Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Blue Prints: Charming!

Pool your resources, darlings, and take the plunge! Blue prints are the coolest . . . and as indicated by the collage above, they are varied in both style and shade. From rich navy florals to pale azure abstractions, there is a aqua indulgence for every taste!
On the runways, oceanic hues were featured for ALL upcoming seasons!
At upper left: Peter Som blue dress, via This is a stand-out piece, not only for its sumptuous fabric and rich marine hue, but for its lovely symmetrical funnel neckline.
At right:
Biba tunic - CC is loooving this shade!
Bill Blass silk color block dress with fringe, via

Bill Blass sequined floral frock
The resort collections featured a sea of azure patterns, but puh-lease don't take this to mean that the blue print is reserved for warm weather. As you will see, darlings, the fall runways were awash in lakes of lapis!

Bill Blass Resort 2009 dress and jacket, via

Bill Blass Resort 2009 strapless frock, via
MaxAzria Resort 2009 patterned asymmetrical gown

Roberto Cavalli Resort 2009 aquamarine kimono dress
Roberto Cavalli Resort 2009 leopard print dress - this will transition so nicely into fall!Helmut Lang Resort 2009 short-sleeved navy patterned shift
Catherine Malandrino pouf-sleeve inverted-v shape mini dress

Custo Barcelona multiple prints
Mara Hoffman turquoise and black patterned tunic and tights

Cynthia Steffe dark floral v-neck dress
Rodarte periwinkle patterned duster, sweater and baby blue full skirt
Preen cape dress
Ohne Titel patchwork print dress

Diane von Furstenberg gown
Matthew Williamson long landscape-print dress
Reyes belted, draped gown
Thakoon Panichgul sleeveless tunic and skirt

A voluminous grey-blue diamond-pattern dress at Jill Stuart
Tracy Reese pale blue printed dress with full skirt - This one reminds CC of Georgia O'Keefe!
Tracy Reese dark watercolor patterned frock
Anna Sui sheer royal patterned tunic, tights, and boots
Navy and green fall florals at Jovovich-Hawk
Peter Som blue patterned blouse, courtesy
Tuleh striped top and dirndl skirt - CC adores the bold pairing with fuchsia suede boots!
Karen Walker sheer ruffle floral print blouse
Roberto Cavalli neckline detail, via
Miss Sixty sheer blue floral blouse

Chanel Iman at Matthew Williamson; detail photo courtesy
For some REAL WAY inspiration, be sure to check out our Fellow Fashionista Diabolina in her blue patterned Chloe-inspired frock:
In the stores, there is a veritable ocean of marine-printed dresses! What is more, many are on sale! Remember CC's advocacy for seasonless dressing, and don't be afraid to pair a "summery" dress with tights and a cardi come fall!

Mayle Makino mini dress. Go to

Carmen Marc Valvo printed silk dress, at Bergdorf Goodman
Forever 21 Dina chiffon halter dress

Milly zigzag print dress, at - note the complimentary colored orange bag!

Harkham printed dress - 70 percent off at!

Karen Zambos Vintage Couture blue floral chiffon tunic dress, at

Oscar de la Renta leaf applique dress with embroidered hem, at Gorgeous!!
Lela Rose lapis metallic tweed strapless empire waist dress. Visit

Michael Kors porcelain print toppper, on sale at!
Nicole Miller sky feather-printed voile empire dress, at
Moschino dandelion print dress. Loving the periwinkle! Visit to purchase.

Shoshanna silk halter neck dress. Go to
Mulberry silk quilted dress, at

Stella McCartney bubble hem dress in wedgewood blue with silver abstract print, at Bergdorf Goodman

Yaya Aflalo Esperanza top. Go to

Forever 21 paisley babydoll top

Rebecca Taylor Water Clouds top, at
Kasha floral skirt. Go to
Marc by Marc Jacobs Groovee vinyl tote - just $100 at!
Diesel silk scarf. Visit
Simeon Farrar hand printed butterfly scarf. Visit
How aMAzing are these Christian Louboutin "armadillo striped" satin d'Orsay peep toe platforms? CC is sure they're a very hot item at Neiman Marcus!

Paul & Joe Libra multi wedge sandal - 70 percent off at!

CC has not forgotten that it's still summer!
She leaves you with this exquisite Missoni Bahia triangle bikini from Don't be blue - wear it!!
Photography credits: All runway images in this post are from unless noted otherwise.
Also - if you are interested in the dresses and skirts in today's collage, just search Couture Carrie at!



Lovely Blue. Blue, Blue, Blue! ♥

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michelle said...

WOW. I absolutely love this! Makes me crave some electric blue! :P

Tricia said...

love these blues!! it'll be such a great color for fall - and those shoes, both of them are fabulous picks.

Blicious said...

love the blue! :) i finally did my Premio awards, yay!

Da Fashionista said...

exquisite choices AGAIN!!! inspiring as always. love love loving all the flowy maxi dresses especially.

p.s. Not sure if you saw but I gave you permission to include my dress. be featured on my fave blog? duh ;)

Sharon S said...

A great post Couture Carrie, particularly as my original 60s dress I got on Monday fits right into this trend-yay!!

WendyB said...

Yay for blue feathers.

Bedroom Talk said...

yumm Blue just makes my mouth water lol, Who says that you can't have too many shades of blue? Crazies I tell you.

Couture Carrie said...

Hello, darlings!

Fashion Chalet - swoon . . .

Michelle: electric blue - yes!

Fashion Herald - blue shoes are the best, right??

Blicious - Great work!

