Showing posts with label leather. Show all posts
Showing posts with label leather. Show all posts

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Leather Looks

This spring I'd really like to get my hands on a pair of leather trousers, or maybe leather shorts or a skirt, even. Leather clothing can sometimes be difficult to style and successfully pull of, especially if you've never tried it before. The fabric is something of an attention grabber, a bomb. But there are many different ways to make the outfit look elegant and glamorous. What I find important to keep in mind is that what works on the runway won't necessarily work in real life.

1. The first way to dress up leather is pairing it with simplistic pieces and giving that final touch in detail with accessories and shoes. Like a pair of Sam Edelman Lorissa pumps, white shirt and a nude-coloured blazer, like the outfit below.

Leather Chic 2



2. In this option, think glamorous and elegant. What we want to do here is transform the inherent 'rock chic'  undertone of leather pants to sexy effortlessness. And how exactly shall we do this? With red, of course. Red is a very strong colour, but it is also glamorous. And whilst having two strong elements in an outfit may cause a clash, paying proper attention to how you style it will go from clash to crush.


Leather Chic



2. Another way to style leather is working it into an all black outfit. This might actually be my favourite, even though I don't particularly wear a lot of black; the times I've worn an outfit which was predominantly in this colour are very few. I find that outfits entirely in one colour can easily become boring, which is why I steer clear of it by second nature. However, one thing leather definitely isn't, is boring.



Leather Look


Rachel Zoe Fall/Winter 2012

4. The fourth way to style leather is with a minor print going on. Like a floral top, or a faded print. Not something over-dramatic but preferably sheer and light. This will soften the look and make it look more aesthetically balanced.


Leather Look



That's my post for today. :)
Any comments and feedback are obviously very welcome. If you like, you can check out my other blog, Shrine of Whim. It's more of an 'etc' blog, with bits and bobs about practically anything.


Thanks for reading,
Tina x





Saturday, December 10, 2011

Studs, Punk and Balmain.

Ever wondered how spikes and studs ever made it to the catwalk? To be worn by glamorous people and the fashion world throughout? To be considerer as Haute Couture, even? Well, now you will.



You can easily spot Edelmann's Zoyla and Lorissa.  The Zoyla especially is a very popular component of the latest street style look. The rest are all Balmain.



After doing a bit of research, it turned out (not that surprisingly really) that studs, spikes and embellishments in general came from the Punk subculture. This particular case is one where high-end and designer fashion was thoroughly affected by street style. Because this was a purely "street" style.

In fact, clothing with spikes, studs and punk fashion in general was originally hand-made. The punk sub culture was a sort of rebellion. It was an aggressive and anarchic movement, hence the unkempt, fierce hairstyles and trademark embellishments. This subculture considered itself to be quite anti-fashion. Ironically, the "anti-fashion" style it developed was adopted by designer and high-end labels, and was very much commercialized later on.

Balmain, as you might have guessed, is my favourite label for such casual, punkish attire. Whilst this particular Fashion House was previously known for it's luxurious and glamorous looks, under the Designer Christophe Decarnin it adopted a distincly edgier feel. Below are three of my favourite looks from this year's F/W Collection.


images from here


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