One month, One Style – Bras Out

Its finally starting to feel like spring and we are more then ready to refresh our wardrobe for the warmer season ahead. Now is the time to say goodbye to all the heavy layers and be prepared to reveal some great amount of skin. Or, in other words, sun out, bras out.

The old days when you had to hide your bra from peeking out from your shirt is over. One of the seasonal highlight this spring summer included bringing out our intimate garments into the spotlight. Surprisingly there are several ways to wear the bra as part of your outfit without feeling too out there. It all depends on how you wear it. It is quite challenging to draw the line between the fashionable and the jarring. To help you find the right balance, here are five cool options:

Over Your Shirt

If you are still not ready to wear undergarment on its own, there is another way to rock this bold trend. Bralettes and bras, which have been seen everywhere lately, can be worn on top of your favourite t-shirt or, on colder days, on top of a light weight turtleneck. For a fashion forward statement, pair it with a strong-shouldered blouse. This is also a great way to show off your new bra in public without feeling that you went too far with this fashion forward trendy piece.

Photo: Kenzo, Vouge

With a transparent shirt

The sheer trend is still going strong this season, so here is your chance to combine between these two hot trends together and create a daring statement. There is no doubt that this trend is undeniably sexy and therefore we suggest to reserve it for off-duty hours. To make things more interesting and to create a bold statement, simply choose a colourful bra underneath any delicately transparent shirt.

Photo: Carven, Vogue

The power suit

One of the unforgettable moments of the ’90s fashion is when Madonna showed off her pinstripe suit with the iconic cone bra in her Blond Ambition tour. Well, nowadays this look is no longer guarded only for the stage or for the runway. It has been seen on the streets among fashion bloggers and celebs. alike. We all agree that a power suit creates a strong and powerful appearance, so to soften up the sharp look, a full coverage bra that peekaboos underneath is the perfect solution. We suggest to pair it with a waist-high trousers and a fitted blazer or with a silky suit for a feminine appeal.

Photo: Les Compains, Vouge

Just a hint

Bralettes can be visibly hidden under a low cut blouse, a buttoned-down shirt, or with a deep v neck sweater. Every kind of bralette is welcome here, from lacy bras to satin, corset or even frilly patterned ones as long as you don’t expose too much skin. Otherwise you are taking the  risk of looking inappropriate (too cheap). To make the look daytime acceptable, keep the rest of the styling minimal.

Nina Ricci – Vogue

Sporty spice 

Exploring the current street style leads us to one conclusion: the ’90s trend is as relevant as ever. The nostalgic references taken from the fashion icons of the ’90s like Spice Girls, Gwen Stefani, or TLC are proving that the sports bra is having a moment and that it’s a must have item to embrace the urban sporty look. The athletic bra is definitely less boudoir and therefore you should treat it as you would a crop top. To complete the effortless look, simply pair it with sweatpants and accessorize with cool sneakers, a statement clutch, or even with an oversized kimono in order to give your outfit a fashion-forward vibe.

Photo: Etro, Vouge

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Spring ’17 Beauty Must-Haves

The transition into Spring can be a little awkward. With the weather constantly adjusting and changing, it’s hard to dress and prepare yourself accordingly. Often we are so focused on our wardrobe and making it through the wet spring weather, we forget that our beauty routine needs a little bit of sprucing up as well. The cold, wet mornings and milder damp afternoons can take a toll on your skin and makeup, so it is important to make a few minor changes to your routine and ditch the heavy winter products in exchange for something lighter and more refreshing. Luckily, we’ve been blessed with a relatively mild winter (for the most part) but in case you’re still struggling to make the transition, here are a few products to help you prepare yourself and add an extra hint of spring into your everyday beauty routine!

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

This do-it-all cleanser successfully removes makeup while also cleansing the skin of impurities without drying it out. The light gel formula is perfect for all skin types. It gently lathers to clean skin while keeping it balanced, firm, and moisturized (it also smells amazing). This cleanser is definitely a must-have.

