When Oscar de la Renta brought John Galliano into his studio there was talk about how much influence he would have on the fall collection. I watched the show and it wasn't until this dress that I thought, there he is. I've missed those bias cut dresses floating over bare skin.
There are still some fashion shows left (Miu Miu! Chanel! Vuitton!), but I already have some favorites. Fall 2013 hasn't been as ground breaking as other seasons, but more about classics with a twist. I'm not complaining because that's my preferred style.
I loved everything about Celine's Fall 2013 collection. There were Pierre Cardin-ish shifts and funnel necks, leather boots acting as leggings, modern jewelry, and a dreamy color palette of grey, indigo blue, and cream.
Mind of a genius action going on during fashion week from Anya Hindmarch. Leather envelopes in gorgeous colors to house invites, notes, and maybe even a tablet to keep things sleek. Cherry on top is that you can customize the other side with your very own monogram.
I went to an estate sale this weekend that had such lovely things, especially pieces with openwork or embroidery. A gentleman that knew the couple said they had traveled frequently to Belgium and other parts of Europe. I could definitely see that influence throughout their home.
There was one room laden with linens, which is a dream come true for me. I normally have to pass on vintage blankets and sheets because of the size of our beds, but I'm always on the lookout for vintage pillowcases. I picked up my three favorite, but I wish I had bought more, especially as most still had their original tags on them!
I also found some made in Switzerland silk blouses, leather gloves with a lace like insert, vintage white pot holders, 1960's necklace and sweaters with exposed lace shoulders, and some black dresses that I'm happy I didn't pass up. I normally skip them, but two had such great detail that it made me take a closer look. The one above has a wool lace top scattered with tiny rhinestones. The bottom half fits tightly all the way down to right below the knee.
How chic does Girls star Ashley Williams look sitting poolside? Just enough to make me go digging out one of my favorite nail polishes, OPI Big Apple Red. It's satisfying my fix for now, but I'm on the hunt for something a shade or two darker.
This editorial from Elle UK brings the perfect storm of grunge, punk, and pretty. I love the styling by Joanne Blades, which I think predates the Dries Van Noten Spring 2013 and the Chanel Pre-Fall 2013 shows that showcased a similar aesthetic.
I just wish the climate for bare legs with boots would last a little longer. I think everyone is burnt out on black tights.
I talked yesterday about collections that take time to hit you, and then there are the ones that make you emit an instant YES! as soon as they walk down the runway. Dries Van Noten Spring 2013 show was one that really resonated with my personal aesthetic. He managed to make plaid skirts look ethereal and paired them with 1940's style prints, silvered pieces, and shadowy blacks.
This vintage plaid shirt had a similar color palette to the Dries so it made the cut at the thrift store.
Some runways shows hit me instantly, while others simmer away in my subconscious slowly influencing my purchases. Stella McCartney's Pre-Fall 2013 snuck up on me, making me suddenly start lusting for coats with either a menswear cut or oversized silhouette.
I stopped at a couple of thrift stores on my way home from DC last week and managed to find two vintage coats that met my criteria. These are normally the coats I skip through on the rack, but something about streamlined designs is very appealing to me right now.
This fits like a long men's suit jacket and it's a perfect compliment to some of my more feminine outfits.
I've had an olive green coat on my wish list for a while now, so this find was a 2 for 1 deal. It also has the roomy look I was going for that I can stuff chunky sweaters under.
Whenever I'm in New York I always try to stop by John Derian, which means I spend a lot of time sighing over his collection of Hugo Guinness paintings and prints. J.Crew posted their spring lookbook this morning and I was delighted to see that the darling! sweater is actually a collaboration with Hugo, and in cashmere no less. J.Crew, $398