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The annual Met Gala, which occurred Monday night at Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute Gala in New York City. Every year there is a theme if you can remember last year’s punk dress code. Since the gala was honoring American couturier Charles James, an English-born American designer known for his structured wiring and lavishly heavy gowns, guests were asked to channel James’ formal aesthetic of gowns for ladies and white tie (with decorations) for men.
Above all I think my favorite of the night was Rihanna. The gal can seriously do no wrong. She stunned in a Stella McCartney number that included a cropped top with a stunning open back and a floor-length skirt with a full train and draping along the back.
Naturally Beyonce, and her hubby Jayz killed it as well–he actually proposed to her again when one of the many jewels from her Givenchy wrap dress fell off. So yeah, my jealousy continues. Leah Michele in Joseph Altuzarra and the Beckhams in Ralph Lauren and Victoria Beckam’s own design, all dazzled on the red carpet. All white ensembles proved to be a BIG trend on the red carpet.
Earlier this year I stumbled across Kristina Bazan’s blog, Kayture. Not only is it a clever play on words (think couture, people) but it’s absolutely amazing!! 20 and Swiss born, Kristina travels around the world with her partner James Chardon blogging about her fashion adventures and finds. As if I didn’t feel inadequate enough, she also regularly works high-end brands, from Louis Vuitton, Dolce&Gabbana, Yves Saint Laurent and Dior to Mango, Guess, and Jimmy Choo. Not to mention she has been featured in magazines like Vogue and Cosmo. She usually updates her website every 2-3 days sometimes more frequently; but her instagram account has several posts a day!
Her website is kayture.com
Her Instagram account is kristina_bazan
As I was scouring the Vogue website this week I came across the Vintage Bowles web series. It’s an amazing journey of how Hamish Bowles, International Editor at Large for Vogue, travels around the world seeking pieces for his legendary couture collection. Season one is on the Vogue website and it features garments by Nina Ricci, Charles James, Geoffrey Beene and YSL. It’s such a personal view into Hamish Bowles’ passion for vintage collections.
With Coachella ending this past week, more music festivals are coming up and here’s my top five tips you need to know to dress the part!
1.) Let’s Get High…waisted shorts that is! This trend is a no brainer. It was huge for last year’s music festival season and that remains true for 2014 as well. What’s different? go for more of a ripped/distressed style.
2. When in doubt, crop it out: try a fitted or draped crop top with your high waisted cut offs or maxi skirt! You’ll feel free and but not ridiculously hot!
3.) Florals are always in bloom: It’s spring so naturally floral prints are in full swing! Try a floral pair of palazzo pants or a dainty floral crop top. Florals don’t just end with clothes, flower headbands are always a music festival favorite and go to, so don’t be afraid to mix the two floral trends!
4.) You can’t go wrong with anything Tribal: This means fringe bags, shoes or geometric dresses, jewelry, and accessories like headbands and boho bangles..just go for it!
5.) Show no fear for Shear: When you’re surrounded by thousands of people in an enclosed area it’s going to be hot. Stay cool with shear tops or laces dresses–no need to wear slips or cover up. For the most part during these festivals anything goes, but it’s important to stay cool and be comfortable!
Check out gal pals Selena Gomez, and Kendall and Kylie Jenner at Coahcella last week!
picture taken from hollywoodlife.com
Posted in Uncategorized on April 11, 2014
Last week the class I’m in visited New York City for a week long fashion tour. One of the places we visited was designer Jordan Betten’s Lost Art showroom. With mainly exotic animal leathers like alligator, python, and calf skin, and some animal furs, he, his wife and his design assistant Fabiola hand weave and stitch the leather into capes, jackets, pants, belts, and bags. The craftsmanship and aesthetics of his work is absolutely incredible; it’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. His pieces are regularly featured in Vogue and Elle and he works with musicians like Lenny Kravitz. Below are a few pictures of the show room and garments! Be sure to follow him on instagram at @lostartbetten to see more of his artwork and designs!
One of my favorite parts about getting dressed every morning is accessorizing. Whether that’s with rings, bangles, headbands, or an understated necklace, accessories keep your wardrobe updated without having to actually spend money on new clothes! One of my favorite online sites that I just discovered is baublebar.com! I first heard about it after my blog crush Courtney Kerr (from Courtney Loves Dallas) collaborated with the online retailer to create a jewelry line. Her line features fabulous statement necklaces–but not the bubble necklaces trend that’s finally going out of style (thank god–why was this ever a thing?) Her jewelry is unique and sassy and absolutely perfect and affordable for dressing any outfit up.
