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Paris Spring 2013 Ready-to-Wear Runway Report

Louis Vuitton Spring 2013 RTW

Felipe Oliveira Baptista

Designers ushered in their love of contrast for the Spring 2013 Paris Ready-to-Wear collections.  Subtle tints were pitted against electric hues in a number of different runway shows to create lively color trends.  Louis Vuitton’s canary yellow contrasted subdued tans and slate grays.  Felipe Oliveira Baptisa sent out muted blues alongside blazing corals and military greens.  Stark blacks and crisp whites also dominated this season’s runway color story.

Guy Laroche

Stella McCartney

Conservative silhouettes were apparent in the boxy crewnecks of Guy Laroche, geometric layering of Stella McCartney and modest hem lengths of many others.  Not to fret though.  For those with an appetite for a dash of sex appeal in their fashion, sheer breezy fabrics were abundant and were often complemented by geometric cutouts in detailing.

L’Wren Scott

Julien David

Geometry was a big hit in patterning.  Not to worry though, our brilliant designers took care of the mind melting mathematics for us.  Easy plaids, checks, and stripes were prominent in this spring runway show.  Geometric prints in general were a big hit and added a retro-chic element to collections like Louis Vuitton, L’ Wren Scott and Julien David.

It’s really difficult for me to say anything bad about runway collections, as I adore new ideas and understanding the inspiration derivatives of other designers.  This runway was spectacular and really appealed to me because of all of the fantastic color presence.


Adventures in Fashion

After an extended hiatus to foster clarity, I am happy to report that I have returned with a laser focus on my passion…fashion.

September 6th, 2012 marks a decisive pivot on my path in life.  This date represents the beginning of my first semester at Academy of Art University as a Fashion Design major.  This school offers a truly revolutionary and rare experience as a fashion design student.

With a travel-packed work schedule the prospect of studying Fashion Design was looking pretty bleak.  Parsons, FIT, Pratt…and pretty much every other school that offers a degree in fashion requires that you be physically present to attend classes.  AAU offers nearly every one of their degrees both at their school in San Francisco and 100% online.

Not only does AAU facilitate e-learning in a ground-breaking manner, they have employed true industry leaders to head their faculty.  I am so intensely grateful and excited to have found this school.

In addition to seeking an education in fashion design I have been participating in fashion-related competitions in an effort to become further involved in the industry.

On Fashion’s Night out I was chosen as the top regional stylist in the mid-west and am now going on to compete nationally for a chance to go to NY’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week!

Project Style Winning Outfit

Something that I’ve learned over the last few months is that the best thing that can be done when you have a dream is get involved.  No project is too big or too small, all of them have something to teach.

I’m excited to embark on this journey and will continue to share what I learn!

Happy Birthday Valentino!

Seventy-nine years ago on this day, one of the most acclaimed fashion designers was born: Valentino Garavani.  He became known in the industry for his signature Valentino Rosso, crimson dresses and his success exploded from there.

Valentino moved to France at the tender age of 17 to pursue an education in fashion from the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne and man did it serve him well!

Valentino had the good fortune and talent to win an apprenticeship under the likes of Jacqueline de Ribes and Guy Laroche.  He assisted both designers in sketching their fashion concepts and quickly learned the skills necessary to grow a fashion empire.

Pitti Palace in Florence, Italy 1962 marked his international debut.  With a color saturated fashion market commanding the industry, he took a tremendous risk in creating a line devoid of color…and it paid off in spades.  Valentino won hearts and the coveted Neiman Marcus Fashion Award with the launch of his White Collection.  Jacqueline Kennedy was one of many celebrities in attendance that quickly took notice of the designer’s talent and became a devoted client to the iconic fashion house.

Valentino is known for his incredible elegance.  His talent for meticulous detailing and embroidery has carried him through decades of fashion evolution.  To call his clothing fashion would be an insulting misstep.  He is one of the few, one of the great that can call what he does style.  His wares transcend the world of fashion…they are timeless.

The excellence of Valentino’s fashion house does not end at just clothing.  Their shoes are equally stunning and noteworthy.

Valentino’s designs will be collected by enthusiasts for centuries to come.  It goes without saying that if you are an aspiring designer, this man is a legendary talent who should not be overlooked as inspiration on your pursuit of greatness.

Summer blues.

The epitome of grassroots, all-American style is…denim.  I don’t know a person who doesn’t have a pair of jeans hanging in their closet that have been worn so thin that they now have to ration out when they can wear them again for fear that it will be the last time.

The great thing about denim is it comes in myriad styles, colors, cuts and price points. I personally am an addict.  I love designer denim, but own denim clothing from stores like Abercrombie & Fitch, and Target as well.  First created by Levi Strauss in 1853, its comfort and versatility could not be ignored.  It won the hearts of Americans and has spread like wildfire from country to country since.

Denim shows up on the runways regularly, this season is no exception.  Be on the look out for some of these denim trends in 2011:

Denim Trouser by Akris

The denim trouser is at the top of the heap as far as style trends go in my book.  When searching for the perfect fit, you should look for a pant that fits loosely through the leg, but is form-fitting in the tush.  If you can, look for a mid-rise cut to help elongate the leg.  The beauty of this particular pant is that it can be easily dressed up or down by swapping a casual top for a dressier blazer and a couple of simple accessory choices.  This makes a day-to-night transformation super simple if you’re in a rush!

