Beauty Giant Revlon Reportedly Files For Bankruptcy

CNN confirms that Cosmetics Giant Revlon just filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after being in business for almost 90 years.

Revlon has reportedly lost its market share to newcomer cosmetic lines backed by celebrities, such as Kylie Jenner’s Kylie Cosmetics and Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty.

CNN confirms though that Revlon is expected to receive $US575 million in financing from its existing lenders, which would enable it to keep its day-to-day operations running.

“Today’s filing will allow Revlon to offer our consumers the iconic products we have delivered for decades while providing a clearer path for our future growth,” Revlon CEO Debra Perelman said in a release. She also said, “challenging capital structure has limited our ability to navigate macro-economic issues in order to meet this demand.”

Revlon was founded in 1932 by brothers Charles and Joseph Revson and Charles Lachman. Revlon (REV) went public in 1996 and in 2016 it was bought by Elizabeth Arden. It’s home to several high-profile brands, including Britney Spears Fragrances and Christina Aguilera Fragrances.

CNN further confirms that Revlon’s sales dropped over the years and in 2021 fell 22% from its 2017 levels. Shares have reportedly fallen more than 80% since the beginning of the year. ABC also confirms that in the latest quarter that ended in March, sales rose nearly 8 percent, but still lag pre-pandemic levels in excess of $US2.4 billion a year.

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Woman Of Style Of The Week: Introducing The Beautiful Tiana Memon

Tiana Memon is a 21-year-old marketing student and former model since she’s now focusing more of her time on fashion styling and content creation for many Slovenian fashion brands. She’s always loved writing about fashion, traveling, and life in general, so she decided to create a blog called Limemoncello, which features her surname and a known Italian drink Limoncello. Italy has always inspired her style, and she has always loved how Italians lived their life so carefree and positive.

Model & Mode Magazine recently caught up with Tiana to discuss her journey as a fashionista, and here’s what went down:

Where do you usually shop? Are there any hidden gems when it comes to snapping up some awesome designer clothes?

I can honestly say that I’m proud of how much my look at fast fashion has changed. I’m always trying to either work with brands that don’t exploit employees and/or use low-quality materials. My wardrobe used to consist of 90% Zara, but now I use the Zara website for inspiration and try to find sustainable alternatives at Nu-in, Benetton or second-hand shops, which offer amazing vintage pieces.

When it comes to designer pieces, I use the website called Lyst, since It gives me a look through all the luxurious brands.

What are your top tips when it comes to fashion for the cooler months?

Layer up! Layering is insanely fashionable, and people shouldn’t worry about wearing a blouse, a sweater, a blazer, a coat, or a puffer jacket over. If the colors match, it can honestly look amazing. It shows styling skills better than just putting on a dress.

Where do you look for creative inspiration?

I make sure that I always check all the fashion runways; after all – fashion designers are the ones that create trends, and everyone copies them after. My favorite ones are Michael Kors, Jacquemus, and Dior.

Social media, of course, can be very inspiring, but I like Pinterest even more than Instagram.

Is it hard to stay fashionable?

It definitely takes effort, and I’ve got days when I’m not in the mood to be dressed as my best self, but then again – I feel best when I wear something that’s the latest trend. After all, fashion has always been my passion, and it always will be.

How do you walk the line between being unique and having commercial appeal?

I think my ethnicity helps with the uniqueness since my biological father has Pakistan roots and my mother has Russian roots. I don’t know what to say for commercial appeal – maybe I get inspired by other influencers and try to post similar content. However – I always post and say and tag only the things I genuinely love and believe in; I’d like to stay completely true to myself even if that may not give me thousands more followers.

Are there any key trends you’ve seen for this year?

Video posts are booming thanks to reels and Tiktok, it also shows a non-filtered version of you, and it’s kind of more personal, so videos are definitely the future, even when it comes to fashion.

What do you think about the state of fashion today?

I’m happy it’s moving into a more sustainable point of view and the “less is more” mentality, which helps stop the over-purchasing and polluting the planet.

What clothes can we rid our wardrobes of that are considered very ‘last season’?

