Friday, December 31, 2010

When Your Eyes Met Mine

   When America's Next Top Model is on television, you're sure to hear Tyra yelling, "Smile with your eyes!" It enhances the quality of a photo when a model, or anyone, gives a subtle smile with their eyes. Well obviously not a smile, but focussing them at a certain angle puts more emphasis on your whole face and not just your smile. Many stylists choose to put on heavy eye makeup so they can "smize" easier during a shoot. Smiling with your eyes is very important and the outcome is guaranteed to be beautiful.

   Smokey eye is a popular makeup trend that's always perfect for a night out, especially in the winter. Directing attention to the eyes, the darkness of smokey eye brings out the whites of your eyes and reveals details within your eyes. For some people, it's too much. But for others, the smokey eye is perfect for their face.
   Nude makeup around the eye can also be stunning. For people with big, round eyes, going nude is a great choice. It brings out the color in your eyes and still allows them to look large without all that makeup. Adding pastels into nude eye makeup is often a great idea and adds color to the face. If your eyes are a piercing color, then nude makeup can sometimes be your best fit. It's all about the eyes.
   It's said that they eyes are the window to our souls, so we want them to look great, right? Thought so. It doesn't take long to perfect the skin around your eyes in the morning and put on some makeup. It's well worth the five minutes! So if you're going out on the town, go for a darker, edgier choice of makeup. But if you're just going out during the day, keep it simple. Whenever you apply your makeup, make sure it blends in. So bat those eyelashes, wink at your onlookers and most importantly, stay pretty.
xx, ZM

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Bold Is Beautiful

   Throughout 2010, designers have surprised us with new trends, popular colors, fabulous fashion shows, bionic heels and much more. A year in fashion is never a boring year but rather filled with excitement and experiments. 
   The birth of jeggings, crop top phenomenon, lace, leather jackets, combat boots- you name it, it made 2010 memorable. High fashion photography was filled with edginess and fierceness as always and the models of 2010 walked the runway better than ever. The return of Tom Ford and Lanvin for H&M were certainly breakthroughs in fashion. We all still mourn the death of designer Alexander McQueen, but embrace what he has brought to the industry. With celebrities like Lady Gaga taking risks, it's given normal women courage to try something daring new. Congratulations to everyone that made this year that much more fashionable. And thank you to everyone that's supported the start of my blog this year, I appreciate it greatly. One thing was consistent throughout the year is bold designs and ad campaigns. It was all about grabbing attention and this year, that's what designers did. The public matured in fashion and began to take more risks. Daring details in clothing made the statement that BOLD IS BEAUTIFUL and it always will be. So long 2010, you were good to us.
XOXO ZM

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Fancy Footwork

   You may have heard Tyra Banks talk about fierce but I think we've found our winner. British designer Chau Har Lee's shoes feature intricate patterns and heels as high as the Empire State Building. Not particularly made for walking in, Lee's footwear is the total opposite of practical but it's high fashion at its best. From chunky black heels to bionic steel stilettos, Lee knows exactly how to design an extraordinary shoe.
   Some of Lee's shoes could be used as weapons with their steel, sharp-as-a-knife heels. If comfort is your standard, then a pair of CHL shoes probably isn't for you. Aimed at buyers like Lady Gaga and fashion risk takers, they aren't very common. Sold primarily in London stores, these shoes haven't quite hit the US yet. 
   As a unique pair of footwear, they'll leave you -$1,500 (about) and with a foot ache for sure. With fans like Kate Moss, you know they're worth it! For that price you have to ask yourself, "What's so special about them?" But they come custom made so you choose how they're made, what they look like, etc. Watch out for these heels, literally. As seen on the runways of London Fashion Week, Chau Har Lee's stunning stilettos are said to be the next Jimmy Choos. I guess we'll wait and see! Stay stylish.
XOXO ZM

