Tuesday, May 28, 2013


The Cannes Film Festival has come and gone, and now we get to enjoy all the released photos of this year's fashion. I compiled a list of my favorite dresses from the festivities.

Jessica Chastain, in custom Givenchy Haute Couture.
I'll be honest, I'm super biased because I have mad love for Jessica and desperately want her hair. Girl crushes aside, this dress is killer. The color is fantastic, the cut compliments her body type perfectly, and the beading is visually interesting without being distracting. I couldn't see her makeup in any of the images, but I'm sure it was perfect because she is perfect. Sigh.

Liu Wen, in Roberto Cavalli, with Chopard jewels.
Normally I'm a hater when it comes to see-through dresses with tiny skirts underneath, but something about this dress makes me really like it. It might be the unusual lines-and-diamonds lace pattern that proved refreshing amidst the stream of baroque and flowery lace dresses on other attendies. The model's insanely rockin' body and face definitely helped, though. Even the woman behind Wen is like daaannnggg gurrl.
Araya A. Hargate, in Salvatore Ferragamo.
I enjoy this dress for the same reason as Liu's; it was a different and fun take on all the metalics everyone wore at Cannes. Most of the metal worn during the shows was very tight and very boring. This was a little Gatsby, a little showgirl, and a lot of sass.

Eva Longoria, in Zuhair Murad Couture, with Damiani jewels.
I know I said all the flowery romantic dresses were boring in Liu's comment, but the color of this Zuhair Murad gown compliments her skin and makeup so beautifully I had to include it. Not to mention it shows of her booty magnificently.

Louise Bourgoin, in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture.
I love the wrapped bodice of this dress. The poofy skirt was also really fun and a nice change from all the trailing gowns everyone else wore. White is very in this season and the blue accessories were a nice touch. I don't know who she is, but I like her style. Not super into the big side hair (how is she doing that? Pins? A side braid? And why does her hair start out straight and sleek and turn huge and curly? And WHY? So many questions left unanswered).

Ziyi Zhang, in Carolina Herrera, with Chanel jewels and a Jimmy Choo clutch.
I can't quite pinpoint why I like this gown so much, but I do. It's all artsy and beautiful without being awkward. Plus she is stunning and that necklace is completely perfect for the neckline. SO MUCH LOVE for this dress.

 Cara Delevingne, in Burberry, with Chopard jewels.
Last but absolutely not least is Cara. Obviously I don't have to explain why this is on the list. All I can say is Hail Mary Jesus that girl is hot. No wonder Leo was trying to get in on some action. Apparently he was turned down, however, though I'm not all that surprised. If I ever looked that hot I would just wander around basking in my hotness and not giving anyone time. You go Cara, be all independant and fierce.
All images from style.com

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Spring 2013 Accessories: Pretty Pastels

I am so excited for this seasons accessories! Not sure how I feel about the big bauble thing that's coming up this fall, but that is for later. For now, pastels! Beautiful, feminine, fun pastels! Admittedly, I pretty much always wear these colors, regardless of the season or weather, so I'm actually looking forward to wearing what I always do and actually being on trend. Hurray for convenience and money saving!

Sorry I didn't tag the designer and webpage to these images, but I got them off my pinterest and I'm pretty lazy when it comes to links and other complicated technological business. Plus they are extremely expensive, so these images are more of a shopping inspiration for broke college students than an actual shopping list.

As for the actual list, how pretty are these pieces? The Prada tortoise and blush cat-eye sunglasses are the coolest I think I have ever seen. I'm also extremely partial towards the white Kate Spade watch (then again I love everything she does, so I'm pretty biased). What about you? Anyone else pumped for the return of the pastel, or is everyone pretty sick of the whole retro business that's been going on since Mad Men began?

As Always, xoxo TRAX

The Goods:


Perfectly subtle while not being subtle at all. Sigh.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Street Style Staples: LFW 2013

IT IS EVERYWHERE. Real, faux, little, big, bright, nuetral. There is so much fur going on right now that half the other trends on this list are paired with a little fur here or there. What is the appeal of fur recently? Is it a sign of better economic times, a longing for Hollywood glamour of old? Whatever the reason, there is a plethera of options for every budget. For those who shudder at genuine fur or even oppose false representations encoraging the trend, I'm sorry to say that you will find little comfort until temperatures rise. Fur has burrowed its way into must-have status and shows no signs of being removed soon. (sorry for the animal parallel. I couldn't resist)

Floodwater Pants
Not sure how I feel about this street style staple. On one hand, it's probably pretty great for biking down Parisian streets showing some sexy ankle for all the gents out there. On the OTHER hand, this is London. During February. Aren't their ankles really extremely cold? The woman on the left is even wearing fur and a sweater. Maybe I'm just not disciplined or open minded enough to brave ankle chill in the name of chic. So despite the cool factor, I'll be keeping my boots on this winter until the spring thaw, thank you very much.

