daydreams & things

Month: April, 2012

Bauble Craving

Dara Ettinger.  That set of stackable rings in the middle needs to be on my finger.  Various gems available at Shopbop, Neiman Marcus, & Max&Chloe.

Take a Look

How cool is Prada’s Real Fantasies Spring-Summer 2012 “lookbook?”

The mixed media masterpiece is the handmade work of Jereon Koolhaus and Lok Jansen under the direction of James Lima, who has also made fashion films for Alexander Wang and Versace.  Below are some stills from the video lookbook, which are honestly works of art all their own.

The video lookbook follows the well-received Real Fantasies Fall-Winter 2011 MotionBook, which is definitely worth a look if you haven’t yet.

{via Trendland}

Paradise Prints

Prints are one of many elements of fashion that are hugely subjective and trend-driven.  I tend to buy printed items at cheaper, trendy mass retailers such as Forever 21 and H&M because I’m usually sick of the fabric within months.  This will undoubtedly be the case with the Hawaiian and tropical prints that are popping up on the runway (see: Stella McCartney Resort 2012) and in stores.  It’s all about palm trees, pineapples, toucans, and (mainly) hibiscus flowers.  A step beyond regular florals, these prints are a tad quirky, beyond reminiscent of Tommy Bahama, and make me really realize how badly I need a vacation.

What do you think?  Are Hawaiian and tropical prints a do or a major don’t?

Clockwise from top left:

Thakoon Addition Draped Printed Jersey Dress // Marc by Marc Jacobs Havana Printed Silk-Satin Top // Miss Selfridge Tropical Cut Out Back Shirt // Oasis Tropical Cherry Crop Jeans // Gianvito Rossi for Altuzarra Ankle Cuff Pump // Lanvin Swarovski Crystal Charm Necklace // Topshop Tropical Mirror Print Shorts // Charlotte Olympia Pandora Perspex Box Clutch // Zara Asymmetric Chiffon Skirt

Coachella Street Style

Now that both weekends of Coachella are behind us (who’s as excited as I am not to see Coachella on Facebook for a LONG while, or at least until they release next year’s line-up?), here are some of the most inspiring street style looks from the music festival that I’ve seen around the web:

{All images via New York Magazine, Refinery29, Vogue, & Elle}

Loathe These Loubs

{Christian Louboutin – Snorkeling 100 Neoprene and Leather Ankle Boots, $895}

Just in case you want to scuba dive in stilettos. I mean… Christian Louboutin, I live by the general assumption that you can do no wrong. But bright yellow neoprene scuba boots? I am sure they’re comfortable but dang they’re ugly. What exactly were you thinking, shoe buyers of Net-a-porter.com?

NARS x Thakoon

Currently loving NARS’ nail polish collaboration with fashion designer Thakoon.  The six eye-popping shades are inspired by the colors found at Indian spice markets.  So bright and happy – not as electric as the now-sickening neons but still so fun for summer.  I just can’t decide which is my favorite.  Get ’em May 1st, or available for pre-order on Nordstrom.com now.

Top (left to right) // Koliary // Kutki // Amchoor

Bottom (left to right) // Lal Mirchi (sadly, available only in-store at the Bleeker Street location in New York) // Anardana // Ratin Jot

{Images found here and here}

Module H

Who wants Hermès walls?  Seriously, they can be yours if you just so happen to.  “Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has teamed up with the French luxury brand to create ‘Module H’, a modular screen and partition system unveiled at Milan Design Week 2012 for their home furnishing collection… The system can accommodate a range of square or rectilinear components which may be inserted into the slots with a simple fitting.  Easily removed and adjusted, the elements can be upholstered with a range of colored leathers, skins and fabrics with trademarked designs for continuously changing and diverse motifs or murals.”  –Designboom

{via Designboom}

I’m not sure about this one.  Would love to hear your thoughts!

Model-Morphosis

I love this project, “Model-Morphosis,” by photographer Greg Kessler for T Magazine’s blog.  Kessler captures the transformation that models undergo during Fashion Week and presents it a fresh, interesting way.  He uses a technology that allows you to slide between two images, a before and after, of various models.  These screenshots below don’t do the project justice, you really must check it out for yourself.

{Margaret Qualley at Chanel}

{Ming Xi at Rick Owens}

{Frida Gustavsson at Jean-Paul Gaultier}

{Xiao Wen at Hakaan}

MORE HERE.

Spring Has Sprung

Hi readers!  It’s been so long since I last posted, apologies for just abandoning the blogosphere like that… I’ve just been so focused on my new job that really nothing else has seemed to matter this past month.  You can’t fault me for that.  Anyways, it’s officially Spring and I couldn’t be more excited about it.  Just like my very first post a few short months ago, I figured there’s no better way to get back into the swing of things than sharing my current wants: specifically, my Spring fashion cravings and beauty must-haves.  If I had a money tree these would all be mine right now.  Confession: that yellow Equipment blouse is already hanging in my closet.  Obviously.

Clockwise from top left:

Proenza Schouler PS1 Medium Canvas Printed Python // NARS Laguna Body Illuminator // Equipment Signature Sleeveless Blouse // Laura Mercier Full Faux Eyelashes // Eugenia Kim Bunny Wide Striped Sunhat // Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Turquoise // Marc by Marc Jacobs Sliced Citrus Crystal and Resin Ring // Matthew Williamson Leopard-Print Halterneck Bikini // Rag & Bone Sigrid Sandals // Butter London Nail Colour in Disco Biscuit // Theyskens’ Theory Ascent Skinny Belts // Sephora Retractable Kabuki Brush // Linda Farrow Luxe Snakeskin-Coated Cat Eye-Frame Sunglasses // Marc by Marc Jacobs Night Bird Printed Silk-Taffeta Skirt

Hope you have a happy Monday!  (*To avoid future “sorry for going MIA”s, I’m just going to put it out there right now that posts are going to be fewer and further between going forward.  Work is my top priority and deserves all of my attention and focus; I hope you understand.)

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