Style Icons: Female,Style Icons: Male »Best of London Fashion Week

Love Mary Katrantzou and this floral puff of a dress is particularly wonderful. It’s like a happy explosion of spring at its best and a new silhouette which is a rare thing.

Peter Pilotto was another favorite collection. His use of Indonesian tropical prints was awesome, an interpretation that feels new and sexy.

Time to find all the floral prints we can, right? Erdem’s mixing of girlie patterns will have a huge influence on me (and probably many other girls itching to look dainty and pretty).

Christopher Kane was even softer and daintier than seasons past and this shimmering floral top and silver mini were the tops. This top just makes me happy to look at it.

David Koma reminded me of Tron and Grace Jones, so of course, in my opinion the collection ruled. The disco ball and neon stuff was fab but I’d really do just about anything to be able to pull off (and afford) this pink and white body con number. I hope this cut out design trend trickles down to the cheap mall stores, I really do.

Antonio Berardi took similar geo shapes and created a gorgeous collection of silky dresses, often dipped in rubies. So many pretty dresses to pick from, but I found these elaborately embellished leggings with the palest of pink blazers to be the most interesting look. And it continues the London influx of pink, which you’ll see more of very soon.

Fashion Fringe offered a great collection from Fyodor Golan, whose Birds meets Victorian goth gowns reflected their time as designers at Alexander McQueen. Love the fly away sleeves.

Julian MacDonald continues to wow me with his intricate details and this semi see-through gown is one of the most eye catching. It’s nothing we mere mortals could dream of replicating, but it’s the stuff day dreams of red carpets and special parties are made of.

I promised you would Think Pink! and this soft take on menswear from Thomas Tait was one of most unexpected places to find the feminine color. (Also, isn’t Tait just a total, wonky babe?)

Another shade of rose came alive in an adorable full skirt dress at Acne. Love that looks are continuing to be kind of buttoned up instead of overtly sexy.

A similar shape and more coral tone comes from Nicole Fahri. And aren’t you starting to ache for a pink dress of your own?

If not, this Roksanda Ilinic fuchsia knee length look, complete with matching hair should do the trick.

Burberry just can’t do any wrong in my eyes. Every collection has about ten looks I can’t choose from. This time it was perfectly pleated skirts, rad prints, cropped jackets and interesting color combinations that had me smiling. And those shoes, my goodness.

I’m not always drawn to simple looks, but Paul Smith showed that simple can be perfect. The neutral paired with bright yellow, the easy shoes and belt, man, even the fedora – a trend I thought had sh-t the bed, looks casually cool. If you saw this girl walking down the street, you’d yearn to be her friend and start looking for a yellow skirt.

Jonathan Saunders is usually a top favorite, but following the pastel trend, he wasn’t quite on my wave length. Still, there’s no denying the beauty in this layered look. Shades of grey and pale brights – must remember this pretty combination!

This Jaeger Collection bold striped retro dress is probably has the most in common with my own wardrobe, except I suspect it’s done in a finer fabric than polyester and cost more than $8 on ebay. Anyways, I love it.

Oh Sass and Bide, you make me happy! This bright vaguely ethnic gown is one of my top loves of the whole London shows. Ok, not to totally nerd out, but it’s what I would wear if I were Daenerys Targaryen.

Emilio de la Moreno was a near miss for me, but I was totally sucked into this crafty embroidered dress. Can’t even tell what it is exactly but I like.

Not a fan of all of what strutted down the JW Anderson runway but I would love to get my hands on this chain mail inspired flirty dress.

Love the shape of this Mark Fast mini. It was the freshest manifestation of his crochet fringe vision.

Ok, another typo – apologies – this lace meets psychedelic look is from Clements Ribeiro and it’s pretty darn fabulous. Who thought components as at odds as this would look so nice together. And who thought optic illusion prints could be cool again after the 1990’s?

Love the way this black and white photo print cuts to color. A wild look but also totally wearable.

Peter Jensen showed a lot of copyable looks but I loved this prom dress over button down the most.

Willow took their theme and ran with it, and it resulted in this stunning, dreamy and strange dress.

After the jump see other excellent looks and soon I’ll have Milan and Paris for you.

