Planning An Intimate Wedding

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Remember when Katy Perry married Russell Brand in 2010? Do you remember how Katy, resplendent in an Elie Saab Haute couture down and $7,000 Casadei heels, and husband to be, Russell, rode in to the ceremony at Rajastahan, India’s Aman-i-Khas resort on the backs of elephants, then celebrated her 26th birthday on route to their Maldives honeymoon? Ever think big weddings are overrated?

Now, calm down. Romance is a beautiful thing, and a couple is entitled to spend their wedding day however they want, and big weddings can be absolutely breathtaking, but, just in case, you don’t have the funds, or you just don’t have the energy, here are some ideas for a more intimate wedding that can be a little more expressive, if a little less impressive.

Destination Weddings
A destination wedding is a good idea if you want to keep the number of guests down, as few will be able to make the journey. The Caribbean Islands could be the setting for the wedding of your dreams. Invite family and friends to come out a few days early, to make an extended vacation out of it.

City Hall and Brunch
A City Hall wedding always has an element of the off beat to it, plus it saves a lot of stress and cash. Bring your own photographer to get a snap of the wedding kiss and wear a casual white dress to suit the occasion.

Backyard Wedding
Set up the grill and play a few rounds of badminton. Go DIY with fabrics and flowers to make your outdoor setting into own version of shabby chic.

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Food Truck Wedding
Food trucks are great ways of keeping it funky while taking care of the menu. Choose your local favorite and see if you can work with the owner of the food truck to dream up a wedding day menu.

A Potluck Meal
Why not? If your wedding is super small, get the whole family involved. Grandma can handle the desserts and your aunt can take care of the pigs in a blanket.

Consider a Low Key Venue
If people can get married at Taco Bell, you can certainly get married at the local brewery. You might even get some free karaoke in. You don’t need tons of space, so just make up for it in atmosphere. Give you and your guests a night to remember without going over the top.

Go Camping
Most campsites have park shelters that can be rented out for events, and weddings certainly qualify as events. As long as your guests don’t mind roughing it, you can have a singalong around the fire at night, and spend the next day at the beach. (You might want to make sure there’s a hotel nearby for Grandma).

Elope
Talk about intimate- why invite anyone? All you need is the two of you and someone to make it official. If running away to Vegas isn’t your idea of romance, consider Paris. Just think, with the money you save on the wedding, you’ll have plenty to spend on some great designer clothes.

Are you keeping your wedding on the down low? Let us know what your doing to make it your own. We love to hear it!

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Couture Looks To Master This Fall

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Couture. The Cruella de Ville makeup and hair surrounded by sumptuous fabrics, full gowns of tulle, voluminous collars, feathered hats, and embroidered gloves. So exquisitely beautiful, so ingeniously creative, so alarmingly expensive! Who doesn’t love couture? It may be the ultimate aesthetic expression of fashion, but when it comes to wearing it, not many of us have the occasion, nor bank accounts, to do so. However, if you eye the runways carefully, there may be bits and pieces of couture that can translate to the everyday. Here are a few suggestions for incorporating the most cutting edge styles into your look.

Makeup
If you’re looking to do something a little experimental when it comes to makeup, you may want to take an eyeful of the ethereal look Pat McGrath created for Valentino, incorporating white eyeliner with a radiant skin for an otherworldly glow, or his quasi-bizarre lip look using transparent papers and foils to give a reflective finish.

For a natural look with a bit of sleaze, Tom Pecheux created a look of glowing, golden beauty for Elie Saab, combining shimmery lips and lids, with severe black liquid liner, while using rainbow eye makeup for his Chanel models.

Linda Cantello focused on eye makeup at Armani Prive using smoky metallic shadows with bold brows, leaving skin and lips fresh and natural, for a novel day time look.

Val Garland took a more colorful route when it came to lips, applying bold red poppy colors to each model’s pout at Giambattista Valli, and using a gloss. The skin was left flawless and brows impeccably groomed.

The more intrepid among us may want to try the look Peter Philips at Dior describes as “a savage natural beauty” adding intensity with brows brushed upward, Dewey skin, and lips touched with a hint of a tinted balm.

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Hair
Hair looks varied from wildly expressive to demure. At the mild end of things, Guido Palau styled his Valentino models hair in low slung ponytails with loose layers framing the face, as did James Pecis at Giambattista Valli.

