December 30, 2010

best dressed of 2010

I had a lot of fun this year with my first and only blog. I plan to continue on into 2011 and beyond. One of my favorite things was finding recent pictures of my favorite style icons and display the best (in my opinion). I have so many I loved, but managed to narrow it down to the most memorable. These are combinations of off-duty looks as well as couture and party outfits. I copied most of them over and over (within reason -- I'm in college and on a strict budget).

Leigh Lezark

She always looks good. Can we all agree on that? She wears a lot of black, so the bright red feather dress was a big surprise for everyone. Not just anyone could pull this off, but Leigh and her piercing stare make it look ever-so cool. By the way, anyone else think Leigh looks strangely like Trinity from The Matrix? Maybe that's why I love her. 

Alexa Chung

My go-to girl. If I'm ever stumped on what to wear, I'll check out what she's wearing for inspiration. I love Alexa because she never looks like she's trying too hard. She's a girl who knows what looks good and sticks to her guns: oxfords, boyfriend sweaters, shorts with tights, mini's all classic Alexa.

Julia Restoin-Roitfeld

Whoever said "the French do it better" definitely had Julia in mind. Not only does she gravitate to my preferred wardrobe color of choice (black), she takes risks. She represents exactly what modern fashion should be: stylish, classy, but edgy. As the daughter of former French Vogue editor (Carine Roitfeld) it's no wonder that great and daring style is in her blood.  

Kate Moss

This is a no-brainer. Kate is on everyone's best dressed list; I apologize for not being original. She is the ultimate rule-breaker and trend-setter. But what's truly wonderful about Kate is when she's photographed walking around London, she's usually just wearing a t-shirt, jeans, a leather jacket, and her Ray-Bans. Yes, ladies, it IS that simple. Don't over-think it! Sometimes an oversized sweater, leggings, and some great flats can look just as amazing as a fur vest and Louboutin stilettos. 

Jessica Stam

My favorite supermodel! Jessica has an ethereal beauty that can make anything look good. She can pull off ball gowns and couture, but Jess's personal style is quite grungy. She's often seen wearing band t-shirts and jeans with leather jackets and ballet flats. I love how laid-back yet glamorous she is.  

Clémence Poésy

Remember what I said about the French? Well, Clémence is no exception. In fact, she's the rule. I've adored everything about her since seeing her in In Bruges. She has a total effortless look with the tousled hair and no-frills dressing both in her downtime and when attending Paris Fashion Week. J'adore

Olivia Palermo

Overall, Olivia is a little too perfect and preppy for my liking. But this year, she's being a little more daring. Still, I'd like to mess up her hair and tell her not to brush it and smudge her eyeliner around. I love when she mixes prints and dresses more "downtown" than uptown. 

Daisy Lowe

The ultimate cool Brit It-girl. Daisy can look tough and badass in all-black and leather one minue, and positively sweet in a floral dress the next. She has her own unique style, but never looks the same. Personal favorite: the Miu Miu dress and sweater (second to last picture). 

Nicole Richie 

A few years ago, I would've said no way. But lately, Nicole is looking a lot more sophisticated and showing her personal style. I love the hints of boho, a style that I've never particularly liked, but when mixed with an Alexander McQueen scarf and Chanel bag, I'm into it. Motherhood has done great things for her. She just seems kinder and more comfortable in her own skin. 

Lou Doillon

She's not exactly a household name yet, but her mother (Jane Birkin) certainly is. At least in my household. The French model/actress has consistently blown me away this year. Her laid-back look and striking features have made her the new darling on all of the style blogs. She loves her Chanel, too, which is always a plus. 

Rachel Bilson

She's cute running errands. She's cute going to fashion shows and parties. Rachel has officially ousted Mischa Barton as most fashionable O.C. alum. She pays attention to trends but never incorporates too many into one look, which is so important. 

Sienna Miller

Sienna is another favorite best-dressed vet and for good reason. Years ago, her trademark was a modern boho look. Now days, she's being a little more adventurous and trying new looks. And you don't have to buy only from her Twenty8Twelve line to look like Sienna. Anything that looks like cool London street style will do the trick. 

Honorable Mention: Whitney Port

Whenever I write something good in my papers at school, my professors circle it and say, "More like this!" Whitney, I'm going to circle this outfit and write "More like this!" really large in red pen. 

