Here’s The Low-Down On The Fashion Shows Happening Post-Lockdown | British Vogue

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t experiencing a bit of an identity crisis during this global pandemic. How does a style blogger and product junkie write about beauty and fashion when isolation is strongly encouraged and there’s nowhere to go? Where would I wear a yellow lace dress? Or a corset swimsuit? Why wear makeup if half of my face is covered and it’s just going to come off on the mask and create skin problems?

Until recently, I felt the idea of fashion shows was nothing short of sadistic; they were just a reminder of places I couldn’t go without the constant worry of catching COVID-19, or having my great mood stifled by the reality of temperature checks, discouraged socializing, or the lack of money to shop. I’m living in robes and sweats, so while I’m not an athleisure girl, I see the appeal now.

Apparently, my issues are poor peoples’ problems because fashion shows are still going on, albeit digitally, and Vogue is here to break down every show as they come in. 

Dreaming is still free…

Source: Here’s The Low-Down On The Fashion Shows Happening Post-Lockdown | British Vogue

Selena Gomez Is Loyal To Louis: The Face Of Louis Vuitton’s Fall 2016 Campaign

Selena Gomez is the face of Louis Vuitton’s Fall 2016 collection as the face of the luxury brands Series.5 line. When I first heard the news, my eyebrows raised, because my view of the singer is still very innocent despite the fact that she is a grown ass woman. Even when she’s playing a villain (“Bad Blood”), there is something childish (in a good way) about her, and there’s nothing naive about Louis Vuitton. But as I look at some of her magazine covers and award show ensembles, this fashion house seems to be a go to for the 23-year-old. She’s been a walking advertisement for the brand for quite some time.

Loius Vuitton’s creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere and Selena released Instagram photos featuring her in the fall-winter 2016 campaign modeling pieces from the Series.5 collection.

I am loving Selena Gomez’s top and the asymmetrical skirts.

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Does this look innocent to you?

Selena Gomez in a tough black leather studded high-slit Louis Vuitton gown.:
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Selena Gomez Louis Vuitton Magazine Covers

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{sniff… She’s grown up so fast.}

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What’s your thoughts on Selena Gomez as the face of Loius Vuitton’s Fall 2016 campaign?

Beyoncé’s CFDA Speech And That Givenchy Suit

I completely forgot about the Council of Fashion Designer of America (CFDA) until my half-listening to Wendy Williams caught her going off about Beyoncé’s Givenchy suit — she wasn’t a fan. Queen Bey was crowned the CFDA Fashion Icon and according to Vogue, many were speculating that Michelle Obama would get the honors this being her last year as First Lady and all, but the honor went to Beyoncé and she took to the stage in a bejeweled pinstripe Givenchy suit and a wide-brimmed hat. (Is it me, or is she really into wide-brimmed hats and Givenchy lately?) Before we get to the suit, let’s talk about her speech.

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Her speech was, in my opinion,  an eloquent “How ya like me now” to all the high-end designers that shunned Destiny’s Child back in the day, and wouldn’t dress them for high-profile events. Her mother (Tina Knowles) and her uncle made their outfits, and she made sure the audience was in on the fact that without their struggles, sacrifices, and determination, she wouldn’t be where she is today professionally and fashionably.

Beyoncé’s grandmother was a seamstress and fashion is in her blood. It would be interesting to see her actually design a line. I know she co-designed House of Deréon with her mom in 2004,  and she sells Miss Tina by Tina Knowles at Walmart, but I would love to see Beyoncé pull a Victoria Beckham.

I digress…

The Carter's in Givenchy - Image via Vogue.
The Carter’s in Givenchy – Image via Vogue.

Was Givenchy one of the fashion houses that rejected Destiny’s Child? If so, this would be a serious case of turn the other cheek. Riccardo Tisci, the creative director for Givenchy has dressed Beyoncé for a while; the majority of her Met Gala appearances are courtesy of Givenchy, and the rest of the Carter’s (Blue Ivy and Jay Z) were dressed in Givenchy at the CFDA event. And while they can afford it, I doubt she pays anything when “rocking her Givenchy dress,” so all I can say is “My, how things have changed.”