For a rock festival feel, Orlando Pita at Elie Saab channeled the goddess look, with soft waves and a gold headband for some of his models, while others showed off mini braids.

Eugene Souleiman brought the edge at Maison Margiela decking out his models’ does with stenciled stars and foam like coatings, combined with highlighted skin and face jewelry.

Incorporating hats to the festivities were Armani Prive showing hair slicked to head, topped with dramatic veiled hats, while Sam McKnight created low looped ponytails worn under Chanel head toppers.

If you’re bringing elements of couture into your wardrobe this year, let us know what your borrowing and what you’re choosing to leave out from the world of high fashion. we love to know.

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Fun Looks To Try This Weekend

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Western Wear
Howdy, partner. If you’ve been doing your fashion homework, you may have noticed a little western style revival going on. The Fall and 2017 and 2018 fashion houses have been incorporating a little of the wild west into their fashion lines, and there’s no reason you shouldn’t too. But don’t pick up the lasso just yet. Remember, you don’t want to go full on cowgirl here. A plaid shirt here, a bolo tie there, some cowboy boots, or embroidered jeans should be enough to send the message.

Bell Bottoms
We know you’re reluctant to part with your skinny jeans, but if you saw Gigi Hadid getting out of her limo in her two piece hot pink skintight leather moto jacket and bellbottom ensemble, you may want to start rethinking your game. So what are the rules for rocking these high fashion flares? Keep shirts to crop length or cinched waist, and get the most from the leg lengthening potential with some block heels or mules, although Converse will also do the trick for a more carefree vibe. Just make sure to keep the toe of the shoe interesting.

Statement Socks
Socks are one of the less expensive ways of making a fashion statement. You may have seen the ultra feminine Prada feather hemmed skirt, paired with knee high soccer socks, or the Gucci’s cruise outing featuring the controversial glittery socks printed with the GG logo. Just pull em high, wear them over tights with metallic pumps or even loafers. Valentino even had his models sliding their striped socks under their T-strap sandals.

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The Going Out Top
Otherwise known as the “Carrie Bradshaw,” the going out top refers to the tube tops, lingerie inspired camisoles, and embellished halter tops of the 2000’s which now seem to be enjoying a resurgence. However, resist the creative urge to reinvent; according to Vogue Market Editor Chelsea Zalopany, it is still a piece best paired with jeans. Although it has undergone controversy for its underwear as outerwear reputation, Zalopany says, “I think just accept and own that the noughties did it right. There’s no shame in an oldie but goodie.”

The Vintage T
The vintage T may just be “the” urban wardrobe statement, which is why it can create such a great foil to the ultra classy, ultra feminine clothing pieces. While you can’t go wrong with a vintage T and denim, with the right touches, the T can be transformed to meet almost any fashion situation. They can be dressed up with a sheer skirt and jacket, placed under a blazer for a power brunch, or paired with a pencil skirt for an out of the box take on an old classic.

Let us know what you’re wearing this weekend! We love to hear it!

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Add Some Sparkle To Your Wardrobe

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There you are looking through the racks at your favorite clothing store for something a bit unusual, something that speaks to you a little more than all of the other stuff. Then, you see it, a few hangers down. Of course, it speaks to you- it sparkles. Every woman is drawn to glittery things! You walk over and pull it off the rack. You love it; the only problem is: how are you going to wear it without looking like you’re going to a bar mitzvah? If you have some sparkly clothes in your wardrobe that are waiting for the right occasion, your wait may be over. Here are some ways you can take sparkle to the streets.

Keep it Classy
A higher neckline is a quick way to earn a few sophistication points when you’re bringing the bling. Avoid revealing necklines on all -over sparkle dresses, and finish your look with black accessories to tone it down a bit.

A Glittery Jacket
The glitter says “fun” the jacket says “style.” Drape a glittery metallic jacket over your shoulders to add a little sparkle without overdoing it.

Sparkly Accents
A twinkle here, a glimmer there. Glittery accessories and accents are always eye-catching and subtle. Try a shiny belt or waistband, or a jeweled neckline to add some fun to a casual look.

Patent Leather
Here’s a no- sequin way to shine. Patent leather boots and jackets always make a statement. A patent moto jacket or knee high boots are great ways to complete your look, day or night.

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Shiny Shoes and Clutch
A shiny bag and clutch are just what you need to take your LBD from day time to night time. Grab a mirrored clutch or rock some killer stilettos to jazz up your all black ensemble.

