Saturday, December 27, 2008



Color blocking has been a consistent trend in womenswear for the past few seasons, and it's all over menswear for Spring 2009. It's already made its way onto retail shelves in fast fashion stores like H & M.

Alessandro Dell'Acqua [top left], Perry Ellis Signature[ bottom center], and Jil Sander[bottom right] are all pro-blocking for Spring.

Photo Credits: Alessandro Dell-Acqua, Perry Ellis Signature, Jil Sander from

Friday, December 26, 2008



The pencil skirt is a timeless staple that should be in every well-dressed woman's wardrobe. It's the most sleek and professional skirt silhouette and works for most body types. Pair it with a crisp white shirt tucked in, or loose with a waist-cinching belt. Throw a blazer over it [Louis Vuitton square-shouldered blazers anyone?], or a cropped jacket, and you have a chic and functional uniform you can wear from the office to dinner.

In addition to the many playful and voluminous skirts and dresses offered in Lanvin's Spring 2009 collection are two functional basic pencil skirts [top left and right] that can be incorporated into any wardrobe.

Of course, if you don't have the disposable income necessary for a Lanvin pencil skirt, there's still the basics-reliable Gap to turn to for a basic pencil skirt in black [bottom left] for a mere $44, or if you still need the designer name, there's Isaac Mizrahi's plaid pencil skirt for Target [bottom right] for even less, $20.99.

Photo Credits: Lanvin from, Gap from, Isaac Mizrahi from

Thursday, December 25, 2008



It's coming up metallic for Spring 09, with gold a loud leader. Gold is everywhere this season, but seen most often with black or its metallic counterpart, silver. Today we will look at the contrast created when pairing gold and silver together in powerful, statement accessories.

Slither your way to the top in a platform Gucci sandal (top left) or make a more subtle splash with Christian Lacroix's necklace [bottom right].

Photo Credits: Gucci, Lacroix at

Friday, December 19, 2008


Mix things up a bit and go white for Winter with Spring's take on the neutral. Red and green are overdone during the holidays, and white is a fresh alternative that also alludes to Spring.

Save money by investing in a Spring piece you can also wear now. For an ultra-feminine look with a classic twist, try this Celine belted dress [top right] with a statement bag or shoe. Trade the grey blazer and the belt for black ones or a wrap around shawl to make it more evening appropriate. Try pairing it with the Zac Posen clutch [top left]. You could also work the andrygonous take in the white pantsuit by Anne Valerie Hash [bottom left] and pair it with Calvin Klein chunky heels [bottom right].

Photo Credits: Celine, Zac Posen, Anne Valerier Hash, and Calvin Klein from

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


This is a powerful bag.

Looking at this Jimmy Choo snake skin patchwork and printed pony Kaja bag is a comprehensive lesson in accessory trends for Spring 2009. Many of the trends in vogue from last Spring are back, including python, crocodile, and bovine or horse and zebra prints. Python is everywhere this spring again, but crocodile never really left, since it's evolved into a classic staple that's reinterpreted every season. One look at this bag and you can unpack all these trends and more. It's rare to find a piece that answers of all the trends of a season in one blow. What a bag.

Photo Credit: Jimmy Choo from


Designers of menswear for Spring 2009 are taking a wide leap into womenswear. Feminine signatures are now the new vogue for men. One of these trends is the belted waist. The belted waist is everywhere this Fall in womenswear, mostly notably at Diane Von Fursetenberg, who sent out several looks with belted blazers over dresses. Spring 2009 shows men carrying on this trend in looks that are reminiscent of tuxedo dressing but are used for both day and evening looks. Philip Lim [bottom left], Hermes [center], and Etro [bottom right] are all pioneering the trend.

Photo Credits: 3.1 Philip Lim, Hermes, Etro from


Simply put, gray is the new black.

For the past few seasons, gray has been the go-to neutral of choice for those looking for something just as safe and functional as black, but different enough to avoid the humdrum one note dressing you can fall into with black if you don't accessorize it. From Bottega Veneta's light gray of Spring 2008 to Fall's charcoal, designers have been creating wonderful pieces with gray.

Proponents of gray for Spring 2009 include Antonio Berardi, who offers both a pant [top left] and skirt suit [top right] in the neutral, Stella McCartney, whose sweater and pants [bottom left] can be used together or as functional separates, and Giles Deacon, who adds a feminine flourish to a sweater/skirt combo with a flash of feathers [bottom right].

Photo Credits: Antonio Berardi, Stella McCartney from
Giles Deacon from