"Grace in women has more effect than beauty." William Hazlitt
I have always dreamed that a designer would take notice of my work and say to me something like this:
"Please bring some of your favorite models and we will leave you alone in the mansion and supply you with as many dresses as the yogini/models want and all we want you to do is have a great time and dive into the depths of creation."
Well, Sue Wong did just that and Liz Arch, Noelle Beaugureau and Cristi Christensen and I spent the day at her beautiful home with her exquisite designs and made art.
Creating in The Cedars was all improvised. A model would put on a green dress and we walked over to a green painting. Or, I could say we carefully planned everything (for days) - but I would be lying. Nothing is ever planned and there is, without a doubt, poetry to be discovered in every moment.
One of my favorite Picasso quotes: "If you know exactly what you are going to do, what's the point of doing it?"
Buying sunglasses is not the easiest thing in the world. First and foremost, you have to find a style that you like and afford. But what if it doesn’t look good on you? Read on for a few easy tips that will help you find the perfect sunglasses for you, always:
If you’ve got Jude Law’s facial features: good for you! The guy has a pretty perfect oval face, which means he can afford to wear almost every type of frame. If you’re not sure that you have an oval face, check for a good proportion, with high cheekbones and the chin slightly narrower than the forehead. The only frames you should try to avoid are those that are too large on you, otherwise everything goes. Our choice: Dolce&Gabbana DG6080.
David Beckham is a good example of a square face, with a broad jaw line and forehead, as well as a square chin. He looks good in anything that doesn’t accentuate the angularity, so he should go for round sunglasses, oval ones or aviators. If you share his face shape, avoid angular frames and color accents on the bottom of the frame, in favor of curved lenses and embellished top frames. Our choice: Gucci 1627.
When it comes to round faces, Elijah Wood knows that he should wear contrasting frames in order to look his best. His usual geek chic, thick rimmed glasses are actually most flattering on his face shape! Angular frames are very much encouraged for this type, as they draw attention from the roundness of the face, by contrast. Angular sunglasses will make your face look longer and thinner, when it’s actually relatively equal in length and width. Our choice: Ray Ban RB2140F.
A typical heart-shaped face, with a broad forehead, wide cheeks and narrow chin, belongs to David Spade. Frames should elongate the look and direct attention downwards, like narrow, round sunglasses do. Avoid Clubmaster style sunglasses, which focus on the upper side of the face, and consider those with thin temples or embellished bottoms. Our choice: Persol PO0714.
The focus on SS14 fashion trends is heating up of late. By now most of you fashionistas already have your seasonal wardrobes well planned out, if not already stocked! However, that doesn't mean it's too late to add a few fun accessories and outfits for specific spring events. One thing that comes to mind looking at the months ahead is what is sometimes affectionately referred to as "race day fashion."
Many associate horse racing events primarily with the high volume of betting activity (in addition to the races themselves), and this is certainly a major factor of race day culture. Using the upcoming Cheltenham Festival in England as an example, fans can view a constant stream of updates on major races online at the Betfair, where you can also view the odds on each event. Many think partaking in this activity adds another dimension to race day festivity. But perhaps even more important in adding culture to horse racing events is the incredible displays of spring and summer fashion (and borderline costumes) we tend to see at them.
Referring to Cheltenham again, one glance at last year's standout outfits (the festival actually has a whole day devoted largely to fashion and known as "Ladies Day") will tell you just about all you need to know about race day fashion—it's fun, festive, and vibrant. But for a more specific take on the concept, here are five tips for race day fashion in 2014, for those of you looking to embrace these events in the U.S. this year.
Wear Colorful Graphic Prints
This is a constantly appropriate race day fashion trend that will never go away. As mentioned, race day fashion is all about celebrating the bold, fun looks for warm weather seasons, and colorful graphic prints are recommended by experts at News Australia, where they know their racing events!
