H&M Launches a Capsule Collection by Ximon Lee In October

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Ximon Lee has been awarded the H&M design award for his androgynous apparel and his prospect as a designer. Ximon was the first menswear designer to receive this award in 2015, and this marks his second consecutive H&M design award recognition. If you like his quirky designs, you’ll be happy to get a piece from the Ximon Lee for H&M 2015 capsule collection that’s to get launched later in October.

Ximon Lee for H&M 2015 Lookbook

Ximon offers a fresh, new perspective as a designer, since he so recently graduated from Parson’s in 2014. In his time with H&M, the designer has shown his eye for unique silhouettes. As a proclaimed menswear designer, Ximon Lee has already shown that he can create a new bridge between men’s and women’s fashion. Since androgyny is already huge on the 2016 runway, there is no surprise H&M would create a line to celebrate it. In doing so, Ximon was given the perfect outlet to showcase his creative talent, while also playing to his strengths in menswear.

There’s no doubt the choice of this designer as the recipient of H&M’s reward was thought out and well-established. He has proved that his voice is strong enough to be heard in the fashion industry, and we know we’ll soon be seeing his looks on the streets, on men and women alike.

October 22nd marks the release date for the young designer’s eight-piece unisex collection. While many “androgynous” clothing lines tend to lean to one gender or the other (either showing masculine pieces with feminine aspects, or vice versa), Ximon has achieved a level of balance many designers haven’t quite been able to reach yet.

That is how the H&M award was given so precisely. With the goal of choosing a lesser-known designer who displays clear direction in his or her own fashion aesthetic, the brand’s choice was clear. Ximon is a young, new designer who has a head full of ideas and the technique to bring them to life.

In the past, he has demonstrated his talent when working with exaggerated shapes. He uses a variety of techniques to achieve these unique shapes, such as manipulating the volume or layering oversized garments on top of one another, and all while making sure not to lose the form of the garments. Working with oversized clothing can prove challenging, because as the garments become larger and larger than the model’s frame, it is difficult to maintain a coherent shape.

Ximon Lee for H&M 2015 Lookbook

But Ximon Lee has clearly pulled it off in his past work, and H&M has recognized him for his accomplishments. It takes a cool-headed designer to create something so structured yet laidback for a person of any gender, so Ximon has earned his prestige.

There is a clear market in the fashion industry today for his abstract way of thinking. It’s uncommon to see a designer who identifies as a menswear designer to delve into androgyny on such a balanced level, because it is a trend most often seen in the middle of a feminine-dominated runway show.

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Zadig & Voltaire Spring/Summer 2016 Collection – Paris Fashion Week

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Skulls, angel wings, wolves, butterflies and goodness knows what else Zadig & Voltaire’s creative director Cecilia Bonstrom would contrive to add to their rock ’n’ roll inspired cutting edge garments that could so masterfully synthesize casualness and luxury to bring about a brand new “casual luxury” style that was soon to become the best-loved pieces of many young ladies. The creative director of the French fashion house has recently presented the Zadig & Voltaire spring/summer 2016 collection that again feels pretty feminine and masculine at the same time, the exact pieces to slip into as you get out of bed and head to run your everyday errands.

Zadig & Voltaire Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Several seasons in a row Cecilia Bonstrom has been zealously playing with vivid colors, trying to marry the brand’s signature black, white and brown colors with racy shades of yellow, blue and pink. Frankly speaking, we were quite contended to see our favorite brand being showered by a colorful rain. However, to all appearances the gothic colors proved to be uncompromising and the new Zadig & Voltaire spring 2016 collection features only one particular saturated color – a brink pink pantsuit with tiny star-like motifs on it. The rest of the separates are purely and in toto Zadig & Voltaire.

Over and over again we are in anticipation to feel those natural and cushy cashmere, leather, cotton and washed silk on our bodies. White cotton shirts with puffed sleeves and the same material baby doll dresses look ideal when paired with the brand’s signature fringed brown leather jackets or brown casual blazers. One of the white shirts paired with leopard leggings could have caught many leopard-python-fancier girls’ attention if not Cecilia’s fresh new offering to cast aside those slinky leggings and pay attention to those scandalous brown-white leather panty-style shorts with shoulder straps and crisscross laces that are being twins with the same texture ankle boots.

