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inspiration sunday: we heart coco chanel, part 2

“Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” -Coco ChanelKarl-Lagerfeld

yesterday we looked at the rich history of Coco Chanel’s life and the creation of her fashion empire. it all began with a small hat shop in Paris, and today, the Chanel brand is one of the most recognizable in the world.

since Karl Lagerfeld’s introduction as the company’s creative director in 1983, the brand has remained timeless, elegant, and yet always at the forefront of our fashion minds. the Chanel style played a significant role in the 1980s, 1990s, and still today.

throughout the 1980s, the Chanel brand launched new fragrances, including their first for men, Egoiste, which emerged in 1990. they continued their tradition of elegant and timeless pieces for women, and their two piece suits were a huge hit in the decade where boxy blazers and chic business attire was all the rage. opulence was the word in the 1980s, and the Chanel lines had fun with the trend; paying homage to Coco’s layered pearl necklace look, the brand showed no fear when it came to accessories; their chain-adorned bags, gold logo-enhanced pieces, and color blocked pieces fit perfectly in with the trend- and dare we say, even worked as a catalyst for it.


the 1990s (a personal favorite fashion era) were the antithesis to the extreme styles of the 1980s; where there were shoulder pads and blazers, we now saw lingerie-inspired dresses; where there were bold, neon colors, we now saw black, white, and gray. luckily for Chanel, the fashion chameleon easily worked it’s way into the styles of the 1990s, while again remaining true to the brand’s style. a fine jewelry line was introduced in 1993, bringing the elegance of the Chanel look to another area of style.



our favorite celebrities and models were our favorite fashion inspirations in the 1990s, and iconic Chanel looks were often seen being sported by our favorite women. chanel’s 1991 autumn/winter collection featured on-trend layers of glamorous chains, paired with Chanel’s classic black and white palette and their signature quilted fabrics. in 1995 Karl and the Chanel crew took on the candy colored pastels trend, yet still managed to keep a classic look with black piping, chic feminine silhouettes, and a colorful take on their classic handbag. princess diana was oh-so-chic in 1997, sporting a pale green Chanel suit that perfectly combined a classic style with a modern color and cut, at a hospital benefit in London.



the 2000s have shown a series of gorgeous, innovative, yet classically Chanel collections. Chanel’s collections always manage to perfectly capture of the moment trends- colors, accessories, details- and blend it into an elegant look that would make Coco proud.

(from top left) 1920s-inspired dropped waists and LBDs in the fall 2005 show.

sheer, gathered layers are perfectly accessorized by layered sparkling necklaces in the spring 2006 RTW show.

glamour, monochromatic elegance, and a classically Chanel silhouette in the fall 2007 couture show.

sparkle-adorned flapper chic gowns in the spring 2008 couture show.

oversized accessories and 19th century inspired empire waists in the spring 2009 show.

classic Chanel suits in jewel toned woolens with on-trend fur boots in the fall 210 RTW show.

goddess-inspired flowing gowns with Chanel’s signature dropped waists, in soft pastels, in the spring 2011 couture show.

chic grays and feminine bows on the classic suit in the spring 2012 couture chow.

layers of nubby knits in soft pastels and a decidedly Chanel silhouette in the 2013 pre-fall show.

an equestrian vibe meets the classic Chanel suit in the fabulously over the top Dallas-hosted 2014 pre-fall show.


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inspiration monday: we heart Lady Gaga + Versace

we were so excited to hear the big announcement this weekend… Lady Gaga is the new face of Versace! it makes sense, considering that the songstress is often seen around town in the dramatic label’s goodies; Versace’s Italian roots, namesake gold medallions, over-the-top silhouettes, bondage-inspired lines, and envelope-pushing fashions are always perfect for Gaga. we of course know she’s a big fan of the label, often name-dropping in her tunes; and by now we have all heard Donatella, the songstress’ ode to the queen of the Versace label.


it’s well-known that the fabulous Lady Gaga and Donatella Versace are good friends, often seen around town and at events together, and we love the similarities of their looks, from the dramatic Italian features to the long blonde hair. Lady Gaga definitely channeled Donatella’s style for the spring 2014 Versace ads, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot. we are swooning!


Lady Gaga For Versace Spring Summer 2014 Campaign | Grazia Fashion

Lady Gaga Vs Liz Hurley: Singer Brings Iconic Versace Safety Pin Dress Back From 1994 – MyDaily UK

Is that you, Donatella? Lady Gaga recreates the fashion icon’s look as the new 2014 Versace advertising campaign is unveiled | Mail Online

Lady Gaga Matches Hair With Blonde Bestie Donatella Versace | MTV Style

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color theory: we heart raspberry red

the fruit is simply delicious, but the color might even better. like it’s namesake fruit, the raspberry hue is rich, bright, and delectable. a warm hue that often walks the line between red and pink, raspberry is the perfect jewel tone that always stands out in a crowd. festive for the holidays, we love it paired with basic blacks and grays; it also looks completely fierce with metallics silvers and golds. dress it up or dress it down, it always looks great!


joe’s jeans makes amazing classics that always look and feel great- we are loving the new prints and colors they are adding, including the one and only raspberry!

Erin Gallagher’s Anna ring makes us wish our birthdays were in July for an excuse to wear the ruby stone on 14k yellow gold. on second thought, we don’t need an excuse…

H&M’s cute cropped blazer is perfect for fall, winter, and even spring layering. the raspberry hued gem is easily our favorite- can’t you just imagine it with the perfect pair of dark blue skinnies and black boots??

we are still swooning over Kyra Sedgwick’s gorgeous jewel toned Monique Lhuillier beauty that she wore to the 2010 Emmy’s.

Michelle Dockery channeled her inner-1950’s-era goddess with this dramatic red color blocked look from Prada at this year’s Emmy’s.

