Rock It or Leave It on the Runway: Trends from NYFWS Spring 2018

Now that Paris Fashion Week spring 2018 season has ended, which marks the end of the prominent fashion weeks in international fashion capitals, Fashion Reverie glances back at some of the trends spotted during New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS) spring 2018. Our “Rock It, or Leave It” on the runway features have become very popular, and true to form for the NYFWS spring 2018 we leave no stones unturned!!

Images of Tom Ford spring 2018, Calvin Klein spring 2018, and Jason Wu spring 2018,                                                      respectively, courtesy of vogue.com

Parachute Silhouette

While there are so many of the trends from fashion week that works well for the average consumer, parachute silhouettes are not one of them. The parachute silhouette while it looks great on the model body 5ft 8inch or taller size bodies, on anyone else it creates a large silhouette that adds volume and looks sloppy. Who wants to make themselves look heavier?  Leave It.

Images of Jason Wu spring 2018, Self Portrait spring 2018, and Carolina Herrera spring 2018,                                            respectively, courtesy of vogue.com

Polka Dots

It’s so hard to add a touch of whimsy to clothes while still being chic and stylish. Polka dots are such fun, and as this seasons collection demonstrate, they can also be sophisticated and even sexy! Rock It!

Images of Alice + Olivia spring 2018, Tom Ford spring 2018, and Jason Wu Spring 2018,                                                           respectively, courtesy of vogue.com

Ruching

One of the biggest mistakes people make when trying to disguise a few extra pounds is to cover extra weight with loose clothing. This creates a larger silhouette and only makes a person look bigger. Ruching is a great way to camouflage less than perfect figures. The gathered fabric creates a slim silhouette while distracting from unsightly lumps. Rock It!

Images of Tom Ford spring 2018, Alice + Olivia spring 2018, and Self Portrait spring 2018,                                               respectively, courtesy of vogue.com

Suit Jackets and Shorts

Many designers feel that a woman never looks sexier and well dressed than when she dons a well-fitted suit. Still, a suit is a very formal look. Wearing it to a nightclub or a party can make a person look out of place. Solution for spring 2018: Suit Jacket and shorts! It’s fun, flirty look that lets you show a lot of leg without looking too sexy. Rock It!

Images of Carolina Herrera spring 2018, Calvin Klein spring 2018, Jason Wu spring 2018, and                          Self Portrait spring 2018, respectively, courtesy of vogue.com

Transparent Fabric

Haven’t we done this already? It began with the stars wearing sheer unlined gowns on the red carpet and now designers has upped the ante, sending models down the runway wearing see through fabric and no bras. Very few women would feel comfortable replicating this look and depending on where you live you might be breaking the law. This one remains a hard pass. And remember these very diaphanous looks on the runway usually get additional lining on retail racks that can alter the sexiness of the original garment. Fashion Reverie says Leave It!

    Rodarte spring 2018 and Carolina Herrera spring 2018 images courtesy of vogue.com

Square Necklines

Square Necklines are huge this season. The best thing about square necklines is that they can be striking and flattering. When people with round faces wear round necklines it just emphasizes that and makes them look heavier. Square necklines can make you look thinner instantly. Just be sure to try on a square neckline before you buy it. Some are so wide they’ll display bra straps. Rock It!

Images of Calvin Klein spring 2018, Carolina Herrera spring 2018, Tom Ford spring 2018,                       and Alice + Oliva spring 2018, respectively, courtesy of vogue.com

Yellow

Orange was the new black last season and while it’s still going strong, yellow is a strong second behind yellow! The trick to wearing yellow is finding the right shade for your complexion. If your complexion already has yellow undertones, you might want to avoid wearing it altogether. In that case, a purse or shoes in a bright sunshine yellow can make a great accessory. Rock It!

—Cameron Rose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the Love of Fall 2017 Trends

Image courtesy of fashionisers

Image courtesy of fashionisers

“Stop expecting it to look like what you expect it to look like. It’s true of the fall lines, and it’s true of relationships,” Candice Bergen’s character, Cindy Chupack, famously uttered on HBO’s Sex and the City. Fall is a fun time for fashion though, even though those of us who sit at the front rows of Fashion Week have a minimal idea of what to expect before collections hits the catwalk. Fall 2017 promises to be bold, political, and statement making. So, what can we expect to see fashionistas and stylish consumers wearing next season?

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Images courtesy of tadashishoji..com, oscardelarenta.com, and dolceandgabbana.com, respectively

Statement Red

Red has long been the power color, and last season on the runways red appeared in the collections of top fashion houses like Oscar de la Renta and Dolce and Gabbana. Red has a history of being worn by powerful women from First Lady Nancy Reagan to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was known to sport red blazers on the campaign trail. If there’s a way for a woman to say I’m here and I will be heard, it’s to make a statement in a red ensemble. Never underestimate a lady in red.

