Trend Alert!: Red Is On The Rise!

From Jennifer Garner to Kate Hudson, Ashley Greene & Brooke Shields, red is back & hotter than ever.

Whether it’s a pantsuit, a jacket or a standout frock, this bright & sassy color is great for women of all ages & skin tones. It’s the one color you can’t go wrong with! The best is it doesn’t always need to be showcased in an over-the-top style. Stars such as Amanda Seyfried & Leelee Sobieski both rocked red in a non-conventional way. Leelee wore a knee-length jacket accessorized with a black belt, whereas Amanda rocked a bright red pantsuit that she paired with purple lips and purple pumps at Paris Fashion Week (see photo above).

Red is also a choice color for color blocking but not everyone can rock such a bold statement. So since the color stands so strong all on its own, try to keep the shoes basic. Like a nude colored pump is sure to work well. Also keep the accessories simple. Maybe some translucent accessories or the traditional black.

New York Fashion Week was the first to debut this color as a fall trend for this year, labeling it as an empowering color. One must exude confidence & dominance when rocking a bold color such as this. From the beginning of time, red has been known to represent passion, desire & power. Now that this year’s fall fashion trends of luxe fabrics & fur are using this same color, you’ve got the perfect excuse to step out boldly in style. And don’t worry my ‘non-zeros’, this trend is for you too. Red also sits well with the full figured lady looking to do a ferocious fashion statement. Be sure not to go full head-to-toe red though ‘non-zeros’. You can rock something like a daring red turtleneck halter top with a white blazer, black skinny jeans & red pumps. You’ve got that red, but it’s not an overdo.

Bajan-British Model Syria Edghill Cops Contracts!

You may remember this stunning beauty from one of my recent posts of her placing 3rd in this year’s Miss London Pageant & as a contestant in the Miss England semi-finals. Unfortunately, Ms. Edghill did not make the finals of Miss England but she was swooped up by London-based agency D1 Model Management.

Syria, an accountants and finance student, has been modeling since she was 16! After being scouted by fellow Bajan, former IMG model & Miss Barbados Universe 2005 Nada Yearwood, right here in Barbados. Syria cites supermodel and TV personality Tyra Banks as her inspiration. She has trained with Bodens Youth Theatre and has already landed parts in British soap operas EastEnders and Holby City, and a Spring Break commercial on Nickelodeon. I believe Syria is destined for a bright future with great heights.

Congratulations Syria! Knock ‘em dead!! ;)

Fashion: Resort Collections Inspired By Art

Prabal Gurung and Aaron Moran

prabal gurung inspired by aaron moran

1. It’s not quite difficult to realize that Prabal Gurung’s colourful resort 2013 collection and Aaron Moran’s fragmented sculptures have a bit in common. Moran’s artworks are constructed using wood; however Gurung’s garments take inspiration from the shape. “But apply a fresh coat of paint to the weathered & worn feel of their muse’s objects,” said fashion writer Tania Braukämper. I don’t know about you guys, but i am in love with the fabrics, colors and shapes used by Prabal.

Helmut Lang and Kate MccGwire

helmut lang kate mccgwire

2. Tania Braukämper says, “Kate MccGwire’s intense artworks which were constructed from feathers are the kind that are both visually awe-inspiring and mildly unsettling.” Often thinking of yet another way to deliver the shock factor that artist Kate MccGwire is known for. Bringing forth something of such simple nature and twisting the visual to awe-strikingly intriguing to the eye. For resort 2013, Helmut Lang designers Nicole and Michael Colovos used MccGwire’s works as a basis for an abstract print that mimicked both the patterns and tones of MccGwire’s works.

Giles & Classical sculpture

giles classical sculptures

3. As seen in the obvious photographic prints that are splashed across some of Giles Deacon’s resort 2013 pieces, the designer was inspired by the Classical statues at North Yorkshire’s Castle Howard (one of England’s ‘grandest’ private mansions, most notable for having multiple interpretations of Brideshead Revisited set amoungst its grounds.) Using the images of these stone-carved marble statutes was quite a brlliant idea, especially since no one else has done it before and definitely not, quite literally reprinted them onto a fabric dress!

