The original purpose of a belt was to hold up pants at the waist. Clearly, the belt has transformed from a practical tool into a stylish accessory. There were all sorts of belts on the runway in New York.. some for the practical and simple, some for the girly, some for the bold and brave, and some that were simply outrageous (in a good way!). Whatever your style, here are a few of the best of each category that may give you ideas on how to belt your blazer, coat, or your whole upper body!
Black & Simple: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Charlotte Ronson, Doo.Ri, Elie Tahari
Harness/Body Belt: Wayne, L.A.M.B., Michael Kors, Reed Krakoff
Belts with a Purpose: Betsey Johnson, Rag & Bone x2, Reed Krakoff
Thin & Pretty: Carolina Herrera, Chado Ralph Rucci, Jeremy Laing, Oscar de la Renta
“Not Your Usual” Belt: Jeremy Scott, Ohne Titel, Thakoon, Zero + Maria Cornejo
Studded, Embellished, Shiny: Victoria Beckham, Anna Sui, Preen, Diesel Black Gold
Dreary day in LA and snowy in New York which is all the more reason for color posts of NYFW Fall 2010 Collections to brighten up the weekend.
Although I usually stick to blacks, greys and whites, I am definitely craving for shots of color, which is not normal for me. I’m surprised how receptive I’ve been during NYFW last week.. and that its continued up to now.
I included a range of different looks that cater to different styles and personalities. Just because its color doesnt mean that people cant incorporate it into their all black, all white, all grey, etc. wardrobes!
The first casual look is A Détacher. I love the neckline on the dress and the longer hemline (which shows up in many fall collections). The wrapped cardigan adds a bolder color and the knee socks/boots give it a touch of the countryside.
Charlotte Ronson injected color in her black gypsy collection and the velvet pants came out beautifully. The cuffed bottoms show off a darker blue heel too.
Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough had another hit on their hands with Proenza Schouler’s fall collection + collaboration with denim company, J Brand. Everything about the third look, the silhouette, the prints and the modern heels, works. Whats not to love about the makers of the PS1 and the updated PS11?
The next two looks are from Generra and they cannot look any more different from each other. The freeflowing skirt adds some flirty-ness and the silk blazer adds a bit more structure to the skirt and tee combination. The bright printed top and matching blazer do make a loud statement as a pair, but when worn as separates, each piece could definitely add some personality to any wardrobe. The blue pant is what caught my eye. Skinny has taken over fashion. Leggings, skinny/cigerette jeans, jeggings and all can be seen everywhere. And honestly? The style is not for everyone. Its great to see a looser fit on pants for the fall season. The fit, from the wider width near the pockets, slims down. Amazing cut + amazing color.
One of the masters of NYFW is Oscar de la Renta. His collection was divine and the colors were just so rich. This youthful piece has a clear target, from what I can tell, which is = red carpet/Hollywood. Young starlets (or their stylists) have developed a keen eye very early on and many younger stars have begun to done collection eveningwear for movie and album premieres. For some reason, I can see Selena Gomez or Anna Kendrick.. and even Kate Hudson pulling this gorgeous blue cocktail dress off. They must be paired with Louboutin Calypso pumps.
The electric blues on the runway are stunning, especially this suit paired with a skirt from Mulberry. The rounded and purposefully gathered lines of the shoulders and the single pleated skirt just go to show that its all in the details. I wish I could see the top more and I’m not a huge fan of the shoe choice. A deep red or a gold heel would have brought out the colors underneath and offset the blue.
Finally, this Grecian-inspired evening look from Carlos Miele is perfect for the red carpet. I can see it on Kate Winslet, probably because she has worn one-shouldered frocks for many red carpet events. I love the wrap detail that morphs into the supporting strap. I wish I could have seen it move on the runway.. I hate that the movement translation gets lost in photographs.
Just looking over this electrifying blue has given me a burst of color and energy. I hope the rain or snow this weekend doesnt get you down!
The New Year is almost here! What are your plans? Are you staying in with family? Or going out with friends? Hanging out at a neighborhood bar or a downtown lounge? Well, whatever your plans are, make sure to include Phillip Lim!
3.1 Phillip Lim pieces are great backdrops that can work with most anything. The three outerwear pieces are 3.1 Phillip Lim. They can be dressed up or dressed down depending on the occasion, but who doesnt want to say goodbye to 2009 and welcome in 2010 in style?
I tend to stick to black, greys, white, off-whites, and earth colors so these looks really did push my color usage (the pink blazer and blue oxford at least). Look I has classic elements and I added some edge with the Thakoon and jewelry pieces. The overall look is still feminine. Look II includes the on-trend sequin piece. Phillip Lim has created a great sequin tuxedo jacket and the hints of gold throughout the outfit brings the look together. For a more dressed up look, the Alexander Wang oxford is the way to go. If you want to look more casual, the Victoria Beckham Denim racer-back tank is a solid option. The winning pieces are the jewelry. The Oscar de la Renta earrings and Kimberly McDonald ring play off the color of the oxford and the sequins on the blazer. The gold tones are an added touch. Look III is all about the Shearling Gilet, the Givenchy pearls and the python Louboutins. The Veneta pants and ring along with the Fendi watch compliments the outfit perfectly. Enough said.
Dont be scared off by the labels! Although these outfits can rack up to be hundreds of dollars, there are many affordable options out there. If you like the looks, just keep the pieces in mind when you are out shopping for the after-Christmas sales. Its time to start digging through the merchandise!
Comments are always encouraged and appreciated! Which look fits your style best? If none of them really match your personal style, what would you like to see more of?
Heres the breakdown of the pieces:
Look I :
3.1 Phillip Lim Double-breasted lame Blazer
French Connection Coco Top
Chloe Velvet Tapered Leg Pant
Vera Wang Necklace
Dominic Jones Claw Ring
Alexander Wang Horn Cuff
Thakoon Mirror Mosaic Strappy Sandals
Joan Shepp Gunmetal Beaded Bracelet
Look II :
3.1 Phillip Lim Draped Tuxedo Cardigan
Alexander Wang Cowl Back Oxford Shirt OR
Victoria Beckham Denim Metallic Racer-back Tank
Bottega Veneta Jersey Harem Pants
Oscar de la Renta Two Stone Filigree Earrings
Mary Katrantzou Large Gold Tone Cuff
Michael Kors Watch
Kimberly McDonald 18K White Gold Large Geode Ring w/Diamond
Emporio Armani Calzature Donna Bootie
Look III :
3.1 Phillip Lim Mongolian Shearling Gilet
Kiki de Montparnasse Cotton Boyfriend Shirt
Bottega Veneta Tailored Wool Pants
Christian Louboutin Brigette 140 Python Boots
Givenchy Pearl Drape Necklace
Fendi Chronograph Watch
Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Ring