Tuesday, 31 December 2013

13 Dream Pieces of 2013

Style savants, 2014 is coming. It seems like just yesterday we were all shaking in our Saint Laurent boots, fearing the rumored Apocalypse. Over a year since December 21st, 2012, and I'm happy to report that the world is still turning. As many fashionistas (and fashionistos) know, trends come and go; however, there are some pieces that capture one's attention well into the new year. The next twelve months has so much to offer: Nicolas Ghesquière's debut at Louis Vuitton and Peter Pilotto X Target, for example. However, in the spirit of reflecting on our pasts, let's take a moment to honor some of this year's outstanding, game-changing pieces. Sure, they don't fit many fashion groupies' budgets, but can't a girl dream?
Proenza Schouler PS11 Open Toe Sandal ($975): As everyone knows, Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough have a knack for turning their "Anti It" pieces into the hottest picks on the market. Though these kicks may not be perfect for a cold winter evening, you have to admit they're pretty major. Chunky heel, Grecian straps, and subtle hardware? Sign me up!  They're those kind of shoes that would look just as amazing with a slouchy pant as they would with a midi skirt. Versatility makes some of the greatest pieces. (Photo)

Rag & Bone Roseburg Coat ($1.095): As the creative minds behind Carven, Rochas and Céline taught us, oversized statement coats were the must-have piece for this chilly season. Though the aforementioned brands unleashed masculine silhouettes in girly prints and soft pastels, there is something so beautiful about a camel coat. Though is gorgeous tan is different from your go-to neutrals (ie: black and grey), this hue is versatile enough to wear for many seasons.(Photo)
Stella McCartney Strapless Jumpsuit ($2,965): In case you've been living under a rock these past few months, you know that 2013 was arguably the year of the jumpsuit. Major brands-- 3.1 Phillip Lim, Rag & Bone, and Zero+ Maria Cornejo, for example-- unveiled tailored playsuits while Sarah Jessica Parker rocked one at the 2013 BAFTAs. Honestly, this Stella McCartney takes the sartorial cake. The execution is absolutely impeccable, not to mention the black and navy color combination is very au courant(Photo)
Chloé Ruffled Silk-Blend Satin Gown ($5,595): Don't get me wrong: I love a classic, tailored ensemble just as much as the next trendsetter. However, I am a complete sucker for a "no expense spared" evening gown. I'm a girly girl at heart, and this Chloé number has me smitten. Designer Claire Waight Keller describes her cruise collection as "barefoot attitude," and this dress singlehandedly brings unapologetic glamour and effortlessly chic together. (Photo)

Rosie Assoulin Silk-Faille Drapped-Back Maxi Skirt ($2,995): It's 2013, for crying out loud! Your evening wear is no longer restricted to gowns. Separates galore are now available to spruce up your nighttime looks. This Rosie Assoulin skirt is absolutely perfection. Though it may appear high-brow to some, this piece is a potent ingredient to a jaw-dropping ensemble. Whether you sport this skirt with a blouse a la Carolina Herrera or add a boxy or cropped top, this piece is extremely versatile and works for a wide range of ages. Plus, that soft pink is to die for.(Photo)
Lanvin Stephanie Gold-Tone Necklace ($990): Though everyone adores a dainty necklace or set of chandelier earrings, there's something extremely fun and street style about  a kitschy piece of statement jewelry. This year, fashion house Lanvin unleashed its own collection of logomania gems, which includes varsity numbers and fun slogans. My personal favorite is this gold necklace. It's fun enough to sport with a tough motto jacket, yet smooth enough to pair with a tea-length cocktail dress.  (Photo)
Kenzo Quilted Satin Reptile Jacquard Skirt ($510): Between the spunky eye print and touchable textiles, Kenzo's Carol Lim has a way with patterns and fabrics. Unlike some of the brand's other pieces, I love this skirt because its dark color palette is quite versatile; however, the intriguing fabric gives it the option of becoming a true statement piece. The boxy silhouette may not  be ideal for a night on the town, but can we say
 office chic?  (Photo)
Peter Pilotto Kristen Printed Textured Cotton-Blend Dress ($2,055):  I'm not one for vibrant color palettes and high-octane patterns, but I know a good dress when I see it. And this piece is definitely "it."  Fashion demands us to dream. We're supposed to dream ourselves into an advertisement or photo spread, and we're suppose to imagine life with those fantastic pieces we spot on the runways. Peter Pilotto's Kristen dress makes me dream of going on a tropical vacation. I would tie my hair into a chignon, add some wooden bangles, and throw on some tan wedges (maybe even a red-orange lip). The dreamer in me says, "Très magnifique!(Photo)
Helmut Lang Leather and Jacquard Jacket ($1,195): Give me any motto jacket, and I'll be happy; however, there's nothing better than a reworked motto jacket. The nonchalance of the silhouette is a bonafide classic while the leather and jacquard blocking revitalizes this ultra-cool jacket. J'adore(Photo)
Tibi Printed Silk Gazar Skirt ($650):If I haven't made it clear enough, allow me to spell it out: I love Tibi. I love its fun take on sportswear Americana, so it's no surprise that I would go ga-ga for this skirt. The splatter paint print gives a whole new take on the ultra feminine silhouette. Though this piece screams summer, it would look cute with loads of layers. And honestly, when Eva Chen wears something, you love it!  (Photo)

Givenchy Black Bambi Print Neoprene Sweatshirt ($1,375): Couch potatoes, rejoice! Big brands such as Reed Krakoff, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Chanel, and Kenzo debuted chic sweats this fall, which gives you complete permission to wear  (stylish) sweats out on the town. Out of all the stylish picks, this Givenchy piece is my favorite. There's something so artistic, yet completely covetable, about this piece.  Gothic yet fun, it's the perfect piece for any fashionista who wants to be cozy and stylish. If you can magically drop  hundreds of dollars on this sweatshirt, please copy the runway look and pair it with a sheer skirt. (Photo)

Reed Krakoff Wool-Blend Wrap Skirt ($990): Though semi-pleated skirts were all the rage this year (never forget the Zara pleated skort epidemic), this Reed Krakoff skirt revitalizes the envelope shape. The white peek-a-boo panel adds a striking dash of color while the wrap form shows just the right amount of leg.  (Photo)
Prada Saffiano Lux Tote ($1,995):I'm always on a never-ending quest for the ultimate bag: something that has an optional strap, is large enough for Mary Poppins's essentials, and comes in yummy neutrals. Luckily, this bag fits the bill. If the size and shape aren't good enough, this putty hue is to die for.  (Photo)
What were some of your favorite pieces from 2013? Sound off below! 


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