(photos from Fashionising.com)

M People Barbados Magazine – Fashion Bloggers Features

(from left to right) Gigi, Tesha, yours truly(in the wall pocket..lol), Barrio & Junior

I was honored to have been chosen among the best of the best when it comes to fashion bloggers in Barbados, Gigi Ma’at, Junior Sealey, Tesha Todd and Barrio Dimitri.. Funny enough, we are all also stylists at heart, so we were our own stylists for the shoot. Shot by Barbadian photographer Khalil Goodman on location at his residence.

(from left to right) Barrio, Junior, Gigi, Tesha & yours truly at the end

Bajan-British Model Syria Edghill Makes MISS ENGLAND 2012 Semi-Finals

Bajan-British model Syria Edghill has made the semifinals for this year’s Miss England pageant!

To support Syria, please vote by texting ‘MISSSEMI14′ to 63333 (Britain only). For ALL of Edghill’s UK fans, call 09013078567 and dial 14 when prompted. Make sure she makes the finals! Tweet #SyriaforMissEngland2012 & keep rooting for this beauty to become Miss England 2012. She’s been proving herself over & over again that she is worth of the Miss England crown. Ms. Edghill placed 2nd runner-up in the Miss London pageant and seems to be a sure favorite among many & you can bet that she’s definitely got my support.

Follow Syria at @SyriaEdghill

Syria also came 3rd in the Miss London 2012 pageant (first from left)

Syria also came 3rd in the Miss London 2012 pageant (first from left)

Women’s Spring/Summer Look: 2012

Flirty with a touch of sophistication. That’s how I sum up the looks for this year’s women’s spring/summer fashion. No need to stress, let me help you out with some fashionable options for this year’s spring/summer.

Hobo chic inspired bohemian patterns, florals (once again), stripes & lace. A few of the trends that have graced the fashion runways around the world in their spring/summer collections. Now, don’t just heed to the fashion gurus and wear whatever is in style. It’s not just about what’s in. It’s what looks fabulous on YOU! It’s all about YOU, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Maxi dresses suit all sizes; from my plus size bombshells to my ferocious size zeros. You cannot go wrong there ladies. BUT, watch out for the patterns. Vertical stripes help to elongate the body (chiffon, organza and other sheer fabrics work well), whereas horizontal stripes may disadvantage those with wide waists or full figured bodies. For my full figured ladies, you may try the contrast colors combined, bohemian patterns or even the animal prints (which I adore). You’re more of the feminine type? No problem. Go floral! You can never go wrong with floral during spring/summer (unless it’s a dress, don’t wear head to toe floral..not cute).

Mini dresses are also in for those ladies who like to show off their gorgeous legs. D&G, Betsey Johnson, Balmain & Paco Rabanne have all showcased mini dresses in their spring/summer collections and definitely seem to be a hit with the leggy & modelesque and petite women. Perfect for your cocktail parties or soirees, using bold color blocking patterns or tribal, which seems to still be a favorite from last season. You also have the option of wearing stockings, which are back in, or dark leggings to help pop your color blocking skills. Or you may even opt for pants with your top and/or a blazer to show off your color blocking skills.

Now as I always say.. Go worth and don’t do fashion, BE fashion! BE FEROCIOUS! ;)

example of color blocking; shown in American Vogue's September Issue 2007

example of color blocking; shown in American Vogue’s September Issue 2007

further examples of color blocking

further examples of color blocking

extreme color blocking

extreme color blocking

Comeback!

To all my fashion aficionados, music enthusiasts & professionals and the rest of my readers who frequent my blog pages, I know I haven’t been blogging as fluid as you or I would like. But no worries!! I’ve been working my butt off hunting down celebs and industry professionals for much more content.

I promise to make 2012 memorable and informative. So keep on the lookout. And thank you so much to ALL those who keep checking the site. I check my statistics every month and I’m never disappointed. So, once again, thank you and keep reading! :)

new promo shoot with photographer Logan Thomas. I will be spearheading an anti-drugs campaign

new promo shoot with photographer Logan Thomas. I will be spearheading an anti-drugs campaign

Miss Barbados WORLD Contestant – Nichola Maynard

Nichola Maynard, a strong, dominant personality with a smile bright enough to lighten up your darkest day. This warm, fun-loving individual will stop at nothing to achieve her goals, some may even say disclipine and perseverance has helped to mold this beautiful young lady for the challenge of competing in this year’s Miss Barbados World Pageant.

Maynard says, ” I am a currently a contestant in the Miss Barbados World Pageant 2011 who is
extremely excited about my journey ahead as I learn, progress and develop as an
individual. 

