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Top 7 Street Style Trends From A/W 2016 Fashion Weeks

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Classic 90s and 80s trends are making a comeback on the street style scene, spotted on all the chicest women attending the European Autumn/Winter shows. Of course, as fashion goes, it’s an updated, reinvented take on the trends of the past to keep things chic and cool. Flares are reworked in sleek black fabrics, bandanas are worn femininely tied around the neck, and frayed denim is perfectly partnered with stylish heels. Hoodies are worn under jackets, also adding to the grunge vibe radiating from the street style set, while multi-coloured fur, folk art jackets and statement stripes add a pop of fun into the mix with bold colours and patterns. Bring this mix of 90s meets modern into your own wardrobe with a little inspiration from our top seven street style trends from Autumn/Winter 2016 fashion weeks.

1. Flares

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Flares have been gradually making their way back in to the wardrobes of fashion’s elite, and this season is no exception. First introduced to fashion in the ’70s, flares had another major moment in the late ’90s, and are now back again in 2016. Also known as bell-bottoms, flares are a flattering and feminine shape which sit tight at the thighs and knees and flare outwards towards the feet. Today’s updated versions appear in sleek, black cotton styles with added stretch for a polished look. Best paired with heels to elongate the legs, flares look perfect at or below ankle length. Complete styling with a fitted shirt on top and a slim, thigh-length coat.

2. Bandanas

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Another throw-back to the ’90s, the humble bandana has made an unexpected return. Worn chicly around the neck, the bandana is the latest way to finish off an outfit in style. Tied up high, like the silk scarves of flight attendants, bandana also resembles an updated version of this season’s much-loved ribbon chokers. Best worn in a bold colour with a simple yet detailed pattern, bandanas can be easily paired with any outfit. Keep a variety in your closet this autumn and simply pick out a matching or complimentary colour to go with your outfit when it’s in need of some extra style points.

3. Multi-Coloured Faux Fur

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The coloured faux fur designs seen on the runway at this season’s shows were also mimicked off the runway. Street style experts took the look a step further however, with introduction of multi-coloured fur. Bold splashes of clashing colours, stripes and even multi-hued, fur flowers were all spotted on the streets of Paris and Milan. Unmissable, with their incredible colour, size and texture, these jackets and coats spelled out fun mixed with some serious attitude. If you’re feeling a little daring try this look for yourself. Simply pair with basic block colours and straight-leg pants or jeans. Then match the colour of your bag to one of the colours of your coat and you’re ready to go.

4. Folk Art Vests and Jackets

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Add some rich colours and decorative patterns to your wardrobe this season with folk-art inspired designs. Swirling shapes, detailed embroidery, florals, and culturally-inspired motifs, all turned heads on the streets outside the recent Autumn/Winter 16 runways. With hues reminiscent of scenic landscapes, this trend brought art and fashion together in an obvious yet humble way. Featured predominantly on standout jackets and vests, folk art was paired with modern design and simple silhouettes. Like multi-coloured fur, this trend will say everything your outfit needs in one garment, so keep things simple with a pair of jeans.

5. Frayed Denim

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Every cool girl was wearing frayed denim on the streets of Europe this fashion month. Looking perfectly undone, this trend easily injects a little ’90s grunge and attitude into any outfit. And the best part is that it doesn’t have to cost you a cent. Give your jeans a D.I.Y. makeover and cut the hems off an old pair for an instant style update. Then simply leave them frayed and raw on the edge for a “too cool to care” look. The perfect length is chopped at the ankle and the perfect partner is black, leather boots. Of course if you would prefer a brand new pair, there’s plenty of stylish options to buy too. Whether you prefer skinny-legs, straights, or even wide-legs, there’s frayed denim in a style to suit you.

6. Statement Stripes

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Vertical, horizontal or diagonal, it doesn’t matter, as long as your stripes are loud and making a statement! Unmissable and bold, statement stripes stalked the streets outside this season’s Paris and Milan shows. Stripes are always popular but they haven’t been this fun in a while. Whether they were black, red, white, blue, pink or green, they all stood out and covered entire garments. Thick and almost flag-worthy, they dominated street style looks from head to toe. Wear your own statement stripes on a coat, jacket or dress and pair with a simple, slim silhouette and minimal accessories.

