Tried and tested- holiday party outfit (anything but a dress)

As we get closer to the holiday season, we find ourselves looking for the prefect glam outfit to go with the holiday spirit. Normally, we associate the festive season with the Little Black Dress and, sure, there is no doubt that the LBD will always be a safe choice. But what if we feel the urge to pull off something bold and experiment with colors and textures. I believe the LBD deserves a little break once in a while. So I decided to find creative ways of putting together an outfit with ensembles that feature anything but a dress. Whether it’s a fancy jumpsuit, a metallic pleated skirt, or a tuxedo-inspired look, the following 5 pieces will not only get you into the festive mood, but also let you shine at any holiday cocktail parties.

Glitz and glam

Shiny pieces and metallics define the holiday season. They can definitely function as the ultimate neutral at any holiday party. For a festive punch, I opted for a pair of bold pants with a luxurious damask jacquard prints, which evoke a sophisticated feel. I paired it with a silky blouse with a metallic sheen and ruffle details along the neck and sleeves. This statement piece adds a touch of glam and gives a feminine twist to the holiday dress code.

Blouse and pants: Alice And Olivia (Nordstrom)

The velvet suit

This menswear-inspired look offers and alternative way to mix things up. Simply trade in your classic tuxedo suit with a velvet one. I chose this set because the shimmering kimono-like jacket paired with matching pants keep everything sleek and sexy. Velvet is my favorite formal fabric during the holiday season because it provides a warm sense of luxury. For those that fear an all-velvet look, you can break things up with a silky top, a contrasting texture.

Jacket and pants: Zara

The ultimate jumpsuit

I always feel drawn to jumpsuits for some reason. The overall is an unexpected option when you need to look instantly put-together on casual days. It’s not only an easy to wear piece, but also one appropriate for special events. Choose a tailored and formal-esque jumpsuit — look for a balanced fit and avoid silhouettes that are too baggy. I love the idea of a monochrome jumpsuit that can flatter any body type. So I chose this burgundy piece and paired it with a statement necklace and a tailored coat with subtly metallic details.

Jumpsuit and coat: COS

Rise and shine

Metallic skirts can be the go-to perfect option once the holiday party season is in full swing. You can wear it during the day in the office and at a cocktail party after work. Simply by switching to stiletto and adding a furry or a snakeskin clutch, you can elevate the look. I love how the shine factor is mixed with other textures and unexpected combinations. A black top with little frills was the first thing popped into my head. It’s delicate and feminine. Plus, you can layer it with a cool leather jacket for an edgy twist.

Skirt and top: BP (Nordstrom)

Fairy tale story

A maxi tulle skirt is a great substitute for a traditional dress. The luxurious fabric creates a fairy tale look and will help you stand out in a crowd. There are so many options when it comes to tulle. For a full glam effect, you can pair the voluminous skirt with an embellished or sequins top. For a classy look, pair it with a basic blouse an a statement accessory. I paired the tulle here with a silk fabric with dotted mesh and lace details, and finished the look with red pumps.

Skirt and top: MassimoDutti

Drawing the Line: A Review of Ruben Östlund’s Palme D’Or Winner, The Square

Ruben Östlund’s The Square, winner of this year’s Palme D’Or, satirizes the world of modern art and its empty commitment to progressive social ideals. It is a series of comical, often surreal, sketches, with all narrative threads leading back to Christian (Claes Bang), the handsome curator of Stockholm’s X-Royal museum of contemporary art.

At the start of the film, Christian is pickpocketed in the centre of a public square. Together with a co-worker, he tracks his stolen phone online. Genesis by Justice blares in the background as he drives his Tesla to the apartment block where the phone is located and, in this moment, enmity is born under the guise of right. Once Christian reaches the apartment, he slips accusatory messages into each unit’s mail slot in hopes of reaching the criminal.

Just as all of this strange personal business is going on, Christian acquires an artwork for the museum called “The Square”.  It is a small space cordoned off by four light-up lines with a plaque that reads: “The Square is a sanctuary of trust and caring. Within its boundaries, we all share equal rights and obligations.” In an interview, Östlund compares “The Square” to the crosswalk; it is a “humanistic traffic sign,” meant to remind people of their role as fellow human beings. Passionate about the piece, Christian argues for the strength in its brute simplicity. But once ‘The Square’ is introduced, its meaning hangs heavy over Christian; it clings to the character as a leech, slowly deprecating his moral pretensions until they are laid bare.

