March 31, 2011

BE SOFT IN SUEDE

WITH SUEDE SHORT SHORTS
Natasa Vojnovic for VOGUE Spain April 2010, photographed by Nicolas Moore
An easy way to transform a simple article of clothing like shorts, is by having it made of interesting material, such as.... suede! Suede is a type of leather thats softer due to the velvety nap finish. Designers such as Christopher Kane, United Bamboo, Graeme Armour and Jill Stuart all incorporated suede in their Spring 2011 runway collection. The softness and pliability of suede makes it a versatile fabrication choice and extremely suitable for clothes and accessories. With the sun finally luring into Spring, why not take on this suede/camel colored trend by finishing off your outfit in suede short shorts!
H&M suede shorts, moms vintage shirt, F21 heels & hat, World Market bangles, Michael Kors watch

HOW TO WEAR SUEDE SHORTS: 
1. Wear soft colors: Suede is soft and often neutral in color, therefore wearing light colors such as pale pink or white, will help maintain a lightweight feel to the outfit. Wearing soft colors will also help create that soft and muted look. 
2. Feminine and simple top: Suede in itself already has the capacity to create a demanding fashion statement. Therefore, attempt to keep the focus on the suede shorts by wearing a simple top. Wearing a simple top will also create a classy and clean look. Making sure the top's feminine will help add that delicate appeal to the outfit and of the suede. 
3. Brown footwear: Wear shoes with some type of brown in them. It matches and looks best when paired with suede.
Spring/Summer 2011 Runway
1. GRAEME + ARMOUR, 2. JILL STUART, 3. RALPH LAUREN
1. Kate Bosworth in H&M suede shirt
2. Mischa Barton in dark brown suede shorts
3. Sienna Miller in suede shorts
1. Free People Suede Utility Shorts,  2. Free People Suede Circle Skirt, 3. Asos Vero Moda Very Suede Shorts

Other great places to shop the suede trend:
2. Saks Fifth: Vince suede doman tee
3. Urban Outfitters: Shakuhachi holed up tank dress
5. Shopbop: Twenty8Twelve Davis suede shorts
photos taken by mandywong

March 28, 2011

FAIR ALL, FAIR ISLE

WEAR FALL/WINTER PRINTS IN SPRING/SUMMER
Model Jacquelyn Jablonski for AnOther Magazine Fall/Winter 2010, fair isle socks by Jean Paul Gaultier. 
Fair Isle, Nordic and Navajo prints are all patterns that re-appear in fashion in the beginning of fall. These patterns evoke a "cozy" feeling and are most often used in knitted sweaters, emphasizing the feeling of comfort. Although fair isle prints is the hot trend of fall/winter, this pattern's beginning to sneak into spring. Fair isle is now being seen more in shorts and skirts, allowing this "fall-winter" pattern to now elude into, an all-season trend. 
Forever 21 fair isle skirt & belt, American Apparel cropped top, Tinley Road faux fur coat, Sam Edelman clogs, misc. thigh high nylons. 


           
HOW TO WEAR FAIR ISLE PRINT IN SPRING
1. Go for smaller prints: Fair isle is a pattern ultimately made up of winter-inspired snowflakes and zig-zags. The bigger the print, the more pronounced this pattern appears making it apparent that it's made of winter inspired symbols. Keeping the print smaller will make it appear more "tribal-like" then "winter-y" allowing the pattern to be more appropriate for spring. 
2. Aim for colors outside of gray and brown: Earthy tones such as gray and brown are most often used to depict fall. To stray away from a fall/winter look, look for isle print patterns in non-autumn like colors. In addition, when pairing your outfit make sure the rest of your clothes don't consist of fall-like colors. The colors on my skirt are composed of black, red, turquoise and silver, colors not usually representative of fall nor winter. 
3. Pair it with spring/summer neutrals: Reinforce this fair-isle spring look by pairing your outfit with other spring clothes. Something as basic as a t-shirt, tank-top, or even anything sheer will do. 
4. OR show some skin: Showing off skin is the most basic element someone can do to show that spring is here. It also automatically contradicts the whole fair-isle being appropriate for only fall-winter, allowing people to see that fair-isle can be worn during the heat. 
photo's taken by debra tan of coutureaholic

March 23, 2011

BURBERRY BLACK LABEL

SPRING SUMMER 2011 LOOK BOOK

The minute I saw Burberry's Black Label's look book I knew I had to post this on my blog. Burberry's Black Label (Japan's extension of Burberry) to me, is the epitome of a tailored, sophisticated and poised man, that cares enough to look good, and does so, in an effortless way. The sharp lines, thin collar lines (on the blazer), skinny trousers, slim-fitted shirts, tailored suits and double breasted coats are all indicative of the new style that's progressing towards men fashion. Slim fitting of... well everything! Overall, I love how Burberry's Black Label is composed of classic and contemporary clothing pieces that every man should own. 
photo's courtesy of fashionising

