watch this: rodarte s/s 2012

Fashion art brand Rodarte has launched an official YouTube channel, where you can watch past runway shows, behind-the-scenes footage, and fashion shorts like the exquisite The Curve of Forgotten Things, starring Elle Fanning. The video from the spring/summer 2012 collection is of course on view, and there's definitely more to this collection than what came across on first view. The clothes are youthful and pretty, but the Van Gogh references are also a bit melancholy. Plus the soundtrack, hair and makeup are killer. Tune in here for more Rodarte.

wish list: sam edelman zoe platform wedge booties

Sometimes you just need a shoe that makes you feel like a badass - these Sam Edelman "Zoe" platform wedge booties deliver. The quilted, buckled harness detail gives off a serious don't-mess-with-me vibe, and the 5" wedge heel is the perfect height for power stomping down the runway of life.

$214, Shopbop


the hunt: leopard print shoes

This fall, one of my absolute accessories must-haves is a fantastic pair of leopard pumps (or booties or flats - or maybe one of each). Unfortunately, finding the perfect pair is a challenge. Leopard is one of those things that can go from chic to, well, cheap in the blink of an eye. The print and details need to be perfect. Here are some of my faves:

1/ Pour La Victoire "Ivette" Leopard Calf Hair Pumps
This shoe is a pretty much perfect leopard pump. The print isn't too big, the covered platform style is versatile enough to wear with jeans or a cocktail dress, and the 4 3/4" heel height is ideal for elongating the legs.

prada s/s 2012

Maybe it's because I'm from Detroit, but I totally "get" Prada's spring collection. This season, the genius who is Miuccia was inspired by the two great loves of Italian men - women and cars. Not being Italian, I can't say what exactly cars mean to their culture, but if Prada's collection is any indication, it's nostalgia for days gone by when boys polished their cars to a sparkle and went cruising up and down the main drag, looking for girls and whatever other trouble came their way. Yep, the glory days of the 1950s. The essence and giddy excitement of that era is perfectly captured in Prada's latest offering. Pleated skirts and boxy jackets, bandeau tube tops and leather pencil skirts, perfect little dresses, curvy swimsuits - everyone from the innocent bobby soxer to the rebel bad girl to the pin-up glamour puss is represented in this collection. In anyone else's hands, the car and flame prints would have seemed silly, but in Miuccia's world, comparing a woman to a car is a compliment. Because let's be honest - it's one pretty hot car.


gucci s/s 2012

The Roaring '20s trend is by far my favorite of the spring 2012 season, and so far Gucci is by far my favorite collection. Everything about it - from the hair and makeup to the clothes themselves to the shoes and handbags - was flawless. Frida Giannini worked wonders with beading and fringe, creating architectural dropped-waist flapper dresses that looked at once retro and futuristic. And the tailoring - the high-waist trousers and trim tuxedo jackets were beautiful, and the watch chain clasp detail found on many of them was irresistible. All in all, not a bad way for Gucci to celebrate 90 years in business. Felice anniversario, Gucci!


wish list: j.crew edie purse

Photo credit: J.Crew.com

Undeniably chic, J.Crew's ladylike-with-a-masculine-edge Edie purse is the perfect structured bag for fall. The matte leather - in one of the season's key colors, flame - is offset by antique hardware, and this little beauty is versatile: it can be carried briefcase style by the top handle or worn crossbody thanks to the detachable strap.

$238 at www.jcrew.com


burberry prorsum s/s 2012

The Burberry Prorsum show walked in London yesterday, and it was yet another phenomenal outing from designer Christopher Bailey. You can always expect three things from a Burberry collection, and this one does not disappoint: amazing outerwear, gorgeous dresses and sweaters, and killer accessories. Some of the patchwork mosaic prints were a little odd, but there was enough working in this collection to let it slide. The opening purple trench coat with a full, pleated skirt was a beautiful way to start the show, and frocks don't get prettier than the yellow and green pleated numbers. The closing coat, a trench with chunky knit sleeves, was yet another innovative take on the classic garment - seriously, who knew there were so many different ways to interpret the trench coat? And the accessories - every pair of shoes on the runway was drool worthy, and shoppers will be swooning over the bags. But the real star were the great parkas - cropped, cinched at the waist, beaded or embellished with raffia, each one is a must have.

Watch video of the show and shop selected looks from the spring collection here.


s/s 2012 fashion week recap: nyc

The September shows are such a tease. Just as the weather is starting to go downhill, slowly descending into the icy depths of winter, designers trot out their spring collections, showing clothes made for weather that won't be seen for at least six months. Sigh.

