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Photos courtesy of Style.com

Antipodium – Walkabout Skirt

http://www.asos.com/Antipodium/Antipodium-Walkabout-Skirt/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=997811&SearchQuery=walkabout&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=20&sort=-1&clr=CandyPink

Vera Moda – Fine Check Knee Length Skirt

http://www.asos.com/Vero-Moda/Vero-Moda-Fine-Check-Knee-Length-Skirt/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=918067

BCBG Max Azria – Runway Pleated Top

Chanel

Comme des Garcons

Fendi – LOVE!!!!!!

Mulberry – Betty Bow Skirt

Day Birger et Mikkelsen

Paris – Flippy Skirt

http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=0&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=19551&storeId=12556&productId=1601651&langId=-1&categoryId=&parent_category_rn=

Yves Saint Laurent

Alberta Ferretti

Badgley Mischka

Brian Reyes

Chanel

Douglas Hannant

Marie Saint Pierre

Matthew Williamson

Melissa Odabash

Nina and Lola – Stine Goya Paraquite Chamoix Silk Long Dress with Silver Dots

Sophie Theallet

Tibi

Vanessa Bruno

Yigal Azrouel

Chanel

Diane Von Furstenberg – Carmona Lace Dress

Matthew Williamson

Free People – Printed Cinch Waist Tunic

http://www.freepeople.com/printed-cinch-waist-tunic/_/searchString/cinch%20waist/CMCATEGORYID/683d4023-53f5-4900-b5ce-ecf465df31a9/

Beatrice Boyle for Browns Focus – Ice Cream Dress

http://www.intermixonline.com/product/sale/dresses/ice+cream+dress.do?search=basic&keyword=ice+cream&sortby=newArrivals&page=1

Fifty Twenty – Racerback Pocket Tank

http://www.cusp.com/shoponline/product.aspx?folderid=/shoponline/apparel/tops/alltops&itemId=T2KRV&keyword=fifty+twenty&i=1

Loomstate Organic – ss scoop tee – you won’t egret this

Nasty gal – Holy Shi t Tee

Mink Pink – Fading Away Floral Skirt

http://www.shopnastygal.com/products/new/clothing/bottoms/Fading-Away-Floral-Skirt-.html

Nasty Gal – Sealed with a Kiss Tee

http://www.shopnastygal.com/products/new/clothing/tops/Sealed-With-A-Kiss-Tee.html

McQ – Strapless Cotton Jacquard Leopard Dress

http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/64375

Chaser Merchandising – Grey Patrick Nagel Cop Hat Tee

http://www.oaknyc.com/chaser-merchandising-cop-hat.html

Penguin Clothing – Party Mixer T Shirt

http://www.penguinclothing.com/1CSK0164-417-penguin.html

MM Couture by Miss Me – Floral Printed Tube Dress in Navy Print

Rogan – Flamingo Gris T

Wildfox – My Boyfriend is a Vampire Tee

http://www.singer22.com/whg701752.html

Wildfox – Skeleton Oversized Sweatshirt in Metal Black

http://www.singer22.com/wfl710031.html

Wildfox – The Lady is a Vamp Cut Off Tank

http://www.singer22.com/wtj709821.html

Maison Martin Margiela – Graphic Short Sleeve T

Alexander McQueen – Canvas Chain Shopper

Lanvin – Pop Pouchette

http://www.barneys.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-BNY-Site/default/Search-Show?q=pop+pouchette

Mulberry – Carousel Horses Coin Purse

Paul Smith – Paris Print Tie

Paul Smith – Walker Umbrella with Crazy Lining

Sexy, fun, party times!

What I love most about corsets is that you can pair it up with almost anything.  You can use it to dress up a pair of jeans, or you can give a hard edge to something that is ultra feminine.  And even though the corset is nothing new, dating back to the 1700’s, the ways in which we wear them and the consistent evolution in the way they are constructed are offering a new take on this type of garment. 