7. Hoodies Under Jackets

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Full of attitude and practical, this street style trend will keep you warm and chic at the same time. Wearing a hoodie under a jacket is this season’s answer to the question of dressing stylishly disheveled. Light and comfortable, cotton hoodies were worn under all variety of dense outerwear in Milan and Paris. With hoods up, sunglasses on and hair messily, the fashion pack looked like they had a stylish secret to hide. Classically worn with leather, layered hoodies also look great with the added texture of fur, wool or shearling coats. Try this look paired with frayed denim for the ultimate 90’s grunge style.

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10 Bohemian Wedding Dresses You Can Buy Now

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Summer hair, ocean views, Coachella, any picture of Sienna Miller — all things that belong on a bohemian bride’s Pinterest board. We love a boho wedding, but even more, we love a boho wedding dress. Reserved for the free spirited gal, bohemian wedding dresses are often romantic, fuss free, and exuding an ethereal elegance. Get the beach waves and flower crowns ready, we’re going shopping for bohemian style wedding dresses you can buy right this very minute!

1. Constance Dress

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A strapless sweetheart neck says it all: romantic modern bohemian. It’s THE dress for fashionistas looking for an unfussy style statement.

2. Julieta Dress

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Another gorgeous Reformation dress ideal for a little subdued romance. This one comes in navy, black, and floral prints also if dressing your bridesmaids in the perfect dress is more your thing.

3. Chapel Dress

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The cat’s out of the bag on ModCloth’s brand new collection of affordable wedding dresses. This one (above center) is garden, farm, or beach wedding perfection!5. If anyone knows how to do boho right it’s Stone Fox Bride. With a sleek body, off-the-shoulder neckline, and billowing long sleeves, the Mariella gown is 70s hippie chic at its absolute best.

4. The Lucinda

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This dress does double duty, it gives us major Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy vibes (super 90s minimalism) and acts as a dreamy soft blank canvas for floral headpieces, romantic jewelry, and organic bouquets.

5. Stone Fox Bride Mariella Gown

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If anyone knows how to do boho right it’s Stone Fox Bride. With a sleek body, off-the-shoulder neckline, and billowing long sleeves, the Mariella gown is 70s hippie chic at its absolute best.

6. Truvelle Brianna Gown

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Yes, you can buy a wedding gown on Etsy! We recently spotted this chiffon gown with a back bow detail by Truvelle on Etsy, and we’re totally in love with the easy, breezy romance it evokes.

7.Lyric Gown

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A flowing train accents this ethereal dress from BHLDN. With a trendy (yet totally subtle) lace-up neck, this dress is basically a Midsummer Night’s Dream.

8.Self-Portrait Ivy Lace-Trim Open-Back Midi Dress

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Self-Portrait is the cool girl brand du jour! And its appeal to brides should be equally enticing. Gorgeous crochet lace detail trims this swiss dot tiered midi dress. Everyone will be asking “where did she get that?”

9.Parker Tulum Lace Dress

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Imagine getting married at sunset in Tulum, wearing the Tulum dress. Too cute for words.

10. Fame And Partners Bridal Tiered Maxi Dress

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A deep plunging v-neck sitting atop tiers and tiers of frilly lace make this Fame and Partners dress absolutely ideal for the bride who’s not into traditions.

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6 Bridal Brands That Are Changing the Plus-Size Wedding Dress Game

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Wedding planning is stressful enough without the added headache of not being able to find a dress you love simply because of your size. Thankfully, we’ve found six brands that agree. Ahead, bridal designers who have an extensive range of sizes to accommodate every body type.

Eloquii for Stone Fox Bride

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Bridal options for the low-key, plus-size bride were few and far between until this collaboration came along. Eloquii for Stone Fox Bride launched just last week, and we’ve fallen hard this sultry slip dress.

David’s Bridal

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 David’s Bridal’s vast collection offers much-adored designer collaborations, but we just might love their in-house line more. For those who want boho and the ball gown, try this dress with off-the-shoulder sleeves and a ruched bodice.
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In hopes of giving the plus-size bride a comprehensive selection, all Watters and Wtoo gowns are offered in sizes 0-24. Additionally, their Wtoo Curve collection extends to 32W.
Mori Lee

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 If classic wedding gowns are more your style check out the ones at Mori Lee. Designer Madeline Gardner has dedicated the last 25 years to making fairytale dresses with sweetheart necklines, fit and flare silhouettes, and tulle skirts. She expanded the brand with her Julietta Collection, featuring silhouettes for a curvier bride. We’re particularly fond of this flattering lace option.
ASOS Curve Bridal

