Runway to Reality

From vivid colors worn head to toe to feathers and ruffles attached to every imaginable item alongside futuristic silhouettes, the runway is everything but boring. The trends that we see on the runway are extravagant and inspirational, but there is one conflict: how can we interpret these trends so that they are appropriate for our daily and unglamorous life? We believe that by beefing up your out of the box thinking skills, even the most variegated runway look can be made office friendly. We decided to take five catwalk trends and show you the best ways to pull them off in real life.

Working girl

The pin-striped suit of power and formality and a touch of masculinity is back. From observing the Fall 2017 RTW collection, it seems that the checked grey prints are becoming must-have pieces for every fashionista. The tailored suit borrowed from the boys’ fashion handbook is no longer limited to the Wall Street banker. Designers like Calvin KleinDries van Noten, Céline, Mulberry, Stella McCartnery, Balenciaga, and many more pushed the power suit forward through more relaxed silhouettes. To make the pinstripes everyday-ready, they have to be comfortable and roomy. A poor fit can make it look cheap, so it’s smart to pay more attention to the proportion and silhouette. You can break up the suit and pair the tailored blazer with a pair of flattering jeans or a fun blouse for an off-duty look. You can also play with contrasting and team up a vibrant color top with grey check trousers; another option is to pair it with a white polo neck for a youthful and fresh take.

Runway v. Reality (left: kelvin-klien; right: Nordstrom)

NASA is calling

It all started when Chanel transformed the runway to a space center with models who wore Space influenced versions of the brand’s classics. Metallic details and futuristic elements were also present in Saint LaurentPaco RabanneChristopher Kane and more — apparently designers adore the future and we are all waiting to lift off. But before we do, let us help you prepare in style. For a casual look, focus only on one high shine piece or limit the number of flashy fabrics. For instance, look for metallic pieces like geometric jewelry in silver or gold, or choose a sassy winter coat that evokes the Space look. For a subtler look, pair metallic booties with relaxed denim and roll up the hemline, or make it office appropriate with a monochrome outfit in muted colors.

Lady in red

It’s about time we say hello to the most powerful color of the season: Red. This fall, we spotted head to toe red in a variety of shades like crimson, cherry, and wine. Needless to say, red was a favorite among designers at fashion weeks from New York to Paris. Designers like Max Mara, Jil Sander, Bottega Veneta, Dior, and Fendi showcased the confident color in many variations, which is an indication that it’s about time you add some of the sensual red to your wardrobe. The good news is that red happens to be the most flattering color on all skin tones. The key is to find a way to make it work for your daily outfit. For an office look, break up the monochromatic appearance by pairing it with natural tones. Avoid cheap fabrics and opt for silk or wool for elegance. Keep it ladylike with a cozy red coat that will upgrade your casual outfit. For an evening look, velvet is a great option and it will bring a sophisticated sex appeal to your overall look.

Matrix

Welcome to the dark side of fashion. Since its release 18 years ago, the Matrix trilogy has inspired and continues to inspire fashion designers today. And look no further than this season to witness the Matrix’s reach. Think all black clothing, leather trench coats, crocodile prints, Neo’s bondage pants, catsuits, skinny bug=eyed sunglasses, and even more futuristic elements, all in sexy silhouettes. On the catwalk, Vetements, Balenciaga, Alexander Wang, and Balmain dialed the Matrix vibe to the fullest. The movie inspired look may be challenging for an everyday look, but it’s not an impossible mission. A leather trench coat can feel more practical when styled with a pair of skinny black jeans; or wear head to toe black with a pair of futuristic statement sunglasses. Whatever you do, just make sure to keep the look minimalistic and highly tailored.

