In the vast market for fashion, a lot of trends and designs have come across different styles and varieties that make us consumers hungry for more. At some point, we tend to think ‘out of the box’ and started to break the norms of our fashion lines.
Avant-Garde movement has surpasses a lot of disciplines including fashion. In our generation, the most bizarre fashion you can get up with will definitely give you applauses and recognitions that you have ever dreamt of. Designers could probably ran out of ideas which leads them to make clothes and shoes that consumers have never expected and fashion industry could never anticipate. Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj and even Borat have become ambassadors of these so-called unique and distinct fashions. The glitter, furs, uneven shapes of dresses and dramatic range of color combinations has really defined the kind of life and entertainment we have nowadays.
But how does fashion affect our human society? In every culture, nations and groups, there is a fashion that we can associate to and even be part of it. Trendsetters companies can tell who and what their target market should be. Ralph Lauren and Armani know that their customers are businessmen thus, affects their own community and interests. On the other hand, Gap and Cotton On also make their way in providing the needs of their customers by designing their own style in the way they should be. Is being unique and having an out of this world fashion can really set you into your own pedestal against others?
Fashion has given humans a way to be recognized and to become part of a certain group thus, to give us a more meaningful and wonderful place to live. Being unique is not bad as long as you can show the world who you truly are. Besides, Lady Gaga was able to pull it through and made it to her walk of fame. So what about you? What’s your style?
Dolce&Gabbana, a luxury industry fashion house which originated in Italy. It was started by the Italian designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. The company produces different clothing and accessories such as suits, jackets, bridal collections, jewelries, so as sun glasses. In every angle and detail, Italian blood runs through the D&G designs. They sponsor different celebrities all around the world, the likes of Scarlet Johansson and Beyonce, who are endorsers of the brand. They also produce clothing for athletes, they are sponsors of the Italian football powerhouse A.C Milan since 2004, where they dress them up on and off the pitch.
When someone mentions Italy, what pops out on everyone’s mind is pasta, pizza and nothing else but football. Football is the country’s number one sport and it is their pride and glory. In 2006, the Azzurri held the World Cup title, the most anticipated trophy in football, with its controversial win against bitter rival France that was held in Germany. Meanwhile, Dolce&Gabbana, who sponsored the team on that same year, added elegance to the team’s great victory. This 2014 World Cup, the company remained as the sponsor of the team inside and outside the field and Puma, also remained as technical sponsor and designed the Italian match kit. Dolce&Gabbana has provided different attires for the team such as wardrobe of formal wear, sport wear and other accessories. Evening before the boys flew to Brazil, a book of photographs was taken as a prelude to the football’s biggest stage. It featured the Italian players dressed in elegant navy blue, traditional three-piece Martini suit with an Italian flag motif tie. The suits perfectly fitted the athletic physique of the players like Claudio Marchisio, who is considered to be in the top five stylish football players of the generation according to some critics. Veterans Andrea Pirlo, the Chuck Norris of football and the captain Gianluigi Buffon also was presented with suits which exaggerated the elegance and the class of the team.
Unfortunately, Italy featured only on the group stage and was knocked out with a win against England and two losses against South American powerhouses Costa Rica and Uruguay. Nevertheless, the Italian side showed class in the pitch and also demonstrated the sophisticated lifestyle outside the field with their Dolce&Gabbana suits.
August 11, the brightest and the hottest artists from all around Hollywood gathered for the 2014 Teen Choice Awards. The event happens once a year to award trending artists and celebrities nominated by teenagers from ages 13 to 19. Performances and awards are not the only things that are anticipated in the said event. The fashion styles of various celebrities were worth watching for. Different styles were displayed during the red carpet, from the singer Taylor Swift, to the Kardashian clan, every outfit speaks for itself.
Extravagant dresses and suits were worn by the celebrities. Crop tops were present on the awards night, artist like Taylor Swift and Kylie Jenner was caught wearing it. Taylor Swift, who was nominated for Female Artist, was in green crop top, Novis co-ord with a bustier style on it. Meanwhile, the birthday girl Kylie Jenner wore a black crop top and she kept her abs flashing as she paired it with a bronze wrap skirt with prints on it. Chloe Moretz was also in a crop top bandeau covered with Valentino Resort red jacket and shorts. On the other hand, some unique styles were also paraded the red carpet. Kendall Jenner outfitted which what looked like a white jumpsuit with a high draped neck paired with tuxedo trousers. Her sister, Kim Kardashian was simply herself during the event. she was classic with a light makeup and on a black Balmain leather sleeved crop top and paired with a pencil skirt with an outlined zebra print. Selena Gomez and One Direction were probably the biggest winners of the night. Selene Gomez won the Ultimate Choice Award during the event, she kept it smooth and glossy with her black Saint Laurent tuxedo, metallic Miu Miu courts and neatly pulled back hair. She looked simple but caught the attention of many. Scooped eight awards, the boy band One Direction accepted the surf boards through a video because they were not able to attend the event. Selena and One Direction are also winners of Choice Fashion Female and Male Hottie.
