Thursday, March 29, 2012

Herve Leger RTW 2012

It's no secret that I adore Max Azria and any apparel offering he has brought to the table...but the Herve Leger Ready To Wear line has got to be one of my favorites for Fall.  This dynamic line has done nothing but grow and I'm sure you can see why! 

The iconic "bandage dress" look is Lubov Azria's signature with the Herve Leger collection. This season she added several details and accents with the outerwear and skirting that will attract this line to a whole new customer. 

Sheer flowing skirts and flippy dresses make the Fall line slightly softer than it's predecessors. With an edgy, equestrian feel (meaning the horse rather than the rider - complete with sleek "pony" tail), leather harnesses were attached at waists and shoulders…and then softened with fur, sparkle and sheer materials as seen below.  Take a look at some of my favorites for Fall 2012!  


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Reem Acra Fall 2012

Whether it's Ready to Wear, Bridal, or Haute Couture, Reem Acra has you covered with her edgy, yet elegant looks and innate fashion style.  She began her career with the launch of her bridal line in 1997 which quickly grew buzz and opened a door into the introduction of her RTW line six years later...

Reem Acra's RTW 2012 Fall Collection is one based on "feminine power" - deemed so by Acra herself. Her goal with this line was to give a sense of power through strong, second-skin silhouettes. The gowns won me over...I loved the major peek-a-boo cutouts that zigzagged over the body on some and the intricate beaded detail on the others.

Here are my favorites that I would sooo love to add to my wardrobe! 


Monday, March 19, 2012

My love for Du Verre Hardware!

As an interior designer who specializes in kitchens and baths, I can't tell you how difficult it is to find a unique hardware for custom cabinets.  It's even harder to find a great design that is just as durable as it is beautiful and different.

I feel that hardware is the perfect accessory for a kitchen and bath, and just as you would accessorize any outfit with just the right pieces, the same goes for the spaces in your home.  That said, you can very quickly turn a great looking project into a disaster with the wrong use of scale, finish and design of your hardware.

However, if you visit the Du Verre Hardware website, I guarantee you can't go wrong!  Not only are their designs cutting edge in the world of cabinet hardware, they are all manufactured from recycled aluminum which is compatible with LEED objectives and is environmentally friendly.  Below are some of my favorites!

 Lotus Collection

Pomegranate Collection

Rio Collection

The Polar Collection

Kuba Collection by Clodagh

A few examples of the fabulous metal finishes


Friday, March 16, 2012

Fashion meets Function Pt. 3

This week's Fashion meets Function was a fun one for me.  To begin...while the entire Fall collection was fabulously reminiscent of the opulent Deco Era, this fabulous Jenny Packham dress was one of my favorites!  The construction and details elongate the body and bring the eye up to the beautiful neckline.  It is a simple, classic gown that I think will be one of Packham's hottest pieces this fall. 

As soon as I saw this stunning tile by New Ravenna Mosaics, whom I have recently come to adore, I knew I'd found a match to the gown above.  From their newly released Ikat Collection, this tile blends shades of white with mirrored glass to create a stunning flame stitch effect.  This tile would be perfectly at home in a Deco inspired bathroom...or my bathroom.  

Metallics make me happy and these two little numbers don't disappoint!  I hope you enjoyed the comparison as much as I have enjoyed researching them!!! 


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A Peek at Crystal Bridges Museum

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas and it was spectacular!

While many know that Bentonville is an ever changing and dynamic city that houses several brilliant business-types, many do not know that recently, when it comes to art and architecture, the city is also a cut above most.

Enter Crystal Bridges Museum...

Designed by phenomenal architect, planner, educator, theorist and author, Moshe Safdie, the galleries, set up as a series of pavilions, are wrapped around a pond constructed by damming a small creek. The main galleries flank the water on the east and west sides and have concave roofs that sweep down toward the pond. The two glass-walled "bridges" span the pond and connect the spaces. 

Safdie drew inspiration from the late architect Faye Jones when it came to damming and bridging the creeks and adding water features.  Preservation of the natural surroundings was the driving force of his concept, while mimicking the movement of nature was the source of his design. 

Alongside this amazing architecture are a plethora of stunning and historic pieces of American art dating from the Colonial Era to more modern pieces.  

Some of the museum's most notable pieces include paintings by Norman Rockwell, John Singer Sargent, Susan Rothenberg, Edward Hopper, George Dombek, and Andy Warhol along with a rather well known portrait of George Washington by Charles Willson Peale (circa 1780-82). 

Here are merely a few of my personal favorites that I was able to see in person in little ol' northwest Arkansas...

Mary Cassatt, The Reader (1877)

Robert Henri, Jessica Penn in Black with White Plumes (1908)

 Max Weber, Three Nudes in a Forest (1910)

Jasper Johns, Alphabets (1960-62)

Roy Lichtenstein, Standing Explosion (Red) (1966)

Frederick Eversley, Big Red Lens (1985)

I could review this stunning museum in a series of posts and not even begin to touch upon the impact that it has already had - not only on myself - on many others around this state and the country.  I encourage anyone who is a fan of art and|or architecture to see for yourself why this is now one of my favorite places in Arkansas!


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Rachel Zoe Fall 2012

The moment that the first outfit hit the runway of Rachel Zoe's fall 2012 line, I knew I would fall in love!  Zoe revealed 46 looks in her runway debut at New York Fashion Week including an array of fabulously tailored pant suits (a signature style of hers) and cute little frocks that any girl would love.  
Although blacks, grays and whites are the main colors of the line, she threw jewel tones into the mix as well to add an unexpected flair to the tailored look she is so popular for.  Every look was so wearable straight off of the runway, but I had to narrow it down!  Below are some of my favorites.... 

Adore the vamp-y red Mary Jane heels with this clean black and white look.

I so wish I could wear hats.....

Love this amazing tailored wool coat!

Easy and cool 70's vibe to this super-wearable pantsuit.

Really like how this casual olive satchel brings the fur-and-sequins-glam of this look down a notch!

Again, I so wish I could wear hats!

Fab 70's glam inspired wrap-dress...with those hot vamp-y heels again :)

And finally, I really REALLY want this look...the entire lot.


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Curiosities Abound!

curiositiesplural of cu·ri·os·i·ty (Noun)

  1. A strong desire to know or learn something.
  2. A strange or unusual object or fact.

I am a sucker for really unique or unusual items - also known as curiosities!  Whether I am at one of my favorite local stores in the Heights/Hillcrest area of Little Rock or searching online, I always look for the unusual and love to share these with my friends.  Below are some of my recent finds and their origin (just in case someone is wondering what to get me for my August...or whenever you want to celebrate is fine too!)  

Obviously, as a designer, I was instantly attracted to this rough-hewn wooden floor look by Luxe Plates! These "plates" are actually stainless steel covers that stick onto your device du jour with a special removable adhesive. Designed by 
Jesse Ledoux.  This and many other clever designs can be found here.

While I'm not the biggest fan of displaying your latest kill throughout your home, these delicate and rather eccentric pieces would look amazing adorning any cocktail table. Thankfully, this is a naturally shed white-tailed Deer antler, hand-painted with acrylic paint in beautiful shades of gold, aqua, cream and purple by artist Cassandra Smith. Learn about the artist and her work here.