Best thing about the cold weather, if any? It’s got to be the clothes & styles we can play around with, and the most important staple for winter is The Coat. For 2013 cold season the coat styles and looks are all about one thing: no rules! I love that. From fur to leather, from bright reds to darks or neutrals, from simple to eccentric, from oversized to slim cut, long to short, clean or patterned – the coat styles are wild and free in 2013 winter. With one thing in mind there’s nothing in our way to looking fabulous while staying warm and comfy – Style up Ladies! (that’s the only rule). A coat with a perfect pair of boots and a cool bag will make any one of us walk to work as if we’re rocking a catwalk. And while you’re at it, throw in a thick wool scarf, gloves and maybe a hat or beanie and you are the picture perfect of winter style.

A big thing this cold season is the oversized coat, with large shoulders and one button, right above the knee length, usually in neutrals. Though this androgynous look is a far cry from what I love, I have to admit it’s a style that’s making quite a statement lately and it does look pretty cool with ankle heeled boots, skinny jeans or trousers and a loose top. I’d go for super elegant chic office blouse with a statement necklace, to balance the masculine feel, or, on a more comfy laid back note, for a denim shirt or an uber sophisticated jumper.

For a couple of years now the fur coats and leopard printed ones have been making their stylish waves in fashion. And yes I do confess I love them so very much. They can make any look and outfit seem chic & sophisticated, rich and glam while being urban and unpretentious. My favorite look – all back outfit, lots or jewelry/accessories and a fur or leopard printed coat over. Nothing in my book beats that. It’s edgy and modern yet quite retro & classic. For office hours wear heeled ankle boots, Chelsea boots, or even flat knee-high & over the knee boots. For evening, going out or more adventurous styles go for heels, studs, black tights, dresses, skirts – the sky is the limit. Leopard prints look fantastic with black & white, and if you feel like adding a color stick to just one, as to not over-crowd the look: red, blue, green, pink. 

 

Nothing beats classic, you know what they say. A style that has always been around (coat wise) is the classic knee-length, belted, brown coat that was a huge hit back in the ’70’s. It gives a retro modern vibe to your style and it looks stunning with heeled pumps or court shoes and trousers. Another personal favorite fashion wise /coat styles is the black military coat which is a huge hit this season and if you ask me, will keep on living a long fashion life as it can be styled to look rock glam/punk with studded boots and jeans or super glamorous with heels, trousers and silky tops or dresses in millions of styles.

Coat styles for winter 2013 are limitless and the funkier they look the better they will ft you this season. So with no rules in mind and no restrictions I’d say when you go shopping for your coat this season, if you’re feeling quite adventurous or want to add some groove to your wardrobe, go for over-the-top pieces, for coats with leather insertions or funky textures. Keep one thing classic and one edgy, so if you choose a knee-length belted coat go wild on textures, colors or prints. It can have leather sleeves, shiny textures, leopard prints… Best part about wearing a statement coat? You can keep the rest of your outfit simple and classic. For a sip of inspiration who better to tip us on this winter style crush than celebrities like Kate Moss (for more on her style click here) and Blake Lively. These 2 have sure got it all figured out coat wise. Kate Moss is all fur, leopard printed coats, oversize,  funky, sometimes classic and Blake keeps is so classic and glamorous with her neutral shade coats in long styles, sometimes opting for chic textures to get the sophisticated look. I mean both ladies come from 2 cold cities in winter: London and New York so no surprise there. Alexa Chung is another style icon to keep your eyes on, Angelina Jolie is the one to hunt down fashion wise if you’re the classic type. Natalie Portman & Katie Holmes too go for that classic coat style in brown, while Rihanna (for more on her style click here) stays urban chic in fer fur trimmed winter parka (for more on parka coat styles click here).

So with this heaven of coats and no fashion restriction zone, which style ladies is right down your street? Are you letting your funky eccentric persona catch the spotlight this winter or are you going for safer, classic looks that never fade out with time? Whatever the case make sure you keep if sophisticated and cool with skinny trousers/jeans/leggings, statement tops & bags and those ankle boots heels we so love this season.

photos via Pintrest, Stockholm Street Style; Golestaneh Streetstyle.blogspot



If you’re going to San Francisco / Make sure to wear some flowers in your head” – well… this season you can go anywhere and wear anything in your head.  The bejeweled heads are taking over everywhere, from Fashion Weeks to parties, to school, to dates or even work. Whether it’s too much or just fun you gotta give this trend what it deserves: it looks fabulous! OK so it may be too over the top for some of us, at least to don in bright daylight (I’d probably feel as if everyone was staring and laughing their butts off) but headpieces come in tens of styles and designs as to fit and accessorize any and every occasion and look: jewelry, crystal, beads hairpieces, flower hairbands, textured, butterflies etc.

Christine Centenera headpiece

Christine Centenera headpiece; via la modella mafia

Flower Headpiece

Flower Headpiece via Pintrest

And as the rule has it, there’s always someone to blame for this fashion craze. My finger glamorously points to the beautiful Nicole Richie who, bless her heart, has tried to resuscitate this style from the 1970’s for quite sometime. Yay… you finally did it Nicole! I mean with her always trendy looks and style icon label it was a matter of time before this trend settled in. Never one to shy away from fashion experimentation Nicole has said that everyone should try wearing headpieces, proving they not only look amazing, but give edge & coolness to a look. With jeans, loose patterned coloured tops and beach waves hairstyle – a headpiece puts the bohemian feel into an outfit. A sultry glamorous sparkling look & sexy stilettos can be complimented bystatement jeweled headpiece over a pulled back sleek hairdo. Headpieces made out of crystals, gold, beads, or any chic jewellery and embellishments look amazing with silk blouses and trousers or jeans, or with cutoff denims, tights, jumpers or blazers. It can add a bit of naughty school-girl touch to any look, or a bit of sophistication and glam to a casual street style outfit. For all you adventurous ladies, a headpiece can put some razzmatazz into any look and you can rock your way through the town’s busy crowd in style. Just think of it as the cherry on top of any style or outfit you choose: coat & boots for winter; dress and heels for evening; shorts and T-shirt for casual. The sky’s the limit. Remember Blair Waldorf in Gossip Girl? She made all her fren-enemies steal her cute, sweet & naughty headbands style. And before we knew it, every posh 20 year old girl was a Gossip Girl in headbands or hairpieces that adorned her head in any occasion or season. Oh and let’s not forget the nostalgic Americana Dream girlLana Del Rey. She sure brought back those hipster romantic flower headpieces, and not too long ago we’ve spotted Alexa Chung & Pixie Lot rocking them at carpet events.

