Archive for ‘Trends’

May 25, 2012

Take Me Out

by Kaylee Pare


It could be the influx of flawless summer weather we’ve been having lately, or that I’ve recently taken up the sport, but my fascination for baseball caps has certainly matured in recent weeks. Avoiding the beer, golf or car branded variations – and of course, any semblance of a trucker hat – a small category of simple, two-tone styles are fit for a Sunday stroll or a casual drink. Reminiscent of those peewee soccer days, a cap with minimalist tendencies brings an unlikely pair – sports and fashion – to new heights. Similar to the recent revamp of the sneaker wedge (which I also can’t get enough of), it’s finally time for us unqualified (heels-digging-in-grass) sports groupies to get a little taste of the playing field. And on that note…take me out to the ball game?
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April 1, 2012

Punch

by Kaylee Pare

There’s no doubt that investing in a few colourful blouses and chinos will uplift your dressing drill. But sometimes a little piece of bright exuberance in the form of jewels will take things even further. As this photo from NYFW illustrates, nothing illuminates a look like accessories in vivid colours. When gold, silver and copper have gotten the best of you, it’s clear that your wardrobe is starving for the cerulean, orange, azure and lime shades that have enchanted the accessory world as of late. I know mine is. There’s nothing more invigorating than owning a little piece of vibrance, possessing the power to transform any dull ensemble you find yourself in. Rather than hunting down a kaleidoscope of colours to reinvigorate your wardrobe, consider the potential of these brilliant pieces …it may just be the punch your garments are thirsty for.

1. Emilio Pucci gold-plated plexiglass cuff
2. Venessa Arizaga salty lime silver-plated bib necklace
3. Oscar de la Renta beaded tassel clip earrings
4. Kate Spade gumpdrop stud earrings
5. Tom Binns aqua neon necklace
6. Yves Saint Laurent arty gold-plated glass ring
7. Etro color-block rubber bangle

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March 21, 2012

Sorbet

by Kaylee Pare

Somehow, another season is upon us, and we are thrust into that length of time when closet cravings are at their peak. Although the prospect of a fresh, warm season is thrilling, it also makes the styling process that much more daunting. Suddenly we are inclined to add pops of colour to every look, showing a bit more skin with each Celsius incline and all the while patiently sifting out the warm wools for the light linens.
Of course, last year’s stock of Spring pieces never quite seem good enough for us this time around. So begins the cycle…what does my wardrobe need this season?
The best part about Spring – other than the lively weather and the newfound urge we all have to sit on patios and go for walks – is the colour. Some years, the shade on everybody’s lips is coral, others it’s yellow, more recently it’s been colour blocking that has everyone’s attention, and more often that not, pastel colours are a must-have. This year, a refreshing take on traditional pastels has arisen – denoting flavours of mint, apricot, raspberry and lemon. Blouses, loafers, skirts and tanks are delicious in these shades, making my cravings turn from ice cream cones to silk sorbet. A new-found adoration that holds no hidden calories, but only implicates a small dent on your credit card – which is worse?

1. Repetto BB woven raffia ballet flats
2. Chloé Marci mini leather shoulder bag
3. Topshop Knitted chunky stitch jumper in mint
4. Topshop High waisted hotpants in apricot
5. Essie Cocktail Bling
6. 3.1 Phillip Lim Racer-back silk-crepe tank

March 1, 2012

Slouch

by Kaylee Pare

Yikes. It’s been a while. You can always tell when my life has changed in some way by my posting patterns. Ahh what can you do. While I’ve been regrettably ignoring my blog, the Fall 2012 shows have been turning out the latest movements in New York, London and Paris. It’s always a bit overwhelming to sift through the innumerable collections, noting resemblances in cut, colour, texture and influence, but of course, it’s also quite dreamy to get that fresh taste. As with most Fall seasons, the usual suspects showed up to the party; fur, leather, chunky knits, fun Winter accessories and all those woodsy shades we love. Those that haven’t necessarily been on the invite list in previous years, but made obvious appearances, were things like peter pan collars, jumpsuits, white tights, peplum, and billowing leather pants. That last newcomer was a bit of a surprise to me, seeing as though leather is typically shown in legging form on the Fall runways. I can’t imagine how slouchy leather must feel to wear, I would think not ideal for the typical work day. Nevertheless, each of these looks prove that baggy leather can be worn in countless ways, and doesn’t look quite as ridiculous as one would think.
What are your thoughts on the slouchy leather trend?

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February 7, 2012

By the Seashore

by Kaylee Pare

Chanel Runway Spring 2012

While it may seem as though these Winter months are here to stay, it’s comforting to think that Spring’s inauguration is just a little over a month away. The typical formula for Spring fashion entails florals and pastels, trench coats and bold stripes. This year however, designers have turned to the treasures of the sea to usher in the months of rainfall and blossoms that are upon us. Seashells and corals of all sorts turned up on Spring 2012 runways in the form of statement-making accessories.
Now’s the time to dig out that starfish pendant or start the hunt for sea-inspired pieces to add to your Spring wardrobe. There’s nothing like daydreaming of a warmer season ahead and the clothes you’ll be wearing…especially when the heavenly seashore is involved.


