120 posts tagged "Valentino"
Anyone who’s been through the Resort ringer or brushing up on our trend reports recognizes the season’s commercial significance. Pre-Spring is time to shine when it comes to sales, and we witnessed savvy brands amping up their accessories offerings this year—because at the end of the day, most customers would still rather invest in a timeless bag or a terrific pair of shoes than blow their budget on a fancy cocktail dress they’ll only break out occasionally. This summer, the editors here at Style.com have all but sworn off our heels in favor of still-trendy sneakers or casual flats, and so we got a kick out of the down-to-earth gladiators (much easier than the towering styles made popular two years ago) from the likes of Miu Miu, Valentino, and Sacai Luck. Similarly, the latest lineups from Alexander Wang and 3.1 Phillip Lim both featured knee-high, lace-up desert boots ideal for stomping on city sidewalks. Elsewhere, Nicolas Ghesquière earned extra credit for his Cruise extras spotted on the Louis Vuitton runway in Monaco. Highlights here included the monogrammed Petite Malle bag, which was updated with a chain-link handle. Among this season’s other fresh accessories propositions were Reed Krakoff’s new RK40 satchel, which was a bona fide hit at his recent presentation; Stella McCartney’s bejeweled wooden clutches; and Gucci’s killer go-go boots. Of course, we couldn’t resist the novelty factor of Giles’ playful stegosaurus purse and Jeremy Scott’s “This Is Not a Moschino T-Shirt” moment.
Click here for a slideshow of twenty of our favorite Resort ’15 accessories.
Style.com editors were dreaming of color this week, and it showed in our Look of the Day polls. Blame it on Marina Larroudé’s recent rainbow-themed shopping story or even the World Cup, with all the face-painted fans, neon soccer (I mean, football) jerseys, and waving flags from every corner of the globe. In fact, that bold, international spirit inspired Tuesday’s Look of the Day: M Missoni’s crocheted dress featuring Jamaica’s national colors took home the most votes. A close second was Zero + Maria Cornejo’s cobalt, citron, and green color-blocked ensemble, which was inspired by the Brazilian flag. On Thursday, we explored graphic Resort stripes. In Technicolor hues and eye-catching patterns—like Valentino’s winning zigzag dress, pictured above—they’re a fresh alternative to your basic nautical motif. Other trends on our mind this week? Daisy prints, bucket hats, and so much more. Click here for all the winning looks, and check back next week for our latest obsessions.
Is it just us, or were we on to something in elementary school? Suddenly those jelly shoes, glitter manicures, and playsuits that so quickly fell out of favor are feeling pretty fresh. We’ve already purchased a closetful of crisp shirting and artistic prints this spring, but we think every wardrobe needs a few pieces that are just fun to wear. Enter jellies, hair bows (clipped into messy waves for a less prim look), pastels aplenty, sparkly accents, and playful accessories, which pay subtle homage to our hopscotch days without feeling too literal. Feel like a kid again with pieces by Sophia Webster, Valentino, American Apparel, and more, below.
1. Edie Parker watermelon acrylic clutch, $1,495, available at modaoperandi.com
2. Valentino split-back playsuit, $1,953, available at net-a-porter.com
3. Sophia Webster purple-and-green color-blocked Violeta sandals, $112, available at ssense.com
4. Deborah Lippmann glitter nail lacquer in Candy Shop, $20, available at sephora.com
5. American Apparel small bow hair clip, $10, available at americanapparel.com
In today’s Throwback Thursday video, Tim Blanks looks back on Valentino’s Spring 2001 Haute Couture collection, which featured “real clothes” and fresh-faced models like Stella Tennant and Carmen Kass. There were suits, cocktail dresses, daywear, evening gowns—everything a woman could ever need, all executed to perfection. “It’s a vision of another time in fashion,” Blanks says. Couture has since become more about spectacle and drama than wearability, but Valentino’s influence remains in Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli’s collections. See for yourself and watch the full video here.
Cannes’ red carpet has yet to disappoint. From Lea Seydoux’s jeweled Prada gown to Riley Keough’s refreshing Valentino ensemble, this year’s sartorial oeuvre has been equal parts timeless French glamour and 21st-century chic. One trend that’s caught our eye is feathers. It may not even be fair to refer to it as a “trend,” seeing as feathers are among the most traditional of embellishments (see 18th-century feather boas and twenties-era flapper dresses), but today’s iterations have a thoroughly modern spin. Laetitia Casta’s feminine number stood out at the opening ceremony. In a sea of silk and satin, the fluffy white plumes felt classic yet a bit unexpected, given fashion’s love affair with minimalism. Carole Bouquet donned a slinky feathered Chanel dress, and later in the week, Freida Pinto, Heike Makatsch, and Julianne Moore joined in on the fun.
Perhaps we have Chanel’s Spring ’14 Couture show to thank for the recent feather revival—after all, Bouquet and Moore’s gowns were both plucked from the collection (although the stars nixed the spiky hairdos). Pinto’s full-skirted Michael Kors creation had a slightly beachy vibe, and Makatsch’s off-the-shoulder frock looked especially of-the-moment. With a whole five days of Cannes’ red carpets left, we’re interested to see who else joins the flock.