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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Polyvore's Daily Find: MSGM Heart Sweater

The Daily Find: MSGM Heart Sweater

Sweater weather is upon us, and this week I'm featuring a super cute sweater featured on Polyvore! The MSGM Fleece-Cotton sweater can be found on Browns Fashion, and has #Love imprinted on the back. Get inspired with these sweet looks!

Pretty Schoolgirl

Fall time means school time, and sweaters are perfect for chilly mornings and cold classrooms. This heart sweater is fuzzy and soft, so pair it up with a faux leather skirt for contrast. Crochet ankle booties and knee-high socks give off a sweet, schoolgirl feel to the entire outfit. Wrap your hair in a bun and carry around a messenger bag that holds are your school essentials!

Fashionably Late

Woke up late for class? Throw on a heart sweater with cutout shoulders and a pair of skinny jeans. Slip into a pair of sneaker wedges so that the outfit looks like it was planned ahead. And if you have no time to do your hair, a basic or studded beanie will hide that bedhead and draw attention to your fashion style!

Wild Child

Instead of a sweater, try a heart sweatshirt. Go a little bold and wild when you pair the sweatshirt with a miniskirt with appliques and camo combat boots. If the weather permits, throw on a pair of solid color tights in olive, black, grey, or navy. For the jewelry, try a wrap leather bracelet, earring cuffs, and a simple coin necklace.

Enjoy the fall weather, loves!
~~ReneA P.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Get the Fashion Week Look: Betsey Johnson

Betsey Johnson Fashion Week

Betsey Johnson is by far my favorite designer! Her designs and clothing are always fun, flirty, and wild, perfect for my eccentric attitude. Betsey Johnson's runway show was filled with animal prints, tulle gowns, statement jewelry, and gorgeous pink hair! Get the look with these kooky sets I've created!

On the Run

 This look is sporty chic with a hint of wild glam! Get the look by pairing a pair of Capri, sweatpants, a black hoodie, and a pair of Nike running shoes. Refrain from carrying around a fanny pack (seriously! Who invented those?) and place your phone and money in these adorable wrist cuffs by Victoria Secret!

Party All Nights

With fall right around the corner, take in the Autumn air as you're walking the school courtyard or having a blast at an outdoor party when you wear this black, maxi dress with a pair of ankle-strap ballet flats. Go all out with the accessories! Try anything with studs--like this studded belt and star cuff--rhinestones, and skulls!

Hey Little Lady

Animal prints are fun and flirty! Pair a cheetah-print, skater dress with a cropped cardigan. Statement pieces, like this geometric necklace and drop earrings, compliment the print. Be a little edgy, yet soft by wearing a pair of kitten heels and carrying around a slouchy tote.

Happy styling, loves!
~~ReneA P.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Get the Fashion Week Look: Nicole Miller

Nicole Miller Spring/Summer 2014 Ready-To-Wear
The first two weeks of September hosted the Mercedes-Benz 2013 Fashion Week. With designers and models showcasing trends for the upcoming Spring/Summer season, there is no doubt that eager fashionistas will seek inspiration from these looks. Be inspired by Nicole Miller's "Ready-To-Wear" designs.

Whimsical Florals

A summer, whimsical look will have all heads turning as you strut down the street! For a youthful look, wear a floral, mid-thigh dress. Pair the dress up with a white, quilted Moto-vest and strappy heels with studs. Finish off the outfit with dangling, chain earrings and an envelope clutch.

Mysteriously Chic

Mystic and mysterious, the grudge trend promises edgy clothing and eccentric styles. Get the look in a pair of black, distressed denim  jeans and a printed T-shirt. A contrast sleeve jacket will compliment this hot style, as well as a pair of ankle-strap heels with a wild design. Keep your makeup simple, but try a bold lip color.

Baroque Maiden

Pair leather pants and a ruffle top with a baroque inspired cardigan. Finish the look off with a statement necklace, like this multi-chain necklace. If you're looking for a comfortable pair of shoes, op-out for heels and wear flats. With CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara, you can bat those lovely, maiden eyes in the presence of a handsome knight!

Be inspired by other Fashion Week collections by visiting Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week website. Talk to ya lata, loves!
~~ReneA P.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Art and History of Fashion Modeling (Part I)

Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week is receiving all the rage and hype over the week. With designers like Tory Burch, Zang Toi, Ralph Lauren, and Betsey Johnson, the runways are filled with aspiring designs, and the streets host as catwalks with fashionistas wearing hot styles and new looks. With notable models—such as Joan Smalls, Ajak Deng, Karolina Kurkova, and Jourdan Dunn—showcasing the collections, I have decided to shine light on the art of modeling and why this industry is widely competitive and equally entertaining!

The Father of Haute Couture: The Founding of Modeling

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Charles Frederick Worth was an English fashion designer in the 19th Century. Known as the "Father of Haute Couture," he was the first designer to introduce fashion modeling. In 1853, Worth had asked his wife, Marie Vernet Worth, to model his designs. Afterwards, this practice was typically used in Parisian Fashion Houses, and these models were known as “house models." Measurement requirements were not needed at the time because designers used women that varied in size to showcase the variety of the designs.
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First Supermodel and the 60's

Fashion Photography developed during the beginning of photography. Though models were paid poorly, one of the first known models was Lisa Fonssagrives—Swedish model from the 1930s. She appeared in about 200 Vogue covers, which lead to her fame as well as Vogue's involvement in developing modeling careers.
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The 1960s hosted as the evolution of the modeling industry where agencies were established. Most models, however, did not travel to Paris or New York during this time (it was uncommon and quite absurd). Models in Italy during the 60s were paid in cash, for Italy was in need of models for their magazines and fashion houses; however, many of these Italian models did not attain work visas. Hotel raids were rumored to be set up by rivaling Italian agencies.

London was considered a more organized market for modeling agencies. At the time, shorter models were not signed while taller models with smaller bust sizes were in demand. A prime example for the new standards was supermodel Twiggy, who stood 5'6" with a 32" bust. 
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During the 1967, seven of the top model agents in London formed the Association of London Model Agents (ALMA). This association changed the fashion industry by emphasizing the importance of a more professional attitude toward modeling. Models were required to have hair and makeup done before their arrival to a shoot, and modeling agencies took responsibility for a model's branding and promotional materials. During this time, Wilhelmina Cooper developed her own fashion agency with the help of her husband, called Wilhelmina Models.

By the late 60's, models were paid better and treated with more respect. Ford Models was one of the first agencies to allow teen models. In February 1968, an article by Glamour Magazine used the term “supermodel" to describe 19 of the most famous models during the 60's. And the first African American model to appeared on the cover of Ladies' Home Journal in 1968 was Naomi Sims.

Supermodel Verushka||View her and the other 19 Famous Supermodels on Cult of Aphrodite Vintage

More to Come

The next article will be about modeling through the 70's to now, and I'll also shine light on the Model Controversy and the "Ideal" Woman. Until next time loves!
~~ReneA P.