Friday, February 22, 2013

Haute in Holographics- Blumarine, Burberry & Jonathan Saunders

I had been into holographics at an early age (Pokemon cards, anyone? No? Just me?) and that definitely hasn't changed. Ever since I saw a photo of Cara Delevingne strutting her stuff in this holographic, lizard-like ensemble, I was hooked- again! I am transfixed by the glistening iridescent works of holographic art that we call fashion!



Cara is wearing Blumarine in the photos above. With spring break here and Cabo right around the corner (I am going in 2 days!), I can't help but fantasize about myself on the sandy beaches wearing this iridescent high-waisted two-piece suit. Even though this collection was showcased for Fall/Winter 2012, I think that this trend is just taking off (I am currently wearing Chanel nail polish in Peridot, the metallic golden-green shade)! Designer Anna Molinari and her fashion stylist, Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, used holographic pieces in an ultra-modern way- like futuristic punk rock. 



Even Burberry Prorsum's Spring/Summer 2013 Collection showcased metallics and high-sheen fabrics. I love the holographic bodysuits and the unexpected sheen in the more structured pieces like the collared blouses and trenchcoats. The show was very cinematic- with a classic trench or cape over a glitzy corset.






Jonathan Sauders' Spring/Summer 2013 Collection also showcased my newly favorite trend! He incorporated holographics in a bad-ass bomber jacket and in this horizontally striped crop top and vertically striped pencil skirt. "This was the hardest collection I've ever done," Jonathan Saunders stated after the show. His inspiration was "a Michael Clark disco girl" with glossy lips, tousled hair... a wild child with a bit of art in her. 


All images taken from www.style.com.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Naeem Khan Fall 2013 - NYFW


Did you catch your breath yet? This Valentine's Day, I think I've fallen in love- with Naeem Khan! I know I've written posts about this designer over and over, but I can't help myself. He has quickly become one of my favorite designers of all time. Everything he touches turns into a red-carpet worthy option for any A-list starlette. His front row composed of celebs like Shay Mitchell, Vanessa Hudgens and Matt Damon, who was constantly telling his wife how much he loved the looks walking down the runway.

Inspiration: Byzantine Empire and Erté's illustration of the 1920s. 

The Look: Regal velvet gowns and evening coats with detailed gold Ottoman embroidery, sensual open back gowns, heavily embellished body hugging gowns in navies, silvers, golds and gunmetals, his  signature beaded and crystal-encrusted dresses.

I would love to see these dresses worn at the Oscars or even at The Great Gatsby movie premiere, as these dresses are certainly reminiscent of that time period!






SWOON.

What Cher Can't Live Without on Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day to all my taken and  fabulously single girls out there. I woke up to an 
e-mail from the ladies at Wildfox and had to share. They compiled a list of things that iconic Cher Horowitz (from Clueless, duh.) would need on our favorite cheesy holiday.

 
 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

NYFW Fall/Winter 2013: BCBG Max Azria


Every year, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week opens with BCBG Max Azria's new line. This year it's all about patterns, sheer fabrics, leather, winter tones and FUR. 

Aimee Song described it as "super street chic with a hint of grunge."

Inspiration: The East, Istanbul architecture and the eclectic style of Europe's southern gypsies. 

The Look:  Whimsical and bohemian with an urban edge, carried out by layers of long, tulle skirts, leather leg warmers, oversized coats, gypsy prints and a black and white palette. While many looks were sheer and light, they were balanced with an oversized coat or beanie.

The Beauty: Hair was straight and sleek with nude makeup and smokey eyes.







Thursday, January 24, 2013

50 Shades of Grey

50 Shades of Grey

Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day... Because I have an effing sailing day to enjoy this Saturday! As a Southern Cali girl, I still have NO idea what to wear when the temperature drops below 65. I decided to put together an outfit that would match this gloomy weather, yet making you look just as chic as ever. 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Carry Change. Carry Della.



A friend told me about this brand and I think it’s amazing and I hope you do, too.

It’s called Della. And they empower women through fashion. Della is a fashion line based in Los Angeles that is driven by the awareness for the need for a global market that produces socially-responsible, quality products. This isn’t charity. This is responsibility.

Their philosophy is based on the saying, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." And that is exactly what Della does. They recognize that direct charity creates dependence rather than independence. Instead, they empower women in Ghana by giving them jobs, education and skills training to help them create a lasting, better way of life.






I love the tribal print and bright colors that each product incorporates. I especially love the stylish and school-friendly laptop cases that the make and the patterned headbands. Those headbands are very Nicole Richie-esque and a perfect accessory for Coachella coming up in April. 

Each product is handmade by one of the 30 seamstresses using authentic West African textiles. An average of 400 of these goods are produced each week.

They are mothers, sisters, daughters and friends ranging from the ages of 19-43. Over half of them have never traveled outside of their small region of Volta and even less have received an education higher than the 8th grade.

By buying one of Della’s products, you help give these women:

·     social security benefits
·      national healthcare benefits
·      weekly literacy classes
·      management mentorship
·      team leadership skills
·      computer skill training
·      maternity leave

and so much more.

In the words of my friend, Whitney:
The emergence and success of TOMs proved that consumerism is not an inherently bad thing; it can significantly improve the lives of many if used in a good and innovative manner. Della began to build upon that model and focus on another need- the lack of opportunity for talented women. Instead of creating a non-profit and depending on charity, Della invested in the talent and minds of women in Ghana. The result is a for-profit company based in Ghana that is sustainable, successful and incredibly empowering. 
The brand signifies that fashion isn’t simply aesthetics, money and notoriety. The interest and love for clothing extends beyond how one looks. It’s a universal, tangible and creative means of expression. Women in Ghana have style. They have an interest in textiles. Fashion doesn’t simply exist only on runways or catalog. it doesn’t have boundaries.

What I love even more about Della is the products they didn't include in their lookbook! Currently they are creating private label collaborations and are currently sold in Nordstrom, Free People and Apple Stores. Their products have even been see in Foam Magazine and People Magazine! Right now they are in the works with a big name brand that is TOP SECRET- but I'm definitely on the look out for now.

Check out more Della LA here!