Good question! Ripped skinny jeans have been out of fashion for quite some time, but I’d also say oversized models are now replacing tight blouses. Basically, anything tight except dresses are being replaced with loose models, and it will stay that way for quite some time.

What fashion advice would you give an emerging fashionista?

Get inspired by other influencers/models/bloggers you love while still keeping your own identity. Don’t be afraid first to get feedback where they laugh at you, because from my own experience and from the experience of the people who made it, it’s always true that people laugh first, and then they copy. Also, make sure you post content you genuinely love and content that resonates with you; followers will notice if you’re doing something from your heart or not.

The fashion industry has changed so much in the past few years; what’s the best advice you would give for staying ahead of the curve?

Again, being yourself, studying the algorithms and insights, inspire, get inspired, support other influencers/models/bloggers and work on creating a community (liking, following, and commenting back is a part of that). Sometimes you have to fake it till you make it, but I believe everyone can do it if they’re consistent and do it from the heart.

Meet The Rising Star Behind The Cover Of The June 2022 Issue Of Model & Mode Magazine: Kristin Venae

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Kristin Venae is an Australian actor, singer, songwriter, and model – she graduated from the Sydney Academy of Film and Television. She was a host of the documentary series ‘Topical Punch,’ and she’s due to appear in the upcoming Kyle Lovett feature film ‘Lickerish.’ Kristin also happens to be a triple threat performer with soulful and rhythmic vocal tonality. Starting her live performance tours and artist development as a member of various bands such as the Latin group ‘Ritmo De Tropical’, ‘Loose minds’, and The Magnificent Companeros;’ She launched her debut album ‘Black Widow’ last year – a nostalgic and refreshing blend of Pop/RNB/Rock & soul.

Her debut single ‘Still Here’ has been described as an ‘ode to love.’ Its first review described Venae as having ‘the same gripping and soulful vocal eminence as Shania Twain, Celine Dion, and Mariah Carey. Keep an eye out for her next single release, ‘I am Woman’. ‘Still Here’ and ‘Lullaby’ which are available now on all streaming platforms.

Model & Mode Magazine recently had a chat with Kristin to discuss her journey in the industry and here is what went down:

Can you tell us more about yourself?

I always find this question difficult to answer because in the types of settings this question is asked, you always want to put your best foot forward and sum yourself up in a way that in a short time showcases who and what you are about. So to avoid self-deprivation or sounding Narcissistic. I’ll say I’m a Cancerian who loves to dance, loves music, literature, movies, tv, and long walks (laughs).

How did you get started in the industry?

I always sang in school; I was part of a Latin band as a teenager, then shot a commercial for Motorola and did a few catalogue print kind of stuff. Then this particular day, I was asked on the spare of the moment to replace an actor who pulled out of a project (the person was asked who they thought could do what was needed without prep, etc., and my name came up). I assumed the role and really fell in love with the creative part and the visual and conceptual aspects and then pursued that further. Even as a kid, I loved getting my picture taken, so later on, it just felt natural and fun to dress up and embody different versions of yourself.

How did you develop an interest in music, and what drove you to pursue that passion onto entertainment?

I think entertainment as a whole is all very similar in the creative approach. How the marketing works, you either are the brand, selling the brand, creating the brand or being the face of the brand—all feeding into the other. I’m very expressive and creative by nature, so I think that drove me here, plus my influences.

Can you tell us about your modelling experience?

I’ve only recently become more focused on pursuing these endeavours. From doing the catalogue stuff as a teen, my focus was music, and you’re in front of a camera for that – a lot for stills and cover art and promo posters. Then I did my first runway show and then another. It happened organically from there; I’m lucky to work so closely with my cousin Natasha Bentancort (BeautyCosmo), a super talented makeup artist and photographer. We work so closely together and with other photographers like Aleksandr Eremeev (Photoshootimage).

What inspires you to be creative? Anything and everything.

What do you like most about being an influencer?

The influence part that I love is when someone tells me that, for example, my song inspired them to do things, like going back to making music themselves, or to peruse a dream they had let slip into the background, or be more themselves. Those things touch my heart and make me happy that I can positively impact someone’s life.

