Victorian motifs were present throughout this collection, and the eerie sort of vibe was felt throughout the entire show, from the darker and more macabre takes on lace to the actual environment itself. Lace and fur were seen throughout the collection, to no one’s surprise, but the ways in which they were incorporated were new and exciting. Lace was layered into beautiful three-dimensional creations when it was paired with beads, feathers and layered over cage like skirts; taking a more modern approach to the typical renaissance silhouette. Fur was used in the collection in ways only McQueen could pull off; as entire dresses, as graphic prints and patterns on coats and even as Peter-Pan style collars. The darkest shades of a peacocks feather were seen throughout the show as well, and the beautiful high-collared, cage-skirted dresses were accented perfectly when followed by sheer, flowing gowns.The beading in this collection helps to create an incredible depth to each look that is unparalleled, and with the jewel tone color palette, a sense of royalty was felt. This collection rings true to the darker undertones that seem to be prevalent in all of McQueen’s shows. An ode to a Gothic Renaissance, this collection is beautiful and troubling in the most fashionable of ways.
All photos courtesy of style.com
What’s your favorite aspect of this collection?
I’m not one to goo over red carpet fashions. Although I do love seeing what gowns were worn, for some reason I’m not drawn to award shows. I’m not a huge fan of diamonds, although I like black diamonds a lot, and I’m not one to don delicate jewelry. I think I like day to day fashion or runway shows because I believe every day is a good day to get dressed up; I like the intricacies of picking out what to wear for day to day life.
The Oscars seem to be the exception to this. Obviously, it’s the biggest show of the year, and it’s the only one I actually care about. Although I love seeing what the women wear, I also adore seeing what the men wear. So today, I bring to you the men of the Oscars and what they wore. You’re welcome.
Zac Efron looks dapper as ever in this Calvin Klein Collection skinny suit. Classic, elegant, perfectly tailored and exactly what you would expect from Efron. He’s definitely easy on the eyes.
Kevin Spacey looks dashing in this Burberry Suit. I love a good suit in a blue, and this navy shade hints more on the side of royal blue. The perfect black pointed lapel is paired with a black satin bow tie and is accented by his black watch. I love this look; ageless, appropriate and simple.
Is there anyone who’s a bigger heartthrob than Joseph Gordon-Levitt? Like Effron, he decided to don a Calvin Klein Collection look, and there are no words to describe how perfect he looks except the word perfect. A true gentleman, Gordon Levitt looks impeccable with this satin lapel skinny suit which is accented by the daintiest of red pins. Well done, sir, well done.
Leonardo DiCaprio looks absolutely gorgeous in this Giorgio Armani suit. I love the visible buttons, the wider satin lapel, the bow tie and the perfect pocket scarf. Come on, men! A pocket scarf or tie clip can work wonders. Although DiCaprio didn’t win an Oscar for his role in Wolf of Wall Street, he won one in my heart for being the biggest babe alive. Also, go Leo for rocking that hair! Ugh, so good Leo, so good.
Jared Leto in Saint Laurent was probably the standout for me as far as men go. I love seeing men take risks with fashion (I use that term relatively because every man looks good in a suit) and honestly I think Leto was the biggest risk taker last night. Leto’s ombred locks pair perfectly with his tri-tone suit; the white dress shirt actually pairs well with the cream suit jacket and black pants. I love the bow tie and pocket scarf and how they add another dimension to the look while seamlessly pulling it all together. Leto is such a talented human being, and I think he is ravishing in this look.
Matthew McConaughey is also looking absolutely ravishing in this Dolce & Gabbana look. The tri-tone suit is modern and young, while still maintaining an Oscar Worthy appearance. I absolutely love the black buttons on his dress shirt and I love how he paired the black vest with the look. Absolutely wonderful (even though Leo probably doesn’t think so)
I think Martin Scorsese looks absolutely adorable in this Giorgio Armani suit. Classic, and so well paired with his thick rimmed glasses! He looks so much like Mr.Fredricksen (the old man) from Up! I love it!
I know Ellen is not a man, but I just wanted to throw her in here to show that anyone and everyone can look good in a suit. She was brilliant last night AND she broke twitter… as if she couldn’t have been any cooler. She looks amazing in this Saint Laurent piece.
All photos courtesy of style.com
Who were your favorites last night?
I posted a preview of my most recent collaboration last week, and I couldn’t resist posting a couple more! I had the immense pleasure of shooting with Mary DeCrescenzio for this set, an amazing photographer who I met while working at Hip Wa Zee. We shot three looks and are currently in the process of another collaboration which should be really great.
I’ve been keeping the theme of this collaboration secret, and I can’t hold it in any longer! These three looks were all based off of tarot cards. I’ve been reading cards since I was about 13, when I got the classic Raider Waite deck in a kit, and the cards have been part of my life ever since.. I am going to be incorporating spirituality and fashion more and more since both are my passions, and I thought this was a good way to start. Anyway, I don’t want to give too much away, so enjoy the preview, and more details (and explanation of the tarot) to come!
