Friday, June 24, 2016

My Newfound Crop Top Addiction

After a one-month hiatus, I think it's time we engage in conversation again, shall we? Let's discuss one of my favourite summer trends this season (and the one before that and the one before that): crop tops. When this look resurfaced, I was a little on the fence. A deep V is one thing, but my midriff is something I never thought I'd be showing off anywhere but at the beach. Every season, I've tried wearing this look in a variety of ways. First, as a lover of high-waisted pants, I paired it with those and found it immensely practical and appealing. Subsequently, I went for the high-waisted skirt, while showing the least amount of midriff possible. Ultimately, I gave in by offering a slight peak at my midriff without bordering on vulgar.

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I've found that with every trend, it takes a few tries to get it right and make it feel like you. Whether a pair of oversized slides or a wide-brim hat, some things are always going to make a statement (especially in a conservative fashion environment), but if you own it, it'll just become a part of you.

That, my friends, is what happened to me and the crop top. After much deliberation, I've left a space for them in my closet (right before my regular sized tops) and they have become my friend. I now possess a full selection in a variety of neutrals and before long, I will have a few colours to add to the mix. Today, it's all I can buy and I can't seem to rework my regular tops.

As a petite person, a crop top is often more flattering than the regular kind. It elongates my torso and looks cute to boot. My recommendation is to slowly ease into it, especially if you're a little on the shorter side. If a reluctant person like myself can warm up to it, so can you. You may be surprised at how good it makes you feel.

Ponder it,

Bella

Friday, May 20, 2016

Who Dressed Best At Cannes?

I've never been so excited to conjure up a best-dressed list. You know why? Because Cannes is glamour, elegance, class, and little bit of rebellion personified. It's a place so classy that being dressed to the nines is a must (whether you're a regular person or a celebrity). Though they all have stylists, these celebs still deserve credit for rocking these beautiful looks. Even the ones who usually make odd red carpet choices looked drop-dead gorgeous at Cannes this year. I'm talking to you Anna Kendrick (though I love her anyway). Some women like Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively, and Kendall Jenner had a few rockstar looks at Cannes and one can only imagine the difficulty of selecting just one. However, I approached the task with fervour and I have come up with a list of mouth-watering, eye gaping, choices. Ready?
NUMBER 10
Naomi Watts in Armani Prive
 Although Naomi Watts always seems to be rocking the same strapless form-fitting Armani Prive look at every event, she consistently looks stellar doing it. This is a woman who knows her body and what works for her. Consequently, she is also always a best-dressed contender.
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NUMBER 9
Barbara Palvin in Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini
Anyone who wears Philosophy is immediately on my best-dressed list. Barbara Palvin looks feminine, pretty, and super on trend in this pale pink ruffled gown. My girly side is beyond excited about it.
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NUMBER 8
Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen
Though Jessica Chastain looked stunning in her yellow Armani dress, this has to be my favourite. From the tassled waves to the embellished gown, Chastain is so 1920s chic with a mix of old Hollywood. I'm completely obsessed.
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NUMBER 7
Karlie Kloss in Marchesa
If you're going to wear black, it better be va-va-voom. Take a hint from Karlie Kloss. THIS is how you rock black at Cannes.
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NUMBER 6
Jourdan Dunn in Ralph & Russo
Who doesn't look stunning in a full-skirted floor length gown? Obviously, Jourdan Dunn got it right in this beautiful Ralph & Russo that can't be described in any other way but dreamy. 
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HONOURABLE MENTION: Ruffled black Dsquared
I'm simply in love.
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NUMBER 5
Blake Lively in Vivienne Westwood
Apparently princess gowns were popular at Cannes this year. Though Blake Lively wore an abundance of beautiful gowns/jumpsuits that showcased her slight baby bump, I'm a sucker for a Cinderella dress. How can I resist those cake-like ruffles?
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NUMBER 4
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Alexandre Vauthier Couture
Don't you want to swing around in that dress? I know I do. I think it's clear to see that red is Rosie's colour. Though she looks gorgeous in almost everything, she shines even brighter in red. Also, that flower at the neckline is simply perfect.
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NUMBER 3
Amal Clooney in Atelier Versace
Can Amal Clooney do any wrong on the red carpet? The answer you're looking for is no. Though this dress is simple, she looks like a greek goddess and the slit is the perfect way to showcase her super classy shoes (not shown here). Breathtaking.
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NUMBER 2
Kendall Jenner in Cavalli Couture
This has got to be my favourite naked dress of all time (and there have been many). There is so little going on here yet so much at the same time. I'm not even sure how that's possible, but I'm flabbergasted. This is STUNNING (caps intended).
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NUMBER 1
Bella Hadid in Cavalli Couture
Clearly, Cavalli won Cannes this year. I can't even imagine a more perfect dress on Bella Hadid. From the very expensive looking diamonds ornamenting her neck to this body-hugging gown, this look is red carpet gold.
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Which look was your favourite this year at Cannes?