Described as the ‘life of the party’, determined,
hardworking, and down to earth; as a proud Island Girl I settle for nothing but the
best! Win or lose, I’ve reached a step further to the greater person I will
become destined for success.” :)

Take a look at her Facebook Fanpage and vote for her by clicking ‘Like’. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nichola-Maynard-for-Miss-Barbados-World-2011/135495163191902


MOTTO: Live. Love♥. Laugh

Miss Barbados WORLD 2011 Contestant – Sedia Jackman

 

Sedia Jackman is a nineteen year old aspiring model of Caribbean descent. She has an associate degree in Office Administration and Management and having graduated from College she has decided to focus her energies on pursuing an international modeling career.

 

Her statistics are:
Bust: 34 inches
Waist: 24 inches
Hips: 34 inches
Cup Size: DD
Height: 5ft 11 1/2 inches
Shoe Size: 10/11
Hair Color: Black

 

To date, her body of works includes:

Shows:
Absolute Caribbean Fashion Weekend 2008 (Barbados)
• Fashion Meets Polo 2008 (Barbados)
• Simon Peter Show 2009 (Barbados)
• ACF Fashion Weekend 2009 (Barbados)
• Youth Foundation’s Charity Event 2009 (Barbados)
• Islands of The World Fashion Week 2009 (Nassau, Bahamas)
• Barbados Under the Water Festival 2010 (Toronto, Canada)
• Baje Free To Fly Media Launch 2010 (Barbados)
• BB Fashion Week 2010 (Barbados)
• Emilio Pucci Eyewear Launch 2011 (Barbados)

Magazines:
Island Life Magazine Issue No. 38
• Nu Woman Magazine 2009

Campaigns:
Face of Waterhall Polo Barbados January 2008
• South Central Album 2010 – Swimmin’ In Soca
• Digicel Barbados –Digicel Christmas Campaign 2010
• Banks Breweries – Banks Calendar 2011

 

 

Miss Barbados WORLD Contestant – Marielle Wilkie

 

 

Marielle Wilkie, a well known print and runway model in the island of Barbados is one of the promising contestants of this year’s Miss Barbados World pageant (2011). Marielle has written up a small bio, just to give the public a little taste of her personality.

” For those of you that don’t know me, here is a little bit about me.
I love surfing, one of my passions is being in the water. I also love sewing and making outfits to wear, I went to canada to do arts and came back with glass blowing under my belt. Its an amazing art and really cool to watch as well! Another one of my great qualities is I’m a people’s person, I love socializing and meeting new people! I absolutely adore children, I believe that they are the new generation of the world and they need all the guidance they can get! That’s about it for now, if you want to know more you can tune into Tempo and Centric television to watch out journey to Miss World!” :)

 

Be sure to visit Marielle’s facebook fanpage, the contestant with the most ‘likes’ wins People’s Choice. So, click the ‘Like button’ if you like. – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Marielle-Wilkie-Miss-Barbados-World-2011-Contestant/195945737119108

 

I wish Marielle and all of the other contestants much luck! xoxo :)

Exclusive Interview- Pop/Rock Artiste ERYN WOODS

I had finally found the time to interview this up and coming musical phenom(via email). Hailing from Atlanta, Eryn Woods is a constantly rolling ball of …for lack of better words..AWESOME! Ahaha. She had intrigued me from the moment I discovered on a music site online. I hunted her down and contacted her immediately! Just within a few moments I was drawn into the allure of Eryn Woods. From her edgy 80s punk mohawk to her funky style and kind demeanor, Ms. Woods is a genuine sweetheart and I am officially a ‘kupcake’!! (A term she uses to describe her fans. Hahaha!!)

I took the liberty NOT to edit this interview so much, because I wanted the reeaders to really get a feel of Eryn’s persona. :) Happy reading!

1. What inspired you to become a performing artiste?

-I have been singing probably since i was able to talk! I have always been surrounded by music (good music) and I was always encouraged to do what I love to do.

2a. What influences have had a hand in your image? I’m seeing a little Cyndi Lauper, Madonna and Grace Jones, haha.

-Well, I guess you could probably name certain people from different generations but I definitely am just doing ME. Being an artist gives you the ability to express yourself the way you want to.

2b. I absolutely LOVE the mohawk! When did you get it done and what drove you to it? :)

-THANKS!!!! ;) My mohawk was done in stages….and this was the end product. LOL I always loved trying different things and hair was my outlet, so this is what came from it.

