Due to our recent move to Nyc we will be unable to blog as we anxiously await our jewel encrusted laptop to arrive :/ So we will come back with all new posts inspired by the fashion capital New York! In the meantime check out updates on twitter @fashiongoddess4 and please enjoy the archives!
I came across this amazing brand while reading Harpers’ Bazaar and just had to post about this label. The brand is based in Japan and started in 2007 by designer Michiko Nakayama. Muveil was born of two words; “Mu” of muguet, the French word for lily of the valley and the word “Veil”. Her designs are very whimsical and luxe as they are inspired by French couture and Pop Culture. Her new collections were inspired by “The Wizard Of Oz” and “Superman”! She just recently launched her collection in the USA.
The problem with trends is that not everyone can add them to their wardrobe. There are also trends that were never functional as a long lasting addition to your wardrobe. I have to reference Nicki Minaj’s collection for Kmart which seem to but every trend that I considered bordering micro and ghastly if not used sparingly. These trends require finesse and here are some tips to incorporate items if you want to be trendy.
Fur and animal print
In order to not look like a 70′s pimp, avoid fur with animal print. It may seem smart to add multiple trends into one product but you have to understand that the elegance of fur can become unsophisticated when printed with animal markings. If you do like mixing trends, try to find a fur and animal print bag that incorporates leather-like materials and uses the printed fur as an accent instead as the main attraction.
Clear is a trend I had to admit that I thought would be a micro trend (lasts no longer that it takes for you to consider buying it) or at least seasonal (3 months top) but it seems to have staying power. The most difficult part about this trend is the fact that once again it can’t be used all over the shoe. It requires accents like the toe or the heel or the sides. An all clear shoe can easy look like (to borrow Tim Gunn’s adage) “you’re trying to hard” which probably means “you look gauche”.
Iridescent or hologram
Unlike the other trends, this trend can stand alone without being paired down with other materials. However, do not buy smooth and non-structured hologram looks which can look un-versatile. We are liked the texture and the structure of the above bag because it gives a more expensive quality to an otherwise cheap material.
It is the day before halloween and we have outlined three costume ideas based on fall 2013 trends: Cleopatra, Bride of Frankenstein, and fairy. This final halloween themed blog will feature accessories to bring your entire costume right from your closet.
Box clutches are so hot right now. I can see Cleopatra wearing an iridescent box clutch or a metallic one. It may help to have a strap on the box clutch for easy carrying.
For jewelry, add a collar necklace, bangle bracelet and hoop earrings and you become an Egyptian goddess.
Bride of Frankenstein
This costume is much more minimalist because it requires no accessories and a quick wrapping of the arms. For jewelry, add stud earrings (large spike ones can double as bolts).
Floral headpieces and arm cuffs are the basic accessories for this costume. Long gloves can be added if you want more of a more punk look. For a more elvish look, add ear hangers or ear cuffs.
For bags, a small shoulder bag with a long strap in earth tones will work fine.
To check out all the tips for a perfect fall trend costume, here are all the links:
We covered clothes, and makeup for our three simple costumes, fairy, Cleopatra and Bride of Frankenstein. Now, we want the hair styles to go with it to almost complete our costume. Our final post will be the day before Halloween and will feature jewelry and other accessories. The final post will include links to all blogs so you can choose a costume get to work on Halloween night.
Bride of Frankenstein
Traditionally, beehive and extra body are great looks for the bride of Frankenstein but keeping up with trends, we are thinking more about the up-dos we saw walking the fall runways. For a more monster look ditch the wet look and add frizz detail (blow dry without adding conditioner).
Strong bangs were always the look for an Egyptian Queen and they are also in style now. Bangs are now thicker and shorter so go straight with the rest of the hair. For faux bangs, flip up a piece of long hair, pin it back and us a flat iron on the fold.
