Monday, 16 November 2015

Look Good, Do Good: Soko x PoP Jewelry Collection

Unlike apparel, accessories have the power to make women (and even men) feel good: size doesn't matter and they easily spice up an otherwise dull outfit. But accessories that make you look good, feel good and do good for those in need? The ideal trifecta. Enter Soko's collaboration with Pencils of Promise. Consider it a match made in accessory heaven: the former connects skilled East African artisans to consumers world-wide while the latter is devoted to providing quality education to those in need. The result? Dreamy, yet modern, jewels.

Pyramid Lariat, $70,

But from inception to profit, this collaboration is about as genuine as it gets. For starters, the whole collection is made from natural and reused brass. And with a focus on creating a stylish, sustainable pieces, most of Soko's materials are locally-sourced, reclaimed and sometimes the result of local procedures like Nairobi's "cash for trash" programs.

"As an ethical fashion brand, sustainability is core to our mission and something we take into consideration at all levels of the design and production process," says Gwendolyn Floyd, co-founder of Soko.

Glam V Cuff, $55,

When it comes to the actual design? The V motif seen in this nine piece line blends the two businesses together: it plays off both the tip of a pencil and Soko's logo. Not to mention that this exclusive collection's trademark is undeniably sleek and can easily be dressed up or down.

Ranging from 30 dollars to 70 dollars, this line has everything your jewelry armoire could dream of: cuffs, earrings, necklaces, rings and even a pocket clip to spruce up to your work blazer. But regardless of which accessory (or accessories) you buy, Soko will donate 20 percent of the total revenune to Pencils of Promise, which is promoting educational improvement in Ghana.  Chic, affordable and philanthropic? Hard to beat that.

Which piece are you dying to purchase? Sound off below.

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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Trend Alert: Customize Your Engagement Ring with James Allen

For most girls, their impending nuptials were planned to a T before they even met their soulmate: the flower arrangements, centerpieces and wedding dress have been stowed away in a (not-so) secret Pinterest board for years now. And the ring? Undeniably, that's the most important part.  Your day will come and go, but that ring is a souvenir of all your wedding  dreams.  While you may have settled on a shiny rock from DeBeers or Harry Winston -- though we don't anticipate many people complaining about that -- it may not be perfect. Perhaps the band will be too thick or the sapphire's pigment may not be as potent as you had hoped. Or maybe securing everything you want in a ring resulted in your fiance taking out a second mortgage on your new home. Enter, the premier engagement ring company that lets your customize your ring at a reasonable price.

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" is the story of some diamond guys who had successfully navigated the most 'old-school' of industries, but knew there must be a modern way to buy diamond jewels," says Oded  Edelman, CEO and co-founder of,

Launched in 2006, the accessories brand utilizes their special 360-Degree HD Technology Display, which allows customers to pick out their rings within the comfort of their own home: users can play around with the primary rock, secondary stones, band width and settings.  And unlike other fine jewelry e-tailers,  users can choose a specific gem -- which are primarily sources from the United States, India, Canada, Belgium, Hong Kong and Israel -- amongst a wide array of options. Translation? A certain level of transparency throughout the company that promises users will be pleased with the cut, color and clarity of their stones.

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With a variety of stones -- pink sapphires, emeralds and diamonds, to name a few -- and settings from a traditional solitaire to a vintage-inspired option, brides-to-be can exercise their creative muscles and conveniently forward their pick to their significant other. And, with a special section of the website dedicated to wedding bands, consider this your one-stop-site for all that shimmers. Need some additional guidance? Browse the e-store's inventory with their Real-Time Diamond Inspection Service, which will connect you with one of's in-house diamond specialist for an interactive experience.

All of this must cost your beau a pretty penny, right? Almost. According to Edelman, settings range for $200 to $5,000. And for a ring that is both sentimental and your very own design, that's more of a bargain. It almost sounds too good to be true, but then you remember that every bride deserves a show-stopping engagement ring.
 "We believe that every couple should be able to get the most out of their budget, whatever that may be, and be able to do it in a transparent way where they are in the driver's seat," says Edelman.

