Tuesday, September 2, 2014

We’re Showing You Nudes, Lipstick That Is

For the past year, I have been on the hunt for the perfect nude lipstick. I feel like every single publication out has done an article on this particular issue. The outcome is always that, everyone’s nudes are different. From British Vogue to Harper’s Bazaar, nude is definitely defined differently across the board.

Where did my journey start you ask? It all came to me when I was heading out with friends and was honestly tired of trying to get my bright red lip to stay in place (“I shall try a nude!”). Mostly, the need for a perfect nude lip comes from me still gravitating towards a more simple routine. I do love a pop of color, but I’m not a makeup artist. Living in the city means we are all usually in a big rush to get everywhere, and having to apply lipstick for 20 minutes in the morning isn’t cool. 

Nude lips have been a staple for easy undone beauty. From the all-American Calvin Klein runway to the glamour of even Christian Dior, nude is here to stay. For each girl, nude can mean a world of different things as discussed before. Everyone has different skin tones, lip shapes, and overall needs.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Flashback -- Street Style Roundup from the Fall 2014 Shows

In honor of fashion month getting off to its start, we're predicting what we will see or hope to see on the streets during fashion week. With New York up first, editors and show-goers are captured by a number of street-style photographers whose photos are seen everywhere. No matter how different their styles and approaches are for shooting a subject, they all appreciate a woman or male that's dressed for themselves and not the camera. Attention whores as I like to call them, speaking from the fashion perspective -- they're more like peacocks creating a circus before and after the shows hoping to be snapped preferably by Tommy Ton. London, Milan, and Paris are the Chicest Degree's fashion weeks of choice for the sartorial fashion choices of its show-goers, because let's be honest -- how overrated is NYFW by day three? The sleepless nights, blisters, nicotine and coffee diet, not to mention the constant traffic trying to get from show to show. Been there done that, but deep down theirs apart of us all that does enjoy the fun and the hoopla of it all over the course of seven days. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Fall Edit

It's almost that time of year people, and I can't stress enough how excited I am to start transitional season shopping. We all have those few items that we like to call our wardrobe staples, that get updated from season to season. This edit is a curated selection of everything that I'll be coveting and wearing a variation of, once the decline in temperature happens. Thinking back to one of the biggest mistakes I've made in a longtime -- was when Barney's had the Acne Studios jacket in their exclusive color-way, and I left it there thinking no one would buy it. Trying to justify spending $2500+ on a jacket that was equivalent to first months rent, seemed crazy yet normal after convincing myself that I'd wear it more than 2,500 times. In the midst of thinking of all the life changing decisions that goes into consumption, the jacket wasn't there when I decided to take the sartorial plunge.

Luckily this season I have another chance and to be honest the black on black is more suited for my everyday wardrobe. Moving on from the one that got away, finding the perfect mannish shirt has been the biggest challenge. The Equipment shirt below caught my eye immediately because of its striped detailing and oversize silhouette. When it comes to bottoms, the infamous boyfriend jean is typically what you'll only see me wearing day-to-day. I've been open to branching out by searching for the most structured wide leg pant, to enter fall in 70s inspired suiting, that makes a maximum impact with minimal effort. We must not forget about the pointed-toe ankle boot or the classic single sole pump to start the season off on the right foot. Leave it to the Scandinavians to get it right when it comes to sartorial fashion to be had, but Parisian woman are spot on when it comes to minimalism and life in general. Which is one of the reasons why the Chicest Degree is looking forward to the release of 'How to be Parisian wherever you are' by Caroline de Maigret in September because let's be honest, we all have thought about what does it take to actually achieve the je nai se qua.

The Fall Edit
1. Acne Studios Velocite shearling jacket / 2. Equipment striped cotton shirt / 3. Karen Walker D-frame sunglasses / 4. Acne Studios Jensen suede ankle boot / 5. Acne Studios boyfriend jeans / 6. How to be Parisian wherever you are by Caroline de Maigret / 7. Mansur Gravriel mini bucket bag / 8. Manolo Blahnik suede pump / 9. Acne Studios wide-leg pants

What are you looking forward to buying for fall? Tell me everything, leave nothing out.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thinking of Fall with PORTER Magazine

For most people, September is symbolic for back-to-school and many other new beginnings. Those of us who work in the industry, it stands for fashion month which translates to the first day of the rest of the year. Not only is it one of the most exciting times of the year, it's also the only month that buying any American fashion magazine actually matter. Everything has a new sense of resolve and purpose that has far more meaning than any January resolution. As grown-ups, the brand new pencil case and shiny new pair of school shoes that signal a fresh start -- are replaced by the new season updates that we hope will deliver much more than just the latest looks: from the mannish overcoat, to that uplifting new shade of lipstick. Inspiration for change presents itself in many places, whether it might be to revamp your sense of style, or simply given a chance to encounter an experience that is all we need to gain new perspective. Which is something we actually have the opportunity to do during our summer happenings.

Thinking back to our school days, the thrill of discovering something 'brand new' holds much promise. It's the same idea with a new season full of covetable fashion lying in wait, there is certainly satisfaction to be had on the sartorial front. Many of the designers looked to the past, dipping into some of the most good looking moments from decades gone for inspiration. There is a sense of romance and freedom summoned up by the silhouettes and palettes of the 60s and 70s, but also the power and glamour of the 80s, the simplicity and clean lines of the 90s. These eras were each filled with game changing moments that heavily influenced fashion. Today, designers have and continue to give a different twist on classic pieces for the woman of now.