Sometimes the weather inspires an outfit, other times it’s the plans for the day. Today I only had one plan in mind and that was to just be out and about. Today’s subtle gust of wind blew us to Downtown Temecula. I love going Downtown, simply for the ambiance. There’s a sense of freedom and independence that exudes from the old buildings. I love the smell of BBQ that overflows that air, stemming from the good ol’ mom and pop burger shops that in any other big town would probably be far and few, and one of those best kept secret kind of things. But not in this town. This town takes pride on things that are home-grown. Although since moving to this neighborhood, despite my previously mentioned observation I have yet to find a good farmers market. (As of this blog post the best farmers market I have yet to experience is the one held at Victoria Garden’s in Rancho every Friday.) Either way, it’s definitely and Old America experience. Perhaps that’s why they call it “Old Town.”
Whelp, New York Fashion Week has come to a conclusion and now it is time for the fashion power houses to strut their stuff in London.
And what did we learn from New York Fashion Week? Well for starters, it appears as though once the leaves start falling from the trees we are going to see tons of navy, lots of leather, and fur trimmed outerwear. Also, to remind us of the season immediately following, lots of winter white. And who says you can’t wear white after Labor Day?
Some of my favorite runway presentations were the following:
BCBG MaxAzria had a beautiful show case. From bold prints to sheer overlays, everything about this collection was true to the brand, and also brought something memorable to the runway. Again, sheer, floor length top anyone? I know Christmas is almost a year away but I will most certainly be asking Santa Clause for some of BCBG’s leg warmers.
Marc Jacobs had a stunning presentation, as always. One of things I love most about Marc Jacobs is he never deviates from his own style. Bold prints, and unique use of color blocking are as signature to Jacobs as cherry red souls to Christian Louboutin. My favorite runway debuts were his cherry and crimson red color blocked mod dresses.
My most favorite presentation for this season though was the collection by Rachel Zoe. Quite literally I believe my jaw dropped with every piece that walked down the runway. I loved several things about her collection. The first being her use of taupe, and white. There is something about taupe leather that makes my heart go a flutter. Unlike other designers who are typically known for creating very feminine pieces and deviated slightly from that for this seasons collection, Zoe discovered a perfect way to incorporate the dreariness and very structured trend that usually radiates from fall collections and made it girly. For example, an a line skirt with pleats, structured yet feminine, and a solution to the girly girl’s overly structured problem. Loved her sequined sweaters, and fur trimmed plaid outerwear pieces. Long story short, I just loved everything about this presentation.
The runway that broke my heart with disappointment was Betsey Johnson. Seriously, I’m sighing as I’m typing this. Don’t get me wrong, I love Betsey. I love that a woman of that mentality, who adores pink and sparkles as much as I do is a runway veteran and still does cartwheels on the cat walk. But work out wear? Really? The collection looked uninspired and prepared last minute. Bring back the pretty dresses! I have no doubt, next time will be better because really, it could not possibly get any worse.
Usually when Fall officially arrives, I embrace it lovingly because that means Starbucks is once again serving Pumpkin Spice lattes and I can once again wear large cozy sweaters and cute scarves. But alas, that is what I’ve been wearing for the past 3 months and I am ready for Summer. But I’m glad I know what to shop for post Labor Day.
When your twenty something, lets face it, unless your name is Paris Hilton, or you spent the better years of your childhood working the Disney Studios back lots in burbank, diamonds are not exactly an option you have to spice up an outfit. But alas, thankfully there exists many other accessories us fashionistas can rely on to add a little pizazz.
Since as long as I can remember I’ve LOVED hats. From beanies, to berets, news boy caps, to fedoras, and large brims, I’ve loved hats longer then I’ve loved the Backstreet Boys.
While in more recent years, I’ve leaned on hats to cover up pesky and annoying roots, (God didn’t get the memo I should have been blonde) I have embraced them more recently to add that wow factor to an outfit.
And what other accessories pairs with hats better than Mary Kate to Ashley Olsen? Lately I’ve been pairing my large brimmed floppy hat with my to die for Rachel Zoe ankle booties. Looking a for a look that’s a little more suitable for grocery shopping? A cute beanie paired with some Uggs, some aviators and a leather jacket make for the perfect ready to wear to run simple errands outfit.
My immense love for hats could have stemmed from multiple things. One being that I grew up playing with Barbies and I was taught at an early age 5 wardrobe changes a day is perfectly normal. Or two because it’s the easiest way to subtly communicate to the world how fun it is to metaphorically speaking wear multiple hats. Is it ok to be a fashionista, workaholic, trend setter, and all around fabulous individual? Absolutely!
Rachel Roy said it best when she said, “I think that a woman wears so many hats, we have so many aspects to us that we’re not just one thing. We represent so much within us and that kind of comes across for me as a designer through mixing prints and colors.” Amen to anyone who can find inspiration in an accessory.