Tommy Ton: Street Style Trends

So the Fashion Weeks are happening as we speak… NYFW has been and passed, as has LFW, now its on to Milan and Tommy Ton (Canadian street style photographer of Jak & Jil) has been busy snapping the fashion elite. Those who know their Wang from their Lang, and their Osman from their Erdem, flock to the shows each season, fanning out their fashion feathers, perfecting their statement stature like proud peacocks, hoping to get papped on the front row.

In true fashion week style, eyes are drawn to ‘runway to street’ styles of the public and attendees who showcase micro trends filtered from the fashion houses’ collections.

Three trends were extremely prevalent throughout Tommy’s snaps; all falling under the umbrella major trend: 90’s.

CHECKS, DENIM (Ripped & Patchwork) and unfortunately, BARING THE MIDRIFF.

Denim was seen in a more loose-fitting, boyfriend style, with rips at the knee and patchwork in places.

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GET THE LOOK

Invest in a pair of good quality ripped jeans (I think One teaspoon or Rag & Bone are both good options, or if you want something with more of a statement, take a look at the following)…

Filles et Papa $284.78 Farfetch – Filles et Papa $284


Junya Watanabe $777.93 at Farfetch

 Farfetch – Junya Wanatabe $777

As well as this, checked, gingham and plaid shirts were also very popular.  Tied at the waist, worn clashing in different garment form or more subtly on accessories.

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GET THE LOOK

Work the 90’s grunge look with a plaid shirt, or smarten things up a little with check printed trousers.

R13 Shirt Net-a-Porter $446

R13 Shirt Net-a-Porter $446
 
Joseph at Net-a-Porter $333
 
Joseph at Net-a-Porter $333
 

Lastly, most prevalent was the ‘baring the midriff’ trend.  Now, this is only to be worn by those who like to frequent the gym. Muffin tops and belly wobbles take away from this latest style statement. Hence why I will not be fashioning this trend just yet.

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GET THE LOOK

Try a matching top and shorts for an eye-catching summertime option…

Topshop £50Topshop £70

Topshop £50 & £70

Next stop, Paris Fashion Week.

All photos taken from style.com (Tommy Ton)

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Sports Luxe; Sweat Pants and Heels

Here’s my take on Sports Luxe (which may I add, never seems to go away)…  To be honest, I’ve never been a fan of this trend but I can be swayed with the items I’ve styled below from Polyvore… Sweat pants and heels = comfort (well, from the ankles upwards!) and cool combined; what’s not to love?

Pictured below are items to give you an idea of what to look for…

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I’m a great fan of blouses and stripes.  To style, tuck in (loosely) or wear out and team with contemporary heels like these pictured above. You don’t want to go glitzy or girly with the footwear – keep it minimal and keep it modern, and with regards to the sweat pants, keep them slim fitting – no baggy Nike joggers here.

And for that extra stylish touch, add a smart blazer – short on the hip to add shape and style.  Add masses of silver jewellery and a pop of colour with an oversized clutch.

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And how it’s done on the street…

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Fashion trends always tend to go full circle, so I guess after a few seasons of clean lines, contemporary silhouettes and the likes of punk and grunge thrown in for good measure, I think I know what I’d like to see next… After the novelty of sharp dressing is done with, I think we’ll start to see a more relaxed feminine look emerge  – think ‘boho chic’ (eurgh, apologies, I hate that term), Sienna 10 years ago, circa 2003 – however a look that’s a lot cleaner, edgier and more up-to-date; no more studded hip belts please.  A relaxed effortless look encapsulating 60’s hippie, toughened up with a little 90’s grunge – a perfect unison of fashion era’s in my eyes.  Think brands like Stone Cold Fox and Spell & The Gypsy Collective – and this will bring me on nicely to a post I will be publishing next week…

Anyway, going slightly off topic… so, that was my take on the sport luxe – yes, that’s right ladies, joggers and heels.  Probably not what you want to wear when trying to impress the boys, but who the hell cares, I for one dress for myself – and if this means combining both comfort and style, so be it.
Happy weekend all, I’ll end this post with a little treat for the ears…
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AW13: The Fashion Weeks – Trend Spotting

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I’ve been catching up on all the activity from recent fashion weeks. I love what I’ve seen and the trends noticeable coming through.  Below I’ve featured my favourite collections… Theysken’s Theory especially, followed closely by Prabal Gurung, both designers of which were featured in my SS13 trend round-up (here).

