Barbie Dream Suite

Can you imagine a better email correspondence than the one that follows:
(loosely paraphrased)

Starworks PR - Hey Renata, we're inviting you to preview choice pieces from the asos F/W2011 collection in a suite at the Ames Hotel in Boston. Lots of Boston Bloggers and press are invited. There will be sticky buns and fresh squeezed juices, and killer views, post-earthquake.
Me - Um, Yeah!! I'll be there.

So needless to say, I was there and it was fabulous! My first impression, just from walking in the door, was 1950s, in every sense. Yeah, there were the obligatory Mad Men-inspired numbers: Feminine sweaters in candy shades, an ultra-ladylike tweed dress, but there was the other face of the 1950's - a leather biker jacket with leopard print panels in the front that would surely get an approving nod from Fonzi, and metallic, high waisted leopard print pants that the post-makeover Sandra D. would don to win over Danny Zuko in Grease.

I "styled" this outfit - I like the way the mustard plays off of the gold, and the patterns seem to playfully mimic each other. I'd wear it. Would you?

Despite my No-Leather policy....I kinda really love this jacket. As evident by that huge smile on my face!

The world as I imagine it - a place where leather, tweed, and leopard can all live in harmony.

As I made my way through the rest of the collection, there was literally (and this is what I love about asos) something for everyone, of every taste. Futuristic plastic necklaces mingled with 70's tasseled loafers on the mantle, floppy Brigitte Bardot hats shared space with a pair of creepers (my readers may know that is my least favorite trend, ever, but for the sake of having something for everyone, I approve).

I was smitten by this satiny black bustier dress, complete with mesh side panels. Wowza. I can see Madonna wearing this to her kids PTA meeting.

 Mark my words, those red heels (they are called "Arsenic", and they'll be out next month!) will be mine!!

This shirt pretty much sums up the collection - 70's by way of 40's, tuxedo meets weekend-wear, with a pussy-bow.
And the coats! I tried on an impossibly cozy suede poncho that was like getting a hug from a polar bear. It was so thick that I couldn't hear the conversation around me when I had the hood up! Perfect for a Boston winter, I reckon.

I'll share some more little details with you in the next post. In the meantime, I'm going to sit in a chair and wait patiently for my order from to arrive - I ordered some accessories for NYFW: A harness and a floppy hat, to name a few.

happy shopping,


  1. Nice recap and I def got that 50's feel as well. They chose a great venue for it!

  2. The title of this post is perfect! And I also loved that pussy bow bird blouse and those coats! Oh the coats! Great to see you there!!

  3. I wish I could have shopped the suite, would have made my fall wardrobe just perfecto! I am still pining for the Navajo dress but my modern black and white drop waist got delivered today so one drop waist is probably enough per season...

  4. Oh man, creepers make me so angry! Worst. Trend. Ever!


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