Happy Friday! Metallic silver is my favourite tone of the season as it provides a modern touch to any outfit and, as a neutral tone, can be worn with practically anything. I’ve invested in a silver bag and silver slip-on sandals, and have discovered that they can be added to almost everything sitting in my closet which perfectly suits my laziness.
I also bought this Batman tank top on my recent trip to Movie World in the Gold Coast. Typically I am opposed to purchasing items from theme parks due to their excessive prices and lack of need, but I bought it anyway because a) Batman is cute, and b) the top is cute. I matched it with the most comfortable pants from Witchery and threw in some metallic shine.
Top: DC Comics Originals
Bag: Nine West
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With 2015 coming to a close, there is no better time to reflect on the fashion heights and falls of the year that Marty McFly was meant to travel to.
Trends of the Year
The ‘Barely There’ Dress
Less is more clearly with this trend, which saw daring celebrities such as Kim K, Beyonce and Rihanna demonstrate how some transparent material and Swarovski sparklers can make a feminine and overtly sexy ensemble. Others raised their eyebrows over the dauntless fashion choice, with acclaimed designer Caroline Herrera describing the trend as ‘attention seeking’ and criticising modern fashion for being ‘counter-productive’. Although harsh, I do believe that some merit lies in her argument: how can something be described as fashion if nothing is being worn?
We then proceed to the next (bare) trend, being thigh high, or in some cases, hip high slits. Slits in in the middle of skirts and dresses dominated the spring 2015 catwalks, whereas hip high slits dominated the red carpets this year with many celebrities opting to displace their underwear and putting on display their cheeky area for the occasion. Gigi Hadid was most notably a fan of the trend to the point that I have created a collage of her leg-exposed glory. When you have pins like that, I say go for it. Just remember to put your knickers on.
There is just something about bare skin that has become a fashion trend in itself this year. Off-the-shoulder tops are feminine and versatile, in addition to having the advantage of being worn in both summer and winter. Long sleeve, short sleeve and hippie sleeve off-the-shoulder tops permeated celebrities’ Instagram accounts and also manifested themselves as dresses.
Why pay for a top and matching pants when you can wear a jumpsuit instead? Not only do they tend to offer the comfort factor, but they also appear remarkably flattering and cut a sleek silhouette when cinched in at the waist. This year saw many fashion-conscious individuals ‘jump’ on the bandwagon and don all-in-ones in a variety of styles and colours. Jumpsuits truly are the only uniforms women need to get some serious s**t done.
Fashion event of the year- Balmain x H&M
Sold out in a single hour after opening all of the world, the Balmain x H&M collection was one of the most anticipated collaborations of the year with queues forming outside of the flagship H&M stores days before the opening. With Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and Jourdan Dunn leading the campaign, the collection that was overseen by Balmain head designer Olivier Rousteing acquired a massive following and proved to be wildly successful. Naturally I was one of those crazy people who eagerly lined up hours beforehand, just ’cause.
Model of the year – Gigi Hadid
You could tussle up between Gigi and Kendall for model of the year, but in my view it was undeniably Gigi. Not only did she dominate the catwalks in 2015 by walking for Balmain, Versace, Tommy Hilfiger and Giambattista Valli, but the blonde beauty also managed to achieve the much-coveted position of walking in the Victoria’s Secret show. She led highly acclaimed campaigns for Max Mara, Topshop and Tom Ford, and successfully took down body-haters with her parade of achievements.
So there we go, an end of another year of documenting fashion’s finest and stalking Victoria’s Secret models’ Instagrams. In fashion there will always be faux pas and trends that will be looked on in 10 years time as disconcerting and ever so slightly humiliating, however it’s always plenty of fun. From the naked dress to pyjama-inspired jumpsuits, there is no end to the versatility of fashion and the ability to demonstrate your personal creativity through the way you dress yourself. Just always remember to wear underwear.
I wish everyone a safe and happy new year and a fabulous 2016! x
Do you recall my recent mammoth post on the Balmain x H&M collection? I finally had the opportunity to flaunt one of my long-awaited purchases and so I took it out on a lovely date to Melbourne city. It’s a red and black turtle-neck dress. With shoulder pads.
