The last issue of Marie Claire magazine I read had a pages-long spread on the black and white trend that carried throughout the Spring/Summer 2013 runway shows. Bold, structured bags with blocks of black and white, silk blouses with vertical black and white stripes, jewelry patterned with black and white gems. Marie Claire’s lovely Colombian editor and Project Runway host (I prefer her taste to Heidi’s and Michael’s), Nina Garcia, writes that this theme of stark black and white contrast shouldn’t be simplified as another case of fashion history repeating itself. She admits that it is a return to the mod styles of the 1960s, but that it is also an artistic reaction to the worldly climate of economic and political uncertainly. This trend, she raises, like its vertical stripes, offered an outlet for order, structure, and solidity. Lit crit in fashion, who knew?
This trend, especially the vertical stripes, has been creeping its way back into street fashion for the past year or so. What has inspired this? Beetlejuice? Yes, naturally, but also, I honestly think that people realized that black and white doesn’t have to be stuffy or tacky. I remember growing up that vertical stripes were a thing to be avoided like the plague. They would make you look much larger than you really were, no one wants that. And by the 1990s, two-toned black and white get-ups were already becoming costumey and outdated. The things being done with black and white now are totally redefining all of those old notions. Black and white is chic, it’s edgy, it’s new. Well, it certainly feels new, because we’ve banished it for far too long.
As we all know, only a select few determined and (probably) tough fashionistas actually nabbed anything from the Versace for H&M line in Fall. The day the line was released, a news broadcaster on NPR radio commented on how H&M employees had to hand out wristbands and numbered tickets because of the amount of people waiting to bust through the doors to snatch a piece of Versace gold. Most stores sold out within the day. And the Missoni for Target line wasn’t much better. I breezed into my local Target only a few days into the release of the Missoni line to find nothing but a few infant items that the employees had placed on the Women’s displays in a desperate attempt to keep the racks from looking barren.
Maybe, this one’ll be different. You may remember First Lady Obama’s gown Inaugural Ball, the one she wore as she danced with the President to Beyonce’s rendition of At Last. If you don’t, here’s a refresher. Well, that gorgeously poofy dress was designed by Jason Wu, a now 29 year old Parsons alum whos designs are known for being “fuss-free” but still striking and chic. On February 5th, he will be releasing a ready to wear line with Target that promises to capture the simplicity and chicness of his designs with a much lower price tag. In fact, prices will be decently gentle on your wallet, ranging from $19.99 to $59.99. The line will include accessories, like bags and scarves.
Click here to see Target’s page on the upcoming line. They don’t offer much more that a few glimpses as of now, but it does wet your palette. Personally, it an not into printed shirt-dresses unless the prints are something crazy, like cats, but we’ll have to wait and see what Mr. Wu has up his sleeves. Mark your calenders. This line will only be available online and in stores from Feb. 5th to March 6th, 2012. I’d recommend getting there early!
As always, I share with you some looks I thought were neat. Let’s see why these looks work so we can try them ourselves!
A lot of people make Japanese fashion trends look tacky, but this girl wears it well. I think it's a very cool idea to take a shirt-dress, like the pink and white plaid one she's wearing, and wear is as an open jacket. Especially good if you aren't quite ready to wear a tight fitting dress on its own.
There are a lot of things I like going on in this photo: silky button up blouse, cardigan sweater, side braid, and simple make-up. This outfit looks effortless and not overdone, which is a feat, considering that leopard print jeans had their run of popularity and run the risk of looking tacky. I've had my eye on a pair for awhile, but never made the purchase. I have a pair of red and black ones (the ones from the Miley Cyrus/Max Azria collection) and have yet to let them see the sunlight. This look inspires me, though. The loose fit and Buddy Holly-ness of the cardigan balance balance out the leopard pants. Likewise, she's kept her hair and makeup simple.
So, this isn't an outfit you'd wear to the grocery store or to work, but it has some pretty cool elements. If only we could always dress so fun! This outfit is Marie Antoinette inspired, with a high piled updo and pastel colors. Again, we see a sweater over a button up blouse. The top half is simple, so she's chosen a more dramatic hosiery... Or maybe those hearts are just glued on? Either way, so good.
I really love those tights.
So, I am getting bored with Lookbook.nu. Creative looks are few and far between and mostly everyone must be rich to afford a zillion pairs of Jeffrey Cambell shoes. Those things can be like $500.
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These are from the Easy Fashion of Paris blog. This is one of my favorite street style blogs, ever. Those Parisians really know how to dress.
I post these because they have inspired me, and hope they can do the same for you.
The drape-y dress looks like she rouched it up herself. Looks great with the Doc boots. Also, those sunglasses -- I got ones that look IDENTICAL at a $0.99 store in Vegas.
That coat is to die for. Looks vintage. I love the dark wash jeans with the white Doc boots. I want to try and do a look like this with my faux fur leopard vest.
What's not to love here? When you have a brightly dyed hair color, you can get crazier with hair accessories. They purple headband looks great with her dreadlocks poking out behind! You can find similar headbands at dollar stores, or could easily attach a large bow to a headband you already own. I love the colored chain link choker as well - it would be very inexpensive to recreate. Also, this girl is gorgeous!
This a very classic look that appears to have been inspired by Anne Bancroft's character in The Graduate. I love chiffon tops and dresses, especially in animal print. I have a chiffon night gown by New York & Company that I got for a couple bucks at a thrift store. I wear it as a tunic or a dress. I can belt it at the empire waist or tie a knot in the side and let it be a flowy peasant blouse. This woman has belted hers with a cord or rope, which looks like the kind they sell as curtain tie backs. (You could use that to make your own belt!)
I post this girl's looks a lot! I love velvet, and I love lace. Both are readily available in thrift stores, especially since they were both so popular in the 90s. Forever 21 also has (or at least had) velvet skirts like this one for only about $12-13. I know, because I bought one. I am also a fan of this girl's hair.
The people of Tibet have one of the most beautiful cultures in the whole world. It’s very tragic that they are being displaced and oppressed by the Chinese government, not only because they are losing the land they’ve inhabited for centuries but because they are in risk of losing their culture and traditions, as the people are forced to spread out across Asia and the rest of the world as refugees. Sadly, this has been going on for decades.
Here are some photos of Tibetans in their traditional apparel. Let these photos inspire you in your own looks.
Their culture is so rich and so vibrant… it would be a shame to see it fade away.
Here are some of my favorites from Lookbook this week…
The belt really helps set that dress off. The scarf, the big bag, and the hair accessory (looks like feathers) are all nice as well. She has made great use of accessories. That dress might have looked boring without them.
This girl is sporting those Mickey Mouse-like sunglasses that Lady Gaga wore in her “Paparazzi” video.
Just a great blazer.
I love this whole outfit. The mustard colored leather skirt looks amazing paired with that bat wing top.