Sunday, November 30, 2014

Five Trends I'm Thankful For

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In the spirit of this holiday season, and being that Thanksgiving was only two days ago, I decided to share with you all (in no specific order) the top 5 trends I am thankful for this year. So here they are!

Fringe is hands down one of the funnest trends of 2014. It adds such a fun vibe to any look. It is a unique way to add something different to an outfit without the use of embellishments or glitter. One thing about this trend though is it has to be done right. It requires the right fabric, the right context, and the right length. 

It should be absolutely no surprise to anyone who reads my blog that the black and white trend would make my list. Honestly, if this was in any specific order this trend would take number one. The fact of the matter is that black and white is just chic. Always. It's a timeless combination and as much as people may love color, color goes out of style. Black and white is always in. 

I. Love. Fur. What more is there to say? I just love it. There is something about a woman in fur that  makes her seem important. It's such an easy way to add a little something to any outfit. Simple black jeans and a tee? Add a fur vest. Your LBD a little too boring? Add a fur coat. This is definitely a trend comeback that I am absolutely loving.

Here we have a trend that isn't necessarily new but one that is all too important, light-weight knit sweaters. This trend is God's gift to us all and is amazingly versatile. There isn't really a time of year where they aren't acceptable. They look fun with a pair of short-shorts in summer and look chic with a pair of skinnys and boots in the winter. Not to mention the layering options are endless. Say yes to light-weight sweaters and watch your world change. 

My love for this bright red trend may stem from the fact that it looks just like my favorite lipstick shade (Lady Danger by MAC). Actually, it 100% stems from the fact that it resembles the coral-esque lip color. It's an absolutely fantastic color that truly looks good on everyone. It's fun without being obnoxious. Again, I hope this trend sticks around for at least a little while longer. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Top 5: Milan Fashion Week

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Dolce and Gabbana 
It goes without saying that Dolce and Gabbana presents amazing shows during every fashion week and will continue to until the end of time. It also goes without saying that every collection is clearly made for a woman who enjoys luxury and the finer things in life. This has to be one of my favorite collections they have ever done. Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce's Spanish inspired line brought to us and array of gorgeous looks. This matador cape is absolutely everything to me. This is a look for someone who is ready to take some names (and kill a few bulls on the way). 

No. 21 
Chic business wear is one of my absolute favorite things and I think there can never be too much of it. I realize that this look is excessively simple but, that is exactly what earned it it's spot on my top five list. I think it's so important to realize how much a little detail can transform and otherwise boring look into something beautiful. Oh, and the shoes. Just look at the shoes. 

It's almost hard for me to form words about how majorly obsessed I am with this look. I would wear this dress everyday of my life until it fell apart and I might try to keep wearing it even then. Other than the obvious fact that the materials, color, and silhouette of this dress work together in perfect harmony - I love this look because is is so obviously Fendi. If I had never seen this dress in my life and saw a woman walking down the Champs-Élysée in it, I would know it was Fendi. It's glamorous and it's chic and it is everything I have ever wanted a dress to be. 

Gareth Pugh 
It's hard to judge whether this look was a part of Fashion Week or an art exhibit. If you haven't gone through the Gareth Pugh presentation yet I suggest you take the time to do so immediately. I would honestly put the presentation in my top five favorites of all time without a second thought. It was so hard to pick one favorite. This happens to be one of the least artistic looks as far as presentation goes (the masks and hats on many of the looks are insane), however the dress was my favorite piece. The architecture and precision is outstanding. I want this dress almost purely for display. You can't look at this without understanding that fashion, architecture, and art are all one in the same. 

Luisa Beccaria 
I have a strong feeling this dress is going to be repined on Pinterest wedding boards everywhere. This dress is a dream and actually makes me debate tying-the-knot far too young purely so I can wear this. The whole look is ultra-feminine. With just the right amount of tulle and subtle touches of lace, Luisa Beccaria and Lucilla Bonaccorsi created a masterpiece.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Top 5: London Fashion Week

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Can we all just start by agreeing that a botanical theme is almost always a good choice? Whether it's done in a lighter fashion or in a darker, more sinister way (just like this Erdem line), botanical is always right. This dress was by far my my favorite in the whole collection. The amount of detail is stunning. This dress is proof that fashion design and architecture can be one in the same.

Once again, a magically-wonderful botanically themed line graces fashion week. I'm currently obsessed with this trend (if that isn't evident already). I also am extremely drawn to that darker side of the trend. I stared at this dress for a solid ten minutes just taking in how magnificent it was. The materials, the silhouette, and the color pallet work in perfect harmony to create a dress that creates such feeling. This dress set the mood for the whole entire collection. 

