Fashion

My Style Icon: Zayn Malik

To me, Zayn Malik from One Direction has one of best sense of style out there. He’s not afraid to take risks, and likes to pair different kinds of trends together, to form a masterpiece. He, along with One Direction’s stylist Caroline Watson (pictured below), collaborate to create looks that get widespread attention. Last year, GQ.co.uk readers named Zayn the Best Dressed Man of the Year. He is also nominated again this year for the same award.

Zayn uses a variety of shops and brands to formulate his looks. He is not a label junkie; if it looks good he’ll wear it. From ASOS to Alexander McQueen, from the streets of London to the Red Carpet, Zayn always manages to look put together.

I always find myself trying to emulate his style. His street style always has a bad boy, urban, hipster feel to it (but he’s far from the “bad boy” persona the media gives him). It always looks effortless. Below are some of my favorite street style looks. Believe, there are more looks that I love, but I don’t want to bore you with pictures of Zayn, when you can just go on Tumblr and find other majestic pictures of him.


His style does a complete 180 when he is a Red Carpet worthy events, as he still keeps his street style look, but with a more formal, refined edge.

As of late, I find myself trying to steal some of his looks. And unlike some of his band mates and their designer pieces (*cough*Harry Styles and Saint Laruent*cough*), Zayn Malik keeps it real with affordable pieces. With great resources, such as the helpful blog dresslike-1d.tumblr.com, you can see that Zayn gathers his pieces from stores such as ASOS and Urban Outfitters, in addition to some designer pieces.

Not only is Zayn Malik a style icon, he is an ambassador to The British Asian Trust. The British Asian Trust reaches out to the poorest people in South Asia. They unite the community to address the most urgent problems–the very roots of poverty–facing disadvantaged communities today. The Trust is managing donations to The Pakistan Recovery Fund to rebuild lives following the floods. And in honor of Zayn’s 22nd birthday on January 12th, with the help of 1D Fans Give, fans of One Direction are trying to raise $10,000 for the Trust. AS of December 30th, the fandom has raised $7,204.94. Donations can be made on the Just Giving website here! Donate in honor of Zayn’s birthday!

Who’s your style icon? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time.

-R.N.

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NYFW S/S 2015 Favorites

Fashion month is now over! From New York to Paris, fashion experts from all over the world had been traveling non-stop to see the Spring/Summer 2015 Collections that designers have worked immensely hard on for the past few months.

Today I’ll be reviewing my favorite collections that were shown in New York, and next I’ll be reviewing the collections from London Fashion Week.

Donna Karan
Donna Karan’s S/S 2015 Collection was inspired by the urban jungle of the city, with graffitied inspired prints. “Time to show your colors and paint the town with urban chic,” which were the words that echoed from the showcard to the collection itself. I loved the silhouette of the dresses; they had elements of both hard and soft. The silk chiffon gave the dresses a feminine edge, while the leather and the graffiti print gave a masculine feel to the garment. You can just imagine a New York City girl walking through the streets of the city, complementing the graffiti walls with the beautiful gowns blowing in the wind.

Diesel Black Gold
Instead of going through the typical Spring Collection route, with pastel colors and flower prints, designer Andreas Melbostad decided to go through the 1980s feel, with leather and studs. Saint Laurent designer Hedi Slimane also used the 80s rock and roll influence in his past collections. The collection has sex appeal, that is much needed in the spring. I really liked the cutouts in the studded tops that Melbostad created.

Ohne Titel
“Our girl is the cool surfer girl,” said Alexa Adams and Flora Gill about their Spring/Summer 2015 Collection. The collection had an interesting build to it, such as the opening look with the draped material across the front the mini-dress. As with Diesel Black Gold, Ohne Titel played with leather with body-con silhouettes with an interesting take on the knee high gladiator sandal. Overall I liked how different this collection was; the shape and the construction of the collection was en pointe!

