STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Painting the Town Red

Fellow Fashionistas/os, it is summer, meaning it is time for road trips, bright colors, floral dresses and cookout pants. We can finally wear whatever we want and get a little more experimental.  Where do we get the inspiration?  The fashion shows of summer 2015 of course, and they have taken it to the next level. Bright colors have gotten brighter, mixed patterns are getting crazier, the slits are getting higher and the stripes are getting thicker.  The most interesting one I have seen yet has been none other than Dolce & Gabbana in the finale show of a Milan fashion week.  Their entire collection was inspired by the Spanish influence in Sicily between 1576 and 1713.  We are talking bejeweled matador suit jackets and lace flamenco skirts and dresses.  The color palette was focused on white, black and red.  To say the least, it was stunning.  However, something as beautiful and artistic as a matador jacket is a bit difficult to translate to the streets.  This is why when I watch a fashion show, I look closely at the details and see what about the look makes it so special.  For me, the color of red was stunning; it was deep yet bright and shiny in a way that looked like perfect silk.

I could not take my eyes off the color the entire fashion show and our Fashionisto from this week has it down.  At the end of the collection, what seemed like a million men walked down the runway at the same time in suits of this exact color.  This color is different and something I hope to see a lot of this summer, especially on men.  Our Fashionisto also mimicked a trend we saw in the fashion show: the shorter pants.  Under the matador jackets, all the men wore shorter pants to really accent the top.  While our Fashionisto did not intend to offset his classic button-up, it still makes a statement.  I love the rolled-up pants look for men, and this summer, Dolce&Gabbana set a standard that requires them to be rolled up just a little bit more than usual.  Of course, you do not need to wear a matador jacket, but you can definitely experiment with this color of red and make quite a statement wherever you go.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “Know your body because your clothes are an extension of you. These slim-fit pants are great because you don’t even really need a belt, plus this color is a subtle statement that works for summer.”