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Even though fashion editors are displaying the Apple watch left and right, including Anna Wintour, no one integrates fashion and tech with the same flare as Betsey Johnson.
While the presence of tech in fashion has become more avant-garde in 2015 with advancements such as a fashionable version of the Fitbit by Tory Burch and a tech dress by Chromat, which was debuted at NYFW, Betsey Johnson proved that simpler applications of tech can be more amusing. This time, instead of an outrageous tutu, the charismatic, cart-wheeling designer opened her infinite dress-up box to retailers with an old-fashioned phone purse.
The innovative use of a phone in place of a normal leather handle is more practical than you may think. The curly cord leads to a USB inside the handbag that plugs into your smart phone. With this, you can literally talk on the Betsey Johnson phone, with your smart phone incognito.
While talking on the phone may get you a few scrutinizing glances, if you don’t mind a little humorous speculation, give your go-to clutch a night off, and accessorize your LBD with a phone purse. After all, it is only one click, swipe or “rrring!” away.
This September, Gucci loafers were seen all over NYFW on the feet of Vogue’s accessories editor Virginia Smith and other fashion royalty. I mean, who wouldn’t want a pair of these on their feet. They are timeless, comfortable and fashionable. Whether you are a modern minimalist, chic Parisian or classic prep, they will fit right into anyone’s closet with ease. Simply stated, they are the Taylor Swift of the shoe department. They get along with everyone, and everyone either loves them instantly or grows to adore them.
However, if you are a college student like I am, the cost of these shoes probably makes you wince more than your sixth grade yearbook photo. But if you do some online-shopping research, you can probably find a high-quality pair that is comparable, but not as expensive as the Gucci pair. If you are willing to take my word for it, look no further than this pair of Vince Camuto Signature loafers.
I happened to scroll their way during an online shopping session on SaksOff5th.com – a recent addiction of mine – and could not help but marvel at how much they resembled the Gucci pair with the metal bar across the top and leather construction.
They would look great with a cropped pair of trousers or denim, or a seasonal suede skirt. In Christian Dior’s The Little Dictionary of Fashion, he made a point to say that all shoes should be made of leather or suede and come in classic colors, ranging in black, navy blue, brown and white. Though it may not be feasible to follow these guidelines strictly, now that Chuck Taylors are a huge staple in American fashion, Dior’s shoe rule could significantly decrease your chance of making another fashion faux pas. High quality shoes are like insurance: no matter what accident you fall into, (I’m talking to you, going-out top), you will always be able to depend on them to make the negative effects a little less painful. In the case of loafers, whether you use them to class up a frumpy T-shirt and jeans or sharpen a tweed suit, they will polish any outfit.
In short, don’t splurge on the Uggs; invest in the loafers. Your stock in them will stay valuable for a long time.
It is hard to believe that Oscar de la Renta passed away nearly a year ago. While there was variety in each collection he made, his feminine and elegant aesthetic never wavered. His gowns were easily distinguishable against the others on red carpets and probably the prettiest at the venue. When photographed, his dresses turned moments into iconic memories.
The Savanna College of Arts and Design honored his legacy with an Oscar de la Renta exhibit curated by André Leon Talley in its museum. From this, Talley created a book named after the presentation, “Oscar de la Renta: His Legendary World of Style,” with pictures of pieces from the display, accompanied by the photos of moments when the dresses were worn. The forward, written by Anna Wintour, expressed how profound a mark he left on the fashion industry and the women whom he dressed.
The images from the exhibit were breathtaking, but to me, De la Renta’s spring 2015 ready-to-wear collection was not only one of his last but one of his best. The impression it left on me cemented my dreams to work in fashion even more. From the charming pastels to the meticulously placed botanical appliques, it resembled something straight out of a fairy tale. After he passed away last October, I was not only sad but almost certain that no one else would be able to match the ornate works of art that he had created for decades.
However, seeing Peter Copping’s spring 2016 collection for the Oscar de la Renta brand at New York Fashion Week in September, I felt reassured on the preservation of De la Renta’s vision. In an interview with VogueRunway.com, Copping said that he was inspired by Spain for the collection. This gave life to undulating hemlines, delicate textiles and ornate prints that seduced your attention. He incorporated a high black lace neckline with tea dresses and crafted grand ballgowns galore.
While no one will ever be able to replace De la Renta, Copping has shown that he will continue to grow the brand with keen attention to details and a proclivity toward femininity at its best. Even if you are more of an Alexander Wang guru, it would be impossible to deny how flattering the pieces were and how much care was given to each stitch and selection of fabrics.
If you haven’t seen the show, you need to watch the live stream ; and it may feel like you are falling in love with the brand all over again.
As the trees lose their leaves one by one, Florida loses its cheesy tourists, as they rush back to their hometown Target for school supplies. Finally, it is time for fashion to reassert authority where the “Smith Family Reunion” T-shirts took over. The fashion addict’s manicured hands grasp Vogue’s September Issue, her designer glasses ogle at the shows of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week as she eagerly anticipates mixing textures and trying out the chic trends that would have been unbearable in the summer heat.
I’m sure that the nostalgia of fallen leaves crunching under your leather boots lures you into dreams of your tweed blazers, cashmere and Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes. But unfortunately, in most parts of the U.S., the temperatures are not dwindling much, yet. So before you can kiss your gladiator sandals goodbye and sport your new pair of designer boots, here are a few ways to throw out your beach-bum and embrace your classy side for the fall semester.
