Fashion

Bette Midler is Marc Jacobs’s face for Spring 2016

Bette Medler Marc Jacobs (1)

In the tradition of creating a one of a kind campaign by selecting unexpected people to be the face that represents each launch, distinct brand Marc Jacobs has once again wowed the public after unveiling that the 70 year old Bette Midler is their newest muse for this year’s Spring collection.

It’s always the fusion of reason, passion and fashion whenever the concept of Marc Jacobs is discussed. Focusing on getting inspirational people from different places and industries, finding the right face to symbolize the brand’s current theme has always been impeccably spot-on.

We still feel the hang-over from the star studded cast of their 2015 campaigns where legends like Cher, Christy Turlington and Anthony Keidis became the brand’s face.

This year, opening up the veils of Spring 2016 will expose the ageless beauty of another icon, Bette Midler. Using the same platform as before, the designer channeled his admiration for this classic singer using social media.

In his Instagram account, Marc Jacobs expressed his respect and admiration for the singer who influenced him during his childhood years.

“To her beauty, her brass, her glamour. To that energy, vitality, verve, nerve and curve… I’m so happy to share this beautiful portrait by David Sims. Ladies and Gentleman, the Divine Miss M!”– he posted, pointing out the core reason why he has this certain fondness towards the singer. (Cited: https://www.instagram.com/p/BAiST3yGJLp/)

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 17:  Bette Midler and daughter Sophie von Haselberg attend the Marc Jacobs Spring 2016 fashion show during New York Fashion Week at Ziegfeld Theater on September 17, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Marc Jacobs)

Alongside Midler is also another distinct personality. Lana Wachowski will also be the face of the brand for its 2016 Spring/Summer campaign. The transgender director of The Matrix was selected due to the same reason of how her personality inspired the life of the designer.

Moved by Wachowski’s speech when she received an award back in 2012, Jacobs was impressed by the director’s intelligence and inspiring way of thinking.

“She expressed thoughts and ideas that have filled my head and heart always but had never been so eloquently captured in language that was so tangible, intelligent, poignant and full of possibility,” – the designer mentioned during one of his posts introducing Wachowski as the new person to represent the brand. (Cited: https://www.instagram.com/p/BANkjUUmJAr/)

See More:

Bette Midler is the Latest Star of Marc Jacobs’s Spring 2016 Campaign
http://www.instyle.com/news/bette-midler-marc-jacobs-spring-2016-campaign

Bette Midler Face of Marc Jacobs
http://www.elle.com/fashion/news/a33093/marc-jacobs-spring-2016-campaign-faces/

Aira Algado

Glam girl meets street on Elie Saab’s 2016 RTW collection

Elie Saabs 2016 RTW collection (1)

Elie Saab is best known for his romantic evening wear that exudes femininity. The Lebanese designer has a distinct vision of incorporating the soft and delicate aura of a woman through the abundance of lace, embroideries and embellishments in his clothes.

Understanding the common taste that attracts the attention of even the rich and famous of society, Elie Saab has dressed some of the world’s most glamorous ladies including Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Emma Watson, Gwyneth Paltrow among others.

Throw a big red carpet event and you’ll definitely see one or two A-listers wearing his creations. The beauty of his couture is popular in a sense that no red carpet moment will be complete without the appearance of one of his gowns. The designer might be known for his formal wear, but he clearly sent a message that 2016 is the year when his creations can also be worn in broad daylight.

Elie Saabs 2016 RTW collection (2)

As graced by the current favorite muses of fashion, Elie Saab included Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner to his roster, which sends a subtle message that his current collection is ready for everyday use, especially for the youngsters as his exquisite collection is paired with bomber jackets which make his fancy dresses jive with street fashion.

There will always be lots of lace; a trademark that made Saab one of the most beloved designers by women who have exquisite taste when it comes to fashion.

Elie Saabs 2016 RTW collection (3)

Romanticism is still his core inspiration as bow ties, ruffles, florals and V-necks complete the collection. Every piece is a must have.

Aside from the blues and the flowery designs, the excitement was subtly broken as the considerable injection of whites was also presented on the runway.

See More:

Elie Saab RTW Spring 2016:
http://wwd.com/runway/spring-ready-to-wear-2016/paris/elie-saab/review/

Elie Saab Ready To Wear Spring Summer 2016 Paris:
http://nowfashion.com/elie-saab-ready-to-wear-spring-summer-2016-paris-16428

Aira Algado

Must try lipstick trends for 2016

lipstick trends for 2016 (1)

Ladies, we all know the wonders of good lipstick. Your trusted shade can turn your straight-from-bed mornings to oh-so-fab moments in just a snap and there is definitely no arguing with that.