Available at Sephora.

Marcelle BB Cream Beauty Balm

Spring is all about being fresh faced. This BB cream is the perfect combination of a lightweight moisturizer, tinted corrector, and makeup base. It can be worn alone as a tinted moisturizer or as a base makeup primer. It evens out skin tone, controls shine, and reduces the appearance of imperfections. Perfect lightweight coverage for Spring!

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart or Marcelle.com.

NUDESTIX Lip + Cheek Pencil

This multitasking pencil is ideal for a fresh-faced minimal makeup look, adding the perfect pop of colour to cheeks and lips. The long-lasting creamy coverage gives a natural looking finish to a fresh-faced look. For the ultimate Spring-time look, try the pencil in the shade “coral/peach.”

Available at Sephora.

Too Faced “Better Than Sex” Mascara

I know this may be a bold statement but, this is by far the best mascara ever! Its non-clumpy formula has the best volume, length, and root-to-tip coverage I’ve experienced in a single mascara. For real, one coat of this on your lashes is all you need to complete the perfect natural spring makeup look.

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart and Sephora.

Essie “B’aha Moment” Nail Polish

Nothing like a fresh manicure to add a little extra spring in your step! Essie’s B’aha Moment from the Spring 2017 collection is the perfect pomegranate pink to complete your spring look.

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart.

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Tried and Tested – Spring Fashion Trends at Saks Fifth Avenue

Saks Fifth Avenue has finally arrived in Toronto, and there is no better time then now to check out all the fashion trends the high-end department store has to offer for spring 2017. In case even the prospect of browsing through the new season makes you feel exhausted, I took it upon myself to try on all the hottest trends for your entertainment.

Walking into Saks Fifth Avenue made me feel like a kid in a candy store. With more than 60 well known designers including Gucci, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Fendi, Prada, and so many more featuring all their newest collection, it was hard for me to stay indifferent.

The boho skirt is back

I don’t know about you, but my gypsy soul and I are defiantly ready for Spring. I had my eyes on this tiered silky skirt, which is not only eye catching but totally wearable. As you know, the coolest way to up your style game is to play with different textures or elements. To give the hippy skirt a cool twist, I paired it with a crop denim jacket with a studded point collar. I love the edgy jacket against the flowy femme flare of the skirt.

Jacket: Alice+Olivia Skirt: Tanya Taylor

The blooming season 

Even though mixing prints can be tricky, there are some ways to pull off this trend like a pro. Since head-to-toe florals are a key trend for spring 2017, I decided to pair the off the shoulder floral top with an embroidered chambray mini skirt, both from Alice+Olivia. This is the coolest way to embrace Spring without feeling like you are trying too hard. The easy breezy relaxed top balances out the A-line mini skirt.

Top and skirt: Alice+Olivia

When in doubt wear stripes

Stripes lovers, I have fashion forward news for you: Spring 2017 is all about bold and bright — stripes in primary colours like red, blue, and yellow are having their moments. The clever way to do it is by sticking to one item that will be the focal point in your outfit, while keeping the rest of your outfit in a neutral hue. I have tried to take it one step further in the spice level, pairing the colourful top with a crochet skirt with fringed trim.

Top: Opening Ceremony Skirt: See By Chloe

Head to toe Ruffles

Ruffles is one of those trends that we’ve seen everywhere, but it seems like we just can’t get enough of them. I guess some of you are still concerned about incorporating frills pieces into your wardrobe, but trust me, you can rock ruffles from head to toe without looking too girly. This look from Phillip Lam proves it. The statement making pants and top with the side ruffles give the entire look an edgy spin, while keeping it effortless and casual.

Top and Pants: 3.1 Phillip Lim

The little blue dress

A classy blue dress is a fresh take to the little black dress. Since LBD is a Spring-Summer staple, which can also be flattering for events like weddings, I thought it might be a great idea to consider switching to blue. The monochromatic colour looks classy and timeless. I choose this dress because it is a perfect spring dress that you can wear with layers: over a turtleneck when it’s chilly or with bare arms when it’s warm.

