“Each skirt, blouse, necklace, or humble shoe said something – certain pieces screamed, and others whispered seductively, but no matter, she experienced each item’s expression keenly, and she loved this world.Every article suggested an image, a life, a kind of woman, and she felt drawn to them.” This is an image of a woman who adores her materialistic possessions: UNIQUE, TIMELESS AND VINTAGE.
How often you cribbed when your mother gave you her old clothing from her young days and expected you to wear it.??
How you made a face and stacked them in some corner of your closet thinking ‘ how boring and out of style’ are these clothes. But think again, for many these old, boring clothes might be a “ collectors item”.
You must have heard the quote “old is gold” : and for a classic item like a LBD, many would also say “you can never be under dressed or over dressed in a little black dress”. So girls think again, all handed over and passed on clothing might not be too bad. You can always wear it even now and flaunt it as vintage fashion.Famous people and their unique LBD's
Women all over the world spend million of dollars to buy these passed on old clothes and this habit of possessing old clothing has opened a new genre into the fashion world called ‘vintage clothing’.
’But what exactly is Vintage Clothing’..????….Well the answer is quite simple….
Vintage is clothing, that is atleast 25 years old.
Now you would wonder, why would someone want to wear old clothing, which are out of trend?
Wearing vintage provides an opportunity to sport beautifully crafted clothes that are individualistic and are a unique piece of history. The best part being you stand out in prints and silhouettes that are no longer made these days. It is not about trends therefore, it has a long lasting appeal.
Another Question that comes to our minds is..Why Vintage came up and became so popular..??
Yesteryear’s classic items going through a modern day revival set place for old to be appreciated. For example the timeless chanel suit, the classic Audrey Hepburn lbd, the 40’s dior look with the peplum silhouette, all these are indeed items that never go out of style and these can be passed on from one generation to another and be worn without any tweaking.The Chanel Suit & The New look by Dior
But in todays world, where making a statement and dressing unique is the trend, all these vintage clothes need is a little bit of your own style and a personal touch.
It is also these vintage influences from the past that you see in today’s fashion trends. For examples the 40’s being in vogue or a mix of 60’s and 70’s . Year after year, its these influences that build the fashion for our generation.
Sixties inspiration in todays times
So in other words we all wear modern contemporary vintage clothes. And wearing vintage does not always have to be expensive, just some vintage inspired can also do the trick. Many brands these days, like free people, Modcloth, Ruche sell imitation vintage clothes.
You don’t have to wear vintage from top to bottom, you can definitely pair it up with your modern finds and make a modern day style statement.
Many brands and magazines, year after year choose Vintage as their inspiration. And every year they manage to style Vintage in an interesting way. Here is one of the shoots I styled keeping the Vintage theme in mind for the Gloria Magazine.
Another Advertisement shot by luxury brand Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana to name a few have used Vintage as inspiration recently.
Vintage inspired street style is also gaining popularity. Lets talk about a few tips and tricks on Styling Yourself Vintage..!
How to do vintage:
Vintage finds could range from plaid woolen blazers, loafers, crochet and brocade jackets, flapper dresses and so on so fourth. You can always add your own quirk to these pieces.
For example, a classic black cocktail dress worn with a nice sharp blazer paired with contrasting heels or a beautiful silk vintage blouse worn with leather high waist shorts or palazzo pants and incase of a chanel tweed skirt surely try breaking it with a short biker jacket.
And incase you want to be vintage inspired, combine classic hand crafted elements like crochet, delicate lace, detailed embroidery , tweed, ruffles and puffed sleeves, luxurious fabrics like silk and velvets and other classic silhouettes like pencil skirts, long straight coats etc.
VINTAGE STREET STYLE
Do’s & Don’ts of Vintage:
- There is a way to wear vintage and a way for vintage to wear you. Remember to keep your personal style in mind. Don’t make vintage a costume, wear it piece by piece and let the emphasis remain.
- Use the stylish celebrities of the past eras to inspire your look. Take a look back at Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor. They were always glamorous and chic.
- It doesn’t matter what other people think. Finding the perfect vintage piece for your style is all about you. Go with what you love.
Accessorizing your vintage:
Go loud. Large Statement necklace, gold broach or chandelier earings, they all can make your vintage clothes shine. Hats are another way of going back a few centuries. This is also an opportunity to wear a feminine dress or floral blouse. And if you have chosen one of those big fancy vintage hats, make sure to keep the rest simple. Pair it up, with a nice blazer, skinny jeans and knee high boots.you can also Style yourself vintage, with sunglasses. Choose a unique pair and make it center stage (avoid heavy eye makeup) but if want that extra classiness, a red stained lip can be perfect. It adds a retro/pin up inspired look.
During old times, these clothes represented the elegance, craftsmanship and the glamour but now people appreciate them because their interest in contemporary design.
Collecting and buying vintage fashion can be a great way of investing money. Its like property (but for fashion lovers), that one would buy and get double returns later.
Today’s Contemporary designers are being inspired by the fashion archives and are taking full advantage of this obsession by translating long forgotten designs into modern pieces and resurrecting dormant fashion houses.
Today’s new is tomorrow’s history, therefore if one can classify items that will have that vintage eminence in the future, you can really invest in the right kind of clothing and own a few futures’ collectibles.
Vintage is all about embracing your personal style in things of own and pieces you love, rather than being dictated by the current runway trends. So girls, get started and embrace Vintage.
Power turns many heads and powerful people inspire many others, that is the whole deal with power, but this power didn’t come so easily to women. Women have struggled immensely through societal issues and revolutions to reach a point where they are accepted and are considered responsible to deal with power and its side effects.
But amidst all the revolutions there stood fashion, it has the strength to make what a person is saying more or less believable. Even in the earlier days, fashion represented the changing times; it brought out the feelings of rebelliousness or acceptance to the various events. Like 60’s emancipation of women led to mini skirts, bikinis and shorter clothes as compared to the 50’s house wifey midi length dresses.
Similarly, just as women compete neck to neck with men, they have to look powerful in order to play the part; this symbolism through fashion is women’s strongest weapon today.
Independent women of today influence my thought, desires and the sense of style .It expresses who they are and furthermore how they wished to be perceived.
For example, wear a jacket with a power shoulders and tell me you don’t feel strong like a power puff girl, ready to rule and save the world.
This form of power dressing, expresses their inner goals and their leadership qualities making them seem authoritative and competent . Be it puffed shoulders, pencil skirts, blazers, various kinds of pants, today’s women have learnt to make old boring clothes really stylish. some accessories, belts on jackets, stylish prints on sheath dresses or simply newer surface and silhouette styles makes these women stand out and look stylish even at work. The term ” dress to success” fits right in and perfectly.
There is something different about these independent women: from their attire to their attitude to their confidence, it all screams identity and stature. The circle of life where women have to play various roles, they now have to keep the demure figure inside but depict their strong authoritative self in order to be taken seriously at the workplace.
The blend of the feminine sexuality and the bold strong persona is the hardest to achieve. Infact I have always noticed, powerful women look noticeably attractive without revealing skin or wearing sexy clothes. Notice these strong women, be it politicians or the first leaders, the royalty or the fashion leaders like Anna wintour, they rise to power because they have found a way to navigate the style issue, which is a tricky balance to strike. I will take you thorough a journey of such women and how they influence fashion and the new art of dressing androgynously.
Lets take examples from friction before we move on to the real world. Many television shows and their characters depict such fearless women, who rule the world of politics, businesses and even men.
Miranda Priestly, The Devil Wears Prada
I am sure everyone remembers and admires Miranda priestly, in the devil wears Prada. Her impact character, her chic and influential personality, her ruthless what she wants is what she gets nature and her impeccable style statement designates her as the devil and the ruler.
Anna Wintour,Editor In chief- American Vogue
An example of such caliber from real life would be of Anna Wintour, Editor of the American Vogue. Infact what many of us don’t know is that, Miranda Priestley’s character seems to be inspired from an experience of being Anna’s assistant by Lauren Weisberger (writer of ‘The devil wears prada’).
In the world of fashion, these women are the leaders and their word is gospel, so they are enshrined as the most powerful women in the industry. Let me show you Anna’s influence on the world. Fur was a last season commodity once upon a time, no one wore it and it had been long since someone bought it, suddenly this woman in 2009 displays fur jackets on the cover of vogue. Offcourse, it was back with a bang, flooded the fashion scene and since then there is no looking back. This woman can flip the industry and decide what the world will wear and what the designers will showcase on the runway and what the mass producers will sell, its just fabulous…!
Lets see how fashion made them even stronger personalities. Their strong white hair, Anna’s bold move to wear large dark sunglasses while Miranda’s signature white Hermes scarf are a fashion quirk that indeed make them both stand out. Women don’t really have to dress in navy suits to command respect; fashion is more like a detail or a flourish that can enhance or distract. Today there are several ways of catching the right kind of powerful attention.
Nico, Wendy and Victory: Power dressing in The Lipstick Jungle
Another Tv show that catches my eye and portrays powerful women is lipstick jungle. The style of dressing of each of these successful women, is an addition to their power.
Three women, Three different jobs, and three immaculate styles of dressing. From slightly flirty, to conservative to power dressing with bold accessories. There are certainly many ways. This is what the series shows us.!
Always subtle wins…. lady gaga proves this statement Wrong, making it to power with her own pop signature style.
By embracing pop art fashion, quirky eccentric looks she made it to number two on forbes list of most powerful women in 3 years of her music career. Its not only the avant garde fashion that she is popular for, its her elaborate performances and sartorial experimentation that create visual impressions for todays age of viral marketing. There is always something interesting to talk about that excites media, fans, followers, and not to forget the royalty. She seems to be fearless, she is fearless on stage, when she opens her mouth and when she makes appearances in strong inspirational costumes. All this effort by her and the ‘haus of gaga’ gets her on to the front pages.
Madame Coco Chanel
Another woman who revolutionized and turned heads was Madame Coco Chanel. Her clothing style embodied much more than appearance and it also contained a message about women, their freedom, equality and ability to express themselves through dress. You’ll know what I’m talking about if you’ve seen the movie ‘Coco Avant Chanel’.
She forced the acceptance of more ‘masculine’ designs and set a precedent for the coming of women’s liberation.
She started the pants revolution, and her simplistic and fluid style of clothes (trousers, pullovers, sailor jackets) represented an alternative style of dressing that women embraced over the years. Another achievement was the chanel No.5. The perfume signified the change in the fragrance market not only in terms of the name but also with the simplistic bottle design, rare to find at that time. And obviously we cannot forget the chanel suit, every woman wants to own a version of this timeless classic.
Lets move beyond fashion to the serious world of politics, which is still a man- dominated area. Women still are struggling hard to make place and thus they don’t want to come across as frivolous and fashion conscious empty heads. They decline to talk about fashion and their choices that they make unless they make it to a position that is well accepted or unless they are first ladies. But at the same time you don’t want to be one those many women dressed in black pant suits, therefore its very important to create your subtle style statement for identity sakes. Political women believe that the business strong suits are a nod to the fact that their feminity spells of danger for their political credibility. But that’s not always true; there have been bold women in politics as well who have taken chances of dressing to create identity.
