By Asma and Reem

A Quote That Makes Us Say...

 

"Style is personality. It's having the ability to look at things beyond fashion and the self-confidence to transform even the simplest thing into something special. It is a natural quality you cannot learn and there are no rules to follow." -Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana 

It makes us say... Style is an inevitable nature that everyone is born with. Great style however, is particularly found within certain individuals. 

The Perfect Button-Up

You know that simple white button-up blouse, that you really need but can never find? Well you might clearly want to stop the search, as your idea of the perfect white blouse(that can go with nearly everything in your closet) can be replaced with another idea. And that is, the perfect blue blouse. In the lightest shade possible. You might notice that blue adds more character to your look, and can tone down any outfit. Unlike white, blue is anything but bland. Fashion's favourites Emmanuelle Alt and Caroline Issa know just how to style theirs. Heck, they even wear theirs during fashion week; always hitting the mark! For really good quality, stock on Equipment, or if you're looking for something daring, J.W. Anderson is the one. We recently found some gorgeous ones from Zara, which are definitely must-have's. Whether it was cotton or chambray, one can never go wrong with the versatile wardrobe piece. Go for one that has a loose fit, is supposedly poplin, and pair it with white crepe pants and nude brogues for the impeccable day look. 

Powerful Ponchos: An Elevated Classic

With the arrival of fall, and Fall 2014 collections arriving in stores and online, you know it's time to prepare for the coming season. No, this post isn't about putting together a winter wardrobe, but on one specific element to kick-start your preparation. Ponchos. The word itself retains a penetrating yet unforgettable sound. Labels from Acne to Emilio Pucci have included a poncho in their fall collections. It seems that designers have felt that the garment would be as important as any other jacket or coat. The poncho is basically the simplest way to get warm, and may prove to be better than a shawl or sweater. Always fashioned in a Peruvian style, the poncho can come in wool, crochet, or knits. As classic as that may be, we'd rather go for angora or cashmere. The need to transform something classic into a more modern piece is essential, we have to admit. 

Ingenious Fashion: Francesco Scognamiglio

Italian designers are visionaries, we believe. Creating an image of the woman in mind comes so effortlessly, it's hard to miss the allure. Cue Francesco Scognamiglio, Pompeii's wonder boy. Although not a mainstream figure in fashion, Scognamiglio's had one success after the other. He launched his label after graduating from The Naples College of Design in 1998. Not to mention his tenure as creative director of Allegri, a position held by legends Giorgio Armani and Martin Margiela, where he worked on a project called "01.01.09".  Making his clothes come to life is what we admired the most about him, and the fact that he had a story in mind, is all the more fascinating. In an interview with Dazed and Confused, Scognamiglio said: 

"I usually start from a feeling, a perception, which I then transfer onto the paper. That original feeling then allows me to develop a mood for the collection and form in my mind an ideal woman I will represent during my catwalk show."

With every theme the designer channels in his collections, he seems to hit each right on the mark. A colour, or a pattern; each re-modelled in different ways that look similar, but all the more different upon closer look. Scognamiglio's rise in the industry increased when he was commissioned by pop singers like Madonna or Lady Gaga to create costumes for their tours. That white dress/cape of three frilled layers, along with the lace mask that the latter wore to the Brit Awards ceremony in 2010? That was all him. A custom made piece, specially made for Gaga. And we have to admit, Gaga was the epitome of epic glamour. Guess his visionary streak lead him to a success after all. 

Images via www.francescoscognamiglio.it