Best of Milan Fashion Week Fall 2014

Let’s take a trip to Milan and indulge in their sweet taste of apparel, week shall we? The whole idea makes my heart jump and to be honest that’s exactly what my heart did when all the designers showed their RTW Fall/Winter collections in Milan for fashion week.

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For starters it was the Max Mara signature outerwear collection that captured my eyes. Showcasing luxury, textured fabric like tweeted coats, metallic gold skirts and gorgeous cardigans that will be key for this coming winter season. In alignment with it’s neutral brown/black palette the collection features relaxed shapes giving a almost grunge feel to the apparel.

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The Woolrich Jhon Rich & Bros really did it this season. Taking am outdoorsy approach fashion, they took things a step forward by adding touches of fur and shear lings to their iconic parkas, creating dazzling outerwear paired up with maxi skirts and pretty sweaters.

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Designers Dean and Dan Caten of Dsquared2, revived the 1960’s. They focused on sleek fitted silhouettes,with short hemlines. From  shift dresses to swing coats and more, they had it all.

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Anna Molinari is another designer that used the famed 60’s, for her Fall/Winter collection of the Blugirl. Chic and feminine, with a color palette that varied from pastels to bold animal print, appropriately portraying the good girl vs. the rebel of the 60’s.

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If I could have an entire collection hanging in my closet Emilio Pucci would be the name on the tag. Inspired by his roots, Peter Dundas designed it’s collection with rich leather fabrics, bold printed knits and eye catching embellishments.

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This season Giorgio Armani showed a variation of gray, black, and “LIME” green tones. In his words, “Lime green is a color that stands out, a stimulating color that represents something more… something avant-garde. ” Well hats off to Mr. Giorgio Armani, you have let us breathless once again!

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Alberta Ferretti, inspired by nature, said that she “Imagined animated woods, where nature embraced the body of a woman,” way to go! She managed to compose uniquely sophisticated  apparel, mixing sequins, feathers, flowers all of which were inexplicably beautiful.

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Alessandro Dell’Aqua, the man behind the No.21, brought to life a sparkling tone. Melting a variety of colors into every look, No. 21 featured a mixture of pants, dresses coats and tops with sequins embellishments giving a new spin to his trademark “Masculine” tailoring.

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Missoni presented a boyishly trendy collection with a touch of autumn silhouettes. The collection showcased multiple color blocking pieces that giving each model a futuristic look.

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Jeremy Scott held nothing back when it came to Moshino’s RTW Fall/Winter 2014 collection. Was this a play on pop culture? The show featured Inspired pieces from McDonald’s, Sponge Bob, Cows, Gotti Gold Chains, Candy and Food packaging!

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McQ Alexander McQueen by Sara Burton was inspired by the Japanese. A comic strip, created by the artist Yoshiyasu Tmura, was printed on a series of looks ranging from shirts to dresses, creating the unique items you see here. McQ is the perfect addition to the wardrobe of the Contemporary Professional Stylista.

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Chic, glamourous, elegant, what more can be said about Frida Giannini’s presentation of Gucci’s fall/winter collection this year!

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Anna Molinari, designer of Blumarine, romanced us with plush fur coats, starlet gowns and more. The use of satin fabrics, gold and floral motifs resembled a fantasy land, where all things sultry and haute reside!

So, Tell us Lovelies who was your Favorite Designer at Milan Fashion Week?

Written by: Christy Baez Ghandi said that “Whatever you do in life will be insignificant, however it is very important that you do it.” I enjoy long walks in the park on a windy day and the company of a good book every now and then. My only wish is to help those who are in need, even if it’s just putting a smile on a strangers face. I’m a lover of photography and fashion. I’m an undergraduate of the Art Institute of NYC majoring in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing. I’m a dreamer roaming the streets of life in new york city but at the end of the day I’m a 20 year old girl who is trying to conquer the world one step at the time while writing her story in between the lines.

Best of London Fashion Week Fall 2014

With everything from colorful feminine looks to bold military style, London Fashion Week had the world watching as over fifty top designers showcased their talents.

First Looks

This year was no exception to the amazing trends seen on the runway.  From head to toe, each look had us “oo-ing” and “ahh-ing.” and we’ve got some of the best and most unique styles to share with you.

Felder Felder took a chic, earthy approach to London Fashion Week. Including earthy greens, berry reds and their signature black leather, it was hard to blink an eye while the fabulous twin sisters’, Annette and Danielia Felder, collection walked the runway.

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J. JS Lee had heads turning at her impeccable looks during this week’s London Fashion Week. Known for her embossed details on solid fabric, she did not let us down this season. Not shying away from color this year, her looks had us swooning.

Haizhen Wang

Haizhen Wang kept his normal masculine femininity! His chic, show-stopping designs took an architectural reference while combing classical tailoring and classic colors.

