Celebrity Looks of the Week: AMAs

by Elena Hart

Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift
Not only did this girl open the awards with a CRAZY (literally) performance of her new single “Blank Space” and win the Dick Clark award but she wore this perfect Michael Kors dress for her special night. This shade of green was made for the 1989 singer, and, the nude mesh gave her the classy coverage she always incorporates while showing just the right amount of skin. Accept it, she’s forever likable.

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Selena Gomez
This ex-Disney star broke our hearts with her teary-eyed performance of “The Heart Wants What It Wants” and she truly stunned in this black dress with velvet details. The best part of this dress? The open back of course. As E! News appropriately named it, the dress is truly “business in the front, party in the back,” not to be confused with a trashy haircut of the same description. We have ZERO sympathy for you, Beibs.

Sam SmithSam Smith
I loved this handsome little get-up and I loved his performance with A$AP Rocky. The singer’s shoes are what really caught my eye, and I found myself desperately Googling ‘Where did Sam Smith get his 2014 AMAs shoes?” I mean, they’re basically the platform brogues I have on my Christmas list (just WAY better). Such a great look was not a surprise from a man whose angelic voice could be turned into a scented candle. Am I Right?!?

 

One DirectionOne Direction
Every. single. one. of. them. The boys looked handsome and stylish as always, staying true to their Fashionisto tendencies. With all-black-everything and touches of leopard (thank you Liam’s shirt and Harry’s ankle boots), the boys once again proved that they are the coolest boy band, ever. Plus,
Harry’s hat though. The thing
deserves it’s own Facebook page.

Kendall JennerKendall Jenner
This dress is a showstopper. The high neckline, dramatic slit, and tasteful high-waisted coverage underneath were made for the recent high fashion runway star. The best part is Jenner’s simple make-up and accessory-free presentation. I mean, let’s be honest, she doesn’t need them. I can’t help but think that Harry Styles had to find a corner somewhere to cry for a few minutes considering BOTH of his exes looked amazing.

 

 

Diana RossDiana Ross
STOP! In the name of music/fashion/love. This Supremes front woman and Motown legend presented the Dick Clark award to Taylor Swift at the AMAs. She looked simply flawless. From her teased out hair to a velvet and frilly dress that only Diana Ross could pull off, my heart was happy to see her up on stage and glowing. Even Taylor Swift couldn’t help but start her speech off by telling Ross that she’s “beautiful”. She definitely put some of the women in the room to shame (cough cough FERGIE cough cough ACT YOUR AGE cough).

And 2 Don’ts of the Night…

Frankie GrandeFrankie Grande
Who are you and why are you flaunting this tragedy of an awards show outfit? You look like the next human Barbie. I can’t help but let this ruin my day… considering HE got an invite to the AMAs and I did not. At least I’d have a ten times better outfit *Bitter*.

BleonaBleona
Rihanna’s reaction to this outfit was most definitely “been there, done that”. This is just… it’s just… well… no words. I have no words. This is a family event, Bleona. Next year Will Smith will think twice before letting the kids out to the show BECAUSE OF YOU. (Feel free to Google search images of the back of the dress… with caution).

 

 

 

How to Wear It: Fur Vest

Fur Vest 1Fur Vest 2 by Maria Mentzel

Struggling to stay warm this winter while still making a fashion statement? For a layer that’s both cozy and chic, try a fur vest! There’s no doubt these vests have been hot on the fashion radar for a while, but you may still be wondering exactly how to pull off the look. Fur vests come in a variety of neutral colors, making it easy to pair with almost any basic outfit. Also, if you’re nervous about embracing this daring trend, I definitely suggest opting for a more inexpensive faux fur option. Worn with distressed boyfriend jeans and classic solid-colored button-down, a fur vest adds an element of girly flair and sophistication. For a dressier pop of color, add a colorful statement necklace to the overall look. For a more casual look, try pairing a brown or beige vest with a plaid button down or chambray shirt. On the bottom keep it simple with your favorite skinny jeans and a pair of ankle boots. Even though you’ll be making a statement in your vest, don’t be afraid to accessorize or add an extra layer with a cozy infinity scarf. For a more interesting look, give your fur vest a bohemian vibe. Wearing it with a neutral-toned maxi-skirt or dress easily makes these spring pieces fall/winter appropriate. Add a floppy hat, long necklace, and sunglasses for an effortlessly chic boho look. The possibilities are endless so get creative and make a fur vest your statement this winter!

Men’s Fashion: Swapping Accessories with Boys

by Christina Lista

Putting size aside, here are a few trendy pieces which are all the rage in both men’s and women’s fashion for the wintery season. You know that oh-so-fashionable boyfriend of yours? Well, it’s the perfect time to raid his closet.

