Something Old, Something New

Have You Seen That New....Erdem x H&M Collaboration

Erdem is the latest brand to collaborate with the high street giant, H&M.  The Collection was inspired by Pet Shop Boys music video "Being Boring"...(yea, I had to google it too), but after watching it I totally got it.  As you can tell from the lookbook photos below, there are serious notes and influences from times from the past.  Beautiful gowns covered in winter florals, some even in a beautiful jacquard.  High collars/necklines and beautiful lace which read Victorian romanticism.  The collection is very English.

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This collaboration with H&M is the designer's first offering of menswear pieces.  In this category of the collection, there are great heritage pieces, tweed suits, silk pajama inspired sets, pocket squares and shoes, as well as chunky statement knit sweaters.  All of which could actually be worn by women.  The designer shared in an article that "he would take the Harris suit off of the male model, and place it onto the woman model and it would look great.  So yeah for androgyny and gender fluidity in clothing.  I am basically sold at that point.  Boys clothing is just so simple, comfy and overall better sometimes.

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Erdem x H&M

Designer Collaboration

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This post was compiled of photos from the lookbook of this collection, which in total is about 85 pieces.  Everything will be made available to shop on November 2.  Be on the lookout for another post with some of my favorite pieces, and direct links to shop them.

Next UP....White Ankle Boots

As fashion month concludes and the whirlwind of non-stop runway shows, street style photos and 24/7 fashion content popping up all over our timelines settles; we can now start to digest what we've seen.  One particular item, that wasn't necessarily all over the runways, but more so worn by those fashion insiders attending the shows were white ankle boots.   

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Honestly, I think the only thing white I've worn on my feet since I was about 6 was a trainer.  I can recall when I was younger wearing white dress shoes on special occasions such as Easter, but other than that....no thanks.  However, after seeing these beauties paired so chicly with tights, skirts and denim dressed both up and down, I want in.  Basically white is a neutral and can be worn with practically anything. So yea, why not, but just to keep you guys from veering off the right/chic road, and down the treacherous lane of "looking country" please take heed to curated selects posted below.

So Long Summer, But First.....

On the blog today I am taking a few of my summer favorites out for a final spin.  I am not a big straw bag carrying girl, but this little cutie stole my heart.  I honestly think this bag is tolerable for me because it's the perfect compact size, and it's not entirely straw.  Straw bags were very big this summer thanks to the all coveted cult gaia bamboo handbag.  Literally every influencer across the globe were on Instagram posing with the cult gaia handbag. 

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Next up, I wanted to introduce my vintage robe to the blog.  The kids nowadays call them kimonos, but this baby is a robe.  I paired my robe and straw bag with a basic white cami and straight leg jeans.  I kept the outfit very simple.  The light blue robe has amazing details, large white magnolias trimmed with sequins.  It's also lightweight, and perfect for layering.  I would encourage you all to invest in a robe or kimono to layer in when transitioning through the seasons.

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Winter is Coming

Hey guys I am back, and with a super cheesy Game of Thrones reference as my title.  Not to deter too much from the reason we are all here (fashion talk), but guys I tried so hard to jump on the GOT bandwagon.  I watched an entire season and a half, and nothing...just meh.  I wasn't moved in the slightest.  The show, the costumes, the pretty decent storylines, the british accents, the sex scenes, the beautiful landscapes, nothing could make me care enough to dedicated my life to watching 7 seasons of it. Hey but I digress. We are here because it's cooling off outside, and it's time to break out those autumnal pieces. 

I took inspiration right from the runway for this assignment.  I was on the prowl for simple solutions to transition into fall. 

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photo credit: www.vogue.com

photo credit: www.vogue.com

It's really easy to stay warm on those crisp mornings by simply adding socks or tights to our existing outfits.  The models took to the runway in tiny dresses, floral prints and separates, but made items A/W ready by adding socks or tights as accessories.   I would recommend purchasing brightly colored opaque tights, but opting for thinner, transparent socks (easier to wear with sandals).

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photo credit: www.vogue.com

photo credit: www.vogue.com

When the temps start to drop layering is an obvious idea.  Fall is the perfect transitional season for layering because technically you can still wear you same summer pieces, and simply start to incorporate super soft jumpers/shirts both underneath and over dresses; add tights underneath skirts, dresses and jeans; and lastly pop dusters, vest, cardigans and jackets over outfits.

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www.vogue.com

www.vogue.com

For those of us that are always looking to amp up the personal styling, adding an oversized glove or two, in a bright color is a definite way achieve this style goal.  Although there were a few looks that went down the runways with practical (normal) gloves, and if I'm honest they were total snoozes.  I was absolutely drawn to the bright green and red options above, and the supersized globes that Victoria Beckham sent down the runway.  So guys, I suggest you wear a lovely knee length dress, and top it off with an amazing pair of gloves...or a single.

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www.vogue.com

www.vogue.com

Add a touch of menswear, or as my heading says, "Borrow From the Boys" to transition into autumn.  An oversized blazer, a pair of soft leather brogues, and trouser socks are key pieces that easily blur gender wardrobe lines and because menswear is heavier it'll keep you warmer.  I am also a big fan of the double denim look that model wore down the runway for Calvin Klein.  Denim is gender neutral, but this particular straight leg cut with the denim jacket tucked into the bottom looks very masculine.

CPHFW - Baum and Pfergarten

Hey guys I'm ending SS18 Copenhagen Fashion Week recaps with a big bang.  This collection was very amusing.  Lots of playful layering, fun styling and bright colors. 

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Despite all of the fun on the metallic runway, there was a flair of sophistication.  Clean lines, ribbed jumpers, and tailored suits were mixed with denim, t-shirts and athletic gear.  A beautiful checkered trench coat with matching shoulder bag made an appearance, and I will dream about it until I find the perfect dupe.  I managed to gather a bunch of style inspiration from this show.  The brand introduced ways to add trendy accessories (brightly colored socks) with a nice dress and heels to create a more interesting look. All in all I saw a lot of pieces that can help anyone develop their personal style.  This collection will definitely be one that I bookmark for future reference. 

Copenhagen Fashion Week - Cecilie Bahnsen

This collection nailed spring/summer in every sense of the word simply by including whimsical fabrics, baby doll style silhouettes and loads of pastels.  It was love at first sight for me after seeing pictures of this collection.  I am a huge fan a drop waisted dress, but when you add a petticoat underneath to create the most adorable baby doll shape I literally see hearts.  Models came down the runway like figurines.

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I will say this collection was very cohesive with a solid theme - girlie.  In mostly black and white, there were splashes of light pink and gold to grace the runway.  However, I don't expect much color from the scandi parts of the world.  Models wore minimal makeup, hair pulled back in center part with plaited pigtails, and very thin, simple black headbands.