The mood was noticeable dark. I could see 90’s influences coming through strongly. The minimal yet grungy aesthetic – think Kate moss in her hey day, and a little 90’s Calvin Klein minimalism. I particularly enjoy this direction… as it’s how I like to dress personally.

Along with this feel, I also saw Eastern influences shining through by way of longer length layering, dresses over trousers and in print.

Overall the feel for most designers was minimal in the design of the collections but luxe in style – lots of fur, leather and sheen.  Fur was seen all over the catwalk… with designers such as Fendi, Jean Paul Gaultier (see below), Gucci, and Marc Jacobs featuring it on their runways. I was actually quite surprised with just how much there was. A controversial decision… or perhaps the number of animal rights activists aren’t as prevalent any more?  Even CNN asks… ‘We haven’t seen a paint-splashed mink in the headlines lately. Is it possible the moral outrage over the use of animal skin is over?’

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Alexander Wang showed his debut collection for Balenciaga with the focus particularly on texture and shape. It was interesting to see how he would design for the fashion house, and for me this collection was a little ‘safe’ but I liked it non-the-less – especially the textured fabrics and simplicity in shape.

There was a lot of attitude on the catwalk too, with looks that were sharp, powerful and directional. Using a combination of both feminine and androgynous shapes, along with a strong dark colour palette and luxurious textures such as fur and leather to create a whole new level of power dressing.

Here’s what I saw coming through on the catwalks in terms of micro trends and details…

  • skirt styles: maxi, skater, mini or pencil
  • sleeves with volume/bell shape
  • clashes of print
  • double leather
  • bags: handheld, boxy and over-sized clutches
  • bold stripes
  • mannish styling – boyfriend coats
  • wide-legged trousers, skinnys or capri pants
  • sunglasses
  • long leather gloves
  • navy blue, khaki, white and black
  • 60’s, 70’s & 90’s influences
  • nipped in waists or loose in shape
  • stripes
  • fur – and lots of it
  • oversized knits
  • military
  • sheer
  • mixing up textures
  • off the shoulder dresses and jumpers

Favourites…

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And some of the rest…

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All catwalk shots taken from style.com

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Rihanna wears Wang.

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To me Alexander Wang can do no wrong.  His collections are all about the beautiful cut; wearable yet edgy, simple and beautifully designed…

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Many of you will have probably watched X Factor and the final on Sunday evening.  I for one haven’t been watching it for the fashion, well no, actually I guess I did.  I did like to watch it and see what Tulisa would be wearing… I just don’t understand what look they/the Stylist on the show were going for sometimes. However, the styling is a million times better than X Factor USA.

Nicole on the other hand – well what a woman. She always looks (here it goes) SHAMAZING.

I was excited to see what Rihanna would be wearing for her live performance on the finale show… and well didn’t she look a vision? Her hair looks so much nicer short, and the outfit, well, it was Wang.

Perfect choice.

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For SS13 Alexander Wang focused on minimalistic, verging on futuristic sportswear designs, like many of the designers did. You can see my Trend Round Up for SS13 (NYFW)  here….

Sharp cut out details and paneling, as well as leather, plays on shape, tones of colour and volume made the collection.

I can see why Rihanna opted for Look 36. She wears it well.

And personally, I will not be happy until I own a pair of these structured tall gladiator sandals.

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The next look reminded me somewhat of a look from the Nicolas Ghesquière‘s Balenciaga collection for AW06/07. Both in monochrome, and not dissimilar in shape and volume.  Which I guess is quite funny, as Alexander Wang has now been named Balenciaga’s new Creative Director taking over from one of the most influential fashion designers of our time, Nicolas Ghesquière.

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I love Alexander Wang and I love Balenciaga. But I do wonder how he will re-interpret the brands aesthetic, which will most certainly see the brand going in a more youthful direction. His look is very different; with athletic influences, it’s ‘urban’ and easy-to-wear (quite known for his jersey and relaxed silhouette), however, I’m very much looking forward to seeing his first collection for the fashion house.

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Images above are taken from Style.com

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NYFW #SS13 – My trend round up…

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My favourite thing to do each season is scour through the fashion week photos on ELLE and spot all the newest trends for the coming season.  First up was NYFW.

I picked out several designers to base my predictions from: Alexander Wang, Victoria Beckham, Theyskens Theory, Prabal Gurung, Marc Jacobs, Helmut Lang and BCBGMaxazria.

Here are the trends that I picked up on:

  • Masculine/Feminine Juxtaposition
  • Gladiator Sandals/Ankle Straps 
  • Ruffles
  • Stripes
  • Drop Waists
  • Hipster – baring midriff
  • Tailoring
  • Mix of textures
  • Minimal
  • Leather
  • Wide stripe print
  • Grey, Orange, White and Black
  • Eastern silk florals
  • Layering
  • 60’s
  • Sportswear hints
  • Scallop print and cut

The mood overall took me back to the late 90’s/early 00’s. And if that’s the case, it’s one of the quickest turn arounds in terms of regurgitating past decade trends.  There’s the continuing debate on what is vintage, but the 00’s definitely isn’t.  However, I for one am very happy that the minimal trend is back.

The feel was stripped back and effortless. Tailoring played a key part in the designer collections, boxy jackets, soft tailored trousers, sometimes worn over skirts – seen at Diane Von Furstenburg.  There was a hint of 60’s – very apparent at Marc Jacobs, and a hint of sportswear, also very apparent at Helmut Lang.  Splashes of leather, were outset on a gorgeous muted colour palette.  Flashes of midriff skin were on show, with the new waistline dropping to the hip.  The focus was on the cut of the clothing, layering of light textures and tailoring.  I’m very excited for the new season, this is the best I’ve seen in a while…

I can see high street retailers translating this very well, especially the likes of COS, Reiss and Zara.

Hair was very relaxed – work that just got out of bed look, and draw in those eyebrows. A fierce set of eyebrows is key.

My favourite collection so far is BCBGMAXAZRIA.  It was a tough call between that and Helmut Lang. And I am also very impressed with how far Victoria Beckham has progressed – a great collection.  BCBGMAXAZRIA is just a perfect composition of feminine and masculine, using leather detail combined with lace in a perfect palette of brilliant white, orangemuted soft grey and black.

Here are some images so you can see exactly what I mean. I dare you not to fall in love with it…

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ALEXANDER WANG

^^^Apparently Anna Dello Russo has already ordered a pair of the knee-highs^^^

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PRABAL GURUNG

MARC JACOBS

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I’m looking forward to seeing the last of the NYFW collections,  and then it’s on to LFW…

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Your Key AW12 Wardrobe Pieces

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I’ve gone through this season’s key AW12 trends and picked out one item from each, which will allow you to incorporate them into your wardrobe without trying too hard/overdoing it.  No one likes a try-hard in fashion. Keep it simple, elegant and effortless.

Here’s how….

LEATHER

Opt for a pair of pointed shoe boots if you like to keep it classic.  Pointed shoes/boots are the style to go for this season.  If feeling brave, opt for a leather peplum skirt.

Reiss £189

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DIGITAL PRINT

Wear a striking skirt in a digital print with a plain t-shirt tucked in and some sky-high heels. Also team a jeweled necklace with the look.

Helmut Lang at My Wardrobe £260

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PURPLE

Purple is the colour to be seen in for AW12.  Opt for a complete colour block in a figure-hugging dress for the party season.

Donna Karan at Harrods £1,250

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MILITARY

Burberry reigned with their country classics and military-inspired looks this season.  Invest in a military inspired jacket.  Zara also does a great option.

Burberry Prorsum at Matches £1,495

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OPULENCE

To add luxury and opulence to an outfit, it’s easier to do with accessorising.  Choose beautiful jewellery to update LBD’s and staple basics like grey marl t-shirts.  Eastern influences were also heavily apparent within prints.

Zara £29.99

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OVERSIZED

To introduce mannish, boxy, oversized pieces to your wardrobe, I’d start with a coat. This coat from Chloe is an investment but also a true style statement. This will look beautiful with dark navy skinnies and tan leather boots.

Chloe at Harvey Nichols £1,380

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WAISTED

The feminine peplum trend continues.  This simple top is an easy way to bring this into your wardrobe. Team with cropped trousers and loafers to go for a more androgynous look, or a pencil skirt and heels for the office.

ASOS £25

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No Sweat…

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A basic staple item of your AW12 wardrobe should be a sweatshirt – preferably graphic-printed if you’re keen on staying up-to-date in terms of key trends.

It’s an easy piece  to throw on with cropped chinos and lace up pumps, or even a pair of skinnies and heels, accessorised and glammed up with statement jewellery.  You can embrace the sportswear trend (showing a little stylish support for the Olympics) without donning the Nikes or jogging bottoms.

Here is a selection of my current favourites available to purchase online…

Karl at Net-a-Porter £115

ASOS £45

American Apparel £33

Balenciaga at Farfetch £334

L’Agence at My Wardrobe £180

Emma Cook at Start Boutique £195

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Key Pieces for an Autumn Wardrobe

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The summer dresses, the sandals and the sunglasses can all be packed away for another year, for the arrival of autumn is well and truly here.  Now is a time to embrace the (faux) fur, the chunky knit and the sturdy heel.

There are certain trends to keep in mind when creating a perfect base for a stylish Autumn/Winter wardrobe and within this selection of staple pieces you’ll be creating several looks adapted from main season trends, which will see you through well into the next year, with some even working well for SS12.

*Click on the images to be taken to the websites for purchase and scroll to the bottom if you’d like to see how I’d style these pieces into looks.*

Start your search with a coat.  A coat will be worn every single day now the colder months have arrived and so it’s important to get it right.  This one here is from Topshop – a simple shape, lending itself to the androgynous trend, with pleather detailing on the collar.  Dark in colour, smart and long enough to keep you warm – a fantastic investment at just £85.  If you can, also think about investing in a warm jacket too – a bit of a pricey one, this is £395 from All Saints, but timeless and will last you for a good few years, looking better over time.

A good pair of boots is another first buy.  French Connection shoes are of great quality, and these sturdy heeled biker boots (£180) are no exception.  With a good grip and metal detailing they are the perfect compromise between comfort and cool. I own them (as you probably are aware, considering I keep harping on about them!) and I absolutely love them.

Get yourself a pair of jeans too.  Skinny jeans aren’t everyone’s preference but if you like wearing them, they’re great under higher ankle boots or rolled up at the ankle to wear cropped with loafers.  These ones, pictured, are by Citizens of Humanity at Harvey Nichols (£210).  If you don’t fancy the super skinny option, go to the other extreme and opt for flares.  Very on trend and perfect at balancing out the body shape.  I’m pretty tempted to get some bell bottoms to go with my floppy 70’s style hat.

A chunky oversized knit is essential to a wardrobe, whether a man or woman, and one like this would be my choice.  A vintage knit is a way to keep your wardrobe unique and will keep you cosy and stylish, like this one from online store, Yayer (£35), whether worn with skinny’s and loafers (a great casual option, seen below – Hunters by Office £80), or under a winter woollen coat.

To build on these staple pieces, acquire yourself a Breton long sleeved tee like this one from Jaeger (£80)– timeless, classic and great for layering, a chunky knit scarf in red – the colour to be seen in this autumn (H&M £6.99), a faux fur collar – dress up your coat and jacket for snug glamour (H&M £12.99), a yellow silk top or blouse – the colour will continue to reign in SS12 and this is perfect to use for colour blocking (Reiss £90), and some metallic accessories – metallic is a key trend for AW11, so these will jazz up your jeans and allow you to shine into the new year (Belt £22.99 and Clutch £59.99 both Zara).

And finally, to complete your AW11 wardrobe, a dress like this one pictured (Topshop £50)) is a fabulous way to enhance your evening or daytime options.  Winter florals in red and brown hues are so pretty, and if it’s too girly for you, toughen it up with the chunky knit scarf, black opaques, boots and leather jacket and grunge it up with lots of silver chunky jewellery.  The midi length is also very much on trend.  The one below, the maxi ($214), is from Spanish Moss Vintage – my favourite online store.  A maxi is a great transitional piece through to the new season.

You don’t have to follow the fashion trends as they are on the catwalk, adapt them to your body shape and skin tone.  Don’t wear a colour just because it’s in trend, it may not suit you.  Add in accessories to introduce micro trends, build on your staple pieces and voila – the perfect winter wardrobe!

And here’s how I’d wear these key pieces (as well as piling on the silver and gold jewellery)… 





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Lookbook.nu – Top 8

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I enjoy browsing Lookbook.nu for outfit inspiration, checking out what global trendsetters are opting to wear – with many, I have to say, coming from super stylish (I never knew it was?) San Fran.

Agreed, you can get some dodgy outfits on there that tend to leave me somewhat confused as to why one would upload such a picture on a public domain, however, generally speaking, the site is refreshed daily with hundreds of looks from around the world, ones which capture the trends perfectly or are truly original.

The ones I’ve chosen below are my favourites from the last few days.

By the way, the titles of the photos are sometimes a little strange – I didn’t write these.  My thoughts are directly below each photo.

‘Stunning,  gorgeous column of the maxi dress made even longer by those AMAZING shoes – all set off with bright red lipstick and gold necklace bangle.’

‘I do like this outfit.  It’s simple, effortless and cool.  The print on those shorts is just fab and I’d pretty much love hair like this.  The yellow nails add a touch of vibrance. Perfect summer cool.  She also looks a little like Alexa Chung.  Some people have all the luck.’

Plaid, crochet, leather, silver and gold.  It works.  Who knew?  A perfect combination in picture, yet on paper it would sound so wrong.’

‘Well, she’s carrying a Mulberry for a start, and that’s always a winner – combine this with the cutest shorts, slouchy loafers and a loose mustard sweater and hey presto, winning combination.’

‘LOVE this and the jeans look great with a baggy crop top.  Two different looks with the aid of a hat and a top knot – lovely styling.’

‘I’m loving pleats at the moment and when on a maxi skirt I love them even more.  The cinched in cardigan makes this skirt look even more feminine.  Maxi skirts can tend to be quite formal attire but I too like to grunge them down with my biker boots, and have now been inspired to add a wooly hat.’

‘Great t-shirt, amazing skirt and even more AMAZING boots. Love love love this. I have nothing more to say.’ 

 ‘I love slouchy jumpers, and even more so when they’re teamed with a super slinky dress.  With the hat it’s got a bit of a 70’s vibe with a grungy twist.  This kinda looks like velvet, and I do hope it is because it will have scored extra cool points in my book.  Studs are on my wish list right now, and this bag has them.’

Speaking of which, I’m on the verge of purchasing these Sam Edelman boots from Shopbop.com.

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Playing Virtual Dress Up – Your Turn…

 09.07.11

I just love, love, love using Polyvore. Some of you may have heard about me rave on about this American fashion website before, but basically it allows you to be a stylist from the comfort of your sofa. Pick and choose from thousands of garments, from designer to high street, and if you like what you see, you can buy the look too.
Let your creative juices flow and introduce new outfits to your wardrobe. Experiment with colours, shapes and trends.
Here I have introduced the Mini Editor to my blog to allow all you fellow fashionistas to have a taster of this fantastic (addictive) site. I have selected a fair few pieces of my favourite styles and tried to include a varying colour palette (moving away from my sombre palette of grey and black) and a variation of shapes and styles.
I’d love to see your outfit combinations and hear what you think about my choices… I’ll be posting a selection of my favourite combinations soon.

Just click on the link below and start styling an outfit to die for from my selected choice of BEAUTIFUL clothing…

http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/minieditor?id=9458
Get your own Mini Editor from Polyvore