3. Tell us about your music. Which kind of genre would you say you fit most?

-If you want a description of my music….i have been told “If Cyndi Lauper and Gwen Stefani had a love child….it would be me” LOL So i guess you can say that its pop…but of course i add some edge which brings in the rock!!! :)

4. Who are your idols/role models in music and furthermore, in life.

-Some of musical influences would be Cyndi Lauper, Missing Persons and Madonna.

5. Did you always see yourself getting into music, or did you have other major ambitions?

-I always told myself that if i didn’t or don’t do music…i don’t know what i would do in my life. Thats why i never stopped pushing….because I wasn’t going to give up on the one thing i knew I was meant to do.

6. Are you currently signed to a label?

-I am not currently signed to a label but i am signed to a. production company, Pharsound Productions. We are doing everything independently until the fan base expands!!!! :)

7. What have been the most difficult trials as an artiste?

-I believe that the most difficult trials would have to be the whole journey of getting to the top…I’m not even all the way there yet and I’ve been through more then I’ve ever thought. Its a lot harder than just…being a good singer and then getting signed. You have to work 24/7. But to be more specific…being a woman in this industry is probably the most difficult thing.

8. Name two (2) things you love about being an artiste.

-I love making all my kupcakes (fans) smile and happy. And I love traveling and meeting all different people all across the world.

9. Do you write your own songs? If so, what inspires you?

-I have other writers that I work with in the studio to write my music. We sit down, talk about what I am going through or have went through and write about that. But the one thing some people forget when writing music, is you still have to think about the consumers/fans and what they can relate too.

10. If there is one person in your life that you live to make proud, who would that be and why?

-The one person that I have always wanted make proud of me now and in the past was/is my mom. She has always been there for me and has encouraged me to pursue my dreams since I was a little girl. She came to every choir performance, theatre performance, competitions, etc. Sitting there supporting her baby girl. Even when she had a million and one things to do. Especially since I have 2 older sisters and 3 younger brothers. She has never let me down, so I never want to let her down.

11. What are your guilty pleasures? (Eg. food, fashion, cars, etc.)

-I would have to say the 2 things that I probably spend way to much money on are sunglasses and shoes (heels to be exact). I can’t live without them!!! hahaha

12. What is your biggest dream accomplishment as an artiste?

-My ultimate goal would have to be getting to a point in my career where “my words” make a difference in the world. And being able to help any one in need, especially young girls.

13. Last but not least, what advice would you give to all those asiring performers read this interview right now?

-I don’t know if i can say everything in a couple sentences but I’ll try to summarize it. lol :)

DON’T GIVE UP….there will be times that you want to stop because there will be some steps backwards but if you keep giving your all, you will go 2 steps forward. When you are meant to do this….DOORS WILL OPEN FOR YOU. And never think that it will all get done for you….you have to put your heart and soul into it and work hard. Even if you have a great team around you, remember its YOUR career and life.

I asked Eryn just to give a random quote to sum up the interview. She replied, “Kupcakes are about to take over the world!!!!!” ;) <3

You can't NOT love this girl! Hahaha.

Dre DeCarlo, xx

Threads of Scarlet in Concert! – Review

Booming with excitement and spilling over with anticipation, the atmosphere was nothing less than epic. Saturday night, March 26th 2011, Threads of Scarlet proved to be not only the best rock act in Barbados but showed they are ones to watch.

From jamming to their original musical fusions such as Hot Box (a song promoting marijuana use) or rocking out to Falling From Far, a more classic hard rock ballad fully equipped with screams and high notes, Threads of Scarlet, for lack of better words, BLEW THE ROOF OFF! The event was highly publicised and the fans kept flowing in throughout the night, emitting an atmosphere reminiscent of Woodstock!

The event was also attended by fellow musicians Mahalia Philips of Nexcyx, which recently tore up the SXSW Music Festival in Texas, and Coverdrive‘s Amanda Reifer. Coverdrive got signed to Geffen Records this year and were spending most of their time in the studio. Look out for even more Barbadian musicians abroad.

Amanda Reifer and I

Amanda Reifer and I

Dre DeCarlo, xx

RIHANNA- Head of the pack again!


