Friday, February 27, 2015

#IconCity: New It-Girl, Gigi Hadid

Latest It-Girl on the fashion scene, Gigi Hadid, has made it into Iconcity because of her penchant for style and her appearance at the hottest shows at Fashion Month. Head-to-head with Kendall Jenner, who can tell which if these women will rise to the top faster? Though Kendall has a one-up on Hadid due to her Kardashian liaison, the latter remains a favourite amongst designers like Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors, so watch out Kendall. Some may say she has been on the rise for years, landing her first gig with Marciano at 2 years old, but Gigi has come a long way since then and her modelling gig is just beginning.

Here are some of her best looks.

LOOK 1
To some this looks like lingerie, but a model like Gigi Hadid makes it high fashion.
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LOOK 2
Looking pretty in pastel pink, Gigi has mastered feminine sex appeal.
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LOOK 3
Nobody wears a crop top like a model with rock hard abs.
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LOOK 4
This look is so construction worker cool and Hadid pulls it off like a style pro.
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LOOK 5
Hadid keeps us guessing in this slinky cutout black dress.
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What do you think of Hadid's style? Which look is your favourite?

Ponder It,
XOXO,

Bella

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

London Fashion Week: In Review

After moving from the luxe looks of New York City, we switched on over to the hipster scene in London. A city best known for its eccentric style and deviation from fashion rules, London featured some of the most eye-catching designer collections this season. From Christopher Bailey at Burberry Prorsum to Vivienne Westwood, London Fashion Week takes on many forms that makes it undefinable. The one thing we can agree on is that London is consistently filled with surprises on the catwalk. This year, a dominant trend in London was nature. Designers like Erdem and Antonio Berardi featured bold floral prints to lift us up during the sombre fall months. Florals for Fall? Now, that's something you don't see every day. These designers prove that seasonal dressing is overrated and that it's all about the personality. Here are five of my favourite collections from London Fashion Week that reflected my own personality.

ANTONIO BERARDI
Antonio Berardi livened up the Fall scene with bold floral prints in bright yellow on tailored dresses with skirts filled with pleats to start off his show. The collection drew in the ultra feminine British woman who aims to impress with striking colours and head-to-toe prints. One of dominant colour trends was lilac, an unusual hue for Fall that made us question our impression of seasonal colour palettes. Pink was another colour that made a dramatic appearance in a bright shade of Barbie. It appeared on classic knee-length dresses and pant suits only suitable for the fashionably inclined. The collection then took a turn for the cobalt with abstract prints on dresses and pants alike. The best part? The designer integrated the latest fashion fad: dresses over pants. Whether or not the look will sell remains to be seen, but in London, anything goes. This collection may have appeared simple at first glance, but the second half of the show proved that this man knows how to manipulate his fabrics. His final dresses were architectural and almost, origami-like, making every look stand out on its own as a statement outfit.

FAVOURITE LOOK: 10
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ISSA
This debut collection by Jamie O'Hare transformed Issa into a boho-chic selection of fringed dresses, geometric prints, and sheer panels in unusual places. It targeted the sexy bohemian woman aiming to have a little fun on the streets and assert her style savvy. The show began with some classic black and white and instantly drew me in with an edgy printed jumpsuit. Was it original? Maybe not. But it caught my eye and invited me in for more. The third look already predicted the prominence of fringe in this collection not suited for the faint of heart. There were several classic LBD's with cutouts and transparency made for a woman who owns the room. For the lady who wants to make a bigger statement? There were a wide variety of jumpsuits to choose from. The designer mixed prints with expert ease and even brought in the colour du jour: bright red (a popular Red Carpet choice). Another print that made it onto this runway was stripes. Whether on flowy dresses or loose blouses, stripes appeared in different forms, but with similar colour tones. The designer ended the show with some sparkly minis, taking the collection from daytime office chic to ladies night. I'm already picturing Poppy Delevingne in one of those black fringe dresses and look forward to seeing how she'll give it her own flavour.

