Giambattista Valli: Couture Contrast

Giambattista Valli: Couture Contrast

The battle between spring and fall

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Valli described his collection as “a late-sixties, early-seventies kind of freedom and eccentricity,” and that’s exactly what it was. While some pieces in the collection seemed very sixties, they evoked a uniqueness and an eccentricity only a new time could evoke. The collection started out with black and white basics: stripes. From then on, the collection got more and more detailed and unexpected. Some looks were extremely minimalistic while others contrasted them in their crazy shapes, detailed patterns and play on color.

Stripes: Basic and Bold

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Valli is a genius. These two looks are almost exactly the same. Both looks include a striped metallic heel, shades, head wrap, and the same silk pajama look. All Valli had to do was add a fur coat and differing stripes to make these two looks almost complete opposites. It definitely takes the whole “hanging out by the pool mid-summer” look to a whole different place, it takes it to a place of cooler weather and darker tones. It makes it appropriate for fall.

Florals: Feminine and Funky

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Valli’s whole collection shows us the importance of reusing fashion. Not only is his collection retro, it is also undoubtedly filled with spring time florals and bright hues. The dresses are very detailed in their color schemes though, making these looks work for fall. The pink and yellow hues are balanced out by fall shades of purple and green. The bouncy and flamboyant skirts are challenged by other intricate and innovative skirts.

Fur: With and Without

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Towards the end of collection, more emphasis on shades of purple became apparent. The emphasis on fur becomes apparent as well. The first look incorporates the early ideas of lighter colors, stripes, and florals. This look is more representative of spring, the only thing different is the use of purple.  However, that purple is the transitioning color. It takes this rather sunny look to a new and dark place. The purple fur is the exact result of this clever clash between spring and fall. The heels, shades, and head wrap are springtime, and the pastel purple could be considered a springtime hue as well. However that hue is represented on fur, taking it to a whole new level.

Black: Thin and Thick

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The color black also begins to show up more and more in this collection, and these two looks show the black being used in two different ways. The first look resembles somewhat  of a swimsuit. The floral highwaisted shorts and strapless top are very warm and temperate. The sheer overlay contrasts that idea entirely, and the subtle use of black stripes tie it back into the collection, making it more of a fall piece.  The black gown accented with the white and fur coat is the fall idea fully taking affect, and the battle between spring and fall comes to an end as fall prevails. It’s very Cruella de Vil (if you ask me.) 🙂 ❤

Gowns: Soft and Shiny

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I actually can’t explain the very last looks of the collection…perhaps they were an explosion of spring and fall? The colors and shapes look bright and fun but the material of the gown seems soft and fur-like. I can’t evaluate and make sense of these looks but there is one thing for sure, they are beautiful. It is haute couture, and sometimes you just can’t explain it.

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Christian Dior Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 2014

Christian Dior Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 2014

The best dressed stars and details from the show

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week is huge. The audience will have the privilege of seeing the Autumn/Winter collections of Christian Dior, Giambattista Valli, Chanel, Elie Saab, Zuhair Murad, Giorgio Armani Privé, Schiaparelli, Versace and Valentino. While celebrities are sitting front row at the shows, we’ll be scouring to find the runway pictures online and wooing over what the celebs are wearing. Let’s take a look! ❤
The Best Dressed Celebs
Rosamund Pike, Paris Fashion Week
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Emma Watson looked so unique and classic in Dior Haute Couture. While the dress included crazy draping, pleats, holes, and a sheer skirt, the fact that it’s black and white makes the look easy to take in. The simple hair and accessories also do the dress just the right amount of justice.
Rosamund Pike looked really understated and chic in her Christian Dior cashmere coat. It was perfect for the event, it looked comfortable, it looked functional, it made a statement, and it payed tribute to the designer. The quirky hair and earrings also gave the outfit the right amount of pop.
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I love how both Hanneli Mustaparta (left) and Elena Perminova (right) incorporated metallics into their ensembles for the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Show. I also find it interesting how both women chose rather simple pieces. Mustaparta chose a crop top in baby blue and a typical white pencil skirt. However, when paired with that gorgeous floral bag, bold shades, and reflective shoes, the outfit becomes very haute couture. It was obviously very carefully put together. Perminova also chose the most typical accessories; black flats, a black bag, big shades, and a straw hat. It was genius how she paired  staple pieces with such an outrageous dress, but she made it work. The length and cut of the dress is  exceptionally flattering and weather appropriate.
The Fashion Show Details
Christian Dior Fall 2014 Haute Couture
Christian Dior Fall 2014 Haute Couture

