Tibi Lady Liberty Sweater

Fashion, Luxury, Obsessions, Style

This gorgeous intarsia sweater is a part of Tibi’s New York City inspired pre-fall 2013 collection:

lady liberty sweater

It was the last look of the show, which I loved in its entirety. Brittany Adams of Style.com said it best when she noted the brands commitment to wearable clothing: “Amy Smilovic has been playing her cards right at Tibi for the past several seasons. Having shifted her focus from party frocks to clean basics, her business is now doing better than ever…You don’t need to be fashion mad—or have a superstar’s budget, either—to appreciate these clothes.”

Smilovic said “it’s important to show people how we would wear something,” which I think they did successfully. The minimalist, street styling worked perfectly with the theme of the show, and though I can’t pick favorites, because the entire collection was so perfect, here are three notably great looks:

Tibi Pre-Fall 2013

Photos: Style.com

I love the middle look, not only because of the letterman jacket (how hip,) but because the lines in the sweater were inspired by a subway map…and seriously, who doesn’t love a clever sweater? But the most fabulous were the shoes. There was a strappy and a bootie…two of my favorites:

TIBI pre fall 2013 shoes

They are both so now, and chic, and simple. Love them!

I couldn’t resist styling the Lady Liberty sweater myself. If I were a rich girl (cue Gwen Stefani song in your head) this is how I would wear it:

Obsessed TIBI Liberty Sweater

TIBI sweater / DOLCE & GABBANA jeans / CHLOÉ coat / MANOLO BLAHNIK heels / YVES SAINT LAURENT bag

I really love white coats, like this one by DKNY. They allow you to really play with your accessories and colors. This look would not have worked with a different colored coat. The bag and shoes would have looked ridiculous against anything other than white, but because the rest of the outfit is relatively simple (emphasis on relatively,) it works.

The shoes remind me of a cab, but not in an obvious way. If TAXI was written on the side of them then it would be cheesy. But because they’re Manolo’s, also very New York (thank you Carrie Bradshaw,) and have clean lines, they add some fun and a pop of color. The purple YSL adds even more color and is complementary to yellow. I’m obsessed from head to pointed toe.

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Printed Pants

Fashion, Luxury, Reality, Style

Printed pants are great for throwing a chic outfit together in a hurry. All you need is a basic top and some accessories to look like a trendsetter. Here’s one of my favorite looks for printed pants:

printed-moschino

MOSCHINO pants / VIONNET top / ALEJANDRO INGELMO booties / MARC JACOBS bag / BALENCIAGA watch / ALEXIS BITTAR earrings / JENNIFER MEYER ring / KAREN WALKER sunglasses

The graffiti printed Moschino pants add urban flair. I paired them with a simple, chic top and some edgy booties to keep that cool girl vibe flowing throughout. When wearing a print it’s advised to play off of the colors within it for only one accessory…if that. You can stay safe and keep everything neutral, but a pop of color can be a nice way to break up the outfit.  Just be sure to keep the rest neutral or you could end up looking like you skipped the mirror.  (By the way, I’m absolutely obsessed with this Balenciaga watch…but who wouldn’t be?  So amazing.)

If this look is too downtown for your taste, don’t fret.  Printed pants can be done in pretty much any style.  Here’s a more uptown version:

PRABAL GURUNG pants / JUNYA WATANABE sweater / WALTER STEIGER pumps / VINTAGE CHANEL bag / ZADIG & VOLTAIRE cuff / HAIDER ACKERMANN scarf / HOUSE OF HARLOW sunglasses / OASIS earrings

Simply amazing. Zoe Saldana wore these pants to the fall 2012 Prabal Gurung runway show.  They are from the spring 2012 RTW collection and stole my heart the moment I saw them.

Zoe opted to wear them with the ankle zipped open to show off her Nicholas Kirkwood for Prabal Gurung pumps.  She paired the pants with a turquoise blazer from the same collection and looked oh so fabulous. Perfect amount of class with a little bit of edge.