See you next year!
Jessi Lou

December 25, 2010

so this is christmas...

For those of you who celebrate it, Happy Christmas!!

1.) American Vogue holiday editorial   2.) Winona Ryder in Edward Scissorhands  3.) Jessica Stam in Italian Vogue    4.) Holiday display at Chanel boutique  5.) Holiday display at Louis Vuitton, 5th Avenue  6.) The Nightmare Before Christmas   7.) Russian Vogue editorial   8-10.) Caroline Trentini in Vogue UK Snow Queen editorial   11.) Kill Bill, Volume 1

December 22, 2010

best dressed: december

Favorite: Nicole Richie single-handedly has everything I want in this photo: a giant red Chanel 2.55 (check), Louboutin boots (check!), and an Alexander McQueen skull scarf (ugh, check). Her kids are so lucky. Trust me, it's awesome to have a super stylish mum. 

Jessica Stam -- no wonder; I'm a sucker for leopard and for Stam!

Stam without the coat. Badass.

Fearne Cotton 

Sofia Coppola

Bar Refaeli -- obsessed with her Louis Vuitton scarf.  

Dita von Teese

Camilla Belle 

Krysten Ritter

Nicky Hilton -- Stephen Sprouse Louis Vuitton scarf double-take! Extra points for wearing it to Taco Bell. 

Jessi Lou

December 15, 2010

chanel pre-fall 2011

This is what I'm taking about, Chanel. This collection was, in a word, spellbinding. There was something ultra Alexander McQueen-ish meets ancient Shanghai, but still kept to its Chanel roots with classic tweeds. I died over the jacquard golds and champagnes with punches of wine and red. It was gorgeous to say the least.

A collection fit for royalty, but at the same time, the pieces seemed wearable to me. The problem I've had with most of Karl's past designs is that they could rarely be pulled off with the exception of on the runway. How would someone in the real world wear this if they dared? Or, let's say, a college student who wanted to thrift around for a gold brocade top? The styling in this collection not only gives aspiration, but an actual piece that you could really wear it with. Okay, a beautiful gold skirt (or top, dress, what have you)...charcoal gray tights! Or something red or purple! Perfect. 

December 12, 2010

"that's quacktastic"

There's something about duck boots that charm the crap out of me. They're impossibly preppy and some are just so ugly they're damn near adorable, but I am intrigued. I first fell in love with them at the beginning of fall when Tommy Hilfiger put them in his collection. I fell in love yet again when I saw these at an LL Bean store in Maine. They were not quite as stylish and without a heel, but rugged and cute nonetheless. Kicking myself, still, for not buying them!

Tommy Hilfiger puts a cute twist on duck boots.

(Duck) boots with the fur... Joan of Arctic Boot

Classic Bass boot. Can't go wrong.

Another Sorel beauty.

Wallet-friendly courtesy of Target!

The words "sassy" and "duck" aren't together enough in the same sentence, as far as I'm concerned. I mean, these babies just need some black tights, a chunky sweater, statement necklace, and voila! Pick your poison to make these unconventionally stylish.

Oh, Chanel Iman, you read my mind. (Tommy Hilfiger Fall 2010)

Preppy meets edgy with liquid leggings. Nice one, Olivia Palermo!

I don't know who she is, but she looks super cute! 

December 6, 2010

national velvet

Everyone is infatuated with all things velveteen. It's a beautifully delicate texture that begs to be felt. The mere thought of the word invokes images of cuddly stuffed rabbits (saddest book EVER!), creepy '70s dolls with perfect hair, and the smooth sounds of Lou Reed and Nico. Now, with winter and holidays just around the corner, we think of shorts, dresses, skirts, and leggings. The velour trend is in full-swing, and it's the perfect fancy touch to any holiday outfit or just an extra special addition to a pair of denim or a tee.

Velour-wearer beware: Don't be weirded out when people want to touch your new silky soft blazer.

Nicole Richie in gorgeous blue velvet shorts. 

Alexa Chung wears her own design of velvet shorts for Madewell. 

Althuzarra Fall 2010

Marc Jacobs Fall 2009 (last year, yes, but still relevant...and Jessica Stam!)

Rachel Bilson in a velvet blazer

Velvet Dynasty Top

Jessi Lou