Menswear Fall 2012: Raf Simons

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

By: Heather K. Martinez

Menswear has had minute changes year after year. Raf Simons attempted to change the shape of menswear in his fall 2012 collection. The oversized shapes, interesting styled mutli-layered looks, formal yet causal tailored shorts that can be easily worn with sneakers, and the colorful fabric choices were pretty superb. A stand out piece, for me, was the chesterfield coat in the cool vibrant blue which is a great staple for fall. Simons really took inspiration from what the younger generation is wearing today. Fashion is about reinvention and those above the knee shorts throughout  the collection reflected that, perfect for west coast weather. Simons did a great job in directing the reshape of menswear.

Source: Style.com

Menswear Fall 2012: Lanvin

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

By: Heather K. Martinez

Alber Elbaz and his designer Lucas Ossendrijver designed a fall collection dedicated to the reinvention of the suit. Elbaz wanted to create something more street yet still modern but not like what you would find your grandfather wearing. It is about being an individual and wearing this look a different way with more of an outerwear appeal to it. Throw on a pair of Nike Blazers, skinny trousers, white-collar shirt and top it off with a bow-tie and blazer and you are good to go. The puff long jackets with the down jacket inner lining are great for casual or formalwear in the fall. Elbaz and Ossendrijver did well on their interpretation of the suit.

Source: Style.com

Menswear Fall 2012: Givenchy


This slideshow requires JavaScript.

By: Heather K. Martinez

Riccardo Tisci’s fall collection continued his reinvention of the Scottish kilt and introduced his obsession of the American flag. Tisci kept his man looking modern, masculine and strong. Tailored suits, collared shirts, masculine kilts, sweaters, tailored pants was polished but very goth keeping the color scheme predominantly in black with pops of color. His star embellishment detail throughout the collection was interesting; especially on the collared shirts with the continuation of this detail on the jackets symmetrically placed over. Individuality and confidence is also something evident in the Givenchy man. There was nothing feminine about this collection.  Riccardo Tisci has done a great job in continuing with his signature style.

Source: Style.com

How to tie a scarf…

Hello Everyone! Well, I am a big fan of scarfs. Many of my close friends will agree with that statement. I have been asked many times ‘how do you tie a scarf?’ I never have an exact answer but show them how I personally do it. Here are some good tutorials by Liberty of London on some different ways to tie them. I personally find them pretty helpful, hopefuly you will too! My favorite is the bow tie, I will be trying that soon.

Until next time!

-H

Liberty of London for Nike to launch April 2nd

One of my favorite collaborations has to be Nike and Liberty of London. When I was abroad last spring they launched another on of their collections and I snagged myself a pair of Nike Blazers with Liberties ‘Kara’s Trees’ print. I went to Liberty on a Friday early one morning just after I made a quick stop at school. How amazing was it that my main campus was just a very short walk away from so many stores. A fashion students dream! haha On the other hand a nightmare when you are trying save money! But that was one of my favorite purchases I made while abroad. I am so glad to have had the opportunity to get myself a pair.

Once again Liberty and Nike have come together and are launching their Spring 2012 collection on April 2nd at 10AM. This time if I am looking to get a pair I need to try it online. And, early with the time difference. The Nike Inc. website shows the shoes that are in this years collection and the prints. Psychedelic prints this year. Last year seemed to have a bit more of a variety but none the less there are some really amazingly unique pairs. The first five shoes to release will be in the Nike Free 5.o, Air Max 1, and Cortez styles. My favorite pair are the Air Max. I love that this one seems to be more athletic use oriented. With a Liberty print how can you go wrong? I am not quite sure how this is going to work and if you can only purchase these in the UK but I don’t think they will be that exclusive BUT there are only so many they make, I ‘m sure. So don’t hesitate!

One of the other pairs that will be released in May are on trend with the wedge athletic shoe. They are Nike Dunks with the built in wedge heel for a more feminine look and non athletic use. Celebrities, I’ve seen them mainly on models, are wearing these wedge heel sneaker style at the moment. Not exactly my cup of tea but others think differently.

I’m crossing my fingers I can get my hands on a pair. Take a look at the photos Nike released of the shoes. Let me know what you think!

Until next time!

-H

Below: My Nike Spring 2011 Kara’s Trees Blazers

The Spring 2012 Nike X Liberty Collection

Fashion Fix: The Fashion Fund on Hulu

Hello Everyone!

I just wanted to share with you one of my favorite documentary fashion series that I watched on Hulu. Since I only have basic cable at my apartment I go to Hulu and network websites to watch some of my favorite shows or ones I might have missed on the channels I can watch. I think I may watch a little too much TV. Although, I am pretty sure I am not the only one!

‘The Fashion Fund’ is absolutely amazing and I think anyone interested in fashion, not necessarily interested in going into the industry but with an appreciation of fashion should watch this. I am sure already have. I came upon this one from one of the commercials that they show when watching things on Hulu. For those of you not familiar with ‘The Fashion Fund’ this is about young designers in the industry competing against each other in hopes to be winners or runner ups for aid in their businesses and mentorships by some of the most successful in the industry. There are Jewelry designers, Menswear, Womenswear designers all so very talented.

Watching each episode made me cry a little. Some people call me a crier but I just have passion and emotion that sometimes get the best of me. It doesn’t affect me but it makes me happy to see people doing things they truly love and believe in and I wish more people would do that. There would be a lot more happier people. Don’t get me wrong there are obstacles that come with that which you get to see what these amazing designers face in the way they currently run their businesses. This is not a ‘Project Runway’ type competition, this is pretty much who has the best business plan, talent and how will the money be used in their business, if won.

Incredible documentary of each of the designers journey to getting closer to the fund. Totally recommend!

Until next time!

-H

Jason Wu Sunday

Hello Everyone! Well on Sunday the Jason Wu collection was finally available online and in stores. Even though I was up late the previous night I made the extra effort to wake up early to get my hands on the pieces I wanted. I did my shopping at a Target in San Antonio near North Star Mall rather than doing my shopping online. I got there at 9 which I think I was an hour late from opening but my sizes were still available. Overall the collection was great. Although I did notice some little things. The fabric was obviously very light weight and sheer when it should not be. The blush dress with black collar and sleeve trim with stripes was the dress the only dress I bought in size XS but I also had to by a sip because you could see through it. That dress also was extra long compared to how it was shown on the model and dress form in the Target television commercial. I know I am short but I do not think it was just me that made the dress seem so long. I still loved though obviously because I still bought it! All the sizes were slightly bigger than what it seemed it should have been. I bought the heather grey tee with lace print in an XS and it still fit big and that is because I am not a twig. The length of the torso was adequate size for an average woman. I bought the black pleated skirt which I am debating wether to sell, return or keep because the length of it seems to long for my height. I am 5’1″ and too long of skirts can make me look even shorter but I am still not sure. It is a size 6 if anyone may be interested. The last piece I bought was the collared cap sleeve pleated blouse in red in a size Medium. I love the addition of red into my wardrobe everyone needs to have a hint of red, giving you a break form the loads of black you may have in your closet like I do. That could be paired with the pleated skirt and heels, a pair of nice black shorts and tights with flats, leather skirt with biker boots, or skinny jeans and ballet flats. Well, at least that is how I would wear it. Overall the quality of the clothing was great and well priced.

Well until next time!

-H