{Luxe for Less} Valentine’s Day Dresses

Whether it’s a date, a night out with the girls, or an anti-Valentine’s Day – VDay party, we just want to look good and feel good on and around Feb 14th. Single or taken, I like to look at it as that silly day the greeting card industry created to sell more cards, but that I now get to take advantage of to go out and have a good time. So thanks greeting card industry – the restaurant industry is now reaping the rewards more so than anything…from me at least! And of course, we have to look cute. So shopping! Let’s take a look at some of the best Valentine’s Day looks out there right now.

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{Paris Fashion Week Spring17 Couture} Christian Dior’s Magical Garden

We already knew the amazing work that Maria Grazia Chiuri was capable of when she worked at the house of Valentino…and now we’re really seeing her shine. This was the first couture collection of Christian Dior with Chiuri at the helm, and it was everything we wanted it to be.

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{OOTD} Pink Oversized Sweater and Leather Leggings

Ok, so I’m pretty much a pansy when it comes to cold weather, so I tend to dress like an Eskimo. I love anything warm, soft and cozy in the frosty winter months to keep me feeling snuggled and warm when I’m braving the elements ok, walking literally 2 blocks from my car to the coffee shop for some cocoa.

This oversized sweater is perfect for me for those chilly days. It’s actually an off-the-shoulder, but I like I found it was pretty versatile in styling, so my cold weather pansy self pulled up the OTS collar and styled it that way!

I styled it with faux leather quilted panel leggings that are super soft and comfy, and a pair of grey Antonio Melani cutout ankle boots from last season (no longer available). I should have gotten some shots of the bakery’s amazing espresso and hazelnut truffles…amazing!

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The Look ~ Sweater (here and here) // Leggings // Bag

 

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{Paris Fashion Week Spring 17} Giambattista Valli’s Lingerie

Giambattista Valli has always created ultra feminine fashion with a French flair. Previous collections would make any romantic swoon…like a few seasons back when he put Gigi Hadid in that yellow Georgette gown, or pretty much his entire Spring 16 Couture collection of fantastically feminine silhouettes. He is a classicist at heart with modernist ideas. One of my favorite kind of designers.

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Giambattista Valli – Photo by Yannis Vlamos-Indigital.tv

And for the Spring 17 RTW season, he took to the idea of lingerie as outerwear, much like the current model posse, including his long-time staple runway anchor Gigi Hadid often showcases in her street style with crop tops, bra tops, hot pants, and workout gear. It is a dressed down decade, and to that end Valli wanted to explore a little. Only on his runway, the underthings were flirty, romantic, and super feminine. Gigi wore a black satin bra with matching high-waist panties under an open lace pleat skirt with a puff sleeve jacket.

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{Bridal Fashion Week Fall 17} Sachin & Babi

For the bride looking for something a little different from the traditional, husband and wife team Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia may be the way to go for the Fall 2017 season. Their focus of inspiration was strength within grace – definitely an unusual concept for bridal.

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Sachin & Babi Bridal – Photo by George Chinsee – WWD

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{Milan Fashion Week Spring 17} Dolce & Gabbana’s Tropico Italiano

Dolce & Gabbana are embracing cultural change, and through their Spring 2017 RTW show we got to see their fresh perspective on what a runway show should be. Instead of buyers and A-listers, Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce gathered a squad of 21 media savvy milliennials like Luka Sabbat, Brandon Dallas, Dylan Jagger Lee, and Sofia Richie to Insta, Snapchat, and live stream their experience.

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{London Fashion Week Spring 17} David Koma’s take on Imperial Russia

How do you take Imperial Russian court dress from the early 20th century and give them the David Koma modernist and sexy edge? On paper, it sounds…perplexing. But completely intriguing, because if anybody can take a concept that is romantic, embellished, and formal, yet make them sharply crisp and sexy at the same time, it’s Koma.

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David Koma RTW Spring 2017 – Photo by Giovanni Giannoni – WWD

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{London Fashion Week Spring 17} Burberry nods to Virginia Woolf’s Orlando

Is the seasonless business of fashion here to stay? We’re in this oddly confusing period where collections are being shown for seasons 6 months away, while other more progressive business-forward brands are selling them now. So the Spring 2017 trends are actually Fall 2016 trends…blended. With the see now, buy now model being announced  by the first major brand of Burberry, many other designers followed suit.

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