What I love about the website is that every week they feature $10 and $20 dollar deals on jewelry pieces that don’t break the bank. If personalized jewelry is your thing, they’ve got you covered there too! Go check em’ out!
Posted in Uncategorized on March 21, 2014
Now that it’s the middle of Spring semester, I’m sure you’re preoccupied with your midlife crisis about finding a job post-graduation. Or at least you’re tired of everyone asking you about what you’re doing after graduation (you can stop now). We all know that jobs in the fashion industry are competitive, but the key to landing an amazing fashion industry job, is looking and dressing the part! These are some Do’s and Don’t guidelines to follow.
1.) Know your audience–know what the job entails and who is interviewing you! You wouldn’t wear the same outfit to an interview for Ralph Lauren as you would for an edgy fashion magazine.
2.) Number one also applies to tattoos and piercings ; if it’s a more conservative company you’re interviewing with, you may want to cover them up, but if the interview is with a young, hip company it may not be an issue. Do your research and use your good judgement!
3.) Stick to a basic dress or suit and add one fun or statement jewelry piece or pair of shoes–that’s where you can really show some personality!
4.) Wear comfortable AND well-fitting clothes. If you’re uncomfortable, it’ll show, and wearing garments that fit you shows you know what looks good and that your vision can be trusted.
5.) Have clean and un-chipped nails–a no-brainer, people.
6.) Be polished and well groomed! Stick to conservative hair and makeup.
1.) Think you have to wear pants or a suit. This is a fashion interview, you’ll want to show your creative, trendy side too!
2.) Wear any skirt or dress that is too short or shows too much skin..fingertip length is always good guideline. If it’s sleeveless, a black or navy blazer always looks professional.
3.) Douse yourself in an overpowering perfume..nothing says don’t hire me like a perfume that makes you smell like a “baby prostitute,” for all you Mean Girl fans.
4.) Wear a million bangles or some loud charm bracelet or ANY loud jewelry for that matter. Statement pieces are okay but you want the interviewers to be able to hear you. Remember, the focus is on YOU and your abilities.
5.) Wear sandals or flip flops. Just don’t.
6.) Bottom line, if you have to question it, DON’T wear it.
Check out some of Glamour Magazine’s wardrobe tips for fashion industry interviews!
Posted in Uncategorized on March 14, 2014
Normally reserved for school girls, pleats are definitely in this Spring! What I love about the trend is that it’s incorporated into longer skirts. Try a skirt that is about knee-length or a little past the knee for a more mature vibe. You can even pair the pleated skirt with a fitted crop top if you’re looking to add a little edge, or you can take a cue from the Michael Kors’ runway and wear a flowy blouse with the pleated skirt.
Two words: Lupita Nyong’o. How absolutely stunning was she?! She looked like a goddess in her pale pastel blue Prada gown and plunging neckline. All award season she’s been nailing red carpet looks and quite frankly putting many of her comrades to shame. What I love about her style is the bold color! It’s so easy to go the traditional route with black or navy, but I like that Lupita choses to make a statement and stand out from the crowd!
Now that I’ve given Lupita the attention she well deserved, I can’t help but gush about the GUYS’ style on the red carpet. Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor winners Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto (swoon) killed it at the oscars in their white tuxedo blazers. Whites and nudes proved to be a popular trend for both men and women alike. Ryan Seacrest was seen sporting the all white trend and Best Actress Winner Kate Blanchett stunned in a nude Armani Prive number. This Oscar palette of pale blues, nudes and whites are sure to be favorites with the spring season fast approaching!
So in case you weren’t aware, last week was Milan Fashion Week, and if there’s one thing I can take away, is that the Italians know what’s up. They present fashion in an absolutely stunning artistic way; it’s hard not to be anything but impressed. Roberto Cavalli surprised fashion goers at his Fall 2014 Fashion Show (photo below) Saturday February 22nd. Models strutted around a circular water pool surrounded by flames. If that doesn’t grab your attention, the beautiful white and black ornamented gowns, blouses, and coats will. His beige, black and white palette uniquely showcases the design and aesthetic of the brand. Beaded details, along with fringe and sheer peekaboos are sure to be Fall favorites!