‘WONDER WOMAN’ STAR GAL GADOT GETS GLAM FOR W MAGAZINE

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Gal Gadot on W Magazine May 2017 Cover
Gal Gadot on W Magazine May 2017 Cover

Actress Gal Gadot graces the May 2017 cover of W Magazine. Photographed by Craig McDean, the ‘Wonder Woman’ poses in a Burberry trench coat. Inside the magazine, Gal wears the spring collections in chic ensembles. Fashion director Edward Enninful dresses the brunette beauty in the designs of Gucci, Prada, Diane von Furstenberg and more. 

GAL GADOT – W MAGAZINE – MAY 2017

Actress Gal Gadot poses in Gucci cardigan jacket, Hermes swimsuit and Patricia Underwood hat
Actress Gal Gadot poses in Gucci cardigan jacket, Hermes swimsuit and Patricia Underwood hat

GAL GADOT ON AUDITIONING FOR WONDER WOMAN

In her interview, Gal talks about getting the part of the famous super hero. “When I auditioned for Batman v Superman, I didn’t know it was for Wonder Woman. The director, Zack Snyder, asked me to do a camera test. That was torture,” she admits. “They were looking at six or seven girls, and we were all in separate trailers and were told to stay inside until they called us. Waiting is my enemy Number One, and I was losing my mind. So, I decided to put on Beyoncé. Who runs the world? Girls! I just started to dance, and I let my anxiety go. Thank you, Beyoncé!”

Getting her closeup, Gal Gadot models Burberry trench coat
Getting her closeup, Gal Gadot models Burberry trench coat
Wearing prints, Gal Gadot models Prada dress and stole with Bulgari ring
Wearing prints, Gal Gadot models Prada dress and stole with Bulgari ring
Gal Gadot poses in Diane von Furstenberg dress and Stephen Russell necklace
Gal Gadot poses in Diane von Furstenberg dress and Stephen Russell necklace
Embracing neutrals, Gal Gadot poses in button-up shirt and wraparound skirt
Embracing neutrals, Gal Gadot poses in button-up shirt and wraparound skirt
Gal Gadot poses in Michael Kors Collection jacket, blouse and skirt with Altuzarra sandals
Gal Gadot poses in Michael Kors Collection jacket, blouse and skirt with Altuzarra sandals

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FASHION ESSENTIALS FOR SUMMER 2017

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Photo: Free People
Photo: Free People

With summer just around the corner, now is the time to think about putting together your new season wardrobe. The good news is that there are some fantastic clothing trends out there, which means you will have fun shopping and come back with tons of new outfit ideas.

Dresses Are Back
Without a doubt, dresses stay on trend. And this summer, you will be sure to wear a breezy silhouette or two. Most of the dresses are made from classic materials like cotton or lace, which make them great for staying cool. Iconic cuts such as the sack and a-line are definitely back in vogue, but with a twist.

Most designers have opted to use bold designs to brighten things up, although the color palette used is quite muted. At least this is the case for high street brands. On the catwalks, many of the biggest designers have gone the other way and chosen to use bold bright colors. Therefore, there is a good chance that the mainstream color palette will shift to a brighter palette, later in the season. We are already seeing quite a bit of pink, in particular fuchsia pink dresses, appearing in stores worldwide.


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All of Your Favorite Cuts Are Still Available
The maxi dress phenomenon looks to have largely run its course, but a few designers have still included them in their collections. This is also the case with shift dresses, there are not so many available. But remember that you can always make anything on trend with the right accessories.


Flat Shoes
There are plenty of different styles of shoes to choose from, but it is nice to see so many flats this season. For 2017, you will not have to sacrifice looks for comfort. The ballerina style is dominant, but there are many other styles of flat shoes to choose from. Trim or gladiator sandals are ideal for wearing with a dress. They are glamorous enough to work for a party as well as wearing during the day.


Photo: H&M
Photo: H&M

The One Piece is Back
Most of us go to the beach in the summer, so swimwear is an absolute must. For the first time in a while one piece swimsuits outnumber two pieces. It seems that last year´s tankini trend has opened the eyes of women to just how good you can look even if you cover up more.


Speaking of covering up, this year, most retailers have opted to sell duster jackets rather than sarongs. They actually make great beachwear, with the added advantage that they can also be worn in the evening to keep the chill off.

Statement Stripes
If you want to brighten your look, and have some fun, you are in for a treat. Stripy trousers, shoes, tops and jackets are everywhere. You can keep it nautical in a classic white and blue stripe, or go colorful with more bold hues such as pink or red.

