Tuesday, April 1, 2008

A Few of my Favorite Things!

Exposed zippers and intricate blazers
One of my favorite blog writers in the blogosphere, Rumi at Fashion Toast (see my links) was just recently raving about a dress at Topshop that she had found that had this divine exposed zipper in the back. You know, to be honest I had never really thought about that. For me, a zipper usually just makes sure my dresses stay on and my pants stay up...but Rumi quickly had me convinced that these zippers can be quite a statement. The dress that Whitney is wearing here has that appeal. Who even cares if it's boring from the front, because when she's walking away, you know everyone (or at least the people who can appreciate fashion) will be left slack-jawed. As for Lauren's blazer (and super-stupendous dress...YSL? anyone know?) and the cute little white buttons give the look an amazing nautical feel that I definitely love. It helps that The Hills is one of my guiltiest pleasures...!

Chains at Givenchy.

Mariacarla and....well, everyone else at the most recent Givenchy show were touting these layers and layers of gold chains over their super-chic black shifts. I used to layer necklaces in like, the 8th grade, but they I kind of became more of a rings and bracelets kind of gal--necklaces, more frequently than not, just seem so fussy to me most of the time! However, seeing my favorite models at one of my favorite designers fashion shows swathed in these elegant and simple and thin (read: non fussy?) chains makes me yearn for a few of my own.

Super-Huge Sunnies for a California Girl

This photo of Elena Melnik at the Basso and Brooke show (I don't recall the season) kind of got me thinking. Usually, I wear glasses. I am totally proud of my geeky frames and I'm definitely not concerned about my image as a well-dressed person because of my glasses. However, this glasses predicament makes sunglasses so much more difficult. These shades are pushing me to buy contacts for the days I head to the beach. I don't know, I think it's because they don't look expensive and they have that sort of allure of a cheap pair bought at a random shop on a random street (probably what I would end up doing, seeing as I can't afford super-expensive sunglasses). But seriously, I just love them.

Old Balenciaga Campaigns
Woah, right!? Liya, Gemma, and Isabeli are so working this ad I can't even take it. The new Balenciaga ads have been very robotic as I'm sure you've noticed..and they don't exactly draw me out to splurge on a top that looks like my shoulders are made out of metal. I like this ad because of the flowy-ness and the slouchy boots and the cutouts and the black and white. I WANT these pieces, isn't that the sign of a good advertisement?

Agyness on a rent-a-bike
Okay, I understand that this picture was taken for editorial, fashion-y purposes, but why can't I just believe that Agyness rides these bikes in her normal life (she does) with these Givenchy stunner heels on at the same time (she doesn't). I was in Paris and never got to rent a bike, so for now, these pictures of Agyness are all I've got. Plus, I realized all the chic ways to ride a bike.

Keira Knightley's personal style.
I see pictures of her all the time, the not-so-frequently photographed celebrity, and yet the dark horse in the Hollywood cyclone that has already vacuumed up the likes of Britney, Lindsay, and Paris. Keira's look is usually a bit more grunge than this, involving a slouchy hat and combat boots with a dress (still totally stunning) but this high waisted look with that perfect white blouse and the simple gold bangles and jewelry as an accent just looks so stupendous and chic (chicly stupendous!). Even though she's wearing Ray-Ban Wayfarers, which have been kind of overplayed recently, I still think she wears them with an attitude that's not so 'look at me im hip with wayfarers' and more, 'i need some sunglasses..it's bright out!' You agree?
...what are a few of your favorite things? One of my other favorites is American Idol, on tonight, and I'm off to eat dinner and get ready to settle in for some Dolly Parton tunes (the theme of this nights show). I'll post about it tomorrow (or maybe not...if I start making idol posts, im thinking it's kind of a slippery slope...). Enjoy!



i love the bicycle thing too.. and the givency chains are so amazing!

Zoƫ said...

I totally agree! I love Kiera's style and those bikes are so cool

Addison said...

love your blog! i ADORE the layered chains over the black outfit. gorgeous. and the exposed zips are always beautiful

Romany said...

That photo shoot with Lauren and Whitney was inspired! They both looked so girlie and Californian.
Those shades are the cutest things I've seen in along time!
Wow Agyness has great legs - I never really realised before...I can't wait for bikes to really come back in fashion, I am soo ready for that day. Lol.
One of my favourite things write now is headbands - I'm searching for the perfect one right now, to pair with some skinny jeans and a ballet flats.

Kat said...

I really liked that teen vogue shoot with the hill's girls too and those dresses were both luella.
I love intricate blazers too, they are such a statement.
I really like keira. Her style is really simple when she's just hanging around and on the red carpet she always looks so elegant.

Jillian said...

okay keira knightly looks AMAZING in this photo great great style!

I love that givency necklace i see it all the time and it just makes me drool! and those sunglasses are perfection!

i need to find some like that!

Anonymous said...

wow, right on! I love exposed zippers and I have developed an obsession with blazers lately. Aah and chains at Givenchy are so so good...

LML said...

love all these things right now too! i never saw the bikes for rent when i last went to paris - but i SOOOO need to the next time i go! but this summer when i go to titaly, i think we're getting bikes, so that makes me happy. there's just something about riding your bike in europe that is just so romantic!

because im addicted said...

i love the exposed zippers! im on a serious hunt for a fab dress with one!

Mike said...

i want a bike SO bad. One of the vintagey ones. theyre like the ultimate accesorie.

also those balenciaga campaigns were lovely, theres so much movement int hem and gemma looks great.