FAVOURITE LOOK: 11
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DAVID KOMA
David Koma is always a show I look forward to at London Fashion Week. He consistently keep his collection sophisticated, yet edgy, with leather patches and strong colours. This season, he incorporated zippers and belts that defined the waist, making it all about the metal additions. He managed to keep the collection feminine with flared skirts in the ever-popular leather. Though he kept the collection basic with classic black and even some nude, there were other colours such as orange and cobalt that made an appearance, keeping it fresh and bold. The designer gave his collection some added sex appeal with mesh netting and cutouts at the waistline. Though he maintained the structured appeal of his label, he also increased its sensuality with slits and minis. It was a new take for David Koma, but I was nonetheless impressed and attracted to a number of pieces in the collection.

FAVOURITE LOOK: 2
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HOLLY FULTON
This Holly Fulton collection had a vintage feel that triggered the nostalgia we're all feeling in the current generation. It began with a luxurious white fur coat, reminiscent of a day when this was what we wore in the winter time and parkas did not exist. There was a strong feminine aura in this collection dominated by skirts and slip dresses. A floral theme was also present in this collection but in the cuts and shapes of the pretty pastel blouses on the runway. Pink, green, and red were the colours that appeared most throughout the show on furs and leathers. Though it was very girly, the collection had a good girl gone bad edge and perhaps even a sprinkle of Cher Horowitz in it. Every look was different but had one thing in common: a strong character.

FAVOURITE LOOK: 11
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TOPSHOP UNIQUE
Topshop is one of my favourite British brands and this collection reminded me why. With bulky fur coats, hints of leather, and its signature plaid print, this collection had so many interesting pieces to make it a memorable one. It was for the effortlessly cool downtown London chick (think Cara Delevingne) stopping cars on the streets with her bold style choices. Once again, nature took on a form in this collection on dresses and blouses in earth tones like tan and dark green. The party girl came out with slinky mini dresses, particularly of the furry variety for the modern lady. The collection's 70s undertones were evident throughout with matching suits flared pants, but with a glam twist. It was the epitome of London and that's exactly what it was aiming for.

FAVOURITE LOOK: 11
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Which of London's collections was your favourite? 

Ponder it,

XOXO,

Bella


Monday, February 23, 2015

The Ultimate Best-Dressed List: Oscars 2015

Last night was the biggest night of the year in cinema and in fashion. Celebrities of the highest caliber walked the Red Carpet in the most luxurious dresses and tuxedos to celebrate film, and of course, show off their designer garbs. As per usual, I have decided to indulge in one of my favourite hobbies: creating a best-dressed list. Though you may have already seen an abundance of lists on websites like Glamour, Vogue, and Harper's Bazaar, this one will provide commentary on my picks for best-dressed of the night. If you're even the slightest bit curious, take a look at my choices below.

