~ What is the definition of Trends? ~ René Bouché Exhibit ~ Personal Style Tips
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"Personal style is when all the elements of visual design come together in a way that suits us. Then we are able to express our inner and outer beauty in a natural, effortless and authentic manner."
personal stylist and educator
What is the definition of Trends?
In the fashion world, trend means a new design line or color that will be around somewhat permanently.... For at least 5 years or more. For example, like them or not, Uggs are proving to be a viable trend; no sign of them disappearing any time soon! Tunic tops, (which are more universally flattering than Uggs) are a "permanent" trend, along with skinny jeans and maxi dresses. But a "Fad", which is often confused as a trend, is a more extreme, exaggerated and "pushed to the limit" look. The Fad only lasts a season or two, at most. The recent assault of "neon colors" that no human could possibily look well in, started to crash and burn in the blink of a nearly blinded eye. Remember a few seasons ago, when "denim overalls" were trying to be forced back into your wardrobe as a wearable alternative to jeans? Yuck!
René Bouché Exhibit
If you don't know who Rene Bouche was, you are in for a treat. He was one of the most talented and delightful fashion illustrators of the 1940's. Even though this exhibit does not display his specific fashion illustrations,(many of which were published in American Vogue) it does display many of his letters which describes the recovery of Paris after WWII, yet are accompanied by illustrations that magically evoke a sense of inspiration and chic, timeless style. Take for example this picture of a lady riding a bicycle in post war Paris. The little red cross over purse that is still popular both here and in Europe, it is often called a "messenger bag", the wedge espadrilles, skirt, fitted jacket (think *Ines de la Fressange). One could wear this whole outfit today, including riding a bike, and look absolutely current!
Click Here to read more about this small, but very poignant exhibit.
July 14 - October 14, 2012 Legion of Honor S.F.
* author of Parisian Chic:
Parisian Chic: A Style Guide
Personal Style Tips
Trends come and trends go. If it happens to be a trend that looks exceptional on you, do you move it out of your closet, just because fashion editors write that it's yesterday's fashion news? During Fall Fashion Week 2012, I read a report that pants are making a comeback. Did they ever go away? Of course not. Instead of speaking in terms of what we should wear because it is in the moment, we should be speaking of ways to enhance our own personal style.
If you are always buying online do you settle for what you get because you just don't have the time to shop? I have some tips for you:
~First of all, instead of buying online, use it as a valuable resource. It is where you can get ideas and inspiration, before you add to your existing wardrobe. (It is what the fashion magazines were originally meant to do). Then locate some of the items that appealed to you at a store near you, head out, and try them on! See how they look and feel on you right then and there. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain...first hand experience.
~Speaking of stores, don't forget to check out some of the smaller, local boutiques in your area. They are much more knowledgeable about their clothing lines and can take time to help you get the proper look and fit. Be sure to show them you color and style information, if you have it. It is also a good way to tell if they are open to it and really listening to you and what you are looking for. Never let anyone talk you into a something when you don't feel an immediate connection with what you put on, never!
~Spend some time trying on different silhouettes and colors, within your given color harmonies and style facets, if you know them. There is nothing like adding some excitement and change to your wardrobe.
~What is your best asset(s)? Think about accentuating one or two areas - It could even be the wrists of your hands-try a new cuff bracelet or watch (which are both great trends)!
~If you don't already own a full length mirror with good lighting, get one. After you get dressed, take a quick glance, and she how you look and feel. If its "love at first sight" or a"gasp of delight", then you know you got it right. If you don't get that feeling, go back to your closet and try again. No judgement, just keep trying until you get it right. Even Issac Mizarahi said he had to do this many times when creating outfits for his clients.
~Wear clothes that fit. Purchase clothes that fit the largest area of your body and tailor the rest to fit.
~Above all have a good time and enjoy dressing up and finding your style. Or, as Bill Cunningham of the NY Times (original trend spotter and photographer on the streets of the NYC) said, "After all, we have to get dressed every day, why not do it with flair?"
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