Runway v Reality (left: Alexander McQueen; right: Aritzia)

Craftwork

This fall, arts and crafts seemed to inspire designers among all the fashion capitals. Multiculturalism and heritage craft ruled the runway, evoking folk influences blends with carefree and free spirit. The current season, the heritage craft reflected through American and British countryside traditions with rich colours and fabrics that look as if they have been woven from tapestries. Erdem, Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Valentino showcased floral embroidery dresses, while Etro and Prada drew inspiration from the 70s with patchwork jackets.  On the runway it’s always looks exciting and colourful, but for daily life the traditional crafts prints can be a bit tricky to wear, especially head to toe. You can start small by spicing up a basic outfit with a decorative handbag or add a folk style scarf.  If you consider yourself as a fashion risk taker, you can bring out the vibrancy of the handcraft piece by using bold coloured basics in the mix.

This season, arts and crafts seem to have inspired designers in all the fashion capitals. Heritage craft ruled the runway and pointed to folk influences, which blended well with a sense of carefreeness. The current season showcases crafts that evoke the American and British countrysides with rich colors and fabrics that look though they were weaved like tapestries. Erdem, Gucci, Alexander McQueen, and Valentino showed floral embroidery dresses, while Etro and Prada drew inspiration from the ’70s and showed patchwork jackets. On the runway, it always looks exciting and colorful, but for the everyday, the traditional craft prints can be a bit tricky to wear, especially head to toe. You can start small. Spice up a basic outfit with a decorative handbag or add a folk-style scarf. If you consider yourself a risk taker, bring out the vibrancy of a handcrafted pice by adding bold colored basics to the mix.

Runway v. Reality (left: Erdem; right: Anthropologie)

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Designer Fall Collabs Every Fashion Lover Should Be Excited For

Looking to revamp your fall wardrobe without having to spend time digging through your local H&M and Zara for something entirely original and 100% you? Well, you’re in luck: Never has there been such an influx of designer collaborations for fashion lovers to get their wanting hands on before now. Fall seems to be the go-to season for collaborations among some of the world’s most relevant and in demand fashion designers. And with designer collabs now transitioning into every aspect of the consumer market, fashion lovers around the world get first pick on some of the most exclusive designer brands for a fair price.

L’Oreal Paris x Balmain

Photo: L’Oreal Paris

Coming this fall is one of the most anticipated designer collabs to have come out in a while. Iconic Parisian makeup mega brand L’Oreal is teaming up with Balmain Paris to create an exclusive line of three lipsticks that double up as jewelry. The three jewel tone lipsticks come in brilliant and rich sapphire, emerald, and onyx hues that are sure to look as stunning on the lips as they do in their casing.

Erdem x H&M

Photo: H&M

H&M has a long standing history of collaborating with some of the world’s most important brands. With the likes of VersaceLanvin, and Balmain on their roster, H&M is no stranger to sourcing out the world’s most in-demand brands to collaborate with. This fall, H&M is set to release its much-anticipated collection with Turkish-Canadian designer Erdem, whose last few collections have stirred up an astounding amount of buzz for the brand, catapulting it into the fashion spotlight this year.

Jeremy Scott x UGG

Photo: UGG

Say what you will about the current creative head at Moschino, but the man has a knack for knowing exactly where to place his eggs, and it’s almost never in one fashion basket. Launching September 13th, Jeremy Scott’s collaboration with UGG Australia is bound to have lovers of his flashy and garish designs as well as lovers of the comfy boot flocking to stores for a chance at scooping up the limited edition boots.

Moschino x Sephora

Photo: Moschino

Set to makes its official launch in Canada in just a few days (August 25th to be exact) Sephora’s limited edition Moschino collaboration has already sold out in the U.S.. And that comes as no surprise, as the collab comes complete with an adorable “This is not a Moschino toy” teddy bear that opens up to become an eyeshadow palette and an array of pretty lip glosses that encompass everything Moschino stands for.

J.W Anderson x Uniqlo

Photo: Uniqlo

One of the most highly anticipated designer collaborations for fall is undoubtedly the collab between Japanese mega brand Uniqlo and, arguably the most important young designer of our times, Jonathan Anderson. The collab is bound to be the single most fought over collection of the year, with predictions of pre-sales and opening day sales to sell out within minutes.