Marques'  Almeida 
I absolutely love when younger labels, just like Marques' Almeida (the brand first launched in 2011), bring such amazing lines to the table. Younger labels are sadly so often over looked. However, If Marques' Almeida's newest collection doesn't earn them a little more recognition I don't know what would. The whole line channeled both the grunge scene in the 90s as well as a more modern woman. A delicious combination. Let me not forget to mention that the fabrics were stunning. The black silk and asymmetrical look took the cake for me. Favorite by far. 

Surprise-surprise a simple look made it onto my top five look. That never happens right? Really though, this look just proves again how chic simple is. The coat is without a doubt one of my favorites I have ever seen and I LOVE coats. I'm always impressed when a clean cut and muted look like this can stand out among a sea of elaborate architectural looks that fill fashion week (not to say I don't love those too). This look should be every woman's goal when getting dressed. 

This is what business casual should be. I don't even know where to start with why I love this look so much. I was just flipping through all the LFW lines and when I came across this I just though; YES. Yes. Yes. Yes. The pants are not only perfectly tailored, which I am a complete sucker for, but the sweat pant inspiration makes them totally chic. The top is the perfect amount of cropped and the perfect amount of structure. Combined, this is the new working woman's look. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Top 5: New York Fashion Week

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Bibhu Mohapatra 
If there is any designer that gets way less recognition than they deserve, it's Bibhu Mohapatra. If you need evidence of that, look no further than the designer's Spring 2015 collection. The whole show was filled with pieces that any modern woman would die for. However, what really stood out in the designer's most recent collection was the day wear. Every single look was the perfect combination of structure and movement. Picking just one look out the total 42 proved to be nearly impossible. But this look had it all. It is pretty much a visual summary of the whole collection; structure, movement, and pattern. 

Alice and Olivia 
I have always been a fan of Alice and Olivia. Stacey Bendet clearly designs for a very particular woman and is able to give that woman exactly what she wants. Her collections are always filled with graceful and feminine pieces. The label's Spring 2015 RTW is no exception. This piece, although one of the simpler ones, stood out the most. There is both a feminine beauty and power in this look that I absolutely adore. Also, like I'm sure any of my frequent readers will know, I am a sucker for simplicity. 

Juan Carlos Obando 
I can barely put how much I adore this look into words. All I can think about is how absolutely-beautifully-wonderfully-magically stunning it is. From the rich color to the opulent fabric, this look has everything. Not to mention the silhouette is fantastically flattering. Once again, a designer I hope to be seeing a lot more of. 

Marc by Marc Jacobs 
It is easy to agree that almost every Marc by Marc Jacobs collection has just right amount of punk and edge. Holding to that theme, the latest collection was filled with looks with a very cut and pasted feel. Different garments cut apart and combined with others. Although that concept was very interesting, the more clean cut and simple designs were the true gems in the collection. I loved this look because it showed how shape and silhouette can turn something simple into something unique. 

Oscar de la Renta  
So basically the story behind this dress is Cinderella needed a dress for a Gatsby party so she hit up her favorite designer Oscar de la Renta. I think it is very obvious he did a beautiful job too. This dress is absolutely stunning. The color combined with the beautiful neck line is what dreams are made of. Well done once again. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Top 5 (So Far) of New York Fashion Week

What better time to return to the blogosphere than New York Fashion Week? Which happens to be in my list of top 8 favorite weeks of the year (yes, they are all fashion weeks). 

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Derek Lam 10 Crosby

There are so many things about this Derek Lam 10 Crosby look that earned it its place on my top 5 (so far) looks of NYFW. Let's start with the fact that it is the epitome of simple femininity. The delicate fabrics and the soft color pallet compliment each other so fantastically. I have always been a fan of pieces with more movement, which unfortunately can sometimes be difficult to do in an appealing way. This look hit the mark though. Also, I think I may be dreaming of the shoes for the next few weeks. 

Wes Gordon

Although Wes Gordon is a relative newcomer to the fashion scene (having debuted his first collection only four short years ago) he is always one to watch. I look forward to going through his collections every season. His most recent collection is no exception. I always enjoy seeing designers create elegant pieces in a powerful way. This dress is for someone who is all about dressing like a women and isn't afraid to take a few names here and there. The soft silhouette combined with the chain link inspired material is nothing short of awe-inspiring. 

Monique Lhuillier  

I think we should all be able to agree that Monique Lhuillier has mastered the art of creating elegant fashion. With dresses very clearly being her strong point. Although, this season had an abundance of equally beautiful day wear, it is no surprise that yet again it was a dress that jumped out at me. Not only am I obsessed with tea length anything (I'm convinced it is one of the most flattering lengths) but, the fabric is stunning. If this isn't proof that simplicity is the way to go I don't know what is. Dreams are made of this dress.