Images courtesy of tomford.com, louisvuitton.com, and michaelkors.com, respectively

Images courtesy of tomford.com, louisvuitton.com, and michaelkors.com, respectively

Belted Outerwear

It’s all about belted outerwear this season, whether it be a trench coat or faux fur coat. This season, don’t be afraid to let female consumers accentuate their waist or hips. While the era of those exaggerated hip skirts made popular by Dior is long over (goodbye 1950s), the belt is back to help women accentuate their figures. We at Fashion Reverie are co-signing the big statement belts and are expecting to see plenty of these coats come November. We are talking about the kind of statement belts that look like WWE title belts in some cases, so remember, make sure you are wearing the belt and your belt isn’t wearing you.

Images courtesy of guestofaguest.com, and chanel-news.com

Images courtesy of guestofaguest.com, and chanel-news.com

Sparkly Boots

When Saint Laurent sent those glitter crystal boots down the runway—the price tag was $10,000 by the way, time for a second mortgage—the boots became the phenomenon of the fashion season. The glitter crystal boots were the boots that no one could stop talking about. And some time after, top bloggers Bryan Boy and Ezra William posted images on their Instagram accounts of themselves in the boots, keeping the conversation going. Sparkly boots also appeared on the runways of Chanel and Oscar de la Renta.

That said; be cautious with this trend. If you rock a glitter boot, keep the rest of your outfit understated, otherwise you will look like a cross between a disco ball and a drag show—unless that’s what you’re going for, which is fine!

Images courtesy of marchesa.com,

Images courtesy of marchesa.com, viviennewestwood.com, and delpozo.com, respectively

Florals for Fall

No fashion industry professional has been able to forget Miranda Priestly’s famously snarky response from The Devil Wears Prada …” Florals for spring? Groundbreaking.” What about florals for fall though? Florals appeared in the fall winter collections of designers including Delpozo, Coach, and Ralph Lauren. Some might be nervous about rocking florals in autumn temperatures; however, in a sea of neutral fall jackets, spice up your wardrobe with some prints and color. You will lauded and thanked for going beyond fall/winter urban warrior black.

Images courtesy of monse.com, bcpm.com, and toryburch.com, respectively

Images courtesy of monse.com, bpcm.com, and toryburch.com, respectively

Pretty in Plaid

It’s easy to be pretty in pink, but now it’s time to be pretty in plaid. Plaid ruled the runways last season in the collections of Bottega Veneta, Tory Burch, and Prada. Plaid was all the rage in the 90s, and with 90s nostalgia dominating fashion right now, it’s only fitting that plaid has made its return as a preferred pattern. Thanks to iconic pieces like the Chanel tweed jacket and anything with Burberry check, plaid has never gone out of style, but now it’s any and everywhere.

— Kristopher Fraser

End of Summer Fashion Trends: Rock It or Leave It!!

Image courtesy of pinterest.com

Image courtesy of pinterest.com

With only a little over a month left to the summer season, Fashion Reverie has compiled a collection of red carpet looks that worked or didn’t work so well on some of your favorite celebrities. One thing stands out for summer 2017, celebrities adorned themselves in a lot of 2017 spring/summer trends and some carryover looks from summer 2016. And Fashion Reverie was front and center detailing all the great fashion from summer red carpets

Images of Taraji Henson and Alison Brie courtesy of celebritymafia.com and instyle.com, respectively

Images of Taraji Henson and Alison Brie courtesy of celebritymafia.com and instyle.com, respectively

Low-Cut Necklines

Celebrities can get away with fashion looks your average consumer could never pull off. And this late summer red-carpet season had lots of looks that only worked for celebs. That said; there were lots of celebs flaunting low-cut neckline. And those low cut neckline screamed, “Hey everybody look at my chest!” Taraji P. Henson makes this look work well … because she’s Taraji P Henson and she really is a bad ass. But I doubt many women are willing to risk having themselves on full display or be willing to endure the yards of double back tape necessary to keep a nip slip from happening.

Leave It

Images of Gal Gadot and Andie MacDowell courtesy of shutterstock.com

Images of Gal Gadot and Andie MacDowell courtesy of shutterstock.com

Flat dress shoes

Okay Fashion Reverie is cheating a little bit since only two stars have done this, but every trend has to start somewhere! In recent years celebs have been leading the way to challenging unfair dress codes. Until now heels were mandatory at many functions. Who can forget an incident at Cannes in 2015 when two women were turned away from a red carpet screening because their shoes were flat?  Gal Gadot was repeatedly asked why she insisted on wearing flats during her Wonder Woman promotions to which she replied multiple times, “flats are more comfortable.”  Years of wearing high heels can injure your spine. Andie MacDowell has picked up the mantle of flat shoes and now it’s your turn.  Onward and upward!

