Sometimes life takes us to amazing events and some of these events may be quite high end so we need to know how to accessorize properly for the occasion. Here are some of the sparkly jewelry pieces you need to… Continue Reading
Lace is mysterious and stylish. It is a symbol of elegance and luxury, as well as the queen of textiles. Some artefacts sow that the most ancient examples of lace appeared 2500 BC in Egypt. These were nets decorated with small pearls and porcelain. The technology for knitting of nets, used for catching small animals, was applied for the “lace” as well. The decorative nets were used mainly for curtains and bedspreads, but not for clothing.
In the 12th and 13th centuries lace has appeared in clothes. Lace decorations were only used for the garments of the priests, located high in the church hierarchy. The popularity of lace, however, increased rapidly and it was spread among the cottage industry of Europe. It was the Renaissance, however, which led to the great spread of lace, mainly in Italy. Venetian style lace was extremely popular in Europe and was used even in furniture decoration. The first lace in Europe was actually a narrow strip with pointed teeth. Later on larger and more complicated patterns appeared.
In 15th-16th centuries the use of lace was widespread. The information comes from the Decree of Charles V (15th century), when the laces began to be taught in schools and monasteries of the Belgian provinces. This is a period of renaissance and enlightenment, and the laces quickly enter the field of fashion. At that time in the Belgian provinces were developed many styles and techniques for the manufacture of lace. Lace, knitted in Belgium was coarse and heavy, or light and delicate, with floral and geometric patterns. It cost almost as much as jewelry.
It is considered that Belgium is the cradle of lace. However, three countries nowadays compete to be the birthplace of the splendid decoration: Italy, France and Belgium.
In the 17th century the industry for production of lace in Italy was in a flourishing state. Almost all countries imported lace “Made in Italy”. In France, the lace became popular because of its qualities that make it suitable for scarves, collars, and ruffles. Lace was a favorite of royalty, especially Louis XIV – the Sun King. Although today lace is considered feminine adornment, in former times it was used in decoration of both female and male clothing.
The price of one gram of lace reached one gram of gold! Even though, the passion for lace became a real obsession and the purchase of this product required huge money… The reason was that the two techniques used for production: with a knitting needle and with hammers, were too slow and very expensive. These techniques are used even today, but for hand made production of lace.
In the 19th century a knitting machine for production of lace was invented. This increased enormously the variability in patterns and designs. On the other hand it leaded to fast lose of the skills for handmade lace manufacturing. The easy to find and the lower prices decreased the value of lace as a symbol of aristocracy. Once lace became widely available it was no longer so valuable and rare, and has become part of the clothing of everyone. Continue Reading
When it comes to fashionable clothing items that you should add to your wardrobe this season wide leg pants are one of the most important things to include. These pants come in all shapes and sizes and can be paired with just about anything from turtleneck tops to shirts, blouses and anything else you might think of.
Some of the most popular models you are likely to find are high waist pants, creased or pants with side panel detailing. The best part of this interesting fashion item is that it is extremely versatile, allowing you to pull off looks that range from elegant to casual; that work for just about any venue imaginable.
The key to getting the perfect pair of wide leg pants is to get the gradual looseness aspect right and not go with any model as long as it has wide legs. The waist has to be very well defined with a somewhat fitted top part of the trouser, while the lower parts of the item can be as baggy as you want them to be. Length is also up to you with models ranging from cuffed, just under the knees to below the ankles.
An elegant and more conservative pair of tuxedo wide legged pants are ideal for a special occasion, especially if you pair them with a well suited top and a well fitted blazer.
While not everyone can pull them off, colors are a great way to make your outfit pop. If you have the body type and confidence to pull off a colorful wide leg pant you should definitely go for it. It is a great way to attract attention without wearing anything uncomfortable or revealing.
Wool tweed is also very popular and practical when it comes down to it. A light grey or brown pair of tweed wide leg pants should definitely be included into any wardrobe this season. They are a great way to look fashionable while also sporting something extremely comfortable. These types of wide legged pants are great for work as well as a night on the town or even a more high-brow event as long as you have the top to match. For some classic urban chic, try pairing them with a simple top and a medium to long reefer jacket which is also extremely popular this season.
If you want something fun to wear during the autumn months, when the weather is still quite warm, make sure you also try the cuffed wide legs. You can pair them with any type of blouse and blazer combo. While colors can work, this look is certainly ideal in black or other dark colors like charcoal grey or navy blue.
