The Best Style Advice You’ll Ever Hear

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What is your style? Is it I-throw-the-first-thing-I-can-find-on-and-leave-the-house chic? Or do you plan your outfit to the tiniest detail, to the point of matching your nails with your shoes? Do you even know what your style is?

In the age of social media, it is easier than ever to find what your favourite celebrities wore in the last 24 hours for style-inspo. On a daily basis, our feeds are saturated with images of A-listers wearing the latest and greatest fashion, and often we are given the impressions that we should buy-into achieving that look. How many times have you considered throwing out everything you own so you can re-invent yourself around the ideas of perfection you have found on the internet? However, the majority of your role-models pay more money than most of us earn in a year for a team of stylists. Those outfits you envy are not even a reflection of the person who wore it individual taste half the time.

Many of us believe that the key to great style is to own the latest ‘must-have’ items and combine them to have that Instagram-worthy outfit. This simply isn’t true. Style is something that belongs to you, like the way you dance or the way you act on a day-to-day basis. It is an eternal characteristic of your being. You are the Creative Director of how you present yourself to the world through what you wear, your style.

The iconic designer Ralph Lauren, spoke the words:

‘Style is very personal. It has nothing to do with fashion. Fashion is over quickly. Style is forever.’

You could spend your entire life wearing whatever is considered to be fashionable in the moment, but you wouldn’t be being true to yourself. You would be a slave to fashion, and your style would not reflect the amazing things that make you an individual.

The best style advice you will ever hear is to be true to yourself. Wear whatever you like. That’s it. It’s okay if you would prefer to wear a pair of Converse than wear a pair of Louboutins and it’s okay if you would prefer wearing skirts that skim your thighs than wearing jeans. Choose not to care what other people might think, for if we all thought the same it would be an incredibly boring world. Choose style, choose confidence, choose you.

This article was written by me, but originally posted on My Trending Stories

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✨ MTV VMA’s Best Dressed ✨

One of the music industry’s most talked about awards shows, the MTV VMAs, was held last night at Madison Square Garden in New York. 

Previous years have seen much controversy including the beginning of the Kanye West vs Taylor Swift drama and Nicki Minaj asking Miley Cyrus, “what’s good?”. 

This year however, was rather pleasant: Beyoncé topped Madonna’s record and became the most awarded VMA artist of all time, Kanye West used his 4 minute window to showcase his video for Fade, featuring Teyana Taylor and as well as winning the Michael Jacksom Video Vanguard Award, Rihanna performed 4 times and sang virtually all of her songs and Drake gushed about his love for her. 

However, I’m sure there’s still a question that comes to mind. Who was the best dressed? That’s what we want to know. See the red carpet royalty below:

Beyoncé and Blue Ivy in Francesco Scognamiglio

Source (l-r): @DirtySexyFashion via Instagram, Vogue.com


Kim Kardashian-West and Kanye West

Source: vulture.com


Nicki Minaj in Bao Tranchi

Source: @NickiMinaj via Instagram


Ashley Graham and Justin Ervin

Source: vulture.com


Hailee Steinfeld in Balmain

Source (both): @Balmain via Instagram


Halsey in Yousef Al-Jasmi

Source: vulture.com


Cassie in Balmain and Gucci

Source: vulture.com


Hailey Baldwin in Georges Chakra

Source: @StyleMeMaeve via Instagram


Holland Roden in Kayat

Source: vulture.com



Iconic Fashion Designer Sonia Rykiel Dies

Sonia Rykiel 25 May 1930 – 25 August 2016


Yesterday the fashion industry lost an icon. The French fashion designer and writer died from the effects of Parkinson’s after being diagnosed with it almost 20 years ago. 

The ‘Queen of Knits’ was mostly famed for her designs and books, but she is also credited with helping women and society evolve. 

Sonia Rykiel’s fashion career started after she married boutique-owner, Sam Rykiel. In 1962, she was unable to find nice-looking maternity clothes, which lead her to use an Italian clothing supplier to create a dress and a sweater which clinged to the body and had high-cut armholes. The Poor Boy Sweater was born. 

After her friends started buying it, Rykiel started selling them in her husband’s shop. Success didn’t stop there: the sweater appeared on the cover of French Elle magazine and Hollywood icon Audrey Hepburn bought 14 sweaters in every colour. After Sam Rykiel helped her establish her own company, she opened her first store in 1968. 

As well as being credited with the creation of the ‘all-black everything’ trend, Rykiel was the innovator of various techniques including: using slogans on sweaters, leaving hems unfinished and putting seams outside the garment. 

A fashion show celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Sonia Rykiel brand in October 2008 saw 30 fashion designers make tribute to the legend, including: Ralph Lauren and Giorgio Armani, with their versions of the ‘Rykiel woman’.

Rykiel was a woman of many extraordinary talents. In 1979 her novel, Et Je La Voudrais Nue (I Would Like Her Naked) was published. She also teamed up with journalist Judith Perrignon to co-author N’oubliez pas que je joue (Don’t forget it’s a game).

In 1995, she collaborated with Malcolm McLaren on the song ‘Who The Hell Is Sonia Rykiel?’ for his album, Paris

After attending a Sonia Rykiel ready-to-wear show, Robert Altman was inspired to make the film Prêt-à-Porter. The lead character was also based on Rykiel and played by Annouk Aimee. Sonia Rykiel makes a cameo appearance in the film. 

Her career was one of pure success and she leaves an extraordinary legacy. It is with great sadness to say, R.I.P. to the Queen of Knits. 

