Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Girls of 2014 — No. 7

Dior Couture | Dior | Dior | Dior | Dior Couture | Jason Wu
If 2013 was the Year of J-Law, then 2014 was the year that she ensured her lasting power as a style icon. With a fresh new bob, a lustworthy Christian Dior Couture wardrobe, and a slew of blockbuster films, Lawrence is certainly here to stay.

What did 2014 bring for Jennifer Lawrence? Mockingjay: Part I and X-Men: Days of Future Past meant plenty of red carpet opportunities for America's most relatable actress. She stunned at Cannes (the Dior crop top outfit is one of my favorite looks of hers, beating poofy ball gowns and other more dramatic red carpet looks) and has shown she has great style even when she's just running errands.

In the next year, Lawrence has starring roles in Serena alongside Bradley Cooper in addition to the final installment of the Hunger Games series, Mockingjay: Part II. But fear not! Katniss's journey may be coming to a close, but the 24-year-old starlet is just getting started! We're going to be seeing Lawrence's lasting starpower and fashion prowess for a long, long time.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Trending — Work of Art

Novis | Zimmermann | Alice + Olivia | Kenzo | Carven | Antonio Marras
Fashion and art are more interrelated than one may initially think—it's the whole reason why I'm majoring in art history as I prepare for a career in fashion. Designers endlessly draw inspiration from artwork and movements, and artists are often hired to collaborate on prints and collections. And with textile printing technology continues to progress (just look at Mary Katrantzou and Peter Pilotto, who have made careers off of cool digital prints) printed pieces are totally cool again.

Graphic prints are way cooler than boring graphic tees; they are pop art pieces that you can wear! Plus, you'll look like the most cultured woman in the room when you walk in wearing a Matisse-inspired Alice + Olivia midi or a chic Kenzo sweatshirt.

The best part? Graphic art prints can show up in a dress and work as an eye-catching statement piece, or you can wear a cool purse or shoe and accessorize with a little work of art. The choice is yours!

Shop Modern Art Pieces:

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Barbie's Got a Brand New 'Do

Sometimes you need a bit of a change! Nothing too drastic, just a good four or five inches off to breathe some new life into my hair. Looks good with a red lip, doesn't it?

What I'm Wearing:

The Girls of 2014 - No. 8

Chanel Couture | Gucci | Burberry Prorsum | Burberry | Burberry
The jury is still out on whether or not the Supermodel still exists, but if they do then Cara Delevingne is certainly one. In the past few years Cara has become a household name, and no matter how you discovered her—as a high fashion model, as a Victoria's Secret Angel, as an eyebrow icon, or even a subject of pronunciation confusion for Reese Witherspoon—you know who she is.

Cara's a bit polarizing; you either love her or love to hate her, but one thing is clear: you cannot escape Cara. Recently named Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards, Cara has had an outstanding year. She's Karl Lagerfeld's muse, she's landed countless magazine covers and editorials, and she's just been cast in two highly-anticipated new movies (yes, Delevingne is trying the model-actor route): as Margo in the film adaptation of John Green's Paper Towns and June Moone aka Enchantress in DC's Suicide Squad.

Style-wise, Cara is most known for her tomboy off-duty style, but I think it's in her red carpet appearances that she truly shines. She's a true queen of glam and isn't afraid of a dazzling sparkle or daring slit or sheer skirt. Even her menswear-inspired blue tuxedo is sexy and edgy, and the sneakers add a fun touch. She's got serious style but doesn't take herself too seriously. In essence, Cara has the "cool" factor.

And really, isn't that what being an It Girl is all about?

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Girls of 2014 — No. 9

Delpozo | Lanvin | Lanvin | Calvin Klein | Lanvin
There's something to be said for the elusive style chameleon, who can be dainty and girly one day and fierce and sleek the next. Rising star Gugu Mbatha-Raw expertly transforms from one look to the next with ease, and each look is an absolute delight.

The British actress has had a huge year on both the red carpet and on the silver screen, with two big films this year (the groundbreaking period drama Belle and the fame-exploring Beyond the Lights) and several other projects currently in the works.

Mbatha-Raw is just as stunning with her fashionable looks as she is in her films. A lover of Lanvin, she's not afraid to try a bold print or an unusual silhouette, but she'll stun just as well in a simple colored sheath. Her hair and makeup looks are also fabulous, and I love how she can rock a bold pink lip just as much as a nude makeup look.

When one thinks of a rising It Girl, there is no one better than Gugu Mbatha-Raw. She's had a fantastic 2014 and 2015 looks to be just as bright!