Spring 2017 Trend Report: Belts

Both myself and CF advising editor Lydia were coming of age where belted everything was a trend–cardigans, blazers, and skirts with a belt were a wardrobe staple for us for years. Lydia observed that we are “so there” for belts, trend-wise. We’re happy to see this trend come full circle, and evidently designers are too since this was one of the most popular looks we saw this season.

Above: Elizabeth & James Spring 2017

The Olsen twins have a serious problem with diversity–their lookbook above is no exception. They very rarely feature models of colour. At least they’re offering fetching obi-inspired belts.

Above: Rosie Assoulin Spring 2017

Above: Alberta Ferretti Spring 2017

Above: Carolina Herrera Spring 2017

Above: Etro, Spring 2017

Above: Hermes, Spring 2017

The simplicity of a minimal black belt as seen above and below lends a surprising amount of definition and edge to an otherwise sweet dress.

Above: Isabel Marant, Spring 2017

Above: Les Copains, Spring 2017

Above: Miu Miu, Spring 2017

Above: Monique Lhuilllier, Spring 2017

Above: Monse, Spring 2017

Above: Prada, Spring 2017

Note that belts featured heavily in both of Miuccia Prada’s lines–Prada and Miu Miu.

Above: Vanessa Seward, Spring 2017

Love the juxtaposition of the prim belt above with the undeniably glam lurex dress at Vanessa Seward above.

Above: Veronique Leroy, Spring 2017

Above: Versus Vesace, Spring 2017

Above: Vivienne Tam, Spring 2017

Paris Rainbow: Fall 2016

A look from every colour of the rainbow–all from the Fall 2016 collections from Paris–based female designers!

RED 

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Above: Vanessa Bruno Fall 2016 

ORANGE

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Above: Alessandra Rich Fall 2016 

YELLOW

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Above: Sonia Rykiel Fall 2016

GREEN

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Above: Zadig & Voltaire Fall 2016

BLUE

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Above: Vika Gazinskaya Fall 2016

INDIGO

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Above: Sacai Fall 2016

VIOLET

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Above: Miu Miu Fall 2016

Bibliostyle: Catherynne M. Valente’s “Radiance”

 

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Above: Trussardi Fall 2015

The window stayed shut. The door swung open and a pair of long, long legs slid out. Legs like a pilgrimage. Silver stockings, pumpkin pumps, suit green as the salads I haven’t seen in years. Her scarf was a scrap of silk the same colour as the Talbot, disappearing down her cleavage–which, I’m happy to report, was both substantial and on display. The dame didn’t even get out. She leaned her elbows on her knees and plunked her sweet little face down into her hands. She was tall, but delicately built, like a moth. She had rouge on, but not a slut brand. The expensive stuff. The kind that comes in colours with names. The kind that comes from home. From Earth, where you can make anything as easy as tripping and falling. Lipstick to match her shoes. Eyelashes as long as my thumb, tipped in a soft fuchsia fringe. Nails to match her big violet eyes. I bet she had the shade done up special–the nails or the eyes; I wouldn’t know which. A classy piece by any measure. She smelled like accounts receivable. She looked like old money. The kind of money that can ship a Talbot all the way to the outer planets without chipping the paint.

  • From Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente

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Above: Missoni Fall 2015

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Above: Miu Miu Pre-Fall 2016

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Above: Versace Resort 2016

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Above: Mary Katrantzou Pre-Fall 2016

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Above: Rosie Assoulin Resort 2016

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Above: Camilla and Marc Pre-Fall 2016

Bibliostyle: “When The Dark Is Light Enough” by Gina Ochesner

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Above.: Emilia Wickstead Fall 2015, image found here.

Delighted to see the care with which Karen combed over her prayer scarf, Lusya stood beside her and fingered the fringe. It had always been Lusya’s favourite, this periwinkle-coloured scarf with the careful embroidering in Old Slavonic: “And he shall give his angels charge over thee.” As Karen scoured for fibre evidence and circled the stains on the scarf, Lusya pulled up a stool. She watched Karen treat each stain with a series of amino die blots. With a single drop of the dark substance, a faint blotch turned brilliant purple, revealing grooves and whorls, and Lusya realized with a start that Karen had just raised a print from the protein.