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Posted on October 1, 2011

Style Icons: Female,Style Icons: Male »Best of New York Fashion Week

I thought I was disappointed in NY Fashion Week, maybe just because so much threw me for a loop, but I ended up with tons of favorite looks to sort through, so I guess it was pretty rad after all.

One of the raddest collections was 10 Crosby Derek Lam. This mix of bold Hawaiian print (a trend I am usually weary of) paired with the black and white pencil skirt is odd which everyone was all about – but unlike man – it looks sleek, stylish and wearable. How can we pull this off I wonder? I doubt a tight skirt pulled over a longer dress is the easiest combo, but I plan on trying it.

In the topsy turvydom of the week, it was J Crew that turned up some of the freshest and most wearable outfits. I had lots of great looks to pick from but am totally in love with the denim shirt paired with a shimmery midi skirt. Addition of bright red summer pumps a plus – their stylist deserves an awesome vacation.

I love the proportions and pattern mix of this Edun look a ton. The origami folds in the billowy top look great with a cropped jacket and that little peek of plaid. Have the cropped jacket, but no blouse as awesome as this.. wonder where I can find something similar for an easy Spring weekend getup.

Suno delivered with excellent silhouettes like this Amish-chic set that looks as unique as it does classic. Proof that their more than their bold prints (which I still kind of missed in this collection).

First, apologies for the misspelling – we’re working on almost no sleep here and I am too lazy to go back in and fix it, (so let’s forgive any other misspellings I haven’t caught while we’re at it). Anyways, another great look from Derek Lam and one that we can all pull of ourselves probably with item already in the closet. I am not a pants kind of girl but this combo makes me what to break out the couple pairs I own and get layering.

Nerd chic was everywhere. Awkward was the vibe of the hour but almost no one got it right like Jil Sander Navy. The over all collection left a great impression but I picked this subdued ensemble for it’s tonal layering and the great edge the leather skirt gives to the look. Leather skirts usually look so Gucci, but here it’s total Miranda July. Plus I need those shoes.

Never thought I’d love a Tory Birch collection so much. The whole essence of the collection transported me to some fictional 1920’s rich person holiday yet it never felt like costume.

Also with a vacationing flapper vibe, but far more bizarre was Thom Browne, which managed to push the envelope while remaining interesting and stylish. Should he be tapped for Dior?

Some of the best prints came from unexpected places like this kitty design at Victoria by Victoria Beckham (also misspelled, oops). Love the laid back cut of this dress too. Yes, I would love to wear this please!

If I had to pick one swimsuit for next summer this Peter Som zebra head two piece would definitely be it.

Doro Oluwu is always great with the patterns and this collection didn’t disappoint. this fitted cardigan look is perfect. Must seek out lots of easy floral dresses this spring, I think.

Anna Sui is always doing her same song and dance but that doesn’t mean their aren’t fantastic looks to be had. This sketchy stripe is super fun with the 1940’s inspiration and even better in a turban. If I could make this my early spring hat, I would be glowing with happiness.

As a young vintage obsessive, I remember being really excited when Imitation of Christ first started, then it kind of fizzled and went away, right? Well this collection was a major comeback and I loved many of the pieces. In particular, the over-sized corsage lace number on the right? I would have happily gotten married in that.

Lace was used in interesting ways this season. I love Preen’s pairing with neon and bit map prints, turning very “girlie” elements into something slightly and strangely futuristic.

Never been a huge Ports 1961 fan that I can recall, but really liked this collection. I could probably never pull off something so tight, but that doesn’t stop me from absolutely loving this wrapped up mini.

Pastels were huge but pastels are tough. Philip Lim got it right with this easy, slouchy look which somehow makes lilac trousers look like they should be a wardrobe staple.

Spring was not all about pretty pale colors though, some stuff stayed gothy, like this XO print cape from Libertine that just floored me with its awesomeness.

Also found myself very drawn to Threeasfour’s culty, witchy, fishnetty prints and punk layering dresses. This is a look impossible to replicate but I feel like I could find something that plays on the same Alistair Crowley meets 1992 vibe.

While I am no minimalist at heart, I have always loved me some Helmut Lang.. but what about the label without the man himself? Turns out I like that too. This complicated bodice dress is as wearable as it is a work of art.

Really digging the Francesc by Frank Tell vibe too – lots of leather and lace – a little something for Stevie and Don Henley.