Dress: Saks Fifth Avenue collection

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Haute Couture Spr 2017 Highlights

Couture week is one of the most anticipated weeks on the fashion yearly calendar. It’s that special time of year when designers can truly flex their designer muscles and showcase exactly what they’re made of. It’s in these two weeks that the biggest and most illustrious fashion are given the budget and the audience to create the most elaborate and extravagant of collections. But it isn’t about creating sellable collections, as most spring, fall, resort, and pre-fall collections are about. No, Couture week is about creating a fantasy. It’s about weaving a dream together and wrapping that dream in a neat bow for the houses’ exclusive list of clientele. This season, audiences were treated to some of the greatest haute couture produced in recent years. Designers must have taken note of the underwhelming response they were getting from fashion lovers around the world because this season marked the return of theatrics to the haute couture stage; something that hasn’t been seen since the heyday of Galliano at Dior and Valentino Garavani at the helm of his namesake brand.

Photo by Marcus Tondo

Schiaparelli

Bertrand Geyon of Schiaparelli truly is a force to be reckoned with. Since his debut at Schiaparelli not too long ago, Bertrand has managed to not only recreate Elsa Schiaparelli’s iconic graphic aesthetic, he’s also found a way to make the brand fit in perfectly with today’s contemporary fashion trends. Geyon’s strong east Asian influences are bright as day when held against the collection’s crisp whites. Patterned garments are smartly sprinkled throughout the collection, to ground the audiences in between the sea of pristine white and scarlet. Another standout aspect of the collection is the emphasis on tailoring. As all great couturiers do, Bertrand has created a collection with such precise silhouettes and cuts that it’s impossible to find a garment that looks disproportionate on the model’s body. The suiting, in the case, works in perfect harmony with the tailoring to create a streamlined silhouette that’s bound to suit the wearer, no matter their size.

Photo by Marcus Tondo

Guo Pei

Guo Pei has solidified herself as the reigning queen of haute couture. Her impressive rake on modern couture is by far the closest humanity has to recreate the extravagant costumes and pieces once produced in Paris many moons ago. This season, Pei took her audience on another extravagant trip to the land of pure extravagance, when she chose to recreate classical renaissance and romantic paintings for her collection. The collection saw giant masterpieces by renaissance masters come to life right before the audience’s very eyes. Rich tones of gold were intricately woven into every outfit, making the entire collection glow, like a gilded frame of a masterpiece you’d find in the Louvre rather than the runway. However, even with its heavy influences, Guo Pei’s venture into spring couture wasn’t heavy at all. The charming outfits had a rather light-as-air feel about them that added to the magic of the show. A perfect example of this was Pei’s reinterpretation of the classic bubble skirt, made famous by fellow couturier Christian Lacroix, which billowed out and bobbed around the model like a chandelier made of clouds, as opposed to a tangle of fabric and boning.

Photos by Yannis Vlamos

Chanel

It really is the moment every fashion lover around the world has been waiting for. After having to endure multiple seasons of lackluster collections,  Karl Lagerfeld has finally hunkered down and produced a collection for Chanel that would stop any critic dead in their tracks. Gone are the days of fashion critics asking “what happened to Chanel? What happened to Karl?” because the legend himself has created a monumental collection that returned the historic French house back to its roots. There were no overly elaborate runways and no gimmicky props, instead, Karl relied on the pure esprit of Coco Chanel to create a collection that manages to be modern and fresh, while retaining a sense of old world elegance. The classic Chanel tweed suit, seen in the sweetest shades of candied pastel, are brought back to life with retro styling via thick belts and hats, giving the classic silhouette a Jem and the Holograms-esque feel. However, the true stars of the show are the feathered numbers. Countless gowns came waltzing down the runway topped off with marabou accents that made the models look as if they were floating on a bed of air rather than walking. These feathered concoctions were the pinnacle of the show, proving that in one way or another, Uncle Karl’s still got, and whatever it is, he’s not letting it go anytime soon.

