Beauty Routine: Androgynous Nails At Alexander Wang Fall 2013

ALEXANDER WANG: Androgynous CHIC

Linen-Linen-Linen! How To Choose and Wear a Linen Garment

Summers, particularly in Milwaukee, can be extremely hot and humid. Growing up in dry Western Siberia, I can barely tolerate mugginess. You might think that hot weather sounds nice, but I like the words starting with “c”—  cool, calm and comfy.

I pull this off in a Milwaukee summer by wearing linen.

I confess that there was a time I avoided linen, because I preferred practical and wrinkle-free clothes.  I always believed that wrinkles created a bad impression.

My Italy travels changed my mind. I saw that wrinkled linen looks quite chic, modern and effortless.

I like to wear this Alexander Wang (T Alexander Wang collection) cape during summer festivals and weekend trips to Lake Michigan beaches. It is made of a blend of linen and tencel.  I discovered that the latter is another natural fabric, which is extremely soft. As linen, it keeps the skin dry. It’s particularly wonderful for sensitive skin.  I’ve also discovered that tencel is resistant to wrinkles; therefore, the  blend with linen produces a less wrinkled, and a slightly thicker fabric, which feels very nice.

If you are still scared of wearing a linen garment, here is my advice:

1. Instead of choosing 100% linen garments, go for fabric blends. Make sure that that the other component is made from a natural fiber, as well, or the magic benefits of linen will be significantly lessened.  Look for silk, cotton, tencel, or ramie.

2. Choose monotone fabrics with an emphasis on design. Linen garments that feature a loose fit and haute design look best.

3. Linen garments look best when combined with clothes made of natural fibers, such as cotton, silk, wool, etc. Although denim is rarely made of 100% natural fibers lately, it will go well with a linen garment, as well.

4. Give preference to accessories made from genuine leather, natural fibers and natural materials.

5. Avoid pairing loose linen garments with another loose piece. For instance, if you wear linen harem pants, don’t wear them with baggy T-shirt, otherwise you’ll end up having a loose, trampy look. Not good at all.  Instead, pair them with a  cropped top or slightly tight T-shirt.  Counterbalance loose garments by showing off the best features of your body.

For more info about Alexander Wang, and my perspective on designer click here.

Do you like to wear linen? What is your opinion on the wrinkled look?

Linen-Linen-Linen! How To Choose and Wear a Linen Garment

 Linen Cape By T Alexander Wang

 

What’s in your Closet?

Is there any particular brand you can’t imagine your wardrobe without? A brand that you wear all the time, no matter what the trends are?

Personally, I love Alexander Wang. His T by Alexander Wang collection serves me well for leisure wear. His major line is appropriate for office wear with its minimalistic, slightly androgynous style. His footwear is always edgy and chic. Alexander Wang rarely uses prints. His focus is high-quality fabric and fantastic tailoring. His characteristic minimalism, peppered with an urban and futuristic flair, creates a new, fresh perspective on modern luxury.

Tell me about the brands you’ve closeted.

Alexander Wang

When You Can’t Fake It

I spend a significant amount online monitoring fashion trends and new startups. I’ve noticed an increase of Asian online stores selling designer replica products. One of those website descriptions reads:

 “… is an online shopping destination that you need to bookmark and visit again and again. Our mission is to bring heart to commerce and become the better origin of fashion inspiration. Inspire and be inspired by cool girls the world over.

Here are the hottest single product recommendation, the fabulous treasure to share, come visit the baby, and love with beautiful people found the fashion, sharing fashion, looking for fashion to catch up with the trend; share the shopping experience, record your fashion diary, practicing fashion and beautiful heart Sutra, do the most beautiful.”

A better origin of fashion?!

First of all, that company can claim no authenticity. These are shameless replicas of top world designers, such as Valentino, Alexander Wang, Alexander McQueen and many others. Second, the website is full of grammatical errors, which make me cringe. What a sign of unprofessionalism and ignorance. Finally, I’ve noticed that the company targets fashion bloggers and social networks for fashion enthusiasts from all over the world. The exposure to all of this is like the spread of an unpreventable virus.

I have always been against replicas. The top designers and world-recognizable brands invest a tremendous amount of time and effort to build their brands and reputations.  They typically have a long history and passion for design at the core of their name (brand). I respect that.

My message for the customer: first, you don’t have to spend a tremendous amount of money to experience the design of luxury brands. There is a reason that famous designers collaborate with other retailers, such as H&M, Macy’s, Target, etc.  If you purchase a replica, you only show ignorance, lack of taste and disrespect for designers.

My message to fashion bloggers: Would you buy fake apparel just to get your name out there?

If so, your choices are not sustainable in the long run.  If you are thinking of a long-term career as a stylist or fashion blogger, support the designers and learn as much as possible about them, including the personalities of their brands, as well as their histories.