The Casual, and the Casualties of Fashion Week

It’s crazy to think that just 100 years ago, our fashion consisted of floor length dresses and draped garments.  Though we did go back to the bob hair cut, there is not much that was adored back then that we adore now.

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I think one thing is clear in that New York Fashion Week 2016 was all about keeping it casual.  Baggy clothes and cozy accessories were all the rage, on and off the runway.  The usual over the top observers attended the events in clothing that they didn’t have to pick their wedgies in.

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This everyday style of baggy jeans and comfy t-shirts appeared all over New York Fashion Week’s fans, and the designers reciprocated the approach to be and feel comfortable in your own skin!

Alexander Wang, for example, gave us a really interesting collection that included beautiful but movable dresses but with a comfortable twist, whether it be sneakers or a denim jacket.

Another good comfy and casual collection shown at New York Fashion Week was Hood by Air.  Their collection featured many baggy clothes and tousled hair that gave it the ultimate casual look.

However, it is evident that some clothes were a little too comfortable, if you know what I mean.

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For the record, I wouldn’t recommend this look for someone of any height.

I asked fellow petite Jenny to expand on this outfit.

“What if the thingies don’t land where my boobs are?”

“Those weird leather Bermuda shorts would go to my calfs.”

“How can I find such a tailor to fix that top part…if I would buy it…which I wouldn’t.”

Though she was secretly really digging the pieces of cloth on the model’s chest, she was absolutely right with the proportions of this outfit– the proportions stink.

Another theme present throughout the week was its exceptional use of diversity.  Models of all different ages, races, sizes, and gender identities made their way to the runway, and it was a great way to show that beauty comes in all forms!

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A notorious collection that not only had a unique style of clothes, but also a body positive group of models was Gypsy Sport.  Their myriad of models from curvy to men, called for a great and masterful show.  I even saw a tiny one in there!

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Another very casual thing about this week’s events was the fact that clothes were up for sale almost immediately after their event! Designers like Michael Kors

Kors’ collection was specifically inspired by modern and chic styles, and bringing a little wild into the workforce.  At the end of the runway show, to make a statement, he posted the tweet above, stating that nothing is more modern than having the clothes you saw on the runway at your fingertips in the matter of hours.

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Many other designers did this as well including Tommy Hilfiger and Rebecca Minkoff, who actually invited buyers and shoppers to her runway show.

And who wouldn’t want to buy these beautiful, versatile looks right after seeing them?

 

I say versatile because when asked another petite, Melissa, how she thought of the long dresses, and if the length scared her, here’s what she said:

“I LOVE it. Honestly, a little tailoring can go a long way. I can see myself at like a baby shower or a light brunch.”

You sure can, Melissa.

To conclude, I think me and my inspiration Zoë Kravitz would be proud to say that this was a very casual and edgy fashion week.  Nothing made me want to help a poor model into sweatpants!  It put a smile on my face knowing that we don’t have to push our boundaries or buttons to look fashionable.  Fashionable isn’t fancy, but it’s what we feel best in, and if that’s sweats and a t-shirt, than you too can look runway ready!

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New York Fashion Week: Michael Kors

Michael Kors’ collection this Wednesday morning was said to have “No rules, no season, and no type of day.”  He definitely pulled off this description, but it left me with no sense of direction.

His clothes emphasized a work environment of the 60s and 70s, but with a few modern mashups in between.  These mashups included ostrich feathers and carwash skirts — two very attractive descriptions — to give a normally prim and proper look a wild and fun makeover.

Before the show even started, his little clues written over the screen gave us an idea that it would be wealthy, work-related, and wild, and he definitely delivered.  However, you wouldn’t catch me wearing a pencil skirt with with long, ostrich-feathered gloves and a beanie, even if I was going to some weird party afterwards.

For the record, I do see where he was going with his collection’s slogan, and some of his pieces were really powerful, especially the floral patterned mink coats.

As the lights dimmed and the first look came down the runway, all you can see were ostrich feathered calf pants (side note: do not wear those if you are short, the feathers will cut off tiny legs) (extra side note: do not wear if you are tall, either).

I loved what he did with the collaboration.  The theme was certainly placed from the 60s and 70s decades, from the style of shoe to the disco ball dress.

We should also take a minute to discuss how Gossip Girl star (absolutely NOT Gossip Girl herself) Blake Lively, and Dream Girls star Jennifer Hudson were both present at the showing.  Michael Kors incorporates looks from both medias in his collection, which is Upper East Side expensive fashion with touches of flashy sequins and circular sunglasses.

