10 MUST-HAVE Fashion Items for Spring/Summer 2010


I received the following question on formspring.me:

Hey there! Can you plesae make a list of 10 MUST-HAVE FASHION ITEMS? I’m currently in ‘lost-my-style’ phase and I can’t decide,what key items should I buy to find a new style.

I can definitely relate!  Sometimes, when I’ve been living in sweatpants for days on end, stuck inside recuperating from one cold or another, or just doing the day-to-day “mom” thing…I feel like I’ve left my style somewhere and can’t seem to locate it!  But here are some ideas – some must-haves that will spice up the ol’ closet as pictured above…

Wedge Heels
Short Shorts
Boyfriend Blazer
Clear Jewelry

And, some other things to work in…


on the model: Side Braid / Ear Cuffs (Spiky Rocking Horse Ear Piece, $85, Etsy.com) / Cut-Out Shirt (Tripp NYC the Thrash Tee, $38, Karmaloop.com) / Bike-Shorts / Nude Colors / Bows

Hope that helps you reinvent your wardrobe!

all illustrations by me.

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Spring 2010 Trends

So Spring is almost here (can you believe it??) and here are some of the emerging trends, straight from the runways:

Sheer Chic
Aquilano.Rimondi / Doo.Ri / Vanessa Bruno


Balmain / Zero + Maria Cornejo / Herve Leger by Max Azria

Stella McCartney / Aquascutum / Celine
Sweet Ruffles
Christian Dior / Lanvin / Marc Jacobs

Digital Prints
Jason Wu / Alexander McQueen / Thakoon
Pretty Pastels
Rue de Mail / Zac Posen / Derek Lam 
Wedge Heels

Camilla Skovgaard / Proenza Schouler / Givenchy

Yummy!  I, for one, cannot wait to get rid of all the black and outer layers…well, knowing me…maybe I’ll keep some of the black.:-)

What trends are you looking forward to for Spring 2010?


All photos, Style.com

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Viktor & Rolf S/S 2010: Frills and Lace and Roisin Murphy

Viktor & Rolf is one of my favorite big-name designers; with each successive collection they always push the envelope; their clothes border on the theatrical, the jaw-dropping…but always feature amazing details that separate them from the pack.

They say: “We are attracted and inspired by what we call mega-women: strong women who follow their own path and are uncompromisingly themselves.
“[Irish singer-songwriter] Roisin Murphy is a source of inspiration for us. We share with her the need for theatricality and performance in our work. Roisin personifies a power of transformation. On-stage she easily morphs into a beautifully fierce character, while off-stage she is the counterpart of her theatrical self: soft-spoken, modest, even quiet.

“Apart from the innovative and terrific music she makes, she has a unique sense of style that is fearless and uncompromising. She wears theatrical pieces with the ease of a t-shirt, making them her own. It is an honour for us that Roisin will be performing live at our show!“For us, fashion is more than the trend of the season. A fashion show is a way to communicate with a bigger audience, not just the inner fashion circle. Music plays a powerful part in this communication as does the internet. To exemplify this, our show, including Roisin’s performance, will be available on our website the very same evening”.

Roisin says: “I am a huge fan of Viktor & Rolf, their designs encapsulate futuristic techniques and wry surrealism, the clothes are literally a thrill to wear. I have been known to go to some extremes in my fashion choices but the Viktor & Rolf dress that I wore for my ‘Overpowered’ promotion had it’s own sound and lighting rig incorporated which tops them all.

“I find levels of story and concept in their work and have road tested many of their designs on stage. For my performances I am looking for clothing to amplify the often conflicting emotions in my own work. I want nothing to box me in as a performer , any notions of “chic” must be counterbalanced with humour and wit, intelligence comes with fearlessness and joy comes with the memory of pain. Being human is a complex business and that is exactly what I wish to reflect, even in the way I dress. These ideas are timeless and so are Viktor & Rolf”.

At the moment of the show, Roisin is highly pregnant, which gives an extra symbolic layer to her performance. It expresses a feeling of hope and positivity for the future, starting right now and with the Spring/Summer 2010 Collection.

Viktor & Rolf have posted the live performance to their website- viewable below.

Visit Viktor & Rolf’s website to see the show again. & 

Visit Style.com to see the slideshow of the looks.

Visit Roisin Murphy’s website and make mashups of her Brussels live performance here.

-Carly J. Cais
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