For 2012-2013 Autumn/Winter designers didn’t shy away from the heavy adorned heads trend and what better and more glamorous example could we ask for than Dolce & Gabbana? With Alta Moda collection the extremely talented Italians are telling us to go wild on accessories and decorate our heads with the most exquisite headbands & pieces, while keeping on the huge earrings and heavily embroidered textures and seductive clothes. It’s a heaven of too much, only that it looks ravishing and fabulous. And if the catwalks are doing it than what the hell! It means we got a free pass to extravagances and style statements. Though it has been around for a while now… the headpieces trend stays, and though it may not always be in the very spotlight, it’s right there next to all the big trends putting the exclamation point in any look. Too much? Too fun or too childish? Hmmm… a lot could be said, but the truth is that flower headbands & jewelry headpieces look fantastic. The question is would you wear them? And which ones are your style? 

Maharani Jewel Headpiece; $149.00 from mimco.com.au

Maharani Jewel Headpiece; $149.00 from mimco.com.au

House of Harlow 1960 Gold Three Strand Headpiece in gold; $209.00

House of Harlow 1960 Gold Three Strand Headpiece in gold; $209.00

Vanessa Mooney Olivia Headpiece; $120.00, from swell.com

Vanessa Mooney Olivia Headpiece; $120.00, from swell.com

Beatrice Oversized Floral Crown Headband; £38.00 from rocknrose.co.uk

Beatrice Oversized Floral Crown Headband; £38.00 from rocknrose.co.uk

Johnny Loves Rosie Double Corsage Flower Headband, Black/silver £39.50 from johnlewis.com

Johnny Loves Rosie Double Corsage Flower Headband, Black/silver £39.50 from johnlewis.com

Dolce & Gabanna Headbands

Dolce & Gabbana Headbands

Dolce & Gabanna Headbands

Dolce & Gabbana Headbands

Dolce & Gabbana Headbands

Dolce & Gabbana Headbands

Red Roses Flower Headpiece

Red Roses Flower Headpiece via Tumblr

Sasha Pivovarova Flower Headpiece

Sasha Pivovarova Flower Headpiece

Alexa Chung Flower Headband

Alexa Chung Flower Headband

Alicia Keys Chanel Headpiece

Alicia Keys Chanel Headpiece

Anna Delo Russo Headpiece

Anna Delo Russo Headpiece

Black & white Flower Headpiece

Black & white Flower Headpiece via Pintrest

Charlize Theron headpiece

Charlize Theron headpiece

Emma Stone Headpiece

Emma Stone Headpiece

Florence Welch Headpiece

Florence Welch Headpiece

Funky Headpiece Street Style

Funky Headpiece Street Style

Headpiece Diane Von Furstenberg

Headpiece Diane Von Furstenberg

Headpiece style

Headpiece style

Josephine de la Baume flower headband

Josephine de la Baume flower headband

Kim Kardashian Headpiece

Kim Kardashian Headpiece

Lady Gaga Headpiece

Lady Gaga Headpiece

Leighton Meester Headband

Leighton Meester Headband

Miroslava Duma Headpiece

Miroslava Duma Headpiece

Nina Ricci headpieces

Nina Ricci headpieces

Rihanna Headpiece

Rihanna Headpiece

Pixie Lot flower headpiece

Pixie Lott flower headpiece

photos via Pintrest, Tumblr, la Modella Mafia, Google Images

Sweaters

Sweaters via Tumblr

Sweaters, jumpers & cardigans are my new fashion crush for 2013 Winter, in as many designs, styles and colors as possible to suit every occasion and mood. The knitwear used to be a great hit back in the day, and lost a bit to silks & jerseys for a couple of years, but this season the cozy tops in warm fabrics are here to stay. And what better trend to have in winter than a wool chunky sweater styled fabulously with belts, skirts, jeans, trousers, shorts, or layered with jackets, coats and scarves? It’s finally a heaven of stylish coziness.

Acne Sweater

Acne Sweater

Jeremy Scott Bart Print Jumper

Jeremy Scott Bart Print Jumper; from farfetch.com

Kenzo Printed Sweater

Kenzo Printed Sweater; from farfetch.com

Topshop Jumper

Topshop Jumper; £45.00

High street brands like Topshop, H&M, River Island, Forever 21 or ZARA have always had their share of wool clothing & classic sweaters for the cold season, as well as the streets – they’ve always been packed with women choosing comfort in a sweater in winter, over stylish tops that keep you cold. So awakening designers to this trend was but a question of time, and here we are in Autumn Winter 2012-2013 giving in to this sweater boom as if it’s the 1st time in fashion history that we’re wearing knits and wool. But… truth be told, that’s how the wheel turns in this industry: catwalk – retail – streets (even though it might be the other way around once in a while, we’re closing our eyes and letting this one slide). So what knits to wear this winter & how to style them? Although the general fashion trend for winter 2013 is ‘In With Wool & Knitwear’, the big trend holds within it tons of other trends to choose from such as: chunky sweaters, neon colored jumpers, stars & galaxy sweater prints, bugs or animal prints, loose cardigans, or fitted sweaters, long or waist length, thick or thin fabrics, belted, tucked in, dressed up, or down, rolled up sleeves, layered… and the list can go on. Baring one rule in mind – style & glam up your sweater and though you may opt for mixing prints of tops and bottoms, make sure you stay in the same color range. And as I always say… accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. Pile up on whatever you feel like it from bracelets to rings or necklaces for that glam, rock, rich look. Ah… I can’t believe there used to be a time knitwear was considered so anti-fashion & un-stylish! I mean the ways to glam up a knit/wool look are limitless and so much fun… while keeping warm and cozy.

