Sunday, January 23

#5 TREND REPORT SPRING 2011


No matter the year, trend, or designer, it never takes much to get our fashionable juices pumping with the mention of spring jewelry trends. Like an amazing pair of lace-up wedges or the most coveted new bucket bag, fresh jewelry can do wonders for waking up a sleepy wardrobe. And this season, there are a handful of themes that have us reshuffling our spring/summer must-haves. From colossal cabochon-style stones to the sexiest tassels and fringe, our favorite spring jewelry trends really run the gamut of wearable art. And if you're wondering if those glorious Dior earrings are too far out of your reach, never fear: As equal opportunity editors, I've assembled a lust-worthy list of amazing options at almost any price-point.

1. Big Mixed Cabochon-Style Stones — The last few seasons have been like jewellery on steroids. Not that we'll ever say no to a great statement necklace. But this spring, the Big idea that caught our eye was the use of giant Cabochon-style stones, Organic and elegant.
2. Tassels & Fringe — Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Dior all seemed to have an Art Deco-meets-'70s moment with the re-imagining of huge, gorgeous tassel earrings and fringe necklaces. 
3. Clean & Architectural — Perhaps as a back-lash to all the mixed piled-on pearls, chains, and stones that continue to fill boutiques, designers opted for super spare, clean, and almost architectural pieces. And for the OCD or easily distracted, the simplicity is nothing short of refreshing.
4. Plastics & Perspex — The trend toward really childlike, whimsical jewels with a '60s feel always has a place in our wardrobes. So, for spring designers have turned out fun plastic-fantastic necklaces and wide perspex-like coloured cuff bracelets.
5. Rose-Gold — In fashion, it's always a guessing game each season as to who in the metals will prevail: silver or gold? Well, for spring, the more exotic rose-gold is stealing center-stage.

Monday, January 17

#4 TREND REPORT SPRING 2011


While we've been seeing crop tops and bared stomachs on the runway for a good couple of years now, the reality is that it's a trend which floods the high street and people buy but simple never dare to wear. Why? Simply because we live in a body conscious age where it's only the minority of people daring enough to expose that much skin.
As a 2011 fashion trend the crop top is not just about exposing one's whole stomach, but about finding elegant new ways of showing a peep of toned midriff. Yes there's the crop top of the grunge-revival. Yes there's the crop top of the sportswear-as-daywear trend. But there's also the crop top as a sophisticated, refined piece that some will embrace as a look not to be feared.

The styles on the spring 2011 runways were many and various; from teeny, tiny tops to the smallest hints of skin. To break it down, here are some of the different ways we've seen cropped tops on the runway:
  • With elegance - the tiniest slit along the waistline of a dress, turning it into a two-piece ensemble broken up only by a shallow hint of skin. 
  • Fighting fit with stomach fully bared - try Sporty examples that are perfectly sexy for those with the confidence to pull them off. These type of cropped tops end just below the bust, and were paired with hipster pants for a revealing end result. You could just as easily substitute the hip-huggers for a high waisted bottom half, if you wanted to add some modesty.
  • Beneath a sheer layer - adding a layer of transparent fabric is the perfect way to combine the ongoing popularity of the sheer trend with the newness of the exposed midriff.
  • With cutaway detailing - expect many dresses to hit the shelves with cutaway details that expose parts of the stomach or midriff.

Tips for Wearing Crop Tops

  1. Pick a length - Crop tops come in a variety of shapes and lengths, and depending on how daring you are, you can pick a top that shows only a sliver of your stomach or one that bares your belly. Daring? Try a top that hits above your belly button. More conservative? Opt for something that grazes the top of your jeans. When picking the length of your top, you should also consider what you’ll be wearing it with, and where you’re going!
  2. Pick and choose the rest of your look wisely - Crop tops are on trend, but they can either look amazing or awful, depending on the outfit you wear them with. Each piece you pair with your top will evoke a different look. A higher waisted bottom paired with a crop top will limit the amount of skin you’re showing and can actually look sophisticated and fashion-forward.
  3. Add a vest - Not into showing your tummy in a tiny top? Then simply don’t. You can still get that crop-top vibe by wearing one with a light vest underneath. You can match your vest to your crop top, try a neutral, go for a colour contrast or just wear a nude one underneath for the illusion of skin.
  4. Keep it classy - Crop tops really aren't appropriate for work or school and they’re a bit odd and out of place for a trip to your local shopping centre (especially if you reside in England). They are perfect however, for the gym, music festivals or of course lying on a beach. Style your crop top right and you can even wear it to a party or on a date, just keep a fun and casual.
  5. Try it out! - Layer, layer, layer! You can spice up a long-sleeved T or a tight dress by wearing a cropped top over it as a layering piece.
Please though before trying this look can everyone think sensibly. Its obvious to everyone that this item is ultimately going to look best on a size 6, with a teenie tiny waist and perfectly flat stomach. However, not everything has to be tummy flaunting, just follow my advice and those size 6's will be envious of your fabulous style!