In what way has social media changed your life?

I only recently went from a private account to a public one – you can follow me via @kristinvenae on Insta and Twitter – shameless plug (laughs). Social media is a lot of work. I see why agency staff are assigned tasks for it. I like not to let it change my life too much and just post what’s fun and interesting to me and, of course, as a promotional tool for my projects.

What are some of the difficulties of being in the industry?

Budget, self-promotion, and marketing. When you are independent, it’s hard because it doesn’t matter how amazing your product is; if no one knows about it or you have a limited reach, that affects its success.

How does your thought process differ when modelling versus singing?

I often approach projects from the perspective of themes, what is the direction, what is the content; if the song is light, then your demeanour should be light and happy; if the song is somber or dark, your aesthetic shifts, and the colour palate changes because it needs visual and lyrical support to evoke and emotion from the listener/watcher. Modelling is similar in this regard but driven by the product; a perfume campaign can be more seductive and more flirtatious, whereas clothing is more relatable and grounded. So to answer the question, I believe my thought process is the same.

What are your top tips when it comes to fashion?

When it comes to style, for me, confidence is vital. For me, how I define confidence is knowing that I don’t have to be the prettiest or the most talented or even the most interesting person in the room – but that I can still be secure in knowing what I have to offer, take fashion risks and style risks, it helps you develop your own unique sensibility and make getting dressed way more fun. I live by ‘better to be overdressed than underdressed,’ and I encourage others to really embrace who they are and what they like because we are now in a time where self-expression is such an art form.

Where do you look for creative inspiration?

I’m always just inspired by what catches my eye, unconventional things, people who push boundaries and take creative risks, as well as other artists like Prince and Michael Jackson. I’m very driven career-wise by actor Pedro Pascal. I’m all about the small wins; they are what I believe builds the foundation for the bigger picture and help you achieve your goals. Do what you love for fun, and success will be a bonus.

What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it.

I’m just happy to keep doing what I love. I have goals, and I’m working towards achieving them. My attitude is much more level-headed. If I get a project, I’m ecstatic; if I don’t, then that’s okay too. It’s all an opportunity to learn, cultivate, and grow within your craft. Don’t be afraid to go for what you want; you’re just asking the wrong person if you get a no.

Kristin Venae’s music is available on various streaming platforms.

Photo Credit: Natasha Bentancort of BeautyCosmo

Sustainable label Gyre Unveils Its 2022 Collection At The Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2022

Sustainable label Gyre dives into a creative ocean of ethereal simplicity with its 2022 collection, Oceania, which was launched Friday, 13 May, at the Afterpay Australian Fashion Week. The Oceania showcase was Gyre’s debut showing at AAFW.

Launched in 2020, the Gyre brand is built on the philosophy of sustainability and a strong commitment to protecting the planet through local Australian manufacturing and the use of natural, recycled, and organic fabric in every piece. Each Gyre garment is carefully designed to ensure longevity, championing circular fashion.

“We are increasingly aware of the impact that traditional fashion industry practices have on the environment, but we believe that fashion and a healthy planet can co-exist,” says Gyre founder and Creative Director Elena Ballantyne.

“It is our responsibility, as an emerging brand, to be part of a more sustainable present and future in turn by being a lighthouse in the ocean of fast fashion.”

Oceania represents the essence of the Gyre brand. The collection captures a passion for classic and refined monochrome silhouettes and celebrates Australia’s natural beauty and creative talent by featuring hand-painted aquatic elements from NSW artist Prudence Demarchi.

The collection starts with luxurious resort wear, featuring classic flowing lines and lightweight linens. Expressed in the choice of stark black and white, these pieces represent boldness and empowerment. This is interspersed with pieces made from beautiful organic peace silk featuring gorgeous ocean-themed and floral prints.

Oceania’s swimwear complements the resort wear and includes a variety of classic and timeless one-piece styles and bikini pieces made from Italian ‘Econyl’- regenerated ocean waste.