For the first time in years, found the Marc line a little boring, but can’t resist this flapper dress/office girl look from the main line. Shimmering, pretty, but very unique. A huge love.

Not the biggest fan on jumpers, but this silvery, lace sleeved number from Rebecca Taylor is quite pretty and could even be flattering.

Prabal Gurung’s bold strokes of vibrant purple were memorable and lovely next to the clean crisp whites.

The season was all about the white dress. There were so many lovely ones, but my favorite was this draped light as air dress from Doo. Ri

See more great looks after the jump!

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Posted on September 24, 2011

Style Icons: Female »Vera Neumann

Artist of Scarves

Anyone that’s bought a from a vintage shop will likely find a Vera Neumann scarf in their drawers. But lest you think she and her work are just old fashioned though – you’ll find that she’s having a bit of a resurgence.

Anthropologie has a We Love Vera collection based on her work and her website is very modern with a “bright, happy, inspirational” blog that was surprisingly excellent (I wish blogs as loving existed for more of my favorite people).

A creative woman who followed her passion for painting into success, Vera soon found her scarves gracing the necks of women like Grace Kelly, and in an iconic shot, the naked torso of Marilyn Monroe.

She was nothing if not prolific and her happy painted flowers, geometrics, and suns have made the world a more beautiful place.

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Posted on August 18, 2011

Style Icons: Female,Style Icons: Male »Best of Couture

Oh Givenchy, you make me so very happy. Poodle ladies by the river… it doesn’t sound glamorous, but the photo speaks for itself.

Chanel hasn’t been my favorite lately, but this collection had so many awesome looks I had a hard time picking. I went with this all black number that made me think of Isabelle Adjani in the mid 1980’s.

Because I’ve never forgiven the Halle Berry monstrosity that everyone was shitting themselves over, Elie Saab has never been a favorite. But there’s no denying there were some exquisite gowns this collection such as this one seems to float on the model even as it’s elaborately embellished.

Frankly, I liked Giambattista Valli’s resort collection more, this over the top finale is pretty grand.

Not totally sure how I feel about Dior, it calls to mind Lacroix of the late 80’s but with different silhouettes and less shiny stuff. This look is pretty great though.

Now, usually when I see an Armani show, I prepare myself for 800 looks all in slate grey, mostly pant suits, but I was surprised with the Japanese inspired collection and found a lot of the quirky looks very nice.

Azzedine Alaïa gave us some great shapes with his collection like this narrow waist feathered jacket.

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Posted on July 20, 2011

Style Icons: Female,Style Icons: Male »Best of Resort, The Rest

Style Icons: Female,Style Icons: Male »Best of Resort, Part III

BCBG gave us flowing dresses that one could wear all summer. In fact, if there were one collection I could (realistically) solely wear this season, these 70’s inspired frocks would do the job. BCBG may never got over it’s cheapie reputation but I loved this collection.

And speaking of cheapie reps – I think it’s tacky Azria had to put his name on Leger (kind of reminds me of Dean Koontz’ Frankenstein, ha ha) but this body con graffiti number is downright awesome.

Bibhu Mohaptra does great things in this dress – a fab print, a flattering yet unique silhouette, and unexpected colors that feel fresh. There’s a lot to love here.

Another stand out print from Gucci with this fun dress that screams Jacqueline Susann heroine (and we all know that’s a wonderful thing).

Evening wear was everywhere but I was drawn to the played down options, like this color blocked Vionnet dress. Seems they’re revitalizing the line with a particular eye for unusual color combinations and I like it!

Lela Rose, usually a little too saccharine for me hit the right note this season. This dress is flirty, pretty, and so easy with those oxford flats.

Lanvin continues to wow and this bungle of red hearts, feathers, embellishment, and who knows what is the wowiest…

Until you learn that Lanvin for kids exists.

Sometimes just the most basic thing done right is a sight to behold, so behold this cape from DKNY. It’s simple, it’s clean, I want.

Doo.Ri gives us the trench coat to aspire to while making lace leggings look neither slutty nor cheap.

I love that Proenza Schouler’s collection reminded me of yarn art (though not sure why it all took place on the set of 48 Hours Mystery with Maureen Maher) but if I had to chose one look, this white dress with the most fantastic of huge necklaces is the one. I don’t even know what the necklace is made of what it really looks like but I can just feel that it is amazing.

