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 Trend Report: Belts

Both myself and CF advising editor Lydia were coming of age where belted everything was a trend–cardigans, blazers, and skirts with a belt were a wardrobe staple for us for years. Lydia observed that we are “so there” for belts, trend-wise. We’re happy to see this trend come full circle, and evidently designers are too since this was one of the most popular looks we saw this season.

Above: Elizabeth & James Spring 2017

The Olsen twins have a serious problem with diversity–their lookbook above is no exception. They very rarely feature models of colour. At least they’re offering fetching obi-inspired belts.

Above: Rosie Assoulin Spring 2017

Above: Alberta Ferretti Spring 2017

Above: Carolina Herrera Spring 2017

Above: Etro, Spring 2017

Above: Hermes, Spring 2017

The simplicity of a minimal black belt as seen above and below lends a surprising amount of definition and edge to an otherwise sweet dress.

Above: Isabel Marant, Spring 2017

Above: Les Copains, Spring 2017

Above: Miu Miu, Spring 2017

Above: Monique Lhuilllier, Spring 2017

Above: Monse, Spring 2017

Above: Prada, Spring 2017

Note that belts featured heavily in both of Miuccia Prada’s lines–Prada and Miu Miu.

Above: Vanessa Seward, Spring 2017

Love the juxtaposition of the prim belt above with the undeniably glam lurex dress at Vanessa Seward above.

Above: Veronique Leroy, Spring 2017

Above: Versus Vesace, Spring 2017

Above: Vivienne Tam, Spring 2017

Milan Rainbow: Fall 2016

A look from every colour of the rainbow–all from the Fall 2016 collections from Milan–based female designers!



Above: Trussardi Fall 2016



Above: Alberta Ferretti Fall 2016



Above: Ports 1961 Fall 2016



Above: Prada Fall 2016



Above: Versace Fall 2016



Above: Etro Fall 2016



Above: Trussardi Fall 2016

Let’s Pause and Appreciate All the Times Bhumika Arora Appeared on the Spring 2016 Catwalks

As we did for Lineisy Montero, let’s appreciate some of the times we saw model Bhumika Arora on the Spring 2016 runways.


Above: Bhumika Arora wearing a luxurious dress on the Etro Spring 2016 runway.

Fashion month diversity is rare on the catwalks, period. While we do see Black and Asian models occasionally on the runways, we hardly ever see models of South Asian, Middle Eastern, First Nations, Native American descent by comparison.


Above: Bhumika Arora on the Alberta Ferretti catwalk wearing awesome lingerie-inspired clothing


Above: Even though you’re wearing sunglasses, we know that’s you on the Stella McCartney catwalk, Bhumika Arora!

This is why Bhumika Arora’s presence on the runways during the Spring 2016 shows is such a big deal–we hardly see women who look like her in high fashion ever. So thank-you, Bhumika Arora, for being around, and three cheers to the designers who cast her to be part of their shows.


Above: Bhumika Arora looking amazing in white during the Carolina Herrera show


Above: Bhumika Arora making us want to wear flowers in our hair, as she is here in the Diane von Furstenberg show


Above: Cool, blue Bhumika Arora on the Ohne Titel catwalk


Above: Bhumika Arora proving that a dark red lipstick is what you need to wear with a very tropical outfit as seen on the Anna Sui runway

Bibliostyle: Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”

You totes knew we’d be doing a Bibliostyle for this, right?


Above: Rosetta Getty, Spring 2015

When dinner was over she returned directly to Jane, and Miss BIngley began abusing her as soon as she was out of the room. Her manners were pronounced to be very bad indeed, a mixture of pride and impertinence; she had no conversation, no style, no taste, no beauty. Mrs. Hurst thought the same, and added,

‘She has nothing, in short, to recommend her, but being an excellent walker. I shall never forget her appearance this morning. She really looked almsot wild.’


Above: Etro Fall 2015


Above: Chloé Fall 2015

‘She did, indeed, Louisa. I could hardly keep my countenance. Very nonsensical to come at all! Why must she be scampering about the country, because her sister had a cold? Her hair, so untidy, so blousy!’

‘Yes, and her petticoat; I hope you saw her petticoat, six inches deep in mud, I am absolutely certain; and the gown which had been let down to hide it not doing its office.’

‘Your picture may be very exact, Louisa,’ said BIngley; ‘but this was all lost upon me. I thought Miss Elizabeth Bennet looked remarkably well when she came into the room this morning. Her dirty petticoat quite escaped my notice.’


Above: Les Copains Fall 2015


Above: The Row Spring 2015


Above: Veronique Branquinho, Fall 2015

You observed it, Mr. Darcy, I am sure,’ said Miss BIngley; ‘and I am inclined to think that you would not wish to see your sister make such an exhibition.’

‘Certainly not’


Above: Pamella Roland Fall 2015


Above: Versace Fall 2015

‘To walk three miles, or four miles, or give miles, or whatever it is, above her ancles [sic] in dirt, and alone, quite alone! what could she mean by it? It seems to be to shew an abominable sort of conceited independence, a most country-town indifference to decorum.’

– from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


Above: Rosie Assoulin Spring 2015

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