Darker Metallics
Pewters and coppers tend to look a little more classic than silvers and golds. Show a little skin with a dark gold sequin top paired with a black leather mini for a toned down upgrade.

Jewelry
Shiny metallic necklaces, big glittering earrings, and cocktail rings all contribute to the sparkle factor of an outfit without going overboard. Keep your jewelry box well stocked to keep shine within reach.

Prints
Prints don’t call for over accessorizing, which makes them ideal for wearing embellishment free, for a more streamlined, less cluttered sparkle.

Nudes with sparkles
The nude look is in. Try a nude fabric with sequins and a higher neck to keep the party stylish. Pair with some glitter heels and you’re set.

How are you bringing your sparkle this year? Let us know how you keep it fun without going overboard.

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Bring Out Your Inner Glow With These Skin Brightening Tips

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Great skin. It’s more of an essence than a feature. It seems to come from within. When a person has great skin, they exude beauty, they glow with it. It’s a radiance, one we often associate with inner beauty as well as outer beauty. Unfortunately, if you have dull, dry skin, your inner beauty is not going to make your skin glow, no matter how great it is, or how hard you try. However, there are things you can do which will. A good skin care regimen can help you to maintain a healthy glow, with just a few simple additions. Here are some steps you can take to guarantee glowing skin and unleash your inner beauty.

Exfoliate
It should be no big surprise to hear that one of the ways toward brighter skin is sloughing off dead skin cells. Exfoliation is the key to achieving a bright complexion and when it comes to methods, you can pick your poison. A washcloth can be used to gently exfoliate dead skin, cleansers and scrubs also make good options, as do skin cleansing brushes, or even microdermabrasion treatments for a deep exfoliation. Exfoliating on a regular basis will help your skin shed those dead cells, allowing new, plump cells to surface for a brighter complexion.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a known skin brightening agent when applied topically. An ascorbic acid is a form of vitamin C used in many skin products to fight hyper pigmentation, and dark circles, to make skin plumper and more radiant. Vitamin C also has antioxidant properties to fight signs of aging, giving it double threat status as a skin care ingredient.

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Moisturize
One of the key components to the bright skin is cleansing. Dirt, oil, and makeup can clog the surface of the skin, weighing it down and causing dullness. Cleansing twice a day is recommended, and you may even want to consider a double cleanse in the morning if you wear makeup. However, washing your skin can leave your skin dry. While using a mild cleanser may help to prevent the loss of natural oil, moisturizing is key to hydration.

Use a daily moisturizer with an SPF in the morning and a hydrating moisturizer nightly. You may want to consider an illuminating moisturizer for a more intense glow.

Makeup
As long as its skin friendly, makeup can be a perfect solution to brighten skin daily. Just make sure you don’t go for any heavy creams and liquids that will bog down your natural shine; opt for mineral makeup instead. Just dust some on troubled parts and apply your regular makeup as usual, for a brighter appearance.

Weekly Facial Mask
You can buy all sorts of brightening facial masks at the drug store, of making your own DIY concoction using 11/2 tsp raw honey, 2 tsp juiced a lemon, and 1/4 Tsp turmeric. Just apply to troubled areas or as a mask for 20 minutes and rinse off. The solution can be stored in the fridge.

How do you keep your glow on? Let us know how you work your way to brighter skin!

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Beauty Trends For Fall 2017

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What? Could it be? It felt like you were taking your last sip of pumpkin latte just yesterday! Is autumn really upon us again? While there is a bit of summer left, it’s the perfect opportunity to spend the last few vacation days planning your new fall look. After all, you’ve got to start early to stock up on the latest trends before any of your friends pick up on them. Here is a quick look at what you can anticipate this autumn in terms of hair, nails, and makeup from the 2017 runway.

Crops
After Kendall Jenner debuted her blunt lob, at the Perla, crops have been all the rage. You may have seen models Irina Kravchenko and Cat McNeil sporting their new cuts at Alexander Wang in New York. With a lot more cool short hairstyles hitting runway after runway, you may want to think of going in this direction this season.

Color Blocked Eye Lids
If you’ve got some bright primary or pastel eye shades lurking in your makeup case, this is the time to use them. Makeup artists were striping and blocking lids with bold colors with wild abandon this year. According to makeup artist Pat McGrath, “Now, more than ever, makeup is about enjoying color and making statements.” Although some of the looks were a little offbeat for the office, there were some options that could be used in the every day, such as the two toned liners at Marco di Vincenzo, or the unpredictable shadow pairing at Oscar de la Renta.