Christopher Raeburn

Christopher Raeburn combination of detail, functionality and fun is perfect for the funk fashionista. Taking great fabrics and a fabulous color palette, Raeburn’s styles owned the runway.

Jasper Conran

Starting at the age of nineteen, Jasper Conran has been known for his timeless, contemporary British style and this year was just as impressive as the last. With a soft color palette and gorgeous shapes, Conran landed high on our list of amazing designs to hit the catwalk.

Holly Fulton

One of the most fabulous in prints this year, Holly Fulton let her creativity shine. Her graphic prints and luxurious materials were perfectly paired with unique accessories.

John Rocha

John Rocha’s use of fabric and texture was simply stunning – elegant and stylish with a modern twist!

Lucas Nascimento

Lucas Nascimento brought knitwear to life this year with his amazing silhouettes and captivating textures. The delicate detail found in his garments gave a classic and timeless feel.

Alice Temperley of Temperley London

Another master of the print was Alice Temperley of Temperley London. Designing for the sexy, strong, well-travelled woman, her impeccable use of colors and shapes landed her among our favorite of this year.

Emma Farrow of Topshop Unique

Designer Emma Farrow of Topshop Unique had models showing some serious leg this year. Fabulous boots along with hobo-chic layering had all the right embellishments, creating the perfect look for any contemporary professional stylista.

Antonio Berardi

Antonio Berardi’s creates a sophisticated feel pairing his uniquely structured bodices with a sleek, modern shoe!

Burberry Prorsum

To no surprise, Burberry Prorsum blew everyone away with their stunning use of pattern and amazing styling!

Tom Ford

Tom Ford, designs for the uber fashionista, for the woman who knows what they like and is not afraid to show it!

Simone Rocha

Simone Rocha took her strong yet romantic style and created yet another beautiful collection. Her modern use of unique construction and embellishments were pure genius!

Mary Katrantzou

Mary Katrantzou’s collection was the perfect combination of bold graphics and industrial jewelry. With a gorgeous color palette of light blues, stunning greens and deep reds paired with its unique footwear, this collection was flawless!

Written by: Kali Borovic As a student journalist, this fashionista, stargazing enthusiast and fitness aficionado loves to write about anything from health to fashion. With a passion for DIY projects and cooking, this Ohio born writer spends most of her time looking up new crafts or coming up with at-home beauty recipes for her blog, Naturally Beautiful. Kali loves to read about any topic under the sun and knows that life is best spent in lipstick, leggings and an oversized sweater.

The Contemporary Professional Stylista

Who is the Contemporary, Professional Stylista?

The U Blush Woman is vibrant, multi-faceted, and dynamic! She is best summed as the Contemporary, Professional, Stylista. Otherwise noted, CPS! But who is this woman we speak of? In the the modern world, women are busy and wear multiple hats. We have to juggle our professional life, getting higher education, and pursuing our careers. But that’s not all. We are woman, meaning we are human and we value our womanhood. We break up to make up, travel and eat, and enjoy being entertained. We value our health and wellness, enjoy fashion and looking good.

The CPS represents the balance between one’s professional life and personal interests. At U Blush we recognize the need to have a  platform and community for a well rounded reader. Should the contemporary woman feel fragmented? Should she go to one site for fashion, another for love, and another to be in the know about popular culture and entertainment? No!  The contemporary woman is not broken up into little pieces rather all of her multiple parts come together to make up who she is and that is execatly how her news and information should be – all in one place! The CPS is a full woman, and all her wants, needs, and interests are right at her finger tips at U Blush Magazine.

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Appreciating the Full Woman 

So when we say the Contemporary, Professional, Woman we pay homage the the multi-dimensional woman of today’s world who can rock heels to a board meeting which she heads, strut to happy hour with her her girls, only to come home to her man who takes them off. Or she may dance the night away with a new beau she meets at the hottest lounge, and come home to tell her girls all about it. Either way she is comfortable in her own skin, diverse in her interests and abilities, and valuable to her self and all those around her. She demands respect not so much through her words but through the self respect and humilty that she carries with her daily.

The contemporary professional woman knows how to weather the storms of life. She understand that life has its ups and downs and she has had her fair share of roller coaster rides. She maintains her dignity and respect by keeping faith and continuing to live as the best version of herself. Committed to growth and development she explores the world through travel, dining, and cultural experiences as well as reading and sharing intellectual and regular home girl conversations with old and new friends. The CPS is as strong as she is “weak”, able to put on her big girl shoes to rise to any challenge when the time calls but sheds tears and leans on a friends when its needed.

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The Contemporary Professional Woman is best described as

Bold in her appreciation of Love and the cycles of relationships from embracing her singledom, to enjoying the dating life, entering into relationships, and trusting the time for breakups. Her relationships romantically, with family and friends, and with herself are equally important.

Luxurious in her appreciation of Lifestyle through travel, exploration, fine dinning, and unique experiences. She may be born in the USA but this travelista has a passport and travels the world internationally! Even when she doesn’t she dreams of getting off American shores, researches distant lands, and plans to eventually make her international debut, just when the time is right!

