Fashion's biggest event, as many people describe it, is going with full force this year on the 2nd of May. From picking out the decoration, to creating the guest list, it is time to focus our attention to all fashion icons and haute couture houses for any hints of the celebrities and outfits we will see at the Met Gala. The night every fashionista counts the days to.
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This year the Met Gala asks its guest to relive the 1870’s - the Gilded Age New York
Earlier this year the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that the Met Gala will return with a second instalment under the grander theme of ‘In America’. Following the theme from 2021 “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” this year’s theme is “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,”. The theme is usually very broad and one can only know so much from it. We can only let our minds wander around to try and figure out what the dress code will be. That is the most important thing for all the guests.
Met Gala 2022 - Dress Code
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Every spring the Met Gala invitations get sent to a number of celebrities very specifically picked out by Anna Wintour herself. At the bottom of the invitation is a small, but very important, inscription. That inscription reveals the dress code. This year the dress code is gilded glamorous, white-tie. As Vogue mentioned earlier this week the attendees will be asked to ‘embody the grandeur of Gilded Age New York’. All the way from the 1870 to 1890, was a period of unprecedented prosperity, cultural change, and industrialisation in America. A time when skyscrapers and fortunes seemingly rose overnight. If there is one word to describe fashion during this period it would be - extravagant. Think about bows, ruffles or maybe lace. Imagine all the combinations of textiles going into one dress. The colour pallete consists mostly of rich and deep jewel tones.
Dressing up doesn’t have to be only for the guests of the Met Gala. You know the theme and the dress code, get creative and pick your best outfit that resonates with the Met Gala. You might not be able to attend it this year but you never know when your time will come. Save the date - May 2nd for fashion’s biggest event.
One name going around all social media channels and headlines is: Zendaya. The young actress has most certainly made a name for herself. One of the many reasons why the world is currently talking about her is her ongoing collaboration with the luxury fashion house Valentino.
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Zendaya stuns in Valentino’s new Rendez-Vous campaign for Spring 2022. Everyone was waiting to see Euphoria's star in this new appearance.
About The Campaign, Valentino's Rendez-Vous Spring 2022
Zendaya has been the face of Valentino for a little over a year now and the collaboration between the brand and the actress has seen great success, no wonder she is the face of the new 2022 Spring Rendez-Vous collection.
The focus of this campaign is all about a change of perspective. The highlight is mainly on the way fashion comes alive and real when it becomes your companion in your daily life. As an expression of the wearer's unique identity, the garment is met with the beauty of the imperfections of our lives. The creative director of Valentino, Pierpaolo Piccioli, has made it his mission to re-signify the Valentino codes with regards to life and truth and his desire to connect the past to the present. When it comes to promoting the campaign there is no one that can do it better than Zendaya.
As Piccioli describes it: “Zendaya perfectly embodies and represents what Valentino is and stands for, today. She is a powerful and fierce young woman that uses her talent and her work to express herself, her values and her generation as well".
The Premiere Of The Promotional Video And Zendaya
Valentino announced their new campaign earlier last week and shortly afterwards released the promotional video featuring the actress. The video was shot at Warner Bros. Studios in Los Angeles by Marcell Rev and Scott Sakamoto to the song “Crystalised” by The XX with choreography by Stephen Galloway.
The campaign presents Zendaya floating from backstage to the streets to convey a metaphorical journey. It is meant to represent a day in her life and how the garments are a part of that experience. Zendaya posted on Instagram a sneak peek of one of the outfits included in the video, as well as the green suit with a lavender shirt she wore for the press tour of the Spider-Man: No Way Home. We recognised two of the outfits seen in the video but the rest were certainly worth waiting for.
The promotional video did most certainly live up to our expectations, but this is only one of the big news around this campaign. The brand decided to launch pop-ups at four shops in Paris in Le Carreau du Temple from October 1st-5th to celebrate the new collection. Each shop will host exclusive products and events manifesting the Maison’s contemporary values. Keep your ears open because it seems like Valentino is getting ready for an exciting year full of surprises.