Monday, December 27, 2010

Bohemian Chic

   As self expression is making more of a statement now than ever before, bohemian clothing is more than trend worthy. Kate Moss, Nicole Richie and Sienna Miller all rock the look with free flowing tops, lots of denim and hobo bags. Boho fashion is all about mixing old with new and making a classic look a trend. 
   When you think bohemian style, you think raggedy, old hippies. But the style is so much more. Coming in contact with some boho chic wannabes in book stores and coffee shops this past weekend, I had to write about it. With people overdoing it by draping on layers of hideous old shirts and jewelry, that's not how it's done. But nice try? Not even.
   Lace trims, floral embellishments and cute eyelets are what make an outfit boho chic. The hippie nonsense isn't stylish, it's a figment of the past. It's really all about expressing your creativity and individuality within an outfit. Rugged, peasant styles are popular in this "genre" of fashion but to the point where it's still stylish. If you can incorporate a bohemian top into a regular outfit, that's when you know it's the right piece. It's really all about versatility and making it work!
   Stores like Free People sell great clothes that can be categorized as boho. Floral patterns and rough looking styles make their outfits edgy with a hint of boho. Lace and embedded studs also compliment the trend. But all in all, boho chic is a great way of expressing yourself through your clothes. If you're a free spirit then this is the trend for you! No matter what season, boho chic is never out of style. So make it work, but don't overdo it. Look presentable and keep it practical. 
You don't want to end up looking like a Buddha doll..
xx, ZM

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Distress Signal

   They've been in style for years now, but distressed jeans are coming back full force. Paired with heels, a blazer and a simple tee, you'll be looking majestic with barely any effort. Sure it's a messy look but it reflects back on the importance of edginess and daring to be different. Subtle rips can work but the more distressed the more dynamic- and fashion is all about the details. So slip on your torn skinnies and take a walk on the wild side.
   Not quite sure what to wear with your jeans? Problem solved! Fashion experts say the simpler the top the better. The more attention on your ripped up jeans, the better. But going with a sequined or detailed blazer is also a safe bet. Patterns and bright colors are definitely a "no-no" because they'll take attention off of the jeans. Belts and strappy shoes are also a good match, blending with one another to form a common pattern within your outfit.
    Distressed jeans are also perfect with flip flops and simple sandals in the summertime or a pair or riding boots in the fall/winter. Whatever you do, don't overdue it. Less is more with this trend! So keep it simple and keep it stylish, ladies.
xx, ZM

Bionic Balenciagas

  Like I said before, belts and buckles but don't go ballistic!  But Balenciaga has been excused from this rule. They've decided to belt it out and really take a risk. These aren't the type of shoes you can wear to the market.. Or anywhere for that matter. As strictly a runway fashion, Balenciaga has nailed it yet again.

   Futuristic, Lady Gagaesque, crazy; there are so many words to describe these shoes. Taking a Mary Jane style to the next level, it's no wonder why Balenciagas designs are so well known. A+ for creativity!
XOXO ZM


About: Supermodel Daria Werbowy

 

   At just 27, Daria Werbowy is the ninth richest model in the world and one of the most beautiful in the industry. Starting at age fourteen, Werbowy has been featured in ads for Missoni, Lancome, Prade, YSL, Pepe Jeans, Roberto Cavalli, Gucci, Hermes, Valentino, David Yurman, Chanel and Louis Vuitton. In her first season as a model, Fall/Winter 2003, Werbowy landed the cover of Vogue Italia three times and Prada’s Fall/Winter ad campaign. Rated as Vogue Paris' Top 30 Models of the 2000s, Werbowy told Fashion Magazine that, "I've had a lot of mixed feelings about what I do ... A lot of the time, I feel like I'm part of the problem when it comes to all the superficiality and vanity that impacts the way girls grow up".
XOXO ZM

Sharp As A Tack

   It's all about the edge, the weather might be cold but your style has to be hot. Fur, leather, lace and sequins are being incorporated onto just about everything so it's not hard to find something style worthy. Daring details are making a statement this season so put on your highest heels, your best jeans and dress to impress!


