Fashion Week: Milan

For Spring 2010, the Italians are showing us some love. The collections were romantic and demure – ruffles and tulle replace the tight-fitting styles we saw last February. Milan focused on the basics with recurring palettes consisting of beige, black, grey and white. Another constant on the runway were the short hemlines – short dresses, short skirts and short shorts were spotted on nearly every runway. Check out my top three picks from Italy before we head to the City of Lights for the last stop on the Fashion Week circuit.

Bottega Veneta

Thomas Maier presented a wearable collection with pieces made of cotton and canvas in muted shades of beiges and whites. Each piece was distinct and could hold its own, yet the collection was impeccably tied together and cohesive. The looks that went down the runway struck me as the perfect travel attire – chic and wearable, not to mention the oversize bags that would be perfect carry-ons. Maier surprised the audience by closing the show with three extraordinary (and red-carpet-worthy) violet and vivid red evening gowns.

Jil Sander

It was back to the basics for Raf Simons, the lead designer of Jil Sander. While the color palette was simple – black, beige and white – the pieces themselves were eye-catching with interesting and unexpected details including dresses that had scissor-cut patches hanging from them and wool sheaths with a sheer knit top-half. Simons’ superb engineering and tailoring made this collection one to remember.


Fendi

Let me state the obvious here: Karl Lagerfeld is a genius. For Spring 2010, Lagerfeld is bringing out Fendi’s romantic side (a side, I might mention, we have not seen in quite some time). The collection featured silk and tulle dresses in pastel hues – take note of the soft pleats and masterful drapery on these – thigh-grazing skirts and lovely cropped jackets. But Lagerfeld didn’t just stop at clothes, he finished off the looks with a dazzling assortment of accessories – transparent clutches made of Perspex, and sky-high, ribbon-tie heels complete with a lucite platform.

Fashion Week: London

This year marks the 25th anniversary of London Fashion Week – and there is no better way to celebrate a quarter of a century of fabulous fashion than with, well, more fabulous fashion. Check out my favorite collections from across the pond below. Next stop: Milan.

All photos via Style.com

Burberry
Only one word is necessary to sum up this collection: the
trench (okay, that’s two). Christopher Bailey brought back the line’s most iconic piece in a big way. Taking a military-inspired approach, Bailey sent shorter trenches in a variety of styles – one with ruffled sleeves, for example – all wrapped with canvas belts down the runway. (Note: a trench coat is a must-have for every girl’s closet.) The camel-colored coat is no longer just a piece of Burberry’s history, it’s a piece of its present and future.




Erdem
Style.com said is perfectly: “Looking at almost any piece is Erdem Moralioglu’s Spring/Summer Collection is to be drawn into a world of surreally intense color and decoration.” Erdem’s “world” was dominated by florals, namely pansies (what says Spring better than flowers, right?), and lace – lots and lots of it in all the right places.


Twenty8Twelve
The Miller duo wowed the London audience with a collection that showed more skin than material. Known as a line with some “edge”, this collection featured many a short-short and micro-mini – not to mention, the bandeau tops. My personal favorite: the distresses denim vests. The models were accessorized with beaded necklaces with a large cross dangling from the ends (Madonna, anyone?) and printed, silk ties were wrapped around their heads.


Pringle of Scotland
For Spring 2010 Pringle stuck with what it does best: knits. Working with a palette of only three colors (white, gray and lemon-lime), Keller sent her models down the catwalk in slinky, gauge dresses, irresistible cable-knit cardigans (you will literally want to take one of these off the runway and wrap yourself in it) and several tiered skirts. I can’t forget to mention the luxe gray boyfriend blazer (yes, this look is here to stay) paired with blush-pink short shorts and white tank. When it comes to Pringle, less really is more.

Street Style: NYC Fashion Week

Here are some of my favorites from NYC Fashion Week:
All images below via The Sartorialist
Vogue Contributing Editor, Lauren Santo Domingo – always chic! I adore the navy color of that Proenza bag.

I love this men’s blazer with a mini. And those booties!
The Sartorialist captured a true Fashion Week moment with this one (LOVE those sunglasses)

Way to rock the neutrals. Giovanna Battaglia (Contributing Editor for L’Uomo Vogue) is always a favorite one to watch – just look at that tiered skirt!

Animal Instincts

For those of us not ready to tame our wild sides for the coming fall, here’s your answer: Leopard print. It’s everywhere this season– so why fight it? Luella & June’s leopard picks are in and ready to hit the town.

Tory Burch leopard gloves at Neiman Marcus

Blumarine white leopard dress at Neiman Marcus

Zappos Couture Leopard Cuff

Betsey Johnson’s Leopard Stud Earrings

The classics- Reva Flat by Tory Burch

Fashion Week: New York

The wait is over: Fashion Week arrived in New York City last week with a hoard of fabulous new collections from all of your favorite designers. Spring 2010 is off to an exciting start: the designers thus far have shown us fresh ideas filled with exciting textures (sweatpants at Rag & Bone, anyone?), colors and surprises (a SunKist-orange dress right smack-dab in the middle of Yigal Azrouel’s mostly monotone show). After spending hours scanning through the collections on Style.com, I have settled on the following as my favorites:
1. Jason Wu
Admit it: a lot of you didn’t pay any attention to this guy until you saw his talent on display on our very own First Lady, Michelle Obama. Ever since Inauguration Night, Jason Wu has been the designer to watch – and judging from his Spring 2010 collection, he’s one we should continue to keep our eye on. He gave us a divine assortment of shapes in all sorts of fabrics – from silk and chiffon to plush feathers.
2. Lela Rose
Remember how much fun it was to play dress up with your Barbies? Dressing Barbie in the perfect pink ensemble to meet Ken for the date? Well, imagine this feeling (and add 20 years) and this is what you get when you wear Lela’s clothes. Always one of my favorite designers, Lela Rose wowed us with a Spring collection consisting of feminine pieces with a playful undertones – lots and lots of color. This little lady knows her stuff.

