Proenza Schouler borrows some Cuban appeal on current Spring collection


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One of fashion’s most famous brands is once again on point during the presentation of their 2016 Spring collection. The romanticism and femininity that’s a trademark of the Latina style is very much evident as their collection is unfolded while each piece goes down the runway.

Blame the vacation in Cuba for this festive collection. See the tangible vitality of Cuba as each piece is injected with the Cuban trademarks like of lace, ruffles and sexy peeking shoulders. Let us not forget the explosion of red and the domination of white and black as the core hues of the collection.

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There is a celebration of distinct female assets as there are subtle exposures of skin. Aside from some collarbone exposure, there will also be hipbone and leg revelation that is sexy and classy at the same time. The collection is somewhat different from their usual vague presentation, as this current one is as direct and as plain as it can get.

The layering found on most pieces is also one of the highlights of the collection. Unravelling the clothes, peeling away layers as defined, get the feel of a muted flirty aura that attracts the taste of the majority of women from different corners of the world.

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Two heads are behind this exciting brand. Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez’s creativity are the two driving forces behind Proenza Schouler, earning positive attention for every collection they release. Hearing the brand’s name for the first time would make you wonder about the nationality of its creator.

However the rationale behind it lays in the each designers’ family name. Proenza was Hernandez’s mother’s maiden name while Shouler was McCollough’s. The clothing line was first established in 2002 and has earned citations and awards since then, including CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year award in 2007 and 2011. Most of their collections are sold in Barneys, Colette and Joyce.

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Destroying Gender Restraints in the Modeling Industry – Hari Nef

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Gucci is notorious for their bold and risky decisions in fashion shows. With their latest venture in Milan, many have applauded the brand’s bravado in pulling-off another runway edition, which is already quite expected of them.

Gucci fashion shows are always awaited by fashion experts and avid fans because their creative team always comes up with a vibe that blurs the line between men and women, making everyone feel equal within the realm of fashion. With their latest Milan stint, many have never doubted or questioned Hari Nef’s inclusion to their esteemed league of female models.

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Who is Hari Nef? Born October 21, 1992, this 23-year old model took the fashion industry by storm as being the first ever transgender who made it big in the modeling industry. Also known as an American actress and writer, Hari Nef is definitely a jill of all trades as she has been seen as Tante Gittel in Amazon’s Transparent, which many approve, and having some stints here and there as a professional model.

The Milan fashion show by Gucci was the perfect ground for Hari Nef to show her remarkable modeling skills with the whole world watching her strut down the runway. The androgynous signature of every Gucci campaign has pretty much paved the way for hair Nef’s inclusion, and many fashion experts are amazed by how she has done her job perfectly. Hari Nef’s debut as a fashion model was when she was casted at the New York Fashion Week for spring in 2015, where she masterfully walked for labels such as Eckhaus Latta and Hood by Air.

It can be said that Hari Nef’s educational background as a theater program graduate at the Columbia University strengthened her will and confidence to perform in front of a mass audience. This strong foothold definitely relieved all her doubts to make people look up to her, despite her preferred sexual orientation.

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The guts and charm of Hari Nef got her all the dreams that she has ever hoped for, and her future as a successful professional model is as bright as the radiance she exudes whenever strutting down the runway.

Before being a full-blown follower of fashion, she has also written for some publications such as Dazed, Vice, Blackbook, Original Plumbing and Adult Mag.

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Hari Nef was also the first ever transgender model signed with IMG Models, which also manages well-known people the likes of Gigi Hadid, Gisele Bundchen and superstar Kate Moss.

It was in May 2015 when Hari Nef bestowed all her hope and principles to the stable walls of IMG Models, and since then, more and more brands have been interested in booking her right away.

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Hari Nef paved the way for more transgender models to put forth their skills and talents towards the general public, and the pizzazz that she possesses is a magnificent embodiment of her commitment in promoting a gender-fluid society, especially in fashion and modeling.

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Stitching Their Name on the Fashion Tapestry – Bottega Veneta

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Italy is notorious for having special style and fashion. Many of the most famous designers, illustrious fashion brands and trends come from Italy, and we can’t deny that the fashion sense of this little nation is definitely beyond its size.

