January 20, 2016

I believe in pink

"I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie-burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles."

Audrey Hepburn, who died this day January 20th, 1993. She certainly made Earth a classier place and I am sure heaven is one now too.

January 19, 2016

menswear and other androgynous things

Dsquared2 Fall 2016

Sure, there is inspiration galore to be found at the women's shows but I am liking and looking more and more to menswear for ideas, color combinations and silhouettes. Especially for my style which is casual. While I often fancy myself wearing a lovely, chiffon flowing dress and super-high Mary Janes from Gucci, alas, it remains a dream for the most part. When I am going to wear that?Don a dress and heels to go for my morning coffee at the corner cafe? Hardly. Or when I pack up my laptop to go work at the library? Definitely not. Life as a freelancer does not call for particularly fancy, feminine dress. I will continue to follow all my lovely shows in New York, London, Paris, Milan, Berlin, Copenhagen (wait, I'm almost done), Tokyo, Seoul, Moscow, Kiev and Sydney and certainly continue to find things I like and can occasionally wear but the menswear shows do hold a fascination for me.

Baggy pants (although not quite as baggy as Monsieur above from the Dsquared2 show) and a great coat? Hell yes.

Dsquared2 Fall 2016 fabulous #coat

Trussardi Fall 2016 fantastic #colors

Giorgio Armani Fall 2016  slim, fitted jacket on top with loose trousers = cool comfort

Giorgio Armani Fall 2016
The above looks from Armani? I would definitely wear that outfit to the opera, ballet or concert. The one on the right. The woman's look.

Here is to androgyny. For more menswear: https://www.pinterest.com/Lola999/menswear/

photos all courtesy of Vogue Runway

January 18, 2016

Critics Choice Awards 2016 and 7 best-dressed ladies

Alicia Vikander is one of two new darlings of the awards season, and so far, has not had a misstep. Here she ventures beyond Louis Vuitton for the Critics Choice in Mary Katrantzou. Isn't she lovely? (please think Stevie Wonder song)

America Ferrara of Superstore fame (no idea) almost perfect. She got the balance between dress length and shoe height right but the sloppy hair ruins it for me. Nevertheless, noteworthy.

Saoirse Ronan in Antonio Berardi and ranks as the second darling of the red carpet this season. Have you seen 'Brooklyn' yet? I have not but it is on my list.

Emmy Rossum in Dior. We like it. Rather fabulous dress.

Tracee Ellis Ross from 'Black-ish' in Randi Rahm and I love her.  You do know she is Diana Ross' daughter, right? Well, now you do if you did not.

Mayim Bialik in an Oliver Tolentino gown. Very renaissance and very lovely from the color to the style. There really are not enough long-sleeved gowns and she wears this one wonderfully well.  I know she does weird things with her children (home-schooling and/or breast-feeding large children) but we can't hold that against a lovely red carpet appearance.

what a lovely gown! Helen Mirren looks fabulous and not much else need be said.
photos courtesy of hollywoodreporter.com

January 17, 2016

the layered look and other androgenous things

Andrea Pompilio Fall 2016 Menswear
I don't quite understand why some designers mix in womens wear during the menswear shows (and vice versa) but they do. You'd think they have enough to do with the womens wear collections coming up in less than a month. Well, Miuccia Prada mixed in the most during her menswear collection yesterday. And lovely the coats were.  You can find more here

One thing I have noticed going through the 2016 menswear collections this afternoon: so many of the looks are looks we can copy/be inspired by too. Color combinations, lines, styles and layering: menswear is the place to look. I also noticed this: all the looks, well, many of the looks are perfect for us older gals. Seriously. Why? Because - for the most part - the clothes are styled looser and more flowing and the colors are muted, rich earth colors which I find more flattering anyway and frankly, classier for the older gal. Okay. I do abhor anything remotely connected to 'age-appropriate' styles and dressing for I do believe one should wear whatever the hell one likes. And anything I write here reflects my personal opinion and style (obviously). I never liked tight clothes, I never liked bright clothes (even my skinny jeans are stretchy) so looking to menswear makes sense, especially since the differences between menswear and womens wear is ever more fluid. I like that. Oh, and the bags at the Tod's show are to die for as bags remain of the utmost importance i.e. longevity. They never go out of style, you don't have to get undressed in inhuman lighting conditions and it doesn't matter if you have cake for breakfast. Check out the bags and more cool menswear my pinterest board: best of menswear (saves you going through all the designers. See? I am nice that way)

have a lovely week lovelies and spread the word since I shall be more diligent in posting worthy postables this year. One advantage over most other sites: no ads, nasty pop-ups, or calls to sign up for my newsletter. You are welcome.

January 13, 2016

what's new pussycat? We love Paris

Tony Curtis and Christina Kaufmann at a Paris cafe

A Parisian couple at a Paris cafe.

Ernest Hemmingway's 'A Moveable Feast' saw a spike in sales after the Paris attacks. The book describes the author's life in Paris during the 1920s. It celebrates the city of light and is a worthy read.

French comedian Louis de Funes. I have seen every one of his films and they are genius. He is one of France's treasures.

We stand with Paris for the French culture and lifestyle represents freedom. Freedom to love, to live, to dream. Freedom for all.

#weloveParis I was intending to post this in December. I am posting this now.