Taking a cue from fellow blogger Mary Bordelon, I did some exploring on Polyvore to help me get out of a style rut. Dressing for spring has never been my favorite–at the risk of sounding completely basic, I totally prefer fall and winter style despite freezing temperatures.

That being said, it is still pretty cold in the Northeast, so most days this time of year I choose to sleep in rather than take an extra half our or so to put myself together. I’ve been ending up in leggings, a t-shirt and a blanket scarf way too much lately for my liking. This is what we fashion bloggers call a style rut.

Thankfully, Polyvore is a fun and inexpensive (read: FREE!) way to experiment with different fashion and beauty looks when it’s too cold to do anything else and you need a break from studying. In an attempt to get myself excited for spring style, I put together 17 (I know, I’m extra) Polyvore sets centered around both new trends and my all-time favorite pieces.

New trends include neutral lips paired with bold eye makeup, off the shoulder tops and dresses, statement sleeves and underwear as outerwear. Old favorites include vintage denim, cateye sunglasses, slip dresses and chemises, plain t-shirts, chunky knitwear, leather booties and moto jackets.

I also added sexy lace and fishnet stockings, as well as some silver and gold hardware (mostly in the form of jewelry) and feminine scarves to accent almost all my looks this season. While I tend to wear more white, beige and pale gray than I do black and other dark tones, I also love to pair black with beiges and tans no matter the time of year. Similarly, I tend to mix girly (slip dresses, bedroom hair, cheetah print, lace) with grunge (moto jackets, band tees, boyfriend jeans, statement jewelry), and this season is no exception.

One major piece I cannot wait to get my hands on this season is a denim jumpsuit–I definitely have my eyes on this number from Second Skin Overalls. And, I am hoping to add a champagne-colored slip dress to my collection sometime soon, too!

Lastly, I made sure to include several transition pieces, including scarves, stockings, sweaters and outerwear, because weather where I live tends to be pretty unpredictable.

Let me know in the comments what trends you cannot wait to rock this spring, as well as your go-to’s for getting out of style ruts. Xoxo

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During the final days of Milan Fashion Week, famed Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana made headlines after debuting an unorthodox 130-look collection that seemed to target a young teenage audience.

Two days prior to the show, on February 24, Dolce & Gabbana released via Twitter (@dolcegabbana) a complete list of all those who would walk the cheetah print runway in Milan on the 26th. Among those mentioned were several non-models, including blogger Aimee Song, singers Stormi Bree and Madison Beer, as well as the children of some high-profile celebrities.

Destry Allyn Spielberg (daughter of Steven Speilberg), Renee Stewart (daugther of Rachel Hunter and Rod Stewart), Rafferty Law (son of Jude), Corinne Foxx (daughter of Jamie) and Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis (son of Daniel), all walked the D&G runway, according to W Magazine, as did Sailor Brinkley-Cook (daughter of Christie Brinkley) and Sofia Richie (daughter of Lionel).

[source: Vogue.com]

Other notable walkers according to W included Lady Kitty Spencer, niece of the late Princess Diana, and Jennifer Tilly, the 58-year-old Academy Award-nominated actress best known as “The Bride of Chucky.”

Social media influencers such as Vine star Lele Pons and YouTubers Juanpa Zurita and Marcus Butler also took to the D&G runway.

Among legitimate models who walked were French beauty Thylane Blondeau, runway regular Lucky Blue Smith and Vogue cover star Vittoria Ceretti, while “teen idol Austin Mahone provided the soundtrack,” according to Vogue.

[source: Vogue.com]

When questioned about the unconventional lineup, which featured men and women of all shapes, sizes and ethnic backgrounds, co-founder Stefano Gabbana cited the brand’s first show, in which friends of the designers walked the runway because D&G could not yet afford models, according to The Telegraph.

“The character of people is the important thing to us,” Gabbana told Vogue.

“We’ve had an attraction to this from the very beginning—our first show in the mid-1980s was on real people. The message is: You need to accept yourself as you are. That’s it!”

