LINKS A LA MODE: IFB WEEKLY ROUNDUP 7

I have been featured on the Independent Fashion Blogger’s weekly Links a la Mode, for my review of Rihanna’s fab fashions, Fashion Wearabouts at Paris Fashion Week.  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. Always a pleasure to be selected, especially for the 7th time! Congrats to all the other bloggers!

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Fashion Kaleidoscope

Style is made of so many pieces it’s hard to focus on just one element. The beauty is the collective whole of random bits and pieces from our lives makes for an abstract pattern. What? Ok, maybe that’s a bit philosophical, then again, so are a couple of the posts in this week’s roundup. From a close look at Emilio Pucci’s outrageous prints, to dissecting the underrepresentation of lesbians in the fashion world, and decoding childhood memories influence on design, there’s a lot to look at even more closely than whether or not an outfit works.

Links à la Mode: March 13

  1. Adorned in Armor: Lupita: A Cinderella Story
  2. A La Modest: Emilio Pucci: Kaleidoscope Patterns & Sci Fi Uniforms
  3. Al-Balsam Life: Fashion Fever Paris Fashion Week Edition
  4. A Tale of Two Shoes: Do we really read blogs?
  5. Attire Club: Les Sapeurs: The Dapper Men of The Congo
  6. Fashioned by Love: 5 Minutes with Natalia Vodianova
  7. Happy Pretty Sweet: A Brief History of Jeans
  8. Hunting in Heels: Mary Katranzou and the Death of the Digital Print
  9. Lara Lizard: 9 Blogger Pet Peeves
  10. Lollieshopping: 90′s Fashion I Don’t Miss
  11. Madame Ostrich: Let’s Hear if For the Girls: The Issue With Lesbian Underrepresentation In Fashion
  12. Miss Monet: Fashion Wearabouts at Paris Fashion Week
  13. Style Curated: Interviewing the Interviewer: Kinvara Balfour
  14. Style Vanity: 10 Tips to Get a Job in Fashion (No Matter Where You Live)
  15. Tangles & Chains: 3 Jewelry Wearing Mistakes to Avoid When Going on a Date
  16. The Sassy Girl: Splurge vs Steal: Spring 2014 Fashion
  17. The Style Lineup: 4 Easy Steps to Make Your Jewelry Fit
  18. Trend Survivor: Milan Fashion Week Decoded
  19. We Are Ready Made: W.A.R.M. is in the Mood for Childhood Memories
  20. Wild Beauty World: Marilyn Minter’s Subversive Beauty

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FASHION WEARABOUTS: FROM PARIH WITH LOVE

Which celebrity reigned supreme at Paris Fashion Week? None other than Rihanna of course! Just like her song suggest, she is the only girl in the world to turn PARIS into PARIH. #PARIH, the clever hashtag that lit up the world of Twitter and Instagram with photos of our beloved bad girl strutting the streets of Paris and sitting front row in some of the most coveted ensembles of the season!  

Sitting fabulously at every designer’s front row, the fashion chameleon lived up to her nickname arriving in a completely different look everyday of the week. From Balmain to Lanvin, Miss Fenty took Paris by storm, captivating every photographer with just a bat of an eyelash.

MILITARY CHIC AT BALMAIN

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Attending the Balmain show was inevitable, as she is great friends with creative director Olivier Rousteing, and is the face of their spring 2014 ad campaign. Rihanna arrived showing legs and cleavage in a military-green jacket, wrap skirt and cargo coat from the label’s Pre-Fall 2014 collection.

LADIES LOVE LANVIN

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Opting to go sans heels, Riri showcased a pair of broques. She cozied up in Lanvin’s Pre-fall 2014 gray fur wrap and a tan fedora accentuated the effortless look.

DIOR DRESS UP

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Looking more photo shoot ready than ever before, Rihanna walked the streets of Paris in a little black dress, thigh high stockings, black leather gloves, pearls, and aviators. She topped off the look with a sultry red mink coat from the label’s pre-fall collection.

