What’s Trending: DIY Halloween Costumes Found on Etsy

I love Halloween.  Really though, who doesn’t?  Being able to dress up for one night like anything you want is absolutely liberating and, of course, just plain fun.  However, buying a costume can often be expensive, as well as the look generic.  Plus, making a DIY costume is an engaging creative process and the results are endlessly unique.  If you’re anything like me, you come up with some great ideas but never end up seeing them through, so keeping a few key pieces like these are helpful to keep on hand.  Here are some great DIY Halloween staples found on Etsy that you can mix and match and maybe even wear time and time again, long after the Halloween parties are over!

These high-waisted shorts painted with a skeleton back are creative, and only $35 here.

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Chloé Celebrates 60th Anniversary with Digital Archive

Chloé is celebrating its 60th anniversary this month with the launch of a new interactive digital archive called The Alphabet, featuring letters corresponding with an aspect of their heritage and ethos.  It is inspired by the French fashion house’s founder, Gaby Aghion, whom named her collections with letters, starting in 1958 with Collection A (in which every piece had a name starting with A), then Collection B, and so on.

So far, the website has only revealed six letters, A, C, H, L, O, E, in which the story and themes are told via film, previously unseen archive imagery, past advertising, music and editorial.  “C” stands for counter-culture, “H” for the free spirit of horses (see below), “L” for light, “O” for roundness, “E” for embroidery, and “A” for Chloé.Attitudes, the first exhibition dedicated to Chloé, and a celebration of the maison’s 60-year contribution to fashion culture.

Every day a new letter and theme will be released until the 26 letter alphabet is revealed.  They will be released first on an unknown fashion blogger’s website first, then on the website.  What are your thoughts on the digital archive?

Paris Fashion Week: Dior Spring/Summer ’13

Today, Raf Simons unveiled his Spring/Summer 2013 collection for Christian Dior- a huge deal as it was his first debut since his appointment back in April.  The show started with detailed black jackets and polished neck scarves, before moving to jacket dresses. From there, the show integrated into metallic details, long shorts and many pockets.  The colors consisted of blacks and whites, with hints of metallic pastels and pops of bright, bold colors.

Dior Spring/Summer ’13

What are your favorite pieces from the Spring/Summer collection?

SHOE PORN THURSDAY

These colorblocked sneaker-inspired heels by Acne are simply stunning.  They can easily dress up a casual pair of blue jeans, as well as complement a minimalistic dress.  The velcro strap gives a playful edge, yet the brown leather insole gives the heels more structure.  And with a 5 inch heel, these booties are a party in the front and business in the back (sorry, I had to!).  Find ‘em here.

Cartier’s New Solar Landscapes Collection

The design of Cartier‘s new collection was inspired by the spaces and essences of the boreal, solar, and urban landscapes, and the results are breathtaking.  The luxe, opulent pieces are one of a kind and leave an impact.  Here are some of my favorites from the new collection.

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Best of: Milan Fashion Week

Milan Fashion Week is coming to an end today, but the amazing collections shown left lasting impressions.  For those of you who missed the shows, here is a recap of some of the most remarkable collections for Spring/Summer 2013 shown in Milan.

Moschino Spring/Summer ’13

The main ideas from the Moschino show was 1960′s inspired and stripes.  There were mosaic mirror shift dresses, fitted pantsuits, and super short skirts.  Fine detailing was key, with clean lines and dots.  The main colors were blacks and whites, grass green shades, florals; altogether a monochrome mix. Continue reading

NYC Street Style: East Village

In the past few weeks, the streets of New York City have been bustling with fashionistas from around the globe.  Some of the latest fashion trends I’ve noticed have been ombre colors, patterned jumpsuits, and bold stripes.  Here are some of my favorite looks from the East Village in Manhattan.

Camisha, wearing: Her sister’s tank top and thrifted harem pants

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Yves Saint Laurent 2.0 (aka Saint Laurent Paris)

Hedi Slimane, the former creative director of Dior Homme and recently became the new creative director for Yves Saint Laurent, is showing YSL’s Spring/Summer 2013 at Paris Fashion Week on October 1.  There has been much controversy over his new branding methods for YSL, including changing the name to “Saint Laurent Paris“, which is reminiscent over the original name in 1966, which was “Saint Laurent Rive Gauche“.  Below is one of the company’s Fall 2012 rock’n’roll inspired ads adorned with the new logo.

There is also much anticipation of his new store concept which is to be “the first unit in the world to reflect a new floor-to-ceiling store concept developed by Slimane, who is applying a 360-degree makeover to the mythic fashion house”.  Here are some of the tidbits from the interview between WWD and Hedi Slimane.

  • Hedi Slimane’s main goal for YSL is to revolutionize fashion again, as Mr. Saint Laurent did in the Sixties.
  • They are planning to open 15 stores and shops-in-shops per year.
  • All aspects of the new brand identity will be complete and in stores by January 2013.
  • YSL’s ready-to-wear line will feature a broader price range to attract a younger client base.
  • Upgrades and reorganization to production, product development, and merchandising have been implemented.
  • The new store design is inspired by French Art Deco and the French Union of Modern Artists movements.
  • The key materials used in the new stores will include “black and white marble, raw concrete and Thirties-esque display furniture with gold, silver, mirror and glass.”

Saint Laurent New Store Concept

I’ve always loved YSL (especially their accessories- which, by the way, they are upgrading and reworking) and think they are going in a very positive direction.  What are your thoughts on the new branding and store concept?