When I started this blog back in August for school I didn’t really know how to bring fashion into the blog in a way that would be interesting for the people who read my blog, but after listening to some of my readers I thought it would be a cool idea to share my looks with you including links to different priced, similar options available for purchase. Every Friday I’ll share a new look with shop-able links below called Friday Fashion Finds!
This week is my midterms so comfort is the main priority for what I wear everyday. Recently Florence has been hit with really cold weather and even some snow so I picked up some sweaters at the store since I really only packed summer clothes for my semester here. I got the thick knit pink sweater at H&M for only 10 euros (exact one I’m wearing is linked below) at their winter sale and it has been one of the best items I’ve ever got at the store. Normally I don’t like to shop fast fashion (Zara excluded) much because of the quality of the fabrics and construction they use, but this sweater was slightly better made than their usual sweaters. The lilac sweater I’m wearing underneath is from a store I found in Florence called Sofi, but they do not sell online that I know of. I’ve linked both sweaters at different price points below!
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Our class went to Milan last weekend for one of our field trips which gave us some free time for shopping. They had an urban outfitters there where I picked up this pair of tracksuit sweatpants. I love the cool rainbow tuxedo stripe down the pants that make them more street style rather than gym wear. The key to pulling of athleisure in my opinion is to combine the obvious “gym” items like sweatpants with more casual everyday items like a basic sweater or cotton top. Shop sweatpant options below!
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For shoes I wore my platform converse. Recently I saw that they have platform high top converse (which are now next on my list to purchase). Overall big chunky tennis shoes are super popular right now. This trend seemed to start as street style with the Adidas originals evolving to thicker dad shoes and then to designers like Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton. Shop sneakers below!
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Ciao babes!! Finally adjusting to life in Italy – a little bit. I don’t think I would every fully adjust to every aspect of living in another country, but I’m enjoying the short stay. Today we went to Pitti Immagine in Florence where the theme this season was fashion meets film. The exhibit this weekend was all about yarn including a room full of ways to use yarn with the upcoming S/S 2019 trends. We went from there to Vintage Selection, a room of vendors selling vintage clothes, shoes, bags, sunglasses, etc.
A few weeks ago I was approached to try out the Swedish company, Caseapp and write an honest review of the products. I was given a free phone case as well as laptop skin and both products I received are awesome. I created my own custom iPhone case and chose a pre-made laptop skin. They both turned out to be great products with beautiful prints that are very well made.
Today my roommate Miranda and I finally had some free time and got to walk through central park, which we have now discovered is the only place in the city where you can breath fresh air. During our walk I wore one of the top trending jackets from this fall season, the shearling moto jacket. Now you may be wondering how to pull off this trend, where to buy a shearling moto jacket, or just wondering what moto means? Fear not because I’m going to break it all down for you step by step below.
After completing a class project on the 1930’s, and listening to other classmates talk about the decades of fashion past, I decided to bring this knowledge to The Garment Garden! I have always identified most with the 1970’s hippie style so, first I want to dive into the 70’s and talk about some key trends. The first trend I want to discuss is the influence of the wild west style on the 70’s as well as today.
(Glamour November 2017 Cover, Screenshot from Texture App)
This week I downloaded and signed up for the texture app. I have heard of magazine viewing applications, but I have never actually downloaded and used one before. Texture is great for viewing magazines at only $10/month you get access to tons of top titles such as: Vogue, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, or Nylon. While I would still prefer to hold the physical magazine this app is great because it allows you to access so many different magazines for the price of one magazine each month. It also allows for more interaction than print magazines do. These digital magazine allow you to click on certain parts and it directs you to a website or other extra content.
(Sarah Ziff at Dolce and Gabbana S/S 2004)
This past week I watched the Picture Me documentary byOle Schell and model, Sarah Ziff. This documentary gives an inside look into modeling in the early 2000’s, and begs the question, has anything changed since then? The opening scenes start with Ziff as a new model landing her first job and receiving her first pay check, but as time goes on she experiences the ups and downs of the industry.
An art or creative director at a magazine is responsible for telling the story of the magazine through the visuals and design layout. While others may produce the content, the art or creative director has the final say on what makes the cut and how it is laid out throughout the magazine to tell an accurate story of the magazine’s aesthetic. An interesting article from Who What Wear, interviews Mariya Ivankovitser, the current Art director at InStyle.
(Spring Summer 2018 Trends)
Fashion month took place in all the major cities of New York, Paris, Milan, and London has come to a close leaving us with photos upon photos of street style and runway inspiration. Looking back at all of the trends shown during this time I would easily say my favorite SS18 trend was sheer fabrics. This trend was seen from different designers from all four of the major fashion capitals. Dior has been using sheer fabrics in their collections for some time now, and their most recent collection is no exception.
Often times, when reading American fashion print media such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour or Elle, it all seems to blend together into one magazine covering the same topics, in the same way, with the same text, models and photographers. The similarities between these magazines are endless. Today I analyzed an American fashion/lifestyle magazine as well as a French fashion/lifestyle magazine to look at the similarities and differences between our print media here vs. print media outside of the U.S.