Photos by Ralph & Russo

Ralph & Russo

Always being a Couture week favourite, couture week newcomers Tamara Ralph and Micahel Russo seem to always hit the nail on the head when designing new collections, and this season was no exception. Opting for a wonderfully pleasant mix between edgy and classic, Ralph & Russo’s spring collection was a dazzling display of craftsmanship that keeps true to what couture is known for. Every garment that came down the runway was perfectly poised and ready to become a red carpet showstopper. But unlike previous collections, this season’s Ralph & Russo show seemed to be created with white in mind. Countless gowns billowed down the runway in a variety of fabrics that showcased unmatched embroidery against a creamy white canvas. But that isn’t to say that colour didn’t play a vital role in the collection. Sprinkled throughout were confections in navy, emerald, black and red along with soft pastel blues and lilacs that helped break up the multitude of white gowns that were storming the runway. One interesting look that really stood out from the pack was a sparkling metallic cocktail-length dress that looked as though finer optic lights had come to life and attached themselves to a dress, dancing at every chance they could.

Photos by Imaxtree

Yumi Katsura

While not officially on the couture week schedule, designer Yumi Katsura still managed to show a collection which burst at the seams with the same glamour and prestige that any of the big couture houses are known for. Which raises the question —  can couture still be couture even if it isn’t officially part of the group? The answer is yes. Even though Katsura’s brand isn’t part of the official couture roster, it still embraces and exemplifies the same high-quality craftsmanship that the big names do, which is enough to ensure Yumi a spot on this list. For her spring 2017 collection, Katsura took us on a trip through the time. Specifically Japan during the swinging 60’s. Now many designers have sought out Japan as an inspiration for their collections, but Katsura is really the first designer to showcase Japan’s western influences right after the war. 60’s style min-dresses were given a bold overhaul, with asymmetric hems and graphic Japanese silks, while traditional silk kimonos were paired with beautifully tailored silk pants and blouses, giving the collection a relaxed and retro feel that compliments the entire collection.

Photos by Yannis Vlamos

Maison Margiela

When it seems as if John Galliano has finally peaked, he comes back and hits the fashion world with another jaw-dropping collection, and spring 2017 artisanal was no exception. Drawing on the obsession with today’s youth and technology, it seemed that the collection was somewhat rooted in the contemporary obsession with oneself. Traditional Marginal deconstruction is met face to face with well. . .a face. Clothing seemed to take on a life of its own, it became sentient; a physical representation of our current obsession with ourselves. Faces were everywhere. They were crudely mapped out or delicately sewn into coats either using bits of string, any yarn, or clouds of black chiffon, sending a strong message about our times. Are we so obsessed with ourselves that even our clothes have to be a physical representation of how we see ourselves? Will we stop at nothing to prove to the world that we too fit its ideal of beauty? Who knows, but one thing is for sure — Galliano’s collection on the modern self ends with a warning. If we keep up our personal obsession with ourselves we just might end up emptier than when we started. We may end up formless and dark, like the foreboding black that closed the show, which although beautiful, wasn’t hard to see that that seemed to just swallow everything around it.

Photos by Alessandro Garofalo

Ulyana Sergeenko

Fashion, for the most part, has sadly been a man’s game. Yet sometimes a woman is able to slip through the cracks and prove to the world that women belong behind the scenes just as much as they belong on the runway. Ulyana Sergeenko is one of these women. Her couture collections are a constant reminder of the sheer brute force that a woman at the helm of a fashion house can be. She understands the essence of couture, the importance of cut and fit and understated luxury. She’s a woman who understands what women want from clothing, who adapts to her clientele’s needs and produces relevant and outstanding collections as a result. For her spring 2017 collection, Sergeenko relied heavily on corsetry and surprisingly, mixed it with sweet yet rebellious 80’s silhouettes, giving the entire collection a bubblegum pop star-meets-Russian aristocrat vibe that works beautifully for Ulyana. And even though the visual stimulation of the collection was enough to leave potential buyers wanting more, the true selling point of the collection is the haute couture itself. The tailoring and fit of the collection were undeniable. The corsetry and breast cups molded beautifully to the model’s bodies while the draping and ruffles seen throughout gave the collection the opulence it needed. A true Russian triumph in the world of couture.

