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Feast on Fashion

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Welcome to my fantastical dinner party, a true feast for the eyes. What’s on the menu? Strewn about the table are heaping piles of necklaces on gilded plates. Their layers of bold gold flavors, mixed in with richly colored gemstones, make for a tantalizing Hors d’Oeuvre. Crystal vases overflow with silken scarves and the buffet table is overrun with bags of all shapes and sizes. To top it off, the aperitif this evening is a decadent pearl martini infused with crystals for a sweet and sumptuous ending. This is a celebratory dinner in the honor of accessories, a banquet of fashion nourishment.

Now what does one wear to this imagined revelry? Pictured above, the dusted gold sheath dress (Theia Couture) paired with champagne opera gloves, and ornate peep toe shoes (Audrey Brooke), capture the exorbitant mood. The fine beadwork detailing adorns this dress so it illuminates like perfectly polished gold, though it also makes the dress undeniably heavy. They say a queen’s crown, in all its magnificence, should have substantial weight. This is not only because it’s made up of precious metals and stones, but it’s to remind the queen of the grave responsibility and power she bears. Wearing this dress, a woman holds the power of untouchable opulence and the responsibility of great fashion upon her shoulders.

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The Retro Shock Wave

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This week’s look features vintage styles from an array of decades and celebrates the collective greatness of post-modern fashion. When the elements of the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s combine together, it creates something strangely familiar and all-together fabulous. The eclectic styling is pure fun and the various pieces pay tribute to some of the most eccentric fashion trends in American style history.

The cat-eye sunglasses (Artifaktori) embody the playful, mod style of the 1960s. In their time, cat-eye frames broke the mold, and this coral colored adaptation continues to do so today. Adding some groove and flare is the loose-knit lilac cardigan (H&M). Here the fringe frenzy is in full swing; a salute to the 70s diva and disco crazed. The chartreuse stilettos with a metallic heel (Guess) electrify the outfit with a dash of the 80s, while the vintage woven satchel (Gucci) elevates the look like a true Material Girl. Meanwhile, I’m living the 90s teenage dream in my high-waisted body-con skirt (BCBG Max Azria) and black crop top (American Apparel)-my touch of irresistible pop sugar.

Usually we recognize our style choices as a form of self expression; however, fashion is not a singular experience. While how we dress tells our individual stories, it also signifies the development of trends over time. We are only able to push the fashion envelope in 2015 because of the style making and risk taking fashionistas that came before us.

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Moved By the Mode

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March is here and around the country fashion enthusiasts are ushering in Spring with sneak peaks of their whimsical Spring wardrobes. However, here in Boston, with our 6ft snow banks and “balmy” 40 degree weather (yes, everything is relative), we are just not there yet. In the final stretch of Winter, the muted grey surroundings and tepid atmosphere are unmoving. The staying power of the ice and snow magnifies our edginess and feelings of anticipation. In this wasteland environment it is hard to find inspiration. I feel much more like a survivalist than a fashion blogger! Surprisingly enough, it was these feelings that inspired my look for Moved by the Mode. The pairing of the over-sized shearling jacket (H&M), suede fringe sheath dress (BCBG Max Azria), and animal print booties (Tsubo) is my survivalist-chic take on New England pre-Spring style. The fabrics and patterns are reminiscent of primitive garb, and emulate the natural materials one could have cultivated off the land. The contrast of the cross-body canary bag (Henri Bendel) gives the look extra punch and has a dramatic effect by polarizing the neutral and natural textures of the outfit. I put on these hides, my fashion armor, apply my accessories, my war paint, and I’m ready to wait out the last days of Winter.

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