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Looking Ahead

January 2, 2012
tags: 3.1, , altuzarra, balenciaga, barbara bui, bcbg max azria, Burberry Prorsum, camilla and marc, , Christopher Bailey, , cotton candy, , , , , giles, j. mendel, Jason Wu, , karl lagerfeld, , , , metallic, , olivier theyskens, , pastels, phillip lim, pinks, prabal gurung, , , , , , , , , theyskens theory, , tribal, ,
by Sonia

{ From left to right: Mary Katrantzou, Proenza Schouler, Jason Wu, Altuzarra, Camilla and Marc }

To me, the new year is about looking ahead; thinking about how you want the year to turn out, things you hope to accomplish, and of course the clothes you’re going to wear. Since fashion is always a season ahead, I’ve been sitting on my favorite trends and looks for spring since last September. Suffice it to say, my buns are sore and it’s time I stood up and shared them!

Take the floral prints above.  At first all I could think was “flowers? for spring? groundbreaking.” (we all know that Devil Wears Prada quote) but then as I reexamined I realized that these aren’t your average peonies and roses, these are some crazy city chic flowers that are as vibrant as a tropical school of fish!

And while we’re on the vibrant note, let’s discuss the jazzy tinfoil treats below. I’m a big fan of metallics - on my feet, on my body, on my silverware - and I am loooovin the colorful metallic tones from last season’s runway. The holographic iridescent leather trousers from Theyskens’ Theory (second from the right) had me totally transfixed on the runway and ditto goes for the Prabal Gurung dress on the far left. Both have that sleek feminine look while still being entirely unusual and daring.

(Keep reading! More trends and descriptions below!)

{ Prabal Gurung, Suno, Balenciaga, Theyskens Theory, Giles }

Now, I’ve never been one for pastels; they wash me out and have always felt a bit too Easter eggy for me. But oh, these cotton candy hues had me droooooling and it’s not just because I love me some cotton candy. The colors seen at 3.1 Phillip Lim, Jill Stuart, Versace, etc. had a crisper feel that made them sophisticated instead of baby-chick-in-a-basket-cheesy. Though I’ll have to see how they look on my skin tone, I’m looking forward to trying out some mint green and strawberry sorbet hues come springtime.

{ Prada, J. Mendel, Jill Stuart, Versace, 3.1 Phillip Lim }

 Give me a tribal print any day of the week and I am as happy as a beaver in a dam. Alexander Wang (far left) went the sportier route while BCBG (far right) took me on an island cruise with resort ready dresses and kaftans. And you gotta love Christopher Bailey for putting all those embellishments and rich tones on the staple Burberry trench coats! As much as I love the signature trench, it’s refreshing to see the switch up, especially with crazy collar and lining ornamentation.

{ Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, Burberry Prorsum, Barbara Bui, BCBG Max Azria }

Last, but certainly not least, we have the heavily structured and detailed candy colored dresses that dominated (and I mean dominated) the runways at Chanel and Louis Vuitton. Again, normally something I would shy away from, but hot diggity dog if Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty were getting dressed today this is most certainly what they’d be wearing. Between Marc Jacobs’ broderie anglaise at Louis Vuitton (far left) to the lacey details at Oscar de la Renta (center) to the razor cut outs at Valentino (far right), I’m going to have to give my spring evening attire a complete and utter makeover!

{ Louis Vuitton, Christopher Kane, Oscar de la Renta, Chanel, Valentino }

Can we just go ahead and skip winter?

Twirling from Day-to-Night

December 14, 2011
by Sonia

Last month I teamed up with Refinery29 and Guess to take one piece of clothing from day-to-night in a series of outfits around my ‘hood. My clothing choice? A slinky greyish purple dress that screams Carrie Bradshaw (what can I say, I love her!).

For the shoot we trotted around the Lower East Side twirling on these weird spinny logs attached to tires (amazing) and licking scrumptious ice cream from Il Laboratorio del Gelato (I recommend the vanilla bean and mint chocolate chip). My favorite outfit from the shoot is either the first or the last, but I also loved playing peek-a-boo in the giant knit poncho from outfit #2.

Watch the video. Tell me what you think (or don’t). And read more about the whole shebang on Refinery29!

Out on a Brim

December 16, 2010

Yesterday as I was doing some of my Christmas shopping at All Saints I couldn’t help but try on their Salerno Fedora, a perfectly sculpted menswear inspired hat that I ended up wearing around the store while shopping for friends and family. I didn’t end up buying it which I now kind of regret, but it reminded me just how much I love a good fedora. In the summertime I’m rarely seen without one of my straw ones (see here), and in the fall/winter I find nothing adds texture to a bundled up look quite like my vintage felt fedora.

While some trends may come and go, the fedora trend has stood the trend test of time in womens wear. In 1937 silver screen siren Carole Lombard looked particularly fantastic wearing a fur fedora (see below), and today it’s impossible to browse through a street style blog or tabloid magazine without seeing at least one style icon sporting one of these gangster-inspired hats. So, in my efforts to find new ways to wear my fedoras instead of buying a new one, here are some sartorial inspirations for rocking these ever popular sturdy brimmed, wooly felt hats.

Carole Lombard, 1937

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photos via google image search, refinery 29, stockholm street style & fashion toast

Fashion’s Night Out

September 17, 2010
tags: , alessandra ambrosio, balenciaga, carlos miele, charlotte kemp, Diane Von Furstenberg, elisa sednaoui, Fashion's Night Out, , helena christensen, karen elson, , , molly sims, , sean lennon, selma blair, ,
by Sonia

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Summer Nostalgia

September 6, 2010
tags: bonnaroo, carol king, end of summer, first day of fall, james taylor, labor day weekend, nylon magazine, old black point, , , , summer 2010, summer highlights, summer nostalgia
by Sonia

Even though summer isn’t officially over until September 21st, I’ve always considered the final days of summer to be Labor Day weekend. Its around this time that summer tans begin to fade, kids are back in school, summer homes are seeing their final barbecues, and people are more than ready to bid adieu to their summer clothes.

I always find Labor Day weekend to be a bit bittersweet. As much as I love that the season is changing and fall is just around the corner, I tend to feel a little sad knowing that the long days of summer are coming to an end. So, before I wrap my head around the fact that it is actually autumn, I thought I’d look back and highlight some of my favorite events from this past summer.

• going to Bonnaroo with my best friend Jennie •

• seeing James Taylor & Carol King with my Mom •

• having my first articles published in NYLON Magazine and Refinery29 •

• spending the month of July in Old Black Point

• working on my game of Croquet

• finally getting a bike

• celebrating Runway Hippie’s very first birthday

• going back to San Francisco to see old friends and hang with family •

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What are some of your summer highlights?