Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Suggested Post: The Trendologist-Approved Guide Winter Ready Nails

Unless you live on a sunny beach year-round-- consider everyone else on the planet extremely jealous-- you know what havoc winter can wreak on your beauty regime. Dry skin, split ends galore and chapped lips are just a few seasonal travesties. And deny it all you want, but your hands, nails and cuticles also endure collateral damage. Scoff if you must, but polished nails and moisturized mits read as professional and responsible to onlookers. After all, don't you think your potential employer or business partner would comment on your chipped nails and snakeskin-esque hands after a boardroom foray? Thanks to Julep's brilliant guide to "winter-izing" your nails, consider one of this season's ice cold dilemmas handled.


Courtesy of Julep
While each step of Julep's guide acts as vital ingredients fuss-to free nails, moisturizing is the skincare gift that keeps on giving. Start by lathering your hands with a penetrating lotion such as La Mer's The Hand Treatment ($80) for an A-List experience or an economical Hand Salve by Kiehl's ($15). Venture a step further than slabbing lotion onto your palms (though that is undoubtedly necessary) by introducing cuticle cream into your daily routine. Burt's Bees variation ($6) is perfect for the beauty maven who's perpetually searching eco-friendly picks while Julep's Hand and Cuticle Stick ($22) is a blessing for the woman on-the-go. The final step? Add some moody lacquer to your moisturized nails. Julep's Joanne and Ilsa hues create striking color contrasts against a snowy wonderland, while Shari will be perfect for when winter melts into spring.

What are some of your beauty tricks for winter? Sound off below!
xx

Monday, 26 January 2015

Red Carpet Review: 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards

Everyone who is glued to their television set, laptop or techie-friendly tablet during awards season knows that the Screen Actors Guild Awards rarely provide jaw-dropping ensembles. But after a less-than-exciting Golden Globes red carpet, attendees cranked up the sartorial notch immensely for the lower-brow soiree. Like an idyllic fashion buffet, there was a little bit of everything: winter whites in slim silhouettes, pops of luxe jewel tones, and some pretty pastels sprinkled in between. In short, fashion fanatics everywhere are currently experiencing mild heart palpitations after inspecting this show's red carpet. But for every impressive outfit was the occasional style miss. Skipped the red carpet pre-show? Check out the best and worst looks from last night's event.

The Worst.

Jennifer Aniston in Galliano: Two words: Rack City. Aniston has an enviable body, but this plunging neckline (and accompanied necklace) puts too much emphasis on her cleavage versus the entire look. Between the tapestry- esque pattern and clingy silhouette, the dress looks like something that Cher wore one of her tours many moons ago.  While the gilded hue perfect matches Aniston's blonde locks, this case of monochrome is inexplicably unimpressive. Fashion fanatics will never turn to the Cake actress for on-the-pulse style choices; however, this look is equal parts "blah" and "shield your eyes."
Lupita Nyong'o in Elie Saab: Once upon a time,  also known as 2014, Nyong'o was the reigning queen of the red carpet. In the event you've recently been diagnosed with award season amnesia, allow "cape" and "Nairobi blue" to trigger your memory.  But 2015 is turning into classic case of  "new year, new you" gone wrong as the Academy Award winner's once unanimously adored ensembles now have a split jury. While the deep neckline in perfectly juxtaposed with an otherwise modest silhouette, this dress is too busy. Together, the long sleeves, floor-grazing skirt, and clashing fabric are an eye-sore. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
Sofia Vergara in Donna Karan: Unless you've been living under a rock for the past six years, you know that the Modern Family actress is an utter bombshell. A frequent client of Carolina Herrera and Vera Wang, every dress Vergara wears on a red carpet highlights the funny woman's enviable frame. Yet, this red Donna Karan number felt like the sexy notch was turned up so far, the dial broke and is now malfunctioning. The sheer paneling looks is tacky while the mismatched straps gives the impression that one of them has spontaneously snapped off. Don't get your hopes up, fashion nerds; we will never see Vergara in a masculine pantsuit or voluminous dress, but this feels overbearingly sexy.

