Mar 30, 2008

Gray but not cloudy

Classically thought to be formal and serious when used in clothing, the color gray can actually enhance bolder pieces to create unexpected but surprisingly natural combinations.

No matter the accompanying non-gray garments that are used, gray is capable of toning down the elegant and giving glamour to the casual. Plus, with shiny finishes, it can become the ultimate sophistication factor. Gray might not be the first obvious choice when seeking to complement a vivid palette, but being the offspring of black and white, it just has it in its genes.

Gray but not cloudy

A.-Medium Gray Pullunder by Calvin Klein; B.-Multi Daisy Midi Skirt by Miss Selfridge; C.-Bi-color Metallic Pumps by Miu Miu; D.-Rumbyo Belt by Diesel; E.-Mini Bow Dress by Temperley London; F.-Gray Emery Pant by Theory; G.-Light Gray Double Breasted Scarf Jacket by Celine; H.-Rhythme Printed Skirt by Chloé; I.-Gray Leather Gloves by Toast; J.-Silver Leather Bow Flat Clutch by Valentino; K.-Satin Tank Tunic by Forever 21; L.-Aluminium Casablanca Jeans by Adriano Goldschmied; M.-Nola Front Embroidery Tunic-Top by Malene Birger; N.-High-waisted Pinstripe Skirt by
Forever 21; O.-Patchwork Snakeskin Bag by Dolce & Gabbana.

Mar 27, 2008

Denim Sweet Denim

How many different materials do we usually wear?
Probably just a few. For most occasions, comfortable materials are a sensible choice, so is there a way to look polished at the same time?

Postmodern denim to the rescue: the mixture of structure and a variety of thicknesses, shades and finishes make denim look as new as when it was first created in the late 18th century. Found in a wide range of garments, be it casual or upscale, spring or winter oriented, pure or sensual, denim was invented to persist, look good and most of all: be practical for the real life.

Denim Sweet Denim

A.-Denim Cap Sleeve Jacket by Topshop; B.-Washed Denim Swing Top, Marc by Marc Jacobs; C.-Fitted Denim Vest by Forever 21; D.-Fitted Denim Blazer by D&G Dolce & Gabbana; E.-Denim Halter Dress by Forever 21; F.-High-Waisted Flared Jeans by D&G Dolce & Gabbana; G.-Denim Skirt with Ruffles by Christopher Kane; H.-Denim Dress, See by Chloé; I.-Side Pocket Dress by Chloé; J.-Denim Shorts by Ciel; K.-Denim Tulip Dress by 3.1 Phillip Lim; L.-Skirt with Braces, See by Chloé; M.-Stretch Denim Shorts by Serfontaine; N.-Clipse Denim Jacket by Forever 21.

Mar 21, 2008

Character²

This is the genuine pattern of character. Used throughout history, checkered, plaid or tartan patterns have always been re-interpreted into the present. The most classic convey red, black and white hues with green, blue or yellow highlights while more casual and modern ones bear lighter shades and a chromatic variety.

Is it possible to encapsulate this style into a certain current or fad? Definitely not. It ranges from elegant perennial pieces to fresh spring arrays and counter-movement garments such as those used in punk.

This is character squared simply because it depends on both the designer's purpose and the personality of who wears it to define it's ultimate significance.

Character²
A.-Maddy Plaid Sundress, Marc by Marc Jacobs; B.-Edith Tweed Purse with Vintage Buttons by Curiosity Killed The Cat; C.-Checker Plaid Tunic by Forever 21; D.-Gingham Broadwalk Blouse by 3.1 Phillip Lim; E.-Oversized Check Coat by Burberry Prorsum; F.-Navy Tartan Plaid Kitten Heel Pumps by Bettye Muller; G.-Tartan Punk Neckwarmer/Collar/Scarflette by Malam; H.-Checked Cap Sleeve Dress by Burberry Prorsum; I.-Plaid Coat, Marc by Marc Jacobs; J.-Set of 6 Plaid Cappuccino Cups by Urban Outfitters; K.-Sophie Plaid Dress, Marc by Marc Jacobs; L.-Spring Plaid Rainboots by Urban Outfitters; M.-Gathered Plaid Tote by Forever 21; N.-Vintage Smock Top by Anna Sui.

Mar 12, 2008

The anti-trend: to be or not to be

trend (n.) (trěnd)-
  1. The general direction in which something tends to move.
  2. A general tendency or inclination.
Thus, according to this definition,

anti-trend (n.)-
  1. An unlikely direction in which something moves towards.
  2. An aversion to something that is usually chosen.
Trends are in fact born by responding and relating to a particular context at a certain point in time, otherwise, they would be anachronistic creations (either by referring to a past context or an innovative one). It might look new and fresh but it's still coherent with what a large group of people consider plausible at a given moment. Trends are only trends when the general public accepts them in some way and adopts them, which results in making them current.

