Summer 2011 is winding down, and it's hard to believe that I'll be leaving for my third year of college in 3 weeks. So I've decided to talk about a few of the fierce fashionistas who are inspiring my end of summer/start of fall 2011 wardrobe. They're all gorgeous and fabulous, and I can't wait to share my current obsessions with you:
I've blogged about Anne Hathaway before to admire her wardrobe choices for Paris Fashion Week. But I'm officially obsessed with this dress and oversized sunglasses she rocked while on a yacht with her boyfriend Adam Shulman a couple weeks ago. It's so simple and classic, Jackie O would be proud. You can make Anne's look your own with oversized sunglasses and a fabulous day dress-I'd suggest shopping at H&M and Forever 21 for that quirky feminine feeling. Totally gorgeous right? I've also talked about Ashley Olsen before, but I'm just as love with this black t-shirt and jean shorts combo from 2007 as I am with the Parisian-inspired look from a few weeks ago. It just looks like she picked a black t-shirt and shorts out of her closet and just went about her day. She has some classic aviators, a chic watch and old school Keds to compliment her casual basics, but what really makes the look is her big, black Prada headband-so Brigitte Bardot! Recreate the look by picking a basic black t-shirt from any cheap chic store and Levis jean shorts, then adding classic accessories like a watch, aviators, and black handbag, and twisting it with Keds or Converse sneakers and a bold accessory like Ashley's headband. You may or may not have heard of Clemence Poesy before, but if she looks familiar you've probably seen her as Fleur Delacore in the fourth and last two Harry Potter movies. She really has that je ne sais quoi that French women have where they can get away with wearing pretty much anything. This is my favorite look of hers from back in 2007 or 2008. It's a perfect classic tomboyish look that Marlene Dietrich would totally covet right down to the fedora. You can rock this too by looking for tailored, menswear-inspired blazers, classic button-downs, skinny practical pants, a fedora, and menswear-inspired shoes with a fierce heel. Once again I recommend H &M and Forever 21 to get the look...I just did some shopping there a few weeks ago, and did very well at both places. I'll share my purchases with you in later posts. :)
Whose look do you admire? Sound off in the comments before :)
I'm not here to tell you what fashion magazine you should read, but in my not-so-humble opinion Vogue is the fashion bible of all fashion magazines. I'm also a diehard fan of Sex and the City thanks to reruns on E!, so I have yet to be disappointed by any combination of the two. So in honor of SATC star and fashion icon Sarah Jessica Parker's latest August 2011 Vogue cover, here are a few of my favorite looks from my all-time favorite fashionista (other than Kate Moss), the fearless and unapologetic Ms. Carrie Bradshaw:
1) I'm beyond obsessed with the daring blush pink dress Carrie wore to recite her poem at a friend's wedding in Season 2. I've never seen anyone wear a look like this to a wedding and pull it off, but that's exactly what I love about Carrie: she takes risks when everyone else plays it safe, and those risks are almost always worth taking. I really hope that one day I can wear a dress just like this. 2) Season 3 is almost my favorite season for Carrie's fashion, and that's mostly because it was the season of corsages. Carrie rocked these corsages with just about everything from LBDs (like the fierce pleather one above) to basic tank tops and trousers, and they're really a great way to add some fun and color to a simple look. Thanks to Carrie I'm definitely inspired to infuse some floral adornments and fun accessories in my wardrobe this coming fall. 3) Carrie was fabulous in all six seasons of SATC, but she really saved her best for last in the 2-part series finale in Paris (!) She wore perfectly streamlined trench coats with winter hats and delightfully fun dresses and Manolos and Louboutins. But my favorite fashion moment from the finale is the big, gorgeous, flawless grey Versace dress. Even though we all knew she and the Russian artist Aleksandr weren't meant to be together at all, it was so much fun to see Carrie look fabulous in the fashion capital of the world and find her prince charming in Mr.Big.
What's your favorite fashion moment from Carrie Bradshaw? Sound off in the comments below or on facebook and twitter.