Julia Roberts in Givenchy: As the new face of Givenchy, it's no surprise that Julia Roberts would opt for a Riccardo Tisci original. But out of all the extraordinary ready-to-wear and couture pieces to choose from, why would the megawatt actress opt for something that Vivian Ward wouldn't even wear (with or without Edward Lewis's credit card and a slew of Rodeo Drive stores)? The biggest problem with this look is the lack of proper tailoring: the corseted top looks too tight and the pants are too bunched up at the bottom. To worsen an already tragic look, the sheeny panels around the pockets, lapels and bodice create an odd shape instead of contouring Roberts's figure. This look could've been salvaged with a killer pair of heels, yet these peep-toes are universally lackluster.
Natalie Dormer in Naeem Khan: Though the Screen Actors Guild Awards rarely prompt head-turning ensembles, the red carpet looks are usually sophisticated.  Unfortunately, Dormer's asymmetrical dress was not up to par with conventional SAG ensembles. From head-to-toe, this looks screams junior department. Between the mosiac pattern around the waist the basic one shoulder, this dress is comparable to a senior prom outfit. And what's going up with that childish pinned back hair? Opting for a solid dress with the same silhouette and a messy updo would've made the world's difference.  


The Best.

Kiera Knightley in Erdem: After a sartorial stint as a modern-day milkmaid, which excited no one, it appears that The Imitation Game actress learned her lesson. Though the British brand is a favorite amongst style savants, Erdem doesn't receive as much mainstream red carpet credit as it deserves. Translation? It's exciting to see such a megawatt star support her British roots. The expectant mother admitted to not wearing skintight clothing during her pregnancy, and the empire waist and sheer paneling to subdue the plunging neckline highlights Knightley's maternal while remaining comfortable. If this dress couldn't be more perfect, the vibrant purple and delicate texture are like creamy icing on an already superior cake. Knightley's beachy half-up hairdo and and ear cuff keep this look SAG Awards- appropriate.
Felicity Jones in Balenciaga: In true Brit fashion, the Screen Actor Guild nominee is buttoned up and ladylike as ever in a soft pink column dress. While it's no secret that the streamlined shape isn't revolutionary, the cross bodice offers an essence of elegant modernity that perfectly complements Jones's fashion persona. Combined with her dark features, the light pink hue offers a striking color contrast. To highlight the interesting bodice, the star opted for gorgeous dangling earrings and bare wrists. In an equally heavenly color palette, the earrings and sleek clutch acted as the perfect finishing touches to a best dressed contender. 

Julianne Moore in Givenchy: This awards season is shaping up to be one big love affair between Julianne Moore and Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci that fashionistas never want to end.  Forget Kermit, it's not easy being red... a redhead, that is. However, with a glistening emerald dress, the frontrunner this awards season makes it look so easy! While dresses with lots of beading or embellishments oftentimes look heavier than designed, the languid silhouette and tank-like straps prevent this dress from appearing bulky. And can we discuss those earrings for a moment? Instead of opting for a colorless diamond, as most red carpet veterans do, adding a purple earring to a green dress offers a quirky, yet undeniably stylish, color combination. With a fresh face and a wavy lob, Moore's beauty regime perfectly complements her ensemble.
Emilia Clarke in Donna Karan Atelier:  Though the Game of Thrones actress isn't the most sought after star on the red carpet, she always delivers. Luckily, Clarke did not disappoint at the SAG Awards. Still attempting to get over the Lupita's cape moment of 2014,  this dress is a moodier take on one of the best ways to make a sartorial statement during awards seasons. "Black & Blue" isn't just a Backstreet Boys album, it is an effortlessly chic color palette that is bound to make turn heads.  Frosted head to hand in Cartier jewels, the actress is quintessentially red carpet ready. The berry lip adds to this look without competing against the dress's dual-tone color scheme. 