3. Karen Walker
I did not discover this designer until last summer – and I quickly realized what I had been missing out on. The New Zealand-born designer, who is known for her effortless, original style, presented a collection that makes you want to pack your bag and head to the beach. Think: sailor stripes (yes, this is a trend that will stick around for another season), paisley prints, mustard yellows and finished off with adorable ruffles. Check out my favorite looks below (and start packing you bag now).

3. DVF
DVF’s looks are all about a well-traveled girl who has been (and is going) on a lot of adventures. As usual, DVF presented a collection with lots and lots of dresses but there were other looks too – a few belted jackets here and there and some fab cropped pants. All of the models were clad in accessories – stacks of multicolored bangles on each wrist (note: this is an accessories trend I forsee will be coming back in a big way next spring).
4. Thakoon
Thakoon is master of the print – and this collection simply confirmed this. He showed us looks that, although seemed a bit familiar (the dresses in particular), highlighted some of his new ideas too: color mixing and a very interesting contrast between loose- and tight-fitting in one silhouette. Be sure to check out the entire collection (and his cameo in The September Issue).

Happy (Long) Weekend!


Is it really September already? The days will slowly become shorter and cooler weather should be on its way fairly soon. But not this weekend. This weekend there is still a hint of summer to be enjoyed. I would love to be laying on the beach right now like this girl. I am going to go soak up the last few moments summer has to offer – besides I am not quite ready to bring out my scarves and wellies just yet.

Have a fabulous long weekend!

The September Issue

“The September Issue,” R.J. Cutler’s documentary, just hit New York theaters yesterday. The film covers the making of Vogue’s largest issue ever produced- the 2007 September issue featuring Sienna Miller on its cover.

If Anna Wintour is the devil that sits on fashion’s padded shoulders dictating who’s in, who’s out and what we’ll see walking down the runways, then Grace Cottington is the angel forging fantasies of couture and shining a soft light on designer’s masterpieces. The film covers the love/hate relationship, geniuses and nuances of Vogue’s editor Wintour and creative director Cottington. Add a splash of Andre (the Vuitton toting, kimono wearing Andre), a sprig of a wig clad Sienna, shots of Lagerfeld, Thakoon, Testino and more of fashion’s power players and you have the delicious concoction that is the September Issue.

The September Issue releases September 11th in Los Angeles and select cities. Don’t forget to check out Vogue’s current September issue featuring Charlize Theron!

-Deanna

Forget Tiffany, It’s Breakfast at Harry Winston

Hellllo Harry!

New York’s most famous jeweler was an extremely private man (this is actually the only picture of him ever released) with an insatiable passion for jewelry. As a young man he began his business by buying jewelry collections from the wealthiest women in the country. During his lifetime he coveted most of history’s noteworthy diamonds, including the “cursed” Hope Diamond, which he famously donated to the Smithsonian via USPS.
Today the “Kind of Diamonds” lives on through timeless designs and impeccable stones and here are a few of our favorites. Enjoy.



Ron Winston, Son of Harry Winston

Welcome to September

The first day of the month is a fresh start. Don’t you love the feeling of turning to a new calendar page? You can forget about the mistakes you made last month and look forward to a new month full of surprises (and maybe some new mistakes). Yes, the first day of the month is a new beginning and we’re all about new beginnings here at Luella and June. We have been working to revamp the site so be on the lookout for some changes. We can’t wait for you to see our updated look!

In the spirit of firsts, this post is the first of a series I will be doing here on Luella and June. On the first day of each month I will feature a list of things you should be looking forward that month. Parties, people, premieres… all the happenings! I am excited to make the debut of these posts today because September just happens to be one of my very favorite months (see why below). So, flip over the page of that calendar – you never know what the next 30 days might hold. Happy 1st!

1. Fashion Week(s)


FIRST things first…fashion week. What more can I say? I have been waiting for September to arrive since, well, since the previous Fashion Week ended last February. Fashion Week kicks off in New York City on September 10th (9 days and counting…) and then heads to Paris, Milan, and London. So, get ready to log on to Style.com and start making your LookBooks for Spring 2010. I can hardly wait.



2. Cooler weather… and everything that comes with it
When the temperature starts to drop that means you can start to pull out your scarves, sweaters, and, best of all, your tights.

3. The opening of Henri Bendel in Dallas, Texas

After gracing the corner of 5th Avenue since 1895, my favorite brown-and-white striped King is finally opening his doors to shoppers in Dallas. The accessories boutique is filled like a candy store (eye candy, that is) with delicious watches, rings, scarves, and more. Doors open: September 25th at North Park Center.

4. The Return of Old Friends

September brings Dr. Meredith Grey, Blair Waldorf and all of your other favorite TV characters back to your living room. Haven’t you missed them? Go ahead and set your DVRs, the first of the fall TV roundup begins next Tuesday with everyone’s favorite zip code, 90210 (8:00 CST, CW network).

5. The September Issue

I am excited about both of them: the actual September issue of Vogue and the new film about it. The documentary by RJ Cutler chronicles the creation of the September issue of the magazine.
This issue usually weighs around 5 pounds (that’s the equivalent of toting around a newborn baby) and is filled with the best-of-the-best of fall fashion. The film depicts the relationship between Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour, and Grace Coddington (the red head, you can’t miss her), Vogue’s longtime Creative Director. Go see the “Devil” herself in action when it hits theaters on September 11th.
Check out the trailer here: http://http//www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9-bAwz9uWk