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Rosie & Paige

Ah Rosie – She’s gorgeous, has an amazing modeling career, successfully broke into film, and is now the new face of Paige Premium Denim!

Rosie & Blue

Rosie & Blue

This new ambassador/brand matchup might not seem like the most obvious one but it should be known that Rosie Huntington-Whiteley‘s first modeling gig was for Levi’s jeans. You can’t get any truer or bluer than Levi’s, and so it was in a denim classic that the British beauty made her introduction to the fashion world. As she slowly gained notoriety she caught the attention of the big-wigs at Burberry and it was courtesy of them that she got her career-launching break as the new face of their fall line in 2008.

Now we move from the model to the designer; Paige Denim is the namesake line of designer Paige Adams-Geller, who herself started working as a model before endeavoring to create one of our favorite denim brands. As the founder and creative director, Adams-Geller strives to produce pieces you’ll wear from “morning to moonlight” and that will add a confidence to your stride… even if you’re not a 5’9″ super model.

Check out Paige Denim’s INDIO ZIP ULTRA SKINNY in Blue Galaxy Coating on none other than Rosie herself, then head here to pre-order your pair!

ROSIE HUNTINGTON-WHITELEY in Paige Denim's Indio Zip Ultra Skinny

ROSIE HUNTINGTON-WHITELEY in Paige Denim’s Indio Zip Ultra Skinny

Dazzling Denim

Dazzling Denim – Paige Adams-Geller & Her Muse

 

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Colored Mascara

OOH LA LA - Lush Purple Lashes!

OOH LA LA – Lush Purple Lashes!

A lot of ladies claim that if stranded on a desert island and they had to pick but one cosmetic to have, mascara would be their beauty product of choice in order to maintain any semblance of looking cute upon their rescue.

Maybe I can MacGyver this mascara wand into a rescue signal...

Maybe I can MacGyver this mascara wand into a rescue signal…

Lashes have certainly benefited from recent technological advancements in beauty products and what was once reserved for costume dressing and super special occasions is now frequently incorporated into daily routines and regular maintenance. Between vibrating wands, mace shaped brushes (that’s the medieval weapon that looks like a spike-covered club… next to your eyeball), false lashes becoming more common than ever, and lash extensions being done as often as highlights, we have no excuse now for lackluster lashes.

In the same way that styling is partially an experiment, so is makeup application; trying a cream blush instead of a powder one, attempting to use liquid liner through endless trials and errors to perfect your cat-eye, picking out a new lip stain in a color you wouldn’t normally wear, etc… Well kids, it’s time for another experiment. Step away from your black and brown mascaras and pick up one in an unexpected subtle jewel-tone or a high impact bright. You’ll get the eye-opening effect you want but it’ll look fresh and fun! Take a look at these stars who’ve given the trend a go and reaped the stylish benefits:

Ever the risk-taker, Rihanna makes her hazel eyes pop with bold indigo mascara.

Ever the risk-taker, RIHANNA makes her hazel eyes pop with bold indigo mascara.

LEA MICHELE warms up her brown eyes with plum purple lashes which beautifully compliment her hot pink dress!

LEA MICHELE warms up her brown eyes with plum purple lashes which beautifully compliment her hot pink dress!

MARIA MENOUNOS updates her go-to style of a shiny blowout and glossy nude lip with a bright blue lash.

MARIA MENOUNOS updates her go-to style of a shiny blowout and glossy nude lip with a bright blue lash.

CARA DELEVINGNE gets lashed out for a Stella McCartney runway show!

CARA DELEVINGNE gets lashed out for a Stella McCartney runway show!

Today you can find mascara in every color under the sun from quiet tints to loud neons so head to your favorite store or site to stock up on beauty products, add a teal green or moody navy mascara to your basket, and start experimenting!

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Maxed Out – The Art of Maxi Dressing

While many of us enjoy the routine we have every morning of washing, brushing, coiffing, painting, and dressing, we can certainly agree that the less time we spend primping the better. Enter the maxi dress.

Once you pick your style – solid or print / strapless or racerback / fitted or loose / minimal or bohemian / casual or dressy – all you have left to do is accessorize. Take Ms. Alba for example; she determined that she felt like adding a bit of edge to her daytime stroll and decided to take her graphic black & white printed dress into rocker territory with a cropped leather vest replete with silver hardware, a detail echoed in her modern jewelry.

Too much? Then take Minka Kelly’s approach with a simple black empire waist maxi that shows off your decolletage and a hint of leg through a sheer skirt. Comfortable black ballet flats, aviators, and understated jewelry keep the look pared down yet put together.

Ashley ventures well into the land of the bohemian with a tribal print, wide brim hat, and gladiator sandals. Easy, comfortable, & cute.