Gyre showcased 29 looks throughout the show and was proud to welcome transgender model, speaker, author, and activist, Chaye Hartwell. This was also Chaye’s debut show and made a positive statement on diversity and inclusion on the runway.

Styled with beautiful hats by Lorna Murray, an ethical and sustainable Australian brand, where effortless glamour meets coastal bohemian, and thoughtfully composed elegant jewellery by local Newcastle-NSW Kate & Kole.

Photos Courtesy of Dave Choo

Aussie Fashion Stylist Natalie Mark Is Back In Sydney

Aussie Fashion Stylist Natalie Mark, who works with some of the biggest names in Film, TV & Entertainment has returned to Sydney, after spending the last 14 years in the U.S.  Natalie is excited to be calling Sydney home again, whilst still travelling internationally when required.

Natalie started out in fashion when she was just 15, gaining experience in the wardrobe department for Channel 10 News.  She then worked on Channel 7’s flagship show, Home and Away, followed by becoming a Visual Merchandiser for popular clothing brands for women and young adults in Australia.  She studied Business, Styling and Merchandising at FBI Fashion College and the Whitehouse Institute of Design in Sydney, then subsequently worked for international luxe brand Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) at Black Communications in Sydney, in a PR and events role for the company.

Natalie moved to the USA in 2008 to further her career as a professional fashion stylist, working with clients in London, Sydney, NYC and Los Angeles. Over the past 15 years she has worked consistently across all facets of the entertainment industry. She has built long-standing relationships with her clients, who range from Academy Award winning actors: Geoffrey Rush and Jessica Chastain to international television celebrities, including Jessica Szohr, Nina Dobrev, the Glee cast, Nathalie Emmanuel, Alfie Allen, Kristian Nairn, Liam Cunningham and Isaac Hempstead-Wright from HBO’s epic Game of Thrones.

Natalie also styled Ben McKenzie, who starred as Jim Gordon in the hit DC Comics/Warner Brothers TV show Gotham and star of the hit TV show The O.C, and styled both individual and group looks for the Entourage movie press tour in 2015 and continues to work for the creator of Entourage Doug Ellin and most of the Entourage cast to this day. Natalie is also lead stylist to one of the world’s top magician’s, David Blaine being his one and only Fashion Stylist for most of his shows and world-record breaking stunts since 2018. Also in 2018, she made Esquire’s and GQ’s Best Dressed List for the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, styling Markle’s Suits co-star Patrick J. Adams in a one of a kind custom Canali morning suit that she collaborated in the designing process with Canali and Anto Shirts. She also has styled actor Pablo Schreiber for multiple worldwide press junkets for movies like Den of Thieves, Skyscraper, The First man, and hit TV Show American Gods.

As well as shaping the sartorial image of top-flight celebrities she has also styled magazine cover shoots and photo shoots, short films, music videos and television commercials. Natalie also is a personal shopper for elite A-List Hollywood producers, screenwriters and directors. Natalie has also appeared in television broadcast fashion segments, judged red carpet events in celebrity magazines including WHO Magazine, and has been invited to present at high schools world-wide, and tertiary colleges to share her experiences in the fashion and entertainment industries.

This article was sourced from a media release sent by Angie Young of Xposed Media

Aussie Multi-Platinum/International Star Vassy’s Hit Tune “Bad” Reaches 2 Billion Streams On YouTube

Multi-platinum Australian singer-songwriter VASSY is popularly known for her global hits: ‘Bad’ & ‘Secrets,’ with Dance Music icons, David Guetta & Tiësto.  The Hit singles have earned VASSY multiple #1s in over 30 countries, 17 platinum certification and over 2 billion streams.  VASSY has since positioned herself as one of Dance Music’s most prominent and authentic female Artists in the world.

Originally from Darwin, U.S based VASSY made her return home recently, after a long time away.  Missing her family and hometown, she’s enjoying reconnecting with everyone and keeps busy gearing up for her next Aussie release.

