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The Cut’s Designers Spring 2011 Inspirations

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The month of fashion weeks has just begun and I couldn’t be more excited.  The Cut, one of my favorite fashion blogs posted on 100 designer inspirations for their Spring 2011 Collections.  I can’t wait to go back to this link after the shows and figure out if you can truly match the inspiration boards/pictures to the collections.

Click HERE for the full slideshow.

Below are my favorites with the ultimate being Marchesa.  I always look forward to the detailed craftsmanship and with their Orientalist inspiration, the details should be stunning.

Marchesa "Orientalist"

Badgley Mischka "White Mischief"

Alexander Berardi "Breathless"

Bibhu Mohapatra "Charley"

Cushine Et Ochs "Peel"

BE INSPIRED.

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My Style: The Definition of Me

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If you know me well, you know that this look can’t get any more Nadine.  I always play with trends and mix up my look and yet you’ll always see me go back to my original simple tailored look.  Are you thinking, what is there to this look?  My answer to you would be, some of the most stylish people we know, have the simplest looks ever. Examples include Carolina Herrera known for her never-changing white shirt matched with a black skirt, Tonne Goodman, Vogue’s Fashion Director, known for her classic american style and Karl Lagerfeld known for his black suit, white shirt, white pulled back ponytail and black sunglasses.  

I don’t mean to compare myself with these fashion icons, but I want to share with you a lesson that I have learnt throughout the years.  It is always fun to play around, but once you stick to what looks best on you, you’ll exude confidence, comfort and most importantly style.  

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Look of the Week: Gaga for Giovanna

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Giovanna Battaglia in Vintage

Photo Courtesy of Jak and Jil

 

Giovanna Battaglia.  The name is enough for the fashion blogging world.  You’ll find her in every fashion blog and I had to be included.  The Italian former Dolce & Gabanna model is now a fashion editor at L’Uomo Vogue (Italian Men’s Vogue).  She is even dating Carine Roitfeld’s son Vladmir.  But what is most important of all, her sense of style.  She somehow looks chic, classic, trendy and unique always and all at once.  I love this colorblock outfit because it is summery, girly and at the same time very professional chic.  

 

She is simply a fashion icon.  Garance Doré, one of my favorite bloggers, wisely said ” It’s just that Giovanna can wear whatever she wants and she still stays Giovanna. Always, and never the same, with her hair down or up, in a parka or evening gown, never a fault in her taste, she is the incarnation of the famous adage that we are all so tired of hearing, mostly just because it’s true: Fashion comes and goes. Style stays.” – Garance Dorè

 

For sure you’ll see more of Giovanna to come. BE INSPIRED!

Clueless, Calvin and Costa for Confederacy

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Cher dancing with Christian

 

Photo Courtesy of the Cut Blog

Confederacy, an LA boutique, got Calvin Klein’s Francisco Costa to remake the famous slinky white Calvin Klein slip-dress that Cher wore in Clueless.  We all remember the scene when Cher walks down the staircase for a date with Christian and her dad asks “What are you wearing” and she replies “a dress”.  Her father then responds “says who?” and she quickly anwers “Calvin Klein”.

All the blogs are blogging about the dress but as an inspiration blog I wanted to bring us back to Clueless fashion. It is by far one of the best chick and chic flicks ever.  Cher was shopping at Fendi and wearing Azzedine Alaïa, she was what we call, ‘on top of fashion’.  And ladies, please admit that you STILL dream of the computer that stores every single item of your wardrobe and helps you create outfits! 

BE INSPIRED

 

Clueless Fashion Collage

 

Look of the Week: Darling Diane

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Diane Kruger in J. Crew, Hermes bag, and Lanvin shoes

 

Diane Kruger is by far one of my favorite fashionistas.  This week, just back from St. Tropez, Diane is taking New York, New York style; sporting none other than one of THE American retail brands, J. Crew.   She mixed two colors that I never thought of putting together, a bright purple sweater cardigan with a chrome green tweed skirt.  She accessorized with a black Hermes across-the-shoulder bag, Lanvin nude pumps with black ankle straps and gold chain details, and a straw fedora.  The whole outfit is UNEXPECTED, stuff I would never think of putting together, but it WORKS.  She looks amazing. 

  

Diane Kruger with Joshua Jackson

 

Having a guy like that by your side sure helps your look! 

Look of the Week: Hung on Hanneli

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This week I decided to feature Hanneli Mustaparta, a model, MTV VJ and fashion blogger, who hailed the fashion world from Norway.  I came across the tall beautiful Norwegian while reading the Vogue bloggers feature and that is when my obsession with her blog began.  

Since the Coachella Festival was held this past week and many cool vintage outfits take over the blogosphere, I chose to pick my favorite Coachella look. Hanneli’s look for the festival was the definition of spring fab yet somehow working well with the “hippie” look of the festival fans.  Here, Hanneli is wearing Catherine Hammel shorts, Nina Jarebrink Shoes, Selima shades and vintage Venice tourist scarf.  I also found the second picture, on Style.com, where the model is sporting almost the exact same attire, but instead of a cashmere sweater an American Apparel tank top and she switched her Nina Jarebrink bag for a Mulberry.  I love how the outfit is all cream’s yet the textures and shapes add style.  Be inspired. 

 

Hanneli Mustaparta at Coachella

 

Hanneli Mustaparta at Choachella at style.com

 

HANNELI MUSTAPARTA’s BLOG, click HERE

Ps.  I decided to add this picture as well, another Coachella attendee that I thought was pretty cool.  I just couldn’t resist to keep it to just one!  I love the Catherine Hepburn/Brigitte Bardot look she is going for.  AWESOME VINTAGE ROMPER! 

 

Ophelia Lovibond at Coachella

My Favorite Spring/Summer Bags

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While I have to admit that I am much for of a shoe girl than a bag girl, the shoes this spring are way too bulky for my liking.  So I decided to share with the bag ladies my favorite spring/summer bags. 

My absolute favorite bag, created by none other than Derek Lam, is original yet versatile.  It can be carried on your arm, your shoulder, or across the body.  At the same time, because of the cream and chestnut brown base, it can be worn with the latest spring trends of military, neutrals, and blushes. 

The Celine Boxy tote took over fall fashion week carried by leading fashion magazine editors.  With time, it has come to be one of my favorite new bags, simply because it is different.  We haven’t seen this shape and size for a while.  Celine also created an amazing box across the body bag in a fabulous midnight blue, so props to Phoebe Philo. 

The Miu Miu cream deerskin tote is a perfect spring classic, only if you can keep it clean.  If you can’t, and prefer black, then I would suggest the Mulberry Alexa which is very similar in style. 

For evening bags, I suggest the Judith Leiber clam shell clutch and the Alexander McQueen python clutch.  The clam shell clutch is perfect for a destination wedding while the McQueen clutch is more unique for a fashionable night out. 

Finally, the lust over bag, the craze of bloggers across the world, the Proenza Schouler PS1.  You can find it in different shapes and sizes, but my favorite is the large camel crocodile bag.  All I can say to myself though is, dream on.  Maybe one day!  

Fashioninspa's Favorite Spring Summer Bags