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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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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London and Milan Trend Report: Mens Fashion Weeks

With New York Men’s Fashion Week underway following the successes of Milan and London, people are once again on the look out for what the Big City has to offer. This season had standout looks from graphics at Milan Men’s Fashion Week and the androgynous looks at London Fashion Week Men’s. However, even with some contrasting subjects and themes, there are underlying trends that set the tone for what is in for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018. Here are some trends from Milan and London that will give you a glimpse into what’s in store for the coming seasons in men’s fashion.

COLOUR BLOCKING

There has been no shortage of colour this season as many fashion designers such as Prada, Marni, and Tourne de Transmission showed in their collections. While in past seasons designers used shades of navy and warmer tones, many collections today not only use colors to showcase themes, but the colors are also signs of the collections’ boldness and aesthetics. Many pieces in bold shades were layered with other bright tones to create a brave contrast that is sure to keep heads turning.

PLAID

Plaid is a repeated trend this season! Not only is this look making a comeback, but style lovers can look forward to seeing plaids move away from the classic lumberjack look and toward more fashion forward pieces. Sunnei, MSGM, and Oliver Spencer are a handful of brands that are showing the trend with an edgier perspective by playing with proportions, layering, and colours!

HEAD TO TOE STATEMENT COLOUR

This look is a commitment but, if executed properly, it is sure to make a statement! Designers are using bold, outrageous, and beautiful colours and creating looks made up entirely of one colour! Whether it’s a onesie, a set, or matching every single item in the outfit (including socks), designers such as Prada, Sunnei, and Liam Hodges are showing fashion lovers how to dress head to toe in their favourite colours!

LIGHT MINIMALISM

While bright tones have certainly been a highlight this season, other brands are still going with a more muted route by bringing light camels and khaki tones to simple and beautiful pieces. Cottweiler ft. Reebok, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Fendi have all been noted to take a simplistic approach this season! The results,with lighter and more toned down, are fabulous .

OVERSIZED SUIT

While the tailored suit has been a look of classic sophistication for years, designers are going against the norm to emphasize the carefree nature of being perfectly unfitted. The oversized suit took over the runways of Milan and London and designers such as Munsoo Kwon, Edward Crutchley, and Marni executed this trend within their respected styles. This look is for the brave but it is definitely a creative and stylish alternative to the tailored look!

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Milan Men’s Fashion Week Recap

Milan is the name and graphics are the game! This spring, designers brought the same precision to classic, tailored looks that we expected. However, graphics distinguished their pieces this year. While these details allude to fun and vibrancy for the coming fall and winter months, what they also do is indicate a theme or attitude that the brand is trying to convey aside from the pieces themselves. Here are the highlights from Milan Men’s Fashion Week!

PRADA

Prada’s futuristic theme paid homage to old and recent comic books. The setting had a comic strip mural wrapped around the venue. The models sported multiple looks, each one showing a unique way of showcasing the theme. A truly unexpected show from the brand and definitely a main standout from Milan this season.

FENDI

Fendi is known to use small, random style graphics in their pieces. This season, a desk light was repeatedly seen. The random embellishment placed over muted colour stories and and oversized pieces added depth to the looks and brought playful detailing to what could otherwise could have been seen as a more understated collection from the brand.

VERSACE

The use of graphics and patterns was nothing short of what’s expected from Versace. Nevertheless, the collection had a superb mixture of patterns and pieces with colourful images that looked exceptionally vibrant against the dark and edgy, black pieces. The use of graphics added an element of fierce confidence.

RALPH LAUREN PURPLE LABEL

The all-American Ralph Lauren shook things up (slightly) in his Ralph Lauren Purple Label as he played up the Tour De Ralph theme, while still staying true to his red, white, and blue combinations. Graphics were used to play on the athleisure theme, which was placed on some very tailored and old-school varsity type pieces.

DSQUARED2

Dsquared2 is always known to have standout, fashion-forward pieces. This season, they did not disappoint and played up contrasting pieces to create a shocking and unique look. The brand contrasted the very edgy leather pieces theme by adding Hawaiian, floral, and colourful graphics, which allowed each individual piece to standalone. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say the brand took inspiration from envisioning Edward Scissor Hands going on a beach day!

