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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.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Menswear feat. Cameron

Menswear feat. Cameron
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
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Let's get the record straight: yes, I know my brother is cooler than me. 

Wake up everyone! It's 2017. Fashion houses are starting to mix their gendered collections and the pieces themselves are becoming more androgynous. What caused this change? Perhaps it's the times we're living in as people are beginning to express and identify with all different parts of the sexual and gender identity spectrums. Or maybe it's strictly financial since many designers can't keep up with the grueling Fashion Week schedules thrust upon them. Maybe it's a mix of the two. So let's talk menswear. 
It's good to keep an eye out on what the boys are wearing because the trends usually remain the same between the two genders. The only guy I talk fashion and clothing with is my cool kid brother, Cameron. Back at home he was my (reluctant) resident photographer, but since he's a college boy with goals of jumping into the fashion he is. 

His style can be segmented into his different brand obsessions: Superdry, Supreme, and now just about everything. We both went through this phase of obsessing over Yeezys, to the point where our family would trek to LA to enter a raffle. Now, we just stick to matching in merch. I asked him to text me a list of his favorite high fashion and street wear presentations and this is what he gave me:
The main theme behind his list is the screenprint piece. Alexander Wang's Spring 2017 collection is making a more subtle nod to the skate and surf culture of California than he did in his last collection. But he's gone from the simple "GIRLS" lettering to naked girls printed and sewn all over.

  TRAVIS SCOTT x Helmut Lang couldn't have dropped at a better time. Though Travis Scott said the capsule collection was inspired by his home state Texas, phrases like "no man's land" and "prototype" along with photos of fire and smoke seem to be channeling something dystopian. As for the rest of them, these are skate and surf brands you and friends should start wearing (besides Supreme) so you're not caught wearing the same brands as 13-year-old boys at The Grove.

All of these collections are shoppable, so check out Cameron's list below.
L to R, top down: Pleasures Now, FOREVER LIT YEAH YEAH,  Pleasures Now, Sex Skateboards -- MSFTSREP x VFILES, Hippie Sex, Alexander Wang, Adidas x Arthur Ashe

What He's Wearing:
Supreme Betty Boop Satin Club Jacket

Let me know if you'd like to see more of my brother around here. 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Do It For the 'Gram | Greetings From...

Do It For the 'Gram | Greetings From...
Sunday, January 22, 2017
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The view from up here is great! The wind...not so much. 

Here I am missing the point.

For the first outfit post of the year, I am not in California! Greetings from Barcelona! I'm studying abroad until May, so stick around for better backgrounds and hopefully better 'fits. That being said, I tried to stray away from the "athletic shoe-wearing, selfie stick-carrying" tourist cliché by dressing for different kinds of attention. The pastel pink teddy coat. Metallic shoes. Yellow-tinted sunglasses. All this along with my references to "The Cheetah Girls 2" had me sticking out like a fuzzy pink sore thumb. (I'm definitely Galleria.) But what a happy thumb!

As the first post of 2017, what's there to look forward to? Not much, but the same themes we've seen for a little while now. The 70s obsession now comes in the form of yellow-tinted sunglasses. The sleaze-chick, cool girl vibes of that decade still reign supreme. The times of hiding your sus eye rolls are over, especially in the current state of the world. I can definitely see ladies like Angela Davis and Gloria Steinem becoming mainstream sources of fashion inspiration. Personally, the yellow-tint definitely came in handy and made the Spanish sky look a little less grey this past weekend.

I've mentioned patches before, but not in 2017! From patches to "graffiti" writing on clothing, DIY has been and continues to be cool. Two-tone denim definitely falls under this category and I suggest you purchase them in-store, unless the risk of ruining two pairs of jeans gives you a thrill. I don't see it going anywhere anytime soon, but I wouldn't spend the money on mass produced "punk culture"...try your hand at a true DIY. 

What I'm Wearing:
Primark Coat | Pull & Bear Jeans | Dr. Marten's sneakers 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Golden Globes 2017

Golden Globes 2017
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
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Without a doubt one of my favorite things to do is go to the movies. Though streaming and torrents seem to be common place now, I always try to find theaters around my city that really create an experience out of the cinema. From showtimes in the cemetery to screenings in historic theaters, odds are you can find me there. Following that same logic, it's no wonder that I love to make a spectacle out of myself and most award shows. The Golden Globes are perhaps my favorite because it includes both television and film. The other great thing about award show season is that it happens right around the time of Fashion Month, allowing us to see the best trends happening now + what we can possibly expect in the future.The only downside is that many great films and shows that premiered earlier in the year are often forgotten by the time the nominees are chosen.  

