Archive for the ‘Trends’ Category

Back to School: Crested Blazers

August 12, 2009

by Vanessa

Wearing a crested blazer can bring the preppy side out of almost anyone. Most blazers only come in certain colors, including blue, white and black, but you are able to mix and have fun with blazers. 

I personally have one myself and haven’t found an outfit yet that doesn’t go with it. You can simply be wearing jeans and a basic T-shirt, throw on a crested blazer and you’re ready for an interview or small gathering.  Or simply throw it on and look great for an unexpected meeting with friends.

These blazers always feature some kind of crest or logo. Some of my favorite  include Canterbury of New Zealand and Ralph Lauren’s demin “Tirana” blazer. Granted, these specific blazers are pretty pricey, randing from $138 – $225.  You have to decide if its worth your money, but as a crested blazer owner myself, it was worth every penny!

Ralph Lauren denim Tirana blazer, $74.99

JCPenney American Living crested blazer

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Bronx Style

August 11, 2009

Every year, I go out to New York to visit my family. After spending 30 seconds in the city, it’s easy to see why it is one of the world’s fashion capitals. And living between 5th and 6th Avenue doesn’t hurt. But, because New York City is one of the largest cities in the world, it is hard to pinpoint one exact “NYC style.” That’s why, this summer, I really wanted to try and find what makes each borough’s style unique.
 
The first stop on my New York trip was the Bronx. So, after getting up at 4:00 a.m. and watching a man attempt to take a large pipe wrench through security, I arrived in the city and hopped on the subway to Fordham Road. There, I saw a wide range of generations and heritages mixed together to form a community unlike any other in NYC. The highlight of my trip was being seated at a little Italian café behind a table with four big Italian men speaking Italian, but cursing in English. I felt like I was in a scene from The Sopranos.
 
Anyway, back to fashion. I saw that while a lot of people wearing black and white basics, people added a pop of color in their accessories or focal point in their outfit. Neon was very popular, taking hints from recent RTW Fall fashion shows.
 
I also noticed that people chose sneakers over heels. And, keeping with the bright ’80s colors trend, people wore sneakers with bright laces and neon prints along the sides.
 
As for jewelry, I didn’t see a lot of it, but when I did, it was always big bangles and gold hoop earrings.

The Bronx Fashion

 The Bronx Fashion by sophie1632 featuring Bullhead jeans

That’s all from the Bronx. Next stop—Midtown and the Guggenheim.

Get the Look: Bust Out the Blazer

August 6, 2009

At Avant Gaudy we firmly believe you can reinvent your style without restocking your closet.  Here’s how you can turn that classic blazer into a fresh new look.

Inspiration: Louis Vuitton Fall 2009 Trends

Avant Gaudy Collection: Material Girl Bra & Back to Basics Blazer

How to Style It: Pair a lacy brassiere with your favorite blazer for an instant masculine/feminine mash-up.  Button up the blazer for a confident and sexy look.  Plunge it open for the after party.

Price: Material Girl Bra $48.00 & Back to Basics Blazer $45.00

I showed you mine, now you show me yours. Tell me about your favorite way to make an old piece look new again!

Style.com: Fall 2009 Trend Report

July 31, 2009

Style.com just released their trend report for Fall 2009, listing fall’s most important trends: 

  • biker brigade
  • boudoir crossing
  • forties and fabulous
  • party like it’s 1983
  • ruche hour
  • smart investments

biker brigadeboudoir crossing

forties and fabulousparty like it's 1983

ruche hoursmart investments

Check out what AG writer Sarah S. had to say last week about the new biker trend and 80s trend for fall.

What do you think of these trends?  Will you be wearing them this fall?  Which trend is your favorite? Let us know in the comment section!

Rewind: Heat Things Up

July 30, 2009

I remember one of my favorite things as a kid to mess with were those vomit hued, but incredibly entertaining, color-changing, heat sensitive pencils, bookmarks etc.  I remember my grandma gave me a flat bookmark shaped like a seahorse that changed to cerulean blue when wedged between two moist and sticky palms.  I think I accidentally cracked its tail off eventually, but the magic of its chameleon-like qualities resonated with me in the profoundest of manners and doubtlessly molded me into the fabulous, beautiful and incredibly intelligent person I am today.    

 

Yes!  Color Changing Pencils!!

Yes! Color Changing Pencils!!

This long-forgotten trend materialized during a noontide rendezvous with some chums.  When my friends informed me that they possessed color-changing, heat sensitive T-SHIRTS during the early ’90s I was floored.  I never had the privilege of having one of these things.  The magic of my shoddy sea-horse bookmark dissolved in a cloud of envy.  “Yeah,” said a friend whilst munching on a PB & J, “When it was hot outside, my armpits would change colors.”   I honestly felt like a part of my childhood was missing. 