There are few fashion items out there that are such a powerful staple of the autumn – winter season as the turtleneck sweater. This iconic garment has been working for decades and is again one of the hottest additions you can buy for your wardrobe. Few other pieces of clothing can work as well as the turtleneck when you are looking for something that combines style, comfort and that hard to find coziness that is so sought-after during the cold season.
Turtlenecks are an incredibly versatile fashion item as well, being ideal tops for just about any type of casual look. The oversized turtlenecks of the 2015 – 2016 season are certainly incredibly comfortable as well as stunning pieces should you want to go for a more elegant look.
The key here is to go big, regardless if you will be pairing them with a skirt, a pair of straight pants or jeans, the oversized turtleneck is essential if you want to be fashionable this cold season. When it comes to materials and textures, the sky’s the limit with just about anything being allowed.
The cut can either be well fitted or with rounded shoulders depending on your body size or preference, of course. For a more intricate look some models have funnel neck detailing or loose necks. There are numerous textures and extra patches added to give an interesting look to the turtleneck, even a varied amount of stitching.
In terms of length, some models can be quite short, exposing some of the torso, while others can go below the hips. Depending on what you want your overall look to be like, you can go for a more casual normal length turtleneck or with a flirtier short one. The short one can be perfectly paired with a skirt and would look great in a blue or green pastel color.
White and crème colors and a simple design are ideal for a more elegant look. A medium length turtleneck sweater would be a great pairing for a long, form fitting skirt and a pair of brown suede or leather boots. If you want something to set you apart and give you a more urban look you should go for a more ragged texture, even one that incorporates pieces of other materials in the mix.
Colors like light burgundy, red, or light blue are ideal for this type of look, but you can go with anything that has a bit of complexity to it. These turtlenecks can also be paired with just about anything, but for an urban look you can go with either a simple black skirt, a pair of torn jeans or a highly patterned skirt which has a compatible color.
With the 90s still being the major influence in world fashion nowadays, there was no way that the autumn winter collection of 2015 – 2016 wouldn’t be influenced in some way as well. And while the summer months were all about 90s throwbacks, this season the entire influence can be summarized with a single word: velvet.
Yes, from small details like cuffs to full length velvet dresses, this versatile material will certainly be one of the most visible this year. While it will undoubtedly touch every little aspect of fashion the full length velvet dress will be something you must own if you want to be “in” this season.
This beautiful material will also be a significant part of all accessories. Just to show how big of an influence it will have, you can pick out one of the new Channel handbags, a whole line of which are made from velvet. But it isn’t just designers who are showing off their creations. A whole list of celebrities has been seen wearing velvet, including Kim Kardashian or Georgia May Jagger.
Kim Kardashian’s Paris excursion was particularly emblematic for this season as she boasted a stunning full length velvet coat made by famed designer Roberto Cavalli. The dress perfectly represents the entire influence, being revealing as well as extremely elegant and comfortable.
For women that like the idea of adapting their outfit to the latest trend but don’t or can’t pull off a full length velvet garment, there are numerous tricks. One of the most popular is to add a dress with a small velvet addition. Whether it is a pencil dress or a more classical choice, an intricate velvet made neck detail or something of the sort can work splendidly, while also allowing you to feel comfortable.
Velvet isn’t just about the dresses and coats. It will also be a huge part of footwear design. Whether we are talking practical shoes with small detailing, a full velvet boot or something even more glamorous it doesn’t matter. Everything works, and if you pair it with a chic neo-gothic suit or a modern pants and jacket number, you will certainly be in style.
When it comes to colors there are two main influences for this upcoming season. The first will be a whole array of dark and deep blues, while the second will be made from dark purple and violet. The beautiful texture of the velvet, along with the amazing design of the dresses, accessories and footwear is certain to spark anyone’s interest in some way for this amazing material. Like anything though, remember that you can go overboard, so try to keep a good balance between glitz, glamour and materials before heading out and everything should be just fine.
The blanket coat, also known as a capote is one of the most popular autumn and winter wear items in the recent history of fashion. Combining an unequaled elegance as well as amazing comfort and impressive versatility, the blanket coat is truly a legendary fashion item.
It is also one of the most in fashion items for the 2015-2016 autumn and winter collections with huge names from all across the fashion world including it in their stunning collections.
When it comes to the history of this garment, you should know that it started around the time of the discovery of the Americas and the immediate North American fur trade. The French-Canadian traders of the day used to adapt their blankets into capotes to best face the cold weather.
