Day 18

Whirlwind

I had planned to talk about a boho look and the restorative qualities of the siesta but then this happened.

 

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Pauline Chan from CTV news dropped by to talk about fashion, makeup and of course 25 Days 25 Looks. It was a great experience shooting this segment and meeting an admired journalist. My segment aired on the 6PM news and if you missed click on the link http://ctv.news/Opti3LM

Fave Vibe

In summer I love a bohemian vibe. I’m artsy and summertime is when I channel that vibe by wearing boho pieces.

Style Notes

A perfect summer topper is a kimono top. it floats effortlessly over anything. I’ve paired this Italian knit kimono over a t-shirt and skinny jeans. I added a funky beaded necklace and some bracelets to create a unique, boho look.

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TIP – Although viewed as a traditional garment, the Kimono can sub in for many wardrobe items.
* Trench Coat
* Evening Coat
* Dress
* Tunic – very boho

Siesta

To fight the fatigue that is a side effect of radiation treatments I take a nap in the afternoon. I’m Italian and travel to Italy often to visit my family there. If I’m visiting in summer it’s wonderful to have a siesta after lunch when the sun is at its’ peak. I always feel so refreshed after an afternoon nap and can enjoy the rest of the day and evening without feeling so tired.

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RUNWAY REPORT

FW 2015/16 is a season of delights. I feel overloaded with trends so I’ve focused on the 3 you need to up your style game.

  • BESPOKE

Tailored suits were featured on almost all fall runways. A suit is always a great investment because of it’s versatility it is the work horse of any wardrobe. Broken apart the jacket and trousers can be paired separately to create other looks. Dress the suit down with a t-shirt and sneakers or dress it up with a shimmery top and stilettos. Wear the jacket as an overcoat with a cashmere pullover underneath. These are just a few possibilities. The standout was PRADA. Severe tailoring on the narrow cropped trousers and fitted blazers is softened by the colour palette. Paired with the”inside” bag and you’re ready for serious work or serious fun.

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  • A LA MOD

The mod mini dresses at CALVIN KLEIN by Francisco Costa have it all. Style, glitz, attitude and comfort. Think women’s clothes in the movie Man from U.N.C.L.E. This trend is for everyone. If you think it’s too short – layer it over skinny jeans or narrow pants. Add boots and off you go. Sidebar – dresses over pants is another look for fall.

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  • NEW ROMANTICS

This trend encompasses Boho and English Eccentricity. It can be long and flowy or have several layers of mixed patterns. It is an anything goes trend. Take this cue from BURBERRY. Floral trench over graphic dark trousers. At Miu Miu they mixed plaid with leopard and stripes. Some women find it challenging mixing patterns. TIP: consider tweed a neutral and pair it with stripes or florals in similar tones.

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Brooches are the jewellery piece to have. It adds interest to a suit and works well in multiples with a new romantic look.

Burgandy and forest green are 2 of the biggest colours for fall. In New York the stores were full of apparel in these colours.

Ankle boots with stacked heels. That’s all you need to know and all you need for footwear this fall. NEXT WEEK: Footwear focus

PAPER ART

I chose to illustrate a mod dress with mix patterns playing on 2 of Fall’s big trends. As always my paper is from The Paper Place in Toronto. mod_mini

Photo Credits

Prada – both images from website

Calvin Klein – from Style.com website

Burberry – from  website

Miu Miu – from website

Transitional Style

In the lazy days of summer no one wants to think about fall and yet… I’m yearning for Boho dresses and wine coloured handbags. The easiest trend to wear now and later is Boho. Boho dresses were all over the FW 2015/16 runways.

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Burberry, Valentino and Erdem, to name a few, all showed variations on the Boho theme. A dress like any of these in a light fabric can be worn now with sandals and later with chunky boots and a cardigan. This is a great style that will take you from a summer brunch to a harvest wine tasting. A Boho dress, although not classic, will last you a few seasons by updating the accessories.

Paper Art

I chose a Burberry colour palette for the doll’s Boho dress. A shout out to the The Paper Place for selling the most beautiful Japanese papers.

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Valentino dress – Valentino online boutique

Burberry Runway – Burberry website