Rihanna this week becomes the first artist to amass five 3-million-selling digital hits in the U.S. (combining lead and featured credits). She scores with Eminem’s  “Love The Way You Lie”, which has sold 3,000,000 digital copies in the past 11 weeks. Rihanna’s four previous 3-million-sellers are: ”Umbrella” (featuring Jay-Z), “Don’t Stop The Music,” “Disturbia” and T.I.’s “Live Your Life.”
Keep it coming RiRi!!! Make it LOUD! ;)

Rihanna’s New Album “LOUD” Will Be Released on November 16!

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Shontelle Layne!

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Known for her smash debut R&B hit, T-Shirt, the Obama Campaign song, Battle Cry and the soundtrack of  Confessions of a Shopaholic, Stuck With Each Other, Shontelle just keeps rising and proving to the world that she’s got it!!

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Shontelle took some time out of her ridiculous schedule to answer a few of my questions on fashion,the up-coming album No Gravity and her newest single Impossible!!

1. How would you describe your personal style?
It really varies depending on my mood but I’d say a combo or surfer chick/skater girl/rock&roll/high fashion. Sometimes I’ll even go hobo! LOL!


2. Who is your favorite fashion designer?

At the moment I love Marc Jacobs. He never fails me. Plus he designs for Louis Vuitton, a staple in my everyday wardrobe.


3. When it comes to fashion, would you say you’re a minimalist or do you like to go all out?

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Once again it depends. Sometimes naked/bare chic is right for the occasion. Tends to be softer and more romantic & natural. I prefer that for dinners/red carpet etc. But for stage or videos, I go ALL OUT! Some days I just feel like being crazy & I do something obnoxious like wear sunglasses or shoes that clearly have no right anywhere except a W or Harper’s Bazaar fashion spread or on a catwalk!


4. Are you a practical girl or do you have a liking for high fashion?

I like comfort first & foremost usually, especially since I travel alot. But I do have an obsession with high fashion and I can’t help myself at times. You’ll never know how much pain I’m in ;)


5. Jimmy Choos or Christian Louboutins?

Haha! YSL or Giuseppe Zinnotti? :p


6. How do you put together your daily outfits? Do you have a stylist?

I have about 3 different favorite main stylists. 1 who just shops with me and helps me create my everyday looks (which I then put together myself day to day) and 2 others which I interchange for videos, performances etc. Often they collaborate with choreographers, set designers, management, PR, Marketing and each other. Styling is a very delicate process and can be very frustrating & complicated. It’s fun when you get it right. Not so fun when you don’t. But I have worked with so many stylists worldwide for different events & photo shoots etc.


7. Are you a fashion week regular? Or do you not like social events?

Shontelle posing with Vanessa Williams at the Ugly Betty Gala

Haha! I NEVER miss fashion week! I usually get invited to alot of designers shows & parties. Sometimes I even walk/model! This year I made my usual rounds at New York Fashion and I’ll also be doing LA Fashion Week events. I can’t wait to go to the international ones like London, Paris & Milan! Don’t even get me started on Asian fashion!


8. What was your most memorable fashion moment? (positive or negative)

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OMG! Best fashion moment? Well apart from my features & spreads in Vogue, Elle & In Style, I’d say, shooting the Licky music video. I have never been surrounded by & adorned with more fierceness & fabulosity in my life!


9. Now, let’s talk about the up-coming album. What inspired you for this album?

All my experiences from Shontelligence. I traveled so many places and experienced so many things. So many new cultures, new art, new food, new music. No Gravity is a blend of all that!


10. The first single Licky, a provocative club banger, is not what you’re really known for. What made you come out of your comfort zone?

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My “comfort zone” huh? Well I’m not quite sure what that is but I just put it this way. For me, music is much like film & tv are for actors. It’s fun to pretend to be someone else. I enjoy playing many different roles because I know somewhere, someone can relate. I like to make music for everyone. And some people are kinda licky! LOL!


11. Your more recent track, Impossible, is being VERY well received by your fans. Another ballad like T Shirt, which showcases your amazing vocals and really pulls at the heart strings. What was the inspiration for this one?

Impossible is truly perhaps one of my best vocal performances ever! It’s such a beautiful song and I love it so much. I gave my everything on that track. If you’re asking if it’s inspired by a real life experience….YES!


12. Did you write the song as well?

Actually I didn’t add much to Impossible except for my vocals and my emotion. They let me produce my own adlibs and stuff. Great producer, Arnthor Birgisson of the Aristotracks! The Swedish have taken over the pop game!


