Balmain 2018 Menswear

I think most of us have come to the realization that Oliver Rousteing never disappoints.

He reigns supreme in my book.

Releasing another jaw dropping collection for the art lovers to admire, the rich to sport and the fast-fashion creators to recreate.

The creativity of the mind is obviously beyond measure… We see this through hus constant evolution, while remaining true to the brand.

Creating an exhilarating fusion of both American and French cultures was the perfect translation to the audience…

Providing us with pieces that featured monochrome elements, bold stripes and deeply embroidered items honed in on French inspiration.

But, we also were met with inverted American flags, hammered leather jackets and all the fringe we could ask for.

While staying true to his French roots, Rousteing was able to create modern depictions of where fashion is now- Or, where it should be.

Don’t you agree?

Often times, pieces still held that Balmain Army vibe, while taking the audience to another wavelength.

We were able to continue seeing matching suit pieces, accentuated shoulders, cinched waists and killer thigh high lace-ups.

Most models sported leather, embellished handbags or backpacks that completed the looks that pranced down the runway.

I’m sure we’d all kill to own one.

Menswear seemed to emphasize on unisex aspects, which seemed effortless, comforting and natural.

Men sported tailored slacks, skinny styled denim pants and slimmed moto jeans. There were broadened shoulders, and amazingly stylist leather and suede dress shoes.

The attention paid to the details that made up the menswear within the collection went to show one thing…

That men are able to be just as stylish, particular and multifaceted as women in regards to fashion.

Modernized leather jackets were on of the pieces to steal the show.

Through innovation, detailing and embellishments- the jackets were able to be showcased as a male wardrobe staple.

Not to mention, black leather jackets go down in history as a signature American fashion trend that repeats itself over and over.

But, Rousteing was able to remain original in the design of each one.

That’s a plus.

The black and white theme was the strength of the collection.

It showed uniformity, and challenged the design team to create outside of the box with a classic color palette.

We saw a small shift in the color palette towards that end of the collection-

Talk about a transition.

Neutral and classic colors dominated the second half of the show, making the transition natural and soothing to the audience.

Embellishments were taken to the next level, as Rousteing displayed mosaic-like embroidery, heavy chain detailing and studding on most outerwear pieces.

The volume was turned up with bigger and better accessories and elements that made the pieces stand out.

This type of action is what sets trends…

I’m into it.

 

 

 

 

We seeing Rousteing wrapping the show with extravagant metallics and spins to ballroom leisure.

Male pieces continued to remain cool and effortless, while remaining designer in the clear quality of the items and the uniqueness.

Women sported remixed ballroom gowns, which showcased sheer leg panels and reconstructed male blazers.

Dresses weren’t just ‘dresses’, they were works of art.

As you can tell.

We definitely have a winner here…

Or several.

But, we already knew that.

Signing off.

-SM

 

 

Balmain 2018 Menswear

Street Style Feels.

One of the greatest parts of cities that have established or evolving fashion scenes doesn’t only consist of the amazing fashion parties, runway shows and endless art filled events.. What about the people that attend them? After studying street style fashion from London’s Spring ’18 Menswear Shows and Pitti Uomo in Florence, I fell in love with the notion of street style all over again. What is street style? Self expression and identity displayed unapologetically. That’s my definition. A sense of style that is never created within design studios, but from the grassroots of the streets and the youth. Often times, we feel we are obligated to mirror a particular trend or celebrity’s sense of style… But, why? Is it because this is all that we see on social media, in magazines, and within society? Probably so. Looking through this collection of photographs, everyone seems to be within their own realm- within their own lane. It seems as if each person woke up that morning and decided to actually express themselves through their clothing- like they decided to defy society’s stencil of what they should look like.

