…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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
So turns out brides were onto something, judging by last week’s Spring 2015 Couture runway shows. Veils are making a comeback, and not just for weddings and funerals. Spied at both Giambattista Valli and Chanel, veils were used in both shows to emphasize the prominence of sheer, tulle-like materials in the coming season, whilst also adding an element of drama and intrigue. It’s a styling trick that can (and should!) easily be adopted into every day wardrobes.
Of course, it’s not the first time that veils have been a ‘thing’. The cult Jil Sander/Stephen Jones-collaborated veiled beanie debuted in the Spring Summer 2012 collection, and her high priestess of fashion Anna Dello Russo was spotted staunchly supporting the trend throughout Spring 2012 Paris Fashion Week.
Miley Cyrus and Rihanna carried the veiled beanie torch through 2013, and in February 2014, Joan Smalls also garnered street style kudos when she was spotted in her veiled beanie on the streets of Milan. Even yours truly has been spotted around Melbourne, Berlin and New York over the past 12 months wearing this wondrous accessory.
This Spring, however, the veil will be present in much more heat-friendly forms, from a simple stand-alone veil a la Chanel, to headband veils such as this Jennifer Behr style at Opening Ceremony.
While it may seem too fashion-forward to some, this is one accessory that can really take an outfit to the next level. If the compliments and the intrigued yet appreciative looks I get when I wear my veil beanie are anything to go by, then it’s definitely worth taking a chance on this emerging trend. Need more inspiration? Just look to blogger extraordinaire Chiara Ferragni adding edge to her sublime burgundy suit with a bejeweled veil.
Right now I am stationed in the uber cool city of Berlin. And one thing that I have to contend with, that I have never had to contend with before, is dressing for a northern hemisphere winter. And boy am I unprepared.
Friends based in New York have, horrifyingly, worded me up on what you need. A proper down jacket: I hate down jackets. Heat Tech undergarments from Uniqlo: I once walked into a Uniqlo store and walked straight back out as I cannot stand the look of those awful, awful packable down puffer jackets for women (my prior point stands, but full disclaimer, I did end up buying one, but only the newer version that’s a diamond stitch and ONLY as a layering piece, I will never ever wear one of the classic down styles as my outer jacket!). And apparently, you need boots that have superior waterproof qualities, insulation, and extremely good tread because black ice is a real bitch.
As a true Melbournite who had only traveled to the ever balmy South East Asia and Europe in summer, the coldest I had experienced was probably somewhere around the 3 degree celsius mark. Sure – I had been to the snow a couple of times, but I felt even then it was above freezing temperatures, and again, I disliked it so much that I kept my distance (ie I try to avoid the cold as much as possible).
So this dressing for winter thing has got me freaked out. If I am settling in New York long term, must I buy a horribly ugly down jacket? Do I need an actual snow boot? Does anyone make snow boots that don’t make me want to throw up? And the worst thought of all for an Australian with an appreciation of style – would I have to wear Ugg boots? In public? (Seriously, people in the US love them – I don’t get it).
In my frantic search before I flew to Germany, I stumbled across these Coach bad boys online (pic below). I love these Urban Hiker boot, they work with denim, leather leggings and the best winter style staple – a roll neck sweater dress. But I am not confident they meet all the criteria for battling the streets post crazy winter snowstorm. They are definitely on my wishlist, but not as my ultimate snow battling companion.
When I hit Berlin the best I was equipped with was a pair of Sportsgirl heeled Chelsea Boots (see pic of similar style from Monki below). Fearing that the city would be blanketed in snow any minute, I continued a hunt for a suitable (or perhaps much more suitable than what was in my possession) boot. And here is what I discovered: no, nobody makes a snow boot that is even remotely attractive or stylish. Nobody. Even more so, nobody makes any sort of winter boot in black. Sorry guys, I am from Melbourne, if I am going to HAVE to buy a pair of these things, it’s gotta be in black.
In the end, I negotiated out the style factor and purchased a pair of Timberlands. Sure, I never, ever envisioned buying Timberlands, but they are waterproof, fleece-lined and have a good tread. Plus, I did opt for the style that rolls down to revel the teddy lining. I felt with these I could at least pull off that whole ‘toughened up sleek’ style – I am envisioning wearing them with my black and white pencil skirt with black tights, oversized white man shirt (courtesy of the boyfriend), chunky silver necklace, and faux fur vest. And, if it is freezing, I can roll up the boots and voila, they are combat boots. I must admit, they are not so bad, but the question still lingers – will they be enough to combat a full on city snow attack?
It was therefore with great glee that I discovered Balenciaga’s Lace Up Snow Boots, courtesy of FarFetch. Firstly, they are black. Secondly, they don’t look horrible! They are the best looking pair of Snow Boots that I have found, in fact, there is no feeling of nausea at all when I look them. And so my search is complete. I won’t buy them just yet – I think I actually need to experience how bad a Northern Hemisphere winter is before I cough up the money for these, but at least I know they exist. And who knows, maybe walking through city snow is so bad, I won’t even care what boots I am wearing. Haha, yeah right.