Simplist Icon: Sofia Coppola

Sofia Coppola breaks all the rules of the red carpet. She prefers flats to stilettos, and wears virtually no jewellery. She mainly opts for simple clothes in muted colours that conceal far more than they reveal. Her hair falls in casual waves, while her face bears only a trace of nude makeup. Nonetheless, the director is one of the best-dressed women in Hollywood. Coppola succeeds in making discreet understatement look glamorous. Her outfits have an aura of effortless chic, her look comes across as modest, up-to-date and unobtrusively feminine. Although she is blessed with an enormous sense of style, one might even think that she was not particularly interested in fashion at all.

Yet it is not by chance that the Italian-American is an icon of style. As an eleven year-old in high school, she was already wearing Chanel. Three years later, she was Karl Lagerfeld’s assistant in Paris. At eighteen, she was a cover girl for Vogue. Later, she founded the fashion label Milk Fed, which is produced and distributed in Japan. Most Recently, Coppola decided to become a film director, telling stories unique in their consistent production values and strong sense of visual detail. Mo, the style is anything but accidental.

Coppola is not only equally familiar with the demands of Hollywood and the fashion business, she is so from birth. And perhaps her handling of them is a bit more relaxed than others because of it. She enjoys fashion, but won’t be tyrannized by it. Her unconventionally attractive, self-confident elegance is inspiring – even for fashion designers. Coppola’s favourite designer Marc Jacobs declared her his muse without hesitation. And indeed went a step further. “If i were a girl, Sofia’s the one i’d like to be.” Sometimes it’s worth bending a few rules.

Piece originally written by: Simone Werle in “Fashionista a Century of Style Icons”

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J. Crew Fall 2015

Nothing makes me happier than J.Crew’s vision for Fall 2015!

Firstly, the clean crisp cuts, fresh pleats, embroidery and subtle detail on each piece is perfection. I love how each look has the simplicity of a Gap outfit and the chic element of an Upper-East sider. I love how you can wear these outfits to a regular function and still look like the most fashionable human being to have ever walked through those doors. I love, i love, i love….

Secondly, those colours!!!  J.Crew added the basic neutrals, like the full grey ensemble or the nude wool coat. However, if you look closely (detail is key here) you can see light purple heals, gold detailing, electric blue tassels and if that’s not enough sequins that gets you in a party mood for days!

And lastly, having pieces like these in your closet only means that you can mix and match them with multiple other pieces in the future. This collection is by far one of the most wearable and functional that I’ve seen. It is perfection in my books and very inspiring. I definitly will be taking a few ideas from this collection this fall, how about you?

– S.Muse

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StyleStalker #8

Walking through stores all over has me realizing that olive is a big colour for this spring. It’s a colour that seems like it would be trendy during the fall but when worn right (light weight material and proper cut) it becomes instantly spring appropriate. Here’s a really chic look that I’m loving right now… from the olive coat with the cool inner print to the chunky black heal this outfit is perfect for this time of the year!

– S.Muse

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Noir et Blanc

I absolutely love this outfit put together by Annabelle Fleur! It’s so simple and yet so stylish. I think it’s a perfect transition outfit from winter to spring. You have your light flower print dress in classic black and white. And to add a little edge to the otherwise girly outfit, the dress is paired with a chain strapped bag and a really cool hybrid between sporty and chic shoes! If your nights get just as chilly as mine you can always pair this outfit with a black leather jacket or a simple overcoat.

What do you think about this outfit? is it something you would wear?

– S.Muse

P.S. Now that I’m officially done my final exams I will have more time to blog! I will also be sharing some of my illustrations with you guys soon, so stay tuned!

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Fall During the Spring!

I use spring as an excuse to dress like it’s fall again, except I try to add in a few spring like pieces, like floral prints and brighter colours. Even then, I mostly just re-wear my favourite outfits from the fall because I love the season that much!

Above are a few outfits for inspirational purposes…are you also guilty of wearing fall clothing during the spring?

– S.Muse

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just like Alice + Olivia

Alice + Olivia’s Fall RTW15 collection is my current go to guide for inspiration. The collection apparently was inspired by the late “60s and early 70s boho/rocker style”(1), but when I initially saw these pieces from the runway I automatically thought of royalty. The prints do have a 60s-70s vibe to it, that i agree on, but some of the cuts are so clean and elegant that in my mind it screamed “chic” and “upper class”! I guess that’s the beauty of fashion right? Just like an artist, the designer has a vision and brings it to reality but it doesn’t necessarily mean that spectators are going to view it in the same light. Perceptions are going to differ, and what one person sees in a collection, such as the 70s glam theme, another person won’t see…and that’s okay because that’s art.
The Look that I put together below, is a very simple outfit inspired by bits and pieces from the collection. You have the baroque print in the jacket and matching trousers for that clean, elegant look. I also paired it with a fun clutch and black turtleneck shirt that reflects the 60s/70s theme. Lastly, you can pair this outfit with ankle boots during the fall or on those warmer days a simple black heel. Either pairing will give this outfit a polished look.
Now it’s your turn, where would you wear an outfit like this too?
Alice and Olivia Inspired Look
– S.Muse
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