Alexandra Del Lago – Cape Quarter Lifestyle Centre, Cape Town

January 7, 2011

whats coming in 2011..

2011’s Top Trends!

By: Christene Barberich & Piera Gelardi


No one can deny that 2010 was a seriously good year for fashion. But with a new year on the horizon, it’s the top trends of 2011 that have our full attention. If you track back to any of our Fashion Week roundups, you’ll see that there were plenty of trends to get excited about. And now, with spring right around the corner (well, almost!), we’re circling back to get you up to speed on what you need to prep your closet for. So, without further adieu, here are the best and biggest trends of 2011…and yes, we’re already on the hunt for pajama bottoms.

1. That ’70s ShowFrom the wide-leg trouser to the sexiest classic halter top, the ’70s are back (again!) in a big way.


Above, from left: The ’70s trend on the spring 2011 runways at Marc by Marc Jacobs, Marc Jacobs, Derek Lam, and Tory Burch.


2. The Return Of MinimalismPhoebe Philo started it at Céine this year, but for 2011 it’s all the other silky, simple separates, neutral tones, white-washed palettes, and future-friendly utilitarian details like paramilitary straps that have positioned this trend as a Big One for 2011.


Above, from left: The minimalist trend on the spring 2011 runways at 3.1 Philip Lim, Richard Chai Love, Yigal Azrouël, Rag & Bone.


Above, from left: The minimalist trend on the spring 2011 runways at Alexander Wang, VPL, Rag & Bone, and Calvin Klein Collection.

3. Going LongDowdy or not, fuller, longer, smarter looking skirts, dresses, and their maxi siblings have been giving minis a major run for their money. Call it a grown-up moment; You can bet your bottom dollar that, come spring, those thighs of yours will be staying nicely undercover.


Above, from left: The long skirt trend on the spring 2011 runways at Diane von Furstenberg, Jil Sander; Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein Collection.


Above, from left: The long skirt trend on the spring 2011 runways at DKNY, Givenchy, Dries van Noten, Proenza Schouler.

4. Printed MatterEven if everyone is copying, we still can’t get enough of prints. And spring/summer basically turned up the volume: think bigger, louder, more playful and expressive than ever, from the sweet fruit prints at Suno and Prada to bold animal prints that were…well, everywhere.


Above, from left: Burberry Prorsum, Stella McCartney, Proenza Schouler, Prada.


Above, from left: Givenchy, Diane von Furstenberg, Suno, Z Spoke.

5. Block Party—The palette for the season was super intense with bright orange, turquoise, honeysuckle pink, and yellow dominating. A lot of designers played with pairing multiple intense colors together, which provided a beyond bold effect.


Above, from left: The bright color trend at Peter Som, Karen Walker, Christopher Kane, Rachel Roy.


Above, from left: The bright color trend at Jil Sander, Proenza Schouler, Prabal Gurung, Z Spoke.

6. Pajama GameLoose and lovely loungewear inspired many a runway with drapey weekend trousers, matching printed tops and bottoms, and nightgown-esque slip dresses. While this might be one of the tougher trends to pull off, it offers an interesting nod to the shift in modern sportswear…sexy, casual, and very appealing.


Above, from left: The loungewear-inspired trend on the spring 2011 runways at Karen Walker, Vena Cava, Thakoon, and Ralph Lauren.


Above, from left: The loungewear-inspired trend on the spring 2011 runways at BCBG Max Azria, Proenza Schouler, Karen Walker, D&G.

Color Trends 2011: 6 You Can’t Miss!

By: Christene Barberich & Piera Gelardi


With a new year comes all new everything to become obsessed with—that is, from a fashion perspective. And that always begins with rich, vibrant, turn-up-the-volume color. Along with silhouettes (long and lean ’70s!) and pattern du jour (Ikat!), spring 2011 color trends offer a perfect barometer for outfit planning in the coming months. What to pack up and what to move front-and-center in your bursting-at-the-seams closet.   And with the spring season already peeking its rose-tinted shades out from beneath the 3-foot drifts of snow, we’ve got the six hottest hues of the moment right here. Not just any orange, yellow, or blue…this season, classic brights are a whole lot more interesting. And if you’re wondering if white is really a color…well, this spring, it certainly is!