Joseph Altuzarra 

Now, I'm not normally a fan of this color scheme but, something about this look feels so right. Once again we see a piece that is made for a powerful woman. This is a look made for a woman who is all about getting what she wants. Altuzarra told a story on the runway this year. We can clearly see the woman for which his designs were created. The only reason I was able to pick just one favorite out of the collection was because this skirt is actually everything. The things I would do to have it in my closet this second...

Band of Outsiders 

I have always been a fan of Band of Outsiders edgy and cool style. I always imagine their clothes being for the cool kids who really didn't give a sh!t what people thought. Once again, I am drawn to the simpler pieces. Also black, I really do have an affinity for black that I just can't seem to shake off. I honestly can't think of a place were this look wouldn't work. The versatility is what really deserves a place on this list. 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Top 5 Met Gala Looks

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Lupita Nyong’o, reigning queen of red carpets, does it again. Nyong’o is a prime example of elegance. No matter what she puts on, simple or daring, she looks classic. She is time after time on my list of best dressed celebrities and after this season may take the number one slot. This custom Prada is brilliant in every way. She looks like Jane from Tarzan took a trip to the roaring 20s and straight killed it. And can we all take notice of those arms (and then be insanely jealous of them)?
  Movie star. Blake Lively is no longer just an actress in this classically beautiful Gucci Première, she is a movie star. I don’t even know where to begin with this. She hit the mark from her hair and make-up to the dress. She could go back in time 20 years, come back, then head into the future 20 years and still look just as gorgeous. A dress that can do that is a dress that deserves some recognition. Plus she has Ryan Reynolds as an accessory, so that’s kind of a bonus. 
Let me just start by saying, simple red ALWAYS works - It just does and it always will. This Ralph & Russo gown that Arizona Muse wore is the prime example. Although it does not beat the red Ralph Lauren we saw Lupita Nyong’o in this season, it is still one of the best looks I’ve seen. Once again, this is a dress that you could wear in any time period and it is still jaw dropping. The simple accessory route was the perfect way to go, too. This dress didn’t need any assistance in turning heads.  
I always love to see my Emmas on the red carpet. Both Stone and Watson can be counted on to look beautiful. Stone knows what colors look good on her and isn’t afraid to mix and match. This Thakoon is perfect on her. I’m not always a fan of the pink and red combination, but these shades were meant for each other. She looks young, fresh, and alive. I had the opportunity to speak to the designer at TVFU this past year and I love seeing his work. Love the look. 
The best for last. This Marchesa that Karolina Kurkova wore is currently giving me life. Whoever believes that nothing can be perfect has been proven wrong. This dress (if you can even call it that, it’s more like art) is drool worthy. Just staring at this dress makes me happy. I would go on and on about it but I’m sure that you guys can all see how wonderful it is on your own. 
BONUS: worst dressed at the Met Gala goes to Maggie Gyllenhaal. Seriously, what is this? I am genuinely upset about this. There are so many things wrong with it and nothing right with it. The hair is bad and her face looks greasy. Give it up Maggie.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Top 5 Coachella Looks

Currently dying over the eye bag. If someone knows where I can purchase, that let me know ASAP- I so need it in my life. I'm just really digging the whole look overall. It looks totally effortless, comfortable, and adorably-sassy. In other words, perfect for any music festival.
I absolutely love this look. It is the perfect combination of classy and funky at the same time. Too often, Coachella goers just try to out do one another for the most obnoxious outfit award. I mean really, can we just discuss Vanessa Hudgen's horrible style everyone is so in love in love with? There is a difference between boho and hobo.  
Yes. So much yes. I am quite literally drooling over the perfection that is this whole entire outfit. This may not only be one of my favorite Coachella outfits, but one of my favorite outfits ever. I got genuinely excited when I came across this ensemble. Possibly too excited. Once again, it is proven that sassy and classy is way better then over the top. 
I am a complete sucker for black, the Rolling Stones, and leather so it is no wonder this made my top five list. It is beyond cool. This is Coachella done right. She looks like she belongs, like she actually knows a thing or two about music. You can just look and this girl and know she is awesome and she knows how to rock.
This girl knows she has style and doesn't even feel the need to get all done up to prove it. This may be one of the simplest looks overall at Coachella, but is by far one of the best. The bag is to die for. That dress is fantastic. The sunnies make me drool and the lipstick is the perfect shade. She is killing it. 

BONUS: Being that I am a complete music junkie and going to Coachella is my dream, I thought I would share with you guys my top ten bands that would be on my must-see list. I hope you take the chance to check them out!
2. Cage the Elephant
3. Lana del Rey
4. The 1975
5. The Naked and Famous
6. The Preatures
7. City and Colour 
9.  Flume
10. Foster the People