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four days of nyfw.

Sep 11, 2014 / , , , , , , , ,

In just the first four days of NYFW, we were given enough collections to keep us coveting designerwear until next year rolls around. Of course, the buzz created by NYFW is not just based on the clothing; it's the endless amount of Instagram posts, the tweets recording each delightful show, and the all-new live snapchat feed that reinforces – constantly – our fear of missing out. If there is any place you'd want to be this time of year, it's New York City. Whether you're looking for the clothes that are synonymous with Gossip Girl-esque dressing or opting for Wang's irresistible take on sportswear, designers presenting throughout the fashion capital provided us with a range of options. From DVF (shown above in a beautiful backstage shot!) to Alexander Wang, the most prestigious names in fashion reinforced their statuses as the leaders of the industry. It was hard for me, while browsing Vogue and Style.com, to curate the most desirable of all collections. But here, after much deliberating, are my four favorite collections from the first four days of New York Fashion Week. 
Monique Lhuilier: Drawing inspiration from the sunny shores of the Bahamas, Lhuilier brought waves of sea-toned fabric and glistening adornments to life on cocktail dresses fit for a socialite. Blair Waldorf would easily have donned one of these dresses in another Gossip Girl escapade. Her inspiration was evident in subtle graphic prints and iridescent, tulle-esque fabric. Colors varied from pastel blues to ballerina pinks, with strappy stilettos to top it off. My personal favorite was arguably one of the more flamboyant pieces of the collection – am ombre, sequin-encrusted strapless gown. 

Alexander Wang: Just when you think he can't put another stunning spin on sportswear, Alexander Wang manages to surprise and delight. Using all his quintessential elements, he pulled off the feat of being increasingly original and creating clothes that are even more covetable. Firm, structured silhouettes, seen in the boxy sleeves, collared shirts, and tailored pants, emphasized the vision of the powerful woman Wang designs for. Interestingly, he reported to have been inspired by sneakers – but did not include even one pair in the show. This influence can be seen in fabric choices and color tones fit for Nike, but wonderfully far from it.

Jason Wu: By far, one of my favorite collections so far, Jason Wu's endeavor for Spring kept a balance between his feminine offerings and redefined sportswear. Peacoats, oversized dresses, blazers with stunningly-folded collars, and belts to cinch every piece there was – Wu was at the top of his game. The color scheme was particularly appealing, with dulled navy tones and limestone greens. While Style.com offered a piece of advice to Wu, which was to minimize the utterly refined vibe he created, that sophistication was somewhat charming. Summer dresses and subtly-revealing sheer fabrics were dappled in between these other pieces. A fantastic use of leather and flowing fabrics were also presented, and I recommend you see the rest of the collection here, for your full dose of Jason Wu magic. 

Diane von Furstenburg: Midriff was key in this collection, but elegance – the adjective synonymous with Diane's line – did not make a disappearance. Beautifully fitted wrap dresses, in an array of prints, were keeping with DVF's consistent tone. But throw in the dizzying patterns, floral motifs, and fits of fabric, and DVF gives summer a breezy, fun undertone. As Vogue.com aptly put it, the collectionw as 'as lighthearted as a perfect summer beach holiday". Some pieces had a particularly Kate-Middleton look to it, while others – such as the contradicting pieces of crisp pantsuits and dazzling bikini tops – took on another edge. Confidence is key for the DVF woman, and she has provided her loyal customers without enough clothing to attain just that.

Which NYFW show has been your favorite so far?

-M

summer blues.

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

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

On an afternoon when 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