This little tube can either be a one man team when it comes to making those lips pop or a total team player in completing a full make up look.

As the New Year comes, let us take a look at the shades that we should be having inside our beauty packets in order to have a trendier look all throughout 2016.

lipstick trends for 2016 (2)

Mattes will not go anywhere as they will continue to become a sight on our most trusted beauty counters. The good thing about this kind of finish is that formulae developed by cosmetic brands get better and better.

If using matte worries you of getting dry lips, think again as there are some that are specifically made to take care of the lips while giving that highly pigmented finish that is being loved by many. Tip: Those in liquid form are most effective moisturizers.

If there is a queen bee amongst lipsticks, it must be all of the classic shades of red. So make sure not to throw those purchases from last year as they will still keep stealing attention even with the plainest of outfits. Consider this as your mood lifter especially on days when you feel like you do not have your best look.

lipstick trends for 2016 (3)

Oranges will have a major comeback. We first saw this shade back in the last quarter of 2014. It seems like these colors will not give it up, as they are forecasted to get the spotlight especially during the spring season.

Other shades have to step aside as they will be superseded by peach and old rose. Keep that pale look inside the box because this year is about being bold when it comes to showing off hues.

See More:

2016 Lipstick Trends:
http://www.refinery29.com/lipstick-trends-2016#slide

12 Best Spring Lip Colors for 2016
http://www.elle.com/beauty/makeup-skin-care/how-to/g27002/best-lipstick-looks-spring-2016-shows/

Aira Algado

Manolo Blahnik sets a stunning collection for 2016

Manolo Blahnik (1)

Exquisite things come at a price. They say that class and comfort has a high cost. Beautiful things in life may be free, but this opposes the price tag attached to the most stunning pieces in fashion. As the popular belief says, fine looking shoes bring you to wonderful places, but we might have forgotten that going far means wearing something comfy and durable.

Manolo Blahnik shoes can be considered as the pricey little black dress of fashion, but worthy of your attention. The industry might meet extravagant and fashion forward designers, but the sole knows what it wants.

Comfortable five-inch heels that can be worn an all-day while walking around here and there without hurting the feet seem like a fantasy, but the famous designer was able to translate it into reality. He gained much attention during the height of cult favorite Sex and the City, but the brand that carries its creator’s name proves that he’s more than just a passing fad.

Manolo Blahnik (2)

Alexander McQueen and Christian Louboutin are innovative and futuristic, but a conventional woman who values class and ease will always go back to Manolo Blahnik.

The brand’s 2016 collection stays true to its core element. Once, the hailed shoe designer mentioned that the ideal heel height is two inches and everything else is cartoon shoes.

Manolo Blahnik (3)

Shown in most pieces of his collection, there are monochrome flats, dotted prints and embellished shoes that emulate his trademark.

From stunning floral heels, classic pumps, embellished strappy footwear, Falco plain snake materials to the haute couture designs adorned by fringes, ladies with different ranges of taste can definitely identify themselves with every single piece that’s part of the shoe brand’s latest collection.

Manolo Blahnik (4)
See More:

Manolo Blahnik 2016 Spring Collection / Gallery:
http://footwearnews.com/gallery/manolo-blahnik-spring-2016-shoes-collection-photos/#!1/manolo-blahnik-spring-2016-shoes-vagihista-flesh-suede/

Shoesday Tuesday – Manolo Blahnik Spring 2016 Shoes Collection:
http://www.stylevitae.com/shoesday-tuesday-manolo-blahnik-spring-2016-shoes-collection/

Aira Algado

2016 Bomber Jackets Moving a Notch Up with Intrinsic Embroidery

Bomber Jackets (1)

Once in a while, even the strictest fashion followers get bored and would do everything to be garbed modestly. Some think of ways to simplify an outfit, removing accessories along the way and sticking to what is deemed ‘minimal’.

Femme fashion advocates would just don a simple white shirt, their most tattered pants, rundown sneakers, put a baseball cap on, et voila, their wardrobe for the day.

Bomber Jackets (2)

In 2015, the emergence of women wearing the basics has been appreciated worldwide. People have come to adore this fresh approach and forecasts have been made that this trend would continue to flourish this year.

This ‘basics’ revolution paved way to a lot of other trends such as the white shirt redux, patched denim pants and cover-up bomber jackets.