Prabal Gurung
For his Spring/Summer 2015 Collection, Prabal Gurung continued his travels to the Himalayas during the springtime. The colors of the collection reflect of the Himalayas during sunset. From the whites of the mountains, to the cool tones of the sky, and then the collection fades to black. I’ve always how Gurung constructed his pieces, in an asymmetrical way. It’s still “traditional” enough that you can wear it directly off the runway, but it’s also different in a way that you’ll stand out in the best way possible.

BCBG Max Azria
Love is always in the air during springtime. What’s more romantic than wearing a beautiful chiffon gown, blowing through the wind. BCBG Max Azria designer, Lubov Azria by the muted patterns and sun-bleached pastel hues that are created during a process of over-dying rugs known as Color Reform. The simplicity of the collection was very refreshing, and bohemian inspired.

Anna Sui
Speaking of a bohemian influence, the Anna Sui Spring/Summer 2015 Collection was bohemian overload! And I loved every single thing about it. Sui was inspired by the free-love, hippie era of London during the 1960s. She did an enormous amount of research in regards to the styling of the era. From Mick Jagger’s brother Chris hand-painted for John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix, to vintage Sanderson linens. Sui also knew how to style the collection in a manner that stayed true to the era, but with fresh twist. It is a fun, quirky collection that is wearable for day-to-day wear.

Ralph Lauren
If you needed to look high class while on a safari adventure, then look no further because this season’s Ralph Lauren Collection has everything you need. From fitted cargo shorts to bright neon blouses, going on an adventure has never looked so glamorous! I really liked the fit and the style of the pieces; a classic feminine approach. Towards the end of the show, models donned chiffon gowns and beautiful jewels, that would make any adventurer look glamorous in the hot sun.

Alexander Wang
Always wanted to look athletic while still looking good? Then sports luxe is the way to go! Alexander Wang’s Spring/Summer 2015 Collection is embodied the look of active wear in a sexy, everyday wearable manner. Wang was inspired by the silhouette and the feel of a sneaker, which could have been very gimmicky with the leather accents and pieces. However Wang managed to make the collection look put together; the colors are amazing and everything looks clean and polished.

Diane von Furstenberg
Any Diane von Furstenberg piece should be a staple in every women’s wardrobe. There is no reason why you shouldn’t already have the famous DVF wrap dress. You can wear it with anytime for any occasion; it’s the most versatile item in your closet besides the basics you should already have. Von Furstenberg was inspired by Brigitte Bardot in Côte d’Azur. The collection was very fresh and very DVF.

Versus Versace
The Versus Versace collection was designed by the newest collaborative designer, Anthony Vaccarello. The collection really reminded me of Versace when Gianni Versace was the main designer before his untimely death. The dresses with the large slits, held together with safety pins especially reminded me of Versace back in the 1990s. I loved everything about this collection! It was dangerous, fun, and nostalgic. And it was also very Versace, with the sexy cut-outs and slits that every Versace women would wear.

Well that’s it for the city that never sleeps. Next week we’ll take a trip across the pond to the rising fashion city that is London! Stay tuned!

-R.N

Paris Haute Couture Fall 2014: Day 1 and 2

Haute Couture Week is one of my favorite weeks in fashion! It lets the designers be super creative, pushes boundaries, and allows us to peek into their fantasy world. If you want to know about the haute couture world, watch the film below titled The Secret World of Haute Couture. It gives you an inside look on who buys haute couture, the processes in making the pieces, and the vast history of the industry.

Atelier Versace
Haute Couture Week kicked off with Atelier Versace. For the Fall 2014 Haute Couture Collection, Donatella Versace was inspired by the couture of the 1950s. The collection did have some elements of the 1950s, however the collection was a Versace/rock ‘n’ roll take of the classical 1950s couture. The Atelier Versace Collection was more sexy than the 1950s, with sexy cutouts and high leg slits. The collection also gave me a slight bondage, 80s fell to it as well. The buckle straps and metal embellishments gave me that feel. This collection may not for everyone, as it is a more sexy couture collection compared to the classical couture collections of the past. However, I can still see how much work and effort went into this couture collection, unlike some other haute couture shows. But we’ll get to that later.




