SSS: Sweater as Scarf Styling

Sweaters draped over the shoulders and

tied around the neck with a single knot or sleeve loop-

has long been a statement styling feature,

particularly signature of preppy/collegiate fashion.





(images images from Gentlemen’s  Gazette and IRSC Culinary Institute)



This look of  sweater as scarf has evolved,

with styling options of varying twits and turns.



It is an all encompassing fashion feature

for all seasons

for all genders

for all ages.



Incorporate SSS (sweater as scarf styling)

as a staple accessory item and fashion nod:

sleeves wrapped in multiple layers around the neck; tied diagonally crossbody

or attempt to channel something unique to a personal style.




(Images from before sunrise, whowhatwear, runway looks from vogue)

Go for the Gold: Layering with athleisure wear for Fall/Winter 2016


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Athleisure wear has evolved from a fashion trend to a fashion staple;

influencing dress options for work, fun and smart casual.

Gender neutural, age neutral-

athleisure wear continues to dominate runway presentation and street style.

Create a signature, on-point look for autumn / winter fashion 2016;

incorporate key elements of athleisure attire:

track suit tops/bottoms, hoodies, sweatshirts, leggings,

trousers with contrast colour side stripes,

jersey sports top, immaculate white trainers,

pieces from sportswear  labels (Adidas, Puma, etc.).

Gentle layering forms a sleek silhouette while keeping the chill at bay-

keeping warm and looking good!

Be sublte with athleisure pieces or go bold for gold

for a winning style statement.

Ladies Lookbook

Trousers/ Joggers

with contrast colour side striping


(image from Cassie Daves)

With it in faux fur gilet


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from A.W.A.K.E , a/w ’16


Labour and Leisure (work and play)

 from Balenciaga, a/w ’16

front zip hoodies



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Skirt scene

pencil skirt with contrast colour side striping


(image from Cassie Daves)

Sweat shirt suiting

in matching grey top / trousers with red trim

Evelate the look with pointed stiletto silver pumps!


(image from the fashion spot)

A little bit of everything

in a red/white colour story

zip front Adidas jacket and spotless white trainers

worn with a sheer top detail maxi dress / asymmetric hem


     (image from whowhatwear)

AiW (all in white)


from Y-3 by Yohji Yamamoto


Sweat-shirt dress

design details:  roll neck collar, “jumper tied at waist/hip” features


(runway images from

Casual Cool

outfit:  grey hoodie, oversized sweat trousers with rolled hem

black mules / black crossbody bag


(photo from nss magazine)

Ornate long-length overcoat

accessorised with Adidas trainers


(photo from the urbanspotter)

Colour bright

white joggers

layered with white roll neck and yoke-yellow jumpers

topped off with burgundy velour long-length coat

(worn shoulder-perched!)


(image from whowhatwear)

Gents Style Guide

A tiered ensemble

by Gypsy Sport,  a/w ’16


Athleisure /  Military  Fashion Fusion

from Casely Hayford, a/w ’16


Metallic Fantastic details

from Pyer Moss,  a/w  ’16


“Rocky Balboa” effect

with full length Yeti-esque coat

from Pyer Moss,  a/w  ’16


Boardroom agenda

pinstripe oversized short trousers with leggings

from Dries Van Noten,  a/w  ’16


Grey suiting

Christopher Raeburn,  a/w   ’16


(runway images from

Hoodie style Habit


(photo from Adam Katz Sinding)


Welcoming the new season: ‘Autumn’ , a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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A poem which evokes a dynamic visual of

the colour rich Fall season …


(image from shutterstock)





by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 – 1882)


Thou comest, Autumn, heralded by the rain,
With banners, by great gales incessant fanned,
Brighter than brightest silks of Samarcand,
And stately oxen harnessed to thy wain!
Thou standest, like imperial Charlemagne,
Upon thy bridge of gold; thy royal hand
Outstretched with benedictions o’er the land,
Blessing the farms through all thy vast domain!
Thy shield is the red harvest moon, suspended
So long beneath the heaven’s o’er-hanging eaves;
Thy steps are by the farmer’s prayers attended;
Like flames upon an altar shine the sheaves;
And, following thee, in thy ovation splendid,
Thine almoner, the wind, scatters the golden leaves!

New kids on the block: designers Virgil Abloh (Off White) , Shayne Oliver (Hood by Air) and Demna Gvasalia (Vetements) set a new tune to fashion


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Shayne Oliver, Demna Gvasalia and Virgil Abloh

are three young creatives who are redefining

the look, feel and attitude of current fashion.

Their respective interpretives have emobodied and embolden

a modern expresssion of fashion, which challenges the norm-

setting a new standard of dress, determined by

streetwear aesthetics.

