Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Ay, Ombré!

The trend, going on a year old, greets its first birthday with a new grace and maturity.
At right, a Versace Atelier silk organza gown photographed by Craig McDean for W.
Runway looks have evolved from simple dip-dying to chiaroscuro nuance via draping and texture, with bold new shapes and textures abounding for Spring 2009
Akiko Ogawa; this and next courtesy nymag.com. Other runway photos via style.com except where otherwise credited.
Alexander McQueen
Basso & Brooke
Dries Van Noten
Naeem Kahn; this and next via nymag.com
Chanel pre-fall
Burberry, via nymag.com
What to buy? Consider a boldly gradated accessory, like this Coach ombré Sabrina satchel
Or perhaps a statement shoe:
Runway inspiration: Lacroix
Modern Vintage Lillian pump, at shopintuition.com.
Twelfth Street Seema bootie, at pinkmascara.com.
Jimmy Choo Panama strappy sandals, at net-a-porter.com.
McQ cowl neck tunic. Visit shopbop.com
Oscar de la Renta cardi; this and next at net-a-porter.com.
Hervé Léger bandage dress
Reem Acra belted dress, pictured at right via elle.com
Deal of the Day: empire waist dress, $59 at newport-news.com.

Get the gradation, darlings!


www.janetteria.com said...

Hi CC,

I faint! Beautiful! Nice post. I want all of them! :D

xoxo: Janet

please sir said...

I love this effect - so pretty and charming!

chauss said...

happy holidays! just bought a cute tip dye tshirt tunic in dark blues and gray...

Cate said...

That Versace gown is to die for. I had no idea dip dye could be so elegant.



Unknown said...

oh I just love the blue dress ...also, Target has some fairly awesome dipped looking tights.

Nemerae said...

I DO love this trend *.* I have a pair of shoes from black to blue and a scarf that goes from grey to black :P
Those dresses you have posted are stunning!!

Susanna-Cole King said...

Hey, just wanted to drop by and wish you a happy holiday season with this card I made:




Anonymous said...

oo love that first gown and the coach bag is rather nice too, ombre is fantastic overall

Nicole Linette said...

The dip-dyes and ombre is allll just so amazing :) I have a tank top that fades from white, to grey-blue, eventually to black.


Marian said...

love me some of this trend.its hippie but in a luxe way.im most drawn to basso & brookes digital interpretation of ombre.
darling wishing you a fabulous holiday and blessed new year.
big kiss,

- said...

for a while i was mad about degradé items but not any more


I fancy the chiaroscuro nuance, find it more subtle than dip-dying. And I really like the McQ cowl neckk tunic.

Angela said...

I love ombre dresses. I got one of armani last season and love love love it.

La Belette Rouge said...

That Ogawa dress is like out if a dream. Sooooo pretty.

MakeupByRenRen said...

beautiful, reminds me of eyeshadow gradiant blending :)

Lisa said...

Ah CC, I love your first paragraph as much as the ombre pieces you picked out! "Chiaroscuro nuance"--what a great phrase. You're a marvelous fashion writer, darling.

Winnie said...

Love ombre, especially purples and blues that fade into grey. Mmm.

Paul Pincus said...

versace atelier silk shot by genius craig mcdean is a poem. incredible!

ps thanks for making me think about melvin sokolsky!

pps happy christmas, cc!

Seeker said...

I like it, but honestly I never supposed it will last so much time.

Happy Xmas beauty CC


Tiffany said...

i love ombre. anything ombre, i am all over it. i just bought a pair of ombre Prada pumps that I adore!

Frieda l'écuyère said...

I dream about spring, I want to knit. Colorfull knit !

Mónica said...

I love the degradé style when Prada did it like 5 years -or even more- ago. It looks very elegant and not so serious. Lovely post;) and Merry Christmas

WendyB said...

I'm always lusting over Prada ombre purses.

Siru said...

It get's all my deepest and dearest love.

juliet xxx

i.d. said...

I love ombre - I would love a blue-y dress or skirt!

Hope you have a wonderful warm Christmas & New Year's!


Bella Harris said...

Hey lovely... the top right image is out of this world.

I'm absolutely loving this seamless blend of color!


T said...

I think that Versace silk organza gown is making my mouth water! It's so gorgeous!

ceecee said...

Doesn't that long gown with the orange at the bottom look like it's on fire? Talk about a hot tamale! Have a beautiful holiday, CC! Thanks for your many kind words!

JINX said...

i just wanted to tell have a bless chirstmas and new years

AsianCajuns said...

That Herve Leger dress is to die for! I love everything about it - the cut, the length and the shades of gray. Some of the brightly colored bandage dresses are a little too hooker-ish for me. The gray shades are more subtle.

LenoreNeverM♡re said...

bound moi in Hervé Léger bandage please... CC wishing you & family a merry Christmas dahhhlin'!!!
~Kisses & blessings as always!

Petra said...

Love Ombre! These are such beautiful looks, all so different and demonstative of how versitile a trend it is. Gorgeous!

Happy christmas eve! xx

Anonymous said...

Oh I want all these pieces! Especially the Byblos dress.

I hope you have an excellent Christmas! xoxo

Frankie said...

Wow, dreamy fabrics!!!

Merry Christmas!


Pratishtha Durga said...

I have always found Ombre fascinating. Though many designers don't always get it right. Those are some really pretty clothes there, for sure.

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Fashion Moment said...

Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful!
It's can be so luxury, as Naeem Khan dress, and so charming as Basso & Brooke dress.

Wish you fabulous Christmas and the most fabulous New Year's Eve Carrie, (in our country, Christmas is 7th January). :)


zoe aka drinkupthefashion said...

amazing post as always! i love the reem acra dress and the twelfth street booties. they are so fierce. i've featured them on my xanga blog before as well as the shoes next to them in a post. and those christian lacroix shoes are so pretty! they are incredibly over the top but i can't stop picturing how they'd look on my feet.

Jadore-Fashion said...

love the ombres, esp the herve leger and naeem kahn. hopy u have a merry xmas and a wonderful newyr :) xoxo

agnes said...

I wish you a very happy christmas!!

I made this little card for you :)

Sasi said...

Mmm I'm not really into this trend, but some of these dresses are amazing. P.S.: Happy holidays!

Brook and Lyn said...

I've been looking for shoes with a bit of fading...great selects

Songy said...

I didn't think this will last as long as it has.

I then saw some fabulous trench made with this last night (yeah I was online on the xmas day. tragic). Covet? Do I ever?!

Holly said...

im a mad addict of ombre! love the Basso & Brooke dress the best :)