Rock It!

Images of Kristen Chenoweth and Kristen Ritter courtesy of celebmafia.com and celebbitchy.com, respectively

Images of Kristen Chenoweth and Kristen Ritter courtesy of celebmafia.com and celebbitchy.com, respectively

Sequins

Many things that look fantastic on the red carpet just don’t translate well to most consumers. When celebs appears on the red carpet, they wants all eyes on them and fully sequined gowns is a great way to grab attention. (It’s also why drag queens wear lots of sequins.)  You need to be okay with having all eyes on you. Additionally, sequined gowns are very expensive and fragile—the tiniest bit of friction can cause the shiny discs to fall off.  And those shiny discs can make the garment very heavy. Bottom line, sequined gowns are just wildly impractical.

Leave It

Images of Jourdan Dunn, Lucy Hale, and French Montana courtesy of sandfashionblog, justjared.com, and eonline, respectively

Images of Jourdan Dunn, Lucy Hale, and French Montana courtesy of sandfashionblog, justjared.com, and eonline, respectively

Embroidery

This trend began a couple of years ago but it’s still going strong and the best thing about this trend is you can do it yourself (DIY). Embroidery looks complicated but in truth if you can thread a needle you can embroider. It’s time consuming but you can do it while you clear out your out your closet of summer garments as the weather chills.  Denim is a perfect fabric for embroidery and very on trend now. You can find DIY tutorials online and the basic tools (thread, needles, and a embroidery hoop) are inexpensive. You can create anything you want!

Rock It!

—Cameron Grey Rose

 

NYFW: Men’s Spring 2018 Trend Report: Rock It or Leave on the Runway: 90s Hip-Hop Revival

In the 1990s, the relationship between fashion and hip-hop was a marriage of dissimilar bedfellows that found ways to reap huge financial benefits. Over the last two decades that rocky marriage has served where other fashion unions have dissipated. Between the increasing roster of hip-hop stars attending The Met Gala, to rappers like Lil Yachty becoming the creative director of Nautica, this seems to be a romance that will withstand the test of time. 90s hip-hop trends were apparent on this season’s runway at New York Fashion Week: Men’s, but every trend isn’t always a must. Fashion Reverie is here to let you know what consumers should be rocking, or what some consumers should leave on the runway

Images of Landlord and General Idea courtesy of its respective brands

Images of Landlord and General Idea courtesy of its respective brands

Dangling Belts

Landlord, which usually takes its inspiration from 90s hip-hop, accessorized numerous pieces in their collection with brightly colored belts. The look was utilitarian, but somehow impractical. What purpose could there be for wearing a belt so long, aside from it looking cool? Dangling belts can be an attention getter, but not the right kind of attention. Young hip-hop stars like Lil Uzi Vert can pull this off, but it’s not for everybody. Every season, there is always something urban designers have to do, whether it’s baggy pants, or shoulder pads and oversized sleeves, and this season it happened to belts, but it’s a miss with this time around.

Verdict: Leave it on the runway

Images of Luar, Kenneth Ning courtesy of its respective brands

Images of Luar, Woodhouse, Kenneth Ning courtesy of its respective brands

Reconstructed Shirts

If there is one easy way to make a shirt more interesting without getting too pattern crazy, deconstruct it and then reconstruct it and make it more avant-garde and edgy. Brands like Woodhouse added oversized pockets to simple navy tee shirts, and menswear designers like Luar took it to a whole other level completely destroying shirts to add details like layers of neckties where fabric would normally be. This is one of those trends that should be approached with caution.

Don’t go so overboard that your living situation is questionable, looking like a homeless person who owns a sewing machine. The Woodhouse effect is the best approach when adopting this trend.

Verdict: Rock it (but with subtlety)

Images of Kooples, Woodhouse and General Idea spring 2018 courtesy of the respective brands

Images of Kooples, Head of State, and General Idea spring 2018 courtesy of the respective brands

Today’s Hip-Hop Stars Are Wearing … Tracksuits

While 90s nostalgia was the big craze this season, designers were also thinking about what today’s hip-hop celebs are wearing. Track jackets are a staple piece once again, as seen with brands like Head of State. Denim, which for a few years seemed to be losing its luster, is bigger and bolder than ever. While hip-hop stars have been going flashier than ever on the red carpet, it’s those staple pieces that everyone will want to curate. Stars like A$AP Rocky and Pharrell are known to regularly rock a simple, yet tasteful track jacket. With hip-hop now the world’s most listened to music genre, who better to take fashion cues from.