Ponder it,

Bella

Friday, May 13, 2016

Are Hoodies Even Fashion?


Due to streetwear brands like Hood by Air and Vetements, the fashion world can't get enough of the "stoner staple" otherwise known as the hoodie. I can't help but wonder, why?????

While fluffy coats project glamour, bombers are sport chic, and leather jackets are edgy as hell, hoodies are just plain, well, plain. Hoodies are what you wore back in high school gym class because it matched your sweatpants. Hoodies are what you bought after college to wear to bed with your school's colours and logo. Hoodies are what your boyfriend lent you during a long walk on a cold spring night. Hoodies are NOT a fashion staple.

Or are they?

Perhaps I'm being a bit harsh. Fashion has embraced the sneaker, particularly the Adidas Originals and Stan Smiths, and well, Adidas makes hoodies too so by logical deduction...The magazines can't stop talking about getting fit and athleisure, the most popular streetwear trend that transformed your gym wear into day-to-day attire. But, hoodies? Is it the next cool thing that we borrow from the boys or simply a sign we've just given up on getting dressed in the morning? Can a hoodie ever be chic?

Unless you're Kanye West, probably not.

It takes a certain type of person to rock a hoodie like a fashion girl/boy and though the S/S 16 runways have welcomed this newcomer with open arms, it hasn't quite swayed me yet.

HOWEVER, I do admit that a true pro can transform it and potentially, it can become a "fashion". If you're thinking of wearing it with your Roots sweatpants, think again.

How did slides become fashion? How did pyjamas become fashion? All it took was one fashionista to reinvent it. Perhaps sweatpants and a hoodie are not fashion, but maybe if you wore it with your fitted midi skirt? Or perhaps a pair of leather pants? 

Like anything else, the way to break into fashion is by breaking the rules, altering the norms, and mixing and matching in a way nobody thought possible. In that case, bring on the hoodie. Who knows? It may become my next closet staple.

Ponder it,

Bella

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Who Was Best Dressed at the Met Gala? Literally, Everyone

Welcome to the Met Gala (aka the most exclusive event of the year, aka the Super Bowl of fashion), where anyone who's in Anna Wintour's good books receives the honour to attend and impress in some breathtaking dress that will hopefully appear on some elite best-dressed list. This year's theme: Manus x Machina : Fashion in an Age of Technology. It seems appropriate considering the surge of technology in the fashion world, whether with the Apple watch's collab with Hermes or the abundance of wearables all over the runway. Some celebs went for a metallic look to project their perception of the tech theme, namely Brie Larson, Taylor Swift, and Poppy Delevingne. A few opted for the ever-popular naked dress, such as Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, and Rita Ora. The Haim sisters looked stellar in matching lace Rodarte and Emma Watson returned wearing pants under a dress once again, though this time, it was Calvin over Dior. I'd say Zoe Saldana was definitely the Rihanna of the evening in a bold feathered gown by Dolce & Gabbana, but Sarah Jessica Parker left us wide eyed as well for other reasons. She may have to take tips from Emma Watson on how to wear pants to a red carpet event...It was a very difficult list to make, but alas I drew my conclusions and this is what I came up with. Are you ready?

