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It won’t be long until ready-to-wear imitations will hang on racks at retailers such as H&M, Zara, River Island, Forever 21 and Charlotte Russe. Despite fashion giants wanting to sue these retailers because they copy their creative effort at much more affordable prices, their items are just more accessible to the general public. Plus their available much faster at Forerver 21 than at the actual Dior store.
It’s a mad (fashion) world, but what would we do without new ideas and vague guidelines? I follow a systematic approach of keeping up with news. Facebook is solely for friends and classes, Twitter is strictly for horoscope and current events, and Instagram is for fashion and artistic activity.
Instagram is a great tool for being in the ever dynamic now where fashion designers, magazines, advocates and models display trends. There’s a couple that stuck out to me and needed to show you from last week’s Paris Fashion Week (I’ll start off with an overload of Blumarine I ADORE the brand):
1. Blumarine: Konichiwa
Here’s a trend that I’ve seen in lots of collections: kimono’s. They’re classic beauties that enhance the oriental look with any outfit. Opt for vibrant colors. Lightweight woven cardigan-like ones are widely available at Forever 21 at more comforting prices ($13.50 - $29.50, respectively). I purchased two already!
2. Blumarine: Black & Gold.
It’s similar to the kimono trend but has some luxurious qualities added to it. The contrast of the simple black and metallic gold work great on any skin type and gives you an insight into how Cleopatra must have felt back in the day. Pay attention the flower design.
3. Blumarine: Furry Roses
Move over (last-season’s) daisies and make room for ( the hopefully here to stay) roses. The timeless and romantic flower took over this season’s runway in many styles and variations, but one of my favorites is this one. It has an edge to it, and the fur gives it that diva-POW. The thought of real fur nauseates me, but I’m a fan of fake fur.
4. Celine: Oversized Minimal
This coat looks as comfortable as it does fashionable. Investing in such an item is smart when thinking in long-term prospects. The collars are formed as if it were a blazer. This oversized blazer-coat trend goes in and out every couple of years. It’s sleek, simple and should be found in everyone’s closet.
5. Emilio Pucci: Nude Detail
If I were an angel, I’d wear this kimono-like creation to glide over clouds ever so elegantly. While the transparent material should appear provocative, here it seems rather innocent. The large amount of sequined detail is set up in a somewhat tribal form in all shapes and sizes. I can see this combined with a metallic colored romper/playsuit.
6. Giambattista Valli: Rosy Pastel
Looks like the bottom of the dress was inspired by Mrs. Jetson’s, which gives it that futuristic feel. It’s no secret that this season’s preferred colors are pastels, whether baby blue, rosè pink or sheer green. The large roses in every hue of red are there to contradict the simplicity of the dress. Keep your eyes open for a mix of pastel and roses.
7. Stella McCartney: Drapes & Fringes
Fringes provide the ultimate boho look, but here’s one that resembles the classic flapper dress. It focuses on the feminine stilhouette and adds the swing element for a night filled with movement. Pair it with non-opaque black tight and pumps with block heels.
8. Isabel Marant: The Cool
This look is the epitome of effortlessly cool. Marant combines a loose fitting top with body-hugging, shiny skirts. The top part should be rather on the dark side in order for the -more eye-catching- bottom to pop out more. Mess your hair up a little and you’re ready to take on the day.
9. Topshop Unique: Goth Sandy
The dress must have been inspired by one of the greatest musicals in history: Grease. I could see Sandy wearing this; were she a Goth. The off-the-shoulders top part gives it a vintage feel and the long bottom makes it a somewhat punky-dashing piece. Combine it with a hat as described in the next trend and black booties that contain metallic components.
10. Saint Laurent: Witchcraft
Did American Horror Story inspire this look? As soon as I saw Zoe wear it in Coven, I fell in love with it so you can just imagine how excited I was to see it on the runway. The sweet bow blouses were given attitude by rocker hints of the cape. The black and white duo hints at toughness. Take a look at the hat; it’s already available at selected stores such as American Apparel ($45, respectively) in all colors of the rainbow. I’m definitely treating myself on one of them for my birthday.
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