The ever fashionable Ms. Beckinsale also went for a strapless printed number but enhanced her ensemble with a dash of Rodeo Drive via her impressively large leather bag and gold statement jewelry.

So do you need more celeb references or can we start shopping? No? Dandy!

We’ve got a great assortment of maxi dresses and skirts that’ll suit your on-the-go lifestyle without sacrificing that which we all strive for – checking ourselves out in a full-length mirror and saying “Not too shabby.”

Maxi dresses retain the desirable quality of being both supremely easy to wear and transitioning seamlessly from day to night. Here are two of our favorite styles: Feel The Piece’s Trudy dress comes in a rich, moody, navy color with an intriguing ombré detail at the top and a modern racerback. Metallic jewels leap off of the dark background providing you an excellent canvas for experimentation with accessories. Joie’s Ruma maxi dress comes in a bright, but earthy ikat print influenced by Middle Eastern and Asian textiles. Setting off your tan perfectly, the varying oranges and browns look beautiful with gold chains and leather cuffs yielding a down-to-earth bohemian vibe.

Now, for your consideration I bring you maxi dresses that double as evening-wear for the laid back girl who’s got places to go and people to stun. These three dresses can be worn to any number of warm weather fêtes like destination weddings and rooftop cocktail parties. Each one of them has a fun detail or two like interesting straps, ornaments, or multi-way ties. These pieces blend elegance and a low key attitude for a look that’s fresh, venue-appropriate, and infused with a composed ease.

And to wrap this dress-fest up – we’ll throw in a maxi skirt that begs for a fitted cropped top. Pick up this Donna Mizani maxi circle skirt in black, white, or both! Wear it during the day with a simple tee or tank but don’t count it out for night time shindigs. A carved shoulder crop top complements this skirt in the most modern way and is a surprisingly chic choice for dressier occasions.

Now head to SINGER22.com and let your minis know that they’ve got company!

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Royals

To quote Lorde, “we’ll never be royals” but that doesn’t mean we can’t be inspired by their smart styling and timeless looks. The women of royal families are incessantly photographed and held to standards that eclipse those assigned to run-of-the-mill celebrities. Appearing presentable doesn’t suffice for a princess, queen, duchess, etc… With such titles one must forever strive to be the ultimate example of propriety, composure, and grace with the objective being to encourage national pride, participate in charitable efforts, and maintain international support; political tasks that the likes of Jessica Alba, Selena Gomez, and the Kardashian Kollective are exempt from.

Fashion Forward Royals

Fashion Forward Royals

Leading by example is no revolutionary concept, however women of royal standing own a power to do so that has nothing to do with social niceties or perfect posture. The very choices they make as to which top to pair with which skirt, which designer(s) they favor, how to style their hair, and how to apply their makeup all convene to project an image painstakingly cropped and manicured for the purpose of presentation and hopeful influence. This opportunity presented itself on June 19th, 2014 to the newly crowned Letizia, Princess of Asturias – the Queen Consort of Spain. Now that she will be under more scrutiny than ever she has a chance to invigorate her country’s drowsy economy through her fashion choices. Many British royals don homegrown labels like Alexander McQueen, Jenny Packham, and L.K. Bennett – an example the stylish Spanish queen may very well follow.

Well-Dressed: Letizia, Princess of Asturias. Rising Queen of Spain.

Well-Dressed: Letizia, Princess of Asturias. Queen Consort of Spain.

For those of you that paid attention to Kate Middleton’s transformation into the Duchess of Cambridge you might recall that after repeatedly wearing specific items like nude colored pantyhose, L.K. Bennett patent leather heels, and form flattering Issa dresses, not only did everyone in the United Kingdom (and many fans abroad) start mimicking her, but many of those styles sold out! What’s more, with the international economy being rocked by instigators like the Eurozone crisis, The Duchess has continually opted for looks that combine high & low fashion like a Roland Mouret gown with a ZARA necklace, grounding her style in a reality we can actually touch and own. A true royal of the people, Kate is also known to wear plenty of jeans, often by J Brand, Paige, and Goldsign, for both on-duty and off-duty appearances.

The Duchess of Cambridge at the  Royal Film Performance of "Mandela: Walk to Freedom"

The Duchess of Cambridge at the Royal Film Performance of “Mandela: Walk to Freedom” – ROLAND MOURET dress & ZARA necklace

Perhaps you don’t readily equate SINGER22 to royal-ready fashion but you’ll be surprised at the number of pieces we have in stock that are tasteful, chic, and perfectly suited for anyone hoping to exude a bit of Kate or Letizia’s classic flair.

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THE Denim Shirt

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If you could own a garment that had an ease about it, that owned an attractive androgynous quality, disregarded trends, transcended time in its ever-classic yet ever-modern aesthetic, and could be worn in a variety of settings, would you buy it?

Let me answer that for you; first with a series of pictures and then we’ll really dig in.