Jumper - Street Style

Jumper – Street Style

Olivia Palermo Sweater

Olivia Palermo Sweater

Sweater

Sweater via Pintrest

Cardigan Style

Cardigan Style; via Pintrest

Cardigan

Cardigan, via Tumblr

Sweater - Street Style

Sweater – Street Style

The reason why the world of rich, famous and talented has finally given in to us people is of no importance, what matters though is that fashion designers finally chose to exploit our non-VIPs’ fashion needs and desires! Or maybe they simply understood that a laid back style and attitude once in a while can be quite a stylish nonchalant fashion statement  and one doesn’t have to strut in too expensive uncomfortable clothes and labels to turn heads or be trendy. So the fashion Gods have given us a free pass to sweaters! Knitwear & wool ruled the runway in amazing designs and cuts, from your regular jumpers, pullovers, sweaters to wool dresses, scarves, skirts or vests. Alexander McQueen’s black & white wool dress paired with a fur black collar and black belt is a glam look to go for this season and Missoni’s soft color wool ensemble is for casual comfortable looks. Other designers to fabulously celebrate the wool and put the sweaters back in fashion are: Burberry, Vivienne Westwood, Patmos or Pringle.

Alexander McQueren Wool Dress - Autumn/Winter 2013

Alexander McQueen

Vivienne Westwood Red Label - Autumn/Winter 2013 - Knitwear

Vivienne Westwood

Missoni

Missoni

Burberry Sweater

Burberry Sweater

M. Patmos

M. Patmos

With the streets adoring this trend and exploring its exquisite various styles, with no limit or rule other than to be creative and feel comfy and the celebs donning the sweaters look even on the red carpet (kudos to Olivia Palermo for it. You go girl!) it seems that knitwear comes to our rescue in 2013 Winter. Sweaters are the new fashion must! No longer just comfy, but rather luxurious, glamorous, edgy, with jewellery or leather insertions, oversized or hugging your curves, chunky or thin, see-through or classic they come in tens of trends and styles. The question is which one is yours? 

Knitwear Street Style

Knitwear Street Style

Sweater

Sweater via Pintrest

Sweater Style

Sweater Style via Pintrest

Sweater Style

Sweater Style via Pintrest

Jumper with shoulder studs

Jumper with shoulder studs via Tumblr

Sweater Style Street

Sweater Style Street via Pintrest

Sweater Style

Sweater Style

Sweater - Street Style

Sweater – Street Style

Sweater Style Street

Sweater Style Street; via Pintrest

Claudia Schiffer - Blue Sweater

Claudia Schiffer – Blue Sweater

Jessica Alba - Street Style - Sweater

Jessica Alba – Street Style – Sweater; via Just Jared

Kate Bosworth - Owl Sweater

Kate Bosworth – Owl Sweater

Kate Bosworth Sweater

Kate Bosworth Sweater

Olivia Palermo Sweater

Olivia Palermo Sweater

Rosie Huntington Whitely Sweater

Rosie Huntington Whitely Sweater

Olivia Palermo Sweater

Olivia Palermo Sweater

photo sources: www.posh24.com, Pintrest, Tumblr (martinamaslov), www.billierose.creatorofdesire.com; k-l-o-g.blogspot.com; www.weheartit.com; stockholm-streetstyle.com

Leather Trend  - Autumn Winter 2012-2013; Diane von Furstenberg

Leather Trend – Autumn Winter 2012-2013; Diane von Furstenberg; photo via style.com

Have we all gone mad with the Fifty Shades Of Grey bestseller? Or do designers long for those grunge looks of the past? Whatever the case one thing is certain. In 2012-2013 Autumn & Winter we are all plunging into a Gothic glamour and elegance and giving in to obsessive looks of Bad Girls. Collections from the most classic designers took this S&M road, with leather trousers, jackets, straps, belts, gloves. But to make it more actual and fun we’re not just sticking to the all time black. No ladies, it’s colored leather all the way, from the deepest to the most electric tones of red, orange, calm nudes, greens or purples. If you fancy the retro look – DSquared nailed their 2012-2013 Fall/Winter collection with amazing colorful looks that make eyes pop.

Leather Trend - 2012-2013 Autumn Winter; Dsquared

Leather Trend – 2012-2013 Autumn Winter; Dsquared; photo via style.com

Leather Trend - 2012-2013 Autumn Winter; Dsquared

Leather Trend – 2012-2013 Autumn Winter; Dsquared; photo via style.com

Leather Trend - 2012-2013 Autumn Winter; Dsquared

Leather Trend – 2012-2013 Autumn Winter; Dsquared; photo via style.com

All silhouettes are a bit more oversized and if one might think that baggy leather trousers are a No No, well think again. When the fashion press slammed down Kim Kardashian for wearing those super baggy black leather trousers, they should have known better, right?

Leather Trend - 2012-2013 Autumn Winter; Givenchy

Leather Trend – 2012-2013 Autumn Winter; Givenchy; photo via style.com

Leather Trend  - Autumn Winter 2012-2013; Calvin Klein

Leather Trend – Autumn Winter 2012-2013; Calvin Klein; photo via style.com

Leather Trend  - Autumn Winter 2012-2013; Givenchy

Leather Trend – Autumn Winter 2012-2013; Givenchy; photo via style.com

Leather Trend  - Autumn Winter 2012-2013; Valentino

Leather Trend – Autumn Winter 2012-2013; Valentino; photo via style.com

From the classic Valentino to the edgy & punk’ish Jean Paul Gaultier all the designers have a little leather something for us. Givenchy‘s collection for Fall Winter 2012-2013 was absolutely stunning. Then there were the glamorous Gucci, Loewe, Fendi with pieces that had the semi-bondage vibe written all over it. But in a more fun colorful palette and experimentation. Why stick to the classic leather trousers or jacket, which by now is a staple in most wardrobes?  Go for full skirts, coats, tops, gloves, big belts, hats, suits, dresses. And if black may be a little to harsh for you… explore all colors. Red is intense and nudes give an understated elegance.

