Sunday, 6 April 2014

Spring 2014 Trend: Extravagant Embellishments

If this season proves anything, the days of minimalism have taken a brief hiatus. With a multitude of zesty prints to choose from, spring is all about being bold. While punhcy beading and outrageous embellishments are nothing new on the catwalk-- just look at Elie Saab's collections every season-- designers have been finding a new way to intertwine these fripperies into "of the moment" looks. Classic brands such as Louis Vuitton and Prada added some gems in unexpected ways: while Marc Jacobs tapped into logomania and showgirl style for his Vuitton swan song, Miuccia Prada added some sparkle to her sporty looks. At the same time, more contemporary brands utilized embellishments as well. The creative minds at Marni and Collette Dinnigan created impressive head-to-toe looks-- the craftsmanship is unreal. With sexy cutouts, Sharon Wauchob gives this trend a very adult twist. With a few modernized tweaks, this trend is perfect for the most au courant fashionistas.

Louis Vuitton, Look 5

Prada, Look 11
Marni, Look 33
Collette Dinnigan, Look 32
Sharon Wauchob, Look 23 
As this season's premier runway looks prove, there is no single way to wear this trend. You can channel your inner tomboy like Vuitton, emulate Wauchob's laid back sex appeal, go unapologetically feminine  a la Dinnigan-- the choice is seriously yours! Be warned: this ensemble will make heads turn. If you're not ready to make a sartorial splash, opt for an embellished accessory-- the ideal low-risk way to rock this trend. But, as with any trend, there are a few key rules you must follow.  Firstly, make  your embellished piece the focal point of your outfit. Why pit gem against prints, fringe, and metallics? The end result will be a kitschy ensemble... so not chic! If you're not sporting an entirely bedazzled ensemble, pair your trendy piece with a pair of boyfriend jeans or anything in a neutral hue or a shade that matches your glitzy apparel. To avoid a complete "Viva Las Vegas" moment,  rock a sleek ponytail or a neat blow out. Above all things, be very careful with your embellished pieces. Since gems are notorious for falling off after a few wears, make sure you have extra jewels as back up!

extravagant embellishments

Is this a trend you'll be wearing? Sound off below! 
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Sunday, 30 March 2014

Spring 2014 Trend: The Reinvented Button Down

Blouses, button-downs, oxford shirts: whatever you call them, it's no secret that this wardrobe staple is noting new. In fact, everyone wears them: teachers, lawyers, off-duty models, you name it. So why is this passé top suddenly a coveted trend this spring? The industry's leading visionaries have changed the way we see this shirt. While Raf Simons morphed the button-down into sporty shirt dresses, Alexander Wang produced a skin-baring variation at his eponymous runway show. Alternatively, other designers revitalized this classic with some offbeat styling tactics. Joseph Altuzarra gave his take a saucy twist with an unbuttoned shirt and high-slit skirt and Olivier Rousteing matched his oxford with a gutsy pair of overalls. And when all else fails, designers turned to ladylike embellishments a la No.21's Alessandra Dell'Acqua did. I know what you're thinking: time to give your trusty oxford shirt a second look.
No. 21, Look 11
Christian Dior, Look 11
Altuzarra, Look 22
Alexander Wang, Look 12
Balmain, Look 29
The best part about this trend is that you don't have to invest in entirely new pieces. With a few quirky style techniques, you can add your everyday button down into a sartorially superior ensemble. Whether you want to pair this piece with a tomboyish pair of overalls or a sultry skirt, the key is juxtapose this traditional top with unconventional pieces. For an ultra laid back look, style your top with a pair of slouchy pants or a sporty pleated skirt.  As for the overall look, it's entirely up to you! Slick your hair back, add a red lip, or throw on the accessories--this look is ultra versatile. But if you're dying to purchase a shirt dress or one of Alexander Wang's jumpsuits, now is a better time than any! These refreshing pieces are an effortless outfit: you only need a to add few accessories. The choice is yours!

