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. 

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