I solemnly swear that I am up to no good. Now that that's over with, here's a delayed overview of Emma Watson's stunning and daring wardrobe for the final premieres of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. For the London premiere, Emma dazzled in an Oscar de la Renta confection fit for a princess, and she changed for the afterparty into a sweet shorter Elie Saab number with open-toe pumps to show off her Twiggy-like frame. I know it's been a couple weeks, but I'm still in love with Emma's London premiere and afterparty looks because she looked gorgeous and classic at her best. So I was a little bit surprised and even bummed when she showed up to the NYC premiere of the final film wearing a Bottega Venetta dress with a linen bustier and a bronze bottom that looks like an invisibility cloak. In her defense, Emma did say she played it safe in London( though she looked fabulous) and that she took the risk because she considers NYC a fashion capital (50 points for Gryffindor!), and she's a fashionista known for risk-taking (hello pixie cut!). A lot of people may disagree with me and say they loved the NYC look, but whether you loved it or hated it, we all can learn one important thing from Emma Watson's style: a fearless and fierce fashionista takes risks and knows how to have fun with her wardrobe no matter what her size, age, budget, etc. And that is truly magical. Mischief managed.
P.S. What did you think of Emma's fashion choices for the last Harry Potter premieres? Sound off in the comment section or on facebook and twitter. And if you still haven't seen the final movie, get off the couch and GO SEE IT NOW. Yes, it's that important. If you've already seen it, tell me what you think and feel free to manage mischief more than once. :)
This week was certainly an exciting and busy week for the fashion world for 3 reasons: 1)Emma Watson's wardrobe choices so far for the photocall and London premiere of the final Harry Potter film, 2)Kate Middleton's flawless-as-usual fashion for her and Prince William's North American tour, and 3) the extravagant week-long event that is Paris Haute Couture. Since I'll be covering Emma's red carpet choices in the next week or so and I've already talked so much about Kate Middleton that it's gotten a bit old, I've decided to move on to Paris Haute Couture, or at least to the Hollywood A-lister who rocked it this week. When I first saw the picture of Anne Hathaway strolling casually around Paris in her dress and red shoes, I had a feeling she would rule the haute couture shows this week. She certainly didn't disappoint when she showed up to the Valentino show in a quirky black dress with sheer polka dot overlay, but the "Princess Diaries" star really looked like royalty when she arrived at a ball wearing vintage Valentino. Anne has had some fashion hits and misses over the years, but her true chamelon style really works, especially in the French capital of fashion. Meanwhile, Ashley Olsen brought a touch of Paris to New York wearing a crisp white button-up shirt, full mid-calf skirt, chic flat sandals, and statement-making Prada sunglasses from the Minimal Baroque collection. I love this look because normally she and twin sister Mary-Kate get a lot of flak for dressing either too grungy or too much like old ladies, but here she gets it totally right. I actually noticed a lot of great outfits from Ashley but this one definitely has a touch of Paris or at least the Upper East Side, and I have a feeling Audrey Hepburn would have loved to wear Ashley's outfit. If you ask me, it doesn't get much more iconic than this image of Ashley in this 1950s-esque style walking her dog in Tribeca. It seems like no matter what goes on in the fashion world, we'll always have Paris.
This weekend supermodel and fashion icon Kate Moss married The Kills frontman Jamie Hince after 4 years of being together, and aside from the royal wedding it's the fashion event of the year without question. It's a 3-day fashion spectacular with guests such as Naomi Campbell, Anna Wintour, Stella McCartney, and John Galliano, and filled with outfit changes, including looks by McCartney. But the most controversial look is the wedding dress itself, designed by disgraced designer Galliano, which some bloggers are blasting as too simple and underwhelming. But for me, the dress represents what I love about Kate Moss's style: whether she's glammed up for big events or walking the streets of London in jeans, blazers and over-the-knee boots, her style is easy and 100% effortless, and there's never anything contrived or predictable about what she wears. In the end, Kate Moss truly knows herself, and with that self-knowledge and confidence she is my number one style icon of all time, and I already can't wait to see what she will wear next.
"In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different."-Coco Chanel
""A woman must always be two things: classy and fabulous."-Coco Chanel
"Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful."-Sophia Loren
"If I were a diva I would be called Ferocia Coutura and I would spray girls in the eyes with hairspray." -Christian Siriano.