And we all started to sing.
Record the whole thing. Just like we did last year.
|Warning: the Donna Karan on the left requires pants. Next up is Victoria Beckham, Derek Lam, another Victoria Beckham. The coats, bags, and tight leather trousers were my favorites from her this year.|
|Jenny Packham. Not among my brightest stars - as she was last spring - but these are still mighty pretty. The last is a touch like a dressy gown version of an Erdem I once loved. An old flame made new.|
|But four of the last thirteen looks|
|Monique Lhuillier. Best dress yet.|
|My deep love of Altuzarra continues.|
|And a new Prabal Gurung fondness blooms. Click to enlarge! All photos from style.com|
|Best coats yet. From left: two Alexander Wang, Altuzarra, Prabal Gurung|
|Suno Spring 2012. All runway photos from style.com|
|I enjoyed the electricity at Peter Som. My favorite was a slightly boxy crop top over a waist hugging, floor length skirt. Slit to there, Mediterranean blue. The colors were magic, the Charlotte Olympia heeled loafers both day & night, and the shapes were newish and largely flattering. There is a fine line, though, between sweetly boxy and linebacker shoulders. That third look, I'm afraid, is perhaps a little too close to crossing it. But, as separates, yes please.|
|Costello Tagliapeitra. My notes were these: 1. Satin! So much like a fifties robe my Grandma MJ once owned, but shorter and flirtier and superbly tailored. Something about the arms, the tight, pushed up sleeves, makes it lunch to dinner appropriate. 2. Draping, draping everywhere. And those white shoes. 3. How is hangs. 4. Pop!|
Only disappointment: though not featured above, the theme was "City Flowers" and, sadly, I found most of the florals rather dusty, too much mothball.
|Photos from InStyle.com. The two on the left are both Prabal Gurung with white Manolo Blahniks. The street wear jacket is L'Agence, which I hunger for, with nude Jean-Michel Cazabat, and the last is Chanel with those Manolos.|
|I actually love these, the pink especially. But last year there was this spark, some happy innovation, the new classics. And this year. Well, I had that exact chartreuse dress in mind for my trip to France. Granted, I couldn't find it anywhere. But if I can dream it, Jason Wu should have to dream it better. Because he is better. The shoes and general styling, though - a touch of welcome danger.|
|The early prediction I liked best. Jenni Kayne, Spring 2012. Pictures from nymag.com|
|The pre-France tryout. It made the cut.|
|It's not a frappé.|
|Community, the last of the season. I spy with my little eye: a background of Laurie and Travis.|
|Boyfriend's aviators, lost in Houston, and a pin that once belonged to my grandma.|
4. Model Chanel Iman in Dolce & Gabbanna. I wish I could direct you to a close up of this one. There's so much to like, so much classic, expert embellishment.