Saturday, October 24, 2015

Classic Beauty

Delicate fabrics, romantic touches of lace and flowing hair…these words easily describe the Chloe collection, yet also call to mind the beauty found in the works of the Pre-Raphealite Brotherhood. 
Seeking to express the genuine and what was found in nature, the English artists banned together in the mid-1800s to reform art. Their romanticism and attention to form produced works steeped in classical imagery. 

Just like the brotherhood, the designs from the runway include unstructured silhouettes, billowing sleeves and draping. Accented by gladiator sandals, the looks are reminiscent of classical Greek or Roman tunics. 
Though steeped in the spirit of the ancient world, the collection shows how timeless classic forms can be. 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Falling for the Flower Child

The Versace couture collection is part 1970s flower child, part rocker-chic and completely glamorous beauty. Together, these elements result in a softly feminine aesthetic that is both nostalgic and modern. 

Distressed edges, peek-a-boo cutouts and platforms speak to the rocker side of the designs. The use of floral motifs and lace add touches of romance. 

The delicacy of the fabrics and use of flowers may come as a surprise for a Fall collection, but Donatella's designs prove that such beauty is always in season. 


Saturday, October 3, 2015

Fashion for a Cause

When you say the word nursery, elephants may not be the first image that comes to mind. But that's exactly what exists in Kenya's Nairobi National Park thanks to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

This nursery rescues elephants that are orphaned from poaching or conflicts with humans. In both Africa and Asia, elephants are fighting for their lives as humans hunt them for their tusks or meat. 

To help save the baby elephants and rehabilitate them for life in the wild, the Wildlife Trust has created an environment where they can heal and grow. Caretakers spend time with them and even sleep in the same room to ensure they never feel alone. 
To keep away the chill, caretakers bundle the baby elephants in blankets. 

What's amazing is that the elephants have so many human-like behaviors. They can recognize themselves in mirrors, show emotion and remember who their caretakers are. 

Just like school children, they line up and follow the leader. 

As elephants fight to stay alive, brands like J. Crew and Chantecaille are finding ways to help. Simply by buying a t-shirt or some blush you can help save an elephant. That's truly fashion for a cause!

You can also help by fostering an elephant like Sokotei in the picture below. That's a gift definitely worth adding to your birthday and Christmas wish lists. 

To learn more about the ivory trade and its effect on elephants, take a look at this amazing article from National Geographic

The Woman I Wanted to Be

Diane von Furstenberg famously said, "I didn't always know what I wanted to do, but I knew the kind of woman I wanted to be." She builds on this idea in her book, The Woman I Wanted to Be. The book offers a glimpse into her world as a princess, fashion designer and brand builder. 

This philosophy seemed to come to life in the Fall 2015 collection. The collection ranged in the style types, offering options for every setting a woman may want to explore. 

For the moments you may feel playful and flirty, there is a whimsical print. 

Or you can take over the world in your professional pinstripes. 

You can even explore the color spectrum from moody blues…

to red hot.

So even if you do't know what you want to do, you can find the clothing to dress the part, even if only for the day. 


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