13. When will the album be dropping?

Probably closure to Summer 2010


14. Any collaborations?

Some freakin amazing collabs! I’m so hyped! Wish I could spill the beans but if I do now, Sylvia Rhone will kill me!


15. Anymore endorsements or any fashion lines we should be looking out for?

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I’m actually working on some very cool stuff this year. Stay tuned… ;)


16. Finally, what is your advice for the aspiring artistes out there that look up to you, especially those from Barbados?

Well every person’s entry into this industry is very unique & there is no particular strategy or formula except to have a team (note that word!) that you can trust and who are savvy and work hard! If you don’t you WILL fail! Believe in yourself, your talent and your ability to succeed. Go hard! Many people expected me to fail and even wanted that. The odds that I would were far greater than those of me making it. But talent only goes so far. You have to be smart! If music is what you love, then study your craft. Don’t just study the music, study the music business. It ain’t no sweet bread! You might not like the taste. But dessert is ALWAYS great!

FENDI Spring/Summer 2010

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This season’s Spring/Summer Fendi collection was amazing in my opinion. I loved it, despite the negative reviews circulating the fashion web!

The pieces were to die for!
This season’s Fendi look is wispy fabric, black, ivory and ecru, off-pastels, and fraying edges with a Parisian lingerie twist! And The Fendi Spring/Summer 2010 shoes were hooooottttt!! Yes, they weren’t anything special saying that they were just simple sandals covered with lightweight mesh material that wraps around the ankle, with lots of extra material for an extra bulky bow.

Fendi-Spring/Summer-2010-shoes

Fendi-Spring/Summer-2010-shoes

Fendi-Spring/Summer-2010-shoes

The interesting aspect of the shoe, is the transparent platform, of course. It gives the shoe a futuristic, utilitarian look.

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Go Mr. Lagerfeld! You have never disappointed (me)!! ;)

Less Or More? The Extremes Of Fashion

Minimalism vs Opulence

There’s always been a somewhat silent battle between the minimalists and the “maximists” (opulence) of fashion. Allow me to share some fashion wisdom – their definitions and a synopsis of how they can be worn and my own take on it.

First off, being that opulence is the more popular of the two, I’ll start with that!
Known for over the over the top, glitzy, glamorous, diva-esque trends, – just to name a few adjectives – opulence is the choice for all the Haute Couture aficionados. Fur, patent leather, sequins, edgy cuts & bright colours are some of the trends that have made high fashion lovers all over the world fall ridiculously in love with it.

For the opulence lovers, animal prints and fur were popular in Milan, Italy, during the Women’s Fall 2010 fashion show. Salvatore Ferragamo designed a memorable belted leopard coat.

Salvatore's memorable fur coat Alexander McQueen

Salvatore Ferragamo’s leopard coat.          Alexander McQueen – the master of opulence.

For Fall 2010, fur hats, fur scarves, fur vests, fur jackets, fur dresses, fur skirts, fur blouses, fur pants, fur coats, fur gloves, leather gloves with fur fingertips, fur leggings, fur boots, fur booties and fur shoes starred on runways all over Paris!!

Dries Van Noten’s ocelot vest and ocelot scarves both made a statement. There’s even faux fur at Chanel, where the first Eskimos to slosh around the melting “265-ton, 28-foot tall” iceberg set wore yeti boots and enough “fantasy” fur (as Karl Lagerfeld’s named it) to warm an igloo. PETA will love this Chanel collection because all the fur looks are “fantasy”. But according to fashion writer Marylou Luther, “They look so convincingly real, the fur protesters won’t know whom to pelt and whom to leave alone. Ditto for the look-alike furs at Nina Ricci.”

From the lush opulence of fur, fall fashion in Europe also includes metallized fabrics, feather frenzies and razzle-dazzle jeweling. In this glitz-is-good arena, Christophe Decarnin’s sequined, glam-rock wonders for Balmain have a kind of 1970s-meets-’80s sensibility with Michael Jackson overtones. At the opposite extreme is minimalism, now referred to as “pared down”.

Louis Vuitton worn by famous model Jourdan.

Louis Vuitton’s space age metallics, from Autumn 2008, is a perfect example of how minimalism and opulence can combine into a unified look.