Christian Dior Fall 2014 Haute Couture

Christian Dior Fall 2014 Haute Couture

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All of these images were taken at the Christian Dior Paris Haute Couture Fashion Show for Fall 2014.  I’m so excited to see trends inspired by these designs in stores! The recycling of fashion will always be apparent, but I find the recycling of bright colors to be a very innovative idea, especially when it comes to fall fashion and it’s traditional shades of burgundy and army green. It’s a nice change! It’s already clear that pale colors, soft textures, and bold shoes will be the go-tos for this fall!

What do you guys think? Will you be sticking to fall’s traditional color palette? Or will your fashion choices originate from recycled spring colors?
Thanks for reading! Stay fashionable you frauds!

Emma Watson

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Rita Ora Will Never Let You Down When it Comes to Fashion

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You can never predict what Rita Ora is in the mood to wear next.  One day you’ll spot her in a sporty jumpsuit, but the next day she’ll be on her way to a dinner party in a classy dress. Rita’s bold fashion makes her memorable, it makes her different, and it makes her inspirational. It’s great to see someone young and cool trying out something new everyday. Rita’s fashion is at times off the wall, but it can also be extremely quirky and cute and well, beautiful. Rita sends out a great message to her fans, and that message is to love who you are, keep an open mind, and forget about what other people think.

Here are some of my favorite looks on Rita:

Sporty Polish

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Quirky Funk

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Oh, and if you haven’t checked out her new song I Will Never Let You Down, go do it! She released it about three months ago and it’s upbeat, it’s fun, and it’s inspiring, like her fashion! 🙂 ❤

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Old Hollywood is the New Hollywood

Old Hollywood is the New Hollywood
The women of 2014 are acing the classic Hollywood look.
Carmen Hamlett July 2, 2014
Actresses became much more prominent during the Golden Age. Business was booming and technology was constantly evolving. The roaring 20s undoubtedly kick started new lives for women, but it was truly the 40s and 50s that changed everything. Once silent movies were out, talking pictures were in. It came to be a much more pristine and modern time. Women were praised, they started working hard, and they were getting paid big money for it. But above all the movies, music, and money, it was a huge era of fashion for women. The new fashions were in fact designed to cater to working women. Classic silhouettes, fur coats, red lips, and curled hair were all the rage. These fashions were more than fashions though, they represented an entirely new time. It was a time when women could walk out into the world independent, strong, and beautiful. That is what made these new fashion trends a reoccurring phenomenon. They became the timeless basics of almost every woman’s wardrobe.
The year 2014 is one of the best examples of major fashion comebacks originating from the 40s and 50s. We’ve seen working women like Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta and Blake Lively in Gucci and Karen Elson in Zac Posen at the Met Gala. We’ve seen Rihanna in Adam Selman at the CFDA Fashion Awards and Miley Cyrus in a shimmery green Giambattista Valli gown at the 2014 World Music Awards. These are working women, and they might as well look the part. Bringing back Old Hollywood glamour will never go out of style. It is an iconic look and it profoundly represents the fight for fame and recognition that women have desperately been battling over the years.