Margaret Thatcher: Former Conservative Prime Minister of UK: 1979 to 1990
Margaret Thatcher was a politician whose style choices were much talked about. Thatcher used the power of fashion to her advantage and never made a public appearance without looking anything other than immaculate. Not only was she on (or ahead) of trend with her power suits and perfectly coiffed hair, she also managed to send out an unmistakably businesslike image to the world. It is clear that her while her political legacy divided opinions, her fashion legacy is still lauded, having been photographed for Vogue several times and as recently as last year, aged eighty-two.
Sarah Palin:American politician, commentator and author
Similarly Sarah Palin, however, sent American fashionistas into a frenzy during the presidential elections with her patent red pumps and rimless glasses – people that may have ignored politics previously were made to sit up and take notice of a woman who was not afraid to show her femininity.
Jacqueline Kennedy: First Lady in 1961
Remember, Jacqueline Kennedy, the American first lady of the 60’s. She took over the mainstream fashion of the time and she became famous for her fashion forward style of dressing. Clean silhouettes, A-line dresses and deco millinery (pillbox hat) became her trademarks and the ‘jackie look’ took over the fashion world like wildfire. Even the dark sunglasses and headscarves she wore in the grieving period of her husband’s death became a style statement. Therefore, this proves that political women can also show their power through the right selection of clothes.
Michelle Obama: American First Lady of the 44th president of United States
Also another star is Michelle Obama, fashion icon and powerful women list winner. She is one women who knows how to dress, she will be and look a part of the American nation and promote sales of several brand because of her style statement. The lady being so comfortable in her fashion skin that she mixes high-end designer and high street labels with ease- with clothing from designer thakoon to J crew and from Calvin klein to gap; besides her signature gobstopper pearls, big belts and tailored sheath dresses, she doesn’t stop experimenting with other looks and her charm and strong personality makes them work like a charm even in the field of politics.
Amelia Earhart: American aviation pioneer
Besides TV stars, fashion personalities, poiliticans, there are other pioneering women. Women like Amelia earhart who took the bold step and made a mark in history proving that women can be at par with men.
P.S…sorry guys for posting after soo long.!..Wont happen again..:)
Japanese street style is very dramatic and OTT (over-the-top), similar to haute couture and avant- garde as seen in the European countries. To view the chronicles of japanese street style refer to ‘fruits’ and ‘fresh fruits’, these one of the most famous magazines in japan where one can see innovation at its best. The fashion that we see in these magazines was a movement that grew out of those young people networking with each other, being together and being inspired by each other. The Japanese offer a truly radical fashion aesthetic, that doesn’t exist in the West. The Japanese put their money where their mouth is, and are fearless. They aren’t afraid. FUN and FEARLESS fashion is what i would call it..!
Japanese Avant Garde VS Avant Garde in the West
Japanese Avant Garde
Cover of the FRUITS Magazine
Inspiration doesn’t stop at the youth here, designers like yojhi yamamoto, comme de garçons, junya watanabe, iseey miyake have intentionally flawed japanese fashion by incorporating asymmetric drapery and exaggerated proportions with mostly a monochrome palette. Abstract, innovative, modern, architectural, asymmetric, deconstruction are a few keywords that describe the style of the various designers.
Comme De Garçons
Comme De Garçons for H&M
For example,Issey Miyake and his A-Poc creations( it is a long piece of fabric not needing any sewing, but simply cut by the wearer without wasting any fabric and worn.) and also pleases please (polyester garments, cut and sewn then finally pleated).
Another very innovative concept was by a designer Hiroaki Ohya, who created a series 21 ‘books’ that could actually fold into abstract garments.
Yojhi Yamamoto’s development of ‘de-construction’ is the most talked about in the world of fashion. This totally provided a new way of looking at fabric, texture, cut and image. The Japanese designers strive toward theatricality, visual splendor, and organic movement.
This is where the Japanese are distinctive, they get inspired from a trend/era that people all around the world tend to follow and give it a whole new identity by adding a personal touch that makes them stand out. Who could imagine an elegant style like Victorian can be merged with gothic and rococo to achieve trendy styles like ‘gothic lolita’ and ‘sweet lolita’.
‘sweet lolita’ focuses much more on the child like aspects and uses light colours and child like fantasy themes. Alice in Wonderland, fruits, sweets and classic fairytales such as Little Red Riding Hood are a few popular ones.
Sweet Lolita & Gothic Lolita
Both these looks comprise of mini or knee-length frilly dresses with accents of crinoline and lace, corseting details and added ribbon with accessories like tiny top hats worn to one side with a lace ribbon tied under the chin, headbands or bonnets, dolls or teddy bears, parasols, frilly thigh high or knee high socks, opaque or fishnet stockings, white frilled aprons, and chokers with charms such as cameos, spiders, cherries, or skulls.
‘Gothic lolita’ which is dark and gloomy, It is characterized by crosses, spiders, bats, dark colours and gothic icons. One can actually get a taste of this style in ‘gothic and Lolita bible’ (magazine), or simply by shopping at ‘pink house’ (gothic Lolita, fashion label). And if you are in japan you can flock to the Yoyogi park in Harajuku on the weekends to experience this style in person. This style draws inspiration from the Victorian era where girls dress up to look like dolls but all done with a mysterious streak.
Then there’s the requisite punkish reference, most evident in pops of neon — be it on clothes and accessories or even streaked through the hair. Punk reminds me of a sub division of ‘Lolita’ called ‘punk Lolita’ that is inspired from the 70′s punk style in London-Vivienne Westwood, sex pistols are huge inspirations for this style. The style is different as compared to ‘punk’ all around the world; Along with original plaids and tartans, Japanese have amped it up with bright colors and extra decorative garments and accessories that the original punks could probably not have afforded. The rebelliousness is magnified with over-the-top makeup, and piercings. To experience Japanese punk style visit ‘sex pot revenge’ a shop that will provide you with all you need to act a part.
