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Fashion in Review: BEST of 2012: Worst Trends

31 Dec

So I covered the best designers. The best trends. And now it’s time for me to cover the worst, I feel, of the year. Some of these were so bad that I wish the world had ended just so I would never have to lay eyes on these again! Seriously, let’s hope, like the Mayan calendar, that this is the end of this dreadful mess that “some of us”  like to call fashion.

Disclaimer: These are the opinions of Miss Monet. This post is in no way, shape, or form posted to hurt the feelings of others. If you like some of the things posted I won’t make fun of you, I’ll simple pray for you. Enjoy!

Worst….

Leggings.One of my biggest fashion pet peeves. Seriously when did leggings become the be all, end all of fashion? What ever happened to jeans, denim, pants? Why must people feel the need to wear these everyday and everywhere??? Thery’re HORRIBLE! Completely unsanitary and it always gives the same look. Ladies if you can feel the cold going up your butt, imagine what else you can feel or what else you have sat in. I feel leggings should be worn in the house or, if you have workout leggings, at the gym, but wearing these to clubs, dinner with friends, and work???!!! NO! OVER IT!!

PSA made with TextGram

PSA made with TextGram

Keep Calm and Carry On”. Why is it that everywhere I look I’m constantly seeing this?? I swear when fads take off they REALLY take off!! I’m seeing this on sweaters, coasters, notebooks, cards, Instagram, seriously stop the madness!! This was made by the British government in 1939 during WWII, and with good reason. Why are we still using it??!! And people add their little catchphrase to it and think it’s cute. I am not amused! OVER IT!!  Keep-calm-and-carry-on

Crosses.This entire year all I’ve seen are crosses, I feel like I’ve been stuck in a Lady Gaga or Madonna video for a year straight. Why is this popular can someone please tell me this?? Please!! I just don’t get it. Crosses have a religious significance to them, so I’m pretty sure Jesus wouldn’t want you wearing it splashed across your chest on a sweater or on a God-awful pair of leggings. And the sad part is people actually think they look so cute wearing this. It’s a horrendous fad that the masses have conformed to and it needs to be stopped . OVER IT!!

Really??!!

Really??!!

A "Moschino" belt is not going to help

A “Moschino” belt is not going to help

Mustaches. WTF!! OVER IT!!

SMH

SMH

The jokes just make themselves!

The jokes just make themselves!

STUDS ON EVERYTHING.  OVER IT!

Now that wasn’t too bad, was it?  Every now and then I need a moment to vent. Out with the old and in with the new. These fast fashion fads are definitely on there way out, but of course,  new fads will surely hit the scene in 2013. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

Stylishly Yours,

Miss Monet

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Fashion in Review: BEST OF 2012: BEST TRENDS

31 Dec

Ok so, 2012 is pretty much over. Midnight will bring in a whole new year of hopes, dreams, and of course fashion!! I am certainly excited to bring in a new year and even more excited to see the new styles, trends, and fashions that will dominate 2013. In my last post I touched on my favorite designers of 2012, now let’s take a look back at a few of the best trends of the past year….

BEST….

Menswear. Women are the new men”, in more ways than one obviously. One of my favorite trends of the year was menswear, partly because I love mens clothing and another part because… I love mens clothing. But seriously, I love the empowering, masculine edge that women give off when they are wearing the tailored fashion trend.  A hint of masculine to compliment your feminine, because let’s face it ladies we all have those days when we just want to be one of the boys.

Menswear looks of 2012

Menswear looks of 2012

Ralph Lauren Spring 2012

Ralph Lauren Spring 2012

Prints. I love a good print on any piece of fabric!! This trend was by far my favorite of the year! Who knew houndstooth could spark such a comback? Or abstract shapes that you learned about in art or geometry class would make a blouse look so nice? Decorative fabrics like brocade, jacquard, baroque, and velvet graced not only the fall runway shows but stores and closets everywhere.

Lady Gaga in a Salvatore Ferragamo Houndstooth ensemble.

Lady Gaga in a Salvatore Ferragamo Houndstooth ensemble.

Baroque and Fabulous at Dolce and Gabana

Baroque and Fabulous at Dolce and Gabana

Mary Katrantzou at London Fashion Week Fall 2012

Mary Katrantzou at London Fashion Week Fall 2012

Brights. Color color everywhere and so much more was spared this year. Basic blacks and boring browns took a backseat as neon colors invaded stores and bodies everywhere with little to no fading insight.  Bright bold colors in everything from handbags to nail polish were so vibrant your closet resembled a box of crayons.

Nars 2012 nail polish collection

Nars 2012 nail polish collection

Bright Dresses SS 2012

Bright Dresses SS 2012

Marie Claire June 2012

Marie Claire June 2012

Peplum. An oldie but goodie. Peplum has made a strong comeback between this season and last season, even though it never really went out of style to begin with, this season a lot of women were willing to try the flared, ruffled masterpiece. Sexy, classy, elegant, and chic all wrapped up in one!

