Luxe Celeb Style: Allison Williams in White Crochet Dress

Girls actress Allison Williams stopped by “The Tonight Show” to chat with Jimmy Fallon about her work on the HBO series as well as her upcoming horror film, Get Out.

Her styling was drop dead gorgeous. She wore a white Derek Lam crochet dress with a scallop hem. We saw the cobalt blue version of this hit the runway during the Fall 2016 fashion collections’ week. Loving both colors!

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{PFW Fall 16 RTW} House of Chanel’s Coco Heritage Collection

Every time Karl Lagerfeld puts on a Chanel runway show, it’s like a vivid, surreal dream experience in which Coco‘s creations keep evolving. The casino, the airport, the zen garden. A Lagerfeld Chanel show is a SHOW. But this season, he pared it back, which really is a relative term. No small, standard runway for that label. The Grand Palais still created a vast, inspiring space where everyone had a front row seat for the heritage style review.

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The focus was placed more on the stunning clearly classic Coco – inspired garments this season, and what an incredible result. The show opened with a study of tweed skirt suits in shades of pink – watermelon, coral, and magenta. The looks were complimented with Wellington boots in matching fabric and layers of long Chanel pearls.

The looks soon evolved through a quick foray in plaid before heading toward more muted color palettes, showcasing gorgeous details in gold and metallic stitching. A beige quilt coat was embellished at the cuffs with cream flowers with a matching scarf. I am equally in love with a puckered sleeve pink crop top over a drop waist skirt with black leather piping.

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{MFW Fall 16 RTW} Bottega Veneta’s Vintage Craftwork

I’ve always had a bit of a love affair with Bottega Veneta. A few years ago they were one of if not the first fashion house to make an all lace ankle boot, and I wanted it so badly. They were stunning. Of course, I had to try them on during a trip to NYC, and I was absolutely stunned by how gorgeous and, at the time, innovative they were. The craftsmanship was unparalleled, and they felt amazing.

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In the end, I decided not to get them – where would I wear them? They were the in-between style at the time, and I thought I wouldn’t be able to wear them often enough to justify buying them. I regretted that decision for a long time. Once I realized I was still thinking about them months later and searched online for my size, they were all gone.

But that’s Bottega Veneta. Innovative, incredibly stylish, and worthy of covetous behavior.

And the label’s Fall 2016 RTW collection is no different – expertly crafted jackets, ever so flared pants, duster coats, and an array of midis. No theme, just beautiful, sophisticated clothing. Tomas Maier was not catering to millennials like many of his counterparts. No, Maier wanted to create sensuous clothing for a woman with class, not a girl. I’m imagining Angelina Jolie or Amal Clooney.

The silhouettes were classic vintage chic, with slightly relaxed pencil dresses cinched at the waist, a few slouchy trousers with intricate knit tops, a few stellar plaids, and woven strips of animal print creating fabulous texture over semi-sheer dresses. The collection felt caught somewhere between the 50’s and the 70’s, only in silhouette as the techniques and textures were clearly in the now like the barely there knits. Stunning craft work.

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{MFW Fall 16 RTW} Diesel Black Gold’s Street Style

Polished street style was the vibe of the Diesel Black Gold Fall 2016 RTW collection, and it felt like a barrage of the same silhouette meant for the woman who wants confident clothes with attitude, but luxe fabrics and design. I would wear pretty much every single piece in this collection.

 

My love for the collection is partly due to the array of textures in midnight blue and black, which is so flattering on those of us with pale skin. The show opened with a velvet zip front top and a quilted A-line mini skirt with a silver orb-studded belt.

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The texture craft was shown through pleating, quilting, ribbed knitwear, lace work, embroidery, leather, appliqués, and paillettes. There wasn’t a lot of variation in the silhouettes – mostly A-line minis with rounded drop shoulder tops and outerwear – but the techniques were mixed and matched to showcase the impeccable detail work.

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{MFW Fall 16 RTW} Prada’s Family Quilt of Feminine Heritage

Miuccia Prada dedicated the Prada Fall 2016 RTW collection to all of the experiential pieces of womanhood through history. “We need to understand who we are now….Maybe it’s useful to look back to the different characteristic moments, difficulties, love, no love, pain, happiness, different kinds of women: sexy, boring, traveler. So this was the main concept.”

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The resulting collection was a patchwork of layered elements from feminine fashion. It was like a quilt created from the loving female elders to showcase the familial history of what has made the youngest inheriting generation what it is today. At first, it is a jarring combination of pieces that looks jumbled and confusing. But as each look comes down the runway, the puzzle starts becoming clear, and it’s thought provoking.

Impeccably tailored coats were a staple in the collection, covered at the waist with lace up corsets. Nurse caps and argyle stockings added a vintage war time vibe to the military style olive drab masculine coats as well as the more classic feminine silhouettes like a scoop neck A-line and pencil skirts.

The collection was a variety show of women’s wear of decades past. Brocades, leathers, heavy wools, crepe, and furs all create a juxtaposition of textures to enhance the idea of the layered history. Bold graphic prints contrasted with some of the more demure silhouettes, creating a well crafted balance between sweet and powerful.

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{MFW Fall 16 RTW} Roberto Cavalli’s Boho – Art Nouveau – 70’s Glam Rock

Peter Dundas took inspiration from early 20th-century bohemianism for the Roberto Cavalli Fall 2016 RTW collection. He cited Orientalism through the 1930’s as well as illustrator Aubrey Beardsley.

