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.


Thursday, 23 October 2014

In Memory: The 10 Best Oscar de la Renta Gowns

On Monday evening, the fashion world lost a top innovator. Though many could argue that at 82 years-old, and fighting a  battle with cancer, death is imminent. However, Oscar de la Renta's designs were so timeless, it  almost felt as if he was immortal.  But instead of mourning the loss of one of America's most talented designers, why don't we take a look back on de la Renta's sartorial career with fondness? As the unofficial king of eveningwear, it's only natural to take a look back at some of de la Renta's best gowns.

Fall 2010, Look 48: Not only is the beading and appliqué exceptional, this dress has instantaneous red carpet appeal and landed Cameron Diaz on several best dressed lists at the 2010 Academy Awards
Spring 2011, Look 59: Perfect for a modern-day Babe Paley, the print and silhouette of this gown are simply timeless. Plus, the tasseled earrings and ladylike shoes pay tribute to the designer's beautiful collection of accessories.
Spring 2012, Look 2: Classic de la Renta, this voluptuous skirt speaks to his frills-filled aesthetic while the lace bodice plays upon his Dominican roots. Does this number look familiar? Nicki Minaj wore this dress to the 2011 American Music Awards.
Spring 2013, Look 55: This gown looks like something you would see in Rear Window, but it doesn't feel outdated. Instead, this dress it's timeless.
Pre-Fall 2013, Look 56: Most fashionistas tend to avoid wearing yellow at all costs; however, this  gown makes the sunny hue almost impossible to resist. With silver embroidery and a modest neckline, this look is one of those outfits girls dreamed of wearing when playing princesses years ago.
Fall 2013, Look 46: Though the designer was never one to send something sultry, this embroidered dress offers a certain sex appeal that is rarely seen in his empire. But, true to de la Renta form, the thick embroidery makes this look far from scandalous.
Resort 2014, Look 25 : Leave to to Oscar to show us just how utterly glamourous a voluminous silhouette can be. After all, column dresses aren't the only way to make a splash on the red carpet.
Fall 2014, Look 41: While a typical de la Renta gown tends to glide down a red carpet or catwalk, this fringed number offers a youthful, spunkier take on his treasured pieces. Timeless, yet it's a look that dares you not to smile.
Resort 2015, Look 35: Though a floral gown from the acclaimed designer isn't anything we haven't seen before, the dramatic pink bow offers an unapologetic "wow" factor. 
Spring 2015, Look 46: For his very last collection, de la Renta played with bright hues, gingham, and floral dresses.  Though more subtle than his finale looks, this blue and silver number is effortlessly glamorous. Plus, only de la Renta knew how to make a usually kitschy hem sophisticated.

What are some of your favorite Oscar de la Renta moments? Sound off below.

All runway photos courtesy of


Monday, 20 October 2014

Designer on the Rise: Max Gengos

Don't let Project Runway fool you: breaking into the fashion scene as an emerging designer isn't as easy as competing in a televised reality show, where excelling in several cut-throat challenges merits a place at New York Fashion Week. It takes a very special person with extreme perseverance, a thoughtful vision, and a certain level of sartorial brilliance to command the industry's attention. Enter Max Gengos, 24. With a remarkable design stint at Calvin Klein, Gengos's eponymous line proves that he is all of those things. Not only do his structured crop tops and "infinity" hemmed dresses scream "wear me right now," he truly considers the customer first and foremost. After all, there's nothing that makes a fashionista's heart beat faster than thoughtful lining, impeccable craftsmanship, and innovative designs. And lucky for us, Gengos's spring line, "Artic Spring," did not disappoint.

Already smitten with this designer? The Trendologist had some one-on-one time with Gengos to pick his brain about his spring collection and what's to come!

The Trendologist: Congratulations on the incredible Spring 2015 collection! It's absolutely major. What was your inspiration?

Max Gengos:  Thank you! My inspiration for this collection was the concept “Arctic Spring.” When I began designing this season, I was drawn to the shapes and color palette found in the arctic: the undulating white snow banks, the bright blues of melting glaciers, the soft greys of the arctic sky, and the deep navy of the cold sea.

TT: How does what we saw in your spring collection reflect who you are as a designer?