Leather Trend  - Autumn Winter 2012-2013; Diane von Furstenberg

Leather Trend – Autumn Winter 2012-2013; Diane von Furstenberg; photo via style.com

Leather Trend  - Autumn Winter 2012-2013; DKNY

Leather Trend – Autumn Winter 2012-2013; DKNY; photo via style.com

Leather Trend  - Autumn Winter 2012-2013; Givenchy

Leather Trend – Autumn Winter 2012-2013; Givenchy; photo via style.com

Leather Trend - Autumn Winter 2012-2013

Leather Trend – Autumn Winter 2012-2013

Leather Trend - Autumn-Winter 2012-2013; Givenchy

Leather Trend – Autumn-Winter 2012-2013; Givenchy; photo via style.com

Ana Beatriz in green leather trousers

Ana Beatriz in green leather trousers; photo via Moda della Mafia

pink Leather dress

pink Leather dress

Blake Lively in orange leather dress

Blake Lively in orange leather dress

Demi Lovato in black leather jacket

Demi Lovato in black leather jacket

Kim Kardashian in black leather dress

Kim Kardashian in black leather dress

Nicole Richie in black leather jacket

Nicole Richie in black leather jacket

It’s sophistication all the way. And the common people know it best, as we didn’t have to wait for Blake Lively to don her amazing orange leather dress on the red carpet, nor for the other VIPs who strut their strut in leather pieces all the time! No way! The streets never gave up on this trend. From the leather jackets to the skirts and tops, fashion capitals all over the world are packed with women feeling empowered and sexy in leather.  Glossy or matte, rich or grunge, black or nude, neon or deep, tight or oversized – leather pieces are here to stay and make us all look like nonchalant bad-ass rock-stars!

Paired with knits, jeans or business-like attire any leather piece can pull it through at any given time of the day or night. Being a leather junkie I feel blessed with this new craze in town, and will experiment with all the styles this trend can carry!

Leather trend - street style

Leather trend – street style; photo via Moda della Mafia

Selita Ebanks in red leather dress

Selita Ebanks in red leather dress

Olivia Palermo in black leather dress

Olivia Palermo in black leather dress

Leather trend - street style, brown leather skirt

Leather trend – street style, brown leather skirt; photo via popyacollar.co.za

featured photo via Tumblr

Keira Knightley as Anna Karenina

Keira Knightley as Anna Karenina

Ice cutting wind that makes Russian aristocratic ladies’ cheeks blush with color under luxurious furs that, alongside pearl necklaces and earrings adorn these far-in-times tormented beauties of the 19th century – is the picture my mind travels to, with this season’s fashion trend. A crowded 1870’s Moscow or St. Peterspurg railway station with trains that seem more like chariots under the blistering cold, with aristocratic ladies that make their way through journeys in heavy expensive clothes… it’s Russia at its best. Romantic Russian Imperialism with its fine fashion & style.

Keira Knightely as Anna Karenina

Keira Knightley as Anna Karenina

When Temperley London presented her 2012/2013 Fall-Winter collection, she gave a away on a lot of what we shall indulge in this winter, and predicted what Anna Karenina Film was about to stir, fashion wise. A return to the mid 19th century Russian opulence and exquisite elegance. A collection that makes you wish for freezing whether just to wear fur hats and collars over heavy brocade and lace gowns. Femininity at its most with 21st century ladies who let history inspire them and give in to old forgotten habit and flirts – like wearing gloves that once taken off, with a sophisticated nonchalance, reveal pale soft hands, on which crystal rings and golden bracelets rest.

Russian Fashion Trend - Temperley London 2012/2013 Fall-Winter collection

Russian Fashion Trend – Temperley London 2012/2013 Fall-Winter collection

Russian Fashion Trend - Temperley London 2012/2013 Fall-Winter collection

Russian Fashion Trend – Temperley London 2012/2013 Fall-Winter collection

Sticking to the same fashion and Russian feel, Keira Knightley stunned on the red carpet at Anna Karenina’s premiere in London & Toronto, in dresses that were oh-so-historically classic with a modern twist. Black and white. The 2 color palettes that we’ll see a lot of this season. Never too revealing and overly embroidered yet so sexy for all this lack of flesh.

Keira Knightley at Anna Karenina Premiere - Red Carpet - 2012 Toronto International Film Festival

Keira Knightley at Anna Karenina Premiere – Red Carpet – 2012 Toronto International Film Festival

Keira Knightley at Anna Karenina - London Film Premiere

Keira Knightley at Anna Karenina – London Film Premiere

Keira Knightley & Jude Law at Anna Karenina - London Film Premiere

Keira Knightley & Jude Law at Anna Karenina – London Film Premiere

Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina Inspired Editorial - Vogue

Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina Inspired Editorial – Vogue

Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina Inspired Editorial - Vogue

Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina Inspired Editorial – Vogue

The ‘Fur Russia With Love’ 2013 Winter Trend will have us all crave for a lustful luxurious elegant laziness in rich textures that play their part of darkness and light (much like Dior‘s New Look). With piles of crystals and pearls, fur hats that hide away the rebel curls of Botticelli women – the 1870’s women are reborn in this modern uniformed 21st century, that lacks dainty attitudes and styles. Well… we’re not going to parade the streets in ballgowns that sweep the dirty pavements, nor squeeze our waists in corsets that make any delicious dinner undigested or better yet, improper to be served by a woman too pretentious to be seen devouring food in a dress that barely allows a healthy breath or laughter for that matter. No ladies! We’re getting the best of both worlds and centuries. The glamour of 1877 Russian high society with a touch of 1950’s retro modernism and today’s twist and edginess.

Anna Karenina Inspired Street Style Looks:

Russian Fashion Trend, Street Style, fur hat

Russian Fashion Trend, Street Style, fur hat, via picturesofhats.info

Russian Fashion Trend, Street Style, fur hat

Russian Fashion Trend, Street Style, fur hat, via whowhatwear.com

Russian Trend, Street Style

Russian Trend, Street Style, via lepetitenest.com

(scroll down for more street style and Anna Karenina inspired clothes…)

Films seem to agree quite well with fashion nowadays. Well, at least for Banana Republic, who stuck with the Mad Men‘s recipe. After sky-rocketing their sales with a collection inspired by the series (click here to see), they are just unstoppable aren’t they? I mean, why fix it it it ain’t broken, right? Jacqueline Durran (Anna Karenina Film’s costume designer) has given her artistic input into the Banana Republic Anna Karenina Inspired Collection, consisting of 76 pieces (both for men & women). A limited edition bound to hit the stores on October 30th 2013, it mirrors and delivers on its Russia Times Muse: the 1877 Lev Tolstoy novel on the life, love and affairs of the 19th century Russian aristocracy. Glamour & elegance to the point of opulence, velvet fabrics, brocade patterns and reinvented looks, with prices that will vary from $39.50 to $325.

