After watching only part of the VMAs this year (because to watch all of it would have been the ultimate test of patience), I couldn’t help but wonder how royally we have screwed up the definition of the word “edgy”. Because if we find Miley Cyrus’s awkward, high-school’ish antics or Nicki Minaj’s daring wardrobe “edgy” then we have no concept of where the word originated from or what brought about its existence in the first place.
So let me take you back in time when women kept the “classy” alive and well without the urge to bare it all. Watch how the world’s perception of the word “edgy” has changed and how fashion has evolved over the years.
via Harper’s Bazaar
Simone D’Aillencourt in Lower Manhattan, 1950s
On the street in Paris, from a shoot that first appeared in Harper’s BAZAAR in the 1950s
New York, 1960
Muriel Oxford Dorville
Models pose in Pierre Cardin looks, 1980
Model Shakira Caine in West London, 1976
Jill Leslie and Patricia Donald Smith wear Dior, 1966
House of Worth evening suits, 1969
Christian Dior coats
A woman wearing snakeskin waistcoat, 1971
A woman wearing Chanel, 1980
A model poses in New York, 1952
A Dior hat, 1955
A couple at Penn Station
I wish I could transport some of this fashion back into today’s world!
Moschino’s 2014 Fall Collection is like witnessing food porn on the runway…
If they design a gown of Nutella, I’m game!
Since we’re on this topic, I have to say I was hooked on this Elie Saab couture piece from their Spring collection 2014 for a good 28 seconds!
Btw, did you know Elie Saab is a Lebanese designer who lives in Beirut???!!!! I did not!
See, you can learn something new every day!
The NYC runway left us with a glimpse of:
- Textured Fabric Cuts
- Floral Patterns
- Embroidered Fabric
- A Blast from the Past (classic looks reinvented from the 1920s to the 60s & 70s)
…although as always there were & should be exceptions to the rule.
Here are a few of my favorite things:
And that my friends, is my wrap up of NYC Fashion Week.
Had my few WOW moments on the runway. Designers Costello Tagliapietra were my absolute favorite. Hervé Léger came in close second – his designs reminded me of the movie Fifth Element! This year, NYC raised the bar!
Now looking forward to Italy, Turkey, Tokyo and India!
I jump a little (with joy) in my chair and choke a bit (with joy) in my throat when I see Pakistan in the fashion forefront.
For instance, Love Love Loving these skirts from Designer Mohsin Ali for Sana Safinaz showcased at Pakistan Fashion Week, Autumn/Winter Collection 2014!
via High Fashion Pakistan blog
I am rather sad to report that after perusing through hundreds of pictures of designers and their ensemble showcased at New York Fashion Week last month, I not once experienced an AHA moment! déçu!!!! If this is what Spring is going to look like in America, then I’m not jiving it.
But…I still went through the luxury of handpicking my best moments from the ensemble delivered. Don’t hold your breath though…
Long overdue but necessary, my picks! One thing for sure – colors dominate!
1. Marc Jacobs
2. Oscar de la Renta
3. Ralph Lauren
4. Tory Burch
5. Zac Posen
6. Victoria Beckham
7. Ostwald Helgason (my personal favorite!)
I’m in awe of this dress from ASOS!
What can you pair it with?
1. Closet Midi Skater Dress in Scuba for $85.69 – ASOS
2. Brown Envelope Clutch for $12.00 – thshop-withlove
3. Orissa Peep Toe Pumps for $89.00 – Nine West
If you are a teacher who likes dressing up, you probably want to look cute and be comfortable at the same time without the need to have a sizable wallet but you just don’t have enough time in the day to make it happen. I know! That’s me every morning too!
I follow A.Teacher.A.Day who does an amazing job looking chic with stuff you would likely buy or may already have hiding in your closet. And proves looking cute can come at an affordable price!
Check out her Instagram page for shopping and outfit tips!