Friday, July 26, 2013

Trend Alert: Team Spirit

Photo via Vanessa Jackman (*Note* not a Les Plus Dores shirt, but stylin just the same)

Fashion has team spirit yes they do! Fashion has team spirit, how about you?! New York Based fashion label Les Plus Dores have created jerseys for the fashion dream team. The shirts have the names of today's biggest designers including Philo( Celine), Tisci (Givenchy), Margiela (Maison Matin Margiela) and more. With such an all-star packed team, how can you lose?

Join the team at:Les Plus Dores

Friday, July 19, 2013

Let's Talk Versace

Let's talk Versace. In the past, I have appreciated the label but wouldn't consider myself a fan. It is just not me. Versace is  vibrant, bold, sexy and a little tacky. In other words, the label is wholly Italian.

The fashion world is often preoccupied with girls. Who is the latest it girl? So it is always intersting when a designer picks women as the subject. I am starting to think that Donatella Versace is one of these designers.  The Versace woman exudes sex and power. A woman can achieve world domination and bed a 007 type all in one night when wearing a Versace dress. 

 Versace Resort 2014

Starting with Donatella's 2014 Resort collection, I took more notice of Versace. This collection is a mix of the young and fresh, along with Versace's feline sexuality.

Versace caught my attention again this couture season. Honestly couture is a bit of a snooze for me. Yes, it's great that designers are able to be creative and it's great to see these great works of craftsmanship. But I feel like couture has been repetitive for a long while now. I think couture and I just think of lots of tuelle. 

I feel like couture is a bit of an anachronism. What once was probably the most anticipated season for fashion lovers, now is just another season on the over-crowded fashion calendar. Now we have pre-fall and resort along with countless high street collaborations with today's hottest designers. I am sure there a more fashion people looking forward to the coming Isabel Marant for H&M collabo than this fall's couture.

With that being said, my favorite Fall 2013 couture show was the Atelier Versace show. The show had a classic Versace vibe, meaning 90s Versace. And what would be classic Versace without a little Naomi? Donatella pulled a *stunt queen* move by having the Queen Naomi Campbell open and close the show!

I loved that the versace dresses had open panels that revealed pretty bustiers and bras. It was refreshing and a little exciting to see a show with this kind of energy. It brings us back to the time of the supermodel and Gianni. It's Fashion! Fashion! Fashion! even though it may come across a being dated to some.

 Atelier Versace Fall 2013

I don't know if I am the Versace women yet, but I'd like to think that the Versace woman is the woman I can still grow up to be.  


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Street Style Star: Belgian Model Hanne Gaby Odiele

Balenciaga cape, top & Shorts and Rag & Bone boots, with a Dries Van Noten clutch

Hanne recently appeared in the street style inspired lookbook for the 2014 Sonia Rykiel resort collection.

Sonia Rykiel Resort 2014

Things That Should Be Trends But Aren't: Chokers

Tank Magazine

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Fashion Round-Up: Menswear Spring 2014

 The band Nirvana in a 1993 issue of Mademoiselle.

Free your mind and the rest will follow.

With so many clothes to choose from, it is interesting that women's fashion has taken a turn towards the utilitarian. Take the relaxed-chic trend that strips fashion down to the bare basics, for example.

Then again, minimalism is just another relic of the 90s, a decade that has exploded onto the fashion scene with crop tops and grunge plaids popping up in the collections of 3.1 Phillip Lim and Dries Van Noten.

While women's fashion continues to march steadfastly in uniform, the boys just want to have fun. 

"Just 'clothes' is boring. We need more passion, more humanity."

Menswear is eager to break out of the mold. Modern men are often hampered by more strict sartorial rules when it comes to dressing. Just think of how boring the men are on the red carpet. No one cares to see another black tux, we want to see the dresses! 

Thom Browne Menswear Spring 2014

But maybe that is changing. Thom Browne, well known for taking the alternative route, turned out a gender bending toy soldier with fire engine-red lips and Joan Crawford shoulders. Browne "loves uniforms", but leave it to the the master of strange to take something as masculine as a soldiers uniform and give it an other-world feminine twist. Thom Browne manipulated fabrics to give the uniforms their often feminine shape. 

 Raf Simons Menswear Spring 2014

Next up we have Raf Simons who experimented with form. Raf says he wanted to go with the idea that men do not need to feel obligated to be dressed in a uniform. The collection, says Raf, is about the "freedom a man has to express himself."

Prada Menswear Spring 2014

Muccia Prada added women to her Menswear show, creating a cinematic love story set in a doomed paradise. Men walked down the catwalk in Hawaiian and palm printed shirts and silk-crepe jackets. Muccia described her menswear collection as "Love and War". Set to the soundtrack of Body Heat and Risky Business, this steamy wartime romance is headed for a boiling point. It is this kind of cinematic storytelling that helps inject emotion into the clothes. Muccia tells that making "just 'clothes' is boring. We need more passion, more humanity."

Interestingly enough, Rag and Bone designer Marcus Wainwright described his 2014 Resort womenswear collection as just that. "Just clothes." While the lo-fi chic trend is a welcome respite from the fussy and overwrought, it is important to remember that the purpose of a fashion is to tell a story;a story that makes us burn with desire. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Christy Turlington in US Vogue + Jean Seberg in Breathless

Christy Turlington was shot by photographer Ellen Von Unwerth for a Breathless inspired editorial that appeared in a 1990 issue of US Vogue.

Get the look:
Sunnies:Karen Walker Eclipse Sunglasses 
Earrings:Gorjana Carmel 
Bag:Marc Jacobs 
Shoes:Salvatore Ferragamo

Monday, July 1, 2013

Lust Worthy: Acne Layla Flag Colour Block Skirt

Need a way to fashionably show your partiotism this Fourth of July? Try Acne's Layla Flag Colour Block skirt. While getting your fill of hot dogs and fireworks,take the time to celebrate Independence Day with a little shopping;). Here are 7 Fourth of July Sales:

1.ASOS-Sale ends July 5th.
2.Madewell-Sale ends July 4th.
3.Nasty Gal-Sale ends July 4th.
4.ShopBop- Ongoing for a limited time.Get up to 70% off.
5.La Garconne- Ongoing for a limited time.Get up to 70% off.
6.Urban Outfitters-Sale ends July 4th.
7.Net-a-Porter-Ongoing for a limited time.Get an extra 20% off of sale items.