25Aug

Resort 2011 Trend: Demure Bathing Suits

I’m not really sure about the tan lines, but you sure will look fabulous…

Chanel Resort 2011 Bathing Suit

Chanel Resort 2011 Bathing Suit

The white, gold, and delicate detail s of this Chanel bathing suit will make you feel like a Moroccan princess…

Alice + Olivia Resort 2011 Bathing Suit

Alice + Olivia Resort 2011 Bathing Suit

Pop! with Alice + Olivia’s retro bathing suit. High waist = figure flattering.

Herve Leger Resort 2011 Bathing Suit

Herve Leger Resort 2011 Bathing Suit

Tribal AND covers up love handles.

Lanvin Resort 2011 Bathing Suit

Lanvin Resort 2011 Bathing Suit

Lanvin’s ultra glam snakeskin one-piece bathing suit.

25Aug

Resort 2011 Trend: Crisp White Suits

A crisp, white suit is chic and fabulous. There is something about wearing a white suit that makes a woman instantly look like a powerful fashionista. For Resort 2011, Chanel, Lanvin, Miu Miu and Giorgio Armani created unique white suits.

Resort 2011 Trend: White Suits - Chanel

Resort 2011 Trend: White Suits - Chanel

This relaxed Chanel ensemble is kimono inspired and has a more casual feel. The hat and belt accessories add a wordly twist.

Resort 2011 Trend: White Suits - Lanvin

Resort 2011 Trend: White Suits - Lanvin

This Lanvin look features a high waisted straight leg pant, tucked in blouse and boyfriend blazer. Wear with wedges and chiffon scarf to complete the look.

Resort 2011 Trend: White Suits - Miu Miu
Resort 2011 Trend: White Suits – Miu Miu

Channel your inner movie star with this ladylike suit with long pencil skirt by Miu Miu – very Casablanca.

Resort 2011 Trend: White Suits - Giorgio Armani

Resort 2011 Trend: White Suits - Giorgio Armani

Clean, classic high waisted pants and short jackets by Giorgio Armani.

Resort 2011 Trend: White Suits - Giorgio Armani

Resort 2011 Trend: White Suits - Giorgio Armani

This black and white pantsuit by Giorgio Armani is a more futuristic take on a classic look.

25Aug

Resort 2011 Trend: Maxi Dresses

Maxi dresses are everywhere for Resort 2011. Michael Kors kept it clean with a bright ombre hue and simple cut. Chanel was inspired by the 70′s and created flowy, romantic pieces. Lanvin was also inspired by caftans and created striking, edgy silhouettes. Richard Nicoll kept it classic, and Jill Stuart went back to its romantic roots.

Resort 2011: Chanel

Resort 2011: Chanel

Chanel’s 70′s inspired caftan maxi dress is one of my favorite resort pieces. It has movement, embellishments, and color, and looks exactly like what you envision wearing on a fabulous vacation.

Resort 2011: Chanel

Resort 2011: Chanel

A white linen maxi dress is a must for vacation – this Chanel piece adds something extra with several puffy 70s inspired tiers.

Resort 2011: Chanel

Resort 2011: Chanel

This Chanel halter dress has incredible movement and color, and the halter top does great things for cleavage! It would look spectacular with stiletto sandals and bangles for evening.

Resort 2011: Michael Kors

Resort 2011: Michael Kors

Peach is a universally flattering color that looks especially amazing on tanned skin. The ombre detail of the fabric makes it interesting, and the classic cut is figure flattering.

Resort 2011: Lanvin

Resort 2011: Lanvin

This striking dress by Lanvin is comfortable and sexy at the same time. The snakeskin print makes it stand out, and the cut will work on most body types. Add some chunky jewelry and some giant wedges to complete the look.

Resort 2011: Lanvin

Resort 2011: Lanvin

Another 70s inspired piece, this time by Lanvin. The cut of this dress is very simple, and the sleeves create that 70s inspired look.

Resort 2011: Lanvin

Resort 2011: Lanvin

This black Lanvin maxi dress accentuates a tanned décolleté, shoulders and back. The jeweled halter eliminates the need for much jewelry, and the hem is higher in the front to show of fabulous shoes. Easy glamour.

Resort 2011: Lanvin

Resort 2011: Lanvin

This sarong inspired dress is an interesting take on the maxi, and features a fun print.  A slit in the back and a little sheerness adds a bit of sensuality.

Resort 2011: Jill Stuart

Resort 2011: Jill Stuart

This maxi by Jill Stuart is super romantic. The blush and nude tones combined with the frills and flowy fabric make this dress the perfect dinner-for-two ensemble on a romantic getaway.

Resort 2011 Richard Nicoll

Resort 2011 Richard Nicoll

This look by Richard Nicoll features a tank top upper with high waist belt and sheer bottom skirt, adding a trendy twist to a classic cut and color combo.

Resort 2011: Richard Nicoll

Resort 2011: Richard Nicoll

This maxi by Richard Nicoll is covered-up-sexy. The sheer top adds a little edge and the waist belt accentuates the figure.

4May

World’s Most Valuable Luxury Brands

Millward Brown Optimor just released their annual list of the World’s Most Powerful Luxury Brands. They’ve noted that the luxury category overall is down 3%, and brands that focused on heritage rather than high fashion fared better.

1. Louis Vuitton: up 2% to $19.78 Billion
- Focused on their primary consumer, the Jetsetter.

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2010 Ad Campaign

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2010 Ad Campaign

2. Hermes: up 8% to $8.46 Billion
- Charge much more for their bags than their competitors, tight control over selected retailers.

Hermes 2010 Campaign

Hermes 2010 Campaign

3. Gucci: up 2% to $7.59 Billion
- Developed a partnership with Christie’s to appraise vintage Gucci luggage and handbags.

Gucci Summer 2010 Ad Campaign with Natasha Poly

Gucci Summer 2010 Ad Campaign with Natasha Poly

4. Chanel: down 11% to $5.55 Billion
- The decrease in sales is a sign of the times. Their classic quilted bag was still a good seller, as well as fragrances and cosmetics, but people were not willing to spend the extra money on ready-to-wear.

Chanel Spring 2010 Ad Campaign with Claudia Schiffer

Chanel Spring 2010 Ad Campaign with Claudia Schiffer

5. Hennessy: down 1% to $5.37 Billion
- This LVMH brand is super popular in China.

Hennessy

Hennessy

6. Rolex: down 14% to $4.74 Billion
- Suffered due to the recession, just like Cartier

Rolex 2010 Fall/Winter Ad Campaign

Rolex 2010 Fall/Winter Ad Campaign

7. Moet & Chandon: down 12% to $4.82 Billion
- Still the #1 champagne brand despite the decline.

Moet & Chandon Campaign 2010 with Scarlett Johansson

Moet & Chandon Campaign 2010 with Scarlett Johansson

8. Cartier: down 19% to $3.96 Billion
- Severe decline in sales to 3rd party retailers.

Cartier Summer 2010 Campaign

Cartier Summer 2010 Campaign

9. Fendi: down 8% to $3.2 Billion
- Known for “it” bags in the US, super popular in Asia; ready-to-wear designed by Karl Lagerfeld as an answer to Gucci’s ready-to-wear.

Fendi Spring/Summer 2010 Ad Campaign

Fendi Spring/Summer 2010 Ad Campaign

10. Tiffany & Co.: up 6% to $2.38 Billion
- Did not place last year; brand refused to discount in 2009, plans to expand to Asia and Western Europe.

Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany & Co.