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The Most Representative Garmet – The Savvy Leather Jacket

It’s no secret that the savvy leather jacket has become the most versatile staple in anyone’s wardrobe.  A garment that is now considered “a classic” was once introduced as a trend, but because of its versatility and broad appeal, the leather jacket has worked its way into every wardrobe and always remains popular.  Traditional, general simple styling means that a true classic can be worn year after year and never date.

 A snug-fitted leather jacket is the perfect collaboration to that classic feminine flirty piece, a tunic, skinny jeans or zipped over a flimsy dress with black opaque tights for a tough/tender look.  Fun, yet functional, the end result is a collection that will eventually be a staple in your wardrobe.

 

Just remember though, the best way to wear this garment is of course how you take this piece and make it your own.  There is a jacket for everyone!

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Sweet Pastel Palette

The past few seasons we have seen nothing but bright and bold colours on the runways including neon, this season the cooler palette of pastel has crept back into the fashion world with softer shades of colour ruling the runways.

Jenny Packham Spring/Summer 2012

Elegant and flattering pastel hues have been prominently spotted in the Spring 2012 collections of Prada, Elie Saab, Jenny Packham, Diane von Furstenberg, Givenchy and Louis Vuitton in feminine candy-coloured shades of baby pink, mint green, soft blue and sorbet yellow.

Elie Saab 2012 Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

Passionate for Pastel – Vogue Japan’s photoshoot with Magdalena Frackowiak

Dipped in a rainbow of pretty pastels, these beautiful colours in flowy pieces will definitely lighten up your wardrobe!

Mila Kunis in Elie Saab

Gwyneth Paltrow in Versace Atelier

As this cooler palette has hit the 2012 spring/summer international colour trends, how about using this spring inspired colour scheme and incorporating it into our upcoming winter wardrobes.

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Who says you can’t combine daring prints!

Not only did colour make a massive appearance this year, and will remain a powerful trend for 2012, but so did colour blocking and coloured prints.  This love-affair of colour has in fact paved the way for an even more elaborate trend for 2012 – the fearless combinations of bright colours in both bold prints and patterns.

Designers have really stepped out of their comfort zones for their 2011-12 Autumn/Winter collections, showcasing everything from dresses to handbags in a collage of patterned concoctions.

2012 is all about breaking the rules and running wild with a myriad of mixed prints, whether it be leopard with checks, nautical stripes with tribal, stripes with floral or plaid on plaid, the possibilities are endless. 

Having an instinctual understanding of pairing prints doesn’t come naturally to many of us, so the trick is to keep your mix tonal, especially when it comes to mixing stripes with other prints.

So take your look to the next level and try this trend on for size!  If print on print isn’t your thing, then how about adding a little textured print to your wardrobe by simply including a snaked skinned boot or hand bag?  Go on, be daring.  It’s all about getting dressed up and really having some fun!

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Brace Yourself

Once solely worn as an object of utility, braces (also known as Suspenders by Americans and Galluses by the French) have not been given the recognition they deserve as a fashion staple that has remained and changed over the past 300 years.

First created by the French in the 18th century, there have been several precursors, however braces were not popularised as a men’s fashion accessory until 1822 where Albert Thurston reinvented a modernised version made of silk worn universally by all men to accommodate the high-waist of the mid-nineteenth and early
twentieth century trouser.

It was not until World War I that braces began to lose their appeal as men became accustomed to uniform belts.  As fashion styles have their share of influence, pant styles became fitted and waist hugging while waistbands drooped to the hip lines rather than the physical waist.  Braces were however yet again revived in the 1940s through the return of the fuller-cut trouser, needles to say, belts had become a far more convenient item for men.

Nowadays, braces are a significant fashion statement symbolising a position of power, efficiency and
professionalism thanks to movie characters such as Gordon Gekko (aka Michael Douglas) in the infamous movie Wall Street, turning braces into a style accessory rather than a necessity.  Other fashion statements made by wearing braces include gangsters, who wore braces under their wide stripe suits or the British punk skinhead, who wore a thinner clipped version in several colours and patterns.

As current men’s trousers do not include the original buttons for braces, a clip-on version was developed
making braces ever more popular and useful.  So whether you need braces to flatter your business attire, complement your black suit or add flair to a smart casual look, braces are a perfect way for achieving a contemporary and elegant nostalgic look.

Braces for women

Taking inspiration from men’s wear, braces have also been a hot trend for women since they stared wearing menswear as shown by Keira Knightly who rocked the look in the 2009 Chanel Mademoiselle perfume ad.

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Come Sail with Me

This year fashion designers are serving up a hot new modern twist on an old favourite for their Spring 2012 collections, the classic nautical-sailor look.  This seaside fashion trend raises its head every year with this years collections being bigger then ever.

The variation this year on one of the oldest and most iconic fashion trends takes you on a nautical yacht ride through the French Riviera with designers such as YSL designer Stefano Pilati and others turning out a-jet-setter vibe adding embellishments of gold buttons, sailor jackets, anchor motif detailing, and defined collars to their collections.

This ready to wear look was first brought to us by the magnificently talented Coco Chanel in the 1930s inspired by her love affair with the Duke of Westminster, Hugh Richard Arthur Grosvenor, who was a renowned yachting enthusiast.  Chanel began dressing similar to the sailors by wearing side-legged sailor pants, striped boat neck sweaters and flat boating shoes making the look her own.

Other fashion icons following in her footsteps include the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Katherine Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy Onassis popularising the preppy nautical look between the rich and wealthy.

