Monday, July 28, 2014

Need Now: Miu Miu Mosaic Collection Shift Dress


The Piece: A lusciously fluid silk shift dress out of Miu Miu's Spring 2009 collection, it showcases a Roman tile pattern for an ancient-meets-modern mood. Think the crumbling Colloseum colliding with a languid summer sundress, high museum art blending with an easy date-night look, the toga-party frock upon receiving a dreamy upgrade.

The Collection: When she sent her collection down the runway, Miuccia explained, "It's an investigation of our history, of our European past." The result is an incredibly youthful revision of the old-school Italian mama turned art connoisseur. With a powerful mix of patterns and prints juxtaposed against pretty, airy silhouettes, equally suitable for a festive afternoon or rollicking cocktail party, the collection is deeply loyal to Miu Miu's original vision. Indeed, The New York Times has called Miu Miu "the master of the look of not-quite right."
The ad campaign featured Katie Holmes in an uncharacteristically sensual mode. Shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, it was inspired by the films of Frederico Fellini. The concept: a portrait of "a luminous female icon radiating a sense of mystery and theatricality."

How to Style It: Instead of going the expected route, with a Roman goddess-inspired, loose yet intricate updo, contrast the dress' old-world motif with sleek hair and a strong face worthy of a Helmut Newton vixen. Achieve a flawless complexion with Saint Laurent's new Fusion Ink Foundation ($60 at Barneys New York), and use Make Up For Ever's Aqua Black Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow ($22 at Sephora) to paint a heavy, deep-set, winged lid.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tank Girls vs. Tees, Please: An Ode to Adorned Simplicity

The simpler the better: We're paying homage to the two most classic and casual tops of all time, the T-shirt and the tank. While the collared button-down forever reigns as their polished big sister, tees and tanks hold their own when it comes to acting as foundations for styling. With jewels piled on top or left with a minimalist lean, roughed up (some argue the more holes, the better) or crisp and clean: there is no better way to reveal your personality than by illustrating the way you play with a plain shirt. Here, a miscellaneous mash-up of the dueling silhouettes. Which one's for you? 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Current Mood: Tattoo You

Charms of Comfort and Epic Etchings
Including: Henna in "Vogue-a-Porter,"Vogue Paris, February 2010/Lauren Hanawalt for "These Gray Days," off The Seear for "Denim," Elle Italia, February 2010/Freja Beha Erichsen's lightning bolt/Rodarte Spring 2010's tribal art/Kate Moss for "The Fashion Icons," LOVE, Issue #3/some dude with Julia Nobis for "Julia Likes Metal & Making Out," Russh Australia, January/February 2010/Constance Jablonski for "Bienvenue a Gattaca,"Vogue Paris, October 2009

Friday, July 18, 2014

Need Now: Comme des Garçons Famous Bump Collection Dress


The Piece: Out of Comme des Garçons' famed Spring/Summer 1997 "Dress Meets Body" collection, this iconic padded-bump knit dress is something of a study in avant-garde design. Three-dimensional, tactile, and most definitely conversation-worthy, this elevates the little black sweater dress into another realm. Available now for $598.

The Collection: Nicknamed "Lumps and Bumps" by critics, the collection received a seven-minute ovation when it was presented at Musee d'Art Afrique et D'Oceanie in Paris. When you know Rei Kawakubo's original inspiration for her Comme des Garçons label came from the concept, "The only way to make something new was to start out not wanting to make clothes," her rebellious, sculptural,  creations, enlivened with voluminous, kidney-shaped pads, seem all the more intelligent and purposeful. The collection defies time, trends, and most importantly, the natural human body.

The collection also led to unique collaboration between Rei Kawakubo and leader of the modern avant-garde dance movement, Merce Cunningham. The wildly padded garments acted not only as costumes for a 1997 performance called Scenario, they became a center character in themselves.

How to Style It: This is the kind of dress that stands best on its own, with just a few strong accents to make it clear you know what you're doing - and that the dress isn't wearing you. Unadulterated confidence, a knowing smirk, and a slick pair of black ankle boots, like Givenchy's chain-topped take ($1,650 on Net-a-Porter) provide maximum swagger.