Perfecting one’s winter wardrobe can be tough. As the temperature drops, our desire to stay warm trumps our desire to stay stylish. If you’re anything like us, keeping your feet warm will always be an essential, so boots during the winter are basically a given. But with what seems like a million different styles of jeans, from skinny to boyfriend, figuring out which boots will look best is no easy feat. We used Rue La La’s definitive style guides to help create a few go-to pairings that will have you looking chic and fabulous every time.
Clutches have been an essential accessory for party-goers for quite awhile now. They hide and store your essentials while complementing your outfit, and they come in all shapes and sizes for every girl, or guy, there is. There are the metallic envelope clutches, the decadent embellished clutches, the fun comic-adorned clutches, and the classic black or white clutches, among others. Today, however, I’m going to introduce you to MNO.logie, an edgy brand, and its bold clutches and accessories.
The Bali-based accessories brand was started by Nike Adinata, and she derived the MNO.logie brand name from her friends’ initials. In the name of her brand and in the brand itself, Adinata’s passion for both her friends and fashion are evident. Adinata started the label for her own collection when she realized that many runway accessories were not very easily accessible, but it gradually expanded into a successful business over time. Now, anyone with access to the internet can browse through her brand’s products.
Due to one girl's wish for a simple white Jeep for her 16th birthday, a multi-million dollar jewelry company was born.
Joey Bevan is a UK fashion designer and hair stylist. His designs look like something out of a Victorian movie with their costume-like quality. He has worked alongside the likes of Prince Charles, Eliza Doolittle and Jessie J. Bevan won the Inspirational Youth of the Year award in 2013, an award supported by Wessex Delivery that honors young people who have displayed vast levels of maturity and inspiration to those around them.
Dana Gibbs: At what age did you fall in love with fashion?
Joey Bevan: I think I have always loved fashion as far as I can remember. I remember being a small child and cutting up old socks into dresses for my sisters dolls!
DG: Where did you go to college and what did you study?
JB: I got a BTEC National Diploma in fashion & clothing design at South East Essex College in Thurrock.
DG: What was the first piece of clothing you designed? Do you have a photo of it?
JB: I wish I had a photo so I could laugh! The first real thing I ever made was when I was really young. My mum had this old ‘70's sewing machine and a family member gave me this rank leopard print jersey, so I made my mum a horrible ill-fitting dress which, of course, she never wore!
DG: How would you describe your style?
JB: I dress like a cross between a vintage French man and a hobo with a bit of the '80's chucked in. But my style of my own garments I would say is theatrical, historical and chic.
Accessories are made to help your outfit stand out, so why shouldn't they make you stand out as well? Jelena Saveljeva, a jewelry designer based in Italy, strives to accomplish just that with the pieces she creates for her Etsy store OHMYMUSEJEWELRY.
Dana Gibbs: At what age did you fall in love with jewelry?
Jelena Saveljeva: Well, I remember when I was a child I was always attracted by my mom’s jewelry boxes and my favorite hobby was just to put all the boxes content on myself at once! I think I was four or five years old.
DG: Where did you go to college and what did you study?
JS: I was born in Riga, Latvia. I finished music college and obtained an opera singer degree.
Summer staples like bikinis and floral sun-dresses are must-haves for every girl's closet but sometimes a girl just needs to spice things up to cater to their personal style. You’ll see girls at the beach in their standard triangle top bikinis, bandeau bikinis, occasionally a monokini, tankini, or a cover-up, but you want a piece that will set you apart from them. Think Reese’s strong, edgy swimwear and her naturalistic hand-crafted jewelry will do exactly this and set you miles apart from all your sun-seeking peers.
Born in Toronto, Sherise Cromwell dove into the fashion industry at the age of nineteen by experimenting with her own designs. In an effort to create more variety in her closet, she added little items, fabrics, and trinkets, which eventually led her to start altering and designing her own pieces. After she found happiness in designing her own clothes and jewelry, she decided to start her brand: REESE.
Your texts are about to receive a major fashion overhaul. Designer Karl Lagerfeld has created a set of emojis to coincide with the launch of his new fragrance line, and they are possibly the greatest technological innovation yet.
From couture to... caricatures? It's true Lagerfeld lovers. The famous Fendi and Chanel designer has crafted a line of overly adorable emojis that you can add to your text messages, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter posts for stylish expression.
Check out these two go-getters that are solving a fashion problem by making party-proof dresses.
A dress that can “withstand the hottest, sloppiest party” and comes equipped with hidden pockets to store your cell phone, ID, and credit cards seems like every girl’s dream. Sanibel Chai and Liz Lian decided to create this dream dress when they founded WICK, a clothing label that combines fashion with function. College students by day and fashion entrepreneurs by night, Chai and Lian talk to Better Than A Cupcake about what it takes to start a clothing line.
Better Than A Cupcake: What is WICK?
Liz: WICK is a women’s clothing label. We’re unique because we make dresses, tops, and skirts that haven’t previously existed in the market. We combine new, flattering styles with active wear fabric to help keep you cool and comfortable whenever you wear WICK.
Sanibel: WICK is our remedy for the little stressors that detract from going out. For some people that’s wearing a thong or a sticky bra and for others it’s the last minute scramble to find ways to fit everything you need into your clutch or coat pocket. If you’ve ever dreaded getting ready because your outfit is uncomfortable WICK is for you.
BTAC: Why did you and your business partner decide to start a clothing line?
L: Like most solutions, we started with a problem first. Sanibel and I were just talking one night about how annoying and unnecessarily embarrassing it is to be out dancing or just having fun when it’s hot out and you’re sweating through your dress. We realized that what we wanted was a dress made from the same kind of fabric we wear to work out, and the idea just grew from there. We’ve been friends since high school, and now Sanibel goes to UPenn and I go to Princeton. We’re both close to New York City, where our dresses are made, and Sanibel is from Princeton, so things just worked out well for us logistically as well.
S: We had the idea and it was clear from that moment we started that this was going to be a serious business venture. Liz and I work well together and we have similar ambitions. We’re very goal oriented and we’ve always pushed ourselves to take on great challenges. WICK is a way to flex our business minds and see what we’re capable of as entrepreneurs.
While most girls grow up with a love for fashion, very few take their passion for fashion and dedicate their lives to it. Annie Robinson is one of the few.
A quick author-background: When I was four years old, I was playing Barbies with my sister in our basement. Needless to say, I had yet to develop the designer-dream that has been instilled so early in the world's youngest (and cutest) designer, nicknamed Mayhem. A simple love of fashion between mother and daughter is what sparked this dress-up turned designer game: when a celeb is spotted in a fabulous designer dress, Mayhem and her mother are quick to take to the paper and tape and start crafting.
A few of Mayhem's designs, including JLaw's Golden Globes gown, and others seen on the Red Carpet