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The reoccurring fashion is also a tribute to the long history of the movie industry. Above all industries, show business has definitely continued to dominate. Not only are the stars known for their talents in film and television, but also in their fashion choices. Because of this, the movie industry has a lot of influence over the media and fashion industry. Magazines and tabloids continue to focus their stories on the stars. Big business corporations continue to follow what the stars are wearing, as that greatly influences trending fashion. Businesses take that information and come to produce those trending pieces for consumers. To think that at one time females were looked down upon, and looked over. Now, female stars dominate the aspects of everyday life, from affecting what the news will cover to what middle class consumers will be buying.
New Hollywood will always pay tribute to Old Hollywood because it was a decade of opportunity, a decade of change, and a decade of prosperity. Women really rose to the top in those times. Women like Lucille Ball, Debbie Reynolds, Judy Garland, and Marylin Monroe became some of the most iconic women, and their faces stay fresh in our minds to this very day. Those women will forever be some of the most influential role models, as they opened the doors to aspiring women, and commanded the men to step aside. Every year, every month, and every day, a woman puts together a new ensemble. That ensemble is a symbol of who she is, what she stands for, and what she has worked for.

Oscars 2013, Best Dressed: Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Naomi Watts, Jessica Chastain

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Old Hollywood glamour definitely gives a woman an overall timeless look. A woman in a full skirt never looks tacky. A woman in a fur coat never looks inexpensive. A woman in modest heels never looks overdressed. A woman with red lips never looks masculine. It is a look every woman can call her own, and it is also a look every woman can pull off. The look continues to speak for women when they are at a loss for words, though that very rarely happens for actresses. Women continue to adore Old Hollywood glamour because it is as versatile as they are. They are able to play many roles in their clothes. A woman who was once demure and naïve can become completely fulfilled. In the words of Yves Saint Laurent, “I have always believed that fashion was not only to make women more beautiful, but also to reassure them, give them confidence.”

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Thanks for reading!  Stay fashionable you frauds!

 

 

 

Vintage Inspiration for the Modern Woman

Well, it’s late on a Sunday night and I got to thinking, what’s better than a vintage movie marathon on the weekends? Nothing! For those of you thinking that every vintage movie is boring, elongated, and black and white…you’re wrong. Vintage movies are the first place I go when I’m in need of a good laugh, some classic music, and above all, amazing fashion. To save you all the trouble of fishing through poorly put together films, and anything dreadfully boring, I’ve put together a list of my favorite vintage films.

1. Mame

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This one is for all of the I Love Lucy lovers. Lucille Ball is spectacular in this movie, and who knew she had such a great voice? Mame is a 1974 musical film based on the 1966 Broadway musical as well as the 1955 novel. The whole movie follows Mame Dennis (played by Ball) and her extremely extravagant lifestyle. She’s the kind of woman who always looks great, always has a drink in her hand, and always throws a good party. However, that free-and-fun lifestyle comes to an abrupt halt when Mame must take care of her deceased brother’s son, Patrick. The movie surely comes with a ton of laughs, a ton of fashion, and a ton of scotch.

2. How to Marry a Millionaire

This Hollywood comedy has to be one of my favorites for fashion inspiration. The movie takes place in New York City and stars Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe. The girls play three models who don’t have very much money. They’re trying to make names for themselves in the fashion industry all while finding rich husbands to buy them anything their hearts desire. Monroe’s performance definitely comes with all the laughable lines, but in the end the movie becomes more than a comedy about women digging for gold, it’s a truly romantic movie filled with great costume designs.

3. Singing in the Rain

This is a classic, and if you haven’t seen it already, GO WATCH IT. The choreography is amazing, the music is great, the scenes are hilarious, and the actors are extremely loveable. This film is one of my all time favorites because the costume design and musical performances balance each other out, both are stellar. The film takes place in Hollywood in the late 20’s. It stars Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds. All stars play performers; a showgirl, a musical sidekick, and an actor. They all get caught up in the transition from silent movies to “talkies,” or “talking pictures.” My favorite costume designs are on Jean Hagen (supporting actress) and on Debbie Reynolds as well. If you recognize Reynolds, it’s because she played Aggie in Halloweentown! Crazy, I know.

4. Mommie Dearest

While my other favorite vintage movies are comedies, this one is clearly a drama. Though I wouldn’t recommend watching this movie alone in the middle of the night, I still recommend you watch it. If you watch this film with a few friends, it will in fact come off as a comedy. Regardless, it is an in depth look at one of the most well known female stars, Joan Crawford. The movie exposes her glamorous life, her obsession with perfection, and her obvious mental disorder. While the fashion in this movie is extremely beautiful and “Old Hollywood,” the lesson of this movie speaks for a great cause. Raising awareness of the abusive and traumatic upbringing of children. Crawford abused her children back in the 1940’s but parents continue to abuse their children to this very day.