Jewelry Trends
This summer, metal jewelry is set to make a bit of a comeback. Anklets look set to be the must have accessory for summer 2017. It also looks like this season is going to finally take us away from the muted tones that dominated for the past couple of years, and catapult us into a new world of brightness and interesting shapes.

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GIVENCHY LEATHER COIN PURSE WITH STRAP

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Who would have thought that a leather coin purse could look like a modish bag if you just put a strap on it? Take a look at this Givenchy Leather Coin Purse with Strap and you’ll know what we’re talking about.

Taking a simple yet fashionable approach, this downsized option with signature finesse that gives it a sleek fold-style silhouette is all you could ever ask for in a luxury coin purse. What’s more to love about this is that it made with genuine and smooth calf leather. We never thought that owning a coin purse could be this good!
And if that’s not enough, this minimalistic styled coin purse also comes with a removable strap so that you can easily transition it into a stylish mini bag for lunch-date days with your equally sassy girlfriends. It features a snap-buttoned fastening, which gives you easy access and a sense of security.

Measuring 3.5” x 3” x 1” (H x W x D) inches and the price is $450 USD, 370 euro, £320 GBP, $3990 HKD, $750 AUD

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This is the Handbag That’s Taken Over So Many Style Stars’ Instagram Feeds

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IT’S AN ODD LITTLE THING, BUT YOU’RE GOING TO WANT TO REMEMBER THE NAME CULT GAIA

There’s only one reason anything ever gets popular on Instagram: it looks good in photos. The popular photo-sharing network has an odd purity of purpose in that way. Even if something is popular in culture at large, if it’s not aesthetically pleasing, you’re not going to find much trace of its influence in Insta. If something is attractive in sunny still photography, though, and it makes it into the hands of the right people, it just might explode.

That’s true even if the brand doesn’t have the well-known luxury caché of larger fashion companies, which is, in its own way, a democratizing force on the style world. Instagram popularity can give an enormous boost to upstarts with good, unique designs that make Insta-popular style stars feel the thrill of discovery. The best example of this phenomenon so far is Mansur Gavriel, and now another indie bag brand has emerged with its own clear, narrow aesthetic and a bag Instagrammers just can’t get enough of. Enter, Cult Gaia.

Cult Gaia was founded in 2012 by Jasmin Larian, a California-based scion of the family who owns MGA Entertainment, the company that invented Bratz dolls, among many other popular toys. Cult Gaia’s look reflects the exact kind of aspirational, luxury-boho look you’d expect from the founder’s background, which is an aesthetic that reigns supreme at the moment in the contemporary fashion market. A wide swathe of young consumers, especially young women fluent in Instagram, want to dress like someone who was going to Coachella before everyone was going to Coachella. Cult Gaia achieves exactly that.

The brand has recently expanded to a small assortment of products beyond its Insta hit, which is called the Cult Gaia Ark Bag, but those clutches are still the star of the show. The original came in bamboo, but for spring and summer, new versions are making their debut in colorful acrylics, and the bag now comes in two sizes.

The Ark isn’t terribly functional; its woven-looking finish hides precious little from prying eyes, and there are no straps of any kind–you either have to carry its little handle by hand, or wedge it under your arm. That’s the thing with Instagram trends, though: they tend to privilege form over function, because their primary purpose is to get a good shot. The Ark Bag starts at $128 and tops out at $298, though, so for most luxury shoppers, it falls well within the acceptable range for a fun little summer clutch.

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SHOP THE COACH AND RODARTE COLLABORATION

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Coach x Rodarte collaboration
Discover the Coach x Rodarte collaboration

After months of anticipation, the highly buzzed about Coach and Rodarte collaboration has finally arrived. The iconic American leather goods brand and New York-based cult label create a collection that celebrates Coach’s heritage with Rodarte’s whimsical touch.

From leather jackets decorated with glittering embellishments to archival printed t-shirts and sleek totes, these pieces are truly unique. Priced between $125 for a top and $3,500 for a leather jacket, the range is truly the definition of luxe. 

