African Wax/Java-like prints at Anthropologie

Loving the new offerings at Anthropologie for Spring 2015. Lots of tribal, “safari” vibe.  My favorites are the prints which are similar to Java and Wax patterns…My favorites below.

anthro_spring15_3Stripe Jade Skirt

anthro_spring15_5kanara pencil skirt

anthro_spring15_4clementina pencil skirt

anthro_spring15_2lourhina joggers

anthro_spring15_1 geo safari vest

Style Watch: Photo Floral

This is a print that has gathered a few raves per my Personal Stylist.  The Photo Floral reminds me of the Punk Floral from last Spring.

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images above courtesy of J.Crew.com

The style comes in a dress and a skirt.  The dress felt like a sturdier cotton, but it was too short so I passed on it.  I tried on the skirt. A quick review below:

Pros: very cute print, fresh and light, can be paired with whites, greens, blues, etc.  It’s all cotton but…

Cons: No lining!!! I felt a little too exposed and with the summer heat, there could be sweat spots which are unflattering.  I’d recommend a slip if you are considering, or wearing now in Spring with cooler temperatures.  Also, considering the very light cotton, I am not sure the unique print by itself justifies the full price… 😦

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Material: 100% cotton, no lining

Fit: Runs large.  My regular size was simply too puffy and the waist did not hold.  I’d recommend to size down or go with your smaller skirt size at the Crew.

Sissi’s verdict: I’d say wait for sales, but I hear it’s been going fast like the Punk Floral from last season.  Up to you, I’d wait for a discount.

Do you agree? Please share!

Wishlist end of January 2014: Florals and brights

So, the arrivals are up at J.Crew and my wishlist is on…Free shipping on all orders, and continuing sales on end of season items with code HAPPYSALE.

Shoes: Collection Natasha Floral pumps and the Evie Midheel sandals–> why no size 11 for the pumps? Cute mid-heeled sandals, remind me of some sandals I had during my freshman year in college…

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Skirts: Collection Lace-stripe silk skirt and Collection circle in nightgarden floral —> seriously, where did the prices come from???

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Honorable mention for the Trellis skirt and the Floral jacquard mini

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Dresses: the puff-sleeved in super 120 —> so cute, wondering what does a bright hydrangea look like in real life

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What are the items on your list? Do Share!

Paris Fashion Week Septembre 2013: Trends to watch – Part 2: Rich Hues (30 Oct 2013)

Let’s talk colors at the Summer 2014 Ready-To-Wear Runways during the Paris Fashion Week (PFW)!

This is no secret: I LOVE colors.  The brighter, the better.  In Paris, I was most enchanted by Elie Saab’s summer 2014 line.  The richness of his colors, the simple lines, the subtle lace…His outfits conveyed simplicity, elegance and femininity.  To me, the Eli Saab woman is a lady who is comfortable with her body, very feminine, yet she does not feel the need to overly expose herself.  It is a quiet elegance and strong  womanliness.  The clothes accentuate the curves without being unnecessarily tight or short.

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These are traits I feel are quickly disappearing in our contemporary fashion.  We are encouraged to ‘expose all’ to everybody in order to feel attractive and confident.  Just to clarify, am not referring to one’s outfits during intimate encounters with one’s mate as those are hopefully private and rightfully so.

At Elie Saab, the colors were vibrant peach, rich emerald green, black, deep berry red and metallic white.  Take a look at his runway video.

At Chloe, it was white, royal blue and a camouflage fest, you know…the green which is common to military outfits and safari pictures of tourists in Africa (no, Africa is NOT a country, nor is it only about deserts and forests and lions….but I digress).  A video on the idea behind the collection.

Overall, the colors in Paris were a mix of bright corals, red, rich green and blue pastels, white with golden accents, shiny black (who can forget the LV show) and deep gold.  Also, some lavender and Kiwi green at Versace and Miu-Miu (a video), silver accents at Christian Dior with the occasional pink and orange.

Sissi’s Notes:

  • It is OK to wear the same color hue all over
  • Pairing neutrals/light/soft pastels with a pop of color, a la Miu-Miu
  • Black shoes with tan skirt and royal blue top actually can pass (hmmm Hermes)
  • Different textures for an all black outfit
  • Black and white – always in style

My Favorite looks below (yes, lots of Elie but I cannot get over it yet… ;).  Unless noted, all pictures credits to Grazia.fr.

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