Usually, I do not lead my outfit descriptions with the shoes, but considering the fact that you can’t make it through an hour outside without seeing loafers, I just had to start with this burgundy suede version of the trend. Also known as “smoking shoes,” these loafers offer the comfort of a slipper and the preppy charm of a Kennedy. Not to mention, they are a refreshing alternative to Keds for pairing with your paper bag shorts or A-line skirt. This stylish fashionista infused warm fall tones into her black- and white ensemble with this pair.
And while every woman should have a white blouse, this playful peter-pan collared shirt is perfect for autumn classes and has endless styling potential. This little fashionista wore it with a flirty polka dot skirt, but it would look equally chic with denim or crepe shorts.
If you learn anything from this fashion lesson, remember that it if you can’t keep up with the latest trends, wearing timeless, structured pieces will always be fashionable for fall. A crisp collar and A-line skirt will always be flattering. So instead of breaking out last summer’s palazzo pants and fringe crop top, save yourself a “Why did I wear that?” moment down the road, and start the school year with a few classic staples.
“I feel like if you want to make a basic, simple black dress, why do it? Why not make something that people are going to be really excited to wear- something that you’re going to be noticed for wearing,” said designer, Gunnar Deatherage before the University of Florida Pride Awareness Month Fashion Show.
In a sectioned-off corridor adjacent the Reitz Union grand ballroom, his collection’s vintage aesthetic stood out. Deep shades of purple and subtle hues of green hung closely together amidst a delicate mix of off-white blouses and black lace on a sliver clothing rack.
“I was very inspired by Lemony Snicket for this line, and I think it shows in everything that I made,” Deatherage said.
Precise tailoring rang through in the upturned ends of leather collars and the ruffled cuffs of soft blouses.
At the young age of 25, the self-taught designer has already had a collection walk the runway at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The season nine Project Runway stage gave him a venue to showcase his creations. After returning for season 11 and “Project Runway Allstars,” Deatherage’s momentum has only continued to grow.
While Project Runway gave Deatherage’s work publicity, his persistence and commitment to details are what have driven him most to become successful in the fashion industry.
“You know, it wasn’t like money was rolling in, just to be me- no,” Deatherage said.
After leaving “PR Allstars,” Deatherage remained steadfast in his work ethic as he pushed himself to create new pieces that kept his followers interested in his brand.
From dealing with the complexities of maneuvering the sewing machine, to committing to a dream many are afraid to pursue, Deatherage has stuck to the mantra that any goal can be accomplished if you want it badly enough.
“That has always been my thought process,” Deatherage said. “And I wanted it, and I found a way to get it.”
After graduating high school, Deatherage attended community college for a few years, after which he became a hairstylist and devoted the rest of his time to fashion design.
“It was horrifying to not go to college,” Deatherage said. “But, I just knew that this is what I wanted to do, and I have managed to, very thankfully, find a way to make a living doing it in the realm I want.”
In the meantime, Deatherage is also working on his Fall 2015 collection, which literally began as a dream.
“I had this dream about a bird woman,” Deatherage said. “She was feeding birds in the park, eating a baguette and just picking off pieces and feeding them to the birds.”
The collection has a quirky, whimsical look, he said.
“It is not the same woman, [as this line], but it could be her friend that she gets into the same club with.” Deatherage said. “She had this great white bob. She reminded me of Linda Fargo, who runs Bergdorf Goodman.”
Aside from the avant-garde nuances and glamour that comes with fashion, it is an industry that can unify people for an important cause. While Deatherage graciously brought his art to Gainesville, (where a fashion drought has been plaguing its citizens since its existence), he said he appreciated the ability that the show gave him and other designers to bring light to pride awareness.
“I think that fashion is such a fun platform to bring together a lot of people that want to bring awareness to it and also stand together,” Deatherage said. “Whether it is their cup of tea or not, they are still standing to know that equality is fair.”
Deatherage has also helped members of his community in Kentucky, as fashion editor of a Louisville-based magazine, NFocus. The magazine hosts fundraising events for nonprofits such as Horses and Hope.
In addition to helping helping local philanthropies, Deatherage said he appreciates the artistic responsibilities that come with working at the magazine. His creativity flourishes beyond the sewing machine to the production of photo shoots, fashion spreads and features.
Whether Deatherage works in fashion design, print media, or the film industry one day “to design for the movies that inspire people,” his history has shown that no dream is impossible.
If you were to step into my closet, you would probably think that I had an addiction to navy blue and white, which is certainly no understatement. Whenever I set foot in my favorite boutique or retail scene, I can almost guarantee that I will go straight to the first navy blue or navy blue/white combo that I see. To me, these colors are timeless and almost always look polished.
When I think of these colors, the first thing that comes to my mind is the American dream. In fact, one of my favorite designers, Ralph Lauren, has become a symbol of the American dream. With this being said, I do not think it is a coincidence that most Ralph Lauren Polo advertisements have navy blue and white in them, whether it is in the lettering or the clothing itself. Take this classic ad as an example. In fact, the Ralph Lauren website is, not surprisingly, white with navy blue lettering.
While many of our high-end designers come from European roots, our American-born Ralph Lauren has a crisp, almost nostalgic aesthetic that America just cannot get enough of. While Lauren did not come from a wealthy background, he had a vision for a brand that he was determined to make successful. Although he only attended business school for a few years, the goal that he had in mind and preppy aesthetic of his brand, which started as a line of ties under the brand name, Polo, would cause him to succeed against other odds.
With this taken into account, I think that we should all embrace a bit of the Ralph Lauren brand and the American dream that it represents daily.