Saturday, July 31, 2010

Roksanda Ilincic's 2011 Resort Pre-Collection Preview

Roksana Ilincic's Resort 2011 collection is, in our eyes, perfection. We love dresses, and we love color, and this collection seems to have a lot of both. The fun belts keep these dresses from being too shapeless, yet the voluminous skirts and lighter fabrics keep it comfortable for summer. Normally we use summer as an occasion to go all out on color, but we're even huge fans of her black and white dresses (shown above) - asymmetry is back and it's hotter than ever.

What are your favorite Resort 2011 collections?

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Street Style: Robson Street

We ran into this adorable Irish exchange student on our stay in Vancouver (like I said earlier, Vancouver is a ridiculously cosmopolitan city). She seemed a little shy to take a picture, which is pretty normal, because most people assume that what they're not stylish enough to be on a fashion blog (I can't tell you how many 'WHAT? you want to take a picture of ME for your fashion blog?' I get...). In addition, she had stayed out all night partying, so her make up was a bit smudged, but we're totally into that grunge look anyways. We love how she transformed her LBD into a day-time appropriate outfit by throwing on a scarf (again, the beauty of scarves!) and that cuuute chapeau. Totally versatile and travel friendly.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Designer Spotlight: Indra Welman

Une Petite Robe Noire, meaning a little black dress in French, is the name of Indra Welman's newest collection that she showed at Amsterdam fashion week.Her usual bold lines and fun designs are just as apparent as always as she reinvents the classics. Wanna hear what the critics are saying? Here's a snipet on her collection from German blog, Team Peter Stitger

With her latest collection designer Indra Welman in fact released a best of collection straight away. She took the concept of the little black dress she’s so fond of and created a whole collection around it.

Each one of the little black dresses was born from a unique source of inspiration. And though sensuality is the main motive for any little black dress, Indra Welman redefined what is considered sexy.

The models had shiny white lips and did some crazy feminine poses before they started walking the runway, a hand kiss or one leg in the air, for instance. Their black dresses had lots of details like fringes and ruffles.

Yet it was not all black dresses we saw. Some black hotpants, a green top and two beige dresses with black accents on them came by too. One of those beige dresses had the shape of underwear cut out in black and attached to the front.

Indra herself appeared on stage in one of her own dresses. She gracefully walked the runway and looked very proud."

So, is the collection a hit or has the LBD been redone one too many times? We'd love to hear your two cents.



Thursday, July 22, 2010

Academy of Art University Update

Thinking about attending the Academy of Art university? Well it's not a bad idea. AAU shows at New York fashion week and is becoming a major name in the fashion world. However, with all these details aside and after spending a summer here, i'm not sure exactly if it's the place for America's next big designer. The Pre-college program is not taken seriously. They expect us to know nothing, which, honestly, some students need, but serious students aren't getting the challenge we've paied for. By no means is this the absolute truth, it's only my opinion, but I wish the program was a bit tougher.

On the bright side, the facilities are great and transport is wonderful. They have buses all over the city for us to take so MUNI money can be spent on other things. Below is a photo of my Fashion Merchandising classroom. The classrooms are generally big and airy and stocked with supplies. All the hallways are painted and it's quite visually appealing. Perfect for an artist.

Basically, AAU is a great place for those who aren't sure exactly what they want. I can't speak for the actual college classes yet, but for the pre-college program, come if you have some decision making to do.


P.S. (BOF is having some awesome interviews with amazing people. This website never ceases to amaze.)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Street Style: Vancouver, CA

We just can't stop with the fabulous Vancouver street style. We adore Wei's summer look. She manages to make the brown & white neutral palette seem refreshing - the French could really use a lesson from her. We can't decide which is cuter: her or the outfit. What we love most about the outfit, however, is its affordability.

Shirt: Urban Behavior
Cardigan: Costa Blanca
Shoes: Urban Outfitter
Bag: H&M

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Street Style: Robson Street

Back from Vancouver. Since so many wonderful fashion bloggers such as our buddy The Starving Stylist hail from this great Canadian city, I was expecting to find great street style. Vancouver did not disappoint. This student-friendly city has a TON of étrangers or foreigners, actually. I found that most of the people I asked to take a photo of were either exchange students or tourists themselves! Go figure. :P Guess goes to show that even 5 months after the Olympics have ended, Vancouver is still keepin some of that international flavor.

Priscilla from Japan was the first victim of my street-style photo hunt :p I personally loved the ruffled sleeves of her denim jacket - gave the classic Levi's a refreshing ol' twist! Sometimes, all you need is a variation on a staple item, and BAM, your outfit is made. More street style from Vancouver to come later!

Monday, July 12, 2010

We simply can't keep this kind of fabulousness away from you guys, here are our top 5 favs of the week, including snippets from our inbox about the events. So, sit back, relax and enjoy what...
The Society Loves

1. Bread and Butter Berlin, Tribeca
Bread and Butter, one of the biggest fashion tradeshows in the world will now be featuring some fabulous designers from Tribeca. We've never heard of a more winning combination.
"Overview trade show dates:
1. TRIBECA New York from 07th to 09th of July at Bread & Butter, Flughafen Berlin-Tempelhof, Platz der Luftbrücke 5, 12101 Berlin
2. TRIBECA New York from 24th to 27th of July at Premium, Colorium Haus, Speditionstrasse 9, 40221 Düsseldorf
3. TRIBECA New York from 14th to 17th of August at Premium, Zenith Halle, Lilienthalallee 29, 80939 München"

"The Dixie"