Naomi Watts in Balenciaga: No matter how many high-octane hues or patterns grace a red carpet, it's almost law that any glamourous event will showcase a large percentage of black dresses. Though undeniably chic, noir ensembles can be a little boring after several award shows. However, nothing spices up a sea of dark dresses quite like a navy getup. Fetching yet subtle, dark blue is an underestimated neutral. And against Watts's light coloring? Heavenly. Not to mention the off-the-shoulder textured detailing brings an ordinary dress to the next level. Coiffed to perfection, and polished off with a baby pink lip, the actress gives this progressive dress a feminine edge.
Rosamund Pike in Christian Dior Haute Couture: Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. A vast improvement from the string bikini in dress form that Pike sported at the Golden Globes, the Gone Girl actress nails it in a ultra voluminous haute couture outfit. The touchable texture and dimensional shape breathes some life back into the typical black dress. Sure, it's a lot of fabric; however, it works because of the shortened hem in the front and Pike's model-esque stature. With the complete look in mind, a simple black pump and minimal jewels create a cohesive look while emphasizing the dress's beautiful craftsmanship. On the beauty front, Pike's casual waves mimic the look's texture while the red pout make this outfit movie star worthy. 
Emma Stone in Christian Dior Haute Couture: Always a red carpet darling, Stone is without a doubt winning this year's awards season. It feels like we were just resuscitated from looking at the nominee's stunning Lanvin outfit from the Golden Globes, and then she arrives to last night's event in something that will put any style savant in an extended sartorial coma. Dramatic? Perhaps; however, this look is the perfect fashion moment on the red carpet. It takes a seriously style conscious star-- try saying that five times fast-- to have enough confidence to sport this look. Forget conventional dresses in taffeta or silk: fashion fanatics were glued to their televisions last night wishing they could wear that Dior number.  The perfect blend between masculine and feminine, Stone's fierce red lip, ear cuffs, and slick ponytail keep this look cool.  When Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn wrote pages about Amy Dunne's idea of the "cool girl," she was subconsciously predicting the future and envisioning this look, right?
Which looks did you love? Sound off below! 
Photos courtesy of Who What Wear and Yahoo.com 
xx

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Supported Post: A Modern Living Room with Modani

Though evident, the connection between fashion and home decor tends to be taken for granted. And why? Both interior design and personal style are spot-on ways to express taste. When it comes to my personal home aesthetic, I tend to opt for progressive pieces that also pay a subtle homage to the sixties. Translation? 2015 meets Austin Powers's jumbo jet (minus the color). Modani, one of the hottest interior companies that promises high-quality and trendy pieces, is the one-stop shop for furniture and home accessories that capture the unique juxtaposition of progressive and retro pieces. Exhibit A: this ultra-luxe white couch, which is one of Modani's many impressive sofas. Simple, yet undeniably mod, this pick is the perfect focal point to any living room. With sleek pieces and a muted color palette, this room's aesthetic depicts what I would wear any day or add to any space.

modani modern
Like this couch and the accessories to match? Check out Modani for the créme de la créme in chic couches and more.

What's your home design aesthetic? Sound off below! 
xx

Thursday, 18 December 2014

2014 Trendologist Gift Guide: The Environmentalist

There's an indescribable, yet completely recognizable, joy that arises whenever you witness a loved one opening a present that, after carefully researching and editing down a plethora of options, he or she is thrilled to received. If only you had the time to browse stores far as the eye (or Google search) can see. Welcome to 2014, when buying the perfect present for a family member, beau or friend tends to be more sporadic than we'd like to admit. But as always, The Trendologist is here to help. This year's slew of gift guides offer ideal presents for some of the most hard to shop for individuals. By the holidays, you'll have presents for everyone on your list.

