A-line Dress Returns in Pre-Fall 2012 Collections

Pre-season Fall 2012 shows by Jason Wu, Monique Lhuillier, Calvin Klein are showing a trend of A-line dresses with cinched waists. With the return of lady-like silhouettes and modern day style celebrities like Kate Middleton and Michelle Obama, A-line dresses are a nice way to continue the expression of women’s classic fashions. I can definitely see Kate Middleton gracing us with her vintage inspired style by wearing out Monique Lhuillier’s black and white A-line frock. The thing I love most about this dress is the unique and visually appealing neckline; it’s a beautiful mix of a dropped circular v-neckline that really adds to the structure of the dress.  And of course you can see Calvin Klein’s signature minimalist styling with a small amount of texture to keep things interesting – this one’s perfect for the hour-glass shaped woman.

2 Reasons Why I Love the A-Line Dress:

1: It fits any girls body; curves or not, you’re going to be able to pull this off because the dress itself has body built into it. The curvy girl will feel comfortable wearing this because it allows for her waist to be shown off and then have the rest of the dress flowing with enough movement and structure so that she’s not showing off more than she wants to. The thinner girls will be happy to have body built into the dress because it will make up for their lack of curves and bring on a more lady like structure to their silhouette.

2: It can be worn classically in a vintage fashion by wearing it in a great floral or geometric print to go with different style decades; or it can be accessorized with modern touches to bring it up to date and even look fashion forward rather than even semi-vintage. Jason Wu’s dress (first on the left) is paired with a great leather belt at the waist and long black gloves to make a posh updated look instead of an overly retro knockoff.

Even though it’s a far way out – give or take 9 months – Fall 2012 is shaping up to be very lovely in the way of dresses with structure that still allows for flow.

Illustrating Fashion Everyday

Fashion can be illustrated in a many multitude of ways – of course we always think that wearing clothes every day is how we illustrate our personal fashion sense. (and yes it may seem to be easiest for most of us!) But we often forget or even overlook the true art of fashion. Fashion as art can be found in runway shows, fashion art installments or exhibits, photographs, and even hand drawn illustrations.

"Fused - Fashion Illustration Art Print" by Leigh Viner - CLICK TO VIEW MORE.

Runway shows are always fun to go to because it means you get to dress up too! It’s all about who’s wearing what and how. Seeing new collections and being able to mingle at the after parties with the models and designers is always fun, but the shows are always over SO fast.

I recently went to my first fashion art installment. I was expecting a fashion show (classic crowd and runway scenario), but it ended up being an installment. It was actually at Versace’s storefront on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California. I really enjoyed the event because the models were all standing on pedestals around the shop taking the place of the mannequins. Every 30 minutes they went back and changed one by one and then they walked back out to their posts and presented themselves. The event was actually all about shopping and donating a percentage towards a local charity.  Overall the event was actually quite refreshing. It gave me a lot more time to appreciate the clothes and really inspect the garments and enjoy their careful design and craftsmanship.

Fashion photography and drawn illustrations are some of my most favorite ways to see the blend of the art and fashion industries. It really goes to show just how close the two industries are entwined. I myself am a fashion photographer for Eloquent Woman Magazine (you can click on the side bar to see the website and our latest issue!). Photography is of course my first love when it comes to bringing fashion into art.

Metallic Makeup Ideas

Very Avant Garde hairstyle! :)

I am really obsessed with the metallic trend. I’m really hoping it stays around for a while! So, i’ve shown you my favorites from TOPSHOP (don’t forget they are having their Free Shipping sale today for Cyber Monday! All day long!) and now I’m ready to show you some of my Pintrest finds on the makeup side of things! :)

Great look for a fun Holiday party! :)

Simple and minimal sparkle, but still on trend.

 

DIY: false lashes, smokey eye shadows, & little bit of sparkles!

Cyber Monday Deals

Here are some of my favorite Cyber Monday deals! :) Whether you get free shipping, a percent off, or a BOGO you’ll enjoy these fashionable finds for sure!

1: Shop: Topshop.com Sale: FREE SHIPPING

FREE SHIPPING at TOPSHOP.com all day long!

Why I love TOPSHOP.com: They are based in the UK but offer us fashionistas here in the USA some of their hottest trends and designs at reasonable prices! Lately my favorites in their shop are the metallics! Like you saw in my last post, they have a lot of fun sparkling, sequined, and shiny items!

2: Shop: 365Hangers.com Sale: 15% off

365Hangers.com 15% off coupon code: cyber365

Why I love 365Hangers.com: They collect all the  last sizes of the hottest dresses, tops, pants, and skirts from some of the most sought after designers. They offer the pieces at 75% off original price in hopes to help sell out the last sizes of great designs fast! This sale is even more incredible because you can be getting 90% off!!! Now don’t tell me that’s NOT a steal! Seriously amazing :)

3: Shop: BlueFly.com Sale: Everything is on Sale- up to 75% off!

Why I love BlueFly.com: They offer exclusive sales to their email subscribers (it’s easy to sign up and free!) of top designers on latest fashions. They often sell limited stock items that are flying off the shelves at full price – they have great deals at up to 75% off today!

 

Thai Nguyen’s Spring 2012 Collection

Thai Nguyen’s Spring 2012 Collection was shown at LA Fashion Week in October of this year. (Designs by Thai Nguyen//Photography by Volker Corell) The reason I love Nguyen’s 2012 Spring designs is because they are smooth, sheer, and sexy; but they have modest cuts as well. It’s a beautiful fusion of  modest and sexy. These are my favorites from the show:

Pleated sheer fabric: a new love of mine!

The modest neckline is the first thing I noticed about this dress - and it's why I am so in love with the idea of sexy-modest dressing.

Love the high slit, sheerness of the fabric, and the open flow of the dress.The modest neckline is the first thing I noticed about this dress - and it's why I am so in love with the idea of sexy-modest dressing.Pleated sheer fabric: a new love of mine!