I usually go for really low necklines—all the better to lengthen a short torso—but Vivienne Tam has me reaching for this Silk Sequin Butterfly Dress. The color is divine for summer, and the sequin detail at the collar is superb. What I really like about this kind of dress, however, is that I can see it going so well with a nice tailored suit jacket for a more casual office look (if one worked in one of those creative-type workplaces) or even by itself for a great date look. Hair up, of course, is a must.
Still, because not all of us have $179 (down from $420) lying around, Forever 21 has a surprisingly effective option that stops short of being a complete knockoff. Although I wish it came in a color other than black, the F21 version touts some lovely beading around the neckline and hem, and slightly different criss-cross straps in the back (pro: won’t slide down your arms all evening). Now magically turn into teal, and I’m set :3
So, I hesitated to publish this because guys, this is a $165 tote, and it’s not even on sale, but then I realized the infamous LV Neverfull tote is like, a bajillion dollars, so … anyway, this is pretty scarf company Leigh & Luca’s newest foray into bags, and I’m actually really digging this Peacock Flock tote.
The pattern is really classy but also casual enough for daily wear (of course! this is why I never understand things like ‘croc skin shoppers’), the chain strap detailing is fabulous, and I’m liking the removable superfluous little chain strap. But what really moved me, forgive the pun, is the interior. Brilliant lining, and that kind of pocket, from personal experience, is absolutely ideal. I only wish the pockets had maybe been on the other side of the inside, or that they had had more pockets … I love pockets … but clearly a lot of thought went into this, and props.
Gilt is offering this exclusively before it hits stores, so grab it now.
If there ever was a swimsuit that made me want to live the life of the rich and indulgently indolent lounging by some fancy resort pool, this Chain of Fools bikini from Beach Bunny’s Goddess line would be IT. It’s like a belly dancer-hot Grecian goddess-blonde Hollywood starlet outfit rolled into one in the best way possible. $317 (:o) at Curves n’ Waves. Also available in black/silver … but the white/gold is way better. And did I mention it’s limited edition? Only 500 avail … so get it while you still can!
This comes a month late, but Tommy of Jak & Jil apparently shot Anna Dello Russo’s Milan apartments (one specifically for all her clothing! I die). I’ve always had a huge soft spot for all things French, and what has to be customized wallpaper is killing me. What a way to so easily make a room feel amazingly decadent. <3
FUCK YES. The Lake & Stars is starting a more moderately priced sister line in conjunction with Urban Outfitters, named Double in Brass, to be available starting May 10. While I’m a little worried about overall quality, the designs are looking decently solid thus far. I wonder if they will do anything similar to their gorgeous camis?
Something from last week to tide us over in these slow fashion times: Demi Moore in Marchesa Fall 2010. Yes it looks kinda funky from the side, but that open back is as delicious as apple pie. Let it be said here that while I subsequently found out the pattern was paisley, I still think that there is a beautiful Asian influence going on here. The pattern looks like some sort of qipao dragon print and the neckline/shoulders also emulates your standard cheongsam. Note to Vivienne Tam: this is what you should be doing!
I had actually blogged about a piece from the Christopher Kane 2009 RTW collection before (Frieda Pinto’s absolutely gorgeous black number) but I never expected something so Chloe-like to also emerge. This lovely pastel number (generically named “Scalloped Silk Dress”) has me gushing, seriously. You have the avant-garde that is Kane’s modus operandi, and yet an unexpected softness. The layered/different-sized scallops are just parfait, and the color is just the right amount of saturated to last you through any spring season.
Unfortunately, with knowledge comes disappointment. Of course, it’s sold out. What once was discounted 80% (AHH! £3,227.77 to £645.55 [sorry, not avail on the US site]) is now out of my reach forever. Still, il y aura un jour …
Fabulous is a word I would use to describe this Vera Wang Beaded Gold Leaf Bib Necklace. I actually think this looks more like feathers, but no matter; the intricate beading detail is exquisite. Honestly, after wearing this, how could you top this kind of flawless perfection in jewelry? Answer: you can’t. I would love love love to see this paired with a deep dark-colored (navy, perhaps?) V-neck evening gown on the likes of someone like Marion Cotillard.
Sold out, because this kind of finery doesn’t stick around for long at discount prices, for a measly $259 (down from $1,450! I die) over at Rue La La.
Full disclosure: this dress is already sold out, but that doesn’t stop me blogging about it. I also am already fully aware that the gigantic floral shape on dress forms has been done and done (see: Carrie, Sex and the City movie), but again, see above.
I like how Temperley London has taken a new spin on things. Instead of a floaty chiffon nightmare, the petals become more grounded with the black edging. The sheer under-petal keeps the blossom from looking too flat, and the little pop of color in the middle is a nice cherry on top. Heck, what with the studs, this might as well be the rocker-chic version of the giant flower dress, and if this is the new direction rocker-chic is going, I am so on board.
I will say this though—I’d much rather have had a thick strap instead of the three dainty ones on the back.
$799, down from $2,295, over at Gilt.