Showcasing a variety of denim shirt incorporations: Lily Donaldson, Ashley Madekwe, and Olivia Palermo

Showcasing a variety of denim shirt incorporations: Lily Donaldson, Ashley Madekwe, and Olivia Palermo

The denim shirt is an example of a staple piece that belongs in your closet for its versatility and its inherent coolness which, if your style is laid-back-leaning, further enhances the carefree quality in your mode of dress.

Model, Lily Donaldson deploys the denim button down as a light layer over a basic top, skinny jeans, and short suede boots resulting in a sort of modern beatnik look made complete with simple metallic jewelry and a pork pie hat. Actress, Ashley Madekwe takes a more feminine approach to this reinvigorated trend by tucking it into a pleated skirt and accessorizing with a skinny belt, peep toe Mary Jane wedges, and an expertly curated stack of bracelets on each wrist. Socialite and fashion guru, Olivia Palermo dons a great rendition of the Canadian Tuxedo. From top to bottom she’s a vision in denim with medium wash, skinny, distressed jeans and a lighter colored button down which coordinates beautifully with her fun blue mirror lens shades. The neon lime camo-printed loafers are an unexpected yet totally awesome addition which clearly elevate this denim-on-denim style somewhere way up high into the fashion stratosphere.

What’s great about this particular top is that us mere mortals have easy access to it and that it’s as practical as a blazer, trench coat, or chic pair of flats. Plus, a denim shirt can take you nearly anywhere you want to go in the sense that it’ll morph to suit your look without you having to force it.

Preppy: Add it to a pair of chino shorts and accessorize with ballet flats, a skinny patent leather belt in a bright color, and dainty jewelry for a dandy effect.

Borrowed From The Boys: When buttoned all the way up, sleeves cuffed, and worn with skinny black pants and brogues, the denim shirt can bring you into minimalist/menswear territory. Dare to go sans jewelry, other than studs and a watch perhaps, and you’ll be the example of understated cool.

Girlish & Flirty: Tuck the shirt into a lace, pleated, or printed skirt, then finish the look with neutral leather heeled sandals and bold earrings.

Retro Flair: Tie the shirt at your waist and pull on a pair of high waisted or wide leg pants. Furnish with wedges and an upturned collar.

We’re denim fanatics at SINGER22 and our favorite denim shirt of the ones we carry is this guy – Current/Elliott’s Perfect Shirt in Miner. Perfectly faded and accented with traditional brass tone buttons, this piece will breathe new life into the rest of your wardrobe tempting you to add it any which way you can to your next outfit.

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Plait of Braids

RACHEL ZOE - SPRING 2014 - Ballin' Braids

RACHEL ZOE – SPRING 2014 – Ballin’ Braids

When the temperature and humidity increase so do many of our hair woes. Uncontrollable frizzies in the front and matted nests in the back both contribute to a generally unkempt or deflated look that us girls try desperately to avoid. It’s safe to say that most of you know how to weave a standard braid but why not mix it up and add another facet to your look with new versions of this classic ‘do which will also tame your excitable hair? Draw some inspiration from the models’ style below and weave in a few colorful ribbons or pieces of yarn into your hair for an unexpected pop of color – plus it’ll add volume to your braid!

Fishtail Side Braids On The CALLA Spring 2014 Runway - Weave in a colorful ribbon or two into your hair for an unexpected pop of color - plus it'll add volume to your braid!

Streaked Fishtail Side Braids On The CALLA Spring 2014 Runway

The modern plait comes in a variety of patterns and is often unusually placed to engage our style senses in a new way. As of late the center braid seems to be having a moment and is commanding our attention with its many iterations and cool athletic quality. This all-the-way-down style works well with pin straight and slightly wavy hair textures.

It's a super sized CORN ROW! This all-the-way-down style work well with pin straight and slightly wavy hair textures.

It’s a super sized CORNROW!

Naya Rivera’s version below works for all kinds of hair and requires far less work but still looks great! Take a 1.5″ – 2″ section of hair at the center and french braid it until you get to the crown, then fasten it with an inconspicuous elastic.

Naya Rivera Puts Her Best Braid Forward.

Naya Rivera Puts Her Best Braid Forward.

Braids are also popping up in places that we don’t expect them to be like Jaime King’s coif which at first glance appears to be a plainly parted up-do, but then she turns and you get a peek at the elegant patterned bottom half of her hair. If you’re feeling brave give this style a go by making two small french braids below your temples and pinning the ends down by the nape of your neck. Twist and pin the rest of your hair away from your face and above the plaited section, leaving little wispy bits for an ethereal effect.