Banana Republic Russian Fashion Trend - Anna Karenina Collection

Banana Republic Russian Fashion Trend – Anna Karenina Collection

‘Looking back through history and then adapting older fashions to forward looking pieces is a classic element of design”, says Banana Republic creative director, Simon Kneen.

Russian fashion trend - Winter 2013, fur hats

Russian fashion trend – Winter 2013, fur hats, via longchampesuk.com

The Russian Trend of 2013 Winter is a bold return to drama and ultimate femininity. A strong, statuesque, delicate woman, with  novel’ish beauty, who’s fashion sense came from both a social status she was unaware of (or took for granted), as well as a tormented life, subject to sorrow & hurt (caused by misfortune or mere boredom). This romantic dark and light beauty in rich fabrics and extravagant accessories is at the core of this season’s fashion trend inspiration. So brace yourselves ladies for it’s time to celebrate our inner Imperial personas and indulge into all that is luxuriously forbidden while looking fabulous. What’s next? Dreaming of our prince in shining Armour?  Wouldn’t hold my breath on that…

Anna Karenina inspired clothes & jewelry:

Temperley London Dress via Vogue

Temperley London Dress via Vogue

Valentino coat - Anna Karenina Inspired look via Vogue

Valentino coat – Anna Karenina Inspired look via Vogue

Anna Karenina Inspired Fan via Vogue

Anna Karenina Inspired Fan via Vogue

Azzedina Alaia Anna Karenina Inspired Shirt via Vogue

Azzedina Alaia Anna Karenina Inspired Shirt via Vogue

Freya Jewelry - Anna Karenina Inspired via Vogue

Freya Jewelry – Anna Karenina Inspired via Vogue

Alexander McQueen Clutch - Anna Karenina look via Vogue

Alexander McQueen Clutch – Anna Karenina look via Vogue

Tomassa Jewelry - via Vogue

Tomassa Jewelry – via Vogue

Anna Karenina inspired jewelry via Vogue

Anna Karenina inspired jewelry via Vogue

Nina- Rcci dress (Anna Karenina inspired logueook) via V

Nina- Rcci dress (Anna Karenina inspired look) via Vogue

Anna Karenina Looks – Street Style:

Russian Fashion Trend, Street Style

Russian Fashion Trend, Street Style, via thebestfashionblog.com

Russian fashion trend - street style, via thebestfashionblog.com

Russian fashion trend – street style, via thebestfashionblog.com & stockholm.streetstyle.com

Russian Fashion Trend, Street Style

Russian Fashion Trend, Street Style, via whowhatwear.com

Russian Fashion Trend, Street Style, fur hat

Russian Fashion Trend, Street Style, fur hat, via whowhatwear.com

Russian Fashion Trend, Street Style, fur hat

Russian Fashion Trend, Street Style, fur hat, via glamourmagazine.co.uk

Russian Fashion Trend, Street Style, fur hat

Russian Fashion Trend, Street Style, fur hat, via glamourmagazine.co.uk

With all the trends swirling around us like crazy there seems to be a general movement that makes it all happen. Style Clashing is the big thing now that embodies it all: from prints to chunky jewellery to lace, to evening skirts and heavy boots. If the ’80s were all about broad shoulders, bad make-up and big hair and the ’90s about grunge, the 2000s are about clashing styles. Wear your snickers with a feminine fancy dress, or your boots with an evening gown. Wear delicate pieces with heavy metal chunky jewellery.

military jacket

military jacket

Army Jacket Image via Aloha Rag

Army Jacket Image via Aloha Rag

In this new fashion revolution the Army Jacket takes a comfortable position and announces its huge comeback for Autumn 2012. The Army Jacket was quite a big hit in the ’90s (I remember fighting with my brother over an old/vintage army coat that must’ve belonged to our father) and then Olivia Palermo was rocking it on the streets of New York in fall 2010. Two years later… here we are hiding beneath the military coat on cold evenings or mornings. Oh, and trust me it does come in handy in a place like London. Sure mother always says never mix it with a business or feminine look, but I say it just makes it look stronger. Adds more power to it. It looks cool & rebel. The grungy washed out green, the spikes, the belts, the added colours… so many designs, cuts, patterns. You’ve gotta love it, right?

Balmain had a great collection packed with army jackets. Zara had a stunning army jacket in stores just last spring (still sorry I didn’t buy it). Celebrities rock the laid back sexy look and the streets are always the best place to spot this trend. One out of 5 people on the streets seems to be an ex-army soldier in washed out green jackets over T-shirts or business suits!

Here are a few looks of the Army Jacket I love so much…

Army Jacket Image via Teenvogue

Army Jacket Image via Teenvogue

military jacket - Balmain

military jacket – Balmain

Rihanna army jacket

Rihanna army jacket

Jessica Alba army jacket

Jessica Alba army jacket

army jacket in London image via Shopstyle

army jacket in London image via Shopstyle

army jacket

army jacket

Rihanna in army jacket at Coachella Festival 2011

Rihanna in army jacket at Coachella Festival 2011

Fearne Cotton army jacket

Fearne Cotton army jacket

Green Army Jacket - Burberry Prorsum

Green Army Jacket – Burberry Prorsum

Gwyneth Paltrow in army jacket

Gwyneth Paltrow in army jacket

Jessica Simpson in army jacket

Jessica Simpson in army jacket

Megan Fox in Military Jacket

Megan Fox in Military Jacket

military jacket

military jacket

military jacket - Balmain

military jacket – Balmain

Military Jacket - Marc Jacobs

Military Jacket – Marc Jacobs

military jacket on runway

military jacket on runway

military jackets

military jackets

military jacket

military jacket

military jackets Image via Stylepantry

military jackets Image via Stylepantry

military jackets Image via Teenvogue

military jackets Image via Teenvogue

Naomi Cambell in army jacket

Naomi Cambell in army jacket

Nicky Hilton in army jacket

Nicky Hilton in army jacket

Olivia Palermo in military jacket

Olivia Palermo in military jacket

Sienna Miller wearing army jacket

Sienna Miller wearing army jacket

Vanessa Hudgens in army jacket

Vanessa Hudgens in army jacket

Zara army jacket

Zara army jacket

Prada 2012 - Vintage Pleated Skirt

Ladies 2012 is the year of  The Pleated Skirts! Short, maxi, tea length, nude, colored, printed – with flats, boots or heels they make any woman look feminine & chic. Oh… and a bit retro. And we love it! Last autumn the designers’ collections had their share of pleats, and I thought what a cool trend for the cold days. Feminine and sexy in the middle of the cold blizzard. But the pleats were such a huge hit that the trend stuck with us throughout the four seasons and here we are in 2012 Summer still choosing the maxi or short pleated skirt for those hot days in the sun.