I can’t wait to release the entire collaboration and explain what each cards means to me. I hope everyone is having a fabulous Sunday!
Go check out Mary’s work HERE and check back for more photos!
Shot by the amazing Mary DeCrescenzio… more coming soon
Just like it’s no new fact that I love wearing black, it’s no new fact that I love yoga. One of my long term goals includes being a yoga teacher, and another includes traveling to India to deepen my practice, immerse myself in the culture and hopefully volunteer as well. So, this Monday morning, I am giving every Death King out there five reasons why he should practice yoga. These five reasons are nothing more than just the tip of the iceberg, but we all have to start somewhere!
I love this meme because it’s so accurate. The wonderful thing about yoga is that it HELPS with flexibility. You don’t have to be able to touch the your toes or put your foot behind your head, but who knows, maybe after a steady practice those things will happen! Yoga couples alignment, stretching, breath and philosophy to create flexibility in your mind, body and soul. Believe me, you’ll be sore after your first yoga class, but it will be well worth it.
Well, that doesn’t necessarily sound so promising, we’re constantly breathing after all, but let me explain. There are many, many different schools of yoga, but almost every one emphasizes the breath. Different breathing patterns, called pranayama’s, help you in different ways; some calm, some energize, some just help to restore. The most common breathing technique is called ujjayi or ocean breadth and it helps to center and restore and is used in many yoga classes. The breadth is performed by tensing the muscles at the back of the throat and breathing out through the nose, like you’re fogging up a mirror. Paying attention to your breath automatically helps turn your drishti, or gaze, inward; there is stillness and softness that wasn’t present before. By paying attention to the breath while performing the physical postures, a sort of consciousnesses is able to manifest, and there’s a presence that wasn’t there before. This, in turn, carries of the mat and is something you can utilize everyday. Your practice on the mat is a reflection of your life off the mat, after all .
Your butt will look great, your body will start to look great, and you’ll feel good. Personally, I love a man with a nice butt, and yoga will definitely give you a nice butt… Yoga means union, and there’s an obvious connection between a happy mind and happy body and soul. The idea behind the series of physical postures, or asanas, is that when the body is active, the mind is quite. The original yogis knew the opposite was true as well; when the body is quite the mind is active. Yoga uses the energetic body and the physical body to strengthen one another; the whole idea of a physical yoga practice is to get your body ready for meditation, or savasana. Don’t be fooled though; a vinyasa style class is no easy feat, it will metaphorically kick your butt, but alas, it will also physically tone it along with the rest of your body.
Whether you want a physically engaging class or a restoring one, there is a school of yoga for everyone. Love structure and want a class that is like meditation in motion? Try Ashtanga, a school that has a set of series and involves the same postures in almost every class. After you become familiar with the postures and terminology it becomes moving meditation guided by the breath. Want a yoga practice based around the concept of alignment? Try Iyengar or Anusara. Want a faster paced yoga class that flows from one posture to the next? Try a Vinyasa class. There is something for everyone, find more information about what resonates with you HERE.
The thing with yoga is that YES, it will help tone your inner thighs, shape up your butt, strengthen your back and core, it will help you gain arm muscles and have better postures… those are all true. But the practice of yoga, when done with integrity, is a lifelong practice that follows you. The physical practice is 1/6th of yoga.. it is only one measly limb. Yoga is one of the most incredible gifts you can give yourself because it will help you to dwell in your soul in a way you didn’t know was possible. I think it’s incredibly attractive when a man takes care of himself, physically and spirituality, and having witnessed the benefits of yoga firsthand, I urge everyone to start a practice and see the benefits themselves. It takes a true man to understand the importance of taking care of himself, and let me tell you, yoga is an amazing way to do it.
I urge everyone, male or female, to get on a mat and see how it changes you. Yoga has many, many more benefits than I was able to list, but I hope I gave you an idea of how much positive change it’s capable of.
PS: These yoga memes are of Woody Woodrow from Our Last Night. When I first met him we bonded over yoga, and two years later, he’s certified as a yoga instructor and practicing yoga around the world while touring with OLN. After two years of talking about doing yoga together, we finally were able to when he OLN was in Atlanta at the Masquerade. If you’re a fan of them and want to get your vinyasa on before a show, ask him to help and he’ll be more than happy to do so.
PS: Yoganonymous has a FREE 60 minute online class for men, which you can find HERE
There is a certain comfort that comes along with wearing a solely black outfit, in textures that are comforting and warm. It’s no new fact that I love to layer black on black, it’s common knowledge and I am more than okay with that. It’s hard for me to understand why wearing black from head to toe attracts more attention than wearing all color, since you’d expect color to stand out more. The world we live in is full of bright colors, though, so I guess the contrast between a monochromatic outfit and the world is more startling.
Shirt: American Thread// Hoodie and Necklace: Zara// Faux Fur: H&M// Leggings: Express// Bag and Shoes: Urban Outfitters
I wore this outfit to brunch and Trader Joes! The twin and I got some groceries and had some good conversation, the usual.I also went and took a blindfolded yoga class to support research on diseases that cause blindness which was amazing! Now I’m gonna study and finish up some work.
