Right now, jewellery should come with a danger warning. It’s all about hefty spikes, studs and chains. Just as shapes are getting more adventurous, so too are the places you can sport your jewels. The coolest girls are stacking their fingers with mini rings that fit just below the nail, or decorating their ears with multiple hoops and cuffs by the likes of Pamela Love and Dominic Jones.
The poster girl for this look is Rihanna. Never one to be discreet, she has really embraced the “more is more” mentality of this trend, and is just as likely to be sporting body chains and grills with a bikini on the beach as she is rocking an elaborate diamond- studded ear cuff on the red carpet.
Your real inspiration for wearing this look, however, should come from the street and its subculture tribes. Channel goth with chunky metal crosses, or punk with spiked dog collars – just get your rocks on.
With its roots in Christian Dior’s classic New Look from 1947, the full skirt is a timeless choice for even the most modern women, and if done well it’s a fast track to a feminine and fabulous look.
A loose blouse makes the dramatic cut a little softer and more casual, while for maximum glamour, extra embellishment and tailoring pushes the circle skirt to its powerful potential. And don’t forget the out-there accessories, like a turban or a vibrant clutch, if you want full-blown full-skirted finesse.
Photos: Gianluca Senese, NOBODYKNOWSMARC
Last night, H&M premiered the autumn 2014 collection at the Grand Palais during Paris fashion week. 600 guests were invited to the catwalk show which featured some of the hottest models right now. The look for the H&M Studio collection was playful with a modern bohemian feel, mixing feminine with masculine styles.
See all the best moments from the night in this video.
Even if full-on red lipstick is still far off, the modern man is slowly but surely discovering the world of concealer, moisturiser and fake tan. And so we ask ourselves: is it time for makeup to make the gender crossover?
Look around you. On the catwalks, on the streets, on TV and on the red carpet, the genders are blending. It started with girls stealing their boyfriends’ jeans and jumpers, followed by guys swiping supersized blouses to wear as shirts (hello, Kanye). Not surprisingly, the same is now happening in the beauty halls, with varying degrees of extremity.
For starters, cast your eye over the S/S 2014 menswear runways of Comme Des Garçons and Saint Laurent. While crimson lipstick on a guy (as seen at Saint Laurent) may not quite be the norm, there’s undoubtedly something in the air that’s gently lifting the taboo of men in makeup. Both Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs have recently launched makeup products for men, while heartthrobs like Harry Styles and Harry Brant are no strangers to a selfie-enhancing stroke of lippie.
Not that this is anything new, of course. Throughout the history of fashion, music and subculture, men have used makeup to send a powerful style statement. Mick Jagger and David Bowie did it at the height of 1970s glam rock, as did Boy George and his clubbing cohort in the flamboyant 1980s. The New Romantic vogue for pretty boys in blusher and eyeliner caused a stir in England’s suburbs before crossing the pond onto R&B stars like Michael Jackson and Prince. Even the anti-glamour of 1990s grunge was susceptible – Kurt Cobain’s smoky eye and chipped-on-purpose nail polish launched a thousand copycats, from Seattle to Shibuya.
What’s different now is that we are seeing a decidedly mainstream approach to male grooming. “Many young men of the 21st century clearly love smothering themselves in all kinds of moisturiser, fake tan and hair products in order, hopefully, to boost their appearance,” says James Anderson, fashion features editor of style bible i-D. “Sometimes it works, sometimes it looks awful, but male vanity is no longer considered shameful.” Indeed, whether obsessing over the length of their beards, the right number of tattoos or the best under-eye concealer, it’s now de rigueur for guys to care about how they look.
Will our boyfriends and brothers go all out for mascara and Comme-style lipstick? It won’t happen overnight. But certainly the desire and opportunity to experiment can be seen at any number of clubs and music festivals across the globe. For the fearless modern man then, there’s plenty of scope for self-expression and experimental dress-up fun. But i-D’s James Anderson has a few words of warning: “There will inevitably be the occasional old-fashioned refusenik who might take offence to your perfectly painted face, so be prepared for that!” Yes, you can prepare – or just look too good to be bothered.
With a clean, minimal approach to style, Irina Lakicevic’s blog A Portable Package is in many ways the classic Scandinavian fashion blog. But there’s a twist: Irina’s day-job as a dentist in Norway means she isn’t exactly your typical street style star. Regardless, her passion for leather, simplicity and what she calls ‘ugly shoes’ make for some very stylish inspiration. “I started blogging a little over a year ago, as a natural way to combine my love for photography and for fashion all in one,” she explains. Read on for some of Irina’s favourite things!
I have re-organised my apartment several times and that shelf is never touched. To me, it is a visual perfection!
2. Chanel nail polish
I am not a make-up junkie, and I usually go for a natural look, but I love my nails to reflect some personality. For some reason Chanel Le Vernis hits it right every time, and I end up buying several shades every season. I usually go back and forth between the different shades but Frenzy is one I always come back to.
I have big love for unique scents that consist of as many natural ingredients as possible. A scent must intrigue me in order for me to buy and wear it – it’s like having small bottles of memories on the shelf, some reminding you of the childhood, some to hold memories yet to come. I love scents that have a power over me.