GOTH FOR GAULTIER

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Channeling a modern day Cruella de Vil, Rihanna showed up to Jean Paul Gaultier’s runway showing in black lace, wide leg pants, a black and white fur shawl and black lipstick to perfect her vampy attire.

TOM BOY CHIC AT GIVENCHY

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The lover of menswear, proved just that by wearing a backward baseball cap accentuated with a stylish face net to offset the baggy blazer, pants and white sneaker combo.

TECHNICOLOR AT STELLA MCCARTNEY

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Color, color, and more color. Oh and a bold pattern thrown in too. Rihanna opted for a patterned oversized coat, green ankle boots, and bright orange sunglasses, proving that Spring is near.

CHANEL COUTURE

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Rihanna was all smiles at the supermarket show in a No-Waist dress, sneakers and fanny pack. Yes, fanny pack, all courtesy of Chanel.

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Keeping herself stylishly warm in a Prada Fall 2014 colorblock Shearling coat, thigh highs and heels, Rihanna knew the whole world would be watching and apparently waiting too. She arrived 40 minutes late to the show, giving a new meaning to the term fashionably late.

It should come as no surprise that Rihanna delivered stellar looks at this year’s #PFW. A true chameleon in every sense of the word, she embodies what fashion is all about: fearlessness and fun!

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What do you think?

LINKS A LA MODE: THE IFB WEEKLY ROUNDUP 6

This week my review of Jeremy Scott’s debut, Jeremy Scott’s Junk Food Couture, has been featured on the Independent Fashion Blogger’s weekly 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. Feels good to be selected for the 6th time, congrats to all the other bloggers!

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Wouldn’t you know it?

Did you know there (at least) SEVEN kinds of mascara? As someone who lives off of mascara, my mind was blown. Finding the perfect mascara has been a bit like the quest for El Dorado. You know, because a girl has her priorities. Did you also know that if you buy something at certain stores and it goes on sale within a few weeks, they’ll refund the difference? I had no clue!  This week with fashion month in it’s home stretch and Spring on the verge springing we have all kinds of tips and tricks for you to add to your arsenal of fashion goodness. You’ll be a total fashion braniac before you finish out the links!

Links à la Mode: February 27th

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FASHION FIND: WARBY PARKER’S EYE ON STYLE

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I think we can all breathe a sigh of relief to know that one of the coldest, snowiest winters in history will be coming to a close soon. Spring is less than 30 days away and with it comes longer days, warmer weather, and of course, spring fashion! One stylish offering that I’m referring to comes from Warby Parker. Thought of by four friends and inspired by the name of two characters written by Jack Kerouac, WARBY PARKER, “was conceived as an alternative to the overpriced and bland eyewear available today”. 

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The vintage-contemporary eyeglasses and sunglasses company offers up some SPEC-tacular frames with their Spring 2014 collection, designing 8 new shapes and 6 colors to coordinate with every different stylish vision you may have. The limited edition Palm Canyon Collection contains some of their best selling frames featured in a Palm Springs palette consisting of mesquite, acacia, ironwood and sand all inspired by Color Field painters and midcentury minimalists.

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For any frame of mind you’re in, Warby Parker delivers the goods with free shipping and free returns, plus you have the luxury of using their Home Try-On program which gives you the option to try out 5 frames for 5 days. Aside from the reasonable prices (frames start at $95), Warby Parker also gives back. For every pair of glasses you buy they give a pair to someone in need through a non-profit organization called VisionSpring, because they believe ”everyone has the right to see”.  And what could be more stylish than that!

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Make sure to check out WARBY PARKER‘s newest collection for spring, as well as, the other stylish eyewear this innovative company has to offer!

 

 

 

FASHION WEEK: JEREMY SCOTT’S JUNK FOOD COUTURE

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McDonalds, SpongeBob, and candy oh my! Milan Fashion Week was turned on its side with the debut of Jeremy Scott’s eccentric collection for Moschino. The Hershey’s inspired chocolate bar invitation should have been a clear indication as to what this show was going to offer. Fast food and fast fashion were the central point on the runway leaving attendees like Katy Perry and Rita Ora devouring for more. Scott took the iconic golden arches and famous colors of the famed fast food chain and reconfigured it to symbolize Moschino with the clever tagline “Over 20 Billion Served”.  Happy meal and supersized drink shaped handbags accessorized a few of the models ensembles, giving a taste of the cheekiness that is American pop culture.