The key to joining the nautical trend without going overboard is by keeping it simple. That means wearing only one nautical themed piece at a time. Take inspiration from Coco Chanel and stick to a simple colour palette of monochrome or blue and white.

Add nautical-inspired splashes of colour using red and yellow with skinny jeans or solid coloured shorts will add a feminine, nautical touch to your outfits making you look boat ready.

This classic trend will never go out of style, so keep these ideas in mind each year for that perfect classic summer look.

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Be daring and introduce colour combos to your style!

It is no surprise that colour is one of the more important elements of fashion as it is the first thing we notice when shopping for a garment. We look for colour first, then fabric, silhouette, and finally detailing.

This spring/summer 2011 colour trends are absolutely going to be the first thing you notice on your next shopping trip with the boldest and loudest being the eye-catching colour blocking trend which has been seen sprawled all over the runways in many spring/summer collections.

Taking inspiration from the early 70s, this trend offers a vast variety of unusual combinations and variations of hues with wake you up colours of orange with purple, fuchsia with pink, blood orange with shocking reds and turquoise with royal blue.
To get the colour block effect, you will need to buy solid colour pieces that can be mixed and matched creating an outfit which combines the use of two or more blocks of colour in an ensemble ensuring that paired colours from the same family are kept together, e.g. warm tones such as orange and reds.
Piet Mondrian (1987-1944) is an excellent reference for this colour blocking design using flat hard-edged squares and rectangles using primary colours, creating exciting spatial and optical relationships.  His work is a lesson in how colours and shapes create movement simply through their contrast and relationship to each other.

 As colours deceive the eye, proportions in a garment can be dramatically affected by colour, so be sure to wear the right colours for your body shape as colours react with each other and to each other.    For example, objects, shapes and areas of the same size can actually appear different in size if they are coloured differently.  Dark, cool and dull colours make objects appear smaller than the same objects in warm, light or bright colours. If a dress is cut in bright red or black, the black version would be more slimming than red.

Colours can also convey a sense of visual weight. Warm, dark and bright colours tend to look dense or heavy, and cool, light and dull colours are visually lighter in weight. This should be considered in relation to the time of day you will be wearing a certain colour, and for what function.
In the case of a two-colour dress, visual weight will need to be considered where the bodice is one colour and the skirt another. If the colours were, for example, purple and white, the skirt would be better in purple and the top in white, because the garment will have better balance with the “heavier” purple on the bottom half and the “lighter” white on the top.
Colour blocking can also be seen in bags, shoes and jewellery, so make sure to wear a basic mono toned dress or something sublet when you’re colour blocking with these accessories.
 

There are many variations of this trend including the unusual combination of orange and purple by Diane von Furstenberg as worn by Jessica Alba at the CFDAs.  Other designers bursting at the seams with this inspiring trend are Gucci, Marc Jacobs and Aquilano Rimondi.

 

Alex Perry’s launch of his “Cuban Princess” Spring/Summer 2011 collection (http://goodgollymissholley.com/2011/03/17/alex-perry-springsummer-collection-%e2%80%9ccuban-princess%e2%80%9d-lmff/) also displayed the “Perry girls” in an array of spicy and exotic blocked colours including paprika, blood orange, pepper and Caribbean aqua gowns.

Coco Chanel once said that “The best colour in the world is the one that looks good on you”, so play around with the colours to ensure that you pick the best colours suited to your skin tone.  If bright hue colours are not your cup of tea, then there are also a large selection of colour blocked clothes and accessories in neutral, muted tones.

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Move Over Mad Men

The 1920s New York gangster trend is slowly creeping back into men’s fashion yet again since Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall/Winter 2008 – 2009 collections.

Like Mad Men, which gave us 60s style, Scorsese’s series “Boardwalk Empire” gives us mouth-watering costumes with fanatical attention to the 1920s period.

 

Within this brilliant Prohibition-era storyline is a sartorial phenomenon just waiting to explode.  1920s New York gangster digs is a look that designers are sure to take on this season, making it a trend to look out for.

Lisa Padovani and John Dunn’s made-in-the-USA wool suits and hand-beaded gowns are going to be distracting viewers for some time to come.

The 1920s brought fashion and style that was as unique as the events that unfolded during this war era. Flapper style of the Roaring Twenties, zoot suits and gangsters, The Dust Bowl and the Western cowboy are all influences evident in men’s fashion of the 1920s.

Fashion must haves in every man’s wardrobe entailed the top hat, tail coat, bow tie and patent leather shoes. Wing tip shoes were also very popular at the time (commonly in white/tan or white/black).   Gatsby was the prime example of a fashionable man in the 1920′s. It was more important that men wore the right color of shoes with their suit then what style they were.

Daytime events required less formal attire, such as the sack suit (which consisted of jacket and slacks in matching fabrics), worn with colored shirts and silk ties in small geometric patterns.

Informal men’s clothing of this time consisted of baggy pants (called Oxford pants), pullover sweaters and soft caps or fedora hats (which actually dates back from 1882, but only became popular in the 20′s).

Double breasted suits also became very popular during the 20′s, which was adopted by gangsters at that time. Gangsters often wore bold color shirts, wide stripesuits and bright plaids, making 20′s fashion their own.

Movies to draw inspiration from for this look includes The Untouchables, Public Enemy, Oscar with Sly Stallone, American Gangster, Once Upon a Time in America and The Last Man Standing.

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