Color of the Year 2014: Radiant Orchid

 

 

 

The long-awaited decision has finally been made!

The Pantone Color of 2014 is…..

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The official press release was issued yesterday morning by Pantone, causing a bit of frenzy in the design world as a whole.  Color of the Year influences not only the fashion industry, but interior design, graphic design, all the way down to popular wedding colors.

Radiant Orchid was chosen out of the Spring 2014 color forecast by Pantone.  The purple hue is categorized by its pink undertones, allowing for many variations of the color.  The symbolic value behind the choice of Radiant Orchid is just as strong and complex as the color itself.  Leatrice Eiseman, the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, was quoted:

“Purple is known because it is magical, it’s a color that draws you in, it’s a color that speaks to creativity.  So wearing it enhances your feeling of being creative, being more creative, being more innovative… And that is so important in today’s life. We’re all looking for that touch of uniqueness.” 

Purple hues have not been the focus in quite some time; however, the fact that the color signifies creativity and individuality will definitely lead to an overall embracement of the fresh color in the year to come.

Get Inspired! 

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Credit: Pantone, Vogue, Pantone Pinterest

A Toast to Controversy: Designer Parody Clothing

I recently ran across an “Ain’t Laurent Without Yves” sweatshirt by the infamous brand Reason while I was shopping, and of course I had to have it.

The renaming of Yves Saint Laurent‘s iconic name to Saint Laurent Paris has been one of the most talked about controversies in the fashion industry this year.  While the shortening of iconic fashion houses’ names has been trending lately, with Christian Dior changing to “Dior” and Coco Chanel as “Chanel,”  many think changing the YSL branding is too soon since it is a more recent design house.  The name change signifies a new, more modern, look for the brand; however, YSL junkies aren’t quite sold on the new name. Creative director Hedi Slimane promises that the YSL branding will still be used although the name has changed to Saint Laurent Paris. WWD

While that is old news, the name change controversy fueled another controversy regarding the tongue in cheek designer parody slogan “Ain’t Laurent Without Yves.” Creative Director Hedi Slimane cut all business ties with Colette, one of the largest independent retailers in the world, over carrying the parody clothing reading “Ain’t Laurent Without Yves.”  The end of their business together was quite a shock to the industry because of their close relationship and the high amount of YSL inventory sold at Collette . Sara Andelman, the creative director and owner of Colette was quoted: NY Times

“We were loyal and for me it was a nice relationship,” she said. “I can’t believe this is just for a stupid T-shirt. ”

Designer parody clothing has been one of the largest street style trends this season, and Saint Laurent Paris wasn’t the only target. Plenty of major design houses were parodied, including Celine, Hermes, Balmain, Kenzo, and Prada just to name a few. 

Many of the creative directors from the design houses listed above have embraced the designer parody clothing trend by wearing it themselves.  “Ain’t Laurent Without Yves” clothing sold out of the Collette stores and continues to prove just as profitable.

According to WWD, to be dubbed “illegal” two factors are investigated: “whether there is actual consumer confusion between the two brands and whether there is dilution of the original brand’s value.”

In my opinion, all of the designer parody clothing logos are obviously not made from the actual designers that they are parodying.  If anything, the clothing is adding extra publicity and buzz for the brand.  If a shopper buys designer parody clothing chances are they know who the designer is, and they are not purchasing it because they think they are purchasing a designer’s product.

 

Disclaimer: I do not own any of the images used in this post.

American Music Awards: Best and Worst Dressed

The American Music Awards red carpet is always the perfect platform for pushing the envelope when it comes to innovative and artistic clothing.  As always, the red carpet was full of high-fashion looks from industry moguls.  In comparison to years past, the carpet was a bit dull, aside from Lady Gaga’s grand entrance on a horse composed of people.  Check out my picks for best and worst dressed for the American Music Awards 2013!

Best:

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Worst:

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Credit: Getty Images, AP Images, WENN

A Toast To Australian Fashion & Derby Day

I have recently been obsessed with the creative direction of Elle Ferguson and Tash Sefton (pictured below), the fashion mavens behind the famous blog and never-ending source of inspiration that they like to call They All Hate Us.  If you are not familiar with their work, they offer a laid-back style with an impeccable eye for detail.  The pair also guest reports for Vogue Australia’s Style Spy.

They All Hate Us

 

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The Aussie duo has led me to follow Australian fashion religiously.  The mix of beachy-chic that the Aussies have mastered so effortlessly is appealing to me. As a classic Audrey Hepburn type but with strong roots in coastal life, the style seems to have the perfect balance that I have been searching for. Through following Elle and Tash I have discovered more stylish Australians such as Laura Bingle, Rebecca Judd, and Jennifer Hawkins to name a few.

Saturday was the Victoria Derby Day to kick-off the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse in Australia.  The event drew fashion insiders from all around the world to show their best Derby Day looks. Below are some of my favorite images from the event!

 

Rebecca Judd wearing J’Aton Couture, Danica Erard hat 

Derby Day: Rebecca Judd

Derby Day: Rebecca Judd

 

Laura Bingle wearing Dion Lee, Ryan Storer headpiece 

Derby Day: Laura Bingle

Derby Day: Laura Bingle

 

 

Kate Waterhouse wearing Balenciaga, Nerida Winter + Hardy Brothers headpiece 

Derby Day: Kate Waterhouse

 

Derby Day: Kate Waterhouse

 

Poppy Delevingne wearing J’Aton Couture, Dolce and Gabbana crown

Derby Day: Poppy Delevingne

Derby Day: Poppy Delevingne

 

 

Mel B wearing Michael Costello

Derby Day: Mel B

 

Jennifer Hawkins wearing Tony Maticevski, Nerida Winter headpiece 

Derby Day: Jennifer Hawkins

 

Naomi Campbell wearing Christian Dior, Philip Treacy hat

Derby Day: Naomi Campbell

Credit: Getty Images

 

Kate Moss: Fashion Icon Joins British Vogue

Kate Moss is one of the most famous supermodels and fashion icons of our time.  Her name is synonymous with impeccable style, which is always fresh and cutting edge.  She has graced the pages of every top publication in the industry, including thirty-two covers for British Vogue (pictured below).  She has expanded her empire past modeling to her own perfume and a self-designed line for Topshop.

This morning British Vogue announced that Kate Moss will be joining the UK magazine as a contributing fashion editor, beginning in the next Spring issue.  Alexandria Shulman of British Vogue was quoted:

“Her undoubtedly brilliant sense of style, depth of fashion knowledge and understanding of what makes a wonderful image will be exciting to see on the pages of British Vogue. I am really looking forward to working with her on ideas.”

-Alexandra Shulman

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I will be anxiously awaiting the next issue of British Vogue, will you?

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