Saturday, September 17, 2011

New York Fashion Week | Marchesa

Yes, Marchesa gets its own post, because the dresses were just too beautiful to not showcase fully!!

My favorite dress in the whole collection :)

The dresses were as beautiful as ever -- muted hues, flowing silhouettes, fringes, embellishments, yards and yards of tulle, an impeccable craftsmanship and aesthetic made the collection both elegant and whimsical. Some people might think that it's the same old -- but you cannot deny the how intricate and each piece is! 

Check out New York Magazine's Amy O'Dell interviewing Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, the two lovely ladies behind Marchesa. 

New York Fashion Week | Trends Part 2

Andddd the Fashion Week recap continues! Enjoy!

Bibhu Mohapatra showed a clean, edited collection with dresses, gowns, harem pants, and clean-cut tuxedos. The collection was perfectly minimalistic without being boring, with a soft, muted palate (dove grey, dark grey, black, beige, pale pink, mauve) with the occasional refined embellishments and shots of yummy orange. My favorites -- the combination of grey and orange (grey top and orange harem pants, first photo), the orange gown (in the first photo), the elegant evening gowns that were just the right amount of glam, and the awesome chain print. Basically, there wasn't anything I didn't like in this collection!

Monique Lhuillier's collection was replete with dresses and gowns, accented with latticed stilettos. The dresses and gowns were clean-cut, with classic, flattering silhouettes and a variety of colors. I especially liked the all-black dresses with their colored panels (middle set of photos), the black-and-white dresses, and the glamorous yet simple evening gowns.

Really liked Carolina Herrera's flowing dresses with their cheery prints and bright colors -- perfect for spring!

Cynthia Steffe had some easily wearable dresses and separates in bright spring colors. Fuss free chic = I like! Love the printed maxi dress (third from the left).

Naeem Khan provided some GLAM to the spring shows with lots of sequins, bright colors and embellishments. Love the draped grey gown (bottom photo), the embellished top and orange skirt (bottom photo) and the gorgeous white kaftan (top photo).

So that's almost it from me for Fashion Week! What were your favorite shows?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

New York Fashion Week | Trends

Last Thursday, New York Fashion Week kicked off with Fashion's Night Out all over major cities across the world, and has been churning out show after show since that Thursday. Fashion Week ends today, but fear not! In case you missed some of the fabulous shows, here is a quick recap of the trends found at Fashion Week:

Elie Tahari played with a mostly monochromatic palette - ensembles in different shades of tangerines, whites, ivory, dove grey, and of course, black. The pieces were all accented with gold -- belts, sandals, gladiator flats, purses, necklaces, and embroidery. The pieces were glamorous and relaxed, with flowing silhouettes and soft blouses. The collection is extremely wearable and very much versatile, and can easily go from day to night. This was my first Elie Tahari experience, and I've gotta say that I'll be raiding the archives to find out more about the design house!

Relaxed silhouettes, bright batiks and tye-dyes, re-vamped gladiator sandals, messenger bags, and leather accents at Michael Kors. 

Nanette Leopore played up a lot of corals and oranges, combining the colors with neons, yellows, and icy blue for a cool effect. Also loved the neon shoes - awesome for adding a pop of color to any outfit!

I loved loved loved Oscar de la Renta's collection! It didn't stick to one particular trend but had a multitude in the form of refined lace; graphic, nature-inspired prints; classic cuts; dashes of white with bright colors; colored shoes; business suits softened up with sheer, feminine blouses; and liberal doses of bright colors: red, royal blue, bright yellow, deep and grass green. The collection was extensive but simple, and very much wearable with just the right doses of cheery spring color by the way of print-blocking and color-blocking. Love!

Ruffian basically summed up one of the biggest trends by far at Fashion Week - color-blocking. And of course, gotta love the colored shoes. The royal blue ones and the yellow ones are simply yummy!

Stay tuned for more recaps coming soon!

Wanderlust | Jodhpur, Rajasthan

simply rajasthan, jodhpur by nevil zaveri
simply rajasthan, jodhpur, a photo by nevil zaveri on Flickr.
Stained glass door at Meherangarh Fort in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
Rajasthan's architectural heritage is richly colored by the many forts and palaces the state holds. Stained glass doors and windows, exquisite carvings, enameled tiles, intricate mosaics, and lavish designs make Rajasthan a lovely historical and whimsical place to visit.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Throwback | Vogue India

One of my favorite editorials from Vogue India (not to mention EVER!) features gorgeously crafted Indian jewelry and two lovely ladies - Lakshmi Menon and Kamal Sidhu, from October 2007. 
My favorite shots are of the braid jewelry (5th photo) and the multi-strand  waist chain (last photo).

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Lust List | Anndra Neen Jewelry

I was browsing through Elle Magazine's list of Fall must-have investment pieces, and discovered Anndra Neen Jewelry. Anndra Neen Jewelry is a line created by two Mexico-born sisters,  Pheobe and Annette Stephens, in 2009.

New-York based sisters Annette and Phoebe Stephens are the designer-duo behind the jewelry line, Anndra Neen. Inspired in part by her grandmother, Annette Nancarrow, well-respected painter and sculptor, but also by French medieval armour and architecture by Le Corbusier and Louis Khan, they create rustic-glamour rings, cuffs, necklaces and clutches in handmade copper, brass and nickel-silver.  
 Trendland, by Anna Katharina 
They draw their inspiration from a wide variety of cultures - including the Mexican culture that they grew up around, as well as other cultures from around the world, and use a wide variety of metals and materials to craft the jewels. The pieces aren't exactly cheap (they range from about $200 to about $1000 dollars each), but they certainly are lustworthy!!

I've been looking at their designs, and I am totally in love!! Take a look:

They have already designed some shoes, and these two below were my favorites. Especially loved the design on the wooden wedges! 
Here are few places where you can shop for Anndra Neen:

And I leave you with some really cool shots of Anndra Neen Jewelry, shot by Richard Burbridge.

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