Ti Amo Milano


This photo is courtesy of the brilliant Garance Dore

Milan fashion week was truly a beautiful affaire. Dark, romantic, womanly and perfectly seductive, all of the trademarks we’ve come to expect from the big Italian design houses. Suiting, yummy menswear inspired designs, ladylike cuts and gorgeous outerwear were all present.

Marni showed a slightly more minimalist style this season, and although the clothes retained Marni's trademark quirk, it was full of very wearable pieces.


Dolce & Gabbana presented a new take on the boy-meets-girl look by showing models in masculine clothing with side burns added for the occasion. And while D&G's did use some of their signature animal prints, stars were the print de jour.

Armani's theme was "Boudoir" and this suit showcases that hint of bedroom in the satin and swing of the cropped pants.

Fendi showed the color-blocking trend to perfection, emphasized through accessories & outerwear: Mary Janes, colored tights, headbands, sumptuous coats and structured bags.

Prada showed models in clothes that were a little bit mod, a little bit doll-like, and a little bit dreamy. And don't forget the Mary Janes with thick socks!

Alberta Ferretti's daywear came in bright colors and covetable silhouettes, all paired with over-the-knee velvet boots and chic sideswept hairstyles.

Opaque tights, T-Strap heels, formal updos and 60s flairs evoked Hitchcock's cool blonds at the beginning of the Bottega Veneta collection.

While the darker & more deconstructed fabrics later at Bottega conjured a sartorial juxtaposition between Grace Kelly & Ms. Havisham.

Jill Sander's show continued to play upon the Hitchcockian theme with this sportswear inspired collection that called to mind Audrey Hepburn's ski resort look in the first scene of Charade.

Both the Moschino and the Moschino Cheap & Chic shows were fun, with a dose of funk. Bows, structured ladylike bags, loafers, opaque tights and socks, plaids & nautical stripes all made an appearance. This look was one of my favorites from the two shows, I like the combination of a silky, flirty skirt with a wintry, knobby knit.

But the runaway hit from Milan was the Ferragamo show, filled with curve hugging silhouettes, pin stripes, pencil skirts, suits & dresses that all said: “I am woman, hear me roar!”

Trends to keep an eye on for next fall: boudoir laces & silks for cocktail frocks, 60’s cuts, attention to accessories & outerwear, thick tights, stockings and socks worn with heels and suits, suits, suits!

Ciao for now!

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We love you Oscar


MCLV is here to bring you a quick overview of some of the great dresses on the red carpet this weekend, where many couture gowns made the cut and pale hues and bright jewel tones were both dominant.

Cate is someone who I always look forward to seeing and she didn't disappoint in this Givenchy Haute Couture gown. She kept the hair, makeup and jewelry simple and let the unique gown speak for itself.

Michelle Williams looked chic in Chanel Haute Couture, her oh so on trend pixie cut the perfect accessory for this shimmering gown

Newcomer Hailee Steinfeld looked picture perfect and age-appropriate in her custom Marchesa, which she helped design.

Mila Kunis was an ethereal dream in her lavender Eli Saab Couture gown. Mila frequently dons bright hues so this gown was a beautiful change of pace for her.

Amy Adams wore a formfitting deep blue gown straight off the Fall 2011 L'Wren Scott runway. I especially love the emerald Cartier jewels. The whole look was really a stunning departure from all of the pale gowns we saw on the red carpet.

Pregnant never looked so good! Natalie Portman was an absolute vision in Rodarte, who incidentally designed the costumes for her Oscar winning role in Black Swan.


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The day has finally arrived…

Rachel Zoe has released previews of her soon to be launched women’s clothing collection. According to Vogue, the celebrity stylist’s new eponymous line is 70’s inspired and heavily influenced by her personal vintage collection.

Included in this small but interesting collection are cocktail frocks, adorned with ruffles and sequins, chic pantsuits, military-inspired outerwear, and of course, plenty of fur. The faux kind!

And, as with anything Rachel Zoe puts her name on, this line is already receiving raves & tons of media attention. Personally, I couldn’t be more excited to see these pieces in person – The coat the bottom is on my Must Have list!

{The cut & design of this sweater are casual & classic, but the sequins step it up a notch. I could see this over a romper or mini during the warmer months & with cigarette pants for a fun twist in the fall.}

{Military buttons & a neutral palette will make this suit wearable in seasons to come and immediately brings to mind the legendary Yves Saint Laurent’s smoking suits.}

{I adore the silhouette of this look – The structured, hooded sweater with double-breasted buttons juxtaposed against a soft, full skirt is a truly beautiful combination.}

{Pictures from Style.com}

Are you as excited as I am for this new collection to hit stores?

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New York Fashion Week Fall 2011


Welcome to Moi Contre La Vie my fashionable friends!

I come to you today to share some highlights from New York Fashion Week’s Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear shows earlier in February.

Designers showed lots of silhouettes, lots of fur and lots of outerwear for fall. The really standout looks were striking in their intricacy, it was the embellishments that were truly eye-catching. Many designers have gone back to basics and embraced the history of their houses over the last few seasons, and while those cautious approaches continued, we also began to see some new life being breathed into the lines. You’ll still be able to find classic lines and minimalistic pieces in stores, but next fall we’ll get a bit more variety through unique fabrics, patterns, embroidery, stitching and embellishments.

Below are a handful of looks and trends presented that I believe can be transitioned into your closet (as opposed to those oh so gorgeous designs that belong in museums rather than in department store displays).

These pictures are courtesy of Style.com, where you can also find full reviews, videos and additional pictures for each of the NYFW shows.

Classic Alice+Olivia: A well cut dress with a mix of flattering and fun textures and patterns, and 100% ready to wear

Behnaz Sarafpour presented a familiar silhouette, slim on the bottom & more exaggerated on the top, a look you can easily carry over from this past season

DKNY: Skinnies, check. Stripes, check. Tuxedo inspired coat, check. See how the details on the outerwear and two-tone booties completely update the look?

Marc by Marc Jacobs: Leave it to MJ to make the hard-to-pull-off wide leg pant trend absolutely wearable and bow-necked blouses less intimidating

Michael Kors: Neutrals never looked so good! There were lots of nudes, tans and whites on the runway for fall, as well as lots of suits. MK presented a combination that was sleek, modern and little bit sexy

Erin "Feminine" Fetherston's new more affordable line ($195-$600) had some versatile looks, including this one that could go from summer to fall with tights and darker accessories


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The Best is Yet to Come


Thank you for visiting Moi Contre La Vie.

I would like to take a moment to lay out for you my hopes and expectations for this site. As the title suggests, I will be sharing accounts of my life experiences with you. What I’ve learned, what I love, what moves me. Specifically in the areas of fashion, food and fitness.

These are topics which I am passionate about and in which I find great joy, and I hope to be able to share that enthusiasm with you.  

Please stay tuned for more…

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