With Today’s Launch Of His KARL collection on Net-a-Porter.
For those of you considered unlucky to not have scored a more affordable Lagerfeld creation back in August with his Karl Lagerfeld for Impulse collection for Macy’s, now you have a chance to score even bigger with the help of Net-a-Porter. Today Karl’s diffusion line called KARL (of course) is finally up for grabs and it’s full of lots of coveted pieces that might turn your wallet inside out.
As you can see from the looks above, what’s not to love? And it doesn’t end at just clothing, no, no, there are accessories too, including those wedge sandals and cutaway leather gloves (pictured), plenty of collars to choose from in various materials and plenty more footwear (sneakers, anyone?). Overall, with this collection, it’s all about the details.
With a largely monochromatic palette of blacks and whites, there are hints of color including a pop of baby pink, dashes of plum + lots of shine, from leather to PVC to sequins + lots of them too. There’s also a print that at a glance looks like houndstooth but when you get up close, it’s none other than Karl’s logo repeated to create that effect if not a checkered one.
The collection also includes motorcycle jackets + vests that can easily turn a pretty Fifties inspired Spring look on its head, by adding some tough-chic. Overall, the collection has so many interchangeable looks and at these prices – from $25 for a cute cotton tote to $445 for a metallic leather skirt – you’re bound to buy everything.
Here are a few of my favorite looks:
But it makes perfect sense when Missoni’s Spring 2012 collection clearly has a huge Spanish influence. Pedro Almodóvar, the sensational Spanish film director who’s also a great provocateur, adds irony to the pic above, wearing a Missoni jacket. My faves are the ones that are a lot more understated if that’s what you want to call it, where it’s just the model, the look + a solid color background as seen here.
Look at the fabulous + sickly talented actor, Rossy de Palma, wearing brown + yellow against the green.
Loving the lighting in this one below, giving it that vintage 70s look.
I mean really, when you have Opening Ceremony‘s Humberto Leon + Carol Lim’s in charge of the label’s creative vision, is there ever any doubt? As these pics can attest, Kenzo‘s Pre-Fall 2012 collection, is a play on texture, shape, silhouettes + of course, prints – but it’s how they do it that makes me go crazy.
Take this Kenzo look (below) for instance – at plain sight, one might dismiss it as a simple monochromatic look comprised of a top with a slight blouson effect + trousers but then, upon closer inspection, the only words that you can utter are “IT’S ALL ABOUT THE DETAILS”. The Kenzo top/sweater for one looks like a nubby stuffed animal that was sacrificed to create this relaxed, cozy little number, balanced with flat front trousers in the same brick red tone. But what really kills me here, are those damn color block gloves (cognac with brick red) + purse-perfection!
Here are more of my favorite Kenzo looks:
(all photos: Oyster)
(photo: VIBE Vixen)
Known not only for her silky and powerful voice, she made blonde hair with black brows look good.
Blame adidas Originals by David Beckham for making you stand out from the crowd this Spring with lots of bright colors! Featuring Beckham’s personal style, David Beckham + UNDFTD‘s James Bond present the adidas Originals by David Beckham S/S 12 collection complete with kicks in eye-popping colorways including orange on gray (shown above) to neon yellow with light gray + bright orange with blue accents.
The sneaker styles include the Mega Torsion Flex ClimaCool based on the ClimaCool Runner 1, the Forest Hills Mid, ZX 800, Doley + Grand Prix. The gear which is just as exciting, like this water-repellent windbreaker pant with contrasting tape + ankle zips (below), is sure to make a liar out of most, in saying they workout just to wear such cool pieces or just appear to look like Beckham.
The collection is due to drop in Feb at adidas Originals stores.
With primary colored Legos as inspiration for her Pre-Fall 2012 collection.
By taking a mix of textures + color blocking looks, with primary colors as surprising accents, her many silhouettes spark a fun yet flirty sex appeal in the simplest of ways, as pictured throughout. Above, she manages to make a simple b&w color block shift mini-dress pop with the hint of red peeking through the high front slit.
Above, she takes a black long-sleeved dress, with blue bell cuffs + sparks interest by adding a high neck in bright yellow. And it’s all these little nuances that make this collection so appealing. The use of color always manages to change the look of the wearer, no matter the makeup or hair paired with it. Just imagine how much different this dress would look if the model were wearing shoes in a bright salmon or even a harsh metallic?
Love what she does here with this 3/4 length coat – there’s the right amount of volume on the sleeves in what appears to be a patterned black + gray fabric (maybe wool?) accented by a large rectangular patch of red from the top of the back of arm, over the elbow + mid-forearm. The coat is then completed with deep, front square outer pockets, exposing side and bottom folds in slices of blue, which is a little hard to see from the picture but it’s there. I adore the slightly flared yellow trouser pants paired with this coat-truly a great play of silhouettes.
This look below shows how well Ilnincic knows the modern woman by pairing a bright yellow parka jacket with such an adorable mini dress. A bright light blue bell skirt, with a tight top in black accentuating the waist by adding an almost blush band across it, also found on the high neck’s color further implicates Ilnincic in being a master of silhouettes at play.
Then there’s this subtle babydoll style dress made to pop with color blocking and contrasting ruffles starting at bottom in the back.
There’s no mistaking Ilnincic’s Pre-Fall woman will definitely stand out, but luckily, it won’t just be for her bold choice of bright color but also, for wearing pieces that say enough so simply.
This Spring, like many other designers, Lanvin enters the race to offer the best looking kicks for Spring with a high price tag. Called the ‘Water Snake Tennis Sneaker’, this high top features turquoise + brown snake skin, piped in signature white with white laces and sole. It’s plain to see for yourself how Lanvin is another worthy contender for the designer sneaker to covet for Spring 2012.
Available at Ssense.
(photo: Talisman Brolin)
Eva Zeisel died over the weekend at the age of 105. For those unfamiliar with her work, Hungarian artist Eva Zeisel managed to amaze + inspire with her hundreds of pieces that were all about curves. (At 103 she was still designing.)
An artist known for her unique approach as a ceramicist, she led a very interesting life up until the end. Having created Pratt Institute’s ceramics arts industrial design department in 1939 Brooklyn, as the first to disregard ceramics as crafts and where Zeisel taught into the early Fifties, she went on to make everyday objects beautiful (her trademark), especially her reinterpretation of the ‘formal dining setting’.
Adopting sensual curves often mimicking that of the human body, a lot of her work also lent itself to the shape of birds, a nod to Hungarian folk art. In Eva’s hands, a salt and pepper shaker set became two organic forms eager to entangle themselves in a lover’s embrace
and even a 2d piece was not immune to her touch
like this Tibetan Wool rug called ‘Dimpled Stimpled’.
She also worked in various other mediums besides ceramics including metal, acrylic, wood and glass, as pictured here with her ‘Mother + Daughter Trestle Table and Chair’.
Having worked for the likes of Sears and Castleton China early in her career to pieces becoming permanent fixtures in museum collections including the MOMA, to reissues of her pieces for contemporaries including Crate and Barrel, Room and Board and others, Zeisel will live on through her undeniably strong contribution to modern living as a whole.