NUMBER 10
Rose Byrne in Ralph Lauren Collection
This gold metallic gown looked beautiful on Rose Byrne with to-die-for ruffles at the neckline and along the slit. While she may have not been my best-dressed of the night, my soft spot for ruffles landed her number 10 on this list.
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NUMBER 9
Zoe Saldana in Dolce and Gabbana
It's impossible not to include Zoe Saldana in a red carpet best dressed list. At the Met Gala this year, she was literally the human embodiment of a peacock with multi-coloured feathers all along her dress's endless train that made you wonder how she could possibly have gone to the bathroom. Though impractical, this gown definitely stopped everyone in their tracks.
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NUMBER 8
Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace
Speaking of showstoppers, Kate Hudson wore quite the original dress at the met gala and it took me a while to decide whether I liked it or really hated it. Therefore, it needed to be on this list. The cutouts were less sexy than they were cool and somehow, that made it all look very high tech.
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NUMBER 7
Clare Danes in Zac Posen
Clare Danes showed up to the Met Gala as Cinderella and was the belle of the ball in baby blue Zac Posen. It may seem a little old school for a tech-themed event, but in fact, it glowed in the dark. Sigh.
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NUMBER 6
Naomi Watts in Burberry
I love Naomi Watts. She always manages to look classy and composed in looks that are unique, though a tad bit predictable. Regardless, she knows exactly what works for her and her confidence makes her radiate in every dress she wears (particularly the ones that sparkle).
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NUMBER 5
Brie Larson in Proenza Schouler
Another lady showed up in a metallic dress last night and that was Brie Larson. Her ladylike ruffles juxtaposed with that strong metallic hue ensured that she stuck to the theme while also showcasing her femininity. I'm kind of obsessed.
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NUMBER 4
Blake Lively in Burberry
I don't know how she does it, but Blake Lively always looks like a goddess. In this blush pink Burberry gown, the actress looked regal and though I don't see the connection to the theme, I'm beyond in love with her choice.
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NUMBER 3
Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa
So apparently this dress also glows in the dark. WHAT?! I was already blown away by those gorgeous white floral appliques, but when I found out this dress had other features, my jaw literally dropped. I have no words.
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NUMBER 2
Taylor Swift in Custom Louis Vuitton
Though some may not approve of Taytay's edgy transformation, Anna Wintour gave her the thumbs up and so do I. She kept it girly with a ruffled skirt, but rocked that black lipstick with a pair of strappy gladiator sandals (that may have won me over more than her dress). You better not have bad blood with this diva.
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NUMBER 1
Poppy Delevingne in Marchesa
When I saw this dress, my pupils dilated to double their size. It's like a flapper dress made for the future or one giant silver necklace that wraps around Poppy's boddy like it was made for her. Every detail of this dress proves the saying that diamonds are a girl's best friend.
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Which look was your favourite? Was it one of these or was it another look I missed? 

Ponder it,

Bella

Friday, April 22, 2016

Plastic Is Fantastic (Especially for Rain)

"Rain, come at me, because this year, I will be fashionably prepared. You may think you can rain on my parade by frizzing up my hair and soaking up my sandal-adorned feet, but you are greatly mistaken. The fashion world has officially made plastic happen."

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If I were to have a conversation with the rain, that is more or less what it would be like. You may be thinking, "Plastic? Hell no. That cannot be fashionable." Perhaps several years/seasons/seconds ago I may have said the same. Today, I sing a different tune. Thanks to Christopher Kane, my hair shall be left undamaged because of a certain plastic headscarf shown on the runways this year. Will my purse get wait? No it won't. It will be full-on plastic as seen at Loewe's Spring 2016 show. As a result, my belongings will not risk a drop of water. Also, who needs an umbrella when you've got plastic hats at Gary Graham?

Spring may have officially arrived, but that doesn't guarantee endless days of sunshine (unfortunately). In fact, it's known to rain a lot in the springtime (at least in Canada). While this may be good for nature, it's much more unpleasant for us humans, forced to carry a burdensome umbrella that will flip upwards if attacked too harshly by the heavy waters falling from the sky. While your classic trench is always on trend, it loses part of its function without the protective hood to shield your hair from water damage. Nature can sometimes be unkind and that's why we need to find a way to keep our look intact without losing our fashion sense in the process. While the initial response may be one of distaste (what has the fashion world done now), it's undeniable that this trend is quite practical. While your classic rain mac used to be the only option, the Spring 2016 runways introduced  much more chic innovations to make rain dancing so much more fun.

Are you ready to embrace this trend? I don't know about you, but I may find myself dancing in the rain some day soon, an activity I never thought I'd do.

Ponder it,

Bella

Friday, March 25, 2016

What's The Deal With Blue Lipstick?

Back in the early 20th century, the only nail polish colours to choose from were red and pink. Eventually, we graduated to the blue and greens, but though I was not alive at the time, I can imagine this was a difficult transition for society. Now, let's move on to the subject at hand: blue lips. I won't lie. The first thought that comes to mind when I think of blue lips is staying out in the cold too long or, The Titanic. Why would anyone paint their lips blue on purpose?

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Lo and behold, my friends, I've already spotted the trend at Sephora and in my favourite high fashion magazines. Is it possible that this is actually catching on? Or more importantly, why am I so shocked by this?

Let's talk about the deeper issue. Why are blue lips such a problem for me? And potentially, for you as well? If the most daring among us try this trend, will it raise eyebrows of envy or confusion?

While I consider myself to be a major lipstick fanatic (I'll try almost any colour once), this one plagues my mind. Then again, before trying red lips in the day time, the mere thought seemed outrageous to me. Today, I'll wear plum purple. If I've managed to ease into a quasi-black lip, is blue in the cards for me? Would you try this trend or will you leave it to the fashion editorials?

What does our reluctance to try such a bold lip say about society? Why are we so incapable of accepting change, even in the smallest form? I ask myself these questions because I can't help but wonder why colours can be deemed "taboo" on the street scene (or maybe just out of our comfort zone). So, I challenge you to try this lip trend one day. Maybe you're only prepared to showcase it in the evening with dimmer lighting. Maybe you're bold enough to attempt it at work. Perhaps you'll get a few compliments. You'll never know unless you try. Be bold this season. Who's stopping you? Other people's judgement?