Beardsley took inspiration from Japanese woodcarvings, and was an influential artist in the Aesthetic and Art Nouveau movements. Dundas is speaking my language. “It was about decadent women idols of that time, as well as mysticism and the occult,” explained Dundas. Even better.

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It was certainly bohemian, with a 1970’s glam rock vibe with midi skirts, long metallic scarves, fur lined jackets, purple velvet, fringed silk, and jacquard in rich jewel tones. A cropped black velvet jacket sequinned in silver floral sits over high waisted brown diamond pattern trousers with a purple undertone. A fringed tiger stripe scarf finishes off the rock and roll look. I want that outfit yesterday.

A gold lame over sheer long sleeved maxi turns the collection toward a more gypsy feel with a faux gold medallion belt low on the waist. A fur embellished faux crocodile print duster coat flutters down the runway, revealing a barely there black lace slip dress. A gold metallic pleat midi is paired with a belted animal print plunge top. Sparkly gold animal print!

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{LFW Fall 16 RTW} Peter Pilotto’s Nordic Ski Trip

The Peter Pilotto aesthetic is certainly becoming solidified in my mind. Austrian, folk craft-derived, but polished, modern, and sophisticated. For his Fall 2016 RTW season, he took a break from childhood games, and brought his collection closer to home, using ice-laden Nordic landscapes and skiing as his inspiration.

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The runway looks were only a nod to the current vintage trend in the midi and maxi silhouettes with imperial collars and the misguided new trend of socked sandals. Thankfully, the rest of the collection redeemed itself.

The icy inspiration was realized in beautiful colored embroideries in frosty blue and white, with a tiny bit of coral thrown in for contrast. It reminded me just a little of when you ski on a sunny day, and the bright reflection on the snow gives your vision a bit of a red haze when you stare at it for too long. Makes me just a bit nostalgic for a great ski run.

There were also a couple of bare shoulder cutouts with the drop sleeves trend we’ve seen in other collections this season. One of the dresses had a busy, multi-colored diamond pattern that was very Pilotto playful. A dress for a strong-minded, yet joyful buyer.

There was a rich texture to the collection, with a layered approach – silks, velvets, wools embellished with intricately designed embroideries, lace, piping, and appliques. The silhouettes were relaxed with great movement and a little leg.

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{LFW Fall 16 RTW} Burberry’s Vintage Brit Glam

It definitely feels like the season dedicated to David Bowie – a fitting and timely tribute to the late music icon. Burberry’s Fall 2016 RTW collection certainly seemed to have Bowie in mind with their 70’s Brit glam collection – with a little rock, a little boho mixture that when combined with distinct tailoring, became incredibly chic.

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The show started out with several looks in greens and blues. Brilliance was mashing a teal and midnight blue mini dress with a hunter green crocodile trench in a brilliant luster that somehow worked so well.

 

From there, Burberry seemed to hit every major slice of the color with vivid effect. An imperial collar navy officer’s jacket with large gold buttons over a black metallic fringe dress brought in the current nautical military motif. Then a 70’s floral metallic black-embossed mini dress in lime green and navy with gladiator panels almost knocked me over. From afar, it looks incredibly muted, but up close, it’s a kapow of awe inspiring detail.

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{LFW Fall 16 RTW} Alexander McQueen’s Waking Dreams

Waking dreams were the inspiration for the Alexander McQueen Fall 2016 RTW collection, as imagined by the brand’s creative director Sarah Burton. She wanted to create an ethereal, surreal, and dreamlike experience where her wearer is “almost sleep waking, in a state where reality and dreams become blurred”.

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The show started with black looks embellished with large surrealist objects like a pocket watch, a butterfly, lips, and flowers. And then, suddenly, the patterns all shrank, and the heavy, structured, weighty garments merged into fragmented layers of weightless ruffles. Gender fluidity is toyed with just a bit in sleek and streamlined androgynous double lapel suits.

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{NYFW Fall 16 RTW} J. Mendel’s Understated Calla Lily Meets Athleisure

Speaking of understated sophistication, the J. Mendel Fall 16 RTW collection was exactly that. Gilles Mendel chose two muses to inspire his work – Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka and photographer Sheila Metzner.

Mendel wanted to focus on the elegance and beauty that both artists showcase in their work, especially their interpretations of the calla lily.

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The collection began with monochromatic black and white looks that subtly showcased the curve of the body in mimicry of the curve of the calla. Wide pinstripes and hairline cutouts accentuated the flattering drape of the garments. A blue and tan color block crocodile suede knee-length fit and flare is my future love affair.

The details begin to ramp up with an electric red double slit dress with an origami fold at the waist, cutouts along the bodice, and a red velvet duster with vibrant ultramarine blue undertones and lining. An athleisure tracksuit is underscored in thin white stitch striping and covered in a grey green fur coat. But my favorite element is the sporty geometric panel that pops in and out of the collection as a faux neckline. I love the racer front trend, and this take on it is so incredibly chic.

The calla lily translation becomes more literal at the end of the collection with evening gowns. Red callas with blue leaves are embroidered on the bodice of a striking red gown, and cascade down one side.A navy midi dress has geometric panels covered in white callas and black metallic beading. A nude pencil dress with cutout shoulders has white sequin callas and a thin white belt.

The most beautiful looks were mere silhouettes of a flower, with the metallic shimmer gowns, a hunter green scoop neck embossed in black embellishments, and similar effect on a sheer gold number.

 

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