Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Spring 2015 Fashion Week Wrap Up: New York and London

It's that time again! Fashion month began just a few days into September and it's already flying by! With both New York and London under our belt, we thought it would only be appropriate to pop in with a little wrap up including our favorites from each Fashion Capital.

Bri's Picks
New York
Of course, Prabal Gurung steals my heart every New York Fashion Week. This is a man you can rely on to put out a truly innovative collection. Prabal is somewhat of a newbie in this biz, and it seems as though he is really starting to find his groove. This season, he continued the same storyline as his previous collection as his woman continues her trek up the Himalaya mountains.

The pastel palate is always a good choice for a spring collection, and Prabal made it his own by incorporating amazing textures like ruffles, feathers, and exquisite bead work. Not to mention his new shoe collection that is to-die-for. What I enjoyed most was that the show itself was a journey. He began with flowing accents that transitioned into chunky spring knits that evolved into detailed dresses and sophisticated suits...and then ended with stunning ball gowns that are bound to be seen on every red carpet this season.

London always brings something new and exciting. It seems to be a week that I can rely on to discover a new designer and immediately fall in love - this season, I discovered Roksanda. How I never knew about this amazing talent is astonishing. We all know I am a sucker for simplicity, and someone who can take such bold color combinations and create a minimalist style absolutely has my attention.

I loved the asymmetrical peplums that revealed a pop of extra color. The matching separates were a great way to break up the color blocked pieces, and in all, this was an extremely cohesive and wearable collection. Color blocking is a trend that never seems to go out of style. For Roksanda to reinvent the wheel and show such a modern and sleek collection absolutely sold me.

Samantha's Picks

New York
With androgyny popping up in almost every aspect of the fashion industry lately, there's no surprise that the trend is growing on me. This new found love alongside my endless admiration for street style pretty much sums up the reason my pick is A.A. Antonio Azzoulo's S/S 15 show.  Azzoulo, known for his specialty in mens' tailoring, played up both masculinity and femininity while remaining simple and fresh

From the styling to overall aesthetic of the models, this show was impeccably put together. I loved the pops of subtle color. It added range to a collection that still remained strongly cohesive.

London always has been and probably always will be my favorite fashion week. The little quirks and innovations of the work of British designers is something I wait anxiously for every six months. This September, Issa's pop art-inspired collection blew me away. 

Like Prabal, Issa also continued on a concept that was depicted last season - the use of geometric prints. The color palette and prints were a perfectly fresh spin on the concept of pop art. I loved the texture combinations and reoccurring use organza detailing. They gave the collection a light, feminine feel. 

As we did last season, we thought we'd take these looks off the beyond perfect models and recreate them using clothing from our own closets. It's such a fun challenge to take designer styling and try it out within your own wardrobe. It can really expand the way you think about getting dressed. Check out our attempts at re-creating our favorite looks:

Prabal:                                         Bri:

A.A. Antonio Azzoulo:                                      Samantha:

Truly yours,
P.S. "The privilege of lifetime is being who you are." - Joseph Campbell

Thursday, September 11, 2014

1 Item 5 Ways: Culottes

With days ranging from 80 to 50 degrees, it becomes nearly impossible to avoid the tricky topic of transitional dressing. Cue one of our favorite solutions... the culotte! This wide leg crop is lightweight and flowy while remaining cozy and covering. Though the seemingly tricky fit can be scary, there are actually countless ways to wear this amazing fall trend! Check out five looks you can tackle in this between summer and fall weather while staying totally 'in-season' and comfortable. 

With a Graphic Tee and Sneakers

For those chilly days when lounging around takes you to the grocery store and then back to the couch, this is quite possibly the easiest look you could throw on. Embrace the slouchy silhouette and go for a loose tee and duster combo for a completely laid-back look. 

Get the Look:
Similar Graphic Tee - Rachel Roy
Similar Sweater - Urban Outfitters
Culottes - H&M
Sneakers - Nike

With a Button Down and Slip-ons

This look is great for a day off. It can take you from daytime errands to dinner with the girls with just an easy accessory swap. The patterned version of this pant is great because it can add a touch of excitement to any look. A crisp button down will balance out the relaxed feel of the culottes, and the slip-on shoes are a great option for whenever you're running out the door.

Get the Look:
Button Down - Zara
Culottes - H&M
Slip-ons - Topshop

With a Blazer and Heels

Need a fresh office piece? Look no further! Because the culotte often reaches the ankles, it is completely appropriate for the office (it is basically a skirt... but better because it's pants!) Throw over a blazer and a professional heel and get to work. 

Get the Look:
Similar Blazer - Zara
Button Down - Zara
Culottes - H&M
Similar Heels - Nordstrom

With Leather and Long Layers

Whether it's bar-hopping or date night on the agenda, you're culottes can fit perfectly into the picture. Wear a long layering piece over the flowy pant to relax and elongate the silhouette of the look. Pair it with an spiky heel and (of course) some leather to edge it up a bit, et voila, you're totally night ready.

Get the Look:
Leather Jacket - Topshop
Longline Tank - H&M
Culottes - H&M
Similar Heels - Zara

With Sparkles and Heels 

Culottes are perfect for any night out on the town. Add an embellished top to really enhance the party feel. The length of the pant will keep you warm when jumping from the cab to the door, and the loose fit will keep you cool when dancing the night away. It really doesn't get any better than that!

Get the Look:
Similar Top - Topshop
Culottes - H&M
Heels - Target

Always remember that just because something may seem new and unusual, doesn't mean it can't be that perfect piece to totally enhance your wardrobe. Take the risk and play around! One item really can go a long way.

Truly Yours,

P.S. "Fashion is not about perfection, fashion is about life. It's a factory of needs." - Alber Elbaz

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Goodbye Summer

Hello, all! We have missed you dearly, but are beyond excited to unveil our beautiful new home! Thank you Kelly Christine Studio for the fabulous face lift. We truly appreciate it. With this makeover, we are able to bring you even more fashion fun. We have made it much easier for you all to find your favorite past posts, for reference, and explore the site to find goodies you may have never seen before!

To wrap up what was an extremely busy and successful summer, we decided to host a picnic with our very best friends to bid the sunshine its worthy farewell. With food, music, friends, and flowers, how could we not enjoy ourselves?! It's hard to believe that this was the first time we dined in the beautiful parks of Chicago. It truly felt like we were in another world. Stylish friends and a stylish picnic are always a good idea. :)

We hope the kinship and beautiful aesthetics have made you feel just as at home in our new space as we do! Don't forget, we are only a handful of Instagram followers away from announcing our give away. Spread the word about our renovation to help accelerate all the fun things to come on P.S. Truly Yours. 

We hope you had a relaxing Labor Day. Happy September Issues, fashionistas!

Truly Yours,

P.S. "Happiness never goes out of style." - Lilly Pulitzer

Monday, August 25, 2014

Street Style: The Gold Coast

Since the summer is coming to a close and the styles are almost ready to be packed away, a summer street style adventure was so necessary. For this search, we decided to aimlessly drive around the city and see where the inspiration took us. We ended up at an adorable farmers market on the Gold Coast, and the styles did not disappoint. Take a look!

We love to explore because we always come across the best stuff where we least expect it. We hope you guys enjoyed these expressive ensembles and keep checking back in as we revamp and restyle!

Truly yours,

P.S. "Find your own style and have the courage to stick to it." - Joan Crawford

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