A random selection of stylish photos that have inspired me in some way.
I love a good magazine cover, I love it even more when there’s a model on the cover! But this isn’t just any model, this is Joan Smalls, the front runner in the newest crop of supermodels. In a sea of celebrity covered fashion magazines, Elle decided to step out of its comfort zone and revert to the ways of fashion covers past.
Interview Magazine featured 7 of the industry’s supermodels, such as, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, and Christy Turlington to cover their coveted Model Issue for September 2013. I was very excited to finally see some of my favorite women doing what they do best, it gave me a chance to finally feature a Model Moment segment with actually models. Check it out here. And now I get to feature another model with Elle’s latest cover.
Earlier in the year I dedicated a Spotlight segment to Joan Smalls’ beauty, flourishing career and perseverance to make it to the top of the fashion industry, here. So it’s refreshing to see Elle magazine finally get with it and give the girl her props!
I am very pleased to see Ms. Smalls covering a publication in the states. The Puerto Rican beauty has many mag covers to her name but sadly, none of them are American, heres hoping for many more!
Photo Credit: Michael Thompson
Last week’s style inspiration shed light on lace and the ladies who do it. This week we’ll touch on a favorite in fashion, embellishments. Defined as a “decorative detail or feature added to something to make it more attractive”, embellishments play a major role in the fashion world. Chances are you have seen your fair share of an embellished garment and more than likely, have a few pieces hanging in your closet. From embroidered to lace, fringed to beaded, embellishments have been and will always be in style.
Many fashion houses have embraced embellishments season after season, Balmain being one of them. Christophe Decarnin revived the legendary house with his rock star chic collection of beaded jackets and sequined dresses, and current creative director, Olivier Rousteing is successfully carrying the bejeweled torch.
From shine to seduction, sequins to fur, it’s impossible to get away from embellished clothing and even more impossible to say you don’t like it. The Autumn/Winter 2013 collections of many designers was a major indication that this is a huge trend for the holidays.
Bring on the bling, bling in jeweled clusters and gems, or shine bright in sequins and beading. Bedazzled blouses, dresses, pants, skirts, socks, and tights will reign for years and years to come.
Embellished Opulence… Embellished Elegance.
How will you wear it?
This has certainly been a week of accomplishments! First, it was being featured as one of The Best Detroit Fashion Blogs for CBS Detroit and now, a new milestone, my first feature on the Independent Fashion Bloggers weekly roundup Links a la Mode! Links a al mode consists of 20 links submitted by bloggers to help drive traffic to their sites. Every Thursday the roundup gets posted giving anyone who submitted beforehand a chance to have their link selected and viewed by everyone in the IFB network. I am very pleased and grateful for being selected this week! Thank you so much to IFB and make sure to check out my link, as well as, the other 19 incredible links selected! Enjoy!
It’s somehow sad that Thanksgiving always gets the shaft for the holidays. Not as much fun as Halloween, not as much religious/global/ gifting/commercial opportunity as Christmas/Hanukkah/etc… But alas, we’re all caught up in the holidays in the blogosphere. Between the gifts, the celebrations, the reflection of the year that’s about to end, there’s so much ground to cover! This week, we have a delightful round of holiday inspired posts to get you thinking about the rest of the year. Believe it or not… we don’t have that much time left.
Traditional yet modern. Demure yet sexy. Soft and very feminine. It’s easy to see why lace is such a timeless classic in fashion. The definition of historic elegance, lace made a fashionable impact dating back to the late 15th and 16th centuries. Often worn on the royal and wealthy, lace was viewed as a sign of prestige.
Today’s lace is worn and seen on women from many different backgrounds, as well as, featured on the runways of many designers, such as Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall 2013 collection. Always the master magician, lace gives the illusion of bare skin while still keeping it covered up.
Ultra classy. Ultra lux. Ultra LACE.
Ladies this is instant sex appeal to spice up any holiday wardrobe.
How will you wear it?
Looks like I have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. I am pleased to announce that MISS MONÉT was featured on CBS Detroit’s feature of the Best Detroit Fashion Blogs! Best Detroit Fashion Blogs « CBS Detroit.
I blog because I love it, just to be able operate this site and share my love of fashion is enough for me, but to get featured as one of the best is an incredible accomplishment.
This has been such a surprising year for Miss Monét as you know, I’ve recently celebrated my 1 year blog-aversary, gotten my first ad, transitioned to a self hosted site and now a feature on CBS Detroit. Grateful doesn’t even describe how I’m feeling. A good friend once told me to blog, she said that was my voice and that is how readers will become familiar with you. And she was right! I want to thank all of you for your continuous support and CBS Detroit for the feature.
Be sure to check out CBS Detroit’s Best Detroit Fashion Blogs feature on Miss Monét and the 5 other fabulous blogs mentioned!