My take on the suit Mrs. Wendy was dogging? [crickets…]

I Want – Issey Miyake’s Bao Bao Bag

 

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Look 1 ~ Issey Miyake Crystal Series Shoulder Bag SS16 – $1,250.

 

I was smack dab in the middle of ogling Chanel’s Fall 2016 collection when I ran into this beauty, the Issey Miyake Bao Bao Crystal Shoulder Bag. Isn’t it fascinating? It must be EVERYTHING if it made me stop looking a Chanel. This is, as most things are on my “I Want” list, completely unattainable, but a girl can dream, right?…

 

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Look 2 ~ Issey Miyake Crystal Series Shoulder Bag SS16 – $1,250.

 

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Just like the Bao Bao bags, Issey Miyake’s apparel frequently conforms and transforms into dramatic shapes. The Issey Miyake Geometric Jacket.

Issey Miyake, in addition to producing my favorite perfume, is the most innovative fashion designer alive. The Bao Bao line has been around for a sixteen years and I am ashamed to say that this is my first time seeing one. I really like how the bags transform to accomodate whatever is in your bag be it a file or a bag of oranges, after all, the concept is “shapes by chance.”

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Issey Miyake Bao Bao Rock series Crossbody SS16 in Matte  Light Grey – $805.

I want the Crossbody so bad I can taste it…

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Issey Miyake Bao Bao Prism Series Tote in Aurora SS16 – $925

This gorgeous creature is from the Prism series and I want you to look at the details; the bag is made out of small triangles that are placed on top of mesh fabric. It is so architectural and futuristic. I’m completely in love. Triangles placed on mesh makes this concept so transformative.

 

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Look 1 ~ Issey Miyake Bao Bao Platinum Tote SS16 – $1,295.

 

But not as in love as I am with the Platinum; it reflects like a mirror, so eye-catching, a total hater instigator.  Check out the incredible Bao Bao bags from Issey Miyake.

 

 

 

 

 

I Want: Michael Kors’ Floral Mary Janes

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First of all, I loved, loved, loved, Michael Kor’s Pre-Fall 2016 collection. I am so stunned and surprised by some of the elements he incorporated into the current trends, that my mindset for the couture shows is completely blown. I’m not a pink girl, but I NEED that pink and white mink coat. What I couldn’t get over is the floral Mary Jane’s in black and white, and black and army green. I’ll take them both.

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Kors who rejects the label “Pre-Fall” and prefers to use “Transeasonal” because it’s less limiting, says he approaches design this way: “She’s got to fall in love.” Mission accomplished.

Happy New You! Jumpstart Your Personal Style

 

Image source: Kevin Michael Schmitz Photography.
Image source: Pinterest ~ Kevin Michael Schmitz Photography.

I’ll be honest, 2015 was rough, but I’ve had tougher. It was also exciting, enlightening and showed me that I am resilient, gullible, and an optimistic pessimist. I’ve learned that my refusal to give up is not always a good thing, but my stubbornness isn’t something I’m willing to change. Armed with more wisdom, I’m looking forward; 2015 is over and 2016 is just beginning.

Now is the time when we typically take stock of what we did the previous year and what we would like to do in the present one. Regardless of whether we habitually make resolutions we most likely won’t keep, there is a collective reset, an ‘after a rainstorm’ freshness in the air. I tend to clean house metaphorically. I get rid of people who are toxic and I look at what I can do to improve my physical and mental health.

I’m going to really focus on pinpointing my personal style which means putting more energy into myself, better known as being selfish. I’m a nurturer by nature, so I tend to take care of others needs before my own and I’m not alone in that. If I were one to make resolutions, this a resolution I would always break. I think most of us try to revamp or refresh our look. Unfortunately, coming right off of Christmas, trying to decide which trends I want to embrace or create contrast with my yearly thought to be fiscally responsible, another resolution that wouldn’t stick.

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Unretouched photo of me just after finishing a four-day braiding project wearing body jewelry.

