Thursday, February 27, 2014

BEST OF FASHION WEEK FALL 2014: TRENDS

Time to get a head start with the trends from this season's Fashion Weeks.
Want to be a style star? You can find & wear these items right now. I'll show you how -

Blue
All shades of blue work with almost anyone's skin tone, but this season's cerulean blue was a stand-out. Match with charcoal greys that were also seen on the runway.



Midi skirts
This is the new skirt length for upcoming seasons! Pick from a variety of fabrics and designs (with slit or asymmetrical). But the best thing is to learn how to layer it with an even longer skirt, leggings or thigh high boots underneath.



Sportswear inspired
This emerging trend was everywhere on & off the runway. Use parka jackets, sporty trousers, & sneakers to dress down your look but still keep it fresh.




Checks
Love the look on checkered coats & blouses for this season. Checks are a staple in every guy's wardrobe, why shouldn't it be also in a women's closet? Choose dark-based prints for this for a sophisticated look.


Sheer
As seen in the Marc Jacob's show, this trend is still as hot as it's ever been. You can update your wardrobe with a simple sheer/nude piece that could be worn under a jacket or layered underneath another skirt etc.


Pop Art
Follow this trend by pairing bold, primary colours and bold graphics together. This is not for the faint-hearted, but also shows off your fun, trendy side. Fashion should be fun sometimes right? Enjoy the moment!

All photos from style.com.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

BEST OF FASHION WEEK: FALL 2014/2015

Highlighting some of the standout collections from all the Fashion weeks - New York, London, Milan, Paris.
A handful of these collections were very well-thought out & styled, as well as being modern & up-to-date in today's world, which is more and more focused on fast fashion and street style.



No.21
Designed by renowned designer Alessandro Dell'Acqua, the collection was refined & feminine with a casual touch. Even though the pieces were intricate & embellished, they were styled for everyday wear. There was a great mix of slouchy sweaters or pants with sequined & feathered skirts, which made for an easy contrast.




Topshop Unique
Showcasing a range of greys, blue & greens, the collection flowed with consistency with just the right amount of modern sportswear and relaxed styling. Loved how they layered crop tops on top of sheered long sleeve ones, as well as midi skirts over even longer skirts. It was real, believeable and never boring.



Peter Pilotto
The collection was an array of colourful prints, colorful accents and some very serious color blocking. Love the streamlined silhouettes in some of the dresses as well as the binding D ring details on the dresses for a sporty feel. The confetti-like embellishment on the dresses was also very refreshing.

All images from style.com.

Monday, February 17, 2014

EMERGING FASHION LABEL: SELF-PORTRAIT



From L to R: Illusion Flare Dress, Colour Bomb Dress, Panelled Pleated Midi Dress, Origami Wrap Skirt, Ruffled Up Panelled Dress



Designed by Malaysian-born Han Chong, Self-Portrait is one of the new emerging labels from the UK to watch. Chong was originally part of the team from another emerging UK label Three Floor,  but has since started his own line, which dishes out really edgy patchwork pattern dresses.

Okay, can I say how much I love it? The materials used are feminine with the use of lace & bright colours, but the strategically placed cutouts make the pieces one-of-a-kind. Perhaps you've already seen the Illusion Flare dress on none other than fashion blogger Aimee Song from Song of Style, or in an editorial somewhere. The aesthetic is totally in line with the trend of mixed prints (a definite upcoming post!) and cutouts, and reminiscent of the style of other labels such as Ong Shunmugam and Proenza Schouler. Mixed prints always remind me of those familiar Southeast Asian Batik & Peranakan prints. Having grown up with such patterns & prints from our culture in SE Asia, I think that familiarity always resonates with the local audience here.

Moreover, all the pieces are relatively affordable, from around SGD$300-400 for a dress.
I've picked out some of my favourite styles as above. Which ones do you like?









You can currently find the brand on Revolve Clothing.

All photos from http://www.self-portrait-studio.com.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

VALENTINE'S DAY LOOKS

I must confess I really don't like commercialised Valentine's Day celebrations & what V Day has come to be. I've never been a big fan of embarrassing bouquets, pink and expensive set menus. And I believe that a girl shouldn't have to try too hard (or really, anyone shouldn't).
So for the outfits I picked, it's all about looking sensual without trying to hard, no crazy bright red dresses, no fancy makeup, no "look at me" attitude. But even with these easy looks & your effortless charm, he'll still see you as the lady he wants to seduce.




Slipdresses & innerwear as outerwear are all the rage these days, and these items from For Love & Lemons make them sexy but yet still appropriate to be worn out the house. Play up your sexy side with the side ties and garters that make him wondering what's to come.
Items from L to R: Showoff Slip Dress, Fallen Off the Shoulder Dress, Vienna Off the Shoulder Lace Dress.



Amp it up a notch in the bedroom with peekaboo lace but still keep it classy, with essential bits still covered. Don't forget to add some smoky eyes and sexy stilettos for some extra va-va-voom.
Items from L to R: Iris Off the Shoulder Mini Dress, Lil Kitten Bralette, Fleur Bra.

All items from For Love & Lemons on Revolve Clothing.

Friday, February 7, 2014

WHAT TO WEAR NOW: SPRING 2014



Pink is in again! We love the shades of pale pink, dusty pink and even Pepto Bismol pink, but you definitely can't go wrong with this. It's a great accent colour to finish off a black or white outfit, or as a solid coloured dress on its own. Look for minimalist designs with emphasis on structural details like darts or rounded shoulders, as silhouettes are more mannish instead of your typical frilly saccharine sweet style. Scared of all-over colour? Try it in small doses like a small clutch or on your nails.
All items from ASOS.



Midriffs are also the new cleavage. I know you're thinking that you can't pull this off, but the secret in wearing crop tops these days is to make sure that the gap between your true waist and your high waisted bottom is about a few inches only. Choose your coordinates carefully, especially longer, more covered crop tops so that you only reveal a hint of flesh, like the woman in the street style photograph. That's what makes you chicer and classier than the rest!
Items from  Jean Jail, ASOS & Revolve Clothing.



We love this trend influenced by sportswear! Skirts or dresses with a mesh overlay give you the extra length, but still let you show off your fabulous pins. You can wear this trend by going with a sporty/grunge look a la model off-duty or even a sultry Dolce & Gabbana style dress with sheer lace.
Items from ASOS, the Birdcage Boutique & Revolve Clothing.

 

Last but not least, we have the black & white geometric/checks trend that's popping up all over high street stores. Try the trend out by adding a new patterned top to your work wardrobe or if you feel brave, a pair of shorts mixed with another geometric print top.

Items from Revolve Clothing & ASOS.