Dec 31, 2010

Welcome the year in blue

New year, new soul, new traditions.  LBD has long standed for Little Black Dress. However, during 2010, midnight blue has made it to the top and is now the must-have dress shade, the new B. Elegant and modern at once, short dresses with a simple silhouette but luscious fabric and detailing are best accented by golden tone jewelry and accessories that give it an almost royal style. A must-have for new year's eve and many more parties to come. Edge it up with sheer black tights and a leather jacket and a pair of platform booties.


Left to Right: Pleated Satin Mini Dress by Alice + Olivia; Katharine Necklace by Amrita Singh; One-shoulder silk dress by Halston Heritage; Knot Bracelet by Miquella; Embellished Cotton Dress by 3.1 Phillip Lim; Crystal Beaded Clutch by Santi; Ruched Jersey Bandeau Dress by Rare, Topshop; Filigree Semi Precious Ring by Topshop; Sweetheart Party Dress by American Eagle; After Hours Multi Chain Floral Torsade Necklace by Juicy Couture; Sleeveless Pleated Dress by Lands' End Canvas.

Jun 6, 2010

Fashion Karma Police

As ethereal as fashion might sometimes seem, we must never forget that its backbone is centered in consumerism and disposable trends. This is, after all, what makes it addictive, new and challenging at the same time. As passionate consumers of fashion, we need to understand the huge impact that it has on the environment, where and in which conditions it is produced, and how it will affect our own society in the future. We might not know the details of each garment's production but it's important that we realize that our actions can worsen or improve the current world situation.

Unfortunately, the existing "being green" trend is also being abused of by the market, making real sustainability hard to identify. This makes it even more complicated to make conscious shopping decisions but we can start by:
  • supporting brands and products that sustain fair trade;
  • avoiding sweat shop brands;
  • choosing materials which can be recycled/reused easily or are composed by re-purposed waste;
  • purchasing directly from artisans;
  • choosing organic or 100% natural materials where possible;
  • distinguishing between the "eco-chic" trend and the real and long-term deal
  • ...and above all: when craving fashion, shop your own closet first!

What is your own take on eco-fashion?

Start right by choosing these stylish and sustainable products:

a. Recycled Fabric Necklace by Minna; b. Serpentin Bag by Pinellapi; c. Comete Tunic by Komodo; d. Eve Vegan Fair Trade Ankle Boots by Bourgeois Boheme; e. Bullet Screw Lock Bracelet by Alkemie; f. Butterfly Shirt Dress by Sika; g. Necklace Scarf by The North Circular; h. Parachute Hoody by Christopher Raeburn; i. Topaz Shoes by Element; j. The Sun Handbag by Ecoist; k. Maxine Studded Wedge by Where; l. Skinny Jeans by Monkee Genes.

Feb 20, 2010

Past and New Seasons Unite!

Tired of the cold weather, gray days or the lack of winter sun? Yearning for spring and an immediate revamping of your wardrobe? A season Mix & Match can do wonders for your style (not to mention the winter blues). Instead of neglecting those cheerful breezy dresses or spring-colored cardigans, match them to the less energetic, monochromatic winter bunch for an instant renewal of style and spirit. Pair thick textures to lightweight fabrics for comfort, added warmth and interesting layering that will never make an outfit look the same twice.

Be bold - go closet shopping for those perfect items from past seasons that nobody else has right now. Be different - instead of looking like this or that celebrity, avoid fashion clichés and make old become new with your own time-warping choices.

Spring Sweet Wardrobe:
Knit Dress by DURAS; Floral Dress by Cris Barros; Silk-chiffon ruffle-sleeved Top by Catherine Malandrino; Fuzzy Cardigan by Iliann Loeb; Belted Mini Skirt by 3.1 Phillip Lim.

Mix & Matching Seasons: Cozy Overthrow Cardigan by Forever 21; Off Shoulder Ruffle Blouse by 3.1 Phillip Lim.

Winter monochromatic Wardrobe: Black Monster Sleeve Cardigan by Miss Selfridge; Floral Print Cardigan by A|wear; Mono Plosion Jersey Dress by Christopher Kane; Cape by Gareth Pugh; Black High Waist Trouser by Miss Selfridge; Leather Vest by Rick Owens.

Feb 11, 2010

We will miss your point of view, Alexander McQueen

(Zuma Image)

All we can say tonight is fashion cannot hide the reality of those who live by it.

Rest in Peace Alexander McQueen
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