4. Carven coat
Norway is a cold place, especially during that winter/spring transition. By that point, one is so tired of down jackets and dark coats, this Carven baby blue one is a real mood fixer, but still very warm.
Flowers make me happy! I am a real girly-girl when it comes to flowers, so I always have something like white roses on my working desk and around the apartment. This little place in Bergen is just perfect and always so charming – we don't have a flower market, but rather small shops here and there. It reminds me of the Caffè Fioraio Bianchi in Milano.
Warning: these are not your grandma’s florals. Instead, they’re an example of the bold new direction that the fashionable flower motif is taking. Mary Katrantzou’s famous digital prints have morphed into hyper-real flowers, carefully crafted by couture embroiderers Lesage.
Equally opulent are Dolce & Gabbana’s dresses with embroidered flora growing out of the folds. And leave it to eccentric Marni to deliver supersized 3D petals on everything from bomber jackets to sporty visors. So the moral of the story? Dainty and ditzy florals are on the wane (at least for this season) and outré is the talk of the town.
It’s a jungle out there! This season even the most demure types are embracing the wild side with prints from across the animal kingdom.
Whether it’s a snake, dalmatian or big jungle cats, animals have long inspired prints for the rest of us to wear. We spotted coats, jackets, trousers and accessories in a range of bold patterns. Bright technicolour leopard spots are perfect for eye-catching outerwear, while a subtle snakeskin print is an adventurous choice for a clutch bag or shoes. To keep your print closer to the street than the savannah, go for a colourful, cartoon edge rather than an exact animal replica. Roar!
Photos: Gianluca Senese, NOBODYKNOWSMARC
Brooklyn girl Apneet Kaur’s blog Who Is Apneet? is a diary documenting her days as she hops from borough to borough in NYC. When she’s not studying music in Manhattan or writing for local publications, Apneet loves photography, riding motorcycles and hanging out with her pug puppy, Chapeau. Read on for some of her stylish favourite things!
1. Stance socks
Whether I’m relaxing at home, want to dress up a 90s mini dress with some sock flare, or riding my skateboard, I’m usually wearing Stance socks. They come in a bunch of different colours and patterns, and make my outfit feel complete.
2. Vintage rock tees
I’ve loved vintage since I was in high school and would thrift whole days away with my friends. Now there’s not as much time to dig through racks, but Chapel NYC Vintage has the best collection of vintage rock tees I’ve ever laid eyes on. Needless to say, they keep my closet stocked with the best of the best. This Rolling Stones crop is perfect to wear anywhere.
3. Vintage vinyl
I love vinyl records and started collecting them even before I had a turntable to play them on. One of my favourites is Blue by Joni Mitchell. This record rules – every song is better than the next. A favourite track is California because it reminds me of home.
4. Charm jewellery
My friend Natasha makes some beautiful jewellery at her shop, Muses & Rebels. Over the past year I’ve been collecting her little charms, and I’m especially loving this silver/oxblood Zuma bracelet.
5. H&M tailoring
Last year I bought my first suit from H&M and I couldn’t take it off! The way I wear my suit is anything but corporate, which makes it a staple in my wardrobe. Plus, a suit is such an easy ensemble that doesn’t take much else to style. It’s a power outfit, so I like to keep it simple and let this beautiful navy hue stand out, complemented with a candy apple red shoe. Here I am waiting to catch the train into Manhattan, suited up!
Photos: Derek A. Welte
Born in places from Brazil to China, get to know the hottest new designers in New York, London, Milan and Paris right now.
Two big awards means Public School is a name you’ll see a lot of this year. Winning both the CFDA 2013 Swarovski Award for Menswear and the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund 2013 award, New Yorker duo Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow are the go-to designers for guys who prefer their tailoring with a laidback, sportswear fit.
Marco De Vincenzo
A few things you need to know about Marco De Vincenzo. He headed up accessories for Fendi under the eye of Silvia Venturini. He has a fan in the all-powerful Anna Wintour. He’s a technical wizard and demon of the unexpected fabric mash-up. The last fact is the thing that makes him one of the most talked-about names of Milan Fashion Week. With a fearless approach to surface design (think lace panels woven with perforated leather), his house style already has a loyal following.
London may be famous for producing the witty and gritty, but it can also do unapologetic glamour. Brazilian-born Barbara Casasola makes a sophisticated statement with her clean but sexy cuts. Artfully layering jewel-bright organza in shapes that nod to 90s minimalism, this two-year old label can already boast a nomination for the coveted Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize.
Young fashion enthusiasts who worship at the temple of Jil Sander and Raf Simons have found a successor in Yang Li. Cultivating his very own monastic-street aesthetic (lots of black and skater-sized proportions), the Chinese-born designer is already stocked in the world’s edgiest stores, including 10 Corso Como, Hostem and Dover Street Market.
Find out what happened on the set of the fashion story Paradise City from the spring issue of H&M Magazine. We spend the day on the streets of Harlem, New York as top model Hana J mixes a rock star look with urban cowgirl.