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March 18, 2009

Fashion Pick of the Day

Today’s pick is this extremely unique dress from Toni Maticevski’s spring-summer ready-to-wear collection; the designer shows creative construction with a ‘stained-glassed window’ bodice and beautifully manipulated skirt. What do you think?



March 11, 2009

Spring Trend Alert: The Hourglass

It’s not only time to embrace your womanly curves, it’s time to enhance them too; cinched waists and big hips are the new shape and it’s great! Fuller skirts, belts looped around the waist and high, high heels make this look work to its fullest potential. The whole look should be polished, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun and make it interesting. Look for unique folds and manipulation in fabrics to make it your own.

trendss09-hourglassFrom left to right: Naeem Khan, Byblos, Christian Dior, Isaac Mizrahi and Marc Jacobs



March 8, 2009

Spring Trend Alert: Safari Look

Safari inspired clothing has always been a hit during the spring/summer season; it’s crisp and relaxed, yet chic and versatile, making it a smart choice at any time. This season, the Safari trend is huge, but it’s been re-vamped for a more interesting look overall. The look is more wild than in the past, it’s less “safari tour guide” and more earthly and real. Contrasting earth tones, tribal patterns, touches of animal prints and wooden jewelry make this look down-to-earth in a high fashion way. Pair these strong elements with more classic pieces for a balanced look.

safaritrend-runwayFrom left to right: Kenzo, Alberta Ferretti, Christian Dior, Baby Phat and Gucci.



November 20, 2008

Fall Trends: Colours of the Season

Filed under: The Latest Trends — xfrenchx @ 11:29 pm

Each season has its basic colours, as well as its trendy ones. Each season, the Pantone company outlines detailed Colour Reports, which gives a full insight to the most current colours of the seasons. The Pantone Colour Report is a vital reference to everyone in the fashion industry, but it is also a very helpful tool for anyone who is interested in the latest colour trends. This season saw an abundance of rich colours that are unique to this season, but widely acclaimed. Fall usually see’s more subdued, warm colours, but this season we are seeing cool colours with bright, exciting undertones. Although the usualy warm browns and rustic reds and oranges are still fall staples, as well as steel greys, these conventional fall hues are being complimented with the most beautiful, royal colours imagineable. Purple is clearly the designer’s favourite, and it’s pretty safe to say that blue is a close runner-up.

Alberta Ferretti, Alexander McQueen, Richard Chai, Amanda Wakeley & Abaete

From left to right: Alberta Ferretti, Alexander McQueen, Richard Chai, Amanda Wakeley & Abaete

Royal Hues: The most elegant and rich colours move into the forefront of fashion this season, and add a touch of vibrancy to fall’s classic hues. Also considered jeweled tones, the most prominent of this palette are deep purples, cool dark blues, emerald and jewel greens, and rich, vibrant reds. Gold is an obvious neutral but silver works just as well. Take a cue from royalty and you’ll really feel like a princess.

*As seen at: Carmen Marc Valvo, Abaete, Amanda Wakeley, Alexander McQueen, Richard Chai, Alberta Ferretti

Ports 1961, Barbara Bui, Louis Vuitton, Carlos Miele & Hermes

From left to right: Ports 1961, Barbara Bui, Louis Vuitton, Carlos Miele & Hermes

Earthy Hues: This season, designers are channeling Mother Nature, not only in prints but in colours as well. Earthy hues have been a long favourite for fall’s colour palettes, and this year is no exception. We’re seeing a lot of richer tones this season however, which blends in nicely with the existing elegant colours. There is a huge range of hues within this category, a lot more than in the area of colour. The great thing about having so many neutral options is that you can be original and creative, while still having the basics that make a wardrobe functional. The many options include: Burnt and rusty oranges, gold and copper accents, chocolate and camel browns, eggplant, dandelion and mustard yellows, mint and mossy greens, warm tans, forest greens, ivory, greys like storm, smoke and charcoals, jet black and minerals of all ranges. It is quite a selection – just try saying Fall’s neutrals are boring now!

* As seen at: Karen Walker, Doo.ri, Ports 1961, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Rebecca Taylor, Carlos Miele, Barbara Bui

Lela Rose, Tibi, Krizia, Moschino Cheap & Chic and Kai Kuhne

From left to right: Lela Rose, Tibi, Krizia, Moschino Cheap & Chic and Kai Kuhne

Berry Hues: Consider yourself a walking mixed berry salad! A wide spectrum of berry colours, similar enough to fit in well with the jewel tones, these colours add some punch and girly flare to everything. Favourites are apple green, deep berry pink, plum and grape purples, as well as raspberry and cherry reds. Okay so apples and grapes aren’t berries, but you get the point!

*As seen at: Peter Som, Lela Rose, Versace, Kai Kuhne, Tibi, Oscar de la Renta, Moschino Cheap & Chic, Krizia, Nanette Lepore

Sonia Rykiel, Matthew Williamson, Bottega Veneta, Preen and Badgley Mischka

From left to right: Sonia Rykiel, Matthew Williamson, Bottega Veneta, Preen and Badgley Mischka

Bright Hues: The idea behind this season’s brights is sophistication. The look is not all crazy and bold, instead they’re chic and understated brights. You’re sure to turn heads and keep everything looking merry and bright during the drab, cold months. Dominant colours include poppy and scarlet reds, kelly greens, turquoise and teals, midnight blue and indigo, chartreuse, mauve and violet, burgandy and fire oranges.

*As seen at: Betsey Johnson, Preen, Sonia Rykiel, Gustavo Arango, Akiko Ogawa, Matthew Williamson, Bottega Veneta, Badgley Mischka

Alexandra Herchovitch, Catherine Malandrino, John Galliano, Cynthia Steffe and Burberry

From left to right: Alexandra Herchovitch, Catherine Malandrino, John Galliano, Cynthia Steffe and Burberry

Vintage Hues: Centering in on a hippies-bohemian colour palette, the vintage hues fit in due to the fact that they are very similar to the earthy tones. Reminiscient of the 60’s and 70’s, these vintage colours add artistic elements and free-spirited edge to your basic, fundamental pieces. Favourite colours include mustard yellow, mandarin red, rusty browns, sunset oranges, deep purples and pine greens.

*As seen at: Alexander Herchovitch, Jenni Kayne, John Galliano, Catherine Malandrino, Miss Sixty, Burberry, Cynthia Steffe

Nicole Farhi, Behnaz Sarafpour, Douglas Hannant, Bill Blass and Michael Kors

From left to right: Nicole Farhi, Behnaz Sarafpour, Douglas Hannant, Bill Blass and Michael Kors

– Achromatics: Where would we be without our rocks, black and white. Achromatics are always a favourite, no matter what the season, it’s just their degrees that change. This season there is a wide variety of achromatics to choose from. Ranging all the way from pearly whites and ivory’s, light steel greys to dark smokey grey, all the way to blacks ranging from matte charcoals to intense jet. No matter what your choice, they’re smart and of course sexy. Oh and let’s not forget, extrmely versatile. Check, check and check!

*As seen at: Nicole Farhi, Douglas Hannant, Elie Saab, Behnaz Sarafpour, Akris, Allesandro Dell’Acqua, Bill Blass, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein

October 24, 2008

Fall Trends – Fashion Looks

Filed under: The Latest Trends — xfrenchx @ 8:42 pm

Fads may come and go, but trends are key pieces that get you through the different seasons with style and flare. A basic wardrobe consists of timeless classics, but purchasing a few statement garments help you add character and personality to your outfits. Purchasing trendy pieces is important in any wardrobe, no matter what your style is, but figuring out which trends will work for you, and better yet, which will last you the longest, is no easy task. Every season sees an abundance of different trends, catering to a wide variety of people. So how do you know which ones to follow, and which ones to avoid? Well basically, when it comes to trends, it all depends on what you like, and of course what looks good on you. Here I will go over the main looks of this season.

Bohemian Luxe: It’s no secret that the Bohemian look has swept the fashion industry by storm the last few seasons. This season is no exception, with Boho possibly being bigger than it has ever been before. This is most likely due to the fact that designers have officially re-vamped the look, to appeal to a broader market. This season, the boho girl goes rich, drawing inspiration from old-world royalty and riches. Boho has now become more sophisticated and elegant, making the style easier to wear for most women. Details such as feathers, fringe and furs/shearling dominate this look.

*As seen at: Herm├ęs, Gucci, Miss Sixty, Tibi, Anna Sui, Issa, Leonard, Ohne Titel, Nicole Miller

Gucci, Issa and Hermes

From left to right: Gucci, Issa and Hermes

– Gucci: Folkloric details make this simple black jacket wearable, while adding personlity to your wardrobe.

– Issa: This wonderfully crafted Issa dress is a great statement piece for any closet.

– Hermes: Layering in monochromatic hues is easy, yet chic and dynamic.

– All three looks prove this season’s bohemian girl is nowhere without a great pair of “earthly” boots (think anything suede or leather, faux or real), and a great pair of neutral stockings underneath for extra warmth. (Wanna add some pop? Try out Fall’s “neutrals” – olive green, burnt orange or mustard yellow are all great hues for the bohemian girl)

– Country Chic: Most fall/winter seasons see a little bit of “country” inspired clothing, as these articles tend to be cold-weather friendly. This year, the normally rustic style gets updated into a chic, stylish wardrobe. Plaids, tweeds and checks are the prints du jour, and of course furs and shearling – whether real or fake, although faux is the favourite due to its animal friendliness.

*As seen at: Alexander McQueen, Lacoste, Karen Walker, Carolina Herrera, Nicole Farhi, Isabel Marant

Carolina Herrera, Isabel Marant, Lacoste (Fall/Winter 08)

L to R: Carolina Herrera, Isabel Marant and Lacoste

– Carolina Herrera vamps up her country look with a gorgeous dress, and brings it back to the sticks with gloves, scrunchy boots and of course a chic hat. All we need now is one of Fall’s big and chunky knit sweaters.

– Isabel Marant stays true to the country roots and offers up a more casual way to wear this trend. Baggy pants and a loose fitting flannel shirt are made chic with an oversized purse and an absoltely gorgeous pair of suede boots.

– Steering away from its usual preppy line, Lacoste joins in on this extremely comfortable trend, in a more put-together way. Each of these pieces are great together, but you’ll get just as much wear outta them individually! Leave it to Lacoste to make an easy look more pratical than it’s supposed to be!

– Minimalism: As they often say, less is more. The minimalistic look of the 90’s is back, but with more class and sophistication. It’s like a throwback to the classics, and this season you will understand just why those classics are so important. Simple silhouettes are enhanced by lots of layering. Black is an obvious staple, along with other neutrals. Boring? Never! This effortless starkness is all just a backdrop for your beautiful face and body, and needless of any crazy prints or embellishments that just distract the eye from you. Plus, minimalistic garments are universally appropriate for any woman of any size, shape, age or lifestyle, so it’s not only super stylish but it’s also very smart. Leading minimalist designers such as Jil Sander and Narcisco Rodriguez feel quite at home this season.

*As seen at: Jil Sander, Calvin Klein, Yves Saint Laurent, Narcisco Rodriguez, Prada, Alber Elbaz for Lanvin, Stefano Pilati

Narcisco Rodriguez, Jil Sander and rag&bone

L to R: Narcisco Rodriguez, Jil Sander and rag&bone

– Narcisco Rodriguez: Simple yet super-trendy, this white dress is the type of design that made this label famous. A semi-fitted empire waist and some hugely revered dress pockets, make it easy to see why this dress is a favourite.

– Jil Sander: Monochromatics has always been the most flattering hue palette, and that’s no secret to Jil Sander. This dark yet feminine coat-dress is a great addition to any wardrobe and is likely to make the “go-to” list.

– rag&bone: Possibly the trendiest garment of this look, the shift dress moves in to focus for Fall/Winter 08. The simple cut makes this piece extremely versatile and it’s a great layering piece. Neutral grey can be worn with almost any hue and is a good option from black.

– Winter Garden: Everything about nature was taken out of our gardens and placed right on the runways of the biggest designers. This is probably the most prominent trend for the season, and a big surprise for almost everyone! Florals and leaves, foliage and feathers, usually prints for the summertime; but now winter can be pretty too! The key to this look is finding these florals in winter-friendly colour palettes. Try to avoid anything too sunny, or you will just look out of place. Vintage florals are a huge hit since their colour palettes are more subdued – and they match well with the bohemian styles of the season.

*As seen at: Asprey, Badgley Mischka, Cynthia Steffe, Mischael Kors, Tuleh, Peter Som, Karen Walker, Matthew Williamson

Asprey, Tuleh and Karen Walker

L to R: Asprey, Tuleh and Karen Walker

– Asprey offers an exquisite suit adorned with roses in a gorgeously feminine silhouette. Wear it as one for an ultra-rich look during the holidays, then use them as seperates. The jacket will add class to a pair of jeans and you can dress down the skirt with a pair of flats.

– Tuleh hits the mark with this fun and chic coat. A great statement piece for the season, this coat is likely to brighten your spirits through all those nasty months. The length is perfect for wearing over dresses and skirts, and the hourglass shape it creates is sure to have you feeling glamorous.

– Karen Walker takes a more vintage approach to the trend this month, with an adorable yet sophiticated dress. The colours fit in nicely with fall’s colour palette and the shift is of course, the dress of the season. The dress is its own statement piece so accessories aren’t needed.

– Rocker Chic: As we progress into an era of minimalism, the rocker chic look is inspired by the 90’s grunge movement, but tweaked to look fashion forward and chic. This tough and edgy look consists of a lot of leather, futuristic, architectural pieces and shiny sleek fabrics like patent. Black, white, red and a whole lot of silver hardware are key palettes for this look. For a simple, versatile choice, invest in a great leather jacket that will be stylish year after year.

*As seen at: Balenciaga, Fendi, Rick Owens, Sass & Bide, Alexander Wang, Baby Phat, Jeremy Laing

Rock & Republic, Sass & Bide and Baby Phat

L to R: Rock & Republic, Sass & Bide and Baby Phat

– The Rock & Republic label is not new to this look at all. The result of years experience is this amazingly chic single button coat, that would be simple and boring if it wasn’t for the exquisite craftmanship and the addition of a gorgeous turtleneck. Let’s not leave out those wicked skintight pants and leather boots.

– Sass & Bide brings a technicolour dress into the mix of black, red and metallics, while staying true to the real idea behind the look. This plaid jumper is sure to turn heads (in a good way) and is fun for winter.

– Baby Phat stepped out of her usual comfort zone of urban clothing to wow her guests with a line full of rock inspired outfits. This black and white houdstooth coat is surprisingly cute, not to mention totally wearable and I can’t help but love the leather leggings (even though most of us – myself included – would never dare to wear them).

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