Saturday, 30 March 2013

ONE FOR THE BOYS: WINTER 2013 INSPIRATION + IAMGALLA

Hey Readers! Or should I say guys?
Welcome to my fashion blog :) As you may know, I usually do posts for the ladies. However, I am here with a post dedicated to all you GUYS out there! 
I've been asked A LOT to do mens fashion posts! So here I am with one for you. If you DO happen to like this post and would like to see more, please let me know! Don't be afraid to comment or message me. I know some guys are shy with wanting to dress better and may feel insecure approaching me or any other girl for a bit of direction. 

This post will contain images of my absolute favourite guy fashion blogger. 
I know some of you may be thinking, "what? there a is such thing as guy fashion bloggers?". Yes, there definitely is and I have been given permission from this blogger to use his photographs!
Lucky for you, I am able to share a fantastic menswear blogger to give you inspiration. Forget 'swag' and start thinking class! The most attractive thing you can wear is a suit and that is no word of a lie. Take advantage of that.

Okay so for those of you who will actually read this post and not just scroll down to the photos, I'm going to give you a little prep talk before we start. Fashion is NOT just for women. Fashion can be found in anything. Don't feel as if you shouldn't make an effort when getting dressed. A little tip for you for future reference: most of us ladies LOVE a guy who can dress well, so why not take advantage of that too! Seeing as it's coming from a girl, take the advice and run with it.
The photos provided are not how you have to dress from head-to-toe. You can take inspiration. Whether it be an accessory, the colour, the pattern, the cut of the garment etc. It's up to you to analyse what these photos are and how you can incorporate these trends and looks into your everyday wardrobe.

Meet Adam Gallagher from I Am Galla. He runs his own menswear fashion blog. I've been following him for ages and LOVE his style. Not to mention he is ridiculously good looking..but besides the point. Here are images from his blog that he has kindly let me use. I may or may have not had a fan girl moment when he replied to me, haha.

His style is definitely something to admire. All of his outfits are what I like to call 'effortlessly cool'. No matter what he wears, he makes it look amazing. He can go from classy to casual and make it work. The way he can combine the two to create a look amazes me. Who can get away with putting a denim jacket on top of a dress shirt, vest and tie?! Take a leaf out of his book, boys!

FOLLOW HIS BLOG HERE

PLEASE let me know if you'd like to see more of these. Depending on how many guys are interested, I will be doing more in depth posts. I will do posts on mens fashion stores and putting looks together that you can recreate yourself. Not to mention I may be doing some giveaways if I get positive feedback from you guys :)


Check out my previous One For The Boys posts:
http://amberfashionavenue.blogspot.com.au/2011/08/one-for-boys.html
http://amberfashionavenue.blogspot.com.au/2011/11/one-for-boys-again.html


Enjoy!











 






 





Here are more of his outfits:




Love,
Amber x

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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

TREND REPORT: KFB103

Hey Readers!
Have you ever wanted to know what the upcoming trends are? In this post you will find out what the trend forecast is for Autumn/Winter 14/15. It's exciting, I know. You are probably wondering what makes a trend a trend? The trick to fashion trend forecasting is to look at what the trends are around you. Whether that be economic, lifestyle, art, social and of course, fashion trends! In this post I will showcase three different trends that I have taken photos of here in Brisbane. After analysing and going through different trends, I believe the following photos showcase not just the fashion forecast for A/W 14/15, but the art behind each part of the outfits. Clothes may be seen as superficial and materialistic, in fact, fashion  in general may seem that way. However, it is a form of art and it can express someone and their ability to pick up on such trends or be a trend setter themselves. 


Industrial Evolution
This photo was taken in Queen St Mall here in the Brisbane CBD. I was walking around trying to spot exactly what I was looking for. The macro trend of the Industrial Evolution shouted degraded denim and the whole theme of 'man and machine'. I found Jonathan walking through Queen St. After my eyes popped out of my head from seeing his outfit, I frantically ran up to him camera-in-hand. He was kind enough to allow me to take his photograph. To be able to understand his outfit completely, I needed to be able to link the Industrial Evolution macro trend. With this trend we're seeing these industrial processes delivering durable, functional and trusted materials. It demonstates a soft uniform style, rugged molten coatings and rough factory finishes (WGSN). His use of denim and leather together makes his outfit stand out as a prime example of the Industrial Evolution. The degraded denim and the idea of man and machine are being seen on fashion sites and fashion blogs around the world (Streetpeeper.com). It has proven to be a perfect staple for the cooler months (IAmGalla.com). The hint of a tar-like finish and distressed denim allows an 'engine part' feel to come along with this trend. Jonathan's outfit links back to the consumer trend of "sell the intangibles versus the materials". We are seeing that it's not necessarily the product that people are looking to buy in the coming future, but it will be the meaning behind the purchase and the "priceless" experience it provided the customer (Trendwatching.com). This may see men searching for their degraded denim in op shops to beat the trend before it hits the runway. The experience of an op shop may be of more value than the purchase itself. 


