Vintage stores and thrift shops have always been a great source of inspiration for me. You never know what you are going to find, and knowing that you probably won’t see that item on the person standing next to you is icing on the cake for me. One thing I love about shopping vintage is that it really open’s my mind to creating different looks and silhouettes. A while back I was on the hunt for a pencil skirt and they were nowhere to be found in the stores. I found this one, which is not really a “true” pencil skirt at one of my favorite thrift shops that closed down a few years back. ☹ I say it’s not a true pencil skirt because there is a bit of flare at the bottom, but it’s one of my tried and trues. It always looks good and works in a pinch. One of my all time favorite looks is pairing pencil skirts with vintage concert T’s. I love the juxtaposition of classy and edgy. A rocker T always makes me feel a little wild . . . in a good way . . .
Wearing:: vintage skirt, thrifted Rolling Stones T, Thrifted BCBG cropped jacket and Kenneth Cole suede T strap heels.
Opening night of Style Fashion Week ended in a glamorous trip down the runway with the label Tatyana, designed by Tatyana Khomyakova. Khomyakova’s inspiration for this collection came directly from clothing styles of the 1940’s and the colors of the Autumn leaves she saw around her. Rich reds, deep greens, blues and warm yellows were amongst the colors that sauntered down the runway. The collection consisted of cozy wools, stretchy knits, beaded lace, shimmery satins and floral prints. Silhouettes gave a direct nod to the 40’s, by accentuating the female figure with high waisted pencil skirts, fitted midi dresses, circle skirts, peplum tops, belted coats, and elegant hats. The 1940’s were one of my favorite fashion eras. I loved this collection for the way it captured the style of the 40’s and made it wearable for today.
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Once again, Burberry’s Christopher Bailey did NOT disappoint. I am still enamored with the Spring ’12 collection and now the subsequent Fall ’12 Ready to Wear collection has me doubly inspired and desirous of many of the collection’s pieces. (I almost can not contain myself as I type this.) Studded gloves: GET ME THESE NOW!! The combination of newsboy caps (already a go-to wardrobe staple), pencil skirts (nevermind my deep-rooted unhealthy fondness for p-skirts in general), bellows pockets, tweed, and rich Fall colors like olive, ochre, chocolate and rust proved for a beautiful collection that gave off a sexy, city-girl-visits-the-country vibe. Pocket placement is questionable on some of the jackets and skirts, but, I will admit, it looks great on models with 0% body fat. However, women with curves, like myself, may not want the extra added attention to the hip area. Nevertheless, the classic tailoring and luxuriousness of the fabric choices will easily carry you through Fall ’12 and beyond. View the slideshow below for more from the collection.