1. Overcoats / Topcoats
Whether you’ve spotted overcoats featured on the runway or have seen students rocking them on their way to class, it is safe to say that topcoats are definitely trending. From Lanvin to J. Crew, every designer brand is putting its own stamp on the versatile overcoat. Not only are overcoats thick and warm to fight the chilly winter mornings, but also they are appropriate and professional enough for both work and play. Usually designed to fit close to the body, the overcoat has seen a recent overhaul in style with an oversized fit.

For Men: Consider sporting a longer, slightly oversized topcoat or a more voluminous coat with a wider shape.

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For Women: The oversized masculine/borrowed-from-the-boyfriend shape is really popular right now. Try this style in fun pastels, deep jewel tones, or a textured pattern.

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2. Oversized Scarves
Does life get more comfy than a warm and cozy oversized scarf? No, I don’t think so either. On trend and easy to find, oversized scarves can spice up any outfit and certainly pump up the chic/dapper factor (even in your joggers). Keep in mind: the bolder and bigger, the better. Another great aspect: scarves can be completely unisex (hello, sharing!). Men, keep an eye on your precious stash because we’re comin’ for em.

For Men: Think blankets and cozy knits. Throw them over your shoulder and never look back.

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For Women: Try draping an oversized scarf over your shoulders and belting it or layer a giant infinity scarf around your neck for a luxurious feel. Never fear bold colors and prints.

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3. Structured Hats
There is something so handsome and dashing about a man in a nice structured hat. This accessory can top off an ensemble like no other and can be customized to your taste. Though these hats were popular throughout the spring and summer, there is a reason to be even more excited that they are back in style for the winter: those wintery textures and hues that we all know and love (wool and tweed, anyone??).

For Men: If you’re all about the tried and true beanie trend, try switching things up with a fedora or a wide-brimmed hat. You can pair them with anything ranging from t-shirts to sweaters and suits. Have fun and experiment with different colors and patterns.
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For Women: Structured hats can be incorporated into any kind of style. Try to branch out of the norm with leather, tweed, and other fun materials. A structured hat = your best friend on a bad hair day.

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Designer Spotlight: Jeremy Scott

Jeremy Scottby Darrian Hopson

Goofy non-conformist haircut? Check. Cartoonish, bizarre mad genius personality? You bet. Bold, yet brilliant? Undoubtedly. The ever-relevant Jeremy Scott may be the busiest designer of 2014. Scott has hit the ground running, manifesting Barbie and McDonald’s influenced collections as newly appointed Creative Director for Italian stable, Moschino, while continuing to juggle collections under his own brand along with inventing new large-winged shoes among other zoo clad sneakers for adidas Originals. If that wasn’t enough, publishing company Rizzoli is fresh off releasing his new book entitled Jeremy Scott, ironically enough (given his typical creative taste).

AdidasThe Kansas City raised Scott developed an eye for fashion early on and attended the Pratt Institute in New York City to hone his craft. In the fall of 1997 he debuted his first collection in Paris labeled, ‘Rich White Women’, capturing hearts of the French and marking the inauguration of a marvelous career in the fashion industry. Rather than an official catwalk runway show, which feels elegant and chic, Scott’s runway presentations exhibit the aura of a party. His uncensored self-expression enamors the crowd, emblazoning runway models in funky pop art inspired pieces to the tune of hip-hop/EDM mash-ups. Above all, his creative acumen is driven to design outfits appealing to a youth movement, as he mentions in an interview with The New York Times’ William Van Meter:

My independence and voice are important. People can circulate through these houses. Think of Ungaro. I wanted to build my name. I speak to a young demographic, and a lot of them don’t care about these perfume brands.

His appeal to the youth masses is somewhat of a given; although 39 years of age, his outlandish, peculiar temperament keeps the world aware of his adolescence at heart as he graces the fashion shows in fluorescent pink, orange, and green. His ingenuity grabs the eyes of mainstream music artists such as Miley Cyrus (even collaborating with Cyrus for a collection under his own brand), and the Adidas Originals line has been well represented in rap culture with the A$AP Rocky’s and 2 Chainz’ of the world strapping up the three stripes.

MoschinoKaty Perry sat front row in Milan for Scott’s flagship collection for Moschino, as models with a McDonalds part-time employee ambience grazed the runway in everything from handbags embellishing the golden arches to SpongeBob-themed sweaters. His Moschino menswear line, set for 2015 features heavily inspired Andy Warhol influences, with pop art pieces such as oversized 90s jackets laced in Coca-Cola emblems and other fructose based brands. And, who could forget the Moschino 2015 Ready To Wear Barbie themed presentation, where models were fit in various outfits harkening to classic lifestyles, such as travel Barbie, roller-skating Barbie, and cowboy Barbie among others (Ken not included).