MG: The spring collection is a step forward, reinforcing my vocabulary as a designer. Though all of the styles are somewhat futuristic and minimal, everything is also very feminine. I incorporated many signature design elements in the line: my futuristic form-flattering “incision” wrapping dart seams, the feminine touch of silk organza tipping, and extended linings dipping below skirt hems which reference petticoats of fashion past. My aesthetic is inspired by the marriage of futurism with the golden age of couture. The balance between silhouette, details, and the luxurious fabrics that I use reflects the fusion of those elements.

TT:  Let's talk about those luxurious fabrics -- you use everything from silk crepe, to lightweight tweed, to organza! How do you go about choosing fabrics?

MG: The fabrics are so wonderful to the touch, which is paramount to my design process. I want each piece to feel special and to do so I made an effort to take everything to the next level from a fabric standpoint. When I shop in boutiques, I run my hands through the clothes hanging on the rack and then react to the fabrics [that] interest me. I want my clients to be surprised by how special the fabrics are to the touch.

TT: You are committed to “responsible luxury.” Could you explain to Trendologist readers what that means?

MG: My brand is built upon a foundation of “responsible luxury.” Just as high-end designers dictate the trends each season, so too should they set the precedent for accountability and responsibility in manufacturing [as well as] sourcing practices. I believe that it is important to know that what you wear was made by individuals who are treated with respect, given fair wages, and working in well-maintained facilities. Each step of my production process is closely scrutinized to ensure that I only work with the most responsible vendors. I source my fabrics from the finest mills in France, Italy, and the United States. I [also] do all of my garment production in high end facilities right in New York City, where I can oversee each step of the production process as my line is built.

TT: What is your overall design process like? 

MG: I start my design process with an inspiration reference at first. I’m usually drawn to nature, space, and science, so that is the jumping-off point for me. From there, I put pencil to paper and just start sketching. It becomes a sort of subconscious process—the designs just flow out and I always end up with a ton of overdevelopment that I edit down. I will [then] match sketches with the fabrics I have selected from my mills. [After that], I get to the more technical side with measurements, interior finishing, and specifying all of the finer details to my production team before they make the garments. After that point, I fit everything myself- and that is really where I can make sure my clothes maintain the same finesse as my sketches. It is of the utmost importance to me that my hand physically goes into everything I create, down to every last detail.

TT: Who is the “Max Gengos” girl? 

MG: The Max Gengos woman is confident, intelligent, and sexy. The clothes this season are very feminine and flattering, as many [pieces feature] fuller skirts and nipped-in waists, but the styling of the pieces are definitively sleek and sharp. My customer confidently owns her femininity, and I strive to highlight the body underneath the clothes when I design. I want to make pieces that people can feel beautiful, smart, and secure in. I don’t believe in putting everything on display at once; it's more sexy to highlight one part of the body and keep everyone guessing at the rest.

TT:  I know playing favorites is nearly impossible, but what is one piece from your spring collection that Trendologist readers MUST have in their closets?

MG:  This is always a tough question! I will say that my Navi crop top, which I did in two amazing qualities from a mill I work with in Italy-- a navy cotton/nylon shimmer lightweight tweed, and an ice blue “techno-quilted” cotton/nylon--surprised me. I did not expect that style to stand out as much as it does. I think it’s because there are so many ways to style the crop top, that you could really have fun with it.

TT: What can we expect from you for Fall 2015?

MG: For fall, I will be pushing the silhouettes a bit more forward, and adding some very special fabric qualities from the mills I work with in Europe. I’m going to be exploring texture and negative space and executing everything in a darker, moodier color palette.

TT: Where do you see your line in five years?

MG: I would love to see my brand expand across many product categories in the future. Women’s Ready-To-Wear is still going to be the center of my line, but I would love to see the Max Gengos aesthetic translated into shoes, accessories, fragrance, and home.

TT: What advice do you have for aspiring designers who want to launch their own line?

MG: If you know that you want your own line, I suggest starting to hone in on your craft as early as you can. Get the appropriate training, internships and experience before you make the leap out on your own. Launching your own line does not just involve being a great designer, there are so many other pieces—you have to approach it as a business, and handle everything as such. At the end of the day, designing is just a small part of what goes into having your own line. Like a meticulously constructed garment, all of the parts need to be given the same attention to detail in order to create something truly great.

Completely obsessed with Max Gengos?  Don't blame you. Be sure to follow him on Twitter and Instagram for some very chic updates.