The detail to fashion within ‘Sex And The City’ has followed through to the much-awaited reboot, ‘Just Like That’. Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), and her friends Charlotte and Miranda (Kristen Davis and Cynthia Nixon), now 10 years later, are showing how fashion will always be the best of you with their lavish and iconic looks.
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Carrie, Charlotte and Miranda are serving some iconic looks in 'And Just Like That' as they are strutting the Upper East Side, where the story continues as if it had never stopped.
If you are going to watch 'And Just Like That', you know by now that many fashionable looks will carry your fantasy away. We will start with the protagonist, Carrie, and the dress everyone is talking about.
Carrie's Buzzed Blue Dress
Carrie's midi shift dress sent fans crazy but not because people actually loved the dress itself. The light blue oversized shirt tucked under the ‘hippie-fied’, casual-looking dress is untypical for the character of Carrie. If you are a Sex & the City fan, you would think it is more likely to be seen on Miranda, her co-star. But it was not the style that made fans question the costume designers. It was where it is from that sent fans wild. Many speculations occurred, but designers released that they have no idea where the dress is from as it was found in a thrift shop – contradictory to Carrie's style and obsession for the latest designer everything. The image is from a scene where Carrie was struggling with her addiction to her late husband’s ex and, maybe, designers wanted her outfit to relate to this struggle. However, it was not a must-have for the fans.
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With simplistic clothes, yet striking colours Charlotte's springtime outfit wowed the fans. Of course, Charlotte – a very wealthy character within the series – would strut around with a Burberry dog poop bag. She is a fashionable mom who still wants to live in style. Her outfit consisted of a Balenciaga polka dot skirt, layered with a white gipsy top. For once, Charlotte's look represents a calm and relaxed feel, rather than her rigid shirts and skirts. The look is styled with a yellow belt and pumps. The vast array of colours really and finally signifies happiness for the character. In this reboot, she is the one with her head screwed on – suggesting a change for Charlotte.
When Carrie Meets Carolina Herrera
Carolina Herrera really outdid herself here with her elegant yet modern midi shirt dress. The vibrant colour really makes this piece eye-catching and an iconic dress for Carrie. The chunky black belt accentuates her waist, defining her body well. Matched with some black court heels, her pearl necklace implies her wealth and luxury. And what more would you want when visiting your late husband's ex? Carrie has brought her A-game here, and fans were completely idolised by this stunning piece.
Miranda's relaxed plaid dress was a hit from the fans. The neutral colours, from creams to browns and mustard, was loved as these shades are in for the season. Her brown leather belt did complete this outfit to perfection, due to the maxi dress being loose, the belt really enables Miranda not to be lost in the dress. The splits of either side of the dress as well, allow some leg to be seen and makes this entire piece a little more stylish and youthful. The shirt style dress really incorporates Miranda's personality as the character has just begun a degree, whilst the whacky prints and colours leave memories of her past outfits.
This sequel with our favourite girls from New York is definitely making people and fans talk about fashion but in a more in-depth way. As many things have happened to Carrie, Charlotte and Miranda, so too their outfits have changed to reflect the new women we see on the big screen.
The countdown to New Year's Eve is getting closer, and so is the time to plan your outfit for the last night of 2021. An explosive mix of sparkles and red-carpet glam is the most popular choice, but there is no rule. We encourage you to dress to impress as you are.
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Are you not sure about what to wear on New Year's Eve? No panic! The editorial team put together their best festive outfits in this NYE stylebook where the key denominator is your personality.
We did it many times: buying a shiny, daring, excessive New Year's Eve outfit and wearing it just once. Fashions Finest's team opened their wardrobe and picked their best NYE looks. Browse our unconventional lookbook for inspiration and tips to let your personality shine and save some money for the new year!