Verdict: Rock it

 

Images of Carlos Campos, C2H4 Los Angeles, and Feng Chen Wang spring 2018 courtesy of the respective brands

Images of Carlos Campos, C2H4 Los Angeles, and Feng Chen Wang spring 2018 courtesy of the respective brands

Bold Colors

The brighter the better was the theme for many designers this season. While menswear has long been cautious when it comes to bold color palettes, this season designers went as crazy as the 96 crayon Crayola box. Monochromatic ensembles will be big for spring/summer 2018 as evidenced by brands like C2H4 Los Angeles, who presented neo-futuristic monochromatic orange and blue ensembles. Red will also be popular for spring 2018, and appeared in the runways and presentations of designers including Carlos Campos, Feng Chen Wang and swimwear brand Katama. Men need to stop shying away from color, somber dressing is out, and it’s great that fashion is pushing men to be more daring.

Verdict: Rock it

—Kristopher Fraser

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trend Report: The 80s Are Back!!

 

Image courtesy of stylevanity.com

Image courtesy of stylevanity.com

First, there was the announcement of the reboot of the 1980’s series “Dynasty”. Then, Anthony Vaccarello headed back to the future with his second collection for St. Laurent that is like totally rad—meaning radical if you are not a child of the 80s. Dig out your mousse and find your Rubik’s Cube, The 80’s are back.

80’s fashion was known for its bold colors and sharp silhouettes. Fashion Reverie has tips how to look chic in 80s style trends without looking like you’re going to a costume party where 80’s is the theme.

Kerry Washington image courtesy of goodhousekeeping.com

Kerry Washington image courtesy of goodhousekeeping.com

Shoulder pads

Women started wearing jackets with heavy shoulder padding during the 1940s. Facing fabric shortages due to WW II rationing, women altered the suits left behind by enlisted men.  It’s an extremely flattering look on most women, provided you don’t naturally have large shoulders. The danger with shoulder pads is when they get popular, manufacturers start putting them in EVERYTHING! In the 1980’s people saw slips and camisoles that had shoulder pads sewn to ribbon straps.  2017 tip: Don’t double up on shoulder padding; folks will think you have a hunch back or are suffering from post-menopausal osteopororsis!!

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Reese Witherspoon in denim jacket image courtesy of goodhousekeeping.com

Denim jackets

Denim Jeans were all over the places at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and had a starring role during New York Fashion Week: The Shows in Feb 2017. Denim jackets are making a comeback in a big way. It’s a fun easy look.

Still, there are only a few things to keep in mind.  Denim jackets are very casual look so they are strictly for day or very informal evening looks. They also tend to be pocket heavy; be careful of your silhouette. Stay away from acid wash to avoid people staring or throwing rocks at you.

Kendall Jenner with fanny pack image courtesy of elle.com

Kendall Jenner with fanny pack image courtesy of elle.com

Fanny Packs

It’s true. Fanny packs are back. But they aren’t called fanny packs, anymore. High-end designers are referring to them as ‘belt bags.’ To keep from looking like a soccer or suburban mom, pick a structured bag—the traditional floppy fanny packs look sloppy—in a nice leather—leather makes everything look more chic. A bold embellishment like a tassel or a large buckle will add a sophisticated touch.

Photo of Kendall Jenner Courtesy of Elle Magazine

image courtesy of fashionisers.com

image courtesy of fashionisers.com

Wide belts

If you place a wide belt directly under your bust line, you’ll emphasize your chest. You’ll also make your curves stand out more and highlight your waist. Most wide belts are worn higher above the hip on your waist. This can help slim large midsections by breaking up your torso. Big belts are also a great way to break up a monochromatic look.

Chiara Ferragamo image courtesy of pinterest.com

Chiara Ferragamo image courtesy of pinterest.com and harpersbazaar.com, respectively

Patent leather skirts

Matte is out; and for fall 2017, the glossier the better. Patent leather skirts will be everywhere this fall. You can balance the intensity of this look by pairing it with a cozy sweater or casual top.  A pair of medium heeled boots will keep you from going too sexy for day.

Image courtesy of fashionisers.com

Image courtesy of fashionisers.com

Off-the-shoulder dresses or single shoulders dresses

When wearing off the shoulder looks don’t forget your SPF! Bare skin can equal sunburns. When trying on a single shoulder look make sure you move around circling your arms. If the armhole rides too high they can become extremely uncomfortable very quickly

Single shoulder looks are often accompanied by lavish embellishments on the covered shoulder but still leave you the space to rock a pair of funky earrings. Bare shoulders allow you to really let your jewelry and other accessories take center stage.

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Oscar De Le Renta earrings courtesy of Neiman Marcus, and Stella McCartney earrings courtesy of Matches Fashion, respectively.