The capote was even incorporated in the French military of the 1600s. It was somewhat modified and came in knee length with no buttons and had a sash included in the overall design.
Present day capotes are a great way to combine an elegant autumn or winter look with something extremely practical and comfortable. The blanket coat of 2015 will be more blanket than capote and will boast never before seen levels of comfort and versatility.
Most blanket coats will come in dark green, brown or other autumn colors, however, some names like Burberry or Zara will also throw a splash of color into their blanket coat collection coming up with dark violet, burgundy or navy blue models.
Most blanket coats will boast an elegant simplicity, doubled by a comfort factor. It will be THE fashion item for the oversized silhouette look this autumn and can even work into winter with some small additions. The fabric is made for comfort and will be as fluffy and soft as possible. This new interpretation of the capote will be kept together by a simple waist tie that can be adjusted to adapt to your overall look. The cascading neckline will give it a chic element as well as some lightness.
While the blanket coat is definitely a long step away from the traditional peacoat, it can be paired to look just as fresh and stylish, only with an added level of coziness. The volume aspect of the blanket coat is definitely a change, one which can easily be transformed into an elegant statement by cleverly combining a large hat, corresponding colors and a simple pair of jeans or a comfortable pair of form fitting pants.
While numerous accessories might throw the balance off a bit, a pair of sunglasses can definitely look great. You can wear blanket coats with just about any hairdo and the wilder the color the more urban chic your outfit will look.
Designer eyewear has rarely been such a highly regarded accessory in the world of fashion, and with new technology allowing a great combination of practicality, amazing colors and shapes, eyewear is an important part of maintaining a fresh outfit, regardless of season.
Whether you want to work on your tan this summer and keep your eyes safe from any form of UV light, or just look good in any environment, you should know that there is a model that works for you and your outfit. Women’s glasses are particularly important as the wealth of models and designers makes it a hugely important accessory, one which has a specially designed model for any outfit on the market from casual to formal and everything in between. As next season’s models take a lot of inspiration from the curvy 1960s and 1970s you can imagine that rounded, curved and funky frames are in, however, there’s more to 2015 eyewear than that.
This is why you must be up to speed with what’s hot and what’s not in 2015 in terms of eyewear. So for a more precise look here are a few of the most popular examples for this year.
Piaf by A-Morir
This stunning pair of glasses is dedicated to one of France’s greatest voices, Edith Piaf. The stylish accessory is filled to the brink with Swarovski crystals adding a touch of extravagance and sparkle to your style while also maintaining a cool look that works splendidly with any sort of outfit. The funky design makes the glasses look unique and elegant, with a coquette pattern of the frame adding an extra layer of class and distinction to an already stunning pair of glasses. The glasses will work with just about any form of stylish outfit on the market and will certainly make you a noticeable figure thanks to all those crystals.
Dita’s Hurricane Cateye Glasses
This impressive pair of glasses will certainly impress and add a unique note of style to whatever outfit you pair it with. The unusually shaped frame along with the dark tone make them extremely versatile. They can be a perfect pair to take with you while going for a walk or shopping but they can also work with more casual outfits.
If you want to truly impress people you can opt for a pair with a frame made from high quality natural materials such as horn, wood or leather.
The Lioness by Anna-Karin Karlsson
If you truly want to make a statement with your glasses then there simply is no better choice than The Lioness by Anna Karlsson. The unmistakable centerpiece is plated in 24-karat gold while the lenses are mirrored in order to offer the very best protection.
Business fashion is a great way to make sure that you stay fashionable and chic even at your work place. Some business fashion trends have been making their way into more casual fashion trends and it seems that the elegance and sophistication of a business outfit is definitely something to be desired. If you are a career woman and are looking to either spark up your outfit or completely change your style you will definitely love the trends that are going to be popular in the next season.
From Instagram to the catwalks we have been seeing an original approach to business fashion. Chanel, Marc Jacobs or Karl Lagerfeld have shown people that you don’t need to lose your creativity in the office, especially when it comes to what you wear. Nowadays we have been seeing the trends pointing out to some interesting changes. There is a futuristic touch to everything and some outfits seem to be taken out of Star Trek.
Another thing that has changed in business fashion is the fact that business outfits don’t have to always be in dark or black tones. For example, in 2015 the most sought out colours are beige, peach and usually mixes of warm colours and more natural tones even for the strictest business suites.