The New York shows wrapped last week, and at least we have lots of gorgeous clothes to look forward to wearing when spring finally returns. The New York shows were dominated by a dizzying array of prints (floral! geometric! tribal!), an optimistic rainbow of bright colors (yellow! pink! cobalt!), a continued obsession with color blocking, and plenty of pristine white.

As always, there were some particularly standout collections. My top five New York shows for Spring 2012 are (click the links for full reviews and images):

Ok, ok, I know that's more than five - there were just a few too many excellent collections for me to limit myself to five. I also have some honorable mentions:

prabal gurung s/s 2012

Inspired by the erotic photography of Nobuyoshi Araki, in particular his Sensual Flower series, Prabal Gurung's spring collection is as dangerously sexy as it is delicately beautiful. The contrast of the femme fatale cutout gowns and the exquisitely detailed ruffled cocktail dresses was interesting, the withered floral print was pretty and macabre at the same time, and the vivid purple used throughout the collection is one of the best color stories of the season.

narciso rodriguez s/s 2012

With the color blocking trend making yet another appearance this season, there didn't seem to be much innovation within it - until the Narciso Rodriguez show. The way his origami waistband pants and skirts played off the bold color blocking of the tops was fantastic, and the intricate splicing of colors and fabrics that made up the second part of the show was truly inspired. And his prints - muted, subtle, lovely - stood out in the crowded field of technicolor patterns on the runway this season.

marc jacobs s/s 2012

Marc Jacobs is undeniably one of fashion's great showman. For spring, the set he created to showcase his collection resembled a vintage dancehall, with the models draped over the backs of chairs as they waited to take the runway. The clothes had some familiar elements - work shirts, flapper dresses, amazing coats - but everything looked like it had received a generous helping of pixie dust, particularly a shimmery oversize gingham in a rainbow of colors. It's exciting to think about the kinds of shows Jacobs could put on if he takes the reins at Dior...

oscar de la renta s/s 2012

The collection Oscar de la Renta sent down the runway for spring has such a fresh, young attitude - it's hard to resist falling in love. The show opened with a trio of crayola bright ball gowns topped with couture lace t-shirts. What followed was one of the most youthful collections from the designer in years. The lovely white dresses are some of the best of the season, and the silver midriff baring open knit sweater paired with a ball skirt shows the incredible craftsmanship that has kept de la Renta at the top of the game for more than 40 years.

marchesa s/s 2012

As I said earlier, Marchesa's spring collection is magical. Inspired by Russian painter Ilya Repin's Sadko in the Underwater Kingdom, designers Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman created a collection that would be as at home in a czar's palace as the halls of Atlantis. The craftsmanship and detail are stunning, but nothing appears overworked or heavy handed. They really do create miracles out of tulle and lace, making fairy princess - or maybe we should say mermaid - dreams come true.

ralph lauren s/s 2012

With a remake of The Great Gatsby on the horizon, it's only natural that Ralph Lauren return to the 1920s for spring. After all, he designed the costumes for the original 1974 film, which helped launch his career into the stratosphere. I have a serious soft spot for '20s fashion, so I was swooning over this entire collection. The wide leg draped trousers, watercolor flowers, and all-out glamour gowns are absolutely delicious, not to mention the perfect little cloche hats, satin neckties and ostrich feather shrugs. It's all so romantic and lovely while still being modern. In a word, perfect.

the row s/s 2012

In a season filled with a cacophony of prints and bright colors, The Row's quiet, pristine collection stood out in the best possible way. The austere palette of white and barely there pastels let the silhouettes and craftsmanship speak for themselves. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have built their high fashion empire on obsessing over every detail, and this collection is no exception. The clothes are simply exquisite.


muta by miu miu

Miu Miu's "Muta," directed by Lucrecia Martel, is the most amazing fashion short ever made. A bold statement, I know, but watch it and you'll see what I'm talking about. It is just so amazingly crafted as a film. The narrative draws you in from the opening moments, and you never see the models' faces, which only adds to the creepiness and anxiety created by their movements. What is in that bag?!?! I promise, after you watch this, you will never think of insects in the same light. And of course the clothes, all from Miu Miu fall 2011, are exquisite.

tag - you're it

Shopbop's video lookbook for the Fall 2011 alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet collection is the most stylish game of tag ever. The models look gorgeous and playfully chic in rich gold sequin cocktail dresses, black and white stripes, innocent white lace and glam neutrals. Not to mention the to-die-for hats, headpieces and shoes. The entire thing has a delicious mod Parisian vibe.