Until now, that is. 

I stumbled across the Thermochromatic top from American Apparel.   For 22 clams, one can bask in the joys of color-changing, polychromatic goodness. 

 Thermochromatic Shirt

Unfortunately, this blogger has to resort to psychological testing for extra dough and cannot, at the moment, afford such luxuries.  So if any loyal Gaudy Gal or Guy would be willing to ship me one (In “Hyper Gold Orange”),  just drop me a line….

Boho Beauty

July 30, 2009

Lately I’ve found myself to be drawn to a bohemian style of clothing.  Lots of magazines feature pictures with celebrities who carry this “boho-chic” look.  Those glossy pages consist of pictures of the Olsen Twins and their colorful outfits and large bags holding their Starbucks in one hand.  Well, here’s the boho look from my eye.

“Boho” comes from the word bohemianism, which, according to the dictionary is the practice of an unconventional lifestyle, often in the company of like-minded people, involving musical, artistic or literary pursuits, with few permanent ties.  When I think of bohemian I think of the Renaissance Era- a very literary and artistic time yet full of freedom and expression.

The look is actually modeled off of style in the 1960s involving long skirts, big glasses, and one eye popping colorful piece to complete it all.  I love this look for several reasons: 

  1. It’s easy and cheap!  Go to local thrift stores, grab a big yellow bag, pay $10 and pretend you found it in London or somewhere glamorous like that. 
  2. It doesn’t look “prepared.”  How many people have seen someone completely overdressed?  By overdressed I don’t mean wearing an overcoat in the middle of the Sahara Desert, but I mean overdressed to the point where either nothing fits or it’s simply too polished for a nice daytimelook.  By achieving the boho look, you simply feel and look as if you rolled out of bed, threw something on really quick, and just happen to look awesome.
  3. You can accessorize!  Boho style leaves a lot of room for accessories.  Dangling earrings, golden belts, pink sunglasses, you name it.  Add these to any outfit, and your outfit gets a few more golden stars. 

 

A lot of celebrities are turning to the boho look because it’s unique.  Everyone can share the same preppy style by wearing a polo, but with bohemian style, no one has the same vintage shirt because it’s just unique to the person.  It gives you an identity as to who you are.  Maybe you choose one thing to wear all the time, like a bohemian looking bracelet.  That alone adds a whole new character to make that outfit work. 

No matter the season, the bohemian look is always in style.  For the rest of the summer, get a colorful skirt, or try a long flowing top and pair it with skinny jeans.  This fall try going for the boots (No, I’m not talking about UGG boots and I’m not dissing them either- I do love them when it’s really cold).   Instead, I’m suggesting that you define your style and get a super-chic pair of boots like Nichole Richie has.  Wear it with dark jeans and you’ll look boho-fab. 

Style is all about expression and experimenting, so try something new or spice up the old, and rock that bohemian style like they did back then.  Let’s show those folks in the Renaissance we haven’t forgotten their inspiration- we’re just adding the rest of the flavor.

Bright Days and Neon Nights

July 29, 2009

Spring 2009 runways showed a lot of brights and florals, as would be expected for that time of year. Suprisingly though, the Fall 2009 shows also presented neon and bright colors. While many people enjoy the colorful garments, neons and brights are often seen as hard to wear without making someone look like a glowstick or highlighter. 

Michael Kors believes that neons and brights are the way to go this fall. His show featured a shocking neon green fox fur coat as well as many other bright pieces. Says Kors,”Electric neon brights add an optimistic urban punch to this fall’s neutral palette. Who says clothes can’t make you smile?”

According to Khaussandra Delgado, several designers seemed to agree with Kors on one of this fall’s biggest hits:

“The Fall 2009 RTW collection features several neon pink pieces, varying from a black and hot pink constructed clutch to a pair of wildly seductive black boots with hot pink trim and soles. Givenchy also offers a pair of shoes in screaming neon pink; the cut-out boots are featured in a Day-Glo shade that is endlessly eye-catching. The neon trend is everywhere these days; it has gone from the raves to the runway and entered every stylish girl’s wardrobe.”

Neons and Brights

Made on polyvore.com by Kate

Some may still be wondering, what’s the easiest way to wear neons and brights? The most flattering and chic way to wear them is to pair them with black or neutral colors. A hot pink dress makes a statement, but still looks classy when worn with black tights and a black belt. Another easy way to brighten your style is through accessories, such as bright green or pink shoes, bright yellow bags and skinny neon belts. It is important to keep in mind that a little goes a long way when it comes to this trend. If you just want to add a little hint of neon to your look, try some of this season’s newest makeup and nail polish shades, including Essie’s Perky Purple.