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 Affordable dress alert: ASOS’ recent bridal launch also included options in their Curve division. How much do you love this vintage-inspired lace dress?
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 Every single dress in Alfred Angelo’s collection (carried in over 2,500 retailers!) is offered in extended sizes, at no extra charge. This high-neck halter, a modern twist on the classic princess gown, is great for gals who want extra drama as they walk down the aisle.
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Six ways to dress for a sunless summer

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From Adele’s plastic mac to midi-length skirts and Dot Cotton’s rain bonnet (yes, really), here’s the crib sheet of what to wear whatever the forecast

Make the rain bonnet your fashion accessory

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Christopher Kane is the man who can turn the most mundane and dowdy items into high-fashion waiting-list-worthy designs. He’s done it with everything from crochet to cable ties. This season, it’s the turn of the rain bonnet – AKA those plastic head protectors sold in 80s hairdressers to women who had just had their hair set and didn’t want to get caught in the rain. Models at his autumn/winter catwalk show wore them, often over wet hair, which may have confused purists such as Dot Cotton. Available for less than £2 for three, keep one in your bag instead of an umbrella – it’s far more alpha to those in the know. This is fashion irony at its best.

Go for a below-the-knee hemline

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Practised sun worshippers will be already on this, but for the uninitiated: if there’s still a chill in the air, anything above the knee without tights is likely to cause blue legs. But all is not lost. Midi-length, cropped trousers or even jeans with frayed step hems totally work and – to varying degrees – mean an early summer tan (earned in a country where the sun actually shines) can be shown off. Kirsten Dunst wore a midi pleated dress for an appearance in London in April, a month when, as Prince sang, it sometimes snows.

Wear a plastic mac with pride

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Adele prefers the kind of glamour pioneered by Dusty Springfield and Cilla Black in the 60s: big hair, sequins and a lotta, lotta eyelashes. But off duty she’s got a no-nonsense mum look of black tracksuit trousers, Converse and buggy crammed with shopping bags. These two came together at a gig in Italy this week, when a rain shower meant she shrugged on a plastic mac over her sequinned Burberrydress in a move that was practical and kind of awesome. Forget a Barbour over a ballgown; the sunless summer is all about the plastic mac. Remember to remove if the sun does come out – no one likes overheating.

Channel Sienna Miller and Kiera Knightley in The Edge of Love

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Miller and Knightley, playing Caitlin Thomas and Vera Phillips, wear a very British version of summer clothes at a cottage in the appropriately named Cardigan Bay: floral tea dresses, wellington boots, knee-high socks and chunky cardies. This is a look that works just as well today as it did in the 40s – those grey skies still need a bit of bracing cheer, and tea dresses are now a bona fide British summer classic. See the pansy printed dress in Kate Moss’s first Topshop collection, now doing a swift trade on eBay, and the chopped-up florals found at Finery. Add a vintage cardigan to see you through this summer’s chilly wedding receptions in style.

Avoid sandals

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Who wants wet toes? Sliders and fluffy mules are all very well but when there’s even a chance of rain, they’re best left at home. That doesn’t mean there can’t be smiles when looking down at your feet. The Stan Smith is still a thing, with variations including cork and python soles, or something chunkier, when worn with bare legs, provides that ‘I went to raves in the 90s’ look. The Reebok Insta Pump Fury, as approved by Vetements designer Demna Gvasalia, is back, and Rihanna’s look at her Fenty x Puma show – trainers plus legs plus hoody – is ideal for grey summer days.

Layering is your friend

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It’s pretty useful that the 90s are big news in fashion at the moment – the decade basically owns the whole slacker layering thing, which works perfectly for the sunless summer. It’s back now – either in T-shirts under slipdresses (as seen on the catwalk) or with short sleeves over long sleeves, a favourite of Rachel from Friends, and now on fashion editors outside shows waiting to be photographed. Wear as a sort of Transformer version of an outfit, one that can be adapted to any weather system that blows in. Just remove layers as appropriate.

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7 Shoes Men Can Wear In The Rain Without Looking Like They’re Going Fly-Fishing

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Yeah, rain shoes for men are a stumper. While brands like Hunter certainly make tall, plastic wellies for men, you rarely see men wearing rain boots loud and proud. So what kind of footwear should dudes wear when the weather’s gross and the ground is soaked?

We’ve got good news: There are more options than you think. Below, we’re walking all you men through the treacherous shopping terrain of men’s foul-weather footwear.