Prada 2012 - Vintage Pleated Skirt

Prada 2012 – Vintage Pleated Skirt

Silky & flowy, sweeping the floor or just hiding our bum the pleated skirt is turning into a wardrobe staple. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Ashley Tisdale, Rihanna, Diana Agron, Diane Kruger, Kate Bosworth rock this look on the red carpet or in every day life  feeling feminine and sophisticated. Top designers like Prada, Gucci, Jason Wu, Jill Stuart, Nanette Lepore lure all of us women into the retro modern world of beauty and style – with the pleats.

All throughout this year the streets were packed with pleats. Women were exploring and taking this trend to the next level. Whoever said pleats are only appropriate for the 5 o’clock tea party was so wrong. Long or short the pleated skirts can be worn with heels, sneakers, boots. You name it. For chilly days add a jumper, scarf, thick coloured tights &  jacket while keeping the skirt silky and summery. Be adventurous and mix & match all textures, styles and items into anything you feel. Throw in a vibrant nail polish, chunky jewellery and sunglasses for a rich sophisticated look.

I love to pair the pleated maxi, knee & over the knee length skirt with a belt, , leather jacket, T-shirt,  jumper & funky shoes! Here are some of my favourite street & runway looks and celebs rocking this trend!

2012 Pleated Skirt - Street Style

2012 Pleated Skirt – Street Style

2012 Pleated Skirt - Street Style

2012 Pleated Skirt – Street Style

2012 Pleated Skirt

2012 Pleated Skirt

2012 Pleated Skirt - Street Style

2012 Pleated Skirt – Street Style

2012 Pleated Skirt - Street Style

2012 Pleated Skirt – Street Style

2012 Pleated Skirt – Kim Kardashian
Antonio Berardi Fall 2012 RTW - Pleated Skirt

Antonio Berardi Fall 2012 RTW – Pleated Skirt

2012 Pleated Skirt - Ashley Tisdale

2012 Pleated Skirt – Ashley Tisdale

2012 Pleated Skirt - Ashley Madekwe

2012 Pleated Skirt – Ashley Madekwe

2012 Pleated Skirt - Street Style

2012 Pleated Skirt – Street Style

2012 Pleated Skirt - Chloe Moretz

2012 Pleated Skirt – Chloe Moretz

2012 Pleated Skirt - Clemence Poesy

2012 Pleated Skirt – Clemence Poesy

2012 Pleated Skirt

2012 Pleated Dress

2012 Pleated Skirt - Street Style

2012 Pleated Skirt – Street Style

2012 Pleated Skirt - Street Style

2012 Pleated Skirt – Street Style

2012 Pleated Skirt - Diana Agron

2012 Pleated Skirt – Diana Agron

2012 Pleated Skirt - Diane Kruger

2012 Pleated Skirt – Diane Kruger

2012 Pleated Skirt - Street Style

2012 Pleated Skirt – Street Style

2012 Pleated Skirt - Emmy Rossum

2012 Pleated Skirt – Emmy Rossum

 2012 Pleated Skirt - Fashion Vibe Blog

2012 Pleated Skirt – Fashion Vibe Blog

Gucci Resort 2012 - Pleated Skirt

Gucci Resort 2012 – Pleated Skirt

Jason Wu Spring 2012 - Pleated Skirt

Jason Wu Spring 2012 – Pleated Skirt

Jill Stuart Spring Summer 2011 - Pleated Skirt

Jill Stuart Spring Summer 2011 – Pleated Skirt

2012 Pleated Skirt - Kate Bosworth

2012 Pleated Skirt – Kate Bosworth

2012 Pleated Dress - Kim Kardashian

2012 Pleated Dress – Kim Kardashian

2012 Pleated Dress - Vancouver Street Style

2012 Pleated Dress – Vancouver Street Style

2012 Pleated Dress - London Street Style

2012 Pleated Dress – London Street Style

2012 Pleated Dress - Milan Street Style

2012 Pleated Dress – Milan Street Style

2012 Pleated Dress - Milan Street Style

2012 Pleated Dress – Milan Street Style

2012 Pleated Dress - Demi Lovato

2012 Pleated Dress – Demi Lovato

2012 Pleated Dress - Mila Kunis

2012 Pleated Dress – Mila Kunis

Nanette Lepore Spring 2012 - Pleated Skirt

Nanette Lepore Spring 2012 – Pleated Skirt

2012 Pleated Skirt - New York Street Style

2012 Pleated Skirt – New York Street Style

Pintrest - 2012 Pleated Skirt - Street Style

Pintrest – 2012 Pleated Skirt – Street Style

Prada RTW Spring 2012 - Pleated Skirt

Prada RTW Spring 2012 – Pleated Skirt

2012 Pleated Skirt

2012 Pleated Skirt

2012 Pleated Skirt - Olivia Palermo

2012 Pleated Skirt – Olivia Palermo

2012 Pleated Skirt - Taylor Swift

2012 Pleated Skirt – Taylor Swift

2012 Pleated Skirt - Street Style

2012 Pleated Skirt – Street Style

Prada Spring 2012 - Pleated Skirt

Prada Spring 2012 – Pleated Skirt

2012 Pleated Skirt - Street Style

2012 Pleated Skirt – Street Style

2012 Pleated Skirt - Rihanna

2012 Pleated Skirt – Rihanna

2012 Pleated Skirt - Street Style

2012 Pleated Skirt – Street Style

 

 

 

 

2012 Marc Jacobs Sneakers

A while ago I made a post on the ’90s fashion revival, with a bit of insecurity to be honest with you, as I thought I may have not spotted a trend, but more of a fad… Well seems to me the ’90s fashion inspired looks are here to stay. From the High Street to the runways- with the sneakers comeback we are witnessing a dip in the grunge-cool era of fashion. It’s as if we’re all a bit to tired of the studied, clean, safe looks and just want to feel free, cool, experiment and not give a damn about the rules. Kitsch looks, grunge-sporty outfits and un-styled styles are becoming quite refreshing fashion trends.

