Inspired by English tailoring and Indian textile, Marcus Wainwright and David Neville artfully carried out next season’s recurring theme of mixing patterns, colors, and textures into their fall collection for Rag & Bone. Asymmetrical skirts, pants, sweater dresses, vests, and outerwear, in the form of prints, fur, leather, jacquard and herringbone, were layered to perfection. I’m especially digging the exaggerated leather epaulets and leather trimmed blanket coats!
Deconstructed jackets over finely knit sweaters on top of quilt printed dresses, all layered over two-tone, textured leg wear . . . Gary Graham‘s fall collection oddly makes perfect sense, and thus provides me with fresh layering inspiration. I’m also loving the use of burgundy, grey, rust, and bright red, a color palette common to other fall collections we’re seeing on the runways. Swoon!
DSquared2’s pre-fall collection is all about combining preppy refinement with rebellious fun. The brilliant twin designers, Dean and Dan Caten, take us back to the swinging 60s where cropped cigarette pants, argyle cardigans, body hugging dresses, pencil skirts, tweed miniskirts, velvet tuxedo jackets, and incredible beehives were aplenty. I’m loving the masculine ensembles just as much as the polished ones and inspired to start cranking out bow ties!
Element Eden‘s consistent mission to inspire young women is one of the many reasons why we respect and love the label so much. The brand is based on a team of advocates, a hand selected group of visionary artists, musicians, activists and humanitarians, whose stories exude creativity, passion, and social awareness. One of these inspirational advocates is Amy Purdy, a snowboarder, skateboarder, makeup artist, actress, model, and double leg amputee. She was also the inspiration behind Element’s Live Learn Grow collection of casual and activewear. Take the time to watch the incredible video below and let this profound insight from Amy motivate you to always seize the day: “Go outside, smell the trees and breath the fresh air. Seeks what makes you feel at peace and open to discovery, then share that knowledge and inspire others along the way.” WORD.
We’re loving April May‘s follow up to their fall collection, which coincided with the French label’s US debut. Designer Diane Goldstein Sitbon‘s inspiration comes from her travels. “My woman has moved from Paris to Santa Fe and Austin. She has gone on a road trip and is still wearing leather and sexy hot pants and feminine dresses and would wear boots everywhere.” Indeed, the April May woman is feminine and effortlessly sexy.
Giambattista Valli‘s haute couture collection has been described as pure fairytale. I couldn’t agree more. I can only dream of having a reason to wear such pristine gowns and cocktail dresses. The belts and jewelry, created out of pure sheets of silver by Luigi Scialanga, as well as the hydrangea-like floral accessories are truly stunning. Can you hear Giambattista’s phone ringing for dress requests for the Oscars?