All photos courtesy of Max Gengos.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Fall 2014 Trend: Shear(ling) Madness

Though this summer was more tame than its heatwave-worthy predecessors, a notable shift from flouncy dresses to loads of layers is underway. And if last year's Polar Vortex is any indication of the season to come, we are in for a long, frigid winter. How will any style savant stay warm and au courant this season? Luckily, fall's biggest trends are (somewhat) blizzard friendly.

Welcome to the Fall 2014 trend guide. As always, each week highlights  a major trend for Fall/Winter 2014 and how you can get the look. So let's get started, shall we?

Admit it: the biggest trends are not always practical for the every day. However, some of the industry's hottest designers have given us just what we instinctively want for winter: a warm and cozy coat. Luckily, the basic necessity get a little dramatic this season with loads of shearling.

While some brands such as Altuzarra took a minimalist approach to this trend, the majority was in favor of maximalism. Miuccia Prada's sheeny fabrics and vivid color palettes act as the poster child for this phenomenon- the perfect blend between a wearable coat and a high-octane piece. If you're truly looking to make a sartorial splash, Akris's Creative Director Albert Kriemler brought this trend to the next level with an unapologetically textured coat. Looking for lots of shearling with a subdued color palette? Sacai's thick, textured lapel completely fits the bill. And calling all cool girls: Coach's collection of cropped, shearling-clad jackets are sure to be your staple this season. Streamlined, ostentatious, or something in between, there's at least one to swoon over.

Altuzarra Look 26

Prada Look 11
Akris Look 5
Sacai Look 34
The million dollar question: how do you rock this trend without looking like a glorified yetti? While adding a shearling bag to any ensemble may the easiest way to embrace this phenomenon, it would be a major mistake not to experiment with one of the market's crazy coats. From a subtle collar to courageous fuzz, there are so many options on the market that you are bond to fall in love with at least one piece. But just because you're amplifying your look's texture doesn't mean you can't also play with volume. A wide leg trouser with a frills-filled coat or pleated skirt with a lined bomber are great choices. However, if you have a penchant for accessories, there are some amazing bags and shoes to choose from as well. Instead of bringing your outdoorsy spirit to the sartorial limelight, opt for textured,minimalist pieces--a crisp tote or streamlined booties are ideal.


Are you ready to rock some shearling this winter? Sound off below!


Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Red Carpet Review: 2014 Emmy Awards

Who doesn't love TV? With basic cable classics, HBO frontrunners, and those attention-grabbing Netflix shows, everyone had something to root for during this year's Emmy Awards. On the red carpet, it was anyone's games as traditional neutrals mingled with ultra bright hues. But that's not to say the night was filled with exclusively radiant looks. Did the Emmys Awards's Monday night time slot ruin your chances at watching the red carpet? Take a look at the best and worst looks of the night.

The Best.
Heidi Klum in Zac Posen: The Project Runway host tends to have more sartorial misses than hits; however, this breezy dress is perfection. The comfortable silhouette is refreshing in a world of skin-tight corset bodices, and the sleeves offer a dramatic, yet subtle, flair that makes this dress interesting. And how excited are you to see a relatively new Zac Posen silhouette on the red carpet? Weren't you getting sick of his traditional evening gowns?  Klum's beauty tactics for this look are on point: the soft waves play up the semi-ruffled sleeves, not to mention the natural makeup is stunning.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Carolina Herrera: Always age appropriate and ultra-chic, it's no surprise last night's winner made it onto the best dressed list. The halter neckline and poppy pink is youthful; however, the Veep star never reveals too much skin. As per usual, the funny lady is smartly dressed; however, she never fails to shine on the red carpet. And how much are you loving her shorter locks? 
Julianne Hough in DSquared: A true vision in white. Overall, the whole look perfectly juxtaposes feminine style and tomboy chic. The starlet's short, side-swept chop is counteracted by a voluminous, ultra-feminine frock. To prevent looking like an ice queen, Hough smartly paired her crisp ensemble with some dark gems.Want to rock a monochromatic like Hough? Show a little bit of skin with a sexy slit, and opt for those white pumps.
Lizzy Caplan in Donna Karan Atelier: Did you stop breathing when you saw this look? Because it is pure perfection. The silhouette and high-contrast color combination is reminiscent of an old Hollywood movie start, but the side cut-outs and halter neckline offer a contemporary twist. Similar on the beauty front, the slicked back bun is very conventional while the star's kohl-lined eyes bring back Caplan's alter ego, Janis Ian. The bold accessories are the perfect finishing touches for this ensemble. Ladies and gents, this is what red carpet dreams are made of. 
Sofia Vergara in Roberto Cavalli: An oldie but a goodie. Though the Modern Family star wears the same silhouette to every awards show, it's never a dull moment with vibrant colors or intriguing details. This time, the metallic strips offer a futuristic flair to Vergara's traditional dress. And isn't that contract between her bright red pout and white dress major? 
Michelle Dockery in Rosie Assoulin: Leave it to the Downton Abbey star to bring something refreshing to the red carpet. The regal silhouette is given an offbeat twist with high-octane stripes. Ladies on the worst dress list: this is a perfect example of how to take a worthwhile risk on the red carpet. Whether it's color or silhouette, keep one part of your outfit classic. The dainty jewels and sleek hair make this something Audrey Hepburn would wear today.
Michelle Monaghan in Giambattista Valli: Though this look is nothing extraordinary, there's something very refreshing about the simplicity of this dress. Compared to all the outrageously flashy ensembles, this ensemble is relatable and likable. Also, the modest slit offers a dash of sex appeal to an otherwise matronly silhouette. Plus, the gold and white combination definitely gives this look regal undertones. 

