24K (Magic) Holiday Fashion

One of the holiday season’s biggest fashion trends include metallics.  An excuse to shine on like bedazzling Christmas lights without looking like an overdressed glitzy grandmama?  Sure, why not.

Glittery gold is a seasonal standout, and thanks to Bruno Mars‘ current hit, even more so that you’ll feel the “24 karat magic in the air” …

Our Company Holiday Party / 2017 Kickoff happens to have a fabulous golden theme to celebrate a momentous year of achievements… As always, the plan is to not only have the most wonderful time but also look the most ravishing at these events.  Also because I’m part of the party planning committee so I cannot be under-dressed.  Oh, like I am never properly dressed for any occasion, hahaha, thanks.

Here is an inspiration board for a holiday gold rush featuring some of my faves….

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  1. H&M Sequined Dress
  2. Tibi Éclair Sequins Cami
  3. Juicy Couture Jet Set Dangly Drop Earrings
  4. BCBG MaxAzria Chain Link Necklace
  5. Vince Camuto Phoebe T-Strap Sandals
  6. Herve Ledger Bandage Skirt
  7. Noir Jewelry Gold Crystal Ring
  8. Halston Heritage Clutch
  9. Elizabeth & James Roxy Cuff Bracelet
  10. Christian Louboutin So Kate Pumps

So what are you waiting for… Let’s set this party off right…

Honey

Kiss & Tell – A Fashion Must!

Pucker up ladies, one of Spring 2014’s biggest trend is making its mark.  It is all about the lips! Smacked on the runway from designers such as (my favorite) Diane Von Furstenberg, Alice + Olivia, Saint Laurent, and Giles- the lip prints are all over dresses, skirts, blouses, accessories, and even shoes.

Keep a look-out for this trend, as this is the time when it’s actually fashionable to kiss and tell 😉

Here are some of my current loves:::

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1.  Diane von Furstenberg “Jera” Dress

2.  Vivetta Bibi Lips Tank Top

3.  Jennifer Loiselle Lip Drop Earrings

4.  Alice + Olivia Karsyn Kiss N Tell Sweater

5.  Holly Fullton Lipstick Skirt

6.  Markus Lupfer Lips Sweater

7.  Kate Spade New York Seanna Oversized Sunglasses

8.  Marc Jacobs Lip Print Bangle

9.  Betsey Johnson Crystal Red Lips Watch

A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.

A million kisses,
Honey

Walk the Line- Stripes Fashion

Stripes—-one of the biggest trends this spring!

A classical, timeless, fun and edgy piece, stripes make another comeback this season.  Only bigger, bolder…even more colorful, and versatile.

From classic mod stripes (Michael Kors), to whimsical nautical stripes (Vivienne Westwood), Bohemian stripes (Dolce and Gabbana), chevron stripes (Jonathan Saunders), Warholian stripes (Marc Jacobs)… even elegantly-striped gowns (Oscar de la Renta)!

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Some tips on how to wear stripes:

*Choose pieces that accentuate your waist.
*Don’t let stripes overwhelm your figure.
*For petites, vertically striped pants or skirts can make you look taller when worn with a solid-colored top.
*For dresses, avoid horizontal stripes that widen your shape.
*If you have a boyish figure horizontal stripes will give the illusion of curves. This helps enhance your proportion with distortion.

*Darker colors are more slimming than lighter ones.

My darling good friend Jena will be celebrating her 28th birthday this Saturday, and this fellow fashionista’s theme is stripes! Still contemplating on what type of outfit to put together. A few ideas below:

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Any thoughts?


Honey

Back to Black?- Gaultier’s Amy Winehouse Tribute

Amy Winehouse was an undeniably talented, and deeply troubled soul. But even after her death, did all of our memories of the late English chanteuse go back to black? I say, NO, NO, NO….

The media’s focus on Amy’s unfortunate battle with substance abuse took away from a lot of people’s awareness and appreciation of not only her raw talent, but also her eclectic, yet venerable sense of style. Sure, there’s her signature beehive hairstyle and heavy cat liner…

…then again, that’s hard to miss.

Very few people took note of Amy’s retro fashion.  She mixed and matched feminine pieces, like corsets and pencil skirts, ballet flats, fitted cardigan sweaters over brassieres, to name a few.  Even on days that she looked like she just rolled off of her bed, she still managed to add a touch of eclectic “hot mess” to her style.