Following her successful and recent #1 ARIA Club Chart Hit: ‘Chase’ (with Aussie Super Duo BONKA), VASSY has collaborated with some of Australia’s most credible Dance acts, to provide a huge remix package from the likes of: Random Soul, Rubber People, Mind Electric, Jay Sounds and Kondo. ‘TUFF’ is an upbeat and inspiring new single with its anthemic, driving house basslines. The track begins immediately with VASSY’s unmistakable and heavenly vocals, as she sings inspiring lyrics about resilience and perseverance in the face of adversity.  She vocalizes the message of becoming stronger from struggles and proving doubters wrong, as the beat builds to an exuberant and driving melodic house climax that is sure to move dance music fans around the world.

In 2013, VASSY’s song ‘We Are Young’ went number 1 on Billboard’s U.S. Dance Chart, making her the first Australian artist to debut at number 1.  The song was also featured in Disney’s Academy award-winning blockbuster ‘Frozen.’ In 2014, she collaborated with David Guetta and Showtek on their iconic single ‘Bad,’ which became 7 times double platinum.  The following year she collaborated with Tiësto and KSHMR on their track ‘Secrets,’ which reigned atop the Billboard Club chart and Beatport charts and went straight to number No. 1 in 20 countries.  In 2017, VASSY and Afrojack released ‘Lost’ with Oliver Rosa, which hit No. 1, marking VASSY’s fourth Billboard No. 1 single.

‘TUFF’ follows her recent chart-topper ‘Chase’ (with Aussie duo Bonka) which was #1 on both the U.S & Australian Dance Radio charts.

“I’m so excited about this new release ‘TUFF’ (after years of my career being in America) being able to come back to Australia and to collaborate with so many incredible Australian producers, to put together this all-Aussie line up EP is so special to me.  ‘TUFF’ is a song about perseverance.  No matter how hard things get, you’ve just got to roll with the punches and keep going.  After the success of CHASE going #1 on both the ARIA Club Chart & U.S Billboard / Dance Radio Chart, I wanted to write a song about how one can get through the tough times in life and if they hang in there, they get through on the other side and feel happy about it.  I think most people can relate to this song. Sometimes all one needs is a little push to motivate them not to give up in order to get to the other side !!” – VASSY

TUFF EP REMIX DESCRIPTIONS

RUBBER PEOPLE – deliver a bouncy, modern disco house mix

RANDOM SOUL – deliver their signature sound, a deeper soulful house vibe

Mind Electric – delivers a funky chill, deep slap house mix

KONDO – delivers a punchy tech house mix

This article was sourced from a media release sent by Angie Young of Xposed Media

Five Ways To Be Fashionable On A Budget

So, the latest issue of the biggest fashion magazine is talking about the best concealer since sliced bread. You are excited beyond belief about it and make a mad dash to the counter and shell out thousands of dollars for it. But, when you try it for the first time, you realise you don’t like it and kick yourself for spending so much money on something that will probably still be on your vanity table six years from now, and still full. Of course, we never learn our lesson until it’s way too late and the same thing happens upon hearing about the next wonder product.

Make your life easier and your wallet full. Here are a few tips on how to be a budget beauty shopper:

Try the product before committing

If it’s the foundation, test on your jawline if it’s the right shade (it should disappear), check if you like the consistency, if you’re ok with it having SPF, and all that. For eye shadows and blush, check if it has strong pigment. Sometimes a color can look striking when it’s sitting in its container, but when you try it you find that you have to apply 3 to 4 times just to see a wash of color on your eyelids. Even worse, they sometimes fade off well before the day is over. Better yet, ask the people behind the counter if you can get a sample of the products you are interested in. Some of them may be able to give you trial-sized versions that you can test out for a week before you make a decision.

Make a list – and stick to it!

It’s like when you go to the grocery, you should never go without a list because you end up buying things you don’t need. Impulse buying is one of the worst ways to burn up your funds. More often than not, you come home and look at all your packages and don’t know what to do with half your purchases. Either that or you use it once or twice and forget about it. If it’s just loose powder and a new blush that you need, stick to that and don’t even look at the new lipsticks and eye shadows. Making a list of what you do need will give your trip to the mall some purpose and you will leave happy, fulfilled, and with still enough money to buy dinner.