March 21, 2011

THE BLACK HAT

TOP IT OFF WITH A BLACK HAT
Kate Moss wearing nothing but a black hat
Menswear inspired hats in particular were seen all over the runways during New York fashion week, fall/winter 2010. Since then, hats have made a prominent mark in fashion, being a must-have fashion accessory. What I love about hats, is that it can drastically change the appearance of an outfit with little to no effort. The other great thing is, hats NEVER go out of style, so hats are really an "investment" piece in fashion. Incorporating hats into your wardrobe is the simplest way to be fashion-forward, and the best way to hide a bad hair day. So why not do yourself a fashionable favor by topping off your outfit with a black hat! 
Read more on this trend on my San Francisco - Examiner.com page. 
Free People rider felt hat, Forever21 sweater, DIY A&F cut off shorts, vintage Marino Orlandi handbag and belt, Aldo booties.

Another great thing about black hats? They go with everything, meaning there's no wrong or right way to wear it! Just wear it!
DSQUARED Fall 2011 Runway. Models all wearing wide rimmed hats
TALULAH Autumn/Winter 2011 runway collection shown at Melbourne Fashion Festival
1. Nicole Richie, 2. Jessica Alba, 3. Kate Moss all wearing black menswear inspired hats

March 14, 2011

PAJAMA JAMMIN

COMFORT + FASHION IN PAJAMA INSPIRED DRESSING
Gisele Bundchen for H&M Spring 2011 campaign, in a floral printed pajama-inspired bottom. 
Pajama inspired dressing has been making appearances all over the runways this season, & thank God for this new languid trend. Pajama dressing is just one of the many forgiving trends that offer comfort for fashion. From elastic waistbands to flowing fabrics, pajama dressing provides a softer and cozier alternative to denim. While designers such as Karen Walker and Thakoon executed the pajama inspired trend with full on head to toe looks, other designers such as Michael Kors, Reed Krakoff, and Alexander Wang show how this trend can easily be transferrable to nightlife in an understated way. Meaning yes, this comfortable look is just as versatile as it is wearable.
Read more on this trend on my San Francisco - Examiner.com page!
H&M pajama inspired pants, vintage belt, Nordstrom lace top, Michael Kors watch and Sam Edelman clogs
HOW TO WEAR THE PAJAMA TREND:
1. Think Casual Ease: To further support this pajama trend look, aim to pair your pajama inspired pants with a simple top. Wearing basic tee's or casual shirts with minimal detailing works best, especially because most pajama inspired bottoms are printed. You always want the focus to lay in the pajama inspired clothing article. 
2. Be Prim & Proper: To strive away from a literal "pajama" look, always ensure that you look prim and proper before heading out the door. Meaning make sure you look well-put together, and that you're mixing up your pajama inspired clothing with key pieces that don't look so "pajama-y". (in my case, my clogs and vintage belt). 
3. Top it off with a Blazer: A simple blazer is the easiest way to create a sophisticated edge to a pajama inspired outfit. Because pajama inspired clothing is also loose and flowy, the structured blazer will help break up proportions. 
ALEXANDER WANG: Spring 2011 Runway
Loungewear inspired trend on the runway, Spring 2011
1. KAREN WALKER, 2. VENA CAVA, 3. THAKOON, 4. REED KRAKOFF
1. Model for asos.com
2. Model for pixiemarket.com
3. Whitney Port in pajama inspired lounge pants
photo's taken by: mandywong

March 11, 2011

HAIDER ACKERMANN FALL 2011

A THOUSAND KISSES DEEP


Haider Ackermann is beyond words, amazing. I was captivated by his Fall 2011 runway show: A Thousand Kisses Deep, which he premiered to the world during Paris Fashion Week. He has a fine eye for intricate detailing, for color, hemlines and mixes and folds his garments into another so cleverly and elegantly. His show was sensual, mysterious and touching, not only because his garments were beyond disbelief, but because he does everything so well, while embracing a women's silhouette. I can't get over how strong his vision was and how well he captivated and moved the audience with his show. From the garments, to the hair, the models' pointed up ears and strong shoulders, the black runway, the music and the steady pace of models walking down the runway.... Haider Ackermann is a pure genius.
photo's courtesy of fashiongonerogue.com
watch his full runway show here on youtube.com

March 7, 2011

LACE IT UP

BE FEMININE IN LACE
Lady Gaga in 944 magazine, January 2010: issue title: "Vanguard"
Lace has always been a prominent fabric choice in fashion. The versatility, look, texture and feminine feel of lace makes it no surprise that lace has been, and always will be in style. While some wear lace to feel sexy, this year designers are bringing back lace blooming with femininity and delicacy. Dolce & Gabbana's Spring 2011 collection showcases how to be romantic in lace with delicate, vintage inspired garments made of lace. Valentino's Spring 2011 collection on the other hand, shows how lace alone can create a powerful pattern and statement. Whatever the case may be, lace is being re-amped this season in a romantically feminine way.