Punk all around the world: Vivienne Westwood & Sex Pistols
Japanese Punk lolita
More Punk lolita's from japan
In japan, fashion is not only a way of dressing rather it gets converted into a lifestyle like the Ganguro fashion that started as a kind of revenge against the traditional norm as to what feminine beauty should be soon became an offbeat fashion statement. Girls started dressing like American stars Naomi Campbell, Janet Jackson etc.- these gang girls wear tan makeup, dyed hair, white lipstick and eye shadow, black ink as eyeliner and false lashes.
They dress in brightly coloured clothes including miniskirts, tie-dyed sarongs, lots or rings, necklaces and bracelets. What started as a rebellion ended as a youth cult. Special magazines like the egg magazine and cawai are covering this group of teenagers and the height of the ganguro craze in japan. Ganguro culture evolved its own style of dances, know as Para Para, they dance to predetermined moves in sync to J-pop music.
Music also prompts me to narrate another popular trend in japan called ‘Visual Kei’. Visual Kei refers to a movement among Japanese rock musicians and is characterized by the use of elaborate costumes, eccentric looks and hairstyles.
‘visual kei’ also gave way to ‘cosplay’ that started when fans started dressing up like their favorite band members. The ‘cosplay’ style of dressing extended on to anime and manga lovers. These Followers of Japanese comics and animation decided they enjoy dressing up as their favorite characters, and so it became a trend. Just like the rest of the world dresses up on Halloween, japan does it more excitingly at public events, gathering, shows and parties at various cosplay cafes.
The Japanese pop culture street fashion is creating a style that is an inspiration for Designers and celebrities – from Gwen Stefani to Jay-Z and Kanye West.
Gwen Stefani and Harajuku Girls
Kanye West for 'The Bathing Bape' a japanese clothing brand
For example, gwen stafani and her harajuku girls. Her album (harajuku lovers), later her clothing collection and accessories are an inspiration from japan and its fashion sub cultures. Even Americas next top model (cycle3) had a task where the models had to dress up like Japanese harajuku girls, the trick is here is not to try too hard, just observe and try to get the essence.
Gwen Stefani & harajuku girls: 'Harajuku Lovers' perfume
Americas Next Top Model: Cycle 3: Japan Fashion Task
To learn more, just try layering, mix and match, DIY techniques, asymmetry and along with that online shopping offered by various Japanese stores can be a way to experiment with the look. one can easily be accessible to Japanese fashion and by mixing it with your statement pieces, you can give it a whole new look.
Here are a few look boards that you can learn from, Soo keep experimenting and creating something fabulous,
innovative and out-of –the –box.
Around the world, designers, stylists and magazines dictate fashion but there is a place, where these important people act only as catalysts to the fashion scenario.
The destination being JAPAN, where fashion is purely led by the youth and by what they wear.
Be UNIQUE, Stand OUT, Make NOISE, and be YOURSELF… being their motto.
The only place where the youth sells fashion and act as stylists and marketers. The trendy fashion conscious teenagers who are admired for their style work as salesgirls to promote brands and their own style statement and sometimes they even end up designing for these stores. Without any formal degree in design and fashion these teenagers must surely be really talented.
Shoppers and Stylists at shops in Harajuku
According to me, fashion in Japan is quite pictographic; there is so much symbolism, expression and rebellion. What’s more unique is the fact that there are magazines for everything, from fashion in various districts to manga and anime, magazines for working women in various age groups to magazines for hairstylists and makeup artists and even for various fashion cultures and their sub cultures.
Biteki-working women: 20-30 years:Brand Joy-Info,well established brands:Curl- beauty & hair
Cazi Cazi-street fashion in kansai area:Choki Choki-hairstyle for men : Cosmode-Cosplay Mag
Japanese fashion to a layman might just be about kimono’s and the wooden geta sandals or the obi belt but what we don’t know is that it’s big on the street fashion scene. Street fashion as a category started from japan and ventured into different parts of the world. In the 1990’s,Youngsters on the streets of japan in shibuya and harajuku areas of tokyo marked a change in the way the youth were dressing. Out of all the same old uniform styles, an identity crises for individualism came about and the youth didn’t want to wear the clothes that everyone was wearing just because they were branded or in vogue. Therefore, they customized outfits by adopting a mixture of traditional and international current trends. The unique part of this street style being that these clothes were that they not available in any store rather they are suited to the wearer’s creativity and style. Therefore, each style and trend got divided into various sub categories as per the wearers experimenting capability. Like Lolita fashion was divided into ‘punk lolita’, ‘gothic lolita’, ‘sweet lolita’ and so on.
customized, self crafted fashion
Even now such fashion is generally combined with handmade, secondhand and alternative designer fashion in an innovative ‘DIY’ (do-it-yourself) approach to dressing.
In general the Japanese street style is eclectic. The Tokyoites would wear prints, plaids, leopard spots, ruffles, lace and Fair Isle knits, all topped with voluminous scarves, lots of fur trimmings or lots of accessories. The quirkier the better is their catch phrase, from clothes to headgears: with looks ranging from oversize earmuffs to a miniature pillbox or ‘kawaii’ hairbands and clips.
Eclectic Layering with volume, plaids, color,prints and texture
Talking about ‘kawaii’ let me describe this in more detail, Kawaii means “cute” or “pretty this plays an important role in Japanese culture, entertainment, food, clothing, toys, fashion and behavior. Kawaii fashion generally relates to someone wearing clothing that appears to be made for young children or clothes that accentuates the cuteness of the individual wearing the clothing.
For example, the ‘hello kitty’ that is really popular on clothing and accessories, be it teenage girls or adult women, this ‘kawaii’ character is seen all over the streets. It’s a bit like the short-lived ’80s nostalgia fad that hit North America recently, when girls were sporting My Little Pony and Strawberry Shortcake t-shirts.
