Saturday, February 23, 2008

Milan Fashion Week

I love all the luxurious effects on Milan Fashion Week. This time was no exception, we’re talking fur, glamour and amazing fabrics. Instead of reviewing each collection, I’m just gonna divide it into trends.
At Gucci (above) there was a Russian inspiration with a mix of rock and bohemian feeling. Other collections with this look were Moschino and Roberto Cavalli.

Coloured tights were at designers like Bottega Veneta (above), Emilio Pucci, Iceberg and Moschino. The colours were pretty mild at some shows and the shoes and even the whole look were often in the same colour.

I personally love the typical Italian prints by designers like Maurizio Pecoraro (above), Missoni and Matthew Williamson at Pucci.

Furs were popular with the big fashion houses. They were a big part of the shows at Marni (above), Fendi and Gucci.

The snow look with fur collars and puffy parkas were seen at both Emilio Pucci (above) and Iceberg.

Iceberg (above), Roberto Cavalli and MaxMara all included chunky knitwear with interesting details like braids.

It looks like the skating boot is going to keep on into next winter. At least they were seen at Missoni (above), Prada, Iceberg and Emilio Pucci. They were in most cases ankle boots, but in some shows they were at the knees.

The Prada show (above) was all lace. Other shows that included lace were La Perla, Roberto Cavalli and Versace.
It was quite a bit of glamour on the runways. MaxMara (above), were minimalism is the standard look, showed embellished sweaters and they popped up the collection. Other shows that had glamour were 6267, Alberta Ferretti and Derercuny.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Street Style from New York

I loved going through all the street style pics that Scott from The Sartorialist posted on from New York Fashion Week. Because I get so much inspiration from other people and street style blogs. I piled together a few trends the amazing fashion people was working at the shows, so here you go...

At first, I loved all the pants. The girl on left is wearing amazing mustard cropped pants (and cropped pants are going to be a hit for summer). Mustard goes really well with navy and the light brown shoes. I thought the beige pants are the perfect style, not too baggy and not that tight. Love the pants on right worn with sky high heels.

Bright, eye-catching shoes make a big statement, especially if the outfit is simple or all black. The girl to left is wearing open sandals with kind of casual pants, and I think each balances the other out.

I love chunky scarves. It's especially necessary if you're wearing a mini skirt and thin tights.

The strong blue colours are instant outfit fixers. Coloured scarves are such an easy way of letting colours into the outfit without overdoing it.

Biker jackets. They can be worn casual or with a dress to toughen up a feminine outfit.

At last is fur, which I personally love the most on the girl to left. I think that if the fur is bit chunky, a vest is more suitable than a full coat.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

New York Fashion Week Fall 08

Well, now that New York Fashion Week is finished and London's already started, I'm gonna post a few of my favourites collections from NY. But since there has been so many reviews on other blogs, I'm just gonna make it a quick read with a few favourite looks from each collection.

Alexander Wang was dark and mysterious and I loved the kind of raw tomboy look. It was maybe a bit too slouchy for my taste as I liked the spring collection better, but it was still really good. Loved the leather vest and all the body-con skirts which gave a bit of femininity.

From the darkness to the light and lovely collection of BCBG Max Azria. I loved all the mild colours, and the leather belts really gave the final touch to the outfits. Lubov Azria (BCBG's creative director) said backstage that the collection was wearable and clean, which is a good description, I think.

I didn't think that the whole collection itself was amazing at Behnaz Sarafpour, but there were many great outfits. The main thing I liked were all the colours and prints. Some pieces had an added glam to them, like the dress far right.

Jeremy Laing had basic shapes and cuts. The collection included both loose, almost oversized dresses and trousers and then also tight, body-con dresses. I loved the front zip on the dresses to right. It was a pretty simple collection, nothing too showy, but it also had really interesting pieces in between.

Oh my, how I loved Karen Walker. It was a bit 'messy', as the inspiration was children clothes from the Victorian and Edwardian eras mixed with street culture. The colours were bright with beautiful old floral prints. Walker is a master in mixing different looks and making it work and this show was no exception.

Y & Kei's collection was romantic but nothing too frilly as the shapes were pretty classic. The florals had a modern twist and were a bit arty, like a beautiful painting. I loved the styling, the prints made a big statement when paired with all black.

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Saturday, February 9, 2008

Style Icon: Chloë Sevigny

Like you probably know by now, Chloë Sevigny, is a fashion icon. Her unique ways of mixing vintage and high fashion is what makes her outfits interesting.

British Elle Magazine has hired Chloë as their style advisor, and for the next six months she will be answering letters about style for the magazine. She’s on the March cover with a interview and an awesome photoshoot inside.

In the interview she says she studies all the fashion shows each season and then makes a list of all the things she likes. She also reads all the fashion mags and gets inspiration from books. She likes vintage shopping and visits many New York thrift stores to check out new stuff. She admits that sometimes it’d be easier to have a stylist. But she thinks it’s unfair that all the Hollywood stars get all the fashion credits ‘These people are celebrated for their style and they don’t even dress themselves.’