button down

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Sunday, 23 March 2014

Spring 2014 Trend: Hawaiian Florals

As anyone from the east coast will tell you, this has been one harsh winter. But rest assured, style savants, a warmer season is on its way. Need some proof? Spring's array of Hawaiian florals. This refreshing take on this motif is no surprise: resort collections from Jason Wu, Prada, and Fausto Puglisi hinted that we would be saying aloha soon. A few months later, and we were introduced to a multitude of different island flowers. While Marc Jacobs sent gothic prints down the runway and Marni's Consuelo Castiglioni welcomed an androgynous alternative, contemporary brands such as MSGM and Fausto Puglisi utilized a bright color palette. With crisp leather accessories and tailored silhouettes, Michael Kors taught his disciples that this print isn't just for island girls. So sorry beach dwellers, tastemakers are taking this pattern for a spin.
MSGM Look 25
Marc Jacobs Look 14
Michael Kors Look 38
Fausto Puglisi Look 26
Marni Look 5 
Just because this trend screams beachy chic doesn't mean you have to pair this print with puka shells, khakis, and an umbrella-clad frozen beverage. Instead, make a splash by sporting island florals from head to toe. To some, this ensemble may be a little "in your face"; however,  if you're going to make a statement, why not go all out? For those tamer trendsetters, compliment your printed top with equally vibrant separates, preferably in a hue that's featured in your beach blanket- ready piece. Update this look with some beaded accessories or unleash your inner island child with some very au courant birkenstocks. As for your beauty ritual? Rock a dewy complexion and slicked back locks.

hawaiian florals

Will you rock this trend any time soon? Sound off below! 

Friday, 14 March 2014

Spring 2014 Trend: Heavy Metals

Though the polar vortex has many believing that we will spend the rest of our lives in fur and oversized,  pastel jackets, spring is quickly approaching. As the temperature rises, and the layers of clothes begin to decrease, you can always count on The Trendologist to give you this season's chicest style advice. Fashionistas, the spring trend round up has landed.

Metallics as a trend? Groundbreaking. Though the glitzy hues are a no brainer for some-- red carpet sirens, prom queens, and Vegas showgirls, for example-- the lustrous colors have been manipulated to make any style savant swoon. While Dries Van Noten inserted hints of gold into his avant garde ruffles, Proenza Schouler's Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough ended their spring show with a sea of tinsel-infused pleats. While Hedi Slimane gave Saint Laurent's glossy gold a Studio 54 aesthetic, you can always rely on Stefano and Domenico unapologetically Italiano looks at Dolce and Gabbana. And who could forget Joseph Altuzarra's sultry high-slit and sporadic fringe? Game changer at NYFW. With so many looks and techniques to choose from, each designer proves that metallic doesn't need to be saved for a special occasion. This spring, it can be worn effortlessly at any given moment.

Dolce & Gabbana Look 27
Saint Laurent Look 38
Altuzarra Look 30
Dries Van Noten Look 50

Proenza Schouler Look 22
Admit it: no matter how fabulous you are, it's your first instinct to embrace this trend with a pair of gold strappy sandals or a structured silver clutch, right? Step away from the accessories, trendsetters. The latest collections force all style trailblazers out of their comfort zone with gilded apparel. As easy as it is to find a metallic bodycon skirt and call it a day, 'tis the season to focus on thoughtful details and looser silhouettes. Sartorially speaking, a boxy or flared bronze skirt trumps a tight silver dress. Give your tinsel a daytime-approved twist with softer fabrics. The juxtaposition between unabashedly glamorous and low maintenance is still gold (pun intended).

But if the focus of your ensemble is your metallic clothes, how are you supposed to accessorize? Since looking like a shiny penny (literally) is out of the question, opt for neutral shoes and purses. And unless you're going to paint the town red, keep a fresh face with minimal make up.

heavy metals

So what do you think of this trend? I'm dying to know!

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Monday, 3 March 2014

Red Carpet Review: 2014 Academy Awards

The Oscars are a big deal. Whether you're a complete movie buff, a self-described fashion nerd, or both, this is our Super Bowl Sunday with an ultra glam, feminine twist. With remarkable movies from Dallas Buyers Club to 12 Years a Slave and A-Lister nominees, such as Leoandro DiCaprio and Cate Blanchett, this year's soiree was destined to be pretty amazing. But with some awkward accessories and man capris, there was definitely a fair share of good and bad looks. Want a second look at all memorable fashion? Living under a rock? Check out this year's hits and misses.