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The Trendologist EIC was fortunate enough to design a ring with, and we must say the results are gorgeous. A dreamy sapphire surrounded with a halo of bitty diamonds? J'adore.

How can you not fall in love with this website? Stay up to date with by following the brand on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

What type of ring will you make on Sound off below!


Thursday, 22 October 2015

8 Best Dior Looks by Raf Simons

Say it ain't so. This morning, the news broke that Raf Simons would be leaving his post as artistic director at Dior. If you listening closely, you'll be able to hear the sobs of thousands of fashion girls around the world. Though his reign was relatively brief -- Simons was with the famed house for three and a half years after John Galliano's abrupt (and controversal) departure -- it's undeniable that the Belgian designer brought a cool, modern energy to Dior. So in the memory of sartorial greatness, let's take a stroll down memory lane, shall we? Scroll away for the Trendologist's favorite Dior looks by Raf Simons.

Fall Couture 2012, Look 25: Christian Dior had his treasured "New Look," and Galliano has his exuberant flair. But Simons? His aesthetic is an updated mix of the two: progressive like Dior, but winked at Galliano's drama. From  his debut collection, it was obvious that his interpretation would be coveted by the industry's cool girls, and this look from his premiere collection hits the sartorial nail on the head. The combinaton of a fitted, ankle-length trouser and mullet-esque top is the perfect blend of masculine and feminne. Plus, that rich cobalt hue (which almost perfectly matches Simons's flower-adorned walls) is enchanting.
Autumn Ready-to-Wear 2013, Look 2: Leave it to Simons to consistently server up some innovative silhouettes. Sure, peplums are nothing new to the design world; however, this one-sided peplum helps accentuate a woman's figure without looking cliched . And the high-slit, which accompanies the origami-like pop, gives this frippery a seductive twist. But before you write off this dress as "modern, white and that's about it," the illustrations on the peplum add a fun touch.  Look familiar to you? That's because Jennifer Lawrence rocked this frock to an event for Catching Fire  in Cannes a few years ago.

Fall Couture 2013, Look 15: If you've seen the brand's new documentary, Dior and I, you'll know that crafting a full couture collection is a lot of work. With a fully-stocked atellier, it's no surprise that the French house always delivers. But this look perhaps best highlights the TLC that is reqired: while the semi-sheer garment is delicate, the tough accessories create this admirable push-pull factor. And don't tell us that you're not going ga-ga over this texture. Forget silks, lace, and neoprene: the fine ruffles are pure genius. Don't you just want to stick your hand through your screen and touch this? You can't, sorry. And for those who haven't seen the documentary:go out and do so immediately.
Spring Ready-to-Wear 2014, Look 52: As any fashion fanatic who memorizes runway shows knows, this wasn't the crux of Simons's spring 2014 collection. Instead, most of the collection consisted of embellished dresses, sleek pantsuits, and colorful skirts. But for the finale, a sea of silver jacquard dresses ran rampant on the catwalk. Mixed with the flora of all varities hanging from the ceiling, it was the fashion moment unapologetic girly girls dream of.  This look in particular balances the high-drama of a full metallic skirt with a simple black sleeveless top, not to mention the embellished patch provides a fun, collegiate addition. And the (obivous) moral of the show is this: finales can easily leave more of a mark than the collection itself.

Fall Couture 2014, Look 3: Throughout Simons's reign at Dior, there has been a heavy dose of references from the 18th century: petticoat-like outerwear, scultupural skirts and pretty pastels, for example. This perpetual inspiration undeniably reached its apex at the designer's fall 2014 couture show. From dreamy duster coats to voluminous eveningwear,  it was a collection that Marie Antoinette and today's street style star would both adore. Traditional but not literal, this dress oozes perfection. The slim bodice coupled with an exaggerated drop-waist creates an unusal, yet flattering, silhouette while the pretty palette grounds this girly look.