Bethan’s New Year's Eve Look
"My NYE look is styled with a 1960s' glamorous American housewife in mind," says Bethan Carrick, fashion historian and editorial intern at Fashions Finest - "think Mad Men's Betty Draper, my ultimate style icon. My plans for NYE are up in the air so I'm keeping my options open with this outfit but making sure I'm glowing. I have gone for a palette of luxurious golden hues which is tied together with a black Prada centrepiece - can you ask for much more? It is always important to me to match what I'm wearing on my feet with what I'm wearing from my neck and upwards: so these delicious jewel-encrusted Manolo Blahnik heels which no doubt are inspired by the court of Versaille are paired with an equally luxurious vintage gold pill necklace. To balance out the statement of gold I'm wearing a dainty Chanel cloche hat. These Batsheva orange dotted trousers signal to me where luxury meets comfort, which I am all about. Finally, wherever I will be it is going to be cold so I'll need a cosy jacket to take me through till 12 am and this Dior faux fur jacket is ideal. This outfit makes me feel like I'm going to gracefully glide my way through 2022. Cosy golden vibes only, please."
"I've chosen Vestiaire Collective to source my NYE look as I'm a big supporter of resale and believe it's the future of fashion. I spend a lot of time trawling through this site looking at beautiful garments that I hope to one day have money and space in my wardrobe to own."
Leila’s New Year's Eve Look
"This is an alternative and mainly vintage-inspired take on the New Year’s Eve outfit. It does not always have to be a dull sparkling glitter dress. Embrace the ‘90s and draw all eyes to you, while simultaneously supporting small independent designers and sustainability by shopping pre-loved."
Leila Katharina Kaess, international student and editorial intern at Fashions Finest, goes into more detail: "Snakedivine is an independent brand, based in Kassel, Germany and run by Rebecca. She studies free arts, makes tattoos and began to engage with CGI. Most of her items are unique single designs with an exclusively-limited batch of one to three pieces. This makes everything you buy extraordinarily special and individual. With one of these pieces, you are safe to avoid turning up in the exact same outfit some else is wearing. Rebecca is also keen on sourcing the fabrics from small sellers, remnant fabrics and second hand. The entirety of the range offered online is carefully crafted by hand. In an attempt to conquer fast fashion and overconsumption she invests a lot of time and creativity in every single piece. Thus, it is all the more devastating to see that a variety of her designs have been stolen, manufactured in horrible conditions and with synthetic materials, by the Chinese ultra-fast fashion brand SHEIN, to be sold for a few pounds. She is only one of several upcoming designers to be named. That is why we must support small and independent businesses!
The corset jacket by the infamous ‘90s brand Catwalk Collection is now considered deadstock, as those are not produced anymore, so you might want to get one as long as they are privately sold. A cute bralette underneath means that you could also open up the jacket or get rid of it entirely if you want to wear it as a top.
The well-beloved NODALETO platform Mary Janes pick up the jacket’s black velvet material, thereby creating a continued theme, as well as bringing top and bottom together coherently.
A cute little handbag to fit all the little things one needs when heading out are perfectly stored in this lovely vintage Vivienne Westwood bag. Vestiaire is always a good place to buy designer handbags since they are vintage (good for the environment and your wallet) and undergo testing for proof of authenticity by professional staff, which ensures that no dupes are sold. Lots of chunky silver jewellery and the eyecatcher, a huge Vivienne Westwood pearl choker, bestow the look with an edgy retro vibe. Also, notice how the cross earrings pick up the green colour of the bag, while the nail polish and lipstick match the colour scheme used in the trousers. Attention to little details like this compliment an outfit. This compilation can be used as inspiration, maybe you have some items in a similar, or would like to try your hand at an upcycling project."
Olivia’s New Year's Eve Look
"For me Christmas and NYE is the best excuse to wear a full outfit of glitter and this dress is the perfect example." Olivia Brecque, editorial intern and Fashion Design Management student at the LCF, considers the holidays as the perfect time to do something good for someone in needs: "To get you in the Christmas spirit I decided to pick my outfits from Cancer Research in Islington as I believe there are endless choices of outfits in Charity shops, not only is it good for the environment but you are helping to raise money for a cause. This outfit in total cost 69£. Any pair of black boots that you own should do the trick as all the focus is on this glitter dress. I would like to thank the staff at Cancer research Islington for being so helpful and kind."