1. Ankle rain boots

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Think those knee-high rubber boots look too girly? There are plenty of brands that make toned-down ankle versions with more streamlined shapes and neutral colors that don’t scream “rain boot.”

2. Sneakers

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Not to state the obvious, but sneakers are actually pretty decent rain shoes. High-tops with cotton or suede uppers won’t be water-resistant enough, but those leather Nike Dunks or Air Jordans should do the trick for light rainfall. Just don’t step directly in puddles.

3. “Rain sneakers”

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You get the best of both worlds with what we call “rain sneakers,” which are basically rain boots masquerading as high-top sneakers. Both Tretorn and Hunter have styles made of waterproof rubber, but done in subtle colors with regular shoelaces so no one will be able to tell the difference.

4. Duck boots

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These are a little more hardcore (and less office-appropriate). But for a more rugged, flannel-loving dude, duck boots are totally acceptable and even kind of trendy. You can’t go wrong with a classic pair from L.L. Bean.

5. Chukka boots

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Chukka boots are a slightly more stylish, less sporty alternative to duck boots. The lace-up shoes are typically low-slung, only rising slightly above the ankle, and they’ve got a chunky, rounded toe. Not all chukka boots are waterproof, but but look out for some stylish pairs that are!

6. Rubber overshoes

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For guys who want to be able to wear their normal shoes even when it’s wet out, a rubber “overshoe” is the way to go. Just slip the thin, flexible rubber over your normal dress shoes, and peel them off when you get to work. Bonus: They’re the cheapest item on this list.

7. Wellies

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Yes, men can wear traditional rain boots. You’ve just got to have the swagger to pull it off. Take a hint from Prince Harry…

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Top 10 Campaigns of Autumn/Winter 2016

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This season, major brands such as Chanel and Prada bid farewell to staid sophistication and adopted a playful, cut-and-paste aesthetic in their advertising. Continuing in the spirit of the Spring/Summer 2016 campaigns that championed a DIY quality, a number of brands pushed this aesthetic even further towards a new kind of digitally-inspired campaign imagery.

These collage-like campaigns might be a response to the growing popularity of Doug Abrahams and his Instagram feed BessNYC4. Known for repackaging mainstream advertising into visceral counter-cultural collages, Abrahams has become an important bridge between luxury fashion houses and native digital techniques such as splicing and simplistic post-effects. Abrahams has already collaborated with the likes of Givenchy, Courrèges, Marc Jacobs and Adidas Originals and it seems his influence continues to grow.

Without further ado, please enjoy our top 10 campaigns of the season. Which did you like most? Let us know in the comments below.

1. Prada — Shot by Steven Meisel, styled by Olivier Rizzo.2_Prada-500x281

Prada tapped 27 prominent names to feature in its Autumn/Winter 2016 campaign, shot by longtime collaborator Steven Meisel.  This season features longtime Prada muse Sasha Pivovarova, actress Milla Jovovich and rising star Natalie Westling, along with 24 more known-name faces — each marching towards their futures in front of digitally-enhanced landscapes. The flat, computerised perfection of the landscapes that the models are set against, whether starry skies or burning sunrises, forces the viewer to focus on Miuccia Prada’s Autumn/Winter 2016 collection. Described as a “tour de force,” by BoF’sTim Blanks, the collection tackled pressing themes including the polarisation of the rich and the poor, and the imminent threat of mass migration.

2. Chanel — Shot by Karl Lagerfeld, styled by Carine Roitfeld.

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This season, Karl Lagerfeld described his creative vision for the Chanel campaign as “spontaneous,” and spontaneous it is. Signature Chanel motifs, pearls and quilted fabric are interspersed with cut-outs of Mariacarla Boscono and Sarah Brannon. Peace sign emojis and smiley faces appear next to cartoon  camellias and black and white images of the models, creating the pop art aesthetic Lagerfeld incorporates so well with the brand’s classic codes. After a one season hiatus, Carine Roitfeld returns to style the campaign. Another new direction for Karl’s Chanel.

3. Balenciaga — Shot by Mark Borthwick, styled by Lotta Volkova.

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In the first major season campaign since new artistic director Demna Gvasaliatook up the creative reigns at Balenciaga, Mark Borthwick shot unknown names on location in Paris. Composing the images around a simple mirror resting against an unmarked wall, Borthwick, along with Gvasalia’s long-term styling collaborator Lotta Volkova, creates powerful images using the simplest of props.

