Bold Essentials

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Either you’re in New York or halfway across the globe in Paris, it’s no secret that during Fashion Week the swanning cobbled streets outside the main panoplies are usually filled with models, bloggers and editors donned in the season’s trendiest pieces. A mishmash array of bold colors and jazzy prints framed in unrestrained luxury? No doubt. A style-setting pictorial display of “who wore what and how” that millions of social media savvy girls follow suit? Totally.

New York Fashion Week Street Style Spring 2015  

So here’s the roundup. While New York brought us the utilitarian Alexander Wang-clad MOD look, London introduced us to normcore (which was coined by a trend forecasting group to resonate with the laid-back chill vibe). Milan, as heavily influenced by steamroller designers like D&G and Valentino, bestowed upon us the ethereal Victorian goddess semblance. And Paris, the enigmatic la Ville-Lumière, shed its light on the perennially chic look of head-to-toe noir.

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With Fashion Week on a respite as a spawning list of leggy models and socialites prepare for the Tokyo show commencing October 13, we can take a breath to absorb in all the novel trends we’ve seen so far on our Bloglovin feed. As we rewind the sensory overload reel that Fashion Week showed us on the runway screen, there’s a well-curated selection of avant-garde trends to emulate. Guipure lace, jacquard patterns, jersey-paneled dresses, and sleeveless capes. The list goes on.

  

Of all the spiffy coils and fans on the runway, my favorite style for Fall is the cozy sweater + midi skirt look. And not just any pairing really. But a tonal shrug towards a neutral ensemble that plays up different fabrics and texture. One that emphasizes on the classic streamlined look with a zest of edge.

For those that have relished with me in my fashion-centric musings for some time now, you know that I have an affinity for black shoes. What to pair with head-to-toe black ensemble? Black cut-out pumps. An off-kilter neoprene dress? Black lace stilettos. You get my drift.V1 (2 of 49)

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So to emulate this Parisienne style right off the bat from Carrousel du Louvre, I went with a black & white outfit where I paired my duo-toned crop sweater with a lace midi skirt. I love the sheer lace detail where you see the star patterns transpire the further south you go, leaving much to the proverbial line of “leaving some to the imagination”. To add an extra pep to the outfit, I went with these black suede wedges (classic Lena) with an oscillating pattern that makes the outfit fun while keeping the color scheme in check (find HERE). A duffel bag in neutral shades of brown and black kept all my knick knacks in place.

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Who said monotonous black and white is boring? Take it from the Parisian ladies walking down the avenues donned in timeless and trendy pieces in ways that appear effortless. Keep the color neutral. Play up the texture. That’s the “sais” de “je ne sais quoi”, ma chérie 🙂

Xo~ Lena

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h1 (57 of 63)V1 (20 of 49)h1 (10 of 63)h1 (35 of 63)h1 (36 of 63)Sweater: H&M// Skirt: Free People// Bag: Louis Vuitton// Accessories: Forever 21 + Urban Outfitters

Photos: Jason J Photography

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Fall Into Autumn Couture

Fashion is an ever-changing neophyte, meaning it’s never standing still in its translucent novelty. With a new season comes new fashion trends displayed and reinforced by the the likes of retail titans like Zara and Topshop. Animal prints, floral pastels, color-blocking platform heels…these are all iconic bolts and nuts of fashion that are reminiscent of seasons before us with modern twists on classic designs.  Here are a few favorite pieces to work into my Fall wardrobe:

1.) CLASSIC BLACK

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Preen

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Riani 

When in doubt, wear head-to-toe black! Play up a monochromatic color with eye-popping details like cat-eye shades and red lips. I love Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lip Shine which is a lightweight and moisturizing lipstick with shimmering pearls that add shine to any outfit.

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2.) LEOPARD PRINT:

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Givenchy

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Burberry 

Paying homage to the Queen…nonetheless, Alexander McQueen! Leopard prints effortlessly scream “RAWR!!”, so if being second-guessed as a feline creature is not up your alley then tone down that dramatic growl with a plain black T (or a simple metallic Peter Pan collar). Of course, if you feel a bit more daring, finish the ensemble with a pair of red skinnies. There you have it, a fierce ‘n feisty outfit!

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3.) LACE

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Burberry

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Dolce & Gabbana

The ethereal beauty of these intertwining fabrics was echoed down Fall 14’s runways à la D&G and Valentino. Originally introduced in the 50’s in linen, silk, gold or silver threads, the modern-day design has more intricate takes like macramé and crocheted lace. Whether it’d be down the aisle or the bustling streets of NYC, lace adds femininity and class to any ensemble!

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Black on black…leopard prints…lace. I wonder what’s in store next. Neoprene harem pants maybe? 🙂

Xoxo~ Lena

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