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Dior Fall 2014 – Couture.

my favorite looks from Christian Dior‘s Fall 2014 Couture show – Raf Simons continues to deliver…

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*images courtesy of style.com.

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saddle up.

ladies –

looking for a pair of saddle shoes? don’t kid yourself, of course you are.

check out these from vans (suprised? me too); found at needsupply.

the "sophie", by vans.

*image courtesty of needsupply.com.

spring 2010 wishlist.

sigh…

here are just a few of the things on my (very, very imaginary) wishlist for spring 2010

church's "classic burwood" brogues in white leather - $470.00

McQ by alexander mcqueen cotton & wool blend trench coat - $715.00

black grain leather mulberry "bayswater" bag - $950.00

3.1 philip lim cotton-twill blazer - $695.00

vanessa bruno black cashmere blend cowl-neck dress - $460.00

*all images courtesy of lagarconne.com & net-a-porter.com.

hands-on.

hold it!

these dresses from hussein chalayan‘s spring 2010 collection are just amazing…

hussein chalayan ss 2010 - look #38 + detail.

hussein chalayan ss 2010 - look #39 + detail.

hussein chalayan ss 2010 - look #40 + detail.

hussein chalayan ss 2010 - look #41 + detail.

*images property of style.com.

winter white.

loving this “wing collar cropped tux” jacket by jaeger london.

not loving the fact that it is around $400.00 & made entirely of synthetic materials (viscose & acetate).

jaeger london jacket.

*photo courtesy of mywardrobe.com.

better late than never.

i just e-browsed dior homme fall/winter 2009.

the spring/summer 2009 collection is already out, but since i’m a fan of the simple and have a special place in my heart for blacks, whites, and grays, i must admit i tend to prefer fall/winter collections. also, i absolutely fell prey to men-shoe-envy (which…despite my closet being equally full of loafers and teetering heels, happens a lot…) when i saw the black leather lace-ups with the white detail. *squeal* it reminds me a lot of proenza schouler‘s yellow-piped ankle boot…which i also want. in fact, ever since i was in middle school, if a shoe i wanted or needed came in boy’s or men’s, i would buy the male version; girl shoes always seemed to come in blech shades like pink, red, lavender, or baby blue, when boys got the (literally) cool colors, like navy, black, hunter green, gray, silver, maybe the occasional splash of yellow, or dream scenario – all white. i can’t be the only one that wipes my white shoes down when i get home, could i? …er…rhetorical question. below, a few of my favorites:

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dior homme fall/winter 2009: 1-3 of 8.

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dior homme fall/winter 2009: 4-6 of 8.

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dior homme fall/winter 2009: 7-8 of 8.

diorhommeproenzaschoulershoes

dior homme vs. proenza schouler.

*[menswear] images courtesy of gq.com.

re-restraint.

simplicity at its best.

matthew ames‘s spring/summer 2010 collection was a welcome deviation from a long-running 80’s redux. it started with leggings, and now everything from tartan grunge, neon neoprene, sequin bodycon dresses to punk pyramid-studded leather and lace-up doc martens have been revived. while the black and white ensembles do have a hint of two-plus decades past, matthew ames’s clean, minimalist looks lighten the mood, and organize the frenzied clutter and excess of the 80’s.

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matthew ames spring/summer 2010: 1-3 of 6.

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matthew ames spring/summer 2010: 4-6 of 6.

*images courtesy of style.com

silver lining.

quite literally.

a bit of time was set aside today to be spent with mandy & jimmy. after a quick lunch with jimmy at empire cafe, mandy met up with us, and we window shopped along westheimer & kirby. happily, we all came away with something – mandy nabbed a lovely pair of cream and white vintage nine west loafers, jimmy found two vintage ties, a silk christian dior, the other an yves saint laurent. me? i got my hands on an amazing silver reindeer suede and silk-lined skirt suit set by donna karan. which reminds me… i haven’t done a “recent purchase post” in some time. a few days ago, i finally managed to find a suitable leopard print to add to my closet – a vintage silk maggie london wrap dress. additional recent purchases: (L-R) sterling & garnet scatter cocktail ring, vintage sterling plaque bracelet printed with the word “risk”, 10k white gold and natural diamond aquarius pendant necklace, and 10k yellow gold and natural emerald and ruby strawberry pendant, an early christmas gift from my parents.

lunch + testing out my blackberry camera.

lunch + testing out my blackberry camera.

donna karan.

donna karan.

maggie london.

maggie london.

bit o' shine.

bit o' shine.

d.i.y. – white bolero.

another DIY, finally!

for those who aren’t familiar with the term, DIY = “do it yourself”, and commonly refers to projects that people construct themselves instead of purchasing an more expensive, pre-fab (pre-fabricated) item.