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My favorite looks were the very polished suit dresses.  I know it sounds boring, considering all the commotion, but the way they fit on the models were beautiful.  And I couldn’t help but think of how nice they would look on a petite figure.  Also, the skirts in some of the dresses added length to the legs, which the models didn’t need, but we certainly do.

I think it was a very powerful collection Michael Kors mustered together.  When he walked out to greet the audience, I couldn’t help but be proud of him for not seeing his name or initials on any of his clothing!

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I wanted to do another Jeremy Scott collection, titled “Beverly Hills” because I find a lot of his pieces very interesting.

It starts out with a life-size Malibu Barbie, who happens to be Gigi Hadid, probably being told to walk as aggressively as possible so that her hair can bounce vigorously.

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I love this look because it reminds me of exactly what it’s supposed to be!  I love the color combination of pale pink and bright orange, it is vibrant as a summer outfit should be.  I also enjoy the paneling, and it really adds to the fact that she actually looks like a Barbie doll.

He also uses some elements in this collection that correlate with his other one.  For example, the shoes are quite similar in that they resemble material of a rain boot.

You may also notice that his prints and graphics show a connection with each model, and that the clothes are very wearable.

This is definitely my favorite collection of the two because to me it has a clear and clean image.  From head to toe, these men and women are decked out in Barbie’s Malibu Dream House attire.  And it also brings back many elements of the 60s, such as the hair and short, shapeless dresses, which reminds me of a Go Go dancer!

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Even the makeup is clearly so carefully thought out; the big eye lashes and exaggerated winged eyeliner give the models a doe-eyed look, which was popular in the days of Twiggy.

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One of my favorite outfits of this collection is actually worn by a guy! But only because of the print.

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I really love this fingerprint print, it quite literally iterates that it’s a print.  The shirt is simple, yet the print is so unique!  I also love the pairing with polka dots as well as the pop of green that Scott seems to love adding!

I think this was a very powerful collection because, again, they are very wearable clothes.  Of course they are over the top, but they never cross the line into avant-garde.

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*all pictures retrieved from the New York Fashion Week website

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Since New York Fashion Week has started up, many designers have been able to show off their unique and trendy collections.  Today, I wanted to look at Jeremy Scott’s collection, and maybe find some of the pros and cons of potentially wearing these clothes as a petite.

Scott’s collection starts and finishes with many prints and graphics.  His opening outfit consists of a neon green zebra print dress with yellow belt and pockets surrounded by black feathers.  The accessories accompanied with the look include yellow rain boots and matching yellow handbag.  nyfw1

This is definitely a statement look, but with a questionable background.  One that might come to mind is, “Where in the world is she going?”  However, I do enjoy the way the dress fits her, and how the pockets emphasize the model’s hips.  The feathers on top of the dress could pass for a removable vest, so we can let that one slide.  I also like how tall the rain boots make her look, which is something that petites probably couldn’t pull off.

A little further into the show, we start to see not only prints, but patterns and graphics that are intensely added to the clothing, for both men and women.

Here we see many, many guitars.  These looks confuse me a lot because everything screams 70s Rock n’ Roll except the collared dress on the woman.  The whole style of the dress looks like she is going to a business meeting, but everything else says “Let’s party,” vaguely familiar to the mullet.  I do like the man’s look better, because this look is balanced with similar components; the skinny jeans and fur coat go hand in hand, even if the patterns are totally different.

Some of the graphics, however, look simply cool on some of the models and have a very unique tone to them.

Scott’s use of Hotline Bling will definitely appeal to the younger crowd.  Use of planets and galaxies also literally give clothes a far out look that people will love, especially because they are not featured in over-the-top silhouettes and styles.

Jeremy Scott’s collection ended with a piece that really tied in well with the collection.  I did not think it was the strongest piece, however the black, one-shouldered mini dress definitely was a top contender.  I liked Scott’s use of fishnet stockings, though I am not a fan of the many cowboy boots he uses (makes short girls look shorter) (I hate country).  The fur at the bottom of the dress make for a very interesting form.  The dress has a little bit of everything!

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Overall, I think Jeremy Scott’s collection was quite powerful in the sense that all of this clothes are wearable, despite the fuzzy pockets and cartoon graphics.  There is definitely an audience for this collection!

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Fashion Trends of 2016: Are they too high standard?

Fashion changes trends faster than a clock changes time nowadays.