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Model, Jourdan Dunn showcased the next set of looks paying tribute to the 90′s in a quilted jacket and low slung pant combo with Moschino briefs on full display. Logo overkill was abundant appearing on gold chains, leather hats and shorts, mini skirts and thigh high boots giving the everyday streetwalker a reason to rejoice.

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Jeremy Scott loves his cartoons, having taken inspiration from Bart Simpson and the Flintstones in his past collections. This time inspiration was taken from a lovable guy “who lives in a pineapple under the sea”. You read correctly, SpongeBob Squarepants made his grand debut on the fronts of sweater dresses, crop tops, bags and on the back of a yellow spotted fur coat.

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Moschino-Fall-2014-11Candy crush couture was the grand finale of the evening. Models strutted in the most elegant of ball gowns draped in chocolate bars, Cheetos, Cheez-its, Fruit Loops, gummi bears and Budweiser.

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This was Jeremy Scott’s debut and what a grand debut it was! Edgy, playful, vibrant, tough, sexy and sweet all of the characteristics to make for an interesting show. But even though fast food, cartoons and candy were on display it still left me with a bad taste in my mouth. The Moschino logo was thrust in my face, but the collection still screamed ‘Jeremy Scott’. Designers should be able to merge their signature traits with the label without overshadowing on the brands legacy and I don’t feel that was carried out in this collection.

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Will it sell? Absolutely! Scott is known for having a cult-like following in anything he does, look at his collaboration with Adidas. Celebrities like Rita Ora, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus will eat this up, pun intended. And I’m sure retailers like Forever 21 are already conjuring up knock-offs as I type, but that doesn’t excuse the fact that this was a MESS!

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What did you think of Jeremy Scott’s debut for Moschino? Is it a MESS or a YES?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTISTIC EXPRESSION: THE SURREALIST STYLE OF RENÉ MAGRITTE

“To be a surrealist means barring from your mind all remembrance of what you have seen, and being always on the lookout for what has never been.”

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I think at some point in our lives we have all come across a painting or an image created or inspired by Rene Magritte, it probably went unnoticed but, at one time or another your eyes were gifted with seeing the workings of the legendary Belgian painter. I accidently came across a few last year and it prompted me to conduct some research on a man that I now have much respect and understanding for.

One of his most iconic paintings, The Lovers 1928. This was my first time ever seeing the works of Magritte.

One of his most iconic paintings, The Lovers 1928. This was my first time ever seeing the works of Magritte.

Life Imitating Art? The top is the iconic painting, The Lovers, 1928. The bottom is an image from the latest video by Beyoncé aptly titled, "MINE".

Life Imitating Art? The top is the iconic painting, The Lovers, 1928. The bottom is an image from the latest video by Beyoncé aptly titled, “MINE”.

René Magritte, the mysterious man behind some of the world’s most recognized paintings and a key player in the magical world of surrealism. The earliest works of Magritte date back to 1915 and featured many influences such as Impressionistic and Futurism. It wasn’t until the late twenties after experimenting with different art techniques that he discovered surrealism was a form he very much enjoyed, unknowingly spanning generations of influence in pop culture and fashion nearly 50 years after his death.

The False Mirror, 1929. This painting inspired the CBS logo we all see today.

The False Mirror, 1929. This painting inspired the CBS logo we all see today.

Another iconic image that many designers are inspired by. Bowler hats, apples, baguettes, and pipes have been referenced in many garments by surrealist designers. The Son of Man, 1946

Another iconic image that many designers are inspired by. Bowler hats, apples, baguettes, and pipes have been referenced in many garments by surrealist designers. The Son of Man, 1946

As I have stated before, art and fashion are one; a beautiful marriage spawning designers, painters, photographers and the like, all celebrating the same thing. So it should come as no surprise, that many designers have embraced the visual imagery that is René Magritte. Fashion houses like Moschino, Comme des Garcons, and Viktor & Rolf have all referenced his imagery and now Opening Ceremony will join the ranks.