It can be our little secret, but be honest: you have a love-hate relationship with your the token eco-crazed person in your life. Sure, you admire his or her dedication to the planet and a healthy lifestyle; however, finding the perfect gift for that organic fanatic is a challenge. Suddenly, the tiniest details become major game-changers. And shame on the rest of us: we should care whether or not that cozy cashmere sweater was produced locally or the scorn any luxe beauty product that oozes of parabens. But honoring your loved one's sustainable lifestyle shouldn't compromise the "wow" factor of your present. These gift ideas prove that together, glamour and green make an unstoppable gifting duo.

Riyka Timothy Jumper ($176): "An ultra hip sweater, does this come with a gift receipt?" asks noone ever. With a fetching pattern, which is free of any ugly Christmas sweater associations, this jumper is versatile enough to satisfy a range of personalities and tastes.  Wouldn't this sweater look great with a pair of boyfriend jeans or pleated leather skirt? If the sartorial superiority is not enough of an incentive, the British line strives to use recycled or organic materials and practice sustainable production procedures. Now that is chic.

Bite Beauty Luminous Créme Lipstick in Apricot ($24): The eco-conscious tend to be stereotyped as a hemp-obsessed, disheveled group that refuses to wear makeup. However, numerous "glam meets green" beauty brands quickly undermine  that aged generalization. With several wearable hues and a moisture-rich formula, Bite Beauty's Luminous Créme Lipstick is the perfect stocking stuffer for any makeup addict. But to earn major points with your favorite environmentalist, don't forget to tell this gift's recipient that Bite's lipsticks are free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates. If you're not sure which hue to buy for that special someone, Bite's festive Apricot shade is Trendologist-approved.
Stella McCartney Beckett Bag (On Sale for $802): Anyone who has their finger on the pulse of fashion knows that Stella McCartney is the industry's reigning eco-queen. While many style savants adore the British designer for her cutting-edge vision and craftsmanship, McCartney's commitment to creating cruelty-free products is icing on the sartorial cake. This super sleek tote is bound to blow the green goddess in your life away. Not only is the faux leather exterior finished with a coating that's 50 percent vegetable oil, the bag's lining is created from recycled plastic bottles. Who knew recycling could yield such stylish results? With a streamlined silhouette, the bag was specifically designed to be shipped using less paper and packaging. Truly, Stella's given us the gift that keeps on giving. 
Eat Pretty: Nutrition for Beauty, Inside and Out by Jolene Hart ($16): As any environment expert knows, a sustainable lifestyle goes beyond wearing fair trade clothing and using buzz phrases such as "locally sourced" and "BPA free." Equal parts natural beauty and clean eating, Jolene Hart's bok is a must-have for anyone who has an interest in beauty and nutrition. While you're at it, go ahead and pick up a copy for yourself. From raspberries for lustruous hair to nutmeg for beauty sleep, this read is packed with useful tips, making this also perfect for even the most non-environmental person who is looking to spruce up his or her daily routine.

