Pastels

New York Fashion Week Spring 2014 RTW: Jenny Packham

Jenny Packham, when the British designer's name comes to mind I automatically think of Kate Middleton. For Spring 2014, Packham compiled an array of candy-colored looks adorned with delicate beading and crystals in the most exquisite way. It might be easier to pick out which looks the Duchess of Cambridge would least likely be able to wear. There would be very few.

Packham was inspired by the 1975 art film, Picnic at Hanging Rock by Australian film director, Peter Weir (which, by the way, I now want to watch after reading the plot lines on IMDb). The film was set in an Edwardian boarding school, and Packham skillfully fused the 1970's with austere Edwardian dressing creating a collection of easy elegant looks.

Billowy prairie like silhouettes floated down the runway with low-cut backs, pleated detailing and high necks.  The collection felt a bit more casual for Packham with the vintage inspired vibe that was reflected in the loose pants and drop-waisted dresses paired with pussy-bow blouses. Nonetheless, it was still just as glamorous with signature Packham design staples like crystal-embellished gowns cinched at the waist with ribbon detailing.

The color palette was mostly made up of pastels, including baby blue, spearmint, dove grey, soft pink and dusty peach. Packham managed add some boldness to the collection with the use of chartreuse and and royal blue.

The overall collection is perfect Packham, including glittering shift dresses, floor-sweeping red carpet gowns and sexy column dresses with sheer overlays.

Models' looks were styled with blown out, very curly hair that was widely teased, ornate jewelry and carried over-sized satin clutches.

The Wrap Up:

  • Trend Forecast: Pastels, Pleats, Plaid, Chartreuse.
  • Colors: Soft Pink, Dove Grey, Baby Blue, Royal Blue and Rust.
  • Must Have Piece: The sleeveless dove grey, column dress with gold embellished details screams Kate Middleton.
  • Front Row Access: Louise Roe and Christina Hendricks. 
  • Celebs I can see wearing this collection: Kate Middleton, Blake Lively, Julianne Hough, Kate Winslet, Vanessa Hudgens, Helen Mirren, Dita Von Teese, Taylor Swift and Minka Kelly.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Livingly Media

New York Fashion Week Spring 2014 RTW: Tadashi Shoji

Tadashi Shoji seems to understand that women don't have to show a lot of skin to prove they are both sexy and confident. For his Spring 2014 lineup the designer, who is known for his stunning evening gowns, presented an array of frothy fashion confections, fittingly titled Sweet Liberation. The ladylike dresses were comprised of a fair mix of both long and short hemlines that floated effortlessly down the runway.

Shoji used a mostly sherbet inspired palette -- mint green, periwinkle, blush pink and lemon yellows, hues that frosted decadent fabrics of lace, organza and tulle. Surprisingly Shoji's collection, which some might say is overtly for the Park Avenue ladies, incorporated a youthful feel with abstract plaid patterns, feathered fringe and the use of neoprene. Peplum isn't going away yet, Shoji managed to sneak in a few pieces featuring the romantic trend.

Looks were styled only with dramatic drop-earrings and ankle-wrapped heels. The models side-parted wavy hair coupled with flawless soft make-up provided an overall polished look to each ensemble.

The Wrap Up:

  • Trend Forecast: Plaid, sheer details, lace and crop-tops. 
  • Colors: Mint Green, soft pinks, pale lavender, black and white. 
  • Must Have Piece: The flirty sleeveless, lavender dress with gorgeous lace and plaid design elements. (Hello someone wear this on the red carpet).  
  • Front Row Access: Bella Thorne, Amber Riley and Alyssa Milano.
  • Celebs who I think will be wearing this collection: Nina Dobrev, Julie Bowen and Nicole Kidman. I am sure Octavia Spencer will pick up a piece or two for her wardrobe. I can see Carey Mulligan wearing a few of the looks with full skirts and Katy Perry walking the red carpet in any of the sassy neoprene dresses.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Style.com

Collections to Covet: Baukjen SS 2013

If you are looking for easy, relaxed pieces in the freshest colors to liven up your wardrobe this spring, British brand Baukjen's latest arrivals might just be the perfect fit. The collection features an abundance of  lightweight fabrics such as jersey, chiffon and the very popular chambray. Hues of punchy peach, champagne and steel blue can standout alone or combine for statement making outfit color combinations. I love the styling possibilities for effortless looks that can easliy transition from season to season.

Here are a few of my favorites.

L to R: Elsa Shirt Dress; $179.00// Maggie Loose Tank, $65.00 and Jamie Pleat Skirt, $159.00// Sophia Sequin Jacket, $265.00//

Adding a pair of tights and a cute pair of boots to the Elsa Shirt Dress would create a chic look for fall. I adore the glittering bronzed Sophia Sequin Jacket. You can pair it with a skirt for an eye-cathing date night look or a pair of jeans for a dressed up casual look.