Also amazing in the accessories department? The huge belt loop and nude leather gloves at Celine. Having these would change me life. (Be sure to see the collection for other notable looks, like one sweet print that will be in the fashion mags soon).

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Posted on June 28, 2011

Style Icons: Female,Style Icons: Male »Best of Resort, Part II

Skirts really got the royal treatment, most impressively with this amazing Matthew Williamson embellished number from an over all wonderful Asian inspired collection. Pairing with a button down shirt is in line with with prim and proper trend of the season.

No. 21 gives us another lovely knee length skirt that is both casual with its pockets and loose fit but textured with fancy lace making it equally at home at the soiree of your choice. This look also comes from a great overall collection worth taking a look at for other sartorial inspiration.

Marc Jacobs juxtaposes the slate grey that permeated his collection with this fun, airy hot pink skirt that I am sure we will be seeing in the pages of the magazines to come. Again, the hi lo mixing is so much fun. I hope this trend of dramatic skirts that can be dressed up or be worn down trickles down to H&M, etc. This is one wardrobe piece I’d love to find.

A skirt of a different note is this bumblebee pencil from Burberry (yet another great collection) that manages to evoke the 1960’s while looking totally modern. Love the high waist and the bold colors and would not say no to that trench next door as a perfect walking-in-the-meadows-on-a-summer-day-after-the-rain look. Though it would probably look just as chic for a rushing-to-get-home-after-coming-out-of-the-subway-to-find-it-raining-and-I-have-no-umbrella-look that we all tend to sport one time or another.

Wearable dresses. There were lots of them and it made me very happy. We’ll start with Anna Sui, whose over styling and sometimes cartoonish looks feel dated but within this collection we find this awesome, print mixed cotton dress. I’d wear this pretty much constantly if I were able. The subdued colors are perfect and it’s effortlessly chic. Love it

Speaking of love, Rebecca Taylor does wonderful things with color with this look. It’s prairie (a trend that got a huge exclamation point on it from Rodarte’s last collection) meets the big city with the pops of brights against grey. I have nothing in these colors but will be on the look out to remedy that fact.

Chloe highlighted the wearabilty of the collection by presenting the looks in a street style photo shoot. This mint green pleated dress is just simple and gorgeous. Looks interesting anchored by those pretty fabulous buckle heels but I can see myself in something like this, barefoot for a beach wedding (now I just need to find a beach wedding to crash).

Jason Wu’s collection made me think of The Lover, a forbidden romance set in 1929 Vietnam (doesn’t everyone seem to be drawing inspiration from Southeast Asia? and doesn’t it feel perfect?). This lovely dress, paired ingeniously with that world traveler hat (ok – so I know the next hat I need to find – but anyone know what a hat like this would be called?) is so pretty and I just have to mention, speaking of pretty, robin’s egg and white wainscoting, sigh.

Dresses weren’t just pretty though. Stuff got edgy and unusual. I particularly love this hippie meets the future dress from Peter Pilotto – the print, the shape, the neckline details, everything about it is unique and awesome.

Balenciaga played with shape too and it looks radical with this sharp shoulder low waist dress that also features a trend I haven’t mentioned but still love – hints of animal prints on solids. Look around, you’ll be seeing it everywhere.

Roksanda Ilincic’s collection was sweet. She channeled the 1940’s and offered the looks of that era in an entirely new light. This bright green color block dress was one of my favorites, and of course, you know I love my turbans.

I am pro dress over pants. I know, I know, it seems like it should never work, but this look from Acne helps my side of the argument.

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Posted on June 23, 2011

Style Icons: Female,Style Icons: Male »Best of Resort, Part I

I love stripes for summer, it’s a logical choice and this Thakoon Addition look perfectly encapsulates the current Summer mood with just the right amout of them along with bleached denim, florals, and youth.

John Patrick also shows off a perfectly balanced and very simple outfit that makes one wish for more rain and an excuse to wear galoshes.

Mulberry goes less traditional with the stripes in a Bert and Ernie golden navy combo and makes a chic school girl charm that isn’t cheap or too young. Again, bleached denim- how do you suddenly look so fresh and cool?

