Luisa Cerano Fashion Styles Incorporates Nautical Themed Clothing

A new trend of nautical themed clothing is bursting out on to the fashion scene. There has been a major resurgence in the proliferation of pinstriped blouses. The advantage of pinstripes gives the optical illusion of a thinner, more complimentary to the body fit as opposed to older designs such as swivels which are now becoming redundant. Catwalk reports from January-March 2010 are also predicting a resurgence of tapered trousers and flanneled tunics. This is clearly a cataclysmic period for the entire fashion system when celebrities are flaunting themselves in public wearing clothing from a forgotten era. Perhaps we are merely experiencing silhouettes of a future that is yet to come. What have we become? We are looking into the eyes of a futuristic society where we will be able to order a product as soon as it comes off the catwalk. With these kind of advancements trends may become increasingly unimportant with consumers preferring to lean to their own spontaneous inclinations. It’s times like these that make us nostalgic of the pre-internet era. Thankfully in this time of extreme confusion and darkness there are still cutting edge designers to lead us to the light of fashion excellence.

The emergence of European lines in the American market is a highly sought after look by women of all ages. Major lines with high credentials that do not fit the bland ‘high brand’ labels are gaining increasing popularity with the ‘rich nice’ of socialites who want to separate themselves from the super edgy and the cliche.

The Luisa Cerano fashion collection provides modern, elegant and unique clothing for those who want to express themselves to the fullest. Cultivating mainly Italian fabrics, flawless craftsmanship is used to deliver a striking collection of distinct clothing. From shirts and knitted tops to an array of leather and fur items, Luisa Cerano provides a sophisticated yet stunning collection of clothes for the contemporary woman. Such fashion is certainly welcomed in a world where liberated women are becoming increasingly comfortable in “hipster sweats”. While it is certainly a comforting feeling as the smooth velvet layer brushes against our sensitive skin; we must be very careful. Are we creating rationalisations for our enjoyment of this somewhat decadent trend or is it genuinely the most fashionable look on the catwalk? As tempting as it is to rejoice in donning pajama bottoms, it is not our duty as fashion worshipers to look elegant?

Fashion, Style and Authenticity

Youths fulfill an important function within society. Youths are frequently referenced as the future of a nation. The idea that the upcoming generations will achieve more than the previous generations is an important driver for political and social policies. However, despite their ultimately important role in human society, the legal and political status of youths is precarious. While they are fully human, they are not independent and they face significant limitations of their freedom imposed by their parents, elders and government.

In the young adult’s search for meaning and identity, both individually and within the larger societal context, words like “fashion,” “style,” and “authenticity” become highly significant. They do not merely refer to the trappings of style in clothing and personal appearance but to behavior, preferences, and choices as well. These concepts have become center points of Pakistani youth culture, because adolescents and young adults naturally seek definition and self-identity, making the idea of being in style and being authentic appealing. It gives adolescents and young adults a sense of belonging to their social group as well as a sense of self-identity.

Fitting into one’s social group is one of the most important components of youth culture, and a sense of style is one of the primary ways that youth achieve this. Style, especially, is a means for youth to not only define themselves but to define the boundaries of their group.

Interestingly, while youth like to think of themselves as independent and having a unique identity, the definition of style that they adopt is inevitably created by someone else and very often that “someone else” is a form of media. For instance, pop music is singularly formulaic in that it incorporates a standardized format of rising and falling notes, structure, and theme. Even alternative forms of music follow a specific format. Nevertheless, even within a standardized form, individuals create identity, both social and individual, through the choices they make regarding those forms. Using the ‘tool’ of style, then, youth culture defines itself by the choices it makes regarding the music, clothing, activities, and preferences.

Individual authenticity, on the other hand, can be compromised for the larger sense of group identity that style creates. Whereas some adolescents may not necessarily like the styles they see, they adopt them anyway, adhering to them because it helps them feel that sense of belonging.

