What’s old is new. Fashion, just as history, repeats itself. Color blocking is not new to the runway. it’s not a trend we haven’t seen before, but what it is, is BACK.
At first glance you may think it’s a look best left for the pros and runway models. But why not brighten up your wardrobe, add a little spring to your step and try it on for size? It’s not as hard as it looks, I promise. You too can look fabulously chic in green, purple, blue and gold. Yes, I said AND not OR! Throw the matchy matchy style out the window this spring; what have you got to lose?
Your wallet, boyfriend, husband, savings account etc… will thank you for this style. You will no doubt have a starting piece already. Start by shopping your closet. Pick your favorite color shirt, skirt, pants or jacket, and work from there. No black please, it needs a rest sometimes. Save the blah for another day.
Pair two colors with a neutral such as white pants or a gold belt. Before you know it, you’ll be adding a third color!
Some of my favorite parings for this trend are:
Pink and Orange
Red and Purple
Green and Blue
If you were brave enough to try this out, I’d love to see your look!
Boys dressed up serving bubbly amidst models, fabulous ladies and all things, Monique Lhuillier. The new bridal suite at Nordstrom’s flagship store downtown Seattle was the place to be. I arrived a bit early (one must be prepared when meeting a lady like this) and greeted by the Nordy PR Girls who showed me around the suite and whispered about the handsome man spotted grazing through the gowns. That handsome man would be the other half of Mrs. Lhuillier, both personal and business alike. They started the company together and are also celebrating their 16-year wedding anniversary.
I sat down with Monique to talk weddings (of Royalty AND Reese) fashion, trends and even about her dreams. What did she think of Kate Middleton’s famous (or infamous?) dress and what would she have done different had she been commissioned to design for the Duchess?
Jammie: Where do you get your inspiration?
Monique Lhuillier: I travel a lot; I love looking at beautiful fabrics, movies and contemporary art. I’m like a sponge, I see something beautiful and my ideas just start.
Jammie: Now that the Royal Wedding has happened, have you noticed an increase of excitement over weddings? Monique Lhuillier: Everybody is ready to celebrate again. I think that people are ready to have big weddings again. Before this people were very cautious because of the recession, they feel more secure now and realize that things are going to be ok so they want to celebrate life again.
Jammie: Did the Royal Wedding affect bridal trends?
Monique Lhuillier: It’s not verbatim, the dress, but I think lace is a big trend in bridal and I think that’s going to continue because of what we just saw. Although lace has been the strongest selling design component in my collections for 15 years, I believe that now it is on the forefront and more brides will go out looking for it. Monique showcased long sleeved bridal gowns in her last collection and she was actually ahead of the trend. No need for this lady to design anything inspired by the royal wedding!
Jammie: What did you think of Kate’s dress? Monique Lhuillier: I thought her dress was beautiful; it was regal and elegant. But honestly I thought it should have been even more, grand and I would have loved to see more fantasy, for the skirt to be more intricate. Because that’s what I think the signatures are of Alexander McQueen’s work and I wanted that to show through the dress style more. Also would have loved to see a longer veil.
Jammie: You thought she was going to say train, didn’t you? I did!
Monique Lhuillier: She was classic and understated and I felt like the Abbey was the place to really do it up and make these fantasies come true.
Jammie: You recently designed a dress for Reese Witherspoon. How is it working with a celebrity bride? I’m sure you get a lot of media attentixtra publicity with headlines like: Reese to be dressed by Monique Lhuillier.
Monique Lhuillier: People love to know what celebrity’s wear, what they do. They’re just fascinated by their life. So for me doing a celebrity wedding is like a fashion show for the world to see what they choose. I treat a bride the same, whether a celebrity or not, it’s the same process. Every time I design for somebody so high profile I still get excited because I’m so passionate about what I do and love when other people are interested. I never take anything for granted; I still get nervous backstage at my fashion shows.
Jammie: Bridal or Ready to wear?
Monique Lhuillier: Bridal is less stressful and like a second nature. Ready to wear has a lot more work, they’re bigger collections. Bridal is easier for me, I see it in my dreams and there’s an ease that comes with it. It’s like (she makes a swishing noise as if cutting fabric) let’s make this!
