Tag Archives: Runway

Out Like a Lamb

If March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, it’s about time for that lamb to show up, graze around and settle in for spring. In Boulder, weather-wise we are about a month behind other parts of the U.S. As I walk the neighborhood, I see crocus beginning to pop up and spreading their petals out from under light snow. Nearly everyone I run into is giddy about warmer temperatures. So today, I felt drawn toward this street style photo of Helena Bordon at the recent Paris fashion shows in her floral coat. She is a breath of spring incarnate.

Helena Bordon (vogue.co.uk)

Helena Bordon (vogue.co.uk)

Florals are big every spring, but this year’s crop of flowers is more edgy than classic. Designers are taking some of the sweetness out of floral patterns by deconstructing the print, using neon colors, or coating the fabric for high shine. I like looking to the runways to see the mood of what will be coming into stores.  Here are some of my favorites from the Spring 2014 runways.

paul smith spring 2014 floral

Paul Smith Spring 2014

floral J. Crew Spring 2014

J. Crew Spring 2014

floral Kenzo spring 2014

Kenzo Spring 2014

floral Matthew Williamson spring 2014

Matthew Williamson Spring 2014

Oscar de la Renta spring 2014 floral

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2014

Ostwald Helgason Spring 2014 floral

Ostwald Helgason Spring 2014

Misha Nonoo Spring 2014 floral

Misha Nonoo Spring 2014

 

There are over 500 looks from Spring 2014 on my Pinterest board. If you like these, it’s a wonderful place to see all the spring trends and find tons of inspiration.

Floral accessories always catch my eye as a great way to add life to your outfit and celebrate the return of warm weather. If you’d like just a taste of floral, these products satisfy the craving.

flower accessories spring 2014

Clockwise from far left: Alexander McQueen floral skull clutch, Anthropologie Blushing Floral Infinity Scarf, Nest Dahlia & Vines fragrance, Lizzie Fortunato Bloom Printed Clutch, Floral Sparkler iPhone case.

Here’s to warmer weather, a lightening of our clothes and mood, and to seeing the colors of spring pop up everywhere.

x Laura

Sneak Peek: Pre-Fall 2014

The Fall Couture shows are showing right now, with the Ready-to-Wear runway kicking-off in a matter of weeks. So you might wonder, what are these Pre-Fall collections all about? These are the very first fall-inspired clothes to hit stores around May/June. They serve as transitional pieces and a sneak peak into colors, patterns and trends that will be major players come fall.

Designers are sending out bigger Pre-Fall collections, than ever before. The fashion machine is hungry and the designers are feeding their customers. Givenchy showed over 70 pieces, which is equal to their regular fall shows. Even if you aren’t buying designer pieces, their collections have a trickle down effect, especially to fast-fashion retailers like H&M, Forever21, and Zara, but also to more mainstream stores.

Trending Now

  • Oxfords
  • Bomber Jackets
  • Plaids
  • Oranges
  • Leopard & Zebra

Stella McCartney – dress with oxfords

Jonathan Saunders – bomber jacket under coat

Christian Dior – swooning over this plaid

Altuzarra – orange peeking out from amazing coat

Balmain – sophisticated leopard high-waisted skirt

More to See

If you want to see more Pre-Fall 2014 designs, go to thisPinterest board for 40 of my favorite looks. The collections from Christian Dior, Givenchy, Balmain and Altuzarra were just wonderful. And I couldn’t show everything here, but the butterfly prints from Valentino were so romantic and dramatic.

Lastly, if I had to pick an ‘it’ animal for fall (you know, like the owls, cats and foxes of seasons past), I think it’s going to be the bunny. Mark my words. The bunny is next.

x Laura

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Wear Now, Wear Later

It’s maddening to buy clothes that have a one-season shelf life. We spend a lot of time shopping for clothing, that we might only wear for a short amount of time. I’m always interested in getting more mileage out of things, even trendy items, which by their very nature are short-lived (maybe 2-4 seasons, i.e. all-white has been going steadily for about 3 seasons and is heading into 2013 as strong as ever).

With the Spring 2013 runway collections wrapping up in Paris, next year’s trends are already starting to crystallize. Since most of us are still shopping for this season, why not kill two birds with one stone? You can add a few forward-looking trends to your closet right now, that will have you ahead of the curve come March.

Vertical Stripes

Les Copains spring 2013 runway

Les Copains, Spring 2013

Anthropologie, $158

Yellow

Gucci spring 2013 runway

Gucci, Spring 2013

Anthropologie honeycomb lace dress

Anthropologie, $288

Printed Pant

Balmain spring 2013 runway

Balmain, Spring 2013

Anthropologie Lace Slims pant

Anthropologie, $158

Plaid/Grunge

Dries Van Noten Spring 2013 paris runway

Dries Van Noten, Spring 2013

Need Supply, oxford shirt dress

Thom Dolan, $350

I got a kick out of the Dries Van Noten spring collection this year. He makes me want to pick up some plaid and relive the 90s. His layering techniques and materials are masterful. Click the link above and see how he turned grunge into a posh affair.

My Spring Fashion Pinterest board is up to 141 looks. If you want to see what else is trending, go take a look and get ahead on your shopping.

x Laura

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

Street Inspiration: Men’s Color

Last week, we took a look at what’s coming down the runway in Milan for Menswear Fall 2011. That might seem like a long way off, but guys, you can begin infusing color into your wardrobe now and be ahead of the pack. Take a look at what street style photographer and blogger, Tommy Ton shot during his stint in Milan and Paris last week and you’ll begin to be a believer. There’s no reason to zombie out this winter in your Matrix black, when you can grab some color and wake this place up.

Tommy Ton for GQ.com (Milan)

Tommy Ton for GQ.com (Milan)

Tommy Ton for GQ.com (Paris)

Tommy Ton for GQ.com (Milan)

Least you think I don’t see the subtle differences between Italians and Americans, I do. Perhaps you’re not ready for bright pants or purple paisley scarves, that you’ll see in the full Tommy Ton shoot for GQ.com. I get ya. The street inspirations above take that bright pop of color we saw on the Milan runways (check out last week’s post) and bring it forward into Heartland wearable ways with a contrasting shoe, colored scarf, bright pullover or orange sport-banded watch. Just the jolt of energy that’s needed when you’re in the depths of winter.

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