To accentuate this style, one can take the help of the ‘decora’ trend. Lots of layering and colorful accessories define decora. The accessories include plastic and furry toys and jewelry and more jewelry and more jewelry. The more the better is the key!
This is not the end to sweet things in japan, lets not forget the ‘fairy kei’ and ‘dolly kei’. There are lots of combinations of the pastel colors, or pink and red, pink and white and pink and black, with pink being the most abundant. Fairy style is being supported by an adult woman who prefers lovely items. The pioneer of fairy style is fashion producer Sebastian Masudea who opened the fairy cloth shop “6% DOKI DOKI” in 1996. He is coordinating everything by himself from the make up of shop clerks to exterior and interior according to his themes, which are “sensational and lovely”, “not only cute but also happy” and “feeling of unreality”.
'Fairy Kei' Fashion: A Photoshoot
6% Doki Doki: The famous Fairy Kei Store
Doki Doki: on Seattle Tv : From their travels of 2011
‘Dolly kei’ on the other hand,is one of Japan’s newer styles but unlike some of their trends its very earthy.It has a feel of medieval Celt and Russia, folksy garments which are antique centric.It takes inspiration from antique (and slightly spooky) dolls and movies such as Narnia, Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter.Its full of florals, furs and dark colours. Its cute in a fairy-tale kind of way reminiscent of a Russian doll.This style began when now infamous shop ‘Grimoire’ was opened.The Japanese are a well-known nature focused nation with Shinto and a belief in spirits therefore,this style combines the gothic side of loligoth with the nature vibe of mori kei (forest girl).
Shop: Grimoire in shibuya,Tokyo
With all this and so much more, japan is a destination for inspiration and an amazing pool of art and craft. If this has excited you, there is more coming about in my next blog…soo keep reading know more about japan and its fashion and its subcultures..!
Summer of 2011 brought us closer to new fun trend i.e. pleated skirts.Lets see the pleated trend forecast.
What inspired me to research and write about this trend is a shoot that i came across in Marie Claire India. The beauty and elegance,the nude colours just took me to a fantasy world and my stylist brain urged to experiment and create more looks with this trend.
Look created by me for styling services at Select Citywalk:
Nude Pleated skirt: Mango Coral top:Forever New
Pleats are flooding all over be it runway,celebrities or streets.Pleats are available in all colours, lengths and styles.Lets go deep in this rippled pleat world and help you discover your favorite kind of pleated skirt.
The Most famous kind of pleat this season is the knife pleat and the sunray pleats.Knife pleats are single pleats that all go in the same direction; sunray pleats are knife pleats that are cut to start smaller and get wider towards the bottom, creating a flared-out effect.
knife pleats seen at Christopher Kane show
Another most popular one being the Accordion pleat. This is the one being used on most of the maxi and mid length skirts.
Accordion Pleat skirt at Zara
The Maxi is the length for the season,be it dresses or skirts, so don’t be afraid to stock up as they are likely to remain in trend for a while. For a statement piece, invest in a pleated maxi skirt in a sheer fabric..well yes combine the two trends together for that ultra romantic ethereal look.This is a trend that has early 20th century influences and a sense of elegance, or a contrasting sense of 70′s glamour.Choose lightweight fabrics like silk tulle, crepe,Georgette and chiffon and swish your skirt and have fun.
If you like it short and stiff, choose box pleats. The schoolgirl looking skirt is ideal with long boots or long socks.
Eva Mendes in a Stella McCartney box pleat skirt
Make your pleated skirts look distinctive by contrasting it with denim, leather,blazers or even jersey it down or just a little bit of shimmer and spunk to dress it up.
I have picked items and created some looks for all the fashionistas out there who want to wear this trend with panache.
This look centers around the Nude skirt and a special focus to the summer. Incorporating two main trends i.e. floral and nudes you can style your pleated skirt and walk around town. An addition to the look is the white summer blazer for the cool evening breeze or for those fashionistas who would love to travel with this look.
FOCUS: How to wear a blazer with your pleated skirt
PLeated skirts look great when worn with something rugged like denim, it breaks the feminity and works well for those women who are fans of androgynous dressing. Here, i have given options of the various denim silhouettes as well as three different accessory options. one can pick as per your style and personality.For those who like it simple wear the skirt with a classic denim shirt or jacket and for the ones who like it different try the skirt with cropped jackets or waistcoats.
FOCUS: How to wear Denim and pleats
This theme focuses on the giraffe print skirt and how one can wear the same skirt both in the day as well as night. Just by changing the accessories and the jacket you can walk out wearing the same skirt.For the day, i have used nude colours keeping summer in mind along with sweet floral scent and peach makeup shades to balance the harsh colour and print of the skirt. For the night, I have edged the look by using patent leather, studs and sequins along with the dark smoky palette for the eyes.
FOCUS: How to wear your pleated in leather & military style
Fur frenzied..fur is another big trend for fall/winter 2011. wear the two big trends together in a subdued winter palette of brown, mustard and grey. These four different looks are individualistic in their own way.
In the first look is an ordinary striped T-shirt (by now everyone must be possessing heaps) is used with a sheer pleated skirt and a white tie waist fur jacket that adds character to the look.
The second look is for those who like bling and shorter skirts. When the gold shimmer skirt is used with the fur vest and print, it an interesting element.
The third look is with a simple denim shirt .it is quite casual in itself but when used with fur and a silk pleated skirt, it looks over the top and innovative.
The fourth look is a short silk pleated skirt paired with a cream blouse and a fur vest. The look is quite achievable and tested for the non risk takers.