Superga x Charlotte Simone

Photo: Superga

Italian shoe brand Superga is teaming up with accessories brand Charlotte Simone for a bright and uber girly collab that perfectly mirrors fashion’s current obsession with faux fur. The shoes themselves balance Superga’s iconic tennis shoe style with Simone’s keen eye for bright sherbet coloured faux furs. And best of all, most of the shoes come in a perfectly sweet platform style that’s sure to excite the modern club kids of the world.

Ashish x River Island

Photo: River Island

This is definitely going to be a good year for British brands River Island and Ashish, who are teaming up to launch an affordable collection at London fashion week this fall. The 15 piece limited edition collection seems to be Ashish’s first foray into the mainstream fashion market, but the buzz is already building up, and his colourful and often outspoken designs are bound to sell out worldwide. The collab will open new doors for those who’ve never heard of the designer outside of the global high fashion circle.

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Male Models: Fashion’s Current ‘It’ Guys

90’s trends have made a return in many ways. From Adidas track pants, to slip dresses and infatuation with beautiful super models, there is no doubt that the era’s fashion interests are making a return. Sure, the game has changed as the focus has moved from Naomi and Gisele to Bella and Hailey, but there is no doubting that fashion lovers once again love to follow our favourite models as they go out for coffee together in matching Tommy Hilfigers and wear perfectly styled outfits to airports.

Male models, however, fly more under the radar more than their female counterparts. This season, many male models are making their mark in fashion campaigns and shows, working in multiple countries and doing just as much as our fav ‘It’ girls, only minus the papparazzi. Here are some male models that you should expect to see slaying the fashion game in upcoming seasons.

Harry Smith

This British model has been seen at both London Men’s Fashion Week, and New York Men’s Fashion Week this past season. Walking for Raun Larose and many more, it is clear that designers are embracing the potential that Smith has shown in previous shows. When he isn’t modelling, he is studying music in England. Check out more on his Instagram here.

Kaissan Ibrahima

A skateboarder at heart, Kaissan Ibrahima from Paris has been discovered by major fashion house, Prada, and is now recognized as one of their most celebrated models in their recent collections. He opened the show for Prada’s infamous comic book/graphics themed show this season and also showed up in a recent campaign. It is safe to say that this new model will likely be reappearing in upcoming seasons! Check out more from Ibrahima here.

Kit Butler

As far as current male models go, Kit Butler is definitely recognized as being a recurring force in the men’s fashion world in the past two years. This model has been in both Vogue Italia and At Large Magazine, and has a large number of big-name fashion shows on his resume, including recent ones such as Cerruti1881Balmain, and ICOSAE. Butler is not as under-the-radar as some other male models as he has a following of 86.5k on Instagram (check his page out, here) but the modelling is definitely what stands out with this upcoming star.

Luka Sabbat

Possibly one of the most famous from a celebrity standpoint for current, young, male models, Luka Sabbat is an influencer in fashion by way of runway, editorials, and through his own web persona. Recently, Dolce and Gabbana began a campaign where online influencers were at the forefront of their collections. With this, Sabbat became an icon in D&G campaigns and runways. Aside from D&G, Sabbat has appeared on the runway for Yeezy and has been in GQ magazine, Vogue, and more. Check out Sabbat’s popular Instagram page here.

Matthieu Villot

French model Mattieu Villot appears to be top designers’ must-have model throughout this season. Seen across the world in shows such as Alexander McQueen, Comme des Garcons Homme, Prada, and many more, it is obvious that this model’s look and talent have not been unnoticed and will be a face to expect in many collections to come. Click here to see more from Matthieu Villot.

Bom Chan Lee

Bom Chan Lee may be based out of New York, but his agencies around the world have secured him places on the runways of every fashion week this season. Walking in multiple shows per city, Lee’s face became familiar to those keeping up with the men’s fashion runways. Some of the most recent shows that he participated in were with Raf Simons and Matiere in New York, and with Paul Smith in Paris. Check out Lee’s Instagram page, here.