4. Coach — Shot by Steven Meisel, styled by Karl Templer.

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Taking another stride in Coach’s comeback to cool, the brand returns home to mark their territory with the help of longtime collaborator stylist Karl Templer and New York-based art direction agency Baron & Baron. Steven Meisel, who has shot all of the brand’s campaigns since creative director Stuart Vevers‘ debut Autumn/Winter 2014 collection, photographs models such as Rianne Van Rompaey, Jing Wen and Caitie Greene against the Manhattan skyline, frolicking in a Brooklyn car park filled with vintage cars. While Coach has slowly regained market share and financial success in the accessible luxury sector, previous campaigns read as more cautious when compared to this autumn’s confident composition.

5. Calvin Klein — Shot by Tyrone Lebon, styled by Max Pearmain and Grant Woodhead.

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From US Vogue’s creative director-at-large Grace Coddington to Hollywood’s newest darling Margot Robbie, Calvin Klein continued to tap ambassadors from across the entertainment and media industry this season — a testament to the brand’s increasing ubiquity and universal appeal. This season features a more elevated narrative: descriptive fill-in-the-blank captions are layered over intimate images creative directed by Tyrone Lebon, who returns to the brand for the second consecutive season. In recent years, Calvin Klein has taken up a more prominent role in the fashion industry through social media-savvy advertising and clever casting. Within the first four months of their Instagram movement #MyCalvins — which launched in February 2014 — the hashtag garnered 4.5 million interactions, and to date, the Instagram hashtag #MyCalvins has amassed nearly 400,000 images, the majority of which are user-created content.

6. Miu Miu — Shot by Alasdair McLellan, styled by Katie Grand.

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After a string of more subdued, docu-style campaigns, Miu Miu was looking for “24 hour lived-in decadence” this season and chose Houghton Hall — the country seat of the UK’s first prime minister — as its location. The campaign is inspired by the phrase, “any hour for my friends,” which is inscribed on a sundial situated in the grounds of the estate. Styled by Katie Grand, this season features actress Amanda Seyfried and a cast of models including Anna Ewers and Taylor Hill, captured in their revelry by Alasdair McLellan in his debut shoot for the brand. Entitled “Found Narratives,” the campaign follows the cast of characters, including “the Whisperer,” “the Player” and “the Ingenue” on a reimagined English country weekend, complete with picnics, croquet and pearl tiaras.

7. Dior Homme — Shot by Willy Vanderperre, styled by Olivier Rizzo.

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Artistic director Kris Van Assche continues to reinterpret the Dior Homme brand codes, adding his own vocabulary through elevated street style silhouettes and styling. For Autumn/Winter 2016, Van Assche handpicked a selection of  “subversive” ambassadors, in his words, from film director and producer Larry Clark to rapper A$AP Rocky, as well as French actor Rod Paradot and model Dylan Roques. Although Roques was declared by Van Assche as the muse of the season, and walked exclusively for the brand during the last Paris Men’s Fashion Week, the image of A$AP Rocky wearing a vermillion coat, contrasted by Dior’s muted grey branding, is the stand out from the campaign.

8. Raf Simons — Shot by Willy Vanderperre, styled by Olivier Rizzo.

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Raf Simons reconnected with his long-term collaborators Willy Vanderperre, Olivier Rizzo and Luca Lemaire (across photography, styling and modelling) to shoot his eponymous label’s Autumn/Winter 2016 campaign. Filled with shadowy introspection, Simons wanted to convey attitudes, memories and visions for the future — as opposed to the garments themselves. Citing a “preppy victim” as the campaign’s inspiration, the images feature Simons’ idiosyncratic take on exaggerated American sportswear silhouettes, alongside extremely intimate portraiture of Lemaire.

9. Roberto Cavalli  — Shot by Tim Walker, styled by Ellie Grace Cumming and George Cortina.

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Roberto Cavalli’s second campaign under new creative director Peter Dundascontinues the brand’s refinement away from typically sultry and blatantly sensual advertising, starring famous faces including Nicki Minaj. This season, Dundas injected a sense of romance and youth culture into the campaign, commissioning British photographer Tim Walker, best known for his on-location editorial shoots that play with allegory and fantasy, and Ellie Grace Cumming, who began her career as Alister Mackie‘s assistant. The campaign features models Erik van Gils and Adwoa Aboah, lounging in a blissed-out reverie, clad in fluid silks and crushed velvet. There is a new kind of sexy at Cavalli.

