Saturday, June 28, 2014

Celeb Style: Lana Del Rey

If Iggy Azalea is the Queen of Summer 2014, Lana Del Rey was the Queen before her. She's known for her 50s/60s Americana influence in her songs crossed between a bit of hip-hop and I guess you could say "sadcore". She's described as "gangsta Nancy Sinatra" and "Lolita lost in the hood", which I think are perfect descriptions of her image as an artist. When I first heard of her songs, I kept thinking of Nancy Sinatra's sombre 'Bang Bang'.

Now this one's been in my draft folder for a long time because Lana Del Rey's style is hard to define. She's got a whole image on stage but when she's off-stage, she's quite laid-back. I did the best I could to find certain aspects I think are worthy of mentioning.

1. Vintage influence
Del Rey's entire image as a musician is based on vintage appeal but with a modern twist. Naturally her clothes will be influenced by the 60s and 70s. On one end of the spectrum, she's glammed up 60s girl with influences from Jackie O to mod girl. On the other she's the carefree 70s hippie who would probably have been at Woodstock.

2. Headdresses
I think Lana Del Rey were one of the few that pushed forward the trends of headdresses such as garlands and braids. She donned a flower garland in her music video for "Born to Die", which I believe was her breakthrough single. That was the first song of hers I listened to.

3. White dress
Lana wears a lot of dresses but I think her white dresses have the most influence on people who draw inspiration from her. She wears many styles of dresses but I think the best ones are the ones with sleeves. She's exudes elegance when she's in those dresses, whether it be on the street or on stage.

4. Printed tees
Whether it is in the form of a cropped top or a t-shirt, it's a nice way to dress up if you feel like your outfit is a bit plain. 

5. Minimalist Casual
Not really sure what to call it. I particularly like her minimalist style when she pairs blue jeans with a white top and puts a navy blazer/cardigan and wears ballet flats with it. I didn't even realise that in the middle and right outfits, she's holding a white handbag until I was typing this.

I personally love Lana Del Rey's style and I like to think Ariana Grande as her "younger sister" in terms of their styles. It's not an accurate comparison though.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Celeb Style: Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea, dubbed "Queen of this Summer" by Buzzfeed, is probably best known for her Fancy video. I thought it was perfectly executed - the throwback to Clueless (1995). Most of the cast in the video looked like their movie counterparts, though it triggered an unwanted reminder for my younger sister of her comparative study on Jane Austen's Emma and Clueless. When I showed her the video, she immediately yelled out "EMMA!" until she realised her mistake. She didn't care for the song though.

The song itself is quite catchy. I was not aware that she was Australian until I watched an interview and noticed her accent (yes, people have argued it isn't 'Australian' enough but it's noticeably Australian to me, even with its quirks). I loved her style though. She has a great body and isn't afraid of treading on the fine-lines of body-hugging since it can emphasise her small waist. However, there's a few blunders can occur for a pear-shaped body like hers.

Here's the breakdown of her style. Iggy has a penchant for red lips, in particular, orange-based reds.

She's also in bold patterns and luxe accessories which work for her hip-hop image. Other than those, her majestic mane (in a ponytail) and cat-eye makeup are also signatures of her current style. 

I think the highlights of her style in regards to clothing are:

1. Body-hugging skirts and dresses
 She's got a great body that works with this style of clothing if the garments are selected well. Definitely something for the more confident.

2. Matching top-and-bottom
Again, matchy-matchy is no longer a faux pas. I love the middle outfit the most though because it's a more modest rendition of this trend. A lot of the matching tops and bottoms tend to be cropped and definitely for the young. It's nice to see a maturer twist to it.

3. Pantsuit

I really like the pantsuits on her but these are more casual renditions of them. The colours and the choice in pants definitely make them more casual, as well as the tops worn underneath.

Like I've said, there are a few misses:
The first outfit is just a mess to me. I think there is a lot of midriff, the skirt is too small for her because the checkerboard pattern is being stretched and isn't one of those stretchy knit materials and as for the shoes, I can't even.

As for the second outfit, all's good until you reach the bottom half. Those high-waisted shorts could at least end a little lower but I think the main think I have a problem with is those knee-length socks. A lot of problems arise when you've got more prominent calves. It just doesn't flatter. 

I definitely think her makeup and hair is going to be the largest influence on people because her clothing choices are only for the bold and confident, whereas her makeup seems to be quite on trend with the cat-eye and bold lips. 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Trend: Ankle Boots

Ankle boots have been trendy for a while now for the past few years. There was a brief surge with thigh high boots around 2009-2010 but nothing is as understated as the ankle boot. Thigh high boots and calf-length boots, knee high and over the knee still hang around but it's clearly the ankle boot's era.

Of course, there are different variations to the ankle boot from the most elaborate of designs with straps, buckles and zippers to the very plain slip-ons. Here are just a few I believe are worthy of mentioning.

1. Chelsea boots
They have been redesigned with higher heels and a more feminine shape because let's face it: the original Chelsea boot is a work boot that's not very flattering with skirts and dresses.

Cavalaro Chelsea Boots by SPURR (available at The Iconic)

2. "Outside zipper"
For lack of a better name, it's called the outside zipper because these zippers are placed on the outer sides of feet and not the inner, where it usually is.

Midas shoes in Roby

3. Open-toe bootie
These are not my favourite. I just think they're a little impractical. When I want a boot, I want them closed. If I wanted open-toe, I'd just get sandals. There must be some kind of demand for it though, if they're going to sell this design.

Steve Madden in 'Nonstop'. 
4. Lace-up ankle boots
Fairly vague in that they can be quite masculine (like your Doc Martens) to more feminine (with the heels). I've always liked the lace-up ankle boots, especially those that zip up so you don't actually have to lace them up. My first pair of lace-up calf-length boots happened to be my favourite and I wore them until the soles were coming off. 

Dr Martens Classic 1460 8 Eye

Therapy Shoes in Willow (dark taupe)

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Random: Photos and Tidbits

Over the years I have blogged, there are photos I've taken that don't fit anywhere, don't make the cut or just didn't end up being used. I've also found photos I've had taken in my previous blogs but I didn't preserve my posts, so I can't say much in terms of context.

Before White + Rose

I've always had a fascination with photography. I don't think I take great photos but I still learn. One of the blogs, I had called Poisoned Apples and Sweet Tea - already allusions to fairytales, Disney... etc. It also happened to be an acronym for PAST (ignore the ampersand). 

I love strawberries.
Paint, paintbrushes and a sketch for some linocut in 7th grade, except those tubes of paint I had in 8th grade.
My fondness for jewellery-making. I happened to find a coin that had been drilled into, so I used it for a necklace.
Glass chess set. I loved chess, even though I was a beginner.
White + Rose

There were just some photos that didn't end up being in a post because I felt uninspired by it but also because I didn't want this blog to be a log of my outfits. Most of the outfits I coordinated for this blog wasn't what I wear on a day-to-day basis. They were experimental and I guess I never put them up because it just didn't reflect my style.

I was wearing a ruffle dressing gown with that because I was hoping for some Cult Party Kei influence.
This wasn't planned for a post. It was a little blurry.
Since I have started blogging again, I have changed my outlook on how to write this blog. I've allowed more freedom to write about things that may not have any relevance to what I had initially envisioned for this blog. I hope I'll continue writing for as long as I am interested in developing my style and watching it change over the years.