2012 Marc Jacobs Sneakers

2012 Marc Jacobs Sneakers

2012 Christian Louboutin Sneakers

2012 Christian Louboutin Sneakers

Apart from the washed out jeans, the denim jackets, the flannel, the boots – the ’90s revival in 2012 summer seems to be all about being sexy, comfortable & a bit rebellious. The Sneakers are back! From the classic black & white converses to designer ones – the sneakers are cooling down & styling up the feet of celebs & non-VIPs. Christian Louboutin Sneakers & Marc Jacobs 2012 Sneakers Collections are ones of my favourites. Classic ’90s styles mixed with today’s edginess, a punk’ish/sporty vibe, sexy, young and nonchalant. A reinvented original shoe craze! The sneaker invasion has taken over the high street brands, designer shows and collections & celebrities outfits. The streets (a perfect mirror & influence of fashion) are packed with feet dressed up in coloured, patterned, or classic looking sneakers. And the best styling rule… there is no rule. Keep them on while rocking ripped jeans, short denims, leggings, skirts or fancy flirty dresses for a rebel, girly edgy look. 2012 Summer Shoe Trend is all about feeling comfortable and sexy. So once in a while ditch the flip flops, high sexy heels or pumps and go for a tomboy look. 2012 Summer Trend is about being sexy while dressing down & having fun.

Celebrities are spotted everywhere with the funniest & coolest designs. And if you ask me, we could hold Rihanna & Kristen Stewart responsible for the sneaker trend revival. After all it was Kristen Stewart who showed up in the classic black and white sneakers on the red carpet. Anyway… cool or too childish,  the sneakers trend is cool & young. A dip in the ’90s fashion trend in the middle of 2012 Summer!

Here are some of my favourite designs, celebs rocking this trend & some street styles for inspiration.

2012 Summer Shoes Trend - Sneakers

2012 Summer Shoes Trend – Sneakers

Christian Louboutin 2012 Spring Summer Sneakers

Christian Louboutin 2012 Spring Summer Sneakers

John Varvatos - Spring 2012 Converse

John Varvatos – Spring 2012 Converse

2012 Summer Shoes Trend  - Sneakers

2012 Summer Shoes Trend – Sneakers

2012 Guiseppe Zanotti Sneakers

2012 Guiseppe Zanotti Sneakers

Sneakers - London Street Style

Sneakers – London Street Style

Sneakers - London Street Style

Sneakers – London Street Style

Street Style - sneakers and dress

Street Style – sneakers and dress

Street Style - sneakers and dress

Street Style – sneakers and dress

London Street Style - sneakers and skirt

London Street Style – sneakers and skirt

Whitney Port sneakers

Whitney Port sneakers

Agyness Deyn in Sneakers

Agyness Deyn in Sneakers

Avril Lavigne Sneakers

Avril Lavigne Sneakers

Reese Witherspoon Sneakers

Reese Witherspoon Sneakers

Rihanna Sneakers

Rihanna Sneakers

Ciara in Giuseppe Zanotti Wedge Heel Sneaker

Ciara in Giuseppe Zanotti Wedge Heel Sneaker

Anabela Belikova in Isabel Marant 2012 Sneakers

Anabela Belikova in Isabel Marant 2012 Sneakers

Jessica Alba Sneakers

Jessica Alba Sneakers

Keri Hilson in Giuseppe Zanotti Sneakers

Keri Hilson in Giuseppe Zanotti Sneakers

Kristen Stewart Sneakers

Kristen Stewart Sneakers

Kristin Cavallari Sneakers

Kristin Cavallari Sneakers

Lauren Conrad Sneakers

Lauren Conrad Sneakers

Miley Cyrus Sneakers

Miley Cyrus Sneakers

Miranda Kerr Sneakers

Miranda Kerr Sneakers

Nicole Richie Sneakers

Nicole Richie Sneakers

Kim Kardashian in Reebook

Kim Kardashian in Reebook

Rihanna in sneakers

Rihanna in sneakers

Rihanna in Adidas leopard sneakers

Rihanna in Adidas leopard sneakers

Rihanna in sneakers

Rihanna in sneakers

Rihanna in Isabel Marant high top suede sneakers

Rihanna in Isabel Marant high top suede sneakers

Rihanna in Sneakers

Rihanna in Sneakers

Sarah Jessica Parker in Sneakers

Sarah Jessica Parker in Sneakers

2012 Statement Trousers

As we go further into spring/summer days I come to realize it’s finally alright to go a bit mad, over the top, crazy and as original as we can with out daily outfits. And why not. I did say fashion is a way of self expression after all right?  With this in mind I am quite pleased to see a new tend being born.  The streets, fashion magazines & stores are packed with printed trousers, leopard leggings, brights, wide legged, harem or skinny ones… It’s the time of The Statement Trousers! The wildest the better! The more it stands out the more you have done a better job dressing up. It’s about style, standing out, telling a story, being different…

Spring Summer 2012 Calvin Klein - Bright Trousers

Spring Summer 2012 Calvin Klein – Bright Trousers

Spring Summer 2012 Collections was packed with  statement trousers! Catwalks were flooded with prints of all sorts, brights that hurt the eyes and one of a kind designs. From Dolce & Gabanna to Salvatore Ferragamo to Jil Sanders this season’s collection are a delight to the eyes. So are London streets come to think of it. Women feel freer to wear anything and experiment. So I’m seeing it all. From harem trousers amazingly paired with blazers and heels, to skinny and converses, from tacky leopard prints to geometric ones, from high waist wide legged 70s inspired trousers to pretty daring bright, cropped, cut, wicked, weird… It’s all out there!

Even a look at our dearest celebrities might be an inspiration of some sort. Beyonce is loving this trend and goes for the loudest prints & cuts! So does Cheryl Cole – though she’s still a ling way from getting it right. Chloe Moretz is a fashionista by the day as well as Heidi Klum!

