Americana Style: Navy Blue Stripes

I’m true believer in blue.  I have loved the color blue ever since my best friend in elementary school decided she loved “purple”. It’s a color I have come to love and learn how it’s classic color for Americana style. I’ve found myself drawn once to black’s more sophisticated counterpart, navy blue with Resort 2012 Collections.

Stripes are back again and navy blue is the perfect color for this classic theme. For Resort 2012, designers put together stripes with navy blue inspired by nautical themes and while other designers go beyond.

(From Left to Right: Jen Kao, The Row, Yves Saint Laurent)

Some collections kept the nautical trend but with a twist like,Yves Saint Laurent, Douglas Hannant, while others went for more sleek and modern version, Jen Kao, and Mary Kate and Ashlee Olsen for The Row. opted for this trend, clearly all of them took a little research time, to find out about the history of this timeless trend and off course surely, after all the investigation they might have done, this pieces conducted their collections to hit the nail for Resort 2012.

Navy blue is a classic and timeless color and when paired in stripes it’s the perfect  must have this season and in 2012.

Looking Forward to Fall 2011: Louis Vuitton A/W 2011 Ad Campaign by Marc Jacobs

First, I need to say I’m not a Louis Vuitton girl by any stretch of the imagination, but when it comes to Marc Jacobs, this man is AMAZING!  I am a fan of his creativity and innovation in the Fashion World and what he has done with a brand that is classic, yet modern.

The new ad campaign for Louis Vuitton’s Fall/Winter 2011 Collection is out and the ads are just as amazing. A mix low brow and high brow.  The High: Beautiful women in expensive cars who appear to traveling. The Low: The young beautiful women in expensive cars wearing hats embellished masquerade inspired masks and handcuffs. Very naughty. What’s not to love?  I haven’t mentioned the fashion, yet!

The models in the ads, are the best of the best and look amazing wearing the new Louis Vuitton collection of apparel, handbags, and shoes!  It’s late June and Laguna Beach is besieged with clouds and I am so thankful for Marc Jacobs reminding me what I have to look forward to in Fall 2011.

(Middle) My new Favorite Model Rockin' Louis Vuitton: Nyasha Matohonde and Gertude from Denmark on the right.

If you love the photos, check out the Behind the Scenes video for Louis Vuitton’s Fall/Winter 2011 at Grazia Daily.

Resort 2012: A Sneak Peek at Fashion’s Future

It’s mid June and fashion designers are showing their Resort Collections for 2012. Many people think there are only two collections per year, Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer.  Resort began as a way for designers to entice some of their favorite clients with special designs during the off-season. The time around Christmas to about mid-February.  The pieces were usually designed for clients fleeing cold climate areas traveling to somewhere tropical and needed designs not for Fall but more for summer.

Today the term “Resort” has evolved to be more of a code word for fresh new merchandise and a way for people to see what may be coming for Spring/Summer from the designer.  Many designers use this time to have a bit more fun with the designers.  Trust me, the Resort collection is not a last resort effort by fashion designers, but a sneak peek at what’s to come.  Who wouldn’t love that?

Resort 2012 Collections are still coming down the runways, but a picked a few of my favorites.

Chanel, Derek Lam, House of Holland, Anna Sui Resort 2012 Collections

Some of my favorite looks from Resort 2012 Collections. (From Left to Right): Chanel, Derek Lam, House of Holland, and Anna Sui

What can you say about Chanel?  Karl knows what’s he’s doing every season. I love the high-waisted long skirt with the flowing blouse. Really who am I kidding? Do you see the boots?  The boots are thong boots.  I love them. The boots complete the look. Derek Lam gives you the perfect short look in blue and nude. Since I am a big fan of blue and navy. This is a great look and I love the obi style belt.  House of Holland, let me explain. House of the Holland is designed by Henry Holland. A fashion editor turned T-shirt designer to full on fashion designer for the masses.  This look is so part ’80’s inspired with a tinge of Latin flavor. The graphic stripe in the bright colors, I love.  Finally, Anna Sui,  a designer who loves music and is inspired by their rock n’ roll style. This look says Gypsy Hippie.  Love the super short shorts with the beautiful peasant blouse. Stevie Nicks must be really proud. Can’t wait to see the rest of the looks from Resort 2012 collections.

Chloe Sevigny’s 2012 Resort Collection for Opening Ceremony

One of my most favorite icons of style is Chloe Sevigny. Chloe Sevigny Style Icon of “Vintage ReMix”

Chloe Sevigny on the cover of Elle UK

No one else can make long dresses with high necklines look chic on the HBO show, Big Love.  Her style is what I like to call “Vintage Remix”. She has a way of wearing vintage in modern way, which is nearly impossible to copy.  Over the years, her winning style has graced the covers of the most famous fashion magazines, Elle, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar for her individual style. 

Chloe Sevigny's Resort 2012 Collection for Opening Ceremony

It’s no surprise, she just completed her 2nd Resort collection for the fabulous New York boutique, Opening Ceremony. The runway show was in Nolita in a gym reminding me of my favorite days of high school.  The collection features looks mimic details of the 1700’s with the use of eyelet fabric. Yes, I said 1700’s.  but like I said she loves modern so she also added laser cut leather pieces.  I can’t wait to see the entire collection online at Opening Ceremony soon……

Proenza Schouler: 2011 CFDA Fashion Awards Winner

The 2011 CFDA Fashion Awards was last night and the big winner  was Proenza Schouler who won the Womenswear Designer of the Year Award.

Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez, Proenza Schouler

You may ask, “What is the CFDA Award?”  Well, the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designer of America), is a not-for-profit trade association that leads industry initiatives and consist of over 370 of America’s fashion, jewelry and accessory designers.  This event is hosted every year to recognize creative talent in the fashion industry and is awarded by their peers in the industry. The CFDA not only provides professional development assistance, but also scholarships.

(Left) Proenza Schouler Fall 2003 Collection & (Right) Liv Tyler at the 2011 CFDA Awards wearing Proenza Schouler

If you’re not familiar with Proenza Schouler, the handsome duo, Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hermandez went to design school together and started their first collection in Fall 2003.  The unique name, Proenza Schouler, is a hybrid of Jack and Lazaro’s mother’s maiden names. Their mothers must be so proud.  The first line featured modern bustiers and corsets and today they continue to design for the modern girl but with a more minimalistic look.

Congratulations, Jack & Lazaro on the CFDA Award!