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Monday, September 18, 2017

Red Carpet Looks: Emmys 2017

Red Carpet Looks: Emmys 2017
Monday, September 18, 2017
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Dylan Penn in Dolce and Gabbana; Robin Wright in Mugler; Gina Rodriguez in Naeem Khan; The boys of "Stranger Things"
Nothing ushers in the beginning of fall (and Fall primetime TV) quite like the Emmys. Thanks to subscription cable and streaming platforms, we've now got better quality television shows and even more choice. It's the golden age of television and we're just livin' in it, baby! Though the Emmys isn't the most popular awards show, the mix of traditional A-listers with the fresh faces of TV makes the hunt for red carpet looks that much more entertaining. The vibes of the Emmys also show the way trends can be adapted for any aesthetic or age.

Though we may not all be able to walk down a star-studded carpet in couture, keep reading to see the ways you can incorporate certain trends into your arsenal this fall.

Jewel Tones

Issa Rae wears Vera Wang; Nicole Kidman wears Calvin Klein; Viola Davis wears Zac Posen; Shailene Woodley wears Ralph Lauren; Samantha Bee wears Rubin Singer

In case you didn't know, Pantone called "Greenery" its color of 2017. Though Pantone's color only means something in the world of interior design, it's lovely cousin "Emerald" should find its way into your closet. Follow Shailene Woodley's example in her wearable Ralph Lauren dress, or try your hand at anything velvet in a jewel-toned color. 

If you were into the off-the-shoulder silhouette that took over the summer, update your look like Issa Rae and try your hand at a one-shoulder ensemble. I've personally been gravitating towards red colors lately, especially since it's a more autumnal option than the blush-tones I've been obsessed with for the past two years. Both patent red booties and green heels should be on your list this fall, especially as accent accessories to accompany the copious amounts of checked pieces you'll collect.

Silver Sequins

Jessica Biel in Ralph and Russo; Sarah Paulson in Carolina Herrera; Tracee Ellis-Ross in Chanel Haute Couture; Uzo Aduba in Sally Lapointe; Anna Chlumsky in Sachi and Babi

While chainmail dresses ruled the summer, the 2000s inspired look just won't stand on its own this fall.  Trade in one silver trend for another: sequins. With the popularity of the synth-sound in current pop and everyone's obsession with Stranger Things, it seems like the 80s infatuation is comin' in hot once again. If you like being the center of attention, ASOS sells a very similar dress to Sarah Paulson's Carolina Herrera number...statement shoulders and all. Tracee Ellis-Ross's Chanel Haute Couture look is full of microtrends to keep in mind next time you're shopping. Don't overlook the smaller details like wide belts, billowy sleeves, and feather detailing.

 If anything the revival of sequins reminds us all that if you can't find a disco ball...just dress like one.

Suited Up

Evan Rachel Wood wears custom Moschino; Claire Foy wears Oscar de la Renta; Reese Witherspoon wears Stella McCartney

At the Golden Globes earlier this year, Evan Rachel Wood wore a suit on the red carpet to remind young girls that dresses are not the only option when it comes to formal wear. Amen, sister. It seems that there is one piece of the suit her and Reese Witherspoon have turned their focus onto: the blazer. Hint: Blazers are coming back again this fall, so be on the look out for ones with extremely ornate detailing, deconstructed elements à la Evan, or dress-length ones like Reese.

Tulle! Tulle! Tulle!

Mandy Moore in Carolina Herrera; Kiernan Shipka in Miu Miu; Thandie Newton in Jason Wu; Millie Bobby Brown in Calvin Klein

Millie Bobby Brown's Calvin Klein look is the talk of the town. I especially love the use of the bandana as a belt. For us plebeians, try your hand at wearing a scarf as a top or layering piece. During the colder months, tulle is also a great layering piece under tops or as a dress over jeans. I tried this styling trick back in February and since then I've been obsessed! As for the other leading ladies, Thandie Newton and Kiernan Shipka prove that minor embellishments can easily elevate an outfit.

Technicolor Dream

Tessa Thompson wears Rosie Assoulin; Zoë Kravitz wears Dior; Gugu Mbatha-Raw wears Boss

These ladies did not disappoint. Women of color! Though Zoë Kravitz's dress kind of reminds me of a piñata, it's still as mesmerizing as ever. Though a rainbow color palette may seem childish, it'll be the one to reach for when a graphic tee just isn't eye-catching enough. This fall, you'll be able to find it in embroidered patterns, out-of-this-world accessories, and 70's-vibe stripes.

Fine to the Touch

Jessica Lange; Julianne Hough in Marchesa; Yara Shahidi in custom Prada; Laura Dern in Proenza Schouler

This last category reinforces current microtrends. Jessica Lange's dress reminds me of the Asian-inspired floral embroidery that has been floating around since the resurgence of bomber jackets a couple years ago. (I'm pretty sure that's a golden dragon on her shoulder.) Julianne Hough's Marchesa look seems to solidify the pattern's influence today with the cherry blossom detailing. Yara Shahidi kills it in her custom Prada, though the style reminds me of collections from LA-based brands like For Love and Lemons. Of course I had to round out the cast of Big Little Lies with my girl, Laura Dern, who reminds us (again) that feathers are going to be on every kind of hem this fall.