NUMBER 10
ANNA KENDRICK in THAKOON
Though Anna Kendrick is one of my favourite people in Hollywood (seeing as we are soul sisters), I tend to dislike her fashion choices. For once, I was impressed. One of the first people to walk the Red Carpet, Anna shocked onlookers by wearing something surprisingly elegant (no offense, Anna). This peach Thakoon dress with a neckline made of diamonds took everyone's breath away and her hair was Oscar perfect if I do say so myself. Finally, I can say "bravo, Anna". You have mastered humour and fashion alike. I like you even more now.
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NUMBER 9
CHRISSY TEIGEN in ZUHAIR MURAD
Chrissy Teigen looked like a goddess in this baby blue Zuhair Murad dress (doesn't she always?). Though I'm not usually a fan of the deep V combined with a slit, somehow she pulled it together without crossing the line after sexy. The dramatic berry lip and retro waves made it an even more striking look and since she isn't in the film business, we can rest assured that her goal was to make the best-dressed lists. Mission accomplished.
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NUMBER 8
FELICITY JONES in CUSTOM ALEXANDER MCQUEEN
While some celebrities prefer the understated, others opts for something slightly more jaw-dropping. Usually, the fresher faces. Take Felicity Jones, for example. This celeb took the diva route with a custom Alexander McQueen dress/ball gown to assert her princess status. Since she looks like a munchkin in bangs, she pulled it off. But don't be fooled by her angelic demeanor. This dress says: I'm here to win, bitches.
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NUMBER 7
JENNIFER LOPEZ in ELIE SAAB
Though J.Lo always exposes her cleavage, this time it was in a more tasteful way and I applaud her for it. She kept it sexy with the deep V neckline and naked colour, but rather than opting for a deep slit, she went for the heavy tulle princess dress like Felicity. She may have been just a presenter, but when it comes to fashion, she was clearly there to impress and it's safe to say that she did.
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NUMBER 6
LUPITA N'YONGO in CALVIN KLEIN COLLECTION
As always, Lupita makes the best-dressed list because she knows exactly how to assert her icon status. The starlet chose a custom Calvin Klein dress composed of 6,000 pearls. Not bad for a Hollywood beginner. Looks like we'll have to be on the lookout for this leading lady, because her fashion choices prove she's a force to be reckoned with.
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 NUMBER 5
MARION COTILLARD in DIOR HAUTE COUTURE
Of course, Marion Cotillard wore Dior on the Red Carpet and looked beautiful in it. This may look like a simple white dress, but the texture and train take it to another level of stunning that only a french woman can master. And just wait until you see the back.
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NUMBER 4
ROSAMUND PIKE in GIVENCHY HAUTE COUTURE
Though Rosamund Pike scared the bejesus out of me in Gone Girl, I was absolutely obsessed with this red Givenchy dress and was able to look past my psycho path image of her. I expected something a little more revealing and was pleasantly surprised by her classy choice. From the texture, to the slit, to the sheer panels at the sides, I was completely smitten with her look.
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NUMBER 3
EMMA STONE in ELIE SAAB
Though many disliked Emma's dress for its yellowish tint, I likened it more to gold and found that it sparkled against her porcelain skin perfectly. Emma knows that the key to winning at the Oscars Red Carpet is by wearing a sparkly Elie Saab dress, but rather than keeping it safe, she chose a unique colour that was unseen elsewhere on the carpet. I salute her for it. Go Emma!
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NUMBER 2
GIULIANA RANCIC in MIREILLE DAGHER
Another lady in red who rocked the Red Carpet last night was Giuliana Rancic. She may not be known for her films, but she is widely recognized for her fashion sense. By default, she always ends up on my best-dressed lists because she has exquisite taste and somehow, I find myself wanting every single thing she wears. Can I steal your wardrobe, please?
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and the NUMBER 1 goes to...

GWYNETH PALTROW in RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE
Everyone's talking about Gwyneth Paltrow's giant Carrie Bradshaw flower. From the moment I spotted this pale pink Ralph & Russo dress, it was love at first sight. Before knowing it was Gwyn, this look was already my favourite and since this woman knows her body more than anyone, she obviously made it onto every best-dressed list. Every time she hits that Red Carpet, she gets it right. This was definitely one of her shining moments.
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HONOURABLE MENTIONS:
Dakota Johnson in Saint Laurent
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 Kerry Washington in Miu Miu
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What do you think of last night's Red Carpet? Which dress was your favourite?

Ponder It,

XOXO,

Bella

Friday, February 20, 2015

New York Fashion Week Review: My Top 5

Guess what? It's that time of year again. FEBRUARY. Yes, this month is terrible for a number of reasons: the excruciating cold, Valentine's Day, etc., but there is a silver lining that we like to call New York Fashion Week. This year, most of the designers stayed true to their image and though not many boundaries were broken, we felt a sense of warmth at the sight of Michael Kors' usual minimalist aesthetic and Vera Wang's almost entirely black collection. However, I still picked five of my favourites to review. Ready?