Autumn Reaty-to-Wear 2014, Look 21: While at Dior, Simons took a liking to sleek black pantsuits and dainty pastel dresses. But when he injected some potent hues in his collections? Wow. Some may think that cherry red and cerulean blue may look too patriotic when paired together; however, this look is cool, offbeat and quite secular. As a whole, this dress is the perfect balance between simple and complex: the primary colors are stimulating instead of snoozy, the overall shape is fuss-free while busy bodice creates some much-need tension and the soft embroidery challenges the smooth textile. Swoon.

Spring Ready-to-Wear 2015, Look 47: Most of Simons's memorable looks at the house were dresses that graced ad campaigns, editorials and red carpet sightings. But let's not forget his fantastic use of coats and pants. Tinged with a Vicotrian flair, Simons continued to blend feminity and masculinity in his later years. And what's even more commendable about this look is the apparent versatility, comfot and ease. While most of us love avant-garde ensembles, incoproating them into our daily lives is a struggle. This get-up, on the other hand, would look just as good at the office or a party as it does on the runway. And don't those pants scream, "Wear me now"?

Spring Ready-to-Wear 2016, Look 10: As anyone with a pulse on the fashion spectrum could tell you, lingire-inspired clothes is a big trend for this coming spring. And while most brands opted for the literal iteration with lace-adorned slips, Simons gave his take on this trend a softer twist. Sure, the sheer skirt is sublty sultry; however, the whole look perfectly blends a Grecian goddess with the likes of a ski bunny. Two very different references, but somehow it works. But that's the beauty of Dior: it's provoking and sultry, but not overtly sexy. Even in 2015, the Dior brand still sticks to its ladylike roots and remains current.

All runway images courtesy of Vogue Runway
Which Raf Simons for Dior looks are you still thinking about? Sound off below!

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Fall 2015 Trend: Victor, Victorian

You can just sense it: the nippy cold weather, the crunchy leaves underneath your feet and the lingering aroma of pumpkin spice lattes. Yes, it's fall. And while a new, chillier season may mean strictly whipping out the cozy sweaters for some, the dawn of autumn means something different for fashion's flock. Consider it the sartorial new year: out with the old trends and in with the new. To break down the hottest trends of the season, welcome to The Trendologist's fall guide. Each week, a new trend will be highlighted with shop-able must-haves. 

Back in high school, she who donned all black and dramatic lipstick was known as "that weird emo outcast." In 2015? Thanks to several top designers -- and a sleek, Victorian twist -- your standard gothic girl has gotten a very chic makeover. She was everywhere on the fall runways. At Marc Jacobs, ominous hues were swapped out for warmer colors. But don't think this was a full departure from brooding style: the full skirts, nipped coats and vampy lip provided a sunny way for this trend to shine. Insider favorite Joseph Altuzarra brought this trend to the 21st century by juxtaposing sheer, high-necked lace tops with up-to-there slits, knee-high laced boots and loads of sequins. Looking for something more traditional? Turn to Ricardo Tisci's collection at Givenchy, where models cascaded down the runway in vampy velvets, brocades and faces adorned with gloomy jewels. The result? A juxtaposition between dark, ladylike chic and punk. Equally classic -- but with an undeniably softer, feminine touch -- was Alberta Ferretti's iteration of the trend: some looks were prim with fitted layers and other ethereal with touches of delicate lace and Elizabethan-worthy collars.With romantic ruching and sugar-coated shades, Alexander McQueen's variation of this trend blends salacious Victorian lady in waiting with the likes of an eery doll. Whether modern or traditional, but never too literal, there's an option for everyone on the sartorial spectrum.