Social and individual identity can coexist and commingle in everyday life. Nevertheless, very often problems arise because the young adult has a much stronger and well-defined sense of the identity of social groups, both their youth culture identity and that of the larger mainstream culture, than they do their own individual identity. Lacking this sense of meaning on an individual level, the styles and fashions of the social group disrupt their own authenticity by precluding individuality and the natural differences of opinion that arise between people. As a result of suppressing their own individuality or of mindlessly adhering to social norms, young adults can end up feeling hypocritical and meaningless.

Style, then, often supersedes authenticity in youth culture. Nevertheless, style can give young adults a sense of identity that they may not feel or know individually. Likewise, the choices that young adults make in style helps them form their individual identities through allowing them to present a unique expression of who they are and to what social group they belong. The relationship between style, authenticity, and youth culture is a dynamic one in which both the individual and the culture play an active role in the formation of identity and the expression of authenticity. While this balance between individual and social identity, between the activity of style on the individual and that of the individual’s authentic self, can and does get disrupted in the lives of young adults, the process of identity formation and individual expression continues unabated.

Perhaps more important is an implicit sweeping statement which runs throughout their lifetimes. Youths in their engagement with politics are essentially represented as either middle-of-the-road democrats, secular and absorbed into mainstream Western societies, or as radical and possibly violent. This is a gross over-simplification at best, but one which is unfortunately common to much supposedly expert opinion. The reality is that youths’ understanding of the relationship between their beliefs and their political engagements is as highly diverse as anyone else. One just needs to look on the Internet to get a taste of diversity: consider the thoroughly non-political Western-style pop videos of second – and third generation Europeans from the Indian subcontinent; European and North American youth who use punk, metal and experimental electronic music to express their uncompromising positions on Palestine, or who find no contradiction between being a radical bra-burning feminist. Similar range of expressions can be found in other e-contexts such as MySpace and Facebook, or indeed the Middle Eastern bloggers who have become central to the new media in the region. It can be considered an acute and the cumulative psychological effects of government, media, and social exclusion, and the resultant internal exile on the psychology of youth in the Diaspora.

3 Fashion Styles You Should Never Wear to the Office

Three fashion styles that have no place at the office are low-cut tops, skin-tight pants, and super-short skirts and dresses.

We see so much female skin on television and in the movies, it can be hard to get through to some women that the on-screen world is pure fantasy.

That’s why fashion author and Barney’s of New York stylist Simon Doonan is my hero for his slogan, “Say ‘no’ to ‘ho.”

It’s just plain embarrassing for women as well as men when a coworker’s breasts are popping out of a top. It’s an especially difficult situation for male supervisors. They fear that taking the woman aside could result in a sexual harassment suit.

The best blouse for formal environments, such as law, financial, and educational organizations, shows no cleavage. A more informal and youthful environment may be a bit more forgiving.

If you have to continually hike up a spandex top that is sliding down too low, or grab at a the sides of your too-wide neckline in a vain effort to close the gap, you are wearing a top that you should have left at home.

A second fashion faux-pas for the office is skin-tight pants and leggings. Worn with a very short blouse, these can look like pantyhose. People wonder if you forgot the bottom part of your ensemble.

Now that wide-legged slacks are on-trend, save your leggings and spandex pants for at-home wear.

Short skirts are another fashion style that does not belong at work, unless your job is pole dancer. We have seen scores of attorneys prance across our TV screens in minis that barely covered their bottoms. This is not going to earn a woman respect in a real court of law.

If you want to be treated with respect in the business world, dress respectably. To repeat Simon Doonan’s maxim, just say “no” to ho should be required reading for every business woman with bad fashion taste.

In a nutshell, avoid anything that is too low, too short, or too tight.

‘Down With Love’ Movie Fashion Style

Whenever I need an inspiration for color in fashion, I always revisit my beloved movie ‘Down with Love’. This frivolously delicious and hilarious movie, starring Rennee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor, has itself become a bit of a vintage movie. It is a spoof on the Doris Day and Rock Hudson comedies of the 60s.

