Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Inspired by: Louis Vuitton

I really liked this month's Elle. I still don't know why Megan Fox is on the cover (Transformers the sequel does SO not merit an Elle cover, I'm sorry. Jennifer's Body, maybe), but her shoot was amazing. One of the other highlights was a shoot where they showed how Marc Jacobs translated runway looks from Louis Vuitton into the retail versions being sold in-store right now. It's still not all that realistic, but those are some darn cute outfits. The runway versions are on the left, the retail versions on the right, and I pulled together a few more pragmatic options below.

Joie Raina Cargo Jacket, $298 at shopbop.com, Marc by Marc Jacobs Lulu Solid Cashmere Sweater, $328, on sale for $164 at shopbop.com, Bop Basics Long Sleeve Crew Tee, $38 at shopbop.com: This cargo jacket is actually pretty similar to the Louis Vuitton version. Similar shade, cut, and sleeves, but significantly cheaper. I'd layer this Marc by Marc cardigan underneath (it's on sale!). The blue trim is comparable to the gold embellishments on the Louis Vuitton version, keeping it basic but not boring. Make sure to leave the sleeves peeking out from under the cargo jacket. It's a cute take on the old-school short-over-long layering trend (middle school? nobody?). I like this basic black tee as an alternative to the black tee/sweater on top. Buy it one size large and push up the sleeves for a baggier shape that would balance out a slimmer skirt.

Nomia Linen Chiffon Panels Skirt, $308 at revolveclothing.com, Loeffler Randall Trig Skirt, $195 at revolveclothing.com, Myne Olive Skirt, $191 at shopbop.com: This skirt on the left has really similar detailing to the Louis Vuitton skirt above, but I think the black on black is actual an even more practical color palette. It's much more versatile, and much cheaper than the runway version. Another alternative is this Loeffler Randall skirt. It's a similar shape, but much simpler, which I think would work nicely with the layered tribal jewelry from the Louis Vuitton runways. That statement jewelry is a whole lotta look, so it needs a simpler outfit to tone it down. For the second runway look, really any patterned mini would do. I like how the colors in this skirt would contrast with the cargo jacket and grey cardigan--very quirky and very on-trend.

Tory Burch Carrie Two Band Jet Wedge, $395, on sale for $276.50 at shopbop.com, Pour La Victoire Paige Motorcycle Sandals, $292, $204.40 at shopbop.com, American Apparel Unisex Solid Knee-High Socks, $10 at americanapparelstore.com: I have to be honest, the Louis Vuitton tribal heels are impossible to dube. They really are. I freaking love them. If you can, buy them. If not, here are two slightly more affordable options. The Tory Burch wedges are the most 'tribal,' and they are really, really cute. That color combination is chic and seasonless. These Pour La Victoire sandals aren't really tribal, but they have a similar shape as the Louis Vuitton sandals, they're on sale, and they're really versatile. On the runways, the heels were styled with knee-high socks. If you're into that, I'd go for black (it's the least cheesy), and scrunch the socks down a bit so they look a little more relaxed.

Image Sources:
Elle shoot: makemefashion.wordpress.com, Joie jacket: shopbop.com, Marc by Marc cardigan: shopbop.com, Bop Basics tee: shopbop.com, Nomia skirt: revolveclothing.com, Loeffler Randall skirt: revolveclothing.com, Myne skirt: shopbop.com, Tory Burch wedges: shopbop.com, Pour La Victoire heels: shopbop.com, Socks: americanapparelstore.com

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