Alexander Wang – here is a great example of how pairing a corset on top of a Grecian styled garment that is feminine and flowing can add a touch of an edge.  If anything the black and white colours also help to accentuate this contrast.

Antonia Berardi – It always amazes me to see a heavily structured piece is showcased through sheer fabric.  This is ultra femininity at it’s best!

Chanel

Christopher Kane

Francesco Scognamiglio – another great example of how structured a sheer fabric can be made to function, except this garment offers the edge and hardness as opposed to the Antonio Berardi example above.

Giles – SHAPE!  I love this new take on the corset.  Ultra hard and definitely different!

Herve Leger by Max Azria – For those that have been following the blog, you know my love for this garment.  Here is an example of how you can achieve the looks of a corset without having to suffer through boning and being strapped in like a harness.  Max Azria simply added the contrasting colour into the construction of the dress itself to give the illusion that a corset is a part of the garment without actually having one built-in.

Richard Nicoll

Versus

Clare Tough – Eva Bodice Top

http://www.kirnazabete.com/eva-bodice-top-5

Nasty Gal – Catalina Bustier Tank

http://www.shopnastygal.com/products/Catalina-Bustier-Tank.html

There was a sea of ruffles and colour on this year’s red carpet and I thought I would compile a short list of dresses that I loved.  I was slightly surprised to not see any Alexander McQueen on the runway, but then again, Lady GaGa didn’t attend 😛

So here it is – my short list of stand out gowns:

Amanda Seyfried in Armani Prive

Anna Kendrick in Elie Saab

Cameron Diaz in Oscar de la Renta

Demi Moore in Versace

Elizabeth Banks in Versace

Jennifer Lopez in Armani Prive

Kate Winslet in Salvatore Ferragamo

Miley Cyrus in Jenny Packham

Zoe Kravitz in Alexis Mabille

Honourable Mentions…

Kristen Stewart in Monique Lhuillier – It’s a good thing she chose a black dress because the girl can’t crack a smile to save her life.  I think this picture shows the biggest smile I have ever seen on her face.

Rachel McAdams in Elie Saab – LOVE!  This dress almost made it into the top spot for me.

Sandra Bullock in Marchesa – For those that have been following this blog, you know that I have a soft spot for Marchesa.  Sandra Bullock looks like she could contend for the gig as the Oscar statue itself.

Sarah Jessica Parker in Chanel Couture – I love the unique design to this dress.  If I could pick one con about it, it’s the seam down the front.  I find it takes away slightly from the dress.

Sigourney Weaver in Lanvin – The carpet wasn’t the only thing that was red at this year’s Oscars.  There seemed to be a plethora of red dresses but this one by Lanvin absolutely takes the top spot when it comes to the colour.

And the award goes to…

Maggie Gyllenhaal in Dries Van Noten – The graphic print is absolutely beautiful and she wears it to perfection.

And how could we do an Oscars Best Dressed List without showcasing some of the worst’s:

Charlize Theron in Christian Dior – Oh Charlize, everyone knows just how tempting you can be.  We don’t need a set of cupcakes on your chest to tempt us further.

Diane Kruger in Chanel – This one hurts.  It pains me to put a Chanel dress on the list of worst’s but I just can’t find a place for this one in my heart.

Meryl Streep in Chris March – Meryl, we have come to expect so much more from you.  Although there is nothing really “wrong” with this piece…it’s just “meh”

Zoe Saldana in Givenchy – As we saw above, ruffles were worn much better than this!

All photos via Style.com

All Photos via Style.com unless otherwise stated.

