I’ve been working on a typical fall post in my blog aresenal, chalk full of photos of Jane Birkin in a pea coat, scenes from Love Story, and cable knit sweaters. Of course these sentiments are all timeless, integral reasons why I love Autumn, but this weekend I noticed something…noteworthy, if you will.
While sticking fall tearsheets on my bedroom wall from September issues, I noticed a trend. My philosophy behind tearing is simple - if I instantly like it, I tear it, and keep it for inspiration. I noticed nearly all my fall tears were extremely dark and moody, quite atypical from my usually optimistic approach to the season.
Of course this is due to the overwhelmingly anonymous approach high end labels took to the Baroque trend from the runways to their Fall campaigns. I read one article describing it as Heritage Luxe - “a luxurious focus on high society heritage, set in elaborate stately homes featuring opulent fringed eating, flocked wallpapers and gilded framed artwork.”
Perhaps it’s the romantic appeal to another stylistic era, or the association with deeply rooted aristocracy, but the mood is quite inspiring, especially when living in a city like San Francisco, whose ominous, brooding weather feels agreeable to this aesthetic.
Also, I’ve never been one to argue with some fancy drama.
Kate Moss in Ferragamo.
Dolce and Gabanna Fall 2012 runway.
Valentino Fall 2012 Runway.
How do we make this wearable? Three things on my horizon:
Do you guys like flowers? I have a confession. I didn’t. I didn’t like the cheesy concept of flowers wrapped in cellophane with a grocery store price tag and a plastic stick bunny popping out (I actually received this once). Without sounding like a total snob, I’ve rediscovered the simplicity of flowers. So now they’re cool again.
And they’re a total mood lifter. They don’t have to be expensive. I’ve discovered that some $3 stems from Trader Joes placed in a milk jar in my apartment provide a little luxury for the week.
Just having returned from a week in Hawaii, I’m surprised to be bummed by the cold weather (usually my favorite, what’s up with that?) However, looking forward (as we all should be in this new year), there is so much new-ness on the verge! For starters, NY Fall 2011 fashion week has been confirmed for February 10-17… Spring ads are beginning to be released…
Valentino Spring 2011, in one of my personal favorites dresses from the collection.
…AND. I’ve gone international (ha). In the last month, I’ve had readers from: Brazil. Canada. Mexico. Russia. South Africa. India. Thailand. United Kingdom. Romania. Germany. Vietnam. Philippines. Serbia. Denmark. Belgium. The Netherlands. CRAZY.
Moving on. As much as I hate maxi dresses, I’m really loving the long skirt look that was on the Spring runways and has been all over street style blogs recently.
Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs Spring 2011.
Photos from Jak & Jil and Stockholm Street Style.
I think a long skirt provides a fresh silhouette and makes for a versatile transition to spring. In my mind I associate long skirts with frumpy librarians, but if done right, they can look quite chic. I’d love to wear one with a thin t shirt tucked in and ankle boots. Here are some of my favorites: