Size Matters

Forget less is more this season because size matters in spring 2012. Be bold and beautiful with this season’s hottest jewelry trend, a pair of knockout statement earrings. The bigger is definitely the better when it comes to these bright baubles, mod plastics, feathery shoulder-dusters, and jumbo chandeliers. Ear candy stole the shows at spring 2012 fashion week from Dolce & Gabbana, to Marni, Missoni, Prada, Oscar de la Renta, Jean Paul Gaultier, Emili Pucci and many more.

You can wear this trend right off the runway to any formal event or even to just add some fabulous to a more casual, everyday outfit. Surely all ears were listening at fashion week since statement earrings has even been spotted as an über cool street style trend for spring. Here are some photos of the look on the runway, backstage, and spotted on the street.

Emilio Pucci

Oscar de la Renta

Missoni

Jean Paul Gaultier

Catherine Baba

Shala Monroque

Prada

Prada

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Oscar de la Renta

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Salvatore Ferragamo

Missoni

Marni

Marni

Marni

Marni

Marni

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Wu Woos

With a collection full of chic mini-skirts, feminine blouses, flirty dresses, adorable totes, and patterned scarves, Jason Wu is sure  to woo Target shoppers with the popular American retailers newest designer collaboration. Despite his fame for dressing Michelle Obama in luxurious, gorgeous gowns, every item in his Target collection is surprisingly affordable. Unlike Target’s past collaborations with designers such as Alexander McQueen and Jean Paul Gaultier, every item in Wu’s collection is under 60$! Mark your calendars ladies, this collection goes on sale February 5th, so forget the Super Bowl and go shop these limited edition steals instead!

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Posh

Beyond the over-sized sunglasses, gorgeous family, killer wardrobe, and the fact that she’s a Spice Girl, Victoria Beckham has also made a name for herself in the world of fashion. Her elegant and simple clothing line, Victoria Beckham has become a great success for a high fashion clientele. With Beckham’s clothes in high demand by not only the upper class, she has translated staples of her signature style into a new, affordable collection. Chic, easy-to-wear frocks in bright colours and whimsical prints are just some of the posh items in Beckham’s new line.

To celebrate the launch, Beckham teamed up with rising British director Quentin Jones, creating a short fashion film featuring models wearing the new Victoria, Victoria Beckham clothes while being manipulated by Jones’ creative collages and cutouts. Victoria, Victoria Beckham hits stores including Bergdorfs, Neimans, and net-a-porter.com next Saturday, February 4th.

still shot from the fashion film

still shot from the fashion film

still shot from the fashion film

still shot from the fashion film

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Back In Black

The undeniable strength of black makeup dates as far back as Cleopatra’s time. Black makeup on eye lids, fingertips, and even lips guarantees intense power. The “anti-pink,” Gothic colour is mysterious, dangerous and sexy. Although, the allure of black isn’t entirely dark. In moderation, black makeup can be immensely elegant. Try a smokey, black eye with a nude lip or dark lips with subtle eyes, or those classic, rebellious black nails. Be sure to emphasize only one feature at a time with black makeup because wearing too much can seem intentionally alienating and loose its effect. Paint on just a few streaks of black this season to stand out and make a dramatic statement with the upscale, fashionable colour.

To steer clear of the black, punk styles from the 80’s and 90’s, designer such as Yves Saint-Laurent and Chanel have revamped the look. Chanel when she came out with the best seller nail lacquer called Vamp, and Saint-Laurent when he sent his models down the runway with black lips as shiny as latex. Now even famous-for-his-Gothic-aesthetic, Gareth Pugh has collaborated with MAC cosmetics creating gorgeous new shades of black makeup. Give new life to the ironically neutral colour by modernizing it with different undertones, textures, shades, and shines.  It’s safe to say that this winter black is definitely back.

YSL (notice different finishes on nails)

Chanel

Moschino fall 2011

Yves Saint-Laurent

Yves Saint-Laurent

Chanel Vamp

Gareth Pugh for MAC Cosmetics

Gareth Pugh

Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra, 1963

Gareth Pugh for MAC Cosmetics

Gareth Pugh for MAC Cosmetics

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Chameleon

The reinvention of designers and their brands is a non-stop frenzy. From the rise of Sarah Burton to the downfall of John Galliano, public relations and brand image are an imperative aspect to maintaining a brand’s freshness and modernity. Take Nicola Formichetti for example, Theirry Mugler was once a popular brand, however due to lack of brand management fell silently off the map. All it took to get Mugler back to its original fame was a minor face lift by collaboration with the queen chameleon herself, Lady Gaga. Formichetti kept the good aspects that the label characterized but added modern ones to excite current merchandisers.

