The Yves Saint Laurent-inspired Resort 09 collection from Marc Jacobs was downright sexy and evoked a rich, streamlined look that we find perfect for resort. Jacobs, as we saw this Spring 2009, does magpie well but we also enjoy his more concentrated efforts--even if there is less to look at. The silk pieces in this collection are perfect for resort as some customers will find themselves wanting a breezy dress for their vacation, while others just need a holiday party outfit or a jolt of color in their all-black wardrobe. Put simply, Jacobs covers all of his bases in this mid-season collection without ever being plain.
From delicate and dainty to downright bondage-inspired, ankle-wrapped shoes are a big hit for spring. With a little extra support around the ankle you'll feel that much more poised in your sky-high heels--not to mention more noticeable as these shoes are hard to miss. Our favorites are the Loeffler Randall Sigrid Banded Pump because they are a perfect mix of dainty and tough. To see our Spring 2009 trend report on bondage-inspired dresses, click here.
There is no nicer image to us than cotton pajamas on Christmas morning and if you should be sans-Grandma there's no reason why you can't really ham it up. Curl up on the couch in these his and hers union suits (both on sale) and send a live Christmas card to your friends and family. They will love it. If you're a onesy fan, check out our Spring 2009 trend report on the look.
We love a monochromatic look and this one, as was part of the Obedient Sons & Daughters Spring 2009 collection, tops our list. We love the boyishness of this buttoned up shirt, especially because it's paired with sexy platform sandals. Above, some alternative options to get this look now at a slightly lower price point--although, we wouldn't blame you if you waited for the real thing.
It's that time of year again, when our desire to be fashionable takes a backseat to our cold ears, fingers, and toes. There are, of course, warm options that are still quite affordable and chic--though you may not call them runway-ready. Our favorites places to find warm outerwear on the cheap? Penfield, the company who probably makes your boyfriend's flannel makes one warm winter coat--this Grey Novi Coat is worth the $200. Topshop has an entire range of winter sport-ready garments, called SNO, and this Ski All-In-One for $310 is our favorite because it looks like a sleeping bag with sleeves. The Gap has had affordable puffer coats for as long as we can remember and this Shiny Puffer Coat for $39.99 is a modern take on their classic. It might be midseason and you might want to save your cash for all of the great sale items available online, but there's no need to do it in the cold!
Never having been sneakers-and-t-shirt kind of gals we couldn't be more pleased to see so many ladylike accessories this season. From pillbox hats to dainty gloves these final touches could help balance out a particularly boyish outfit or dress up a more casual look. What's more, none of these items are over fifty dollars making them perfect as gifts or economy-minded indulgences to spice up your wardrobe.
Alright, it certainly isn't entering knock-off territory but there was something about Topshop Boutique's separates that struck us as Balenciaga-esque. Maybe it's the cool pastels used in the collection or the futuristic cuts of the little pullover blouses and pencil skirts, regardless we think this conjures just the right amount of designer appreciation. Check out the Balenciaga Spring 2009 runway gallery right here.
When new arrivals pop up on Pixie Market you can bet there will be a statement necklace or two and this week, there's a new offering in that category from Daydream Nation. This yarn choker reminded us of that which we saw on the 3.1 Phillip Lim runway, by jeweler Eddie Borgo. We love the way these necklaces sit as they're easy to wear with just about any blouse or dress in your wardrobe.
Vera Wang's Spring 2009 collection called up a new trend for Spring 2009, namely, layering organza. Sheer trends have been present for seasons now and Wang brought it to its most delicate point. The color palate, silhouettes, and ease at which she made this fussy fabric ready for day wear make this an outstanding collection indeed. To see a runway gallery of her Spring 2009 collection, click here.
Polka dots, as we've learned from Commes des Garcon and our parents wardrobes circa 1986, are best when super-sized. This Spring 2009 designers made their polka dots extra-large and, along with other trends like bloomers and crop tops, they made for an optimistic statement indeed. Fashion editors might be wearing black right now but this Spring 09, it looks like all that will change.