   Studded shoulders, subtle makeup and shiny see-through tops are all becoming major trends this winter. Stores like American Apparel, Saks Fifth Avenue, Urban Outfitters, Topshop and Forever 21 all have tons of items with these designs on them which makes it easier for the average girl to go out and get fashionable clothes. Dark colors such as black, gray, maroon, brown and navy are all super stylish and easy to match accessories with. Bold necklaces, bracelets, brooches and belts will complete an outfit. Don't be bashful, be bold.
XOXO ZM
   


Second Time Around

   After a 5 year break exploring other areas of the fashion industry, Tom Ford is making a fabulous return with his Spring/Summer 2011 collection. Ford describes his new line as fun and happy as his inspiration for the line was "real women". Ford never really disappeared and over the course of those 5 years hadn't become a stranger to fashion. Now back and better than ever, his second time around is sure to top his early designs.
   "I told myself that I would not come back to women's fashion until I felt I had something new to say. I feel that fashion has become too serious and that the actual customer's needs have not really been addressed. Fashion needs to make one happy. It is a luxury and should enhance one's quality of life."

   Describing his customers as stylish and well aware of themselves, Tom Ford is very confident in his newest line. This collection is all about self discovery as Ford says that, "My customer has her own sense of style and knows herself well. My goal is to help women become the best version of themselves." 
   As Tom Ford makes his way back into the word of fashion, he swears never to leave us again. When asked by the press what's next to come, Ford replied that, "I have to say, more fashion. I love what I am doing right now and can't wait to start the next collection." Welcome back, Tom Ford. The industry needs people like you! Stay stylish!
XOXO ZM

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Saints And Sinners

  Giving edgy a new meaning and reinventing fringe, AllSaints has hit Boston this year. Originating in the United Kingdom, the collections are generally very bold. With Bloomingdale's now housing an AllSaints department and Newbury St being the home of another, it's here, it's staying and it's as fashionable as fashionable gets.
   Created in 1994 to appeal to a younger crowd, AllSaints has not only become popular in the UK but has expanded its individuality to many cities abroad. Starting as just a menswear company, four years after they began, the head honchos added women's clothing to the line. Enforcing trends such as fringe, oversized knits, distressed sweaters, crop tops and more, AllSaints is always edgy and never afraid to take a walk on the wild side. Leaning a bit towards a gothic look, the clothing is more than appropriate for winter. 
   Not only is AllSaints a sensation for women's clothing but also for men's too. I know I rarely (well never) talk about men's fashions, but what's better to start with than AllSaints? Not only is it for men looking for edgy, dark styles, but for those seeking a sharp look. With plain shirts that steal the show and distressed bottoms, you don't need to do much to rock an AllSaints outfit. Graphic T-shirts, polos, shorts, trousers, underwear, jerseys, knitwear and denim is all available for men and is all beyond A+ style. So guys, consider clothes from AllSaints because no woman will pass up a well dressed man.
   AllSaints designers are into variety which is why they also make homewear. Decorate your house with cushions, throws and cryptic candles from their collections. Frilly, feathery pillows can make a room appealing and yet simple at the same time. So don't just stop at clothing, go all the way with AllSaints. For punk rock edge and A-List fashion, visit an AllSaints store near you or log onto their website. It's ever so fashionable and gaining popularity! Be a trendsetter, and keep it stylin'.
XOXO ZM


Monday, December 20, 2010

Where The Wild Things Are

   Winter whites and warm colors are great but why keep it simple when you could keep it stunning? Patterns, colors and variety will always impress onlookers while the norm will be, well, the norm. Invest in coats with details so you can stand out. Fashion is all about individuality, isn't it? Don't hesitate to fascinate.
   As Coco Chanel once encouraged others, I'm encouraging you to be absolutely amazing- because boring isn't memorable. Just because bright colors aren't necessarily popular during winter, doesn't mean you have to completely rule them out. Adding a hint of wild to an outfit is what makes it different from all of the others. And looking different is the key too looking good. Keep is stylish, ladies and gentlemen.
XOXO ZM

