Saturday, April 24, 2010

Sign of the Times: 2010 will see natural, romantic style, military details and global influences

I am an advocate shopper and I absolutely love fashion! With years of fashion training and admiration, I am often challenged to predict fashion trends of upcoming seasons. Most of my predictions thrive from the undoubtedly “signs of the times”.
What are these “signs of the times”? It is those characteristics that help shape the interest of consumers and fashion lovers alike. Fashion is an expression, a movement or non-verbal emotion that is ever-changing.
A top look prediction going into the New Year will lean towards a more natural, romantic style. These are the styles that were popular during the Victorian era and bring back the portrayal of women as strong, urban, social contributors to fashion. This look includes bullfighter style jackets, laced tops and sheer full skirts with several layers and ruffles.
As war on terrorism continues, there will be strong influences from the military for many years to come. This influence is a subliminal expression towards how we feel about our military’s involvement in the war on terrorism. Shirts with military-style collars, embellished with shiny buttons and a much tailored fit, will be created in bold, rich colors like chocolate and burgundy. These jackets will be paired with pencil-style skirts with side-seamed pockets.
War on Terrorism has brought more recent attention to global cultures and customs. The heightened awareness of fashion in other cultures will influence fashionable trends. Color combinations like purple, red, orange and yellow will flow together effortlessly in fabrics like silk, chiffon and organza. Paisley-patterns will make a comeback to pair up with denim revealing a hint of old '70s charm.
The perfect jacket will be short, marking the waist and highlighting high-waist pants or skirts. These cropped jackets are accented with leather, fur, satin and other luxurious fabrics.
The color predictions for the season are Green and Orange. Romantic, emerald shades of green and burnt shades of orange will be the highlight to tailored-fitted suits and box-necked shirts that featured wrap-tie belts to accent the waist.
The fashion designer to admire this coming season is Roberto Cavalli. Mr. Cavalli’s creation of fresh, affordable clothing lines offers a great deal of attention to detail and elegance for all fashion admirers.
Runways all over the world have featured these predictions as well as several other trends based on the previews of Designer collections and up-trends in the clothing, textile and accessories designs.
The fashion predictions presented in this article are strictly the predictions expressed by myself and are not necessary the fashion trends of industry professionals and experts. My predictions take into account the “signs of the times” and how fashion can be influence by other social factors.

All that glitters is not gold

The Merchant of Venice, 1596, Shakespeare

MOROCCO:O hell! what have we here?
A carrion Death, within whose empty eye.
There is a written scroll!
I'll read the writing. All that glitters is not gold;
Often have you heard that told:
Many a man his life hath sold.
But my outside to behold:
Gilded tombs do worms enfold.
Had you been as wise as bold,
Young in limbs, in judgment old,
Your answer had not been inscroll'd:
Fare you well; your suit is cold.

This year white gold and sterling silver are making its comeback. So which is best? Sterling Silver is less expensive than any other tone of gold. It is softer so it is best used for jewelry not worn everyday or for extended periods. It is also prone to oxidization and should be cleaned often. The types of jewelry which are best in Sterling Silver are dress rings, earrings, pendants, bracelets and necklaces. You should stay away from Sterling Silver when purchasing engagement or wedding rings. White gold is just one of many tones of available gold. White gold actually contains some silver.
Did you know, in order to keep white gold pretty you should protect it by applying a coat of Rhodium which is another white metal that is very similar to platinum. Who knew? Rhodium will make the white gold look whiter but it will wear off and should be reapplied every 12 to 18 months.
There is no doubt that both of these metals are hot fashion items. And, with just a few little facts, you can determine which metal is best for you. When selecting, always determine the type of wear or occasion, price, care and quality of the jewelry you wish to purchase. Some of our most fashionable statements have been made using these metals and they are here to stay. Either way, your selection will put you at the top of this year’s fashion forward frenzy because "all that glitters is not gold”!

Bigger is Better: the perfect bag

I love to carry a stunning big bag! A bag, your bag is an expression of your personality and style. So what does your bag say about you?
Professional style bags say" the woman carrying this bag is a sophisticated diva that pays close attention to detail. She is strong and resourceful, often pairing her bag with classic looks."
Trendy style bags say "the woman carrying this bag is trendy with a bubbly personality. She takes pride in knowing what fashion forward is and spends time selecting items that help her appear as such."
Creative style bags say "the woman carrying this bag is expressive. She is artful and creative. She pairs her bag with other eclectic jewelry pieces that always express a personal meaning."
Fashion Forward style bags say "the woman carrying this bag is an attention grabber that is not afraid of being noticed. She is carefree and stylish, often pairing her bag with designer looks."
It is always chic to accessorize your outfit with a classically chic designer bag. I know what you’re thinking! “Why did she say “designer” bag?” There is more handbag Designers than ever before.
Many have discovered that THE bag is just as important as the outfit and a much needed accessory. I went on a hunt to find the best handbag designers with big style. These designers are featuring some of the hottest styles for the Spring 2010 and looks that fit your personal style.
This Spring’s look is full of gorgeous ruffled rose designs. Valentino Vertigo offers this handbag with beautiful style.

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More local features, more blogging and more opportunities for you to always be on top of your style game. Stay tuned for more exciting issues.

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