Östlund’s art world in is dominated by ego, wealth, and the claim to be cutting edge. ‘The Square’ captures something of its hollow charm. Four lines delineate a space of social obligation but its emptiness stands in stark contrast to Stockholm’s sidewalks, filled with the homeless and the hungry. The art world is vacant; it aims at nothing; its obligation is solely to itself. In the other exhibit, piles of gravel sit before a sign that reads: “YOU HAVE NOTHING”. It seems as though the art world takes pleasure in being reminded of its impotency, and humble servility to its own nothingness. When a janitor accidentally sweeps up some of the artist’s gravel, we recognize the absurdity of it all.

Still, Christian is not a bad guy, although his intentions are steeped in ego and ignorance. Östlund doesn’t condemn the artistic enterprise altogether, but aims to illustrate just how complicated intentions and artistic expressions can be in a world where we do not all share equal rights and obligations. He brings a series of moral questions to the fore. What is one’s role as an actor? Who is one responsible to?

He forays with confidence into these age-old queries, but his answers seem to change based on the time and place of their asking. In one scene, a man with Turrets yells obscenities at an artist being interviewed at the gallery. Speakers and audience members strain to remain tolerant; this is, after all, a “neurological disorder” and certainly this man deserves respect. But on the street, this same demographic feels no need to go out of their way to accommodate those less fortunate. Each day on his way to work Christian ignores the woman that stands in a public square, asking over and over again: “Do you want to save a human life?”

Östlund also examines the way power can alter feelings of obligation. Christian is a dominant figure. He sleeps around without much concern for his bed partners and acts unselfconsciously, assuming that others respect his every decision. But power is not a static force. It shifts between individuals. When Christian condescends to buy a sandwich for a homeless woman, he assumes the role of a kind, socially conscious citizen. But when the woman responds with a demand, she will have a chicken ciabatta, no onions, the balance of power shifts. Christian is taken aback by her assertive attitude. Is she not embarrassed? Grateful? Christian quickly attempts to restore his position of power by refusing to grant her request for no onions. The comedy of the scene almost camouflages its thematic significance, the way these two figures negotiate power and how that negotiation determines their lines of commitment.

Östlund concocts a variety of scenarios to test his characters, to reveal their obligations and the factors that pollute them. The Square is lengthy, the sort of film one thinks is about to end at least four times. Eventually it does, but it offers no real conclusion, no closure. Still, one cannot accuse Östlund of despair.

“The Square” looms heavy but not only to illuminate Christian’s moral weakness. Östlund takes the Levinasian view of social obligation. His characters understand that they enter the world always already responsible to those around them, and they search for meaning in that responsibility and the impossibility of escaping it. They realize that there is no autonomy, no pure, unsullied interiority, when they live, breath, and perform before the eyes of the Other. “The Square” dares to meet that gaze; it dares to think it possible.

5 Identical Designer Dupes That Won’t Break The Bank

Fashion Week’s just finished and, as fashion addicts, we are still dreaming of the incredible clothes we saw on the runway and coming to the realization that our actual wardrobe is ridiculous. Well, as I sit and wait for the winning lottery number, I thought it would be nice and kinder on your waller to know where to get some designer clothes dupes in order to create your Carrie Bradshaw wardrobe. Fashion, yes! But on a budget.

Speaking of Bradshaw, have you ever had a dream of her famous Manolo Blahnik satin pumps? These are probably the stiletto shown the most on TV. If you don’t feel like spending your entire salary on a pair, I suggest these from Dune London.

Left: Manolo Blahnik. Right: Dune London

These Stella McCartney wedges are a must, especially if you spent spring-summer wearing heels to pretend you are as tall as Heidi Klum. Walking with wedges is also way easier than walking in a pair stilettos. You will find this perfect dupe at Shein’s.

Left: Stella McCartney. Right: Shein

Getting yourself an inspired aviator leather jacket is just as important. Acne Studio proposes the perfect one, full black perfect shape… If you are into this trend, this dupe from Warehouse will satisfy you.

Left: Acne Studio. Right: Warehouse

We have seen these gathered Yves Saint Laurent high boots everywhere. The Haute Couture brand also made a silver version of it that’s higher and with more glitter and obviously more difficult to wear. The black version is a good alternative if you are looking for everyday shoes. You will find this perfect dupe at Urban Outfiters. The only difference you will notice is that the Yves Saint Laurent ones are in leather whereas the dupe is in faux suede.

