I’ve been longing to post on the local street style for quiet some time now. Alors! This time my observation is on the Maldivian men’s fashion, more specifically the ‘skinny jeans flock’.
It appears that our opposite sex has taken a great liking for skinny jeans; and that too: skinny jeans in bright shocking colors. The tight stretchable denim wrapped around their tiny wobbly little limbs like a second skin makes them look no less than the men from medieval times (a somewhat starved version of it as well). And believe me boys; that style should be left for the theatrics on stage! And while you are whizzing away on your ‘blades’ you look nothing close to cool. The skinny nightmare doesn’t end here; it prevails with the men preferring to pair their tight jeans with shirts printed with feminine floral motifs, unbuttoned up to their navels revealing a starved physique of just skin and bones; their hair either puffed up to an Afro, styled into spikes with strange looking mullet /tails of hair on the back of their heads or long frizzy and disheveled hair falling from their shoulders. They have also taken a great deal of effort to accessorize with chains around their wrists, silver necklaces and dangling earrings. I feel terribly sorry for those guys who go for this look.
However, halfway through my denial of this trend I am trying to empathize and understand exactly why they prefer to go for such a radical look that does not appeal the least. Men have a few style options and looks they could go for compared to women. They cannot play with colors like us or work a short skirt (for the straights at least) unlike us who can work the masculine look (of a pair of suit and pants) and still look ultra powerful. Perhaps our Maldivian male counterparts have joined their ‘fashion forces’ to work a look that challenges the street style of Maldives: To stand out from the crowd and perhaps to create a unique kind of cool?
But should guys above 20 wear jeans in pink or green or have their floral shirts unbuttoned up to their belly buttons? Or is it appropriate at all to have your shirt opened in any working environment that deals with customers directly? Is it pleasing to know that your customer just took an eyeful of your entire abdomen (of just skin and bones may I add again)?
I do believe that men CAN wear skinny jeans… but let’s not make it a habit of it and wear it everywhere. It’s only suitable for casual occasions and for boys – NOT men!
You can wear the skinny jeans (albeit not too tight that you walk on like a cowboy) try to go for more demure colors like denim-washed, black or greys. Pair them with a proper T-shirt or Shirt (buttoned up!) Try working the dark-over-light look; a white t-shirt over an acid washed /dark colored denim jeans OR vice versa. And ditch the over accessorizing, go for one accessory like a chain on your wrist or if you still want to wear the necklace make it a leather one with a simple pendant.
The basic point is; wear your skinnies and floral shirts but don’t over do it. In fact, don’t over do any look! Play with a style subtly to achieve the best results
What do you think of skinny jeans? Are you a fan of them? Would you wear them? And what do you think of Maldivian men’s street style? Share your thoughts !
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I’m pretty sure that every seamstress/ tailor wishes to have infinite yards of fabric to work on, so that they could screw up multiple times without regrets to experiment on different techniques and patterns. But the most unfortunate and cold hard truth is that we have to manage with what we have.
It was one of my ‘Friday-cleaning-days’ and whilst in the middle of rummaging and sorting my chaotic cupboards full of fabric and sequins; I came across a bundle of white lace that I had cut up for a dress a couple of years back. I decided to start working on it again. The design I had chose back then was a very simple summer dress. I thought it would be challenging to make something different out of the fabric that was already cut. And there wasn’t much fabric to work on. It was tricky and I had to make sure I placed my patterns right and used the maximum out of the minimum fabric that I had.
Of course I always start by brainstorming for designs and sketch them up before picking the right one to sew. Lace is such a classic that it’s still every designers fave. This season (spring summer 2014) Burberry and Valentino, to name a few, executed impeccable lace outfits.
Women have fallen in love with this dainty fabric ever since the 16th century when it started to become more available. Different intricate designs were introduced by John Heathcoat who invented the bobbin net machine in 1768. Fashion and trends have evolved greatly that there’s a bevvy of styles we could choose from today.
For this outfit, I was inspired to use some current trends, such as the raglan sleeve, illusion-style ; where the pattern and use of colors gives the impression of a silhouette within the dress. And of course lace!
To achieve a slimming effect I used black on the sides of the body and balanced the color on the sleeves and collar. The lace, I’ve used to give different textural effects. The dress is all about balancing the strong and soft. Strong being the monochromatic colors or solid black and soft being the dainty floral lace.
So! How about you ? Would you wear lace? And how would you wear it?