These new style boots with tiny square heels are really effective complements to the brand’s whole bunch of biker boots. Some military vibes are wondering through Zadig & Voltaire’s rock ’n’ roll style getting in shape through a camo print boxer jacket or an olive green one tied nonchalantly at the model’s waist over a brown handkerchief dress. Denim pieces are in full swing with tattered hems and unique embroideries on them.

Zadig & Voltaire Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Zadig & Voltaire Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

The brown leather dungarees and the lovely ice-cream patches used on the denim pieces forcefully bring back childish memories featuring one of the most typical samples of urban life, and if there is the sun burning, your head is sure to be protected and styled with those fedora, derby hats and Gavroche caps that our favorite Zadig & Voltaire is proposing to us. Round-shaped clutches with multiple fringes cascading down, especially the vermillion one could become a part of this season’s must-haves despite being too micro to lodge anything essential. Last but not least, for spring Zadig & Voltaire has a fruitful message to you – keep peace, love and let your angel wings grow freely!

Zadig & Voltaire Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Zadig & Voltaire Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

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The Hottest Celebrity Trend To Wear Now – Denim on Denim

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Celebrities have been spotted in the denim on denim trend lately from model off-duty looks onKendall Jenner, to an effortless errands look on Dakota Fanning. For the ultimate upgrade to the Canadian tuxedo, Wild Blue Denim has covered all the hottest trends for FW15 with options to find your own contemporary denim look.

Wild Blue Denim launches in rue21 stores+online in November at the low price point of $29.99 for denim with transformational ‘power stretch’ technology for comfortability, and ‘bum booster’ effect for form enhancing wear.

Dakota Fanning and Gabrielle in union denim skirt + denim top Wild Blue Denim

Dakota Fanning and Gabrielle Union both rock the denim skirt + denim top look in their unique ways. Wild Blue’s variety of denim skirts + denim tops replicates the look to perfectly accentuate your unique style.

See also the stunning look of Sadie Robertson for Wild Blue Denim’s Latest Lookbook.

Kate Hudson and Kendall Jenner sport an off-duty sexy casual look wearing Wild Blue Denim

Kate Hudson and Kendall Jenner both sport an off-duty contemporary Canadian tuxedo look while out-and-about. Wild Blue’s denim top + variety of slim fitting pants help you get the look exactly right.

The brand has collaborated with reality TV star Sadie Robertson (Duck Dynasty and Dancing With The Stars) for their exclusive Holiday 2015 & SS16 collections as well, and the young star says that denim is just her style, favoriting the high-waisted styles.

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Paris Fashion Week Spring 2016 Best Street Style Looks

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The Paris Fashion Week spring 2016 has also been edging close to an end and we have to say that we are going to miss all these awesome shows happening once they are fully done! We adore seeing all the latest from our favourite designers, catching up on the latest celebrity gossip, checking out the talents behind the Houses and really getting to know the up and coming budding designers who have the ability to rock our worlds with their creative minds. From New York to Milan, London to Paris, we have watched the styles happening and we have fallen in love with the street styles often more than the actual trends displayed on the runways. When it comes to the Paris Fashion Week spring 2016 street style, we knew that we would be expecting something crazier, in line with the totally French look and that is exactly what we got.

Paris Fashion Week Spring 2016 Street Style Looks

The gods of fashion were good to us and the first three days have been stellar in terms of the looks, the bohemian and otherwise that take over the sidewalks and everything about it. It may be October already but Paris is a sunny city, albeit the cool winds have set in. Most all have opted to add layers to their ensembles as they attend the shows, though some still think we are in the throes of summer it seems.

It is the cashmere coat that grabs our attention for it is perfect for the autumn crisp air. They come in wraparound styles, belted at the waist, in cape coat designs with the billowing sleeves and the gorgeous double buttoned style, matched up with laced up knee high boots. They come in ensembles of high waist side button trousers and ruffled white shirts, looks reminiscent of old Europe, though there are those who switch up the cashmere with a nice drench that falls to below the knees.