5. Bye Bye Birdie

Though I know that this movie isn’t for everyone, it’s still a great watch. This movie is undoubtedly for anyone who loves Grease or anything Elvis Presley-esque. The movie is extremely cheesy and cute, and I would describe it as a vintage High School Musical. The musical comedy was made in 1963 and stars Ann-Margret, Bobby Rydell, Dick Van Dyke, Janet Leigh, and Jesse Pearson. Margret who plays Kim MacAfee is your typical teenage girl, she’s boy crazy, and is head-over-heels for Hugo Peabody (Rydell). However, when she gets the opportunity to kiss the guy of her dreams, singer Conrad Birdie (Pearson) she doesn’t waste any time. The film is super sweet and funny, and the fashion is extremely mod.

6. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

This film has to be one of my favorites because this is one of Marylin Monroe’s best performances. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes was Monroe’s break out movie, and while Jane Russell was the star at the time, and the star of the film, Monroe really turned heads on the big screen. This is a musical for those who aren’t crazy about musicals! There are about five short musical numbers in the entire movie. Russell and Monroe play best gal pals, and while Russell plays a more down-two-earth girl, it’s Monroe’s character as a gold-digging woman with a love for diamonds in which the movie is most clearly remembered. This movie is truly iconic and Monroe’s rendition of the song “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” has inspired numerous up to date celebrities such as Madonna, Christina Aguilera, and Nicole Kidman. The costume design in this film includes beaded gowns, kitten heels, fur shawls, and lots of lace.

Well, that’s all I have for now, if you have any suggestions I’ll add them to the list!

Stay fashionable you frauds!

 

The Fab Fourth

See celebs like Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus get into the spirit of Independence Day. These are a few of my favorite July 4th inspired looks.

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Katy Perry looked amazing in this sporty cool look. The whole outfit was very fresh and young, all while paying tribute to her song “Firework” as well. Perry rocked this mix-matched ensemble in 2012 at the Super Bowl in Indianapolis.

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Nicola Roberts looked super sexy and modern in this surprisingly simple ice hockey shirt. While some argued it to be a bit too skimpy and ridiculous, I think it worked. The Girls Aload singer nailed it with this one. Even though the shirt could have been a couple inches longer, it bears just enough leg and remains a bit more modest with classy white heels. Roberts reminds us that T-shirt dresses are in fact coming back!

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Jessica Hart looked super chic in menswear while walking around NYC in December 2013. This is definitely a more laid back, and comfortable look, but it’s still effortlessly chic. One could update this look for summer with a pair of leather shorts and a jean jacket or a white blazer instead.

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Miley Cyrus stunned in a perforated plastic leather dress by Proenza Schouler in August, 2013. This dress is super edgy and fun, and all the different patterns and textures work extremely well together. The white accessories also make the look more feminine, while contrasting the bold dress. One could wear a look similar to Miley’s to a dinner party on July 4th.

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Alessandra Ambrosio looked so casual and stylish in this patriotic look while at the gas station. The outfit is very simple and comfy, but the multicolored shades and light wash shorts give it an “L.A. cool” vibe. Love it!

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Alessandra Ambrosio

Alessandra Ambrosio

The Modern Cinderella

 

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Keira Knightley was caught in this absolutely phenomenal look just last month. It’s definitely very retro, very minimalistic, and very whimsical. While the look gives off a more “Cinderella” and vintage vibe, the metallic heels give it a modern edge. Knightley also lets us know that you don’t have to be glammed up head to toe to make a statement. She definitely allows the clutch to do the talking.  You can recreate Knightley’s effortlessly chic look with a few discount pieces.

 

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Crochet Collar Dress – $48.00 Topshop

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DIY Jeweled Clutch- $44.00 Wander & Hunt

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Simply Vera Vera Wang Strappy Heels – $46.99 Kohl’s

 Stay fashionable you frauds!