Monday, October 18, 2010

Accessory Trend Watch: Fall Sock Trend

In the 90’s I was a huge Clueless fan just as many young girls. I loved Cher and Dion’s sweater looks with the plaid skirts, knee high socks, and mary janes. I remember dressing up for school in variations of those looks. Well fast forward 2010 and the look is back in a revamped, new and improved form of course. All over the fall 2010 runway designers paired variations of trouser socks with skirts, dresses, shorts and pants looks. I really love this look and there are so many ways to wear it. You can go for the thigh high socks or keep it minimal with the midcalf socks. You can wear them with pumps, boots or sandals. This is a trend that I must incorporate into my fall wardrobe.

Alicia Silverstone as Cher in Clueless.

Vanessa Simmons during Spring 2010 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Style Lookout: Solange

I must say I have become a Solange fan. I really hate that she sometimes gets left in the shadow of her sister Beyonce. Although she has a style that is completely her own many people still make the comparison. I have to admit I love her style. I admire her looks so much because she has “real style”, she is not trendy. Even as an artist she has a style that is solely her own. Her creativity is undeniable. She is always fashion forward and her style is unpredictable. She is someone that is not afraid to take risks. Initially I wasn’t big fan of her cutting her hair. Now I think it may have been one of the best things that she could have done for her over all style. She has really been rocking it to say the least. Her hair is a great compliment to her style. She is making that afro look FIERCE! Musically she seems to be inspired by the old school and that is reflected in her retro inspired ensembles. Her sound is somewhat reminiscent of a 1970's Diana Ross. She is a big fan of pairing bold prints with bright colors. She has a retro yet afrocentric sense of style that really works for her. Here are a few of Solange's looks.

Here is one of Solange's retro inspired videos

Solange did this FAB cover and editorial for the September/October issue of Fashizblack Magazine.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Trend Watch: Maxi Skirts

The maxi skirt is a must have fall trend. I love maxi dresses for the spring and summer months, it is an effortless way of being casually chic. Imagine my excitement when I saw that designers had incorporated one of my favorite spring/summer looks into a skirt for the fall season. The maxi skirt is reminiscent of but not to be confused with the peasant skirt that was popular a few years ago. The maxi skirt is extremely versatile look for fall. It can be stylishly paired with practically any shirt, blouse, cardigan or blazer. This look is flattering for all body types. If you are not comfortable with your lower body is a great way to camouflage the unflattering areas and accentuate other features. The maxi skirt is a simple yet chic look that can look Fab on any fashionista.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Trend Watch: Pointed Toe Pumps

Pointed toe pumps are one of my favorite fall trends. Although, I don’t consider pointed toe pumps to be a trend considering they have a fashion history that dates back to medieval times. Historically pointy toe shoes were called winklepickers a term that derived in the 1950’s from a pointed tool that was used to take winkles a popular British seaside snack from their shells. The winkle pickers were popular among young British rock and roll fans. In that late 1950’s and early 1960’s winklepickers with a stiletto heel became the rage. The pointy toe did fall from fashion glory for a few seasons and I am excited for its return on the shoe throne.

I love a good round toe shoe also but I prefer a pointed toe heel with slacks and jeans. The pointed toe heel helps to make the legs look longer and leaner where the round toe heel cuts off the line of the leg and makes the legs appear stumpy in pants. The pointed toe allows you to give the illusion of a more proportional silhouette. I am eager to update my pointed toe shoe collection for fall. Collections such as Louis Vuitton, Stella McCartney and Prada all showcased pointed toe pumps in their fall RTW 2010 collections.

Stella McCartney Fall 2010 RTW

Prada Fall 2010 RTW

Louis Vuitton Fall 2010 RTW

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Accessory Trend Watch: Box Handbags

It's officially fall and I am uber excited about the change of season and eager to make the wardrobe changes. Unfortunately in Florida the temperature outside still feels like the middle of summer. I am still trying to find ways to incorporate Fall into my wardrobe without running the risk of overheating. Accessories are the easiest way to help transition your wardrobe into fall if you live in a city with a warmer climate. The box handbag appeared on the runway of several designers during the Fall 2010 RTW collections. Designers such as Christian Dior, Celine, and Proenza Schouler all showcased a version of this bag.

Celine Fall 2010 RTW Collection

Proenza Schouler Fall 2010 RTW Collection

Christian Dior Fall 2010 RTW Collection

Gossip Girls, Leighton Meester was spotted out and about looking daytime chic accessorizing her romper and boyfriend blazer with a box handbag.

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Accessory Trend Watch: Small Cross Body Shoulder Bags

Marc Jacobs Spring 2010 Collection

Derek Lam Spring 2010 Collection

The small cross body shoulder bag is one of my favorite spring accessory trends. I am usually a fan of over-sized handbags but I really like this trend. It’s a look that can be incorporated into your day and night looks. Although if you are someone that carries their entire life around in their purse this bag only provides enough space for the essentials like your debit card, ID, lipstick and cell phone. It is a simple and very chic way of incorporating spring trends into your wardrobe.

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Claudia Schiffer photographed in black face

Two years ago Claudia Schiffer was photographed by Karl Lagerfield in black face and an afro. These photos have recently resurfaced and with much controversy. Stern Fotographie, a German magazine plays homage to Karl Lagerfield and his exceptional photography for their 60th anniversary cover. They used six images of Schiffer styled with a different theme. One of the six covers used depicted Schiffer in black face.

The question that has been posed are the photographs purely artistic expression or are they bordering racism. I think that it is a controversy that has left many people who are not African American quite simply wondering “what is the big deal?”. This question can be answered in the following quote from Shevelle Rhule, fashion editor at black lifestyle magazine Pride,

“The images of Miss Schiffer were tasteless. It shows poor taste and it's offensive. There are not enough women of colour featured in mainstream magazines. This just suggests you can counteract the problem by using white models. I don't believe they deliberately set out to offend, they obviously see it as being arty and feel that they are pushing boundaries. But clearly no thought has been given to the history behind what they have done and the comparisons it draws with minstrel shows.”

What do you Fashion Devotee’s think are the photographs purely artistic expression or are they bordering racism?

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