Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Part of Valentino's World

All images Michal Pudelka for Valentino
Valentino is one brand that is never afraid to embrace the feminine. With Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli continuing to be inspired by Romanticism and the ancient world, femininity is at the forefront of the Valentino aesthetic. 

For Spring 2015, Chiuri and Piccioli took to the sea with an oceanic collection full of starfish, seashells, and dreamy sea blues and coral pastels. The Spring 2015 ad campaign accentuates the theme of spring by placing an ensemble of models in an oceanic paradise, where they lounge in the sand and travel through the jungle in stylish fashion. 

Perhaps it's the cotton candy hues of the clothes, but the photographs have a Sofia Coppola style to them. There's a dreamlike quality to this idyllic island where women sunbathe in gauzy Valentino gowns, and the film The Virgin Suicides, in particular, comes to mind when I see the models leaning against one another and revelling in their perfect girls-only oasis. I'm quite impressed with photographer Michal Pudelka's ability to both capture the beauty of the clothes and highlight the mood of this season's Valentino girl.

Here are some of my favorite images from the campaign:

See the rest of the ad campaign photos here.

What do you think of Valentino's Spring 2015 ad campaign? 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Wishlist - Wildfox Barbie Tee

Wildfox My Resume Hippie Crewneck Tee ($64)
As the Fashion Barbie, I'm always on the lookout for cutesy clothes that pay homage to the original Princess of Pink, Barbara Millicent Roberts (better known as Barbie). When Moschino did it's kitschy collection inspired by the famous doll I freaked, but unfortunately $800 for a pink sweatshirt or backpack is pushing it a little in terms of budget.

Thankfully, Moschino isn't the only one who is feeling inspired by Barbie as of late, as the clever and fun T-shirt brand Wildfox just launched a Barbie-themed collection full of bright pinks and Malibu dream house-worthy prints and colors. 

My personal favorite is this simple pink tee emblazoned with the Barbie logo. On the back, a list of the many different jobs and careers Barbie has held over her fifty-odd years, proving that the blonde bombshell is more than just a pretty face. 

For me, that's always been an important part of Barbie; for all the controversy about her figure and the emphasis on physical appearance, what I loved about the doll when I was little was that the possibilities of what Barbie could do or be were limitless. She didn't let anything hold her back, and if she wanted to be a fashion designer one day and a veterinarian the next, she went ahead and did it! Sure, her bust-waist-hips ratio is a little unrealistic, but—at least for me—Barbie was always about possibility and never limiting yourself, not an early form of conditioning myself to hate my own body. 

But I digress. Anyways, I just think the shirt is cute. What say you?

Monday, January 19, 2015

Get the Look—Pernille Teisbaek

Pernille's Look | J. Crew Turtleneck | MiH Jeans | Band of Outsiders Blazer | See by Chloé Boots
During my time interning at WhoWhatWear I was introduced to the sartorial genius of Pernille Teisbaek of the blog Look de Pernille, and I absolutely cannot get enough of her covetable style. The Danish blogger and stylist has a penchant for the effortlessly cool style of the seventies, preferring luxe basics and timeless staples to flashy, trendy looks.

What is Teisbaek into as of late? Try flare jeans and turtlenecks, two styles that are gaining steady momentum this spring. When paired together, you've got a comfy-chic look that will make you look like the coolest girl on the block. Slip your feet into seventies-style western boots with a stacked heel, and throw on a classic double-breasted jacket if you're feeling chilly, and you're good to go!

Shop the Look:

Sunday, January 18, 2015

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Step Up Your Braid Game


Looking for a new 'do but not sure which direction to head in? Consider an intricate braided hairdo. I'm not talking no boring braided pigtails or Pinterest-style complicated princess updos; rather more modern twists on the classic hairstyling technique.

Consider brands Antonio Marras and Christian Dior, who for their respective pre-fall collections turned to a Heidi-meets-Princess-Leia type for beauty inspiration. The end result: a both folksy and futuristic hairstyle that is at once unique and très cool. Braid your hair into three or four sections, then loop them around and pin them up to create your own take on the look.

I also am really digging the reverse French braid pigtails that Refinery29 recently did for one of their editorials. This is not your average playground hairstyle; no, this is an edgy look for a tough lady who just also happens to love pigtails.

If you want to avoid looking like you're ten, try a smoky eye or thick sweep of eyeliner to edge up the look, or wear a minimalist outfit with clean lines. You won't look like you're trying to be ten years younger than you are, but you will be looking like the coolest girl in the room.

What do you think of braided loop hairstyles? Will you be trying this look out?