Wear Bright Blazers
This is a brilliant tip from Marie Claire UK for cooler days at race tracks. In the U.S., most high profile racing events are virtually guaranteed warm weather, but for mornings and evenings a brightly colored blazer can still be a wonderful option.
Opt for Nude Shows
Another tip from Marie Claire UK, nude shoes—such as those featured from Topshop with snakeskin heels—offer a wonderfully light touch for these warm weather festivals and sporting events.
Leaders In Heels posted a comprehensive race day fashion guide in 2013 with some fun and beautiful outfit suggestions, but the overall theme is worth taking into account as well. Also, play up your matching! Because race days are bright and bold, an outfit with perhaps a bit more matching color than you'd normally display can be just the thing. Just keep the tones light (pastels work wonderfully for racing)!
If ever there is ever a time to show off some bold accessories, a day at the races is it! Yellow gold accessories are in this season, but race day is more about items like ornate pins or those famous oversized hats you see at events like the Kentucky Derby. Have fun with this suggestion and some some personal style!
Ultimately, you can probably piece together an outfit out of your existing spring wardrobe if you decide to go to a horse racing event this season. But just as some go for the races, some go for the betting, and some even go for the drinks, you can enjoy the experience a great deal more by making it a fashion event!
Designer For Men, an elegant retail store in Beverly Hills, has just launched its fully-featured e-commerce website located on the Web at www.designerformen.com.
The content and products of the new site are geared towards men who want to dress well, but don’t want to spend a fortune in the process. As the DFM tagline suggests, Designer For Men offers “The Finest Quality in Men's Designs at Attractive Prices.”
Among the products available on the site the new range of menswear is organized according to 3 main categories for easy site navigation -– Clothing, Ties and Accessories. Visitors can browse high quality menswear for themselves or find excellent gifts at affordable prices.
One of the benefits of Designer For Men are the amazing ties and pocket squares.
“We want Designer For Men to offer one of the largest selections of the highest quality ties on the Internet, a place where both men and women can find one-of-a-kind designs which will last a lifetime” says Fary Jalili, the site’s creative director. “There are many Internet retailers selling men’s clothing, but if you want to find superior quality products, you have to pay handsomely. We’re going to offer the best quality menswear which is still affordable to working professionals everywhere,” she continued.
Fary Jalili says that since launching the Designer For Men site in January, her team continues to add new products every day. “We are taking our time to find the best designs and quality products which we can sell at discounts other premium merchants wouldn’t dare. We invite new customers to join our mailing list where we will share our exclusive menswear through members-only promotions.”
As the site continues to grow, Designer For Men will feature both established and aspiring menswear designers. The site is currently seeking to add talented designers to the site who wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to showcase their products through an Internet retailer.
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Pakistani designer Altaf Maaneshia staged his New York runway debut, as the closing show of NYFW’s FTL MODA + Art Hearts Fashion Presented by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to over 1,000 individuals at Lincoln Center Theate, on February 13th. Mr. Maaneshia received rapturous applause from the duly impressed fashion media and buyers in attendance.
In his Fall/Winter collection, Maaneshia created neat and clean looks that are dual-functional for professional settings into nighttime. The outfits are bold, using geometrical angles, and he’s known to mix fabrics such as leather and wool, in addition to tweed, silk, taffeta and silver accessories. He apparel is targeted for strong, independent woman, and he says that his ideal celebrities to dress would be Lady Gaga or Sarah Jessica Parker.
Lucky for us westcoasters, Altaf Maaneshia will also present his FW 2014 collection on Wednesday, March 12th, at 8PM during Style Fashion Week Week at L.A. Live. Mr. Maaneshia's show will immediately precede headliner Betsey Johnson.
“I love LA because it’s the perfect place to network. At Style Fashion Week you can meet with people from Hollywood, the entertainment industry, retailers and press.” -Altaf Maaneshia
To keep up with Mr. Maaneshia on Facebook, click here.
With any Fashion Week, you’ve got two shows going on at the same time -- the one on the catwalk and the one outside. All that matters is that you know on which side of the runway you want to be.