Ear Candy and Statement Earrings

With your bare shoulders, your giant colorful geometric earrings take center stage. Make sure the statement earrings are not to big so they are uncomfortably heavy or restrict movement. Make sure the colors are compatible with your outfit and skip the matching necklace.

Image courtesy of Getty Images

Image courtesy of Getty Images

Metallic Fabrics

Metallic fabrics, despite their obvious look-at-me factor, are great basics. They can play off of almost any color and they look as good with your sophisticated heels as they do adorning your coolest pair of sneakers.  Be careful wearing extremely reflective fabrics near the face as they create shadows and highlight flaws particularly if you don’t love your neck.  The shinier the fabric the simpler you won’t your overall outfit to be lest you drift into Ladies of the night territory.

‘—Cameron Rose Grey

Rock It or Leave It on the Runway: 2017 Cannes Film Festival Trends

Fashion Reverie has brought back its “Rock It or Leave It on the Runway” feature. Our viewers loved this snarky feature so much that we decided to bring it back. And it will now be a monthly feature!!

This month’s “Rock It or Leave it on the Runway” examines and critiques fashion trends from  the 2017 Cannes Film Festival red carpets. Enjoy, enjoy!!

Images of Elizabeth Moss, Elle Fanning and Tilda Swinton courtesy of cdn1.com and raindance.org, respectively

Images of Elizabeth Moss, Elle Fanning and Tilda Swinton courtesy of cdn1.com and raindance.org, respectively

Statement Sunglasses

Sunglasses are vital for summer and this season, dramatic, wacky, embellished sunglasses are being embraced on the red carpet! If you find a pair you love, don’t be afraid to invest some money in a high-quality pair of statement sunglasses. They’ll bring dramatic fun to your summers for years. Sunglasses don’t just look great; they prevent squinting that can cause wrinkles over time. Make sure you check that the glasses have SPF and UV protection.   Rock it!

Images of Kendall Jenner and Elle Fanning courtesy of Getty Images and thenewyoungturk.com, respectively

Images of Kendall Jenner and Elle Fanning courtesy of Getty Images and thenewyoungturk.com, respectively

Massive trains

Trains on dresses (or in Kendall Jenner’s case a top!) create such an eye-catching spectacle; however, can be absurdly impractical for your average consumer. This is unfortunate as this look can be both dramatic and zany! Alas, unless you can afford to hire strong men to follow you around to keep the train from being shredded and to catch you when it inevitably gets stepped on, this trend is strictly for celebs. Leave it.

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Marion Cotillard and Sophia Coppola

Denim

Denim is looking to be huge this season. So much so that the causal look is even being spotted on red carpets! Coming in a considerable number of styles, it’s not hard to find a cut that will flatter you.  High-waisted jeans scream “Mom Jeans” and are to be avoided even by Moms (sorry Sophia Coppola) At the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, Marion Cotillard put a dress over her pants creating a cool contrast between her couture gown and her blue jeans.  Kendall Jenner paired her distressed cutoffs with a luxe top.  Have some fun and mix it up. Rock it!

Images of Jessica Chastain and Nicole Kidman courtesy of associatedreporters.com

Images of Jessica Chastain and Nicole Kidman  courtesy of associatedreporters.com

Garish Embellishments and Prints

One of the biggest dangers of walking the red carpet is you run the risk of being boring. Taking risks can make you look ridiculous even if it does make you memorable (Who can forget Bjork’s Swan Dress?).  This year at Cannes many celebs gambled on over-the-top gowns, and we all won!  Overly embroidered dresses, bright floral prints are taking over the red carpet. Wearing bold looks can be tricky. Keep every other aspect of your outfit simple. No jewelry, neutral makeup, simple ballet flats or pumps. Rock it!

Images of Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajowski courtesy of tomandlorenzo.com

Images of Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajowski courtesy of tomandlorenzo.com

Champagne Color

Gowns in champagne tones were all over the red carpets at Cannes. This versatile color can flatter many complexions. Darker skin, with yellow under tones, will want to stick to the strictly pale yellow while cooler, fair skin tones should look for hues with blush undertones.  Since the color is mostly neutral, you can take advantage and play up your accessories. Often stars will don champagne gowns as to display their dazzling jewelry to full effect.  The color can also be very sexy. For pale-skinned women champagne gives the illusion of displaying more skin.  Remember, Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) from “Sex and the City”? When SJP donned a champagne slip dress that matched her own skin tone she called it her ‘naked’ dress!  Rock it!