Clean Hair
You could say that shampoo was a big commodity on this year’s fall runways. Says hairstylist Guido, “Designers want that model’s hair to look clean. It’s become a recognizable texture, just like beachy waves or a bouncy blowout.” Stock up the next time you’re at Target!

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Smeared Lipstick
While showing up for a date in this look may not be the best idea, snogged lips have been showing up on the runway. That means, forget the lip liner and long-lasting wear mattes. Makeup artists are smearing the lipstick all around models mouths this year. According to makeup artist Val Garland, “There’s a sexiness to it because it looks like you’ ve been kissing someone. You may have seen Garland’s work on display at Giambattista Valli, where she took three separated brushes to create a cherry red diffused runway look.

Extreme Manis
Looks like you’re all in this year if you like to go all out with your nails. This year showed Swarovski crystals at Philip Plein, oil slicks at Manish Arora, and a very sadistic pierced nail with threaded chain look at Emilio Pucci.

Extreme Dyes
While your getting your extreme mani done, you may be inspired to dye your hair to match. This year’s runways were a veritable display of color, with everything from streaks of red across the part at Jour Ne to neon blue streaks at Versace.

Braids and Dark Lips
Designers are doing a little bit of school girl gone naughty this year. Guido says, “Braids never go away as a trend.” This season, you’ll want to go for skinny plaits with lips in plums and dark berries, like seen at Valentino.

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The Freedom That Comes With Pockets

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The fanny pack, the book bag, the velcro arm band. Women stuff money in their bras, credit cards in their socks, cell phones in the waistband on their sweats. What’s a woman need to do to get a decent pocket around here? For years, ladies and clothing manufacturers have struggled to come up with a comfortable way for women to transport their belongings, while men jackets come with about five different compartments for concealing anything from money to a flask to a weapon. What gives? If you’ve ever wondered why women can achieve the right to vote, but can’t find a pocket on their jeans, here are some of the weird histories behind pockets.

Seventeenth Century
The seventeenth century’s equivalent of the woman’s purse was far from ideal. While men had the luxury of pockets sewn into their garments, women were left to wrap a sack with a string around their wastes and tuck it under her gown, and petticoat, making it extremely hard to access, and not very flattering.

Eighteenth Century
Enter the hip pouch. This device consisted of two sack-like patches attached by strings which could be wrapped around a woman’s waist over her clothes, apron like, acting as two makeshift hanging pockets. These were often elaborately embroidered and could hold anything from cakes to jewelry.

Nineteenth Century
Styles changed in the nineteenth century when the voluminous dress silhouettes were slimmed down into a more Grecian inspired look, leaving no room for pockets. Says Elizabeth Morano, a professor at Parsons School of Design, “Think of the neoclassical dress. It’s straight up and down. The line of the clothes changes completely.”

Enter the purse. The reticule, as it was called was a tiny bag that women carried in their hands. As time went on, these accessories began to become more elegant, and eventually became status symbols, but served no purpose, since they were too small to carry money and most of the money handling was left to the men. Large reticules were frowned upon, as they were considered symbols of working women. Fashion historian Barbara Burman says, “The frustrations and limitations of women’s access to money and ownership of property were neatly mirrored in the restricted scope of their pocket.”

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20th Century
The early 20th century brought the woman’s trouser and with it more complications. While women now had a pocket-friendly clothing item, apparently pockets weren’t friendly to the female silhouette.

So even if the trousers did have pockets, chances were they were so small as to be barely functional. According to a 1954 quote from Christian Dior, “Men have pockets to keep things in, women for decoration.”

The 70’s brought a small wave of relief when menswear inspired pieces came into vogue, with baggy clothes, such as modeled by Diane Keaton as Annie Hall, coming into vogue. However, when the 90’s borough a rise of designer hand bags, we were back to square one, plus low rise pants didn’t help matters much.

21st Century
And now we arrive at the present. Big pockets have been popping up on big dresses on red carpets, but we have yet to see skinny jeans capable of handling an iPhone. What can we do and how much longer must we sacrifice for fashion?

If you have any ideas about a solution to the pocket problem, you may want to get a patent. Let us know your thoughts.

