Feb 25, 2009

The Stripe Upgrade

The Stripe Upgrade

Stripes are recurrent, easy to carry (when placed right) and irresistibly stylish. The Silk Jacket by Zara represents just that and more. A mix of rose salmon and black stripes give a subtle and elegant touch to a well-known punk-inspired trend. The understated round collar invites for a contradictory voluminous or frilly one (think bows or ruffles) from a top underneath; while the modern folds the jacket ends in complete a well-rounded 21st century look.

Coincidentally or not, a very similar fabric can be found in the Fendi dress featured in our first-ever issue. A wonderful design choice in either piece.

Feb 19, 2009

Rescue an Outfit: Adopt a Belt

Interested in creating a new look without having to invest a fortune or replace your wardrobe? Reinvent any outfit by dressing up your waist with an eye-catching belt that speaks for itself. Juxtapose styles by making unexpected combinations and break the usual trend patterns. Experiment and find new heights in your everyday wear and start breaking old habits.
After all, there's always room for change.

Rescue an Outfit: Adopt a Belt

A.-Wide Beaded Belt with Zip by Missoni; B.-Baroque Jewel and Bow Belt by Dolce & Gabbana; C.-Braided Stud Belt by American Eagle; D.-Circle Weave Waist Belt by Linea Pelle Collection; E.-Modern Rebel Belt by Marquis & Camus; F.-Leather Multi Strap Belt by Topshop; G.-Feather Belt by Alberta Ferreti; H.-Skinny Bow Belt by Fun; I.-Stud Belt by Forever 21; J.-Landi Suede Belt by Vero Moda; K.-Braque Belt by Mayle; L.-Gold Mesh Chain Belt by Miss Selfridge.

Feb 14, 2009

Spring Preview: Modern Safari

The shirt dress has proven to be a practical garment that adapts effortlessly to a variety of contexts. The Seersucker Safari Dress by Zac Posen is an equally subtle and modern example of this concept. Its inspiration is set in a romantic safari ambient and is naturally and flowingly cut for spring. Easy to transform from day to night, it will also remain relevant throughout the year by adding a few bohemian layers to it. Edge it up with stronger pieces such as a leather jacket or gladiator sandals for an eclectic look.

Feb 7, 2009

A Lover's Day Inspired Outfit Dissection

For good or bad, Valentine's day is just around the corner. Whether it means the world to you or it's simply another winter's day in your life, it's hard not to be part of the sugary time. In fashion, there's always something for every mood and personality, so there's hope for both types. The outfit core is made up of three balanced pieces: 3.1 Phillip Lim's Ruffled Leather Jacket (feminine with a rocker's edge); All Saints' Deadblooms Tee (Victorian-style modernity); 3.1 Phillip Lim's Peg Pants (easy-to-wear trendy).

Depending on your current lover's day outlook you can either make the outfit cool with a touch of brown sugar by adding: Marc by Marc Jacobs' Leather Slouchy Tote and Boden's Jewelled Pumps, or chocolate-covered and hard-core romantic with the help of: Miss Selfridge's Frilly Shoulder Bag and Kurt Geiger's Ribbon-tie Heels.

It's all about slightly adjusting the outfit core by making simple choices...much like choosing between bittersweet and white chocolate.

A Lover's Day Inspired Outfit Dissection

Feb 2, 2009

2009 Trend: The All-in-Ones

Although probably not picked out at first by most, play or jumpsuits are all this year's rage. Inspired in a predominantly 80s trend, they are now becoming relevant for the 21st century.

Both Chloé's Double-breasted Playsuit (left) and French Connection's Cotton Jumpsuit (right) are worthwhile examples of how this trend has been adapted to our current mindset. Unquestionably comfortable and fashion-forward, these two pieces are easier to welcome to our wardrobes than it seems. The gathered waists are fortunately different from the original cuts and provide a feminine detail that deters the 80s worker's look.

Prefer a no-fuss and more elegant version of the all-in-one trend? Go for Chloé's version and add a long cardigan or blazer and a waist belt for simple instant style. While French Connection's details add interest, beware of the bulk-adding pleats and ruching and style it accordingly by choosing slim-fitting jackets and no-frill accessories.

Don't forget to showcase your favorite heels with it to keep the proportions in place...the tapered and slightly cropped legs were designed for them.
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