Some of the looks we see on the streets include corded knit sweaters, both short and in the guise of dresses. We see pleated skirts that are either of tougher material or gauzy and fluttering in the wind, falling higher against the knees or lower to wrap around the calves. We see gorgeous boyish looks with ties to amplify the professional attire, while prints in animal and floral make their way into skirts and tops in order to add a burst of color to often otherwise dark outfits. We are particularly fond of the snakeskin and the leopard, while the more subtle flowery appeal on pants and skirts is much more fitting to our tastes.

Paris Fashion Week Spring 2016 Street Style Looks

Paris Fashion Week Spring 2016 Street Style Looks

Paris Fashion Week Spring 2016 Street Style Looks

Paris Fashion Week Spring 2016 Street Style Looks

Long sleeved bodysuits come into play as well, while we are generally in love with the high waists on everything from denim to skinny pants. It is the ‘70s that come out to play with the suede and the cowgirl shirts, while we see touches of traditional Japanese looks peeking through here and there. Large rounded sunglasses and pretty little handled handbags appear on the streets with gusto, while wacky looking clutches are a common enough sight. Add fringe to everything from handbags to the clothing and you have the Paris Street looks captured to the tee.

The ‘70s reigned stronger here on the Paris streets than anywhere else to date. This included leather miniskirts and leather bomber jackets. It included suede pants and suede sweaters. There were lace up boots and nude colored stiletto sandals. We saw a whole lot of fringe as well on the clutches and the jackets, while furry additions to the bags themselves caught our attention. We have rounded sunglasses as well as cat eyes, but it was the high waist denim that did us in. Between the cashmere coats and corded knit sweaters, we were in for a treat. Add a few ponchos here and there, suede skirts and culottes appearing with ankle boots and we have ourselves one of the better more fashionable street style collections yet!

Paris Fashion Week Spring 2016 Street Style Looks

Paris Fashion Week Spring 2016 Street Style Looks

Paris Fashion Week Spring 2016 Street Style Looks

Paris Fashion Week Spring 2016 Street Style Looks

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Balenciaga Spring/Summer 2016 Collection – Paris Fashion Week

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Alexander Wang’s Balenciaga spring/summer 2016 ready-to-wear collectionwas, quite literally, void of all color. In Wang’s final runway show for the house, he chose to put the focus directly on the silhouettes. The house has a tendency toward a muted color palette, but a collection of white garments and nothing more took things to an interesting new perspective for the runway.

Balenciaga Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Some designers want to go out with a bang for their final show for a house, but Alexander Wang took a more subtle approach by leaving the drama out. By diminishing the color palette, the designer has quite possibly made a larger impact than what an explosion of color with over-the-top silhouettes could have ever accomplished.

With lingerie inspired garments appearing as a trend for this coming spring/summer, Alexander Wang definitely showed a mastery of the concept. He even played with a “pajamas” vibe to up the ante. The single simple color made it easier to show the intricate (and personal) details of each garment and model.

His tea-length dress with a ruched bodice and intricate line detailing took the appearance of lingerie, or a slip, while his long, loose pants with thin, checkerboard pinstripes resembled the classic pajama pants. Any way you look at it, the Balenciaga spring 2016 collection was all about taking what women wear in their boudoir and translating it to the runway, and inevitably streetwear.

It is almost as if Alexander Wang took the best aspects of the two genres and mashed them together in perfect harmony. The looks, although mimicking lingerie, were nowhere near “too sexy,” but were instead balanced by an edge, so the modern woman can look at these pieces on the runway and see herself in them. The garments had a comfortable feeling as they walked down the runway, with some being a slinkier, satiny comfort and others being loose or flowing.

A mesh robe that hung around the model was an interesting piece. The garment was reminiscent of a sleepwear robe, while giving a nod to spring/summer, more specifically, swimming. While not being a glaring point of reference, the whole look gave the beach or poolside vibe, with its airy fabric, seeming to be a cross between the lingerie and swimwear.

Balenciaga Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Balenciaga Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Balenciaga Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Each model was styled and accessorized in a mixture of street-and-sleepwear chic. Not all models were adorned with jewelry, but those who were sported long, chunky pieces that contrasted the outfits. Large, gold, square necklaces were one of the most common pieces of jewelry worn on the runway, and proved to be an interesting pop of adornment.