FOCUS: How to wear Fur with pleated skirts
Bohemian is my favorite look so i have created five looks with pleated skirts keeping a few boho elements.The floral prints, fringes, peasant blouses,feathers are all boho ingredients, when combined with pleated skirts they add a whole new flavor.The right kind of accessories like belt, shoes, bags and jewelry add to the look.
FOCUS:How to wear the boho trend with pleated skirts.
Other ways of wearing a pleated skirt
Pretty in pink with textures
Loose and dropped
Urban city chic
Casual T-shirt Day
Soo enjoy the ripples all through summer and winter, don’t be afraid to experiment..just follow a few looks created above and add your personal style for individuality. Hope it helps…
( For the items used in the look boards, view me on polyvore by clicking on the logo in the right side bar)
Glamour, Power and prestige are keywords to describe the madness that i will talk about in this post.
The 60′s fascination led me to discover the drama behind MAD MEN. The strong story line about the lives of a group of advertising executives on Madison avenue alongside to depicting the changing moods and the social mores and sexual exploits of 1960′s Americas. Besides the story, the show has maintained historical authenticity and visual style, from the sets of the sterling cooper to the fashion to the social behavior of the characters.
The fashion totally caught my fancy and the beautiful vintage outfits awed me to leap into the madness of mad men. The individual style of each character in its true sense of the terms developed my fascination to dig deep into Janie Bryant’s world of costumes. The fashion has been so strong that it marked influence on fashions seen on the New York runways for Fall 2008 just after its first season in 2007.Lets go down this fashionable mad men journey and discover the style and distinct nature of each of these star personalities.
She’s a character who is trying to create the perfect façade. She spends time on what she wears, how she looks, and how she presents herself to the world.she is depicted like the real 50′s woman and the frothy frills draw the eyes straight to the bust line and the full skirts in floral prints that fall elegantly accentuating her tiny waist. she lays emphasis on her foundation pieces that gives her that epitome of perfection.We experience the housewife heaven. when noticed carefully, betty draper’s colour palette mostly comprises of cool colours like light blue, grey, beige and whites that reflect her personality.
Betty draper is as classic as gorgeous and Janie Bryant takes her character inspiration from grace Kelly whereas her motherhood instincts that are depicted in the show are inspired from her grandmother.
Betty’s style has become popular and the late 50′s and early 60′s trend as discussed before is gaining popularity. On that note, lets check out how to dress Betty Draper style.
Some key items to keep in mind while dressing betty style:
Pearls, matching handbag and shoes especially lizard or crocodile, shirtwaist dress with a full skirt, gloves, and red lipstick.
Her Perfect hour-glass shaped body is a turn on for all men on the show and that’s what her character revolves around.She’s a girl who knows her best assets, and she knows how to use them so much so that one can call her the master of the 60′s sassy look.She always presents herself as very commanding therefore her colour palette comprises of a lot of jewel tones to have that richness and strength. The silhouette revealing dresses, wrap tops that hug the body and pencil skirts make her wardrobe.
According to Janie Bryant, Joan Holloway’s style inspiration has been Sophia Loren, a little bit Lana Turner and Marilyn Monroe too since they were sex icons.
When following Jane’s style when kept these elements in mind, one can never go wrong:
Jeweled toned sheaths fitted to perfection, over sized handbag with a printed scarf tied on the handle with pumps to match, and a pin necklace.
Lets check out a few examples to inspire you with the look:
There is always a serious nerdy character in every show and in this case its Peggy, she rocks the Geek look and is the perfect employee any organization would want to have. For her, it’s about her growing position in the company and so she always tries to maintain her modesty and her go getter personality. Her costumes mature with every season that reflect her growth in her career and life. Her wardrobe comprises of plaids, checks, pleated skirts and buttoned up tops that add to her orthodox school girl image. one can see the use of textured fabrics, whether it’s plaids, tweeds, checks, raw silk, or gingham. She has so many different layers that we discover over the season that Janie wanted to incorporate that side into her costumes.
In the new seasons, Peggy is also seen in suits since her position in the office became more noticeable that signifies her new-found success.
Peggy’s inspiration has been the young Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina. It shows a young girl becoming a young woman.
Inspiration from Peggy’s style can be taken, just by keeping a few major tips in mind:
Wear Checks, plaids, pleats polka dots, peter pan collars, big bows at the neck and kitten heels and voila you get Peggy style.
A successful charming and powerful gentleman.The position and status makes him very popular amongst women and hence he is a bit of a womanizer. He has to be impeccably dressed all the time be it a situation with women or his powerful status at work therefore, you will see a stack of white laundered shirts always in his drawers at work. his commanding nature one can clearly see through his wardrobe which consists of well-tailored suits with classic straight point collar shirts.He is always sharp and slick in terms of his appearance and off course handsome as hell.
One can dress Don Draper style just by keeping a few elements in mind:
Tailored suits, crisp white custom dress shirts with classic straight point collars and double cuffs, fedora hats, the perfect accessories and never a slicked back hair and NO Casual Fridays..!
Get the Look, lets see how:
The “Mad Men effect” is talked about for raising the sales of everything from tortoise-shell glasses to fedoras, while the stars of the show skip from the pages of GQ to Vogue.While television shows have a history of prompting fashion trends, what’s interesting is that this time it’s men who are absorbing and replicating the style.
The style File
Janie Bryant is the star brain behind these looks and the characters, and this appreciation for her work has turned her into an author of a book called ‘The Style File’. This book is not only a ‘what to wear’ rule book but also tells us how through accessories and vintage pieces one can get inspired and use this to get our dramatic everyday personal dressing.
She has a great eye towards what vintage pieces work with todays fashion and has chic ideas on how to gradually add vintage to one’s wardrobe without breaking the bank or crossing the line into dressing like an old lady.