The Best
Cate Blanchett in Armani Privè: Everyone knows that the Blue Jasmine starlet can do no wrong; however, this Armani Privè gown is seriously major. The relatively bare neckline is refreshing after a season of lace collars and halter necklines. Blanchett's cutting-edge sartorial reputation is beautifully mixed with a feminine aesthetic. The thoughtful embellishments, pastel earrings, and soft curls are both cohesive and elegant. Even though the nude hue may blend into the actress's skin tone, the mesmerizing texture is a game changer.
Julia Roberts in Givenchy: Though the August: Osage County star has never been known for her ultra chic fashion choices (except for the Valentino), this is quite incredible. Not only is this lace number age appropriate, and far from matronly, it's a classic example that black can be show-stopping in a sea of sequins, jewel tones, and neutrals. The lively peplum is perfect for hiding any potential problem areas, and the plunging (but modest) neckline revitalizes the little black dress. Oh, and let's not to forget to swoon over her beauty regime. California blonde locks and a smokey eye are absolutely ideal with this look. 
Kate Hudson in Versace: Behold: the flower child's version of Gwyneth Paltrow's famous cape dress.  It's been a few years since Hudson has graced the glamorous carpet, and her award show comeback was a major success! Though the plunging neckline, which was a major trend on this red carpet, the cape gives this ensemble a sophisticated twist. On the beauty front, Hudson sizzled with the Jessica Rabbit-approved locks. J'adore.
Naomi Watts in Calvin Klein: The Impossible star is not one to sport a vibrant colored dress; however, she always looks great in metallics and neutrals. Luckily, this ceremony was no exception. The textured fabric energizes the otherwise minimalist ensemble. Undeniably, what makes this outfit truly something spectacular is the use of geometric accessories. The art deco statement necklace is perfectly paired with an edgy, semi-quilted silver clutch. Not to mention the straight locks and berry lip make her look insanely chic. But then again, when isn't Naomi Watts the epitome of chic?
Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior Couture: Finally. With the exception of her SAG Awards ensemble, Lawrence's awards season style was a bit, erm, lacking. Who can forget that tragic Golden Globes fiasco? However, this look screamed one thing: she's back. Since she tends to wear many princess silhouettes, it's refreshing to experience a transition to clean, sophisticated shapes. The vibrant red hue and defiant hair are very "power woman" while the peplum keeps this look fun and feminine. For a finishing touch, the American Hustle sports a matching lip and fierce necklace. Brava
Kerry Washington in Jason Wu: Well, the Scandal star definitely redeemed herself from the Golden Globes. This whole look perfectly meshes gothic glam and ethereal beauty. Washington rarely wears dark hues, especially purple, so this color choice was a pleasant surprise. Paired with the vampy lip, this look is risk; however, it works! The airy silhouette is the perfect way to show off her beauty. And that hair? Brings the whole look together. Welcome back, Kerry, I've missed you. 
Lupita Nyong'o in Prada: Move over, Beyoncè: there's a new flawless chick in town. Just out of curiosity, can the Academy Award winner do any wrong? She's completely killed it the entire awards season, and gave us the perfect princess moment at the Academy Awards. First of all, this Nairobi blue looks phenomenal with the actress's skin complexion, and the fluttery silhouette is something completely different for the budding fashionista. Though a plunging neckline is normally scandalous, she has a certain body type that makes this neckline look 100 percent fashion. Nyong'o smartly accessories with delicate jewels and a girly headband.
Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen: A vision in midnight blue, it seems as if Sandra Bullock masters every red carpet she steps on lately. Not only is this gorgeous hue extremely refreshing, the soft draping in the front is absolutely impeccable. As for accessories, the Gravity actress proved that less is more with a simple bangle and ear cuff. 

The Worst
Emma Watson in Vera Wang: Doesn't this look a bit mumsy? The starlet is known for sporting cutting-edge ensembles; however, this dress falls flat. Not only is this color palette extremely dull, the hair is messy, and not even a stylish messy. And where are the accessories? A dress that plain deserves a statement necklace or an amazing ear cuff.As a young, bonafide fashionista, this is too safe. Show some skin! Play with textures! Do something to amuse us! Anything!
Margot Robbie in Saint Laurent: There's gothic chic, and then there's gothic creep. The dark hair, noir dress, and vampy lip--it's just way too much for the pale skinned actress. And to top it all off, this dress is so basic! A strapless black dress? Groundbreaking. How did this go so wrong? Robbie aced the Golden Globes! A note for the future, Margot, opt for a lighter dress when darkening your hair! She would've looked amazing in a blush Elie Saab number.
Liza Minelli: I don't care who you are: streaky hair and a matching cobalt blue top and pants situation is never okay. And I seriously mean never.
Pharrell Williams in Lanvin: I will be the first to admit that I love the "Happy" singer's style risks, but capris to the Academy Awards is just unacceptable. Actresses don't even flaunt that leg (with the obvious exception Angelina circa 2012). Save showing off your leg tattoo for the summer or next year's Grammys! A printed pant or metallic sports coat would've been the perfect way to take a style risk. That being said, I think I can speak for everyone when I say I'm relieved the hat made a comeback. 
Amy Adams in Gucci: A classic case of "right dress, wrong accessories." Though the American Hustle star looks absolutely radiant in this navy dress, the accessories are all wrong. Kitschy pink jewels mixed with a chunky gold cocktail ring? No thank you! This look would've been on my best dressed if she chose canary golden or emerald jewels. 
Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab: Well, this outfit just aged herself 12 years. Though Elie Saab couture gowns are usually a surefire way to score a spot on any coveted best dress list, this looks awfully matronly. It's like the Versace gown's old, serious mother. But naturally, the megawatt star's makeup is seriously perfection. 
Olivia Wilde in Valentino: As much as this pains me, it's yet another case of "right dress, wrong accessories." The silhouette and white detailing is undeniably chic on the very pregnant Wilde, but the clashing jewels are terrible. Layered bangles, statement earrings, and a chunky cocktail ring? Way too much! Let it be known that accessories make or break any outfit. Coco Chanel once declared that all classy women must take off one accessory before they leave the house. Olivia Wilde, you are no exception to this rule. 