Hope you enjoyed my recap, which look was your favorite this year? This year's Emmys were entertaining to say the least and thanks to the Spotify + Hulu student deal, I'll finally be able to catch up on TV's most talked about shows. 
Photos: Vanity Fair, Refinery29, Twitter
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Trends: Roses, Velour, and Feminism

Trends: Roses, Velour, and Feminism
Thursday, March 23, 2017
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Is the shopping bug starting to itch?  Before you touch your credit card, check out some of the best trends straight off the runway and the newsfeed.

designers left to right: vivienne westwood (spring 2017) , gucci (spring 2017), alexander wang (spring 2017 rtw) , adam selman (spring 2017) , maison margiela (a/w 2017)

The handful of people who actually read this blog might be thinking, "Hey, you mentioned this in your last trend report." Why, yes I did. I'm here to tell you to hop on this if you haven't already. This is also reminder that this print can be worn multiple kinds of ways, no matter your preconceived aesthetic. Take cues from the forever-rebellious Vivienne Westwood and the house's revamped camouflage featuring a Victorian version of the flower. Gucci wants us to sit pretty in pink roses and ultra-feminine billowing sleeves. Alexander Wang sticks to the "rose tattoo" motif, except this kind seems to be acceptable to showcase with your work slacks. Adam Selman's is the definition of Ready To Wear. I need this outfit in my life. Maison Margiela show the most understated rose printed jacket, but pairs it with another popular print: flames. You can choose to downplay the print or to make it the centerpiece. If you don't get a bouquet of roses anytime soon, just wear them instead.

left to right: alberta ferretti (spring 2017), valentino (spring 2017)  alberta ferretti (spring 2016), vetements (spring 2017),  marcelo burlon county of milan (spring 2017)

The second I noticed Juicy Couture was making a comeback I was ecstatic. Shoutout to my mother for holding onto my velour sets this long. Velour is notorious for said iconic sweatpants and they're coming back in waves through Vetements and Urban Outfitters collaborations. The fabric is not exclusive to streetwear and pants with elastic waists. Velvet was a huge trend recently and odds are if you bought something "velvet" in a fast fashion shop, it was actually velour. The slip-trend is starting its way out, find pieces like fitted dresses, those with tie details, or other bedroom-inspired wear.  I wouldnt count this fabric out, especially since we're taking the "effortless" dressing to a whole new level. 

left to right: dior, public school, prabal gurung, opening ceremony, and chanel fashion show (spring 2015)

Feminist Slogans
In the era of the Trump presidency and post-Brexit, people have become more vocal than ever when it comes to their beliefs and causes they support. From creating shirts for Hillary Clinton to hosting fundraisers for Planned Parenthood, the fashion industry and the individuals within it became its own force. Though some might say this movement is just capitalizing off the movement, I say we're just trading the hearts on our sleeve for mantras across our chest...just don't go around thinking your resistance stops there. If you wanna wear a $600 Dior shirt to show off your feminist pride, live your life. If you really want to benefit a movement, donate to Planned Parenthood or ACLU directly while you're out making moves. Or buy feminist wear from small-businesses and artists who are part of marginalized communities rather than cheap fast fashion corporations. Put your money where your mouth is instead of trying to keep up with Rihanna. That being said, a good graphic tee never goes out of style.

Check out some of my favorite smaller brands below:

Photos from: Vogue Runway, Refinery29, and Twitter

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Somerset House

Somerset House
Sunday, February 19, 2017
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A lil belly never killed nobody. 

DIY Coat: Slide on a (faux) fur collar on with some bobby pins + actual pins.

As someone who has loved fashion near since birth, Fashion Week has always fascinated me. To be fair, I'm drawn to anything that creates a spectacle of clothing and self-expression. Since I'm studying abroad in London I decided I would try and see a Fashion Week up close. Unfortunately, the mix of my irrelevancy and my procrastination left me with no way to get into a show or presentation. It ended up becoming a day of exploration: from Topshop Show Space at Tate Modern to Somerset House aka the former home of LFW.

Though there will forever be a hierarchy in the industry, one thing we have equal access to are the new trends. First, mesh had its comeback and now its best friend tulle is making her debut. This fabric is no longer reserved for ballerinas or couture gowns. Tulle is taking form in tops, dresses, and even accent paneling on "revamped vintage" pieces. Layer it over or under tops to give your OOTD a little extra umph. The fabric doesn't discriminate whether your style is more androgynous or boyish, if anything you can customize it. As we get closer to festival season and the harsh consequences of global warming, keep an eye out on tulle dresses over bralettes or paired with high-waisted briefs. 

Another piece making its way back into mainstream consciousness is the camera bag. Shoutout to Pop & Suki for getting this style in the hands of "It"-girls everywhere. Not only is it a great size for those trying to keep their purse essentials to a minimum, but it's perfect for those nights out. 

What I'm Wearing:
Nobody's Child tulle top | H&M jeans | Primark bag | Sam Edelman Boots 

That's it for now. With Fashion Month and the Academy Awards...check back soon.