Melissa Joy Manning Drop Earring ($315):  If your sustainable loved one has a penchant for accessories, they know the meaning of recycled jewelry. Vintage, right? Not necessarily. Crafted from recycled 14k gold and moonstones, Melissa Joy Manning's Drop Earrings combine eco-friendly practices with a simple silhouette that your recipient will be able to dress up or down. The jewelry brand's commitment to an environmentally sound product doesn't stop with upcycled stones. Manufactured in a "Green Certified" studio in California, the line finds 50 percent of their raw materials from the United States. But if you're looking to send this pick to the international tree-hugger in your life, they will still reap the environmental benefits. Through a partnership with the UPS Carbon Neutral Program, Melissa Joy Manning carbon offsets both domestic and international packages. Combined with the inherent beauty of these earrings? Picking these up for your green guru is a no-brainer!
Rifle Paper Co. Vintage Telephone Notepad ($8): While you may roll your eyes when your grandmother gifts you with a kitschy, notepad or journal for the fifth year in a row, you are also well aware that this is a gift you'll actually use. And just when you thought that finding an aesthetically-pleasing, affordable and eco-friendly gift was more difficult than locating a needle in a haystack, Rifle Paper Co.'s collection of cutesy notepads gives stressed gifters everywhere a sense of salvation. Owned by a husband and wife team based in Florida,  Rifle Paper Co. uses FSC-certified paper stock and environmentally friendly printers. Chic and sustainable, these notepads gives life to handwriting notes in an age whn taking pen to paper feels like something only your grandparent would do.
Impecca Wireless Bamboo Keyboard (On Sale for $48): Between discussions about greenhouse gasses and global warming, it's no secret that technology and a sustainable lifestyle tend to clash more than we'd like to admit. Though this pick isn't going to automatically reverse any environmental woes, your green guru is bound to feel a little more at ease spending hours hunched over a computer. Made out of 100 percent bamboo and boasting a chargable lithium ion battery, this keyboard is a more eco-conscious choice than its competitors. Cord-free and eco-chic, the environmentalist in your life will feel one with nature in their cubicle or home office.

 
Pottery Barn Casa Recycled Glass Pitchers ($29): Believe it or not, the environmentally conscious are just like the rest of the who accidentally forget to sort our plastics, glasses, and paper goods out of the general trash. They go out to dinners with their girlfriends (probably farm-to-table restaurants, though) and seriously ponder over some of life's biggest dilemmas. And when it comes to decorating their home, green feenes are not going to settle for some second-rate pieces. Lucky for sustainability savants, and those of us who are stuck buying presents for this particular subculture, Pottery Barn's recycled glass pitchers are like something you would use to pour lemon water on the coast of the French Riviera. Between using FSC-certified paper for catalogs and pioritizing the use of raw materials, its no surprise that Pottery Barn has a vast collection of reycycle glassware.  Now, you can tell your best friend what to get your mutual organic fanatic.

What are you planning to gift your favorite environmentalist this year? Sound off below!
xx

Friday, 5 December 2014

2014 Trendologist Gift Guide: The Workaholic

There's an indescribable, yet completely recognizable, joy that arises whenever you witness a loved one opening a present that, after carefully researching and editing down a plethora of options, he or she is thrilled to received. If only you had the time to browse stores far as a the eye (or Google search) can see. Welcome to 2014, when buying the perfect present for a family member, beau or friend tends to be more sporadic than we'd like to admit. But as always, The Trendologist is here to help. This year's slew of gift guides offer ideal presents for some of the most hard to shop for individuals. By the holidays, you'll have presents for everyone on your list.

Whether pursuing finance or fashion, every group of friends has the token workaholic. You can sense him or her from a mile away: late nights at the office, working on weekends, constantly checking his or her work e-mail. It's hard to resent this friend: shouldn't everyone aspire to be that committed to their work? However, instead of splurging on a high-end cooking class that you know your career-crazy friend won't have time enjoy (you know, a major deadline), why not opt for something that will make your occupational servant's home away from home a little more glamorous? Check out these gifts that any workaholics should have underneath their Christmas tree.

