April 30, 2011

lace: perfected

while lace may not be the most unusual material for a wedding gown, i still insist on taking some credit for predicting kate middleton's sarah burton dress!  lace was all i could think about this entire week -- i wore it almost every day, and even wrote a rather in-depth article about it for college magazine.  {take a look for some elegant inspiration!}



not only was kate's dress topped with a stunning hand-made lace bodice and sleeves, but pretty bits of lace sparkled along the bottom of the gown and all throughout the full layers. those kinds of details are what make a wedding dress special, and considering the extreme conditions the dress was made under, it was quite the special piece. 

lacemakers hand-appliqued a mixture of chantilly and english lace with rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock designs. and to make sure the lace stayed bright white, they washed their hands every 30 minutes.  that is quite possibly the epitome of elegance!

yet the way kate wears the dress (instead of the dress wearing her) is really what makes it so breathtaking.  she looks as elegant, feminine, and sophisticated as possible -- nothing about the lacy look is trendy, boring, predictable, or overly traditional, which is a .  she helped sarah burton create a conservative piece (because heaven forbid someone's shoulders are exposed in westminster abbey!) that was both traditional and modern. 

lace is one of my true obsessions, and i can't get enough of how the runway looks below exemplify the hyper-femininity that lace is taking on this season.  if royalty is following suit, these designers must be on to something!

{ collette dinnigan }
 
{ d & g }
{ erdem }

and my own personal favorite lace piece (at a much lower price): a structured top from forever21! last seen here
/ worn with a j.crew necklace and bracelet, nordstrom bp banded skirt, and ray-ban specs /

II 
emily

April 21, 2011

revisited

speaking of colorblocking {in my previous post} i wrote an entire article about it over at college mag! lately i've been on the hunt for colorblock items and bright, bold colors to put together; the phillip lim and issa looks featured in the article are my constant inspiration.

below are some of my bright picks for the season - i can't wait to mix and match them together for DIY colorblocking!  how do you feel about the trend?




II emily

April 19, 2011

colorblocking

how great are these aldo wedges?! they remind me oh so much of the amazing rebecca minkoff wedges i posted not so long ago...  the wooden heel, color blocking, and go-with-everything design all make for quite the essential spring shoe.  at $100 they're hard to pass up!



II emily


April 17, 2011

coachella

jealous you aren't at coachella this weekend? so am i -- but at least we can look the part!


check out the article about the event i wrote for the collegiate blog at college magazine ; from floaty dresses to edgy cutoffs and soft moccassins, these are foolproof festival looks!  i'm hoping to employ some of these ideas this summer at pitchfork, lollapalooza, and maybe a few london festivals while i'm living there in may and june.


but don't wait until the next concert to try out these looks; as summer approaches, try the boho-chic trend anywhere you're going!


here are some photos from last year's coachella festival to inspire you!








{all images via coachella.com}

rave on
II emily

April 7, 2011

no words



have you ever seen a crazier shoe?! i'm not sure if i can even appreciate this abstract heel-less creation.. they just look so dangerous! the only person i can think if who would wear these is lady gaga.. which called to mind those insane armadillo shoes she so famously teetered around in:



what are your thoughts?  


and speaking of weird proportions, check out my latest post over at COLLEGE MAGAZINE, where i dish about mixing and matching different extremes.  


style on!
II emily

April 2, 2011

new territory

hello everyone!!
it's been a while since i've written anything, and i have to admit this isn't a traditional post, either! but i have some exciting news to share with you . . .


i've recently become the newest fashion blogger over at college magazine!   i'm really excited about the position; it gives me a ton of creative freedom, i get to share my ideas with even more people, and i really enjoy everything the magazine has to offer.  college magazine appeals to college students and young adults everywhere, and their variety of stories are always interesting and up to date.  
my job entails writing a weekly fashion piece about whatever i think is relevant to all the fashion-seeking students out there -- new trends, fashion news, international happenings, etc.  i love the creative challenge, and for my first piece, i couldn't help but think about spring trends - my excitement for warm weather and the adorable clothes that come with it is increasing by the day.  one of the most notable trends is bright, vibrant colors, so i shared some simple tips and tricks on how to easily incorporate them into your wardrobe. fittingly, the title of the post is "color me chic"  and i hope you enjoy it!!


{ gucci spring 2011 collection }




read on!
II emily