TIMO WEILAND
This was one of my favourite shows this season in New York because every piece looked exactly like something I would love to see in my closet. A bunch of silly beanies, some oversized sweaters, a few adorable mini skirts to compliment said oversized sweaters, PYJAMA SUITS (which I am finally starting to understand as a fashion statement), and round sunglasses (my favourite shape of eyewear). Stripes were the dominant print in this collection and were featured in almost every look. Fringe even had a moment and so did the abstract painting motif. As a whole, this looked like the most comfortable looking wardrobe I could ever aspire to and I wanted all of it.
MY FAVOURITE LOOK: 17
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3.1 PHILLIP LIM
This collection was way too cool for school and as a result, I was instantly drawn to it. My favourite fabric made an appearance several times in the form of high-waisted pants and sleeveless vests. Yes, I am talking about leather. In this case, the print was plaid, which made total sense as it is a Fall/Winter collection after all with punk rock inclinations. Though the collection was dominated by neutrals, there were some splashes of red and based on my deductions, this may just be the happening colour of Fall 2015. Just a wild guess. It felt very downtown chic meets utilitarian with structured jackets and blazers in various shades of khaki. Bomber jackets also made an appearance because what cool girl doesn't wish to own a bomber?
MY FAVOURITE LOOK: 5
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RODARTE
I confess. I am drawn to all things edgy with a pinch of attitude and this collection was exactly what the doctor ordered. Leather mini skirts? Check. Puffer jackets with fur trimmed hoods? Check. Hot pants? Check. This collection was the epitome of sexy and conjured images of Kate Moss in the 90s. It projected that good girl gone bad look with a few lace tights and boudoir-inspired outfits. Looks like someone was inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey. Or perhaps we're all just in a flirtatious mood. Could it be the Valentine's Day spirit? As with many of the most recent collections, this one was very much inspired by a 70s aesthetic with deep V necklines and checkered blazers in mustard and greige. According to the designers, their ideas behind the collection began with birds and if you look closely, it's written all over the clothes. Yes, I'm talking about those sparkly feathered numbers that closed the show. These designers definitely know how to make a statement.
Watch it here
FAVOURITE LOOK: 16
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NANETTE LEPORE
This collection touched a much more feminine side of me and it started with that stunning purple lip I immediately wanted to try. Let me begin by saying that I lusted after absolutely everything in this collection from the matching pale pink set at the very beginning to the checkered jumpsuit in the middle to the long raspberry coat at the end. There were so many splashes of wonderful colours, it almost didn't feel like winter for a moment. If you're in the mood to be girly, there were enough mini dresses for every day of the week and each one was amazing in its own way. Though the collection started with some loose draping, the designer introduced some sensual black lace to give this seemingly innocent wardrobe some edge. It was perfect.
FAVOURITE LOOK: 4
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OSCAR DE LA RENTA
Peter Copping took the reigns and though we all miss Oscar dearly, he did him proud. He kept the original designer's aesthetic with sophisticated and feminine looks including some classic tweed suits and a few flared skirts. Though the hems were higher, they remained elegant and refined for the Oscar woman at heart. Frilly blouses paired with minis were precisely my cup of tea and the little bits of fur made it all the more glamorous. The show ended with some Oscar potential dresses and a few cocktail selections for the bold amongst us. Yes, I'm talking about that off-the-shoulder gold dress and the colour-blocked one that closed the show. It was definitely cocktail hour at De La Renta and everyone showed up wanting to leave a lasting impression.
Watch it here.
FAVOURITE LOOK: 50
via style.com
What did you think of New York Fashion Week? Which collections were your favourites?

Ponder It,

XOXO,

Bella

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The "Dirty Hair" Look: Will It Ever Catch On?

The week at New York Fashion Week, our very own Alexander Wang had models walk down the runway with hair in a state that we would never leave our house in. It looked nothing short of greasy and stuck on your face like they hadn't washed it in over a week. Wang loves to push the envelope and take an unconventional route in his shows, but whether the fashionistas of this world will adopt this look is another question altogether.

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 The question is: Is this fashion?

Several seasons ago, Prada had her models sport the exact opposite of Wang's, the wet I-just-showered look. It was definitely something we wouldn't mind trying ourselves. Is fashion transitioning into a more "easy" look when it comes to hair? In other words, are we spending way too much time with the hairdryer? Wang says yes. So does Miuccia. Perhaps our best look is one that is most natural.

