Bibliostyle: Ilse from “Emily’s Quest”

Above: Simone Rocha Spring 2017

It would in truth have been a ghastly interview had it not been for Ilse, who chattered with all her old breeziness and tang, planning out a two weeks of gay doings while she was home […] the same lovable old madcap of laughter and jest and dressed with all her old gorgeous violations of accepted canons of taste. In an extraordinary dress–a thing of greenish-yellow. She had a big pink peony at her waist and another at her shoulder. She wore a bright green hat with a wreath of pink flowers on it. Great hoops of pearly swung in her ears. It was a weird costume. No one but Ilse could have worn it successfully. And she looked like the incarnation of a thousand tropic springs in it– exotic, provocative, beautiful. So beautiful!

  • from Emily’s Quest by L.M. Montgomery

Above: Rodarte Spring 2018

Above: Mary Katrantzou Spring 2017

Above: Molly Goddard, Spring 2017

Above: Luisa Beccaria, Resort 2018

Above: Etro, Spring 2017

Above: Alice + Olivia Pre Fall 2017

Above: Alena Akhmadullin Resort 2018

All images above from Vogue Runway

Spring 2017 Trends: Editor’s Picks

After combing through all the Spring 2017 shows in all the major cities, here are my favourite looks from this season. While The Closet Feminist identified a lot of the major trends (belts, purple, witchy, etc), I still find myself attracted to looks that don’t stray too far from my own aesthetic–know what works for you, old habits die hard, etc. Here are my picks for this season!

APRON/SMOCK NECKLINES

Above: Sea Spring 2017

Above: Camilla and Marc Spring 2017

Above: Shaina Mote Spring 2017

Above: Each x Other Spring 2017

Above: Luisa Beccaria

With or without some super-femme ruffles, I love the square, apron-esque necklines that were seen this season. They’re often appropriate for work, something a little different, and frame the face nicely.  Also, practically speaking, thick straps = no complicated bras needed.

EVERYTHING I USUALLY LIKE

Above: Lisa Perry, Spring 2017

Above: Alice + Olivia Spring 2017

Above: Zadig & Voltaire Spring 2017

Regardless of season, I love black dresses with white collars. I love girly dresses juxtaposed with more masculine or structured shoes. Super wearable, practically my uniform.

Above: Alberta Ferretti Spring 2017

Above: Prada Spring 2017

I also love defined waists, and shamelessly femme silhouettes. I’ve found myself acquiring more simple black dresses (like the Prada one above) that I want to dress up with belts and accessories.

IF IT’S UNDEFINED, LET IT BE LIGHT GREY OR WHITE

I really liked the Spring 2017 collection of Melitta Baumeister, above. I liked the voluminous white and light grey looks, which is super contrary to my love-of-all-things-defined shapes mentioned above.

I wonder though if this collection was especially compelling because this model was so different and looked somewhat like me. I get alienated by the sea of loose beige nothings offered by Elizabeth & James because its all shown on white models. This collection, however simple, caught my eye. Now I want a shiny silver chain necklace to wear with everything and a full sleeve of tattoos!

Above: All Melitta Baumeister Spring 2017

 

All images from Vogue Runway.

 

 

 

Spring 2017 Trends: Rainbow

To be perfectly honest, embracing all of ROY G. BIV come springtime isn’t that much of a trend–we all know things get lighter and brighter as the sun returns with full force. So here are some rainbow outfits just for fun!

Above: Alice + Olivia Spring 2017

Above: Mara Hoffman, Spring 2017

Above: Missoni Spring 2017

Above: Novis, Spring 2017

Above: Olympia Le Tan, Spring 2017

Above: Rosie Assoulin, Spring 2017

Above: Temperley London, Spring 2017

All images above from Vogue Runway.

Straight-Off-the-Catwalk Halloween Costumes

Check out these straight-off-the-catwalk looks that are as Halloween costume-y as they are haute couture. Bonus–all of these looks are by women!

CHEERLEADER

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Above: colourful, collegiate fun much? Straight from Anna Sui’s Spring 2017 collection.

1920S SOCIALITE

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Above: Good for Myrtle Wilson or Jordan Baker perhaps. Alberta Ferretti Limited Edition Spring 2016 Couture.

CLUSTER OF RED BLOOD CELLS

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Above: For those of you who favour something more conceptual, why not this Fall 2016 Comme des Garçons look?

AMBASSADOR FROM THE FUTURE

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Above: for you spacey, forward-thinking types there is this beautiful look from the Zimmermann Fall 2016 show

BEETLEJUICE

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Above: All you need is this Alice + Olivia Spring 2016 suit–let your hair and makeup do the rest

FOLKTALE HEROINE

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Above: Not sure which heroine exactly, but its a vague-enough costume name to wear this beautiful Reem Acra Spring 2016 dress.

THOROUGHLY MODERN WITCH

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Above: Nobody does witchy like Wendy Nichol. This dress is from her Spring 2016 collection, but pretty much anything from any collection will do.

BOTH GARDEN & GARDENER

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Above: Another more conceptional costume. You’ll definitely turn heads in this wild Vivenne Westwood Spring 2016 ensemble–just look at the beekeeper hat!

RAVER PROM QUEEN

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Above:…or whatever name you can think of that will suit this wild, fun ensemble from Betsey Johnson Spring 2016 that is too fun to pass up.

ICE QUEEN

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Above: You’re cool, you’re regal, you’re wearing Alberta Ferretti Limited Edition Fall 2015 Couture for Halloween.

The Closet Feminist Top Pins Feb 2016

Here are the top pins currently on The Closet Feminist–you folks are sure loving the J. Crew Spring collection this month!

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Above: J. Crew Spring 2016 here

These super-bold striped palazzo pants from J. Crew are your top pin right now! Love the sailor details and mixing the different width of stripes.

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Above: J. Crew Spring 2016 here

Another nautical number from J. Crew takes up the second spot this month. Love the pop of the turquoise gingham shoes.

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Above: Alice + Olivia Spring 2016 here

A folk-y number for Alice + Olivia nabs third place. The colour of the crop top is so bold and balances the lady-like skirt nicely.

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Above: J. Crew Spring 2016 here

So many great things happening in this outfit, but the duster in the fresh blue and white pinstripes takes the cake!

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Above: Rosetta Getty Spring 2016 here

Quite different from the other favoured pins and taking 5th place this month is this beautiful, minimalist Rosetta Getty dress. The bold gold earrings are a nice touch.

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