Love Chic

How To Own A Trend

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September is a huge month for fashion, owing largely to the slew of designer collections and trend reports from the world’s fashion capitals. With Vogue at the frontline, magazines release what is usually their thickest issue, the fruit of months-long labor and collaboration. And what does it mean to common folk like you and me who can only ogle at fresh-off-the-runway designer pieces, unwilling to part with money that can pay for a semester’s worth of tuition or feed an entire family for a month just to satisfy our trend lust? 

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It means an opportunity to draw inspiration and hone our style eye. One look I have loved and owned since college is the sweatshirt-as-top. It’s dressier and warmer than a casual shirt, less serious than a button-down. I got this one from the kid’s section so I could pretend it’s cropped and cuffed—an oversized sweatshirt and billowy midi skirt would drown my 5’2” frame. (Fashion Week: Christopher Kane; Love Chic: Forever 21)

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No need to wait until they trickle down from the upper echelon that is a designer’s atelier, to the ready-to-wear racks at the local mall. All it takes is some practice. Take a look at these trends that have taken over the past season’s runways. (Fashion Week: Gucci; Love Chic: Binkydoodles and FOF)

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No surprise that fashion follows the law of karma: what goes around, comes around.My photos were shot before these collections came out. I wrote this originally for Beautybook's 2014 trend forecast, adding my take on how to make them wearable and I didn't need to style new looks anymore. So first tip—find ways to mix old and new. My “dress” consists of two pieces: a skirt used as top, and a longer one that's been sitting in my mom's closet since I was little.(Fashion Week: Oscar Dela Renta; Love Chic: Sugar Rush and vintage)

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Liam Hemsworth for Bench/ Summer 2013

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As I write this, the A/C and fan are on full throttle and bright sunlight gashes through the window despite the blinds being drawn. Seems like summer doesn’t just want its presence felt; it wants us to be looking it in the eye. Lol.

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No complaints there, though. It’s the best time to be donning breezy outfits, few accessories and barely-there makeup. Forever21 dress, SM Accessories, Parisian shoes.

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Hype this on Lookbook here and Chictopia here.

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Coinciding with the coming of summer is the coming here of one of today’s hottest actors, “Hunger Games” star and newest Bench endorser Liam Hemsworth. This is what I wore his lunch tête-à-tête with the media a few weeks back. 

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Here’s what went down with the hottie from Down Under as he talked “Hunger Games,” action films, beating up Thor and men’s fashion.

   
Shot with my DSLR on my right hand while my left hand was shooting with my iPhone (just to be sure). Haha! Just think of the shakiness and un-enhanced audio as your way of feeling like you were actually in the room—it was utter and enjoyable chaos.

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