With hairstylists running to and fro during fashion week, we can safely say they're doing their job, but their work is so expertly executed that it appears as close to natural as can be. However, we all know the secret behind the no-makeup makeup look. Only a true artist can achieve a natural look with the same amount of effort as the, shall we say, unnatural look. Without access to these stylists, can we even pull off runway hair? Should we even try? Is this merely an expression of artistic freedom or a message to the masses?

Though this hairstyle seems absurd to the average person, is it possible that Wang is trying to tell us something? Should we be taking a break from our intensive beauty routines and opt for something slightly less done? This is not a revolutionary idea. Beach waves are a prime example of keeping the hair as "natural" as possible. But we all know Blake Lively's hair does NOT look like that in the morning. Or do we? How about the mantra "I woke up like this" as adopted by Beyonce? Would it be so ridiculous to wake up and walk out the door without touching a strand? Is done-down the new done-up?

Ponder it,

XOXO,

Bella

Monday, February 16, 2015

Let's Talk About Kanye for Adidas

Let's begin with the name. Yeezy Boost. Okay. I don't speak Kanye. Not sure what that means. However, we'll let it slide because it sounds cool.

The show started with Kanye going on and on about philosophical thoughts that lifted him to the godlike pedestal he seems to permanently sit on. Moral of the story. Awesome is possible. Take that, New York Fashion Week.

Now, let's move on to the clothing. It consisted mainly of neutral tones such as black and nude. The black made us think of Kanye because he's so mysterious. Obviously. The nude made us think of Kim, for obvious reasons as well.

Kanye also chose to include his sister-in-law Kylie in the show to make her feel like she's just as good as Kendall at modelling. Unfortunately, this isn't Lagerfeld or DVF, but I suppose Kanye will do since he is destined for greatness. Duh.

Kim also brought Baby North to the show to honour her daddy, which resulted in tears and Kim having to take the child out of the room. They say the truth comes out of the mouths of babes. I don't know. That's just what they say.

Anyhow, I liked the shoes. I want the shoes. I think it's safe to say that the average person does not want to expose herself a la Kim by wearing Kanye's nudist tights, but he stayed true to himself and that's what matters.

Also, he debuted an awesome new song. Listen to it.

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Good for you, Kanye.

XOXO,

Bella

Friday, February 13, 2015

How Fashion Girls Celebrate Valentine's Day

As we all know, Valentine's Day is the day we celebrate love. It is no longer a day reserved for couples alone, but rather, one in which we can send cards to family and friends to tell them how much we care. It's also a day to spoil ourselves, because loving yourself is the keynote to true happiness. Duh. Now that we've gone through all the cliches that allow us to acknowledge and perhaps "enjoy" Valentine's Day, let's go through a list of ways that fashion girls choose to celebrate this holiday. Ready? Here's my top five.

NUMBER 5
V-Day Inspired Nail Art
On this special week in February, Pinterest is flooded with Valentine's Day manicures to brighten up your day. Whether you have a man or not, this is just another opportunity to get your nails done. Rather than going for the basic red or pink, try some crazy nail art and get creative this year. It's the simplest way to enjoy the day without the flowers.
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NUMBER 4
New Lingerie
Let's get one thing straight. A woman must ALWAYS feel sexy whether there is a man in her life or not. Hence, the excuse to buy sexy lingerie for Valentine's Day. After all, you never know when you'll need it.
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NUMBER 3
Red Shoes
If you've always wanted that pair of statement shoes, now is your chance. Since V-Day falls on the weekend, what better way to showcase a pair of bold red stilettos than on the streets during Valentine's Day?
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NUMBER 2
Red Lipstick
If you're not usually inclined to wear a red lip, this is your chance to try it out. If you have nobody to kiss on V-Day, this is the perfect time to sport this bold lip color that women love and men hate to kiss.
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NUMBER 1
Heart-Shaped Jewellery
In this day and age, who needs a man to buy you jewellery? Any true fashion girl can buy her own sleek silvery heart on a chain and this is the perfect excuse to justify this type of purchase, wouldn't you agree?
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What are YOU doing this Valentine's Day. Have you finished your shopping yet?

XOXO

Bella