Eva Longoria and Winnie Harlow images courtesy of dailymail.co.uk

Eva Longoria and Winnie Harlow images courtesy of dailymail.co.uk

Thigh High Slit

There are a plethora looks that work on the red carpet that simply don’t translate to other situations. Thigh high slits are gorgeous, but sometimes impractical.  With thigh high slits sometimes your underwear is on full display, which requires a large amount of double back tape and a lot of fear.  Taping your dress to your skin can make walking, sitting, even standing downright uncomfortable, and there is no guarantee that the garment won’t come unmoored.  I’m not even going to talk about what happens at the end of night when it comes time to rip the tape off!!  This one is a hard pass. . Leave it!

—Cameron Grey

 

Rock it or Leave it on the Runway: 2017 Red Carpet Trends

Trends so often begin on the red carpet. It’s how designers get most of their attention. Some of these trends are perfect for the average fashion consumer; other trends not so much. The 2017 Golden Globes are this Saturday, so Fashion Reverie gives a little preview of what consumers can expect to see on the runway. Some trends you can rock, other trends leave alone!!

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Photos: Evan Rachel Wood, Jennifer Lawrence, and Maura Tierney

 Pants and Jumpsuits as Formal Wear

For years when there was a formal event, dress codes would flatly state women were not to wear pants. Celebs are demonstrating to consumers that women can be beautiful and sexy in pants. The secret to looking amazing in a great pantsuit is to have it tailored and making sure the pant length is correct. You will find the pantsuit trend on Jennifer Lawrence, Evan Rachel Wood, and Maura Tierney. And you can rock it too!!

 

Photos: Ashley Graham, Jennifer Lawrence

Photos: Ashley Graham, Jennifer Lawrence, and Kate Hudson

Sheer Unlined Dresses

Most women could not get away with this look, even on red carpet. You need a slamming bod to pull this look off!! That said; celebs are spotted with their unmentionables on full display under sheer unlined gowns. Does anyone else remember that underwear is supposed to be UNDER your clothes? In effort to make sure they are fully covered, celebrities are choosing briefs and boy shorts which can be dowdy. When a look can make a lovely young woman like Jennifer Lawrence appear matronly, it’s a hard pass. Leave it on the runway!!

Photos: Katy Perry, Bella Thorne and

Photos: Katy Perry, Bella Thorne and Gillian Jacobs

Severe Hair aka the Statement Part

Unless it done correctly severe hair, wearing your hair slicked down with a center part, can really play up your features and not always in good way. Plus, the name says it all. It looks severe. Pulling the hair tightly across the scalp can even cause breakage. So it’s a look that will take a while to create; may damage your hair and can be very unflattering. This is one to leave!!

—Cameron Rose

 

Spring 2017 Trend Report: Rock it or Leave it on the Runway

As Paris Fashion Week comes to a close, fashion journalists, editors and fashion industry professionals look back all the trends coming off the runway. Each fashion week brings with it a new set of trends, some work only for the size 2, 6ft-tall supermodel types, others trends can be incorporated into the average consumers wardrobe.  Fashion Reverie breaks down some of our favorite and least favorite trends of New York Fashion Week: The Shows spring 2017 asking the question: is this a trend that can be rocked on Main Street or should this trend be left on the runway?

Image courtesy of Getty Images

Image courtesy of Getty Images

The Color Orange: Jenny Packham, Rag & Bone, and Narcisco Rodriquez

While orange can be a difficult color to wear for some, orange grabs attention and is very on trend. Warmer, brown complexions will want to lean towards oranges with yellow undertones while cooler, paler complexions will want to go with oranges that have blue undertones. If that doesn’t work for you, experiment with orange in accessories. Go with orange shoes, an orange purse or gloves, any accessory that plays down orange as a head-to-toe look. Rock it!!

Dsquared2 spring 2017, Gucci spring 2017, and Marc Jacob spring 2017 images, respectively courtesy of footwearnews.com/Getty Images

Dsquared2 spring 2017, Gucci spring 2017, and Marc Jacob spring 2017 images, respectively courtesy of footwearnews.com/Getty Images

Embellished Platform Shoes: Gucci, Dsquared2,  and Marc Jacobs

Many fashion pundits feel that platform shoes are a trend that should have died forever in the 70’s. Those clunky heels, now with crazy embellishments are a big stretch for most consumers. The embellishments seen in the spring 2017 collections can be a distraction from the clunk awkwardness of platforms. However, that distraction doesn’t take away that platform shoes can be a little dangerous. Can you say twisted ankles?

Marc Jacobs created a pair that has a whopping 8-inch height! Lose your footing in those and you’ll be heading to the Emergency Room. The fashion adventurer might embrace platforms, others will leave this trend where they found it, on the runway.

Images courtesy of Getty Images

Images courtesy of Getty Images

Natural Hair:  Ralph Lauren, Marchessa, and Michael Kors

Many designers bypassed the traditional 2 hours preshow hair fried, dyed and laid to said routine, letting models wear their tresses the way it came in, no product and natural curls only. Finally, a trend that is effortless. Roll out of bed, finger comb and go!   Rock it!!