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Recap: S/S ’17 Men’s Accessories Trend Report

Well, it’s official: spring is here. For those who don’t live in the “Great White North” you may wonder what this strange season entails. For those who live in Toronto, we often find ourselves buried under snow with unforgivable temperatures, straight to scorching summers that will wrap you in humidity. We’ve pretty much seen it all.

At Novella, we’ve compiled a list of noteworthy spring/summer accessories for men that range from the early transition days of spring, to days under the relentless summer sun. So take out a pen and jot down your favourites in order to reach your full potential and make waves this coming season.

BACKPACKS

Photo: L to R Prada by Marcus Tondo, Lanvin by Luca Tombolini

We are often on-the-go and in order to get from point A to B, we require some assistance carrying around that extra baggage. Whether its school books, files from work, or your ex, we all have something we’re holding onto. For this spring/summer, we look to Prada who has inspired the traveler in all of us with their featured backpacks.

OVERSIZE SCARVES

Photo Credit: Lto R Assembly New York, Stella McCartney

With spring, we are transitioning from our colder days and sometimes need a little help to stay warm on a particularly windy day. Toronto, we love you, but sometimes we need the extra protection from your cold touch. Designers like Stella McCartney and Assembly New York show us that we can be fashionable, while keeping warm.

BELTS

Photo Credit: Lanvin by Luca Tombolini

We often find comfort in belts as a fashion staple because of its practicality and easy adaptation. The belt is a hallmark of anyone’s closet and the ways to style it are endless. Lanvin demonstrated this promptly — with shoelace belts, statement belts, and belts with beautiful details. We couldn’t help take note and hope to see more of this in our spring/summer fashion choices.

BUCKET HATS

PhotoCredit: L to R Prada by Marcus Tondo Givenchy by Luca Tombolini

Reminiscent of our favorite 90’s era hip-hop artists, the bucket hat has resurfaced in all its glory. We can’t help but support Riccardo Tisci with his play on the bucket hat for this year’s spring/summer looks. Givenchy was not the only line to take note, as Prada, Gucci, and others adapted their own take on this trend.

STATEMENT NECKLACES

Photo Credit: L to R Balmain by Monica Feudi, Palm Angels

Most of our favourite designers detail their models with dexterity and a delicate touch. On the runway for spring/summer, we took note of many designers including longer necklaces on their models. Most menswear shows produced their own adaptation of the necklace trend, and some were more pronounced than others. Balmain offered a stand-out array of necklaces to accompany their models for their spring/summer show, while other designers such as Palm Angels offer a much simpler design. However you decide to dress it up, this accessory adds a great touch to any look.

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Novella Team Selects Their Favourite Looks From The F/W ’17 Collections

Fashion is a defining trait of our individuality. It allows us to express what we as humans feel on the inside, on the outside. Fashion has a way of changing out moods for the better and for the worst; in the same way, a beautiful dress can make you unimaginably beautiful but the wrong fit or colour could turn a dream into a nightmare. But that’s all easily fixed by throwing on your favourite sweater or pair of jeans.

If you’re anything like us here at Novella, you’ll know that style changes just as fast as a person’s day can. Luckily this season’s collections didn’t hold back on giving us new looks and styles to help transform and change ourselves into whatever and whomever we want to be. Here are some picks from the Novella team’s favourite fall/winter 2017 collections.

Drew Brown, Editor-in-Chief

Photo Credit: Vogue Runway. L to R Burberry, Gucci. Neil Barrett, Acne Studios

Burberry

For his second See now, buy now collection for Burberry, Christopher Bailey drew inspiration from British sculptor Henry Moore. Bailey’s asymmetrical cut cable knit sweaters for both women and men were definite standouts from the collection.

Gucci

Love it or hate it, Alessandro Michele’s new Gucci continues to not disappoint. Yes, on the runway the looks can seem a bit severe, however, picked apart there is something in the collection for everyone. This coat reminds me of a coat my mom wore back in the 70s which had an astrakhan collar. I would secretly put on my mom’s coat to play dress up. My love for fashion started at a young age and Gucci’s F/W ’17 brought back great memories.