The pixie cut is the most traditional look for a fairy, but let’s face it, none of us is going to cut our hair for one day. So, the best thing to do is create a punk look with your hair. If you have short hair, then a side bang front combined with a spiked hair in the back (use hair spray to keep in place) will suffice. Long hair can create the look with a braiding the sides back and piling hair on top of the head. Pin and fold if top hair is really long. If all else seems too complicated, use temporary colors in your hair instead and leave as is.
Historically, it has been the trend to wear dark colors during the fall and bring colors in the warmer months but somehow despite the economic slump, goverment shutdown and low retail sales; we found a reson to say cheerful. Maybe bright clothes are our way of being optimistic. Of course, gray and wine are still colorsto watch out for but here are some nontraditional choices for the falk and winter months to come.
“Yellow the female principle, gentle, cheerful and sensual.” Franz Marc
Yellow is the traditional color of happiness which made it a spring color but with word necklaces speaking our emotion then why not our clothes? For those who are shy with color, accessories are not an option because finding a yellow bag is near impossible (unless you were lucky to get phillip lim for target’s yellow bag). Instead, opt for a yellow top with a neutral pants, camel if you want to be daring and deep brown if you want to be quiet.
“When in doubt, wear red.” Bill Blass
There is no doubt that red is not for wallflowers and even though it is a throwback from fall 2011, it seems fresh and now with less revealing silhouettes and a more menswear theme. If you are daring, wear the color as a coat while people just trying to be trendy (I know classic and causal gals fear bright colors) try a pant and pair with a white top (not a blouse because then you would look presidential). Punk and rock girls should pair it with black for an edgy look. Romance and vintage should try the color in skirts instead.
“Blue is the male principle, stern and spiritual.” Franz Marc
The fact that menswear factors into the female silhouette so heavy this season may be the reason, blue is having a moment from pastel to navy (hue and not alphabetical). This color is the easiest to incorporate because of jeans, chambray, and of course, it is produced the most. Classic girls can wear chambray shirts, casual girls can sport blue jeans, rocker and punks can do the jean jacket and vintage can wear it in pencil skirts. Be daring and wear the color in long skirts, tailored pants or a trench.
Dark colors as neutrals
Instead of black, add a dark color as a neutral this season like Emerald green, wine or navy blue. Navy blue should be worn to replace black, while wine should replace brown and emerald green is so daring, wear at your own risk. Emerald green is still a color and should be wear with true neutral colors like black, and gray. Don’t pair it with brown because it will be to earthy. Also, don’t be cliché and pair with yellow.
All in all have fun and experiment.
At a launch event Tuesday for her Kmart collection, Minaj said skepticism of stars lacking formal design training is “understandable,” but she insists it’s “not about being a designer.” (billboards.com)
We have to admit she was right. It is obviously about making money off fans who want your look even though you don’t even know how to create it. Minaj’s collection for K-mart is a collection of past and recent trends (the ones that went out so quickly, we thought they were micro-trends), cliches (everything of lycra?) and prints that scream street wear (too much leopard).
Citing clothing references like Gucci, Versace and Juicy Couture, we can only say she did get the fabric swatches (velour) and prints right but the design tactic is lacking. Some of the pieces look like trend Frankenstein where one bag has 6 of the recent trends including faux fur, leopard print, the iridescent trend (remember that one?), shiny plastic leather, chain handles, and of course studs while others can be found in any dollar general store (her jewelry line is composed of thick chain and resin rings).
Other clothing choices actually do hit some good notes. The puffer jackets are worth a look because no one can go wrong with puffer jackets since the hood is the only thing you can decorate, huh, design. In this case, if you happen to be a fan and really want something from the collection, pick the cool hats and the puffer jackets. The jewelry is to trend driven and the clothes are just like everything else so it won’t really say Nicki Minaj. The handbags have some good qualities (my sister and mom love the clutches in the above picture).
All in all the collection gets a D- for too trend-driven, reproducing the same silhouettes in clothes and of course, it has nothing of the harajuku look for which Nicki Minaj is known. Maybe, she gave her fans too much of a voice and forgot her own.