On Hood by Air


Shayne Oliver

(image from w magazine)

American designer Shayne Oliver,

founder of the label Hood by Air-

infuses streetwear, gender fluid fashion and futuristic imagery

into clothing, which vibrates with a ‘what’s next’ sensation.

Hood by Air

A / W  ’16

Gender fluid fashion




Mixed fabrication

faux fur / leather





On Off White


Virgil Abloh

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Multi-talented Virgil Abloh is

the creative force behind the Milan-based label, Off White.

Abloh is known also for his design collaborations with Kanye West

and his DJ talents.

His designs imbue streetwear vibe with lux elements-

acknowledging the colossal influence of streetwear fashion,

which has strongly impacted contemporary dress / style sensibilities.

Off White

A / W ’16





Denim on Denim






Oversized outerwear

menswear collection, a’16


On Vetements


Demna Gvasalia

(image from vogue. fr)

Demna Gvasalia is the head and co-founder

of the design collective, Vetements

(in addition to his new role as creative head at Balenciaga).

His is an impressive list of accomplishments:

educated at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp and

heading design groups at both Maison Martin Margiela and at Louis Vitton.

The Georgian born designer has injected

new life into the Paris runway fashion scene.

His is a sharpened perspective on modern attire:

a distinct urban edge punctuated by super sized garments

which play on propotion,  dimension and silhouette.


A / W   ’16

Camo and Tweed

If you please,



Canada Tux

with floral embroidery



Supersized plaid shirt



Ring holder

hands-free accessory


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Oliver, Abloh and Gvasalia

are part of a design movement, which has overhauled the fashion focus

from on-runway cues to off-runway, streetwear directives.

The word on the street is FASHION!



I spy with a fashion eye: Fall trends 2016


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As the rhythm of summer time ebbs

and the tempo of the autumn season increases

it’s time to assess runway and streetstyle looks for

Fall wear inspiration.


Chillier Clime Cometh


a few fashion fun Fall looks

A/W ’16


Suiting options:

velvet fabrication in jewel tones

from Costume National

garnet red, slouch fit


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emerald green, cinched at waist


(image from whowhatwear)

“Power Puff Girl”

puffer outwear and quilted pieces

from Balenciaga

crayola red puffer jacket worn off-shoulder


from Stela McCartney

quilted short trousers

puffer coat


from Balenciaga

oversized, quilted scarf


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from Asos

teal-blue, long-length bomber


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quilted cape-collar with zipper detail


(image from vogue uk)

On your toes

ballet-wear inspired

from Zara

cropped, cross band jumper

tulle skirt

ballet shoes


(image from Zara)

from Valentino

ballet slipper shoes:  nude, leather


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sheer dress with delicate layering


(photo by Phil Oh)

from Miu Miu

On the move:  ballet flats with double buckles and constrasting straps

miu miu ballet flats a16

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Embroidered jeans

colourful patches

from Zara


(image from Zara)

wide leg, ’60s vibe


(photo by Phil Oh)

Athleisure wear

colour block athletics zip front top


(photo by Phil Oh)

from Cedric Charlier

track trousers inspired with inner seam striping


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It’s a cinch!

waist defining corset pieces

from A Détacher

belt buckled


from Prada

embellished with silver roses / spikes and small purse


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jacket with corset design detail


(image from whowhatwear)

Slip dress layering

transition wear from summer to fall

from Valentino

layered with roll neck top


teamed with t-shirt and jeans


under an overcoat


(images from whowhatwear)

At attention

softer stance on military vibe

from Sacai

jacket:  sheer fabrication, epauletts, straps

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Eye-catching legwear

fish net tights / ankle socks

from Max Mara

under knitted shorts



from Magda Butrym

under a patterned skirt


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as sock fashion


(image from whowhatwear)

Attached at the waist

hands-free carrier accessories

from Off White

metallic gold belt bag


from Vetements

a ring thing

coat carrier attached to belt


An agender agenda? : menswear by designer Hermione Flynn


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Agender fashion:

clothing designed, styled, defined as representative of gender fluidity-

pieces which look beautiful on both the male and female form.





New Zealand designer

Hermione Flynn

created pieces for a menswear collection,

which evoke a strong attitude of gender non-specific fashion:


effortless, uncomplicated, universal.




Not he or she

but a ‘fashion we’



designs by Hermione Flynn

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The Night Flowers: Damien Frost’s photographic portraits of London’s nocturnals


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is a living language

ever evolving to describe

au courant style images.

And the word is

night flowers

Night flowers (n.)

is a term of self – description

used by participants in London’s underground club scene.