Marc Jacobs, Look 43
Altuzarra, Look 4
Givenchy, Look 9
Alberta Ferretti, Look 48
Alexander McQueen, Look 27
1. Alex Monroe 2. Givenchy 3. Dorothy Perkins 4. Gianvito Rossi 5. Marc Jacobs 6. Alexander McQueen
It doesn't take a brain surgeon to realize that with one false (sartorial) move, this trend can veer into costumey territory. But with three factors in mind -- fit, material and color palette -- you can easily keep your outfit's Victorian inspiration forward-thinking. Instead of reaching for your closest body-con dress or baggy garb opt for a happy medium: ideal Victorian-inspired apparel should fit snug at the waist and a tad voluminous elsewhere. If you're looking for some reference, think back to Kirsten Dunst in Marie Antoinette as a loose inspiration -- but preferably without the heightened hair and corset.  Translation: shop for tailored coats and fitted, full-skirted dresses. While it's easy to think that the only way to go Victorian this fall is by investing in tons of black apparel, select a few pieces in other subtle neutral colors. For example, a maroon or navy dress is a great alternative to a creepy long-sleeved noir dress. Lastly, to give your trendy items a sophisticated twist with tactile fabrics. Forget polyester: wools, silks and lace will have your threads looking ultra-feminine and polished. But what about those mid-century-esque accessories? Use them sparingly and with modern pieces. Just like in Altuzarra's collection, a pair of lace-up booties will look super sexy with a high-slit skirt and a dainty cameo necklace can be styled with a cozy sweater for a fall-friendly ensemble.

Will you participate in this trend? Sound off below! 
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Monday, 21 September 2015

Red Carpet Review: 2015 Emmy Awards

If you watched any red carpet broadcast from this year's Emmy Awards, you may have heard the following more than once: "I'm sweaty," "It's so hot," and/or "I almost fainted!" But with a slew of gorgeous dresses that cascaded down the red carpet, it's hard to feel much sympathy. The Emmys may play it safe, sartorially speaking, but the slew of embellishments and jewel tones made the Hollywood heat worth it. But, as all award shows do, there were a slew of less-than-awesome ensembles. So which looks sizzled on the red carpet and which ones fizzled? Read on for this year's red carpet recap.

The Worst.

Heidi Klum in Atelier Versace: Surely, all compliments towards the Project Runway host's yellow getup was an iteration of Regina George's two-faced fashion commentary. In the wise words of the iconic mean girl, "this is the ugliest effin' dress." Such an ageless and graceful model could opt for any other dress and look radiant, this schizophrenic sartorial nightmare looks more like a mélange of her contestants' worst creations.  Part boho, party victorian and part skin-baring, but 100 percent ugly. To top it all off, the sheer skit and platform veer into extreme showgirl territory. Translation? So not chic.

Laura Prepon in Christian Siriano: The color, silhouette and train are gorgeous, but how can you notice the positive aspects of this look when that awful embroidered bodice commands all attention? Exactly. Instead of working together to create a super gown, the tomato red and gilded bits compete with each other and look like a medieval costume gone wrong. A slimmer silhouette or darker shade would make this embroidery easier to look at. 
Danielle Brooks in Christian Siriano: For the autumnally averse, there may no such thing as too much color. For the red carpet? Three bright, color-blocked hues is simply too much. The silhouette hugs the Orange is the New Black star's curves extremely well; however, the colors look like she's wearing a childhood play parachute. Speaking of the horrid stripped paneling, not even the fiercest superwoman needs a front train and back train.

Taylor Schilling in Stella McCartney: So if Danielle Brooks is dressed in a parachute, Taylor Schilling is dressed in a lopsided curtain, right? If you're an obsessive compulsive dresser, you must feel the need to straight the bunching along Schilling's neckline. Perhaps it was supposed to look offbeat and cool, but the neckline looks like a halter top gone so, so wrong. And what's going on with that hem? It's neither here nor there and looks like she stole this window treatment at the last moment. 

Amy Poehler in  Michael Kors Collection: Don't be fooled, dear reader: there is such a thing as an outfit being ruined by accessories. Sure, the dress's peekaboo cut-outs are summery while the black hue makes this the perfect transition piece into fall, but what's with the bangles? the thin halter straps and minimal shape are completely off balanced by those clunky bangles. Plus, this is the Emmys! It's the time to be blinged out with some dainty jewels. Also, the funny woman's red locks look brassy and lackluster. Amy Poehler, you were born to be blonde.

The Best.