Left: Yves Saint Laurent. Right: Urban Outfiters

Haute Couture brands’ handbags are probably the most copied items. This basic black one from Yves Saint Laurent iss not make an exception and we won’t complain about it. It’s beautiful, goes with every outfit, and can also be worn at night. You will find this dupe at Mango.

Left: Yves Saint Laurent. Right: Mango

Albums that shaped who we are

I’m not sure to what extent something can ‘shape’ a person, but, sometimes, the similarities or affinities between a person and a thing — music, in this case — he/she likes are uncanny. Who knows what came first. But there’s no doubt that we think and speak of certain albums and songs as though in veneration — as though they came down from heaven or shot up from the earth in the shape of a kindly pair of hands and went to work on our clay bodies. Whether that’s true or not, some albums mean something more. Here are the albums that mean a lot to the Novella team.

Hoon Ji, Managing Editor

Wu-Tan Clan — Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) 

The Wu Saga continues this year. When it all started in ’93, I was only 1. When I first heard “Bring da Ruckus“, it was as though I was entering a familiar yet exciting environment. One, I would soon find out, that’s home to Black Star, Mobb Deep, Heltah Skeltah, Nas, MF Doom, and more; one that would later be home to Kendrick Lamar, Wiki, ProEra, the Flatbush Zombies, etc. To say that “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)” enriched my life is an egregious understatement on par with saying hip hop is just a genre. So, let me say, TICAL, Suuuuu, Shaolin, and all that.

Bob Dylan — Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan

Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright” has to be one of the best songs ever written about a breakup and general human weakness. It’s bitter in the most pleasurably nostalgic sense. I think of Dylan’s lyrics when I think about Dylan’s music: “Every one of them words rang true/ and glowed like burning coal.” He’s always somewhere else and it’s fun chasing his voice around, trying to figure it all out. “Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” was my first Dylan album.

Cannonball Adderley — Somethin’ Else

My first jazz album was Miles Davis’s “Kind of Blue”. I liked the idea of listening to it more than the actual listening. But it led me to Cannonball Adderley, his glorious belly, and his alto saxophone. “Somethin’ Else” and its rendering of jazz classics like “Autumn Leaves” and “Dancing in the Dark” kept me listening, and led me back to “Kind of Blue”, and basically all of the giants — Miles, Bill Evans, Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, Art Blakey, Pharaoh Sanders, Sun Ra, and more.

Drew Brown, Editor-in-Chief

Prince — 1999

It’s no secret that I am huge Prince fan. When I first saw the video for the title track of Prince’s 1999 album, I was left in a daze. I became an instant fan and played this album alongside Prince’s earlier work over and over. I remember the song came on at a New Year’s Eve party in 1999, and in the midst of all the talk about the Y2K, this song was proof that Prince was truly ahead of his time.

Fishbone — Truth and Soul

If you have never been to a Fishbone concert, you have no idea what you are missing. When I heard their cover version if Curtis Mayfield’s ‘Freddie’s Dead’, I was hooked. Fishbone’s mix of ska, punk, rock, reggae, and soul became the soundtrack of of my youth. Till this day they remain my and my brother’s favourite band, so much so that, growing up, we use to dress like lead singer Angelo Moore. Wearing vintage suits, suspenders, and converse sneakers did bring about strange looks thrown our way but we didn’t care. Fishbone Is Red Hot!

Janet Jackson — Velvet Rope

When my mom passed away due to cancer, Janet Jackson’s ‘Velvet Rope‘ got me through a very traumatic time. The album’s hidden track ‘Special’ was on repeat. The album was the result of Janet’s bout with depression and emotional breakdown, so I guess that’s why I could totally relate at the time.

Chris Zaghi, Fashion Editor

The Smashing Pumpkins — Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

Very rarely does an album capture the Sturm und Drang of your teenage years while simultaneously stabbing one dead in the chest with the reality that your twenties aren’t going to be any better. Mellon Collie paints the perfect picture of the transition from teenager to young adult and the sheer emotional fury that comes with it. Whether its the sparkling highs of songs like Tonight, Tonight and Beautiful or the relentless brutality of X.Y.U and Tales of a Scorched Earth, Mellon Collie captures what it’s like to wake up happy one day and fall asleep miserable the next, or how it feels to fall in love one evening and wake up wanting to tear your heart right out. Apart from the album being a completely relatable emotional rollercoaster, it also solidifies its position as one of the last great contemporary rock albums from the ’90s by giving us some of the greatest songwriting. How else would we have been able to stomach lyrics like “Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage,” “And into the eyes of a jackal I say KABOOM,” “Love is suicide,” “Crucify the insincere tonight” and much more?

