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Weekend Casual

Weekend Casual

Wearing: Olivia Moon sweatshirt (similar by Rag & Bone) / Loft jeans / Anne Klein studded flats / Anne Klein bracelet watch / Masai beaded bracelet/ Sundance lotus drop earrings (similar).

Sunday birdie shirt + oxfords

Sunday birdie shirt + oxfords

close-up on the oxfords

close-up on the oxfords

Wearing: Caslon bird-print button down / Splendid tank / Lucky Brand jeans / BP oxfords / Swatch watch / World Market necklace / Nordstrom beaded bracelet.

 

Monday = Sunglasses

Monday = Sunglasses

Wearing: Anthropologie Sandstone top / Ann Taylor cropped pants / Eddie Bauer tank top / DVF colorblock handbag / Calvin Klein pumps / World Market beaded necklace / Miriam Salat bangle / Judith Jack earrings / Kate Spade sunglasses

We watched the documentary Mademoiselle C this weekend about fashion industry icon, Carine Roitfeld. It was filmed right after she left French Vogue and during the process of launching her new magazine, CR. Of course, she is meticulous and creative, as one might expect, but what took me aback was how likeable, feminine and supportive she is. In every fashion photo you see of her, she usually looks very fierce, but there’s definitely a softer side to her.

After watching all the fashion shoots and the highly stylized sets and clothes, I had no problem throwing on a pair of sunglasses for my Monday look. Pretty out there for me, but at least I didn’t pull out some feathers and a fan. Maybe another day.

What did you watch this past weekend??

x Laura

I want to show that fashion can be a nice world, if a bit crazy. — Carine Roitfeld

Violet Femmes

Violaine Bernard

Violaine Bernard (photo: Vanessa Jackman)

Among the color trends popping up for fall, you’ll find beautiful shades of purple, ranging from plum to amethyst. In this shot of Violaine Bernard (fashion director for Velour Magazine), she tops her pretty violet pants with a light camel vest. It’s a wonderful concept for office wear (I would throw a cami on underneath, but you know, I’m not French). It looks polished and modern, with a kick of personality.

Swiss designer Akris showed this amazing deep amethyst coat for F/W 2012 and it is just gorgeous. This color really shines next to black.

Akris, F/W 2012 via Style.com

Put some purple on yourself with these pretty options. Play with just a touch in an accessory, more with a top or pant, or a bigger statement with a lush coat.

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If you’re not a purple-loving gal, don’t worry. There are other rich colors that will be big this fall too.
More to come!
x Laura

The Goods: New Spring Accessories

This week’s hunt for the best of what’s new in stores brought a lot of accessories. Spring footwear and bags are trickling into stores, so if you find one you love, grab it now, because they probably won’t last long. Everyone is dying to break free from winter boots and switch their dark-toned bags for a lighter one.

  1. Zara Ethnic Messenger Bag, $159 via Zara
  2. Splendid ‘Perfect Sling Back’ Sandal, $120 via Shopbop
  3. Kate Spade ‘Bar None Huggies’ Earrings, $58 via Piperlime
  4. Elliott Lucca Colorblock Zip-Around Wallet, $88 via Nordstrom
  5. B Brian Atwood ‘Dakoda’ Platform Wedge, $350 via Shopbop
  6. Timex Originals Easy Reader, $65 via Piperlime
  7. Rachel Zoe ‘Gladys’ Sandal, $235 via Shopbop
  8. Miansai Rope Bracelet, $68 via J. Crew

And something adorable for the little girls in your life. This spring green, polka dot dress is cute enough for everyday, but also special enough for dress up. Check out those bows on the neckline. Cute, right?!

Zara Polka Dot Dress with Bows, $39

Enjoy the weekend!

xLaura

What You Want: Fall 2011

DVF F/W11 (photo: Style.com)

The September issues and fall fashion Lookbooks have rolled out. Are you devouring them? I’m particularly excited about the rich hues of wine, berry, burgundy, ruby and deep plum, but also see ochre, golds, teal and rich green. Prints abound and at times, take on a life of their own as mixing shifts into high gear. Hemlines have fallen (just like our stocks), with midi and maxi lengths ruling the runway. Sportswear gets a pop of color as bright accents keep things lively. Coats get updated this season in standouts silhouettes such as capes and voluminous 60′s toppers, and other designs with punches of color.

Jewelry, Handbag & Shoe Outlook

Jewelry has continued its chunky direction, with thick cuffed bracelets, architectural silver pieces, and ornate chokers. Handbags have been over-hauled from heavily decorated to streamlined and structured. You’ll see more and more handbags with dual carrying options, both top handle and shoulder straps. Of course, crossbody bags continue to be widely available as women love the freedom of having two hands during morning commutes, traveling, shopping, and mingling. Many pumps have lost their thick, platform under-footing, in favor of thin soles. New for the season are loafer pumps, cut-out booties, color-blocked designs, ankle straps and luxurious-looking slip-ons.

Carry-overs from Spring

Printed pants are a trend that seem to be continuing from Spring 2011, as is the collegiate 70′s look, complete with wide-brimmed hat. You’ll also find a strong showing of shearling coats, boho fur vests, parkas and military designs that still look fresh. Orange is a color that won’t be stopped and I’m happy to see it stay on for autumn weather. Any of these items purchased last season will holdover nicely and serve you well through the new Fall/Winter season.

Trends In A Nutshell

  • Bright Colors & Color-blocking
  • Coats: Brights, Parkas, Capes, 60′s Volume and Fuzzed-out Furs
  • Mash-up Prints – Mixing prints with abandon
  • Polka Dots
  • Vintage Cuts: 40′s, 60′s, 70′s
  • Native Graphics – Western and Tribal elements
  • Evening wear: Elegant Tuxedo
  • Shoes: Loafer Pumps, Pointy-toe flats, Edgy Booties, Non-Platform Pumps
  • Handbags: 70′s Classics, Squared/Structured, Leopard & Snake, Mini-crossbody bags & pouchettes, Textured (Lace, Woven, Fabric)
  • Jewelry: Chunky Cuffs, Chokers, Architectural Silver

How To Update

Women are looking for their fashion dollar to really stretch this fall and won’t be spending their hard-earned paychecks on items that won’t go the distance. Here are some ideas for updating/raiding your closet for trend-worthy items that keep it current:

  • Grab a blouse, dress or jacket in any Burgundy, Wine, Plum or Berry hue.
  • Sling a Leopard Crossbody bag over your outfit.
  • Add a Lace pump to your evening wear.
  • Wear an updated Midi or Maxi skirt that flatters your proportions; try one with a slit.
  • Pick out a Colorblock or Printed Day Dress for work.
  • Update your jewelry. A standout piece or two is all you need.
  • Ready for drama? Go for it with a Cape.
  • Update your Classic coat look in a bright color or one with leather trim.
  • Wear a Loafer Pumps by day and switch for an Ankle-Strap heel for night.
  • Add a squared-off Structured Handbag or a Mini-Pouchette to your rotation.

I’m just starting to make my own Fall Shopping list for clothes, which will include pants, a go-to dress, colorful tops, day bag and some new arm candy (like a strong cuff). What are you shopping for?

All photos via Style.com