Jaime King's Bottom Braided Up-Do

Jaime King’s Bottom Braided Up-Do

What about those tight side plaits that give the illusion of an undercut? Kristen Stewart and Cara Delevingne are repeat wearers of this awesome style which adds a rocker-chick dimension to your look without taking the Demi Lovato plunge and actually shaving your hair off. Neatly part and section off hair at the side of your head which will be where the braid or braids will be. Begin the french braid close to your hairline and follow the natural curve of your head then either fasten the woven part just after you pass your ear or continue braiding down until you get to the end resulting in a sort of cornrow. Let the rest of you hair flow freely for a gorgeously bohemian aesthetic.

 Kristen Stewart & Cara Delevingne = Alternative & Braided

Kristen Stewart & Cara Delevingne = Alternative & Braided

Another classic style that you can fuse with the braid is the ponytail. Take a gander at these great plaits which are actually easier to execute than you think. The model at the left has a low slicked back ponytail which was woven into a neat fishtail. Cara Delevingne’s style in the middle is just three french braids; two smaller ones at the sides and a larger middle one, braided again at the nape of the neck creating a feast of textures fit for a day at the beach or a warm night out. Cheryl Cole’s elegant version on the right Is a very loosely woven french braid punctuated by thin black ribbons you can buy at any craft store.

GREAT PLAITED PONIES

GREAT PLAITED PONIES

Don’t be scared to try your hand at these apparently complex styles and don’t forget that practice makes perfect. Even if you end up with pared down versions of these looks you can always add a pretty flower crown or fantastic hat to your braided ‘do.

For detailed instructions on how to achieve the center plait featured at the beginning of this post, click CENTER BRAID!

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Worldly Fashion in time for The World Cup

American Soccer Fans Fashionably Showing Their Support

American Soccer Fans Fashionably Showing Their Support

The FIFA World Cup begins tomorrow in the wildly vivid country of Brazil so it’s time to figure out which teams you’ll be rooting for. No matter which sports you follow, if you’re a real fanatic, getting dressed up is part of the fun, which guys aren’t excluded from might I add. Between the face & body paint, jerseys, tees, hats and other paraphernalia, a thick atmosphere of enthusiasm grows from the love people show for their favorite player, their heritage, or the team alongside which (through a television anyway) they’ve suffered through heart wrenching losses and celebrated sweet victories with.

Get ready for the ensuing festivities with these great tees and tanks from Chaser:

International Delight: Spain - USA - Brazil - Italy

International Delight: SpainUSABrazilItaly

International TEE-light: France - England - Argentina

International TEE-light: FranceEnglandArgentina

Another way to have a little fun with this theme is by wearing Havaianas, which hail from Brazil and are among the most popular flip flops in the world with approximately 150 million pairs being made every year! Colorful footwear doesn’t stop with these casual sandals. Supergas come in an impressive array of bright colors perfect for matching your team’s jersey or flag, and we all know that the shoes often make or break the outfit…

Supremely Sporty SUPERGA

Supremely Sporty SUPERGA

Score a fashion goal with a little help from SINGER22 and enjoy the games!

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Woot, Woot for the Jumpsuit

We have dresses for every occasion; sundresses for graduation celebrations, maxi dresses for weekend getaways, cocktail dresses for semi-formal weddings, and mini dresses for bachelorette parties. The fashionable ones know, however, that jumpsuits and rompers are the new go-to pieces, now available in a variety of colors, prints, and materials suitable for any number of the aforementioned events.

Especially for you girls seeking out statement making clothing in a more modern silhouette, the jumpsuit, and shorter romper, can fill a niche space in your closet. The expanding assortment of these garments allows you to move with ease (except when you go to the bathroom…) and actually individualize your style as much as you would with more standard shaped pieces. Owning a sleek and modern style, Julianne Hough wears a cobalt blue version with sheer paneling and minimal accessories. Jessica Alba’s relaxed interpretation, which we carry here, creates a distinctly laid back, yet put-together air. Miley Cyrus bridges classic and contemporary by opting for a black & white palette enlivened by a red lip, boyish ‘do, and trendy jewels!

Jovially Jumpsuited:  Julianne Hough, Jessica Alba, & Miley Cyrus

Jovial in Jumpsuits : Julianne, Jessica, & Miley

At SINGER22 we keep growing our own selection of this fantastic garment and here are some recent additions, complete with complimentary styling tips!

Perfect for lounging around or running errands, this Feel The Piece jumpsuit comes in black or navy and can easily be worn with flat sandals or flip flops, your favorite messenger bag, and a colorful pair of sunglasses.

Planning a low key get-together with friends that might migrate from the warm outdoors to the AC chilled indoors? Paige Denim has a fun little jean onesie requiring not much other than a belt to define your shape, a metallic cuff bracelet or two, and walkable wedge sandals for an effortlessly stylish look!

