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Inspired By London|History and Cheeky Rebellion

 

I spent the last weekend in London at the uber fun wedding of Pippa Vosper and Nils Anden filled with love, friendship and fashion.  English style has never looked so tempting and now is the moment to dive into a lovely blend of tailoring, cheeky rebelliousness and an old-fashioned romance with history.  With top designers from every corner of the globe looking to London for inspiration, expect nods of approval all around.  Color, florals, high boots, Edwardian touches, scarves, shiny blacks, royal detailing and menswear tailoring will stylishly carry you on.

 

 

Globetrotter|Elizabeth Gilpin

Elizabeth Gilpin

Elizabeth Gilpin gets around. After two years of working at American Vogue and a stint at Saint Laurent, she is now pursuing duel passions: art and cultural exploration. Elizabeth partnered with three like-minded women to start Fast Forward-  a collective that is involved in documenting the current  global youth quake.  Their first photo book YOUTH, showcasing 15 emerging global talents, will be out in march and will be followed by an art show of the same name in Russia.  In addition Elizabeth also serves as special projects director for Out of Order magazine. Read on for a peek into the life and style of Elizabeth Gilpin.

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Girl Band’s Loose Power | Iconic Style and How to Get It

It doesn’t matter if you can sing, or even if you like their music to be honest.  Get in touch with your creative soul vibing with girl bands and their iconic style.  Loose power is the buzzword and we all want it now thanks to Lena Dunham, Hedi Slimane, and of course, Kate Moss.  No one will look at you sideways while rocking these looks, but you may garner overexcited groupies, so beware.   Tall boots, eyeliner, lots of black, white, red, midnight blue, leopard or mixed vintage prints, plenty of swagger, and most importantly–a big tender heart–will get you there.

How To Shop and Dress Like A Fashion Editor|Closet Climbing

 

 

Fashion editors do their research.  With every day, all day devoted to knowing who and what is up next on the fashion circuit, shopping and making smart choices is second nature.  Now that you’re here, I’ll share the process.  I begin by studying the shows like it’s the final exam of my life.  I carefully dissect trends while simultaneously puzzling them together through historical cues, art world references, musical tastes, cultural tribes and most importantly–body type.

After all the season’s intel is downloaded into my psyche; colors, shapes, textures and accessories easily fall into categorizations making it clear which looks would be the emperor’s new clothes in my case–and I avoid those.  Instead, I shop for key pieces that make a real difference.  A fantastic coat or jacket, a killer yet comfortable shoe, a go-to special event dress or new handbag.

To decide where to spend,  I think back to last spring and recall my woes, resolute to solve them first this time around.  Here’s a tip:  buy early in the season,  knowing that sale items are often  left behind for a good reason.   Once you have your well thought out prize in hand, you’ll be satisfied, spending less as a result, saving both time and money in the long run.   I make firm decisions focusing on what will make me happiest, investing in those specific items–the kingpins–followed by a gleeful closet edit based on the new season’s highest expectations.  Closet climbing, I would say.

Beyond my new and collected “investment” items, everything else is interchangeable style-wise–great new denim choices, flattering skirt shapes, cashmere sweaters, layering t-shirts, sporty wear, scarves and other accessories to add warmth or texture.  Et Voila!  Stylish, easy dressing with impact, plus timeless elegance, a.k.a. personal style.

The Case For Powerful Red Fashion

Pink’s big sister Red is having a powerful moment.  Passionate and forceful, red makes the heart beat faster.  Do you agree?

Athletic Supermodels Are Giving Me Olympic Fever

 

Olympic athletes are the new heros of high fashion.  Fitness is today’s definition of beauty combining inner strength and outer excellence into a flawless image of WANT IT NOW. We’ve had fitness crazes before but this time around, it’s deep; a solid reclaim of power is at the helm and we are LEANING IN.  Nothing is more luxurious than the grace and confidence that accompanies good health and the fashion industry is collectively taking note.  I work out everyday and often find myself clad in gear. How awesome is it to feel gorgeous and fit BEFORE my workout with the ability to carry the vibe with me wherever I go?  Lucas Hugh designed by inspired Londonite Anjhe Mules is my latest obsession.  What’s your favorite workout?

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Be My Valentine Passionate Style And Modern Love

The age of Aquarius marked the era of free love and I often associate Valentine’s Day with images of flower children exploring love outside the safety net of tradition.  Nowadays free love is extended to loving yourself, your wardrobe and your life.  In other words, being your own Valentine and creating the life you want through sheer will power rather than sheer seduction.  How to get started?  Decide right now that spreading love and good cheer is your number one goal and begin with yourself.  Be daring and impractical, passionate and shocking with dynamic purpose…the goal is a modern love affair with life.

Benefits Of Wearing The Pants

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I believe in pants.  Black, denim, or military cuts are my favorites.  When shopping for pants it’s all about hips and booty.  If you got ‘em, a great pair of pants will flaunt ‘em while looking cool and in charge.  For new denim with extra charge, try Mcguire  in Mrs. Robinson or Myth.  The fit is sensational with undetectable stretch and vintage French styling.   Of course everything looks better with heels, but a killer pant welcomes a sneaker, loafer, bootie or sandal.  With women embracing a sure foot this season, pants will be leading this lady’s wardrobe.

Alexander Wang New Fall Dapper Sport

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Inspiration For Great Hair, Long or Short

I go to ION Studio and see Gabe for my cut and Kim for color–they never let me down.  I have baby fine hair that begs for texture.  In my fantasy, I am all long-soft-shiny like a 70′s Breck-girl commercial. In reality, Edie Campbell with her grown-out Joan Jett is my hero and current inspiration.   She has lived both versions and takes it all in unexpected stride.   As noted by hair great Eugene Souleiman “Everything is very defined in hair styling this season.  Even if it’s not precise, it’s really defined, so if it’s about messy hair, it’s intentionally fucked-up hair.  It’s not about prettiness; we’re in a time where we want women to look more ‘intelligent’.  It feels like things have really evolved from that vulgarity of over-accessorizing, lots of gold, hardware, shoes looking like cars, handbags looking like banks.  We’ve moved on, but we’re going back to something that’s more human.”  Spring 2014 celebrated individualism and beauty risks are a quick, fun shortcut to engaging personal style.  We admire people with the guts to do something adventurous.  This spring, whether it’s cut, color or the courage to go totally au naturale, let your most dependable accessory be just that.

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