4 of Our Favorite Denim Trends

What’s not to love about stylist denim pieces?

Denim happens to be a material that is completely versatile. Pieces made of denim can easily be dressed up or for casual relaxation.

Let’s talk basics.

You should own at least one pair of skinny jeans, a pair of high waist jeans, and your go-to embellished denim. However, it never hurts to expand your denim collection, beyond the surface. We’re bringing you our personal denim fav’s to rock for fall.

Momma Knows Best

We love to get inspiration from things we’re familiar with…

Right?

These babies are no exception.

We all strive to be just like Mom… Even in her denim selects!

The vintage inspired style, known as mom jeans are quickly on the rise. Doesn’t matter if you’re into pure denim, or care for a little bleaching… Mom Jean’s are hitting the scene with emphasis. Channeling to 90s vibe, these jeans feature a high, cinched waist. Usually worn to harp on the physique, these jeans focus on the curves. We’ve been peeping a ton of these at local thrift shops, making it easy for you to snag your pair. They look great with a tucked blouse and cuffed at the ankles.

Trench Coats on Deck!

It’s about to get really chilly in here.

We’re digging the latest spin on the trench coat.

These denim overcoats are everything. Perfect addition to your closet due to their warmth and fashion edge. A denim overcoat can be layered on top of denim or rocked with your favorite colored slacks.

You’ve got options!

The fabric is the new-age neutral and can complete any look.

Denim Mini Skirt

The denim mini is pushing it’s way out of summer fashion and straight into fall. It’s also a trend that is defying fashion rules- It refuses to leave quietly.

By accentuating your legs and your favorite pair of shoes, this wardrobe staple is an keeper. From frayed distressing to full embroidering, denim skirts are being spotted at all of the best retailers.

Although most are under the impression that denim skirts are only for summer, we beg to differ. Pairing your denim skirt with a cowl neck sweater and over the knee boots brings this trend into season.

Denim Jackets

Baggy equals better.

Oversized denim jackets are more of a necessity than ever. These chic jackets are usually pulled from vintage menswear and work so well with most pieces in your closet.

Worried about keeping your jacket exclusive?

Give the jacket a little personal touch by adding embroidery, cutting the sleeves, layering, or even releasing the hem.

Denim is the new wardrobe essential these days.

You can remain casual for a day running errands, or add details that will dress it up for your next night out with the girls.

The proper denim style and item remains versatile and can fit any body type.

Since the summer is over, you’d better rack up before it’s too late!

Alexis Ross

4 of Our Favorite Denim Trends

10 Looks to Rock to a Fashion Event.

It’s summer time and its time to sit back and unwind… for some of us. For the rest of us, it’s the season to make some of our most favorable memories. Rather that includes days at the beach, drunk nights on the town or my personal favorite fashion events. There’s something about summer that makes us want to be our most fashionable savvy selves, especially when attending a fashion event. There are so many choices when it comes to what look you’re going for and these decisions are crucial. Just because everyone coming to see fashion on the models doesn’t mean they won’t be paying attention to what you’re wearing.

We’ve gathered 10 bomb looks from this years’ New York Fashion Week street style that should hopefully give you some inspiration as rip through your closet to find the perfect outfit. Stay chic!

 

Trends:

Wide leg pants have been very trendy this year you can easily pair them with a cute flowy blouse or even something more casual.

Graphic Tee’s will never go out of style. They are affordable, convenient, comfortable and versatile. They look good with jeans, skirts or shorts. My personal favorite has to be an oversized tee with knee high boots.

COLOR BLOCK!!! Need I say more? Don’t be afraid to wear some summer colors to brighten up your wardrobe. If you’re anything like me you love black but sometimes you have to switch it up.

Another trendy combo is the layered look. With a plain tee (short sleeve or long sleeve) layered under a cool spaghetti strap dress, tank, or crop will complete the look.

Another layered look for any time is a floor length cardigan. Even if you have on something really casual its easy to dress it up with one.

 

– Atavia Bishop

10 Looks to Rock to a Fashion Event.

Alexandre Vauthier Fall 2017 Couture

There are still fashion killers out there who live for ultra glam…

You know those looks that make heads swivel… The looks that go down in history for decades?

Vauthier happens to be one of them.

With the showcasing of the body of a woman through sensual draping, accentuating cuts and an innate idea for how one should come dressed for the party…

I’d say Alexandre Vauthier has managed to recycle old glam ideas and refreshingly bring them into the ‘now’.

Models gawked across the runway, which zig zagged throughout the venue with various twists and turns. Surrounded by a small audience, the runway was lit with lavender and purple hues and was topped off with a disco ball.

Add a disco ball to just about anything, and we can expect one hell of a party.

The walking mannequins bounced around in high spirits to upbeat disco tunes, passing each other with confident looks and sensual smiles.

Ending the runway, there stood a mirror…

In case the models were feeling vain.

We watched ruffles take over the runway through variations of cocktail dresses, statement midi skirts and upscale blouses.

Being produced with soft leather, sheer lace, and silky ribbon, ruffles added an effortless touch to many runway looks that will be replicated for months on end.

Serving as a continuous fashion trend throughout 2017, I’d say the ruffle accents throughout the runway show were touches of modish glam that we couldn’t live without.

Taking the runway show to the next level, Vauthier reveals a showstopper- the lavender, feathered minidress…

Talk about turning up the volume.

The sweetheart neckline was quickly engulfed by a swarm of lavender feathers that trailed down to her ankles in an asymmetrical order.

