Winter coats: first impressions matter

Combat the cold weather with a functional—and deeply stylish—statement-making jacket.

via Winter Coats : Style & Advice General Features:

Extreme layering is hot

Extreme Layering involves the thrill of an outdoor sport or activity, such as a post-Christmas hike with family and dogs, combined with the satisfaction of enough clothing to melt an ice sculpture.

The fact that very little matches is beside the point. The object is to keep as warm as toast from the tip of your nose down to your toes. And if this means looking as if you’re wearing every piece of clothing you own, together with the entire contents of your accessory drawer, so be it.

You will even be slightly on the fringes of one of the more extreme catwalk fashion looks for this winter – The Nomad; that is if you count reactionaries such as Bernhard Willhelm, Wunderkind and Martin Margiela among your stylistic lodestars. Even the more conventional can take comfort – and a fashion cue – from the fact John Galliano, Viktor & Rolf, Vivienne Westwood and Kenzo all paid tribute to the nomad dress code in their collections.

Nomadic style is best approached with a sense of eccentricity and a carefree spirit. It is all about a mix of long skirts and longer cardigans, big knits and even bigger coats or ponchos, thick socks and ultra-long sock-boots and faux fur to cover up every extremity. Trust me, it’s hot!

via Extreme layering is hot – Telegraph.

Style Watch: 2011′s Top Trends!

No one can deny that 2010 was a seriously good year for fashion. But with a new year on the horizon, it’s the top trends of 2011 that have our full attention. If you track back to any of our Fashion Week roundups, you’ll see that there were plenty of trends to get excited about. And now, with spring right around the corner (well, almost!), we’re circling back to get you up to speed on what you need to prep your closet for. So, without further adieu, here are the best and biggest trends of 2011…and yes, we’re already on the hunt for pajama bottoms.

via Fashion Trends 2011- Best Trends in Fashion for 2011-

M.A.C. Channels Bubbly, Goes Bright, and Lashes Out with Three New Launches

Just in time for your after-Christmas shop-a-thon, M.A.C. launches three very spend-worthy collections:

Cham Pale is packed with soft, glowing neutrals to gently ease you into the new year. Standouts include the Paint Pot in four frosted shades, four smooth Lipgelees, and two shimmering Special Reserve Highlight Powders that amazingly embody crumpled paper—they’re almost too cool to use.

Make them think you’re faking it with M.A.C.’s new False Lashes mascara. The combination of a double-lush brush and a mega-mulitiplication formula that adds length, volume, and curl results in lashes that go for miles.

With the Stylishly Yours collection, the perfect statement lip or eye is in reach as M.A.C.’s pigment, cream shadow, and lipstick show up in shades of shocking red, orange, fuchsia, and purple. Remember the red eyeshadow and coral lips spotted all over the spring runways? The time is now!

via MAC New Makeup Collections – MAC Debuts Three New Collections.

Picking a hair colour for 2011

2011 is not just a new year, it’s a new decade, and new decades bring more than just slight change, they bring about an entirely new generation of thought. It’s a case of out with the old and in with the new, and such a mindset is applied to everything from society’s outlook to the aesthetic styles it embraces.

This new decade will be no different. The most dominant clothing trend of the last decade, military fashion, is finally being pushed to the back of the wardrobe. And hair colors are undergoing a major change too.

You may read that and be under the impression that 2011, and the rest of the new decade, is a period of wild hair colors. That’s not what we’re saying at all. Clothing trends may become more liberal, but it’s not the same for hair. In fact, the change leads to just one rule. It’s the rule for picking your hair color in 2011 and for many of the years to come.

via Picking a hair colour for 2011 > hair trends.

Be Curvy and Glamorous This Holidays

Full figure beauties often meet the challenge of not finding clothes the right size especially for special occasions. Winter 2010-2011 brings a different sort of glamor for the full figured women. So whether casual or elegant they can be equally fabulous.

via Be Curvy and Glamorous This Holidays | The Fashionables.

Warm and Stylish Winter Boots

It’s tough trying to remain fashionable while trekking through tumultuous winter weather. Snow, ice and rain are not stiletto friendly and can easily ruin a beautiful pair of leather heels. So what’s a girl to do? Luckily designers are coming up with plenty of fashionable options to keep your toes warm this season. A faux fur lined boot, a flat with comfort and style, and boots in knit fabrics will keep you looking stylish and protected from harsh weather this season. So check out these 6 styles below for ideas on what to add to your boot collection this season.

via Warm and Stylish Winter Boots | The Fashion Spot.

Designers Usher in a New Era of Women’s Suits

While the fashion world has been bombarded with a flirty 1950s and 60s silhouette (think of Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Dolce & Gabbana), it seems that an altogether sleeker style has shimmied its way up the fashion popularity ladder. Say hello to the suit. While minimalism was certainly making a comeback through Phoebe Philo’s Celine, Calvin Klein, and Alexander Wang, the suit hasn’t been as popular since its powerful reign in the 80s.

Today’s suits are better tailored to a woman’s silhouette than their predecessors. Cropped pants, jacket sleeves, nipped-in jacket waists, and higher armholes make the suit a piece of clothing that works just as beautifully in the workplace as it does at a cocktail party, evening dinner, or red carpet event. A suit can be broken into pants and a floaty blouse; the blazer thrown on over a dress. And worn together, it’s a look to be reckoned with.

A myriad of designers have sent spectacular versions down the runway: Stella McCartney, Alexander Wang, Celine, Givenchy and Phillip Lim, to name a few. All of these designers are delivering suits which are designed to show off a woman’s assets and embrace femininity, rather than the 80s version of masculine power-dressing. With a love for androgyny born from Coco Chanel’s wide-leg pants and sailors’ breton tops, and Yves Saint Laurent’s Le Smoking, women have returned to the suit, and this time we have a new twist on tailoring to take us into a new trouser era.

via Designers Usher in a New Era of Women’s Suits | The Fashion Spot.

Red Carpet Trend: Thigh High Slits | The Fashion Spot

It may be getting colder outside, but it hasn’t stopped celebrities from wearing thigh-high slit dresses on the red carpet. The key to this revealing trend, is to keep the rest of the look sophisticated. Several stars have been mastering the dramatic cut while promoting their latest projects.

Pristine in winter white angora, The Tourist star Angelina Jolie kept warm in Atelier Versace. That incredibly high slit, along with the plunging neckline, may have made it hard to fight off the chill, but luckily she had Brad Pitt at her side to heat things up!  Even while co-hosting the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize Concert, Golden Globe nominee Anne Hathaway rocked a significant slit. If her J. Mendel gown is any indication, audiences can expect to see a little skin when she co-hosts the upcoming Academy Awards.

Victoria Beckham wore one of her own creations at the British Fashion Awards in London. The gathered front and subtle embroidery is quite glamorous. Singer Carrie Underwood sported the slit at FOX’s 1st annual American Country Awards in Las Vegas. The former American Idol champ had everyone seeing red on that red carpet when she wore a Georges Chakra dress.

The extreme slits popped up as early as this fall. Country Strong actress Gwyneth Paltrow came to the CMA Awards in a sparkling one-shoulder, tie-dye Atelier Versace number. She repeated the thigh-high trend in a lacy Peter Dundas for Emilio Pucci gown at the film’s recent Los Angeles premiere. Selena Gomez managed to look age appropriate despite her leggy display when she hit the red carpet at the MTV Music Video Awards back in September. Her silver Reem Acra dress with fitted bodice made just enough of a statement.

via Red Carpet Trend: Thigh High Slits | The Fashion Spot.


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