What do you guys think? Which pieces would you add to your Spring/Summer wardrobe?

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Baukjen PR

Collections to Covet: For Love & Lemons About a Girl Spring 2013

I am sure many of you will not know whether to be offended by For Love & Lemons About a Girl Spring 2013 collection or to applaud them for their unconventional sartorial approach to their lookbook. The collection is filled with sheer fabrics in sugary sweet hues, romantic ruffles and flirty skirts. These bold yet feminine pieces are perfect for the girl who wants to wake up her spring/summer wardrobe while breaking all the rules of fashion to set her own trends.

The theme of the lookbook is to capture the delicate innocence and awkward substance of 1970's teen angst. Goal achieved! Model Ashley Smith rocks some dreamy ensembles in fun and rebellious ways. The photographs capture and invoke that feeling of nostalgia without giving the cheap vibe or look of a modern day promotional model. You know what I am talking about, because you've all seen those pictures.

Here are a few of my favorite looks from the For Love & Lemons Spring 2013 collection: 

 

What do you think of For Love & Lemons Spring 2013 collection? Will you be picking up any of these wow-worthy pieces?

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Become G orgeous Media

Spring Wishlist: Pretty Pastels~

Jill Stuart, Versace and Ralph Lauren all served up delightful stylish scoops of sorbet hues in every color of the rainbow for Spring 2012. We cannot seem to get enough of this girly sweet trend.

The key to pulling off this trend successfully is mixing separates to avoid the Easter egg look. Opt for clean lines and avoid neutrals as a base, but rather use them to accessorize. Pile on the pastels by balancing solids on solids.

Here are some pretty pastel items to add to your Spring Wishlist.

 

 

 

 

Spring Wishlist: Pretty Pastels
 
 
1. Cotton ankle grazer trouser, $64.00, Shop; TopShop
2. Oasis, pleated skirt, $69.58, Shop; ASOS
3. Laguna lace top, £49.00, Shop; Monsoon
4. Pastel color block bucket bag, $60.88, Shop; ASOS
5. Elizabeth and James, Daryl blazer, $395.00, Shop; Les Nouvelles
6. G By Guess, Verna color block pump, $44.95, Shop; DSW
 

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Style.com

Editor's Pick ~ Missoni Crochet-knit Scarf

One of the biggest trends for Spring/Summer 2012 is pastels. Sorbet colored hues in every color of the rainbow combine for the sweetest looks this season.

While designers like Diane Von Furstenberg, Preen and Jill Stuart are encouraging us to wear pastels as separates this season, but you are not sure if that look is right for you, transition these candy colored shades into your wardrobe with accessories first.

Add this lovely Missoni scarf to your wardrobe. Zigzags are the new stripes and we are crazy for the brand's signature designs.

Shop Net-a-poter; $380.00

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Paris Fashion Week: Elie Saab

Lebanese designer Elie Saab mixed it up at Paris Fashion Week with a palette of pretty pastels in his SS12 line. His seemingly ice-cream inspired collection was awash with mint greens, bubblegum pinks, canary yellows and sky blues.

The attention to detail in each floor-length and thigh-skimming gown was impeccable, such as the tiny crystals placed on the ethereal and sheer fabrics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The collection was further romanticised by dramatic double skirts, yet remained modern and editorial through nipped waists and plunging necklines.

 

 

 

The angelic and innocent image portrayed by the hues and sequins contrasted against the sheer bodices and draped straps.

The models’ hair was pulled back into a glossy mid-ponytail, whilst their make-up was a delicate mixture of shimmering nude and pink tones with highlighted cheekbones.

~Cass Gowing @CassiusIsOver

Images: Now Fashion

New York Fashion Week: Jill Stuart

Girly sweet feminine treats, that's what fashion designer Jill Stuart served up on the runway for her Spring 2012 collection. The ensembles were a swirling confection of cotton-candy colors in shades of baby blue, lemon yellow, mint green and bubble gum pink.

Inspired by an art book she picked up in a lingerie shop in Denmark, Stuart presented an aesthetic of doll-like frocks that reminded us of 1960's California Barbie. 

 

 

 

 

 

Drop-waist dresses with pleats and scallop hemlines, micro-mini shorts, and quilted satin bed jackets made for sexy yet playful looks. 

Prints were not forgotten. Palm trees, birds and cherry blossoms added a whimsical vitality to the ensembles. The designer said they reminded her of "happier times." 

 

 

~Christy Pastore @cpastore1 

Image Source: Style.com

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