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

meta dressing, kris jenner kiss tee short, worn by daughters, daily mail

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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Gotta have it! : off-shoulder fashion (and then some) from designer, Kym Ellery


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For spring / summer 2016 –

body part on fashion feature are

the shoulders.


Off-shoulder exposure wear has been reviewed on runway

spied on street fashion and is the

on – trend design detail for the warm weather season.




Australian fashion designer Kym Ellery

has created the Delores

a blouse of exposed shoulder appeal

deconstruction aspect

slight cropped hem

structural sleeve detail and ruffles:

on – point, on – trend, on – ‘the get it list’.

gotta have it ellery Delores top

(image from whowhatwear)

Ms. Ellery boasts a few star credentials:

alumna of prestigious Central Saint Martins College

former fashion editor of Australian magazine RUSSH

director of eponymous label Ellery

which is noted for distinctive dimensional design details.

The Ellery Delores top

is in keeping with the label’s design directive of

multi-element yet un-fussed with a nod to

flirty, feminine, fun features.


Gotta have it!

for spring / summer 2016

The Delores

by designer Kym Ellery


gotta have it ellery Delores top

(image from whowhatwear)

gotta have it, ellery-navy-ruffle-sleeve-delores-top-blue-product

(image from lyst uk)

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All hail, it’s “raining men”: the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is venue for ‘Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear 1715 – 2015’- an exhibition chronicling 300 years of men’s fashion!


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Throughout history, men’s fashion has been

a compass of direction for style trend setting.

From ancient to contemporary times,

there has been distinct periods during which

menswear has gloried in “peacock” display.


Celebrating menswear design of the

flamboyant, avant-garde, revolutionary and style-making

the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

hosts a new show entitled:

Reigning Men:  Fashion in Menswear 1715 – 2015


from then, to now

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This exhibition traces the development of singular elements of men’s fashion.

It is an intricate examination of menswear

beginning with the opulence of 18th century dress:

jacket, long waistcoat, knee breeches;

and culminating with study of the innovative genius

of leading contemporary menswear designers:

Yohji Yamamoto, Hedi Slimane,

Thom Browne, Walter Van Beirendonck and more.


18th century men’s dress

shirt with ruffled collar/sleeves

to the knee brocade jacket

matching long-length waistcoat and breeches

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It’s a groovy kind of thing!

outfit by

by Belgian designer, Walter Van Beirendonck

for a/w  2001

lacma, reigning men Walter Van Beirendonck outfit, a_w 2001

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Showcased are 200 looks which serve to highlight

the five specific subject areas which serve as foci of the exhibition:

Revolution and Evolution

East and West


Body Consciousness

The Splendid Man

Given, that in current fashion vernacular

menswear is translated into a dress directive adopted by all

this exhibition is of much import and relevance:

a definite must-see.

lacma, reigning men, daily trojancom

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Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear 1715-2015

10 April to 21 August 2016

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Los Angeles, California


For further details, visit


Mark your diary! : an exhibition chronicling 300 years of fashion history (18th C. – present) at Musée des Arts Décoratifs- Paris, France


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Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Museum of Decorative Arts)

housed at the Palais du Louvre (Paris, France)

is the venue for an extraordinary exhibition, which chronicles

three hundred years of French fashion from the 18th century to present day.



The show,  entitled

Fashion Forward, 3 siècles de mode (1715-2016)


runs from 7 April to 14 August 2016.


On display are 300 articles of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing

which are taken from the museum’s extensive and permanent collection.




In addition, jewels and textiles from the timeline highlighted will be on view.


Fashion then

sapphire-blue brocade suit with gold leaf motif

circa 1730 – 1740

musee des arts decoratifs, suit, 1730-1740, brocade,

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Fashion now

In red hues

avant-garde, structural, provocative silhouette

from Comme des Garçons

summer 2015

musee des arts decoratifs, elle fr

(image from elle. fr)

The show offers a comprehensive and historical narrative of fashion specifics:

an informative and visual treat, not to be missed.



Fashion Forward, 3 siècles de mode (1715-2016)

at the Musée des Arts Décoratif

from 7 April to 14 August 2016

For further details, visit:




Accessorise Me! for s/s ’16 : the choker/scarf combo à la the Christian Dior runway


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Picture perfect accessorising is the “zwugy” visual

of spring/summer fashion 2016.

