylike, I don’t know what is.

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2011 ready-to-wear (via Jezebel)

This dress might not be for everyone, but I think it’s simply stunning. I would do without the bow on the shoulder, and I wish the bodice fit a little bit more snugly, but it is an unforgettable dress nonetheless. Love the peekaboo pink!

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2011 ready-to-wear (via Jezebel)

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week – Marchesa

I love the drama of Marchesa gowns, almost all of which look like they were made to be worn by gorgeous starlets on the red carpet – as they frequently are. I also like the dramatic presentation of Marchesa collections, like the Spring 2011 one, during which models stand on pedestals like statutes, instead of strutting a runway. As a total aside, I would also love to know the secret of Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman’s skincare regimen. The lady positively glows. On to the gowns!

The embellishment on this white (cream?) dress is stunning. I wish we could see the back, because I’m sensing some major drama going on. I cannot wait to see this on someone like Marion Cotillard.

Marchesa Spring 2011 (via Jezebel)

More of the same embellishments on this dress, along with a gorgeous lace overlay. I love the intricacy of this dress, made modern by the shorter length. I’m not crazy about the train and the shoes (overkill?), but I have a feeling we will be seeing this look on the red carpet soon as well.

Marchesa Spring 2011 (via Jezebel)

I like the idea of this dress, I really do. But for some reason, I can’t help but see it as a (very luxe) nightgown – the kind a naughty (anti-)heroine might wear in a 1930s screwball comedy.

Marchesa Spring 2011 (via Jezebel)

I may have the world’s dirtiest mind, but this dress … hm.

Marchesa Spring 2011 (via Jezebel)

What do you think?

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week – Vera Wang

Much like Monique Lhuillier, Vera Wang is best known for her bridal line. But she’s added a few other lines to her brand, including ready-to-wear and a diffusion line, Simply Vera. Her Spring 2011 collection was an interesting mix of fairly architectural-looking pieces, some of which felt a little more “conceptual” than practical to me. Take a look.

A lot of designers showed gorgeous flower prints for spring, and I hope this trend does trickle down to the masses come next summer, if not before. This dress is exactly the kind of silhouette and look that I normally adore … and I love it. No big surprise here.

Vera Wang Spring 2011 (via Jezebel)

I love the shrug/shrunken jacket in this ensemble. The colour is stunning, and the folding details remind me of origami. I’m not sure where the average Jane could wear something like this (the opera?) but I love the drama. The belt is also majorly cool.

Vera Wang Spring 2011 (via Jezebel)

This … puzzles me. What is happening to this model’s legs? And why is she wearing a stuffed animal on her head? Strange hair and pants issues aside, I love, love, love that necklace. Talk about making a big statement!

Vera Wang Spring 2011 (via Jezebel)

This is a great look if you’re the kind of person who gets hungry quickly and needs to carry emergency food reserves at all times. On the other hand, it’s perhaps not the best look if you like maintaining a cordial relationship with your hips.

 Vera Wang Spring 2011 (via Jezebel)