Clashing prints, maxis, cropped tops, John Lennon sunnies, wide brim hats, and cross-body bags in the sun can only mean one thing! Hello Festival Season! The festival that started it all was Woodstock of '69 but now you can find a music festival no matter what part of the world you reside in. Almost every leading retailer has a festival fashion segment on their homepages and high fashion designers such as Dsquared have created a collection inspired by festival fashion. It is time to channel your down-to-earth, inner hippie, and frolic around the grass fields to your favorite music.
Backpacks were everywhere during the '90s and with the recent revival of '90s fashion we've come full circle with this iconic accessory. Today's modern designers have put their own twist on this basic piece transforming it from playground essential to high fashion accessory. Check out these hot designer backpacks which are sure to be far better than the Spiderman one you carried in 3rd grade.
Luxurious Leather: Leather backpacks are the peak of high fashion backpacks. Shown this season by a variety of designers, the leather backpack is a perfect combination of high and low fashion and a great way to show off this trendy new accessory. Riccardo Tisci has always been a fashion innovator--he jumped on the backpack trend long before his fellow designers. He has elevated the basic backpack by using materials such as wool and leather. With his signature edgy style and street sensibility, Tisci's backpack designs are perfect for anyone from skaters to fashion editors. Other designers who make great leather backpacks are Ann Demeulemeester and Neil Barrett.
Even as the weather begins to warm up, blazers are the go-to piece to spruce up any outfit. Hot on runways for D&G, Mango, Dsquared, Giorgio Armani and countless others, there's no doubt about -summer isn't keeping this former cool weather garment away. It could possibly be entering into stiletto territory. Also know as "sacrificing comfort for style." (103 degrees outside? Nope, can't take the blazer off, the outfit just won't be the same!)
I hate saying "I told you so" (not really), but I did predict that Bravo's The Fashion Show would be somewhat of a disaster. It is unknown if The Fashion Show will come back for a second season, and if it doesn't Bravo has already began advertising for its newest fashion creative competition series, Launch My Line. The show will feature 10 established fashion designers, who have always dreamt of having their own clothing line, and paired them with 10 industry professionals, who are highly regarded in their own field of expertise. The industry professionals will work with the established designers to bring their vision to life and create a fashion line. In the end, one team will be declared the winner and someone's clothing line will be launched. Twin brothers and acclaimed designers, Dean and Dan Caten of DSQUARED2, will host Launch My Line. Stefani Greenfield, co-owner of Scoop NYC and Lisa Kline, owner of Lisa Kline will serve as judges.