Constant reinvention, repositioning and re-branding are required of all fashion labels to stay on top in this highly critical business. Whether or not the content of the clothing has changed, the image that wearing that clothing embodies is in continuous call for adaptation with today’s changing media. That being said, for designers to remain at the top of the fashion industry they must combine staying true to their label with keeping what works about their image, what gave it fame in the past, and adjusting to new changes and trends. This will keep the once popular brands solid fan base while continuing to attract new consumers. Today it isn’t just about stepping out the door in that new Prada dress or those classic Chanel boots, but what wearing the image of that brand represents. In this day and age it’s true, you don’t wear the clothes, the clothes wear you.

Here are some fashion houses that have done a great job at reviving their brand images.

Tom Ford

Theirry Mugler with Lady Gaga (left)

Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen

Pringle of Scotland with Tilda Swinton

Givenchy

Giambattista Valli

Celine

Chloe

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Be Italian

Among other designers such as Sonia Rykiel and Matthew Williamson, Versace has recently collaborated with H&M. From high fashion to the high-street, Versace stays true to the brands’ aesthetic in this line with their seductive style, shape, fit and very Italian prints and fabrics. This collection will unveil items from studded leather, to sequins, to ladylike cutouts, baby doll dresses, fringed tops, silk scarves,  patterned bags,  flashy belts, funky shoes, and animal, oriental and floral prints. With such variety, this one-time collection will surely have something for everyone’s taste and budget. Be sure to line up early on November 17th when Versace for H&M opens worldwide.  Channel your inner Fergie and “be Italian”  by adding some of these adventurous items to your closet.  Get yours while it lasts; these fun collaborations tend to sell out fast!

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Hot Spots

Stripes and leopard prints have been dominating the runways for seasons past, but this fall designers and have found a new print to parade. Polka dots have been spotted all over the fall 2011 runways and red carpets. Try this playful pattern in bright colours for a youthful look, neutral tones for fancier occasions, or go bold by mixing and matching dots of varying sizes for the ultimate statement. If going head-to-toe is simply out of the question, adding a pop of polka on a headband or a pair of shoes, is a perfect way to wear this trend subtly. It’s time to breathe some life into dull fall outfits with this timeless, classy print.



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Dyehard

This fall 2011 season has become a lot more colourful than past. Usually fall runways are filled with dark colours but this season, summer’s biggest trend has transitioned into fall. Dip dyed and candy coloured hair were the top two hair styles of this past season. Somehow, this fun, surfer, ombre look has made it’s way onto runways, catalogs, and red carpets. I liked this ultra cool, 90’s grunge look so much that I – DIY style – even added a black streak to my blond hair. I used semi-permanent “Manic Panic” which allows for a fun, wash-out experiment. Which hair trend will you be rocking  this fall? Dip dye or candy coloured?

Topshop

Proenza Schouler

Lauren Conrad

Jeremy Scott

Jeremy Scott

Kate Bosworth

Lady Gaga

Bleach Salon

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Cape Crusader

Forget all images that come to your mind when you hear that capes and ponchos because this fall fashion staple is a must. It’s flattering, funky, and fashionable enough to make a statement yet warm enough to keep you cozy as the weather cools off. This season the cape has taken a less costume like  turn, becoming one of the most stylish transitional pieces for fall 2011. Here are some of the best non-superman, non-Dracula, non-little-red-riding-hood, non-Mexican wrestler, capes and ponchos straight off the runways.

Tommy Hilfiger (1,2), YSL, Zero + Maria Cornejo

Max Azria, Michael Kors, Rag & Bone, Rebecca Minkoff

JCrew, DKNY, Rag & Bone

DKNY, Edun, Halston, Karen Walker

ADAM, Band of Outsiders


ADAM, Alexander Wang (2,3,4)

Rag & Bone

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Pretty In Pink

In past seasons, designer have replaced the “little black dress” with the “little white dress.”  However, honeysuckle pink was all over this past season’s runways. Honeysuckle is a reddish-pink, as Pantone puts it “a brave new color, for a brave new world.” Pink is the new black and next season calls for this new bright hue. So behold the LBD’s replacement, the ”little pink dress.” Forget the colour pink’s relation to fuss and frills, this fashion staple is pretty and youthful.  The LPD is anticipated to dominate fashion week’s runways and the spring 2012 season. Say ta ta to last spring’s turquoise and hello to honeysuckle.

Peter Som

Peter Som

Nina Ricci

Nina Ricci

MIchael Kors

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs

Jason Wu

Jason Wu

Emporio Armani

Cynthia Steffe

Angelo Marini

Christopher Kane

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