What do Edward VIII, President Ronald Reagan, and Pee-Wee Herman have in common? I’m sure you’re wondering what I’m talking about and just where in the world am I going with this, but the question still remains. It’s kind of an odd threesome don’t ya think? But, these three men actually have more in common than you’d expect.
Flipping through this year’s September issues you’ll notice designers have one thing in common, they’re mad about plaid! Plaid showed up on the men’s runways of Gucci, Tom Ford, Tommy Hilfiger, and Valentino, to name a few, giving a stylish look to an otherwise simple suit. This season’s prints of choice defines vintage elegance, while giving off a traditional, effortless appeal. There are many different kinds of plaid, but for this edition of Fashion Turn On, I want to focus on the most popular plaids of the season: glen, windowpane, and gun check.
Glen Plaid. Glen plaid made its debut in the 19th century derived from the valley of Glen Urquhart in Scotland. It is often referred to as Prince of Wales check named after Edward VIII, who became infatuated with how great the fabric looked on his suits. Glen plaid, not only made an impact in the 19th century, but also made a splash on the bodies of President Ronald Reagan, Sean Connery, and even Pee Wee Herman. This timeless fabric is a woven twill design of small and large checks, often made with muted colors. Glen plaid is the chameleon of fabrics, being able to transcend men on a grander scale of elegance, while still blending in with other plaids of modern day.
Windowpane. An old time favorite amongst your grandfather, this print has come back in style in a big way this season. Windowpane plaid appeared on the Fall 2013 runway of DSquared2 proving that this stylish patterned print can withstand the test of time. Windowpane plaid is defined with fine outlines in an even check contrasting with a solid ground, resembling a windowpane. This type of fabric is a classic in menswear often seen on suits and trousers.
Gun Check. The first time I took notice of this fabric was on the blazer of Mr. Feeny, the beloved teacher/mentor on Boy Meets World. Gun check is woven in three patterns in an even color and became the go-to for printed patterns in 1870 when it was adopted by sports shooting clubs. Today, it is resurrected on the jackets of Marc Jacobs, Hugo Boss and Prada.
Plaid yesterday, today, and tomorrow. From glen to gun, it’s easy to see why plaid is such a sought after fabric this season. Today’s trends relish in the timelessness that plaid provides, making the suit more modern in an ultra slim fit, like the offerings provided by Tom Ford for Fall 2013. Wear them together or separate, with solids or other patterns, either way plaid proves to be the strongest of fabrics, spanning centuries of versatility and elegance. It’s a distinctive style that can transform any man into a dapper gentleman.
Are you as intrigued with plaid as I am? Is this timeless trend a MESS or a YES?
I very rarely talk about myself on my blog. I mean sure you know I love fashion and style, but what else do you know about me? Recently, I read an article on the Independent Fashion Bloggers website, about revealing yourself through your blog and what borders between “personal” and “private”. While, I will never fully put my entire life on display, I will however share a few things from time to time. After a year of blogging, I feel the timing is right to share certain parts of who I am with all of you, one of them being my goal of becoming a fashion stylist. By sharing my experiences, the ups and downs, the research, and motivation it takes to achieving what I want, it opens the door for conversation amongst us all, as we are all pursuing a dream.
Last Thursday, October 3, I had the opportunity of attending the first ever fashion conference in Detroit. Fashion Speak 2013 was a one day educational experience featuring six experts in six different fields of fashion. Each fashion professional conducted a 50 minute workshop leaving the floor open to questions afterwards. The experts all came from a diverse professional background, ranging from, fashion design, social media, wardrobe styling, business building, branding and public relations. Professionals included business building expert April Boyle, branding expert Mark Zapico, Hollywood wardrobe stylist Chelsea von Mach, social media aficionado Michael Melfi, fashion public relations maven Aferdita Rakipi and fashion designer and Project Runway alum Daniel Vosovic.
I’ll be honest, the only reason why I attended this event was for wardrobe stylist, Chelsea von Mach, I really didn’t feel like there was a need for me to stay for anyone else. I’m so glad I was wrong! This experience is one that I will hold onto for a very long time. I learned so much in just seven hours and my passion for the fashion industry grew even more. Watching Chelsea describe her career and how she made it only fueled my drive, plus the fact that she is from Michigan, proves that I can do it too. Fashion designer and Michigan native, Daniel Vosovic is a true testament of hard work paying off. He gives people a reason to care about his designs; he’s constantly putting his everything in his work, and never wavers in what he believes in. That was the advice he gave the attendees and that is the advice I will carry with me throughout my journey.
The journey to my dream began on October 3, the day I was a part of Fashion Speak 2013. I am forever changed because of this event and cannot wait to use all the advice that was given. Thank you to all the experts, sponsors, Detroit Garment Group Guild and Taubman.