When one speaks of this country, the concept of luxurious fashion would definitely come to mind. From their well-rounded leather goods to the most intrinsic fabrics, Italy is one of world’s best producers of everything in fashion. One brand that’s definitely Italian is Bottega Veneta.

Merging with Gucci in 2001, Bottega Veneta is prolific in releasing collections of the finest leather materials. Many people can remember this fashion name’s slogan which is “When your own initials are enough”, which pertains to the blatant way that Louis Vuitton distinguishes their goods with the letters LV. (Cited:

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Now headquartered in Vicenza, Bottega Veneta is thriving well under the management of the huge French international group called Kering and their very innovative and skilled CEO, Carlo Alberto Beretta. As for its direction, Bottega Veneta uses the creative juices oozing out of Tomas Meier, who is quite established as a fashion designer leaning onto the unconventional, the risky and the popular.

Since the brand’s inception in 1966, it can be said that the company has come a very long way and managed to carve their names in the fashion industry, particularly in leather. Currently, Bottega Veneta is available in Europe, South America, Asia and North America. Worldwide reach is the brand’s core reason for expansion, and luckily enough, a plethora of clients appreciate their very intrinsic attention to detail and manufacturing. Specifically, Bottega Veneta has their own boutiques and retail outlets in numerous countries such as Spain, France, Ukraine, Japan, Guam, Korea, Bahrain, Thailand, Turkey and the Philippines.

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Bottega Veneta thrives on their signature way of weaving leather, which is known as ‘intrecciato’. The craftsmanship and detail found in every Bottega Veneta item is the finest there is. The sharp look and the no-logo mantra of the company separate them from their competitors, and they know that a minimalistic approach is adored by almost everybody.

This Italian leather store produces handbags, shoes, leather goods, various apparel for men and women, and even gifts and furniture. It was in February 2005 that the brand found courage to release their first women’s collection that garnered monumental success. In June 2006, a full-blown men’s runway show was publicly viewed and adored by millions of fashion addicts from all over the planet.

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Some of the most memorable collections and collaborations that have cemented Bottega Veneta’s name as a respected leather-producing brand include Phillip-Lorca di Corcia for Fall in 2005, Lord Snowdown in Fall 2006, well-celebrated fashion icon Annie Leibovitz for Fall in 2007, Larry Sultan doing Spring in 2009, Nan Goldin for Spring the year after and just recently, with Alex Prager for Spring in 2011.

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Zuhair Murad goes RTW for Spring 2016

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The Lebanese designer has a prominent reputation when it comes to creating flawless bridal pieces that invoke fantasy and distinct architectural design. His taste when it comes to recognizing and celebrating a woman’s body has become a favorite, especially by some of the red carpet’s most famous starts including Jennifer Lopez, Taylor Swift and the Queen Beyonce herself.

His gowns are definitely impeccable and classy. Looking at his designs would make you feel as though exquisite things in life come with a price. His creations are first rate as he attracted women who know great clothes spot-on. However, the designer took a quick break from all the romanticism and flare of ball gowns and sparkly beaded gowns as he launched his 2016 Resort and RTW collections that cater to women who are on the go.

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His RTW collection is dominated by stripes and lines that are derived from the sailors. See his dresses printed with lines in white, black, red or even a combination of all three.

Here, the designer focuses on the comfort that day wear has to possess. Without letting go of the style that modern women should have, he cut pieces that turned into beautiful dresses and jump shorts that ladies would definitely love.

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On the other hand, his Spring Collection still carries the same idea as his RTW, but the style is far more elegant. The formal cords in black are definitely scene-stealers that can pass from day to night wear.

Dominated by a splash of pinks, peaches and florals, the each and every dress is definitely a must-have. Attractive as they are, see impeccably designed gowns and dresses captivate attention impressively.

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Modeling and Lotsa Money, Bundchen and Delevingne

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The world of fashion is dotted with the most noticeable bodies, all well-sculpted to fit that flimsy-looking dress made by an illustrious designer. We have seen them strut it enthusiastically on catwalks, with all their too-good-to-be-true faces and practiced poses.