Deborah New Year's Eve Look
"I have chosen a look from my wardrobe because I like the idea of thinking sustainably and reusing clothing rather than buying new clothes that I don’t really need." Deborah St. Louis, founder of Fashions Finest, is a champion in sensible fashion choices.
"Most of the items I have worn many times and in different ways. The ASOS top is a new purchase and I love the combination of burnt orange with the black floral design. The warehouse tan skirt is one of my favourite items which I have had for over 10 years so no longer available online but here is a similar look from Warehouse which I’m sure anyone could find in a charity shop for less than half the price.
I have finished my look with a selection of jewellery that I have had for many years and that will complement any look. Similar jewellery can be purchased at an affordable price from Accessorize.
My go-to leather handbag has been with me since the '90s and it cost me around £20.00 back then. Here is an alternative from Ted Baker. My go-to heeled boots, which finish this look so nicely, find a similar alternative online at ASOS.
Now I’m all set to step out and enjoy my NYE party with friends without even having to spend any money on an outfit."
Valentina’s New Year's Eve Look
"How things change... In the past, I was more bothered by the idea of celebrating the year leaving us rather than looking for party outfits and having fun. The fussy me was not ready to bid farewell to the year, especially if it was a generous one for me!
My NYE outfit idea has the typical broken student, my old me, in mind. Here is a versatile look that allows you to reuse the dress and any item in the new year, again and again. The OOTD plays around colours and feels making the '70s the decade of freedom, youth and carefreeness. The essential piece is this Reformation 'Briea' halterneck mini dress. Pattern, colour palette and neckline take inspiration from the party decade for excellence. Move around in this dress; as the silk flows, the cubed pattern acquires fluidity. Geometries break.
Reformation follows the Net Sustain 8 eco-conscious production keys. A candid ZARA faux fur jacket accompanies the dress to keep toasty and conceal the sensual open back. It is 100% artificial fur and crafted in line with the brand environmentally-friendly standards.
2021 footwear saw barely-there sandals and chunky heels alike. These vegan MONKI ankle boots give a strong sense of stability with their structured heel so your feet will thank you too!"
Valentina Chirico, chief editor at Fashions Finest, moves on matching jewellery. "The handpicked accessories recall the dress warm colour scheme: gold. NuebeStudio polymer clay drop earrings in the shade Sahara are a dainty touch of exclusivity and lush: 100% handmade with 14k gold leaf. Behind NuebeStudio is Noelia, a former Spanish model turned SEO marketer, then jewellery maker.
Gold is rather expensive, so why not add some brass bracelets instead? These stackable brass bangles are handmade and fair trade by People Tree, plus they shine like gold! '70s' earthy and saturated colours find a nicely surprising balance in this Louis Vuitton embossed leather pochette in an acidic lime hue. You can go second-hand for that piece of luxury you deserve."
"My country wants red as the go-to and super lucky colour for the festivities, including NYE. But this year, I want some gold and sunshine in my makeup.
Swirl Benefit Galifornia blush on the apples of your cheeks and forehead for an instant healthy glow. Galifornia is more of a warm peachy shade with a sweet and exotic fruity scent. For more gold and lush I would ask imPRESS, it replies with its 'Luxurious' press-on nails dipped in champagne gold and pearls. If time is running low, I trust the brands' innovative cushioned glue pads for extra hold and its superb salon-worth designs.
I almost convinced myself to celebrate this year!"
Katie’s New Year's Eve Look
"2022 is right around the corner and people across the world are readying themselves for fresh starts, inspirational Instagram stories and resolutions that they will definitely stick to this year. The best way to channel this positivity and abundance into your New Year" - says Katie Bowman, social media intern at Fashions Finest - "is to dress for success, or so the old saying goes."
"This year I will be ringing in the New Year with my best friend and her daughter at their home, so my take on the glamour and glitz of New Year’s Eve may differ from previous years. By this I mean pyjamas.