What are you up to this evening?
I am beyond elated and proud to announce that I am a fashion journalist for Ombre Magazine! I’m interning with United Colors of Fashion, an incredible organization dedicated to empowering youth through fashion, and helping to shape the world into a more beautiful place. UCOF’s philanthropic vision aligns with my own, and I have coupled with a team of other interns dedicated to help spread UCOF’s amazing mission. UCOF offers fashion classes to underprivileged youth, giving them the tools they need to create an impact on the fashion industry. UCOF also does relief work in Haiti and South Africa with AIDS and Sickle Cell Anemia among other things.
Ombre Magazine is going to feature student’s style from around the world, trends, and icons who are making a positive impact on the world and the fashion industry plus a lot more. I can’t wait to share more once the magazine is released!
It’s never an easy task to truly define something that’s not necessarily concrete. I defined a Death Queen last week in my weekly blog post for Garnet and Black Magazine, which you can find HERE, so I thought I should also define her male counterpart.
There is a certain tenderness that arises with consciousness of this life, of the next and of the energies in-between. Almost like a stepping stone, this awareness stems from awakening the unconscious and thinning the veil between this world and the next while doing so. A Death King does not necessarily have to be extremely aware of song of the universe, but he knows it is in his best interest to at least stop and hear its hum. A Death King knows that the mind is the most powerful thing in the world, and he uses it to his advantage.
A Death King knows what he wants and knows how to get there; he is aware of the power that resides in his core and he knows the means in which to manifest it. The Death King understands there is power in positivity and in helping another, and he doesn’t use his awareness as a means of pushing someone else down to climb to the top. He cloaks himself in only that which serves him, whether it’s all black or love and courage.
Just like a Death Queen has a penchant for black, so does the Death King. Since he is acutely aware of the power in presentation, the Death King has no problem in dressing himself in the darkest of shades as a means to repel negativity and feel powerful while doing so. A Death King wears what he wants to wear because he wants to wear it; he is unaffected by others opinions of him because he realizes his own opinion is the only which truly holds weight.
A Death King is a man versed in life and in his own beliefs. He believes in himself and the unyielding power and potential which resides within him. More than anything else, he realizes this can manifest in every facet of his life… especially in his style.
If you know me, if you know Breathing Fashion, you know I’m all for love in every facet of the word. I think love is one of the most beautiful things in the world and I think it has vast and infinite power. But like any other form of power, love definitely has the potential to destroy. With Valentine’s Day literally right around the corner, I wanted to compose some of my feelings and thoughts to share and maybe cause some introspection, or at least some kind of snow day entertainment.
I have been fortunate enough to grow up with parents who shower my sister and I in I love you’s and affection every single day. I have been fortunate enough to grow up with a father who never fails to kiss my mother every morning and tell her she’s beautiful, and really, truly, mean it. My father always bought my mom some roses or flowers, and my sister and I a little stuffed bear, for Valentine’s Day; a little gesture but never anything crazy or ornate for the sake of it. There was always a card or a text, a reminder of the holiday, but there was never some unyielding and great weight that had been bestowed on the 14th of February. I have never had one day to celebrate my love and appreciation for everyone in my life, I have always had 365. This notion of truly celebrating the importance of my loved ones every day, has helped to lessen my teenage anxiety about Valentine’s Day. More so than anything else, this has helped lessen the impact and anticipated loneliness of the holiday because I grew up with the idea of basking in the joys of love every day, and not just one day a year.
I have never been bitter at Valentine’s Day; I have never lost sleep over the thought of not having a Valentine or at the idea of not having someone confess their love to me on February 14th. I have never had a Valentine, I have never had a boy confess his unyielding and undying passion for me on Valentine’s Day and it has never been something that I destroy myself with. Besides the fact that there was never any pressure to bring home a Valentine for my parents, I have always unintentionally remembered that it is no on else’s job to love me and complete me.
It is so easy, so so easy, to try and find someone else who will help to fill the hole that is weighing on your body and mind. It is easier than I can say, to try to find another person who can help to complete part of you that seems broken and empty. It’s so easy, so so easy, to want someone else to love you so you can love yourself, so you can see that you’e worth loving and it’s so easy to try and find a Valentine who can do that.
The thing is no one can truly fill that void and love yourself before you do. You are worth loving with or without a Valentine because you are a reflection of the universe. You have infinite potential and possibility within every single cell of your body. You are what the stars are made of; you are what dreams are weaved of. You are a beautiful soul and a beautiful heart, and you should never feel broken or inadequate because Hallmark tells you should. Before anyone else loves you, and before you love anyone else, you need to love yourself.
I never want someone who’s going to fill a hole in my heart. Instead, I want someone who’s going to help make a mountain where there was once leveled ground. Personally, I want someone that will add to me, like a conjoined twin of the heart, you know?
Balance is Key.