Friday, December 17, 2010

FURocious

   Looking for ways to keep warm this winter? Well you're in luck because fur is the in thing. With designers like Roberto Cavalli, Chanel, John Galliano, Fendi and Matthew Williamson incorporating fur into their winter designs, it's sure to become a popular winter trend. With daring and dazzling details imbedded in the fur, you're sure to get sucked into the fur inferno this cold, long winter.
   Shrug on styles and shaggy cuts are the way to work it this season. With both faux and real fur as uprising trends, it adds an edge to your look. Winter whites, animal patterns or even plain colored fur can compliment your outfit and keep you warm and cozy. Chanel matched fur boots with their coats, which is also a trend on the rise. Although it's popular among fashion idols, fur boots can be risky because they're so loud. But feel free to try and collaborate it into your outfit if you think you can pull it off. Warm and stylish.. Sounds like a good winter to me!
   Combined with fringe and some kickin' heels, you could be Anna Wintour's best friend. Just because fur itself is very detailed, don't be afraid to add some other trendy things to an outfit with fur. But don't go totally over the top, more is always less. Christmas and New Years are appropriate times to rock some fur especially since it's chilly, well at least in the Northeast it is. 
   Other fur accessories like gloves and scarves are super fashionable this winter and are guaranteed to keep you all bundled up. So grab some fur, faux or real, and strut your stuff. You won't regret it and you'll be sure to set some trends. Keep it stylish!
XOXO ZM
   


Monday, December 13, 2010

Obakki Designs' Genius Shines

   Not into the whole holiday cocktail dress idea? Well I've got a great alternative if so. Obakki Designs has put forth a great collection featuring a stylish and simple shimmery top. Wear it with jeans, a scarf, anything! With the endorsement of Bleach Black and many other fashion critics, you don't have to be sexy to look impressive this December. 

   With this sweateresque top, nothing will shimmer and shine more. You'll easily be the center of attention without going all out. Sound like a good plan? Log onto www.obakki.com to scan through their collection and get one of your own. Paired with a tank underneath and even a bold necklace, it will look perfect. So consider a top like this and you'll have everyone saying hot hot holidays!
XOXO ZM

Trendy Talons Hauts

   What can add that certain spice to your outfit? Who's a girl's best friend? Her shoes! Manolos, Louboutins, or whatever you've got on can create a stylish look that won't ever be forgotten. The taller the heel, the more sleek and sexy you'll look. A simple heel with jeans and a tee is a great way to show your style and keep it simple at the same time. Wherever you are and whatever you're wearing, a stiletto will always suit you well!
   Blinged out, bionic, bedazzled, beautiful- shoes can be categorized into so many genres. But the most important thing is that they match what you're wearing. You can't toss on any old pair of heels thinking they'll make you look better. You have to collaborate them into your look either by their color shade or detail. If you have a simple black dress on, go for a showy heel too add that extra "oomph". But if you're wearing an extremely detailed dress, you'd better go with the simpler heel. Shoes can make all the difference, so make the right choice!

XOXO ZM

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Jaw Dropping Jewels

   If you're looking for a necklace to be the centerpiece of your outfit, bigger is better. This holiday season the bolder the jewelry the more style points you'll earn. One chunky necklace is taking the place of layering necklaces which was once a popular trend. Worn with  simple dress or just a t-shirt and jeans, heavy jewelry is a hot trend.
   Big, bold, funky, chunky- all the words that can be used to describe the jewel trends of December 2010. With Oscar winning actress Sandra Bullock and style icon Blake Lively sporting the look, how could you resist? When wearing a bold necklace such as these lovely ladies, earrings must be small and simple or not worn at all. Blake and Sandra both decided to opt out in the earring category as their necklaces stole the spotlight.
   Large cocktail rings and bold bracelets are also "it items" this season. With large jewelry on, it is said that you're presenting a more upscale look. Jewels are always a girl's best friend, so do it up. Don't just go for one ring, put on a couple. They don't necessarily have to match, and that's the beauty of it all. Random jewels all put together as one piece is genius and in many ways super stylish. Let bangles and studded bracelets take over your wrists and oversized gemstones attack your ears. It's time to go crazy and you can't pass up an opportunity like this. 
   Jewelry can also be a great gift this Christmas! There isn't a girl out there that wouldn't love a trendy accessory to add to her outfit. Rarely are there trends that praise "overdoing it" but this jewelry trend most definitely does. So don't take it for granted, wear all of your bold necklaces, bracelets, earrings and brooches this season before it's too late. Stay stylish!
XOXO ZM