The beauty of it is nobody knows where Scott is going next, probably not even him, and that may be for the better. Fashion is ever evolving, and Scott’s intuitive, bold designs harken back to the 80s when Moschino carried a comical take on the fashion industry. Although American, with Moschino it certainly seems as if Scott is at home.

Industry News Recap: Nike Target Women

Nike Storeby Crystal Anokam

As business continues to boom for Nike, Nike decided focus on women as the target customer. It has changed its efforts to start making more female products. In fact, Nike recently opened (on November 20) its first women’s-only Nike store in Newport Beach, California (for more info: nike.com/news/). The lines sold won’t just consist of sports gear but include an entire line of shoes as well as more aesthetically appealing clothing for events outside of fitness. The fashion culture we are starting to notice is shifting into a more urban and fitness lifestyle. Sporty fitness outfits are becoming more widely accepted in today’s society and Nike has predicted that its women’s line will outpace its men’s.

The new store also features an in-store studio for group or personal fitness training sessions. Amy Montagne, VP, GM of NIKE Women’s, stated:

Our women’s business has never been stronger and this new store is the ultimate expression of our commitment to women who run, train and live the look of sport and fitness throughout their day.

NTM x Jordan SneakerNike will open a second women’s-only store in Shanghai, China’s IAPM Mall on November 29. These stores are part of the brand’s larger retail and brand strategy to serve more women. Athletes in the Southern California community can also look forward to another retail location on November 26 with the opening of Nike Running Pasadena.

Nike and Jordan have also come together to launch the Nike Tight Legging of the Moment X Jordan Sneaker, a limited edition line that aligns directly with the Air Jordan VI. This line was created in close partnership with Nike’s Women’s Team. Artwork on the leggings has very distinct jobs – to cool or heat the muscles of the body – and follows the pattern of the female body. This ensures the highest amount of performance and brings more comfort to the exerciser. These leggings weren’t just created for training but, for sporty fashionable occasions as well.

How to Wear It: Joggers

Jay Ahr Resort 2014by Cassandra Matlis

Who knew you can actually wear sweatpants outside of the house and make them look stylish? Joggers are the new comfortable, but fashionable, way to wear sweatpants. The Jogger pant, with its relaxed fit, drawstring waist, and cuffed bottom is where style and comfort come together.

KENDI everydayWhether you are out walking in the city, hanging out with your friends, or going to class there’s nothing better than being comfy and looking fabulous. Joggers are high-waisted and great to wear with a cropped shirt or even an oversized top that can be tucked in the front. Throw over a lightweight jacket and find your favorite pair of sneakers and you got yourself an adorable and comfy outfit. Or, you can slip on a pair of open toe high heels or booties, add a statement necklace, and wear a bold lip. You will definitely turn heads! There is no restriction to what you can wear with joggers, as long as you feel comfortable and fabulous you can rock the look. You can dress them up or you can dress them down; no matter what, you will always be comfortable and stylish at the same time. Now go get yourself a pair of joggers and rock your unique look!

Beauty: Highlight & Contour How To

bMUA Face Charty Rosa Bazan

Chiseled cheeks and glowing under eyes have been a makeup artist secret for decades but in the past couple of years, with the help of celebrities like Kim Kardashian, the secret has been revealed. As an employee of the cosmetic industry, I am asked daily how to achieve the “Kim Kardashian Look.” A year ago I would have to walk my clients around a makeup store pulling 4-5 products but, now, companies have made it easy by producing all in one contour kits to make achieving this look simpler than ever.

The concept of the look is to brighten or highlight areas of the face where light would naturally hit, such as the center of the forehead, down the bridge of the nose, under the eyes, the Cupid’s bow, and the chin. Shadows create the illusion of a smaller forehead, a smaller forehead, higher cheeks, and a sharper jawline.

SmashboxA new product that has been flying off retail shelves is Smashbox Cosmetics’ Step-By-Step Contour Kit which can be found at Sephora for $45. This product makes things simple by compacting three universal shades into one kit: a yellowish highlight shade, a true brown contour shade, and a lighter bronzing shade. To highlight and contour, I like to use just this kit and a concealer 1-3 shades lighter than my client’s skin tone Nars(my personal favorite is Nars’ Radiant Creamy Concealer because it uses a light diffusing technology which really brightens up the face).

Follow the next three steps to achieve the Highlight & Contour look:

Step 1: Apply and blend your concealer to these 5 areas:

  • center of your forehead
  • down the bridge of your nose
  • under your eyes (in upside-down triangles)
  • cupid’s bow
  • center of the chin

Step 2: Set the concealer with the yellowish shade in the contour kit by applying the color on top of the highlighted areas with a small brush (my recommendation is Sephora’s Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush #57).