There’s also a unique femininity to the lovely outfits that are shown on the catwalk. For example, there are a lot of elements that suggest simple lines and cute romantic touches like white lace, flowery fabrics or exquisite metal elements. All these can really improve an outfit by making it more unique. For example, someone who wants to stay trendy can definitely achieve that by focusing on having the right fabrics, like a shirt with a flower pattern underneath a jacket they would usually wear at the office. This way, they don’t change much but there is an element that keeps them within what’s trendy that season. Another way to stay trendy without going too extreme is by choosing jewellery that complements your outfit. Bulky jewellery is one of the main trends in 2015 but you can choose just a single piece to wear so that it doesn’t come as too overwhelming for a more official outfit. You can choose a pair of earrings or a lovely necklace and you will certainly feel fabulous even during boring work hours. Besides that, you can add a trendy handbag that matches the rest of your outfit.
2015 will bring us new colors, new looks and amazing ways to accessorized and stand out the best you can. With hundreds of trends available for you, it will be hard to choose, but here we will analyze some of the most important looks this year, especially since 2015 trends seem so conflicting.
The Bohemian Look
One of the major trends this year is the Bohemian look and every fashionista needs to understand that this is one of the most colorful, feminine and romantic looks. This is where you can go wild with colors, make sure that you create a wonderful contrast and look like a goddess. The wavy dresses combined with braided hair and even more, a wide array of bold accessories that stand out will make any woman extremely beautiful. This, paired up with a makeup that works to cover imperfections but give you a nude look is the best way to make sure that you are feminine and beautiful. We’ve been seeing this look on Valentino or Vera Wang catwalks.
Shirtdresses and flats
Whether you love to be comfortable or you simply want to follow the trends, the shirtdresses and flats are the best ways to make sure that you stay casual. The shirtdresses come in various shapes and sizes, with drop waists or double high slits, so that you can choose whatever fits your style best. Flats will also come in different shapes and sizes, from sneakers to gladiator sandals or even cute and colorful styles, your feet will absolutely love this trend.
The kimono style trench coats and the trouser suit
These two items can be combined for the ultimate elegant and comfortable look. With the beautiful and airy trench coats in all kinds of colors, mixed with the trouser suit, you will certainly get that elegant look. We’ve been seeing these lovely fashion items on the Chanel catwalk and they seem to be essential for the new season.
Patterns and more patterns
Patterns are fashionable and the more unusual they are, the better. This means checker style patterns, or gridlock pattern, and even animal prints. Whatever you choose make sure that the accessories and the rest of your suite balances everything out because patterns can be a little hard to accessorize without looking like they are too much. Choose accessories in some of the other trendy colors: pastels, neutrals, earthy tones, etc. and you can’t fail with that.
The catwalks from Blumarine offered extremely fashionable trousers in vivid colors so that you forget all about the boring neutrals. The trousers are absolutely lovely and come in popular colors such as blue, violet, brown or black, but also crazier colors such as yellow or mustard.
Other brands came with something classier such as black leather as it seems that leather trousers and tops are back in business. However, leather is pretty difficult to wear as there are few accessories that go well with it and few women actually have the legs to wear slim leather pants. Leather pants have been seen on the catwalks of fashion houses such as Balenciaga, David Koma, Diesel or ICB. Most of them were combined with other black elements, in a very punk-rock look.
In the Autumn Winter season, we will notice that another classic element has come forward. This time we are talking about the lovely classic trousers, so all fashionistas everywhere will be thrilled. Anybody has a pair of classic office style trousers at home, and it seems that this will be the norm. They were spotted on Emporio Armani and Balenciaga catwalks so it must be true. But besides the classic trousers we also have the classy wide trousers that give women a more relaxed look with their wavy material. Well, if you are very tall and skinny you will love this look as it allows for a comfortable feel while being trendy. But wide trousers are not for anybody, those who aren’t tall or slim enough should focus on trousers that would accentuate their best features. The wide trousers were spotted on a number of catwalks around the world: starting with DKNY, Ungaro, Armani to Oscar de la Renta or Phillip Lim.
Luxurious ankle boots are another must this season, and as long as you pair them with one of the trendy pair of pants mentioned above you will be the queen of fashion. They can also be paired with cut down trousers as this is one of the hottest trends you will be seeing in 2015. You can also pair them up with some animal print outfits, because you’ve guessed correctly, animal print will be fashionable again. This look was seen on Armani, DKNY, Carolina Herrera and many other catwalks out there. Continue Reading