If I were going to the Oscars (or any event that requires a fabulous gown) I would choose a dress from Elie Saab’s spring couture show. This collection is the epitome of glamour, with sequins, feathers, and shine for days. Along with the muted color pallet, Saab threw in a funky floral pattern with hues of watercolors. He was inspired by his 60’s childhood along with his mother’s tulips, giving us a 60’s glam that I drool over.
These days, I haven’t had many opportunities to dress up into really fun and stylish outfits, with the snow storm and all. However, I still find it my duty to at least make an effort to look casually cute, even if I don’t end up leaving the house. For me, the easiest way to accomplish this is by wearing a good accessory, which in this case is my Zara blanket scarf. Blanket scarves are all the rage for this winter because they are stylish, colorful, and of course, warm. Today, all I did was wrap my scarf around my neck on top of my otherwise casual outfit and added a corresponding lip color (Revlon Black Cherry.) Wah lah! Effortless style. Scarf: Zara Lipstick: Revlon Black Cherry
Jean Paul Gaultier’s couture show was one of the most interesting shows we have seen this season thus far. The show was entitled “61 Façons de Se Dire Oui” (61 Ways to Say Yes) and Gaultier gave us just that. From “traditional” white bridal gowns to dresses with python prints to looks that were half menswear half gown, these looks were inventive and fun. Naomi Campbell closed the show wrapped in cellophane and orchids representing a bridal bouquet. Gaultier made his return to the couture runway so lively and entertaining, I couldn’t get enough.
Valentino’s spring couture show took us on a whimsical ride. The beginning of the collection started off with gowns with elaborate embroidery that resembled a folk-like feel. The models’ hair were atop their heads with a crown of braids that were a mix of fairytale royalty meets Dutch milkmaid. From that texture the collection moved into silk scarf dresses and velvet gowns with plunging necklines. Sequins, script, and etherial prints ended the show, leaving us in love with the frills of fantasy.
Blizzard Juno came and went and even though it wasn’t as intense as predicted, we here in Connecticut still got a good 18 inches of snow. I thought that now that the snow had stopped falling and the roads have been cleaned up it was time to have some fun in the snow! I brought a long my dog, Raleigh for his blogging debut.
The most important thing when it comes to being outside in this cold weather is obviously keeping warm. I’m not saying you have to match your outerwear completely because you don’t, but it’s easy to look really disheveled or messy if you just throw a bunch of layers on. This coat is my go to casual winter coat because not only is it extremely warm but it’s flattering. Normally a coat with this puffy volume would be something I would stay away from to avoid adding bulk; but since it is belted it ended up looking very flattering. And you all know how I feel about my Hunter boots. They are a MUST have for this season but I also love a good pair of fingerless gloves. These fingerless gloves are so much fun because they are covered in black faux fur. It definitely adds some interest to these functional gloves.
For the spring 2015 couture show, Giambattista Valli was inspired by two very different yet influential women: Coco Chanel and Janis Joplin. Chanel was known for her structured, menswear inspired jackets where as Joplin was known for wearing her cocktail dresses over pants. Tulle played a huge role in the collection, adding to the other feminine elements in the collection including ruffles, floral patterns, sparkle, and fur capes. I can definitely see a few these looks on the red carpet of upcoming awards shows. Oscars, anyone?
On a snowy day like today, there’s nothing that makes me more hopeful for warmer weather than looking at the spring couture shows. With the bright color pallet of the Chanel collection, how can you not be excited for the season to change? Karl had a wild stage constructed (per usual) of over 300 flowers that bloomed right before the audience’s eyes. The couture was equally as mesmerizing. Jackets, full skirts, floral appliqués, and amazing accessories consisting of oversized hats, veils, and beanies gave the collection a lot of interest and variety.