Looking through photos of unique people in places that are far, far away from me- I’ve noticed something. Living in Cincinnati, a budding city with a ton of creative potential, I often see little to no individuality. There are a handful of creatives trying to work towards something here, something that will build a fashion scene- but it’s difficult because the masses don’t support individuality. As we are trained to remain conservative and repetitive in the careers we choose, the lives we live and the way that we look- Does this just become the cycle?

What is it going to take to gain more individuals who are comfortable in their own skin? Setting their own trends? Creating their own looks through research, fashion inspiration and more?

I guess I’m tired of seeing us all look alike and act alike. It’s like a city of robots.

But, who will break the cycle?

I think the lack of creativity blooms into a bigger picture that fashion- it grows into how we actually feel about ourselves, how we hold ourselves accountable within society, and how we lack positive change.

Unlike New York City or Los Angeles, Cincinnati is not necessarily a fashion capital of the world. So, we aren’t often handed the opportunities that creatives are given within those fashion capitals of the world. We have to work for them, build them. We have to start somewhere. But, us all looking alike and doing the same things won’t change that or open our eyes.

We have something thriving here, but we need to be different to impact the world.

I think we have a culture too.

We just haven’t tapped into it yet.

Street Style Feels.

SportyChic.

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I just want a balanced mixture of sporty and chic for my entire life.

I’m falling in love with creating looks that can incorporate various avenues of fashion that totally oppose each other.

Who wears silk with Converse kicks?

Yeah, I do.

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I heard that chokers are the new thing these days.

So, I grabbed a piece of white lace and created one this morning.

I’m all for turning lingerie into street wear in any way possible.

So, this thrifted Victoria’s Secret rob turned into the perfect busty blouse for the afternoon.

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I was running a ton of errands, and jotting down ideas for my next fashion move in the city.

So, jeans were a must for the day.

I snagged some ‘Mom Jeans’ from my local thrift shop, and I’m dying for them.

They’re oversized, slightly white washed and high-waisted.

Perfect match.

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I added a metallic gold belt to add a draping affect to the blouse and the garnish the jeans.

I wanted to feel put together and effortless at the same time today.

So, I just dressed how I felt.

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Adding the Converse to the equation just took it over the edge.

I just bought these for a late birthday present to myself.

All white, cool and crisp.

Nothing more, nothing less.

Adding a sporty feel to this look was probably against all the fashion rules…

But, I swear fashion is about breaking the rules.

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Signing off until next time.

Vibrate higher.

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Robe: Victoria’s Secret
Jeans: Levi
Sneakers: Converse
Belt: Vintage

SportyChic.

Slippin’ Away.

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Creating a business out of my love for fashion has been the most challenging and rewarding task that I’ve ever been presented with.

While working on producing and styling this fashion show, I’ve realized this more than ever.

Being the point of contact for this event, I have about 20 thousand emotions that I go through daily.

I’m illuminated, depressed, frustrated and nervous.

Because I’ve never been challenged in this way before.

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As I’ve began tapping into a ton of fashion management skills, I’ve have learned to never compromise my actual vision to make others comfortable.

I’ve been diving into less of what style and fashion look like…

I have been questioning how they make me feel…

What statements I hope to make…

Venturing into the aesthetic…

The presentation.

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The reason I decided to produce a fashion exhibit or showcase was to provide a realm where Ohio artists could begin flexing their skills.

Too many times I’ve heard, “You need to be in New York or Los Angeles…”

“Cincinnati isn’t a fashion city…”

“You can’t actually believe that you’ll be a relevant stylist in Cincinnati…”

My answer is… “But, why?”

Why do we need to navigate and venture out of our growing city or state to fulfill our destinies?

Yes, I’m a die-hard New York fan- but Cincinnati raised me.

Who will stay to pave the way for the artists and creative dreamers who are interested in fashion or the arts?

So, hopefully the show will get a conversation started.

Because, there IS talent in Ohio.

We just don’t always know when and how to utilize it.

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Pulling looks for the show has also helped me to revolve my own personal style.

It’s taking on a life of itself.