Bomber Jackets (3)

After the expected success of Gucci’s Pre-Fall 2016 collection just recently, the utilitarian bomber jacket was put in the spotlight by giving it a feisty twist. Many people have used bomber jackets as a finishing touch to their simple wardrobe, and we can agree that its comfort and style are truly in the trend.

Now and for the next few months, more and more brands are set to create collaborations and mash-ups to upgrade how bomber jackets look to solidify its reputation as our go-to ally when encountering fashion problems.

The sporty look of bomber jackets was innovated by putting a twist on it through intrinsic embroidery. Yes, you heard that right. Your basic looking cover-up would now be adorned with colorful patches of art and wide arrays of design.

This refreshing and amazingly cool approach has already been seen as some retail shops in New York and Paris are on the verge of making it public.

Just imagine the bulky bomber jacket, which is quite manly looking, would be transformed into something that female fashion fans would definitely love. The mix of color, picture and craft can now be seen on frequently used bombers, and we are certain that no one would ever complain.

Bomber Jackets (4)

The conventional style that bomber jackets have would now pop up in scenes when you wear it in a very busy street.

Imagine the cross between satin and cotton with detailed images like sets of butterflies, flowers or whatever caricature looks best in an outfit.

The possibilities that embroidered bomber jackets present would pave way to a more stylish way of finishing-off a boring and bland ensemble, and the palette of colors can even be an accessory in itself.

Bomber Jackets (5)

Without changing its cuts and body, embroidered bomber jackets would still fit and feel the same. But now, you’d have more confidence in wearing it without the fear of being too dull.

Hence, you’d look more radiant, noticeable and trendy. As of now, famous fashion names have been hinting at mass producing embroidered bomber jackets such as Stella McCartney, Gucci, Philipp Plein, Jonathan Saunders, Chloe, Tommy Hilfiger, Diesel and Nasty Gal.

See More:

Trend Report: Embroidered Bomber Jackets | WhoWhatWear
http://www.whowhatwear.com/trend-report-embroidered-bomber-jackets

Embroidered Bomber Jacket – ShopStyle
http://www.shopstyle.com/browse?fts=embroidered+bomber+jacket

Paul Intalan

Go functional, go Utilitarian

functional - Utilitarian - fashion (4)

If you favor a more practical side and value usefulness more than flimsy appearance, then utilitarian fashion is for you.

Nothing is wrong with focusing on functionality and believe it or not, the fashion world understands that. Achieve comfort and maximize your garment’s use by opting for a utilitarian style.

Utilitarian style defined:

Use monotones. Black, brown and gray are the usual palette that’s present in this category of style. The cut and trim of clothing borders between safari and military. Prepare to deal with a myriad of pockets accompanied by buttons and zippers.

This is an all-business kind of fad; no drama and very straight forward. This might be domineering especially to women who value design and intricate details, but definitely a total treat for those who are followers of androgynous fashion.

The basics

Utilitarian dresses are usually cut in a clean and straight silhouette. Focus on the monotony of color and observe military details to own this kind of style in a feminine way.

Work with buttons and don the conservative way of dressing. Do not be confined with the idea of this style, though. Silver jewelry works best, and wearing it will add flare to your ensemble.

functional - Utilitarian - fashion (2)

Jumpsuits

Yes, you may wear the fireman uniform in your everyday ensemble. Do it by having your own piece of jumpsuit in a crisp fabric like denim.

Pair it with boots and a long handled bag to rock the laid-back look.

functional - Utilitarian - fashion (1)

Trench coats

This is the core garment of the utilitarian style. Opt for a longer cut, about half leg length and do not forget tiny details like epaulets, huge pockets and over-sized lapels.

Create the illusion of a waistline amid distinct cuts by wearing a thick belt. Either wear it with the usual top-pants ensemble or put it over a maxi dress to add drama to the look.

functional - Utilitarian - fashion (3)

See More:

How to Wear Utilitarian Pieces
http://www.instyle.com/news/howtowearit-urban-utilitarian

Utilitarian Dressing: A Practical Trend
http://www.trufflesandtrends.com/home/2015/4/19/utilitarian-inspired-dressing

Aira Algado

Men: A guide to undershirt

Undershirts have always been a tricky subject. While a wardrobe essential, it can be quite confusing as to how and what undershirt you should wear. Among long sleeves, short sleeves, and no sleeves with different neck cuts, what is your undershirt?

For these reasons together with the evolution of clothes, particularly for men, many have forgotten the benefits of wearing undershirts.

More than an added layer of clothing, especially for the winter months, why you should bring back undershirts to your wardrobe must-haves is that they also act as protection for your outer clothes and prevention for embarrassing experiences, particularly in armpit-related mishaps.