Jean Paul Gaultier’s Spring Couture 2012 collection, homage to the late singer, received mixed reviews from critiques.   The collection featured vamping models with gigantic beehives and colored wigs, thick eyeliner, complete with  Winehouse’ beauty mark.  Some, like the late singer, broke the rules and even smoked a cigarette on the runway (technically illegal in Paris).  The line included a lot of pencil skirts, bustier and corsets, asymmetrical necklines, oversized jackets, lace, embroideries, and sequence- all of these elements have a touch of the brazen Winehouse.

The New York Times praised Gaultier for highlighting Amy’s “chaotic essence in a marvelous show”.  The Indepent argued that the collection “hit all the wrong notes”, and Mitch Winehouse, Amy’s father felt the tribute was created “in bad taste”.

The video of the show is below.  What do you think?

Is Gaultier’s Spring 2012 collection heading to fashion rehab?

Again, I say NO, NO, NO.

Gaultier did not design the collection to glamorize Amy Winehouse during her most difficult, and controversial times in her life… Even though the collection is a bit overdone, that’s how it’s supposed to be.  It’s COUTURE, not Ready to Wear. The line was not executed with an offensive tone, but rather, Gaultier showcased the collection as a joyful tribute to the tragic singer who left this world too soon.

Love,
Honey

Alexander McQueen’s Victorian Dolls: Pre-Fall 2012

Oh how lovely. Feminine extravagance at its best.

We see a lot more Victorian inspired fashion on the runway with Alexander McQueen’s Pre-Fall 2012 Collection. Under the creative direction of Sarah Burton, McQueen’s Pre-Fall line maintains its museum-worthy couture lavishness.

A lush autumn palette with bustlingly full skirts and belted, cinched waist is the primary element in the collection. High-necklines and poplin shirts with cropped pants are incorporated, maintaining the Victorian era inspiration, with some off the shoulder peasant blouses, suggesting a Spanish influence. Fabrication includes rich velvet with intricate embroidery, floral detailing, frothy tulle and diaphanous fabrics as light as air.

Dramatic and theatrical, but still wearable.

Photos courtesy of style.com

Love,

Honey

http://www.style.com/fashionshows/review/2012PF-AMCQUEEN

Wearable Spring/Summer 2012 Trends

Living in a tropical paradise, I always looked forward to Fall Fashion trends (much more than Spring season) because they are generally styles that we can’t wear in Hawaii. Usually, spring trends are easier to put together, but they bore me. During the fall, I always love the challenge of successfully pulling off outfits that may trigger confused looks from the uncles and the “tutus” here. Thigh high boots, faux fur, leather jackets, trench coats, etc… only in the end to be complimented and admired for being fashion forward. A sharply said, (but sweet) comment “Eh, I like your outfit,” brings music to my ears.

Anywho, fashionably speaking for the first time ever, I am actually looking forward to this upcoming Spring/Summer 2012. Styles this coming season have a bold and fun, yet feminine feel and still oh-so-wearable for our weather and environment here in Hawaii Nei.

Browsing through these trends felt like I traveled through time and took a trip around the world all at once, with inspirations coming from so many different things, places, people and ideas.

Emerging trends on the runways include flapper inspired fashion, focusing on drop waist silhouettes and sequins from designers such as Gucci and Marc Jacobs; athletic influences with sophisticated cuts from the collections of Narciso Rodriguez, Alexander Wang, and Victoria Beckham; 1950s & 1960s ladylike fashion continue to grace the runways but with more intricate details such as lace from Dolce and Gabbana, Valentino and Nina Ricci. Interestingly enough, bird prints are also popular this season from Carolina Hererra, Kenzo and Jill Stuart.

Here are some of my personal favorites in addition to the trends listed above— styles that I know for sure I will be trying in the next few months.

PASTEL SEPARATES- sorbet color palette in various ensembles

NEON & GEOMETRIC- brighter, bolder hues and geometrical shapes

PEPLUMS- sassy and classy, this 1980’s style is back

TRANSLUCENT WHITES- a warm-weather staple, with a more structured silhouette

SUMMER SUIT- blazer jackets dressed  and dressed down with city shorts

OUT OF AFRICA- tribal prints and stripes

TANGERINE- one of the primary colors of the season.

FLOWER POWER- April showers bring May flowers 😉

DIGITAL AGE- The use of digital photographs on garments

What’s your favorite so far?

Love,

Honey