Have a wedding to attend and not in the mood to raid your closet for yet another dress? Opt for this sleek and sexy AQ/AQ jumpsuit in a crisp clean white. What? It’s not a faux pas anymore to don white at a wedding! Sweep your hair up into an elegant bun, add a pop-of-color lip, eye-catching earrings, minaudiere clutch, and formal heeled sandals for a look that’s sure to earn you some “oohs” & “aahs”.

Not sure what to wear to that cocktail party you got invited to? This Alexis romper will set you apart from the sea of dresses sure to be in attendance. Pair it with strappy heels, statement earrings, and a metallic clutch for an evening style that’ll go down in history as one of your favorites!

 

 

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Dark and Majestic Jewelry

Just like last year when “The Great Gatsby” remake from Baz Luhrmann came out and there was a deluge of pearly and Art Deco inspired jewelry coming from every which way, including TIFFANY & CO, this year, the hype surrounding the potential Disney hit, “Maleficent”, spawned a collaboration between the entertainment behemoth and Crow’s Nest Fine Jewellery. The collection resulting from this meeting of the minds only reinforces the modern lean towards dark accessories with a sometimes sinister streak.

The Great Gatsby Collection - TIFFANY & CO.

The Great Gatsby Collection – TIFFANY & CO.

Awards season always brings out the red-carpet-worthy looks which we see are almost never without beautifully classic jeweled additions from masters of their craft; Fred Leighton, Harry Winston, and H. Stern, to name a few. Lately however, a movement towards the worn, tough, twisted, and mysterious look of dark stones, oxidized metals, and unconventional shapes has gained a comparable audience to the one appreciative of dainty layering chains, stud earrings, and other timeless adornments.

Perhaps it’s the natural evolution of style or the morphing of Feminism into a state of pure presentation where you can wear whatever you want regardless of what is typically considered beautiful. Maybe we’re all shedding our naïveté and seeking out more mature versions of self expression. No matter what the cause, the effects are darkly divine.

Statement Rings And A Wicked Ear Cuff - CROW'S NEST FINE JEWELLERY - Maleficent Collection

Statement Rings And A Wicked Ear Cuff – CROW’S NEST FINE JEWELLERY – Maleficent Collection

A Fantastic Two Finger Ring And Bangle Of Thorned Vines - CROW'S NEST FINE JEWELLERY - Maleficent Collection

A Fantastic Two Finger Ring And Bangle Of Thorned Vines – CROW’S NEST FINE JEWELLERY – Maleficent Collection

A Mystical Opal & Dragon Ring and Horned Cuff Bracelet  - CROW'S NEST FINE JEWELLERY - Maleficent Collection

A Mystical Opal & Dragon Ring and Horned Cuff Bracelet – CROW’S NEST FINE JEWELLERY – Maleficent Collection

We at SINGER22 have our hand on the pulse of what’s trending so we’ve got some great jewelry finds that are unsurprisingly consistent with this fairly new tendency of wearing moody and alluring jewels meant to compliment modern taste. Explore our selection of wonderfully exotic pieces including: a dark metal hand chain from Lacey Ryan, a beaded necklace with a skull charm from Electric Picks, a black snakeskin embossed cuff with a faceted stone, and a fantastic arrowhead necklace, both from Heather Hawkins.

 

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Fashion Follows Art – Vol. I

"Skyscrapers and Tunnels" by Fortunato Depero, 1930 (detail)

“Skyscrapers and Tunnels” by Fortunato Depero, 1930 (detail)

As of February and on display till September, The Guggenheim Museum in New York City is featuring an exhibit on Italian Futurism, a movement meant to reinvigorate the country’s sense of self and its economy out of its complacent state in the early 20th century. Members were “modern, young, and insurgent”, as described on the museum’s website, and concerned themselves with breaking tradition and charging ever forward. Bred through literature, politics, the performing & visual arts, fashion, and even advertising – this campaign for change proliferated through various societal circles.

W. Britt jewelry - Industrial, Mechanical, Modern, Distinctive

W. Britt jewelry – Industrial, Mechanical, Modern, Distinctive

With regard to aesthetic, Futurists saw things through a deliberately broken lens resulting in fractured imagery which created a sense of motion. Their crusade was vehement yet dichotomous, and it was this inherent struggle that made the movement a point of controversy worth examining. This essential disagreement within a singular idea, seemingly appears in many current fashions and makes for intriguing pieces which echo the thoughts of forward thinkers and risk takers. At SINGER22, we consider our customers just those sorts of people, so it is for you all that we carry pieces meant to make people look twice, take in your vibe, and admire your courage in donning that top, those pants, that necklace, etc… You guys are the extension of the SINGER22 voice and we’re honored to have you all as our collective muse.

Here are a few pieces from our current selection that in some ways mirror the divisive tenets of those innovative Futurists and that hope to find their way into your closet!