QUITE a few fashion designers have everything it takes, and more, to be minimalists. They have an excess of talent to make clean lines out of ornamental ones, yet they lack the will or the stamina to hold unpopular views, and minimalism has been out of vogue for a good 10 years.
Even its greatest practitioner, Giorgio Armani, adds more than he subtracts. But in the past few years, so many designers have been doing something out of character and at the same time commercially sensible.

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney’s Fall 2010 line was heavily influenced by the minimalist outlook.

What is fashion minimalism?
Clean lines, simple silhouettes, neutral, monochromatic palettes, usually known as the more conservative side of fashion.

Less is more when it comes to minimalist fashion – streamlined silhouettes and tailoring, solid, monochromatic shades of white, grey, and especially black, and a generally pared-down look. Some designers go with a contrasting movement of simplicity of a stark, covered-up, carved-out silhouette and a starkly monochromatic palette. So, is this nod to simplicity boring? I would say so, just because I’m a fan of the opulence, or, if anything, a nice blend between the opposites. However, some believe that the pared-down – even austere – neutrals are quietly fabulous and oh-so high on style.

In my opinion, it’s perfect for the more mature fashion exec (i.e. Fashion Editor, Creative Director etc.). Whereas opulence goes hand in hand with the fun, young magazine intern, or make-up apprentice, even the competent overlooked personal assistant who is willing to make a statement and finally be noticed by the boss.

Grunge Jeans Are Back

Ripped denim hasn’t really been big since the grunge days of the 90s… so it may come as a surprise that it is back as a fashion trend for women in Spring-Summer 2010. We did see Kate Moss wearing ripped denim shorts in a shoot for April 2008’s Vogue Paris, and then we spotted these shots of Gisele Bundchen on set with Mario Testino in a rather revealing torn denim outfit.

On the runways, Christopher Kane’s Spring/Summer 2008 collection brought faded and torn skinny jeans back onto the agenda. Maison Martin Margiela’s collection (see below) was also littered with shredded up denim pieces that took ripped denim to the extreme.

Torn denim trend on the runways

From jeans to skirts to shorts, torn denim is also being embraced by certain members of the celebrity world, including Lily Allen and Lindsay Lohan.

Lily Allen and Lindsay Lohan in the ripped denim trend

As well as Rihanna…

Rihanna rocks ripped jeans.

What does a fashioniser do to keep up with denim trends given that ripped jeans might not be practical until Spring 2010? Simple. Patch them. Or, even simpler, follow the lead of the fashion forwards and invest in a pair of pre-patched jeans!

Yes, they’re back too! Definitely a trend that is still in the phase of being a ‘micro-trend’. I expect that the popularity of patched denim will grow on the streets long before it becomes a commonality in retail stores. Indeed, the look was in sparse supply on the Spring 2010 catwalks though, courtesy of Karl Largerfeld, Chanel patched jeans were to be seen.

Chanel patched jeans
Chanel patched jeans from Chanel Spring 2010

And what do you pair with grungy jeans? Anything goes with those pants! (Except frilly tops but that should be obvious.)

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winner of Cycle 11 America's Next Too Model, McKey Sullivan and Dre

winner of Cycle 11 America’s Next Too Model, McKey Sullivan and Dre

Canada-based supermodel Stacey McKenzie and Dre

Canada-based supermodel Stacey McKenzie and Dre

Dre DeCarlo and SRP/Universal Motown recording artiste Vita Chambers.

Dre DeCarlo and SRP/Universal Motown recording artiste Vita Chambers.

dre on shoot with photographer Logan Thomas

dre on shoot with photographer Logan Thomas.

DRE DECARLO CELEB PROMO CONTINUES… french supermodel Elodie Passlaigue

Now you should be familiar with my DRE DECARLO CELEB PROMOs by now. This time it was FORD MODEL MANAGEMENT french supermodel Elodie Passlaigue!!!

This hot supermodel did me the honor of agreeing to shoot with me!

-Photographer: Logan Thomas, Styling: Dre DeCarlo & Kesia Estwick, Make-up: Helene Headley-

 

And I was also given the privilege of styling her myself!!–

Clothes made available by RED BOUTIQUE, upstairs SHERATON MALL, ST. MICHAEL, BARBADOS.

I also asked reknowned local punk/industrial designer KESIA ESTWICK to create an outfit for the stunning french supermodel. She failed to disappoint. She delivered as always!!–

Stay tuned for more of the DRE DECARLO CELEB PROMOs!!!!