This pale pink satin trouser pyjama set from John Lewis is the perfect co-ord to sip strawberry daiquiris on the sofa. To keep in with the pink colour scheme, these pink fluffy slide slippers from Ugg matched with this cosy dressing gown from Boux Avenue will make you the envy of everyone who decided to party out in the cold.
So whether you’re out in the club, staying in with friends or asleep before the clock strikes midnight, have a wonderful and safe New Year and enjoy the night in style."
Find Katie's picks:
Pijama set - Slippers - Dressing gown
Sophie’s New Year's Eve Look
"I have mainly chosen this outfit because you could wear this outfit for any occasion. You do not have to underdress or be overdressed. This is more a sort of casual wear."
Sophie Schot, creative media student and media intern at Fashions Finest, embodies a young and practical take on the festivities.
What a way to wave goodbye to 2021! There are many ways to dress up for New Year's Eve, all varied and still valid, whether you plan to spend the last night of the year partying all night out or staying in all wrapped up nice and cosy.
Mixing and matching our favourite clothing and wishlist picks was a fun game and a good style exercise. Fun aside and most importantly, our NYE stylebook wants to be more than a simple shopping guide. Indeed, it is not.
We like to think we are like no other e-zine around. We do not want you to feel compelled to buy so that you can feel gratified and conformed. Fashion should make you both look good and feel happy. You can do it in many ways; for example, you can join the secondhand brigade and give new life to pre-loved clothing online or in-store. You can buy to support a cause dear to you, wear independent and handmade labels, rent a luxury outfit or even design and sew your own holiday outfit! Being fashion smart is always among the latest trends, and there is no shame at all in wearing something casual on New Year's Eve or repurposing glam pieces to spice up your daily outfits.
Use this NYE outfit stylebook to steal some great tips. Save on money (and headaches), not on fashion!
Winters are just around the corner, and it is high time that you start thinking about investing in the right clothing items that can boost your fashion statement this winter.
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The cold season has its charm, and it brings out its own set of unique clothing items. However, one winter garment that stands out from the rest is the evergreen leather jacket.
These clothes are generally divided into layers. Each layer has its purpose; the first two layers are there to keep you warm and safe from the harsh weather; however, the outer layer plays a massive role in deciding your overall look. Many clothing items fall in the external layer category, such as sweaters, cardigans, and a wide array of distinct jackets and coats.
Leather jackets have been trending since they came out, and when we look at their history, it would not be odd to say that they might never go out of fashion.
Why Leather Jackets
A leather jacket is the most versatile piece of clothing, and every guy must have at least one leather jacket in his wardrobe. We think that leather jackets are a must for every man because men have always shown adoration towards strong style statements; however, it turns out to be challenging for most men. A leather jacket is the fashion staple capable of giving you a classic look and making your presence stronger than other men.
Different Types Of Leather Jackets
Since leather jackets got so much recognition, the manufacturers started evolving them into different types and shapes. Like we mentioned earlier, there is an immense range in which the jackets are made. Some of the leather jackets prominent among many men include racer, biker, bomber, and flight jackets.
Different Styles For Each Look
Getting a leather jacket according to your personality does the job; however, it does not entirely make you stand out in a room full of people. To achieve that and to look fashionable, you need to style your leather jacket differently for each look. Here are some ways you can rock your leather jackets according to each face.
Black On Black
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Let's start with the basics; wearing a black leather jacket on a black outfit is our first pick because the colour black can make you look bold, confident, and even robust. The best thing about styling your leather jacket with black is that it looks good on almost everyone, and it is one of the safest outfit choices you can make. All black also helps you look fit and is a classic combo for every casual occasion.
The Rugged Look
Leather jackets possess the power to make a man look more masculine and help them give off a rugged vibe. Leather jackets are the only piece of clothing that looks good even when they get old; you can achieve the tough and rugged look by wearing your old jacket. Another worn-out piece that looks stylish in most situations is ripped denim jeans; you can combine these two articles of clothing and achieve a unique distressed style. You can style your old leather jackets with this rugged look and attend events like concerts and parties. You can also add some accessories with this to achieve a funky and rock star-like style.