Jammie: Describe the girl you design for
Monique Lhuillier: I design for a fashionable, confident girl who just wants to look her best and has an effortless beauty about her. The business and brand of Monique Lhuillier began after not being able to find a dress for her own wedding that she absolutely loved, she felt the there was a lack of fashion infused dresses. So after her wedding, Monique told her husband, I have to start this business. Ten months later the company showed potential and her husband left what he was doing to run the company. Which explains why he was grazing through the gowns!
It seems as if life is a constant audition for something, full of first impressions and what do I wear? From first date to wedding day, interview to CEO, play date to soccer mom. There’s a need for style in every stage of life. We feel better when we look better. We all know a day is never as productive when spent in your sweats and uggs all day. Style gives us that extra spring in our step to give us the confidence to take on the day, the hour and the moment!
My moment in taking on fashion as a career began with Project:Style. I decided to take on the opportunity for all that it was worth by putting my all into the project. Luckily for me it paid off! After winning the final round I felt such a sense of accomplishment as well as appreciation for all of those that helped me get there. For me, the $1000 shopping spree money was nice but I used it to shop for those that helped me with hair, makeup, modeling, and video along the way. The opportunity at hand was what meant more to me. The title and the road that it could lead me down was what I looked forward to!
This road has been a good one so far! Fun, stylish, scary at times and a bit intimidating, but full of opportunities that I had never imagined. I’ve been on TV, invited to celeb events, been interviewed by magazines, attended fashion shows and the list goes on. It’s funny how a first impression can lead you to your dreams. Don’t let style get in the way of your life; dress to impress!
With Joe Zee, of Elle Magazine at the Chanel Fashion show in Paris
Bag Snob x DKNY Bag Collaboration: The Five Essentials
Picture via WWD
The fashion world awoke to some exciting collab news this morning featuring Bag Snobs (Tina and Kelly) and DKNY. Their relationship began with a tweet (imagine that) in 2009 when @bagsnob tweeted @dkny with a bad review on a handbag spotted on saks.com. DKNY PR Girl, known for her fashion banter via twitter replyed with: “haven’t you ever taken a bad picture? ” and the rest is history!
Tina and Kelly have been working on this collection (keeping it a secret) for the past seven months and hoping that this will be the first of many collaboration collections to come. Mixing handbag review bloggers with a brand like DKNY was beyond news breaking, it was featured on the front page of WWD today, but would you expect less from the PR Girl herself?
Picture by: Dallas Shaw
The collection includes 5 bags to meet a variety of lifestyles and I think… you’ll LOVE them! The Tote, The Travel, The Trendy, The Treasure and the Clutch. What kind of snob are you? Pre-Reserve yours today!
I have heard that Queen bees and worker bees are born the same. Queen bees however, live exclusively on royal jelly- a bee secretion rich in proteins, sugars, amino acids, etc. As a result, the Queen bee lives 70 times longer than the average worker bee. & she gets to be Queen.
In today’s world of artistic fashion, pushing limits, racy billboards and panty flashes (well hello, Britney!), I believe that there is still something to be said about classic and iconic style. I mean, Chanel is CHANEL for a reason. It’s classic! Jackie Onassis was iconic; her big sunglasses and suits will never be forgotten. And we all know that America has been fashionably obsessed with the outfits of our First Lady, Mrs. Obama, since the Democratic National Convention in 2008.
Three years later the First Lady has yet to disappoint! Now you can find blogs and books dedicated strictly to her ensembles. I believe that America is intrigued with her sense of class, style and grace; something that’s not often found in the world of fashion magazines, runway shows or blogs. She’s the kind of style icon that has not been seen since the days of Princess Di. Until now…
Is Kate Middleton the new Princess Diana? Will she take the spotlight from America’s leading lady? I think, yes!
A modern day prince and princess story, it either makes you swoon or makes you sick (get over your jealousy already!) Either way, it has your attention. With the wedding set to take place on April 29th at Westminster Abbey, all eyes have been on Kate, and most of us like what we see. She is a lady of class and style. How could we forget the BLUE DRESS, right? An image forever imprinted in every fashion addict’s memory. The Issa dress sold out in less than 24 hours after it’s debut during their engagement announcement. Now that’s influence!
Why not take a cue from the princess to be and bring a little class to your wardrobe this spring? Whether you have your prince charming or you’re still kissing frogs trying to find him, a little style inspiration from a modern princess is a must. Her staples are classic, but her accessories are fun and range from bright coats to big hats.
PS – I can’t wait to see the gown being designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen! What do you think it will look like?