1. Yves Saint Laurent Riviera starfish-print canvas wedge sandals
2. Lanvin Minaudière satin shell clutch
3. Oscar de la Renta pavé shell clip earrings
4. Yves Saint Laurent gold-plated starfish ring
5. BCBG Maxazria draped vine necklace

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February 3, 2012

Fringe Benefits

by Kaylee Pare

Among the hundreds of street style photos I peruse daily, the ones I choose to save often have a unit of correlation. Whether it’s a particular shade of yellow, a fresh take on denim, a flawless pattern combination or a touch of fringe on a suede jacket and a leather skirt. While the idea of a fringe detail may evoke a Western feel, these women prove that a touch of leather transforms the look from southern belle to edgy style maven. I’m definitely feeling persuaded to add some embellished leather to my wardrobe and try this look on for size. As Tamu McPherson (left), Taylor Tomasi-Hill (right) and an unknown show-goer demonstrate, leather and fringe are versatile. Pairing them with an oversized wool sweater is just as fly as opting for thigh-high boots and a wide-brim hat. Truthfully, I expect that any way you decide to style this look will be impeccable – as long as a few loose leather threads are invited to the party.


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January 27, 2012

Le Croc

by Kaylee Pare

From left: Christian Dior, Giambattista Valli, Christian Dior, Christian Dior, Giambattista Valli (Spring 2012 Couture)

Spring 2012 Couture’s three-dimensional florals were met with quite the contrast in trends. Translucent pleats, pencil skirts, peplum waist lines and delicate cuts were paired with none other than fierce crocodile in jet black and sand. Collections like Christian Dior, Giambattista Valli, Givenchy (not pictured) and Armani Privé (not pictured) embraced the material, presenting it in its most ladylike rendition. Whereas in other seasons, we’ve seen crocodile coated on accessories like shoes and bags, today’s edition gives us  practical suit pieces for the modern woman. A vicious animal at its most polished and proper – just steer clear of the real deal!

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January 26, 2012

Dimensional

by Kaylee Pare

From left: Chanel, Giambattista Valli, Elie Saab, Chanel, Giambattista Valli (Spring 2012 Couture)

The Spring 2012 Couture shows have come to a close and as usual, designers have implemented corresponding elements in contrasting ways, making all of us writers categorize groups of looks into ‘trends‘. As much as I know that this type of content will be repeated on multiple platforms in similar manners, I believe looking at individual pieces by style is more worthwhile for us regular shoppers than looking at a collection in its entirety. Here, with looks by Chanel, Giambattista Valli and Elie Saab, three-dimensional florals are abundant. On everything from coats and skirts to tops and gowns, 3-D arrangements make dainty petals a little more bold, and a little less bland. If anything, they are reminiscent of ‘he loves me, he loves me not’ moments.

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January 12, 2012

File > Print

by Kaylee Pare


From left: Nina Ricci, Kelly Wearstler, Derek Lam, Matthew Williamson, 3.1 Phillip Lim

Pre-Fall 2012 collections have me dreaming of a day when my pile of jeans is layered in dust, and my wardrobe is bursting with silk graphic print pants; tribal, elegant, playful and beyond. We’ve seen our fair share of this trend (think: festival season… tribal utopia) but it’s my feeling that the cooler seasons’ wool capes, bomber jackets and fitted blazers are this item’s ultimate teammates. Next time you’re in a line up among a sea of blue jeans and leggings, be the one who’s sporting striking leg wear that no one can ignore – and own it.

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December 28, 2011

It’s Irrefutable

by Kaylee Pare

It’s truly irrefutable. As much as we would like to say that we are not the ‘glitter-wearing’ kind, or we intend to stand-out by wearing items that do just the opposite…there’s no denying that a part of us is inclined to bear at least one piece of radiance on New Year’s Eve. It is convention – and some may say cliché – to exhibit our most shine-worthy items while ringing in the new year and I dare say, there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s only natural to reach for a glitter-sprinkled blouse, thoroughly sequined leggings or those sparkly pumps you only dared to wear on your birthday. If you can’t imitate a starry night on the evening where millions of people are throwing confetti, drinking bubbly and counting down to midnight – then, quite frankly, when can you?

 

1. ADAM sequined silk top
2. Miu Miu glitter-covered leather belt
3. By Malene Birger embellished short
4. Elizabeth Cole mini mohawk posts
5. Miu Miu glitter wedge sandals
6. Deborah Lippmann stairway to heaven glitter nail polish
7. IRO metallic viliana sequin pant

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