The Worst.

Kerry Washington in Prada: Once upon a time, Kerry Washington was Vanity Fair's best dressed woman. Oh, how times have changed. The too-tight-for-comfort orange column dress paired with an excessive use of sparkles was simply not up to the Scandal star's sartorial standards. Try saying that five times fast. And what's up with that black sequined slip? Awful. Though the emerald green eyeshadow brightened her face, the beachy waves and middle part looked sloppy instead of ethereal. 
Keke Palmer in Rubin Singer: Why yes, Keke Palmer, there is such as thing as too much dress and too much cleavage. Though the cobalt blue is absolutely striking against her complexion, a deep v-neck should be paired with a sleek column shape, not a outrageous mermaid tail. It's all about editing, Keke! 
Mayim Bialik in Oliver Tolentino: Yes, this dress is beautiful; however, it's too matronly for The Big Bang Theory star. While the funny lady doesn't have to wear a look that resembles Amber Rose's VMAs ensemble, the color, sleeves and lace were too Southern Belle for the Emmys. Nixing the sleeves or opting for a smooth fabric would've made the world's difference.
Lena Dunham in Giambattista Valli: Giambattista Valli's latest couture collection was perfectly concocted of floral prints, retro silhouettes, and a textured finale. While collection received positive reviews, Lena Dunham's interpretation scored her less-than-glowing feedback. This year, her place on the worst dress list seems almost intentional. Before you blame her curvy figure, the actual problem is that-- surprisingly, after all these years-- she still doesn't know how to carry herself on the red carpet. Nothing begs for a place on the worst dressed list like  poor posture and a pissed off face. As "the voice of our generation," shouldn't she be sporting her ensembles with some confidence? 
Laura Prepon in Gustavo Cadile: To be blunt, Prepon's look screams gothic mermaid. Not only does that reverse color situation look a little tacky, the half collar is definitely unnecessary. Honestly, does anyone ever want that much draping and excessive fabric on the red carpet? No. 
Amanda Peet in Giambattista Valli: Yet another strikeout for the French couturier. Yes, Amanda Peet is pregnant; however, that's not an excuse to dress like she's on an episode of Little House on the Prairie. The bodice ruffles and the florals? No thank you. And what is up with that hairstyle? Are the 80's back? Someone, please advise.

What did you think of these looks? Sound off below!
Photos courtesy of E! Online.


Monday, 25 August 2014

Red Carpet Review: 2014 Video Music Awards

The VMAs never fail to secure some of the most historic music performances. Britney? Miley? Naturally, Queen B's performance, and Blue Ivy's very special appearance, was nothing short of fantastic. But the red carpet fashion? Always a hit or miss. Memorable? Yes. Stylish? Debatable. In case you missed the red carpet, check out which looks hit a sartorial high note and which ones you'll be dying to forget.

The Best.