Altuzarra spring 2017 image courtesy of Imaxtree

Wet hair look : Thakoon, Altuzarra, and Jason Wu

In the mood to douse your hair with tons of product that will take you a half hour to wash out, and make it appear as if you haven’t washed your hair in weeks? Many are saying wet hair looks sexy while others are saying it makes your hair look oily and unwashed.   Don’t you already spend enough money and time on your hair? Leave it.

Spring 2017 images courtesy of Getty Images

Spring 2017 images courtesy of Getty Images

Exposed Bras: Alexander Wang, Altuzarra, Victoria Beckham, and Tory Burch

No, they didn’t forget to put on their shirts, a number of designers are predicting that bras as outerwear will be the look for spring 2017. And if you spend two hours a day working out and can bounce a quarter off your stomach, you might agree. But the average American woman cannot do that nor would this look be even remotely appropriate in 90% of her daily life. Unless you actually ARE a supermodel, you might consider leaving it on runway!!

Spring 2017 images courtesy of Getty Images

Spring 2017 images courtesy of Getty Images

Seam Splits: 3.1 Phillip Lim, DKNY, and Self-Portrait

Another trend from the spring 2017 runway season to take note of are tiny faux seam rips that expose an inch of two of skin. I’m sure many will pass on this pseudo grunge look saying it looks sloppy, but others will say it adds a slight sexiness that isn’t overt or vulgar and is a whimsical touch to otherwise pedestrian clothes. Leave it on the runway or rock it? You choose!!

—Cameron Grey Rose

 

 

 

 

 

Spring 2017 Trend Report: Spiritual Awakenings

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The spring 2017 runway season is upon us and as such, the fashion world is abuzz with talk about cultural themes and motifs that will emerge as ubiquitous for the season ahead. Trends for spring 2017 have one thing in common— they all seem to borrow from a spiritual ethos—and still they could not be more diametrically opposed.

The first trend to be on the lookout for are Zen-inspired designs that are notable for their unfussy simplicity. Characterized by clean lines and edges and with particular stress on structure, this neo-modernist trend is expected to be rendered in layered looks and monochromatic earthy hues such as browns, subtle pink, and blues that conjure nautical allusions. Fashion forecasting firm, Fashion Snoops, calls an aspect to this trend “Raw Coast” and describes it as a “minimalism rooted in environmental and coastal classics.” This aesthetic stresses purity and utility and as such, silhouettes are oversized and tones are mellow.

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On the opposite end of the spectrum is the trend “inspired by the spirit of freedom that comes from an intense love affair with your surroundings,” says Fashion Snoops. Rich and lush locales stimulate heavily ornamented looks made from complex prints, jacquards, and heavy tapestry. With the thawing of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, expect Havana to play a colorful role in this kaleidoscopic trend rife with off-the-shoulder styles and macramé fabrics, and ablaze in hot, tropical colors such as sunny orange and canary yellow. “As Cuba opens its doors to the world, its storied culture and exotic mysteries become an important design inspiration, placing focus on the intrepid spirit of a modern man and woman who crave the romance of the island’s brightly colored buildings and tropical beaches,” says Snoops. (For New York Fashion Week: Men’s spring 2017 Nick Graham and Carlos Campos referenced Cuba in their spring 2017 collections.)

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Skirts will be voluminous, flared, and floral-inspired. Midriffs will be bared to the light of day as crop tops continue to take center stage and caftan-style dresses will be featured prominently as well, predicts global trend forecaster, WGSN, who have nicknamed this sartorial movement in which flowy fabrics, bucket bags and gladiator sandals reign supreme, “La Isla.”’ Fashion Snoops calls this variegated trend ‘Arise, ”stating that the theme “encourages us to be present, mindful and in harmony with today’s multicultural world.”

The final trend to be on the lookout for is what Fashion Snoops has called “Juxtapoze.” Here again, global travel references play a role. This time; however, there exists an eclectic mish-moshing of styles and ideas to yield unique layered looks culled from a variety of dissimilar sources. With this trend, stand out pieces form the focal skeleton around which experimental looks are constructed. The theme will give rise to textural contrasts on the runway as intricate laces are, for instance, paired with diaphanous silks or weighty jacquards pitted against crocheted material. From the Middle East to Japan to Russia, wanderlust kindles this trend with a diverse well from which stimulus is drawn and combined.

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Image courtesy of casamastudios.com

Ostensibly, there will be a little bit for everyone next season. From the understated brilliance of Zen, to the outspoken allure of tropical stylings and the space in between where juxtaposition occurs, spring 2017 trends promise to be thoughtful and to inspire reconnection with the self and the environment.