[source: Vogue.com]

Despite this seemingly thoughtful and good-spirited sentiment, many high fashion fans took to social media to criticize the brand’s choices.

Twitter user @miuyorker writes, “Does D&G not know that 11-13 year olds won’t be purchasing? I’m just confused,” while @onlythemodels captions a series of three images, “HOW has Dolce & Gabbana become this… I want to cry… This is so tragic.”

Both tweets suggest the 32-year-old Italian fashion house traded its innovation, craftsmanship and ultimately its art in order to appeal to a younger fan base. While many brands–both high-end and low-end–have done this, it seems strange in the case of the former because, as @miuyorker states, teens and pre-teens cannot typically afford these clothes.

So, has Dolce & Gabbana traded sales and esteem for likes on Instagram and views on Snapchat? The t-shirt featuring Justin Bieber’s screen-printed face that reads “King” begs a yes.

[source: Vogue.com]

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On the surface Jourdan Dunn is the total package: she’s leggy, athletic and has a killer complexion. But, even supermodels have their insecurities. In a recent interview with Glamour magazine, the 26-year-old spoke out against body shaming, according to Daily Mail.

Jourdan Dun for Glamour UK, 2017 [source: the Fashion Spot]

After a successful 11-year modeling career, the English beauty is trying her hand in the design aspect of fashion; her collection in collaboration with online retailer Missguided, dubbed LonDunn x Missguided, goes live in March.

“When asked about how the range reaches ‘real women’ [Dunn] was quick to point out that she herself, is a ‘real woman’ as she responded with an incensed answer,” according to Daily Mail.

“I don’t really like the term ‘real women,'” says Dunn.

“When you compare ‘real women’ to models, it’s like they are not real, and it’s like, what do you mean? I live on earth. I have breasts. I have a vagina. I am very much real.”

Jourdan Dun for Glamour UK, 2017 [source: the Fashion Spot]

The interviewers question regarding “real women” suggests that a supermodel like Dunn, with seemingly superhuman beauty, poise and talent must be fake; Dunn made it clear that is not the case.

“Just because [supermodels] don’t have any body fat and have faces rockstars write love songs about” certainly doesn’t mean they are not real women, according to Maria Pasquini, a writer for Galore.

Dunn just so happens to possess a handful of desirable features; she is 6-feet tall with chiseled cheekbones and a striking jawline. To say that Dunn, or any supermodel for that matter, is not a “real woman” because of her appearance only furthers the body shaming these critics condemn.

Body shaming, as defined by Google, is “the action or practice of humiliating someone by making mocking or critical comments about their body shape or size.”

So, when the so-called feminists who preach “real women have curves; dogs like bones” attack a supermodel for being “too thin,” or discredit her accomplishments and hard work by suggesting she had cosmetic surgery or uses other unnatural methods to enhance her appearance, they are body shaming.

Before her discovery in 2006, Dunn admits to being extremely self-conscious about her tall, slim figure, which proves all types of women–not just overweight or curvy women–fall victim to insecurities and body shaming.

“I was self-conscious of being so lanky, of being me,” Dunn said in an interview with Islandistas.

“I’d keep my head down, make excuses not to go out. I’d look in the mirror and hate myself. I thought I was disgusting. I cried constantly from 11 to 16.”

Jourdan Dunn walks the runway at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2014 [source: Huffington Post UK]

At the age of 15 Dunn was scouted by an agent from Storm Model Management, with whom she is still signed today, while shopping with a friend at a London Primark. The following autumn, Dunn made her runway debut walking for the likes of Marc Jacobs and Polo Ralph Lauren during New York Fashion Week.

Since then, Dunn has been featured on the covers of Vogue, British Vogue, Vogue Italia and W Magazine, among others. She appears in campaigns for Yves Saint Laurent, Victoria’s Secret, Free People and Saks Fifth Avenue, among others. In the spring of 2010 she walked the runway for Jean Paul Gaultier with a noticeable baby bump. Dunn also walked the runway later that year during London Fashion Week ten weeks after giving birth to her son at age 19, according to British Vogue.