Each model was featured with a pair of floral slippers, clearly falling on the side of housewear rather than being for the streets. The jewelry brought in the designer’s urban streetwear aesthetic, and it paired nicely with the lounging, sleepy vibe the basis of the clothes portrayed.

While The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Going Back to Cali” was the perfect song chosen to accompany the show, the designer also asked his best friends – Bella Heathcote, Riley Keogh, Zoë Kravitz – to walk for his final Balenciaga show, which added diversity to the scene as far as the models’ body shapes and sizes go.

Alexender Wang took Balenciaga and put his stamp on the collections he presented in his time with the house, taking the brand on a tangent that didn’t quite seem to fit their past aesthetics. The designer had a lot to offer as far as incorporating trends in ways others couldn’t. It’s currently up in the air as to what is on the agenda for the house next, and where they will be for the next season.

Balenciaga Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Balenciaga Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

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Kate Moss As an Interior Designer?

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Since being discovered at the age of 14 while waiting at JFK Airport, in New York, Kate Moss has quickly begun her climb to success, becoming one of the most famous top-models of our times and a real style icon inspiring women from around the world. We all have been intrigued by her heroin chic look, and we all remember how she used to trash hotel’s rooms while dating her former boyfriend Johnny Depp. Despite her problems with drug-addiction and with some other tumultuous exes, no one has ever doubted Moss’ passion for clothes, which led her to design some best-selling collections for Topshop – one of the most famous fast-fashion chains. To our major surprise, Kate Moss has also recently added ‘interior designer’ to her already impressive Curriculum Vitae, after collaborating with The Lakes by Yoo – the fine luxury estate agency founded by designer Philippe Starck and property entrepreneur John Hitchcox. Situated in the Cotswolds, UK, Yoo’s waterside homes are set in hundreds of acres of idyllic English countryside, and Kate Moss could not pass up the chance to collaborate with these two artistic minds.

Kate Moss Interior Designer: Barnhouse

Kate Moss thus spent the last 6 months standing over the interior design of theBarnhouse, a new luxury home located in the Cotswolds, built from green oak and local stone, and inspired by agricultural style buildings. With five bedrooms, a swimming pool and an acre of land, the Barnhouse is in the middle of a silver birch wood, which can be admired from its floor-to-ceiling windows. Moss, who owns a country retreat in Oxfordshire, has never made a secret of her love for the English countryside, and wanted us to see what happens when she combines her glam-rock style with a traditional rural-looking building.

Moss’ participation with this project brought Twenties, Sixties and Seventies influences to the mansion, which can be easily spotted respectively thanks to the velvet sofas, the black-and-white guest rooms with pink curtains, the ethnic Peruvian bed covers and the four-poster bed created by artisan David Haddock, who has also previously designed Kate’s personal dressing room at her London home. Artworks by Damien Hirst, one of the most prominent members of the artistic collective known as YBAs – Young British Artists – give Barnhouse some of the best ‘90s vibes available, while framed photos of Bob Dylan, Sid Vicious and Elvis Presley will remind its future buyer of Moss’ close relationship with the wild and passionate Rock ‘n’ Roll lifestyle. Moreover, Chris Levin’s artworks give Barnhouse an ironic pop culture turn and manifest Moss’ enthusiasm for contemporary photography, also shown through some framed pictures of Kate Moss herself (including some of her notorious topless photos) that at the same time self-explain the new-born interior designer’s philosophy, which may be described as a mash-up of ‘all the cool things ever happened since the XX century-including me, of course’.

Kate Moss Interior Designer: Barnhouse

Kate Moss Interior Designer: Barnhouse

All these pop-culture references, along with the main Twenties, Sixties and Seventies influences, make a great contrast with the outdoors and indoors earthy-colors, perfectly juxtaposing a peaceful nature setting with some more comfortable and modern interiors. Just in case you were wondering and had a few million pounds to spend for a second house, Barnhouse designed by Kate Moss is on the market for £ 2.5 million, and is surely going to be worth more in the future! As for us (A.K.A those who cannot afford such a mansion but totally like Kate Moss), well, we just have to wait for her next move!

Kate Moss Interior Designer: Barnhouse

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