Thursday, April 7, 2011


This is another runway-inspired outfit, which I got the idea for after seeing Christian Dior's blends of vibrant blue and burgundy, as well as the interesting mixing of long upper layers with shorter lower ones. The end result was sort of a hybrid; below are the two outfits I drew from compared with the final outcome:

As you can see I put my own spin on it by including some pattern mixing, and the vibrant, floral trench coat (as well as the absence of any fur) gave the outfit a springier look. The nude, patterned tights look funny in these photos, but I promise my legs did not look that creepy in real life. I would've actually preferred to go bare-legged, but it just wasn't quite warm enough yet.

I really liked the blue/burgundy mix; I will definitely play around with this pairing again. I also thought the long cardigan and trench over the shorts was cheeky and fun, and I will be looking for other ways to use this type of combo. My goal in creating this outfit was to demonstrate how runway fashions can be adapted to fit what's already in your closet, and how they don't have to be copied verbatim in order to capture the overall impression.

For more couture-inspired outfits, be sure to check out Emma's runway to work day series.

Trench coat: Liquid
Cardigan: Cynthia Rowley
Top: Forever 21
Shorts: made from thrift-bought leather pants
Tights: Hue
Bracelet: Betsey Johnson
Boots: Miz Mooz


Anonymous said...

Wow. I feel like I have been living under a rock. When I look at runway pics, I look at the outfit and think "Nah, I can't wear that to the grocery store." I never thought to just look at the color combination and textures to come up with outfit inspiration. Thank you for opening my eyes to a concept that I'm sure has been obvious to everyone else. LOL!

angie said...

I LOVE the trench over these shorts with the fun hose and boots!! Simply divine.

tinyjunco said...

oh, that royal blue & burgundy combo is so stunning on you! esp. pretty with the current hair iteration.

ha! i thought those were bare legs - they looked fine to me, i was just thinking how cold you must have been! have a great weekend everybody! steph

Emma at Daily Clothes Fix said...

I love this look and have stolen it for my inspiration folder. The burgundy and blue look amazing.

I am a bit behind on my reading and have only seen your post today. Thank you so much for the link through to my blog. I am so excited and humbled by this. You were the second blogger that I started following and I think you have amazing style. To get a link from your blog (again) is so wonderful. Thanks Audi.

Audi said...

Emma: You're quite welcome! Your blog has quickly become one of my favorite reads!