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Resort 2018 trends you’ll be itching to try

Resort season is one of the most overlooked seasons in the fashion world. While fashion lovers around the world pine for spring, pre-fall, and fall collections, resort seems to fall behind in the eyes of the fashion community year in and year out. Luckily, this season, it seems that designers around the globe were bitten by a creative bug and produced some of the most successful and innovative resort collections to date. And the best thing about fresh and innovative design is that it pushes new trends forward, giving fashion aficionados around the world new inspiration that breathes life into their cold weather wardrobes.

The Printed Knee-High

Photo: Vogue Runway – Prada, Thom Browne, Gucci

Now, to some (I’m talking to you private and Catholic school girls), knee-high socks are the bane of humanity. They’re fussy, tend to always fall or roll down. and generally come in either black, navy, grey, or whatever ridiculous hue of maroon or mustard your school colours were. But don’t dismiss this posh staple just yet. This season’s knee-high stocking was more than just an accessory. Unlike their academic sisters, the knee-highs at high fashion houses Prada, Thom Browne, and Gucci came in printed patterns and interesting hues. Marrying the traditional sock with blogger-it-girl street style, they transformed the good old scholastic knee-high sock into one of the most in-demand accessories of the season.

Shades of (Navy) Blue

Photos: Vogue Runway – Pringle of Scotland, Delpozo, Versace

Resort and cruise collections are created with the sole purpose of giving high-fashion clientele luxurious options for their jet-set vacations. Instead of throwing on a gauzy sarong, resort collections offer up the option of opting for luxe ensembles made especially for the warm summer months, the yacht, or the country estate. And it seems as if the designers visited the same luxurious and exotic locations as their clients when they designed their collections. No colour seems to have popped up during resort season more than deep ocean blue and nowhere else was it used better than at Pringle of ScotlandDelpozo, and Versace. Rich and luxurious shades of indigo and navy dominated the design landscape, creating daydreams of the deep blue oceans that surround the world’s most heavenly rivieras.

Mix and Match Rock & Roll

Photos: Mugler, I’M Isola Marras, Acne Studio

Back in the days before rock music began influencing fashion, one could be called out or even ousted from social circles if they chose to sport a particular rock clique attire for the sake of style. It was a rock & roll travesty to merely wear a studded leather jacket for the sake of looking punk or a Slayer t-shirt because you wanted to look like a metalhead. Fast forward a few decades and the walls of music (and fashion) have come down. It’s no longer a sin to want to mix and match styles from the various eras and genres of rock music around the world. Designers took that notion into full account this season. At MuglerI’M Isola Marras, and Acne Studio, rock saw its various style meshed with one another to create a perfect cacophony of textures, layers, and colours. Punk mesh was mixed with grungy florals, while oversized blazers were paired with pop rock hoodies and eyeliner, and goth trenches were paired with clean Bowie-esque slacks, giving a new look to the traditional rock ensemble.

Green With Envy

Photos: Vogue Runway – Vivetta, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, Vionnet

Emerald, pea green, evergreen, mint, lime, avocado: It doesn’t matter what your favourite colour of green is because you don’t have to choose this season. From the look of it, green seems to be the next big trend in colour right after navy blue. At VivettaPhilosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, and Vionnet, green played a vital role and added a fresh and crisp summer look to many of the garments in the collections. Taking the designers’ resort wear from regular vacation attire to bright and exotic à la Jennifer Lopez at the Grammy’s in Versace. And what woman wouldn’t want to have her own JLo moment?

Rock & Roll Florals

Photos: Vogue Runway – Badgley Mischka, Preen by Thorton Bergazzi, MSGM

Resort 2018 seemed to be the season of turning tradition on its head. At Badgley MischkaPreen by Thorton Bergazzi, and MSGM, florals were placed front and centre. But these weren’t your average florals. This season’s floral called for something a little out of the box. Instead of having the same old soft and summery pastel florals, the designers opted for prints that brought a little edge into the mix. Dark background colours added to the pops of crimson, teal, and gold that wound around one another to create florals that were a little more ’80s glam rock than garden party pristine. Making these prints the perfect mould breaker for a fashion lover who wants to go somewhere a little darker and a little harder with their pretty petaled prints.

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