On Aura Tout Vu
The On Aura Tout Vu Fall 2014 Couture Collection was a visual masterpiece! The collection took you on a fantasy world journey with beautifully embroidered pieces, as well as soft and feminine hand painted fabrics that created a sense of wonder. Beautiful Swarovski pieces were also in the collection, in the form of spiked shoulder pieces, which created a villan-esque type of character. An ice queen. This collection is the definition of couture, as it brings in the drama but still manages to be a wonderful wearable art piece.




Christian Dior
Oh Dior. I had such high expectations for you. But alas, you have failed me with this “haute couture” collection. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a very nice collection. Very nice for ready-to-wear. But not haute couture. When I think of haute couture, I think of extravagance, elegance, and fantasy. This collection did not evoke any type of emotion for me. I’m sure the artisans who work in the atelier at Dior worked very hard on this collection, but the direction and style of this collection was not up to my standards (the standards of a college student sitting at home may I add). I understand it is going to be hard for Raf Simons to step into the shoes that both John Galliano and Dior himself left, but I believe he needs to step up his game. I am no proclaimed fashion expert, but Raf Simons needs to incorporate his minimalist approach to clothing, with some of the classic Dior Theatrics and designs.




So now that the first couple of days of Haute Couture Week have finished, what are everyone’s thoughts on the collections so far? Do you love them? Do you hate them? Which designers were a let down and which ones surprised you? Let me know in the comments down below. Let’s see what the other designers bring with their collections later this week!

-R.N.

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Paris Menswear SS15: Day 5 Favorites

The final day of Paris. The last day of the Menswear Collections. The Menswear journey has come to an end. It was an interesting one, to say the least. Throughout the collections we traveled through time and to different continents. The last day of Paris was pretty interesting, but I only really loved one collection, and that was the Lanvin collection, so there will only be one review today.

Lanvin
Nowadays, men are always on the go. From work, to the bar, to the gym, and to the club. There’s no stopping the 21st century gentleman. With the on-the-go mindset,  designers Lucas Ossendrijver and Albert Elbaz created the Spring/Summer 2015 with this in mind. Instead of creating the traditional formal suit, they created something that created a suit that could be worn at any occasion, but still seemed luxurious. “You know men don’t change every season, we are stubborn,” said Ossendrijver after the show. “What changes in life is the way we live.” This is shown throughout the collection, as the styles have not changed, but rather they have been updated. Any piece of the collection would be great to have in your closet as an anytime staple, whether you’re going to work or to the bars.




Now that we are done with menswear for the season, next week we’ll move on the Couture Week! I can’t wait to see what all the designers have come up with using their creativity! What are your final thoughts on the menswear for the Spring/Summer 2015 season? Which designer are you most looking forward to seeing next week for haute couture? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time.

-R.N.

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Paris Menswear SS15: Day 4 Favorites

Paris Menswear is almost over! But we will stay in Paris, as we go from menswear to the haute couture in a matter of days. So let us savor these last few days of Menswear…before the hellish race to finish the couture garments, which will be finished probably 2 minutes before it hits the runway. Let’s be real here.

Sacai
Layers upon layers upon layers. Those are the words that describe the Spring/Summer 2015 Sacai Collection. A plethora of coats paired with cargo shorts took over the runway, as well as the off-centered belts that completed some of the looks. Chitose Abe, designer for Sacai, also played with cameo print by enlarging the print so that it had a more geometric tone, and adding some color to make it pop. Sacai parka and coats are great to wear during those chilly summer nights at the beach.




Dior Homme
For this season, Kris Van Assche designed the Spring/Summer 2015 Menswear Collection with three distinct themes: the first was Classic Dior, the second was straightforward fashion, and the third was more edgy than the rest. Some of the items that were edgy had hand written musings, written by Christian Dior himself, printed on some of the items. Quotes such as “Traditions have to be maintained,” and “In troubled times like ours, we must maintain these traditions, which are our luxury and the flower of our civilization,” were some of the musings printed on pants and tops. This was a great collection, as it balanced fun with the classics.




