Fall/Winter 2011: Desires

As much as I love Summer, I'm ready for Fall and Winter to start. In general I'd have to say that estas son mis estaciones favoritas! I basically like to be able to wear more clothing and thus experiment with more trends. This season I have an itch to try out unas modas de EspaƱa. Specifically, the gaucho pant and the lace skirt. Both of these trends are featured prominently in Latino and Spanish art from the 1600s to the 1800s as we can see from the Goya painting of the neurotic yet lovely Duchess of Alba and the photograph of the Gaucho from 1870. I'm also a huge fan of Diego Velasquez, who we can see not only had fabulous facial hair, but wore the traditional black and red court attire of Spain. While black, red, and white are probably used more frequently than any other colors for anyone's wardrobe here in America, they are rarely paired together unless the occasion is special enough to merit such striking contrasts. Think about it: the black tuxedo originated in Spain and is now mainly used for formal occasions: the red tie, now known as "the power tie", is worn mainly by CEOs and patrician politicians. If you wanted to really read into it, I suppose that you might say that the context in which all three colors are worn together has little changed since the days of the Spanish court: red, white and black are for the rich and famous. With all that said, It's not just the Spanish color palette that I would like to try out this season, but also the above mentioned attire. The lace skirt and gaucho pant are much more wearable for the average plebeian- and are not too in-your-face about being classy.
Exhibit 1 is a culotte (this is the equivalent of what we call the "gaucho") from ASOS. I love the taupe color because it can be worn with anything. A black shirt or brown boots would look fantastic with this piece. Needless to say, I will be ordering this gorgeous number with my next paycheck!
Exhibit 2 was just featured on Cherry Blossom Girl a few weeks ago. It is a black lace maxi skirt by Free People. Fear not, shoppers, because even though it is see-through there are lots of ways to wear this piece. Black tights could be interesting with this for Fall and you could definitely wear this with a black or nude slip. Unlike the gauchos- this skirt is not for the office, but is still a trend worthy of trying.



Versace ad Campaign Fall 2011

fashiongonerogue photos from this morning!!
This has to be one of my favorite ad campaigns for next season. I love the mixture of hard, angular military garb with the soft malleability of lustrous gold: it's very if-only-Napoleon-had-been-a-leggy-brunette. But also, that feathered dress is impeccable- I have never wanted to wear feathers so badly! And the quilted leather bag??? I would buy a knock-off if they weren't usually sold to profit organized crime... But today's favorite is the purple outfit. The amazing collar alludes to royalty from the Tudor dynasty (Elizabeth I) but the gold necklace is just such a work of art. Vive Versace! And we are all so looking forward to Versace's collaborations with H&M which will be coming out November 17 of this year.



Alexis Mabille gown

Fashiongasm!!! Dita wore the dress on the right at Versailles for Paris Fashion Week. And I must say- only the incomparable Dita could pull off such an elaborate gown. I absolutely adore her sense of fashion because she brings such elegance to whatever pieces she wears. And who else could pull off pale skin and throbbing red lips?
I hope she wears that red silk piece on the left, a Zac Posen no less, to a premier. A deep purple or lavender would contrast so well with the red carpet and the space-age flashy numbers we've seen in the past year (worn by Jennifer Lopez as seen here http://media.photobucket.com/image/jennifer%20lopez%202010/DyandraBrown/JenniferLopez2010GrammyAwardsTheNin.jpg). There's nothing wrong with modern silhouettes but I'm personally kind of a purist. I adore the 1940s Hollywood glam look that we've gotten to see on Dita and other stars like Evan Rachel Wood in TrueBlood and Gugu Mbatha-Raw's Reem Acra dress at the BAFTA Gala. The forties were a really interesting time in fashion, a time to which designers like Lagerfeld and Versace frequently allude because the silhouettes so emphasized the female shape and its power.
So thank you Dita for bringing your Midas touch wherever you go!



Recent Purchase: the wood ring.

Just what is it about Target's clearance bins that is so appealing? Well, this ring definitely. I bought it for $3 in the jewelry clearance bin a couple of weeks ago. It goes with everything but gives a definite hippie vibe that isn't as overstated as say, feather earrings. Not to mention that it's the ideal accent to any Saturday-casual dressing. I accidentally built my outfit around it this morning as my mom and I ventured out to our local farmers' market. It was the perfect complement to my new distressed cropped Artist jeans from American Eagle (which my adorable boyfriend purchased for me, <3 ) and a white Alexander Wang tee which my sis gave me. No pictures of my outfit as I am a sweaty mess from the near hundred-degree heat at 8:30 this morning!