Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Red Carpet Review: Teen Choice Awards 2014

Nina Dobrev in Vionnet | Selena Gomez in Saint Laurent | Chloe Grace Moretz in Valentino
Shay Mitchell in Misha Collection | Jordin Sparks in Simply Intricate | Shailene Woodley in Peter Pilotto
Young Hollywood convened at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday night to celebrate the year in music, film and television (or at least the music, film and television that is relevant to the teen set) for the Teen Choice Awards. 

I love events like this where the main red carpet stars are young and sometimes newcomers to the celebrity scene. They don't all have stylists—or at least, they don't all have good stylists. They're still figuring out their personal style (most of them are still teenagers themselves, after all) and the resulting red carpet looks are fresh, fun, and risky. These girls are here to get noticed and that leads to interesting fashion statements, for better or for worse.

Pictured above are some of my favorite looks from the night. Crop tops proved that they are definitely here to stay. Nina Dobrev, Shay Mitchell, Jordin Sparks, Taylor Swift, and others all bared their midriffs with crop tops but no one looked trashy in doing so. Most of these girls have been walking the red carpet for a while now and thus have figured out what they look good in.

Selena Gomez continued her classy lady style streak with a sleek version of le smoking, which Yves Saint Laurent originally reimagined for women. The metallic pumps and the cool ponytail keep this look modern and youthful, and I feel that Selena has truly hit her style stride.

I loved Shailene Woodley's Peter Pilotto dress and especially enjoyed how she drew out the red in her dress with matching red heels. I only wish she had worn a sleeveless or short-sleeve version for the summer event. Nina Dobrev similarly matched her shoes to a color in her look, which made her outfit look instantly put together.

Nina Dobrev would have to be my pick for best dressed of the night. 

Who was your pick for best-dressed celeb at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards?

Friday, August 8, 2014

Get The Look: Grace Hartzel's Bohemian Ensemble

Grace Hartzel (image via styledumonde.com)
Street style stars have a tendency to go for loud, bold designer pieces in order to catch the eye of the photographers, but sometimes its the effortlessly cool looks that truly stun. Such was the case with model Grace Hartzel's seventies bohemian look.

When I saw this outfit I immediately wanted to replicate it, or at least I was quite inspired by it. The seventies boho style is completely on trend this fall, and I love the creative pairings of different prints and textures.

The Key Pieces

A velvet blazer may seem like a fashion faux-pas, but when draped over the shoulders in the style of top fashion editors, it becomes a chic outerwear choice. A printed long-sleeve dress with a drawstring waist is a timeless piece and the perfect dress for anyone wanting to replicate this outfit.

Fringe purses are hugely popular right now, but why not pump things up by purchasing a fringe purse in a bold blue color? Chelsea boots are a personal favorite shoe option, and a caramel brown color is extremely versatile. Have a sliver of sock peeking out for a playful touch.

Last, a layered necklace is the perfect accessory for this outfit. If the Chan Luu chain is too pricey, check out my other layered necklace picks here

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Trending: Luxe Key Chains

Fendi Fall 2014 (via style.com)
Gone are the days when you could find a decent key chain from a gumball machine for twenty-five cents. These days, even the smallest of accessories are expected to be chic, and key chains are the next piece to go ultra-high-end.

It started with Fendi and the adorable monster fluff-ball key chains that every street style star and fabulous fashion blogger just had to have. Then Karl Lagerfeld struck gold again with a new key chain version of himself for Fendi called “The Karlito”. The fashion crowd ate that up (as they do with anything that resembles The Kaiser) even with the cool $1750 price tag. Dang.

As often as I'm pulling out my keys in mixed company (the perks of living in Los Angeles, where driving everywhere is a necessity) I wouldn't mind investing in a glamorous key chain, but for right now I'll probably spend my money on more noticeable fashion pieces.

Would you spend the big bucks for a fashionable key chain?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Look: Knit From Head To Toe

Stella McCartney | Celine | Chanel | Edun | Marc Jacobs
So you hate sweatpants. Your mantra is borrowed from the brilliant mind of Karl Lagerfeld, who once plainly stated, “Sweatpants are a sign of defeat.” But sometimes, on your lowest days when you don't feel like putting up with the tortures of form-fitting fashions and high heels, you do consider the perks of those god-awful sweatpants that those less fashionable than you have no problem wearing, and you wonder if perhaps there is something to them, something comforting.

This is when you're at your lowest point. Eventually you come back to your senses and realize that there’s a reason why you reject sweatpants with a blind hate. But if sweatpants and the like are completely off-limits, what can a fashion girl wear when she yearns for something more comfortable?

The answer: a knit top and pants.

This outfit is fundamentally different from the schlubby outfits that the masses wear when they are getting groceries and want to show the world that they've completely given up. These sweater-suits, I'll call them, are championed by Phoebe Philo and Marc Jacobs, and we all know that anything Philo says is in, well, it’s totally in.

Both designers went for similar approaches to the sweater-suit: the top is slightly oversized; the pants, fitted with a slight flare at the ankles, and in the exact same color. Elsewhere, sportier interpretations were shown, with fitted knits in bright hues, but the idea is still the same.

To ensure that you look minimalist-chic rather than like you don’t care what you look like, pay special attention to accessories and beauty styling. A slicked-back bun or ponytail combined with dangling earrings or a statement necklace will make you look poised and put-together. I would suggest heels of some sort to elongate and keep the look from becoming too casual. 

 What do you think of the sweater-suit? Would you test out this look?