Sonia Rykiel FW 08

It's great to see winter ads that actually evoke a wintery mood. In my opinion, this is one of the best ads of the season. I didn't even notice Sonia Rykiel's sweater dresses on the runway, but seeing them on Iekeliene and Irina amidst a blanket of white snow, they just come alive to me. Aren't those hats amazing too?

Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the campaign. Looks like it was a lot of fun to shoot!


I Love Dressew!

This morning I woke up very early (considering I no longer have classes now) to head over to the Dressew fabric store right at its 9:00 opening time. I spent about an hour browsing through the many aisles of colorful fabrics, trims, zippers, feathers, sequins, and everything else imaginable to do with clothes. I had no particular plan in mind, but armed with my trusty camera, I took note of anything and everything that happened to catch my eye. Here are some of the photos I took, along with captions of what thoughts were percolating in my brain at the time.

I really do love the combination of orange and pink. I could see these being worked in to a silky blouse and flouncy mini.

Orange and pink again! How about twisting and folding the fabric into a colorful dress a la Ungaro?

I don't know what I was thinking with this one. Maybe mixing it in with something sheer or silky?

I love this splatter print!

The white or black version of this would make a great pair of leggings. But why not other colors too?

As simple sculptured strapless dress? Or bustier worn over sweaters?

Nice accent prints. Would look great as the lining of a jacket.

Is it crazy that I want a dress from this shredded material? At least a skirt?

Very pretty lace detailing. Would make a nice necklace/collar with many of them.

I always liked how the girls from Gossip Girl wore ribbons around their neck sometimes instead of ties.

All of the neon zippers you could possibly dream of. I wonder if my grandma would be able to make a layered zipper necklace?

Faux fur in a sort of plaid-like pattern. This would make a gorgeous jacket.

I love how some fabrics are stained around the raw edges. For some reason it brings to mind something that Prada might do. I will ask if they have entire fabrics with this sort of stained effect next time. It's so pretty.

Green and blue would make a nice color combination as well.

I love this moire pattern! I have a light blue skirt in a similar fabric that I haven't posted about it. I want it shortened a bit.

I'm starting to appreciate soft color palettes more. Again, these would look nice as a silk top/skirt pairing.

The wall of fringe! I want a dress in the light blue or grey.

I could see this rope being twisted into a spiral circle and added on top of the shoulders of a blazer. Are you guys still with me or is this post way too self-indulgent?

Neck ruffles?

And last but not least, after scouring the entire store, I finally stumbled upon my beloved blue pleated trim. I thought they didn't have it anymore! It's rather odd to be so obsessed over trim but there you have it.

It was certainly a lovely way to start the morning. I then grabbed a chai latte and cradled it smiling happily on my skytrain ride home. I didn't even buy anything but I was still left with a pleasant buzz for the rest of the afternoon. Now it's time to get back to those practice exams that seem to be glaring at me crossly for being neglected.

Cortazar for Ungaro

When I browse through collections during fashion week, I sometimes get so caught up in looking for something fantastical and new that I forget to look at the little details. For the past two seasons since Estaban Cortazar has taken over at Emanuel Ungaro, I have overlooked the collections by merely taking a quick glance at thumbnails and deciding that there was nothing much to see. Last night as I was thumbing through an older issue of British Vogue and the most beautiful print I have ever seen caught my eyes. Surprise suprise! It was the light wood print from Estaban Cortazar's debut collection at Ungaro.

I love the braiding, twisting and draping on the pieces in this collection. It also features my new favorite color (for the moment): light grey-blue. But the wood grain printed chiffon stole my heart. I hope to come across something similar when I my exam schedule allows for a much anticipated trip to the fabric store with my grandma. Here's hoping!

In comparison, his spring/summer 2009 collection wasn't quite as appealing, but it did have a few treasures in the mix. How about an eye-catching rainbow of beautiful prints?

Images from style.com


My Cocoon Jacket

A couple of days ago I wore this Zara jacket that I picked up in Bucharest this past summer. It has an odd shape to it. It's very loose and the shoulders are rounded off. It reminds me a bit of the cocoon jackets in Balenciaga's FW 06 collection. Actually, I'm quite positive that's exactly what the designers at Zara were thinking of too. When I first put it on I thought to myself "what an ugly and unflattering shape." Then I just couldn't seem to let it go, so it came home with me.

I sort of dumbed down the look here by wearing it with boring skinnies, but looking at that Balenciaga collection again I think it will go really well with tights and a floaty super mini skirt I picked up at the thriftstore a while ago. It would also go well with my black draped trousers but that outfit absolutely demands sky-high heels to balance the look out.

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The Good, Bad and Ugly

I was never really impressed by Victoria Beckham or her line of dresses until I saw this promo video today. Despite her steely demeanor in front of the camera, I'll bet she's a softie on the inside. Watching her and a group of girls prance around a large mansion hiding behind curtains and lampshade put a big smile on my face.

For the bad and ugly, what on earth were the Barney's people smoking when they made this video? Nevermind. It is at once cringe worthy and kind of funny. I would like that Beatles go to India book, however.