Modern Myths
I found Hayley at QUT Kelvin Grove. Her outfit stood out to me as it represented the macro trend of Modern Myths. After researching this macro trend, I was able to do my own trend spotting and found this perfect ensemble that Hayley put together. Her blazer represented the linear floral trend as flower silhouettes and the textural elements of them covered it. The icy, mineral tones in her blazer fit the fashion trend of a 'Winter Floral Story'. The use of floral silhouettes brings a wireframe aesthetic to her blazer and the all-over repeated prints emphasises a very cultural feel.. This macro trend is all about mixing religions and finding new paths to spirituality. We are making sense of contemporary culture and focusing on culture, history and tradition (WGSN). Hayley's outfit represents a very natural aesthetic with a creative spirit (Stylebubble.co.uk). Not only does Hayley's blazer produce a floral feel, it has a hint of monochrome and a touch of digital printing. This is not only being seen on international fashion blogs, but blogs from here in Australia (Streetpeeper.com). Hayley's emphasis on dark tones throughout her outfit falls into many fashion trends under the Modern Myth macro trend. Dark tones add extra depth and act as an earthy base against tribal, monochromatic prints (Trendycrew.com). Black and white are effortless, on-trend colour bases and will be incorporated constantly in Autumn/Winter 14/15.


Rendering Reality
Annie was walking through QUT Kelvin Grove when I spotted her. I was really interested in her clashed ensemble. So I decided to go up to her and ask to take her picture. Annie's outfit links to the consumer trend of a Rendering Reality with an avant-garde aesthetic. Consumers are trying to define what's real and what's not within this contemporary culture. This makes it hard for one to understand where reality and fiction both start and end. There is a demand for more of a 'realness' in the world, whether that be within sexual relationships, the recognition of artistic value or honest conversations (WGSN). Annie's outfit projects differing identities and represents the blurred lines of what's real to what's not. In regards to fashion trends, Annie's outfit has an eclectic approach. We will be seeing styling that will look like a mistake (The Sartorialist). The whole got-dressed-in-the-dark quote makes sense when connected to the macro trend of Rendering Reality (Trendycrew.com) The length of Annie's over-shirt shows to be the same percentage as that of her dress. We will be seeing equally quantified colour, some may be represented in a cellular look, like Annie's overshirt. The most obvious element of Annie's outfit is the pattern-on-pattern look she has. She has clashed a floral yellow dress with hints of green with a charcoal, ox-blood and grey plaid button-up t-shirt. Not only is this fashion trend for women, it is also being seen in mens fashion (Streetpeeper.com). The macro trend of Rendering Reality shows us that more is never enough.

Love,
Amber x
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Friday, 15 March 2013

FASHION FRIDAY ♡ OUTFIT POST #3

Hey Readers!
Welcome to week 3 of Fashion Friday. Thank you to those who have been keeping up with these posts. I get messages saying how you're excited for the upcoming weeks! That makes me excited, so thank you! For all the newbies out there, I have started a weekly series called Fashion Friday. Click HERE to read more about why I started it and what is coming up for this series!

In regards to the following outfit, I woke up this morning feeling a tad chilly. One thing I DON'T miss about Winter is crisp mornings, ugh. Due to my chilliness, I decided to chuck this outfit on. I wanted to make it look a tad effortless and casual. After all, being at uni early in the morning is tiring! However, I had a wonderful Fashion Friday and I hope you did too! 

Don't forget to use the Instagram hash tag #fashionavenuesfashionfriday or simply tag @amberfashionavenue on your photo so I can see it! 

Without further adieu, here is my outfit for the 15th March 2013:





Hair
See HERE what I use
Toni&Guy Sea Salt Texturising Spray

Sunglasses
Bought them for $20 last year from uni markets






Clothing
Denim shirt was bought for $5 second hand
Sportsgirl grey t-shirt
Leggings bought years ago
Rubi Shoes sandals 





Bag
Tony Bianco


..and for a little refreshment!
Nestea Peach Iced Tea :)


I hope you enjoyed week 3 of Fashion Friday!
Have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you next week :)

Love,
Amber x
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Friday, 8 March 2013

FASHION FRIDAY ♡ OUTFIT POST #2

Hey Readers!
Welcome to my second post for Fashion Friday! Yay :)
Thank you for taking the time out to view this post. This week I hit over 12,000 views on my blog! It may not seem like much, but it made me so excited and happy! Thank YOU for contributing.
If you haven't seen my last Fashion Friday post and don't know what this new series is, click HERE to read my last post which entails what my plans are for this new series on Fashion Avenue :)

For those of you who are up-to-date, hello again! Thank you for your interest. Leading up to today, I had NO idea what I was going to wear or come up with. However, this morning at around 5:30am,(you only have to be crazy to be awake at that time ) I came up with this outfit quickly. 
Do I wish I had an exciting, designer-filled wardrobe? Yes.
Am I a poor uni student? Yes.
I'm a big believer in it's not what or who you wear, it's how you wear it.

There you have it. This is what I pulled out. Regardless of where you get your items, I think it's fantastic to style it well and to add a personal touch to it. 
I found the following outfit good for a day at uni. I found it casual and comfortable which is ideal when you're walking to and from classes. Amiright?

My question is, what are you wearing? Even if it's not Friday when you're reading this or if you have a photo of what you wore last week, use the Instagram hash tag #fashionavenuesfashionfriday or simply tag @amberfashionavenue on your photo so I can see it! 

Here is my Fashion Friday outfit for the 8th March 2013:

Lets start from the top:



Make Up
The same as last week except:
Revlon Lip Butter in Candy Apple
Napoleon Perdis Blush duo (couldn't find the name of it, sorry!)
Benefit Hoola instead of Chi Chi Bronzer.

Hair
Refer to last weeks post.


Sunglasses
Read my post on them HERE






Clothing
Mombasa off the shoulder top
Cotton On Skirt
Betts jelly sandals 



Handbag
Sportsgirl



Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post.
See you next week and Happy Fashion Friday! :)

Love,
Amber x
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