For even more about this Fall 09 trend, check out this short clip from Harper’s Bazaar.

The Twilight Saga: Nordstrom’s New Moon Collection

July 24, 2009

Jumping on the band-wagon?  Or pure genius?

InStyle provided an exclusive sneak peek of Nordstorm’s new line of Twilight-inspired clothing, ranging from T-shirts and accesories to fall jackets. While Nordstrom released the photos of the new line amidst Comic Con hype surrounding the release of the Twilight sequel, New Moon, the The Twilight Saga: New Moon Collection won’t be available until October, just before the November 20 release of the film.  Good timing.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon Collection at Nordstrom

The Twilight Saga: New Moon Collection at Nordstrom by adriane. on Polyvore.com

While Nordstrom may appear to be following the Twilight trend, their timing couldn’t be better and it’s a smart move to increase sales. Other retailers, including Hot Topic, started selling Twilight merchandise last fall during the hype of the film’s release. Twilight was even labeled as the savior of Hot Topic, according to The Cut:

This welcome break from never-ending economic doom and gloom is brought to you by Twilight, the movie responsible for boosting Hot Topic’s sales 11.4 percent in the third quarter. What? Yes. Twilight merchandise has saved Hot Topic from bloody retail death in the economic downturn. Just look at the numbers:

The mall-based retailer’s comparable-store sales were negative from the second quarter of 2005 until October 2008. They have risen each month since then, increasing 6.5 percent in November, 4.3 percent in December, 6 percent in January and 10.8 percent last month.

Will The Twilight Saga: New Moon Collection increase sales rapidly at Nordstrom?  If “Twihards” have anything to do with it, then the money will surely be rolling in.

What do you think?  Is Nordstrom just jumping on the bandwagon or is this new collection a smart move?  Would you buy anything from the The Twilight Saga: New Moon Collection?

Frankie Says Relax…and Go Bold

July 23, 2009

It’s time to pull out those wide shouldered jackets and big costume jewelry because the ’80s are back and brighter than ever! Just as we’ve finally washed the last remnants of volumizing mousse out of our hair, it’s time to go back to the year that brought us Duran Duran and Molly Ringwald.

I hope this trend lasts a while because I am a huge fan of the ’80s. The music was awesome. The Rubik’s Cube was an exciting form of entertainment. And, there were only 40 presidents to remember for a test. Life was simpler.

Oh, and did I mention the fashion? I can’t help but admire and cringe at the same time when I watch reruns of Cheers or The Cosby Show. Everything was big and bold. Everything made a statement.

That’s why I’m excited to see the same trends we saw in the ’80s come back to the runways. Top designers, such as Marc Jacobs, Versace, Balmain, Marios Schwab and Jil Sander, are all jumping in on the trend and putting modern spins on ’80s classics.

Designers are choosing to emphasize the shoulder more on both jackets and dresses. Whether rounded or dramatically angled, shoulders are the main focus in a lot of new styles.

      Louis Vuitton Fall 2009 RTW Marc Jacobs Fall 2009 RTW

There has also been a lot of bright, neon colors on in the Fall 2009 runway shows. And, it doesn’t just stop at clothing. Designers are choosing bolder jewelry as well. 

      Versace Fall 2009 RTW Jil Sander Fall 2009 RTW

Designers are even taking inspiration from the heavy metal bands that came out of the ’80s.

Balmain Fall 2009 RTW Balmain Fall 2009 RTW

In street fashion, vintage ’80s t-shirts paired with skinny jeans and Ray Ban Wayfarer sunglasses have become quite popular.

Here are some 80s inspired pieces for less. My favorite is the Atari t-shirt.

The 80s

The 80s by sophie1632 featuring Forever21

There’s no question that 2009 is the new 1985. So get out that hair spray and put on some Cyndi Lauper, ’cause the ’80s are back!

What are some of your favorite ’80s inspired trends? Be sure to comment and let us know!

Get the Look: Polka Dot Style

July 21, 2009

Wear your optimism on your sleeve with this Pretty Woman-inspired polka dot dress. Polka Dots are making a major appearance in this summer’s collections and can be worn anywhere: as an accessory (headbands, jewelry, belt, purse, shoes) as tights, or the classic Pretty Woman dress .

Inspiration:  Rubin Singer Spring 2009 Collection

Dote on this AG Collection: Pretty Woman

 

How to Style It: Cinch it with a solid color belt and put on your favorite sun hat!

Price: $45 at Avant Gaudy.