Sep 19, 2009

The Studded Way of Life

Should studs still be considered a passing trend? Over the seasons their versatility has surpassed the punk rock scene proving their importance in fashion. Studs have become a way of life, adding attitude and modernity regardless of the garment. They are equally able to become the cherry on top for an elegant ensemble or the witty contradictory element on an otherwise straightforward piece.

Best of all, studs' 80s reference is no longer needed, they have officially become part of the current way of life. Proof of just that is the existence of sites devoted to stud style.

Studded Lace-up Boot by See by Chloé; Studded Two-in-one Dress by Primark; Tweed Studded Jacket by H&M; Extreme Studded Cuff by H&M; Studded Mini Skirt by Topshop; Trophy Stud Blouse by Kate Moss for Topshop.

Sep 14, 2009

Jacket Power: an Outfit Dissection

A jacket can make or break an outfit in a second. It serves as an instant label of the style that is trying to be conveyed. It can be contradictory, balancing or entirely matching to the rest of the ensemble. You can be wearing the exact same pieces and the jacket you choose to go with them will create a fashion sense the others cannot.

Take for example, a polished and sensual one-shoulder dress in black (Alexander Wang), a retro inspired bag (D&G Dolce & Gabbana) and a pair of modern cutout booties (Dolce & Gabbana). Put on a strong-shouldered leather jacket with a snakeskin pattern (Miss Selfridge) and your sharp look is now Biker Chic. //Contradictory

Mix a ruffle front silk blouse (See by Chloé) with a pair of indigo boyfriend jeans (Topshop), a metallic handbag (Tylie Malibu) and patent leather sneakers (Converse). Counterbalance the comfy romantic look with a straight and structured peaked shoulder jacket in black (Sportmax) and create a Classic Edge. //Balancing

A midnight rocker look consisting of black stretch leather leggings (Vanessa Bruno), an oversized sequin tank (Sass and Bide) and studded peeptoe shoe boots (Steve Madden) is made complete with a relevant starry tuxedo jacket (Markus Lupfer). //Matching

This fall, the power jacket is the master of outerwear. Structured, with simple lines, Balmain-inspired strong shoulders and full of character, the jacket has become a trend in itself.