CAMI NYC‘s camisoles have a propensity for simple graphic shapes cut from quintessentially feminine silk. Sharp lines define the look without overwhelming the delicate nature of the fabric.

Interesting patterns can build a sense of movement or actively changing perspective (something which Futurist artists attempted to convey in their work), potentially enhancing a garment, especially when constructed from susceptible silk or similarly fluttery materials.

A monochromatic approach fortified by unusual seaming or paneling yields garments with a silent strength and streamlined elegance. The fragmented quality present in these pieces played a significant role in the visual arts of the the time – editing out frivolities in favor of cleaner lines.

A parting suggestion to leave you with:  The next time you get a chance to stroll through a gallery or museum, take a moment to sift through the artwork and allow yourself to be excited and influenced by what these masters made. They say life imitates art, but sometimes the reverse is true in that art may imitate those things that inspire it into existence, for where would designers be if they did not have us to provoke them?

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Topped Off

Being stylish means retaining a certain air about yourself that, in lieu of words, clearly expresses things about your nature through carefully selected visual cues. Trends come and go but, regardless of their tendency to evaporate, they serve to enhance the self portrait we’ve been painting for years; the one we’ve lovingly labored over with every shopping spree, salon appointment, and make-up application.

One of these recent complimentary trends has helped balance the focus normally centered on our clothing by shifting attention to the face as well; the addition of hair accessories and hats. Pieces that frame your face and flatter your coloring are now fairly common components of styling routines which is fantastic for a number of reasons.

1. Sensitive scalps everywhere, rejoice! If for no other reason, wearing a head scarf or a panama hat will help prevent overexposure to harmful UV rays minimizing your chance of burning your scalp, damaging your hair, and getting skin cancer.

2. When it gets warm outside we tend to sweat more leading our hair to get greasy and dirty more quickly, not to mention the frustrated-sigh-inducing flattening factor. There are fashionable new accessories now which help to alleviate this unfortunate byproduct of my favorite season by concealing, or even trapping, some of the sweat and oil. Re: Traditional stretchy fabric headbands are no longer banished to the gym and bathroom.

Flower Children: Lucy Hale, Emmy Rossum, & AnnaSophia Robb

Flower Children: Lucy Hale, Emmy Rossum, & AnnaSophia Robb

3. Contrary to popular belief, a lot of people look great in hats, headbands, head scarves, and flower crowns. Even the celebrities have decided this trend is here to stay for a while, which is somewhat ironic in that what was normally employed to facilitate incognito entrances & exits is now meant to grab attention and assert presence. Then again – if enough of us start sporting the look, maybe they’ll blend in. That, or we’ll be mistaken for someone famous and have to sign an autograph. Oh well!

Top It Off À La Reese Witherspoon, Emmy Rossum, or Katy Perry

Top It Off À La Reese Witherspoon, Emmy Rossum, or Katy Perry

Lucky for you, SINGER22 is all over this trend with an amazing selection of hats, floral headpieces, and more so you can take this fun fad for a spin!

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DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT – RORY BECA

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The Rory Beca aesthetic is synonymous with California style in that the silhouettes look best in sun-soaked and breezy beachside settings where the body skimming fabrics and engaging colors thrive.

Based out of Santa Monica Canyon, CA, the designer behind her eponymous brand decided that in 2006 she would attempt to compose a line of clothing that combined femininity, allure, and comfort thereby enhancing a woman’s sensuality without sacrificing the desire for facility; an idea which, when embodied in a silk camisole or flirtatious flowing skirt, can be more inviting than not being able to breathe in an uber-tight top or futzing with a complicated dress. You can imagine the response.

Rory Beca - Spring 2014 Lookbook - Find these silky printed shorts & tiered pink dress at SINGER22.com

Rory Beca – Spring 2014 – Find these silky printed shorts & tiered pink dress at SINGER22.com

Noted as having a joie de vivre herself, Rory Beca’s line emulates the notion that if you strip yourself of unnecessary frills you uncover the essence in the joy of getting dressed! Her simple shapes let the body underneath breathe and move while still creating a stylish aura via interesting prints like a blue flecked python print on a creamy background, called blue champagne, or her multicolored floral print on a stark black & white background, called stella. When she opts for solid colors her selection varies from juicy red, pink, and orange to moody blue, teal, and black, yet many of these hues show signs of having been touched by the elements somehow. Imagine colors that have been slightly sunbleached or what they might look like under the shade of a tree – neither muted nor overly vivid – just natural and beautiful. This is not to say that the girl doesn’t like her brights, of which there are plenty, but there’s something poetic in the congruence between Rory’s seeming love for the outdoors and parts of her collection.

An ethereal maxi dress in muted teal

An ethereal maxi dress in muted teal

This colorful line doesn’t just have hanger appeal. Each garment can be styled easily with the mere addition of  unfussy or layered jewelry, a well fitted jean, and pair of fantastic sandals. Now is the perfect time to visit SINGER22.com for a great selection of Rory Beca pieces that you can style like a Cali Girl or put your own spin on!

