Get thee to a Fendi….

…and slap these bad boys on your mug. Seriously. This is not a drill. Every time I saunter wander past the Fendi store in Soho I go weak at the knees. That crooked arm. Those cat-eye stylings. The crystal embellishments. It’s enough to make you run away and join a cult, a cult led by an oh-so-stylishly-dressed-influencer named Kaiser Karl. Don’t question it. Follow your instincts. Just go ahead and get these marvelous shades. Then bask in the glory of being on top of your style game. No sun necessary.

Image: net-a-porter.com

Sunglasses by Fendi, US$495, available at Net-A-Porter;  Image: net-a-porter.com

It was the vest of times….

It’s still Summer here in the Northern Hemisphere, and as someone who laments the craziness of the outdated fashion calendar, it irks me to no end that the shops are now full of coats, snow boots and all manner of items that no-one in their right mind would be inside shopping for when they could be outdoors enjoying the last rays of Vitamin D (but that’s a whole other blog post…). Still, with that filter on my brain, I happened to come across this fabulous vest in my inbox:

Talula Park Slope Vest

Talula Park Slope Vest, Aritzia (image: aritzia.com)

Talula Park Slope Vest

Talula Park Slope Vest, Aritzia (image: aritzia.com)

Perhaps it’s because I am trying to venture past my fail-safe all-black, or perhaps it’s because I seem to have a penchant for faux fur, but whatever the reason, I concluded that this vest is indeed amazing and warranted a click-through, which is no mean feat considering my fight against buying cold-weather armor in warm-weather seasons.

Of course, this is the kind of vest that has versatility – wear it completely caj (aka casual) a la the stylized outfit courtesy of Aritzia, or do as I would do, and channel the awesome 70’s glam boho vibes that are currently floating around and are set to stick around for the Winter (or the Summer if you are my Southern Hemisphere friends).

My hot tip? Layer it over a floral midi dress, add some kick-ass round-toe ankle boots, top it off with a floppy felt hat, and house your necessities in a cross-body saddle bag. Work in the same tones to avoid an overly busy look, but remember, it IS boho, so a little flash, clash and floridness is definitely a good thing. Want to go one better? Mix your textures (fur, felt, suede and snake come to mind), and you will be strutting your 70’s boho prowess faster than your Mother saying ‘I wore an outfit just like that when I was young‘ (oh, fashion cycles!).

70's Boho Baby

Bandanas, the best bang for your buck (and your inner-buckaroo)

I love when bloggers, street-style stars and stylish-people-in-general are all spied sporting a new styling piece, particularly when said piece harks back to memories of growing up in the 90s, and costs little more than your daily coffee stipend. Enter the bandana, whose prominence has caught me eye of late, and to which I am now a huge convert.

A big advocate of the trend is the ever-effervescent Leandra Medine (aka Man Repeller), whose record of sporting a bandana can be traced back to at least March 2014. A chameleon who knows how to get mileage out of some of the most nondescript of accessories, Leandra has shown that the bandana is one of the most effective ways of channeling what is now known as ‘the third piece’.

Images: manrepeller.com (here and here); chaos-mag.com.

That’s right, by simply adding a bandana to your style arsenal, your outfit is instantly lifted into high-style stakes. Whether sporting all black head-to-toe, or testing out this season’s denim boiler suit, adding a bandana is one of the easiest methods of taking it to the next level.

Images: styledumonde.com; rdujour.com; fashionwalkinbrussels.blogspot.com; vogue.com; chaos-mag.com; styledumonde.com; thezoereport.com; justthedesign.tumblr.com

Beyond looking fantastic with just about anything, the true beauty of the bandana is two-fold. Firstly, you can wear it any number of ways: rolled right up and tied neatly around the neck, arm or wrist; as a hair-piece; tied loosely around the straps of your handbag; or, my personal favorite, channeling your inner cowboy and wearing it as a neckerchief. I can speak from personal experience when I say it looks amazing when a bandana square is folded in half and tied around the neck. I wore mine this way when going for a brief stroll around town just the other day, and, even though I was in my comfy, town-strolling uniform (aka my ripped-knee black jeans, white tee with statement black print, and black slides), my lil ol’ bandana managed to turn heads (in a good way!). And, if you are looking to have fun with your neckerchief style, do as I did and tie it around your hair, allowing you to try the stylings of a shorter ‘do without the commitment.

Bandana Power
Oh look there's me! instagram.com/theellyedit

                         Oh look that’s me!                                                           instagram.com/theellyedit

The second fundamentally amazing aspect of the bandana? The price. Sure, you can shell out your hard-earned dollars and get the lovely Saint Laurent version for $265 (and let’s be honest, that’s probably going to be one of the most affordable and accessible pieces from the brand). But if you ain’t so keen on parting with that much dosh, then look to our old high-street favorites. Zara will kindly gift one to you in exchange for $15.90, or do I as I did, and spend $7 (yes, that’s actually less than the cost of two of my morning coffees), at ASOS.

Shop Bandanas

Shop & Images (L to R): Saint Laurent Bandana Print Scarf, $265, fwrd.com; Zara Bandana Scarf, $15.90, zara.com; ASOS Bandana Print Headscarf Neckerchief, $7, asos.com

And for my Aussie friends, why not go even one better and support children’s cancer charity Canteen by purchasing a pack of 6 for as little as AU$4 per bandana. Not only will you look good, you will feel good too. So you see, it is possible to be a stylish, buckaroo-channeling fashionista who performs good deeds – who knew?