H&M lace top, Mom's vintage purse, shorts & belt, rings from F21, pearl necklace wrapped into a bracelet, and JCPenny's necklace 

HOW TO WEAR LACE WITH A FEMININE TWIST:
1. Aim for softer colors: wear lace in softer colors such as pink, white, lavender or cream. These colors produce a soft and airy vibe and also have a more graceful appeal.
2. Look for lace patterns that are larger in size: When the lace becomes bigger in size, the romantic pattern gets accentuated. This is because you're actually able to see the creation of lace, meaning the flowers and twirls intertwining with one another. Lace is meant to be feminine and delicate and having the pattern more prominent in the apparel helps create that compelling statement in a subtle way.
3. Accessorize with feminine jewelry: The best way to add on to that feminine appeal is by dolling yourself up with feminine accessories! Wearing elegant jewelry such as cameo jewelry or pearls can work favorably in this case.
VALENTINO: Spring 2011 runway collection
DOLCE & GABBANA: Spring 2011 runway collection
ZOE JORDAN for Irwin & Jordan: Spring 2011 
1. Anne Hathaway in a VALENTINO dress with a sheer bow around the neckline
2. Lauren Conrad in a MARCHESA lace dress worn with a thin, feminine headband
3. Olivia Palermo in a VALENTINO dress from spring 2010
photos taken by mandywong

March 2, 2011

LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE

WITH ZESTY ORANGE
Model Candice Swanepoel for VOGUE ITALIA, February 2011 Cover
During New York Fashion week, designers such as Diane Von Furstenberg, Carolina Herrera, Rachel Roy and DKNY made certain to include bright bold colors such as orange in their Fall 2011 runway collections. While this season is exploding with an array of vivid colors, the pivotal point of this trend has yet to come. Color is by far the easiest way to literally, brighten up a wardrobe.  Bright colors help produce a fresh and radiant outlook on life, while positively playing an affect on mood. Colors such as bright orange, hot pink and canary yellow are known to naturally help increase energy levels while stimulating attention. So, start off Spring 2011 fueled with excitement by incorporating brightly colored hues in your closet today!
Read my posts on San Francisco - Fashion Trends - Examiner.com page! 


Bright orange/ hot pink silk tank top by Wilfred from Aritzia, white denim from Zara's, Nordstrom lace tank & necklace, fedora from Aldo, Michael Kors watch & Sam Edelman clogs. 
HOW TO WEAR BRIGHT COLORS:
1. Feel right to brighten up: Never wear a bright, bold color on a day you feel your worst. Because the pop of color attracts attention, always make sure you're attracting attention to yourself on a day when you feel right and good!
2. Neutral it out: Allow the bright colored clothing article to take on the show, and neutral everything else out. This is the easiest way to keep your "pop" of color to remain the focal point of the outfit. leaving the remaining pieces of your outfit neutral also helps maintain an effortless clean and classy look.
3. Color block if you dare: Color-blocking (pairing different colors together in "blocks") is a new trend on the rise, yet if not done properly it can become an evil eyesore. If you're looking for new and innovative ways to wear bright bold colors and enjoy standing out form the norm, color-block! And quick tip: bright orange pairs best with tertiary colors such as magenta and teal.
3. Have fun with it: The fun thing about bright, bold colors is that, well, it's fun! Don't be afraid to add interesting accessories to the look such as a hat, some jewelry, a fun belt or fun heels! Dare to go a little wild and be a little clever with your look!

Spring/Summer 2011 Runway Looks
1. GUCCI, 2. GUCCI, 3. DKNY
Spring/Summer 2011 Runway looks
1. CARLOS MIELE 2. MARC BY MARC JACOBS, 3. TORY BURCH, 4. CHRIS BENZ
1. Kate Bosworth wearing a Calvin Klein mini dress at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week for CK Fall 2011
2. Giorgia Tordini wearing a cropped velvet orange jacket in Milan
3. Heidi Klum wearing an orange blouse during 'Seriously Funny Kids' panel, Jan 2011
photos taken by mandywong