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Jan 29, 2013

Top 5 Alternative Fashion Trends - 2013 Spring/Summer

As we enter 2013, new trends and collections emerge on the runways as usual. Although haute couture per se is always quite eclectic, there are a few trends off the 2013 Spring/Summer runways that do fall into a more alternative category.

Sicily Folk

Along with the skirts and shorts in the traditional genre, there are a couple of special outfits in the current S/S 2013 D&G collection. Inspired by Sicilian Folk fashion, this woven dress is quite unconventional to say the least. It is an unusually perfect combination of tradition and modernity with its raw and simplistic design. The body stocking perfectly amplifies the dress, and the fringe multicolored statement earrings along with the silky headband, add a feminine but eccentric look to the outfit.
 Image Credit: Dolce & Gabbana

Floral Tortoise 
Dresses are becoming increasingly popular and ornamented to say the least, just as Alexander McQueen prefers it. This trend revolves around exaggeration. The magnitude of this yellow floral dress does not only lie in the number of flowers sown on it, but also its actual size, which extends all the way to the floor resembling a reversed bouquet of Marigolds.  The tortoise colored corset and the laced body add an edgy texture to this otherwise feminine dress, while the final touch is a hat that resembles a see-through tire combined with a large and layered pearl necklace.

Image Credit: Alexander McQueen

Caged Bird
Along with the crazy designs, there are a couple of fairly simple creations seen on the ChloƩ runway this season. This purely white and almost angelic trend is accentuated by featherlike ornaments on the top, and a draped skirt with a cut out material in the bottom. As simple as this outfit is, as complex it is by peculiarly resembling an earthbound bird.

Image Credit: ChloƩ

Satin Duchesse
Dior is mostly classy, but always quite imaginative in terms of their stylistic approach. This season their collection has quite a formal touch, but of course there are a couple of outfits that are out of the ordinary. This iridescent dress is made of satin and is irregularly shaped, with asymmetric shoulders. The orange hues of the makeup accentuate the light blue, purple, and pink tones in the dress, and therefore add an extra touch to this pearly beauty.
Image Credit: Dior

Slashed Nuit
Apart from the usual animal print trends, Cavalli always comes up with something extraordinary. The designs are always feminine but also slightly provocative, and seem to be meant for the ladylike wild child that is both sassy and elegant. That exact trend is reflected in this black maxi dress, slashed open in a V shape at the neck and in them bottom, along with two elliptic cuts in the front. The dress is elegantly decorated with silver and black sequins along the borders. 
Image Credit: Roberto Cavalli

Bio: Xenia has a professional experience in the fashion industry and an interest in modern lifestyle and travel and she currently blogs in fashion at Miinto’s Passion for Fashion blog.

Jan 8, 2013

Eight Gifts for the Special Men and Women in Your Life- Occasions No Bar!

Whether the mood is sombre or gleeful, gifts will always act as a booster of spirit. Sombre transforms into happy and gleeful adorns a celebration quality to itself. Why not make gifting to the special people of your life a routine job? Following is a list of 8 luxury gifts you can give your near and dear ones.

Metal Art
All the jewelleries are crafted keeping the wearer in mind. Men or women, it is difficult to resist this lure. Cufflinks in various designs are available to make the dressing more notice-worthy, even when the reason is so tiny in itself.

Winning is a Game
Many elegant designer board games are in the market. The best example could be Backgammon board designed by artists like Alexandra Llewellyn who is renowned in her field. Her designs showcase peacock, nudes, black and white feather, butterfly, palms, etc.

Bag It
When it comes to the taste of women, relax. A Hermes Kelly bag received as a gift is enough to make their celebration wonderful. After all the happiness and festivities are to be bagged somewhere. Don’t you agree?

Return to Childhood
People with a taste in toys and are fascinated with the variety and colours of this vast world can be gifted with Benjamin Pollack’s meticulous works. One that could be suggested now is French Theatre, whimsical enough to make you laugh and admire the idea at the same time.

A Koppel Collection is the best fit for all the individuals who give their wrist watches as much preference as to the suit they wear. With the Swiss finesse adding the preciseness in the pace of time, the gift will be a good addition to the accessories.

Like it Bejewelled
If this is the case, jewellery house Caspita is world famous for their designs. Chakra Sahasrara, a bracelet design with a wonderful meaning in its name, is intended to give wearer a feel of energy and difference. The expression on the face of lookers will be “My Goodness”. To know more about it and other women fashion accessories, just surf Internet.

Something Cheesy
Luxury has a fine way to seep in lifestyle and dining table cannot be left far behind. Those who want to or like to spend time admiring the culinary art and its objects, Cheese Board from the house of Linley can be the best gift. The collaborative efforts of Tom Aikens and Linley have resulted in this masterpiece.

Time for Tea
Tea time is the best time for many people and it could be made special by serving tea in designer cup and saucer. Rosenthal is a renowned name to go for, which exhibits designs from house of Versace and others. The porcelain designs with the head of Medusa become an instant classic addition to the table wares.
You have many other gifts to ponder upon if the above list does not satisfy you. If it does, then think of the most wonderful gift to the most suitable. Days following the festivity will always have warmth in them with the gifts of special occasion. You have just found the key to make warmth last a little more in the coolest of the seasons!
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