Neil Barrett

Keeping with nostalgia theme, designer Neil Barrett drew inspiration from 80s music from The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Echo and the Bunnymen which was the soundtrack to youth. The collection was filled with precision tailoring and leather jackets that paid homage to the era but still modern for today. What I love most of the about this look and everything from the collection, Barrett has a way of creating chic menswear that allows the person wearing the clothes to appear effortless but still look well put together.

Acne Studios 

Looking back at all the collections, there were a lot completely wearable clothes sent down the runway and less over-the-top experimentation. With the constant musical chairs taken place at the major houses and the current political climate, this was not necessarily a bad thing. For fall, Acne Studios focused on menswear wardrobe staples and played with proportions.  I picked a more slim look from the collection and I could I totally see my rocking this outfit to any event.

Chris Zaghi, Fashion Editor

Photo Credit: Vogue Runway | From L to R: Cedric Charlier, Palmiers Du Mal, Who Is It?, Walter Van Beirendonck

Cedric Charlier

If anyone has ever met me personally, they’ll know exactly how much I love powder blue. Every time I see the colour, I’m transported to an alien world of white fluffy clouds, clear skies, a warm breeze, and a bed of powder blue flowers all around me. So you can image my utter delight when I laid my eyes on this head to toe powder blue outfit. It looks bright, comfy, and light as air. And the edition of the bright peek of lemon yellow adds that tiny break in colour that the outfit needs to come together.

Palmiers Du Mal

I’ve never been one to enjoy formal wear. Just the thought of having to wear a blazer, or worse, a full suit, makes me cringe. Luckily men’s fashion is changing in such a way that what once deemed unfit for a more formal occasion, can now be worn as an alternative to the suit. At Palmiers Du Mal, a summery alternative to the traditional suit is presented in the form of a relaxed pant and a silky-velvety single buttoned shirt that has all the flair of a wealthy South American millionaire, without the hassle of a tight pant and blazer.

Who Is It?

One of the greatest joys of working in the fashion industry is the plethora of different places you can find extremely well-made garments that suit anyone’s personal style. A perfect example of this is Who Is It? a brand that hails all the way from Ukraine, making it’s at Kiev Fashion week. Now some may think it’s a bit ridiculous to stray so far from the fashion capitals to find something to wear, but that’s where I see the beauty of it all, the beauty of finding something special in a place you’d least expect it. Another reason why I chose an outfit from Who Is It? comes down to the fact that I’ve just never really been one to lean towards dressing myself in a pristine fashion. I like my clothing to be a little light-hearted and casual, and that’s exactly what Who Is It? gives their customers. A slightly kitschy take on today’s trends.

Walter Van Beirendonck

Now, this is no way the most wearable piece of clothing, but just take a moment to look at it. Take it all in. The scarf, the hat, the suit, the giant hands. The entire thing makes absolutely zero sense, but that’s the beauty of it! Wearing this would be like wearing a surrealist painting. Dali and Magritte would be so proud of me as I walked down the street swinging my massive fabric hands around willy-nilly.

Natasha Grodzinski, Contributing Writer

Photo credit: Vogue Runway. L to R: Area, Roksanda, Gucci, Nina Ricci

Area

Area first came on my radar back in 2016, when their Pre-Fall campaign for that year was released. The campaign, shot by Charlotte Wales, featured soft lighting with highlighted sheen on jewel detailing. It was glam, and it was all over the Twitter. Since then, I’ve looked forward to seeing what Piotrek Panszczyk and Beckett Fogg put out under the brand. Their use of vintage silhouettes with elegant touches makes them a favourite in my books, and I adored their F/W ’17 collection. These are the type of clothes I wish I could wear all the time.