Read between the lines

Don’t get carried away with product slogans that claim to perform miracles. You may just be disappointed when you buy a cream that claims to be a wrinkle eraser and you find yourself two months later, still with wrinkles. Read the labels carefully. The word ‘reduce’ is not the same as ‘eliminate’. Remember, this is make-up, not plastic surgery.

More expensive doesn’t mean better

Different products work for different people so don’t feel the need to buy the most expensive eye cream just because your best friend swears by it. Even makeup artists don’t agree with all products out on the market. What one loves, another may despise so if that $3 tube of lipstick works for you, then why not take advantage of its low price?

Ask for expert advice

Schedule an appointment for a consultation with a beauty expert so you can determine what products will be right for your skin and what colors will look right on you. If you must pay for the session, remember that it will be cheaper than buying everything and relying on a hit or miss process of elimination.

When to spend

So, now that I’ve officially made you unwilling to spend for anything, I am flipping it over because there are times when spending is acceptable, if not necessary:

If you have sensitive skin

Some products are made especially for people with ultra-sensitive skin and sometimes they cost a bit more. It is better to buy these products at a higher price than scrimping and ending up with a face full of rashes. Buy a quality item that you know you will use and is good for your skin. Usually, you don’t use too much at a time anyway so you won’t have to buy too often.

If it makes you feel smashing

There are some ‘wonder’ products out there, but all of these are subjective. If there is a certain bronzer that really lights up your face or mascara that gives you lashes for miles, then, by all means, buy it! Anything that will get that much time on your face is definitely worth spending for. We all have that one favorite product that we swear by. For me, it’s Shu Uemura’s Cleansing Oils. It’s a bit expensive but cleanses and moisturizes my face in a snap. I don’t even need any other products in my bathroom anymore. Think of what your must-have item is, and give yourself a break. Let that be your luxury item whenever you go make-up shopping.

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Meet The Model Behind The Cover Of The May 2022 Issue Of Model & Mode Magazine: Arundhati Banerjee

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Arundhati Banerjee’s journey from a South Australian Women of the Year – Emerging Leader, performing artist, pageant winner, humanitarian services to winning the title of “Australian Supermodel of the Year – Commercial category” has been rewarding and fulfilling.

Arundhati, also fondly known as Ari, is a teenager pursuing a second-year Bachelor of Creative Industries (Theatre and Performing Arts) from Flinders University with a vision to work and contribute to the performing arts industry.

Model & Mode Magazine recently caught up with Arundhati to discuss her recent win at the Australian SuperModel of the Year competition, and here’s what went down:

How was your journey to winning ASOTY?

It was a gratifying experience to be part of the entire process and live the sisterhood ethos integral to ASOTY. The mentorship program that involved sessions on the fashion industry, wellness and mental health, networking, collaboration, the significance of personal branding with social currency, sustainable fashion, and sisterhood was an experience that I personally enjoyed. To me, winning was a part of the journey, and I feel truly humbled to receive the title of Australian Supermodel of the Year – Commercial category.

What has been your greatest triumph to date?

I believe life is about experiences, be it success or failure, and it cannot define an individual. Every milestone, whether big or little, had its struggle and sense of accomplishment for me. I still have a long way to go and a lot of work to do.

What has been your greatest lesson, and how have you used that lesson in your life?

The greatest lesson that I have learned is that success and failure are two sides of the coin, and they should always look like stepping-stones to move ahead. So, I don’t let success go to my head or failure dampen my spirits. I would say humility is a sign of strength, not weakness.

Photo Credit: Tide and Tribe Photography / Outfit: Glassons and Princess Molly / Location: Glenelg

If you could travel back in time and alter one historical event, where would you go, and what would you attempt to change?

I would not alter any of the past events of my life as it has shaped who I am today. But I would like to mention that one should only look at their past if they are going to build from it.

What do you think you came into this life to learn, and what do you think you came here to teach?

