Archive for the ‘trends’ Category

Recently most widely acknowledged in Bailey’s Burberry Prorsum Fall 2010 show, the trend that began as a trickle – a collar here, a cuff there – has been kicked into high gear in a combination of military and aviator styles. The epitome of this: the wonderful, wonderful shearling jacket. Personally, I’ve been long in my quest for the perfect one – dark brown leather, soft and worn, with not too many zippers and absolutely no knit/ribbed cuffs or waistbands, and – of course – the most wonderfully soft, cream-coloured shearling lining the collar and the arms and everything else. Mmmm – perfection.

The designers all took their own take on the jacket, altering the collar height and shape as they saw fit; different shapes and colours, of course; and the basic styling. Edgy or classic? Or both? Mmm.

Burberry Prorsum Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
Burberry – one of the darker looks (Karmen Pedaru) with that dramatic, high collar.

Pringle of Scotland Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
At Pringle of Scotland (Freja Beha Erichsen).

Christopher Kane Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
Christopher Kane’s kimono-esque wrap coat with a shearling collar. (Kirsi Pyrhonen)

Mulberry – soft belted camel suede.

Unique Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
TopShop Unique – Tati Cotliar

Rag&Bone’s maroon jacket.

Margaret Howell – a rather boxier take, but I like it – very 80s. I like how she carried the shearling on over to the shoulders as well as the wide lapels.

House of Holland’s sporty pale blue jacket.

Sophie Theallet – asymmetric black wrapped. I like it – and the shoes!

Reed Krakoff – a menswear approach.

Phillip Lim. A more tailored approach.

Burberry – one of the long menswear coats.

Nicholas K (fall 2009) – preemptive!

There you have it. So, so many options – long or short? Black, dark brown, khaki, or camel? (Or blue, as the case may be…) Loose or tailored? Whatever you choose, it’s sure to be a keeper.

~ r

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I don’t care if Karl himself made them and presented them to me – anyone – these are NOT OK for anyone except… well, no one. Even on the runway it looks ridiculous – which is hard to find, if you have an open [fashion] mind. But these could not – and SHOULD NOT – be translated into everyday streetwear. EVER.

Other sequins are fine, though, if done tastefully ironically, I guess. For festive days. NYE and Christmas and Mardi Gras and such.

image via style.com // Balmain SS2010

~ r

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The common shirtdress, a staple in nearly every woman’s wardrobe. Versatile, chic, simple. It had a pronounced presence on the runway, showing up in Bottega Venetta, Rag & Bone, Proenza Schouler, Nanette Lepore, and a few others. Paired with a polished blazer or cosy cardi, heels or flat boots, the shirtdress is somewhat of a perennial favorite.

Proenza Schouler

Rag & Bone

Nanette Leopore

Charles Anastase

Bottega Venetta




And, as always, the runways have been taking their cues from fashionable ladies around the world…

Strawberry's Nyc Black Hat Vintage Black Jacket Marshall's Leopard Print Shirtdress Marc Fisher Black Shoes
On-trend with her leopard-print shirtdress.

Neneee Contortionist White Dress Neneee Opaque Black Tights Nine West Black Shoes Slate Blue Hat Secondhand Gray Accessories
Opting for the classic route.

Alexander Wang Shirt Black Dress Gap Leather Black Jacket Doc Marten 8 Hole Black Shoes Old Navy Crepe Yellow Dress
The monochrome way…

Coco California Vintage Teal Multi-colored 1970's Shirt Dress Green Dress Vintage Beige And Coral Gradient Scarf As Belt Beige Scarf Pour La Victoire Platform Pumps Wooden Heels Beige Shoes
…and a colourful take on a classic look.

Vintage Boots Black Shoes Urban Outfitters Lace Black Tights Checked Red Jacket Shirtdress White Shirt
Layers, always good.

So there you have it. Shirtdress.

~ r

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A while back, I saw (in some magazine, now sadly forgotten) a model sitting against a wall, wearing track pants and heels and for some reason loved it. Now sweats + heels is making a major appearance on a few fashion-forward ladies who crave chic comfort. On the runway and the street, sweats are back. (Paired with a jacket and heels, of course, but still!)

How to wear: sweats + heels + a basic top + either a fitted jacket, a loose blazer, or a fur vest… anything, really. That’s what’s so great about this look: it’s so ridiculously versatile!

Rag & Bone Resort 2010
Yulia Kharlaponova
There’s Rag&Bone’s Resort 2010 line, with its slim chic sweats, rough boots, jackets, and… headscarves? But hey, it works. Me ❤

Then Isabel Marant, in both S/S09 and A/W09.


Isabel Marant Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear
If you ignore the top half (which I don’t like), the sweats are great. (The boots too).

And on the street…

no sweat.


Mag-netic Electric


And I believe Refinery29 had an article on sweats’ comeback… ah yes, here.

Now, where do you find the perfectly chic sweats?

F21, $16.50

UO, $38

Alloy.com, $27

James Perse Old School Fleece Pants
If you feel like springing for these James Perse fleece sweats, have at it. $125, shopbop.com

Monrow Vintage Sweatpants with Zipper
Although if you’re going to spend, I’d opt for these Monrow sweats. $132, shopbop.com.

So there you have it. If I ever manage to locate that editorial, I’ll stick it on here. But for now, ciao!

~ r

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Another thing about trends…
You can describe someone as “trendy,” meaning that they know and wear all the latest trends, but that does not necessarily mean they have great personal style. Trends, really, do the opposite of what you’d like them to do: if you wear them and so does everyone else, it just makes you blend in rather than stand out (which is what unique style does). So in my eyes, there’s a slight difference between someone who is fashionable (trendy + a bit of personal flair) and someone who is stylish (developed a unique sense of interpreting fashion – recent, trendy, and vintage – in a way that really sets them apart from the rest).