Taraji P Henson in Alexander Wang: Now that's a fierce look.  As her first nomination for her portrayal of Cookie, this look packs on the drama without commanding too much attention. The netted skirt and jeweled straps upgrade the traditional (read: boring) little black dress. And let's not forget that the ab-baring cut-out is subtly sexy. And with so many elements in a single dress, Henson smartly opted for a simple black clutch and a simple glitzy bracelet. On the beauty front, her asymmetrical lob is straightened to perfection. 
Aubrey Plaza in Alexandre Vauthier: Is the Parks and Recreation star reinventing the sartorial wheel? Not exactly. However, this dress is a refreshing (and undeniably sultry) way to play in safe.  The plunging V-Neck and high slit leave just enough to the imagination to have this look be deemed chic, but otherwise? The dress seems comfortable and is relatively low maintenance. Since her maxi dress does have several shimmery flecks, Plaza perfectly accessorizes this with a few rings and a simple pump.

Tatiana Maslany in Bouchra Jarrar Couture: Ladies, take note: if you want to give a menswear-inspired look a try, take a page from the Orphan Black star's look book and dare to bare. The angelic white suit mixed with the lack of an undershirt creates the perfect juxtaposition. Also, can we talk about how perfect the fit is? When it comes to menswear for women, a little slouch is never a bad thing. The seriously slick ponytail is perfect while the black sandals and clutch add a very sophisticated finishing touch.
Jaimie Alexander in Armani Privé: Um, this is totally major. Unlike Danielle Brooks's technicolored  number, this glitzy Armani Privé look works because the deep jewel-toned colors create a consistent and flattering pattern. And while color, sparkle, and a long-sleeved maxi silhouette make seem extremely overwhelming, this look (which premiered on the red carpet) feels more like a fashion statement than an eyesore. A few rings and the clean, cropped do perfectly blend in with the fitted silhouette. 
Kerry Washington in Marc Jacobs: Any fashion nerd loves seeing recently released runway on the red carpet less than a week later. And, of course, Washington's glitzy Marc Jacobs number is no exception. The midi hemline, especially mixed with a subtle V-neck and modest slit, is refreshing in a sea of carpet-grazing gowns. And those extra-embellished fripperies along the shoulder and skirt of the dress provide a flapper- esque flair.. While a fresh face and messy updo don't compete with the pizazz of the dress, the Scandal star carries this dress with confidence so the heavy metal garment isn't wearing her.
Sarah Hyland in Zac Posen: That color! That neckline! That fit! Gorgeous. She may be young, but the Modern Family actress never shies away from a fashion challenge. And for this year? Hyland takes an elegant forck and gives it a modern twist by accessorizing with monochromatic gems. While a traditional gown is nothing new, that off-the-shoulder sleeve is on trend, refreshing and sophisticated. Styled with a cool forearm cuff and beachy waves, this look is a fashion home run. Brava! 
Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell: If someone were to tell you that Lady Gaga would be presenting at the Emmy Awards circa 2010, you would shudder in preparation for her avant garde ensemble. Would there be LED lights, fruit or growing flora? Luckily, it's 2015. And in 2015, a different Lady Gaga made her debut at the television extravaganza. Dressed in black, Lady Gaga presents a more refined version of herself while the asymmetrical shoulder and dimensional pop offers something quirky to the sartorial equation. The surprisingly simple look is paired with a perfectly coiffed do and a bitten-lip pout.
Sarah Paulson in Prabal Gurung: Not to sound dramatic, but this look oozes chicness. Similar to Sarah Hyland's burgundy number, the strong off-the-shoulder strap dances between your standard, commercialized red carpet look and a high-fashion ensemble. Also, obsessed with the navy and black color combination. Though subtle, it's far more fetching than the overused black and white palette. Added bonus? The dual-toned dress makes a fully sequined dress cool and borderline edgy instead of a reject custome from a Liza Minelli concert.
Jessica Paré in Monse: Her Mad Men alter-ego is known for making a fashion statement with her retro garments. But, while everyone was looking at Claire Danes's chain-linked Prada ensemble, this look went mostly under the sartorial radar. However, this dress is gorgeous. The knot at the bodice and the gentle draping along the front of the gown offer a regal, and forward-thinking, approach to a bubblegum pink dress. For a minimal statement, Paré keep the gems to a minimum and opts for a cool, center-parted bun.