Dress: Balmain x H&M Collection
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On my recent travels to the U.S, I found this lovely light blue/grey coat in Zara. It was so different (and on sale!) that I had to buy it, and although it’s not very warm, it is gorgeous to look at. Due to the black-stemmed-flower prints scattered on the coat, I wore it with a cropped, black turtleneck top and a black faux leather skirt. It resulted in a slight 60s/90s mod theme with a kimono-style coat!
Although I often have my hesitations about leather skirts, they are never trashy when matched with a turtleneck (while maintaining the same colour scheme). The combination is sexy but never cheap, as confirmed by style queen Miss Alexa Chung wearing Versus:
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Culottes are possibly one of the most comfortable garments created specifically for women that does not undermine their physical abilities. They are so comfortable, yet stylish, and I have worn them out to the shops and also to the clubs. It is a garment for any occasion as demonstrated by some lovely women below:
So whether they be high-waisted or resting on your hips, culottes can be worn with any styles of shirts, jumpers and tops similarly to the flexibility of jeans, and if you are feeling a bit unusual, shirts can even be worn over the culottes for a loose/relaxed look. Personally, I am a fan of anything which accentuates the waist and hips, so high-waisted culottes with a tucked-in shirt or top tends to always appear chic and complimenting.
On a wonderfully sunny Melbourne day, I decided to show off my black culottes which were referred to by the shop assistant as ‘shallots’. He thought he was cracking a funny.
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I have been going on about the beauty and brilliance of boho for some time now, and you will be pleased to know that there is no chance of that stopping. Naturally we must confront a fabric which defined the 70’s and for some reason has not made a commendable comeback until now. You all know what I am referring to- suede. It made a substantial resurrection on the catwalks of spring fashion week earlier this year and now that the temperatures are warming up for us Australians, I officially declare spring as the season of suede.
Here are some lovely ladies showing us how to nail suede:
When donning an earthy-toned suede piece, wearing simple shades such as black and white compliment suede without taking any attention away from it. A suede anything is a statement piece, and Miranda demonstrates how a suede fringe jacket can be made classy by pairing it with a white jumpsuit and black accessories.
I don’t know how fond I am of denim flares, but there is no doubt that denim is suede’s no.1 pal. There is never a chance of a clash when wearing denim with suede and they look superiorly 70’s combined.
Below-the-knee skirts are also a prominent trend this spring, so why not combine two trends with a tan suede below-the-knee skirt as sported by Alexa Chung.
Ah yes, the iconic fringed mini skirt. Pair it with some suede cowboy boots and you’re ready to go riding in an American desert. Except for the fact that it would be extremely uncomfortable to do in a mini skirt. Contrasting the suede with a black or white lace top showcases a more feminine look.
In my opinion, nothing screams retro fashion like a suede fringe jacket. And when I saw one with an affordable price tag attached, I almost screamed. Elvis had his blue suede shoes, I have my retro-suede fringe jacket. So I took my retro-wear to the Melbourne Botanic Gardens one sunny afternoon and had fun immersing my free, suede-wearing spirit in the greenery and flowers.
I took note of the ladies’ styles as featured above and combined a white lace top and denim skirt with my suede piece.
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This season is all about letting it loose and letting your shoulders breathe. The off-the-shoulder trend has gained prominence through being paraded by It-girls during fashion weeks this year, and they have shown that off-the-shoulder tops can come in any shape and design. They are perfect for the warmer months and there is something seductive and refreshing about bearing your shoulders to a warm spring breeze.
It looks elegant and feminine in the style of a dress, and incorporate it into a formal/smart casual ensemble with a below-the-knee pencil skirt or A-line skirt.
Yes! I am loving the floaty femininity of the coral off-the-shoulder dress mixed with the grungy Docs.
There are zillions of styles of off-the-shoulder tops and dresses that can suit any style of shorts, pants and skirts. The bohemian/hippy trend is a stand-out this spring/summer and off-the-shoulder tops are a perfect bohemian staple item.
Here is my own winter/spring attempt at the old off-the-shoulder with a long-sleeve top and high-waisted, suede shorts.
Shoes- Rubi shoes
….and let’s not forget about the all-important accessories- this week I have gone with rose gold.
Bracelet: Von Treskow
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