Style Thoughts

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As celebrities such as Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo recently named their daughter “Dusty Rose”, this could not have happened at a better time as pink has proven to be one of Autumn/Winter 2016’s most sought after colours with its soft winter appeal.

@bakerelisa takes her #TOMMYXGIGI look for a spin in Tokyo! #ThoseEarringsTho ? Next stop of our #TOGETHERTOUR: Shanghai!

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An outstanding characteristics of a softer touch of pink is that it uplifts and compliments darker shades often worn during this season, consequently providing a “warming effect” on those cold days.

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The question of how best to wear pink during this season is vital, and we would suggest wearing with other neutral season colours, for example grey.

To wear this colour, you do not have to wear pink from head to toe as it can be incorporated through your winter accessories such as gloves, scarves and hats or worn with standard accessories such as boots, bags and jewellery. For those who aren’t too fond of pink, there is the option of an even more subtle incorporation, which is via nail paint colour. This subtler incorporation would highlight you are aware of this trend without having to scream or shout about it.

I’ll let you in on a secret which is this colour will be carried over to the next season (SS17) and will continue to be a huge choice, as seen on the catwalk of fashion houses such as Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs to mention a few.

Our recommendation? Whether excessive or subtle, get a step ahead and become a trail blazer. Invest now and enjoy the benefits of wearing across two seasons!

For advice on how to style this season’s “it” colour, please contact one of our stylists (stylist@luxuriantstyle.com ) who will be happy to assist.

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Having worked at Board level, I understand how the role of an Executive can a times be quite demanding as the responsibility of the Board is to focus on strategy and stakeholder interest.

In all seriousness of this responsibility, it is imperative that first impressions count, especially as – a recently appointed Board member; whist attending a Board strategy offsite or networking with Board members from other entities.

So you wonder, how should an executive dress to a Board meeting? A question often thought of prior to wearing the same black trouser or skirt suit to your next meeting.

In actuality, the average Executive is time poor and to avoid being a fashion faux pas, most Directors require the services of a stylist to advise on how to dress for numerous occasions they are invited to, within this prestigious role.

As a Board Member, it is a Director’s priority to create a great impression not just for themselves, but also for the organisation they represent. Also, to make effective decisions on behalf of organisations, a role of leadership is without a doubt accompanied by confidence and whilst decisions are being made, the Directors would need to instil confidence in the minds of the stakeholders on the positive direction the organisation is going. This confidence is not only interpreted via personality, knowledge and expertise, but also through conduct, composure and style.

Although executive style is dependent on numerous components such as body type, trends, seasons, the type of organisation you represent as well as the event the Board member is attending; our top 3 suggestions for choosing Board meeting attire are:

  • Seasonal Tones/Colours– Darker shades in autumn/ winter and lighter shades in spring/summer;
  • Feminine Touch – With the push for more diversity on Boards, though female Directors are in a prominently male dominated role, it is paramount a touch of femininity is added to your Boardroom attire;
  • Trends – Always incorporate a current trend where applicable to your Boardroom outfit. This could help relate to relevant stakeholders and portray you in a more approachable manner.

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In the words of Tom Ford (paraphrased), “the red carpet is the new catwalk” where the latest collections from fashion week are transferred to showcase the latest trends.

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As you know, it is quite common knowledge to ask a celebrity the questions: Who are you wearing? What season are you wearing? However for some reason, no one asks who styled your outfit? And my question is why?

In the past, the stylist (often known as the underdog) implements the hard task of a somewhat behind the scenes costume director by ensuring everything runs smoothly and that with the use of on-trend colour, style and fitting, their client is presented in the best possible light, is on top of trends such as . It is also the stylist’s role to discuss with the hair and makeup artists to ensure the style theme for the occasion works well.

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As media and social media have evolved, things are about to change for stylists, as there has been a sudden attention on these roles, a sudden light shone. Although we are used to hearing the names of stylists such as Rachel Zoe, Lori Goldstein, Monica Rose and June Ambrose; there are a lot more out there and now is their time to shine. 

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This role includes a lot of facilitation and team work as well as communication with the client. Showcasing a certain degree of creativity, organisation & thought which goes into the preparation for an event, shoot or just looking awesome at all times.

 

As the award season continues, the next time a presenter asks questions on the red carpet, it might be worth asking the question “who styled your look?” I believe this question is very important, a question which is worth asking for the work which has gone into making the celebrity look awesome. I think the time has come for the spotlight to shine on the ingenuity of the stylist!

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Sources:

Rihanna picture – http://www.elle.co.za/runway-vs-red-carpet-2015-grammys/

Ryan Seacrest Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/ryanseacrest/

Jill and Jordan Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/jillandjordan/

Micaela Erlanger Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/micaelaerlanger/