A preview of the latest collection from Opening Ceremony set to debut in May 2014.

A preview of the latest collection from Opening Ceremony set to debut in May 2014.

The latest from the popular brand features a collaboration with the Magritte Foundation. The offerings include a ready-to-wear collection for both and men and women, as well as shoe collections from Manolo Blahnik, Birkenstocks and Vans all featuring Magritte-inspired imagery. The iconic images featured are Scheherazade, The Lovers, The King’s Museum, and A Blow to the Heart. Art enthusiasts and fashionistas rejoice! This collection will definitely fly out of stores this spring, you’ll be lucky to get your hands on one!

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Scheherazade, The Lovers, The King’s Museum, and A Blow to the Heart all featured on the latest offerings for Opening Ceremony.

Are you a fan of René Magritte? Is surrealism in fashion a MESS or a YES?

WEEKLY FASHION INSPIRATION

This week’s weekly fashion inspiration comes from the runways of New York Fashion Week

with a few more pics thrown in too!

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LINKS A LA MODE: THE IFB WEEKLY ROUNDUP 5

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Cinco! I am pleased to announce that The Independent Fashion Bloggers has chosen my link, Eleanor Lambert, The Founder of Fashion Week,  for their Links A La Mode Weekly Roundup! This is the 5th time that Miss Monet has been featured! It’s always an honor to be chosen, not just for the exposure but for the interaction with other bloggers within the fashion community.

It’s been a while since I was chosen for the weekly roundup, so in case you’re wondering just what I’m talking about here’s a refresher.  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’m definitely feeling the love this Valentine’s Day! Thank you so much to IFB and congrats to the other bloggers. Make sure to check out my link, as well as, the other 19 fabulous links selected!

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Love, Life & The Latest Thing

This week NYFW hit the runways strutting everything we’ll be coveting over the next six months, but it’s also a time to think about love as Valentine’s Day closes out the week. Will you be celebrating? Some will, others will roll their eyes, but either way, it’s certainly fun to think about what we’ll be wearing.

Links à la Mode: February 13

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FASHION WEEK: ELEANOR LAMBERT- AMERICAN FASHION INNOVATOR

New York Fashion Week#NYFW… another year, another season and whichever way you say it or hashtag it, the meaning and the importance of this week will always be the same. My longing to attend fashion week prompted me to research facts on this coveted event and just how and why it originated. My findings led me to discover a very stylish and innovative woman, better known as, Eleanor Lambert.

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Eleanor founded the first fashion week, formerly known as “Press Week” in 1943. Press Week could not have come at a better time, because of World War II, fashion industry workers were unable to travel to Paris, and America wasn’t known for anything related to fashion like France was. The very first fashion week distracted from French fashion and shined a light on American fashion. Lambert wanted a chance to showcase the talents of American designers to journalists and publications that constantly ignored their work and after the first show, she got her wish. What once was overlooked became recognized and featured all within a week.

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THEN.

NOW.

NOW.

Fortunately for the fashion industry’s sake, Press Week wasn’t all that Ms. Lambert had a hand over. Her main goal was to change how the world looked at America’s style and fashion, Press Week was an excellent platform, but more needed to be done if other countries were going to take America seriously. The International Best Dressed List, the Coty Fashion Critics’ Award and the Council of Fashion Designers of America are three stylish contributions developed and organized by Ms. Lambert.

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The Empress of Seventh Avenue. The Innovator of American Fashion. However many nicknames she has been given there is no denying her magnitude in the fashion industry. A mere idea became a goal which transformed into what we now know as New York Fashion Week. A week dedicated to the talented, stylish offerings of many American designers, with hoards of journalists, bloggers, social media mavens, street style photographers and fashionistas alike, strutting the streets of New York in February and September; a far cry from the Plaza Hotel in 1943. Eleanor’s mission was clear, she proved to the world that America could be just as fashionable as any other country, and I believe her mission was accomplished.