October 27, 2013

Fringe with Benefits

Not just for the hippies and cowboys, fringe is making a comeback showing up on everything from bags to coats to scarves. Fringe provides fluidity and movement to a somewhat boring silhouette. Despite spring being all about lightness, edgy leather fringe is taking center stage for you to channel your inner rocker. From Altuzarra's leather fringe skirt to Valentino's fringe bag, designers proved the more fringe the better.
Calvin Klein

Derek Lam
Emilio Pucci
Roberto Cavalli
Gwen Stefani in Salvatore Ferragamo
Images via Vogue.com, Pinterest

October 23, 2013

Stroke of Genius

There has been a strong artistic element throughout several spring 2014 runway shows. I'm noticing bold brush strokes, pop-art and an array of primary colors. You'll want to hang these garments up on your wall, because they are truly each a masterpiece. Pop art was the theme at Chanel. Karl Lagerfeld presented his Spring 2014 collection at Grand Palais museum in Paris and created his very own art gallery for the show. Miuccia Prada's runway was filled with graffiti-esque portraits surrounding the runway and again, the use of surrealism with portraits of a woman's face placed on a handful of fur coats and charming jeweled dresses. Art is certainly a dominant trend for the spring season and I am loving this fresh take on prints. 
Aquilano Rimondi
Jil Sander
Prabal Gurung
Antonio Marras
Zero + Maria Cornejo
Chanel beauty Spring 2014

Images via Vogue, YouTube

October 21, 2013

Dramatic Tiered Ruffles

Ruffles aren't exactly my favorite fashion statement, but for spring they are showing up in several designer collections. Ruffles are definitely a tricky look to pull off and not for everyone. They are dramatic, full of frill and add tons of volume. Ruffles really make a bold statement on their own. You never need to worry about accessorizing! 

How to wear this trend: Keep the rest of your look minimal. Let the ruffles take center stage. Slick back your hair so it's out of the way, wear basic makeup and stick to simple accessories. Take some inspiration from the Bottega Veneta runway look below. It's a classic LBD with the volume turned up. The ruffles are unique and layered in different ways, which really make the dress extra special. The model's makeup is toned down and she is wearing essentially no accessories. This is the perfect example of ruffles done right.
Alberta Ferretti
Alexander McQueen
Bottega Veneta
Jean Paul Garcons
Zac Posen
Camilla Belle in Salvatore Ferragamo

Images via Vogue, Pinterest

October 18, 2013

3D Florals Spring 2014

"Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking."
-The Devil Wears Prada

These aren't just any old florals. 3-Dimensional florals are showing up all over the Spring 2014 runway. Floral applique's are literally popping out of the garment, taking on lifelike qualities and turning into something magical. Spring is always an inspiration to designers. Many shows often feature the season's transformation, with flowers blooming and lush greenery. (Which can be somewhat predictable, but nonetheless, always beautiful to look at.) Christian Dior's Spring 2014 collection was an ode to spring, displaying garments with multi-layered floral embroidery which were presented at Jardin des Tulleries in Paris. Dolce & Gabbana featured an enchanting lineup of 3D florals, while Blumarine designer Anna Molinari designed a collection fit for an ethereal garden party. 3-Dimensional florals may be a new trend for 2014, but I think it will be featured again and again for years to come. 
Alberta Ferretti
Burberry Prorsum
Creatures of the Wind
Christian Dior
Dolce & Gabbana
Vera Wang

Images via Vogue, Pinterest

October 16, 2013

Eye Spy

I find so much inspiration through street style. Lately, I've been noticing that eyes are everywhere. Evil eyes have been extremely popular in recent fashions, but Kenzo's whimsical eye print has taken street style by storm. Kenzo has really become one of my favorite trendsetters. A few seasons ago, they made a tiger sweatshirt look oh so cool and shortly after, it was photographed on numerous street style bloggers and supermodels. This season, the Kenzo eye is equally as popular, if not more. The eye is a symbol of the "All-Seeing Eye" or the "Eye of Providence." The Kenzo eye print ties into the surrealism trend that was used by designers such as Diane von Furstenberg and Jil Sander. Check out a previous post I wrote about surrealism in fashion. Thanks to Pinterest, I can keep up with all the eye-popping prints Kenzo has designed.  
Images via Pinterest

September 24, 2013

POW! Comic Book Style

Comic book prints have quickly become a notorious street style trend during the past few seasons. Prints are sure to be a popular trend for fall, and adding a little POP! to your wardrobe can easily be done with bold comic book graphics. This trend is fresh, young and modern. It is certainly for anyone who wants to have a little fun with fashion. How can you wear these particular prints? Pair graphic comic book prints with leather, plaid or denim and really make a statement with common comic book action words such as, POW! KABOOM! and KAPOW! Here are some inspirational pictures below that I've gathered on my Pinterest "Trending" board!

Philip Lim for Target 
Jessica Alba in Philip Lim for Target