The Finale of Fashion Month

One of my favorite aspects of fashion is the celebration of individuality. Even though forecasting firms, like Doneger and WGSN, have a large influence on the direction of fashion, each house makes the macrotrends their own. The excitement of waiting months for each designers’ interpretation of these trends is what keeps the industry constantly on its toes.

The trend that stuck out to me from Doneger was Resilience. It draws inspiration from geometric lines in architecture, powerful shapes and uses bold yet muted tones. This trend is culturally relevant to our society and was able to be carried across seas to shows in Paris.

Off-White’s Fall 2017 Ready to Wear collection featured Resilience with an influence of 1990’s streetwear. The collection included classic streetwear pieces like hoodies and denim jackets but added atypical silhouettes than what is normally seen on those garments. Sticking with the 90’s influence, dark hues and plaids were used throughout the collection. The unconventional take on the slightly overdone 90’s trend was extremely well-done.
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Chanel’s Fall 2017 show took us out of this world: literally. Instead of seeking inspiration from the past, Chanel channeled the same strong lines and muted tones as Off-White but in a futuristic fashion. The collection included muted tones with metallics and glittery lunar boots complemented by the house’s signature tweeds. This gave the collection a more glamourous appeal but still stayed cohesive with the upcoming macrotrend.
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The end of Paris Fashion Week concluded with Louis Vuitton’s show at the Louvre. Similar to Off-White and Chanel, Louis Vuitton used strong neutrals along with geometric based patterns. They also featured classic tweeds but complemented them with leathers, furs and thick knits. Louis Vuitton stayed true to season by adding a multitude of layers and turtlenecks throughout the looks. I also noticed inspiration from a variety of decades. The loose shift dresses were reminiscent of the 1920’s while shoulder pads and furs included 1980’s notions. Overall, the collection was wearable yet exposed daring details which set it apart.
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Red Carpet Review: MTV VMA’s 2015

Black practically took total control over the VMA’s red carpet last night. Silhouettes came in almost every shape, but the most intriguing part of the looks was the intricate detailing of the garments. Each look had tasteful use of lace, sequins, or mesh. I also loved the risks taken with plunging necklines and playful slits. VMA’s never fails to bring daring and exciting fashion to the carpet.

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Martha Hunt

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Taylor Swift

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Red Carpet Review: The Academy Awards 2015

One of the most important nights of the film industry also happens to be one of the most exciting nights in fashion. Last night the celebs graced the red carpet in extravagant gowns hoping to impress. I’m not sure if the fashion quite lived up to my expectations… but there were still a few stunners among the crowd. Many of the celebs went for a softer look with pale colors and feminine embellishments.

My best dressed celebrity of the night wasn’t even a movie star… Chrissy Teigen looked absolutely gorgeous in a powder blue Zuhair Murad gown. I may be bias with my love of Zuhair Murad, but she pulled the look together perfectly. I loved the soft waves and contrast of the dark lip to the light colored dress. Powder blue is extremely on trend for the season, and complimented the edgy dress well.

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Another one of my favorites was Emma Stone. She’s one celebrity who’s not afraid to take chances, and I have so much respect for that. She wore a yellow-green Elie Saab gown. The color is very out of the box, but it looked great with her coloring. As always, Elie Saab gown’s have exquisite detail that looked beautiful.

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Finally, I thought Gwyneth Paltrow made an interesting choice with her gown that definitely paid off. The detail on the sleeves was almost reminiscent of 1980’s fashion, but the sleekness of the rest of the gown was a nice contrast.

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Some other celebrities who looked fabulous is pale toned gowns were Jennifer Lopez in a Elie Saab gown completely different from her usual style, Reese Witherspoon in a sleek black and white Tom Ford, and Lupita Nyong’o wearing a pearl detailed Prada.

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Red Carpet Review: Golden Globes 2015

There’s not much I love more than award show season. Not so much for the actual show itself, but for the fabulous pre-show red carpet. The Golden Globes fashion started off the season the right way. So many of the celebs were dressed to the nines, but there were a few stand outs.

My absolute favorite look of the evening was Jennifer Lopez. Zuhair Murad makes the most exquisite dresses. They always have beautiful details and silhouette. Jennifer Lopez is definitely the perfect woman to pull off this look. She’s known for her knock out body, making her able to rock the deep V neckline and high slit.

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I also loved Emma Stone’s Lavin jumpsuit. The sparkly detail and oversized bow made the look feminine and chic. It was so unique, but she definitely made it work.

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Kate Hudson was show stopping on the red carpet in Versace. White seemed to be a common trend, but she stood out among them all. I’m not always a fan of cut outs, but the shape and detailing on them made it extremely flattering.

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Other honorable mentions: Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein, Allison Williams in Armani Prive, and Jennifer Aniston in Saint Laurent.

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Her Campus College Fashion Week

This past weekend, I attended College Fashion Week put on by Her Campus media. I’ve recently joined the Her Campus Bloggers Network, so this was a great opportunity to become more involved with the company. Chicago’s College Fashion Week took place at the Revel Downtown located in the loop. As guests arrived, they were greeted with free trials and gift bags from the lovely sponsors. Bare Minerals offered make up touch ups, TRESeme gave guests the chance to have their hair styled, and Boohoo had items from their fall line set out for viewing. An array of Luna bars, VitaCoco, and caffeinated waters (What could be better than caffeinated water!?) were offered to guests as we waited for the show to start. It was the perfect time to socialize with other Her Campus members and college students from Chicago also involved in fashion and media.

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The looks in the fashion show were sponsored by Boohoo clothing. Their clothes are trendy and affordable, perfect for college students! The show was split up into three scenes to showcase the variety of styles offered by Boohoo. Imperial Styles had a cool edgy vibe. It perfectly embodied the military and athletic trend that is so huge for fall 2014. The pieces were great for a casual going to class look and ranged to more dressed up outfits for going out on the town. My favorite pieces were the olive romper, floral bomber jacket, and blush pink jumpsuit.

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Overall, Brooklyn Princess was my favorite segment of the show. The looks were girly and chic with an added twist of distressed denim, leather, and harem pants. I’m currently obsessing over all the faux fur this season, so the cream faux jacket they showcased was hands down my must have piece of the night. I also loved the long, cotton candy pink jacket. It’s a great coat to mix up the usual dark fall colors in the classic fall wardrobe.

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Woodlander is the epitome of fall fashion. It included dark wool fabrics, plaids, and fur. I especially loved the styling in this scene. The stylists reused pieces in completely different ways to show how versatile the pieces from Boohoo really are. The floor length oxblood sweater and fur vest looked fabulous styled with everything from dresses to distressed denim.

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College Fashion Week was such a great experience. It was amazing to see how involved college students were in the show. All the models were real college students from the area. Each girl was unique in size and shape, which truly showcased how perfect the clothes are for actual students. Performances from local students was also an aspect I really respected. I loved seeing how the Her Campus network brought students together to create an amazing night of fashion and creativity.

IMG_5298Leather skirt: $10.80 Forever 21/ Jacket: $10 (50% off sale) H&M/ Top: $14.80 Forever 21/ Knee Highs: $4 Forever 21