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Tips for Collecting and Storing Wine

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There seems to be a historical connection between the production of musical masterpieces and large amounts of wine. Maybe, then, it wouldn’t be a stretch to speculate that Dave Matthews’ introspective lyrics may have been inspired largely by the contents of his 17th century Vineyards, or that Sting’s reflections on Jung had to be the results of many a wine soaked evening in his 16th century Tuscan estate, but would you think Mike D of the Beastie Boys (RIP) may have been drinking a fine Burgundy when he wrote, “You’ve Got to Fight For Your Right To Party?” And what about Duran Duran who actually once toured with a full wine cellar and included Sassicaia on its contract rider? Would you guess that rocker Pink’s inspiration came from reds and whites?

If you are an aspiring wine collector, it is safe to say that you are certainly in good (or at least glamorous) company. Whether you are looking for inspiration for your next great book or album, big bucks, or just for some real good wine at hand, here are tips you may want to keep in mind.

Budget Yourself
One of the first things you may want to do as a novice collector is to establish a reasonable budget. Alder Yarrow, creator of venography.co says, “Aspiring collectors may be surprised to know that as little as $300 or $400 can be enough to buy some excellent bottles that will last the next 20 years.” While you may want to spend a little more on collectible bottles, wine writer Leslie Sbrocco says that there are a lot of good values in the range of $25 to $35 and with a budget of $1000, “you can do some nice things.

Professional Refrigeration
If you’re not looking for long term investments, you don’t really need a storage locker or expensive refrigeration. However, if you plan to sell your bottles down the line or do some long term storing, you should keep your wine at a constant 55 degrees. Joe Padulo, owner of Portland wine Storage says, “fifty-five degrees allows a wine to develop and age gracefully.” If you are in it for the long haul, small storage lockers start at about $40 per month, but your wine cravings will have to keep business hours, depending on the storage facility.

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Storage
When it comes to storage, it’s a good idea to estimate the number of wine bottles you want to collect and multiply it by three. Basements are generally the best places for maintaining the temperature your wine will require, but you should read the thermostat at different times of the day to ensure constant optimal temperature. The kiss of death for wine? Storing wine on top of the refrigerator or over the laundry area and stove. Humid areas are also bad news and dryness will make the cork dry out, ruining the wine.

You can buy relatively inexpensive racks to hold your wine and there are also kits available if you are handy. You may also consider purchasing a small refrigeration unit for the bottles you want to keep on hand for entertaining.

Finding Deals
Prior to bottling wines, wineries sometimes offer “futures,” and sell their upcoming vintages at 10 or 20 percent below final cost. Keep apprised of such events by joining winery clubs and signing up for mailing lists. You never know where and when you will find tomorrow’s superstar.

Be wary of the Internet and wine auctions. There is no guarantee that the wine was handled properly. Yarrow says, “It’s just too easy to get ripped off.” He suggests getting the wine from the wine make directly or establishing relationships with reputable retailers. Sbrocco recommends looking for deals at large retailers such as BevMo or Costco.

Buy Wines You Like
Although the best wine collections are varied, you are best advised to start by buying what you like. Know that new World Wines are usually best when drunk within three to seven years, whereas Old World Wines are meant to be aged.

Decide whether you lean more towards reds or if you prefer whites, With a few exceptions, whites don’t age as long as reds, which can be stored for decades before reaching their peak. Think about whites for drinking and reds for storage.

So for all you budding wine collectors, good luck, and good drinking, and let us know all about your adventures. Bottoms up!

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The Story Of The Little Black Dress

vine vera banner presents The Story Of The Little Black DressIn these days of instant messaging, if a phrase can’t be pared down to three letter, it’s not worth writing. We send each other email that would have been unreadable a mere half century ago bearing letters such as “LOL,” OMG,” “BFF,” and “WTF” to name a few. Could it be that the little black dress was so fashion forward that it foresaw a day in which anything worth its salt would have to be expressed in three letters or less? It seems as if the little black dress, or LBD, has been a staple of the female wardrobe since females had wardrobes. But how much do we really know about the history of woman’s best friend? Let’s take a look at a quick history of a fashion evolution.

“Chanel’s Ford”
While Coco Chanel did not invent the little black dress, it may be accurate to say that she made it ubiquitous. Before the fashion mogul iconized the look, black was strictly relegated to morning as the uniform of the grieving Victorian widow.