Marc by Marc Jacobs
A mix between California cool and the landscapes of Mars influenced the Spring/Summer 2015 Marc by Marc Jacobs Collection. It was an interesting pairing with tribal patters that you would see at summer festivals, and the landscape of Mars also on the same outfit. It was a fun, summery collection that any young individual would love to wear on a hot summer day.




A.P.C.
“This house is not the house of ‘normcore,’ and I am done with minimalism,” said Jean Touitou while introducing his Spring/Summer 2015 Menswear Collection. The collection was slightly inspired by the nineties, with the fit and simplicity of the collection. The A.P.C. Spring/Summer 2015 Collection is a great one, in that it is simple, but still manages to shine on its own.




Miharayasuhiro
Memories never fade. That is what designer Mihara Yasuhiro wanted to convey this in his Spring/Summer 2015 Collection. The theme of “Fragment” came about when close friend and stylist, Bryan McMahon, who worked with Mihara died earlier this year. “I come from the country of the kimono and the original street style,” he said. “Bryan brought classic tailoring and elegance to the brand.” This collection was the final farewell to his longtime friend. Mihara combined different patterns together, as well as combined different pieces of denim together to convey the memory theme; as the past and present are fused together to make the future.




Hermès
For the Spring/Summer 2015 Menswear Collection, designer Véronique Nichanian had this sonnet to say about the collection:

A manifesto of prints.
Solar, cavalier charm.
Supple elegance.

The collection had a variety of prints, from florals to different graphics, that paired well with the different solid colored items in the collection. From cream suits to the bright orange sweaters, the collection had a cohesive vision, which is why Hermès is one of the top designers of the luxury stores.




Whoo! Those were more designers than usual. But we got through them! Let me know which collections you liked on Day 4, whether they’re on my list or not. Tomorrow will be the last day of the Menswear Collections until, forever!

-R.N.

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Paris Menswear SS15: Day 3 Favorites

Now that we have settled in Paris by stuffing our faces with macaroons, we can continue our journey through the wonders of the Paris Mens Collections! I would do every single show, but some shows aren’t my thing and I’d just immediately “boot” it instead of “toot” it (bonus points if you know where Boot/Toot is from! Hint: Raja and Raven)! Now let’s get started!

Cerruti 1881 Paris
The cross between sportswear and menswear has not slowed down. Aldo Maria Camillo, stated that he blended the balance between sportswear and suiting in the Spring/Summer 2015 Collection. The cross between the two was evident, as pants were made to look like joggers, using fabrics for suits. He also played with the big silhouettes for the overcoats.




Givenchy
For the Spring/Summer 2015 Collection, designer Riccardo Tisci went with the monochrome urban wear this season. He also added both printed and embroidered flowers to the collection, which added a nice feminine touch to the collection. On the catwalk, there were also special appearances made by models Adriana Lima, Candice Swanepoel, Irina Shayk and Isabeli Fontana. I really liked this collection, as it was a really simple idea, but still executed very beautifully, especially the embroidered looks.





Berluti
If you are looking for a spring wardrobe that has the traveler in mind, you do not have to worry this season. From Tod’s to Burberry, and now Berluti, the Men’s Collections have got you covered! Ease of movement played a big role in this collection designed by Alessandro Sartori. The collection also had a lot of vibrant colors, which will allow you to stand out in the crowd when traveling from city to city. The collection just oozed luxury, and is for the confident man on-the-go.




Now that Day 2 is done, we can now move onto Day 3. I gotta hand it to these models, from early morning fittings and casting calls, they are doing something that I could ever do: wake up early. Now tomorrow we have a bunch of designers to go through since Day 3 was apparently the day where all the good designers wanted to showcase their collections, which means more work for me! Yay!

-R.N.

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Paris Menswear SS15: Day 1 and 2 Favorites

We have now arrived in Paris! The city of love, art, and of course, fashion. Paris has an abundance of designers to showcase during fashion week, so it’s really hard to pick my favorites. But alas, it must be done.