If you like a little talk about beautiful clothes and love the classic look of Mad Men, The Fashion File is a fun guidebook.
Besides being a regular soap opera show on television Mad Men is a great influencing factor in todays fashion. Ever since its premiere in 2007 designers, brands and stylists have been drawing inspiration from its classic and vintage style. Lets see a few designers, brands and trends that Mad Men popularized starting from 2008.
Michael Kors Fall 2008 Collection:
all buttoned up and sexy like grace Kelly was the inspiration for this collection. The grown up sexy collection includes fitted sheath dresses, pencil skirts, suits, coats, fur , the tweeds and the green vintage colour palette with the hint of modern lavender that adds freshness to the collection. A tip by Michael Kors:”You want a tip on looking hot? Wear reading glasses and a fitted dress. Simple.”
“It’s body-consciously sexy without being overtly sexual,” said costume designer Janie Bryant.
Bloomingdales 2008 Campaign:
Window displays with Mad men characters right on the third avenue in one of the biggest departmental stores of America, that must have been an achievement for Mad Men and the perfect way to create buzz before the premiere of the second season.
Perfectly timed for Father’s Day and the premiere, Bloomingdales features windows, store visuals, and a shop dedicated to the trademark smooth styles of that power-era that look so fresh again today. Bloomingdales showcased MAD MEN in 14 locations all over New york along with various in store promotions, activities and contests.
Mad Men influences lady like holiday hair trend in 2009:
Hairstylist to stars and celebs :Eva Scrivo gives her view on ladylike betty draper updo’s.
“Mad Men has influenced our aesthetic with more elegant styles – it has rekindled the desire for ladylike beauty. Putting your hair up isn’t just a way to mask a bad hair day now – it’s a way to bring back that old world sense of glamour.”
According to Scrivo, there are two simple keys to a pretty pulled-back look: height in the crown area achieved by teasing the root, and styling the strands that fall right around your face.
2010 was i think the golden period for Mad Men as the show gained wide success and the audiences around the World got hooked to the hit show.Various Magazines, Ads and commercials involved the Mad Men Characters or rather stars.
Rolling Stone Magazine, Sept 2010
Dolce & Gabbana adopted the Mad Men hair and makeup in Scarlett Johansson’s ad for fall 2010. She wears smoky eyes and blonde undone hair, somehow like Betty Draper.
Christina Hendericks (Joan Holloway) in LA Times Magazine:
New Mango Ads- Very Mad Men
Scarlett Johanson shows off her enviable hourglass figure in a printed frock that’s cinched at the waist, as well as a body-skimming and belted gray knit dress that looks like something “Mad Men” siren Joan would wear.
Vogue Mad Men inspired Photoshoot:
Vogue published a photo-shoot featuring Ewan McGregor and model Natalia Vodianova in the role of the typical 1960′s married couple, which portrayed perfectly the Betty – Don relationship.
Christina Hendricks Stars in London Fog’s Fall 2010 Ad Campaign:
Mad Men & Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton: fall 2010
Marc has jumped on the Mad Man express and echoed the ’60′s sensibility promoted by the AMC mega hit Mad Men. Marc Jacobs rocked the runway for Louis Vuitton along with the adverts and totally channeled Mad Men and everything feminine, flirty and lady-like.
Louis Vuitton Fall 2010 Advertisement Campaign also inspired by Mad Men.
Prada Fall 2010:
The fifties and early sixties influences were obvious in this collection: cat’s eye glasses, beehives, and hourglass silhouettes will have fans of Mad Men enthralled.
Mad Mens popularity in 2011 is on the rise with season 4 coming this July. The excitement is growing and is creating buzz all over the world. Banana Republic in particular is getting ready for the new season with a big bang. Lets see how..!
Banana Republic’s collaboration with Mad Men is to teach the audiences the 60′s style.They are promoting the series via its store windows, a how-to style guide, online instructional videos, and a contest in which one customer will win a walk-on role. The retailer will launch its Mad About Style campaign and style guide, which shows readers how to dress from 9 to 5 and then for dinner at 8. “Mad Men” characters will be featured alongside Banana republic looks.
A few Images from the last Campaign:
Besides Retail, Mad Men again has been inspiration with several designer collections like Marc by Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade, Frankie Morello etc.
The length of the skirts has been shortened a little bit and the colours have been made more powerful than those worn in that era.The accessories include leather gloves and chic classic bags must for Mad Men style.
Marc By Marc Jacobs:
The Mad Men Woman wouldn’t go for something very eccentric, therefore the collection also includes some gold leather skirt and trousers for a more business look. But these two dresses are more fitted to the typical housewife, Betty.
TSE & Trias:
These outfits from TSE and Trias fits the classic Peggy look from the beginning of the show, the naive secretary just taking her first real job in Madison Avenue. Peggy’s style has evolved in a more elegant way ever since.
Frankie says ‘The collection tells the story of a beauty salon, where women go to get pampered. Just like Betty Draper in Mad Men. We are really influenced by the 50s silhouettes – all those full skirts and little jackets.’
Mad Men in Magazines:
January Jones staring for Versace :
January Jones ( the elegant housewife Betty Draper in the show) was chosen to be Versace’s icon for the spring – summer 2011 collection. She got rid of the innocent Betty look and posed naked covered only in Versace accessories. She kept her hairstyle and makeup from the show, which makes her so feminine and sensual.
How to get the Mad Men look without spending money..??..The answer is simple, Janie Bryant loves her fan following so she will launch her new Mod QVB collection in sept.
Styled to look like vintage pieces, the 20-piece collection is jacket heavy – with a faux fur animal print jacket and matching pillbox hat, a reversible raspberry satin swing coat, boleros, and capelets.
Until Then keep waiting,watching and getting inspired with Mad Men.
