Embellished Jackets

Fashion, Obsessions

My new obsession is embellished jackets. They may sound expensive, and most are, but these more affordable British clothing companies, like TopShop (which has now taken over the US,) ASOS and River Island, are making it much easier to stay on trend and under budget. This ASOS jacket is amazing:

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screen-shot-2013-01-28-at-4-06-22-pmThe white version runs petite while the black comes in regular sizes. For the price ($132) it’s a pretty gorgeous jacket. The best thing about it is that it can be dressed up or down. Throw it on top of jeans and a t-shirt and you’ll look effortlessly chic. Put it on top of a dress and you’ll be the trendiest girl at the party. Here’s one by River Island for $142:

River Island Embellished Jacket

It gives off more of a Park Avenue vibe, but still manages to maintain a bit of an edge. Of course, the neon drew me in (you know how I love neon,) but the embellishments are what make this jacket stand out. Here are two of my favorite designer embellished jackets:

Matthew Williamson and Elie Saab Embellished Jackets

The powder pink bomber is by Elie Saab and the black is by Matthew Williamson. I am absolutely in love with the Elie Saab. Not only is this color (blush) very hot for spring, but it looks amazing on all skin tones. It can also act as a neutral while allowing you to change up the black, white, brown routine.

If a whole jacket is too much embellishment for you, this Anna Sui vest is a beautiful alternative:

Anna Sui Embellished Vest

The colors of the jewels and the texture of the velvet work hand in hand to create a gorgeous, eastern inspired vest. The collar is very Asian and almost has a regal look to it. These next two jackets are stunning, a bit more ladylike and, again, can be dressed up or down:

Prada and Miu Miu Embellished Coats

The pink is by Prada and the black is by Miu Miu, and both need to get in my closet. If I had to choose, I think the Prada would be my favorite. I don’t know if I’m just in a pink mood today, but I think I would love this jacket in any color. The delicate details and clean lines are just gorgeous. Proof that you don’t need to be over the top to create something breathtaking (although sometimes a little over the top doesn’t hurt.)

Obsessed: Matthew Williamson

Fashion, Obsessions

I am really loving Matthew Williamson right now.  Sienna Miller, Keira Knightley and Kate Hudson are just a few of the celebs who love rocking his amazing pieces.  Here are some of my favorites of the moment:

1. Paneled Mini Dress $1,274

2. Graphic Washed Silk Blouse $950

3. Degrade Mongolian Vest $1,224

4. Ikat Print Silk Mousseline Pants $625

5. Sequin and Feather Hand-Woven Dress $3,995

How amazing is that vest? OMG the things I would do to own it…

Photos: Matthewwilliamson.com, Net-a-porter.com, Shopbop.com

Leather in Luxury

Fashion, Style

Leather was all over the fall runway and I absolutely love the look. There’s something very badass-chic about wearing leather not just as a jacket. And God knows there’s nothing like a good leather pant.

I love the Joseph Burgundy Skinny Leather Trousers pictured below. Getting leather pants in a color other than black or brown is unexpected and will give your outfit a little something extra.

1. 3.1 Phillip Lim Raglan Leather Sleeve Top $725

2. By Malene Birger Niloga Leather Dress $900

3. Joseph Burgundy Skinny Leather Trousers $1,031

4. TIBI Leather Shorts $550

5. Graham & Spencer Leather Skirt on sale for $175 at ShopBop.com

6. Matthew Williamson Ball-Embellished Leather Jacket $808.50 at TheOutnet.com

7. Mackage Loretta Jacket $1,980

My two favorite pieces have to be the Mackage jacket (7.) and the By Malene Birger dress (2.), although I love them all. I love leather!!

Check back tomorrow for where to buy Leather in Reality.

Photos: Shopbop.com, Theoutnet.com, Google.com