Oh So Retro

Gucci Fall/Winter 2014

Dear Reader,

By now, you know that I can’t resist fluffy coats or retro sunglasses. So, obviously, I very much appreciated the Gucci Fall/Winter 2014 show.

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I am not always the biggest fan of monochromatic outfits because they can be boring if not properly executed. However, this look is an exception. Mainly because of the lovely pile-up of textures. I actually think the head-to-toe dusty rose coloring is genius because it forces the audience to observe and admire the different layers. Like the sumptuous fur, the matte suit, and the silky blouse. Ugh I want everything this model is wearing.

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Please enjoy this zoomed-in image of the retro shades and ruffled collar.

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I am so jealous of this model. She looks like she is being enveloped by a cloud of cotton candy and everything fluffy. And on a non-fashion-related note her haircut is fantastic. I aspire to pull off the tousled bob some day.

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This look is, as my french host sister would say in her crisp accent, “très classe.” From the tailored peacoat to the creased pants to the floppy bag, it truly is the definition of “classe.” The color palette is also very easy on the eyes. If you learn one fashion tidbit from my blog, I hope it is that pastels are always lovely. Always.

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And, of course, I need to discuss this LBD. Because it is especially delightful. I am in love with all the subtle accents like the detailing on the shoulders, the waist cut-outs, and the leather collar. The belt is also tasteful and slimming. Plus, if you look closely, the (fantastic) snakeskin boots have matching metal attachments on the front. Snaps to Gucci for being coherent.

XO, The Girl in the Little Black Dress

P.S. My apologies for not writing in forever. Not to make excuses but schoooollschoolschoolschool (I’m so sorry).

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All photos from Vogue.com and I take no credit.

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Embrace Your Inner Mermaid

Diane von Furstenberg Fall/Winter 2014 Review

Dear Reader,

So I look at this dress and I see a Georgia O’Keefe-inspired flowery effect. Which I love. Actually while I’m at it I think I am going to list all of the things I love about this dress. I love the subdued, autumnal color palette and the ballerina-esque wrap sweater (a style von Furstenberg is well-known for). I love the two ribbons that slip down from the aforementioned sweater. I love the seashell patches around the neckline. And I love love love the strappy golden shoes. I love all of these things I promise you.

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Also, at the end of the show, Diane von Furstenberg made her appearance wearing a dress with a similar Georgia O’Keefe-esque print. She is the epitome of lovely.

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 This dress reminds me of curtains. And before you assume that this is a bad thing let me assure you it most certainly is not. The fabric looks like those fancy ornate drapes that you see in mansions which lace and butlers and such. I blame the rich emerald and scarlet accents. And then there is the fantastic blue fur purse that I very much want.

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Ok so by now you are probably all like Natalie you need to stop with all of your Project Runway references and whatnot but I CANT STOP ITS A PROBLEM AND MAYBE I DONT WANT TO STOP I DONT THINK I WILL. It’s just every time I see a dress with waves on it, I think of Leanne Marshall, the Season 5 Winner, and her glorious wave skirts. Actually this dress doesn’t even look like any of Leanne’s pieces, but thats ok because its just as pretty. I love the inconsistency of the pattern.

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 I have a maxi skirt/dress obsession that has blossomed over the course of a year. I remember being very much off the band wagon when the trend first began; now I cannot resist the boho, ankle-grazing style. I find it very elegant. And whats more, the length elongates the body and kind of makes one feel/look like a mermaid, so what’s not to love, really. I very much enjoy the symmetric wave pattern at the top of this maxi dress. Mostly because it is intricate, but also a lot because it helps exude mermaid vibes hehe.

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 XO, The Girl in the Little Black Dress

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This One’s For You McDonald’s Girl

Moschino Fall/Winter 2014 Review

Dear Reader,

I can always count on the Moschino show to make me smile. Once again, the brand has refused to take fashion too seriously (why should anyone? its for us to enjoy!) and whisked models down the runway in wonderfully garish and satirical attire. This year, Moschino designer Jeremy Scott drew inspiration from pop culture, plastering McDonald’s famous logo and Spongebob’s recognizable face all over the clothes. A lot of reviews claim the collection was tacky, but I don’t care. I like it; I think it was unexpected and sincere.

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 I love this look. Although the model is sporting a McDonald’s worker’s uniform, wearing bulbous yellow earrings, and even a visor (gasp), she looks chic and coordinated. I like the obnoxious purse, too; it mimics the way advertisers blatantly broadcast their products. I think this look also draws attention to the people we overlook. Like it’s funny how nobody thinks twice about the girl at McDonalds who passes hamburgers out the scratched, drive-thru window until a poised, elegant model struts down a runway wearing the same uniform. I hereby dedicate this post to you McDonalds hamburger-hander-outer-girl.

