I love a good black and white shoot. But there’s an occasion where you feel a little cheated out of the full result, and that’s when you know a photo would have been truly amazing in colour. I can’t help but feel that way about Camilla Akrans’ latest work for Contributor magazine. So much do I always love Akrans’ use of dreamy, vintage colours that when they’re taken out of a shot I feel like something’s been robbed. It’s just not quite the same.

That’s not to say all fo the black and white shots in Akrans’ Contributor shoot, titled Where Joy Resides, are lacking. Some are just as beautiful, rich, and sensual as the gorgeously coloured shots. And I guess there’s the flip side of needing to mix it up a bit, to move outside of that signature colouring. But, to me at least, a great black and white shot is one that doesn’t leave you wondering what it would look like in colour. And in this case a few of Akrans’ do.

via When to use black and white > Fashion Photo Shoots.


A real fashionista always plans her wardrobe beforehand. And while it is still three months ahead before the next fashion season designers have already supplied us with their ideas for Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012. So, why not start working on creation of impressive looks which your girlfriends will later look at enviously? My suggestion is to begin with colors. And here are all color trends for the coming season:

via Color Trends for Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012 | MillionLooks.com.

It might have been ingrained in us to instantly think “daytime” when we think of florals — but truth is, you don’t have to abandon your flowered gear just because the sun has gone down. You can bring your brights into evening territory by adding dark tights or a funky leather jacket, or just by choosing a more fitted, cocktail-appropriate silhouette. We’ve gleaned some inspiration from Liv Tyler, Victoria Justice, and Nicole Richie — stylish celebs who have all donned flowery fabrics on the red carpet recently. Click through to see three examples of how to take your so-called daytime florals into the night.

via How to Wear Florals.

Summer’s here and it arrives with a whole new set of trends and patterns that you should make sure to get right. If you take a look at the runways, you might be taken by surprise by all the stripes that you will find there.

For some reason this summer seems to be characterized by these patterns. Naturally there are some advantages and disadvantages of the striped clothes.

The advantage is that there is no easier way to combine different colors to create stripes of these kinds. The most popular colors seem to be yellow, orange, pink and red. There are also some other characteristics that you shouldn’t forget about. You might see that in the majority of the cases there aren’t stripes on the entire piece of clothing – just on a certain portion.

Also there is a width that the majority of the designers seem to prefer that isn’t too thin or too wide. One of the disadvantages that are easy to recognize is that the stripes are horizontal.

You can be sure that these clothes will look perfect on the models on the runways, but in case of real women who might have more than just skin and bones, these stripes could accentuate the little belly that they have.

Maybe it takes more than just a little belly to have problems, but the point is that there are a lot of women for whom these kinds of clothes aren’t advantageous. Nonetheless the overall look of them is really fresh and because of the colors that have been used they are just perfect for the summer time.

You could find shirts, dresses, trousers, jackets and so on. The surprising thing is that the power of stripes doesn’t end here; in order to make sure that everything matches regarding your clothing, the big designer houses including Prada also offered accessories that come with stripes.

You should get a purse that looks just like the dress that you have bought to be sure that there is coherence in your style.

Skirts also come with stripes, and although in some cases it could be really good to wear such skirts. In case you aren’t really satisfied with the looks of your behind, you might want to avoid them. It isn’t certain that the skirt will make it look bigger, but probably it will have a negative effect on the self-confidence that you have.

via Summer Stripes to Dream of Vacation | The Fashionables.

Winkler is a new beauty magazine dedicated to black women worldwide. The second issue of Winkler Magazine is out now, featuring work of Parisian-based photographer Mario Epanya. Check out the digital issue of Winkler online at http://www.winklermagazine.com

via Winkler Magazine Summer 2011 Issue | FashionMag.us.

Being next-to-naked without looking indecent is what our entire summer dressing strategy revolves around, and tank tops are our weapon of choice. From classic stripes to not-so-basic ruffles and draping, a choice tank top is the very best way to look and stay cool in the imminent sweltering temps. Lucky you, we’ve scouted the best women’s tanks on the web to suit any wardrobe and taste—here’s to treating your shoulders to some (healthy!) Vitamin D.

via Tank Top Shirts- Womens Tank Tops Summer.

Stripes are one of those must-have things. A little key to building a wardrobe, especially a summer one. They’re not for absolutely everyone; but the reality is that a great striped tee – or a striped cotton dress or skirt for that matter – is not terribly difficult to find. As far as high street takes go, Mango have some vibrant pieces that inspire dressing stripes with bold summer colours.

via Stylespiration: in the lines > Fashion Photo Shoots.

Kate Middleton, who is now Princess Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was included into MAXIM Magazine’s Hot 100 List. She is number 26 and is preceded by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (who tops the list), Katy Perry, Cameron Diaz, Anne Hathaway, Britney Spears, Rihanna and other celebrities.

While such a position (in Maxim’s Hot List) can be flattering for other girls, it is a bit tactless to name Kate Middleton, who is a member of the Royal family now, into the list. I don’t think it is pleasant for any of her new relatives to know she is a sex symbol. However, it’s just my opinion. What do you think?

via Kate Middleton Included into Maxim’s Hot 100 List – MillionLooks.com.

Speculation about Kate Middleton’s wedding dress has sent the world into a frenzy. Who will design it? What’s the price tag? Does it look like Diana’s? Will the train be 10 feet or 10,000? Speculating about William’s outfit has proved slightly less exciting. Since he is expected to wear his Royal Air Force uniform, there’s only one question, really: will his jacket be red or blue?

But hey, whatever the color, military jackets are always in style. After the jump, a selection of William-inspired options that would look just as cute with jeans and a tank top as they would at the royal wedding.

via Unlikely Style Inspiration: Prince William’s Wedding Outfit | The Frisky.