Met Gala 2015: The Best and Not-So-Best Dressed

Another Met Gala has come and gone, and in case you decided to tune out of all forms of social media in the past 24 hours, this year’s gala celebrated the Costume Institute‘s latest exhibition, ‘China: Through the Looking Glass‘. Celebrating the East’s influence on Western fashion and art throughout history, the exhibition set the tone and theme for the gala, and the red carpet arrivals did not fail to fascinate.

Despite inciting some controversy and opinion over the cultural-sensitivity of certain guests’ attire (some questionable, others intelligible and in-depth), I believe for the most-part that all who attended did so in the spirit of celebrating the beautiful Eastern aesthetic and its impact on Western arts. With that said, here is my summation of last night’s looks, where the ‘Best Dressed’ constitutes those that dressed appropriately to the theme, to the formal level of the event (it is one of the biggest Fashion Nights after all), and to the ability to look downright amazing.

BEST DRESSED

These four looks were exactly what last night’s Gala called for, with each woman giving a subtle nod (or an outright explicit shout out in the case of Rihanna) to the theme. I loved the references to traditional Chinese dress in Kate Hudson’s modern rendition of a Cheongsam; the unique decorative detailing in Jess Hart’s gown was exquisite; the use of vibrant red and gold, the colors strongly associated with luck in Chinese culture was on-point for all four women; and Rihanna demonstrated her fashion chops by showcasing one of China’s foremost couturiers, Guo Pei. These looks truly were the stand-outs, paying homage not only to the theme, but also to the cultural institution that is the Met Gala.

SPECIAL MENTIONS

Diane Kruger and Sienna Miller’s trouser get-ups were not only red carpet appropriate, but in my mind also subtly referenced the beautiful silk pajamas associated with Eastern culture. I admired most of the women who donned silk in reference to the theme, however Alexa Chung and Emily Blunt’s embroidered silk, as well as Lily Aldridge’s collared silk gown, stood out. Sarah Jessica Parker’s headpiece was beyond wonderful, and it couldn’t help but conjure thoughts of the Dancing Dragons that emerge for each Chinese New Year (shout out to my sisters and brothers-in-law who are heavily involved in this!). While Anne Hathaway’s look was daring, I loved it for the silk and the gold, again a color so prominent and important in the East – to me it was a fantastic, modernized interpretation. And while Amanda Seyfried’s white graduating hem-gown sadly wasn’t on theme, she just looked so damn beautiful, and her gown so gorgeous, I couldn’t help but give her a special mention.

NICE TRY, BUT NOT FOR THE MET GALA

Don’t get me wrong, I thought JLo, Kim and Beyonce all looked AMAZING! But, and it’s a big but, (no pun intended there shapely ladies!), the looks either had nothing that referenced the theme, or even if they did (here’s looking at you JLo), they just were not Met Gala appropriate. These are the kind of gowns perfect for a premiere, or even a Met Gala celebrating trend-forward fashion, but for a Met Gala celebrating the Eastern Culture’s influence on the West? It’s just doesn’t sit right. Better luck next year ladies!

FORGOT WHERE YOU WERE GOING?

I get it – dressing for the Met Gala would be hard, but come on, these looks were better left for anything other than walking the red carpet at the Met Gala! With the exception of Jennifer Lawrence, who I only included as I found her dress so underwhelming for such an event, I wouldn’t flutter an eyelid if I saw some of these outfits out and about around town. Chloe Moretz, who usually gets it so right, looked like she was headed off to a nice Sunday barbecue; Miranda Kerr and Dakota Johnson looked like they were girls on their way to dance their little hearts out at the club; Constance Jablonski looked set to enjoy a nice boozy brunch in her pool slides; and Cara Delevingne, who perhaps forgot she won favor for being daring in trousers last year, looked like she just wore the same thing but in black and with some fake tatts – it just made me go meh! Here’s hoping next year these guys remember they are going to one of the most important fashion events, and you know, dress up?

And, that’s it! My wrap up of the Met Gala done for another year. Now let’s get the countdown started for 2016!

Images: style.com; harpersbazaar.com; vanityfair.com; huffingtonpost.com; people.com; vogue.com.

It’s Official: Kendall Jenner, the new Face of Calvin Klein, is taking over the world

Following her domination at the Fall 2015 fashion runway shows, where she walked the catwalks for no less than 15 collections, and her crowning by US Vogue as a member of the new ‘Bratpack’ (so defined as being a member of the “Instagram Aristocracy”), Kendall Jenner’s plans to completely rule the fashion world have been taken to the next level. Calvin Klein have just announced that the brunette beauty is the face of their new campaign, and it can’t be denied that she, and the images from the campaign, look amazing.

The thing that makes Kendall so likable as a model is that she appears ‘accessible’. Her looks have that down-to-earth quality, and it wouldn’t be far-fetched to imagine having Kendall in your inner circle, or to some, even looking like her. Her beauty is natural and familiar, creating the opportunity for people to fill in the blank with their own minds about what, or who, the model represents. Combine that with her versatility to transform into a whole breadth of different characters – such March Jacobs’ futuristic, alien-esque normcorist or Estee Lauder’s cool Parisian – plus her demeanor suggesting she wants to make a legitimate career out of modeling (and is not hungry for down and dirty fame like other members of her clan), and it is no wonder this model is one of the most in-demand for fashion and beauty brands today. Now, if she could just nudge her big half-sister out of the way….

Estee Lauder Campaign Image: vogue.co.uk

Estee Lauder Campaign Image: vogue.co.uk

Marc Jacobs Fall 2014 Runway Show Image: ellecanada.com

Marc Jacobs Fall 2014 Runway Show Image: ellecanada.com