10. Brioni — Shot by Zackery Michael, art directed by Justin O’Shea.

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In his first campaign for Brioni as its new creative director, Justin O’Shea gave the classic brand a rock-and-roll facelift by casting Metallica and referencing Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody cover composition. Shot by Zackery Michael, the black and white images feature Metallica’s James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo in both group and individual images, suiting up in white formal dinner jackets, bow ties and sunglasses. O’Shea’s radical creative vision has realigned the Italian brand along strictly masculine and mature lines. Surprisingly, the gothic typeface used across the bottom of the images is a reinterpretation of Brioni’s original logo when it was founded in 1945.

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9 best men’s sunglasses

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Summer is undoubtedly here, and although it has been punctuated by rain, we finally have had some sunshine – which means you can add sunglasses to your daily attire.

But if you don’t have the sunglasses you want, summer can be just that little less enjoyable. So it’s worth buying a great pair that will serve you through this summer, and many more to come.

Here’s our pick of the best. As well as a necessary accessory during a sunny day, sunglasses are a great way of finishing off a summer outfit, too – so these have been sorted not just for their ability to screen out the sun but also how they’ll make you look to everyone else, too.

1. Persol 714:  £123.40

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Worn by everyone from Steve McQueen to Ryan Gosling, these are stylish and timeless. They’re also built hardily and come in a wide array of different colours. Like Ray Bans, they are remarkably versatile, with the classic-looking, classy brown frames complementing most outfits. The fact that they fold up into a tiny bundle makes them very practical, too.

2. Cubitts Bingfield: £125

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Based in London and drawing on traditional, hand-made techniques, Cubitts makes sunglasses that are sturdily constructed but in no way hefty. Finley crafted from acetate, all of the pairs have a slightly retro but not outdated style. We’ve gone for the Bingfield pair, but there’s a range of frames, colours and sizes available, too, in case this particular pair doesn’t suit – and all, helpfully, are priced at £125, making the choice much easier. There’s an option to add prescription lenses, too.

3. Ray-Ban New Wayfarer: £65.40

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A classic – and with good reason. The Wayfarers suit most faces – so long as you get the right size – and most outfits. What’s more, you can choose from a huge range of different styles and colours, which include everything from classic black to denim frames and bright pink lenses. The black pair looks timeless while the tortoiseshell-look pair keeps much of the same style but adds an interesting twist.

4. Nike Run X2: £89.99

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These nylon-framed sunglasses aren’t the most stylish on our list – they seem to take more cues from a spaceship than any classic eyewear. But that’s because they are expertly crafted for being active, helping you exercise while they stay sleek and secure on your head.

5. H&M: £6.99

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H&M’s shades are perfect if you don’t want to splash out or just want to try out a look that you aren’t ready to commit to. These are eye-catching – with a bright blue lens and tortoiseshell frames made from plastic and metal – but still look conservative enough that you won’t feel like they’re too much of a statement.

6. KITE Martino: £150

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Kite makes beautiful, designer-quality glasses but is a little less known than some other big sunglass makers – though that’s not at all justified. The fine detailing and construction of these handmade, acetate-framed glasses makes them well worth their fairly high price. Unisex, round and not especially large, they require the right face to wear them nicely – but if you can pull them off then that same interesting silhouette means that they’re eye-catching, while allowing you to maintain a classic cool. They come in a range of lenses and frames – everything from a classic black frame with black lenses to a transparent crystal frame with bright, bronze-mirrored lenses.

7. Oakley Breadbox: £95

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Primarily known for sporty sunglasses, Oakley hasn’t strayed too far from tradition when making its fashionable leisure eyewear. It keeps some of that sporting style, with a streamlined shape and a comfy fit, but have a casual, relaxed look, meaning that you’ll get great-looking glasses that will still be able to last. The strong, lightweight and stress-resistant materials used in the frame means that they’ll still be able to last for years, like Oakley’s more sporty models.

8. Tom Ford Tf465: £220

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If you prefer to make a statement with your shades, then Tom Ford provides the perfect way to do it. These glasses’ square, marble-look frames and dark lenses are unapologetically bold, giving a confident and slightly retro look to anyone who dares wear them.

9. Hugo Boss: £199

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Delicate and neatly-designed – borrowing as many cues from optical glasses as sunglasses – these Hugo Boss shades are perfect for a classic, unshowy look. Combining black frames with gold detailing, they’re stylish and have a quiet confidence that makes them perfect for more formal settings.

