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Gypsy Chic Touch of Gold Color of Summer

summer blues.

Sep 2, 2014 / , , , , , , , , , , ,

Top and Sunglasses: H&M, Skirt: Hollister, Bag: Zara, Bracelet: Kate Spade,


On an afternoon where we were blessed with some rare sunlight, Katya and I set out to shoot a series of outfits. The immensely talented, not to mention young, photographer has been a good friend of mine ever since we worked together last year. I always enjoy catching up with her during my annual trips to London – grabbing a cup of coffee, walking around the city she is lucky enough to call home, and taking a few shots in between it all. As the weather became increasingly warmer, we captured this distinctly-summery ensemble, seeping of Bohemian undertones and a high-street aura. The setting, as I talked about in my London Photo Diary post (which you can see here), was in Regents Park. We explored the picturesque park, dotted with dozens of tourists and families picnicking at the pond. It is sometimes difficult to find the perfect location for a photograph – one that coincides with the ideal lighting. With some perseverance – and a lot of walking – we were able to do so. Constant greenery, speckles of orange sunlight, and an ambiance that declares summer, this one of my most memorable shoots by far.

The printed skirt, as I mentioned before, had a certain bohemian air which surprisingly, is a product of Hollister & Co. The brand usually has less of the 'independent, free spirit' air that others like Wildfox or Free People do, but their concoctions this season seem to have just that. I picked up this skirt, as well as a few other gorgeous creations,  at their Regent Street outlet. Intricate shades of blue and a pattern reminiscent of Aztec influences has made this skirt a favorite. A delicate drawstring with tassels completed the item, and a flowing silhouette was its shining factor. To draw little attention away from the skirt, I turned to a new basic – tube tops from the always-dependable H&M. In keeping with this blue theme, the navy-blue top was ideal. Accessories, of course, were needed to complete this look – Zara's stunning box-shaped crossbody, with its skillful gold details, did the trick – and was a perfect combination with the subtle white-gold bracelet from Kate Spade. While London style often dictates for a more refined take on fashion, summer calls for freedom and color – which was achieved both through the outfit and through this wonderful shoot. Thank you Katya Brigette Photography for such a lovely time!

What do you think of this outfit? Share your thoughts with me on Twitter and Instagram, too!

-M

inspiration of the moment.

Aug 31, 2014 / , , , , , , , , ,


When looking to experiment with your wardrobe or to add a dash of something new to your ensembles, there is no lack of ideas out there. So when in doubt, turn to your favorite fashion bloggers for a dose of inspiration. This is the mantra I've been following for a while; scouring the fashion industry for those who are constantly setting standards of dressing to a whole new level. Their photography is impeccable, their carefully-curated accessory choices are admirable. These are some of the qualities that are consistently seen among the followers bloggers, those who lead the internet this month with their fabulous outfit posts. Each of them, however, stands apart of their peers, through individuality and distinct expression. Rhea Gupte, one of my favorite fashion blogger based in India, brings old world glamour to a modern era with artful choices of styling and photographs seeping of nostalgia and allure. Willabelle Ong, who never fails to impress with her wonderfully feminine ensembles, gives us an utterly summery-look, reminiscent of the season we are all missing. Each of the bloggers offers us a glimpse into their way of dressing this August, and here's a list of all the posts I have adored the most – the posts that continue to spark my imagination and fuel my love for blogging amongst them.

Pleats with Aimee Song of Song of Style
Old World Glamour with Rhea Gupte of Girl From Fuss
Nautical Elegance with Drea Chong
White Washed with Yvette King
Summer Frills with Willabelle of Pale Division
Monochrome Ensemble with Anushka Hajela of Bombay Bubble

All images are credited in the links above and are the property of each respective blogger.

What do you think of these outfit posts? Which one is your favorite?

-M

altuzarra resort 2015.

Aug 21, 2014 / , , , , , ,


Despite resort collections having come and gone, it is never too late to critique – and appreciate – a well-designed, concise collection. Amongst floral dresses, feminine silhouettes, and controlled Spring-esque glamour, Joseph Altuzarra gave his refreshing take on the season of Resort-wear. Without losing his signature sleek, powerful way of designing, the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year has woven together his quintessential style with a season that calls for something lighter. Balancing the two factors looks effortless in the hands of Altuzarra, with a drool-worthy set of over 30 ensembles prepared. As the designer as stated, he designs for "a woman, never a girl", emphasizing the gentle maturity that he incorporates in all of his designs. True to his word, the collection seeps of confidence and a look suitable for the strong woman looking to make a statement. With crisp business jackets, sailor-esque colors, sharp, no-nonsense black stilettos, and a sea of bodycon dresses, there is more than one outfit we would be coveting this season. 

A cultural connotation of this collection was present, as there often is in so many of the most beautiful collections that designers offer. When they draw inspiration from the world, the fascinating places in which they've spent time in, and their home countries which serve as their inspiration, the collection is enhanced solely through meaning. Of course, the collection then needs to retain its tasteful quality, as most tend to do. With Altuzarra's leap into Resortwear, he intertwined the maritime theme with an edge of North African references. This was evident in the tribal-esque patterns embroidered delicately on tunic dresses, the cotton fabrics molded into enlarged sleeves, and the darker colors of maroon and olive, which peppered the collection at times. He used staple items to retain consistency – the stilettos are a constant, evergreen addition to each outfit, while an elegant, office-esque button-down shirt served as the base for multiple looks. Pantsuits, whether white-washed or in a glorious red shade, also contributed to the bulk of the collection; somehow managing to be interesting with each variation. The incorporation of a tighter silhouette, a belt cinching the waist, or jackets with wonderfully-tailored collars did the trick. And of course, those dresses. The LBD made a guest appearance more than once, which may have been surprising when considering the rest of the collection. But again, Altuzarra showed the relevance of these dresses through his designs. Sheer sleeves reminiscent of Victorian era clothing, precise cut-out patterns, flowing fabric down to the knees – each of these factors brought the dresses to life.

What do you think of Altuzarra's Resort collection?

-M