|Gucci, my all time favorite NOT-wearable clothing. Unless I get a different life.|
I don't lead a glamourous life. I don't go to cocktail parties very often, nor have black tie dinners to attend, and galas to slink off to. I have a calm life. I appreciate fashion. I love it. But I don't have places where it's important to dress up or a work office where I "have" to dress up. That might be why I do dress up more than a pair of jean and t-shirt to pick up kids from school, or to the store, and to run my errands. I dress up, because I want to, and love to.. but it still can't be in an Alexander McQueen or Christian Dior Gown.
So when reading through, and absorbing all the new campaigns and samples of Spring to come, I try to imagine outfits I COULD wear. Not just WOULD wear. And I find there are quite a few. With one designer who really hits the Mark.
I give you the Winners:
Starting with Antonio Berardi, who by the way is pretty damn sexy! I love silk! I love the flow, I love how it will (depending on the design, which he does) makes me think scarface, 70's glamor, Donna Summers, Faye Dunaway... I also love the structure, the cut, and most of all the colors! This sea foam green pants and top! YES! The Coral??? YES. Okay, normally no. BUT YES. The blue with the dayglow yellow. YES. And the structured dresses above. YES. They are sexy, but descretely. I can imagine myself wearing them. I can. But okay, maybe wear? A party. Realistically? Yes they would work for a dinner party. Okay, so I go to a few. And I would so wear the other ones.. some just for fun on my way to book club or drinks with the girls in the city. So YES.
Last season's winner of Project Runway, Gretchen Jones. Her stuff is wearable. VERY wearable. Maybe too wearable. But why not? I love her silks. I would wear the red dress just to dinner! And the jumpsuit.. during the day.. well day into night. The denim shorts and pants? YES. To school, to my FASHION CLASS I teach. Yes, I'm still doing that! So yes. And I can't wait to see more. Love her jewelry too. Beautiful.
OMG, Helmut Lang. These two pieces... YES. I do go to bars, and a few parties. I could pull these off. I could. Don't you remember me at Sonya's party? At the Brooklyn Museum opening? I could. And I'd look better now. I'm not so frownie. SO YES to HELMUT. Ya.
LANVIN. Okay. Normally I like but can't picture me rockin' it. But these... YES. Okay, so there are not too many places I could wear that long down with feathers. But Hell ya, if I was invited again to an event, like the one with Clive Owen, celebrating Nick Sullivans anniversary with Esquire, I would so wear that dress. And this time when Clive Owen shakes my hand, he'll kiss it instead, like BONO did. I swear he did. Really. Okay, so the other outfit is styled a bit busy.. but yeah, I would wear it going out with Rikke to that club we went to... oh a while back.
Prabal Gurung. Okay, I'm thinking great Easter outfits, yea? YES. The one on the left, I'm going to Easter at my husbands friends parents house on the upper west side. The one on the right? Well, I'm going to Laura's Easter party in Tribeca. Well, if I were. YES. PURPLE. Love it!!!
I'd have to say, SONYA RYKIEL, is like, my favorite all time designer. Remember that think i have with silk and the 70's. Duh. She started it? Or maybe was a part of the posse like Halston. Oh those hedonistic glamorous days. Where does the time go? SO YES. Count me in. I'd wear both of the outfits on the left to pick up kids and the post office. You know why? Because it makes the ordinary extraordinary! The ones on the right to go out in! Ah, fall isn't even here, and Spring is calling!
Stella McCartney. Okay. So these are a bit drab compared to the rest. But totally lovely, and very wearable for every day use. I would style the one on the right a bit differently. Different shoes I think. But love the little pant suit. SO YES. Thanks for doing something we can wear!
So now for my Number one Pick. Wait, you thought it was Antonio? Well, almost. I saved the best for last.
Daryl K Spring/Summer 2012! Okay. Everything, absolutely everything is wearable, and gorgeous. Daryl knows her customer: A real woman. And even though it feels like Daryl past, it's very fresh. Her collaboration with Spencer Sweeney added a hip dynamic vibe. And the colors are bold but it feels soft, and the silk makes it fluid... oh wait! Did I say silk! ahhh. A girl after my own heart!! Yup, silk. But this is a very modern take on it. And that's what silk needs. Oh I got a silk woody going on! I'm excited for Daryl. She deserves this.
So that's my short and brief, and ONLY Spring Fashion Runway critique. I'm leaving it to the pros and the pro bloggers. All of which are fantastic. Here are two of my favorites who've kept me up to date, since I don't get to see the real thing in person:ERIN JEEN & SEARCHING FOR STYLE .