Have a look at some statement trousers as rocked by celebs & people on the streets. Also find a few other pieces I really like…

2012 Statement Trousers - Street Style

2012 Statement Trousers – Street Style

2012 Statement Trousers - Street Style

2012 Statement Trousers – Street Style

2012 Statement Trousers - Street Style

2012 Statement Trousers – Street Style

2012 Statement Trousers - Street Style

2012 Statement Trousers – Street Style

2012 Statement Trousers - Street Style

2012 Statement Trousers – Street Style

2012 Statement Trousers - Street Style

2012 Statement Trousers – Street Style

2012 Statement Trousers - Street Style

2012 Statement Trousers – Street Style

2012 Statement Trousers - Street Style

2012 Statement Trousers – Street Style

2012 Statement Trousers - Street Style

2012 Statement Trousers – Street Style

2012 Statement Trousers

2012 Statement Trousers

2012 Statement Trousers - topshop jacquard floral trousers

2012 Statement Trousers – topshop jacquard floral trousers

2012 Statement Trousers

2012 Statement Trousers

2012 Statement Trousers

2012 Statement Trousers

Cynthia Rowley Printed Trousers 2012 Spring/Summer

Cynthia Rowley Printed Trousers 2012 Spring/Summer

Just Cavalli - Statement Trousers

Just Cavalli – Statement Trousers

Sportmax Spring 2012 - Statement Trousers

Sportmax Spring 2012 – Statement Trousers

2012 Statement Trousers

2012 Statement Trousers

2012 Statement Trousers

2012 Statement Trousers

Heidi Klum wearing statement trousers

Heidi Klum wearing statement trousers

Beyonce wearing statement trousers

Beyonce wearing statement trousers

Cheryl Cole wearing statement trousers

Cheryl Cole wearing statement trousers

Diana Vickers in statement trousers

Diana Vickers in statement trousers

Chloe Moretz in statement trousers

Chloe Moretz in statement trousers

 

Bare Midriff! That just makes me think of Dolce & Gabbana SS 2012 collection, with all those fruit and vegetable prints and ‘50’s inspired fashion & style. Or to be honest with you it takes me back to the late ’90’s when all you had to do to be a fashionista was to bare your tummy. Ladies we are officially in trouble. The perfect tummy is back in fashion as everyone is rocking the cropped top from the streets to the red carpet.

Dolce & Gabbana Spring Summer 2012 Cropped Top

Dolce & Gabbana Spring Summer 2012 Cropped Top

Is it just a fad or is it here to stay? Whatever the case I do have to admit, as uncomfortable as this trend may be it does kind of look sexy and quite edgy in a very retro way. And for those a bit self conscious – a cropped top may look so stylish and comfortable paired with high waist skirts or trousers. It leaves just a tiny centimeter of bare midriff. For an effortlessly cool look wear a slouchy cropped top or tie your T-shirt or shirt a little high up. No it’s not Beverly Hills the old series! Just the new craze in fashion. It was a hell of a thing then and it might just be the coolest thing now.

Any doubts? Just have a look at Dolce & Gabbana’s Spring Summer 2012 Collection and you will be in awe! Sophia Loren might have skipped the bare midriff trend but she sure did inspire it for this show. One of my favorite collections, Dolce & Gabbana’s SS 2012 proves how retro and cool cropped tops and tiny bustiers can look. Who ever said showing too much tummy is not tasteful is now swallowing back his words!

From Gwyneth Paltrow on the red carpet, to Rihanna, Gwen Stefani or Jennifer Lopez (she does embody the bare midriff style doesn’t she?) every celebrity at any age and any event (yes that’s right, it’s not just a street style) seems to embrace baring their tummies. Unfortunately though London is a bit behind the weather or should I say the clouds these days, and while LA people are all enjoying the benefits of the sun, wise fashion, us Londoners are still stuck in blazers and scarves. Bare midriffs seem a long way ahead right now, hence my lack of street style pictures. I will though make sure to spot them and capture them as soon as the weather picks up. I’m quite curious, to be honest with you to see how many women will be showing their bare midriffs on London streets…

Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2012 - Cropped Top

Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2012 – Cropped Top

Emilio Pucci Spring Summer 2012 - Bare Midriff

Emilio Pucci Spring Summer 2012 – Bare Midriff

Preen Spring Summer 2012 - Cropped Top

Preen Spring Summer 2012 – Cropped Top

Dolce & Gabbana Spring Summer 2012 - Cropped Top

Dolce & Gabbana Spring Summer 2012 Cropped Top

Blumarine Spring ummerS 2012 - Bare Midriff

Blumarine Spring ummerS 2012 – Bare Midriff

Roland Mouret Spring Summer 2012 - Bare Midriff

Roland Mouret Spring Summer 2012 – Bare Midriff

Versace Spring Summer 2012 - Bare Midriff

Versace Spring Summer 2012 – Bare Midriff
Jennifer Lopez - Bare Midriff
Jennifer Lopez – Bare Midriff

Alexa Chung - Cropped Top

Alexa Chung – Cropped Top

Paris Hilton at Coachella 2012 in Bare Midriff

Paris Hilton at Coachella 2012 in Bare Midriff

Gwen Stefani in Cropped Top

Gwen Stefani in Cropped Top

Gwyneth paltrow at Emmy Awards in Bare Midriff

Gwyneth Paltrow at Emmy Awards in Bare Midriff

Jennifer Lopez in Bare Midriff

Jennifer Lopez in Bare Midriff

Jennifer Lopez baring midriff in Herve Ledger by Max Azria SS 2012 dress

Jennifer Lopez baring midriff in Herve Ledger by Max Azria SS 2012 dress

Kelly Rowland in yellow lacy crop top

Kelly Rowland in yellow lacy crop top

Kristen Stewart at Coachella 2012 in bare midriff

Kristen Stewart at Coachella 2012 in bare midriff

Lana Del Rey in cropped T-shirt

Lana Del Rey in cropped T-shirt

Lindsay Lohan - in cropped top

Lindsay Lohan – in cropped top

Miley Cyrus baring midriff on Red Carpet

Miley Cyrus baring midriff on Red Carpet

Rihanna - bare midriff

Rihanna – bare midriff

Rihanna - bare midriff

Rihanna – bare midriff

Rooney Mara - bare midriff

Rooney Mara – bare midriff

Scarlett Johansson - bare midriff

Scarlett Johansson – bare midriff

Selena Gomez - cropped top

Selena Gomez – cropped top

Solange - cropped top

Solange – cropped top

Jennifer Lopez - bare midriff

Jennifer Lopez – bare midriff

Zoe Kravitz - crop top

Zoe Kravitz – crop top