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As someone who dresses a little more simply on a day-to-day basis, details are really important to me. For example, I love it when pants are lined with a bright color or when a collar is decorated with studs. The Spring 2012 runways were full of details but the gold adornments were the ones that caught and nestled in my eye. I mean, who doesn’t love a little gold bling in their everyday wear?
To put my art history major to good use, let me just say that Balmain’s collection was like Art Deco meets Byzantium with its angular lines decked out in gold. And then there’s Valentino with those perfect gold studs that seem to be the brand’s new defining factor. Jill Stuart may have been an Easter egg in fabric and colors but the nails were bedazzled in gold dots that I’m officially dubbing my next DIY. Dries Van Noten dabbled in the metallic hue with hints of copper on their shoes and Gucci had an Art Deco 1920s collection that I’d give my first child for. But if I had to choose a single gold embellishment for my Spring 2012 wardrobe, I’d have to go with Yves Saint Laurent’s gold-plated pepto bismol pink loafers that I hope to buy the second they hit stores.
Dries Van Noten
Yves Saint Laurent
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Hi, my name is Sonia and I’m a Stud-a-holic.
No, not the studs with big muscles that stand outside Abercrombie posing with tourists (blech! I hate muscles), I mean the studs that are fastened on to those jaw dropping Balmain jackets, the studs that Sid Vicious was pretty much born wearing, the studs that I’m tempted to add to every single article of my clothing.
The truth of the matter is, I love studs, and I’ve loved them for a long time. In high school I rarely left the house without
a disgusting amount of eyeliner either my black or white studded belt and in college a lot of my jewelry was made up of pyramid studded bracelets and pendents. Today, there isn’t a type of clothing in my closet that isn’t studded. Studded dresses, studded jackets, studded shoes (I just added to this with my recent Converse DIY), studded underwear…just kidding, I don’t have any of that.
If you look around you’d be surprised at how many things have studs: furniture, car interiors, even some dog collars have studs! For the record, I’m not trying to justify my addiction, I’m merely explaining how awesome studs are. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a DIY studded leather jacket to attend to…
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Fall is the season where I create my best “runway hippie” outfits. If you’re wondering what on earth that means, allow me to explain. I am as equally drawn to free flowing bohemian apparel as I am to the decadent, high-fashion designs we see on the runway and am thus constantly integrating both styles into my outfits. For example, I am on the hunt for a Penny Lane inspired suede coat with fur trim (mine was stolen about two years ago) and am also coveting everything from the F/W Prada and Stella McCartney runways.
Runway. Hippie. Get it? HAR HAR!
Anyways, as I approach my closet every morning, excited about the fact that I can finally layer my favorite clashing styles, I look to these images for inspiration. Intricate and ornamented Balmain, bohemian Kate Moss, gypsy feathers, armored fingers, oy! I love Fall!
Spring 2010: BALMAIN
Balmain’s s/s 2010 military theme went in a different direction than his last military-inspired collection. Last season Christophe Decarnin gave us glitz and glamour, while this season his designs seem to be built for the battlefield. There were still the Balmain trademarks, exaggerated soldiers, military jackets, and body grazing silhouettes, but the mood of the collection was quite different from what we’ve seen in the past.
Heroines like Joan of Arc came to mind with his golden armored dresses embellished with thick rustic belts; while soldiers from the French Revolution seemed to be ever present with the ripped decaying shirts and dresses. The collection felt contradictory; it was lavish but also rustic, the looks were sexy but at times intentionally messy, and yet somehow every look was necessary and made the collection complete.