Falalalala.. Fashion Faux Pas

   'Tis the season for ugly Christmas sweaters, hideous red dresses and a whole lot of fashion faux pas. Looking to avoid these scenarios? Well you're in the right place. "A Christmas party is not a costume party unless the invitation says dress like an elf or Mrs. Claus," Clinton Kelly, co-host of TLC's "What Not To Wear" and author of "Oh No She Didn't".
   With the help of Stylelist and Clinton Kelly, I've conjured up a list of what NOT to do this December. And it goes a little like this:
1.) Say NO To the Christmas Sweater.
2.) Stay Warm, It's Winter For God's Sake.
3.) If You've Decided To Wear An LBD, Work It.
4.) Jingling Jewelry Is A Cardinal Sin.
5.) Red And Green Is Cute.. On a Christmas Tree

   
   Backing up my opinion on sequins, Clinton Kelly explains that, "Bright Christmas-y red and bright Christmas-y green -- is just a little bit too obvious, a little too cliché. If you want to look more sophisticated, it's probably a better idea to look for richer colors; things like jewel tones are great, deeper burgundies, anything in the wine family is nice, merlot, that kind of thing. Especially be careful of wearing red and green together."
  So please, please keep it simple this Christmas. Unless you're off to a sweater party, BURN YOUR CHRISTMAS SWEATER. Simple patterns on a red sweater won't hurt, but don't take it too far. Wacky traditions are okay, but keep it inside your household. After all, what would Christmas be without the sweaters?
XOXO ZM

Feline Fashion

   Cat alert! Known for their wild makeup and theatrical eyes, M.A.C. is at it again with some cat inspired cosmetics. The new shades of their eyeshadows and eye makeup is all inspired from the colors of many friendly felines such as leopards, pedigrees, Burmese and other playful pets.
   With fall trends coming to an end, dark winter colors are becoming more popular. The browns and neutral colors of the cat inspired makeup fits these winter trends. With blushes and lipsticks also in M.A.C.'s latest line, the kitten craze ends there. You can't always tell if the makeup will suite you well just seeing ads and reading reviews, so try the products before you buy them. Stores like Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and even M.A.C. stores are sure to have what you're looking for and they'll guide you in the right direction. These cosmetics could also make great stocking stuffers or a gift for a friend. So be fierce and get your cat on this winter.
XOXO ZM

Soften Up With Satin

   For a fancy evening out on the town, a satin dress is exactly what you're looking for. With endorsements from this month's Vogue Italia and many celebrities, a satin dress will land you on the best dressed of 2010 list. With satin typically worn on special occasions, it's perfect for a holiday party. You can even reign in the new year in a sleek satin dress.
   It's the social season so your party calendar will be filling up faster than ever. To be formal event fabulous, adding even a hint of satin will make your outfit all the better. Satin shoes, a clutch and perhaps even a headband could boost your style. It's understood that a satin dress may be too fancy, but a mini dress with added fabrics could be just what you're looking for. 
   So keep your options, and your wallet, open to satin ideas! A hint of satin is a hint of style, and what we're striving for is style. Store fronts everywhere feature satin clothing so go out and take a look. Keep it stylish, as always.
XOXO ZM

Go For The Gold

   And yet again it's out with the old and in with the new. This season's new hue would be gold! With matte colors filling up spring, summer and fall nails, it's time to spice it up for wintertime. With sequin trends this holiday season, a gold glitter manicure is a fashionista's best friend.
   To accompany those lovely gold nails, what goes better than a gold sequin dress? You'll have jaws dropping and women taking notes when they see you walk by. It's the perfect holiday dress! I know I talked about sequin trends before, but those were mostly for black colors. Try a flashy gold dress with simple accessories so it's not too over the top. Many celebs have been rockin' gold make up, polish and dresses so now it's your turn. Shine on and let's show the world what we're made of. Look dazzling and be daring this winter!
   Kim added a simple black heel and no jewelry so all eyes were on her dress. Job well done, Miss Kardashian.
XOXO ZM


Factory Collection: By Erik Hart

   While flipping through Erik Hart's current and previous look books, it's very clear that he's not afraid of the dark side. With his newest collection, Factory, Hart doesn't shy away from the edginess of fashion. This collection features his signature looks mixed with a bikeresque look. Erik Hart has once again proved that his designs always keep it interesting.