The industry won’t be complete without the aid of supermodels putting that garbage-looking avant-garde dress into proper perspective, and we must all admit that when a graceful woman rocks it in a fashion show, we would all be convinced to buy. The magic that models possess is quite difficult to explain and we all just stare at them in awe while they’re plastered all over the metropolis on monstrous billboards and print ads.

So the question, “how much does a supermodel make out of this job,” would pop into our heads, and we would also answer it with a fervent “too much.” Yes, the modeling industry has been so generous to the ones keeping it alive, and while envy gets the best out of us, let’s dig deeper on who’s the richest of them all by reading this post.

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Forbes Magazine is known for putting up lists of people who are the richest in their respective fields. Yearly, they sum up all the assets and deduct all the liabilities that a person, a company or a corporation has and feed it to their waiting readers.

Ironically, millions of people have repeatedly wanted to know who topped the list, as if it would make them affluent, too. Below are models who have earned the most as far as their career is concerned, and for quite some time now, it’s Gisele Bundchen who is still on the ‘richest supermodel’ pedestal.

Just for 2015, the feisty Gisele Bundchen successfully surpassed thousands of younger models as she managed to earn a whopping amount of $44 million from all of her modeling ventures. Though it is slightly smaller than the mark she reached the year before, this definitely won’t discount the fact that this supermodel works quite diligently. Only the most luxurious fashion brands have made it through Bundchen’s endless roll of endorsements including famous names like Chanel, Carolina Herrera, Balenciaga and Emilio Pucci.

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This native Brazilian certainly took our breath away countless times when we saw her strut the most famous fashion catwalks. Her luster never faded over the years. Also, her business ventures, such as designing jelly shoes for Grendene and her personal lingerie line entitled Gisele Bundchen Intimates, added more to her ballooning monetary assets.

Next in line would be Cara Delevingne, who has seen better days from last year’s modeling journey. Delevingne’s prolific nature of appearing in almost all the famous brands certainly helped her in accumulating the cash she has in the bank. In total, Cara managed to close a total of $9 million in her advertisements and brand campaigns, which involved 13 different fashion brands.

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The brands that availed of Delevingne’s modeling services include Burberry, DKNY, Topshop and Yves Saint-Laurent.

We can also remember that we’ve seen her performing differently, this time as an actress, in some huge Hollywood productions like Paper Towns, a short stint in Anna Karenina and Pan.

She’s also expected to appear in upcoming movies such as London Fields and Suicide Squad.

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The League of Extraordinary Men Donning Short Shorts

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Nowadays, it isn’t a surprise for men to embrace the trends that fashion offers. When a fashion craze circulates, it is definite that both men and women would have their own versions.

Experts and fashionistas alike have dived into the possibility that men should also be styled and dressed well, hence the prevalence of men on runway shows and the emergence of fashion outfits that only men can successfully carry-out.

Fashionable guys are on the move in giving the usual shorts a bit of a twist by making them shorter than usual.

There have been a lot of exposures through the social media and fashion lines that carried-out the trend of ‘short shorts’ for men, and surprisingly, men don’t just love it, they mean to continue the trend for as long as it takes.

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The short shorts look for men shows an ensemble that will look more laidback and casual without compromising the sharpness that an average Joe should exude.

This trend has been going on for a few months and it never disappoints as we witness those who wear this to look more modern, polished and fashionable.

Once an outfit only worn by women and their attractive legs, men are now embracing the short shorts fad and are creatively twisting it to look more androgynous.

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One tip that a guy should bear in mind is that these shorts must fit perfectly. Longer cuts must be picked by those who have long and skinny legs, while short and muscular men can go for a relaxing fit above the knee.

Short shorts must also have the right balance of tightness and length. Ideally, short shorts border on being above the kneecap and below half of your thighs.

In styling, a guy must also consider the color of his skin to pick the right tone or hue. If you are on the tanned or darker side, get the white, black and flesh colored ones while those who have a lighter skin tone must lean on brighter colors such as yellow, orange, green and blue.