i’ve been seeing studded blazers in editorials and on last season’s runways, and i finally decided to try and recreate the look myself. i nabbed a bag of 100 3/8″ silver studs from a wholesaler online for $5.99, and they just arrived today. i had a white linen bolero hanging in my closet that i thrifted a while back, but never wore because it never seemed to match anything else i owned, which is no small feat. the bolero is simple enough, and it is a small jacket, but the way it sits when worn takes over an outfit. i was amazed and frustrated. in any case, i decided if it wanted to go big so badly, i’d make it go way big. after getting some inspiration from some other photos, i got to work. after about an hour, i had my finished product, and i must admit, i’m pretty pleased.

newly studded bolero.

newly studded bolero.

studs extend all the way around the collar.

studs extend all the way around the collar.

inspiration (l-r): diy; balmain; unknown.

inspiration (l-r): diy; balmain; unknown.

menswear s/s 2010.

gentlemen, i haven’t forgotten about you.

while i have only discussed women’s fashion up to now, the truth of the matter is, my heart’s true love is menswear. menswear had a constant weight and simplicity womens clothing seems to lack some seasons. gloria, you’ve got a shoe and handbag obsession you can’t possibly love menswear more than womens wear, you say. au contraire, mon cherie – i must point out that my shoe and bag obsession sprout from my love of leather; pebbled, stained, suede…everything goes except patent. i also love fur, and thick, heavy raw materials, like canvas, hemp, thick cotton and wool, and jute. these natural, bare materials along with clean lines and simple creasing and pleating are much more abundant in men’s clothing. of course, i love linen and seersucker and lightweight cotton on men as well – the point i’m trying to get across is menswear always has heft, or a feeling of substance and structure women’s clothing doesn’t always have, or even feels is important. i’ve only just begun checking out the menswear shows for s/s 2010, but i’m loving what i’ve seen so far…

first up, i die for bottega veneta’s menswear for spring/summer 2010. the neutrals, the layered browns, the cuffed pants…love. the browns are then paired with army greens and rich blues – such a rugged and easy look, yet also shows thought and effort. later on, the show gives way to shocks of color – a sharp black suit that nods to the 80’s with it’s double-breasted jacket and straight shoulders, segues into the same suit except sent down the runway in bright red, then orange. bright purples and red-shade ensembles are next, then transition to dark reds and rust colors. the show ends on dark browns and black leather. excellent, excellent show all around. while i personally don’t prefer to see men in “frou frou” colors like pink and purple, the tailoring and styling at bottega never made me question the sexuality of the model wearing the clothes; consistently masculine shapes, fabrics, and feel, regardless of color.

next, ermenegildo zegna menswear spring/summer 2010. first, this was classic zegna. the color palette was gorgeous – grays, whites, creams, and dusty roses, blues, and lavenders. contradictory to bottega (and as you’ll see later, jil sander), the cut of zegna, especially the pants, were loose and billowy, a very linen pant type cut; perfect summer pants, if you will. clean, airy, soothing – stupendous. love, love, loved the colors in this – country engineer makes it big and hits the city was the image that came to mind.

finally, my last favorite of what i’ve been able to ogle at so far: jil sander menswear spring/summer 2010. completely contrasting the two aformentioned designers, jil sander also presented a very “jil sander” show – minimalist, black and white, extremely simple and clean lines. the model’s close-cut, cropped hair mirrored the slim fit of the clothes. except for the odd picasso/renaissance-esque face print on several otherwise white shirts, the show was very plain and predictable, but undeniably classic. i also fell in lust with the white bucks in this show…i already own a pair of cream suede bucks, but i am now on the hunt for a pair of white ones. i loved the first look – so geek chic – and the 3 great dark suits that ended the show. definitely staples for the [man’s] wardrobe.

i also took a gander at gucci, versace, and burberry menswear lines for s/s 2010, but while they weren’t bad, nothing in them really caught my eye. interesting, since christopher bailey (designer for burberry) has done an excellent job with the women’s resort 2010, in my opinion. gucci did have beautiful white suits and to-die-for white leather driving loafers…i have white leather driving moccasins by minnetonka, but i don’t have white leather driving loafers, per say… i can’t believe even watching men’s fashion shows inspires me to shop. i have a hole in my pocket. next up on my list of designers and shows to check out for menswear s/s 2010: salvatore ferragamo, dsquared, and john varvatos.

gents: check out some videos, photos, and reviews of the shows yourselves, and get inspired and creative.

*photos courtesy of GQ and GQ – UK.

favorite looks from bottega veneta menswear s/s 2010.

favorite looks from bottega veneta menswear s/s 2010.

favorite looks from ermenegildo zegna menswear s/s 2010.

favorite looks from ermenegildo zegna menswear s/s 2010.

favorite looks from jil sander menswear s/s 2010.

favorite looks from jil sander menswear s/s 2010.