Going back to the question, what undershirts do you need to buy? From the listed types of undershirts, you can choose which works best for you by going through their pros and cons.

Tank Top

With the media presenting tank tops in a different light, no longer are they exclusively relegated into gym attire or simply an undershirt that should not be seen.

While tank tops provide a higher range of mobility and a new fashion style according to Channing Tatum and other Hollywood stars, they do not really provide all the needed protection other undershirts do. The armpits are not covered and the outline of tank tops can be easily seen.

Tank Top

Crew Neck

The Crew Neck does not receive much of the stigma the previous undershirt does. It is very wearer-friendly due to its versatility. It can be worn as an undershirt or by itself.

If you want this as an undershirt, it will help your finery at its best by protecting it from the buildup of dirt and sweat, particularly on your neck.

Also, be sure it fits you perfectly, as the creases formed will be visible through your outer clothes and give you unnecessary bulk.

Crew Neck

V-neck

The V-neck is another undershirt that can be worn by itself or as an undergarment. The benefits of a V-neck as an undershirt are the same as the previous one.

However, it will provide your ensemble some additional tweaks. You can unbutton your shirts a few buttons down, especially if your V-neck has a deep cut. It can also be worn under a blazer.

V-neck

Long Sleeves

A long-sleeved undershirt can be a V-neck, a traditional high round neckline crew neck, and can even have some buttons at the collar. If you want to buy long sleeve undershirts, it is best to go for the one with buttons, as it can easily go from V-neck (undone buttons) to crew neck (done-up buttons).

Long sleeves are particularly worn during winter months, as the insulation from this undershirt is too much during hotter months.

Long Sleeves

In buying undershirts, the general rule to remember is that they need to be thin and breathable, and the materials should be soft.

Go for 100% cotton or with a blend. Remember to choose the right fit for you.

See More:

Wearing undershirts
http://www.askmen.com/fashion/fashiontip_250/278_fashion_advice.html

A Quick Guide To Undershirts
http://effortlessgent.com/quick-guide-undershirts/

Mary Grace Valdez

Fashion 2016: Expected Trends to Lean on Comebacks and Bold Innovation

2016- Expected Trends (1)

Fashion is a huge topic that always finds various ways to change. Innovation and creativity play an essential role in keeping the fashion industry rolling and luckily, fashion trendsetters have an endless bag of tricks and surprises for people to devour.

More so, faithful minions of style and sense never lost steam when it comes to patronizing whatever it is that fashion might throw at them. It is a vicious relationship of give and take, and no one’s ever complaining.

Now that the year 2016 is starting to heat up, it is expected that the whole fashion realm would be vying for what’s fresh and hot, like the way it was for the last couple of decades. Below are some of the things that the fashion-savvy should be prepared to follow in 2016; a selection that’s quite delectable and resolute all at the same time.

The illustrious 1970’s fashion is said to be making an impressive comeback this year, using a specific garment, which is suede. Don’t be surprised when you see people, specifically from the younger age brackets, donning comfortable suede in frills, overalls and one-piece dresses.

The whole fashion community would also have an illicit affair again with Victorian-inspired styles snatched directly from the history books and old movies. Women would be enthralled to know that ruffles, high-collared necklines, the puffiest of sleeves and the dominance of flower patterns would be in trend again, this time, for the whole course of the year.

2016- Expected Trends (2)

Spring would be steaming hot as the freedom of off-the-shoulder maxi dresses would be felt through resounding fashion brands and designers such as Givenchy, Proenza Schouler, Derek Lam and Jason Wu.

The gorgeous silhouettes produced by these daring types of dresses would surely spunk up the whole world of fashion without deviating from the rule of thumb which is ‘keeping the class’ intact.

2016- Expected Trends (3)

You’re trusted white shirt would be all spruced up to be intrinsic items as renowned fashion designers will venture into a white-shirt revolution in 2016.

If it were considered a basic fashion item before, now, it would be given a new approach in becoming your handy-dandy choice in more formal functions.

2016- Expected Trends (4)

Also expected in 2016 would be the flat mule, which was sparked by different fashion icons and establishments such as Trademark, Edun, Victoria Beckham and Alexander Wang.

These flat mules give you the comfort of wearing very basic footwear that can all be adorned with designs in an elliptical pattern, which are dizzying and endless.

Pleats would also be present again in 2016 but this time, tune in for tighter knife types for a cleaner and sharper result. After being big in fall 2015, pleats would stay afloat through women’s dresses, skirts and formal tops as seen on Tome, Boss, Altuzarra and Proenza Schouler runways.

