Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Happy New Year!!!

I hope everyone had a marvelous Christmas!  Sorry for the gaps in blog posts....Like most folks, I've been quite busy this season.  I did want to get some evening looks up here, though, so I'm going to share some of the fashion layouts that I've done recently on Shop Style.  Hope you like them!

This is actually my newest layout.  Entered in a challenge to style this Kelly Ewing dress.  Isn't the dress jawdropping gorgeous?

This is another of my recent layouts.  As winner of the previous "Nature Inspiration" challenge, it was my duty to set the next one.  I chose hummingbirds as the new nature inspiration and this is the look I created.  I love how the Vivienne Westwood dress picks up the subtle color of the birds and the irridescence of their incredible plumage!

Party look featuring another Vivienne Westwood dress, Betsey Johnson jewelry, and my all-time favorite fragrance, Gardenia Passion by Annick Goutal.

Lanvin dress and pumps.  Embellished clutch by Alexander McQueen.

New Year's look featuring Zhor and Nema mink coat and Lanvin gown.

Evening holiday look featuring yet another Vivienne Westwood dress.  This one in irridescent blue!

Festive look in nude tones featuring an Alberta Ferretti cocktail dress.

Layout highlighting a Bex Glover illustration; Herve Leger dress and Judith Lieber egg bag.

This layout is called, "Desire."  It features a Badgley Mischka gown and Christian Louboutin pumps.

Layout highlighting the designs of Alexander McQueen and extraordinary photography of Tim Walker.

Masquerade ensemble featuring Alexander McQueen gown.

Stylishly yours,

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Trending for Spring Part VII - Nearly Nude

Finally, we arrive at the number one spot of the spring and summer 2012 color trend countdown.

Here's a recap of the previous listings:

               10.  Lady Sings the Blues
                 9.  Purely Pastel
                 8.  Garden Party Florals
                 7.  Neutral Territory
                 6.  White Hot
                 5.  Back in Black
                 4.  Shades of Gray
                 3.  Black & White Mix
                 2.  Citrus Explosion

And now for # 1:  Nearly Nude

No, no, no.  I'm not talking about quantity of clothing here.  I'm refering to the flesh-tone color or color group commonly referred to as "nude."  This non-color, appears to be the hottest shade on runways across the globe!


Valentino Collection Spring/Summer 2012;
photo: Yannis Vlamos/gorunway.com
1.Nearly Nude

Calvin Klein appears to be the leader of the pack in regard to this trend.  A large portion of his spring and summer collection featured filmy dresses in flesh-tone silks; most in stunningly simple lines.

He was far from alone in his vision, however.  Dozens of designers have presented myriads of "nude" dresses in just about any style and fabric imaginable.

While the citrus tones of my last post may be the most wide-spread color trend of the season, "nude" certainly qualifies as the most original and unexpected, and therefore takes the number one billing in this countdown. 

Not that there's any shortage of "nudes" at the prominent design houses. 

Let's take a look at some of the surprising designs that await!
Alberta Ferretti
Alberta Ferretti Collection Spring/Summer 2012; photo: Elle magazine
Slide 1
Calvin Klein Collection Spring/Summer 2012; photos:  Elle magazine
'Sweet nothings' such as these floated across the runway as Calvin Klein unveiled his latest spring and summer collection.  It is largely based on an assortment of filmy silks such as the ones above in a most realistic flesh-like nude tone.

Slide 2
Calvin Klein Collection Spring/Summer 2012; photos:  Elle magazine
More magical dresses from Calvin Klein.

Slide 3
Slide 9 - Aganovich, Slide 10 - Alexandre Herchcovich, Slide 11 - Albino, Slide 12 - Aquascutum
photos:  Elle magazine
Four very different dresses, but each sharing a common thread in the barely there non-color.

Slide 4
Slide 13 - Badgley Mischka, Slides 14 - 16 - Christian Dior; photos Elle magazine
Elegance was the order of the day at Badgley Mischka and Christian Dior when the designers revealed these stunning "revealers."  Note the metallic accents on two of the designs.

Slide 5
Slide 17 - Givenchy, Slide 18 - Charlotte Ronson, Slides 19 & 20 - Chado Ralph Rucci; photos:  Reuters, Elle magazine
The many faces of 'Nearly Nude' come side by side in this slide.  At Givenchy, leather takes a skin-tone tint as it tops a shimmery dress of the same color.  Charlotte Ronson tops a casual striped skirt with a sheer nude color tank for a look both playful and dramatic.  Chado Ralph Rucci demonstrates polish and sophistication in his A-line and sheath dresses.

Slide 6
Slides 21 & 23 - Valentino, Slide 22 Chado Ralph Rucci Collections, photos:  Yannis Vlamos/gorunway.com, Elle magazine
Prim and proper lace-trimmed dresses with the 'nearly nude' edge hail from Valentino.  Chado Ralph Rucci combines sheer and opaque in a stunningly modern pantsuit.

Slide 7
Slides 24 & 26 - John Rocha, Slide 25 - Calvin Klein; photos:  Elle magazine
The edges of this slide feature two fanciful 'nudies' from John Rocha.  In the center, Calvin Klein's 'nearly nude' dress is both daring and demure.

Christian DiorChristian Dior
Christian Dior Collection Spring/Summer 2012; photos: Elle magazine
Who'd have thought 'nudity' could be so lady like?

This wraps up the countdown of my predictions of Spring's most important color trends.  It will be fun to watch as the season unwinds to see how many trickle into the mainstream retail market.

The parting shot I'll leave you with is an intoxicatingly gorgeous design by Badgley Mischka.

Now that the countdown is finished, I have a number of projects on the table that I hope to be blogging about soon, as well as looking into more spring and summer fashion and the holiday season that's just around the corner.  I hope you'll drop in and join me for all the fun.  Until next time...

Stylishly yours,

Badgley Mischka
Badgley Mischka Collection Spring/Summer 2012;
photo Elle magazine