   Hart's fall collection included leather jackets, sleek pants and dangerously daring heels you can see on the runway. Filled with various black, grays and other dark shades, it is evident Hart sees the fall/winter as a darker time. Also adding winter whites into his collection, this shows the designer's variety and how he isn't sticking with one idea. With lace, leather and cut-open tops, creativity is something Erik Hart never lacks.
   The modernness of Hart's editorials also give viewers an idea of how they would look in his clothing. The Factory Spring 2011 collection is clean, sleek and surprisingly affordable.  With options like boots, blazers and killer heels, Hart puts a lot of diversity into his clothing. Previously designing for Morphine Generation, that's where he must've obtained his daring side.




   Whether you're looking to layer up for a downtown look or throw on a sheer look for a nighttime outing, Factory can help you out. With clothing available on Revolve Clothing, Crywolf and OAK, it's gotten raving reviews so far. Hitting trends like sheer fabrics, loose shirts, black and white combos, edgy prints, boyfriend jackets, bandage dresses and more, it's hard to go wrong with an outfit from Factory: Erik Hart.
XOXO ZM

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Black Dress With Benefits

   With sheer sleeves, scandalously bright stilettos and an incredible clutch, you could have a black dress looking better than ever this winter. As mentioned before, sequins and lace are big trends this winter, especially on black dresses. Neon colored, 80s inspired heels are making a comeback paired with an LBD. Clunky heels also go well with a black dress and details never hurt. So don't just settle for the norm, spice it up!
   Every girl has a little black dress hanging in their closet but do they all know how to rock it? This season it's all about the glitz and the glam so don't be too plain. If your wardrobe lacks a little black dress, that's your first problem! An LBD is such a safe bet, you can throw it on with some heavy jewelry and the right shoes and you're red carpet ready. Pair it up with a chunky necklace and some bracelets and it will really bring out the style in your dress. Pairing stilettos with an LBD is also a common choice but they have to be the right shoe, whether you're wearing tights or not can also be crucial.
   Peep toes, closed toes, what should you wear? Well it all depends on tights or not like I said before. If you're wearing tights, often times you'd avoid peep toe shoes. But this winter, lots of women have been rocking peep toes and wearing tights. It's really a personal preference but it's more attractive with close toed shoes. Bare legs? Then peep toes will look completely great. Shoes are super important to an outfit and can make or break it.
   For those of you living in warmer places (lucky), you can make a black dress casual during the day. It's not just a night out's best friend and when paired up with the right accessories, you can rock it anytime, in any climate. The holiday season seems to love a little black dress, so don't be afraid to work it. LBDs have been in style since Audrey Hepburn made them famous, and they'll be iconic forever.
XOXO ZM

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Shimmer, Shine and Strive For Style

   Shimmering shoes, glistening gowns and studded shirts are all the rave this winter. Cocktail dresses everywhere are embedded with bling, and heels have never been sparkling this bright. Tis the season? For glitter that is.  Embellished accessories, sequined styles- it's all here and in style this winter. 
   Fall runways displayed jewels of all sorts on pants, shoes, dresses, shirts, etc. and now fashionistas everywhere are showing the world that glitter is the way to go. Glistening their way down various runways and red carpets, fashion's most notorious stars describe the tinsley trends as "jaw dropping" and "bold and bright". With glitter in the limelight, how can you wear it without overdoing it? That's why I'm here.
   If you're going for a full sequined LBD, then keep the accessories on the down low. Too much glitter will hurt your eyes, and the eyes of curious onlookers. You want just enough shimmer to stand out, but not to the point where you look like Ke$ha. Overdoing it is never flattering, and that'll never change. Choose subtle sequins during the day to keep it casual yet trendy. Save the breathtaking shine for the nighttime when they'll glisten the most.
   Don't let the shimmer of the snowflakes steal your thunder, keep is crystally! With fashion becoming more and more detailed, always dress it up. But because glitter embedded clothes are definitely attention grabbers, you have to be careful not to be over the top. Keeping it simple and stylish apply to everything. If you think it's too much, then it probably is. So keep is shiny, shimmer away your worries and strive for style this winter.
XOXO ZM