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In love with this polka-dotted coat. I mean come on. It is like a leopard coat but ironic. And the shoes are just ridiculous. But in a most wonderful sense you understand.

Also in this year’s collection were several dresses with recognizable food labels posted everywhere. My personal favorite is this Hershey’s chocolate one just because it reminds me of the unconventional Project Runway challenge (Season 4 Episode 6. Don’t worry, I am well aware that my PR obsession is horrifying) where the designers went to the Hershey’s store in Times Square and had to make a dress out of the materials there. But in all seriousness I also really like this dress because of the structured draping. Like how is it managing to stay in that twisted position? How is it not un-twisting? …..????

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ImageHere is yet another food-label-dress. Cheetos. Once again, I am very intrigued by the structure.

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My question is how can a dress made of fabric obnoxiously advertising Cheezy Bits look so haute-couture. How. I demand an answer.

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Behold. My favorite piece of the collection. A wedding dress tattooed with Nutrition Facts. The message I found here is both tragic and inspiring (ish?). Just that we need to remember calories are mere units of energy and that the number we consume daily is something society should place so much importance on. Such lovely social commentary. And so unexpected at a fashion show of all places. Also on another note, I would quite honestly consider wearing this dress at my wedding (hint hint Moschino designer Jeremy Scott hint hint).

XO, The Girl in the Little Black Dress

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Rod(art)e

Rodarte Fall/Winter 2014 Review

Dear Reader, 

I have always been a fan of the Rodarte sisters. Three years ago I went to their States of Matter exhibit in LA which was nothing short of exquisite. Their detailed couture dresses were especially awe-inspiring in person, so as you can imagine, I am rather envious of those who were present at this show.

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This first look is so dainty and fairy-esque, and I can’t help but fall in love with the delicate beading on the top half. The model’s porcelain skin is nearly the same creamy color as the fabric and if it weren’t for the shimmery ribbons that drip down her shoulders, it would be difficult to discern where her arms stop and the dress begins. Downright lovely.

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The three textures and prints here are so different, yet they work together so well. The warm hues of the turtleneck are accentuated by the tan blocks on the coat whose green blocks in turn bring out the emerald of the velvet skirt (which I will fawn over in a soon). Texture-wise, I love the shift from sumptuous fur to the thick wool (?) coat to the luxurious velvet. Now, as promised, I am going to fawn over the splendid skirt. I very much enjoy the elegant, Old-Hollywood feel it exudes. Also, it is undoubtedly soft and could probably double as a lavish blanket which is always a plus in my book.

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To conclude part two of my fall/winter fashion show rants, I must talk about this dress. I have always been a fan of the off-the-shoulder sleeve as I feel it emanates carelessness and elegance (careless elegance I guess is what I am trying to say here). This dress is no exception. The model has an aloof, femme-fatale air about her that I like very much. Very Miss Scarlet-esque. I do hope that off-the-shoulder dresses/tops are an upcoming trend! Oh and those rhinestoned tights are to die for. 

XO, The Girl in the Little Black Dress

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All photos from Vogue.com and I take no credit. 

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Pleats and Plaid

Dear Reader,

Eeeee ok so the Fall/Winter 2014 RTW (Ready To Wear) shows have commenced! The clothes are so lovely, and I can’t tell you what an excellent time I just had maundering on about them. I present to you: the first part of my maunderings (yes I just made a verb that is not normally a noun a noun don’t worry about it).

Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall/Winter 2014 RTW

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Do you remember that one time I wrote an article about overalls and a handful of people (including my mom) told me they were jumpsuit-like and uncool? Because I do. (linked here) And what do we have here? Overalls. In a New York Fashion Week show no less. And you can’t possibly tell me that these overalls are anything less of fabulous. I rest my case. And sidenote I very much enjoy the pleats.

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There are so many (wonderful) things going on here, namely a charming plaid, a ginormous bow, and fancy socks. I admit that going to a uniform school has kind of ruined plaid for me; four years of the same itchy skirt gets old I promise. However, the preppy print has shown up all over the runways this season and has taken on a vintage, 80’s vibe which I am not complaining about. Moreover, I adore the oversized bow which adds an avant-garde, whimsical dimension to a suit otherwise modest in construction. And then the socks are a welcome and necessary mismatch. I will now coin the phrase: “Clashing socks are always a good addition to an outfit.”

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 I had to add this look because I am in France, and this is clearly a nod to the french obsession with stripes. And once again the pleated pants are fantastic.