6 Reasons To Be Excited For Fashion Week

Jourdan Dunn closing Burberry • Source: http://www.theitaliantouch.com 📸


Save the date: Thursday 8th September brings the start of the greatest bi-annual event; fashion week. Kicking off in New York, this generation’s super models will be gracing the catwalks of Milan, London and Paris over the month, showcasing next season’s trends which are created by the visionaries that are fashion designers. 

With the pre-fashion month buzz, it was necessary that I created a list of all the reasons that it is the industry’s most anticipated occasion. 

1. We get to experience it not once, but twice a year.

Vera Wang SS16 (left) Vera Wang AW16 (right) • Image source: vogue.co.uk 📸


You have to wait 365 days for your birthday, even for Christmas. But fashion week? No! Our lives are blessed with a 4 week ready-to-wear runway season TWICE a year. Once in February and again in September. Aren’t we lucky?

2. It’s a luxurious display of global talent in the major fashion capitals.

Source: thekeepgoingtheory.com 📸


As if you needed another excuse to visit some of the world’s most beautiful cities, fashion week offers one. Whether you want to experience: the night life in New York, the shopping in London, the food in Milan or the art in Paris, fashion week is a valid reason to go. You could also spot fashion show attendees and their street style or you might even spot your favourite celebrity!

3. See the future of fashion before it happens.


Who needs a crystal ball when fashion week forecasts the trends of next season now? Plan your future wardrobe immediately and be the first to know when/where to get a that jacket. 

4. The major fashion houses present collections like theatre shows.

Alexander McQueen SS1998 ‘The Golden Shower’ • Source: http://www.thisismoney.co.uk 📸


Although the shows are invite-only, you can experience the atmosphere of a fashion show on YouTube, where it is usually uploaded. A combination of music, lighting and choreography creates a stunning visual that is comparible to the greatest cinematic performances.

5. Thanks to technology, you don’t need an invite to enjoy it.

Kim Kardashian-West using the NYFW App • Source: @KimKardashian via Instagram 📸


50 years ago, you would have 0 access to fashion shows unless they were published in print or you were wealthy or famous enough to receive an exclusive invite. Now, you can access this at the tip of your fingers. Follow your favourite houses on SnapChat or Instagram for runway snaps, go on YouTube to watch the full show or download the New York Fashion Week App to live stream NYFW shows. No more RSVP!

6. Watch your favourite models work it on the runway

(From left to right) Bella Hadid @ Balmain x H&M, Naomi Campbell @ Zac Posen FW15 and Zhenya Katava @ Dolce and Gabbana SS15 • Photo sources (l-r): fashnberry.com, http://www.usmagazine.com and zhenya-katava.tumblr.com 📸


Wether you love the new generation of social-media celebrity models such as Kendall Jenner and the Hadid sisters, Bella and Gigi, or, you miss the days of the supermodels including: Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Cindy Crawford, there’s always a chance to fan-girl at fashion week. With the 90’s currently trending, I predict we’ll get to see a few familiar faces this season. You never know what surprises hide up the designer’s high-fashion sleeves. 


Designer Dictionary: Christopher Bailey

Currently the Chief Creative and CEO of Burberry with 2017 seeing him as President, Christopher Bailey is credited with the innovation of the British brand, as well as turning it into a digital leader in luxury fashion. Spanning over 15 years with the brand, Bailey has updated the aesthetic whilst respecting it’s traditions. In 2008, he and Angela Ahrendts (former CEO) created the Burberry Foundation which assists young people discover their potential through harnessing their creativity. 

Before his career at Burberry, Bailey was Senior Designer of Womenswear at Gucci. Before that, he worked at Donna Karan after graduating with a Master’s degree from the Royal College of Art.


Name: Christopher Bailey

Date of Birth: 11th May 1971

Star Sign: Taurus

Country of Birth: England, United Kingdom

Label: Burberry

Famous work: Credited for the innovation and profit increase of Burberry

Did you know?: Christopher Bailey took a 75% pay cut from £7.5 million to £1.9 million due to fall in profit. 

The Burberry CEO was born in Yorkshire. 

He completed his BA at Westminster University

Awards: Honorary Fellowship from the Royal College of Arts (2004), Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards (2005, 2009), Honorary Doctorate from the University of Westminster (2006), Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Huddersfield (2007), Menswear Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards (2007, 2008,2013), Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in HM Queen Elizabeth II Birthday 2009 Honours List for Services to the Fashion Industry (2009), Honorary Patron of the University of Philosophical Society, Trinity College (2009), International Award at the Council of Fashion Designers of America (2010), Honorary Doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University (2011), Honorary Doctorate from Royal College of Art (2013)

Quotes:

It’s really important to be disruptive and do things that are kind of a little scary and bold. 

We meet so many people, and it’s interesting when you meet someone who you really connect with. They have their own energy, their own personality, and that’s something so different than just beauty. So that really drives the decision for who to work with on a campaign. 

So fashion was, in a way, an accident. But this world opens you up to a lot of different avenues that interested me. I loved the idea of working in different countries. And I loved the idea of construction and working with imagery. But, yes, I fell into fashion a bit by mistake. 

Burberry Christmas Campaign 2015 featuring Rosie Huntington-Whitely and James Bay • Source: http://www.vogue.co.uk 📸

Burberry Regent Steet Flagship Store • Source: http://www.vogue.co.uk 📸

Burberry SS16 Ad Campaign • Source: http://www.fashionspot.com 📸

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