New York, Paris, Milan and My House

I love runway fashions.  I know they are over the top and like the rest of you I wonder who buys these clothes and where do they wear them?  Here's a piece from Alexander McQueen's line for Fall 2013.

It's beautiful, daring, amazing art, but it won't fly for my weekly trip to Target or even a big night out with my husband's business associates.  So why do I pour over fashion mags and runway reports when I live about as far from the runway as possible?  Inspiration.  

I can sew, but whether you make your own clothes or not, you can be inspired by a style or technique to update your own wardrobe and stay current.  I am inspired by the McQueen collection.  I love the pearls on the sheer black fabric in a diamond pattern.  I would recreate that on a scarf or top for evening (or a scarf that doubles as a top under a blazer).  I might use pearl fabric paint to recreate the design on a black tee to add a regal touch.

There are also always simple updates in color or style I can use to keep my wardrobe from looking like I am stuck in a different era.  Since I work from home I live in jeans and casual clothes, but that doesn't mean I can't bring a little McQueen, Dior and Emanuel Ungaro to what I'm wearing to Kroger this fall.   

After hours of (joyful) studying, here are the trends I'll be adding to my Fall/Winter '13 Collection.

Anthony Vaccarello F/W 13
  Asymmetrical skirts were all over the runways.  I like this embellished black one.  I would wear it a little longer and with black tights.  For embellishment I would pick up a few gold studs from Michaels and add them to the long corner in the front.  

I've already started wearing more gold jewelry, but I might get one two cheepie chunky pieces for the holidays.  

Emanuel Ungaro and Dolce and Gabbana
I like the gold pins against the black coat dress.  One gold butterfly on a black blazer would work for me (along with a black belt with a gold buckle, details).  Earrings are always an easy way to update.  I'm sure I can find a smaller, but no less regal, version of these from Dolce and Gabbana to update my LBD (Little Black Dress). 

Finally, hair and make-up.  The change might be subtle, but it can make a big difference to keep you looking current.  Since I already have bangs I think I can pull off a side sweep.  Luckily, pale skin seemed to be all the rage (I've got a lock on that).  What I still need is a great red or burgundy lipstick or gloss to contrast it (add that to my shopping list).
I have no idea if anyone notices my bits of couture at the local bar and grill, but I like the way it makes me feel.  It's a little daring, a touch of creativity, wearable art.  

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