Agree? Disagree? Sound off below!
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Sunday, 26 January 2014

5 Best Looks from the 2014 Grammys

Is it just me, or was the red carpet a little bare this year? Where was Gaga? Where was Rihanna? And I would ask where Beyoncé was, but it's pretty clear that she was prepping for her beyond major opening performance. Forget the rock and roll-friendly threads, there were barely any looks to cringe over. As much as I would love to share a standard red carpet round, there's not enough looks to go around for each list. So let's focus on what's important: the looks that hit a sartorial high note at the 2014 Grammy Awards. Check out the ensembles that truly sang. 

Rita Ora in Lanvin: This Brit is never afraid of a fashion challenge, and she never fails to own whatever look she is sporting. She reported that a shorter hemline is new for her, and I hope she repeats this sartorial risk. The golden hue looks incredible with her complexion and blonde locks, and the overall shape plays down the high-octane metallic. Though I'm not a fan of the kitschy nail art, her golden age ringlets perfectly complement the dress's ladylike silhouette. 
Taylor Swift in Gucci: After years of the songstress wearing what seems like the same neutral colored, column dress by Elie Saab (or J.Mendel), it's hard to be super excited about something Taylor Swift wears. In her defense, she's been trying lately! That poppy-colored Carolina Herrera dress she wore to this year's Golden Globes was both feminine and experimental for the musician; however, this chain metal Gucci number is perfection.  Literally, perfection. Though the silhouette is nothing knew for Swift, the funky fabric and short sleeves revitalizes this streamlined shape. In true A-Lister fashion, Swift smartly opted for minimal accessories in a matching hue. On the beauty front, the artist excels with a smokey eye, girly pout, and flirty ponytail. Not to sound dramatic, but this is the best Swift has ever looked on the red carpet. That's right, ever. 
Giuliana Rancic in Alex Perry: As many Grammy attendees (or faithful viewers) know, this awards show is the perfect time to take a risk and rock some metallics, cut outs, sequins, and anything else the hottest musicians could possibly desire. However, the Fashion Police star stepped away from Grammys conventional with this tangerine number. Needless to say, it was the perfect way to make a statement. Though the silhouette is simple and the lace details are extremely sophisticated, the halter neckline and sheer bodice gives this shape a Grammys-approved twist. Subtle bling and a slick updo complete this look. 

Chrissy Teigen in Johanna Johnson: Tell me you don't have a girl crush on Mrs. John Legend, and I'll say you're lying. The model is painfully perfect, and that sequined number is flawless. Though a deep neckline and high slit may sound a little salacious, Teigen's beachy waves tame down this wild. With so much dress, and consequently so many sequins, it only natural that the part-time blogger stuck to a simple pair of earrings. Brava!
Sarah Hyland in Emilio Pucci: Though the Grammys tend to be filled to the brim with musicians galore, there's always a super cool actress lurking behind the song and dance. To prevent a "Modern Family actress stole MY thunder" comment, Hyland chose a classic black and white number. While this dress isn't as extravagant as something she'd wear to a television-related awards show, her look is event-appropriate. This time around, Hyland ditched the thick brow and opted a berry lip. As a finishing touch, the funny girl aded a pair of ultra strappy sandals to her look. Love her ensembles or not, you must admit that you respect her beauty choices. 
Which outfits did you love? Sound off below! 

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Red Carpet Review: 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards

The most exciting time of the year continues with the Screen Actors Guild Awards.This year's red carpet welcome delicious jewel tones, A-listers galore, and even some Christian Louboutin flats (that means you, Emma Thompson). But who truly aced this awards show and who should've given their look a second thought? Check out this Trendologist-approved red carpet round up.