Lana Del Rey — Born To Die: The Paradise Edition

The original Born To Die opened my eyes to the world Lana Del Rey created for herself. Her soft and sombre voice barely managing to escape her lips, like a poet writing verse after verse with no intention of ever releasing their work to the public. Del Rey sways and swings through the moments in her life that made her the woman she is today. Which entranced me and pulled me in from the moment the album started playing. However, when she released her second musical effort, the EP/Album duo The Paradise Edition, I felt something I hadn’t felt with an album in a very long time. Now many singers manage to release beautiful songs about love, life, and coming to an understanding that no matter how hard you try, you are a product of the things life has put you through. But Lana sings with a dread and despair masked with optimism and hope that you have no choice but to aimlessly drift between the soft velvety rose gardens she’s planted in front of the pearly gates, smoking a cigarette while you wait to see if heaven’s gonna let you in or if you’ll burn for your sins. This idea can be felt throughout Born To Die, with its playful melancholy, but it isn’t until you pop BTD out and put Paradise in that you realize that the soft playfulness Del Rey expressed in BTD was just a taste of the dark reality that lies within her. As soon as Paradise begins to play, you’re met with songs like ‘Ride’, ‘Bel Air’, ‘American’, and ‘Cola’, that describe the beauty and horror the world offers you. Underage addiction, male validation, and the journey to find oneself can all be found nestled within the songs of The Paradise Edition, making it one of my all-time favourite and defining albums to date.

Placebo — A Place For Us To Dream

The complete and utter chaos you feel growing up as a kid who sees themselves as “different” is an experience unique in and of itself. While some kids go through their “phases,” others are forced to go through a barrage of so much more. Mental illness, abuse, drugs, love, mixed emotions, unspoken words, missed chances, broken hearts, smiles, and confusion are all human experiences that many misunderstood or forgotten kids go through on a daily basis. Luckily, Placebo came along and gave a voice to the kids who had no idea where to even start. In their latest endeavor, which places the beauty of a handful of their newest songs within the borders of their greatest hits and singles, is a compilation album of the greatest songs they’ve made since their debut record. And each song strikes a chord in the exact same way it did when I first heard it. Another reason why this album remains a staple within my favourites isn’t just for its razor-sharp taste of reality, but for the underlying queerness that stains many of the songs. Singles like ‘Taste in Men’ and ‘Nancy Boy’ reassure boys who feel that there isn’t anyone in the world who will ever understand the way you feel, that there is someone who knows what you’re going through, and there is a way to come up to the surface when you feel as if you can’t stay afloat. God bless you, Brian Molko.

Aurore, Fashion Editor

Mariah Carey — Daydream

Whatever people say about Mariah Carey, she is (was) one of the best singers of all time! Her album ‘Daydream‘ definitely shaped who I am. When it came out in 1995, I was 8 years old but already knew that we had something in common… we were both Divas. And the good aspect of having Mariah as a source of  inspiration is, no matter how annoying I get, I would always be less insufferable than her.

Jack Johnson — In between Dreams

The first song of the album I heard was Good People… It sounded like a vacation song… I remember going on websites to search the lyrics. I didn’t speak English at all at the time so I also had to look for the translation, but I still fell in love with the album aaaaaand the singer of course! It was my thing at the time to fall in love with celebrities with a “boy next door” look. This tall and strong Australian guy wearing flip flops at his concert had everything I was looking for.

M.I.A — Kala

I don’t know much about Indian culture, but M.I.A’s Kala was the first place I heard such a different sound. This album is the perfect blend of tribal African and original Indian sounds, and it makes you feel like you are in the jungle. After having experienced that, I couldn’t deny the fact that being mixed and having different cultures make you stronger if you embrace it like M.I.A does!

Rachel, Content Intern

The Dave Brubeck Quartet — Time Out

The Brubeck Quartet was my gateway into the world of jazz music. Before Brubeck, jazz was just a broad category; there was big band and bebop but it all melded together. Then I heard Take Five. It sounded totally original to me. After Brubeck I was turned on to all sorts of artists: John Coltrane, Roland Kirk, Django Reindhart, Charles Mingus, and the list goes on.

David Bowie — Hunky Dory

Bowie has been with me since I first took an interest in music and I still play and replay many of his songs. In university I took a cultural criticism class on Bowie, which expanded my views on what music could be and do as an art form. Bowie was a postmodern prince, a man of many disguises — Ziggy Stardust, Major Tom, Alladin Sane. On ‘Hunky Dory’ alone he mimics Andy Warhol, Bob Dylan, and the Velvet Underground. Through the performance of these personas Bowie defies the notion of the ‘authentic’ self and calls for a lighter kind of being.