Step 3: Apply the brown contour shade using the angled brush, included in the kit, to these areas:

  • temples of the forehead
  • the hollows under your cheekbones (feel your face if you cannot see them)
  • jawline from behind one ear to the other

 

The key to this look is to BLEND, BLEND, BLEND! Remember, practice makes perfect so play around with the products, make it fun, and, in no time, you will be sculpting faces like a pro artist.

Hair

Rihanna Hairby Chántelle Agbro

Who doesn’t like haircuts and Rihanna! I know I don’t! The precision and detail that went into this short hairstyle is so unique. I think a lot of people overlook short haircuts because not everyone can pull one off. Facial structure and confidence both go into working a short look. You usually have to express your face and embrace your personality a lot more when wearing a short look opposed to long hair.

Hair is another way people show what they are about because it can either add or take away. Hair symbolizes physical strength and virility; the virtues and properties of a person are said to be concentrated in his or her hair. It is a symbol of instinct, of female seduction, and physical attraction. Baldness may suggest sterility. Flowing hair demonstrates freedom and looseness. The unwilling removal of hair may be a castration symbol. The shorter the hair cut the stronger that female is. It symbolizes the values and virtues a female acts on the most. Scientifically, hair strands can actually place a location to where a person has been.

Hair on differing parts of the body infers different meanings as well:

  • Hair of the head: spiritual powers
  • Hair of the body: irrational powers.

In addition, different forms of hair also carry differing connotations:

  • Loose hair: usually kept by a woman suspected of adultery
  • Disheveled hair: a conventional sign of bereavement
  • Long hair: is usually associated with a woman, but can mean penitence in a man
  • Curly hair: an artist, speaker of many languages

Hair color carries symbols too:

  • Golden: related to sun symbolism
  • White: eternity
  • Red: demoniacal, satanic
  • Violet – associated with goddesses
  • Brown/Black: chthonic forces
  • Green: having to do with the sea, water

Hair is the epitome of someone’s aura and can tell a lot about a person’s mental and physical state.

 

How to Wear It: Over the Knee Boots

Mind and Matter Over the Knee Bootby Emily Collins

The cold weather has set in and that means one thing: boot season has arrived! One big trend this season is the over the knee boot and it is taking over the fashion world with every outfit it is paired with. These boots have been seen on many celebrities and models such as Gigi Hadid and Kim Kardashian. No matter what type or color the boot, they can create a go-to look for any fashionista on the go! Another plus side of these awesome boots is they elongate the leg and make anyone’s legs look like they belong on a runway. Now the big question is, what can I wear them with? Over the knee boots look great with almost anything. They can even be worn with skirts and dresses to add a bit more coverage on those super chilly nights. They can also be paired with leather pants/leggings for a more monochrome look that can make you look as chic as ever! These boots are perfect for any occasion and any outfit. Pair them with a comfy, warm sweater for a softer look or go all out and wear the leather jacket with them. They can have a heel or be flat and can be dressed up or down for a day in the city or a night out with your friends! So the next time you pass by them in the store, snag a pair and have fun with a great winter trend this season!

Industry News Recap: Chloe Spring/Summer 2015

by Grace Wilson

ChloeThe Chloe Spring/Summer 2015 Runway Show was the one of the biggest hits of this year’s Paris Fashion Week. The show occurred on September 28, 2014 in Paris, France and was dedicated to Chloe’s original founder, Gaby Aghion, who passed away the day prior. Chloe’s creative director Clare Waight Keller produced an enchanting collection of ready-to-wear pieces. The collection had a strong bohemian theme, with a touch of urban edge for an unexpected twist. On the runway, you could see a multitude of spaghetti strap dresses with delicate lace details, lots of soft yet structured blazers and collared shirts, high-rise shorts and cropped pants. All of the models sported variations of the same type of strappy sandal wedge. The collection had a color palette of warm neutral tones; black, white, denim, nude, camel, navy, terracotta, and lively pops of color like canary yellow and aqua blue.

Some of the guests in the front row included: Ellie Goulding, Olivia Palmero, Chiara Ferragni, Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, Rachel Zoe, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Patrick DeMarchelier. This diverse group of people makes it evident that people from all walks of life adore the Chloe brand. It is most definitely a universal favorite in the fashion industry!

Clare Waight Keller has done an excellent job in the continuation and evolvement of the Chloe brand since accepting her title of Creative Director in 2011. Chloe exudes casual French glamour with dreamy pieces that practically float down the runway. Keller states that for 2015 she wants the Chloe brand to represent the essence of being “powerfully feminine”. I can’t wait to see what she creates next!