Unique in her appreciation for entertainment. She knows how to relax, enjoy art, maybe even tap into her own creative sides. From watching the latest films, television shows, and listening to the latest music to an appreciation for independent art, this woman can escape the reality of life and appreciate arts imitation of it.

Sophisticated in her appreciation for maintaining her health and wellness. Recognizing that self care is important she seeks to live well through taking care of her mind, body, and soul  – nutritious eating, exercise, and inspirational writing can maintain her need for wellness.

Haute in her appreciation for fashion and make up. Yes this woman likes to look good and see’s her wardrobe and face as a means of sharing her beauty with the world. Her sense of style is a picture of what’s inside, it reveals inner parts of her because who she is shines bright in what she presents to the world.

Cheers to the U Blush Woman in You!

Sit up straight, Girls!

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Sit up straight, Girls! Your posture is more important than you think! Not only does it help you convey the confidence and strength that every girl should have (think Beyoncé) but it can actually affect your health. Having poor posture, according to posture specialist and chiropractor, Dr. Marr, “causes fatigue, poor digestion, back pain, neck pain and a slew of other health problems. It also makes you look 10lbs heavier and 10 years older.”

Do these posture-improving exercises and stretches in the comfort of your home and workspace to improve your posture, strengthen the spine and core, improve your health, all while channeling your inner Beyonce, get it girl!

Peel Up

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This movement stretches out the back and strengthens the spine, working to keep the spine and your posture healthy and strong. As the starting position, come up from the plank position, peel your body upright from the floor through lengthening your arms first, then extending your head and spine. From this position you slowly position yourself on your hands and knees, rounding your back up like a cat. Keeping both hands on the floor, slowly put one foot out after the other, lifting the lower back without straightening the legs, slowly stack your vertebra one at a time, rolling yourself up keeping the chin tucked in. Once you have rolled all the way up, gently unroll your neck, standing up straight put your arms out to the side and deeply inhale.

Plank

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This exercise strengthens your core muscles, which become weak with poor posture. To get into the plank position, lay on a yoga mat, flat on your stomach with your feet against a wall. Slowly get up onto your elbows, keeping your legs and neck completely straight, lift your entire body up, only stabilized by your straightened forearms and toes. Keep the stomach pulled upward, navel into the spine, don’t forget to inhale and exhale. Hold this pose for 60 seconds, keeping your head, neck, back and legs in total alignment.

Power Extension

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Please note that you need a fitness ball for this stretch. This movement stretches the front of the body and back muscles to improve the posture. Kneeling behind the fitness ball, place your feet flat against a wall and drape your body over the ball. Slowly begin to straighten the legs, simultaneously squeezing the glutes and lifting the upper body off the ball using the core muscles. Hold this pose for 5 seconds, slowly move back into beginning pose where the body is draped over the ball and repeat five times.

To best understand how important working on your posture is, Dr. Marr compares how poor posture affects the body versus how good posture affects the body.

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Bad Posture: Hunching Raised DiaphragmShallow Breathing Not Enough Oxygen in the Muscles and Brain Weak muscles, fatigue

Good Posture: Standing up straight Relaxed Diaphragm Full Breaths→ Oxygenation Strong muscles, Increased Energy!

 

To get optimum results try these above exercises along with many other posture-improving exercises, always remembering to be mindful of the core, sucking the navel into the spine. Consistently practice posture-improving exercises in order to keep the spine strong and healthy for life.

Written By Chelsea Clishem: From San Diego, California to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this bicoastal girl loves all things travel, beauty, nutrition, fitness, fashion and entertainment. Chelsea graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara where she began her journey to be an entertainment journalist. Chelsea drops the word ‘fabulous’ on the regular and believes it’s ‘okay’ to freak out with good music and fashion!

The Best of London Fashion Week Spring 2014

London, the British Fashion Capital, showcased fun, chic and inventive collections. Check out our favorite looks from London Fashion Week!

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Untitled Temperley London

Peter Pilotto Peter Pilotto

Huishan Zhang Huishan Zhang

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Maria Grachvogel Maria Grachvogel

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Untitled Emilia Wickstead

Untitled Richard Nicoll

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UntitledUntitled2 David Koma

Untitled Julien Macdonald

Untitled Holly Fulton

Untitled Jasper Conran

Untitled                Jean-Pierre Braganza

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Untitled Daks

Untitled13 Fyoder Golan

Untitled14 Ostwald Helgason

Untitled Pearce Fionda

Untitled Mulberry

Untitled Antonio Berardi

Untitled Vivienne Westwood Red Label

UntitledUntitled2 Mary Katrantzou

Untitled Matthew Williamson

Untitled Christopher Kane

Untitled2Untitled Burberry Prorsum

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UntitledUntitled2 Tom Ford

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