Flat is Back

Fashion, Runway

“Flatform” shoes are a hybrid cross between platforms and flats. They have been on and off the high fashion junket since 1750 when the first geisha slipped on her getas. We’ve come far since then:

The more updated version is from Jen Kao‘s Spring 2013 RTW collection. She used a lot of clean lines and athletic shapes drawing from modern Japanese fashion, while the shoes are a nod to the past. These are my favorite looks from the runway:

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Images: Style.com

Kao’s not the only designer to find inspiration in the east. Emilio Pucci’s Spring RTW line also has a clear Asian influence. Though his shoes are more platform than flatform, they are still fabulous and very fitting with his play on Chinese fashion.

Though it was hard to narrow it down, these are my favorite looks from the collection:

Images: Vogue.com

The structure of the white jacket balanced the softness of the sheer organza perfectly. From the dragon sculpted wedges to the intricate embroidery, the details were all spot on. The white jacket is detailed with crystal adding a level of opulence. Several of the looks (like the black jumpsuit above) also had a sporty edge to them: another common theme on the runway this spring.

Stella McCartney is another designer who found inspiration in athletic shapes and flatforms. She used bright, bold colors and simple, no frills shapes to create an incredibly chic line:

Images: Style.com

These are three of my favorite colors right now. I’m obsessed with that shade of orange…so bright it’s slightly cartoonish, but that’s exactly what I love about it. The sheer overlay completely balances the almost overwhelming sleeves to create a gorgeous, fashion forward dress. She gave her flatforms lucite soles for a sporty chic feeling. They remind me of a water shoe crossed with a toeless loafer, and oddly enough…I think I like it:

Image: FashionPooch.com

Prada drew from similar inspiration to create an interesting line for Spring 2013. Some of the prints were less than desirable but I managed to find three favorites:

Images: Style.com

I love these furs. They’re sophisticated yet childish and appear to be inspired by the Japanese cartoon culture. The pink satin dress brilliantly merges the classic 1920s drop waist silhouette with the beautiful technique and fabric work of a kimono. The clean lines and styling give it a modern edge, but there is one thing I could do without. The shoes. I mean, I love a flatform, but come on:

Images: Imaxtree

They’re a little Zenon chic for me.

I always wondered when people would start dressing like the girl of the 21st century, I just didn’t think I’d feel so old when it started happening. Leave it to Prada.

Lapis in Reality

Fashion, Reality, Style

Your wallet doesn’t have to feel blue to buy blue. It’s hard to avoid the bold shade if you go shopping giving you plenty of options, many of which are affordable. These are a few of my favorites:

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1. H&M sweater $18 / 2. ROMWE blazer $68 / 3. TOPSHOP shirt $80 / 4. HEELS.COM booties $95 / 5. ALDO clutch $50 / 6. JCREW flats $128 / 7. MODCLOTH bag $30 / 8. JCREW skirt $60 / 9. H&M jeans $24 / 10. MANGO dress $70 / 11. H&M skirt $48

When shopping for solid colors I like to buy pieces in classic shapes made from classic materials. All of these items can be recycled (though 4 and 7 are a little more of the moment). Even if the color goes out of style for a few years, it will always come back. It’s the cycle of fashion.

In the Lapis of Luxury

Fashion, Luxury, Style

Blue may be the hardest color to find in nature, but this season’s runways told a different story. The rich hue is a current favorite of fashionistas worldwide and is easy to work into your wardrobe. It’s more versatile than it appears, especially with the color blocking trend still going strong. Some of my favorite colors to pair it with are black, maroon or oxblood (another color of the season), deep, rich greens (think forest or even emerald if you’re feeling bold), mustard, and tan.

In the Lapis of Luxury

1. AIKO sweater / 2. STELLA MCCARTNEY blazer /  3. A.L.C. top / 4. NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD booties / 5. SOPHIE HULME tote / 6. PROENZA SCHOULER clutch / 7. GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI booties / 8. VERSACE leather skirt / 9. CURRENT/ELLIOT velvet jeans / 10. DSQUARED2 dress / 11. JOSEPH pants

This isn’t only a trend for the rich and the super rich. It’s an accessible way to pervade your wardrobe with the trendiest clothes of the season. More affordable pieces are soon to come.