Monday, September 12, 2011

Inspire Me Pretty: Emma Watson

     Fall is one of my favorite seasons to dress for mainly because the cooler seasons give way to a great amount of creativity and experimentation through layering and the mixture of colors, prints, and texture. For this upcoming fall season, I'm particularly inspired by the juxtaposition of masculine and feminine pieces. And one look that epitomizes this very image is the one with Emma Watson spotted in a very Parisian chic ensemble during her Lancome ad set. I first gravitated toward the white blouse with the poplin collar complete with a simple silk bow used in a bow tie. I'm a sucker for preppy details, especially ones with a touch of androgyny in it. The high waisted lace shorts makes the entire ensemble look more feminine while the tailored blazer makes it look more polished and put together, especially with the addition of a skinny black belt which defines the waistline. Not to mention, simple minimalistic and lace pieces are very on trend right now. The white blouse tucked inside creme-colored lace shorts will definitely make you skeptical at first, but the subtle and varying degrees of color and texture actually gives the outfit more depth and interest. 

Love, KB

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Vogue September 2011 Issue

     Drum roll please.. Vogue's 2011 most anticipated and famous September issue is 758 pages! Which is relatively small compared to that famous 840 pages from 2007 which still holds the record for the largest issue produced by the magazine. And in true September issue fashion, the first three hundred pages or so are dedicated to ads (advertisement = $$$) which includes the usual, like Dior, Chanel, and Prada and range from Drew Barrymore modeling in a stunning16 page series of Neiman Marcus ad, a first look at the Missoni for Target collection, Karl Lagerfeld's Impulse capsule collection for Macy's, and even the Mad Men inspired collection that the costume designer Janie Bryant designed for Banana Republic

     As for the editorials, the wedding coverage ("Kiss me, Kate") and pictorials for the covergirl's Kate Moss summer nuptials were so whimsical and romantic with a great story about John Galliano's wedding gown design for his long time muse and the bride. Other editorial spreads include the young  supermodel Karlie Kloss in a "Go East!" shoot sporting a very short do in China, and of course we can't forget Grace Coddington's work -- they're the ones I look forward to in all of the issues. She did a fantastic Mod inspired spread, called "My Generation" featuring Natalia Vodianova in a very Twiggy-esque hair-do which showcased a lot of upcoming fall trends such as clean and tailored pieces and lady-like looks. Grace also styled a spread with Micheal Philouze called "Playing to Type" which further showcases upcoming fall trends such as lace, delicate knits, boxy and monochromatic wool jackets, polka dots, and colorful mixture of prints. 

     And of course, as the 2011 New York Fashion Week is scheduled for September 8-15, a great initiative to promote Fashion's Night Out (FNO) is very evident throughout the entire issue. FNO is a shopping event hosted by Vogue, the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America), and the city of New York which helps promote local fashion retail businesses and helps celebrate the industry in a one night event. On September 8, from New York, to Los Angeles, to Miami and even overseas (London is having their own FNO) fashion enthusiasts, shoppers, and fashionistas alike can enjoy a night of shopping with tons of fashion related activities in the works during this great nighttime event for a great cause (40% of the proceeded raised in the event will benefit the NYC Aids-Fund). For more information visit

"Kiss Me, Kate
photographed by Mario Testino 

"My Generation"
styled by Grace Coddington
photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot 

"Playing to Type"
styled by Grace Coddington and Michael Philouze 
photographed by Steven Meisel 

Fashion's Night Out (FNO) September 8, 2011 

Love, KB