Chanel Iman in Balmain: From Kim Kardashian to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Olivier Rousteing has been getting some major star-power. And let's just add megawatt model Chanel Iman to the list, shall we? Needless to stay, this ensemble is pure bliss on her. The modest midi length gives an otherwise sexy texture a sophisticated twist. The natural makeup and minimal accessories allows the dress to be the focal point of this look. Fortunately, Iman's powerful stance prevents this look from wearing her.
Solange Knowles: Perfection on so many levels. Knowles is never one to stray away from a fashion challenge, and this is a risk that absolutely paid off. In total, this look is the perfect blend between Diana Ross's seventies reign and le smoking. The embellished suit offers a feminine touch to a masculine silhouette.  The outrageously glamorous look is carefully balanced with a fresh face and no jewels. Flawless.
Kylie Jenner: Not convinced that the Kardashian/Jenner clan is killing it on the red carpet? Please take a look at the youngest of the pack's ensemble and reconsider. Dressed well beyond her years, this silky dress is ideal for the end of summer. Though the high-slit and deep neckline offer a VMA-approved sex appeal, the long sleeves and floor-sweeping hem prevent an classic case of inappropriate teen. For once, Jenner nixed the gothic lip and opted for something a little more conventional. Obsessed.
Rita Ora: The songstress didn't leave much to the imagination; however, this red silky gown perfectly walks the line between sultry and too sexy. However, leave it to Ora to be insanely fearless enough to sport this look. The matching lip is spot on and that bling-ed out choker brings the ultimate feminine touch.
Sarah Hyland in Kaufmanfranco: The Modern Family star is always a joy to spot on the red carpet for one particular reason: she always deeply considers the full look. Case in point? This outfit. The asymmetrical getup is perfectly counteracted with Hyland's uniformed middle part. The multiple arm bracelets keep this outfit extremely fashion forward. As for the berry lip-- isn't it the best contrast to that gorgeous blue?

The Worst.

Taylor Swift in Mary Katrantzou: While Taylor's increasingly fearless taste is commendable, this printed bodysuit is simply trying a little too hard. It's one of those outfits that you can tell was styled with the intention of being an iconic VMAs look; however, Swift's ensemble during her VMA's performance would've been more fitting for the occasion. And let's be honest, Queen B's bodysuit reigns superior.  On the accessories front, the bordeaux booties do not complement the bodysuit- the pairing is random. A for effort, but didn't we all know Taylor's outfit was trouble when she walked in? Bad music pun?

Amber Rose in Laura Dewitt: The red carpet regular has never been known for her stylish ensembles; however, this look is truly on another level of awkward. While a very Josephine Baker-inspired ensemble is almost expected at any music-related awards show, this is just too much skin! Cover up!
Victoria Justice in Alice + Olivia and Lublu Kira Plastinina: A few weeks ago, the starlet nailed a flawlessly ethereal ensemble at the Teen Choice Awards. What went wrong? While the strip of exposed skin is perfect for this occasion, the textured mullet skirt is a tad outdated and immature. And to make matters worse, the usually tongue in chic Edie Parker bag and ultra-polished shoe look cheesy with this unsophisticated look. Better luck next time.
Rita Volk: What happened to the rest of her dress? Paired with the red shoes, this outfit looks a little trampy.

Which looks did you love? Sound off below!
All images courtesy of The Huffington Post Canada

Monday, 21 July 2014

Marinel Sun: A Fashionista's Solution to Chic Style for the Boardroom

As every fashionista who does the nine-to-five grind knows, finding an ensemble that is both professional and stylish is never easy. And even when you do find a piece that adheres to both sets of criteria, snagging that au courant blazer or skirt at an affordable price is yet another challenge. With pieces less than 70 dollars, Marinel Sun blends three necessities- style, professionalism, and quality- into one ultra-affordable brand.

Based in San Francisco, designer Marinel Sun recognizes the modern women's need for office-friendly clothes that doesn't compromise her position as a fashionista. If Sun's solution to chic and affordable work style isn't enough to make you love this collection, the entire line is made locally. And, as we all know, an eco-friendly attitude is always on trend.

With several classic silhouettes and fun prints, there are so many pieces to lust over. The Cindy dress (pictured) screams utilitarian chic while the Jenny skirt looks like something straight out of Mad Men. Between the easy-going silhouette and fun print, the Wendy shirt is perfect for the cubicle or a night out with your girlfriends. Versatile enough to make your own, yet zesty enough to spruce up your work ensemble, Marinel Sun is undeniably a must-have in your closet.

How would you style Marinel Sun's work-friendly collection? Sound off below!