I’d like to apologize for the iPhoneography, but I’m without my DSLR currently (it’s been misplaced…). So, my serious and simple selfie is me paying homage to a trendy color this upcoming season: gray (*ahem* specifically, Paloma chosen by Pantone). Designers like Michael Kors, Alexander Wang, and Chanel are giving my favorite color to wear a much-deserved spotlight. In high school, I realized gray flatters everyone. Oui, tout le monde. Don’t debate me on this– I’m pretty confident (and biased) in this conclusion. Black is a quintessential neutral, but gray’s support has been offensively lacking. Gray is just as chic, sophisticated, and timeless as black! Gray pairs with any color just as well as black! Gray is interesting enough to be worn alone like black– WE SHOULD ALL JUST KILL BLACK! (Forgive me for my “Mean Girls” moment)
Thank you designers and Pantone for crowning a worthy color. I hope with this new leader that the fashion industry will continue to move in the right direction. All hail Gray the Great!
From left to right (Spring/Summer 2014): Michael Kors, Chanel, Alexander Wang.
My cousin refuses to read my blog simply because it’s a fashion blog. She doesn’t like being told what to wear… “All fashion magazines and blogs do are tell you what to wear,” she snarled. I responded, “You do know that you don’t have to wear what they suggest? They’re just suggestions.” She continued on and on about how the fashion industry oppresses people’s freedom to wear what they want and influences women to dress the same to be fashionable. I was totally over her.
Oui, media is very influential, but the fashion industry is all about encouraging individuality! That’s what it’s based on: INDIVIDUALITY! Perhaps, she didn’t notice the copious amount of designers, brands, and magazines around her. Chanel, Forever 21, Valentino, and J.Crew are obviously telling people to dress the same– except, NOT AT ALL! They’re not selling you a style, but inspiring you to explore your fashion ‘sense.’ The confidence you have when you have refined your style to ‘voice’ who you are is wonderful. So, look at fashion medium, find inspiration, and continue to mold your style as you change.
I end with this perfect quote from the social media-famous DKNY PR Girl: ”Fashion isn’t about clothes, fashion is a visual extension of your personality.”
Fashion-savvy readers, please support me in this stance:I hope you appreciate the use of Radiant Orchid haha.
“It’s a color that draws you in. It’ a color that speaks to creativity, so wearing it enhances your feeling of being more creative and being more innovative. And that is so important in today’s life. We see words like that being used to describe technologies and products that are seen as innovative and with an approach you haven’t tried before.” This is how Leatrice Eisman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, passionately describes the Pantone color of the year for 2014: Radiant Orchid.
Personally, I find the color quite charming and inviting. Because it’s not a primary color, but a mixture of fuchsia, purple, and rosy undertones, it’s even more appealing and modern. I’m definitely going to try to find some items (clothing/ home decor) of this color to encourage creativity and originality for the new year… and as you can see from my wish list, I could use some color in my neutral life. Here are some items I’m considering:
Lusting for items I see online is a daily occurrence. But the month affects what I’m desiring at the time. You know, new seasons, new arrivals, new trends… etc. For this December, I’m obviously not in a colorful mood haha. Usually, I do like things of black, navy and grey hues. December’s a winter-y month, so those colors are easily accepted. I chose the most coveted items from my Pinterest. What’s on your wish list this month?
1. Longchamp black leather crossbody bag – So, I’ve been a crossbody-guy lately. As I told you before, I’m toting the ALDO bag. But I’ve been craving a new leather bag that’ll please me for a while. This one’s it.
2. David Beckham boxer shorts – These are the most comfortable underwear I’ve owned. I own a few pairs in black and they’re so chic. Yes, I used ‘chic’ to describe underwear. Oh, and they have David Beckham’s name on them… I need to buy them in bulk!
3. Magnanni ‘Donosti’ zip boot – Alright, I got these boots last December, but I don’t wear them much. I really REALLY want to! So, they’re on the list for encouragement.
4.Marni paneled virgin wool sweater – … Not everything on your wish list has to be something you can afford haha. I love graphic knitwear, and these colors are my weakness. This sweater… one day… not soon.
I was in the Starbucks queue waiting to order a grande Pumpkin Spice Latte, and furry creatures strolled in front of me. They were the booties of an amazingly-dressed woman. This fashionista’s personality is just what you would imagine– amazing. To wear prints and fur so boldly, you have to be really awesome, right? Her show-stopping boots are from the very popular brand UGG Australia. Their design easily adds at touch of chic-cool. Her look is something I could imagine in an Isabel Marant collection or Isabel wearing herself. Guess what?! She told me that earlier in the day she was donning a scarf from the Isabel Marant Pour H&M collection with her ensemble! Très cool.
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Wintertime is also known as fur season. Well, it’s not actually referred to as fur season, but which other season can you really wear it? This wine-colored fur vest unexpectedly distracted me from a street performance, which was quite entertaining (a guitar/violin duet!). The color was uncommon and edgy, enchanting me to gaze at it… I was tempted to touch it. When I asked her where she got the luxe-looking fur vest, I imagined she would name some high-end retailer. Non. Forever 21. Oui, it was bought at a reasonable price. I was in shock! You can find her vest here. Faux is the way to go if you’re not a fan of wearing real fur. And this faux fur vest of this quality and great price is definitely worth having. Her total look was all about showcasing each accessory using various textures and colors.
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Let’s celebrate Thanksgiving Italian Vogue style: sexily lying on a table of delectable treats! (but let’s eat them)
Have a great day of feasting? I hope you’re dressed to impressed– take advantage of the holidays to show off your style to your family and friends. It’s great publicity, and really pushes you to express yourself genuinely through your ensemble. This festive spirit and deliciously glamorous photo of THE Naomi Campbell is inspiring me to have a fall photoshoot on this Tofurkey Day (vegetarian here). I really wanted to say vegeTERRYan, but some people don’t find humor in my vocabuTERRY words. Get it?! My name’s Terry… haha?