Frends Taylor Headphones in Rose Gold ($196): No matter how much your workaholic loves to gossip around the water cooler, he or she probably values some quiet time when finalizing a report. Unfortunately, your workaholic's chatty cubicle mate makes silence very rare. Behold: the subtle way for any job fanatic to tell the whole department that he or she is not in the mood to talk about Kathy's relationship problems.  The sizable silhouette screams "leave me alone" without saying a word; however, the luxe metallic details will make that special someone the chicest office dweller.
Smythson 2015 Portobello Diary ($305): Constantly on-the-go or chained to the desk, staying organized is key for every workaholic. Otherwise, deadlines, meetings and appointments can slip through the cracks, which is the career obsessed's living nightmare. With a week-by- week layout featuring end notes, this agenda is perfect for mapping out long-term and short-term goals. Is a noir organizer too boring for your recipient? Luckily, Smythson's array of colors and embossed leathers makes the search for an exquisite diary drama-free. 
Match Feather Paperweight ($42): "I'm up to my ears in paperwork," your trusty career-crazed friend says after flaking on your dinner plans. Hyperbolic? Probably. Stressful? Absolutely. Soften the blow of too much work with an ultra-stylish paperweight. Next time this workaholic looks as his or her stack of paperwork, at least there will be a reason to smile!
Banjo & Matilda Oversized Cashmere Cardigan ($650): Anyone whose work day lasts longer than 9:00AM to 5:00PM knows that a cozy sweater on-site is a necessity. As any office slave's home away from home, staying warm and comfortable at all times is imperative. And does it get any better than 100 percent cashmere? Thanks to you, your favorite worker will be the most stylish and coziest person on the late night shift.
L'Objet Leopard Desk Accessories ($675 for Entire Set): Some people spend months debating and curating their home's interior deisgn, a place where they spend a fraction of their time; however, most of them do not think twice about their office space. Ironic, isn't it? This holiday season, lend a helping hand to your workaholic with some zesty desk accessories. While the funky pattern will immediately brighten up any cubicle, the neutral color palette keeps the leopard print office-appropriate.  After the holidays, your workaholic's cubicle mate will feel a little ashamed of his or her generic office supplies.
Valextra Business Card Holder ($350):  Whether you're content with your job or itching to give your two weeks notice, every workaholic knows that networking is always key. And nothing sounds unprofessional as "I know I have a business card in here somewhere" while digging through your bag or coat pockets. Do your loved ones a favor and give them a gift they didn't know how much they needed until they actually received it. Available in a slew zesty colors, the career connoisseur in your life will endlessly thank you for the gift that keeps on giving. 
UV Cell Phone Sanitizer and Universal Charger ($60): Identifying a workaholic in the millennium is hardly a challenge. Most talking points include industry jargon nobody outside of the office understands or start with your loved one saying, "So today at work."  And let's not forget how glued they are to their phone. Between furiously typing on their keyboard and the frequent business handshake, there is no way this occupational servant's phone is sanitary. It would be a stretch to say you'd be saving a life buy gifting your workaholic with this device; however, you will be making the world a cleaner place. 
Graf von Faber-Castell Guilloche Rollerball Pen ($275): One can only imagine the frustration, embarrassment and pang of heartache anyone feels when they receive a pen as a present. But with an air of undeniable sophistication, the Graf von Faber-Castell Guilloche Rollerball Pen is a clear exception. A far cry from any generic pen you'd find at your local convenience store, rest assured that your workaholic will most likely use this pen to sign all official, and extremely important, paperwork with this trusty aid. If your career addict also doubles as a pen snob, the Guilloche pen also comes in a fountain and propelling pencil tip. 


What are you going to get your favorite workaholic this season? Sound off below! 

xx

Monday, 24 November 2014

Fall 2014 Trend: Chunky Knits

As temperatures plummet, wind chill skyrockets, and the number of layers multiply, chunky knits for these next freezing months seems like a no brainer. However, if the fall runway shows are any indication, this wintry style is just as stylish as it is practical. But, unlike a typical sweater and jean ensemble, these collections are anything but ordinary. At Christophe Lemaire, layers of scarves, sweaters, and cardigans in earthy tones were effortlessly piled over semi-flared denim. However, it was the unexpected knit leg warmers that exude a "wear me now" air. On the contrary, The Row's Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen created what appears to be the coziest, most textured look of the season. And most fashion fanatics will tip their hats off to any designer for creating a look that has both runway and lounge appeal. Though Michael Kors is known for being a king of American fashion, his take on this trend possesses an indescribable European nonchalance. Cool girls everywhere should be pairing their knits with masculine trousers. But don't write this trend off as effortless and mildly disheveled. Adam Lippes paired sleeveless sweaters with an otherwise ladylike look. And leave it to the Francisco Costa to utilize textures and send several knit, yet utterly minimalist, dresses down the catwalk at Calvin Klein. Whichever sartorial path you choose, this season's knits revitalize an otherwise wintry staple.