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5 SUMMER FASHION TIPS FROM AN INDO-WESTERN FASHIONISTA

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Ladies, the Indian summer is already here and it’s time to have fun with your clothes, like experimenting with tunics online, Indo Western style. If there is one thing Indo-western clothes do, it they give an instant street-style eclectic look. Fashion savvy ladies will know that a bold piece and a pop of color will accentuate your look and see you gleaming like a new diamond in no time.

1. TRY DIFFERENT PRINTS AND PATTERNS

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Dressing up is all about expressing one’s personal style. So don’t be afraid to let everyone know who you are at the next summer party and bring out a side of your personality that no one knows about with a different look.

Go with funky looking readymade dresses with abstract prints and patterns that are cheerful and bright. Mix and match striped with plaid or polka dots with flowers or go for an embroidered yoke for a softer Indo-Western style. Asymmetrical hemlines are all the rage nowadays, so combine this cut with prints. But don’t stop experimenting till you get the best summer look.

2. ADD A POP OF COLOUR

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Colourful clothes are a good way to look attractive in summer, but sometimes clothes are not enough and to look ‘wow’ you need help with women accessories. Even if all you wear is a simple tee or top with jeans or your favorite white dress, you can take your look a notch higher by simply adding a pop of colour.

Bags, shoes, and jewelry come to mind first, but you can get the same effect with a simple belt or even bright sunglasses. Opt for citrus shades like orange, green or yellow sandals or red peep toes or carry a small hot pink bag and wear matching nail polish and lipstick to breathe life onto a boring outfit. Today this has become easy; just sit on your couch and go shopping online at your favorite accessory store.

3. FIND HIDDEN GEMS IN YOUR CLOSET

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Your clothes are a surefire way of expressing your personality. If you feel uncomfortable then it will show. Adapting your style to fit in with the latest trends may not be the best way for everyone. So look through your closet carefully, there may be a surprise or two waiting for you.

What you need is to find those forgotten, old but interesting ‘gems’ that are buried in back of their closet. So revamp that summer wardrobe with classic styles that never go out of fashion – summer is the best time to mix the old with the new and be thrifty.

4. LOOK AND FEEL COOL

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Don’t meet up with friends in the trendiest and tightest pair jeans you have when it’s 40 degrees Celsius outside.

You want to wear garments that let your skin breathe, like airy palazzo or flared pants in cotton, linen, denim and rayon. Pick sleeveless, asymmetric tops or short sleeved shirts, short tunics and mid-length dresses.

5. HAVE FUN WITH CAPES AND CROP TOPS

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We sometimes get so serious about our outfits and the occasion that we forget to have fun with fashion. It’s important to have comfort plus style; so look good but be comfortable as well. Feel fabulous and have lots of fun styling yourself. Capes are normally worn with dresses or jeans in winter, but some new cape styles are cropped for summer wear.

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Men’s summer style essentials

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Life in the capital means taking a layered approach to warm-weather style as any outfit must be able to withstand the demands of a stuffy commute on the tube, cocktails on a sunny terrace with friends and, of course, the odd summer shower.

Putting together a summer wardrobe that combines style and practicality can seem like an impossible task, but luckily we’re here to help you maximise the time spent soaking up those elusive rays with our edit of summer style essentials for men.

The shoes

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These should be lightweight and versatile. Turn to the fashion pack’s current favourite, the all-white sneaker, to give an otherwise autumnal outfit a crisp finish. Be warned though, if you’re going to try this particular trend, don’t forget your shades ­- a boxfresh pair can be blindingly white in the sun.

Adidas’ Stan Smiths are the go-to, but if you’re looking for something a little less ubiquitous, the brand’s sleeker Gazelle style is a safe bet. Sandals are ideal for days when the weather is reliably fine, a smart pair in soft leather or suede shouldn’t be too controversial – just leave the socks at home and make sure your toenails are tidy.

For those reluctant to forgo their trusty winter footwear, Albam’s suede Chukka boot/deck shoe hybrid is a compromise even the most dedicated desert boot fan can make.

The jacket

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London’s changeable weather can feel unmanageable, so short of carrying a pac-a-mac on your person at all times, what’s the solution? A sleek and lightly weatherproof top layer.

Universal Works has the combination down to a fine art and its Labour jacket takes the hard work out of summer dressing and comes in several wearable shades including navy and camel.

The layers

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A shirt over T-shirt is a failsafe way of layering and an easy way to introduce – or tone down – pattern depending on your predilection for print. Stripes are a classic and add a touch of summer jauntiness to your look.