Which looks did you love? Sound off below.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Red Carpet Review: 5 Best Looks From the 2015 VMAs

So a lot happened at last night's MTV Video Music Awards. "Uptown Funk" won big, naturally. Nicki Minaj both settled a highly-reported feud with Taylor Swift and started one with host Miley Cyrus the same night (#ambitious). Justin Beiber sported a undeniably awful new hairstyle. And perhaps the biggest wild card was Kanye West's maybe-joking presidential announcement for 2020. But on the fashion front? A mixture for sleek and risky. And while you may have scrolled through a plethora of Instagrams of Miley Cyrus's barely-there Versace number -- and most likely hated it-- do not fear, dear reader: there were several looks worth swooning over. Read on for the best of this year's salacious red carpet.

FKA Twigs in Atelier Versace: At last night's awards show, the future Mrs. Robert Pattinson was anything but a fashion wallflower. The need to bare it all was the trend of the evening -- Britney Spears, Rita Ora and Miley Cyrus fell victim to an array of overkilled cut-outs -- but this look works on the song siren. There's no denying that the pint-sized It Girl is scantily-clad; however, the look is surprisingly modest compared to similiar looks. Her full-coverage bralet provides minimal cleavage and the corset lining (as well as the sheer draping) don't boast a set of toned abs. Sure, the skirt of her dress is sheer, but she also sports a pair of panties that look like it's half of a demure bikini. Consider this look understated sexy; a sultry for the fashion set who are neither familiar nor comfortable with showing off that much skin. When it came to accessories, Twigs's strappy sandals mimic the bold lines of her corset and the little jewelry keeps this dress looking convetable instead of a showgirl's costume. As for a dramatic finishing touch, the bright red lip and bed-head fit in with this look perfectly.
Chrissy Teigen in Marchesa: Sartorially speaking, dancing on the line between sexy and slutty is not easy. But in this show-stopping Marchesa, Lip Sync Battle co-host Chrissy Teigen makes it look easy. While the sheer paneling by her legs is undeniably naughty, the high-neckline gives this dress a sophisticated twist. Though the sparkly paneling may look a tad "Vegas" to some, it also adds a red-carpet ready factor that prevents this from looking too much like lingerie. To create a cohesive look, Teigen adds dainty, yet equally glitzy, drop earrings to the equation. Love. Not to mention her messy updo and natural face are the perfect juxtapostion for such vampy attire.
Vanessa Hudgens in Naeem Khan: If you listen closely, you can still hear all Free People fans rejoice over this outfit. Even with a resurgence of bohemia on the runway, it's rare to see a red carpet look that is unapologetically ethereal. Conversely, all you see is a delicately embroidered maxi dress with a strappy sandal. That's it. But luckily, Hudgens brought something so abnormal to the red carpet and reminded the audience that dressing up for flashy events should be fun. Instead of sticking with a minimalist dress in a neutral hue, like most of her cohorts, the actress pushes the envelope with this dimensional number that was both feminine and innovative. As for extras, Hudgens did not skimp on jewelry. According to Refinery29, the starlet incorporated over 28 pieces: hair gems, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, oh my!  Now that's maximalism.

Hailee Steinfeld in Stella McCartney: This awards show red carpet is obsessed with the unexpected: Gaga's meat dress, Lil' Kim's pasty-clad asymmetrical jumpsuit and even Katy Perry's denim dress, just to name a few. But perhaps the most daring, and ultimately the most unexpected, for this event is when a starlet doesn't push the style envelope with a flashy, raunchy or even costumey outfit. Instead, she wears something so refined, minimalist and chic. Hailee Steinfeld, fashion nerds everywhere tip their hats to you. At an event of this calibre, a jumpsuit with caplet sleeves and ultra-flared legs may stick out like a sore thumb, but the Pitch Perfect 2 prevents a mumsy moment with an edgy choker and gilded circle clutch. Plus, this unexpectedly refreshing silhouette immediately gives the look cool-girl kudos. Paired with a straight do and a Taylor Swift squad-approved cat-eye, Steinfeld's ensemble teaches onlookers that leaving a lot to the imagination can be a good thing.

