Styled By A Stylista

As I recently evaluated my wardrobe, I realized I really don’t need one more article of clothing, in fact, the thought of shopping seems a bit gluttonous at the moment. Nonetheless, with every new season comes the urge to purchase the seasons “must-haves.” I’ve challenged myself to resist the temptation and restyle the pieces I have, whether “in” or “out” by fashion industry standards, and actually wear those pieces with tags still attached after months…now that’s a novel idea. This is not to say I will abstain from shopping completely, however, I will be much more discriminating when I do.

So here’s today’s ensemble:

I typically wear these Marc Jacobs skinny jeans with an over-sized top and Tom’s shoes. I restyled them to reflect a more urban chic vibe, and this is the outcome.

  • The blazer ($89.90) was a Christmas gift from Zara, given to me by my very stylish brother, the tags are still intact, it’s definitely due for donning soon
  • I appreciate bold statement accessories, hence, the necklace ($50 on sale from $100) purchased in Chicago from, Selections, managed by one of the city’s most talented stylist’s, Konah Hatcher. If you ever venture to Chicago, a visit to this lovely boutique located in the heart of Lincoln Park, will prove to be a welcome treat.
  • The tee is American Apparel (free) given to me by one of the production companies I work
  • This leather eggplant handbag ($5.99) is a treasure I found at Goodwill eight years ago

 

I purchased these Marc Jacobs jeans 4 years ago from Loehmann’s at an incredible price. They started off at $158 marked down to $99, there was an additional 50% off for an allotted period of time on clearance, and because the zipper was broken I received an additional 50% off reducing my total to $25 plus tax. I have worn these jeans more times than I could ever count, they are super comfortable with the feel of a second skin, and the zipper was an easy fix for my tailor.

These Elizabeth & James booties were a Christmas gift from my Dad, which I also have yet to wear. They were purchased from My Habit for $100 marked down from $300. This bootie looks great on, with a slightly distressed look, and I like the detail of the hidden platform, however, I don’t understand how anyone would have spent $300 on them. Although they are leather uppers and soles, the quality of the leather is not the best, I prefer Elizabeth & James clothing, many of the shoe styles I’ve seen lack the quality you’d expect to see given the price point. $100 is the most they should ever have been priced, to begin with, in my humble opinion… the true test will be how well they hold up once I begin wearing them.

This entire ensemble cost $271.89, the cost at full retail value would have been $677.90

xoxo

Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2012/2013, Pure Decadence

So here we are in summer, which I couldn’t wait to arrive, and now I’m phening for fall/winter.  Many of the trends for summer (albeit lovely on those opting for them), simply do not fit my personal aesthetic.  I’m not into bright colours, or boots with shorts and dresses, however, I am smitten for luxury fabrics in jewel tones and rich, subdued colour…and I melt for the perfect platform pump.  This is probably the reason my heart rate increased dramatically upon seeing the Louis Vuitton Fall 2012 collection, leave it to Mr. Marc Jacobs to deliver an extravagant show, seasoned with just the right amount of pure flavour.  The man incorporated a train into a runway show… genius.  For all you stylista’s out there, the photos and footage to follow will be no surprise at all, however, for those of you who may not be in the know, I feel it is my civic duty to share a bit of fashion decadence with you…enjoy!

Photos courtesy of IMAX

Marc Jacobs Fall 2012 Collection, Not For Me, But Inspired Just The Same

Marc Jacobs has always been one of my favourite designers, and not because his designs are so stunning, I drift off into a state of utter euphoria with each collection.  To the contrary, his silhouettes are not always the most flattering, however, I appreciate the fact he consistently thinks outside the box.  His aesthetic is whimsical and often unpredictable, most importantly it is his.  I feel inspired every season with Marc Jacobs’ collections, as I watch his designs parade down the runway.  As one who works in a creative industry, I understand the challenge of remaining inspired on a continual basis.  Without inspiration, the art begins to suffer.

Whether or not I find appeal in a particular collection, the fact Marc Jacobs seems to find ways of gleaning inspiration season after season, is impressive.  The Fall 2012 Marc Jacobs Collection is interesting indeed.  I didn’t find anything remotely attractive about many of the silhouettes.  In fact, most of them seemed to add 20 pounds to each model, which may be acceptable on a size zero frame, but obviously not the average consumer.  Of course, we must keep in mind, the runway is a stage where many a theatrical production is birthed.  The more I examine the Marc Jacobs Fall 2012 Collection,  the more I realize how imperative it is to think outside the box, like the designer himself seems to do habitually.  Several of the pieces would be a welcome addition to the wardrobes of many apart, from one another.

Here are a few pieces from Marc Jacobs Fall 2012: