Friday, June 18, 2010

Vendredis en couleur @ Quinntessential Style

So I decided I wanted to dedicate Friday posts on my personal blog to color inspiration. I figured it'd be a fun, vibrant way to welcome the weekend!
This week I've picked Turquoise. The color has been named Pantone's color of 2010. Expect to see the color popping up all over; from runways, to cosmetics, to accessories!

To see all the color inspiration images, click here!
xx, Q.


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Mobsters, Ballerinas, and Crystal Pleating

With Paris' Opera Garnier and the ballet I attended STILL on my mind, I was immediately drawn to an article in the May 19, 2010 issue of WWD, "Dance Class", featuring Gilles Mendel's resort collection for J.Mendel. The designer was asked to design costumes for New York City Ballet's newest work "Call Me Ben". The article discussed how he had to learn the difference between "designing for the stage [and designing for] social settings". Marc Happel, costume shop director for NYCB, was quoted discussing how smaller details will get lost on stage, so bolder is better. He said, "many times I take [the costumes] and stand at the end of a hallway and say 'OK, what you're looking at is Row A. Most everyone else is going to be even farther away'."

The one-act ballet takes place in the forties and follows the story of gangster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel. Dressing the women in delicate pleats and flowing mousseline, and the men in classically tailored pinstripe suits, it's clear one of Mendel's first inspirations for the project was formed around Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. The women also sport tweed pencil skirts, cape jackets, and all dance with Forties-styled dance shoes. For Mendel's resort collection, it goes without saying that he brought ballet from the stage to the runway. The collection emphasizes the graceful aspects of ballet with the use of flowing fabrics such as tulle, mousseline, and organza. The movement in the garments is incredible. Looking at the photo with Mendel and the blue dress, it's as if the mannequin is twirling. Each piece is extremely elegant with the glamour and detail seen in Mendel's work.
To view more of his designs visit my blog: Quinntessential Style.
xx, Q.
WWD Articles

[credit: WWD]

Friday, May 7, 2010

My Dearest Apologies - I've Got Paris on a String

Dear Readers,
I sincerely apologize for my INCREDIBLY long absence. Paris' magic put me under a spell, and I've just come to. This semester has flown by, but brought wonderful and exciting people, places, and events to my life abroad.
I scored a fantastic internship at WWD Paris which has let me experience the real life of a journalist. I have wined and dined with fellow bloggers at a gorgeous apartment in St. Germain des Près while overlooking the sparkling Tour Eiffel. And, my favorite experience of all, I fell into the lap of luck when running late for the Hommage à Jerome Robbins ballet at the famous Opéra Garnier (for those who don't know, this is the opera where Phantom story takes place).

Since I was late, I was going to have to wait to take my seat after the first act was through, until the lighting and sound crew OF THE ACTUAL OPERA HOUSE invited me into the lighting booth to watch the show from there. The crew could not have been nicer or more generous. As the night progressed, one thing led to another and all of a sudden during the entracte I found myself on THE stage where I had just watched professional ballerinas waltz and pirouette. I was absolutely speechless, and couldn't do a thing but smile like a child on Christmas morning. After the final bow, I was offered a full tour of the opera house from the very bottom to the very top, seeing areas that wouldn't usually be seen by those on the public tours.

When the opera house was built, the water table was found to be higher than assumed. So, the building actually sits atop a mini lake, which yes, contains fish. Climbing the 7 flights up to the actual stage, then a few more, I entered the giant practice rooms where we found a little tutu hiding (pictured above). The construction was beautiful, and if you can't see, very intricate. Unfortunately, it was too late to see the costume atelier where every costume is made in-house, but I was promised at my next visit (yes next visit!!) I could. My fingers are crossed for a possible apprenticeship... I hope, I hope.

So my dear readers, this is a little update from my nouvelle vie parisienne.
I really am going to try to keep my promise of updating more (especially because I know I won't hear the end of it from Melissa, of Prête Moi Paris, and M. if I don't)

I hope you haven't lost faith!

P.S. Check out my blog for new Paris picture updates coming soon!

[image courtesy of Prete Moi Paris]

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

seeing stars

I'm a little too excited about this new collaboration of The Lake & Stars and Urban Outfitters, the lingerie is gorgeous, and I really want every bra/bustier there is and wear them with high waisted skirts.
Check out more @ Marissa Explains It All
lovelove, M.

Dreaming in polka dots

I've been finding myself drawn to polka dots lately, I really love everything and anything with polka dots of any color, here's some things I've found/love right now.

Urban Outfitters Tank; Heritage 1981 Romper

Forever 21 Skirt; Bordello heels

Blue Banana dress; American Apparel socks

3.1 Phillip Lim dress; Modcloth bathing suit

Check out more @ Marissa Explains It All
lovelove, M.

Friday, April 2, 2010

J'adore Wildfox

Wildfox Couture's Spring 2010 Lookbook is so perfect to inspire anyone's spring look! Photographed by Emir Eralp and styled by Cassandra Kellogg, the lookbook features models Allie Crandell, Bar Paly, and Anna Iaryn. To see more check out their website at Wildfox Couture.


To see more of the photos, and a video from the shoot, check out Owl Wings!!
xo, C.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Summer Chic

Model: Blaise Reutersward
Photographer: Marloes Horst
The Holiday Lolita

See more at my personal blog Marissa Explains It All, along with other outfit posts and inspiration post!
lovelove, M.