BEYOND BANDEAU

By Marina MonroeBANDEAUTempting bandeaus bewitched audiences at Paris Fashion Week SS 2015.

Bandeaus moved from glorified bra into acceptable outerwear last year, when girls from coast to coast gleefully embraced sideboob and gaping tank tops. I adore this trend- possibly because it’s flattering for many body types and insanely comfortable- but didn’t anticipate it weaseling into high fashion anytime soon. So imagine my surprise and delight when, after perusing the photographs from Paris Fashion Week, I noticed several designers showing classy version of the simple style. Balenciaga and Balmain both embraced the bandeau as a subtle accept on minimalist, flesh-flashing pieces. Bandeaus at Balenciaga proved to be chic yet discrete layering pieces, nestling subtly underneath sheer, mesh, and netted dresses. Balmain went bolder, using bandeaus as tops in their own right, and pairing them with classic black slacks and impeccably tailored blazers. Yet no designer out-bold bandeaued Dries Van Noten, who layered long bandeaux over- yes that’s right, over, not under- patterned blazers and see-through button ups.

Source: MOTO Spot Denim Bandeau, $44, at Topshop. Crochet-Trimmed Lace Bandeau, $19.90, at Forever21. Topshop Floral Jacquard Bandeau, $11.99 at Nordstrom.

BOSS BOMBER JACKETS

By Marina MonroeBOMBERBe gone, basic bombers!

1970’s boho may be storming the runways, but one key piece for Fall 2014 comes straight out of the 80’s. The Breakfast Club may have bonded over youthful disillusionment, but they just as easily could have found common ground in the casual yet versatile bomber jacket, which was worn by virtually every mover and shaker to grace the silver screen between 1981-1989. The laid back separate is enjoying a new renaissance thanks to the plethora of textures, patterns, shapes, and textures being utilized by designers high and low alike. One near-universal trait of Fall 2014’s bomber is light luxury. These jackets exude easy athleticism, and wear far less heavily than their Pretty In Pink era forefathers. Stylish starlets such as Cara Delevingne, Taylor Swift, and Emma Watson have been recently spotted rocking beautiful and modern bombers.

Source: Musee Bomber Jacket, $198.00, at Madewell. Jacquard Bomber, $118, at Anthropologie. Tara Bomber Jacket, $78.00, at Abercrombie. Floral Print Jersey Bomber Jacket, $95.00 at Topshop.

FALL AT UNIONMADE

By Unionmade

Fall at Unionmade is shaping up quite nicely, with striking collections from notable labels like Our Legacy, Officine Generale, Folk and many more.

To give you a glimpse of what’s in store, Unionmade has put together a few looks that show off their favorite pieces and highlight what’s new in menswear this season. Come check out the Fall Collection in-store at Unionmade at The Grove, across from Umami Burger.

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HIGH/LOW

By Marina MonroeHIGHLOWCropped tops and high waisted bottoms will continue their reign into 2015.

This silhouette cannot be stopped. Seen on red carpets and in real life, the silhouette has become so popular, designers have collectively decided to implement the short top/high bottom into formal evening wear. Who would have known that our go-to summer look would wield such powerful influence? Oscar De La Renta paired a ruched pale pink off the shoulder crop top with striking canary-yellow mermaid cut floor length skirt. Ralph Lauren showed a cropped ebony sweater ending a couple inches above a gorgeous layered black floor length skirt with a high, sexy slit. A flash of leg, a hint of ab, and you’ll be the most popular girl at any party.

Source: Joa Short Sleeve Mesh Crop Top from Nordstrom. Limited Edition Flower Bardot Crop Top, from Topshop.

SUEDE PARADE

By Marina MonroeSUEDEYou’ll look sensational in suede separates.

Who doesn’t love a 1970’s throwback? The soft and devilishly delicate form of leather is scheduled to make a comeback come Spring 2015. Jason Wu’s best look was a showstopping, semi-seafoam green dress with a deep v and high slit. Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren sent out preppy but not prim suede suits in navy and forest green that I’m just dying to integrate into your workwear wardrobe. Derek Lam and Karen Walker had a more playful take, showing suede ensembles in pastel purple and sunny yellow. Head to toe suede might seem intimidating at first, but don’t be discouraged: there are plenty of ways to make this look modern and convenient for any girl on the go. Since suede is naturally a loose, thin fabric, you’re going to want to add form with clean lines and solid structure.