The shorts

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We like short shorts. Well not quite, but in menswear hemlines are definitely on the rise this season.

Swimwear specialists Orlebar Brown has parlayed the tailored fit of its swimming trunks into shorts in similar styles. The Norwich fit in navy should prove a summer stalwart and, sitting just above the knee, not overly brief.

The sunglasses

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The classic aviator is enjoying something of a renaissance this summer, with the sleek metal frames of this stylish celebrity favourite vying for attention with chunkier styles.

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12 Summer Fashion Trends You Need to Know About

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The sun is out. Summer vibes are going on in full swing. Snow cones, tanning, beach days, and a newfound sense of freedom hang in the humid air. However, of the anticipated summer moments, the new fashion trends that our favorite celebrities don is the most exciting. 2016 is no exception!

1. Printed Shorts

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This summer is all about prints. From cheetah printed jumpsuits to avocado printed socks, the season is all about fun and crazy prints. What better way to channel this than a cute pair of printed shorts to conquer the heat in style? Grab a pair from your local thrift shop or brands such as Zara and Banana Republic for a look that’ll keep you cool, figuratively and literally. If you’re not into the shorts, worry not: printed pants, capris, and tights can also be the way to go.

2. Leather Dresses

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Before you refer me to a psychiatrist, listen to what I have to say. It’s true that leather dresses are back even in this season, but make sure you’re thinking of the right kind. I’m talking loose leather in colors such white, tan, gray, red, and black (obviously) with the perfect cuts and folds.

3. Crop Tops

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Crop tops have been a staple summer trend for a while and this year, too, they’re here to stay. Search for crop tops in both long and short sleeves in a variety of playful prints or cool neutrals to pair with flowery skirts, high rise jeans, or whatever your heart desires for a look that’s sure to make for some artsy Instagram photos, which, let’s be real, is the only thing that matters.

4. Backless Dresses

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Girl, you’ve been working on your back muscles all day and night by lying on your back and scrolling through Pinterest; it’s safe to say it’s time for a little showing off. Muffin top, rolls, and chubbiness exist. Don’t let that bother you.  Pick a backless dress off the rack to embody the saying “business in the front, a party in the back!” (Don’t hate me).

5. Boudoir-Inspired, Ready-to-Wear Silk

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Yes, silk has a lot of glamor attached to it, but what makes silk so special in my book is how comfortable it is! This summer, take the nightgown to the runway and steal some hearts (or the office cafeteria to eat some Chobani in the corner, whatever works).

6. White Suits

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Sure, black business suits are industrial and classy, but white suits are so much more subtle, clean, and refined. Plus, they can be paired so many different ways and be taken in so many different directions. Go minimal with black peep-toes or pair the suit with purple platforms and a printed top for a night on the town. Customizable and cute? Count me in!

7. Closed-Toe Shoes

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Surely this is another one of those times where you question my credibility as an author, but it’s true: ditch the Havaianas flip flops and Birkenstocks for some ballet flats or pumps. Closed toe shoes are making a comeback this summer, so stay or leave. The ultimate fashion fate is up to you.

8. Denim Mini Skirts

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What’s this you hear?! Denim minis are back?! Blessed to be the messenger, ladies. You can uncover that mountain of denim minis from the early 2000s because it is, once again, their time to shine. Pair these cute minis with a floral button-up or a plain white tee for a day downtown in style.

9. Round, Mirrored Sunglasses

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Big or small, gold or silver accents, rounded mirrored sunglasses are here for all your music festival needs, Instagram flat lays (yes, I know about those!), or chill rides home. Pick a pair up from ASOS, Aldo, or the random sunglasses mall cart your ex-boyfriend or third cousin works at for all your retro-inspired needs.

10. Return of the Tie Dye

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Who says all fashion trends have to be store bought?! For a fashion trend that you can curate in your garage, tie dye is pretty trendy. Colorful rainbow splatter on white and a trend that makes my pizza sauce stain look like an intended decoration? Perfection.

11. Pom Poms

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Currently spotted on shorts hems, keychains, sandals, hats, and handbags, these little rainbow fuzzies are sure to add some color to your life. And, if you’re feeling creative, there are plenty of ways to DIY these at home to renew your old accessories.

12. Sport Logos

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This is the one trend I’m sure 99 percent of people have called. Brands such as Nike, Reebok, Adidas are becoming part of a must-have ensemble. Models and actresses alike have these prominent logos etched across windbreakers, snapbacks, shoes, t-shirts and more.