Whether she’s a 70s Superstar Or a Nomadic Girl On-the-go, Tracy Reese’s Spring 2011
Girl Is Dressed For An Adventure
POSTED September 13, 2010
The temporal journey was clear: Tracy Reese tailored the 70s for today’s fashionable girl. The traveler and the casual superstar were adorned with rich Army Blue floral, Auburn Rainforest
floral, tribal wave and even tree bark prints. Handmade textiles like a nude ribbon yarn vest, a nude low tie neck blouse and an auburn open back cowl not only complimented the louder,
colorful printed pieces, but in their understatement and versatility, upstaged the loudness of the dressier looks.
The pervasive saddle brown and auburns really brought the 70s connection through and also allowed for a richer feel. A saddle brown appliqué cardigan and flares and a saddle brown
perforated trench dress were the most sumptuous hybrids of Taxi Driver by way of Morocco. The separates were the clear winners, edging out the really girly pieces like a black and ivory
tribal stripe strapless dress and an ivory appliqué lace maxi slip. But the more mature dresses, specifically a gorgeous orchid henley dress, erased the memory of any of the saccharine
Some have whispered that the accessories - the dark leather hats and the perfectly circular rimmed glasses - made the references too pungent, too contrived, but they looked so fresh and
so fun to wear, it makes one wonder: why so eager to fend off the fun stuff?
Photo Credit: Fernando Colon
At Monique Lhuillier the Garden of Eden Is Just a Ball Gown Away for S/S 2011
POSTED September 13, 2010
The look at Monique Lhuillier made me envision either ladies lunching at the Plaza Hotel or a trip to the ball, dressed and ready to combat the newest disease on the docket or whatever
philanthropic endeavor calls for a session of seriously elegant dress-up. This season’s glamorous soiree is an outdoor affair, amongst the blooming. Lhuillier says that this dream-
induced collection is a decadent trip through the Garden of Eden – the floral, the sweetness, the temptation – all interpreted through prints, color and construction.
The pristine and untainted was found in all the pink floral printed chiffons, the petal bodices, the green ombres – the temptation and its guise through the reptile prints, the toffee sequin
brocades, the red apple light weight wool. It was a clever and devilishly subtle conceit and as much as we’d like to gush, truth is it wasn’t completely successful all of the time. The
separates had fitting issues. One pair of red apple high-waisted raw silk trousers were some of the most ill-fitting pants in recent memory, a blush one shoulder fan organza embroidered
blouse was so over the top (no pun intended). The bombast of the fan organza seemed too dated, and not a primordial-Garden of Eden-dated, but a tacky 80s-dated.
Model Hind Sahli had the great fortune of presenting two of the collection’s best ensembles, specifically a blush ombre sequin strapless corseted cocktail dress and a caramel laminated
raffia draped vest and pencil skirt with a red apple raw silk corset. But the truth of the matter is that Monique Lhuillier’s greatest strengths are for the really special occasions where gowns
rule. Just one look at her stardust embroidered ¾ sleeve gown with an illusion neckline should be testament enough that when Lhuillier excels – it really is what dreams are made of.