Lily Aldridge in Alexandre Vauthier: Yes, sultry black dresses ran rampant on last night's carpet. And while most of them boasted sheer elements and glitzy paneling, model Lily Aldridge's minimalist approach to the trend was a sartorial breath of fresh air. A far cry from the black dresses of the over-embellished variety,  this look stands out for it's suggestive (but stylish) cut-outs and effortless simplicity. With the help of possibly yards of double-stick tape, the cut-outs perfectly lay on Alridge's runway-worthy frame without being over-exposed. Before you think it, you're right: a deep V-neck and oblique-baring slits will never translate to demure. However, the long, streamlined silhouette and the languid fishtail hemline dresses up this sultry fad. The perfectly sleek ensemble is coupled with a straight mane and wrists adorned with slim bracelets for the ultimate finishing touches.

Which looks did you love from last night's VMAs? Sound off below
Photos courtesy of PopSugar and Us Magazine

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

5 Best Looks from the 2015 Teen Choice Awards

Let's face it: usually, teenagers and high-end fashion don't mix. But Sunday's Teen Choice Awards undermined that generalization. While the show itself was as awkward as a frizzy-haired high schooler, the fashion surprisingly did not disappoint. Tucked in a sea of up-to-there minidresses and neon hues were a selection of sophisticated, fashion-forward looks. Missed the award show? Not to worry, ladies and gent: check out the five best looks from this year's Teen Choice Awards.

Emma Roberts in Peter Pilotto: Only 24 years-old,  and this actress is already a red carpet veteran. Wearing a tailored midi-dress that's adorned with clashing pastel prints, this look perfectly mixes youthful prints with a ladylike silhouette. Adorned with minimal hardware, this outfit is surprisingly sophisticated for the Teen Choice Awards and proves to onlookers that youth and taste are not mutually exclusive. Finished with simple sandals, smooth waves and a soft rose pout, the full look is a home-run hit.
Lucy Hale in Julien Macdonald:As any Pretty Little Liars fan will tell you, we've seen the petite starlet in ugly outfits a plenty. Awkward pink hair streaks, questionable fascinators and tights -- the past five and a half seasons were a sartorial nightmare. Luckily, in a world where A doesn't torment a group of teenage girls, Hale is equipped with a glam squad and a significantly better wardrobe. Coupled with dramatic eyeliner and a slicked-back bun,  this outfit is the epitome of vampy glam. While the mesh paneling is undeniably gothic, the short hem and deep V-neck keep this dress youthful and sexy. Paired with strappy sandals? Definitely gives Aria a run for her money.
Haley Ramm in Pistol Stamen: A relative newbie on the red carpet, this ensemble is a far cry from the clubwear that ran rampant at the event. The flared, midi skirt and modest neckline is by no means reinventing the wheel, and can easilyveer into mumsy territory. However, the subtle texture on the frock as well as Ramm's colorful bracelets made this outfit feel refreshing. Paired with auburn locks and a fresh face, the starlet looked composed and mature.
Maia Mitchel in Giamba: Just got back from the Hamptons or working a step and repeat in Los Angeles? While this look may teeter on the casual side for an award shows, the fuss-free factor of this ensemble merits a spot on this event's best dressed list. It's easy to want to wear (almost) everything that you see on red carpets and runways, but finding something that's stylish and looks comfortable is the true sartorial dream. Whether dressed up with a pair of strappy sandals, as Mitchel did, or coupled with a  pair of gladiator sandals, this look is effortlessly chic in a way that leaves us asking ourselves "Where can I get me one of those?"
Bea Miller: A summer red carpet should be strictly filled with pretty patterns and bright colors, right? Not according to Bea Miller. Between the leather jacket cooly draped over the singer's shoulders and the beautiful jewel-toned jumpsuit, this getup has onlookers undeniably excited for fall fashion. While Miller's jumpsuit appeals to every minimalist, the shoes (though not Trendologist-approved) and jacket are youthful and rebellious. The natural face and beachy waves add the perfect hint of summer.

Which looks did you like from last night's awards show? Sound off below
Photos courtesy of E!