Theirs is a world of the extraordinary-

alternatives in music, extreme street-style fashion, non-conformist lifetstyle:

a pronounced mode of self-expression and individuality.

‘Styled after dark’

photographic portraits by Damien Frost

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Reflection of the photographer, Damien Frost

 in the face mirror accessory of the wearer

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For additional imagery of London’s ‘night-flowers’

have a glance through a captivating book,

authored by photographer Damien Frost-

Night Flowers:  Avant Garde to Extreme Haute Couture.

The book features over 300 portraits of those who ‘blossom’ after dark-

during the mid-night hour.

From the sublime to the sensational: the hats have it! It’s Ladies Day at Ascot 2016


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Royal Ascot

the annual thorough-breed horse racing and fashion event-

is a much anticipated fixture on the English summer social calendar.


Occuring over a five day period each June

the most eagerly awaited point on the Ascot schedule is

Ladies Day

when attendees wear hats and headwear of singular

design detail and dimension.



The hats have it!

Ladies Day

Royal Ascot,  2016

Play on!

piano keys inspired hat

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Sweet sensation

marshmellow embellishments

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All a- Buzz

black / yellow colour scheme

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Butterflies are free

‘canoe’ shaped hat with butterfly and flower adornments

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champagne flowing / glass filled

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Tartan and feathers

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Her Majesty

Queen Elizabeth II

in melon orange and egg-shell blue

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Of national pride

heraldic symbols of Wales:

a fierce dragon and a proud lion

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‘Riding to the hounds’

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a hat of blue / orange plummage

with bird of matching colours a top

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For an afternoon tea party

hat of check table-cloth and tiered cake stand

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A trio of fascinating fascinators

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‘ello, ‘ello, London calling- It’s showtime! London Collections: Men (LC: M) for s/s 2017


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It’s June.

It’s 2016.

It’s London Town.

It’s a month of jubilation:

Her Majesty’s 90th birthday celebratory festivities and

the bi-annual showcasing of fabulous menswear fashion –





It’s London Collections: Men  (LC:  M) for spring/summer  2017!



A Few Runway run-away favourites


deconstructed trench

with oversized sleeves

from Xander Zhou

LCM, ss17, Xander Zhou,

Re-imagined suiting

deconstruction / re-construction


from Tiger of Sweden

LCM, tiger of sweden, reimagined suiting, deconstructed

LCM, tiger of sweden, reimagined suiting

Don’t ‘skirt’ the issue

agender fashion

skirt suiting

mixed fabrication:  patent leather / cotton

from Wales Bonner

LCM, wales Bonner, men in skirts, ss17

LCM, wales bonner, ss 17, white skirt, black patent coat

In stitches:  holding it all together

deconstructed design

stitch / un-stitch detailing

from Craig Green

LCM, ss17, craig green deconstructed mac

LCM, ss17, craig green, print, deconstructed

Animation proclamation

Alladin cartoon imagery

playful prints

athleisure-wear layering

from Bobby Abley

LCM, ss17, bobby abley, oversized, alladin images

LCM, ss17, bobby abley, layering

Off-duty trending

athleisure pieces

skirt selection

socks ‘n sliders

from Astrid Andersen

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“Who wears short shorts?”

shirt / shorts  fashion combo

T-strap plimsolls

from E.  Tautz

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Floral display


shirt / trouser matching outfit

from Agi & Sam

LCM, ss17, agi & sam,

Super-size Me!

oversized, check coat

from Lou Dalton

LCM, oversized coat, Lou Dalton

Poncho punch

graphic print

from MCM   X  Christopher Raeburn

LCM, graphic poncho, MCM X Christopher Raeburn

Mixing it up

print presentation

from Casely – Hayford

LCM, Casely-Hayford, ss17, adorned, prints

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It’s all about me! and the fashion term is ‘meta – dressing’


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a word of Greek origin, which translates to mean ‘self’.




In current vernacular, meta- dressing (meta-clothing)

refers to garments with images/words

which directly reference the wearer, a bit of narcissistic fashion-

or with images of symbols, people, words of connection to the wearer.



Apropos synonyms

(as labeled by meappropriatestyle)

‘selfie fashion’

‘narcissistic wear’

‘narcissistic fashion’

‘I’m a celebrity clothing’

(You get the idea!)

Meta – dressing

It’s all about me

Kardashian clan

wearing tee-shirts with image of their mother

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Kylie Jenner wears a bandana of self-reference: ‘King Kylie’

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Kanye West wearing

what else?

Kanye West

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Paris Hilton in selfie fashion

Paris Hilton wears a t-shirt with her own image on it

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