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Valentino and Burberry Prorsum images from Style.com
Oh I wouldn’t want to start with how much I wish to be at the fashion week in Milan right now. The tasteful clothes; the embellished socks from Prada! The ‘sterilized petals’ from Christopher Kane! I’ve been following the reviews (and photos) of all the shows from Style.com (not to mention teary eyed and smiling with joy at the same time). I would go on a limb here to say that Fashion to me is not just clothes it’s a form of art ( art’s third cousin perhaps). The way designers present their clothes, playing with color, mixing different patterns and sewing techniques and how deep they go into dissecting their concept and visualizing it not only for the onlookers but convincing the buyers that these art pieces can in fact be wearable ; is purely beautiful and makes me emotional! Alas, I shall stop here with my emotional tete-a-tete and give you fashionistas a brief of the trends that have come to fore this season:
Sheer Sleeves are Sheer Joy
I must admit that the trends this season seem to be a continuation of the past seasons. The use of sheer paneling and non-promiscuous exposure of the human body parts through sheer fabrics were equally beautiful and poetic. Designers like Victoria Beckham , Lacoste and Calvin Klein highlighted the midriffs of models through sheer fabric, with panels in solid colors that barely covered their busts. Though Phillip Plein, Blumarine and even Lacoste presented elegant sheer sleeves, that were more practical for the working woman.
I was quite inspired to make my own, as I believe that a blouse with sheer sleeves can be either worn to a semi casual meeting or an evening dinner. I used black jersey knit for the bodice and black sheer stretchable net for the sleeves to give two different textures and for a pop of color I used a bright floral printed fabric for the folds.
More Cut Outs
Cut outs are here to stay, aye? And the obvious answer is …yes. The geometric cuts contrasted with beautiful digital prints at Peter Pilotto. And the sensuous ones seen at Cushnie et Ochs was certainly desirable.
With the sweatshirts and round shouldered silhouettes came the raglan sleeve. Looks like the sporty vibe hasn’t left yet. Tommy Hilfiger for one, did an excellent job with the sports look exhibiting a fresh and energetic collection. And I’m already planning to cut up an outfit with a raglan sleeve!
The shoes have somehow taken a different turn, and a flat turn at that. Gone were the pointy heels this season was all about comfort.
I will be updating more on the fashion week! But the ultimate question is…which of the trends would you sport today?
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Took some time off to sketch a little…and voila ! Came up with this rough sketch (sketched on paper, scanned and colored with photoshop)
Hope you guys will like it More fashion sketches to come in future! It’s been so long!
Would You Sport the ‘Skort’ ? The hybrid of a skirt and short was popular in the 90′s. Who would have thought that the skort could make a comeback in the year 2013! But we’ve been seeing so many 90′s influences lately (like the dungarees, denim cut offs and cropped tops) that a skort trend reunion is no surprise!
So would you sport the ‘Skort’ trend?
pics via pintrest,fashion land, shout out to you and zara
Carolina Kurkova sports a bright mini skort
Now, did You think Famushu would leave out the men!
Men today, have become accustomed to more simpler methods of dressing up and fashion’s evolved into minimalism. Where men once spent many laborious hours dressing up in several layers of garments (In the Victorian era a gentleman’s dress essentials were a coat,vest and hat…one would be considered naked if seen without them!) has become a rare sight in the 21st century. But perhaps the beauty (‘in the modern world’) lies in practicality along with comfort and a contemporary sense of style.
Our opposite sex makes a strong demand for Comfort more than Style (I bet there’s no woman who will deny the sacrifices we’ve made to the former)Despite the evolution of the carefree ‘modern man’ designers from Milan and Paris have contributed a tasteful array of styles in a variety of colors in their men’s wear collections (even the introduction of accessories like ‘murses’ (men’s purse)! )
So our carefree ‘modern men’ CAN dress up still… though not in the suit and vest (at least for most occasions) but fashionably! (can our men make a run for women’s fashion?!)
Let’s take a look at the highlights/trends of this year’s Spring Summer Men’s Collections.
Got the Blues!
From cobalts to prussian blue, different blue tones were used in almost every collection this year. Either a head-to-toe all blue look from Christopher Kane to a zipper jacket in faded blue from Jonathan Saunders; there was a variety of styles to chose from or to inspire an ensemble. I personally loved the sketchy wave prints used by Kenzo which was part of their concept build-up of young American surfers.
Prints tend to be tricky when used for men’s wear, it requires a balance when styling as well. Always go for a solid color when pairing with a printed outfit. However, some have risked head-to-toe prints, which can be either suitable for certain occasions or if you want to pull off a certain look. I loved Issay Miyake’s abstract technique in showing florals (which has become a popular trend for men’s fashion) His use of silk screen prints on black dyed fabric and batik prints that were so vibrant and refreshing. Dries Van Noten on the other hand took the floral fashion quite literally, his prints were …very Dries…organic colors with an Asian influence. And apart from Dolce and Gabbana’s show stopping streaker who cheerfully stripped on the runway, the Italian designers gave an even more showstopping presentation of prints inspired by Greek gods like Zeus and Apollo. Powerful mythical characters and a powerful architectural history left behind were put in modern prints.
Simply put : A suit is an essential for every modern man!
A polka dotted scarf ? flower printed bags? This year feminine elements are popular in men’s wear…and it hardly makes the man look any less ‘manly’. The Grecian inspired sandals by Dolce and Gabbana and shoes with a woven impression looked comfortable and stylish. Leather hand bags and round sunglasses were also prominent accessories this season.