I  found myself on Born Pretty Store when I was researching a story on ‘glitter roots‘ and spent way too much time in their jewelry department. I usually purchase nail art supplies here, but as a person who recently got into body jewelry, I was hooked on their selection. If you are not familiar, get familiar. Beauty and fashion enthusiasts rave about Born Pretty Store for a reason. They are on top of the current beauty and fashion trends: matte lipsticks, glitter for nails and hair, club clothes, and body jewelry, and the quality is great for how inexpensive it is. Their inventory of beauty and styling tools is pretty impressive as well.

As a thank you to my followers, I have a 10% off coupon for non-discounted items. Just use DFBT10 when checking out and know that you have exercised fiscal responsibility on top of welcoming the new year with a new you.

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Happy New Year!!!

 

 

The Top 5 Shoe Trends of 2015

The Top 5 Shoe Trends of 2015

 

It has been a good long while since I have posted and I have really missed writing for pleasure versus writing to make a living. A great deal has happened, in my life and career wise and thankfully, I have managed to maintain good health. I am writing for several venues and I am extremely excited about my present opportunities. For instance, I will be covering Denver Fashion Week (DFW) and I can’t wait to see how far this event has come. Look for more posts about DFW, as well as some live tweeting from the shows. In the meantime let’s look at the most popular shoe styles of 2015. Did your favorite shoe style make the cut?

Laurence Dacade black boots
$1,505 – net-a-porter.com

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Ralph Lauren leather boots
$890 – saksfifthavenue.com

Pumps
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Rihanna: Under Her Umbrella

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I have to say that I am on the fence about Rihanna’s Giambattista Valli gown, but judging from what I’ve seen online, people either loved it or hated it. In fact, there are quite a few memes that have popped up online and they are hilarious. I don’t really care for dresses that completely hide a woman’s figure, especially a figure as banging as hers. It looks like a very pretty and expensive umbrella to me. What do you think of Rihanna’s fashion choice for the Grammys?

 

 

I Want – Charlotte Olympia’s Head Over Heels Sandal

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Charlotte Olympia Head Over Heels Sandal from the Valentines Capsule Collection.

I haven’t seen anything as cute as Charlotte Olympia’s Valentines capsule collection in a long time, in particular, this suede, platform sandal showcasing multiple tones of bleeding hearts just in time for Valentines Day. I have to admit, I had a hard time choosing which item to showcase after viewing the entire collection on Marie Claire UK, and I almost went with this adorable heart embellished bootie, but ultimately, this sandal won out.

The collection is full of whimsical clutches and footwear that can be injected into any existing wardrobe long after Valentines Day is gone. Some pieces are blatantly love themed and others are dedicated to the things we love, but none are boring or cliché. You’ll find it easy to fall in love with Olympia’s latest collection.

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Charlotte Olympia Head Over Heels Sandal from the Valentines Capsule Collection.

The entire collection is displayed on Marie Claire UK.

Lupita Nyong’o REALLY Likes Elie Saab and Hopefully Jared Leto

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Elie Saab Pre Fall 2015

Hollywood and fashion “It” girl Lupita Nyong’o  looked absolutely stunning, as usual, in not one, but two Elie Saab dresses Sunday. Once again, she proved she can do no wrong, this time in a floor length, striped floral print gown that she wore to the SAG Awards, and then a shorter version to The Weinstein Company and Netflix’s 2015 SAG Awards after-party.

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Her hair was elegant in a cornrowed top bun, and her best accessory was rumored boyfriend, Jared Leto. I don’t say this often but, I want to be this woman. She has style, she has grace, she has beauty, she has talent, she is brilliant, she has a wardrobe to die for, and she has my man, allegedly.

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Nyong’o and Leto waiting in the wings before co-presenting the award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries to Mark Ruffalo for The Normal Heart.

I don’t know if she’s actually dating Jared Leto, but she should be. I have had the biggest crush on him since Requiem For A Dream. He is absolutely beautiful and so talented, and the thing about him is I’m not completely sure he knows how gorgeous he is. The front man for 30 Seconds to Mars is rumored to be cast as a badly scarred Joker for an upcoming Marvel Comics Suicide Squad movie. Either way,  he is a joy to look at. Get ’em girl.

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Micaela Erlanger styled both stars’ looks, and they presented at the ceremony together as well.

 

What do you think of Lupita’s dress and the rumored hot Hollywood couple?