Photos by Redemption

Redemption

For designer Bebe Moratti’s first collection at Paris Haute Couture, he asked a simple question. What’s couture without a little rock and roll mixed in? The answer, nothing really. That’s because haute couture is essentially rock and roll. It’s the fashion version of a great heavy metal concert where anything goes and any mistakes are just part of the party. And what a party it was. For Bebe’s spring 2017 couture collection, the designer created a collection that marries two completely different eras harmoniously. On one hand, Moratti has the rococo. Known for its softness, its beauty, and its love for pastels and romance. And on the other, the cold steely blade of 70’s and 80’s rock. The two come together beautifully and create a collection that is perfectly Redemption. The mix of rococo inspired poet shirts, pants, and jackets pair seamlessly with the miniskirts and mullet dresses of the 80s. Creating a pure Steven Tyler-esque fantasy that everyone has, at one time or another, connected to. Yet even with its rebellious aesthetic, Moratti’s collection is still rooted in the same luxurious quality that couture should be rooted in. Making the eyes of a fashion lover, and a champion in the eyes of a libertine.

What’s In Store? 5 Must-Have Items On Sale Now And Perfect For Spring

With the colder temps, spring seems so far away. However, there is no better time than now to freshen up your wardrobe by taking advantage of the end of the season sales. By splurging a little now, you will save later and put that money toward something else.

I decided to make things a little easy for you and went to several brands to select the top fashion pieces that will continue to shine in the next season. I collected five trends that promise to make the transition from winter to spring smooth and stylish .

Racing stripes – Zara

The athleisure trend for Spring 2017 is all about stripes in any size and colour, with a strong primary-hued stripes and racing flag details. Be sure to make a statement with standout colourful stripes and don’t hesitate to mix and match different stripes together. The look above features a sweater and pants from Zara and is the perfect example of how to combine different size of stripes in a classy way while maintaining a sporty vibe.

Ruffles on ruffles, Cos Stores

I hope you aren’t fed up with ruffles because this trend isn’t leaving anytime soon. Frills and ruffles were all over the runways. And this spring, it will be more about layers that create a more voluminous statement.

Of course it doesn’t mean that you need to go crazy with ruffles, but I do believe that a little extra fabric here and there never hurt anybody. With this thought I went straight to COS and chose some items from the sales department. These shoulders gave me an edgy look, while the mini skirt with the cute frills on the side brought out my feminine side.

Back to the 80’s, Aritzia

These Aritzia asymmetrical pants in khaki beige are a modern version of the 80s high waisted trousers with a roomy fit on top, tapered at the ankle. The pants made my smile even wider when I found out that they are on sale. It’s the perfect mix of easy to wear item and chic. I paired it with vintage inspired blouse to add a luxurious touch.

Fifty shades of pink, Topshop

Get ready to reveal your girly side, because this sweet colour is going to be everywhere this upcoming spring. The good news is that any shade of pink will work. From baby pink to bubblegum hue or even fuchsia, simply pick the shade that works best for you.

I decided to take the trend one step further by creating an outfit in head to toe pink. I picked up a sweater, coat and skirt from Topshop‘s sale section. There is something about this rosy hue that presents strong sense of femininity and boldness.

Flower Power, Club Monaco

This trend has caught my eyes because it’s like a little note from spring saying “don’t lose hope, the blooming season is on the way”. Florals are often a staple print during spring and summer, and this upcoming season will be no different. Don’t be afraid to cover yourself with everything from traditional to abstract floral prints — the louder the better.

My artistic essence came to life in a form of pants and dress I found in Club Monaco at an amazing sale price. This allover floral print dress will no doubt take you from winter to spring with minimum effort while giving you maximum style!

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