Crop-Cut by Rich & Skinny

This cut is especially flattering on tall, leggy frames.  However, with a couple tweaks they can be worn by anyone.  If you have a shorter build, simply roll them up a couple times to showcase those lovely ankles!  This style is stellar for showing off your phenomenal shoe collection.  They’re one of my favorite pieces of casual wear that I own!

Denim Shirt and Pant by Lucky Brand

I lucked out and captured 2 trends in a single photo for you.  First, denim tops are back for another round.  Everything from long-sleeve and short-sleeve to baggy or fitted styles are in!  And to make things even better, pair different washes and colors together to make your denim look even more eye-catching!

Denim Short by Elie Tahari

Whether you opt for a casual cut-off or it’s dressier cuffed counterpart, you’ll be on target with the latest fashion trends to stay cool and look hot during summer’s sweltering heat.

Peek around.  There are wonderful options for both the designer style connoisseur and the determined bargain hunter alike.  Don’t miss out on this wonderfully chic and comfortable trend!

Local Designer: Mondo Guerra

As an aspiring designer, I have a special place in my heart for locals who have braved the scrutiny that sometimes comes with sharing your dream of making fashion your life.  I am fortunate to have an exceptionally loving and supportive network of friends and family….but some are not as lucky as I.

I stumbled upon the show Project Runway a bit later than most.  The first season that I watched was Season 7, which made me like it enough to want to see more.  The second season that I watched was Season 8, which made me love it so much that I was motivated to focus on what I am really passionate about doing in life, fashion design.

There was one designer on the show that truly stood out among the rest for me, Mondo Guerra.  His raw talent and technical skills should have won him the show, and that is known by anyone who has ever seen it

He is inspiring in innumerable ways. His passion for design shows through in every piece of clothing he creates, he has found a way to put a positive spin on fighting disease through his AIDs awareness Pozitivity Project and he has excelled at them both because of his unrelenting dedication and talent.  He has the courage to stand out and stand up for what he believes.  I applaud his bravery.

He won my heart as a designer with one design in particular:

Uh…I LOVE this outfit.  It was a tribute to the beloved Jackie O.  It is so classy and still maintains tremendous personality.  He could not have been more on target.  His ability to construct clothing is also out of this world.  And the fact that he chose my absolute favorite pattern of all time, Houndstooth, was just icing on the cake!

If you are unfamiliar with this designer, I strongly encourage you to visit his site and learn a little bit about him:


His work deserves the attention it is getting…and more!

Lash Extase.

If you’re anything like I am then your make-up bag is littered with half-used tubes of mascara.  Some you use with one another, others not at all.  Fallen soldiers in the pursuit to find the best volumizing, lash lengthening miracle worker out there.  It’s a challenge to find the perfect one!

One thing that I’ve noticed is the style of brush used is key.  Some of the mascaras you buy have very widely spaced bristles.  I’ve found that this causes the application to become too heavy.  You wind up looking like you’ve gobbed on the mascara and your lashes end up clumped together.  Some have too many bristles.  In this instance you either end up with a very thin coat (it’s almost as though you have none on at all) or you have raccoon eyes from applying it so aggressively in an attempt to get more on your lashes.

I have blonde hair and in turn, blonde lashes.  So, a good mascara application is important so that I don’t look washed out.  I used to be a VERY loyal user of Cargo’s SupersEyes.  However, they made a fatal mistake…they changed their brush!  They switched to a brush with bristles that were too widely spaced.  Dear Cargo, if you’re wondering why sales fell off on this product it is because you tried to fix something that was not broken.

After months of agony and countless mascara purchases I have finally found a superb replacement to my Cargo companion.

Christian Dior has released a little beauty gem called Diorshow Extase.  No longer shall I mourn the loss of my old mascara.  This stuff is fantastic!  Not only does it have the appropriate bristle spacing, they went one step further and varied the length of the bristles.  Now your very short, newer lashes AND long, older lashes get an even coat of Dior’s well formulated black magic.  I dare say it’s the equivalent of false eyelashes in a tube!

If you are in search of a great mascara, give this one a whirl.  They have my ringing endorsement!

Scope out the swimwear!

All of the hard work you’ve put into fine-tuning your bikini body is about to pay off.  Take a look at some of the summer’s sexiest swimwear!

Jazz: Vix

Paulina: Charlie by Matthew Zink

Missmojave Stardust Fringe: L *Space by Monica Wise

Soldier Girl: Zeugari

Feline Monokini: Paradizia

Postal Triangle: Paradizia

Swanky Monokini: L*Space

There are oodles of incredible options for the warm weather days ahead.  Visit the sites that I have included links to under each swimsuit option if you want to see what else these fantastic designers and retailers have to offer.

Swimwear World has decided to show us a little love by offering 10% off on every order over $100, exclusively for Muse Style readers.  Simply enter the code: MUSESTYLE before you provide your payment information and the discount will be applied to your shopping cart!

Happy shopping!