Think about it.

Bella

Monday, March 21, 2016

A Full-Blown Easy-To-Read Fashion Week Recap

Too busy to keep up with Fashion Month's limitless list of designers this year? Guilty of not reading any of my previous posts recapping my top 5 best at the four capitals? None of this matters because I'm about to offer you one final chance at redemption: a full-blown easy-to-read fashion week (read: month) recap. Are you ready? This is what you need to retain.

Fall is all about outerwear and outerwear accessories that keep you warm, right? This season, we learned how to tie a scarf in a multitude of ways. The more it drags to the floor, the better. In New York, Marissa Webb was all about the effortless over-the-shoulder look, while in Paris, Karl Kagerfeld made us reconsider scarves altogether in exchange for a preppy cardigan wrapped around the neck at Chanel.

At Dries Van Noten, we learned that women should wear ties, though at Haider Ackermann, shirts were pretty much optional. But who needs shirts when your underwear can now be worn outside your clothing, as seen at Valentino and Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini? If you're a tad bit conservative, that's fine too. At Marco de Vincenzo and Karen Walker, it was all about those extra layers and at Akris and Paco Rabanne, our trusted turtle-neck was all the rage. Also, the oversized look was a major go at Balenciaga for those seeking comfort with a fashion edge. If sexy and exposed is more your thing, Paco Rabanne taught us how to wear crop tops to work (depending on the flexibility of your manager) and at Balmain, Louis Vuitton, and Moschino, we learned how to expose our shoulders. Perhaps shoulders are the new midriff? Think about it.

As you know, when it comes to brands like Julien Macdonald, Saint Laurent, and Mugler, the sexy look is always in. If you have the confidence of Jourdan Dunn or Gigi Hadid, these brands are for you and we probably can't be friends. Speaking of confidence, it may take a truckload to pull off the transparent pieces at Sonia Rykiel, Givenchy, and Elie Saab. Here's what I've learned. You either wearing your lingerie out and exposed or none at all. Take your pick. As for some other trends, fringe is still in according to the great Elie Saab and so are wide belts (seen at Miu Miu and A Detacher). But the most important trend to follow is ruffles. Remember that. We saw them at Marissa Webb, Sonia Rykiel, Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini, Fendi, Kenzo, Chanel, Giambattista Valli, and every other show with an inkling of girlish charm. They are the best.

What should you wear outside? Shearling is obviously a must for next Fall (as shown at Carven), but if you prefer fur, it's the jelly to fall's peanut butter sandwich. Great advocates of fur include Fendi, Calvin Klein Collection, and J. Mendel. If a full fur is too much for you, you can also wear it as an accessory like at Sonia Rykiel. Another option is the cape, seen at Akris, or the main trend of the moment, the bomber jacket. According to Coach 1941, bombers are the bomb guys. Wear one. When it gets even colder, Demna Gvaslia of Balenciaga just made it okay to wear a massive parka, which you can pair with an A Detacher beanie. Some other crazy hat options were seen at Chanel, Daks, Gareth Pugh, and Louis Vuitton (if you're feeling a little whimsical or slightly outside the box). Even if it's cold outside, you should still wear your massive eyewear (because sun is still a thing in the winter contrary to popular belief) as Carolina Herrera, Monique Lhuillier, Karen Walker, and Anna Sui have taught us. But when it's raining, look to those transparent plastic head scarves at Christopher Kane (or your grandmother's closet) and the impermeable rain coats at Lacoste because rain is REAL guys. So is frizzy hair.

Ready for your beauty look? Black lips were major at Dior and Louis Vuitton. But according to Paco Rabanne, blue lips are suitable as well if you're feeling daring. If that sounds a bit too grim, try the fuchsia lip as shown at Alexis Mabille and Topshop Unique to brighten up those dark winter days.

Finally, layer all of your looks with pearls. Why? Because Karl Lagerfeld and Jeremy Scott said so.

If this list was too long for you, this is all you actually need to know.
1) Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid are interchangeable and irreplaceable. They swapped hair at Balmain and all the world was in awe.
2) Someone wore a chandelier at Moschino. Sia would be proud.
3) The set at Louis Vuitton was the best one. Karl Lagerfeld opted for no set this year and made a statement doing so. He also gave someone else a shot at blowing our minds. That someone was Nicholas Guesquiere.
4) Skinny legs are out. Not happening. Over. Move on.
5) RUFFLES.

And now that I am out of breath, you may rest and take what you can from this recap. I hope it offered you everything you were looking for and perhaps enticed you to check out some shows (or at least the chandeliers). If not, let's hope it was remotely entertaining.

LOVE,
Bella