Roksanda

In all honesty, I haven’t paid too much attention towards Roksanda in the past, most likely because I usually find myself been in a Burberry-induced haze. Their recent collection, however, really grabbed my attention. I liked nearly every look they sent down the runway, particularly with how Ilincic used voluminous shapes and draping to create the ultimate cold-weather looks. I had a difficult time picking a favourite design from the collection but finally decided on this one, mainly because I want that coat so badly.

Gucci

I can’t really talk about the fall collections without talking about Gucci. We’re living in a Gucci world where the brand has found a resurgence in popularity and is a favourite amongst almost everyone I’ve talked to about their current favourite houses. Their F/W ’17 collection was quite interesting – to me, it felt almost like a “Gucci meta” collection. The self-awareness of the designs showed a play on consumer expectations and over-the-top patterning and accessorising. The show itself was such a spectacle of fashion and so weird that I barely remember what the venue looked like, or who saw in the front row. This look, in particular, stuck out in my mind, with the playful combination of colours and use of the classic Gucci tee, which we now see coming back into popularity in a huge way.

Nina Ricci

Nina Ricci’s collection was probably one of my favourites from PFW. It was so beautifully done, so well styled and had that Europe-in-Autumn romance vibe that is a bit difficult to articulate, but so easy to recognize when it is seen. I loved the use of colour and the clean tailoring done on the jackets and trousers. The point I’m trying to get at is I want everything from this collection, so if anyone from Nina Ricci is reading this, please hook ya girl up.

Claire Ball, Editorial Contributor

Photo Credit: Vogue Runway. L to R Yeezy, Balmain, Saint Laurent, Moschino.

One of my favourite ready-to-wear looks from this season was of course in the Yeezy Season 5 collection… shocker! Everyone knows I am a tomboy at heart. I am always drawn to boyish style like hoodies and baseball hats. I have never been much of a girly girl in my style, and this look made all my childhood tomboy dreams come true. The sweatshirt and hat with the hunting camo patterned pants and boots give me all the feels. I really identify with the tomboy look that the Yeezy collections always pull off so well. Yeezy always gets me.

The Balmain collection really stood out to me. The theme seemed to revolve around wild animals. There was a lot of animal prints and textures, as well as a lot of strong colours and shapes that together produced a sort of animal kingdom on the runway. One of my favourite looks pulled together a vintage looking wolf t-shirt layered over top of a long sleeved camo-style shirt and paired with a mini skirt and super-high boots.

This Saint Laurent was probably one of my favourites this season. The collection brought the sass to the runway. Designer Anthony Vaccarello’s sophomore show was a collection of my after-dark wardrobe dreams. All of the black velvet, shiny dark leather, deep v-necks and strong shoulders are what makes this collection feel dangerous. It’s strongly feminine without being overly romantic. I just love YSL.

I oddly fell in love with the mail packaging look Jeremy Scott gave the Moschino collection this season in Milan. Cardboard camel colour with packaging logos, stamps, and shipping tape really intrigued me. The reduce, reuse, recycle message was a different take on the logo-mania that has been infiltrating the runways. Nevertheless, Jeremy Scott has somehow found a way to make UPS delivery boxes simultaneously witty and chic.

Liat Neuman, Fashion Contributor

Photos: Vogue Runway

Loewe

One of my favourite looks is the patchwork dress from Loewe FW17 collection. The designer knows exactly how to express femininity in a retro-contemporary kind of wayThere is something extraordinary and sophisticated, yet defiantly wearable about this maxi shift dress. The relaxed silhouette along with the earthy hue and the matching mustard bag, evoke a modern feminine look with a touch of vintage feel.

Stella McCartney

The designer knows how to juggling between masculinity and femininity elements. Here is my favourite piece from FW17. I adore the retro conical bras underneath the structure top and the high waisted oversized pants. The sharp tailoring against the relaxed fit button delivers a strong message of confidence yet sexy femininity.

Proenza Schouler

The collection gives a whole new meaning to ‘Minimalist Elegance ‘. The abstract prints, the one sleeved that expose a bare arm and the mixed of textures, there is no denial that daring and minimalism can go hand by hand and complete each other perfectly and create this bold approach.

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