Thanks for the kind words, Cosmocat! My own favorite is "Dress for Ambition."
"Kissed Under the Mistletoe" might be better with Angela Lindvall, Tasha Tilberg, photographed by Ellen von Worth.
Taking a break from AW04--"Look of the Season" for SS04:
Look of the Season, SS04
Model: Kate Moss
Opening page: Gucci's flirtatious, architectually beautiful dress in attention-grabbing red and casading layers of silk encompasses the trends of the season--feminine, floaty, with a bold color as an accent.
Left: Viktor & Rolf mixes softness into a masculine look with pastel colors, ribbons, and a delicious pair of sparkly red heels. (This look actually was no where near popular in the spring)
Right: Louis Vuitton shows that the look of luxury is both casual and dressy. A cozy chocolate-brown sweater nicely downplays a patterned dress with serious gold fringes. Clashing trends have never looked so current.
Left: Carolina Herrera gives a new life to an everyday tank by pairing it with a fabulously extravagant skirt and the result should please any modern girl who aims to be individualistic but still hopes to retain a dose of retro elegance.
Right: Narciso Rodriguez deviates from his usual black and white palette and rigorous tailoring, but this dress still exhibits his signature elegance, in addition to being youthful and light-hearted (This look is also no where to be seen in magazines, but it's one of the best dresses Rodriguez has made).
Left: Derek Lam's strapless floral dress may look pretty in an old-fashioned way, but the tailoring and detail are nothing but of-the-moment.
Right: Celine's "desert-island dress" is an unabashedly joyful explosion of colors.
Left: Chanel's tweed-trimmed trench comes in 3 versions (floor sweeper, knee-length, cropped-to-the-waist) and 3 colors (black, white, and khaki), and each one is an instant classic.
Right: Marc Jacobs does Hepburn chic with a blue tweed jacket and white carpis.
Left: Balenciaga continues to experiment with architectural tailoring, and even if not all of us can fit in his tighter-than-glove skirt suits, the craftsmanship is undisputable and inspiring.
Right: Lanvin has generated a following with its seamless, candy-colored, and often bejewelled cocktail dresses, but the standout from this collection is this Asian-inspired number in muted gold.
Photographer: Terry Richardson
Models: Nicole Trunfio, Doville
It is early summer and you are tired of being told to dress like a lady all spring. A surprise get-away trip is annoucned and you have less than thirty minutes to pack. Anxious? Somehow, in the back of your head, you've had an idea all along (about what to wear).