Monday, December 06, 2010

Dipped in Lace

   Fashion is all about details, and this winter the detail is in lace. With more designers adding lace to tights, classic black dresses, shoes and more, the trend is becoming bigger and bigger. Red carpets everywhere are loaded with celebs sporting lace and even Fashion Police's very own Joan Rivers approves the trend. With Joan's blessing and many celebrity endorsements, lace is they way to go this holiday season.


   
   Inspiration for lace designs comes from Victorian fashion and also reflect the clean looks of fall 2010. Designers such as Stella McCartney and the late Alexander McQeen include many lace ensembles in their winter 2010-11 look books. The versatility of lace is what makes it so popular. It can be dressed up or casually worn, always looking classy and adding that extra spice.
    The perfect look for this holiday season is black with lace. Everyone's doing it, and everyone's loving it. So when picking out a dress for that upscale holiday gathering, go for a lacey look! Match lace with other textures so it doesn't get too over the top. Leather, chunky jewelry and soft ruffles will all bring out the beauty in lace. So be daring this December and dress up in style.
XOXO ZM




Thursday, December 02, 2010

Rated R

   Featured on the cover of this month's Interview magazine, Rihanna has not only topped the charts in music, but in fashion as well. With peculiar clothes and ever changing hair styles, keeping it simple isn't exactly her forte. When it comes to style, Rihanna knows how to make it work.

   The Barbados-born sensation tells Interview, "In the beginning of my career, I didn't have a lot of input in what I wore and stuff, but it was a very, innocent, girly look," she says. "Then after we put out Good Girl Gone Bad, it kind of became a darker, edgier look, and then it got even edgier on the last album Rated R And now...I'm over the whole structured clothing, overly shoulder-padded sh**. I like stuff that's easy without trying too hard. I don't like stuff that's too contrived. I'm not into trends or trendy style anymore."
   Surely Rihanna has gone through a fashion revolution just as many other stars have. She's experimented with trends and created looks of her own which exemplify why she's such a super star. People tend to judge her based on her over the top looks when in actuality, she's never boring. As Coco Chanel once said, "It's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring." I think Rihanna lives by this standard..
   For this good girl gone bad, impressing others isn't her goal. Rihanna's style is true to herself and what she believes in. Although people will always make negative remarks, she keeps up the craziness. Covered in tattoos, the twenty-two year old is all about her edginess. Her music, her style and her all around attitude support this to be true. With a new hit album, a kickin' new style and yet another magazine cover under her belt, the outrageous pop star will continue to stun the public for years to come.
XOXO ZM

   


Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Tough Love

   The sensational Victoria's Secret Fashion Show was nothing less than perfect. The most beautiful women in the world strutted their stuff, and the public was even given a sneak peek backstage. The models seemed as if they were best friends and described each other as "smokin' hot" and said that they're all "like a family". When it came down to showtime, the crew was extremely supportive of the girls as they made their arrival on the runway.
   The runway was covered in glitter and the set design was genius. With a jungle theme, a 'game time' theme and a PINK scene at the end of the show, it couldn't have been done without the amazing producers of the show. What the models looked forward to the most was wearing the famous Victoria's Secret wings with their lingerie. Model Chanel Iman teared up when she was given her wings describing it as a dream come true. The models see it as a reward for their good work and every single one of them seemed grateful for the opportunity.
   With this fashion show, less is always more! The Angels trotted down the runway in minimal clothing and stilettos, still managing to look perfect. The audience gave off a positive feeling about the show, wildly applauding after every girl entered the limelight.
   Part of the show was very documentaryesque narrated by model Candace Swanepoel and shot in black and white. It showed the difficult preparation for the annual event and how much all of the staff contributed to the success. All of the producers, designers, photographers and especially the models deserve a pat on the back for another job well done. Can't wait till next year's show! Stay stylish.
XOXO ZM


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