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William Okpo FW14 Recap

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February 11th, 2014 thirteen women marched single-file to mount carefully placed wooden crates, signaling the start of the William Okpo FW14 presentation. The pieces seemed to simply exuded brightness and warmth on a most cold and dreary day in New York City.The presentation included elements of a homage to their African heritage in the music selections and in the photography displayed in large color format from their partnership with charitable organization 14+.

The looks, which ranged from a blue-and-white crossed- culottes, A-line dress, jumper with skinny pants, draped skirt and top – were clean and crisp. The collection, seemed to shout a return to a time where paint and playtime reigned – yet incorporated an element of sophistication that kept it far from childish. This “unofficial theme” was visible in everything from the denim pieces, part appliquéd with flowers and finished with daisy buttons at the collar, ala 90s Mary-Kate and Ashley; down to the glitter accented sandals and oxfords. When describing the inspiration behind F/W 14 (and arguably all predecessor collections), Darlene Okpo, one-half of the formidable duo behind William Okpo, articulated this desire to channel the spirit of their father. In her thoughts, he was this eclectic man of the 70s, one who took care in how he dressed and took his time, finding himself as a human being. It is this journey of self-discovery that comes out in this collection. With this in mind, the duo was able to make each look fun, incorporating color, and staying true to how Darlene and her co-collaborator Lizzy Okpo felt in the months and days preceding Tuesday night’s presentation. This organic process, Darlene notes, gave them the freedom to create and allowed William Okpo to escape the fate of fellow young labels that are so concentrated on getting into retail stores, they lose their style setting.

 

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Noon by Noor FW14 Recap

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Noon by Noor definitely did not disappoint as they showed their Fall 2014 collection on February 10th. The theme of the collection, nature, was referenced throughout the show through the beautiful colors and unique prints. Cloud formations, crystalline structures and geometric patterns seen in minerals were all sources of inspiration the designers found in the natural environment and translated into the brand’s signature prints.

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The collection featured a nod to the oversized silhouette with voluminous coats, culotte pants and sweatshirts juxtapose straight dresses. Hints of masculine tailoring balanced sporty, effortless daywear; while the expanded evening wear repertoire focused on intricate embellishments unexpectedly scattered on tops or cascading down tiered gowns. The looks were modernized through experimentation with texture such as neoprene, waffle wool, mohair and a houndstooth jacquard wool. The color palette was almost as striking as the texture choices and boasted hues of  blue, cool mint, mauve, navy, burgundy and vanilla with pops of yellow, chartreuse and royal purple.

Overall the collection seemed to personify Fall fashion and had many looks that would work perfectly for crisp Fall work days or chilly gala nights.

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Fall Style Essentials

Fall Style Essentials

Fall is upon us, and for many (including myself) it’s our favorite season for fashion. Each year the dip in temperature allows us to experiment with layers and stylish cold weather accessories. This season I found seven pieces that are essential for every woman’s wardrobe.

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Summer essentials

Summer essentials

 

Now that summer is in full swing, it’s important to make sure we’ve covered all the essentials. Here is our list of 8 summer must haves we can’t wait to use this summer.

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3 Ways to Style Shorts this Summer

Shorts are a win win for summer (especially when you follow these tips). There’s no risk of a breeze lifting them up and revealing more than you bargained for, but they’re still flattering and keep you cool. There are loads of different styles available, all kind of lengths and cuts and studs and sequins. I’ve chosen these loose fitting Primark shorts that have quite a silky feel to them and a very subtle elephant print. I’ve styled them three different ways here, so you can make the most of yours this summer!

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How to wear a skater style dress

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Skater Dress: one in which the top (bodice) is form fitted and then slightly flares out to be loose below the bustline or waistline.

Now that we’ve gotten the definition out-of-the-way and hopefully erased the frightening images of sequins applied to nude color mesh fabric that you probably conjured up in your head, let’s get to the good stuff. Check out my three tips on how to wear a skater dress, just in time for Spring.

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Printed Pants Trend

Printed Pants Trend

Ever since their re-birth into the fashion scene late last year, fashionistas, bloggers, and trendy Wendy’s alike have all been lusting after a pair. Magazines feature them on long-pinned pretty ladies; looking effortlessly cool with only a pair of stilettos, and a loose fit shirt to accompany. (more…)

Spring 2013 Trends: Black and White

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Black and white is a classic and powerful color combo that’s definitely back this season. Get into this “ying and yang” color scheme by trying out a few of our favorite picks or by coming up with a look all your own. Either way its almost impossible to go wrong with this iconic duo this Spring.
Be sure to check out next week when we highlight another Spring trend!
Comment below and let us know if you plan on rocking this trend ?! What new trend are you most excited to try this upcoming Spring season??

 

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What’s Trending Now: Tigers

What's Trending Now: Tigers

Cats may be all over the Internet but tiger faces are popping up all over the fronts of trendy shirts and sweatshirts. Although not the king of the jungle (that would be the lion in case any of you missed the movie lion king) tigers appear to be ruling apparel at least for right now to the extent that Kenzo’s Tiger Sweater sold out in TWO days.

Like this trend? Want to know how to style it? Be sure to check back on Thursday when we show how to style this trend!

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