Christophe Lemaire Look 2
The Row Look2
Michael Kors Look 24
Adam Lippes Look 17
Calvin Klein Look 16

As easy as it may be to pair your sweater with a pair of skinny jeans and riding boots, amp up your winter wardrobe by styling your knits with more fashion-forward pieces. A basic sweater will instantly receive a chic upgrade when combined with a pleated skirt or wide-leg trouser. Though the pair of Uggs you secretly have lurking in the back of your closet seem like a great way to combat the imminent polar vortex, opt for a pair of a slim, up-to-there boot or sensible stacked heel. For an insanely stylish twist of this trend, focus on finding voluminous or extremely textured pieces in subdued hues, not vibrant brights.

Trend to Love: Chunky Knits
1. 3.1 Phillip Lim 2. Bickley + Mitchell 3. Chloé  4. Hobbs 5. H&M 6. Maison Martin Margiela Line 1

What are you going to wear your knits with this winter? Sound off below! 
xx

Monday, 10 November 2014

Fall 2014 Trend: Swinging Sixties


Even in an industry that's  fixated on the next new thing, fashion's finest frequently look to the past for inspiration. If the fall shows were any inclination, we have plunged head-first into a sixties revival.

Though each brand has their unique way of defining the sixties, clean silhouettes and standout accessories were the underlying links for this marcotrend. At Gucci, Frida Giannini paired tailored jackets in baby hues with tinted sunglasses and knee-high python boots. Giannini's daytime-approved looks were perfectly balanced with several embellished minis that any aspiring factory girl would wear. On the subject of sparkle, Miu Miu's collection of metal appliqué on streamlined silhouettes, which were occasionally layered underneath plastic coats, would make even the strictest minimalist envision herself at one of Austin Powers's parties. And who could forget Hedi Slimane's array of sequined semi-shift dresses and shimmery boots at Saint Laurent? A major fashion month moment. But rest assured, style savants: this sixties revival isn't synonymous with sparkle. Valentino's fall line offered capes in versatile neutrals, mod patchwork prints and collared dresses in poppy pigments. However, it was Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli's use of op-art polka dots that made this collection sing. 

But perhaps that biggest sixties moment was none other than Nicolas Ghesquière's debut at Louis Vuitton. A far cry from Marc Jacob's frills-filled parting collection, Ghesquière's take on this trend is more subdued than fall's alternatives. Sleek jackets, a-line skirts and feminine dresses are mixed with leathers, funky pattern combinations,  and tough Chelsea boots. Whether you're craving to be Vuitton cool or opting for opulence, this sixties resurgence covers all points on the sartorial spectrum.

Gucci Look 5
Miu Miu Look 39
Saint Laurent Look 35
Valentino Look 3

Louis Vuitton 23
While a full look may be too reminiscent of Valley of the Dolls to be a jumping off point for this trend, sixties-inspired separates are undeniably wearable. An a-line skirt would be very au courant with a shearling-lined moto jacket, while a usually retro neck-tie blouse can look extremely Parisian with a fitted trouser and modest heel. Or channel your inner Edie Sedgwick with an unapologetically fierce (faux) fur jacket. But if you have a penchant for accessories, there are loads of  retro shoes and purses to mesh into your 2014-approved wardrobe. While an up-to-there boot perfectly encapsulate mod squad style, a sleek Chelsea boot or ladylike stacked pump are equally appropriate (and chic) alternatives. And when it comes to bags, boxier is better.  Compact, fuss-free and undeniably stylish, the boxy bag is the perfect way to infuse some swinging sixties into an otherwise current outfit.


Will you be welcoming a sixties revival this fall? Sound off below.

xx