2016- Expected Trends (5)

For the fashion extraordinaire, the emergence of paperbag waists is also foreseen to be a top-notch trend in 2016. Though not an easy-peasy garment to wear for daily use, paperbag waists work well during events that need to fulfill the ‘dress to impress’ connotation.

Tighter tops are said to be the perfect pair to these, and we’d be seeing a plethora of patterns to be printed therewith. Another big leap to be expected in 2016 would be the use of nets as a main garment. Heralding from the success of mesh, the 2016 version would promise bigger holes and tighter knots, all to be paired with basic colored garments underneath.

See More:

2016 Fashion Trends Compared To 2006 Styles – Refinery29
http://www.refinery29.com/2015/12/100262/2016-fashion-trends-compared-2006-trends#slide

Spring 2016 Trends | Runway | POPSUGAR Fashion
http://www.popsugar.com/fashion/Spring-2016-Trends-Runway-38723166

Paul Intalan

Empowering Style: Pinstripe Pants

Pinstripe pants

The revolution towards the female empowered role in society has affected all circles including the fashion industry. A natural course of things, it is important that you should also look the part. In terms of this role women have accomplished to secure, the uniform for such should also be appropriate for professional standards.

One key piece is bourne out of this call for a new style to answer the needs of women is pinstripe pants. This clothing has been an important piece for women in the workplace as it exudes confidence and elegance. But to maximize this, one should know the appropriate ways of styling them.

Leaning towards a look that is impeccably tailored and professional, one would never go wrong in pairing pinstripe pants with collared shirts coming in colors of beige, navy, white, and gray.

Tucking it in with a belt and an open neckline will give a lady not only a work-appropriate ensemble, but also a taller stature. If you have a uniform at work to prevent hassles, this classic outfit could be your savior. You can alternate this with your pencil or bandage skirt, or you can also change the colors of your shirt into bolder ones if you are working in a casual environment.

Against popular opinion, pinstripe pants are not limited to the workplace. Going out to social gatherings will permit you to wear these male-inspired pants together with some lace or ruffles to give a more feminine touch to the outfit and tone down the seriousness brought by the usual workplace look.

Since you’re out of the working environment and currently enjoying a cocktail with your friends, don’t hesitate to swap the closed-toed heels with peep-toes and go for tops that will make you stand out in the black-light, such as sequined tops.

While styling is important, one should also remember that choosing the proper pinstripe pants to enhance the body shape is also important. While the straight leg cut is hiding away the unattractive bumps is versatile, it is also important that pinstripe pants fit perfectly to prevent the added bulk.

See More:

Cool Pinstripe Outfits For Fall We Love
http://www.justthedesign.com/cool-pinstripe-outfits-for-fall-we-love/

Pinstripe Harems
http://www.thebrunettesalad.com/pinstripe-harem-pants/

Mary Grace Valdez

Be trendy in a lace up way

lace-up-21

Dare the inner rebel in you by trying the lace-up vogue, which happens to be this year’s underrated trend. This is big on spring runways and carried well enough, even during fashion galas and awards night.

Who can ever forget the buzz Kate Hudson’s gown made during this year’s Golden Globes? That is a flawless translation of how the lace-up trend can give a seductive vibe to every outfit.

1DD9B080

The lace-up trend might not be as big on off-the-street fashion, but look closely into this trend and realize that this is actually a double tap style. I can’t help but remember corsets whenever this style is shown.

It is like getting a bit of corset on any lace-up garment and accessories that emanate sexiness and class. Imagine yourself exuding the sultry Latina vibe that’s well translated in the movie Zorro.

Essentially, lace-up fashion brings us to certain places and memories that speak subtle allure and explicit forms.

fashion 2016

Get hooked with lacing up by adding this detail to every surface of your fashion must-haves. This style is so versatile that it can be expressed not only in clothes, but in shoes, bags and accessories as well.

Do not be trapped with the idea that this only works for haute couture. Lace-up shoes for even the most common garments and channel your fashion style in a slightly rebellious yet still feminine way.

designer dupe lace up

A wardrobe will never be complete without a statement shoe. Have the lace-up fashion crawl onto your toes and give unspeakable style that’s worth a standing ovation.

Pair detailed footwear with monotone clothing to balance out the look and walk your way to a stylish and fashionable day.

See More:

Lace-up Shoes
http://www.whowhatwear.com/photo-galleries/lace-up-shoes/

14 Ways to Rock Lace-Up Flats like a Boss
http://www.brit.co/lace-up-flats/

Aira Algado