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Here, I am especially intrigued by the layered accordion pleats that fan out near the hem. They are ever so vintage and romantic. Then the mousy tweed sweater is a wonderful contrast to the crinkly, layered skirt. Although both pieces are the same color, their varied textures distinguish them as separates which I think is lovely. I also must talk about the turtle-neck capelet. I adore how it folds up on her right shoulder like a sculpture. She looks like a chic volcano.

XO, The Girl in the Little Black Dress

All photos from Vogue.com and I take no credit.

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This Charming Man

Dear Reader,

Last Friday I went to see the Yves Saint Laurent film after school. It was in French (I am in France, after all), and I don’t actually know if it has been (or will be) released in other countries. Therefore, I shall give you a brief plot summary before launching into an obsessive rant about the dresses/beautiful things. It is a biography drama that takes place between Saint Laurent’s time as Dior’s apprentice and the creation of his independent fashion house. It touches on his tumultuous relationship with his business partner/boyfriend Pierre (essentially a great deal of saucy scenes/rapid French), unstable mental health, and drug problems. All quite saddening, but despite his numerous problems, he was still able to create many lovely dresses. So many lovely dresses, in fact, that he revolutionized the rules of fashion, redefining the way a woman should (or could for that matter) dress. I wish that my issues would magically transform themselves into high-end, flippant dresses. Sadly they have yet to do this.

But ok the dresses. The dresses. They were crisp, groundbreaking, rosy, creased, and careless. They were hypnotic, silly, precise, but above all, complexly simple. He had an eye for clarity; his work was so uncomplicated yet captivating. There was this one scene where he took a strip of satin, wrapped it around his model’s waist in a very artistic and exquisite manner, and everyone was like ooooh yes all praise Yves we adore him bow down he is our king go Yves (myself included). He literally just wrapped some fabric around her body, but it was somehow so wonderful and beautiful. I do not understand.

Another scene I adored was when he found the inspiration for his famed Mondrian dress (pictured below).

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He was sitting in his apartment, sketching, when he suddenly rose, haphazardly rumaged through his bookshelf and found a book on Mondrian’s artwork. The scene then shifted to a photo shoot of two models posing confidently in similar boxy, geometric color-block dresses. There was something about their self-assuredness that implied a shift. Saint Laurent was done creating dresses for the reserved, straight-faced woman his previous models all had resembled/represented. The year was 1965 and that woman no longer existed. Feminism was emerging and women’s voices were finally being heard. They were no longer dressing for men but rather for themselves. His new customer/muse was confident, dimpled, and independent. She was happy.

I’d like to leave you with some of my favorite quotes from Yves Saint Laurent and a drawing he made for Vogue that maps out his favorite things. I will probably end up making one of these for myself sometime in the near future because it is just so delightful. Turns out we both love to say silly things, carpets, and the letter Y.

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Quotes:

“Genius is childhood recovered.”

“Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.”

“We must never confuse elegance with snobbery.”

“Isn’t elegance forgetting what one is wearing?”

“I love bows.”

and my personal favorite:

“I have always believed that fashion was not only to make women more beautiful, but also to reassure them, give them confidence.”

XO, The Girl in the Little Black Dress

Sidenote: Been feeling even more feminist lately. I now need to go write a feminist essay about Ophelia in Hamlet. Women for the win.

All photos from Polyvore. I take no credit.

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I’m Here to Save Your Glazed Eyes

Dear Reader,

I kind of wanted to make a series of Polyvore collages about my favorite things from 2013 (namely my favorite clothing trends, music, and books). So I did. And here they are.

*Sorry they are a tad blurry… sadly technology enjoys keeping my on my toes by constantly throwing tests of patience at me. Please tell me below if you know how to unblur something.*

Screen Shot 2014-01-14 at 6.05.38 PMThese are my favorite fashion-y things from 2013. Looking at this collage, I guess I kind of developped an obsession with vintage clothing. This obsession actually began long ago, but I think it especially manifested itself in my life this year. But yes. Plaid skirts (anything plaid, really), oxfords, Docs, vintage boots, retro sunglasses, long skirts, knee highs. Yes to all of that. So much love from this little corner of the internet.Screen Shot 2014-01-14 at 6.05.56 PMWhen I think about it, 2013 was a pretty fantastic year music-wise. I developped a love for the Canadian indie band Stars. The Arctic Monkeys, Tegan and Sara, Phoenix, and The Strokes all released new albums. I became addicted to those albums. Good year, I’d say.

Screen Shot 2014-01-14 at 6.06.15 PMAnd….. books. These are all the books I read this year in school or on my own time that I enjoyed and could probably rant to you for hours on end about. But I decided to spare myself the raised blood pressure and you the glazed eyes. So I just made this li’l collage.

XO, The Girl in the Little Black Dress

Comment your favorite parts of 2013 :)

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