Long Overcoats
And I mean LOOOONG overcoats. These babies can be anywhere from slightly below the knee to mid-ankle. I'm really digging this new coat length. It's very tomboy magazine editor meets CIA agent. Not sure I could pull it off considering the amount of height needed to look good, but any of you fine lanky ladies should slink around with pride (and an air of mystery, no?).  
These Balenciaga Shoes
Everyone be crazy 'bout these shoes. I don't know if it's the interesting construction, the ability for more ankle bearing excitement, or the  newness of the style. There's no way I can afford these so it doesn't matter what I think of them, but I'm interested to see if any other brands copy or enterpret this shoe in new ways. Conclusion: not decided.
(side note: Does her jacket remind anyone else of Doctor Suess and the Wizard of Oz? I hope it's faux, because if someone killed an animal just to turn it's beautiful fur into this striped disaster I will be very sad.)
Distressed Jeans
I'm glad this has come back in style only because I still have my distressed jeans from several years ago in the back of my closet. I'm not sure what prompted this repeat so soon after it faded, but I really don't mind. Have old jeans with holes from wear and tear? Great! Rock 'em, sister. Just be sure to pair them with something cute and a little structured to avoid looking too hobo-chic. This sweater and blue button up are a prime example.

[top two images from thesartorialist, all others Harpers Bazaar]

xoxo, TRAX

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Fab 5: Spring 2013 Beauty Trends

1. White Lids
I'm really loving the ethereal glow seen on some of the runways, particularly the powdery white eye shadow.  This is such an easy beauty trend to try! We all have that whitish-pinkish-tanish under-eyebrow highlighter shadow, so now all we have to do is go full throttle and cover the whole lid! Easy, free, and beautiful. Wins all around.

2. Bold Grey
The wildest trend I'm looking forward to this spring is steel grey eyeliner and shadow. Personally, I'm a little sick of the classic brown or black smokey eye, and this is a fun alternative perfect for parties. Black can sometimes be a little harsh for spring, so why not try out some urban grey coolness?

3. Apricot
This hue popped up in multiple shows in many different ways. Most often it was used as a creamy, natural shadow. I love this trend because apricot tends to be universally flattering, looking different on different people, but always cute and effortless. One investment can be used as shadow, blush, bronzer, and maybe even lipstick. The possibilities are endless!

4. A Little Blue
Once an embarassing beauty fad of 80's past, there has been a recent resurgence of blue eye makeup on the runway. This is by far the trickiest trend on the list, mostly due to the fear of looking like an old lady makeover gone wrong. I think the key to wearing blue for day is to stick close to the lashes. A little eyeliner or a subtle swipe of eyeshadow make a big impact. Pretty aquas can look youthful and spunky for day, while darker navies can be a fun alternative to black for night.

5. Loose, Romantic Buns
I've always been a big fan of low messy buns (owed to my years in tutus and point shoes). For this trend think Kiera Knightly in Pride and Prejudice: low, slighlty messy updues without a lot of pins or fuss. Avoid a severe middle part to avoid looking too Prarie-woman. Pair it with a strong brow and barely-there makeup and you are ready for spring romance with your very own Mr. Darcy.

(as usual, photos courtesy of style.com)

xoxo, TRAX

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Extreme Fashion: Some Crazy Collections of RTW Fall 2013 Part 1

Alexander Wang
Um. What? While boxy jackets have become every street styler’s staple this winter, I’m having some trouble wrapping my head around this show. Gigantic fur gloves? Fuzzy nun hoods? Hairy wolf pants? Style.com wrote that Wang got inspiration from boxing, even playing Eye of the Tiger during the show. I suppose I can see the connection with the long, oversized gloves and boxy outerwear. I just don’t understand  the overuse of brushed mohair and wool, particularly with those unflattering werewolf sweatpants. All they make me think of is women who don’t shave their legs in the winter. And that is not very glamorous OR very Wang.

I haven’t heard what the inspiration for Threeandfour’s collection was, but my money is on alien rock-dwellers. I actually went back and checked to see if this was a ready-to-wear collection because I honestly couldn’t believe it. I could mayyybe see the tan skirt being purchasable without the gigantic bubble-print sweater, or the suit being worn without the chaps/bellbottom attachment. The fabric looks to be of good quality. Perhaps the problem with this collection was styling, not design. Though I’m not so sure of anyone who creates that torn, beaded black number and goes, “Yeah! I can totally sell this to people!” Or maybe the blue lipstick is throwing me off and I’m being overly critical. Just maybe.

Bibhu Mohapatra
This collection was pretty harmless, but I will not forgive a repeat of the enormous fuzzy pants. Also, that laundry-basket hat.

Jeremy Scott
Anyone else read the Goosebumps series? All I can think of. On a personal note, if I saw that guy in the mouth-suit coming towards me on the street, I would run VERY fast in the opposite direction and never look back. Heck, the wearer must startle himself every once in a while seeing it in his peripheral vision. Beauty-wise, the bedhead hairstyle on the models is quite fun paired with crazy green eyeliner and shadow. 

All images borrowed from Style.com

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Happy New Year's!

Happy New Year's Fashionistas!
Check out this Behind the Scenes video we took of our Soldiers & Rebels shoot in our Winter 2012 issue! And don't forget to check out the magazine here!

Hope 2013 is off to a fabulous start!


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Just in Time for the Holidays!!

We're excited to announce our Winter issue is now available! 

Check it out here and make sure to share it with your friends!

Happy Holidays!