Diabolina! Thanks for the permission . . . I couldn't upload your image so I linked your post as a "real way inspiration" in between runway and stores. Your keen eye for style is much appreciated!!

Sharon Rose: I am so glad your vintage dress fits the bill for blues this fall - yay!



I love the Louboutin Orsay pumps, so gorgeous, they will be perfect with my long blue dress I love to wear in summertime.

La Fille said...

I want to have the strapless dress with the blue butterflies! It's so adorable!

Patri Jorge said...

blue, all the differents posibilities. Good ideas!. I love also all the shoes that you have in the right side of your blog!!!! Kisses from the Canaries

Angela said...

love roberto cavalli, just don't know where i can go where such fancy sexy dress. hm... have to ask bf about it. : ) adore milly as well. don't you think wearing bright blue in a hot summer day just makes the mood light and cool.

Penny said...

Hmm... I don't really wear much blue really, I think now's a good time to start!

Anthea said...

What a fantastic blue post! I love reading all of your selections:) Would you like to link exchange?

Arielle said...

omg so much blue! they're all so pretty. The Peter Som and Roberto Cavalli are my favorites

LuLu124 said...

woww you have a goorgeous blog!!!! i especially love the shoes you've got on the side :D this post is awesome, all the prints here are fantastic!!!! xoxo, lulu

Rebecca Lydia said...

thanks for the comment! i love the intensity of your post. the length in which you divulge into a specific topic is outstanding. also, you've found some really rad blues in these fashions and i might borrow some for my paintings. hehe


whouaw thats a lot of blue ! i really love the way u posting on ur blog very proffessional! check out my stylez in my new blog
and leave comments on post that u liked kiss!!

Unknown said...

Bill Blass is a designing god. Every single dress of his I want!

Meg said...

I love the bright blues! Electric blue is such an amazing colour. I think my favourite dress is the one from Bill Blass.

DANI said...

love the blue and the dresses! makes me what to go shopping SO bad! just love it

AsianCajuns said...

I could look at this post for hours! Thanks for putting all these looks together. I love those Bill Blass dresses - so gorgeous!

Unknown said...

I'm glad to see blue is so popular! I especially love royal blue.

Thanks for the comments on my bag project. =D

♔Jaimie said...

Those shoes are to die for! You always have the best pictures!

♔Jaimie said...

oh also don't forget to check out my contest!

Elizabeth said...

Me too!^^

I love that Peter Som. Thanks for spending so much time on your posts!

Anonymous said...

Priiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnntttsss. Scrolling down your blog, I feel like I just looked through a blue kaleidoscope! Feelin' kinda blue!

karen said...

you're amazing! lovely blue. also balenciaga resort also used a shade of turquoise blue, you are spot on! xox

Mrs.French said...

I love your celebration of blue...such a lucky color!

♥ Marta ♥ said...

I love blue, it's perfect for the fall...lovely post, as always :)

Fifi Flowers said...

WOW... that's A LOT of BLUE! Some great wears!

J said...

yeah kudos for tutu!

i pretty much like all kinds of blue because they suit my skintone. thanks for sharing!


Andrea Martínez said...

Blue is my fav color, and this post makes my day :)

Aliena said...

I've always liked blue too. Love that roberto cavalli kimono dress. great post!

AlicePleasance said...

Great color!
I want that Bill Blass color block dress!!!

Anonymous said...

I am not a fan of blue, but these things look charming. Great spotting )))

Hugs from Angel

Ella Gregory said...

I never used to wear much blue now most of my clothes are blue!
Great post!

lara said...

Oh, I wnated to buy a blue printed dress but i wasn't sure about it, but now I am!! Thank you sooo much :)!!
Yayy I'm getting a blue printed dress ;)!

AusAnna said...

i look good in blue
hahahah YAY

Imelda Matt - The Despotic Queen of Shoes said...

my favorite colour and it's gotten my in the mood for the warmer weather. fabulous post, so detailed and well researched, everything from top end to bottom.

Claudia said...

Before this, I didn't love blue, I thought it was a color for jeans, or accessory, but now I really want blue dresses! I added you on my bloglist by the way, your blog is great!

Daniel said...

Thanks for the blog love, CC. I prints for me too?

Victoria Stansbury said...

Mmmm I love the Biba tunic. I'm so glad blue is so popular right now; it's my favourite colour.

MakeupByRenRen said...

dang mama, i love how you put so much effort and passion into your really shows :) i'm lovingggg all the blues, especially the ones on sale, he he

S (formerly of Modern-Guilt) said...

LOVE electric blue (such a flattering colour on most anyone), and I love the Rodarte look even more!!

Siru said...

What a Huge post! Thanks for visiting my blog!

juliet xxx

El Notable said...

Love your blog! and I absolutely loved the Cavalli "goddess" dress.
This is my blog if you want to check it out, though it is in spanish (I live in Madrid...)

Always In Style said...

Ooh, I got a case of the blues and I don't want no cure!

Absolutely adore your picks -- I want them all!

Diego R. Wyatt said...

I live for Bill Blass and Custo Barcelona designs. Their takes on "Blue Moods" is efortless and inspiring, and the Reyes belted gown is amazing.

Dana (MODAna) said...

aww but I like the country fringe more than the couture fringeeee
Your posts always have so much work put into them, you leave no garment unturned, I applaud you

Vanessa @ See Vanessa Craft said...

Beautiful blues!!

Songy said...

stunning Jill Stuart. i'm so predictable... I don't think we can buy Jill Stuart here. is it available online?


Seeker said...

Great post. Love blue, and you've picked such great shades.
I must invest more in blue.


Economy of Style said...

You've got me singing the blues. Love these!