Though us regular humans tend to move slower when it comes to trends, celebrities particularly fly by them before we get a chance to really appreciate (or judge) them.

With awards season right under our noses, celebrities have really been giving us a show with their fashion, and a lot of them are good!

In today’s culture, although there are many different trends, one thing that I realized is that all of them have a scandalous feature that makes them very alike, whether is see-through elements or strappy ones.

Here are the top trends I came across, keep in mind of how it might look on a petite body type, too!

  1. Plunging Necklines

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This peek-a-boo trend balances out a women’s figure by showing a LOT of skin in the center, but making up for it by covering the rest of her up. The best way to pull this off is by limiting the amount of skin seen on the rest of your body to really emphasize the plunging neckline.

For petites:

I recommend this look for petites because of the balance it gives the women.  However, I wouldn’t recommend it plunging too low, or else that might emphasize our small torsos.

 

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2. Spaghetti Straps

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This look is so easy to pull off, and looks super edgy.  It gives off the dainty look as well, which can look great on petite frames.  When paired with a strappy shoe, it’s the perfect look!  I feel like this look will never go out of style.

For petites:

As I said, you can’t go wrong with small straps that correlate with your small body.  Again, it shows great balance and is very trendy!

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Plus, it doesn’t hurt to put a huuuuuge slit up the leg either.

3. See-through

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This is another ongoing trend we’ve been seeing for a few years.  I feel like last year it had its last “hoorah” and now it is showing up in more subtle ways, which I think is fantastic, because I cannot see another (almost) butt crack.  But yes, playing it safe is definitely the way to go for see-through styles.

For petites:

I say if they can do it, why can’t we?! See-through is more of a look paired with body-con dresses, so if you have the figure, you should flaunt it!

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4. Strapless

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Here is another look that has the same status as blue jeans, it’ll never go out of style.  There is nothing like lifting up your dress every 3 minutes, but looking good doing it.

For Petites:

I would be careful on this look, getting a strapless dress is all fun and games until you spend $300 trying to get it perfectly tailored and then still being too short and tripping over it all night even though you keep pulling it up and then getting it caught on chewed gum.  I may have worn a strapless dress to prom (do not recommend).

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This looks like a disaster waiting to happen.

5. One-sided emphasis

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I probably made this up, but this is my favorite one.  I wouldn’t necessarily wear all of these looks, but I do like how creative it is, and how it’s not technically a “one-shoulder” look.  It gives drama to one side while toning down the other.  It’s really sexy, but again, very balanced!

For petites:

As long as it’s not one of those ’80s puffy shoulders that could be a second head, I think you’ll be just fine!  And remember, it’s an emphasized side, not an emphasized shoulder, so that could go a long way. Practice safe emphasis!!

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Fashion Icon

Name: Zoë Kravitz

Height: 5’2″

What’s a way to be super small yet feel ten feet tall?

You can start by dressing like this fine lady right here!

My fashion inspiration for my blog is dedicated to Zoë Kravitz, the most badass petite out there.  Standing at only 5’2″, Zoë shows nothing but confidence and plenty of edginess in all of her looks,

From casual:

To red carpet:

I first grew knowledge of Zoë when I watched the Divergent Series, where she played sweet little Christina.

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Yet when I did my research, she wasn’t who she seemed to be in the movie, and that especially goes for fashion.

Her style is what I like to call edgy-funk.  She has a sharp way of presenting herself, and most importantly, has a great way of presenting her tiny physique.  She knows how to wear tight dresses and look double her size, but she also knows how to work baggy clothes to her advantage, because we all have that one piece of clothing that doesn’t fit but we like to wear anyway.

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Zoë Kravitz is the perfect example of what it means to be petite but still be absolutely confident and comfortable in your body.  She is not afraid to dress however she wants and she definitely pulls it off.

(plus, she’s super low maintenance…..which means=cheap $$!!)

If we follow her looks, we’ll be done with the Oscars at 10 and starting a concert at 11 with no hassle!

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BONUS:

Name: Mindy Kaling

Height: 5’4″

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Me again.  I decided I have two petite inspirations, I just couldn’t pick! So I picked Mindy Kaling, as you may know her from the office, who is petite AND curvy, because why can’t we have both?

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She has a super fun style and knows exactly how to accentuate just the right places. She knows how to be flirty and sexy, yet conservative all in one, you gotta love her!

She’ll be showing up every once in a while to help give amazing visual advice when it comes to dressing up lil peeps like us!

Until next time!!!

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