(zwu’ gy:  means on-point ; rhymes with mo’ vie)



The looks that have fashion radar registered are neck adornments.

Of noteworthy mention is the choker / scarf combo presented on the

Christian Dior spring/summer ’16 runway.

Take the fashion cue and make it your own!



Accessorise Me!

collar / scarf combo

Christian Dior,  s/s  2016




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(images from vogue uk)

Fashion-speak: and the word is ‘maximalist’


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Fashion-speak is a living language,

ever evolving to better describe

dress images presented

And the term is





max ‘ i ‘ ma ‘  list 

(adj. / n. depending on context)

1   Referenced from the book:

Brooklyn Street Style:  The No-Rules Guide to Fashion

by Anya Sacharow & Shawn Dahl, photographs by Sioux Nesi-


2    To describe the wearing of multiple pieces of a single jewellery type-

(rings, necklaces, bracelets)

of varying materials / designs with a style directive of

‘more is more and then some’ !

3   An emphasis on accessorising as key component of creating

a unique/personal fashion statement

4   For ladies and gents,  an added element of interest to an over-all look

Layering/stacking multiple pieces of jewellery is a style trend that ‘keeps giving’;

make it your own for spring / summer 2016.




Accessorise Me!


Maximalist Aesthetics


Multiple rings




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Stacked bracelets

maximalist, bracelets,

(image from laurenmessiah)

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(image from weheartit)


London fashionweek SS 2016 day 2

(photo by Sandra Semburg)




Layered necklaces

maximalist, necklaces,fabfashionfix

(image from fashionfix)

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(image from freepeople)

A fashion/style symphony conducted by Japanese designer, Hiroko Koshino for a/w ’16


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For Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week-Tokyo, a / w 2016

Japanese designer, Hiroko Koshino

presented a stellar collection.



Having studied at the prestigious Bunka Fashion College, Tokyo

Ms. Koshino has been a fashion industry factor since the mid-1960s

when she opened her first high-end clothing store in Osaka.


She progressed to show successfully her inspired creations around the world.

Throughout the decades, Ms. Koshino has won a number of awards for

her work in fashion and art.


It is then of no surprise, that her autumn/winter  ’16  runway presentation

was a visual treat, expertly melding:


style influences from various eras

mixed fabrication of luxe textiles

diverse print designs

avant-garde accessories (headwear, jewellery, tights)

In all, a ying yang vibe of complementary contrasts.



Hiroko Koshino

a / w  2016


Bring on the drama

in purple hues

long length cape / crushed velvet trousers

tokyo fw, a16, hiroko koshino, the drama, velvet trousers, cape, purple

Grey matters

light weight knit, body grazing maxi dress

exposed shoulder

large outer pockets at sides

stylised belt

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Modern Victoriana

elaborate headwear / bold statement neckwear

tokyo fw, a16, hiroko koshino, victorianan inspired

Office stripes

wide pinstripe skirt / matching trousers

pinstripes, mbfashionweek runway

Varied print infusion

wrist to upper arm-cover

fashion fun-tastic tights

tokyo fw, a16, hiroko koshino, mixed prints

Scripted:  and the word is ‘fabulous’

cropped top

“wordy’ print skirt, asymmetric tiers

tokyo fw, a16 hiroko koshino, mbfashionweek, scripted ruffled tiered, runway_00

Trouser suiting

jacket:  bat-winged sleeves

trousers:  slim fit

tokyo fw, hiroko koshino,trouser suiting, slim fit, mbfashionweek

Harness the look

 deconstructed  and bib-like harness vest

tokyo fw, a16, hiroko koshino,harness , mbfashionweek runway

A mix bag

mixed fabrication

(t)  knit / leather accents

(b)  faux fur sleeves / varied texture textiles

tokyo fw, a16, hiroko koshino, mixed fabrication, knit:leather  mbfashionweek runway

tokyo fw,a16, trouser suiting, asymmetric hem faux fur sleeves,

Flapper appeal

A 21st century interpretation of a 1920s fashion statement

tokyo fw, a16, hiroko koshino, flapper appeal,

American label, Simon Miller: effortless cool school


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Discover American fashion label

Simon Miller.



