I think my favorite show of all time is the Louis Vuitton Show from Fall/Winter 2013. Nothing prepared me for this show and what I was witnessing. The show fascinated me because Marc Jacobs had his models walked down the runway by their very own porters carrying their Louis Vuitton bags. The shoes were chunky heeled platforms, almost mary janes like. The collection was for the sophisticated woman for sure. Top coats were adorned worth extra large buttons. I loved the color pallets in jewel tones: navy, plum, greens, and gold tones. It was a very whimsy show, starting with the train of course. The music added on to the whimsical elements. Check it out below and tell me you are not blown away!
I have to admit that I never really looked at window displays when shopping and just went in the stores I loved to browse and/or shop in. But as I work my way through the industry and attend FIT, visual displays presentation on top of customer experience is a big part of drivers for sales. What is going to bring in customers off the street? That is why it is very important to understand the power of the window displays. Window displays not only show what the store is providing in store, but also are used to tell a story. The story could be that of a theme, color trend, and/or fashion trend or even brings forth the stores aesthetic. It very well may be whimsy or create shock value.
The window displays of Barneys (which I was assured was just changed.. and by all accounts appear to change their windows every two hours) for Comme de Garcon and Kenzo were bright and full of contrasting patterns and graphics. (click on picture to see it enlarged)
DKNY told a bright bold red, black and white story of stripes and mixing of patterns. The sneakers gave the windows a bit of young sporty vibe.
In contrast, Calvin Klein had a cool monochromatic approach to it’s displays. Leading me to believe that not all stores are following the bold color trends and leaning towards their usual aesthetic.
I am one of the fashion girls who wears all black a lot and you could say it is my uniform. So maybe this made me rethink my spring/summer wardrobe a bit. <— not really. LOL. But I was intrigued at the different window displays down Fifth Avenue.
Have you noticed any other cool window displays?
Look, I just have way toooo many summer shoes and nowhere to wear them. I know some of you may relate. If you follow any of the trends out, pairing socks with your sandals and open toe shoes are all the rage among some fashionistas. I like to call it winterizing your summer wear. Much like how you would pair thick opaque stockings with your skirts or wear collar shirts underneath your sleeveless dresses, pairing socks with your sandals is a great way to add some miles to your summer shoes in the winter. You may get a little cold, LOL, you may not. Depends on how far you would go for fashion. Below is a pic of my GX/Gwen Stefani for Shoedazzle sandal lace up bootie (yes its exactly how I described it) that I paired with TOP SHOP ruffled socks. Personally, I get stopped all the time when I wear these heels, even more so paired with cool girly frilly socks. You can wear this with pencil skirts, pants, joggers, skirts in any form from tulip to midi, really just about any way you like. Give it a try and let me know how trying this styling works for you.
One trend that doesn’t seem to be dying is our obsession with sportswear. Men and women alike are really dressing down their serious attire and dressing up their off duty style. For S/S 15 we saw designers send down the runway athletic inspired shoes and apparel for women who wanted to be sporty yet feminine. For Spring ’16 forecasts call for the sportswear/activewear trend to take it up a notch with open toe sneakers. I think this item will be a key item because as the trends continue to lean towards off duty styles and athletic wear, this item provides women with an alternative to either dress up their off duty styles without sacrificing that just thrown together look or even dressing down their work attire for a more eclectic take.
Below are some indications of what’s to come for Spring ’16:
As you can see, pretty much the body of the sneaker has been eliminated, making it almost like a Birkenstock but not. KTZ also sent down the runway open toe sneakers:
There have been many attempts to make this trend happen. We saw similar version in 2009 and 2014 on the runways. Rita Ora is wearing this Jeremy Scott design for Adidas below in 2014.
I think the trend is still in the culmination stage but will catch on soon enough as we continue to see active wear becoming more and more popular.
Credits: WGSN, Trend Council and Stylesight
Hi Fashion Cloners!
It literally has been a while. Two years to be exact. Last we met, I was on a journey to changing careers from law to fashion. I think I have been successful in doing so. Deets on a later post. However, this post is to reintroduce myself to you all in a sense and well to really introduce myself to fellow class mates most importantly. We were asked to create a blog for our Creative Presentations course and speak about some of the blogs we are loving right now. Since I already have one and it has not been active in almost two years, I figured let me wipe the slate clean and literally start anew. You will not find any old posts. I look forward to reintroducing myself and reconnecting with my old readers.
Back to the matter at hand… My assignment… Blogs I am loving at the moment:
Some blogs that I am really interested in right now range from natural style blogs (which have to do with afros/kinky/curly haired women) and people who are able to rework garments. Below are my top 3.
I love Be Loud Be You because she really has a great sense of fashion with a side of quirkiness. I also loves when she vintage shops and reworks old grandma garments into fabulous items that we could wear today.
She totally shed her mean girl reputation once she left ‘The City’ reality TV show… I love the way she mixes and matches patterns and colors. She also makes modern pieces look classic. She is the reason I own a few sleeveless structured blazers.
I think it is important to know how to bargain hunt and make things your own. And Carmen from the She Recycles Fashion blog does it so well. She also reworks clothing better than anyone I have seen do it.
In generally I really do not follow a ton of style blogs because I do not like to be influenced by others and what they are wearing. However, it is important to know what is trending and for that purpose, I keep up with some blogs and other fashion forecasting sites.
I promise my next post will be a little more fun. But if you haven’t checked out these sites, please do. They are amazing.
Ciao for now.