Chloë has lots of fashion friends. She’s known Marc Jacobs since she was 17. They met 1992 when Marc worked at Perry Ellis and had just unveiled the remorable grunge collection. ‘He could easily do things that are just cute and wearable, but he’s always pushing the envelope.’ Among other friends in the fashion industry are the designers Nicolas Ghesquiere at Balenciaga, Stefano Pilati at YSL and Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez at Proenza Schouler.

What could be her best fashion advice? ‘Knowing what’s good on you, wearing it with pride and having a certain confidence and swagger.’

Chloë has now launched a collection of clothing, shoes and sunglasses for New York based brand Opening Ceremony. The collection is vintage inspired and influenced in large part by the styles she enjoyed in high school. It could be described as grungy yet feminine with clashing prints, rock'n roll, and 80s high school. It includes floral grunge frocks, micro minis, black mesh tees, zip-up ankle booties and cat-eye sunglasses. She claims the clothes are mix and match and can work from day to night. ‘They’re quirky, something different’.

Chloë had two things in mind while designing. Every piece should be something she'd personally want to own as well as something she'd always wanted people to design but never had.

The collection is available in Opening Ceremony boutique in New York and LA. In Europe it’s Colette in Paris and Selfridges in London.

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Friday, February 8, 2008

Thinking Blogger Awards

I was tagged by fashionistakay of The Weekly Bloggette, so that makes me nominated for the Thinking Blogger Award, am I right? (I'm not quite sure how it works).

If you get tagged you have to write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think and then you have to put a link to THIS post so people can find out where it all started. Finally, just in case you want (optional), you can display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote in one of your sidebars.
I don't know if the blogs that I'm gonna tag have already gotten tagged for this award, but I tried to pick the ones that haven't. Anyway, the blogs that I tag are: Allure Fashion, Fashion You, Inspiration in Heels, Jottings of a Fashionista, Power Rangers Go.

And I also have to answer these questions:

What’s the story behind the name of your blog and your nickname?
Well, I actually had a few names in mind when I got the idea to do a blog. Then I signed up at Blogger, but the names were all taken. So I tried some other names and they were all taken. Finally, when I was becoming seriously desperite, I tried J'adore Vogue and it wasn't taken. I liked it alot, so it became the name. As for the nickname, I couldn't find any non-cheesy nickname so I just had it the blog's name.

Why did you started blogging in the first place?
Firstly, fashion is the thing that lights my day up. I get a chill when I buy new fashion magazines and when fashion week season is coming around. So I just thought, why not make a blog! It wasn't like a sudden decision, I had been thinking about for a while before I actually did it. Secondly, as english is not my first language and my dream is to go to fashion school abroad, I wanted to practice my english writing. And of course it's just a way of showing my opinions and giving my thoughts into the fashion world!

What has been your best blogging experience? What about the worst?
The best experience has been all the wonderful comments. It's really heartwarming how people can be nice and uplifting, especially at first. I haven't had a bad blogging experience yet, and I hope it'll stay that way :)

What do you think will happen to your blog in 2008?
I'm just going to try to blog as often as I can and make them interesting and fun as well. I just hope that I get more readers and that people are going to like my work.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Inspiration from Africa

One of my favourite trends for summer are the African inspired safari and tribal trends.
Designers featured modern tribal influences on their spring runways with wild prints, such as ikat, monochrome and batik, and chunky jewelry.
The safari trend has been evolving over the years. I honestly thought it wouldn’t be as big of a trend that it was on the runways. It has kind of started to become a classic, but it doesn't always remain the same. I really like the new versions for spring.
It’s not a coincidence that these two trends are linked together. They’re inspired from the same culture and they also look great paired together for a real global-tribal-safari-chic look!

Etro had a colourful collection and showed a lot of dark moss green. I loved how the green was paired with all kinds of prints and bright colours.

These are more sophisticated looks, but still casual. The colour is neutral in light beige. Bottega Veneta had a suit; cropped pants and a slightly oversized jacket/shirt, the perfect safari outfit. J.Mendel showed the ultimate safari dress dress with big pockets, which is a classic look for this trend. Proenza Schouler had a bit different outfit from the other two, as the buttons gave it a bit of a military vibe.

The tribal trend was a big hit on Diane von Furstenberg’s runway. I’m not a big fan of the headscarves, though. DKNY’s monochrome shirt dress is youtful and fresh.

Oscar de la Renta showed a big interest in Africa in his spring collection. He clashed prints together and the result was dramatic dresses and accessories.

Get the Look

H&M’s spring collection has a lot of african prints, but you'll have to wait until you get your hands on all those affordable, trendy pieces. To keep on within the cheaper price range, Topshop has a few tops and dresses in ikat prints. I love their Animal Ikat Print Dress. Urban Outfitters have this great Ikat Printed Scarf, which is a great way to get this look and not overdo it.
To switch completely in gear as the prices go, 3.1 Phillip Lim has a great oversized safari cardigan, available at Net-a-porter. The Mulberry cotton safari dress, also from Net-a-porter is fab. And the perfect safari cargo pants come from Michael Kors. For the tribal look, Pringle of Scotland have an amazing monochrome print dress.