Jessica Pratt — Jessica Pratt

This was one of those albums that played over and over again one summer and now it just sounds like sun-drenched streetcars and evenings on my tiny balcony. Maybe it set the tone. Either way, if you like folk, this is a great album.

Adina Heisler, Contributor

Belle and Sebastian — Push Barman to Open Old Wounds

When I was either thirteen or fourteen, my sister gave me her copy of Belle and Sebastian’s two-disc album of EPs and singles, and from there I began to fall in love. I’ve been completely obsessed with Belle and Sebastian since, and I love everything about their music. I love the indie flavor, I love that they can mix up their musical styles, and I like the unique stories they tell.

Leonard Cohen — You Want it Darker

I’ll be honest, I may be Jewish, but I’m not really spiritual at all. Practicing Judaism, for me, has always been more about a cultural and ethnic identity, and heaping piles of guilt. But I’d be lying if I said that I don’t feel something and inexplicable when I listen to Leonard Cohen’s music, and particularly this, his final album. And especially the title song, which features Cohen backed by a choir from Montreal’s Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue. Who else can really examine God and spirituality so beautifully? Especially haunting is Cohen’s repeated use of the Hebrew word “Hinneni” which means, “I am here”, which is what Abraham said back to God before God asked him to kill Isaac. Even if you don’t believe in or care about the Torah, you’ve got to admit the way Cohen says “Hinneni, Hinneni/I’m ready, my lord” is captivating and intense.

Mother Mother — The Sticks

This album might as well be called, “Anxiety: The Musical!” Ok, maybe that’s a bit much, and I suppose everyone’s going to look at the album differently, but I think this album just gets at the heart of that deep dread, uncertainty, and discomfort that comes from suffering from anxiety, and does it really well. Especially lyrics in songs like “Happy” (Ask me if I’m happy/I don’t know/If it is a place we need to go) and “Dread in My Heart” (And at any second now I think it all might fall apart/‘Cause there’s a god awful shitty feeling of dread in my heart) just really get at the core of how anxiety feels.

Meg Summers, Contributor

Guns n’ Roses  Appetite for Destruction

So much of our interest in music come from our parents and what they showed us. What follows are usually friends and the radio and their influence. I don’t know how my obsession with Guns N’ Roses started but I know that it isn’t to any of their credit. To the best of my recollection, I heard ‘Mr. Brownstone’ on the radio, looked up what album it’s from, then came across the album, all around the same time that I got my driver’s license. For two years straight, I drove while listening to this album. It was my first introduction to a rock band that I liked solely because of their music and not because it had a nostalgic value for my parents.

Neil Young — Live at Massey Hall

Not a single day goes by that a song from this album doesn’t make it onto my playlist. I have grown up with songs by Neil Young and have discovered new personal meanings in his songs. This particular album is near and dear to me because it highlights his influence on Canadian music. It was recorded while he was transforming into a bigger and a better known musician outside of Canada. It’s a reminder of the importance of recognizing your roots. I would give this album and so much more works of Neil Young credit for influencing my choice to understand different perspectives and take moments to be present and aware of what is going on around me.

Rent Soundtrack

As a musical junkie, there are numerous soundtracks that I take with me on drives, walks, and get pushed into the unlucky ears of my friends and family. However, Rent is definitely more than a musical to me as it taught me about different types of people that I had no chance of coming across as a 12 year-old in a very small and cookie-cutter town. I had no friends or family who were gay and had no idea about different cultures besides my own. Listening to Rent everyday at such a young age was an absolute encouragement to educate myself on things outside of my day-to-day regularities and learn about and celebrate differences. I blame Rent for making me want to move to a different atmosphere and enjoy the diversity that a city has to offer.

Kimberley Drapack, Contributor

Frank Ocean — Blonde 

Anyone who knows me could easily have guessed that Frank Ocean would be somewhere on my list. While each album of his holds a special place in my heart, his most recent project, Blonde changed the game. I have listened to this album on loop since its 2016 release and it will forever be on my top 3 most influential albums. Frank is not from this world. Any fan of his can appreciate how amazing his music is while knowing little to nothing at all about his personal life. He lets the music speak for itself, beautifully blending soulful lyrics with heartbreaking instrumentals. If Blonde is not a favourite of yours, I challenge you to take another listen in its entirety and discover all the intricacies at play in his work.