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First, do you have a press pass? If you do, that means you can probably get in a couple of showrooms and, if you did your homework, you already have a few invitations to some shows. Of course, there’s the situation so many fashion bloggers and lovers find themselves in -- it’s two days to Fashion Week and you forgot all about needing a press pass. But you still really really want to go.
If you’re a Fashion Week virgin, here’s how to tackle both scenarios.
Press Pass Girls or Boys
You’re on the right track if you have a press pass and you’ve successfully e-mailed the PR teams to send you an invitation to their shows.
So now it’s 8 in the morning and you’re putting your makeup on and wondering what’s next. Well, the best advice in this case is get your camera. If you’re not the editor-in-chief of a famous magazine, you’re probably going to see the editor-in-chief of a famous magazine. You don’t want to miss the chance to get a photo of them, especially if you’re a fashion blogger and live on what that person writes. A camera is also useful for fashion inspiration. Many people go to Fashion Week just to strut their stuff, so you’ll get to see a lot of over-the-top outfits and composed looks.
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Another thing you have to keep in mind is wearing the right clothes. What do you want them to say about you? Imagine photographers, models, designers and stylists walking around the place. Some of them might notice you. You might even get photographed. So make sure you know what you want to portray. Are you an over the top diva? Or a calm and collected, fashion-savvy individual?
Think about it, but don’t go too wild on the shoes if you can’t handle it. Sure, those Miu Miu gravity-defying pumps look amazing, but if you’re planning on going from show to show and you don’t walk in heels every day, you might regret your decision and go home sooner than you might like. Fashion Week isn’t a lot of sitting, but plenty of walking. Shows are over fast and then you have to wait for a few hours. So go for classy comfort and you’ll be fine.
Finally, talk. Don’t just wallflower your way through Fashion Week. Go to the designer in the showroom and ask him something about his pieces. Get his business card and give him yours. Interact and make it a social experience. Otherwise, you’re just looking at clothes and, for better or for worse, you can do that on the internet too.
If you’ve missed all deadlines but still want to drop by Fashion Week, there’s still something you can get out of it. Seeing the people (and sometimes celebrities) and socializing is really the best part about it, so stay with me.
The most important thing you should think of right now is your outfit. That might sound shallow, but it’s not. You can get in the tents (or wherever they hold the shows in your city), so you have to get noticed. Wear an outfit that talks about you in a bold, daring manner.
If you’re an all black girl, make sure you take it to a new level of monochrome. If you’re inspired by weird, obscure movies from the Czech Republic, go all-out on that. Know what you want to say and say it clearly. You’ll do yourself a favor, photographers a favor and people you meet a favor, because they already know something about you even before talking to you.
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If you’re good with your outfit, all we need to do now is get those business cards in your bag and shove one in everybody’s face. Ok, don’t go overboard, but don’t be shy either. You never know what useful connections you can make in Fashion Week. You might meet a designer who wants to collab with you because of your style. You might get your photo taken and giving the photographer your business card might make sure you get your name and blog address published correctly wherever the picture might be posted.
A business card might even get you in a show. While the big runways are probably no-go areas, the up-and-coming designers always want to have as many people as possible at their shows.
Find the person who’s in charge of the entry or someone from the PR team and show them your business card. Explain politely (many people are really obnoxious in Fashion Week, overly-confident and generally stuck-up little bastards) that you did not have time to get a press pass but that you’re a big fan of the designer and would love to write something on your blog that gets 10000 hits per day. You might be in luck and get a standing seat.
Fashion Week is amazing. It’s a circus and a parade as much as it’s a social cafe for the fashion hungry. The first Fashion Week is a great experience, so don’t be afraid. Approach it with confidence and it will get you far.
Gwen Lewis is a freelance writer who lives in California. She has been involved in the beauty and fashion world for years. In her free time she loves to travel and see the different cultures of the world.