“Black is a color that is man-made. It’s a projection of the brain. It’s a mind color. It’s intangible. It’s practical. And it works 24 hours a day.” – Massimo Vignell
Bonjour mes amours! It’s still summer here in California – if there’s even a such thing as “seasons” in L.A. since it feels like summer all year long – but nevertheless, once August arrives, I always relinquish my beach and volleyball dreams and welcome in visions of falling leaves, hot cocoa and beautifully, layered clothes.
However, Fall isn’t my favorite season just for the change in weather and the ability to stylishly bundle up. No, you know what else Fall brings? New York Fashion Week! *girly scream* Every year, I watch as all of my friends and fellow blogger-fashionistas race off to the best front-row shows, and mingle and hobnob with the fashion elite, and in my mind, I always cue the “Part of Your World” song from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” You know the one…
*sings* “I wanna be where the people are, I wanna see, wanna see them dancin’…
When’s it my turn? Wouldn’t I love, love to explore… Wish I could be, part of that world”
Le sigh, I transgress… Buuuut, I transgress with a smile! You see, this year, Diamondere – rhyme, totally unintended ;) – is hosting a trend-forecasting contest to send one lovely blogginista (possibly me) to New York Fashion Week! Oh, what’s the challenge you ask? Ta ha ha. Well, we chosen bloggers have been tasked with creating an inspiration board using four of our favorite Diamondere pieces and the runway trends that we predict will be hot for Spring/Summer 2015 – and then describing why we believe in our chosen looks and how Diamondere embodies and embellishes them. And that’s not all, you (the reader) can WIN ALSO! Diamondere will be choosing a follower to win a $2,500 giveaway! So head on over to Diamondere’s Facebook and vote for me via “LIKING” my inspiration board!
>> Inspiration Board (Click to Make Bigger)!!
I’m not really a “trendy” person – as I believe that it is better to be stylish than “trendy” because all trends eventually end – but I normally pull “inspiration” from Life in general. The art world, music, my social community (people-watching is so fun, isn’t it), film, world happenings, society… They’re all inspiration for fashion and I think Shalom Harlow said it best:
“You don’t learn style from watching people on a runway. Fashion happens every morning when you wake up.”
Dark Florals + “Thrift Store”:
With that in mind, I think Dark Florals are going to be a hit next Spring. What I love about them is they can be worn year-round, and unlike lighter-colored floral patterns, they easily transition from day to night – meaning you can go straight from work to dancing and cocktails ;) For this particular trend, I drew inspiration from the fine arts by way of an amazing Russian artist named Jenya Vyguzov who created the mixed media floral collage. The dark floral trend is particularly intriguing to me because its feminine yet sexy – and many of these type of pieces can be found at Thrift Stores (which I heavily frequent) and which I also think will be a huge “look” next year.
Furthermore, according to Fashion Snoops, the “Artisanal” look (lace, fringe, embroidery, suede) is also going to be big. Now, as I said earlier, I don’t usually co-sign trends but I’m inclined to agree with this prediction simply because most of these type of pieces are retro or vintage-inspired. Therefore, if its “vintage-inspired,” that means that the real thing is probably out there at a thrift store somewhere and you can probably find a higher-quality (and higher value) original version of the current theme. Besides, being a lover of lace, fringe and embroidery, I already have a lot of these “pieces” in my closet anyway.
*Fashion Blogger Tip: Good-quality, staple “pieces” (in my opinion) are always better to buy than “trendy” ones. You can wear them again and again, mix-and-match them with various items and they never get “outdated.” You what they say… Classic is timeless.
>> How Diamondere Embodies:
I choose all of the following Diamondere pieces to embody the Dark Floral, Artisanal and Thrift Store trends because of their unique “cuts,” design and color. All of them – color wise – are “on trend” with my chosen Spring/ Summer 2015 choices, and not only that, the cuts of each piece remind me of the vintage era. For instance, the Lehana Round Yellow Diamond Earrings are cut to resemble a flower, which is very “Artisanal,” yet very “Thrift Store” as it invokes the mood of the 60’s and 70’s. They all would also look very sexy yet classy against black. Continue reading