Valentino
For their Spring/Summer 2015 Collection, Valentino decided to also go with the trend of combing sportswear with the everyday menswear. They also added pajama-like silhouettes to the pants of the collection, along with boxy tops and large cut sweaters. To make the collection more refined, designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli added embroidery to some of the pieces to give it a more high-class feel.




Viktor & Rolf
Viktor & Rolf also played around with a balance between sportswear and formal wear for their Spring/Summer 2015 Collection. Roomy shirts paired with tailored pants gave the collection a relaxed feel. Materials such as mesh and cotton gave the collection a sportswear feel, while the tailored cuts gave it a formal feel. Viktor & Rolf also played with color-blocking, as well as using geometric shapes.




Louis Vuitton
Designer Kim Jones wanted to combine regal elegance of Rajasthan in northern India with the structure of military design for the Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2015 Collection. The bright colors represented the wonders of India, while the structure in the clothing pay homage to the on-the-go military man. Jones designed this collection with the mind of a traveler, and how functional the collection would be to travelers, as well as how travelers would want to look.




Balmain
Athletic fashion pieces have just taken over Men’s Collection! And Balmain was no exception. Olivier Rousteing, who showed the his collection in an appointment-only show, had designed the collection thinking of the athlete off the field. The collection was strong in color and in silhouette, with tailored pants and loud bomber jackets. I loved every piece of this collection, and I am excited to see who wears the pieces, as I would wear a lot of the pieces in this collection.




Dries Van Noten
“It was time for something completely different. I wanted a sensual man.” That is what Dries Van Noten said on his Spring/Summer 2015 Menswear Collection. Van Noten was inspired by male dancers, and that was reflected in his collection from the bare-chested models wearing unitards/knit waistbands, to down to the dancer-like shoes. The collection had a relaxed, rock-and-roll attitude to it. With large scoop-necks and blousy shirts, it gave an effortless feel and flow to the collection.




What does everyone think of the Paris Collections so far? Let me know in the comments below. In the upcoming days I’ll be reviewing more of the Paris Spring/Summer 2015 Menswear Collections! So stay tuned for those! Laters!

-R.N.

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Milan Menswear SS15: Day 4 Favorites

The last day of Milan had finally arrived! And it sure did go out with a bang! From updated classics to loud colors and patterns, this last day had something for everyone!

Giorgio Armani
As Armani’s 80th birthday arrives next month, he wanted to create a collection that reflected his years at Armani, and titled the Spring/Summer 2015 Collection “Armani Echoes”. He updated the style of his past collections with new styles of shirts, sweaters, and pants, as well as using prints such as gingham, checks, and polka dots. Armani stated, “Today I presented what clients have been asking us for: soft jackets for men that highlight their bodies and dress themselves with personality”.




Dsquared2
Dean and Dan Caten traveled back in time to the 1980s for their collection inspiration. Throughout their collection, they were inspired by the artists that dominated the 80s Art Pop scene such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jasper Johns. The runway was filled with colorful patterns and beefcakes (a Dsquared2 favorite).




Roberto Cavalli
We’ve been traveling all over the place these past few days! From world-travelers to time-travelers we’ve done it all. Our last stop on this time-travel journey is at Roberto Cavalli. Cavalli was inspired by 1980s, à la Miami Vice. The collection has that Cavalli spin with the use of graphic floral prints and snake-skin designs. So if you’re ever feeling a little out there on a Friday night, wearing this collection would be the way to go!




Well, it sure has been a whirlwind of fashions in Milan! Our last stop of the Menswear Spring/Summer 2015 Collections will be in Paris, the city of love and Parisian style! Until then!

-R.N.

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Milan Menswear SS15: Day 2 and 3 Favorites

The saga continues of the Milan Menswear Spring/Summer 2015 Collections! Home of Fendi, Gucci, Prada and many more, Milan always has a lot to offer. Slim cuts and great colors conquer the runways of Milan. Of course with there will be hits and there will be those that completely fall off the map. But let’s focus on the positives shall we?