The cutest little badass bag we've ever seen...
"S.C. Vizcarra’s hand-woven leather Dixie handbag with etched skull motif is now available in pewter for autumn/winter shopping pages and photo shoots. The bag (pictured above) retails for £375.
Editor’s Notes:
S.C. Vizcarra, a luxury accessories brand, was established 85 years ago in Manila and has made its way to Europe under the care of the original S.C. Vizcarra’s (Segundina Cornejo Vizcarra) granddaughter, London-based Rita Nazareno.
Focusing on classic and fashion-led, high-end, woven luxury bags, each piece is a unique creation taking up to 7 days to hand produce. All bags are lined with silk or canvas with stainless and brushed metal finishings.
Rita Nazareno has brought the brand to the UK after a very successful career in TV and film. An Emmy award-winning producer, 38-year-old Rita decided to return to and expand the family business. She has a Masters in film and video and received a second Masters in design management for fashion from London College of Fashion.
S.C. Vizcarra has several collections: Classic, Cruise and the newest additions, the Saddle Bag and directional Zacarias ranges. They are sold throughout Japan and Korea, are available at Suzannah in London or by private order:"

Mode Republic's Fashion Contests

Only the chicest enter and only the most fabulous win...
"Mode Republic Style in Your City Contest - win cash prize and be the next cover model
Members of Mode Republic come from all around the world. We thought it would be fun to launch a contest to embrace the diversity of styles from all the different cities. Submit photos and show us the style in your city!
Submit photos to Mode Republic between June 17, 2010 and July 16, 2010 11:59 PM PST"

Ulrika Sandstrom
and her summer sale...

From tomorrow, Wednesday the 7th of July at 12.00,
we are offering you 30-50% off the spring/summer collection 2010.
Ulrika Sandström Store at Norrbackagatan 36
T-station St. Eriksplan or J-station Karlberg.
Opening hours Wed-Fri 12.00-18.00, Sat 12-00-16.00.
For our out of town customers, the online shop is open 24/24 h:"

The New Tough
The Newest new tough pushes the envelope more than ever.

"We've just launched the fourth issue of The New Tough featuring Asger
Carlsen, Kevin "Spanky" Long, Susanne Bartsch, Colin Simmons and more.
SUMMER 2010"

We hope you enjoyed this peek inside our inbox and a few blurbs about our loves. Stay cool this summer.

See you Wednesday,

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Street Style: AAU San Francisco

Agustus Gloop anyone? C'mon doesn't Philip here make you think of everyone's favorite Wonka star at least a little bit? Okay, okay maybe it's just me, but the above the knee shorts, button downs and adorable poses have to make you think of some larger than life character.I mean seriously, he's wearing a nautical themed afghan.

I've been watching Philip's style for a while and he's always looking original and chic. Here at AAU there are so many fashionable (but THANK GOD not tackilytrendy) people. Gotta love artists!!

See y'all next week
Rebecca & Maddy

P.S. We'd like to dedicate this post to someone who has been supporting us since the very beginning,Christina Kyrillos and her lovely blog Miss Saturday Morning
P.P.S. We just had a little chat with Sonia from Dozen Dresses. Check out our interview here!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Kilian Kerner: Mercedes-Benz Berlin Fashion Week Preview

On July 10th, Kilian Kerner will showcase his newest collection at Mercedes-Benz Berlin Fashion Week. We were lucky enough to see his S/S 2010 collection at the previous Berlin Fashion Week, and we were completely blown away by his craftsmenship and beautiful and elegant designs. Since then, we've become loyal fans and we're sad that we won't be able to make his show this time. However, we were invited to have a sneak peak at his collection, entitled the Flieg zum Mond und bleib hier (fly to the moon and don’t go away) collection.

The women's wear collection is elegant and soft and plays with hard, metallic contrasts. Sequined pieces meet flowing silk creations. Short and long trousers and over sized tops meet figure hugging cuts and feminine dresses. The clashes continue even within the colour scheme. Soft, earthy, nude and beige tones encounter a dark, profound pallet of blue, black and metallic.

Photo credit: Katja Kuhl

The men's collection embodies a mixture of dandy and sailor. Clear, classical tailoring meets lined patterns and fitted pockets. Asymmetry comes about through a playful division of seams in textiles like silk and cotton. These summery shorts, casual shirts, and narrow coats are perfect additions for the fashion conscious man.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Intern Diaries: Part 3

My fab intern buddies, Kathy and Shay

I've recently also been spending a lot of time at the Lot 8 Boutqiue in addition to working at Chloe's studio. I'll admit, I expected my job at the store to be pretty mundane - I expected to do tasks along the lines of ringing up items, greeting customers as they walk through the door, and making sure all the clothes on the racks were put away neatly. This isn't too far from the truth. However, interns get a 50% discount on everything in the store, so it's all worth it. However, I've recently discovered that all of the clothes are made for small-breasted women, and since I'm a size D bust, this seems to pose a problem. I guess I'll have to stick to buying skirts and pants.

The stock room backstage

Aside from doing clerical work, I also help a lot "backstage" at the store. I'm constantly updating the Chloe Dao website, photoshopping her most recent photoshoots, and making flyers for her upcoming shows. Chloe puts on a runway show almost every week; I have NO idea how she does it.

We're constantly working, even through our lunch breaks!

Something that I just found out about from Chloe is that October 11-15 of this year will mark the first Audi Houston Fashion Week! Christian Siriano, Mark Bouwer, and of course Chloe are slated to show their collections, and I'm sure some other designers as well. I'll unfortunately be in Boston at the time but gosh...the idea of Houston becoming more fashionfoward is just too unreal/exciting!!!!