– from “When The Dark Is Light Enough” in People I Wanted To Be by Gina Ochesner

 

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Above: Mary Katrantzou Fall 2015, image found here.

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Above: Miu Miu Fall 2015, image found here.

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Above: Novis Fall 2015, image found here.

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Above: Ulyana Sergeenko Spring 2015, image found here.

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Above: Vivetta Fall 2015, image found here.

Celebrity Dinner Party: What to Wear

By: Emily Y.

You know that game where you dream up your ultimate dinner party composed of celebs alive or no longer with us? Let’s take the game a bit further. I’ll tell you who my five ideal guests would be (including myself, 6 is about the max amount of people I could cook for without starting to freak out a bit) and what I would wear, depending on the type of dinner party we are having.

MY FIVE DREAM GUESTS

1. Janelle Monaé

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I can’t even. She’s got, like, a whole universe in her vision. Honestly if I were to meet her I would probably just cry the whole time and she would be like “yes hello why?” If she didn’t feel like attending, I’d be cool if Cindi Mayweather came instead.

2. Anaïs Nin

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Her diaries (of which I’ve read about ten volumes) have changed my life.

3. Frida Kahlo

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She was an amazing artist, and I love how she didn’t ever apologize for taking up space.

4. Mindy Kaling

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I have read Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? three times and she is a boss. I also think that of all of us she probably has the best social skills and could run the show while I’m doing shots in the bathroom with Frida Kahlo.

5. Anita Sarkeesian

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I still think that Sarkeesian is the most well-spoken woman I have ever had the privilege of meeting. I almost fainted when I met her. I hope the second time around, this dream dinner party, I will be able to keep it together.

MY DREAM OUTFITS

Drinks and appetizers

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Above: Tanya Taylor Fall 2014

Why: This looks comfortable, feminine, and fierce. I love that neon touch, it’s perfectly irreverent.

The evening: We play drinking games, Frida Kahlo obviously wins. Anita Sarkeesian is kind enough to hold my hair back when I’ve had too much to drink, Janelle Monaé ignores us all and rifles through my record collection.

The eight-course, gold-plate affair

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Above: Stella Jean Fall 2014

Why: When it comes to dressing super fancy, I could totally see myself picking something a little unusual. Or I would just panic and dress down and wear the Emilia Wickstead dress below.

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Above: Emilia Wickstead Fall 2014

The evening: I rent out the fanciest penthouse hotel room in the city and we have alarmingly handsome butlers serve us a crazy-fancy meal.  We all dine at a luxurious pace because the conversation is so good, and afterwards there are fireworks, Mindy Kaling, Anais Nin, and myself take selfies as the fireworks go off in the background.

Gilmore Girls-esque carb fest

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Above: Miu Miu Spring 2015

Why: These are the greatest ladylike pajamas ever that I could actually wear to a dinner party. Gotta be comfy if we’re gonna eat like Rory and LG. And yes I would wear that much eyeliner.

The evening: Janelle Monaé and I bond over our love for sci-fi and fantasy as we play with my two cats. Frida Kahlo and Anita Sarkeesian construct elaborate food pyramids and structures out of all the nachos, mozza sticks, popcorn, pizza, and donuts.

The salon

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Above: Jenny Packham Spring 2015

Why: This dress is salon night. Floaty and chic, but structured enough to accompany an evening of debate, innovation, and general bonding.

The evening: The six of us sit down and hammer out how to actually make the girl gang paradise of our dreams while the champagne flows. Janelle Monaé naturally leads the conversation as she has the Electro Phi Betas up and running. We are interrupted only to stop and enjoy some poetry or whatever, and there is also a string quartet playing lively/appropriate music the whole time.

Wedding Crashers

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Above: Vivienne Tam Spring 2015 

Why: This dress is beautiful and I kinda love how the amazing embroidery was paired with such a drab grey colour. Plus its formal enough for the occasion.

The evening: We crash a horribly dull wedding or other similarly fancy occasion but the hosts are totally okay with it of course. The six of us take over the head table and someone is inspired to paint us a la The Last Supper but without the ominous circumstances. We turn it into an amazing party–the best music, exotic (and ethically kept) animals, a drumline, dancing ’til dawn, entertainment, acrobats, Gatsby-levels of crazy, and we invite all our favourite friends to join us.

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