‘Tis the time of the year again! Ladies! It’s Summer and it’s hot sunny glares are begging us to wear tank tops, sun dresses, cotton tees and voluminous amounts of sunscreen! While we all are looking for comfort and breathable outfits, fashion and trends are not to be missed! (especially for the ladies who stay ahead of the fashion curve!) Since many hit the beach to cool off the heat and bath in the refreshing waters I’ve come up with 4 main ensembles for not only those who want to escape the Summer heat; but also for the holiday goers! Yes…holiday goers: here in Maldives it’s 365 days of Summer and we get to see tourists come and go through out the year. Thus, we have (or atleast myself!) seen enough beachwear to start commenting,criticizing (admiring even) the different looks we see every season. So, whether you are in California, USA or Reethi Rah Island Resort, Maldives these 4 beach looks have you covered with day and night ensembles!
Look 1- Yin and Yang. Strong and Soft. A black bikini always make a bold statement and is a real head turner, pair it with gold or colorful accessories. Contrasting the black bikini look is the dainty swimwear. Floral motifs on pastel tones give a feminine feel. Round sunglasses in two shades can be chic and fashionable. If you are going for dark colored swimwear, then pair a multi colored wrap scarf to give a youthful and fresh look. A tote bag is always handy to carry your sunscreen or Vogue magazine.
Look 2- If you are planning to go out for drinks on a Summer evening then don a pair of monochrome pants with geometric patterns. They give a very contemporary and chic look. Forget the heels and pair black gladiator sandals with gold accents to give a luxurious feel. Balance the gold accents with statement jewelry like a bib necklace or a bangle. A simple blush can make a huge difference. Give a refreshed, sun kissed look with NARS blush.
Look 3-Would you dare to bare? The midriff has become a must-flaunt this year (even the resort collections for 2014 were all about cut outs and more midriffs!) So if you’ve got the abs-without-the-flabs then it’s your time to shine. This ASOS piece which they originally selected for the section festival looks is very apt for the beach / summer as well! You could wear for a stroll or when lounging around the cocktail bar. Caring for your skin is a must-do in Summer, always go for wide brimmed hats and to avoid dry chapped lips apply a fruit lip scrub.
Look4- Kimono’s for beach has become a popular trend! Go for geometric or aztec prints. What’s beach without Kaftans?! This piece of clothing has been around for ages and it’s been designed and styled in so many ways today that you have a variety of styles and colors to choose from. Bejewelled sandals are always a glamorous way to finish off your outfit. Always make sure to apply a good sunscreen of SPF 50 or above, indoors and outdoors.
All clothing pieces from Nordstrom, Luisaviaroma and ASOSIllustration by Famushu All copyrights held
Here in Maldives (a small island nation just 1 meter above sea level) and approximately 12,523 miles from USA, one would call me insane to talk about Coachella ’13. But hey the World Wide Web has knitted us all into a tiny ball, and nothing seems to be impossible today isn’t it? Coachella was so last month but I’m still musing (mostly) about the hippie bohemian ensembles worn by the festival goers. It is a music fest but lately the crowd seems to be more into dressing up to stand out (like the stylists/editors crowd from Paris or New York fashion week but place them in an even more crowded area,music booming from the background complete with a hippie / boho vibe) It’s crazy yet cool and why not ? The vibe there must have been friendly and carefree. The clothing showed it most of all, everyone seemed to be in their own happy place wearing exactly what they wanted to wear with no ‘fashion police’ to dictate them.
Some went for bold monochrome prints with bold red lips; others wore baby doll dresses with back packs while most went for cropped tops with flower garlands on their heads. There were a few pieces that I loved to wear which would suit the sunny tropical weather in Maldives: Tie Dye, bold prints, cropped tops, lace, fringed items, denims or denim cut offs and flower crowns. A cropped top with tie dye, bold aztec prints or a cropped tee in a simple color is always so perfect for hot weather. Bags with fringes, boots with fringes or just about anything with fringes makes me go all ‘aah’ ‘ooh’ ! Pair a dainty white lace top with denim jeans or shorts and it makes you the ‘it’ girl (think Lana Del Ray)
But perhaps the very item that my hands itched to make was the flower crown! The weather is perfect- monsoon rains are over and it’s sunny again. With a bunch of dainty silk flowers, some wires and a scissor I DIY-ed a flower crown within an hour.
Wearing my flower crown here with my favorite lace cropped top. I know one cannot wear a garland of flowers on the regular but they can be worn to special occasions (weddings, pool parties, beach parties, music fests … or you could come up with some crazy occasion as an excuse to wear it ) Flower crown DIY’s are so popular that you could find different styles online today, so try it out mix different colors, you can vary the flowers to achieve different looks; from simple to dramatic. Hope to see some of my Famushions try it today
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