Pink: But not just any pink! Honeysuckle pink (a bright, almost reddish hue) was voted the color of the year by Pantone, and, as far as fashion goes, it showed up on miles of spring 2011 runways, from Jil Sander to Valentino to DKNY. This signature pink also loved to pair up with other brights like aqua and orange or offering some bold contrast to more neutral tones like khaki and sand.


Above, from left: Peter Som, Jil Sander, Valentino, Badgley Mischka.


Above, from left: Nina Ricci, Jil Sander, DKNY, Valentino.

Orange: The fashion Universe loves orange, and this spring 2011, it sprung up in a bushel of juicy hues like this mouth-watering persimmon shade, which we can’t get enough of.


Above, from left: Vena Cava, Prada, J. Crew, Versace.

Yellow: Yellow is often a tough shade for many women to pull off, but given the extremes it went to for spring, we’re willing to go there, despite the risks. Here, it ranged from a warm, buttery tone at Chanel to the palest, prettiest shades of chartreuse at Jason Wu and Proenza. In the spirit of the ’70s, modern shades of mustard emerged on the runways, too.


Above, from left: Christopher Kane, Diane von Furstenberg, Chanel, VPL.


Above, from left: Yigal Azrouel, Jason Wu, Proenza Schouler, Nina Ricci.

Blue: Truth be told, nothing gets more classic than blue, especially this spring’s offerings. Think a vibrant aqua, a dusty sky blue, and the richest navy (obsessed!) lead the trend pack. Surprise blue move of the moment: Sky blue was often paired with bright orange and rust to gorgeous effect…who knew?


Above, from left: From left: Diane von Furstenberg, J. Crew, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Jil Sander.


Above, from left: Diane von Furstenberg, Proenza Schouler, Peter Pilotto, Jil Sander.


Above, from left: Peter Som, Versace, Burberry Prorsum, DKNY.

Earth Tones: In a sharp contrast to all the spicier hues of spring, the season also welcomed a cool breeze of soothing, wearable earth-colored tones, from sand to a Santa Fe rusty red.


Above, from left: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Vanessa Bruno, Rag & Bone, Victoria Beckham.


Above, from left: Isabel Marant, Unique, United Bamboo, Marc Jacobs.

White: Yes, white is pretty much always a big color for spring and summer. But guess what? This spring 2011, it’s like the shade (or, non-shade!) of the moment. Going well beyond your go-to white trousers and bundle of white tank-tops, crisp, head-to-toe white, jackets, and gowns were all a major designer favorite. And we’re on board…totally.


Above, from left: Derek Lam, Peter Pilotto, Yigal Azrouel, Rag & Bone.


Above, from left: Bottega Veneta, Calvin Klein Collection, Ralph Lauren, Temperley London.

4 Unexpected Color Combos That Wow

By: Willow Lindley & Connie Wang


In the winter, it’s all too easy to slip into the usual routine of combining the same colors again and again (blue and red anyone?)—or, even worse, slipping into all black everything. We’ve seen some seriously inspiring color combinations post-fashion week for spring ’11 that have us tasting the rainbow. In order to diffuse some winter gloom, we’ve decided to share our very favorite combos. While they might not seem for the faint of heart, we’ve got some styling tips that will help you rock anything from orange and gray to copper and hot pink.

Mint Green and Maroon


Marigold and Neutrals


Green and Cobalt Blue


Copper and Magenta


…expect to see some of of these latest trends at Alexandra Del Lago! …in fact we just got in some fabulous new STUDIO PARAS stock that will wow you!!



May 3, 2010

A touch of Goth…a hint of punk..a lot of leather..a lot of black..pale skin,dark lips and attitude..

HOW COOL IS HALLE BERRY??? She is one of the few Hollywood stars that somehow always gets it right and never looks like she’s trying.. I love the leather pant! We’ve got some stunning ones… very flattering and a lot easier to wear than you think! I’ll show you how!


I like the tattoo peeking out..

leather pants…another fetish of mine..

Yummy fur jacket!

the vest looks very much like a Gryphon vest!…maybe it is… Great way to layer for winter and look sexy whilst staying warm 🙂

I love this photo…I know you’ve seen before but it just goes with todays theme..



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