Whether she won the genetic lottery or worked hard to be where she is today (I’m willing to bet it is a combination of the two), Dunn is certainly human–and all her fellow models, too. Embracing our differences and celebrating one another’s beauty is what feminism should really be about.

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It’s been two years since Italian-born Alessandro Michele began as creative director of Gucci, and in this short amount of time the 44-year-old designer took the famed fashion house in a new, much more modern direction.

[source: Elle]

On Wednesday, February 22, Michele debuted a unified men’s and women’s Fall/Winter collection during Milan Fashion Week, according to Elle. The 120-piece collection–known as The Alchemist’s Garden: An Anti-Modern Laboratory–featured a “madcap mashup of styles shown on models who wound their way through a glass tunnel set next to a pyramid with a weathervane on top.”

Emphasis clearly was on the future from the get-go; even the invitations read “What Are We Going To Do With All This Future?”

[source: Elle]

Michele gave traditional Gucci a futuristic, over-the-top twist.  “A hodgepodge of looks inspired by various decades as filtered through the Gucci lens,” including a sparkling full-length bodysuit paired with a relaxed t-shirt and cut-off shorts, an ornate white gown covered in floral appliqués and an all-black outfit complete with a mysterious eye-covering hat fit for a femme fatale, according to Elle.

The collection was “a magpie’s delight, and truly [included] something for everyone.”

Of course, none of Michele’s collections are complete without a layers of accessories and embellishments; he is, after all, a former leather goods design director for the label, according to Business of Fashion.

“Models rocked mullets, carried chinoiserie umbrellas [and] donned multiple fanny packs,” according to Elle. A few even carried luggage down the runway.

[source: Vogue]

Amid septum jewelry and a sea of bold patterns were plenty of cardigans, tea-length skirts and high-rise socks that looked as if they belong to an impossibly chic 22nd century granny. Outfits were accented with a plethora of pearls, oversized collars and librarian-inspired eyeglasses.

[source: Vogue]

Another notable accessory on Michele’s most recent runway was the oversized belt. Leather belts adorned with metal details contrasted the feminine floral prints and tartan plaids they accessorized, while 80s-style shoulder pads and hairdos seemed fashionably out of place on oriental patterns. Headwear was also big; most models wore larger than life hats, thick headbands or hair-hiding head scarves as they made their way down the catwalk.

[source: Vogue]

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For me fashion has always been an escape from the so-called “real world.” From the time I could walk I remember playing dress up with both my dolls and myself for hours on end. As I got older, fashion–whether it was reading magazines full of it, illustrating it or photographing it–was there for me during tough times throughout my teenage years.

And, when I got to college in the fall of 2012, I started taking fashion much more seriously (and professionally!) after landing an internship as a contributing style and beauty writer for The Campus Companion, a college media network based in Massachusetts.

Though I had been exposed to both fashion and politics my entire life, I remained pretty off-put when the two seemed to merge more greatly than ever during the 2016 presidential election. I often found myself thinking, fashion is supposed to be a getaway from the stress of everyday life, but now the two are so intertwined.

Multiple times a week there seems to be a politically charged incident in the fashion industry making headlines all over the world. From t-shirts and panties emblazoned with slogans to reports of editors refusing to sit next to First Daughter Tiffany Trump at a runway show, New York Fashion week was filled to the brim with prominent political undertones.

23-year-old First Daughter Tiffany Trump smiles in the front row of Philipp Plein’s fashion show [source: New York Daily News]

On Monday, February 13, President Trump’s younger daughter sat front row during Philipp Plein’s Fall/Winter 2017 fashion show. Former Wall Street Journal columnist Christina Brinkley tweeted a photo of Tiffany Trump with several empty seats next to her.

“Nobody wants to sit next to Tiffany Trump at Philipp Plein, so they moved and the seats by her are empty,” she wrote.

Days later, on February 16, Brinkley tweeted the following:

“The two seats remained empty for about 2 minutes before others sat there. Then Philipp Plein’s sister made them move so she could sit there.”

However, a report from New York Daily News by Minyvonne Burke states otherwise.

“Several fashion editors took to Twitter revealing that people were scrambling to move their seats because they didn’t want to be near the 23-year-old,” according to Burke.

Alyssa Vingan Klein, editor-in-chief of Fashionista.com, tweeted on the 13th:

“Seating shitshow at Philipp Plein because no editors want to sit near Tiffany Trump. SHOCKER.”

Senior fashion editor at Elle Nikki Ogunnaike responded to Klein’s post, implying that she and other editors chose to relocate because of Trump, according to Burke.

“We moved and are down the hall. Come thru,” Ogunnaike tweeted in response to Klein.

After reports of the incident went public, television personality Whoopi Goldberg condemned the fashion editors’ behavior at Plein’s show and defended Trump on her daytime talkshow The View.

Empty seats next to Tiffany Trump shot by Brinkley [source: Twitter user @BinkleyOnStyle]

“You know what, Tiffany, I’m supposed to go to a couple more shows. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I’m coming to sit with you,” Goldberg said the day after the incident.

“Because nobody’s talking politics. You’re looking at fashion! She doesn’t want to talk about her dad! She’s looking at the fashion!”

Though Goldberg has been “extremely vocal” against the President, according to Fox News, she “understands how Tiffany Trump must feel” and is willing to put politics aside.

“I don’t want to talk about your dad, but, girl, I will sit next to you. Because I’ve been there where people said, ‘We’re not going to sit next to you.’ I’ll find your ass and sit next to you!” Goldberg continued.

Trump responded via Twitter later that day with the following statement:

“Thank you @WhoopiGoldberg I’d love to sit with you too!”

Amid the chaos, Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin, designers behind the label Tome, “sent one of their models down the runway wearing the pink Planned Parenthood pin,” according to Forbes. The two also donned “Stand With Planned Parenthood” t-shirts during their show’s finale.

Prabal Gurung, a designer who created a t-shirt for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, according to Forbes, dressed models in statement-making t-shirts for his show’s finale. While leading the pack, It girl Bella Hadid wore one that read “The Future Is Female.” Gurung himself wore a “This Is What A Feminist Looks Like” t-shirt.

A model wears a “Make America New York” cap at Public School during New York Fashion Week [source: Inquisitr]

At Public School “creative directors Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne took a more parody approach to the political statement,” according to Forbes.

“Models sporting red ‘Make America New York’ baseball caps walked to a remixed version of Woody Guthrie’s This Land Is Your Land.”

The red hats stitched with white writing mimic President Trump’s widely known “Make America Great Again” campaign caps. Chow and Osborne also showed various pieces reading “We Need Leaders” during the fashion show.

Perhaps the most explicit statement against the President came from Mexico-born designer Raul Solis, who has worked for the likes of Proenza Schouler and his own label LRS, according to Dazed.

Underwear reading “No Ban No Wall” at Raul Solis [source: Dazed]

Models at Solis’ Fall/Winter 2017 wore visible underwear that read “No Ban No Wall” and “Fuck Your Wall” as they paraded down the runway.

“My family is first generation Mexican and some had to migrate to the US, (so) this issue is something extremely personal to me,” Solis tells Dazed.

“I would not be able to present my collections if it was not for the opportunities the country has given us.”

Though these big-name designers definitely stirred up controversy during New York’s biannual Fashion Week events, reports suggest many of them felt it was the necessary course of action given 2016s president election and the decisions made by the new administration since taking office last month.

“Showing in a city made up of such a melting pot of cultures as New York, [Solis] felt ‘it would seem wasteful to have a platform and not be able to speak up on an issue that is extremely important,’” according to Dazed.

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