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Summer 2014 Trend: Kimonos

In Trends / July 30, 2014 / 0 Comments

By: Gabriela Herstik

Happy summer everyone! As we change over into the season of heat, there is no reason for the fashionable people of the world to stop layering. Let’s be honest – layers instantly make you look like you know how to put together an outfit, and the best light layer for the summer is a kimono. The kimono has slowly transitioned its way into the fashion world and I could not be happier. A staple that should be in every fashion conscious woman’s closet, this light layer piece gives an ensemble a laid-back, bohemian vibe. Throw one on over your bathing suit or rock one with a pair of denim shorts. It’s versatile enough to wear both ways. During the summer, we need pieces that can easily be worn on the beach and then look just as trendy when we go out to eat with friends, not to mention that it should be a core part of your summer music festival wardrobe. Inspired by the beautiful fabrics and silhouettes of Japan, these garments make any look effortlessly stylish.

Sunflowers in Summer

In Trends / July 23, 2014 / 0 Comments

By: Gabriela Herstik

Summer days are made for creating memories and draping yourself in beauty. They’re for sunflower fields and apple picking and wearing things that remind you of the sun’s warmth. Sunflower prints mix our love for all of these things. Sweet pairings of warm yellows and soft tangerines that paint these flowers on a stark black background create the perfect pattern for crop tops, circle skirts, and dresses. Tune in to your inner crystal child and wear pieces that make you feel at home on this earth.

Trend; Chunky Sandals for a Sweet Summer

In Trends / May 14, 2014 / 0 Comments

By: Gabriela Herstik

Summer calls for iced coffee, berry popsicles and listening to music on your hammock. It’s a time of reminiscing, of remembering every summer in grade school where you spent late nights playing in the park, catching fireflies. Summer conjures up a magical feeling of when time stops and you can truly enjoy life. Although summer vacation may be a figment of our imagination (or may be close approaching to being a figment of our imagination), our fashion choices can still be reflective of a time when we so effortlessly wore what we wanted and pulled it off. Chunky sandals have a very strong 90s vibes; thick stacked soles and Velcro straps call upon the days when Justin Timberlake was in a boy band and Britney Spears reigned supreme. Chunky stark white or midnight black sandals are the perfect accessory for summer because they have such an effortless and playful feel to them, while still managing to look grown up and chic. Pair a big, clunky sandal with some vintage shorts, a crop top and a kimono and you have an easy, breezy and comfortable summer look. Delicate pieces look ace with a thick shoe and the contrast works wonders for an interesting and dynamic outfit. Wear a light airy skirt with a tank top and big hat and you’ve got yet another style to rock your sandals. You can even wear lacey socks with these sandals! Just make sure you don’t rock them off.

Trend: Fur on the Prowl

In Trends / March 16, 2014 / 0 Comments

BY: Gabriela Herstik
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There is always an abundance of new styles to try and new trends to be inspired by after any fashion week. With New York Fashion Week already fully wrapped up, there have been some incredible trends and collections that have emerged from the runway; mixed tartans, midi length skirts and more sheer overlays to name a few. Perhaps it’s the idea of using fur in interesting and unique places that is the most attention grabbing of trends. Whether it’s in BCBG or Parabal Gurung’s presentation, using fur as an accent was definitely noteworthy and refreshing when seen on the catwalk of major houses.

Calvin Klein Fall 2014 Review

In Trends / February 14, 2014 / 0 Comments

BY: Anna Mathias and Felicity Rankins

A model in Calvin Klein’s Fall/Winter 2014

Sadly, New York Fashion Week is coming to a close. On this final day, Calvin Klein proves that although their show is on the last day, the collection is ranked among the top.

Michael Kors Fall 2014 Collection Review

In Trends / February 14, 2014 / 0 Comments

BY: Anna Mathias

Michael Kors - Fall 2014 Collection

Michael Kors – Fall 2014 Collection

Michael Kors proves that he’s capable of much more than the watches and handbags everyone knows him for with his Fall 2014 collection. The American designer’s Ready-to-Wear collection did not disappoint. He created beautiful pieces for both women and men with a cozy, relaxed yet classy vibe. Kors tweeted of the collection “Urban polish with laid-back Northern California ease.”