Indeed, fashion is one of the most anticipated in the 2014 Teen Choice Awards. Artists and celebrities lined up wearing different outfits and expressing themselves made the night sophisticated yet exciting.
Birkenstocks have been around since the 1960s, but they haven’t always been so popular. Yes, they’re incredibly comfortable but these sandals used to be associated to eccentric aunts, or old grandparents, or even that odd co-worker who spends all of his holidays trekking or hiking. And yes, I say used to because today, Birkenstocks are seen in a totally different setting: high fashion runways.
With imitations of the classic Birkenstock sandal springing up by brands such as Céline, Steve Madden, and Givenchy, the these shoes have come right off the back shelf of stores to their window displays just in time to become this summer’s big shoe trend.
While Birkenstocks offer much in comfort, many women still feel a little wary about indulging in this trend. After all, these sandals do have a bulky shape and, when worn incorrectly, can absolutely destroy a chic look. So we’ve put together a few tips about three types of outfits that you can wear with Birkenstock sandals.
For these tips, we’ve decided to focus on the Birkenstock Arizona sandal since it is definitely one of the main stylish sandals this season and one of the toughest to pair up. The three types of outfits we picked out also feature different coloured Arizona sandals as we wanted to show you how much fun you can have with the diversity of these shoes.
1. Chic in Black
The black Birkenstock Arizona sandal is probably the easiest to pair up with an outfit. You can go for a casual chic look by pairing them up with a black loose dress shirt or with a flowing black dress with a minor pattern. A black leather jacket will also offer a cute detail to the whole outfit. Since the shoe is quite bland and plain, it’s important to use statement pieces for your accessories. But don’t overdo it! A layered necklace or golden chain should be paired with a sleek bracelet or dainty rings.
2. The Everyday Taupe Suede
This Birkenstock Arizona sandal in the taupe suede colour is perfect for your everyday street style. Their neutral colour allows you to combine these sandals with different patterns and colours in your outfit choices. You can pair them with skinny jeans, coloured shorts, and even fresh summer dresses! Again, as they are very plain shoes make sure to include some kind of statement piece in your outfit – a pop of colour, an interesting pattern, or an attention-grabbing piece of jewellery will go a long way in creating the perfect Birk style.
3. Fresh in White
The white Birkenstock Arizona is probably one of our favourites from the collection for this summer season. They are just as easy to pair with as the black sandals due to their neutral colour but they create a different effect: whereas the black Arizona sandals can create a more chic and formal look (well, as formal as you can get with Birkenstocks anyway), the white sandals polish your outfit with a fresh summer breeze. You can go all-white on them from head to toe or pair them with patterned shirts and dresses – it really will be hard to go wrong with these clean looking sandals, especially in the summer!
The Birkenstock sandal is set up to be a woman’s best friend because it’s just so rare that a trendy shoe provides this much comfort. And it’s a truly exceptional shoe too that provides endless possibilities to our inner fashionistas. Whereas with other footwear it’s the shoe that works to “upscale” the outfit, Birkenstocks work in a uniquely different way. They actually tone down your look allowing you to still appear chic but in a more casual and cool way. They are the “sexy bed hair” style of shoes – and you bet they’ll be in your closet by the end of the season!
Maria Inês Pestana
The end of every year brings a fresh new start for the upcoming one. Fashion is no different, and 2014 is here with latest trends and styles one must embrace and enjoy this year. While some trends of 2013 continue to linger this year too, while for some, one will need to make room for in their wardrobe.
Baring the mid-riff and showing the perfectly trimmed abs with the obsession of crop tops is incessant this spring season. And for those who do not dare to show-off, meshes and laces can help conceal and reveal some. Colored mesh inserts and overlays will be seen in tops, dresses, and skirts in 2014. Fuller and long skirts will remain in vogue for the spring/summer of 2014. Feminine silhouettes in tea-lengths were seen on the runway showcased by designer labels like Christian Dior, Tracy Reese, and Roksanda Ilincic.