Shop the looks in the video and more from alice + oliva here.


sunshine state

There has been a whole lotta yellow on the runways this season. The hopeful hue has been seen everywhere from Carolina Herrera to Christian Siriano. The message? Get ready to rock some sunshine come spring.

L-R: Carolina Herrera, Helmut Lang, Diane von Furstenberg, Christian Siriano

magical marchesa

Watch this backstage video from Marchesa's Spring/Summer 2012 show and swoon. The gowns and dresses are ridiculously beautiful.


bcbgmaxazria s/s 2012

I briefly mentioned BCBG in the post on emerging trends, but this collection warrants another look. There are some pretty fantastic dresses here, not to mention the jumpsuit with the cut-out shoulder. Everything looks effortless and easy to wear, a BCBG signature, and there is a sporty vibe that somehow complements the sexiness of the clothes rather than diminishing it. These dresses make me think of really fun, chic tennis dresses in a way.

Watch the full show and see some of my favorite looks after the jump.

spring 2012 fashion week: emerging trends

Spring 2012 Fashion Week began only yesterday in New York, but there are some trends already emerging. Color blocking is making an appearance on the runway for the third season in a row:

L-R: BCBGMAXAZRIA, Rachel Comey, Vena Cava

There has also been an early explosion of Barbie-pink:

L-R: Cushnie et Ochs, Jenni Kayne
It will be interesting to see how these "trends" hold up as the shows continue - after all, there are 250 on the schedule this season in New York alone, so by the time the last show walks in Paris, things could look very different indeed.

See the complete collections of Cushnie et Ochs, BCBG and all the shows to date over at www.style.com.


holy warrior

Abbey Lee Kershaw is a crusader for high fashion in this gorgeous shoot by Sebastian Kim for Numero #126. The religious iconography, Heidi braids and desaturated colors create a narrative ripe with asceticism. And the clothes - Prada, Chanel, Versace! - are delicious. See more after the break.

all about alice

This is hands down one of my favorite fashion editorials of all time. Shot by Annie Leibovitz (my childhood favorite) for the December 2003 issue of Vogue, I remember seeing it for the first time - it literally took my breath away. It's hard to put into words why I love it so much, but it is one of the fashion editorials that made me realize beyond a doubt that I had to be part of the fashion industry. I wanted to tell stories through images, create art with clothing and accessories, and collaborate with brilliant photographers, designers and models. At the time I really had no idea what went into creating a shoot of this scope, but I knew I wanted to be a part of it. Anyway, here it is in all its glory, starring Natalia Vodianova as Alice:


crazy for karl

The Karl Lagerfeld for Macy's limited edition capsule collection hit stores and the web yesterday, so I made a trip to my local mall to check it out. The campaign with Coco Rocha and accompanying video (you can check out the video here) looked great, but with these designer collabs, you never know if they're any good until you actually see them in person. I tried on several pieces, and here's what I thought (and bought):

This dress just screams Karl Lagerfeld/Chanel, with the black and white palette and high-neck collar. It buttons all the way up the front with sparkly cabochon-style jeweled buttons, the cinched waist is super flattering, and the collar is actually removable, which I thought was a nice touch. The fabric is a good quality poly chiffon with a subtle croc texture - the skirt is a little sheer, but nothing a half slip won't take care of. All in all, at $124 the price was right, so I snagged one for my wardrobe.

I couldn't resist trying on this drapey tank emblazoned with the Kaiser himself. It fit really well, and the cotton has a nice weight and lovely drape. I liked the longer length, but I have trouble spending $50 on a tank top, so I let it go for now.

This dress, which sells for $119, is really lovely - for someone with a bit more bust than I have. You can't really tell from these photos, but there is a whiskery eyelash lace trim at the v-neck and v-back. The sleeves are gorgeous, and the back has a hook-and-eye that makes the width of the v-back adjustable - nice if you have narrower shoulders. The fabric has the same cool croc texture as the black dress.

I really liked this dress, and it's something I may go back for. I tried it on in the vivid pink (which I can't find a picture of on the Macy's site), and it has a great 1940s vintage vibe to it. There is a keyhole slit from the neck to the cinched waist, a sexy offset to the prim collar. It sells for $109, a really great price.

To see more of the collection, check out www.macys.com/impulse.