This is the last segment of a four part series featuring fall floral looks found on the 2008 Fall runway. Part one featured jewel toned floral dresses. Part two featured muddied or art-inspired floral dresses, and part three featured black and white floral dresses. This last part features the look of floral print on a white or black background. In part two, I showcased similar art-inspired dresses from Dennis Basso and Erin Fetherston. Both designers also showcased a floor length floral number with a black backdrop! This first one is from Dennis Basso's collection. [caption id="attachment_822" align="aligncenter" width="325" caption="2008 Fall Collection"][/caption]
In parts I and II, I showcased jewel toned and muddied floral looks found on the fall runway. Part III will feature black and white fall floral looks. This look is pretty straight forward. The dresses all have black and white floral prints. Bill Blass featured two in his collection. This first one is a sheath with bold black flowers and some black polka dots. It features a asymmetrical collar. [caption id="attachment_802" align="aligncenter" width="325" caption="2008 Fall Collection"][/caption]
In Part I, I showed examples from the runway of Fall Floral looks that featured jewel tones. Part II features the fall floral look of "muddied" floral. Muddied floral is exactly what it sounds like: floral that looks muddy. Muddied floral prints don't have borders, the floral just runs into each other. This look may remind you of a watercolor painting of abstract flowers. Some print even has shades of brown that really give the appearance of muddied floral! Another variation of this look is busy, art-inspired floral. The best example of muddied floral I could find is from the Jovovich-Hawk collection. It actually looks "muddy." This is probably because it has a swampy green and brown palette.
In this four part series, I'm going to showcase the top four ways floral was featured on the runways for the Fall 2008 collections. By far the most popular trend has been wearing floral prints in bright, jewel-toned colors. Part I will show you some inspirational pieces from the runway to help you achieve this look.
What exactly is a jewel-toned color? Basically, it's any variation of color that resembles a gem. Here are some gems to give you an idea of what a jewel-toned color is:
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Most people can see floral dresses worn in spring and possibly in the summer months, but fall? Can floral dresses really be worn in the fall? I'm absolutely in love with floral dresses, and I want to be able to wear them year round! Here's how I get away with wearing floral dresses when the leaves start changing. 1. Choose a floral dress in rich colors like purple, burgundy, hunter green, rustic orange It's not a surprise that fall floral dresses take on deeper hues and spring's pastels are set aside. Many of the muted colors match the changing colors of the trees. This dress by T-Bags is a perfect example of floral dresses taking on the colors of the fall leaves. Check out the detailing: This dress manages to incorporate colors of peach, maroon, mustard yellow, light purple and black!
One of my favorite stores has gone stateside! I'm so excited! Now we can shop in dollars and use our sizing system. I just wanted to share some of my favorite outfits at TopShop right now, since they are every changing. Of course I'm going to start with dresses, as I love dresses from the UK. Kate Moss has a superb collection. My favorite is this halter dress with embroidery. [caption id="attachment_902" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Kate Moss embroidered halter dress"][/caption]
As an amateur makeup artist with 13 years of experience in giving makeovers, I consider myself a makeover minimalist. When I give makeovers my goal isn't to highlight the makeup and hide the person, but to accentuate a person's features and cover flaws, while giving minimal attention to the actual makeup. If I had perfect skin I'd probably just curl my lashes and put on some blush and lip gloss. This comes from having two brothers who have always had the opinion that makeup shouldn't really be all that noticeable. Men like to see the person, not the makeup. Or, as one brother says, "If she looks amazing with all that makeup and it's pretty obvious that she's wearing it, you start to wonder what she's hiding. You have this fear... what does she look like without all of that?" Or to put it in perspective the guy's thinking long term. If he were married to you, what would you look like first thing in the morning?
So Victoria's Secret isn't quite known for dresses, much less 'modest dressing,' but actually there are a few dresses worth trying out. With Fall just around the corner, deep colors like this deep purple, in a modest, below the knee length, makes this jersey dress a comfortable winner for fall:
Leopard Print Court Shoe in the style of Gwen Stefani It is terribly difficult to pull off wearing leopard prints. Fortunately, accessories make it easy to add a punch to any outfit. I love these leopard heels that would look wonderful with an easy, black dress. Every woman needs to own a perfect fallback black dress that is a no-fail every time. Here's one I like with some center detailing: