Shes a Wild One

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Summer 2011 Trends

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Starting out, strategizing my composition for this first set was quite tedious and difficult for me given the wide-ranging guidelines. My personal aesthetics naturally tend to gravitate towards the noir, contrasting, heavy and experimental kinds of fashions which aren’t always represented in spring/summer looks. Yet, this season was packed full of black and leather (two of my favorite things!) for this sunny time of the year. I really wanted to push my preference beyond my first instincts for the Top Picks set and concentrate on the other prevailing trends of the season. First, I focused on the Crayola effect happening on the runways and centralized my choices around bright colored must have accessories, mine being the electric aqua Balmain platforms and Aur necklace. I also wanted to incorporate an “evening” piece creating two separate looks with the addition of the Jill Sander hyper orange maxi skirt accompanied by an additional set of accessories to boot. My second summer trend is followed by the perfect structured-shouldered white Balmain double breasted jacket paired with some deviated breezy, deconstructed Balmain jean shorts. Now, I couldn’t completely resist all the beautiful back available for the season, so I chose a black-fade leopard print Givenchy Nightingale with matching cuffs that essentially act as the binding agents within both of the overall looks. As far as accessories go, the Alexander Wang sunglasses couldn’t be more flawless in complementing the Aur spiked jewelry, McQueen ring and spike-studded belt. Lastly, my beauty elements all tie back into the cocktail of Crayola theme finishing my set look with a bright, bold hot pink lip and nails.

H&M for UNICEF featuring Lanvin

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In this set for cause branding, I chose H&M because of the close partnership they have with UNICEF to benefit the children in Africa, Cambodia, India and Uzbekistan in fighting HIV/AIDS, to promote children’s right and education. It also doesn’t hurt that they partner with luxury design houses to create capsule collections in which proceeds go towards H&M’s working coops, all while giving a boost to their brand image. Lanvin is one of my all-time favorite labels, H&M’s newest advent for their “All for Children” campaign. So, in featuring UNICEF’s cause, I used text in the center of the set as a focal emphasis on the purpose. For balance, I anchored a picture from the campaign on the left-hand side, complementing the emotive left. I used tags and a tank from UNICEF’s projects that clearly represent their mission in creating awareness via the brand recognition they gain from partnering with H&M. An illustration made by Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz headlines the set, tying in the color scheme while pushing the fashion for the cause.

Mass Manufacturing

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This set was quite difficult for me to accomplish because of the limits put on its creative scope by setting a price-point ceiling. When it comes to merging fashion and “technology” to coincide with today’s standards of expectations, the two just don’t meet in a practical and better yet feasible manner that is actually  attractive. So I approached this set in terms of what all options are available at lower, more widely obtainable price-points for the average consumer who enjoys being on trend..on a budget of $100 or less! Being that “fast-fashion” rules the apparel market, the most obvious and efficient form of technology utilized in the fashion industry is the technology/machinery/logistics used to produce and distribute all of the actual textiles, garments, accessories, shoes, findings etc. Therefore by default, everything produced for mass consumption is the product of a highly sophisticated system of technological advancements within that perspective industry. Now, since I chose to emphasize the fast-fashion aspect of this idea, I based my aesthetics on how well these pieces can simulate the look of higher end products. I implemented fashions with graphic design elements like; sharp contrasting lines, bold pops of color and architectural rudiments that could meld together to create an overall affluent-type look. Anyone can essentially imitate the unobtainable now through the art of styling and with the speedy advents of modern technological capabilities.

The Lure of Luxe

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For me, the meaning of Luxe is all about the labels, of course. Evoking obvious visual cues through color, shape, quality, quantity and style, you can immediately gather that a luxe outfit puts your fast fashion to shame. In creating this set it was extremely difficult for me to choose what aspect of luxury I wanted to focus in on, so I made 7 luxurious sets! But, in the end I had to pick one. This polyvore gives a nod to the late Dame Elizabeth, one of the most glamorous woman to ever exist, but with a modern twist on the bond girl as well. I naturally gravitate towards symmetry and finding visual balance. I started with my bond girl face/ make-up to achieve that ultimate femme fatale look to compliment my luxe ensemble. Then, to anchor that beautiful face I recalled some of the lure of vacationing at some wonderful place like Monte Carlo, somewhere a bond girl would most certainly be. The first priority piece is the bathing suit naturally, a Lanvin silk leopard print one-piece that is reminiscent of a more glamorous era. Then, to show a little here and hide a little there, I used an ever sexy and mysterious black and cobalt trimmed silk Haider Ackerman smoking jacket keeping with the theme. And, for a day at the beach in Monte Carlo you need the perfect sunhat, mine being the aptly named Zara Gorman leather ‘submarine hat’ available only through the luxury retailer Harrods. For a bright and contrasting point of interest I choose an orange suede Balenciaga open-toed wedge boot perfect for the summer season. To top it all off, the apex of bond girl accessories, the Givenchy Nightingale bag with a hint of bondage (pun intended). And finally, every bond girl needs her Visa Infinite the luxury hotel Dubai business card for the UAE. In my last affirmation to Elizabeth, I just had to include the pear-shaped Taylor-Burton 69.42 carat diamond one of the many impeccable jewels given to the Dame from her love Richard Burton. Rest in peace.