Tod’s
The theme of world-class travelers has been popping up with different designers these past few shows. Tod’s Spring/Summer 2015 was the embodiment of the stylish traveler, with a sophisticated balance between business and play. Stylish loafers paired with classy suits gave the collection a laid-back vibe, with neutral hues beige, blacks, and blues. Great to wear on the plane heading to Cannes, or casually shopping on Rodeo Drive, this collection will make you look and feel like a million bucks.




Prada
“Anytime I do a men’s show, I’m thinking this would be fantastic for women—or at least for me. And more and more, it feels instinctively right to translate the same idea for both genders,” said Miuccia Prada. Miuccia Prada wanted to create a menswear collection that also complemented women. The collection also had a slight 60s vibe to it, with the fit, the styles, and the sweaters. I really liked the difference in color of some of the topstitching on some of the jackets; it made it different and made the jackets really pop.




Diesel Black Gold
The Diesel Black Gold Spring/Summer 2015 Collection had a rocker vibe to it. From the leather jackets to the slim cut pants, the collection was very well designed and flattered the male body. I really loved all the blazers and jackets in the collection. They were very versatile in a way that you could wear them as a stand-alone piece, or you could mix and match the jackets with different outfits, and it wouldn’t stand out in a bad way. I could really see myself in some of the pieces from this collection.




Gucci
A lot of the Men’s Collections this season had the influence of rock-and-roll and the 60s in their collections. Gucci also implemented this trend into their Spring/Summer 2015 Collection. But what set Gucci apart from some of the other designers, was that they also added some military influence into the collection. You could see this the double-breasted blazers and jackets. And some of the bright reds and blues made some of the clothing pop.




Fendi
If Fendi designed your school uniforms, I think this is what they would look like. The Spring/Summer 2015 Fendi Collection had collegiate vibe to it. From the headphones that the models had on and bags they carried, to the letterman jackets and tailored blazers, this collection just screams fashionable school student. If guys from my high school and college dressed like this, the world would be a better place.




What does everyone think of the Milan Collections so far? Let me know in the comments below. Tomorrow I’ll be reviewing collections shown from Dsquared2, Giorgio Armani, and Roberto Cavalli. Then it’s off to the last set of shows in Paris. Be on the look out for my thoughts for those this week and next! Laters!

-R.N.

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Milan Menswear SS15: Day 1 Favorites

Milan Menswear Spring/Summer 2015 Collections started on Saturday! I’ll be reviewing my favorite collections for each day in Milan.

Neil Barrett
One of the collections that I really enjoyed was Neil Barrett’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection. It was modern, clean and simple. These are the qualities that I love in some types of clothing. Neil Barrett wanted to challenge himself with this collection by “Taking an idea and developing it in a tight palette”. Barrett definitely succeeded in doing this. Throughout the collection, he explored different ways on how to make each piece in the collection fresh and new.





John Varvatos
The Spring/Summer 2015 Collection that John Varvatos came up with was very interesting. All of the pieces had slim cuts, and I got a vibe that it looked like it was influenced by late 19th century mens fashion, a little bit of the 1970s mixed into it, with an added rocker vibe to it. I really liked the usage of using layers for light fabrics, and also the use of different textured fabric in the collection. This collection may not be for everyone, but for me it’s a great one!




Versace
Of course we cannot forget about Versace. When anybody says anything about Italian fashion, they immediately think of the very sexy Versace. And this collection is no different from the other Versace collections. For the Spring/Summer 2015 season Donatella Versace was influenced Cuban culture, as she has visited Cuba many times in the past. Bright colors dominated the collection, as well as cut-out shirts and pants, graphic jackets, and skimpy swimwear. The collection seemed very easy going and fresh, just like Cuban nights. Of course if I ever wanted to wear anything from Versace, I would have to workout a lot more. But if I were to have the body the models had, you bet that I would wear some Versace pieces.




What did everyone else think of Milan Menswear so far? What were your favorites? Let me know in the comments below! Laters y’all!

-R.N.

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