The runways are bringing us a ton of minimalism for 2013. In case that is not for you, don’t fret as top designers and high-street retailers are bringing us a little bit of feminine-flirty-fun. Ruffles are the next big thing, literally. Gucci, Marni, Chloe and Marc Jacobs are just a few of the top designers bringing us this playful trend for summer – and in the most soft sorbet colours.
This “it” trend is right on time and giving of some serious frills to frock with. A perfect accent to any womans figure, whether it be off the shoulder, around the waist, peplum or a little fringe at your skirt hem line. Be sure to get your fill and at affordable prices at your favourite spots like Zara, Club Monaco, and J.Crew. How will you be wearing this cool new trend?
Guest Writer – Marika Jewell
Okay I want to dress like this, live like this. Jessica Choay’s Fall/Winter 2012 Campaign has me all dreamy on a dark, rainy Spring day. Jessica Choay is perpetuating the “outwear lingerie” trend. She’s totally popped up on the radar as new talent to watch after Milan Fashion Week.
The philosophy Choay has published for her eponymous label gives you a sense of that;Jazz notes hang in the air.
Your skin is kissed by a soft caress.
Your fingers fondle its delicate fabric.
Your nose sense its closeness.
Your eyes anticipate the union.
Your lips are moist with passion.
Now you two are one.?You and your dress.
What you need: Sweater dress, zipper trim, and waterproof glue.
5 Easy Steps on How To Zip It:
- Measure down the center of the back of the dress to determine length of zipper.
- Allow for 2 inches of trip above neck and below hemline. Pin trim to dress to ensure straightness
- Work in 2-inch increments by removing pins, and applying glue to dress and attaching trim.
- Hold in place for 5 seconds to secure. Fold loose ends inwards and attach with glue.
- Let dry for 24 hours, and hand wash only!
Disclaimer: Zippers garner attention so please use this dress with discretion. Expect a lot of appreciation from both males and females. Men will be unpleasantly surprised when they realize they can’t unzip it.
Velvet instantly makes me think of a few things: Royalty, 1970s paintings on velvet canvas and of course, the holidays. This season, velvet is all the craze. Velvet holiday dresses, velvet leggings, velvet blazers, velvet accessories, in all colours of the rainbow.
Cynthia Steffe Cap-Sleeve Crushed Velvet Dress is on the top of my list. The silhouette is very fitting to another trend this season, Ruching. The cinched waist, creates beautiful drape lines and softly defines your waist, all the while, hiding holiday dinner tummies. Available in this rich, deep crimson, accented with angled exposed zipper pockets and an exposed back zipper (another ‘it” trend this season).
The runner up: Victoria Secrets’ Velvet One-Button Tuxedo Jacket. (It surprised me too!). Perfect fit for special occasions, like the work party, or a cas’ weekend brunch with the girls. And can easily be switched up, for an evening cocktail for a date.
My Velvet Haiku:
Velvet. My new love.
Timeless, perfect addition.
Don’t wear head to toe.
The brainchild of Ivana Helsinki (Finnish line) designer, Paola Suhonen, is called “Dress-Go-Around.” 10 winners are each given a cotton shift from her new line, and each wears their dress for a month before passing it along to one of their finds for a month, and so on and on.
After one year, the dresses will be returned to the designer who will display her well-traveled designs in an exhibition.
Designers have recently looked into the past in to revive one of the most loved of fabrics – brocade. I’m pleasantly surprised at this heavy detail popping up in spring fashion. Velvet brocade is ultra rich looking!
Dolce & Gabbana is using the opulence of brocade for dresses to lush hand bags.
For a modern twist D&G are meshing brocade with tule and exotic animal skins. This is so fun because it’s both eccentric and fashion forward patchworked into one.
Before you bloat on turkey – inspire yourself to skip the stuffing so that you can dazzle in that cute little dress you’re going to wear thru the Christmas party circuit. First you have to get the dress, right? – so start looking now!
One of my best purchases was a moss green chiffon number from Rampage. I spent $90 and I wore it to a ton of parties by just messing around with accessories. I’ve got a handful of cheaper stores that are 90% hoochie (or maybe I’m just too old to shop there) and 10% gold mine: Rampage, Heart Moon Stars, Hot Kiss, Forever 21, Charlotte Russe and Zara.
The trick to buying from cheaper stores: the material and detail in the right places. Chiffon, crepe, lace, and shiny can be more forgiving. Budget finds are often simple in the back and save the detail for the front, but if you’ve got an expensive pashmina shawl to wrap – does a plain back matter? (retorical question). Here are two perfect examples of great deals on little black dresses that you can add your luxe touches to:
Bonus: One more dress here. It’s not a dress, but here’s a cute top at Hot Kiss that falls into the 10% goldmine category! Scoop Neck Lace Top.
Knits seem softer, thicker, better than they used to be. It’s like they finally wised up and put the baby soft in with the durability (to not pill into cotton balls hanging off your elbows)…and how they drape. Bless fall for being the best season for soft jersey knits.
Here are some great knit "it’ picks: RACHEL PALLY – Scoop Bubble Dress. This one gets double points for being the first bubble dress I’ve seen that does not make you look like a circus act. This dress is so hip (easy to layer, pair with leggings, add a splash of red or black, long sleeves) and could easily become a classic. Get it here.
VELVET - Velvet Aveza Dress Velvet (the brand not the material) offers sensuous pieces that flatter without sacrificing feminine or fit. I’ve got some of velvet’s long tanks for layering up. They’re gorgeous, soft and great quality. This dress is a fabulous wardrobe staple. Get it here.
Also worth checking out is another Rachel Pally – in bungee.