—Natasha Nyanin

 

 

 

2016 Red Carpet Trend: The Elegant Reincarnation of the Ear Cuff

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What do Lucille Ball, Prince, and Emma Watson of Harry Potter fame have in common? They all were trendsetters for the humble ear cuff, which has now become serious ‘ear candy’ on fashion runways and red carpets.

Lucille_Ball_earcuff3As star of the popular sitcom “I Love Lucy”—which we are still watching in the 21st century—Lucille Ball, elevated the ear cuff to a fashion statement. The life of the simple ear cuff, in the 80s and 90s provided punk and rock music royalty, Like Prince, with a rebellious and edgy fashion accessory, featuring silver chains, spikes, arrows, and geometric shapes.

Cutting edge fashion designer Alexander McQueen sent the ear cuff down the runway with dramatic effect in his fall/winter 2003 collection, with the ear cuff returning again and again for the past several seasons.  And “Harry Potter’s” Emma Watson, who won our hearts as Hermione, has elevated the ear cuff into a 21st century fashion statement.

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Emma Watson image courtesy of harpersbazaar.co.uk

Sophie Katirai, owner of Sophia’s Closet, an online store for vintage, upscale and costume jewelry, has noted that our fascination with the ear cuff “continues to grow season upon season, as the style elite, celebrity icons and designer catwalk shows continue to embrace and rediscover this key accessory trend.”

Jewelry made of diamonds and pearls, combined with gold and silver, have always been donned by the wealthy and elite. But in the 21st century, the ear cuff has become an earmark of stylish luxury and sophistication.

Forbes has taken notice of emergence of the ear cuff into the luxury jewelry market. Calling it “ear candyand including Colette’s $12,820 Green Corum diamond and Tsavorite ear cuff in its 2015 Perfectly Gifted Guide.

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Jennifer Lawrence at the premiere of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” Images courtesy of pinterest.com

Jennifer Lawrence had many women’s mouths watering when her left ear lit up the 2013 Paris premiere of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” wearing an ear cuff by Jewelry Designer Ana Khouri, with a price point approaching $25k. Emma Watson set off an ear cuff trend explosion in 2013, wearing cuffs as a reoccurring fashion accessory when she hit the red carpet. She wore ear cuffs “funky” tripling up the effect with three identical rings at the top of the ear.  While at the premiere of “Noah” in 2014, she dazzled admirers with Khouri’s winding ear cuff chain of yellow gold and diamonds, that had to costs a pretty penny.

At the 2015 SAG Awards, Rashida Jones rocked a pair of Norman Silverman’s 20 Carat ear cuffs ringing up the accessory cash register over $130,000. And People Style Magazine in 2015 also tallied up who wore ear cuffs best on the red carpet.

Images clockwise of Emma Stone, Rashida Jones, Tatiana Maslany and Keira Knightly courtesy of peopleswatchstyle.com

Images clockwise of Emma Stone, Rashida Jones, Tatiana Maslany and Keira Knightly courtesy of peopleswatchstyle.com

The ear is undoubtedly an erogenous zone, which has been nibbled on for centuries. The earliest ear cuffs, Ms. Katirai says, can be traced back 2000 years to the British Isles. What is the allure of the ear cuff that keeps it coming back? Ms. Katirai contends, “ear cuffs did not require piercing and put less weight on the ears, so more elaborate and larger designs are possible to wear.”

Amy Li, the head of products at BERRICLE, a lifestyle jewelry brand creating “attainable” luxury with classic and contemporary designs, agrees. “We’ve seen graphic elements all over S/S 2016 runways such as Christian Dior and Céline. The earring cuff styles this year thusly have transformed with bolder and more abstract designs.”

Some ear cuffs have become collector’s items. “We have come across many beautiful vintage costume ear cuffs,” says Ms. Katirai, which also might have a high price tag.

Julianne Hough image courtesy of dailymail.co.uk, Pat Graham and Tracee Ellis Ross images courtesy of gracielagems.com

Julianne Hough image courtesy of dailymail.co.uk, Pat Graham and Tracee Ellis Ross images courtesy of gracielagems.com

That brings us to the 2016 red carpet season. “Blackish’s” Tracee Ellis Ross really caused heads to turn in a form-fitting black dress with low décolletage paired with black Everest ear cuffs from Graziela Gems at the 47th NAACP Image Awards. ”Vampire Diaries’” Kat Graham’s short upswept hairdo only accentuated her double curve ear cuffs in black and white from Graziela Gems at the 2016 People’s Choice Awards. And last, but certainly not least, Julianne Hough shimmered at the 2016 People’s Choice Awards a black sequined Kaufmanfranco dress accessorized with the Jade Trau for Forevermark 18k white gold and diamond Large Luna Ear Cuff.

—Francesca Simon

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