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PFW 2016/17: Paris Fashion Week or Punks of Fashion Week?

By:Non Kuramoto

Twice a year when Paris Fashion Week rolls around, I am hit by a strange feeling of surprise—Although I feel as though I should not be, I am regularly taken aback by the number of designers that infuse our world with new blood each season. It was incredibly difficult to choose my favorites. How can I forgo touching on Chanel or Vivienne Westwood—both designed by people who shaped the fashion world today, and continue to be hipper than any of us. Still, shows from fashion houses such as Loewe with J. W. Anderson have paved a path for fellow young designers. Paris Fashion Week offered me just too many options. 

To make things a little easier, I chose to focus on punk influence in the current fashion world. I'm not just thinking punk rock style—as Vivienne Westwood would be at the top of that list—but the designers who have used this season to put up their dukes up to fashion and made us question even, what is fashion? 

Comme Des Garçons

Rei Kawakubo is no newcomer to destroying the fashion status-quo. “Imagining punks in the 18th century, which was a time of so many revolutions,” Kawakubo hits us with extreme decadence featuring wildly blooming flowers that seems to say, fashion has hit its current high, and must wilt in order to re-bloom. Her pieces are obviously not wearable—I mean, if you think they are, then more power to you—and are statements more than anything. Needless to say, they’re all sculpturally impressive pieces. The 18th century influences are apparent in the rococo style floral print, corsetry and armor-like details. The huge frills and exaggerated shoulders seem almost satirical of what “high-artistic-fashion” has become. The models, marching down the runway to “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” are simultaneously the clowns and warriors of fashion as a form of art. Kawakubo does not give us any answers, but a  pretty optimistic seeming nudge towards fashion's time to reconfigure itself.  

Vetements

Vetements, a collective led by Demna Gvasalia, has been shooting up the fashion ladder as the new cool kid on the block. The brand’s ability to create high fashion out of street style has provoked so many designers, from old to new, to follow suit. This season, he set out to the push the envelope further. For starters, the show was cast on Instagram—which is not unheard of, but rare to see it done all the way through. Obscenities printed on tops seemed ironic given the setting—a church. Their garments were an edgy riff on school uniforms, with plaid, button ups, trousers and jackets coming in a variety of materials and silhouettes—a likely ode to the young people affected in the Paris attacks this past fall. Unlike Comme Des Garçons, Vetements keeps their clothes wearable for the most part. As Kawakubo stirs up the conversation through an artful PSA, Vetements—ambassadors of the social media age—is shifting the attitude from within.   

Saint Laurent

It is no secret that I am obsessed with Hedi Slimane. He and Alessandro Michele, are two designers that make my heart sing time and time again. (The rumor about his departure from Saint Laurent seemed to ruin the balance of my life. But for now, he has graced us with new works with no confirmation of the rumor, so I can continue breathing.) My personal preference aside, Slimane never ceases to surprise and set high standards, both technically and creatively, for all designers. The presentation was in a mansion with models walking down the staircase as the look numbers were called out, taking influence from the 80’s. Yes, many designers have been looking to the 80’s recently, but this is Hedi Slimane we’re talking about. He does't let us off the hook so easily, and his version of the 80’s was an impeccably built collection that paid homage to Yves Saint Laurent, yet was fully infused with the punk rock chicness that Slimane does so well. His ability to take a theme that is beginning to seem almost overdone, and then infuse it with something new is refreshing, especially when trends seem to get overspread and overused too quickly. It’s what the dream version of the 80’s we all wished we lived in looks like. The last look’s huge red coat seemed to be Slimane saying “I dare you to get on this level.” 

Some people may claim fashion is dead, but I think these designers can vouch that the only thing that’s on its way to the grave is "fashion as we knew it."

Sources: Vogue Runway

The Tucked-in Hair Trend

By: Shelby Robin

Do you want runway hair, but don't have the skill? Have you ever wanted to chop off your long locks but don't want to commit? Want to switch up your hair-do, without having to take the time to do fancy braids and twists? Or, are you just plan lazy?

All these problems can be solved with one trendy hairstyle: the hair tuck! 

The hair tuck is literally, tucking your hair into your shirt. Yes, it is that simple, but when done right, it looks effortlessly cool. Plus, anyone can take her own spin on it. Here are some ways to pull off this new trend:

The Turtleneck

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The turtleneck is the natural companion for tucked in hair. Just get that sucker over your head and skip pulling out your tresses and you are ready to go. 

Wrap it Up

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Another easy combination is tucking your curls into a chunky scarf. Now your hair is protected from being blown around by the wind, and can keep you toasty warm.

Casual Cool

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Perfect for running errands, tucked tresses will pair well with sneakers and sweats, while still looking put together.  

All Black with Attitude

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Add a relaxed edge to a structured all black outfit with this messy hairdo. This enhances the effortless ease of an all-black ensemble.

Perfect with Prep

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This messy hairdo can be tamed into a classy tuck that looks very put together. This look is perfect for a J. Crew-style Sunday brunch.

Formal Function

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Lastly–though it may of not have seemed possible–this hairstyle can totally be made acceptable for an evening event.  Like this example here, it can add some grunge to a lacy dress.