The Best

Julie Bowen in Carolina Herrera: Whether she's sporting jumpsuits or rocking metallics, the Modern Family actress is never afraid of a sartorial challenge. Not only is this dress extremely event-appropriate, I love the mix of color-blocking and futuristic lines. Very au courant. To make the bold dress stand out, Bowen opted for minimal accessories; however, that jeweled clutch is awesome.
Sandra Bullock in Lanvin: Needless to say, the Gravity star looks like an on-trend goddess. Sure, emerald is no longer Patone's "It Color," but it's no surprise that jewel tones look amazing with Bullock's complexion. The languid silhouette perfectly contrasts last weekend's Prabal Gurung number. As a finishing touch, Bullock matches her sheeny dress with slick metallic accessories-- the forearm bracelet is to die for. 
Anna Gunn in Monique Lhuillier: As easy as it may be to despise Gunn's onscreen persona, Skyler White, I can't help but adore the actress's red carpet looks. Last night, the Breaking Bad starlet was a true vision in midnight blue. The halter neckline and beaded detailing enhances this otherwise sleek silhouette. Though a matching dress and jewels can be a little exhausting, Gunn did it right by keeping the accessories to a minimum. Additionally, I'm smitten with her tousled locks.
Gretchen Moi in J.Mendel: Ladies and gent, please take a memo: this is how you rock winter white. Instead of a very typical column dress, the short sleeves and perforated details perfectly complement the event's relatively casual nature. And I absolutely adore that front draping--so chic! The loose waves only add to this contemporary ensemble and Moi's pink pout offers the perfect dose of color. 
Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior: I don't mean to toot my own sartorial horn, but I so knew this would be a hit.  A far cry from her typical princess silhouette, this sleek shape is both flattering and youthful. And thanks to the multicolored sequins, this column shape is anything but boring. And as expected, the punky gown looks phenomenal with her pixie cut. 
Lupita Nyong'o in Gucci: In just two short weeks, the 12 Years a Slave actress has won the hearts of fashion fanatics worldwide. First, that beyond epic Ralph Lauren number? Flawless. And now, Lupita wins a SAG and my personal "best use of turquoise ever" award. The budding fashionista looks tropical chic in this number. The decadent neckline balances the otherwise streamlined frock. And can we please take a moment to fawn over her eye makeup? Now that's what I call a full look.
Claire Danes in Vionnet; Though many people may not love this dress, I'm kind of obsessed with it. The mix of fabrics and colors is fresh in a sea of bold solids. Combined, the show-stopping sequins and ethereal panels create a completely fashion-forward. A far cry from the airy silhouettes she sported at previous award shows, Danes is having a major smoldering starlet moment. Not to mention I'm kind of her darker hair and kohl- lined lids. 
The Worst
Amy Adams in Antonio Berardi: Without the glitzy belt, the American Hustle star could've been a vision in cobalt. Not only does the belt take away from the intriguing bodice, the dress is not flattering at particular angles. Don't believe me? YouTube some red carpet interviews. Oh Amy, why are you striking out this awards season? With so few award shows yet, I am praying she'll have a perfectly princess moment at the Academy Awards. Who's ready to stage a style intervention for Miss Adams? I am! 

Ariel Winter in Badgley Mischka: Let's say it together, shall we? Too much cleavage! Not only does the bodice look a little sleazy, it seems as if she can't even fit into this gown. And when wearing such a vibrant dress, it's important to complement your frock with a pop of pigment. As much as I love a nude face, it looks like this dress is wearing her.

Kerry Washington in Prada: Last week, I thought the Scandal star was one of the most stylish pregnant women in the history of stylish pregnant women. Kerry, what happened? This look is atrocious! First of all, the sequined cropped top and lace pumps are too much! Though this outfit would look amazing on someone with a ridiculously toned body, it's not what a pregnant woman should wear. To be perfectly blunt, it's wildly inappropriate. And am I crazy, or do you see a bit of a muffin top? 

Sarah Paulson in Rochas: Don't get me wrong, I love me some Rochas; however, this whole look is way too Sandra Dee. A full skirt, flippy bob, and a blinding pink pout? No thank you. This would've looked gorgeous on Kiernan Shipka. Was that a back-handed
compliment? Perhaps.

Emma Thompson in Vintage: It all was mediocre until the flats. Emma, if you really must wear flats, make sure we can't see your feet! They may be Louboutin, but they look more like a last minute decision after some truly fabulous pumps mysteriously broke. Though comfort never goes out of style, sometimes it's imperative to understand that beauty is pain. 
Which looks did you love? I'm dying to know! 
Photos courtesy of The Huffington Post.