Furs, knits, sequins and fringe graced the runway in neutral tones throughout the show. Model Carolyn Murphy opened the show in a flowing chiffon skirt and fur scarf. After this, a to-die-for long fur coat paired with a denim skirt and fringed bag added to the bohemian ambiance of the Kors collection. The show continued with stunning gray, black, camel and winter-white tones. This Fall 2014 collection is different from what the public is used to seeing from the designer. There was a sense of easiness to some of the pieces that came off as simple, beautiful and incredibly chic. With this collection, Michael Kors has showed us that his clothing is just as impressive as his accessories. We are looking forward to this California feel in the upcoming season.

UCOF’s own David Tlale presented his Fall 2014 collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

In Trends / February 14, 2014 / 0 Comments

By: Felicity Theresa Rankins-Rhode

Devyn in David Tlale's Fall/Winter 2014 - Photo by Eric Marillier - SDR Photo

Devyn in David Tlale’s Fall/Winter 2014
Photo by Eric Marillier – SDR Photo

Complete with muted colors and chic shapes, David Tlale’s Fall 2014 collection provided its viewers an elegant look forward to this autumn’s style palate. Tlale has been a force in the industry since 2003, and his collections have consistently awed critics and consumers alike. Especially notable is the designer’s work with UCOF’s mentoring program for emerging designers. Tlale has been a supporter of UCOF since its inception, and 24 interns from the organization were able to apply what they have gleaned from the free fashion education program while working on his show. With Jan Malan and Karen Lee as show producer and casting director respectively, the show displayed diversity in a way that is not typically indicative of fashion week shows. This year at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Tlale took on structured, yet feminine pieces while effectively displaying contrast by showing tops with flowing fabric and fitted skirts. The overall tone of the collection seemed to be ruled by neutral colors and unique fits. From distinctive split capes to glittering statement collars, this collection from David Tlale gives fashion enthusiasts everywhere a fresh take on appropriate elegance.

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Rebecca Minkoff Fall 2014 Collection Review

In Trends / February 13, 2014 / 0 Comments

BY: Gabriela Herstik

An ode to polished punk and effortless New York style, Rebecca Minkoff’s Fall 2014 collection consisted of the easy high meets low style we all so desperately crave. By pairing pieces like leather blouses with accessories like knit beanies and new age gladiator sandals, it is clear that Minkoff has a penchant for creating looks that we’d all love to live in. High heel tasseled sneakers made an appearance, and when paired with sleek bomber style jackets, they looked more suited for the runway than the court. Mid-calf skimming dresses in airy fabrics and vibrant patterns were displayed perfectly under sheer long sleeves and dove gray coats. Drop waist pants paired with quilted fanny packs also upped the fashion ante in this collection, providing an interesting take on a 90’s favorite.

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Midi Dreams

In Trends / February 13, 2014 / 0 Comments

It is said that fashion always ends in excess. The era of the micro mini has come and gone, and its older sibling the maxi, has seen its 15 minutes of fame as well. This season it’s all about the love child between the two; the midi skirt. It’s quite refreshing to see the sophistication of the maxi merged with the sexiness of the mini; a fair compromise and easily the best of both worlds. Whether it’s a Dior “New Look” style midi, with a classic cinched waist and a full skirt, or a sleek body-con style, it’s tried and true and easily one of the best trends to hit the runway. The length is flattering on almost any body shape since the mid-calf length paired with the high waist helps to elongate and accentuate the beautiful figure of the woman wearing it.

BCBG Fall 2014 Collection Review

In Trends / February 13, 2014 / 0 Comments

Starting off with a soft, electric beat and the perfect lilac runway, BCBG kept true to its high fashion and modern aesthetic with a show that did not disappoint. The first looks to hit the runway were soft, flowing kimono style dresses with color blocking in perfect peach and dusty blue hues. This new kind of color blocking was woven throughout the show and is a more subtle approach than seen in seasons past. A fur trend was also strung throughout the show, starting with statement accents at the beginning and later by incorporating fur on statement coats and even dresses. The show held true to BCBG’s style and approach to fashion. It displayed modern and high fashion pieces that are likely to instantly turn into tried and true classics.

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