 

Milan Fashion Week A/W 2016/17 Collection Review: Who Were Milano's Women This Season?

By: Non Kuramoto

Milan Fashion Week is probably my favorite of all of the fashion weeks. Everything from the pieces that grace the runway to street style, Milan has a touch of quirk and unique flavor that makes them different from New York, London and Paris. The designers who present at Milan embrace the art of fashion; garments seen at Milan Autumn/Winter 2016/2017 did not disappointfeaturing whimsical designs, delicately crafted elements and an overarching interest in telling stories. I picked three collections from this week that bid good-bye to norm-core, and pursued truly artistic visions.  

Gucci

Alessandro Michele has done it again. Only a year into his appointment as the Creative Director of Gucci, Michele has given the brand a new, and very influential, identity. A nerdy-femme aesthetic, which may as well have walked straight out of a Wes Anderson movie, was infused with a touch of ferocity this season. Her silhouettes were more structured and the prints spoke "bold," rather than "delicate." The punchy colors would give any woman in Michele’s garments the confidence and power to command a room. Michele’s collaboration with graffiti artist Trouble Andrew (a.k.a. GucciGhost) was also notable. Allowing an artist who appropriates Gucci’s signature in his pieces was a graceful combination of tradition and modernity. The black leather embossed bags reading, “Real Gucci,” was a tongue-in-cheek way for him to comment on the culture of counterfeit luxury items.     

Moschino

If teenagers thought they were edgy using “lit” to describe something cool or fashionable, Jeremy Scott took it to a new level. With hashtag #itslit, Scott set Milan on fire with his new collection. A huge change from last season’s cheery construction workers, the models scowled down the runway clad in boldly colored satin, chains, leather and cigarette patterns. The Moschino woman was the high-end dominatrix; she knows her power, commands attention and has the ability to drive men mad. The second half of the show is when we found out exactly what was “lit.” Lit were the dresses, scorched and left with ragged hems. Lit was the dress with smoke spewing from the model’s trail. Lit was the dress that was also a chandelier. Although the wearability of this collection is questionable, a statement on the current state of fashion was definitely made, as well as posed: With fashion tradition being shaken up, is it time to burn everything down? And will fashion rise from the ashes like a phoenix?  

Dolce & Gabbana

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana has just won everyone’s heart (if they hadn’t already), as everybody’s dream fairy godfathers. This season’s theme was princesses and fairytales, and they were not going for subtlety. Cinderella’s iconic blue dressed floated down the runway, complete with plexiglass slippers that the Tremaine sisters would have died formore reasons than just the prince’s hand. Her mice friends danced around as embroidery, and her pumpkin carriage made an appearance as a bag. A dress embroidered with an evil step-mother looking into a mirror was followed by a dress covered in apples—Snow White, embroideries of a tall tower—Rapunzel—and a sweater on which a princess is kissing a frog—Frog Prince. Sprinkling references of so many princesses in their iconic A-line shift dresses and other impeccably constructed garments, Dolce & Gabbana relentlessly brought our childhood dreams to life. They didn’t forget the princes either! Beautiful Napoleonic jackets covered in charms and encrusted with pearls and gems, would make even Prince Charming check himself out when he gets dressed.

Sources: Vogue Runway

 

 

 

NYFW Fall/Winter 2016/17 Trend Report

By: Non Kuramoto

With Tom Ford, Burberry and Vetements having announced their departure from the “Fashion Month” presentations, it is clear that the fashion world is being rocked out of tradition. Though most of our favorite designers are still showing us their newest pieces this New York Fashion Week, we can still see some "high-fashion rules" being broken here and there. The trend towards less structural pieces is still ongoing, and simple chic is being pushed out by the ornamental and artful. 

Here are some trends to watch for Fall 2016 from the first half of New York Fashion Week.

Dancing Queen

Inspiration from the '70s is still holding up from last season. Bold prints and flared pants discoed through many presentations. Mara Hoffman’s intricate patterns and zebra stripes found themselves on jumpsuits, dresses and robes that have the perfect amount of billowiness that will make you want to dance through the night. Josie Natori focused on the extravagance of the time period. Her column dresses and beaded detailings spoke to the lavish lifestyles of those in the early '70s. Custo Barcelona threw in some funk with chunky square framed glasses and colorful patterns haphazardly combined.

I Woke Up Like This

When androgynous fashion came into style, structured clothing seemed to fade away. With athleisure also having a moment, we can safely say people are not very interested in constricting clothes. ICB, making perhaps the boldest statement in this direction, showed knit sweaters that were practically dresses with sleeves that stretched passed the hemline. The wide-legged pants that contributed to the shapelessness and the fur slip on sandals may make this your new favorite trend; the "just rolled out of bed" look can now be fashionable. Assembly New York is also on the comfort train with pants so wide they look like skirts, and sleeves long enough that you can leave your gloves at home.

