March 3, 2015

Spring-spiration 2015: Erdem

If in my fantasy life as an extremely talented designer I ever created a collection, it would be the SS15 collection from Erdem. At this very moment, I am sitting in a cafe wearing menswear brogues and various shades of teal and blue. Also I love all things feathered, leafed, caged, and ornate. The color palette, the amazing textures, the natural themes: Erdem's spring collection captures almost everything about my aesthetic. I want to wallpaper my house in these garments. I want to make that first sheer floral dress my nightly nightgown, that feathered coat my living room rug (and, as it were, my winter coat), that stained-glass frock my windows, and that skirt the garden outside my kitchen. Put simply, Erdem is life.

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March 2, 2015

Spring-spiration 2015: Garden Party

March, you are toying with my heart, and only two days in.

There's still snow on the ground, and although we're supposed to have one warm day this week, the weatherman is calling for snow again the following day. Generally I'm a fan of seasons and I like to let them do their thing, run their course--I sort of get annoyed when people complain about weather because the weather in Richmond is really seasonal and it just seems to me that winter should be cold and summer should be hot, so what's the big deal? But this year, I am over winter weather like I'm over boot-cut jeans: gross. (My apologies if you're wearing boot-cut jeans.) I am so ready for spring!! I don't even care if it rains; I'm craving warm rainy days that make flowers grow and bring the mineral smell out of the earth. I want to walk to the park and read on a blanket under a tree. I want to sit in someone's garden and feel romantic and wistful.

I can't look at spring florals without that iconic (sarcastic) line from The Devil Wears Prada ringing in my head: "Florals for spring? Groundbreaking." Of course florals for spring aren't innovative ground-breakers, but after looking at brown dirt yards and sooty piles of slush and snow for the last two months, my eyes and closet yearn for brightly colored petals. There's a reason designers do florals year after year--those first early blooms are life-affirming after the dreary winter, both in nature and my closet. And really, some florals are groundbreaking, like March daffodils that poke their tiny green sprouts through the soil and signal better weather is on the way.

Some favorites from the spring lines:

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Alice + Olivia.

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Alice + Olivia.

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Alice + Olivia.

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Luisa Beccaria.

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Duro Olowu.

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Barbara Tfank.

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Antonio Berardi.

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Alexander McQueen.

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