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Spring has sprung and I love it.Warm sunshine is back in vogue and let’s face facts, it might finally be time to ditch the dull winter clothes and replace them with some gorgeous spring pieces. I was blown away by the stunning pieces and trends on the catwalk during the Fashion Week S/S14 shows….colours, textures, patterns, new silhouettes… Amazing!!
This post has been quite a labour of love, as I adore most of the S/S14 trends.I’ve been very discerning in making my picks of the seven key looks to revamp your wardrobe! I hope you enjoy reading my edit!
THE MIDI FULL SKIRT :
This tea-length ladylike silhouette has been around for a few years, but the fashion world is going crazy for it this season so it looks like it’s not going away anytime soon thanks to designers like Stella Jean, Christian Dior, Roksanda Llincic, etc. It looks good on nearly everyone if you take the time to find one that really suits your body type.For women with an athletic and inverted triangle shape, this skirt gives the illusion of an hourglass figure.When it comes to this style, I would say, the more volume, the better. Don’t be afraid to experiment with footwear options with the midi full skirt.The hemline tends to sit on the calf, so depending on your leg shape, higher heels or wedges could look better than flats. Choosing wisely is part of looking good.
Mesh is, in the words of Rita Ora ‘so hot right now ‘ thanks to Vera Wang, Elizabeth and James, Milly etc. But as the saying goes, ‘ Know your body and adorn it accordingly.’ If the mesh trend is your favourite but you’re not lucky enough to have rock hard abs and a toned back, clever layering will do the trick. Pair a camisole or vest top with a loose, off the shoulder mesh top. Better yet, shop around for dresses and tops which have been made with a fusion of mesh and another fabric. Mesh doesn’t always have to mean see-through.
Also known as holographic trend. Lanvin, 3.1 Philip Liam and Marc by Marc Jacobs sent models down the runway in irdescent pieces. To make a major ‘ Disco Diva’ statement, wear a holographic dress, blouse or skirt. If you’d like to give a more subdued nod to the trend, iridescent accessories are key. Shoes, broques, necklaces,sunglasses, nail vanish and clutches all present a world of possibilities. This is a fresh alternative to the conventional metallics look and I personally love it.
Here, we see Rihanna working this trend by going all out and still making it look effortless.I love how she paired her ripped Acne jeans with a Stella McCartney sequin hologram crop top, a Stella McCartney hologram clutch from her resort 2013 collection and a Manolo Blahnik ankle strap sandal made from iridescent purple snakeskin….Flawless
ALL WHITE EVERTHING :
White has been revived for S/S 14. All white outfits were seen on different runways and Viktor & Rolf, Preen, and Rachel Zoe Collection reinterpreted the classic button-down on their runways. Neckline detailing, embellishments and asymetric cuts are in, so this is your cue to embrace the fresh clean vibe.
Soft pastel shades are back with a vengence. The soft hues of mint green, lavender, blush pink etc. as seen at Burberry Prorsum, Jason Wu, Rag & Bone are fresh and delightful.
BLACK AND WHITE :
Black and white was seen at David Koma, Erdem, etc. It’s a timeless and chic combination that appears every season, and with good reason too.It is also one of the few colour pairings that suit nearly every skin tone. What’s there not to love about classic black and white?
Pleats are a must have for this season. Opting for a pleated dress or skirt, in any length is a sure fire way to create a feminine silhouette. Definitely a key shape for S/S 14.
Last but not least, a vast selection of prints(Florals, Graphics, Digital, Geometrics,etc.), are ALWAYS hot for spring/summer. Team these with crisp white shirts or vest tops or if you are bold enough, go for the print on print option and the world is your runway!
So there you have it. These are just a few of my personal favourites for the new season.
I always make this point at the end of my trend forecasts, and I can’t stress this enough – remember to shop cleverly. Trends come and go, so always opt for key staples or timeless pieces in your closet.This is a savvy way of creating a capsule wardrobe that you can update with a few ‘on trend’ pieces. Buy less, wear more.
I do not own the copyright to the images above.
Meet Saranda Maliqi, a young and upcoming London based photographer. I had the privilege of meeting and working with this amazingly talented young lady on the shoot for my new SS14 Collection, and to say I loved every second of working with her would be an understatement.