If you’re more of a bohemian girl, you’ll love this look:

YVES SAINT LAURENT pants / ACNE denim blazer / TOPSHOP top / L.A.M.B. shoes / 3.1 PHILLIP LIM bag / IRENE NEURWIRTH earrings / RAY-BAN aviators

I do realize I use the term “bohemian” loosely considering these are $2000 pants, but even rich girls need some hippie style in their repertoire, no?  Pairing loose pants with a crop top is a good way to avoid swimming in fabric.  Adding a denim blazer (a more polished play on the denim shirt) is a great way to transition this outfit from day to night.

Here is a more affordable version of the printed pant look:

RIVER ISLAND pants $47 WAREHOUSE top $37 ZARA clutch $30 RIVER ISLAND pumps $85 TOPSHOP earrings $10 WEEKDAY rings $10 NIXON watch $68 DOROTHY PERKINS belt  $8 JACK MARTIN sunglasses $13

Again, I picked up the color from the pant with the clutch and put two trends together: printed pants and neon. This outfit comes to a total of $308 dollars with nothing costing over $100.  Proof that you can still be chic on a budget.

Alber Elbaz: Lanvin, YSL

Fashion, Icons, Runway

“I remember a woman telling me that every time she wore a Lanvin dress, men wanted to sleep with her. Later I thought that I’d rather she fell in love.”

The artistic director of Lanvin, Alber Elbaz designed three collections for Yves Saint Laurent before he switched houses. Here are three of my favorite looks from his Fall 2000 RTW collection for YSL:

Sidenote…I know what you’re thinking…yes, that is Gisele Bündchen.  This was, of course, the beginning of her era.  Many credit her with ending the heroin chic modeling craze, and Anna Wintour herself deemed her the “model of the millennium.”

In 2001 he took over as the artistic director for Lanvin, and ever since the designer house has been one of the most sought after in the industry.

Simon Doonan, the creative director for Barney’s New York, said in 2009 that “Alber’s clothes are like crack.”  And he was right…they keep you coming back for more.

Lanvin Photos: WeHeartIt.com; YSL Photos: Style.com; Sources: 1 2

Metallic Mulberry Top

Fashion, Style

Metallic’s are hot right now and an unexpected way to work them into your wardrobe is through your tops.  A lot of people are wearing gold and silver jeans, but this pleated Mulberry shirt is a perfect example of how to put an unexpected twist on one of the latest trends.
Because the shirt is such a statement piece the rest of the outfit should be kept relatively simple in terms of shape and color.  The black Lanvin skirt compliments the shirt without overpowering it.  I wouldn’t describe the clutch as simple, but it’s a little pop of fun.

The booties are amazing, and while they do make a statement they don’t overwhelm the ensemble, simply add to it.  The jewelry ties the bright gold of the clutch in with the rest of the outfit and plays off of the metallic theme.

Sometimes when wearing metallics I think it’s fun to work in more than one shade, like gold and silver.  But I think this shirt needs a plain palate to play off of so I stuck to black.  I love this look, and the top is one of my favorite items right now!

Shirt MULBERRY

Skirt LANVIN

Clutch MARC BY MARC JACOBS

Booties CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA

Earrings KATE SPADE

Bracelet YVES SAINT LAURENT

Ring YVES SAINT LAURENT

Marchesa Cocktail Dress

Fashion, Style

I’ve used this color palate of burgundy and mustard before, but never for evening wear.  I absolutely LOVE this Marchesa cocktail dress.  It’s very structural but the cutout fabric softens it.  Sleek accessories, like the patent clutch and the YSL pumps, compliment the dress perfectly.The lines hit the body in the perfect place to give you a little extra oomph in the hourglass department.  The pleating at the waist is very flattering on women who have more of a straight figure.

The earrings and ring may be a little out there for some, but I love the combination with the dress!  I think it adds some playfulness.  If you’re not a fan you can easily swap them out for a pair of big diamond (or CZ) studs or some beautiful drop earrings.

Dress MARCHESA

Shoes YVES SAINT LAURENT

Clutch HUNTING SEASON

Ring and Earrings ERICKSON BEAMON