Back to the French tradition with navy and white and red and white stripes with Sonia Rykiel, who has made a name doing stripes right. This resort season is no different as you can tell from these cheerful, slightly quirky ensembles that would be ideal for a walk along the Seine, and if that’s not possible, how about a walk to the new East River Ferry?

Yay Stripes!

Another trend was the bold, busy printed dress in unexpected silhouettes. My favorite coming from Preen who gave a moody, languid collection that was fashionable Japanese lady marooned by a lover in Southeast Asia. I love the sexy, tightly belted waist juxtaposed with the proper buttoned up neckline.

Suno, ever having fun with prints, offered this adorable Hawaiian printed mini that also manages to be short and fun for Summer but respectfully covered up up top. I’d love to go flea market shopping in something like this. They also featured some looks of plaid and floral mixed together, something I’ve been super into for Falls past, but loved seeing in a warm weather way.

Marc by Marc is of course on target with this flattering mini dress in just the sunniest, cutest of prints. The black piping is key. This row of dresses is really making me itch for my vacation, what about you?

And if that vacation were to Polynesia (it isn’t) I’d love to bring along this flower Peter Som dress so I would just fade into my beautiful surroundings.

Long, floor dusting gowns were tops for evening and none were as awesome as this animal print atop animal print Giambattista Valli number. Love the prints and the belted yet unstructured silhouette.

Erdem offered more of their artistic prints and they looked the most stunning in this cap sleeve maxi. Wear this if you want to look like a captivating painting.

Givenchy’s wild mirrored prints are likely to get into the editorial pages, but I was really taken by this strangely beautiful origami black on black.

Yellow was huge, tons of people featured the sunshine color in their collections, but this Jenni Kayne gown stuck out to me with its simple and unique sophistication.

Lots of Resort to review, so more favorites coming soon!!

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Posted on June 20, 2011

Style Icons: Female »Kate Moss

Super Stylish Supermodel

After all the bombshells we’ve been counting down these weeks, Kate Moss was something totally new to the supermodel scene. I’d argue that she changed the face of modeling and though no one is quite like her, women have been walking in her shadow ever since.

I certainly remember first seeing her in the Calvin Klein ads staring out of the pages of Vogue and Bazaar like some gorgeous alien waif fairy.

Sure her personal life seems to have been a bit of a mess at times but as an icon in fashion, she’s tops. Few models display as unique a personal style. Often photos of her in her own clothes and styling are far more fashionable than ones of her dolled up in ads.

Oh, and how awesome is this Game of Thrones type shot?

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Posted on June 18, 2011

Style Icons: Male »Philip Treacy

Milliner Extraordinaire

With rumors circling that he is commissioned to create Kate Middleton’s wedding head piece and an upcoming Met Retrospective of his long time collaborator, Alexander McQueen, it’s just a Philip Treacy kind of year.

Taking a look through Treacy’s career, anyone could get excited about millinery arts. I am particularly hat crazy with the changing of the season and subsequent changing of head gear.

So long wool turban and floppy brimmed tweed – hello bright wide brimmed sun hats. What I wouldn’t do for some outrageous Treacy creation. His work is inventive, imaginative, daring and humorous.

The sadly departed Isabella Blow discovered the deisgner (as well as McQueen) and often donned his wildest hats including the famous feathered “Blow” head piece.

Other famous fans include Lady Gaga. SJP, Naomi Campbell and of course the soon to be British Princess.

His headpiece and her dress are the only reason I am excited to see the wedding tomorrow (though not enough to wake up at 4am).

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Posted on April 28, 2011

Style Icons: Male »Patrick Kelly

Whimsical Designer

I used to love looking at the Patrick Kelly ads in magazines as a kid. With his signature overalls and upturned baseball hat, his life seemed like a never ending party. His creations, which included lots of embellished tight short mini dresses (he height of what I considered sexy dressing then) seemed like a whimsical collaboration with the world.

Huge sewn on buttons, rainbow tutus, the Eiffel Tower – is it little wonder his designs charmed the likes of Grace Jones and Isabella Rossellini as well as a nine year old fledgling fashion lover?