Launched in 2008

and now under the creative direction of Chelsea Hansford and Daniel Corrigan

the Simon Miller vibe is that of an easy, uncomplicated, casual style

with a denim-wear / ready to wear clothing focus.


The label boast menswear and womenswear lines.

For a/w  ’16,  the womenswear Simon Miller look is further accessory accented

with chunky clog-like platform heels, small hand held bags and large carriers.




The Simon Miller clothing summation:

clean lines,  natural fabrication,  simple silhouette.





A peak

Simon Miller:  s /s  ’16  ,  a/w  ’16




a/w  2016




kimono-esque bomber jacket

buttonless, bell sleeves, cinched at waist with leather cord

simon-miller, ladies, kimono sleeve bomber, tied at waist with cord-fw-2016

trouser fashion

stone hue,  long-length coat, matching trousers

simon-miller, ladies, trouser suiting, long coat, -fw-2016

separates:  ivory hip length shirt,

super shine black patent leather long-length jacket

frayed hem denim cropped trousers

simon-miller, ladies, jeans, distressed, leather, black, jacket,clog shoes, vogue -fw-2016

‘Sport the look’

track suiting in deep burgundy red

hoodie and matching flared bottom trousers

suede carrier bag

simon-miller, ladies, marrow marron track suiting,

caramel brown / black colour story

top (carmels):  botton front, single breast pocket /  small hand-held bag

bottom (black):  texture, high gloss patent leather, pencil skirt

simon-miller, ladies, shiny patent black leather, pencil skirt,

loose-fit duster-dress

hemp carrier bag with wood handle

simon-miller-, carrier bag, fw-2016


s/s  ’16

In shades of white

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AiB (all in black)

duster with side-tie and buttoned wrist cuffs

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Tekkie-fashion footwear: the future of walk-about


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Tech-fashion is no longer

an anticipated phenomenon of future

but rather, is a welcomed reality of present.

It is the fruitful union of

technology and fashion resulting in a product-piece

of innovation, function and wearability.




Within this mixed genre of fashion, technology and the ‘what’s next factor’ is

Lechal footwear.

Originally designed, (by Anirudh Sharma)

to assist the sight-impaired,

Lechal shoes guide the wearer to a desired destination:

a ‘GPS-fit’ -type footwear.


The shoes are gender-neutral, sport-lux, sleek-look.





In addition to Lechal shoes,

the navigational feature also comes as in-sole only,

which can be easily placed in any shoe.




Supported by the Lechal app and able to communicate with any smart device

(Android phone, iPhone/iPad, Bluetooth)-

Lechal is ‘smart’ footwear.

Sporting a navigational component (the Lechal app)

boasting a hands-free, device-free, map-free, getting-about experience-

Lechal shoes (in-soles) can chart out a route

to parts familiar or to parts wholly unknown.

Through light vibrations:

to left foot for a left turn

to right foot for a right turn, and so on –

the wearer can focus on appreciation of surroundings

rather than checking directions on a hand-held device or map.






Where the future leads

Lechal ‘smart’ footwear




grey suede with orange trim/stitching

tech shoes, casual suede, grey, mens lechal men venki




red suede with black details

tech footwear, lechal, red suede, ladies, lechalcom samma


brown / black ballerina

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Lechal in-soles

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Fashion-speak: and the word is ‘hero-piece’


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Fashion-speak is a living language,

ever evolving to better describe

dress images presented


And the word is

hero – piece

hero – piece (n)

1   refers to the stand-out item of an outfit

2   regarding a total ensemble, the signature element showcased

3   the spotlight factor, which defines the style statement / style intent


You are my ‘hero’- piece




All eyes on

the leather jacket

colour block / varied finish

sleeves with writst – to – elbow zipper detail

belt with buckle at waist

hero piece, statement, colour block, leather jacket, sleeve detail, zipper, before sunrise

(photo from before sunrise)

All eyes on

the hat

“stingy” brim fabric fedora

hemp-brown hue with wide band in dusty pink

hero piece, hat, men, men in this town

(photo from men in this town)