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Bang, bang, whirr, slam, thump, thump.

We’re three weeks into a home renovation project that still has a few more weeks to go. And I’m so grateful for all the noise, clunking, dust and strangers tromping through the house. Not because I love the disturbances, but because I’m keeping my sights on the end result. When we moved into ‘this old house’ over a decade ago, we thought we’d redo everything within 5 years, max. The list was long, but how hard could it be?! Well, we were naive about everything, but especially how much time it would take and how many other things took priority over renovating (roof, windows, insulation, exterior, baby, dog, cars, vacation, jobs, etc.) We’re getting closer to having it fixed up, but we’re not there yet.

Having the house in a state of destruction got me thinking about disturbances in fashion. Many designers do collections that are pleasing, balanced and perfect, but I’m also intrigued by the slightly off-kilter collections that show jarring lines, odd cut-outs, wayward colors, and fabric that’s been damaged, torn or pieced-together. There’s a lot to be said for errant design. It can be innovative, quirky, unexpected and modern.

Here are some favorite disturbances from the Fall 2014 runway:

Bottega Veneta Fall 2014 (style.com)

Wes Gordon Fall 2014 (style.com)

Belstaff Fall 2014 (style.com)

Celine Fall 2014 (style.com)

Giambattista Valli Fall 2014 (style.com)

Peter Som Fall 2014 (style.com)

When we shake things up, we end up on a new path. We don’t always know how it will end, but we know it will be different. Disturbances push us, test us, and interrupt the peace. Hopefully, in the end, we’re able to construct a better way.

x Laura


The Glory: CMYK Couture

Another swoon-worthy week of Fall Couture has come and gone and the maestros/maestras delivered sublime treats for us for enjoy. Giambattista Valli can do no wrong in my book. His feminine collection was filled with volume, flower appliques and high drama. And Valentino sent down a surprising collection that was ornate, referentially-religious and sumptuous. I loved it.

Here are a few of my fave pieces in the theme of CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black). As you might guess, my years spent in graphic design are coming forth today.

Ellie Saab Fall Couture 2013

Giambattista Valli Fall Couture 2013

Giambattista Valli Fall Couture 2013

Valentino Fall Couture 2013

And this last one, is all the colors in one dress. Thank you, Dior!

Christian Dior Fall Couture 2013

This is only the tip of the iceberg that happens to fit into today’s CMYK theme. Be sure to check out more glorious couture from Fall with 25 of my favorite looks over at Pinterest.

A woman can dream!

x Laura

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The Glory: Giambattista Valli Floral Gown

Giambattista Valli Floral Gown Spring Couture 2012

Giambattista Valli 2012 Spring Couture, Photo: Style.com

The Glory of Floral

Now this is how to make an entrance. The lighter-than-air fabric just floats as she walks and the hot pink floral print-on-print is sensual, feminine and opulent. Giambattista Valli showed this high-class garden party gown at the 2012 Spring Haute Couture show. And since it’s couture, it’s one of a kind.

You can see the gown walk the runway here.

x Laura