Saturday, January 15

#3 TREND REPORT SPRING 2011.


Shirttail hem, tapered hem, cutaway hem; whatever you wish to label it the basic fact remains. skirts and dresses cut longer at the back are continuing to make their way into our wardrobes and features as a major 2011 fashion trend. These hems fill the void between mini and midi or between midi and maxi. They cover, yet they expose and they're a simple way to freshen up your spring 2011 wardrobe with a new type of cut.

 

mid length hemThe tail hem, What is it?

A shirttail hem is traditionally cut shorter on the sides with a longer 'tail' at the back. In 2011 the trend is more than just a shirttail hem, however it's any manner of dresses, skirts or tops that have a hem that's shorter in front, longer in back.


Why a tail hem?


The appeal of a dipping hem is that it's playful. One side coveys the elegance of length, while the other hints at something more revealing. It can also have the appeal of looking completely effortless; especially if cut to resemble an untucked shirt or an oversized tee.




There are numerous ways of creating a unique hemline with a 'tail' effect. Here are a few examples:

  • A simple hem cut at an angle.
  • A more traditional petal hem (where the fabric overlaps in front like petals of a flower)
  • A hem that's cut from very short to very long - i.e mini to maxi.
  • A hem that falls into large drapes or pleats at the back.

      Thursday, January 13

      TREND HAIR 2011.


      2011 is not just a new year, it's a new decade. It's a case of out with the old and in with the new, and such a mindset is applied to everything from society's outlook to the aesthetic styles it embraces. The most dominant clothing trend of the last decade military fashion is finally being pushed to the back of the wardrobe; and hair colours are undergoing a major change too.

      Just change it - Pick a colour that suits you, one that gives you confidence, make it a shade that's on trend, and go make that hair colour your own. Where has the inspiration for the "just change it" rule come from I hear you ask? While the start of a new decade inspires change, there are also those people driving the idea of simply changing your hair colour as a trend in itself.

      White Hair Colour
      So if you are going to change your hair colour, if you're going to opt for a colour that shall set you apart from the crowd, consider a shock of blonde hair that draws the gaze of those nearby, consider the platinum blonde hair shade.

      If you'd asked me several months ago about the blonde hair with dark roots colour trend I would have told you it has had it's day. But it hasn't, and it's hung around accordingly, but I do still believe that it is coming to an end. Thus if you were to opt to change your hair colour to white blonde / platinum blonde in the near future, I think you'd be safe to do opt for dark roots. That said: if it's an option, forgo the dark roots and opt for a full head of platinum / white blonde hair instead. The overall impact of platinum blonde hair will be diminished should you opt for dark roots and wear it with an up do. If you're looking for an elegant interpretation of platinum blonde then your preference should lean towards the year's longer hair styles. From there you can style the hair colour in umpteenth ways with a preference towards either bombshell waves or a straight hair style.
      If you're after more of a rock chic look, however, you can never go wrong with a pixie cut. Pair a dramatic hair colour with an equally dramatic hair cut to really sets yourself apart from the masses.


      Red Hair Colour
      The redhead isn't just a hair colour in 2011, it's an attitude. Red hair is perfect for the cooler into summer months and if you're considering a changing your look for 2011, consider red hair as the perfect option.

      As it is with any hair colour, not all shades of red hair are in in 2010. Forget the bright copper and crimson tones: red hair in 2011 is about richly coloured and natural looking red hair. One real golden rule worth stating when it comes to red hair in 2010: it can't look fake! There are of course many ways to style red tresses as with any other hair colour but with a hair colour as jaw dropping as red the intent is of creating not just a hairstyle but an overall look and persona.


      Wednesday, January 12

      #2 TREND REPORT SPRING 2011.



      Cloth / Fabric Spring 2011 Colour Trends
      With 2011's fashion trends on the horizon it's time to look forwards to the year's first full season and the fashion trends for Spring 2011. For their take on the colours for Spring 2011 clothing trends, cloth manufacturers believe that we will inevitably be throwing off the darker colours of Fall 2010's trends. Spring/Summer 2011 colours are those which are uplifting and soften, energise, and excite.
      For the Spring / Summer 2011 season there are five key colour trends.

      1. Celebration - Spring personified in a palette, the colours that make up this Spring 2011 colour trend are mostly named after flowers: iris, viola, daffodil, poppy, and geranium. Unsurprisingly, should this colour scheme take your fancy this one should be worked into your Spring 2011 wardrobe as a part of your florals.