Saranda is professional, unpretentious, patient, talented and so enthusiastic about her job. Her enthusiastic and flexible approach to her work is so infectious that it created a fun and relaxed atmosphere in her studio, which is based at her home in Barking. I simply HAD to blog about her even though I’ve never made a personal recommendation here before.
Saranda’s attention to detail is impeccable. She notices every single thing that needs tweaking, shifting, etc when you are shooting with her. I couldn’t help but notice this trait, and when I asked why she is so particular about even the tiniest details, Saranda’s reply was ‘I want my customers to be so satisfied with their photos that nothing can stop them from coming back to me for more; That is what puts a smile on my face. Customer satisfaction is everything to me.’
I sat down to have a chat with Saranda a week after my shoot and below is the interview?
YUMMISTYLE : Hey Saranda, it’s great to see you again. How are you doing?
SARANDA : I’m great, thank you. It’s so good to see you too.(Smiles)
YUMMISTYLE : You know why I’m here today so I will just go straight to the point. Tell me a little bit about yourself.
SARANDA : My name is Saranda Maliqi and I’m a 23 year old photographer living in London and chasing my dreams.
YUMMISTYLE : Can you explain what you mean by chasing your dreams? What are your dreams and are they any different from what you are doing now?
SARANDA : Well, my dreams are not any different from what I do now, which is photography, but I’m not where I want to be yet so I’m still working hard to get there. I love photography and anything associated with it. I have big dreams and I will not rest until I’m finally where I want to be.
YUMMISTYLE : And where do you want to be?
SARANDA : I am working towards making a name for myself and the service I provide as well as to establish myself as a great photographer where people have trust in my name. Opening and running my own studio is my long term goal. I hope to open something very soon in London but eventually expand to something even greater in my home country, Kosovo. It might sound too ambitious but I believe that nothing is impossible, you just have to go out and get it!
YUMMISTYLE: Way to go girl! You can do anything if you work hard for it. Tell me about a typical day in your studio with clients.
SARANDA : It depends on the kind of shoot I’m doing and what is involved. If I am shooting in the studio, I will make sure all my lighting and camera equipment is prepared, charged and functioning properly and then set up the studio the day before. I will then call the client to confirm the date and time and whether they need anything extra prepared on the set and also to remind my client to inform me if they are running late etc. On the day of the shoot, I like to make sure everything is fully prepared so that I can relax until my client arrives and then give the shoot my all!
YUMMISTYLE : So what separates you from the other photographers?
SARANDA : My work ethic. I always put my clients first and go the extra mile for my client
YUMMISTYLE : Absolutely! What would you like to tell people out there who don’t know about Saranda Photography?
SARANDA: That whatever their photographic needs are, coming to me would provide them with someone who is completely committed in client/ customer satisfaction and that as a business, I will always go that extra mile to ensure things go smoothly and that the shoot is a success and the client is happy with the results. I will not allow them to leave unhappy by my services. Also, as I am starting out, my prices are very reasonable. I do accept last minute shoots that require images to be edited and complete within a day at a small extra cost of £25. All in all, they should know that I do my best to make sure shooting with me is a comfortable and fun experience for anyone who puts faith in me as their photographer.
YUMMISTYLE : Thank you So much for your time Saranda and keep doing a fabulous job.
I spoke to the team I worked with to shoot the Look Book and this is what they had to say :
Princess Adwoa (Makeup artist) said, ‘Saranda is such a delight to work with. I loved how she was able to joke around with the team but kept it professional at the same time. Her attention to detail is second to none. Saranda will go far.’
Vanessa (Hair Stylist) had this to say : ‘Saranda is the business.’
Jasmine (Model) said: ‘She deserves all the success in the world.Such a lovely hard working girl.’
These are just a few people who have had the Saranda Photography experience… and I would recommend this Saranda’s services in a heartbeat. Get in there and experience it before the likes of Vogue and Elle snap her up because it’s only a matter of time!!