Gucci’s dramatic leather waist belt is the perfect topper to spice up the LBD for all the holiday parties this year!

Let’s talk about how perfectly necessary Henri Bendel’s Sutton messenger bag is to our current wardrobe…

Laura Mercier makes the loveliest richly hued lip colors, and Raspberry Sorbet is yet another hit, a shade that will look great on all of us!

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simply fabulous: we heart fun winter hats

we (obviously) love hats. for us, they are a year-round accessory: fresh for spring, shady for summer, cozy for fall, and of course warm for winter. we get excited when the coldest part of the year rolls around, because it’s the easiest excuse for donning cute headwear! some of our favorite looks from the fall and winter runways are popping up now that the temperature is dropping, especially here in Chicago, and we are loving it. our inspiration: Tommy Hilfiger‘s ode to english houndstooth classics, Ruffian‘s dramatic take on horseback riding chic, furry and fabulous at Milly, and chic bohemian layers from BCBGMaxAzria (

hats_inspiration_fallwinter2013_tommyhilfiger_ruffian_milly_bcbgwe are loving all the different styles, textures and trends to layer into our wardrobe for the cold months. Francesca’s bow-adorned beanie is the perfect way to girl-up a classic winter piece. Grace‘s funky tophat brings a classic style into the new century for boys and girls alike. Restoration Hardware‘s ushanka hat in luxe faux fur is deliciously soft and snuggly for the coldest of days- our favorite is the creamy winter white to top our favorite colorful coats. Guess creates the best floppy hats for summer and winter; we love this wool piece for it’s warmth, and the metal studs for the chic factor. we love a great cloche, and Nordstrom delivers in a rich navy blue with an elegant bow to bring out the flapper girl in all of us.hats_winter2013_grace_francescas_restorationhardware_guess_nordstrom


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color theory: we heart bright yellow

who doesn’t love the color of bright summer sunshine? we can’t help but smile when we see gorgeous yellow hues brightening up even the dreariest of days. in the midst of this very gray, albiet lovely, autumn, a bright swath of cheerful yellow is a surefire way to a great day.

yellow_mac_targetsweater_katespadetaxishoe_topshopleatherskirt_fossilbagMAC makes all of our favorite rich colors for eyes, lips, and face. their loose eye pigments are sooo much fun to play with- we are totally digging the perfect shade of Primary Yellow.

We love any fashion that reminds us of midcentury ladies who lunch; no better way of channeling our inner diva than with Banana Republic‘s luxe leather zip gloves in bright and fun yellow.

Kate Spade‘s sassy dangling stone earrings come in lots of pretty colors- these yellow lovelies are our faves.

Fossil is known for great basics with surprising pops of color or texture; their Sydney Satchel is a fabulous piece with a bright hue to update a tired wardrobe.

Vera Wang never disappoints- her Spring/Summer 2014 collection is a great mic of breezy fabrics, loose yet feminine silhouettes, and her signature black palette with bold pops of color, like this gorgeous dress.

TopShop‘s sassy lemon yellow leather pencil skirt begs to be worn for a sex Saturday night date. Throw on a semisheer black blouse, red lips, and booties and you are set to go!

Kate Spade channels her New York City roots with these whimsical and stunning Le Taxi peep toe pumps that are so beautiful we (almost) wouldn’t want to wear them. Almost.

Anna Faris was a vision at this years Emmy Awards ceremony, not afraid to turn heads in this bright yellow Monique Lhuillier  number.

Target is the place to go for great, cozy basics, all year round. their candy colored cardigans for fall are swoon-worthy- especially this cardigan that will look great with just about everything.

We love the girl power vibe of this classic print from World War II. Go Rosie!

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color theory: we heart gray

“The tones of gray, pale turquoise and pink will prevail.” –Christian Dior

it’s that perfect shade right between the harsh brightness of white and the heavy darkness of black. It reminds us of a thunderstorm on a summer evening, and the smoke from a toasty winter fire. It looks great dressed up, with a bit (or a lot) of sparkle and shine; or relaxed, with a casual bohemian vibe. Pair it with bright colors- pinks, blues, and greens- for a funky mod feel. Pair it with your other neutrals- blacks, charcoals, and whites- for a sophisticated, understated beauty.

gray_inspiration_fashion_kors_miller_zoesaldana_katrinabowden(clockwise from left) we all heart Target for great basics like these adorable light gray jeans… and they’re reversible to dark gray!!

Richard Avedon’s Dovima with Elephants is one of our favorite fashion prints, capturing beauty, elegance, whimsy, and nature in this stunning composition.

Hobo’s bags strike the perfect balance between schleppy utilitarian and chic fashion. who wouldn’t be obsessed? their Patti bag is one of our faves.

H & M, you make the best little “throw it on and go, and look fabulous” dresses. this one, that makes us think of lightning and stormy skies, has the perfectly flattering fit and flare shape we all love.

we of course love Essie’s trademark bright, whimsical colors. cashmere bathrobe not only has a great name, but it’s on-trend opaque gray hue is chic, fabulous, and versatile.

katrina bowden inspired us in a wispy gray Badgley Mischka number at this year’s Red Carpet Fashion Awards.

Zoe Saldana is one of our favorite quietly inspiring celebs; she looked soooo chic at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in Valentino. The look was controversial, but we loved the lacey brocade gown and think it looked stunning on her.

Tsubo’s charcoal Caia Mary Jane pump is chic and fun- we want to wear it with everything from our favorite skinnies to our holiday cocktail dresses.

Nicole Miller perfectly paired biker babe with glamorous chic in her Spring/Summer 2014 collection.

Michael Kors showed chic bohemian glamour in grays and browns, with lots of texture and great accessories, in his Spring/Summer 2014 collection.