Source: Suede A-line Skirt, $190, at Topshop. Rick Owens Leather Suede Biker Vest, $2150, at Barneys. Faux Suede Leggings, $59.00, at Zara.

LOUNGE IN LUXURY

By Marina MonroeLOUNGEChic and comfy.

Last week’s Spring 2015 fashion week is likely to set the styles we’ll be sporting by mid-Winter. I’m happy to announce that for once, labels are designing high-end garments with comfort in mind. Runways were packed with long, lean looks that read like the marriage of loungewear and black tie. Stand out looks included Rag & Bone’s loose leather tunic and trousers and Calvin Klein’s spacious matching tank top/long skirt sets. Marc Jacobs sent out models in massive floor length skirts topped by a navy zip up hoodie that made an interesting mix of accessible streetwear and creative couture creation. DKNY and The Row sent out models in all white, two piece ensembles that looked casually modern and faintly futuristic. If you’re not on the runway, I’d suggest pairing loose bottoms with a matching (or simply complementary) fitted top. All white is my favorite color scheme for this look, but if you’re not down with wearing so much of such a stark hue, go for your favorite neutral.

Source: Luca Harem Pants, $93, at Anthropologie. Yohji Yamamoto Houndstooth Oversize Hoody, $880, at Barneys. Topshop Burnout Jersey Jumpsuit, $60, at Topshop.

CHIC CARGO

By Marina MonroeCARGONormcore further evolves.

Your mom is about to be so happy. The cargo short is back and poised to be bigger than ever, embraced by both designers and tastemakers as a certifiable trend. Luxe version of the classic american cargo short have been spotted on several runways. Dsquared2′s resort 2015 collection included silky, figure skimming versions. Models walking in Rosie Assoulin’s resort 2015 collection wore oversized cargo shorts in oversized sillouettes. Cargo shorts could fall under the umbrella of androgyny, casual cool, and of course #normcore as a surprise take on current trends. For a youthful but not elementary school cargo short ensemble, choose accompaniments carefully. I suggest topping a pair off with almost-open sky blue button ups or a semi-sheer crop top. Under no circumstances combine cargo shorts with heels. Instead, strike a considerable contrast with strappy sandals and a feminine evening clutch.

Source: Cropped Chambray Cargos, $29.95, at Anthropologie. Rag & Bone Brushed Twill Cargo Shorts, $198, at Barneys. Mens A&F Lightweight Cargo Shorts, $60, at Abercrombie.

RAVE ON

By Marina MonroeRAVERave culture crashed Fashion Week.

We knew something was up with major blogger Bryan Boy attended Alexander Wang’s ultra hyped Spring 2015 show in EDM inspired attire: a neon-printed tee, stacked kandi bracelets, and a teddy bear pacifier. But that was just the start of this rolicking rave party! Cool kid label MBMJ sent out a collection inspired by ‘80’s ravers, with models strutting to flashing club lights and classic house tracks. Jeremy Scott teamed up with Miley Cyrus to create an over-the top spectacle, replete with mixed media decor and artwork made up of what might be found on the floor of any Skrillex show. The Cyrus-designed accessories that Jeremy Scott’s models walked in were strikingly similar to ‘Kandi’, the colorful beaded bracelets that ravers trade with each other at shows as a gesture of friendship. So leave your minimalism in Summer and go forth, go neon, and go hard!

Source: Nike Zoom Structure 17 Mesh Sneakers, $115, at Nike. FOREVER21 Barbie Muscle Tee, $14.80, at Forever21. MARC BY MARC JACOBS ‘Luna Tarp Fergus’ Tablet Case, $158, at Nordstrom. Background image from 4Eleven Flickr.

DIP DYE

By Marina MonroeDIPDYELuxurious boho chic is all about the color blend.

Indie brands like Tia Cibani plucked my heart and, ultimately, purse strings with softly dip dyed garments that strike me as the height of eco friendly chic. Even the gas guzzling carnivores among us must acknowledge the subtle, let haunting beauty of luxurious fabrics dipped in heady hues and blended together in that oh so recognize dip dye manner. Don’t worry, I’m not advocating you to break out your bored college shirt creations! Tia Cibani mixed natural with structured elements by applying the dip dye to crisp, tailored pieces such as vests and shifts. The contrast between edge and blue is absolutely divine!

Source: Shirred Dip Dye Organic Cotton Cover-Up available at Nordstrom; Surf Gypsy Dip Dye Crochet Trim Cover-Up available at Nordstrom. Dip Dye Fringe Vest available at Topshop.