The Pilot Style Outfit
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Leather jackets were initially made for pilots, and to this day, people style their looks just like those pilots by combining a simple bomber jacket with a white shirt and a tie. This outfit goes exceptionally well for men who are well built or aspire to achieve a handsome look. A tip would be to pair this look with blue denim or navy blue formal pants. Make sure your shoes are shiny.
The Young College Look
Not only it helps you look elegant, but a leather jacket can also make you look younger if you style it appropriately and embrace your boyish side. To attain this style, you can either wear a bomber leather jacket or a biker jacket.
If you want to show off your innerwear, such as a graphic t-shirt, you should go with the bomber jacket. Bomber leather jackets can also be paired with hoodies for a youthful look; however, you can wear biker jackets if you do not want everyone's focus on your innerwear. Apart from making you look younger, biker jackets can instantly gain the crown's attention as these jackets have a lot of zippers and buttons.
The Sport Luxe
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The term sports luxe is used when you combine sports clothing with luxury items. In this case, the sports clothing we refer to is baggy trousers and t-shirts worn underneath a leather jacket. You can also add zip-through hoodies to the outfit for a cosy and comforting vibe; you can top off this outfit with sneakers and street-styled shoes such as converse. A baseball cap fills the department of accessories. These outfits look incredibly comfortable and, in some cases, give off a lazy vibe which is why adding a luxury item such as a leather jacket enhances your style.
The Semi-formal Look
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The semi-formal look has been trending for a while now. This look allows you to experiment with different colours and styles; however, it is essential to know that these styles and colours are exquisite and would mainly focus on the formal feel of the outfit.
You can pair your leather jackets with a white or any other single-coloured button-down shirt and some grey trousers. The shoes that look perfect with these kinds of outfits are the oxford shoes. An important to remember is that the shade of your jacket and shoes must match. You can also experiment with discoloured textures in your leather jacket for a unique look.
Black And White Color Combination
When it comes to black and white clothing, people mostly think of combinations such as black jeans and a black leather jacket with a white t-shirt and shoes, although that is not the only way to combine these colours. White leather jackets have been on the rise as they are something many people don't wear and have a distinctive vibe.
Dark outer layers are becoming overrated, which is why people are moving towards light colours. White is the most delicate colour on the visible chromatic spectrum. When paired with black jeans and a black t-shirt, it makes a super casual outfit into a more stylish suit and makes your ensemble more luxurious and expensive.
These were some of the best ways to style your leather jackets according to each look. Due to such versatility and timelessness, leather jackets have remained a fashion staple for decades. When styling your leather jacket, an important thing to remember is that you do not compromise on the quality when buying a coat and make sure that you purchase something that suits your personality and fashion statement.
Do you feel like you want to shake up your look? When it comes to doing something a little differently cost can inevitably become an issue.
Summer is the perfect time to embrace colour and mix things up from your usual navy and black winter wardrobe.
Date Night - something you’ve been looking forward to all week. Excitement, nervousness and maybe even a little confusion has been running through your mind.
We are about to head into another long weekend and that means, time to let our hair down and throw caution to the wind and bring out the Prosecco. Weekends are also for casual cool style. So if you are heading out this weekend and in need of some inspiration to jazz up your look, we got you covered. Scroll down for our pick of effortlessly chic outfits to keep you fashionable this long weekend.
Girls love Skirts and Dresses
If your Monday to Friday is ful of #bossbabe pants suits, then the weekend is the best time to bring our your girly side with a femine dress and or skirt. Channel spring fever with flower and frills for a boozy girly brunch.
Chic Denim Up
Keep it cool, edgy and street chic in denim, sheer and metallics for a modern and cool weekend look.
Pants and All
Nothing beats smart casual trousers for a fashionable weekend lunch or dinner for a modern yet classic weekend look.
Weekends are for walking so keep your feet happy in cute flats and comfy heels for a fresh and trendy look.
Enjoy the long weekend ladies and have fun !!!!