If you wear solid-hued shorts, the trick is to everyone to look at your top by donning a loud and vibrant printed shirt or polo. On the other hand, if you want to wear shorts with prints, then do the opposite and get something solid and bold on your top to avoid chaotic designs.

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Pulling off the short shorts ensemble requires simplicity on the guy’s end. If you’re not confident in wearing this garment, then don’t risk it.

Shoes must always be picked not only for the overall look of your outfit but also for the level of comfort it would bring. Be keen in experimenting with textures and contrasting colors to make the resulting ensemble more interesting and fashionable.

Go out of your comfort zone and try using your short shorts with a formal suit, flannel plaids, polos layered with long-sleeved fleece and plain white shirts covered with a bomber leather jacket.

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Style Icon: Michelle Obama

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They say that a successful man has a great woman behind him. This has been proven after the historic presidential win of Barrack Obama back in 2008. The picture won’t be complete without mentioning the name of his better half who became an important personality of her own.

She has been seen arm-in-arm with Mr. President on important occasions. The media also spotted her performing first lady duties and hosting different events, but above all the exposure in mass media, Michelle Obama is also an icon exuding a classy style that fashion critics rave about.

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Her style is crisp and on point. No fancy detailing or beating around the bush. Her look has always been straight forward and ground breaking, redefining the classy modern woman who has a clear goal.

Most of her memorable looks include garments in elegant and timeless cuts that women around the world can relate to.

As a matter of fact, our first lady even wears retail brands like what any normal lady would pick while going shopping at Macys or ASOS.

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Let’s start the list of some of her most fabulous looks by revisiting her 2015 ensemble during the China State Dinner at the White House.

The ever classy first lady wore a black V-Neck Vera Wang gown with her hair swept to the side. This can seem a bit adventurous for Mrs. Obama as there’s a hint of hip mermaid frills at the hem. Still, she rocked the dress with total grace

The first lady is best at rocking her elegantly designed dresses. From roaming around for state visits, lightning ceremonies and television appearances, Michelle Obama has been consistent in epitomizing a powerful woman with good taste and substantial personality.

From wearing florals, cutout patterns and even pastels, this first lady surely knows which works for her best.

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Oscar de la Renta Resort 2016 collection stays true to its signature aesthetic

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He may have been around for just a couple of months, but Peter Copping made it clear that he understands the core style Oscar de la Renta exudes as it is very evident from his 2016 Resort collection assembled for the said fashion house. Clearly, the resort collection for this year is a testament that the current creative director did his homework by showing the brand’s essence in style.

The great Oscar de la Renta himself handed Copping the responsibility of the brand’s design direction before his passing. The Oxford-raised fashion executive released his first collection back in fall of 2015 and his reign continued since then.

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See embroidered evening dresses that embody intricate detail and femininity, much like de la Renta, so to speak. Let us not forget the florals, laced creations and applique patches as they too complete the actual de la Renta style.

The recent collection is a total blow-out as each piece is attractive to modern and fashionable women. See a bunch of suit skirts that can go from regular to formal settings.

Bright colors also have their piece of the spotlight as the collection is generously adorned by marigold and hibiscus. Traditionalists might think twice when it comes to being adventurous, but the dresses will make the wearer exude class and elegance.

Talk about the flawless fit of midi-dresses styled with alluring hues and flowery prints.

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More than anything, the brand garnered its prominent stance in its evening wear.

Continuing the tradition of delivering crisp styling that A-listers swear by, the 2016 resort collection also has its pieces of taffeta gowns that are a cult favorite among de la Renta loyalists.

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Kristen Stewart is the latest muse for Chanel makeup

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Chanel has been Bella-fied as the prestigious company announced the arrival of one of the most famous stars on the red carpet as the new face of their eye makeup set to be released in March.

The beautiful American actress Kristen Stewart is to be the brand’s face representing their latest campaign in 2016.

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Her eyes are brooding, like a secret that hints to reveal itself to anyone looking. She may be known as someone who always has a poker face on the red carpet and other media appearances, but there is no denying that this actress has a certain aura fully exuding what many would notice.