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Sweat It Out

One of the biggest fashion shifts in recent years which transformed how we dress today is the incorporation of sweatpants and their counterparts into our every day wardrobe, and not just on those days when we’re feeling under the weather. What once served the purposes of working out and chilling out has now evolved into clothing for simply going out. No longer does the following apply:

“Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.” – Karl Lagerfeld

Even Uncle Karl apparently swallowed his words this past year as was evident at his Paris Fashion Week runway show (for Fall 2014) during which his models strutted down the catwalk in clothing consistent with the kind he so readily lampooned.

Yup, the CHANEL girl wears sweats now.

Yup, the CHANEL girl wears sweats now.

Perhaps wearing sweats in any environment other than a gym was beaten out of me because my high school forced us to adhere to a strict dress code consisting of button down shirts, chinos, loafers, knee length skirts, etc… in an effort to produce a presentable rising class for the collegiate, and eventually young professional, world. In turn, for the next four years in college and proceeding ones in graduate school & thereafter, I didn’t dare to wear this allegedly sloppy clothing that I thought would do nothing but add bulk to my frame and give people the impression that I was a slob.

Alas, time changes things, including our perception of what is considered desirable, beautiful, and hip. While this sporty, comfortable trend of “sweatwear” crept its way into our fashion aesthetic a while ago, I admittedly only have just begun to appreciate its versatility and pleasing simplicity. Slouchy sweatpants in soft thinner fabrics and roomy sweatshirts artfully draped off of one shoulder have become legitimate looks instead of evanescent additions to our wardrobe. Collectively, this particular style creates a sense of ease and allows plenty of opportunity for individual expression. Check out these celebrities who’ve each managed to develop signature looks by marrying sweats with other pieces from their closets:

Layered underneath a leather jacket and paired with biker boots, Heidi Klum makes a full camo sweatsuit work!

Layered underneath a leather jacket and paired with biker boots, Heidi Klum makes a full camo sweatsuit work!

Jessica Alba's mixing n' matching prowess is responsible for her effortlessly cool style.

Jessica Alba‘s mixing n’ matching prowess is responsible for her effortlessly cool style.

Seriously, who works sweats with more attitude than Rihanna?

Seriously, who works sweats with more attitude than Rihanna?

Dressed in black basics with ballets flats and a pop-of-color bag, Jessica Biel makes sweatpants look classic.

Dressed in black basics with ballets flats and a pop-of-color bag, Jessica Biel makes sweatpants look classic.

Fashion blogger, Chiara Ferragni layers her sweatshirt under a varsity jacket with an adorable netted beanie on top. Perfectly memorable!

Fashion blogger, Chiara Ferragni layers her sweatshirt under a varsity jacket with an adorable netted beanie on top. Perfectly memorable!

Ali Larter in her black and grey ensemble makes sweatpants almost elegant.

Ali Larter in her black and grey ensemble makes sweatpants beautifully chic.

Maybe couture loungewear strikes you as an oxymoron and you’d rather delegate a portion of your weekly paycheck to something in between Dick’s Sporting Goods and Chanel. No problem! At SINGER22 we’ve got an incredible assortment of this athletic inspired fashion including sweatpants, sweatshirts, and sweatshorts that all undoubtedly go with more of your clothing than you think, so work up a sweat of your own and add a few pieces to your shopping cart.

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White Out

No, this is not an advertisement for that nifty solution we use to cover our mistakes and no, this is thankfully not an upsetting weather update.

It is time for you to confront your fears about ruining your white clothing during your lunch break and dismiss the notion that only waifs can wear white denim, because this season you must try the WHITE OUT trend!

When fully realized, wearing a dominantly white ensemble wakes your face up and creates a light air around you – unlike sometimes-dreary, yet always chic, black which, while slimming, has the tendency to be more harsh. And speaking of “harsh”, I’m sure there are some of you that have similar words to describe the resulting look of someone above a certain size in white pants. Prepare to eat your words.

She’s renowned for her curves and her thighs most definitely touch. Tell me these two looks don’t look clean and nearly effortless:

Whitewashed Kim Kardashian

Whitewashed Kim Kardashian – Exhibit A

Whitewashed Kim Kardashian - Exhibit B

Whitewashed Kim Kardashian – Exhibit B

Now that we’ve gotten out of the way the fact that curvy or petite ladies can’t wear head-to-toe white, there’s the issue of the color’s various tints and shades pairing well with one another. Some have argued that cream and stark white simply cannot be mixed, that white against itself may wash the wearer out or, worse yet, look totally outdated. NOT SO! The above examples are proof that Snow, Ivory, Beige, and Cream can coexist harmoniously and in some ways enhance one another creating a faceted look – much like a diamond. The gem is transparent but reflects different colors to create a sublime effect. Is Kim’s style not a similar case?

