Category Archives: Trends and other troubles

Trend Turns Classic: The Leopard Print

Today I’m writing about an old good trend. A trend that was particularly popular in the 80s and was then regarded as a fashion sin and banished from our closets. In recent years it has celebrated such a brilliant comeback that we can now call it a classic. Of course I mean the leopard print, which remains popular in the coming season. Thus, we see wild cats at Anna Sui, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Stella McCartney and Max Mara spring-summer fashion shows, just to name a few ones.

But caution: leopard print can quickly look vulgar and cheap. Therefore, it is highly recommended to use this element sparingly and wisely. The challenge is not to look like a hooker wearing pieces with leopard print. This means that net tights are not quite a good idea. The same applies for red lips, low-cut necklines, mini skirts, sky high heels, skin-tight styles and anything else that looks sexy and wicked. Instead, you should try to “defuse” the leopard print.

So how to style leopard print? There are two possibilities: either in a classic safari style with chinos, shorts and shirt-dresses in colors like sand, brown, beige and khaki, or mixing different styles. For example, make it edgy in combination with distressed denim, chunky knit, loose silhouettes, masculine elements and flat shoes or girlish with chiffon, lace, floral prints, polka dots, bows and frills. Style professionals like Alexa Chung and Olivia Palermo show us how it goes.

I must confess that I haven’t really been a huge fan of the leopard print. On one hand I didn’t want to conform to the popular stereotype that Eastern European women have a special fondness for the wild cat look. On the other hand I didn’t really like any garment with this pattern. Thus, I’ve only bought two scarves with leopard print so far. However, when I look at the resort collection 2013 by Stella McCartney, I think that I could still change my mind…

Left Anna Sui SS 2013, right Stella McCartney resort 2013

Stella McCartney leopard print resort collection 2013Stella McCartney resort 2013

Left 3.1 Phillip Lim SS 2013, right Max Mara SS 2013

Max Mara leopard print SS 2013Max Mara SS 2013

Images: style.com

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Stella McCartney Ready-to-Wear Winter 2012

Although the summer in Hamburg has not yet started properly, it is time to actively deal with the trends of the coming season. Because the fashion year is known to be far ahead of the calendar year and the shops are gradually filling up with the new collections.

So let’s have a look at Stella McCartney. Her winter is all about broad shoulders, creases, Marlene trousers, flared skirts, opulent patterns and hourglass silhouettes. The designer remains true to herself and as always combines sporty, masculine, elegant and feminine elements in one collection.

The dominant color of Stella McCartney ready-to-wear winter 2012 is the electrifying blue, combined tone on tone, with white, black or brown. My personal favorites are all the pieces with the stunning hourglass silhouette, especially the knit dress and the knit suit.

Stella McCartney Ready-to-Wear Winter 2012

Stella McCartney Ready-to-Wear Winter 2012

Images: style.com

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Summer Sale Highlights: Floral Prints by My-Wardrobe

Floral prints are a huge trend this summer and for all those who still lack a cute floral piece, the summer sale of the online store my-wardrobe.com is a real must. There you’ll find the largest selection of designer blouses, pants and dresses with floral prints up to 50% off! Here are my favorites and a few styling suggestions:

Blumenmuster floral prints sommer sale summer saleSportmax blouse with interchangable stud collar

Sportmax cigarette trousers with zip details

Sportmax floral dress with patent grosgrain panels

Bartolomea floral print v-neck silk blouse by Malene Birger

DKNY Eva print cropped silk blouse

DKNY Eva print ankle skinny pant with seam details

Blumenmuster floral prints sommer sale summer saleD&G floral print chiffon blouse

D&G floral print cotton capri

The easiest way to wear floral prints: flowers from head to toe. Whether pants + blouse, blazer + pants, blouse + skirt, matching or with different floral patterns – mixing is allowed and even desirable! It is absolutely in, if you look like a walking flower meadow. Designers, stylists and bloggers show us how it goes.

Another possibility is to mix floral prints with solid color pieces. In combination with neutral colors such as for instance black, white, nude and cream floral prints can be made quite suitable for the office.

Images: my-wardrobe.com

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Lovely ASOS 50s Style Dresses

During the Glamour Shopping-Week I have ordered some more stuff from ASOS: 3 cute dresses in my beloved 50s-style.

The first one is a polka-dotted turquoise summer dress. The second one is a sleeveless nude dress with a contrast belt. Finally, the third one is a black dress with 3/4 sleeves and a yellow belt.

All three dresses are in midi length and have A-line skirts. I do hope that the dresses look live as good as they do online! I’m especially looking forward to the second one, as it looks highly elegant in the pics and the light colour would go well with my dark hair.

ASOS 50s Style Dresses

ASOS 50s Style Dresses

This dress you can find here.

And this dress you can find here.

Images: asos.com

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Focus on the middle

While showing the belly button is still totally out, there’s a new way to demonstrate a flat stomach. The new trend is to wear a high-waisted skirt combined with a cropped top or a bustier and to expose the part between the two pieces. The pioneers are Prada and Dolce & Gabbana, but there are also more affordable alternatives. So I’m really thinking about ordering a matching bustier for my new ASOS-skirt. What do you think?

Photos: prada.com, asos.com

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Back to Glamour

I do enjoy the lasting revival of the 50s and 60s on the catwalks and in the media. Designers like Miuccia Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and Louis Vuitton keep celebrating the old-world-glamour and emphasized femininity. We see circle skirts, short tops, pleats, lace, accentuated waistlines, hourglass silhouettes, flower prints, pointy-toes, decorative collars, big hair and ladylike bags. We see beautifully staged editorials and ad campaigns shot in front of old Cadillacs and nostalgic TV-series like Mad Men and Pan Am.

For instance Vogue US (issue April 2012) features a fashion story Eternal Optimism by Craig McDean’s whereas Vogue Italia (issue March 2012) contains the story Forever Glamour by Solve Sundsbo.

Photos: vogue.com, vogue.it

 

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La vie en rose

Rose is my absolute favorite pastel colour and I have found plenty of it in the SS2012 collection of my beloved brand Miu Miu. It offers a wide range of rose-coloured pieces starting with sunglasses and iPad cases through to coats and swimsuits.

Here is just a selection of items that are available online. I love the feminine cuts of the clothes and the cute accessories, especially the retro-inspired handbags. It’s so my style! I would certainly buy the whole collection if I could.

Miu Miu rose dreams

Miu Miu v neck dress
$1,255 - mytheresa.com

Miu Miu halter neck dress
789 - farfetch.com

Miu Miu twill coat
$1,779 - mytheresa.com

Miu Miu cropped jacket
$1,450 - miumiu.com

Miu Miu ruffle mini skirt
$750 - miumiu.com

Miu Miu bandeau bathing suit
$245 - net-a-porter.com

Miu Miu platform sandals
$990 - miumiu.com

Miu Miu high heel pumps
$645 - miumiu.com

Miu Miu genuine leather handbag
1,065 - net-a-porter.com

Miu Miu pearl jewelry
395 - flannelsfashion.com

Miu Miu pearl bangle
270 - flannelsfashion.com

Miu Miu logo sunglasses
$280 - miumiu.com

Miu Miu Ipad Case
$550 - miumiu.com 
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