Speaking of what I’m wearing…

Slips are in.

Get into it.

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A year ago, I would’ve never felt comfortable enough with myself to rock this look in public.

But, as of lately- I’ve been digging more of what I think and less of the thoughts of others.

I’m getting into this whole women’s empowerment thing.

If I want to be a sex-kitten, I CAN.

If I want to dress like a man, I CAN.

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I’ve been following trend forecasts like crazy and silk, slip dresses, and the use of nightwear as the modern day get-up is a consistent trend.

I’m definitely here for women wearing their lingerie or sleepwear outdoors…

Why?

Well, this summer is going to be a hot one.

Free flowing pants, oversized tops, short and lightweight slips will be cool and chic.

Also, it’s breaking the rules- which I love.

This 90s trend is making a comeback, but I think the fact that it has made it’s way back around is about more than just looks.

When the trend broke into the fashion industry, how did it make women feel?

Fearless, resilient, sexy, independent…

That’s what’s important.

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We get so caught up in the boxes that society puts us in…

And, so damn conservative…

Can we live? And, let go?

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I paired my slip dress with a silk overcoat and knee-high boots.

Delicate jewelry pieces are a given, with a chunky wrist.

I added an attitude mixed with Carrie Bradshaw, Naomi Campbell, and Madonna…

And, this is what I got.

Oh yeah.

If you’re screaming, #SUPPORTLOCALARTISTS, #SUPPORTOHIOFASHION, #SUPPORTOHIOARTISTS….

Then, why haven’t you gotten your ticket to NOT ANOTHER FASHION SHOW?

Go.

Slippin’ Away.

Trend ALERT: Street Lingerie.

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Obviously, this trend is slipping it’s way back into our wardobe quickly!

Resurfacing from the 90s, the slip dress trend is moving in full force and I’m here for it.

There’s something about wearing sleepwear out on the streets that’s daring, sexy and fearless.

Where I’m from, you’d rarely see ANYONE rocking this, everyone wants to be on the same accord when it comes to trends.

But, on a warm spring night- this look is a definite go-to.

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Seen on the runway for Fall 2016 in multiple fashion week’s, slip dresses and sexy nightwear have been seen in various collections.

From Alexander Wang to Chanel to Stella McCartney, the trend has been more consistent than ever.

But, this chic and effortless look is not one that can only be worn on the runway. It can be sported in the category of street style as well.

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Pairing a slip dress with your favorite, strappy sandals is one thing.

But, rocking your most chic silk get-up with your brand new sneakers and bomber jacket is another demon.

Setting this look off, sneakers are the perfect fit simply because they’re totally unexpected.

I think fashion is about those unforseen moments because those moments are most memorable.

Don’t you agree?

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This season, the slip dress is far from a simple piece of silk.

Slip dresses are being designed with cuts of fine lace, silk overcoats, deep pleats, and plunging necklines. It’s also being redefined by creating pants suits and jumpsuits with the same ever-flowing look.

The reincarnation of the slip dress is a fantastic opportunity for women to dress up or down…

But, the slip dress also speaks for itself.

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I’ve decided to rock this look for the upcoming season.

How will you rock it?

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Signing off.

Trend ALERT: Street Lingerie.

Boy.

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Menswear is most comfortable- It’s a proven fact.

For some reason, I feel like women wearing menswear is extremely arousing and provoking.

Whenever I’m shopping, I rarely stay in the women’s section.

Sometimes I feel like it’s a very sheltered section with the average pieces.

Sometimes I want more.

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I shopped my whole look from the men’s section at my local thrift shop.

I never thought to put these pieces together, this kind of came together as I was getting ready.

Oversized, droopy and baggy- These were goals for the day

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Top: Valley Thrift Shop

Jeans: Valley Thrift Shop

Vest: Valley Thrift Shop

Shoes: Charlotte Russe

Watch: Michael Kors

Earrings: H&M

Boy.