Kanye West — Late Registration

It’s always a struggle choosing a Kanye West album that’s had the most impact on my life. It often changes, but each album has a considerable place in my heart. Late Registration is often on the lower rungs of critics and fans’ lists, but it shouldn’t be. Most will argue that My beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy should forever hold the top spot, but I challenge you to reconsider. Late Registration is Kanye’s sophomore album that gave him a considerable amount of debt. He put his life and soul into this album and perfected each track until the very last moment. The passion West puts into his projects is inspiring, and his passion shows to those who are paying attention.

Bill Haley & His Comets — Rock Around the Clock

This rock album from 1955 holds a very special place in my heart. Rock Around the Clock was the first album by the band to gain a spot in the Billboard charts, as well as one of the first rock albums to do so. The album was introduced to me by my grandfather when I was a young girl. We used to sit in his living room and he would teach me all about his favourite albums and how the music made him feel. This was the first album that I saw my grandparents dance to. It was the first album that I would dance around to with my sisters, spinning in circles until we were too dizzy to move. It’s pretty great, you should give it a listen if you’re feeling nostalgic for 1950s rock.

Accessories Trend Report Spring 2018: Next Season’s Most Coveted Items!

Next season’s accessories came with a fun surprise! Colours, patterns, and textures dominated the accessories game on the runway. Differing from the norm, accessories told their own story this season. You could almost say that this season’s group of bags, jewels, hats, and shoe could easily be stand-alone collections in and of themselves. Able to carry out a cohesive and impressive story all on their own.

The Printed Pop Bag

Printed bags had the biggest impact on the runway for Spring. Prints, florals, and plaids all came crashing onto many of the worlds biggest brand’s accessories. Transforming the functional bag into an outstanding showpiece that could pump up any outfit in your closet. Milan seemed to take the trend to the most extreme by putting jarring patterns on simplistic bags. Giving a graphic edge to standard silhouettes. At Prada, bags were strewn with graphic comic strip style prints that took gave each bag its own unique story. Adding a special element to each purse that walked the runway. Over at Marni, adorable square bags were splashed with bright plaids. Creating an interesting, almost vintage take on the modern box bag. Paris seemed to prefer a more subtle take on the printed bag. Opting for more elegantly and less graphic prints than Milan did. At Valentino, models walked the runway in the brand’s staple rockstud bags. However, the bag seemed to be painted with gorgeous floral motifs. Giving the bag a double identity, soft vs hard, elegant, yet edgy.

The Peek-a-boo See-through Shoe

This season’s footwear took a surprisingly fun turn for spring. Last season’s love for the chunky heel continued as expected, however, this season’s chunky heel came with an unexpected translucent friend. For Spring, Parisian fashion houses Chanel and Balmain both put their models in interesting and super clear cap toes PVC boots. The boots themselves have an air rain time high fashion chic about them, but they’re grounded with the strong pops of neutral black and white. Giving the boots a more elegant, rather than childish look. Over in New York, Prabal Gurung sported an interesting pair of mules that used a sheer mesh and clear heel combo, rather than using PVC. Giving the shoe a more reasonable and breathable appeal for the summer.

The Epic Chandelier Earring

Chandelier earrings may have become passe in the last decade. However, the glimmering throwbacks are back in a big way! In Paris and Milan, oversized earrings packed a very big punch. At Saint Laurent, giant jewelled chandeliers took on a mod feel with big rectangular sparklers, making the earing look more like bedazzled frames ready to frame a royal masterpiece. Over in Milan, both Dolce & Gabanna and Gucci used pearls, gold, and gems to create a modern take on Renaissance royalty, giving Elizabeth the 1st a run for her money.

The Theatrical Straw Hat

This season’s straw summer hat get an exciting upgrade. What started with Gucci’s huge sunhat and Jacquemus Provencal hats has grown into one of the biggest and most interesting accessory trends of the season. At Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood, the straw hat took a more vagabond like look aesthetic. Resembling something more cartoonish, which fits in perfectly with the outlandish and forward thinking appeal that’s been associated with Westwood for years. At Jacquemus, the straw sunhat took on its most extreme form yet. With proportions resembling something straight out of a French romance movie. The romantic movement of the hat perfectly mirrored the sensual feel of the collection. Over in Milano, Missoni caught wind of the trend and added its 0wn interesting flair. Creating a more windswept and cutting-edge sunhat that screams Missoni.