The mini dress slowly cruised up the models’ thigh, giving the dress some an amp of dimension and most importantly- Sex appeal.

I’d call this the number one stunna’.

We saw a trend of lame´ draped dresses, where looks resembles burning metals- creating deepened necklines, everflowing leg slits and bussling sleeves.

The lame´ dresses were featured in bold metallic colours that ranged from cool silver to frosted magenta.

Models appeared on the runway in these serene looks- creating the facade that Vauthier draped each of them in his sleep.

Go figure.

Yes, we’ve seen the black turtleneck before, but not quite in this setting.

The sheer black turtleneck made a huge statement on the runway throughout this collection, while turning more heads than one.

Models were not only featuring the hottest pieces on the runway, but their hottest assets.

The sheerness of the turtlenecks added sensuality to the collection and brought the idealism of the collection full circle.

Women are powerful and can wear what the fuck they want.

There’s no shame in flaunting it if you have it…

Right?

Each turtleneck was topped off with power shoulders, giving the ladies a sense of authority over the party.

Styling them with a leather midi skirt or high waist culottes added to the suggestiveness seen throughout the collection.

Anyone acting orderly will be punished.

You’d better be invested in having some fun.

Knee high boots were added to almost every look, but they were featured in metallic colours to add that much more appeal.

The knee high’s varied in the classic black leather, black velvet, full lace, and metallic magenta and jade.

I can obviously see these boots inspiring thousands of bad ass looks throughout the street style culture in the months to come.

We all deserve a pair.

Need I say more?

The night ended in drama…

Predictible.

In the best way.

Vauthier designed a black party dress with a cinched waist- made completely sheer (of course). This number was decked out with a black veil to match and styled with the biggest chandelier earrings that one can locate. Adding black knee high boots took this look from lewd to excessive in .5 seconds.

We love the drama.

We always need the drama.

Whoever expressed that couture was dead needed a revelation…

This glamour provided just that for me.

But, who am I?

Signing off…

-SM

View the runway show for yourself by following the link below.

Enjoy 🙂

Alexandre Vauthier’s Fall 2017 Couture Collection

Alexandre Vauthier Fall 2017 Couture

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

Versace Resort 2018

I’m beginning to notice more and more that in fashion design, there are prominent LEVELS that make up the craft. After a vivid viewing of the Versace Resort collection, I’d say that Versace still stands as an elite fashion house- producing some of the most trend setting and inspiring pieces to date.
After reading up on Donatella’s allegiance to the City of Angels, I began to understand the background and inspiration of the collection. Not only does Los Angeles have a glistening vibe filled with an undying amount of sunsets from day to day- it has a liter of youthfulness, two cups of glam, 1/2 a cup of defiance with a pinch of street vibes. That’s one hell of a concoction, and it’s only made for the strong- forget the weak hearted. A city of dreamers, lovers and creatures searching for fulfillment- some say it’s the best city on the planet.

Not to mention Donatella sent her entire design team to L.A. to grab some of the greatest pieces and inspiration from the city.

Talk about a great boss.

The collection was a tribute to L.A., but also to the evolving fashion world which is becoming more diverse, applauding individuality, and a free range of style. 

With this evolution, we’re seeing more realistic models, more street style inspiration and the small faults that once needed correction. The beauty in that is the fact that fashion seems to be coming full circle for its onlookers.

I’d say that’s a plus.

But, what’s next for us?

The resort collection was one of various inspirational points that range from the multiple strands and cultural communities that make up the city of Los Angeles. Versace was able to take the aesthetic to another level by combining and mixing some of the world’s various entities and cultural looks into one solid collection.

I was very impressed by the array of inspiration pulled into this.

I’d purchase almost everything…

After I win the lottery.

We witnessed Rock and Roll references through the studded accessories, leather jackets and fringed skirts. There were bold pinstriped power suits that were layered over lace bralettes, or pencil skirts with slits that were sky high. 

There was a hint of 90s inspiration after beginning to see a trend in the color palette, which decorated layered patterns that consisted of palm trees, exotic flowers and peacock feathers- all resembling old Hollywood decor at its finest.

A collection with a piece for everyone- that’s what I’d call it. With it’s supply of various colors, textures, embellishments and more- I’m sure many can style these numbers in ways unimaginable.

The pieces have me feeling too cool, edgy and straight magical.

The streets should definitely be watching.

Signing off.

-SM


Versace Resort 2018

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.

Gucci Resort 2018

Pulling inspiration from Ancient Classical periods in history, Alessandro Michele revealed another collection under Gucci where his extravagance can be appreciated. Weaving in classical elements with pieces of history from the 60s, 70s and the Renaissance happens to be the key successor of this collection. We saw an array of colors that were derived from royal palettes, consisting of rich purples, golden hues, canary yellows, royal reds and nautical blues. After reviewing the collection, I saw a fusion of cultures and time periods in every look- which added fascination and stimulation for any fashion lover like myself. The accessories made each look- adding excessiveness to the embroidered, bedazzled and woven pieces throughout. Michele added heavy elegance through the outerwear pieces within the collection- featuring fur chubbies, elongated bomber jackets, silk blazers and woven cardigans. We saw the consistent fusion that Gucci continuously brings- nerdy meets elegance, trends meet classics, and children meet adulthood. Pulling inspiration from various cultures, ethnic backgrounds, previous designers, and meaningful time periods- Gucci outdoes itself all over again. Signing off.
-SM

Gucci Resort 2018