S/S 11 Street Style
When it comes to outfit inspiration, our mantra is "the more, the merrier" and today's M.O.D. story is certainly a reflection of that. While in the past we've turned the spotlight on just one impeccably dressed beauty at a time, this month we're upping the ante and giving you eight phenomenal off-duty looks from an array of MVP catwalkers! These industry pros are constantly at the forefront of fashion and work with top designers, editors and stylists, so it's safe to say they know a thing or two about how to execute thoughtfully constructed ensembles when they're off the clock. And happily, today's selection of photos--all taken by Vanessa Jackman on the streets of Paris during the F/W 11 show season--showcase a myriad of styling choices and offer tips on everything from how to wear white jeans to the best way to execute a ladylike look. So if you're in need of some additional spring wardrobe guidance or just enjoy perusing models' street style, you're in for a real treat because we have all that and much more!
Sara Blomqvist is an off-duty style veteran on our site--and for good reason. The Swedish stunner has mastered the art of effortless layering and is consistently turned out in perfectly polished ensembles. Last month Blomqvist was snapped wearing a structured peach blazer by Dries van Noten with an oatmeal Marc Jacobs knit sweater and a Herve Leger mini skirt. The look is definitely sophisticated, but it's also a bit quirky and unexpected, thanks to her contrasting collar and the way she styled her Chloe ankle boots with black socks. Want to recreate this chic and feminine mix? We suggest starting with the primary piece, a peachy or neutral jacket like Rover Island's Pretty Boyfriend Blazer ($90) and Silence & Noise's Boyfriend Blazer ($78). For the rest of your outfit, pick up T by Alexander Wang's Crew Neck Sweater ($180) and Culture Phit's Banded Mini Skirt ($82), and you'll have your very own MOD uniform in no time.
Though the thought of wearing a sheer skirt might be scary for some, it's an excellent way to incorporate a hint of the boudoir into your look. Now, there are many ways you can style this risqué piece, but we recommend making note of Jourdan Dunn's execution. The British beauty wore a calf-grazing sheer skirt by Cheap Monday with wardrobe staples, including a white American Apparel t-shirt, Topshop leather jacket, and Chanel ballet flats. The resulting ensemble is equal parts edgy and feminine, plus, the mini skirt under the sheer layer keeps the look from feeling too sexy. Happily, there are many sheer skirts available on the market right now, including Nasty Gal's Censored Maxi Skirt ($68), Topshop's Layered Maxi ($80), and Sparkle & Fade's Sheer Maxi Skirt ($20). Those of you looking to further achieve Dunn's winning outfit should pair any of these skirt options with a basic tee and ASOS' Collarless Quilted Leather Jacket ($215).
Cool blue hues are a fresh choice for spring, especially when they're worn together, as demonstrated by Andie Arthur. The American model was photographed last month wearing a silky, cobalt blue blouse tucked into a pair of dark-wash, high-waisted skinny jeans. The mix of blue shades work well together for two reasons: one, there is a noticeable contrast between the hues, so the pieces don't blend together, and two, she kept the rest of her look neutral, accessorizing with a gray across-body bag and lace-up wedges. Want to put together a look-a-like ensemble? The ingredients are simple: pick up a classic blouse, like Equipment's Signature Blouse ($188) in Turquoise and tuck it into J. Crew's High-Waisted Skinny Jeans ($125) in Night Owl Wash. Just be sure to stick to neutral tones when it comes to choosing the rest of your look.
Textural intrigue is the name of the game when it comes to the outfit Bonnie Chen put together, above. The Chinese model wowed us in head-to-toe Chloe, specifically the Jersey Dress ($4380, 212.717.2193), Wool Vest ($2995, available by special order), and cap-toe flats from the S/S 11 collection. We appreciate Chen's well-calculated decision to juxtapose the delicate frock with the nubby, oversized vest. The resulting look is so chic and takes what most people would consider to be an evening dress and transforms it into a wearable daytime option. Fortunately, you don't have to invest quite so much to create a similar look. We're head over heels for Rachel Pally's Grecian Long Dress ($233) and think it would look equally memorable paired with Alexander Wang's Textured Linen Cardigan ($550).
A floppy hat is a must-have accessory this season, but don't think these bohemian toppers are only suited for long days in the sun! As Anouk Lepere recently showed us, a floppy hat is also an excellent way to give your on-the-go looks some feminine flair. The brunette beauty stepped out in Paris wearing a Zac Posen jacket, Ann Demeulemeester fur vest, and Balenciaga denim shirt with a high-waisted Kiki de Montparnasse skirt. Her bubblegum pink Maison Michel hat adds a playful pop of color and gives her ensemble a cool, downtown-lady look. To give your understated outfits some Lepere-inspired panache, try a brightly colored, floppy chapeau, like American Apparel's Wool Floppy Hat ($40), French Connection's Floppy Hat ($32), or Helen Kaminski's Herme Cotton Organdy Bucket Hat ($85). We promise it will come in handy all summer long.
If you're not sure about how to wear white in a transitional way, we suggest following in the footsteps of Karolina Kurkova. The Victoria's Secret model stepped out in an off-the-shoulder striped sweater by Kima paired with white Jean Paul Gaultier jeans and cherry red boots by Maison Martin Margiela. By simply styling a key year-round staple--the striped sweater--with a pair of crisp white pants, Kurkova expertly constructs a prime between-seasons look. If you're looking to mimic Kurkova's ensemble, make sure to grab a pair of slim white jeans--Joe's Jeans Cigarette Jeans ($158) and Rag & Bone's Skinny Jeans ($165) will do the trick--and team them with Lily Pulitzer's Cassidie Sweater (74). If you prefer a '70s-inspired wide-leg flare instead, we've got a few of those as well. Paige's Bentley Jeans ($179) in Optic White and Seven For All Mankind's Bell Bottom Jeans ($169) would also look excellent, especially worn with a bold, bright top.
It's safe to say we're obsessed with the season's rainbow-bright color palette, and what's not to love? From bubblegum stripes to bold, colorblock pieces, there are so many ways to incorporate these vibrant and energetic shades into your look. One of our favorite interpretations of this trend came from Tati Cotliar, who accented her dark wintery pieces--a patent leather jacket she picked up from a vintage store in Argentina, House of Holland tights, and UGG boots--with a kelly green Marc Jacobs skirt. A bright skirt is a simple way to liven up your look, so if you're in the market for an eye-catching style, please don't miss ASOS' Ribbed Jersey Skirt ($36), Anthropologie's San Pedro Pencil Skirt ($148), or Silence & Noise's Zipper Mini Skirt ($38); the latter looks quite similar to Cotliar's Marc Jacobs pick!
Lately, we've noticed a bevy of models embracing the season's lengthier hemlines, and we're enjoying every minute of it. Take the outfit Alana Zimmer constructed, for example. The leggy model went for a sweet ladylike look with the help of a full midi skirt, which she paired with a button-down blouse and topped off with a pink Ann Demeulemeester coat. Her of-the-moment skirt is decidedly modest and a fresh alternative to all the short, body-con silhouettes that have been so popular over the last few years. If you also adore Zimmer's voluminous skirt, don't hesitate to check out ASOS' Irregular Stripe Midi Skirt ($63), Topshop's Nude Silk Button Down Midi Skirt ($120), and Marc by Marc Jacobs' Bella Striped High-Waisted Skirt ($498); the latter is definitely worth the investment!--Jessica Baker
Photos, courtesy of Vanessa Jackman