      2. Abstraction - I must confess to not liking this colour palette in the least the turquoise clashes with the maroon to my eye, and how yellow green made it in there has left me stumped. This is one colour trend for those who are loud and proud.

      3. New Classic - New and unexpected twists on classic elements and naturally bright pigments, will develop into new classics. Fabrics are classic, materials the same but all elements are somewhat twisted: fibres in unusual yarn-spinning and -counts, classical weave patterns in atypical materials clashed with a curious checkered design, an embroidery where you didn't expect it - nothing loud, just enough to make you startle.

      4. Aqueous - An obvious colour theme for Spring 2011 because of its nautical tones, such obviousness is also what is likely to see it lazily interpreted and applied - a danger for designers and labels looking to apply seasonal colours to their basics. To avoid such misapplication it should be used with floating pieces where the fabric is the focus, an interpretation of the sheer clothing trend seems a strong contender if you intend to work this colour theme through your wardrobe.

      5. Pearleage - Subtle colours, bar for the jet black, this is a colour trend all about sheen; in effect, luxurious and radiant colours meant to match with your radiant Summer tan.

      Tuesday, January 11

      #1 TREND REPORT SPRING 2011.

      It must be said that wide-leg is not for everyone. It's for that reason that they've never been a dominant style to conquer the streets and while we count them among 2011's fashion trends, we don't expect their lack of mass popularity change in a hurry. Skinnies have a long life left in them yet but this is an year in which flares are on-trend and wide leg pants are there alongside them. While the wide-leg may not become your new wardrobe staple just yet, don't overlook it as an elegant and stylish addition to your 2011 wardrobe particularly when styled right.

      Image 1 of ASOS Tailored Extreme Wide Leg Wool Trousers2. Wide-leg jeansJeans that are wide-legged from top of the thigh down can have a tendency to end up looking baggy. In 2011, we'd recommend jeans that are more fitted on the thigh - lean to flared legs or moderately wide legs rather than wide legged jean styles that are too baggy or that lack shape. Be wary of a skinny leg that then widens from the knee, however that's too much like bell bottoms a look firmly out in 2011.

      3. Palazzo pantsPalazzo pants are the cousin of the wide-leg family. While wide-leg trousers take you from the office to the bar, palazzo pants serve you best when you're lounging around on a yacht or soaking up some Mediterranean sun. Fabrics should be light and with plenty of drape and flow - silks, crepe, jersey; you can even try sheer fabrics for a look that's daring.

      How to wear wide leg;

      • With heels - Flats will simply never complete the look as well as heels will, the exception is if you're carrying off a very masculine look with man-style flats.
      • With a slim-fitting top - To balance out the volume on the bottom half. A soft, billowing blouse can also work well but is best broken up with a waist-cinching belt.
      • With utter 70s glamour -  Wide-leg trouser, platforms and a big floppy hat.
      • With 40s pin-up girl flair - By pairing some wide-legged sailor pants with nautical stripes and espadrilles.

      Who should wear them; A final, mandatory note about wide-legs, be they jeans, trousers or a draping palazzo: all of these styles work best of taller frames. If you're short in the legs try a pair of skinny cropped pants or ones with a subtle flare paired with heels.

      Monday, January 10

      #3 SHOE TREND

      They say that history repeats itself and similarly so does fashion. Some trends although long since passed are so fabulous that they beg to be resurrected. Most of the time when a vintage trend is brought back into the spotlight it’s usually given a twist to accommodate modern taste and style. Such is the case of the Brogue. These classic soles are back on the scene and looking better than ever! Here are three weekend outfits inspired by some favourite brogue styles. There is an array of brogues from which to choose to create a look all your own. Whether you’re going for a man-inspired look or something wildly feminine and attractive, you can find the perfect pair of brogues to step-up your style.


      Casual and Comfortable
      Take a stroll through in a pair of tan brogues. Compliment these with a pair of peg-leg trousers, a camel colour would look fabulous with these! To show them off top the outfit off with an off-the-shoulder oversized jumper or white T and long open cardigan. Grab your cross body satchel and you are ready to go!
      Bold and Sassy
      I can’t tell you how on spring trend brogue high heels are!  Pair these with some skinny black trousers or opaque tights if you’re wearing a dress and bundle up with a belted white wool coat. This is timelessly chic and ready for any attention seeking look!

      Structured and Proper
      Head to town in a pair of wedged brogues; yes... wedged! Sounds like an odd mix but this shoe perfectly blends a classic style with a modern twist. The gray suede upper set upon a roughly textured wedge heel is an attractive contrast. I love a toned-down Sargent Pepper look so a military coat in a neutral colour like olive or dark gray and a pair of dark wash skinny jeans will look great with these style brogues.