Friday, February 27, 2009

Spring Fashion 2009: J.Crew

I have to admit, I didn't find too much in new arrivals over at the J.Crew website that really grabbed my attention. But did find a few things. Mostly because I love how J.Crew puts looks together.

Love the nautical/beachy look with a great loose fitting, navy striped tunic paired with classic khakis.

I noticed J.Crew had a lot of beachy tunics this spring and I love this one paired with simple shorts.

I adore this oxford, especially that green, seafoamy color. J.Crew calls it "fresh mint."

Love the pink/white contrast here. This short sleeved cardigan is bright and perfect for spring.

This is my favorite look from J.Crew this spring. I'm a big fan of pairing yellow and blue together. In fact, I recently bought a pair of yellow chino shorts very similar (more like nearly identical) to these. The cardigan adds a neutral color and creates a great layered look.

From the girls section of Crewcuts, I love the adorable pockets on what would otherwise be just another pair of khaki shorts. They also come in white and pink.

I'm not big on jean shorts, but I'm so in love with these! I only wish J.Crew made them for women!

As for the boys, I really liked these beach shorts.

Not too bad, J.Crew. Not your best collection, but not bad.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Spring Fashion 2009: Ralph Lauren Runway Collection

I know I'm a little late with this, but I decided that since I plan on covering the spring fashions of my favorite lines, I should include Ralph Lauren's runway collection, which showed last fall in New York. The fall collection just showed at fashion week in New York, which I'll post after I finish the spring lines.

So, I've gathered all my favorite items from my favorite stores, so I'll post them whenever I get a chance over the next few days or so. These are just my favorite looks from the spring collection, you can find pictures of the whole collection here. The collection is just gorgeous. Ralph sticks to what made him famous - glamour, luxury, class - and the end result is exquisite. If you want to see the pictures in more detail, you can click on them to see their original (usually larger) size (same goes for all my posts). Well, let's take a look!

The theme of the show was exotic travels in Africa and this safari-inspired outfit was the opening look of the show. I love how the ruggedness of the blouse, hat and bag grounds the brightness of the pants. The show is essentially divided in three sub-themes and, in addition to opening the show, this look opens the safari theme that is dominated by neutral tones and cargo embellishments.

I seriously love that bag. I have this thing for large handbags and this one is gorgeous! Love the shorts and jacket.

Simple, chic gold dress.

One of the reasons I love fashion week (and high fashion in general) is the artistic license designers use in their effort to tell a story through clothes. It's fabulously over-the-top, which is the idea. I mean, I don't know many (or any, for that matter) people that would wear a turban, but that's not the point. It's artistic, it's telling a story, and it looks amazing in the context of the runway. Also, that canteen? Awesome! Nice touch.

This section moves from rugged to glamourous and features crips whites and creamy ivories. Keeping the brown embellishments make the white stand out. It looks so sharp.

These pants are a recurring theme that add fluidity to the show and keeps the show from being choppy by jumping between vastly different looks. They tie the whole line together.

That white trench is gorgeous. And where can I get that luggage?! Just beautiful.

I really liked this flowing dress, especially the ruching detail on the bodice.

Great detailing on the blouse.

I really love this blouse (dress?). And the African-inspired necklace really compliments the look.

By now you've probably realized that this section was my favorite considering how many pictures I posted. I just found it to be the embodiment of glamour and sophistication.

The last section moves into a decidedly Moroccan/North African/Saharan theme. Love the juxtaposition of black and gold in these looks. Again, that necklace is beautiful.

Great contrast between a basic little black dress and an exotic, intricate turban.

Great tailored suit and that little bit of gold popping out at the neck really makes the look.

The gold embellishment makes this otherwise average dress.

This was the final look and boy is it a showstopper. Great cut and color. The model (the flawless Ubah Hassan) looks gorgeous, her skin glows next to the gold fabric. Again, the detail in the turban is wonderful. Ubah Hassan and Valentina Zelyaeva (the model in the opening look) are also the faces of Ralph Lauren and their opening and closing looks are (were, I suppose, since this collection came out months ago) featured in the spring campaign. Check them out (click to enlarge):

Makes you want to hop on a plane to Africa, doesn't it?!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Spring Fashion 2009: Brooks Brothers' Country Club Line (Plus, an Inauguration Bonus!)

I was going to just cover Brooks' main spring collection, but I decided to go with the Country Club line first. I just love it. Their advertising campaign for it is, as usual for Brooks, perfect. Check it out:

I also enjoyed this campaign I received in my e-mail for their resort line:

But let's take a look at Country Club's spring items for 2009.

Country Club Sleeveless Pique Slim Fit Polo

I just love this look, with the navy and white. This polo also comes in three other colors: white, orange sherbert and desert rose.

Sea Island Cotton Shell

Sea Island Cotton Cardigan

Gotta love a great twin set and this one is divine. It also comes in navy, which I prefer. But then again, I prefer nearly everything in navy! So I tried to switch it up by picturing the other two colors.

Country Club Short Sleeve Argyle Sweater

Pink and green argyle?! LOVE!

Country Club Sleeveless Knit Dress with Polo Collar

I adore the look of a casual polo dress and this yellow is fabulous. It also comes in lobster (peach) and wedgewood (periwinkle).

Country Club Cotton Stripe Skirt

I prefered this striped skirt over the solid ones they offer.

Country Club Cricket V-Neck Sweater

I really love this sweater. So simple and classy.

Country Club Silk and Cotton Argyle V-Neck Sweater

More evidence of my argyle fetish.

Country Club Two-Button Blazer

They also had a double-breasted version of this blazer, but I like the more casual look of the two button.

Country Club Vintage Golfer and Tennis Cuff Links


Country Club Picnic Basket

This picnic basket makes me smile. Perfect accessory for a gorgeous Saturday in the park.

Bonus time! I had wanted to post my favorite inauguration designer fashion sketches for Michelle Obama, but I haven't really gotten around to it. Well, I have now! These were the ones that caught my eye. My absolute favorites are the red Monique Lhuillier for evening and the white Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel for day.

Christian Lacroix:

Diane von Furstenberg:

Isaac Mizrahi:

Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel:

Michael Kors:

Monique Lhuillier:

Oscar de la Renta:

Peter Som:

Tracy Reese: