Runway: Raf Simons for Dior, Spring Couture 2013

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Couture shows so often live in a world of fantasy–a world that we love to immerse ourselves in, but can sometimes be hard to draw true inspiration from.  But we are absolutely loving Raf Simon’s Spring Couture show for Dior.  In the man’s own words: “I wanted it to literally be about the season; to be about the very idea of spring.”

The collection embraced the concept of spring both literally and figuratively.  What is more spring than floral?  Simons brought forth designs of exuberant flowers — whether in their natural state popping out as 3D embellishments, patterned into the fabric itself, or bursting from the very form and silhouette of his creations.

This lovely tea length gown reminded us of a modernization of Julia Roberts’ famous Valentino from the ’01 Oscars.  We love the  youthful cut,  lighter fabric and color, and the whimsical stem-like pattern.

Floral bustier?  Yes please!  We love the combinations of soft and hard in this look that tows the line between girlie and sexy.

The 3D applique of petals makes this model look like a walking flower.  A more daring gal may even try the top solo to show off her own stems.

This gown is formal without being stuffy.  The miniature flowers on the cutout keeps it sultry instead of slutty.

One of our favorite looks from the collection, #37, turns up the notch on every lady’s closet staple – the LBD.  The colors are really season agnostic, with tights this would be New Year’s appropriate with the sparkle bringing flirty fun to the look.  Bare legs and the look is still appropriate for warmer weather.  A look that transcends seasons?  We love it!

If only we had a reason or place to wear this beautiful ball gown!  We love the way Simons took the concept of the flower and applied it in more than one interpretation for this look. The silhouette reads like a beautiful flower, and the floral detail on the T-like sleeves makes the ball gown look comfy and elegant at the same time.

Just beautiful! The shape mirrors the petal pattern on this beautiful ball gown.  We love the way that the fabric seems to jump out as multidimensional.

Another look where Simons proves once again Couture doesn’t have to be stuffy.  This lovely trumpet shaped gown looks effortlessly chic, while still maintaining a friendly approachability.

What did you think of the collection?  Let us know!-L

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Red Carpet Fashion at Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2 Premiere

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So, apparently we are just supposed to forget the fact that Kristen Stewart cheated on her super star boyfriend Robert Pattinson with a married with children director like, five minutes ago.  But in the world of Twilight’s overwhelming power I suppose the show must go on!

And so it did, as the stars of the franchise gathered to premiere the film in Los Angeles.  Take a look at their red carpet fashion below.

Kristen Stewart in Zuhair Murad.

Robert Pattinson in a green houndstooth suit he designed with Gucci.

Dakota Fanning (with brand new brown hair) in Elie Saab.

Elie Fanning in Prada.  We’d point out her ridiculous footwear, but we don’t think you could miss it.

Nikki Reed looked amazing in a Versace strapless and Judith Leiber clutch.

Ashley Greene wears Donna Karan, and we wish it would have been tailored a little better for her, it’s slightly overwhelming.

Saoirse Ronan in Simone Rocha.

Molly Sims.  Rawr.

Kiernan Shipka does her best skinny arm.

Kellan Lutz and Sharni Vinson.

Julianne Hough.

Taylor Lautner.

What do you think of the looks?  Any favorites?

-L

Jennifer Aniston’s Engagment Ring From Justin Theroux

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Close-up of Jennifer Aniston's engagement ring

There has been lots of speculation about Jennifer Aniston’s engagement ring.  But we can confirm this is the REAL deal.

Experts speculate that the ring is approximately 10 carats, and Justin probably paid a cool million for the bauble.

How does it stack up to Brad Pitt’s ring to her, and his ring to Angelina Jolie?  Check out our comparison here

What To Get Your Girlfriend For Her Birthday: A Guide Based On Amounts of Family Introductions, Sweat Pants Wearing, and Make Up Free Interactions

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So it’s your girlfriend’s birthday, and if you’re like most men you could use a little bit of help deciding on the appropriate gift.  We’ve created a fun little guide for you based on the status of your relationship.

We Just Started Dating, But If I Don’t Get Her Something I’ll Look Like A Dick

So you and your gal are still getting to know each other, maybe it’s not even Facebook official yet.  But, you’ve slept over, you’ve paid for meals, you’ve invested in this relationship and you can’t drop the ball on this one.  What should you get?  We suggest: something small but personalized.  Has she mentioned how much she loves the smell of lavender?  How much she loves Thai food and wants to learn how to cook some pad thai?  Get her gifts that show you’ve been listening to what she’s been saying.

Thai Street Food
(Keep in mind that it would be great when purchasing a book as a gift, if it could potentially double as a coffee table gift, that’s why I usually try and purchase hardcover if possible)

We’ve Been Dating A While, But We Aren’t That Serious Yet (I Haven’t Met Her Parents)

You spend most weekends together, you know what side of the bed she likes to sleep on, you’ve probably seen her in sweatpants at this point.  But you’ve not quite crossed over in terms of seriousness?  What’s the best gift to give?
At this point, you know a lot more about your girlfriend, but maybe you aren’t comfortable with jewelry just yet.  Do you know her favorite designer?  A perfume she tried and loved but hasn’t purchased for herself?  These smaller gifts aren’t quite huge purchases, but are still great tokens.

Tory Burch Wristlet, $155 @ Bloomingdales

TOM FORD - BLACK ORCHID
This is Serious, Parents Have Been Met, She Takes Off Her Makeup Before Going to Bed
So, you guys are obviously in a committed relationship… It’s time for jewelry! But maybe you aren’t ready to take the plunge for diamonds just yet.  Gemstones and pearls are a great way to give jewelry that doesn’t belong on that finger.  Try her birthstone, or a colored gem that she’s mentioned she likes (sapphire, for example).  Pearls are a classic that any lady should have in her jewelry box.

Majorica Pearl Earrings, $160 at Saks

We Live Together, Or Close To It

So you two are shacking up, or your spending multiple nights a week at each others’ places.  You talk about *~the future~* and stuff.  Now is the time to start thinking a little more creatively.  Hopefully at this point you know your girlfriend well enough.  Would love a weekend getaway to the country?  Would she love a weekend getaway to the city?  Book a night away in a place you’ve never been to, or you’ve been to and loved.  This doesn’t have to be a plane ride away, hop in the car, or grab a zip car and go!  See if her favorite band/artist is coming to town and get a pair of tickets.


Beacon Hotel in Miami, Available on Groupon Getaways, varying price. 

The Script Tickets

The Script Tickets, varying prices, @ Ticketmaster

Happy gifting!

-L

P.S. Have a great gift idea?  Share with us below!

Rihanna Covers Vogue, Tells Piers Morgan to Grow A Dick

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So, Rihanna is covering Vogue this month.

She answered the ever asked questions about her and Chris Brown,  to which she explained:

“To the world, I feel like there’s no closure.  There’s some obsession that’s continued even throughout when we weren’t friends or couldn’t be friends at all. Hated each other. The world hasn’t let go. They haven’t seen any progress in our friendship, because they don’t see anything, really, besides the song. So now it’s a bit of a fascination, I guess.  I don’t know if people will stop soon, but I feel like as soon as they have closure to it, they will. But they’re not on the inside. They can’t see what I see, unless they’re sitting in my point of view. I guess I’ll learn to accept that.”

The best part of the interview however, was when it was explained that Piers Morgan had the guts to tweet about her (and her new pixie cut) that she “grow her hair back. Fast.” Rihanna’s response? “Grow a dick . . . FAST”

That’s one badass chick.

Fall Trends From the Runway

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Fall is around the corner, which has us turning to Fall 2012 RTW Collections for inspiration.  There’s really no clearer time to see that fashion is truly art.  Unfortunately, a girl can’t always wear art.  So we’ve picked some of our favorite looks from the runway that we would actually wear, and think you would too!

Cushnie Et Ochs – Sexy Cut Outs

Cushnie Et Och’s collection was largely monochromatic (nudes, greys, and blacks) with a pop of blue and turquoise.  The focus was more on the form of the clothes rather than their color.  Style.com described that it seemed that the designer “pair had traded scissors for scalpels this time around.”  And we like it!  More demure structures like the two dresses above would work as a day-to-night ensemble whereas the more bold two below would be great for a night out.

Dianne von Furstenberg – Pops of Color


DVF is a gal who loves her prints.  In her Fall 2012 RTW collection though she presented us with something a little less in your face, and much more accessible: little pops of red!  A red belt, or a cherry red top under a blazer are perfect anecdote for cold weather blues.  So as the crisp temperatures tempt you to turn to your all black ensembles, spice it up with a little bit of color a la Ms. Fursternberg.

Marc Jacobs – Chunky Scarves

Marc Jacobs’ runway show had a lot of over the top elements, most of which we’d probably never have the guts to wear.  One trend that we found immediately wearable and useful – oversized chunky scarves of vary colors and patterns.  If it’s cold enough to wear a scarf out, why not make a statement?

Prabal Gurung – Girl on Fire Gold

Jennifer Lawrence rocked the Prabal Gurung finale dress on her promo tour for Hunger Games earlier this year in LA.  His Fall RTW collection featured more of that shimmery gold that looked so awesome!  While most of us may not have the occasion to wear head-to-toe metallics, a short gold dress is definitely wearable on a Saturday night. And a little bit of shimmer peeking out from a luxurious coat?  Subdued enough to be day friendly.

Ralph Lauren – Downtown Abbey’s Winter Wardrobe

Traditional tartans and winter prints mixed with argyle and houndstooth at Ralph Lauren’s Fall RTW show.  Can’t you totally see Lady Mary layering up like this on a hunting trip?  Take a cue from RL and let all that Downtown Abbey watching to good use — mix and match heavy fabrics for a fun, yet warm, fall or winter look.

What do you think of our favorite trends?  Will you be rocking them when the weather gets cold?  Any ones we missed?

-L