Now, this is not to say that a completely stark white outfit is out of the question. The following few stars also opted for this matchy-matchy style but added fun details to disrupt the monotony. Whether it was a bold pink lip and mani like Solange, a charming pair of flats and black accessories like Lily, or different textures and metallic additions like Nicole, all these girls knew exactly how to work this originally thought-to-be-unworkable trend.

Solange Knowles - Heavenly in White

Solange Knowles – Heavenly in White

Lily Aldridge - White, Black, and Cute all over!

Lily Aldridge – White, Black, and Cute all over!

Nicole Richie - Rock & Roll & White

Nicole Richie – Rock & Roll & White

At SINGER22 we know that you crave fashion as much as you crave cupcakes so we have a ton of WHITE dresses, pants, tops, jeans, & accessories for you to browse and shop. Consider your craving satisfied. You’re welcome.

 

 

 

 

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Festooned with Flowers

Fresh & Floral - Valentino - Ready To Wear - Spring 2014

Fresh & Floral – Valentino – Ready To Wear – Spring 2014

Flowers and fashion have had a longstanding relationship with one another and for good reason. Perhaps it’s the overtly feminine skirt-like formation of their blooms, the fanciness of their petal shapes, the impact of their organic color combinations in a multitude of pigments, or the quality they possess that makes us pluck and arrange them into bouquets as though they were clothes on display ready for us to pick and combine to create a look of our own. Regardless, we know that every spring season the catwalks turn into virtual flower beds full of vividly colored ladies on delicate stems showing off their beauty for onlookers to absorb and capture in Instagram shots.

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In addition to their active role in fashion, flowers have their place in history too. Think of the daisy in the 60′s and the Flower Power craze which churned out Flower Children. There was once even a fanatic floriography movement which began in the early 18th century that had to do with the language of these showy plants leading it to become a clandestine form of communication. Today we still present one another with specific kinds of flowers depending on the occasion and in a similar way the flower as a fashionable flourish has evolved in aesthetic to create clothing that can be girlish or womanly, airy or laden, classic or modern, Romantic or Gothic. The following are examples of three designers whose divergent attitudes and interpretations of this timeless motif set distinctively different moods:

Alexander McQueen was famous for his dark approach to fashion, often yielding hauntingly beautiful results.

Karlie Kloss modeling Alexander McQueen

Karlie Kloss modeling Alexander McQueen

Sarah Jessica Parker is an avid wearer of Alexander McQueen’s designs and, much like the one below, they often command your attention with their graceful edge and eerie elegance.

Regal in Alexander McQueen

Regal in Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen - Printed Scarf

Alexander McQueen – Printed Scarf

McQ by Alexander McQueen - Skirt with Irises

McQ by Alexander McQueen – Skirt with Irises

British designer, Mary Katrantzou steps in a different direction with her complex floral patterns in psychedelic palettes. While still feminine, her pieces maintain a fresh presence with a strong voice.

Trippy Colorblocked Florals - Mary Katrantzou

Trippy Colorblocked Florals – Mary Katrantzou

This designer has also garnered the attention of many celebrities, including Diane Kruger, with her uniquely structured and memorable pieces, full of personality.

Bright & Beautiful in Mary Katrantzou

Bright & Beautiful in Mary Katrantzou

Folds & Petals

Folds & Petals

Mary Katrantzou - Structured Dress in Rainbow Blooms

Mary Katrantzou – Structured Dress in Rainbow Blooms

Finally, we end our journey in the land of Valentino. With all the exuberance usually associated with the Italian people and an artist’s discerning eye, he channels classic femininity into modern pieces.

Swathed in Blue Blossoms at Valentino

Swathed in Blue Blossoms at Valentino

Nearly every celebrity, including red carpet favorite, Jessica Alba, has worn Valentino at one point or another because his interesting and finely crafted details mute the ladylike propriety dominant in his collections.

Budding Beauty

Budding Beauty

Valentino Purse - Leather Rosettes in Pastel Pink

Valentino Purse – Leather Rosettes in Pastel Pink

Valentino - Couture Style Daisy Chain

Valentino – Couture Style Daisy Chain

At SINGER22 we tend to get the attention of a more modern audience that has an edgier look than most floral prints could offer but, in light of the fact that many designers employ variations of this theme in their lines, it’s clear that you can incorporate flowers into your style without tipping over into fairytale princess territory. Pick some flowery pieces from our garden and put together your own bouquet!

We’re loving:
Rory Beca’s silk shorts, Joie’s pretty romper, Free People’s garden party top, Donna Mizani’s mirror image dress, Pam & Gela’s sweet shorts, and HIPCHIK’s fun bracelet!

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