Posts Tagged ‘La Garconne’

French Noir

I first saw Hansel from Basel on UO and was intrigued by these kneepad tights.  They were on sale but I never got them because I was trying to “economize.”  Silly girl. Fortunately, I’ve been seeing the brand all over online shops and found these pair of over the knees at lambs ear.  I think the ways to style them will be endless!  Check out La Garconne’s Le Magazine for some great examples/ideas.  Over the knees can be tricky because of how high they hit on the leg, but it’s nothing a little scrunch or two can’t fix.

P was furious when I used his books for photo props.  He considers himself a serious intellectual and can be quite guarded about his literature.  We’ve since patched things up.  The books came into play because I was cranky from cramps and not feeling it.  I think it helped pep me up because of how difficult it was to keep the books from flying off my head (especially when spinning).

credits: vintage stripe tee, pencey accordion dress, hansel from basel silk rib over the knee socks, ld tuttle the creature

Curtain Call

I got click happy when I found this Westwood dress on sale at la garconne.  I fell under the spell of its plum shade and dramatically draped back.  But this handsome frock is tough to wear.  The feather weight jersey material tends to cling making it a handle- with-care piece.  Spanx to the rescue.  Of course that can mean a number of options ranging from underwear to hoisery.   With my latest leggy obsession, it’s no surprise that I chose a pair of tights layered with Asos footless socks.  I used the same technique when I styled my Opening Ceremony Safari dress.

Vivienne Westwood dress, Vince turtleneck, Asos footless socks, Cole Haan pumps

A Day at the Beach

Where else but California could you enjoy a beach day in December?  When you have a full day including ball play, a boardwalk stroll and meal a la side walk cafe, plan ahead.  Use accessories like shoes or jewelry pieces to upgrade your rough and tumble outfit.  And think outside of the California girl box.  Little skirts that barely cover your bottom will forever be a fashion faux pax.  Experiment with footwear and forsake the traditional flip flops for boots (not UGGs) or ballet flats.  The re-inventive results will transform you into a beach babe.

American Apparel raglan, Hugo Boss shirt, 7 for All Mankind jeans (DIY cutoffs), Rachel Comey Penpal boots, La Garconne tote

Phillip Lim for the Holiday

La Garconne has new items from Phillip Lim’s holiday collection available today.  The collection starts with a cacophony of scarlet band noise and ends with a solemn note of ruffled black coat.  In between are golden zebra prints, pretty purple geometrics, ruffles to the end and beaded embellishments including two ornamented pectorals.  Always offering a plethora of silhouettes from feminine and simple to complicated and androgynous, this collection is brilliantly conceived.

Check out the footwear from this collection.  In a collaboration with Christian Louboutin, they are strictly runway, but put the finishing touch on any outfit.  Phillip Lim retailers have put them in the dressing rooms making it a tortuous decision not to buy anything.  That man is a methodical genius.

Mayle Takes a Bow

Jane Mayle says farewell this November with her last collection and retirement from the brand.  With profits up to five million yearly, the lack of success does not play into her reasons for an exit.  Instead the rat race pressure of creating collection after collection without the time to relish in her creations has caused her fashion fatigue.  “I feel I have just become another cog in that machinery,” she said to WWD in reference to the accelerated production processes.  As a result, the designer who finds inspiration creating clothing pieces for the sake of dreaming has decided that her leave will maintain the meaning of her work.  With fashion darlings like Alexander Wang prohibiting celebrity attendance from his recent fashion show, perhaps others are feeling the same need for “fashion for fashion’s sake.”

Mayle Holiday collection pieces available at: