Sunday, October 24, 2010

My Ultimate Style Icons

Now, I could never narrow this down to only one fashion icon, so the following list is in no particular order. Every fashionista needs some inspiration, and these lovely ladies always provide me with mine. And keep in mind that all of these fashionistas were also inspired by others. So really, it's just the great circle of fashion. It could be the meaning of life...

Victoria Beckham

Close to fifteen years later, the woman is still living up to the name Posh Spice. A lover of YSL shoes, Roberto Cavalli, Birkin bags, huge sunglasses, and, of course, her own line, Victoria is never caught looking a mess by the papparazzi. I love how she always looks chic and sexy at the same time in her fitted pencil skirts, skinny pants, and sky-high heels with a Birkin dangling from her arm. I need to save up for one of her dresses...they are so gorgeously flattering.

On her wedding day in 1999 wearing custom Vera Wang. Lucky bitch, that dress AND David Beckham?

Victoria Beckham moon dress pink Hermes Birkin purse

In Roland Mouret with a matching ostrich Birkin, back in 2007

In a fab trenchcoat and Louboutins

Fabulous in fur

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In her own design with YSL Tribute pumps, 2009

Gwen Stefani

At one point Gwen Stefani inspired me to lust after Doc Marten's. I was in the fourth grade, so you can forgive me. Thankfully both of us have evolved past that. Few can rock a red lip and blonde hair like Ms. Stefani. And she sure knows how to wear leopard. Part '50s pin-up, part rock 'n' roll, with loads of galmour she can work the red carpet and the stage.

GWEN STEFANI photo  Gwen Stefani

I included the image on the left as an example of how far your fashion journey can take you. And also so you might not feel so bad about any fashion missteps you may have taken in your past. Middle: rocking Louis Vuitton with Louboutins in 2004. Right: in leopard print L.A.M.B, and the same Louboutins a year later.

Doing promo for The Sweet Escape, her second album circa 2006. This look was inspired by Michelle Pfieffer's character in Scarface.

Gwen Stefani No Doubt members Gwen Stefani, Tony Kanal, Adrian Young and Tom Dumont reunite to perform in concert at Rexall Place.
On stage with No Doubt in 2009, in one of her own designs

In Jean Paul Gaultier for her What You Waiting For? video, 2005

On the red carpet in Lanvin and Louboutins

Wearing L.A.M.B at the Met Gala, 2010

Eva Longoria Parker

Few look better on the red carpet than Eva Longoria Parker, and I also really like her off-duty style. Like her her good friend Victoria Beckham, Eva is great at nailing the sexy-chic look, but she is a little more feminine and usually opts for less severe silhouettes. Yet another queen of glam!

In Marchesa at the Met Gala, 2008. This is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! A dress like this could easily wear the woman, but Eva is 100% WORKING IT.

Stunning in Reem Acra at the 2009 Golden Globes

In Kaufman Franco at the 2007 Emmys

In Robert Rodriguez at the 2010 Emmys

In Herve Leger and YSL Tribute platform pumps, 2010

Eva Longoria Parker and husband Tony sit together close at courtside and show much love for each other throughout the game

This is why I love her...she's at a basketball game, most people are probably wearing hideous jerseys, but she is wearing seriously fierce shoes and lots of leg. I don't believe in overdressed, everyone else is just underdressed, 2010

Kate Winslet

Kate is obviously a woman comfortable in her own skin. I love how she dresses her curves to perfection and always appear effortless. Of course, she is also extremely talented.

At the 2009 Baftas (she won, obvs) in Zac Posen. I love the sexy back on this gown.

In Narciso Rodriguez at the 2009 SAG awards. This is my favorite dress I have ever seen her wear, so I had to include 2 pics.

Channeling Catherine Deneuve in the December 2008 issue of Vanity Fair. Just fur and shoes? Yes. She looks so cozy.

Cover Girl! In YSL shoes.

These are just a few of my modern style icons, but I am also inspired by women of others eras as well...perhaps they will be revealed in a post to come! I am also often inspired by people I see on the street, so the next time you get dressed do it with the knowledge that you could be someone's inspiration or muse, and if that doesn't entice you to put in a little extra effort, I don't know what will...

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

My Fall Shopping List

I just thought I would share with all of you the top items that are on my shopping for fall/winter. Fall always makes me want to shop...all the new clothes in the stores, the weather getting colder, and all my old suff from last year looking like they desperately want some new friends to join them in the closet.

Wedge-Heel Ankle Booties

Fall always makes me want to look a little fancier than the spring and summer, and high heels always do the trick. A wedge heel is a comfy option to step up your outfit, and a wedge bootie works with dresses, skirts, under wide-leg pants, or with your skinnies. There are many options available, from the high end to the affordable. Zara and Aldo both have some fun styles. Michael Michael Kors does a nice one, and there are always good ones from Prada! I have my eye on a cognac coloured pair with a wooden heel and a gold zipper from Zara...

Zara booties

Gorgeous Grey

Grey is one of my favorite colours for fall. It's such a fabulous neutral, softer than black and can be paired with shades of brown as well (so I could wear it with the booties!). My favorite way to wear grey is head to toe. A chunky knit sweater with some leggings or skinny pants a belt and some heels all in grey? FABULOUS.

A grey look from Gucci F/W 2010

The YSL Palais pump in grey


Now, I don't need to go shopping for any fur, per se, as I already have some, but a girl can always use more. I have a faux mink jacket that fools everyone, a faux leopard collar, and a real vintage mink stole that my mum was given by a old relative, and then she gave to me. I have yet to wear it, but I think I should test out some outfits with it soon!

Some fur looks courtesy of I'm kinda loving the purple vest at Versace, although I may look like a muppet in it.

A Structured Dress

A structured dress is one of the most flattering pieces a girl can wear. With all the ladylike fashions coming down the runways, and now available in stores, there are many options to choose from. Victoria Beckham, who I adore, does some amazing dresses. Since I don't have a spare $2,000 kicking around I found an amazing magenta one from Diane von Furstenburg. Nothing is better and more lasting and versatile than a fitted shift-style dress with a nipped waist. It's the easiest way to look sexy and polished without much effort.

victoria beckham fall 2010 collection

Some looks from Victoria Beckham's A/W 2010 collection