According to Coco Chanel: PicardineThe Legend and Life, Picardie, “The little black dress was not formally identified as the shape of the future until 1926 when American Vogue published a drawing of a Chanel design.” The 1926 rendering was described as a “simple, yet elegant sheath in black crepe de Chine, with long, narrow sleeves, worn with a string of white pearls.” Vogue deemed the dress “Chanel’s Ford” because of its marked resemblance to a Model T and deemed it “a sort of uniform for all women of taste.”

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The LBD Marches On
The LBD maintained its popularity throughout the Great Depression for its ability to make women look put together without spending a lot of money. LBDs became a fast favorite in Hollywood with the introduction of Technicolor because the black color was kinder to the eyes than more brightly colored fashion choices. When World War II reared its head, the LBD became the uniform of women in the workplace.

The LBD Takes A HIt
In the conservative 1950’s and early 1960’s, the LBD became the dress your mother warned you about. Apparently, the figure hugging silhouette was a little racy for the times, and women were more likely to choose a powder blue alternative. However, when the 1960’s rock and rolled in, the younger generation gave the fashion staple a modern twist. Enter the LBminiD. However, the more dignified set stuck to the classic sheath, such as the one modeled on the lovely Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

AOK and Here to Stay
Fast forward a few years and the LBD has seen a few changes. The eighties brought the shoulder pads and peplum and skater skirt versions. It has been paired with everything from heels to combat boots to roller-skates, yet the flattering color and versatility have made it indispensable to every generation. Short or long, sleeveless or strappy, the LBD will always have a place in every woman’s heart and wardrobe.

What’s your favorite thing about the LBD? It’s versatility, raciness, ability to hide stains? Let us know why your LBD is your BFF.

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A Look Ahead To Summer 2018

vine vera banner presents A Look Ahead To Summer 2018It is often said that women have to work twice as hard to earn the respect that men get. Women are constantly having to prove themselves in male dominated industries in order to achieve a modicum of what comes instantly to a man. However, there may be one industry in which women have the home field advantage, and that is the fashion industry. If there’s anything fashion is geared toward, it’s the feminine form, and if boys want to play, they need to know who’s boss. Paris Fashion Week gave the boys a chance to strut their stuff. Let’s see how they stacked up. Here is a look at what was on offer at Paris Fashion Week 2018.

Shorts
What do you think of shorts for men? Tom Ford said no man should ever wear shorts in the city, but it seems there are some designers who disagree. This year tartan print tailored shorts were all the rage, with Dior Homme showing a version off, and Dries Van Noten, offering a two piece shorts and blazer set in a similar print, while Louis Vuitton stuck too long bike shorts with a preppy sweater.

Long Hems
Another big look for Paris Fashion Week was the long hem look. Trousers are getting looser and hems are less structured. Dior Homme showed off jeans that came well past the ankle and Ann Demeulemeester showed off fitted velvet trousers hanging quite a bit over stylish patent leather dress shoes.

Black
Black is never out of fashion in Paris, and, apparently, well suited for any style. Balmain offered a preppy take with a collegiate shirt topped by a nautically themed cardigan, while Ann Demeulemeester went for a gothic drama, with her shirtless model sporting a super side belt, weathered trousers and matching knee length coat. Alexander McQueen took his black in an entirely different direction with a hip length blazer and tailored pants.

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Mixed Patterns
From black to mixed patterns, the designers had some pretty bold ideas about improbable pairings. Kenzo paired a super modern technicolored racing top with red, white, gray​ and blue striped trousers. Haider Ackerman topped plastic black and white polka dot pants with a casual athletic gold striped tank, and perhaps most daring of all was Commes des Garcons who matched his gold iridescent shorts with a bright floral print top and white blazer trimmed in red fur.

Oversized Blazers
Here’s an eighties throwback. Thom Browne did his own take on leaving the house without putting pants on by coordinating his ELE-gray work oversized blazer with striped athletic socks, dress shoes, and not much else. Kenzo also chose to go maximum on top and minimum on the bottom, with a two piece purple oversized blazer and short set. Balenciaga kept it a little more practical by teaming his drapey blazer with classic blue jeans.

Dresses and Tunics
Cutting edge or cutting room floor? Alexander McQueen topped his wool gray​ suit with a doily skirt and finished the look with open sandals, while Thom Brown put a blue pleated skirt under a short silk jacket and tie combination. Balmain made paired his skin tight punk rock striped jeans and with a long blue tunic to make his ambiguous fashion statement.

So how do you think the boys weighed in this year? Did they get it right? Let us know what you think!

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