Category: Dresses

FashionFilm to Fashion: The Amazing Spider-Man

It’s finally here! The Amazing Spider-Man hit theatres just last week, and whether you’ve seen it and want to express your newfound spidey style senses, or you need something webby to wear to your own personal premiere, here are the perfect picks for your Peter Parker-approved, web-biest wardrobe additions:

 

FashionThe House That Dior Built: Christian Dior Through the Years

Christian Dior has gone through many changes and a total of five designers and it’s just been announced that Raf Simons will be the new heir to the fashion house. Raf Simons hails from Jil Sander and has many people wondering if his minimalist style will echo Dior’s early years of fashion or will he continue with John Galliano’s dramatic (and sometimes over the top) looks.
For now, all we can do is speculate and dream. To help stir our imaginations, let’s take a look at a visual history of Dior through the years!
Christian Dior (1946-1957)
 
In 1947, the label’s founder created what was known as the “New Look” when he presented a feminine collection of flowing skirts, tiny waists, and soft shoulders—a very different look compared to the slinky silhouette of the 1930s. The style is so timeless, even Natalie Portman was photographed wearing a Dior red polka dot gown circa 1954 to this year’s Academy Awards.
Yves Saint Laurent (1957-1960)
Before founding his own fashion label, Yves Saint Laurent found himself at age 21 as Dior’s successor and debuted his first collection in the spring of 1958. His most famous creation is his trapeze dress was a big leap from the previous cinched in looks and a perfect segue into the 1960s.

Marc Bohan (1961-1988)
Bohan had a much more conservative aesthetic than Dior or Laurent, but remained in demand among celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor and Princess Grace of Monaco. Through his long run, Bohan was certainly able to adapt to the many trends through the years.
Gianfranco Ferré (1989-1996)
Ferré, who hails from Italy, was Dior’s first non-French designer and brings a strong Renaissance influence to the label with baroque fabrics and pronounced shapes.
John Galliano (1996-2011)
Dior’s last successor, John Galliano, amped up the drama for Dior and became known for his flamboyant haute couture shows that achieved a fine balance of beautiful and whimsical.
What does Raf Simons have in store for Dior? We can only guess, but I’m sure it will do the great fashion house proud!
 
To learn more about Raf Simons, check out this link or check out his final collection at Jil Sander!
 

 

CelebrityFashion Star: Actress Fan Bingbing’s Flawless Style

Every once in awhile, a starlet comes onto the scene with a style that deserves an encore.
Allow me to introduce you to Chinese actress Fan Bingbing. She’s on this month’s cover of Vogue China and is already a huge star in her home country. She’s edging her way into American films and has already earned some notability as a style maven on American red carpets and aces it every. Single. Time.  
So let’s get to know my new style crush, Fan Bingbing!
 Fan Bingbing channeling her masculine and femnine side for Vogue. She looks amazing!
 Most people would be overpowered by such a strong look, but Bingbing holds her own and looks so elegant.
 From red carpet to the street, Bingbing can do no wrong. Yeah, I want those glasses. 
 Bingbing is a master of retro hair. Here she is channeling Lucille Ball in Louis Vuitton. 
 Bits of quirkiness (like this clutch with an attached heart) are what keep me so interested. She really looks like she has fun with her style.

Are you crushing? Check out more of her spread from this month’s issue of Vogue China!
(Photos courtesy of Jezebel.com) 

FashionModel Pick of the Week: Night Brights

If you hadn’t noticed, one of favorite LuLu*s models, Olivia, is back after a semester in Spain. Meanwhile, we’ve been stocking up the cute party and cocktail dresses as usual. Olivia (above) and Wase (pictured below) both picked the Twice Enticed Black Dress as one of their favorite new items. Have you ever seen a neckline like that?!!
 
Our second pick from Olivia was this fantastic neon orange dress, which is a perfect example of all the cool brights we’ve been getting in lately. This one in particular is called the Glow with the Flow Neon Orange Dress and it glows even brighter in real life! 

FashionDIY: Make a Peplum Top Out of Your Old Dress!


There are a variety of reasons you may want to revamp that old dress of yours; you’re getting tired of it, you want a new look, or the dress is actually torn or stained along the bottom. This method is really quite easy, and peplums are so hot right now you’ll be on-trend in no time!
1. Start with a dress that has a fitted or elastic natural waistline*.
*Your natural waistline is usually the narrowest part of the abdomen, a few inches above the hips.

2. Spread the skirt and make a rounded cut about 7″-10″ below the waistline. 
3. Finish the hems by using the straight stitch on your sewing machine OR create an invisible, hand-stitched hem using the following slip-stitch.
 
Creating a slip stitch: (in general you will want to hem the lining separately.)
A. Iron or pin the hemline flat about 1/2″ on the inside of the garment.
B. Use a single thread that matches the color of your garment. Sew up and down evenly as shown below, making sure not to gather the fabric. Your long stitches will be on the underside of the garment, leaving tiny (nearly invisible) stitches on the outside!
 

Now all you have to think about is how you’re going to style your new top!