The summer is at its peak and the 70’s is predominantly ruling the fashion scene. Wide legged pants, summer floral prints, maxi skirts are the favorite picks of the season screaming heavy 70’s influence. This trend so is to follow in autumn/winter 2011 with slight variation but another popular trend seen on the runways was the 60’s.
Many designers like Yves saint Laurent, prada, Burberry prorsum, Anna Sui, Blumarine and many others have used the 60’s elements like short skirts, dropped waists, a blaze of black and white, super sweet shifts, Flattering A-Line numbers with an edge, long printed maxis, boxy boy blazers with the rock n roll aviator style, ultra Mod baby doll dresses, triumph of fur and leather trimmings and introducing flared trousers further modifying into the 70’s style. These elements are distinguished and categorized for you to enjoy, one can incorporate these elements to look apart of the 60′s look.
Wear the 60′s shifts like the MODs that are back with a bang this fall of 2011/12.
Derek Lam,Ermanno Scervino
Yves saint Laurent, Giambattista Valli
Giambattista Valli, Iceberg
Steven Alen, Trussardi
Go from high waists to low dropped waists and accessorize with belts on your lower waist for the cool chic style.
Anna Sui, Blumarine
Burberry, Jil Sander
Prada, Yves Saint Laurent
Prada, Yves saint Laurent
Up all the way, where legs are the main focus. Mini skirts, short dresses and hot pants were the 60′s signature. Dress them up or make your style conservative by wearing various styles or leggings or patterned socks just like the 60′s.
Anna Sui, Blumarine
Steven Alen, Yves Saint Laurent
Patterned socks and leggings this season.
Sweater dresses are a great way to escape the winter and yet look stylish. various patterns, prints and textures adds variety to the simple silhouette.
From up to down, Maxis after mini skirts were an extreme contrast but yet a rebellious fashion statement started by the early hippies. Take the maxis from summer to winter by choosing a darker palette or by adding fur jackets,scarves and coats.
Alberta Ferretti, Anna Sui
Anna Sui, Mulberry
Mulberry, Steven Alen
Steven Alen, Mulberry
The maxis and the hippie side. overall prints and loose silhouettes can take to towards the hippie direction. combine quirky and chunky accessories to the look and sturdy boots to break the feminity.
Jean Paul Gaultier, Donna Karen
Long skirts can also add to the hippie and care free attitude.
D&G, Tommy Hilfiger
Michael Kors, Steven Alen
break the simpleness of the straight shift dresses by adding baby doll dresses to your wardrobe. They are young and fun and are available in many bright colours.
Steven Alen, Prada
DKNY, Alberta Ferretti
Burberry, Anna Sui
The bootleg pants were a 60′s origination that moved to the 70′s. so experiment bootleg and wide legged trousers this season, they are available in solids as well as prints. They are easy to wear and look classic when worn with blouses and blazers.
Anna Sui, Steven Alen
Jean Paul Gaultier, Steven Alen
The optical illusionary prints in black and white was a late 60′s trend. one can improvise on this trend by combining different black and white prints together be it in jackets, fur or simply in trousers. one can go funky with this trend by adding fluo accessories and shoes.
Anna Sui, Burberry
D&G, Dries Van Noten
Les Copains, Oscar De La Renta
Trussardi, Diane Von Furstenberg
The space age trend with clean lines and minimal futuristic patterns has been inspired from 60′s, ever since the first man landed on the moon. This inspiration has been modified my designers for a more wearable look.
Inspiration from the rockers can also be a 60′s style. use of leather and rivets are the main elements of this look. For all the Rock n Roll and punk chicks this is a must follow trend.
Simon Spurr, Trussardi
Mondarin Dress by Yves Saint Laurent in 60′s was a big fashion statemnt. designers this season have revived this with the twist. lets see how.
Burberry bringing back the plastic coats. lets see this against the originals from 1960′s.
60′s Makeup Influences:
60′s was not only about the various new style inventions but also the various makeup and hair looks that came about at that time by icons like bridgett bardot, twiggy and the famous hair stylist vidal sassoon. This fall beauty inspirations also have been taken from this era.
Be it New york or london or Milan the Sixties trademark of full-on, doe-eyed Bambi lashes or bouffed beehives were seen in various shows all over the world. With simple use of mascara or false eyelashes, eyeliner and back combing one can achieve these looks.
Anna Sui, LAMB
Gucci, Jean Paul Gaultier
DKNY, Alberta Ferretti
Bottega Venetta, Gianfranco Ferre
Various celebs have also incorporated the 60′s look in their wardrobes and on the red carpet.Not only that, Emma watson even got the twiggy haircut which is quite daring.lets see a few 60′s celebs appearances.
60′s and the retail scenario
All brands around the world are taking up the 60′s trend. The new fall/winter collections along with some summer dresses scream the 60′s influence with shifts and Maxis along with long skirts and psycho prints.
River Island, Selfridges, Topshop
H & M
H & M, Zara
The Mad Men Effect
Thanks to the smash hit cable series ‘Mad Men’ 60’s fashion has enjoyed a huge resurgence in popularity. The polished, ladylike styles, which dominating the fall runway, are based on classic shapes and fabrics. Adding a bold statement pieces such as a pair of vivid platforms, shift dresses, bouffont dresses from the early sixties are a perfect way to address the era.
60′s in interiors
The KORHANI show delivered an extravagant presentation, highlighting a new spin on traditional home fashion. There was inspiration from fables like red riding hood, graphic body suits in KORHANI original prints, urban warrior and glamorous ‘60s influenced a la Mad Men pieces.
60′s is big this fall 2011 and with all this information on the styles and how to wear them, i am sure you can also follow this trend with ease and look a part of the fashionable crowd.