…and another thing!
Under $100 SportyLike pretty much the rest of the fashion-obsessed, I get WWW delivered to me daily. I opened today’s and…

“In the fashion world, the word “sporty” doesn’t necessarily have the most stylish connotation. It summons up visions of baggy athletic shorts, shelf-bra tanks, and sweatproof sunblock, and usually can be applied to the sort of girl whose Facebook albums are grouped by beer pong tournaments.”

Excusez-MOI? I run cross country and track and I do NOT endorse beer pong (or drugs/underage drinking/etc…), and… well, here’s my comment on the site: well, here’s what I commented on the site:

“Cute stuff… however, when I read the second sentence, I couldn’t help but do a double take. Holy sweeping generalizations, Batman! Although I tend to stick to more, um, dressy looks, I occasionally delve into the sporty look and am not a fan of beer pong… my point being this: sporty does not equal beer pong, and honestly I’m not sure where this stereotype came from.”

(Except I made the mistake of spelling “stereotype” without that second E and am consequently kicking myself. I hate it when people have typos, particularly in opinionated pieces. It tends to give the impression that in your rage and anger, you lost your head).

So. Moving right along… haha, I love being opinionated. I don’t know what I’d do without it. (I’ve just typed up another page of opinion – this time about thoughtless remarks which end up unintentionally insulting people and their careers – but that’ll be separate).

Feeling inspired by: running, the Great Outdoors (more specifically, Colorado, hiking, and cold mountain streams and waterfalls… the sweeping rugged landscapes from atop a snowy peak in July, the wind whipping at your windbreaker, tugging at your undone hair, not caring that you look a mess because you’ve just hiked 8 miles, and everyone around you feels the same… The tiny mountain flowers swishing rapidly to and fro, clinging to the small bits of soil that rest just about the miles and miles of solid rock, a hawk circling high overhead – how does it combat the mighty current of the wind? Ah, but it works with it, flows with it, doesn’t fight it or work against it…) (Yes, transcendentalism in Am Lit affects your thoughts about nature… or should I say Nature…), the purple orchids lining the steps to my porch, the dying lilac blossoms in the back, and the cactus sitting on my desk.

Sage One

Chanel Segway and bike, Hermes helicopter, now a Fendi bike? Really?

The Fendi Abici Amante Donna bicycle

VOGUE Italia 1991

Christy & Linda.


Grey suede in all hues has captured my heart of late… in a recent VOGUE, Coco Rocha held a gorgeous grey suede Alexander Wang bag… mmm, lush. (I prefer light grey for spring, dark grey/charcoal for fall & winter).

That along with all things light, airy, floaty, thin, lacy, and sexy.

straw hat



Does anyone else feel like the wars (Iraq and Afghanistan) should be getting more media attention? I am – if you hadn’t noticed – rather strongly opinionated and up-to-date in the world of politics and whatnot, but for some reason, lately I’m just not sure of what’s going on. Wouldn’t it be great it there was a site mapping out where all our troops where and recent events?
Haha. To Do…

“I’ve got soul, but I’m not a soldier…” ~ The Killers, All These Things I’ve Done.

~ r

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Erin Fetherston Spring 2009 Ready-to-WearSo yesterday I went in – gasp – American Eagle with my friend A, not intending to buy anything… because, well, it’s AE. But I saw hanging on little hooks near the floor striped knit bandeau bras and couldn’t help myself. It was $7 and coral and I’m wearing it today and I’m going to go back and get more, I think…
Point is, this is one trend that I will gladly hop on the bandwagon for  🙂

Erin Fetherston // Spring 2009

A few choices:

$11, AA, in a bajallion colours. (Over 20!)

$4.80, F21, in 4 colours.

$28, UO, just this colour.

$16, UO, just this.

And that corset bra at UO that everyone loves:

$28, black & pinkish.

So yeah. Blech, off to school.

Trend: bandeau bra – plain or patterned – layered under a deep V (or worn alone for sleeping on hot nights…)
Assessment: sweet!

~ r

PS: trend I absolutely loathe: denim jackets (90s-esque)… I dunno. Maybe it’s just me, but pretty much anything that’s demin that’s not jeans, I hate. This includes denim skirts, miniskirts, jackets, vests…

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In the fashion industry, trends are sort of like stock: you see them in the shows, and if you think – for example – fringe is going to be big, you give that designer raving reviews and then rush to the store to snap up the best, chicest fringed pieces you can find. Pretty soon, everyone’s jumping on the Fringe Bandwagon and for a while, the Bandwagon rides along smoothly. But then it hits a little pothole; someone questions Fringe, or doubts it, or calls it out and over, and people get a little nagging doubt. But they stay in the Wagon. Soon, though, the road gets bumpier and one or two decide to jump ship, leaving the remaining Fringe people wondering if those who left knew something. Cue mass panic as the Fringe trend rapidly cools; suddenly, no one wants anything to do with it. It’s over. Everyone sells out on it and it loses all value. Just like stocks: buy low, sell high. Err, sort of. If you graphed a trend, it would follow pretty much the same sort of pattern any stock will: slow growth in the beginning, followed by growth in leaps and bounds, then a few dips, finally ending with a huge nosedive as everyone washes their hands (and cleans their closets) of it. Repeat in a decade or so.

The point is: trends are fleeting.

Either invest in them while they last and hold on to the pieces until the next Fringe phase or just ignore it and go along your merry stylish way. (You could buy loads – invest heavily – then drop it all, then buy more when it comes back around, but that’s completely pointless… just like when people get themselves into a total panic just because the stock market crashes. You’ve got to keep a cool head and a logical mind to get ahead of the game. Haha, I’m such a financial guru, right?)

    ~ r

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