For more information about Saranda Photography,visit her facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Saranda-Photography/122923784523715
WEBSITE : Sarandaphotography.com
INSTAGRAM : @Sarandography
TWITTER : @Sarandography
Happy new year guys.I just want to say a big thank you to all my readers.I love what I do and it gives me joy when I read your comments,feed back and suggestions. Feel free to email any fashion or style questions you have to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will do my best to answer them all. I will also do my best to blog more this year. I was busy towards the end of last year working on my S/S 14 statement necklace collection and shooting the Look Book for my collection.It was very time consuming but everything went so well and I cannot wait to show you the photos.I worked with an amazing group of people to shoot the Look Book. The photographer,makeup artist, hairstylist and models were all amazing and so professional. I would recommend them anyday.
My team was made up of :
Photographer : Saranda Maliqi. Check out her website. Sarandaphotography.com and email her email@example.com she is so cool, a professional and amazing at what she does.I loved every second of working with her. Her facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/pages/Saranda-photography/122923784523715
The makeup artist is a professional make up artist who has been working with Giorgio Armani for some years now but also does free lance work.Contact her to do your make up for that special occasion and you won’t regret it. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org
My hairstylist for the day was Vanessa.She is one of the best around.Young,experienced and fabulous.Contact her email@example.com for all your hair needs.
Hair for the shoot was supplied by Cabelovs. Like their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CABELOVS For the best virgin Brasilian,Peruvian, and Mongolian hair, contact Cabelovs.
That said, I cannot upload pictures until spring so watch this space for my new collection.
BELOW ARE A FEW BEHIND THE SCENES SHOTS.SORRY FOR THE POOR QUALITY OF SOME OF THE PHOTOS.
Have a great week people.X
The Little Black Dress(LBD) was invented by Coco Chanel in the 1920’s. Prior to this, women mostly wore black during a period of mourning. Chanel published a picture of a simple black dress (calf length), in American Vogue in 1926 and vogue called it “CHANEL’S FORD” in reference to the reliable and omnipresent Model- T’s that Ford was turning out in the 1920’s.
Vogue had this to say about Coco Chanel’s creation :
” The little black dress is a uniform for all women of taste.
“For any girl, any woman with little money, it’s marvellous to have the possibility of having one dress for the whole season, for the whole year, and be well dressed.”
The LBD became a hit in the 20’s but the trend really took off when Audrey Hepburn who played Holly Golightly in the 1961 movie, ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ wore it in the movie.
A little black dress must be simple, elegant, timeless and free from the limits of current trends. Whether sleeveless,long or short sleeved, spaghetti strap, etc. it must stand the test of time and must be versatile. And because it’s a wardrobe staple, think of comfort, fit, proportions, style and last but not the least, quality not quantity when investing in a little black dress. You can never go wrong with an LBD in your wardrobe.
Karl Lagerfield once said :
“One is never over or under dressed with little black dress”.
He is simply referring to the versatile nature of the LBD. It is no secret that the little black dress can go from day to night or casual to glamorous by just changing your accessories. It can be worn on almost any occasion if styled right. Style it with hats, fascinators, sunglasses, gloves, flat shoes, heels, a clutch,a handbag, pearls or any necklace of your choice, a coat,blazer, etc. You are spoilt for choice when it comes to styling a black dress.
You can wear a shirt underneath a little black dress for a chic office or business look.
Or simply add a chic bag and heels to your LBD and you are ready to conquer the business world.
You can just wear flats with your LBD for a chic yet comfortable look like Anna Hathaway did wth her Dolce & Gabbana version.
For a night out, simply swap your handbag and flats for a clutch and heels and add other accessories if you please and you are ready to go.
The perfect little black dress can last for several fashion seasons or even years so look for one made from a good quality, comfortable fabric. Not too expensive to break the bank but not cut-price cheap either. The style should be simple enough to go with most things in your wardrobe.
The fit is very important. You want to turn heads or be noticed in your LBD so get the fit and proportions right. It should fit like a glove. If you find a perfect one that doesn’t fit right, ask a good tailor to make the necessary alterations. What I personally love about the little black dress is the fact that women of all ages, shapes and sizes can rock it and look great. This is evident in the photos below:
DITA VON TEESE
The little black dress was invented almost a century ago so if we are still wearing it now,you should know it’s here to stay. Every style icon has been seen in a little black dress and every fashionista knows that it’s a must have.