The bubbly blonde and the dark, handsome guy, with the ‘girl trying to work hard to get somewhere’ kind of story line. It certainly makes a very deserving ‘chick flick’, perfect for a rainy Sunday afternoon. However, the main attractions for me are the costumes. Make no mistake, this is certainly forward thinking in terms of the whole vintage thing. I guess the craze about ‘Mad Men’ really started with this movie.

The costumes were designed by Daniel Orlandi. I am extremely impressed with the fact that it had no real vintage clothing at all. All of the costumes were complete re-designs, fitted and turned into the funny colorful feast of a movie. The whole movie is a nonstop extravaganza of fashion display, overloaded with rainbow colors, beautiful fabrics, and matching outfits. I adore the ensemble of a pink and white wool jacket, over a super-fitted wool dress, matching the color of the jacket and topped with a pair of white gloves for style.

Daniel Orlandi must have read all the magazines from the years 62-67 to draw his inspirations for the movie. “We didn’t want to use vintage clothes on Renee, or any of the other principals, because we didn’t want it to look shabby,” says Orlandi, who instead used vintage fabric for many of his designs. “We wanted the clothes to seem fun and surprising, not campy.”

It definitely does not look ‘thrift shop’, in fact the cut and fit for both actors are simply amazing. Apparently, he intentionally designed the garments with lots of vibrant colors, even though they were not traditional colors for a blonde. I think the bright colors agreed with Renee very well, reflecting on her character and the comedy plot. The riot of colors, lavender, lime, fuchsia, snow-white, magenta and ice blue are certainly a feast for the eyes.

Don’t be afraid to copy the fashion of this movie though. All the expertly matched outfits, certainly put all of us who wear a GAP tee shirt and jeans to shame. We could always lighten ourselves up with a brightly colored scarf, a fitted dress with neat tucking details, or a pair of snazzy pumps. We should never be afraid of color, after all we can still wear the classic black coat. Get out there and wear those color and treat your friends to a colorful feast.

Women in Fashion – Mistakes Women Make Everyday, 7 Tips to Looking Good in every Fashion-Style You B

Do you want some of the greatest tips from the best fashion coaches in the industry? Well, follow the fashion guides below to looking your hottest-coolest self.

  1. Get a long mirror.
  2. The most common fashion mistake that we can make is that we only get a snapshot of what we look like. The problem is as soon as we step outside the door, everyone else gets a panoramic view. So know when your pants are dragging or your skirt is hiked up in the back by checking yourself out in a full length mirror.

  3. Just because you could – doesn’t mean you should.
  4. I ask you, what if your grandmother wore a belly button ring, now this is just an example so don’t send me nasty notes, is that what you want to imagine yourself looking like years from now. One of the least attractive fashions is the midriff bearing tops. Don’t you think that some folks would have been better off keeping that bouncing tummy to themselves? I am just keeping this real.

  5. Keep the receipts.
  6. Oh the joy of shopping – but the blessings of returns. If the fashion doesn’t resonate with you in a week or so. Return it. Save yourself the closet stuffing.

  7. Good color is not a suggestion – it’s a mandate.
  8. Anyone can wear every color, but hold out and wear only the ones that look good on you. Color in fashion should be used to enhance your own natural coloring and your face. One great myth is that no one sees the weight you gained if you wear black.

  9. Wear the outfit – don’t let it wear on you.
  10. You are only buying the fashions that complements you. Think about that little black dress everyone believes is mandatory. If the color is harsh on you people will only focus on the dress. What you really want is someone to make complements about you – not than just what you are wearing. Remember, the dress never says thank you.

  11. If it doesn’t fit, it doesn’t fit.
  12. Why do you want to keep it, reminding yourself of money you could have better spent. The odds are that it will be out of style by the time you could fit into it.

  13. The most expensive fashion you can buy is the one that is on sale that matches nothing.
  14. No truer words were spoken.

Follow these tips and you will be on your way to capturing flattering attention and complements every time you step out of the door in high style and fashion.