Model: Bambi | Photographer: Mark Hunter | Stylist: Zara Mirkin
When it comes to styling, it's not a matter of 'all or nothing': covering clumsily head to toe or going scantily clad in public will get you nowhere fashionably worthy of a second glance. Really, it's all about balance and proportions: achieving harmony with your clever picks of colors, patterns, cuts, drapes, and fabric.
(Lindsay Lohan photographed by Ellen von Unwerth for GQ Germany August 2010)
This is about creative solutions borne out of necessity.
Here we present two ideas for those who would love to kill the feeling of discomfort when exhibiting bikinis (which at times can be so tiny you might as well be running around buck naked) but still adore the two-piece silhouette. Vintage-inspired or à la mode, these attention-grabbing solution pieces will no doubt relay a promise of stress-free adventure at the beach!
As more womanly shapes and shades start to aboard the trend train for the latter half of 2010, tough accessories are yet to make a complete exit. Nevertheless, we're not complaining; the overlap has further opened more doors for fantasy styling that we can put our stamp on.
(Marie Claire US August 2010) Model: Alison Nix | Photographer: David Oldham | Stylist: Zanna Roberts Rassi | Hair: Keith Carpenter | Makeup: Thorsten Weiss | Manicure: Tatyana Molot
Finding the right vest is all about cut, fabric, and drape. Whether you select one made of leather to inject attitude into your more feminine outfit or one of a simple classic form, just make sure its structure flatters your silhouette; clean lines with clever panels and seams will ensure great fitting for you and high durability for your vest.
Make ladylike sophistication feel relevant for now by adding an inspiring mix of accessories like a vintage hat, metal arm candy, or standout shoes. Or if you're feeling extra spunky, as in the cases above, don all three in one go.
Whether you're handling a business or running errands all day -- every girl needs a power suit to match that driven attitude. For a more contemporary twist on the good ol' blazer, go for ones with shorter sleeves (it is mid summer!) but with smart, creative detailing. A streamlined yet playful ensemble will take you a long way on a hectic day!
Perhaps the appeal lies in their figure-hugging shapes that accentuate the right places. Or perhaps it’s that go-with-everything color, or the charm factor of the materials used. Or maybe it’s the glamour of the 'long sleeves + micro mini' design. Whatever it is, we simply can’t imagine our sensational summer nights without them. Can you?
Model: Alyssa Miller | Photographer: David Burton | Stylist: Carola Bianchi
With vivid colors reminiscent of sweet candy paradise and temperature so high you might as well be in the middle of a dessert, there is no better time to strip down to short shorts and go barefoot. Soak in the sun, ladies, and soak in style. It is summer time.
Let your lavish item have a fashion moment while you wear it with such aplomb. How to make this look work for the city? Simply add sky-high heels and precision-cut accessories, et voila! You’re ready to go.
From the studio to the street, maxi dresses are making a return this season. How to blend with the recurring trend while still standing out in the crowd? Pick a dress with a flirty silhouette and a flowy hemline, and toughen these feminine elements with clever extras like leather boots, a belt, or a hat. You'll definitely get heads turning!
For its Fall 2010 ad campaign Escada is injecting a little attitude in every outfit by incorporating tough materials and sleek hairstyles, but clearly there's nothing "borrowed-from-the-boys" about these looks, as the soft silhouettes find harmony with the leather leggings.