1. Anne Valerie Hash – Ready To Wear

2. 3.1 Phillip Lim – Resort

3. Chanel – Ready To Wear

4. Dolce & Gabbana – Ready To Wear

5. Carlos Miele – Ready To Wear

6. Oscar de la Renta – Ready To Wear

7. Erdem – Ready To Wear

8. Alexander McQueen – Ready To Wear (http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/63469)

9. Marchesa – Ready To Wear

10. Marchesa – Resort

Lace is often perceived as being appropriate for evening wear only.  This spring, it has been re-introduced as an element that adds sophistication to even the most casual of outfits.  By day, lace can provide softness to a look when worn as a light layer.  It even provides structure to a design when added to a garment as an applique.  Both 3.1 Phillip Lim and Marchesa have mastered this visual technique.  Alexander McQueen’s full spring ready to wear line was laced (mind the pun) with a graphic print that mimics the classic mesh throughout as you can see on his leggings.

I have often shied away from lace as I find it can look cheap or remind me of bad lingerie but these styles have shown me how it can be done right.  I’m looking forward to infusing it into my spring wardrobe and using it to accent some casual pieces that simply need a touch of elegance.

There is no more definitive style for spring year after year than nautical.  Spring makes you want to climb aboard your yacht and head for open waters…or at least dress like you do.  So in my look ahead to spring, I have compiled some of my favorite styles inspired by the high seas.  What says nautical more than navy, stripes and anchors?

1. Derek Lam – Resort (Photo via Style.com)

2. Stella McCartney – Resort (Photo via Style.com)

3. Alberta Ferretti – Ready To Wear (Photo via Style.com)

4. Hermes – Ready To Wear (Photo via Style.com)

5. Bottega Veneta – Resort (Photo via Style.com)

6. Chanel – Resort (Photo via Style.com)

7. Vivienne Westwood – Ready To Wear (Photo via Style.com)

8. Kenzo – Ready to Wear (Photo via Style.com)

9. Christian Louboutin – Maggie (http://www.barneys.com/Maggie/500287148,default,pd.html)

10. Mulberry – Party Bow Dress (http://www.mulberry.com/#/storefront/c5703/4528/category/)

11. Chloe – Shantung-Silk Bow Dress (http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/65082)

12. Gucci – Sofia Open Toe Mid Heel Wedge Pumps (http://www.gucci.com/ca-en/us-english/ca-en/spring-summer-10/womens-shoes/#0-1148736-234827B8I004506)

13. Forever 21 – Dead Weight Anchor Necklace (http://www.forever21.com/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=FOREVER21&category%5Fname=ACC&product%5Fid=1074413402&showBACK=OK)

14. Emilie Hagen – Silver Large Seahorse Necklace (www.emiliehagen.com)

15. Louis Vuitton – Marina Key Holder (http://www.louisvuitton.com/us/flash/index.jsp?direct1=home_entry_us)

16. La Senza – Eyelet Trim Thong and (http://www.lasenza.com/eng/products/Panties/Thongs/Eyelet-Trim-Thong?120501-109) and Striped Denim Bra (http://www.lasenza.com/eng/products/Bras/DemiCup/Striped-Cotton-Demi-Bra?110001-106)

17. Forever 21 – Triple Chain Satirn Bracelet (www.forever21.com)

18. Cole Haan – Raleigh Whipstitch Hobo (http://www.colehaan.com/colehaan/catalog/product.jsp?catId=100&productId=309590&productGroup=309584)

19. Alice + Olivia – Striped Hight Waist Skirt with Belt  (http://shop.aliceandolivia.com/product/striped-high-waist-skirt-belt/)
20. My Wardrobe – Vivienne Westwood Blue Rose Lady Dragon Globe Slingback (http://www.my-wardrobe.com/vivienne-westwood-accessories/blue-rose-lady-dragon-globe-slingback-392188)

 

The next few posts will be completely dedicated to the trends of Spring as I see them!  You can expect to see posts just like this featuring clothing and accessories inspired by lace, shorts, long dresses, the infamous trench, side gathering, pleating, corsetting, shape, texture, socks with shoes, graphic prints, black and white, the many shapes of the motorcycle jacket, shirt dresses, leggings, trousers, blues, nudes, almost bridal, mosaic mirrors, exposed zippers and military.  There are so many yummy trends to cover and so much change and innovation in store for a brand new year and a brand new decade.

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