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THIS YEAR’S VALENTINO IS LAST YEAR’S BALMAIN
Last year, I had a love affair with anything and everything created by Balmain (feel free to reminisce with me here and here). It really took off when I spied Selena Gomez sporting that embroidered lambskin top on the cover of Elle Magazine US’s July ‘12 issue. Feeding my new found obsession with embellishment and embroidery, Balmain went from something not frequently on my radar to a daily browse/pin/collection of my favourite looks (basically everything, particularly the Fall ‘12 and Resort ‘13 collections). I have since noted I was not the only one inspired, with images popping up in just about any issue of Elle between the middle and end of the year. Further, the intricate details, stripes, and chains seemed to spill over into mainstream retail, moving me to purchase a form-fitting, screen-printed version from Topshop late last October. Then, the Spring ‘13 shows happened and while I cannot deny the items looked amazing, I must admit, I wasn’t really taken with it all (and certainly felt much less inspired)… I do hold out hope and look forward to seeing what Fall ‘13 will bring…
In the meantime, Valentino hit my radar with the studded flats I spotted in Holt Renfrew late last summer and grew into something more when I read a feature on creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli in Marie Claire’s Dec ‘12 issue, which pictured some of the items from the Resort ‘13 collection. And just like that, my breath was taken away again. The pastels are stunning, with the hot pinks and pale yellows being absolutely perfect for the type of spring look I have in mind. My love was re-affirmed when I watched Ariel Winter on the Golden Globes red carpet last month wearing my favourite look. I figured the urge to over-indulge in everything Valentino was a particular effect of this beautiful collection and one of my favourite handbags I’ve ever seen but then Spring ‘13 Couture was shown and it was (obviously) stunning. Still obsessing over Resort ‘13, Women’s Wear Daily offered me a new way to feed my latest addiction by introducing me to REDValentino’s Fall 2013 RTW Collection. Much in the same vein of the Spring/Summer ‘13 designs, the beautiful colours and prints are almost whimsical and woodland fairy-esque. I am worshiping the flowers and bows, and the pale, sheer lace of the Spring looks, and the embroidery, quilted jackets and skirts, and knee socks of the Fall looks. I am also loving the soft fairytale-like cartoon theme of the label’s website. These looks cater to one of my favourite images of sweet, soft, innocent, young, and feminine - something I first fell for on a trip to Tokyo in December 2008. I completely adore this fresh, garden party/high tea chic style.
While Balmain certainly has left a lasting impact on me, Valentino is currently filling the role of my true love… And it leaves me wondering, is it the label or a particular set of looks - like embroidered dresses - that make my heart skip a beat? Check out two of my favourite collections: Resort 2013 and Red Valentino Fall 2013 RTW.
WHAT I’M WEARING - BLACK AND GRAY
Blouse, Topshop; Shorts, Juicy; Necklace Forever 21; Embellished ring, Forever 21; Bracelet, Marc by Marc Jacobs; Sterling silver ring, Tiffany and Co.
Nail Colour - Moon Candy in Galactic by Revlon
Image via darrellinyvr on flickr.com
Opened in downtown Vancouver in the summer of 2012, I was introduced to Ever New by an acquaintance last September. A newly expanding sister store to its Australian original (Forever New), there are only three shops in North America (including the Vancouver and Richmond, BC locations). While I find it difficult to place a set of descriptors on my personal style, Ever New is one of few stores I can say almost fully represents the look I tend to seek out. What I love about the shop is its sweet edge and the resemblance of some items to styles one may find shopping in the Shibuya area of Tokyo. Shoppers can expect to find bows, neutrals, and pastels among the brand’s clothing, shoes, accessories, and handbags. Prices are relatively reasonable (around $60-$150 for dresses, $30-$100 for wallets and handbags, Under $30 for accessories) but some items are a better value when found on sale. During my most recent trip to the mall, Ever New definitely topped my list when it came to must-have finds… Here are some of the pieces I am currently coveting:
While an international website currently isn’t available, check out the shop’s Australian page here.
Images via katespade.com, elahandbags.com, lyst.com
I have long possessed a love for pouches but am never quite sure what to use them for and have far too many to make use of them for their original storage purposes but now I’ve found one… Pouches tend to be promoted as cosmetics bags but why not make it a chic carry-all for a day out? Like a cousin to your coveted clutch, the pouch is having its moment so why keep it stashed at home when it’s a great way to make a style statement? Initially inspired by the Kate Spade wink pouch I’m coveting (top left), I’m also loving the basic designs of Ela Handbags (top right) and 3.1 Phillip Lim (bottom left).
(1) Neon Yellow:
Popular among the collections of several Resort and 2013 Spring Couture shows (Versace, top left; Dior, bottom left), last year’s neon look is still going strong. Whether in the form of a statement dress or added accents, sunny neon yellow is adding pops of colour to both the runway and your local shops. To get the look, try sweaters like this cozy jumper from Topshop or these pumps by JCrew, and brighten up your fingers with Illamasqua nail varnish in Rare (seen above). Don’t miss Prabal Gurung’s upcoming collaboration with Target (due February 10) which boasts an array of spring brights at great prices. The ruffle dress (above centre) is priced at a reasonable $39.99. Have a peek at the full collection here. Check out my ongoing yellow pinspirations here.