Marigay Mckee, Harrods Fashion and Beauty Director said :
“The Little Black Dress is not just a fashion accessory. It’s an institution – an iconic fashion symbol.”
Fashion trends come and go but the little black dress has stood the test of time,it’s effortless,chic,timeless,iconic, versatile and suits everyone. Grab one if you don’t have it in your closet.
DISCLAIMER : I do not own the copyrights to the images above.
Most petite women dress up aiming to create the illusion of height. (most,not all). Truth is,there is nothing wrong with being petite so embrace your body and make the most of it. There are standard fashion rules you are meant to follow when dressing a petite frame. However, i believe rules are meant to be broken. So experiment and don’t get stuck in one place following the same old rules.
The two most important fashion rules for petites in my opinion,are :
1. Making sure to shop in the petite department since the cut on petite clothing will obviously be more suited to your petite dimension than regular clothes.
2. Having an amazing tailor / dressmaker at hand for those all important alterations to get the fit of your clothes perfect.
Having said that, follow these simple fashions rules when styling your body type :
WEAR FIGURE HUGGING CLOTHES
Fitted, figure hugging clothes are one of the best ways to style a petite frame. The cut prevents your figure from being swamped by layers of fabrics.This in turn flatters your body type and does wonders for your petite silhouette. Do not overdo it though. In the words of Marilyn Monroe, ”Your clothes should be tight enough to show you are a woman but loose enough to show you are a lady.”
WEAR MONOCHROMATIC OUTFITS
Color can be used to enhance height. Sticking to one or two colors from head to toe creates a vertical line, which in turn makes you appear taller. Avoid wearing too many colors at the same time.
WEAR VERTICAL STRIPES
Vertical stripes elongate your figure making you appear longer and slimmer than usual. This can be flattering on petite frames.
WEAR HIGH WAISTED BOTTOMS
Wearing high waist skirts, shorts, trousers, etc. makes your lower body appear longer than it actually is. The best way to wear high waist bottoms is to tuck in your top.
WEAR HIGH HEELS
High heels are the obvious choice for any woman who wants to appear taller. However,wear heels that you can actually walk in..You do not want to be struggling to walk properly in your heels.That just looks awkward! So choose a comfortable heel height to prevent any wobbles on the pavement. It’s best for petite people to avoid ankle strap heels because the straps break up the elongating effect of the heel and sometimes make your legs look even shorter. Instead, your best choice is a pointed toe heel with low-cut vamp.
WEAR POINTY FLAT SHOES
Like I stated earlier, there is nothing wrong with being petite so embrace your height and make the most out of it. Let’s be realistic,you cannot wear towering heels every second of the day so invest in a pair of pointy flat shoes because pointy shoes lengthen your leg line.
WEAR YOUR HAIR IN AN UPDO
Style your hair to create the illusion of height and fullness. Holding your hair in a knot / bun on top of your head makes you appear taller. The same goes for big or voluminous hair.
WEAR PLUNGING V NECKLINES
Plunging V neckline dresses and tops elongates your neck, giving the illusion of a longer neck and leaner torso.It creates a vertical line making the wearer appear taller.
TUCK IN OVER SIZED TOPS
Oversized clothing does nothing for the petite frame. However, there is always an exception to the rule. You can get away with it if you get the styling right. Tuck in oversized tops to fit your figure better and cinch oversized dresses at the waist with skinny belts to avoid looking like you borrowed Big Mama’s clothes.
WEAR FLARED TROUSERS
Wear your trousers really long and pair with heels.(Very long trousers with flats will just look unsophisticated on a petite person). Heels can be wedges,platforms, etc.Long flared trousers give the illusion of longer legs. The trick is to buy it longer and have the hem hitting the very top of your heels or even covering your shoes (heels) completely as seen in the picture above. Wear with your top tucked in or a waist length top and you will instantly look taller than you actually are.
I hope my petite readers will find these tips useful and try a few of them out. As they say, ‘good things come in small packages.’
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