Sunday, October 24, 2010

merchandise it up: texture mix-match frenzy

anyone who knows me knows that i love to "merchandise it up" in the words of my fash icon the über fab Carrie Bradshaw--yes, I am well aware that she is fictional, but to me, she lives--meaning that I love to create a multi dimensional look, centered around one core item.  it is paramount to have a statement piece, whether it be a pair of platforms, a necklace, a bracelet or a bag.  pick an item to be the center of attention, and make it the star of the show!

when picking your pieces, be sure to incorporate texture, adding items that seemingly don't match.  this trend is epic right now.  match a dressier item, such a sequin top or a light weight chiffon skirt with a blazer or edgier boot, as seen below on Gwyneth Paltrow. 

her amped up boots are obviously the main attraction!  get her sexy combat boot look with Edelman's Vancover. no need to match your belt with your pumps.  no need to wear only complementary colors.  take a look at my fave "mixmatched" runway Fall 2010 looks [courtesy of Harper's Bazaar].

these looks illustrate color remixing, the pairing of items of various textures, layering, and the dominance of a muted color palette (shown in blacks and greys).  how does one fashion a "statement piece"?  how much is too much?  you decide!  exercise your own judgment.  i, for one, believe that fashion has no rules.  adorn yourself with fur--faux fur, if you prefer--ethnic, geo prints and texturized tights.  wear what your fashionable heart desires! 

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