(2) Mint Green:
Carrying on the pastel trend, mint has also been a colour favoured in recent designs. Taking my inspiration from Balmain’s Resort 2013 collection (above centre), I love this colour for a fresh spring look. My favourite items are silky blouses - like tops from Aritzia (top left) or Forever 21’s more wallet-friendly alternatives (bottom right) - and handbags - Rebecca Minkoff (top right) or Kate Spade for everyday and Lululemon (bottom left) for travel or sport. Attention yoga lovers, mint has been huge with Lululemon’s latest so get it before it’s gone! Check out my ongoing mint pinspirations here.
(3) Translucent Bag or Clutch:
Image via bagaholicboy.com
I’m fascinated with this little Chanel number from the Cruise 2013 collection. My love of the translucent bag began last summer with a beach worthy tote from Holt Renfrew and the look has been popping up all over since. I love the idea of the multicoloured effect the various items inside will give off. Need to pack some personal private items? Make use of mini pouches in a few different colours to amp up the look. For a more affordable version, try this bag from Forever 21.
(4) Lace Leggings:
Photo: Marcus Tondo/InDigitalteam/GoRunway.com
Spotted at Chanel’s Spring 2013 Couture show and likely to become an instant hit, lace leggings make a great addition to just about any look as they can be worn with a number of styles. While lace patterned items have been popular, I have yet to see the leggings trend hit many of the shops I frequent. Two of my personal favourites (see below) are from Stradivarius (purchased in Spain a few years ago, Stradivarius is a sister company of Zara) and Free People (available here). Buyer beware: a pair of lace leggings may not last long (especially if they are similar to the style below left) so I don’t recommend investing more than $20 on a highly delicate pair.
Another season, another set of amazing looks. While nothing ever compares to Chanel, the Spring 2013 Couture show blew me away. I worship Karl Lagerfeld.
What I loved: lace leggings, metallic leggings, black and white, Cara Delevingne, wild hair pieces, fairytale-esque makeup, tweed, ultra feminine.
What I didn’t love: some of the flower patterns (particularly on the longer gowns).
What did you think? See the looks here.
Trend I loved: Light/Nude/Sheer dresses account for half of my best dressed list and an honourable mention.
Trend I’m Tired of: The Angelina’s leg effect (with the exception of Eva Longoria’s fabulous number). Let’s face it, the leg is something only Angie can master… Many of the ladies simply looked silly and it’s not something I believe fits a classy bill.
Without further ado, my top ten of the night go to:
1) Amanda Seyfried in Givenchy Haute Couture - While the rest of her look was kept simple, this dress leaves me speechless. Amanda looks natural and stunning.
2) Kate Hudson in Alexander McQueen - Kate was the poster girl for the waif-like look that dominated last night’s awards. While her hair looks like she rolled out of bed, her figure is unbeatable in this McQueen number and I am loving the gold accents.
3) Jessica Alba in Oscar de la Renta - A fantastic colour choice for Jessica accompanied by beautiful jewelry.
4) Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad - Always flaunting extravagant numbers, JLo looked phenomenal, working the sheer look better than any other.
5) Hayden Panettiere in Roberto Cavalli - Hayden looked well put together in this perfect gown while her pink clutch added a pop of colour.
Five and Six were extremely close for me. The tie breaker was Hayden’s healthy glow and Amy’s terrible choice for hair.
6) Amy Adams in Marchesa - Though Amy hasn’t received much recognition, her Marchesa gown is absolutely lovely.
7) Eva Longoria in Emilio Pucci - While Eva’s legs seem a bit petite to be pulling off this look, it’s impossible to deny how amazing this dress really is. More points had she kept her leg in.
8) Ariel Winter in Valentino - Yes, this dress is far more cute than elegant, but it is age appropriate. I absolutely love everything about the latest from Valentino and this piece is no exception.
9) Lucy Liu in Carolina Herrera - I love this gown. It is so pretty and so different from what anyone else was wearing. Points to Lucy for taking a risk… It absolutely paid off.
10) Kerry Washington in Miu Miu - Kerry looked absolutely amazing. This dress was a fantastic choice for her. Why has she barely made the cut? It’s the odd effect of her dress’s bottom half. While I am a huge fan of the sheer look, I don’t love the way this piece makes it look as if she is revealing her slip. Had the opaque underlay run the full length of the gown, Kerry’s look absolutely would have made my top three.
Honourable Mention goes to Helen Hunt in a fantastic Dolce & Gabbana piece.
THE BALMAIN LOOK FOR LESS
Once in a blue moon will I buy anything but an original… And I’ll absolutely be the first to renounce any form of copy (Forever 21, I’m looking at you and your Marc by Marc-esque accessories). However, the creators at Balmain have been wooing me for the last year with embroidered tops (Remember this?: http://m-lizzy.tumblr.com/post/25278367322/lamb-vs-lamb) and the looks of recent collections have began to spread rapidly into the mainstream fashion world. Since I’ll only be wearing pieces by Balmain in my dreams (at least in the foreseeable future), I’ve agreed with myself to seek out alternatives within my price range. If you’re experiencing the same dilemma, try these tops influenced by Resort 2013:
Topshop Floral Stripe and Spot Shirt
Topshop Checkerboard Collar Tip Shirt