Necklines: Go Big or Go Home

Get ready to take back everything you said about how dorky you think turtlenecks are. From neck-hugging turtlenecks to cowl necks and bows that wrap around the neck, for Fall 2016, keep your neck covered. Tibi, Suno and Creatures of Comfort came forth with pieces with necklines grazing the chin; In Suno’s case a sweater even went past the chin, covering the bottom half of the model’s face. On the other end of the spectrum, necklines plunged at Olympic diver levels. Brock Collection, Protagonist, and Cushnie et Ochs opted for deep V’s that would make traditional mothers (or fathers) ask “Where do you think you’re going young lady?” Whichever side you choose to stand on, keeping your crewneck sweaters deep in your dresser is probably a good move.

High Shine

Rihanna aptly told us to “shine bright like a diamond” in 2012, and the fashion world (as it should) has been following suit. This season saw a continuation of the shine and luster in garments. Area showed us a variety of shiny fabrics with satin, velvet, glittery lurex and even Swarovski encrusted pieces. Alexander Wang incorporated metallic elements by way of accessories, with silver bulbs on shoes and handbags. Shiny leather pieces were also prominent in Wang’s collection. The sun might start to hide in the fall, but you can still shine your way through the cold.

Source: Vogue Runway

Ode to My Sneakers

By: Ina Müller

I have a confession to make: all I ever wear is white sneakers. Every. Single. Day. It's like they grew on me the second I put them on, and we have been in love ever since. I secretly ask my neglected boots, loafers and brogues for forgiveness every time—sorry, babez. Popping out to Trader Joe´s to get my weekly chocolate fix, dragging myself to an 8 AM class, dancing until the morning light and traveling to the end of the world...we have been through a lot. Cheers to my lifelong comrade, my best friend and my partner in crime: my Reebok Classic Leathers. Thanks for your endless versatility—for always pulling my outfits together, and for saving me hours in front of the mirror. Oh, and for only being $64.99! (Girl has got to save some money).

Here is how I wear them:

Look 1: 

This outfit literally feels like a stroll through the streets of Paris, when, in fact, it's only a shopping spree on Newbury.  It is a simple look with wardrobe staples, and some cool accessories to give it a French touch.

Reebok sneakers | Alexa Chung for AG jeans | H&M shirtAcne scarfCéline bag | Norma Kamali sunglasses | Chanel nail polish

Look 2: 

The tailored pants (recycled co-op purchase!) and the coat are really chic, but the sneakers and the beanie dress it down, and play it cool! 

Reebok sneakersJoseph coat | H&M pantsEsprit sweaterH&M shirt | New Age Rebel beanie

Look 3:

And yes, white sneakers are also perfect for going out.  I love to pair my Reeboks with glittery socks, a velvet top, black skinnies and some unique rings. Oh, and a half bun, because I consider my hair-do as part of my outfit (I am not the only one, right?).

Reebok sneakers & Ashish Socks Acne jeansMango top | Vale Jewelry rings | Half Bun

 

Three Days of Style: Duong T.

Name: Duong Trinh

Major: International Business

Year: 2020

This week, I experimented with a wide variety of styles—some of which were quite unprecedented

Day 1: 

The turtleneck is a must-have piece for me every fall and winter. Contrasting with the maroon tunic, the mustard sleeveless coat stands out and hovers lightly over the dark over-the-knee boots. With a touch of light-catching metallic accessories, the top no longer bores the eyes with its low-key color tone. 

Thrifted turtleneck from Hanoi, Vietnam | Zara coat  Charlotte Russe boots Banana Republic necklace | Accessorize belt 

Day 2: 

A bomber jacket, a backpack and a pair of ripped jeans: this outfit exudes a an easy-going, yet edgy vibe. Although I normally don't dress like this, I put in a few attempts at mixing up some of my most boyish items. From the overall monochromatic shades of grey, the outfit shows hints of cream and vanilla colors.

Topshop sweater  | H&M bomber jacket | Lucky Brand Jeans Vince Camuto riding boots | FRENDS headphones | Saks Fifth Avenue ear cuffs | Michael Kors backpack | Police glasses | H&M beanie 

Day 3: 

Layering is my strategy when it comes to tackling chilly weather. The warm retro undertone of this outfit fits in nicely with its 90's flared jeans. With the look, I wore a similarly nostalgic pair of blue wedges. The plaid coat hanging loosely around me emphasizes my shoulders, creating an empowering and structured form for my body.

Urban Outfitters plaid shirt | Zara blazer | Goelia coat | Zara jeans Sketchers Wedges  | Banana Republic necklace | Accessorize belt

Bonus Look!

I styled a night-out look inspired by many of my misty black items. The black-and-white color palette deliberately adds an urban feel to my appearance. Parallels created by the contrast between my white top and black cape, cream handbag and inky skirt were meant to create a basic, but classic look. A tip for statement pieces—such as the earrings and necklace in this outfit—is to mingle their shapes and sizes so they don't out-do each other. Last but not least, a pair of nude stilettos finishes the outfit and elongates my overall figure—a trick I have always used when wearing shorts and skirts.

Mango top | Zara blazer cape | Zara skirt | Coach handbag | Aldo heels | Banana Republic earrings | Oasis necklace | Vince Camuto watch