This year I found the ceremony to be a snooze. I fell asleep during Tom Hiddleston's cringe-worthy acceptance speech and stayed sound asleep knowing that La La Land was going to sweep the show. (Were you seriously surprised that a movie inflating the ego and myths of Hollywood won?) Keep on reading to see the themes from the red carpet.

Stay Golden

Naomi Harris in Armani Privé; Priyanka Chopra in Ralph Lauren; Sarah Paulson in Marc Jacobs
The first three lovely ladies all had one thing in common: gold. Check out the shoulders on Sarah Paulson's Marc Jacobs number. After the loss of so many 70s and 80s icons in the last year, I would keep an eye out on shoulder pads in coats and dresses in the upcoming season. Not only will many designers be paying tribute to these individuals, but over-exaggerated shoulders can help us normal people fake slender figures and silhouettes like Naomi Harris and Priyanka Chopra.

Silver Screen

Emma Stone in Valentino; Gina Rodriguez in Naeem Khan; Claire Foy in Erdem
It was only appropriate that I feature Emma Stone's gorgeous Valentino dress in my favorites since I'm loving the star print and I've had "City of Stars" stuck in my head for the past week. Tulle dresses and skirts are on the rise for all of us over the age of 6. Gina Rodriguez's Naeem Khan look reminded me of the chain and crystal dresses that are making a comeback this year. She also proves that you can shine in crystal and silver, no matter your skintone. Claire Foy shows off her regal elegance on the red carpet, thus proving that sequins (and ribbon for a belt) are always tasteful. Look at those sleeves!

No Cleavage? No Problem.

Mandy Moore in Naeem Khan; Hailee Steinfeld in Vera Wang; Kristen Bell in Jenny Peckman
Shoutout to all my fellow members of the Itty-Bitty Titty Committee. In 2017, it's time for all of us to collectively accept and appreciate our body and luckily for some of us these ladies are behind it too and can teach us ways to balance an outfit. The sheer cape draping in Mandy Moore's Naeem Khan dress balances out the plunging neckline. If you aren't that daring, take a page out of Hailee Steinfeld's ensemble with her "barely there" paneling. This can easily be reappropriated off the red carpet with some mesh tops that have been everywhere. The draping and shoulder cut-outs match the vibe of the longline slit in her shapeless tulle skirt: it's all about finding the perfect compromise to accentuate the shape of your body. Shoutout to Kristen Bell in her faux tuxedo look. Tuxedo coats for dresses have been around for a hot-second, but why not just rock the damn thing?


Ruth Negga in Louis Vuitton; Riley Keough in Chanel; Naomi Campbell in Atelier Versace
These three deserve to be grouped together because they are all equally mesmerizing. Although sequins, tulle, and jewel tones are common place on the red carpet, these three stand out. Riley Keough had me seeing double. Nicholas Ghesquière's pieces at Louis Vuitton have been hit or miss (see Sophie Turner's look for the miss) but I am infatuated with this dress on Ruth Negga. I love the bodice-armor shape at the torso and how easily it flows to the rest of the dress, which definitely echoes the bodice and corset trend and Ava of "Ex-Machina." The same goes for Naomi Campbell, who looks like she walked out of some futuristic Roman empire mash-up. That glow, though.


Felicity Jones in Prada; Tracee Ellis Ross in Zuhair Murad Couture; Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen
Pulling off an ornate look is like walking on a fine line. Add too much print and you might look like grandma chic or the gaudy Balmain dresses à la America's favorite reality television family. Felicity Jones' Prada dress, with its frill collar detail and intricate trim at the hem, prove that ornate details do not have to always be at the center of attention. If anything, they can simply elevate a look and actually help it become more versatile from the office to a night out. On the other side of the spectrum is Tracee Ellis Ross' Zuhair Murad Couture dress, thus proving that diamonds crystals are a girl's best friend. Nicole Kidman seems to be loyal to Alexander McQueen and the greyscale, but I'm not complaining.


Drew Barrymore in Monique Lhuiller; Brie Larson in Rodarte; Teresa Palmer in Armani Privé
My final three favorites are just a few that don't really fit the other categories. Drew Barrymore looked ethereal in Monique Lhuiller. For those holding their breath for the off-the-shoulder or shoulder cut-outs to go out of style, you'll be turning blue. Brie Larson is always a personal favorite and I'm happy this certain shade of red compliments the future Captain Marvel so well. Teresa Palmer's velvet dress just reminds us all to stay on the look out for some major shoulder pads.

I hope you all enjoyed this report and are as excited for the rest of award season as I am. I realized so many movies that have been nominated have not premiered yet in my city, but keep an eye out for a movie list as the Academy Awards approach.

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