This characteristic is one of the reasons why Chanel picked her to be the person on their ads for their eye makeup. She, along with other great beauties like supermodel Gisele Bundchen and Kiera Knightley will grace covers and billboards in the coming months once the campaign is finally launched.

“CHANEL is pleased to announce that American actress Kristen Stewart is the new face of its 2016 EYES COLLECTION campaign, photographed by Mario Testino and scheduled to break in March 2016,” from the press release last February 2 by the fashion brand itself. (Cited:

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The actress is no rookie when it comes to working with one of the world’s best fashion labels. As a matter of fact, she has always been present in their fashion shows. She even appeared on a short film titled ‘Once and forever’ that the legendary Karl Lagerfield directed himself.

The long standing relationship between Stewart and Chanel can be traced back a few years when she appeared in their 2013 Paris-Dallas Métiers d’art collection. The rest is history as she has been seen in Chanel’s important gatherings since then.

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2016 Oscars gave us real deal red carpet moments

Just before the awards are given and the speeches are uttered, let us not forget another important part of any award giving bodies. The fore chunk of any important awards night that’s as major as the program itself – the red carpet.

We get it, the hangover of DiCaprio’s first win of the best actor award is something that will not disappear any time soon and we can understand why. And as the long wait finally reached its lingering end, let us stop for a while and take time reviewing some of this year’s best acts when it comes to dressing the Oscars way.

We know how tedious the preparation for an awards night can be. These good looking stars, especially their glam team do not just wake up the very same day and work in magic.

Thanks to The Rachel Zoe Project show, we have come to appreciate that the planning stage of how our fave stars would look like takes longer than of the awards nights itself. Now let us start the countdown of who nailed it and made it big during the red carpet.

Lady Gaga. This whole reimaging is working pretty well for this performer. Enough with the eclectic fashion statement as Mother Monster arrived at this year’s Oscar flawlessly muted and regal.

This Brandon Maxwell creation can even replace Gaga’s controversial meat dress back in 2010. This is something that we can look back years from now and still get the same impression of timelessness and class.

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Cate Blanchett. This red carpet royalty is always, always on point when it comes to providing red carpet moment.

Can this woman ever go wrong? Ageless and classy, Blanchett is a breath of fresh air from all the muted and somewhat predictable gowns we have seen in the majority.

This textured Armani Privé dress is definitely a show stopper as it is feminine and chic.

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Charlize Theron. Thank you so much for wearing red. Miss Theron is another best dressed royalty that never disappoints.

In a sea of emeralds, pastels and metallics, her deep neck Dior gown is trendy and timeless all at the same time.

This queen right here once again schools us how to style in an effortless yet an exquisite way.


Brie Larson. She didn’t only win the best actress award, but she also made a considerably good fight on making it to every best dressed lists out there.

This Room lead star may have created a buzz as she was able to get all the best actress trophies on major award giving bodies including SAGA Awards, Golden Globes and BAFTA Awards but her styling is also undeniably on point and fitting for a true Hollywood winner.

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Saoirse Ronan. Another contender for the best actress award, this used to be a child star arrived at the red carpet looking all glammed up with her sparkling emerald gown dress that demanded a second look from everybody.

This gown from the Calvin Klein collection was not only beautiful in front as it also gave some serious back detail that’s sexy in a tasteful way.

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Rooney Mara. Another interesting presence on the red carpet who gave us some sleek and neat look that ladies should learn to master whenever they attend an important event.

What’s more interesting about this Givenchy Haute Couture dress is the fact that there are several detailing going on but each perfectly complemented one other creating a very polished look.

The sleek bun is another winner itself. This allowed the eyes to focus on the beautiful face of the wearer and the dress itself.

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Priyanka Chopra. The naked dress trend may have been fading its prime but this Quantico cast in Zuhair Murad is a look of perfection in each and every inch.

There is a thin line to looking bridal whenever someone would the take risk of wearing white during the red carpet, but Chopra’s look definitely veered away from the feared fashion miss and arrived with so much allure and elegance.

With a beautiful face, rocking body and a Zuhair Murad creation, how can you ever go wrong?

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