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Who’s Rockin Combat Boots this Season?

Joie Tall Lace Up Boot

GUESS “Sensation” Lace-Up Combat Boots

As you guys may know, NYC fashion week is starting and I, like so any other fashion obsessed individuals, am extremely excited and estatic. Fashion week marks the beginning of fall fashion and since it occurs in the same week as Labor Day, I guess it’s safe to say that fall is officially here and ready to take action. I love the fall season because I’m a huge boot lover; and what better time to buy a pair of funky boots than the fall? Since the weather’s cooling down; boots should be a MUST on every girl’s shopping list this month. A hot shoe trend that is making it way from the runway to the sidewalk is the laced-up combat boots. Although motorcycle boots were huge last year, the laced-up combat boots are just simply cuter, more durable and way more stylish. With the whole military-wear trend going on, laced up combat boots are so in this season.

Restricted Combat Boot

European Fashion Trends – Fall/ Winter Collections 2010/2011 Part 2

3rd trend: Revival of the 50’s and 80’s

Although these eras are long ago, nearly every decade celebrates its comeback, sooner or later. This fall it’s the 50’s and 80’s turn.

Derivation of the 80’s Wall Street look:

A new type of woman created a furor in those times: the successful businesswoman. In 1988, Melanie Griffith and Sigourney Weaver taught the business world the true meaning of fear in their movie “Working Girl”. And to show the women’s toughness, many men’s clothing classics got adopted to the female wardrobe.

Look:

The look is very businesslike. Coats, chemises and cravats are a pretty good investment. Typical 80’s: classical shapes & shoulder pads. To mix it up, mini-skirts can help to interpret the look in a female way. Noble hats cap the look.

Hermès look

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Derek Lam

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50’s look:

The characteristic silhouette is defined with small tops and wide flared skirts. A plunging neckline caters for modern sexiness. Very hip: slinky bustiers or a basic t-shirt combined with a skirt. Moreover, former floral prints get replaced by modern art-appeal.

Louis Vuitton:

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Prada:

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4th trend: Baroque ‘n ‘ Roll

Derivation:

In the 60’s, musicians like Jimi Hendrix knew how to play to the gallery, and they mixed glam outfits with quillings, velvet and brocade. The style carried forward to the 80’s and now. You definitively must have a look at the video clip “Prince Charming” by “Adam and the Ants”.

Look:

Precious brocade and sparkling gold threats come to the fore. The stylistic dimension varies from baroque-inspired glory to the sixties look and the shimmering 70’s disco style. Who doesn’t like to be that sparkish: A minimalistic combination of black and gold sets priorities without gaudiness.

Balmain

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Isabel Marant

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-Sabrina La Belle Fleurie

European Fashion Trends – Fall/ Winter Collections 2010/2011 Part 1

Soon, fall will replace summer. Many fashionistas are curious about which trends the new fall/winter collections will reveal. For all those who cannot wait any longer, I started to research a little bit about this season’s fashion trends in Europe, and this is what I discovered.

According to the motto “opposites attract”, this fall is a multifaceted mix of draperies, patterns and styles. Traditional costumes get suitable for everyday use, minimalism gets reduced to the maximum and sweet school girl outfits coexist with vintage suits à la Wall Street. The 80’s masculinity meets the charming fifties, and rock star outfits are commingled with baronial glam to a baroque mix.

1st trend: Minimalistic chic

Derivation

With its seeds in art and architecture, this trend traces back to the German Bauhaus era of 1919. The principle “Reduce to the max” adverts to reclaim clean lines and simplicity over an excess of ornaments. Later, it made its way as a mindset in fashion in the 30s with Marlene Dietrich as an outrider. Today, minimalism is an inherent part of the fashion scene.

Look

This mindset alludes to the basics. Imaginative shapes displace colourful prints. Brands like Chloé or Michael Kors tend to use fawn or shades of brown which can be variegated.


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Michael Kors runway look leads us to the next fall/winter trend.
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2nd trend: wool & shag / Norwegian style

Derivation:

Believe me or not, but this trend emerged due to the English royal dynasty. In 1922, the Prince of Wales wore a pullover with a Norwegian style on a golf tournament and made it socially accepted. In ancient times, the colourful patterns had a certain symbolic meaning: Mainly, they were worn by fishermen or peasants and were a distinctive mark of families or counties.

Look:

This season, wool cardigans and pullovers are extremely casual, but debonair. Whether  you like trumpet sleeves or Norwegian pullovers, this year fall gets inspired by Nordic patterns.

Really in: Woollen costumes with elegant pencils skirts (combined with lace at the runway shows of Dolce & Gabbana). Another winterly eye-catcher: Flashy colourful stripes.

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Woolen look by Donna Karan

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-Sabrina La Belle Fleurie

Fall/Winter 2010 Couture Season Is Here

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Fall 2010 Couture Fashion Week started the other day and show pics have started coming in. So far my favorite is Dior. I’m about to change my Twitter Background as we speak. Photos from Style.com.
Alexis Mabille’s collection featured tuxedos, bows, ruffles, and grand ball gowns. It was a very feminine collection. Even though I liked it,I was shocked by it. Every year he manages to do something different. I still don’t really know what his signature look is.

Armani Privé was not as impressive as I thought it would be. It was like he tried to take the whole greige/beige, camel is the new thing to wear trend and translate it to couture. I wasn’t impressed. There were some nice things in the collection, but I just couldn’t get into it. Also a few of the gowns were a bit ill-fitting on the models, and the hair was a mess.

