Inspired By: The Sleek Minimalism of Celine


Simple lines, easy shapes, neutral colors – at first take minimalism doesn’t exactly sound like the most exciting movement in fashion. However, in the hands of Phoebe Philo, new minimalism has exploded into a look and lifestyle that’s hard to ignore. Fresh off receiving the 2010 title of British Designer of the Year, I thought it appropriate to take a look at Philo’s work for the house of Celine that has spawned a worldwide club of dedicated followers (otherwise known as the Philophiles) and how you can achieve that sleek look with BurdaStyle patterns and projects.

Designers Sketch Dream Dresses for the Future Princess Kate


Many a female heart was broken the day it was announced that Prince William had finally proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Kate Middleton. Now that the majority of us have come to terms with the fact that we are indeed not in the running to be British royalty, we can focus our attention on what Ms. Middleton will be wearing when she weds her Prince. WWD asked designers ranging from Vera Wang and Karl Lagerfeld to Jason Wu and Frida Gianinni to sketch their dream dresses for the new Princess. Who do you think should outfit Kate on her wedding day?

Sketches from Mark Badgley and James Mischka of Badgley Mischka and Ralph Rucci

Pantone Picks the Color of 2011: Honeysuckle


The undisputed “authority on color”, Pantone, has released their Color of the Year for 2011. Enter Honeysuckle. “A brave new color for, a brave new world,” the pinkish hue is said to be a powerful color that elevates the psyche and wards off the blues. It seems a few designers, including Marc Jacobs and Prabal Gurung (and us – that looks at lot like our signature BurdaStyle pink if you ask me!), were a little bit ahead of the curve on this color selection, adding the bold pink to accessories and ensembles for Spring 2011. What do you think about their Honeysuckle selection? Will you use (or have you already) the color in your projects for 2011?



Fashion has cycled through leopard so much that it now seems more like a staple than a seasonal trend. Whether confined to accessories or unleashed in full-on ensembles, I think it’s safe to say that the spots are here to stay.

Clockwise from left: Vogue Nippon’s Anna Dello Russo in a Balmain dress, strapless dress by Matthew Williamson, top from See by Chloe, skirt from Marc by Marc Jacobs, button up shirt by Equipment.

English Countryside Cool


Ahhh the windswept romance of the English countryside.

I am indeed a sucker for English heritage style – nubby tweeds, heavy plaided wools, thick knitted socks and a pair of rubber wellies, maybe a couple of Welsh corgis in the yard. For centuries these classic pieces have been standbys of the traditional English wardrobe and inspiration for many a born-and-bred Brit designer (ie: Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Luella Bartley, John Galliano et al). Despite their occasional presence on the runway, these staples are anything but trends, burned into the consciousness of the English people and adopted by those wishing to mimic the lush yet simple lifestyle they often connote.

Sports Casual


At first glance sports and fashion don’t exactly seem to go hand-in-hand, although with tennis players designing their own uniforms and Olympic champions posing for luxury advertisements, the lines do seem to be blurring a bit more, don’t they? While I’m pretty certain the world could do with less of the design talents of Serena Williams, it is interesting to see designers take influence from sports and translate the casual, technical aspects in a more high-end way. Check out some of my favorite sporty-chic pieces and patterns to help translate the look into your wardrobe.

INDUSTRIE Magazine Names 50 Most Influential in Fashion


The Business of Fashion recently released a preview of INDUSTRIE Magazine’s list of the 50 most influential people in fashion. A laundry list of fashionable movers and shakers, check out who makes up the “new creative establishment” and see if you agree. Check out top 10 after the jump, and see the entire list here.

Inspired by: CFDA Fashion Fund Nominees


Since 2004, Vogue and the CFDA have paired up to offer financial funding to up-and-coming American designers through their Fashion Fund awards. With an illustrious list of past nominees including Proenza Schouler, Derek Lam, Isabel Toledo, Michael Bastian, Jason Wu and Doo.Ri, just to name a few, the pool from which the council chooses their winners is as talented as they are varied.

Opening Ceremony's Legacy


As a child some of my favorite movies were (in no particular order): E.T., The Neverending Story, Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal and of course TRON. Suffice to say my leanings toward sci-fi and futuristic dystopian theorizing has followed me well into adulthood, so imagine how amped I was to hear that Disney was coming out with a follow-up to the cult classic TRON called Tron: Legacy. My impending excitement was turned up another notch when it was announced that Daft Punk would be the masters of audio for the film and then my mind was totally blown when I saw this Tron Legacy Opening Ceremony capsule collection.

Better Than the Boys


There is something so subtly seductive about a woman in a man’s jacket, an ease and sensuality that isn’t as overt as a plunging neckline or high hemline but if done in the right fashion can be just as effective.

Ruched Up


Ruched clothing is extremely tricky terrain. If properly executed, the technique can magically flatter all body types and make for some cool, avant-garde texture. However, if not, it can create a seriously tacky eyesore. That’s why I’ve pulled together some figure flattering and fashion forward ideas for how to incorporate ruching into your garments, as well as a few patterns that utilize the look in a simple, non-distracting way.

A Sleeveless Trench and the Right to Bare Arms


It’s been unseasonably warm in New York the past few weeks, making it pretty difficult to get in the swing of Fall. Temps pushing seventy degrees don’t exactly get you excited to break out the jackets and start layering up. However, there is one option that will keep you looking cool while staying cool: enter the sleeveless trench.

The Long and The Short of It


Maxi vs. Mini: the showdown continues. Loads of designers lowered their skirt hemlines for fall, making the maxi skirt a must-have piece for the season. However, not all trend-setters have followed suit. Runways still saw their share of bare knees and coupled with other hot fall trends like thigh-high boots and socks, it doesn’t look like you have to store those minis away through the winter after all. So this begs the question: are you an above the knees or to the floor kind of girl?

Inspired by: Balenciaga


I keep no secrets about my love for Nicolas Ghesquiere. Nearly every collection he has turned out for Balenciaga since he stepped in as the house’s designer in 1997 has ended up on my favorites list. While I have an appreciation for what many designers across the board do, there is something about Ghesquiere’s designs that speak right to my aesthetic, no matter how all over the map that might be.


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