I consider every day as a new chapter with its ups and downs. I have always tried to be around positive people who have believed in my dreams, encouraged my ideas, supported my ambitions, and brought out the best in me. I resonate with those same values to people and organisations who need that support from me.

What projects are you working on right now?

Currently, I am focused on working on my career ahead in acting and honing my skills by attending workshops, events, reading literature, and the like.

What would you still like to attempt in your career?

My goal since childhood has been in creative industries, and hence from a young age, I have been learning several dance forms and performing. I would focus on furthering my skills, network, and work on projects that I find fulfilling in the coming years. However, I am aware that the road ahead will not be easy and requires great determination, hard work, and perseverance.

What advice would you give to those hoping to follow in your footsteps?

I am too young to offer any advice but can certainly share my thoughts. It has always been important to follow where my passion lies, there is nothing wrong if sometimes you need to alter or change your path, and it is never too late in life as every day is a new beginning.

Photo Credit: Tide and Tribe Photography / Outfit: Glassons and Princess Molly / Location: Glenelg

7 Essential Tips for Choosing Stylish Accessories

By Chi de Jesus

Hello there, fashionistas! We’re pretty much in the last month of summer and fall’s just around the corner! While you’re putting together your wardrobe for those special occasions based on your body type, here’s one important fashion element that you can also think about to either spruce or glamourise your ensemble – ACCESSORIES.

This means your jewellery, handbags, shoes, eyewear, and even your hair blings. So, let me jump on the bandwagon by saying that “the devil is in the details” because it is. What you put together makes people want to come nearer and see you. What they see up close makes them want to leave you IF – they’re not well thought of or they’re just … too much.

So, here are some points to ponder as you go through your collection of fashion blings through the years:

Streamline the look

After putting together your ensemble, use your accessories to complement its design – a thin neckpiece for that gorgeous neckline, a nice bangle for those sleeves, an interesting handbag for a pop of colour.

Accessorise to transform the simple chic

To update simple silhouettes or straight-lined designs, add interesting pieces to make them look more fab. A simple wife beater and denim look would look really exciting with open-toe high heels, layered neckpieces or bangles, and possibly cool sunnies.

Have a focal point

Accessorising can be fun but too much fun will make you look like a treasure chest threw up on you. You can possibly wear 3-4 pieces but make sure to find that one accessory that will be the accent of your look. A subdued colour ensemble could get that necessary pop with an asymmetric bag or even a signature piece of jewellery.

Create a colour story

Build on 2-3 colours to make your look cohesive and well- thought of. Wearing gold with silver is not so taboo anymore but make sure that it’s consistent – you can now throw in rose gold, leather and feather as long as it doesn’t unintentionally clash with your outfit.

Choosing the colours of your accessories can either come off as a complementary feature of the whole ensemble or an eyesore unless that’s what you’re aiming for. The first step, review your colour wheel.

Size matters

As body type directs you to what type of clothes you may wear, so does accessorizing – with an addition of your height. Women with larger body frames can deal with larger accessories. Ideally, women with a smaller frame should be more careful in choosing accessories that can “eat them up.”

Quality, Quality, Quality

Your accessories can be your “bat signal” or “magic lasso” so make sure that you be mindful of the quality of your accessories. Even wigs can be tricky. Cheap ones may not look like your natural hair colour so make sure that it’s at least within an acceptable shade and texture. Otherwise, it would look like a dead animal on your head.

Your shoes will always be your saving grace

If there’s anything that you would have to save for, it’ll be shoes. The right fit and design make you stand tall in so many ways. Just don’t forget your standards – closed-toes for a more classic look, open-toe for sleeveless and shoulder revealing tops, platforms for picnics, flats for the beach, and long shopping trips. There will always be something that will match the standard black, nude, and gold/silver so always keep one handy.

Accessorising is fun and it’s important that whatever you put on can strike a conversation to make meeting you more interesting. Just don’t forget that “cohesion is key;” there is just one look in one go, it’s like having a lot of things to say without meaning anything that’s why “cohesion is key.” Also, having so much fun putting things on can make you look too busy or “trying hard” so learn how to edit.

Source: The Australian Filipina