Bouchra Jarrar was a new name to me. Her collection was just OK. I felt like it was missing something. It was very boxy, geometric, and full of shift dresses. I don’t know about this one either.

 

Chanel was Chanel, or so I thought. Once I looked through the pictures I fell in love the the huge silhouettes and beautiful coats. The color scheme of ruby reds, golds, blues, and creams looked so royal. I think this collection was fit for a queen. The hair and boots were not cute though. I could have done without those bits.

Dior was a floral masterpiece. I really couldn’t find anything wrong with it. Seriously. It was gorgeous. All of the dresses were based on flowers and the models’ hair was wrapped with plastic wrap like the kind you see on bouquets. The special hats were made by Stephen Jones. Love at first sight is possible.

For Givenchy, everything was covered in lace, fringe, and long hairy fur. Very interesting. It kind of reminded me of bits and pieces of Alexander McQueen’s collections. I’m not a fan of the white stocking with open toe shoe look. It was very somber, Adams Family scary, and interesting.

 

The Fall Previews Just Keep Coming

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I have been so busy with school, which is running me ragged by the way, that I totally forgot about this email from Cynthia Rowley’s PR people. They sent me pictures of the F/W collection. I always love Cynthia Rowley’s clothes because you can tell she made them for a fun woman, just like me! When I met her at Charleston Fashion Week, she was amazing. The way she wears her clothes, you can tell she is the Cynthia Rowley woman. DUH!

 

This collection has a bit of a flapper feel to it with all the fringe. It is so funny to see these influences in fashion right now because we are studying the Twenties and Thirties in my History of 20th Century Fashion Art class. The collection also featured puffer coats and gloves. I love how puffer coats keep you warm, but they do feel a little bulky to me. As always, her shoes are to die for, but the colors and patterns are what I love best about this collection. Who says you have to wear only drab colors in the fall? Not I and apparently not Cynthia Rowley either.
Check out videos and other pictures of the collection here.

Jeffrey Campbell Fall/Winter 2010 Collection Is On The Run!

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Congrats Jessica Wagner for winning the ELF Contest!

The F/W 2010 Jeffrey Campbell collection is a 90s grunge/platform/clog mash up. If that isn’t your thing, don’t look at these pics. I happen to love these shoes. They are incredibly high and rugged looking. I did see some low boots and some leopard loafers in there too. These new fall collections are looking pretty promising. Check out the lookbook here.

 

 

 

Fall 2010 Trends

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If you have been following the shows in New York, you have probably seen lots of leather, velvet, fur, menswear for women, and leggings.  New York is telling the world that those are the trends that are in for the fall. PETA will not be happy about this.  Two collections that used a bit of all of those elements were the Altuzarra and Alexander Wang collections. Photos from Style.com.
The Altuzarra collection had lots of leather, velvet, menswear influences. A lot of the pieces were very tight and structured. Some of the tuxedos and fur coats reminded me of Tom Ford’s run at Gucci  There was one catsuit that reminded me of Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman catsuit from Batman. Many of the leather pieces had stitching criss crossing along the outer parts of the garments.
The Alexander Wang collection had plenty of menswear, leather, and velvet to go around.  Velvet was draped over the arms or made into short dresses. Some velvet hung from backpacks. Chunky platform heels were draped with the bottoms of extra long leggings.  There was an excellent motorcycle jacket that Wang elongated all the way to the floor. Some people were put off by the menswear look in  the collection. It was either a you like it or not collection. I must say, the unwearableness of the collection caught me off guard, but I can appreciate the art of it all.

New York Fashion Week Day Three

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New York Fashion Week Fall 2010 is looking pretty good. I haven’t seen many collections that would make me say “Ummm what was that about?” There were a few but not as many as the Spring shows. Some of those shows were dreadful, but who knows? We are only on day three. Photos from Style.com.
Christian Siriano is moving quite along after winning Project Runway. You don’t see many of the winners, or non-winners for that matter, doing much after the show. Only a handful make a successful career or build unto their old career after the show. Christian’s collection was full of sophisticated dresses and pants for grown and confident women. I love the structured jackets. There was something very architectural about them. I also adored the evening gowns that blew many people who live tweeted the show away.
Canadian Jeremy Laing truly knows how to layer clothing. I suppose all those frigid Canadian winters taught him a thing or two. Pants, leggings, over-the-knee boots, shirts, and fur coats were expertly layered just enough to see each piece. Obviously the over-the-knee boot and the short body conscious dress aren’t going anywhere. The graphic prints on the fabrics added something different to the mix as well.

New York Fashion Week Day Two

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It’s day two of fashion week, and the designers are bringing great fashion. Jenny Kao showed a dark, sculptural knit, leather, and fur based collection. I even saw a hot bodysuit in there. It looked like something the goth kids would wear in high school.  I thought it was amazing. I really like that she tried evening wear.  She needs some help, but Kao is off to a good start. Great collection. Prepare to see this on the Oak website next fall. The Cynthia Steffe collection reminded me of the sexy schoolgirl with the devil may care attitude. Shaun Kearney designed fur lined anoraks, flouncy skirts, and and knee high shocks. Perfect for the woman who wants to dress young but doesn’t want to look ridiculous.*Cue Mariah Carey* The only thing I thought was out of place was the zebra looking skirt. That was kind of weird. I can’t wait to see the school themed editorials that pop up in magazines. Photos from Style.com.