In fashion, this may appear as a new element that is incorporated to a previously known garment or accessory or even by only mixing pieces in a new way that either wasn't accepted or wasn't practical in the past.

Trends prepare us for future trends that currently have no meaning. Therefore, we can say anti-trends are in essence, potential trends...they just need a part of its context to change in order to be understood. This change might come from society or from further development of the original idea - for example, by re-interpreting it. The extent of the change that is needed to achieve this is what differentiates a bad idea (since it cannot and will not relate to society in any way) from the next big thing.

If anti-trends are potential trends, do real anti-trends exist?


A piece from the Fall 2008 Ready-to-Wear Collection
of Vivienne Westwood, designer largely responsible for the aesthetics
associated with punk and new wave [1].
Photo by Marcio Madeira courtesy of Style.com.

Mar 11, 2008

Urban African

A timeless style fit for savanna adventures or a daily routine at urban jungles. This spring, African-inspired patterns and colors unite with soft and versatile materials to create a long-lasting trend that will surely continue in the future seasons. Warmer pieces such as Safari-influenced cardigans and suede trousers complement fresher clothes making this style also suitable for the transition between seasons and cooler spring days.

By choosing ethnic prints with neutral bases such as white, beige, brown or black, these pieces are smoothly matched with the urban basics: jeans, khakis, leggings, t-shirts, etc.

Staying fresh and comfortable while looking effortlessly chic during spring had not been this simple in many seasons.




A.-Buckle Cardigan by Stella McCartney; B.-Swan Motive 3/4 Trousers by Marc Jacobs; C.-Print Silk Tie Front Top by Matthew Williamson; D.-Embroidered Hooded Bubble Dress by Easton Pearson; E.-Mosaic Strappy Flat Sandals by Fendi; F.-Tribal Bangles by Urban Outfitters; G.-Asymmetrical Geometric Mini Dress by Miu Miu; H.-Ethnic Print Top by Easton Pearson; I.-Black Ballerinas with Stone Detail by Miu Miu; J.-Short Tunic Dress by Sarah Arnett; K.-Little Stark Silk Kaftan Top by Schumacher; L.-Stamped Metal Choker by Roberto Cavalli; M.-Gathered Ankle Suede Trousers by Loewe; N.-Animal Print Silk Dress by Rory Beca; O.-Multi Colored Shift Dress, See by Chloé; P.-Oversized Safari Cardigan by 3.1 Phillip Lim.

Mar 5, 2008

Blank Canvas - Part II

There's another edge to art-inspired fashion: abstract prints in a restrained color palette. Interesting geometric graphics give these pieces a powerful message without the uncontrolled color mix. Some are directly inspired in world-known artists such as Mondrian and Escher, printed with segments or re-interpretations of their work. Others become the canvas of the designer's own creations such as those by Richard Sorger.

Be it structured or free-form, art can be depicted by fashion design with seamless strokes.



A.-Blue Abstract Print Shift Top by Principles; B.-Porcupine Print Mini Dress by Giles; C.-Mondrian Effect Round Neck Dress by Diane von Furstenberg; D.-Long Jersey Dress by McQ Alexander McQueen; E.-Abstract Print Mini Skirt by Pringle 1815; F.-Paint Stroke Top by Moschino; G.-Jersey Escher Print Dress by Matthew Williamson; H.-Abstract Print Dress by Marni; I.-Paint Splashed Cuff by Chloé; J.-On-Off Boutique T-Shirt by Richard Sorger; K.-Super Sk8-Hi in Paint Drip Slip Sneakers by Vans; L.-Abstract Floral Print Dress by Marc Jacobs.

Mar 2, 2008

Blank Canvas

Presenting splashes of color to celebrate that spring is just around the corner...

In this new season, dresses, tunics, cardigans, tees, shoes and accessories are the main canvases for colorful looks that are full of life. Inspired in modern art, these pieces have become one of a kind statements of free-form aesthetics printed on otherwise ordinary garments. Certain high-end designers transform their creations into well-rounded pieces of art by using hand-painting as part of the design and producing them in limited quantities.

Bold and almost fluorescent combinations are compensated with the simple, elegant and easy-to-use pieces they are featured on. No need to add overlaying accessories or overstated clothing, just like art, they exist to speak for themselves.



A.-Printed Silk Dress by McQ Alexander McQueen; B.-Paint Splatter Dress by Yves Saint Laurent; C.-Clichy Painted Pumps by Christian Louboutin; D.-Paint Splatter Cardigan by Yves Saint Laurent; E.-Vintage Silk Scarf by Jacques Heim Paris; F.-Slouchy Fabric Tote by Marni; G.-Paint Splatter Bangle by Topshop; H.-Leopard Print Dress by Matthew Williamson; I.-Rolling Stones Painted Tongue Tunic T-Shirt by Junk Food; J.-Printed chiffon tunic dress by Issa; K.-Abstract Forest Dress by See by Chloé.
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