He breathed so much life into the world of fashion but ironically and tragically was the first celebrity I knew and admired that succumbed to AIDS. It makes me sad still to think of the out of control brilliant fun he’d be adding to fashion week if he were alive today.

The Brooklyn Museum had a retrospective of his career in 2004 but I still feel he’s a bit unsung and forgotten by the upcoming stylish youth.

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Posted on April 19, 2011

Style Icons: Male »Norman Norell

Dean of American Fashion

Because the name Norman Norell doesn’t live on in the form of a cheap line of cosmetics, sunglasses or perfume, his name is not as well known as it once was. It’s a shame because he was really a fantastic designer – one that began by dressing Ziegfeld girls and Gloria Swanson. No wonder the man knew his way around floor length sequins.

He was respected by French couturiers and we all know how snobby they can be, right? But his impeccable eye for detail and easy glamour was undeniably admirable. A great bio of the man dubbed “The Dean of American Fashion”, who did so much to further New York’s reputation in the fashion world can be read here.

While several of his designs were featured in the excellent American High Style show at the Brooklyn Museum, it’s been decades since a Met retrospective of his work. Michelle Obama’s ingeniously stylish choice to wear one of his vintage frocks to a Christmas event, though, brought some new attention and interest in this master of design.

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Posted on March 29, 2011

Style Icons: Female »Theoni Aldredge

Costume Designer

Unless you’re a theater buff, the name Theoni Aldredge may not ring any bells. The recently deceased costume designer was a master of Broadway – her decades long career includes productions of A Chorus Line, La Cage Aux Folles, and 42nd Street.

But even if you’ve never seen one of these performances, you’ve more than likely seen her work on the silver screen. She was behind some great classic films and her costumes are iconic: the ghost busters uniforms and Annie’s red dress.

She also made Faye Dunaway beyond gorgeous and chic is The Eyes of Laura Mars, Network, and Three Days of the Condor. The latter of which Robert Redford is dressed impeccably – the second most fashionable moment in his career next only to Great Gatsby – which Aldredge also designed costumes for.

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Posted on January 24, 2011

Style Icons: Male »Kansai Yamamoto

Bold Designer

I’ve learned while going through photos of Kansai Yamamoto‘s awesome work that it is indeed possible to salivate over amazing costume! He’s the man responsible for the wardrobe for David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust Tour and currently produces something called Super Show that is at once fascinating, inscrutable and over the top. I am dying to attend.

There have been two retrospectives in Tokyo and Philadelphia so heres to hoping one comes to New York. Oh, and wouldn’t a chain store collaboration be simply amazing?! I’d do just about anything for one of his patchwork kimono dresses.

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Posted on January 11, 2011

Style Icons: Male »Hipgnosis

Album Artists

If you can remember the image of an album cover from the seventies and eighties that’s got a touch or more of photo surrealism then Storm Thorgerson, Aubrey Powell, and Peter Christopherson, aka Hipgnosis was probably behind it. The British design group basically dictated what the enduring face of rock and roll would look like for a decade.

Not only were they behind iconic albums like The Dark Side of the Moon and Houses of the Holy but some of my personal favorites – Scorpions’ Lovedrive and 10cc’s How Dare You! (favorites in album art only – The Scorpions cold never live up to their controversial covers).

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Posted on December 30, 2010

Style Icons: Male »Gregory Parkinson

Luxe Bohemia Designer

The designs of Gregory Parkinson are a dream meeting of the asthetics of the Diane Freis 1970’s California (where he resides and works) and the England of Celia Birtwell and Ossie Clark (where he was born and schooled). His vibrant, print heavy mix and match outfits are what Annie Hall would end up wearing if Paul Simon had whisked her away to London for a long summer. Even when he dips into weird yarn art lady territory it somehow works. Crafty has rarely felt so romantic.

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Posted on October 31, 2010

Style Icons: Male »Jonathan Saunders

Scottish Designer

Jonathan Saunders has never quite cracked my top collections of any season until this recent spring line that was pitch perfect with its unique and beautiful color combinations combined with adorably wearable silhouettes. It makes one long for next Spring already. In fact, the first outfit posted directly guided the color direction for this new Brix Picks design, so cheers to that. As a textile designer, Saunders excels at color and print as was obvious from his previous Target Go line that started a mini trend of marbled prints.

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Posted on October 4, 2010