Peplum Top

Peplum Top

Peplum Dresses

Peplum Dresses

Leather and Oxblood. Nothing defined the end of the year quite like leather and the color oxblood. It signified the start of the fall season, appearing countless times on the runways, in magazines, and on your favorite celebs. What I love about this trend is the many different looks it gives off. Leather can be dressed up or down, it is also capable of possesing a tough or girly approach, two things which I feel make up a little of who I am. Oxblood, often called maroon or burgundy, was the color of the season. It’s part of the red family, think of it as a cool cousin you don’t get to see that often, but when you do you always have a great time. The color was everywhere; on leather, pants, blouses, nail polishes, and my new favorite obsession…. lipstick. Oxblood: a warm, rich, slightly darker hue that makes any and all skin tones shimmer.

Leather Leather Leather

Leather Leather Leather

Oxblood Leather 2012

Oxblood Leather 2012

Jason Wu, Peter Som, and Rodarte showcase Oxblood 2012

Jason Wu, Peter Som, and Rodarte showcase Oxblood 2012

So there you have it, just a few trends that I was completely in love with this year. I  hope to see more of my favs and even better trends in 2013. Feel free to share your thoughts.

Have a safe and fabulous New Year!!

Stylishly Yours,

Miss Monet

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Fashion in Review: BEST OF 2012: Designers

26 Dec

The fast forwarded, super-charged 12 months that was 2012 got me to thinking, about fashion of course!  There wasn’t a time when you saw a celebrity, whether it be in a magazine, on a blog, or on tv, that you didn’t see what they were wearing. As much as we hate to admit it, celebs have just as much say on the trends that come and go just as much as the designers who create them. What’s in and what’s out. What stays and what goes. What’s hot and what’s definitely not. As we bid 2012 a fashionable farewell, let’s take a look back at a few designers that made headlines in more ways than one.

Victoria Beckham. Host a signing at Bergdorf Goodman with Anna Wintour during Fashion’s Night Out, check. Pose with Karl Lagerfeld at the legendary home of Coco Chanel for a spread in Elle France, check. And have your designs photographed numerous times on your fellow celebrity counterparts at countless events, check check check. Mrs. Beckham has definitely had a successful 2012, erasing away the hyphenated “celebrity-turned-designer” that so many of her colleagues use, and solidifying herself amongst the elite circle of designers. This year, like many before, Victoria Beckham was the go-to for women wanting a touch of elegance, style, and class that only Posh Spice’s designs can bring. Call it “tailored femininity” that encompasses every dress and looks good on women of all shapes and sizes.

Isabel Marant. If you haven’t heard of this woman or seen her shoes then I have one question to ask you: Where have you been all year?!! Isabel Marant, the genius designer responsible for the ‘IT’ shoe of the year, beating out long standing champ Christian Louboutin, thought of a way to make sneakers more fashionable by adding a wedge to an otherwise basic pair of shoes.  The wedge sneaker craze took over 2012, for the first time in a long time, women donned sneakers more than stilettos. Everyone from D list to A list was seen wearing these shoes at any outing, day or night. Marant birthed a phenomenon amongst celebs, fashionistas, and knockoff extraordinaires alike.

 Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci. Favored by many A-list celebrities, Givenchy was worn on the bodies of women and men equally; you could not look on a fashion blog without seeing the now coveted Rottweiler printed t-shirt or the red and black star-addled sweater worn on most men. Tisci’s creations were a major factor at some of the year’s biggest events. At this year’s Met Gala, the intricately detailed couture gowns were seen on Beyonce, Gisele Bundchen, and Liv Tyler. When Tisci isn’t designing masterpieces for the runway, he’s lending his creative talents to Jay-Z and Kanye West, honing his craft for the album artwork of last year’s smash album Watch The Throne.  Famous for graphic t-shirts, bold prints and colors, and laced, beaded details, it isn’t a surprise why celebs choose Givenchy to turn heads.

Celine.  “Celine is not a brand for spectacle, it’s a brand for real life”.  One of the biggest success stories of the year, Celine was hands down a winner among women everywhere. The total opposite of brands such as Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci or Balmain, Celine was able to crossover with a minimalistic, feminine, contemporary approach to women’s wear with a haute couture touch. Think of it as “minimalist chic”  for the woman on the go, a woman who wants to be effortlessly stylish at all times. Of course, celebs were always photographed in pieces from the collection, however most of them were typically seen out and about with the ‘IT’ bag of the year, the luggage tote, otherwise known to some as “the bag with the face”. Retailing for upwards of $2400, this bag is the definition of effortless style. There’s no monogrammed logo or flashy signs, loud, gaudy chains or any distracting designs. It can be carried from day to night and it’s the kind of bag a woman feels confident carrying. This bag, like the House of Celine, will never go out of style.  

So what did you think of the list? Were there designers that made an impact this year that weren’t mentioned? Are you looking forward to 2013 and what these designers have to offer? Nothing’s more stylish than an opinion.  Feel free to share and check out the gallery!