COACH X RODARTE CLOTHING & BAGS

Coach and Rodarte Black Circle Dress Leather Sequins $2,500
Coach and Rodarte Black Circle Dress Leather Sequins $2,500
“This feminine circle dress is detailed with hand-embroidered jewel-tone leather “sequins” as well as brassy rivets.”
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Coach and Rodarte Pink Crewneck with Archive Intarsia $595
Coach and Rodarte Pink Crewneck with Archive Intarsia $595
“This wool sweater features a vintage Coach ad from the 1980s with fifteen different yarns.”
Coach and Rodarte Leather Dress with Whipstitch Eyelet $2,500
Coach and Rodarte Leather Dress with Whipstitch Eyelet $2,500
“A feminine circle dress gets detailed with hand-punched eyelets, pearly cabochons and delicate leather lacing inspired by archival Rodarte techniques.”
Coach and Rodarte Moto Jacket with Leather Sequins $3,500
Coach and Rodarte Moto Jacket with Leather Sequins $3,500
Made from buttery-soft leather, the classic moto jacket features hand-embroidered jewel-tone leather “sequins”.
Coach and Rodarte Pocket Tote in Glovetanned Leather with Whipstitch Eyelet $995
Coach and Rodarte Pocket Tote in Glovetanned Leather with Whipstitch Eyelet $995
This structured tote, crafted from buttery-soft glovetanned leather truly shines.
Coach and Rodarte T-Shirt Archive Print $125
Coach and Rodarte T-Shirt Archive Print $125
“This cotton screenprinted t-shirt features a vintage Coach ad from the 1980s, with a few tongue-in-cheek Rodarte twists.”
Coach and Rodarte Tote Bag in Glovetanned Leather with Embossed Archive Print $650
Coach and Rodarte Tote Bag in Glovetanned Leather with Embossed Archive Print $650
A buttery-soft glovetanned leather bag features a Coach ad from the 1980s with updated text.
Coach and Rodarte Black Courier Bag in Glovetanned Leather with Sequins $895
Coach and Rodarte Black Courier Bag in Glovetanned Leather with Sequins $895
Inspired by a Coach bag from the 1970’s, this equestrian inspired silhouette features glam embellishments.
Coach and Rodarte Courier Crossbody Bag in Glovetanned Leather with Sequins $795
Coach and Rodarte Courier Crossbody Bag in Glovetanned Leather with Sequins $795
Rodarte’s signature use of embellishments shines with hand-placed metallic leather “sequins”.

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SEXY, SPORTY SWIM: 2017 BIKINI STYLES

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Photo: Pexels
Photo: Pexels

Unlike the simple one-pieces of the ‘90s and the triangle two-pieces of the early ‘00s, swim fashion in the last decade or so has been exceedingly exciting. From mesh-covered cut-outs to fringe and tassels, trends for swimwear are becoming increasingly difficult to predict.

During the last couple years, one-pieces have seen an outstanding resurgence. However, if you are dedicated to your bikini, here are a few styles to search for before summer swim season is in full-swing.


ROMANCE

In more ways than one, bikinis are just a hop and a skip away from lingerie. On one hand, many women find it distasteful to emulate bedroom attire on the beach, but on the other hand, romantic swim styles catch eyes and steal hearts. This year, a handful of designers doubled-down on romantic flourishes to appeal to those swimmers who like to feel flirty and feminine. Plunging necklines, delicate lacework, glittering gems, and other delicate details will add romance without making you look too ready to dive into bed.

TEXTURE

Even with a loud print, bikinis tend to be relatively one-dimensional ― which is why many designers this year are adding all sorts of textures to their swimwear. Though they may be somewhat less practical for actual swimming than smooth, sleek suits, bikinis with some texture stand out on the beach and at the pool. Here are two textures you will definitely see this swim season:
Crochet. Crochet work looks simple from far but up closet is beautifully intricate. You can find bikinis with crochet embellishments at the neck or back, or you can invest in a fully crocheted suit. However, it is important that you care properly for your crochet bikini since the weave makes it more delicate than other materials.
Mesh. Cutouts are another way designers are adding visual interest to plain-old bikinis, but this year, instead of merely baring skin, cutouts are covered with mesh. You can find bikinis with various gauges of mesh and a variety of cutout patterns, to suit your body type and comfort level.

STRING

String bikinis have been go-to swim options for decades, but this year, designers have decided to do a bit more with their cording. Laces and wrapping straps are exceedingly popular this year on all styles of swimwear, including bikinis.

Loose lacing is being used as a method of creating skin-revealing cutouts, so bikinis can have deeper necklines or higher thighs while giving coverage where it counts. Plus, laces can be either strong and sporty or delicate and romantic, fitting both major swim styles for the season.

Additionally, designers have coopted ballerina fashion in their swim lines this year, creating bikinis that wrap beautifully around the body. Wrapping is actually advantageous for swimwear; it provides adequate compression to keep your bits in place while swimming and splashing, but it isn’t prohibitively tight or unflattering.
However, you should be careful about wearing a laced or wrapped bikini in the sun for too long; the thin patterns will make for odd tan lines. With these bikini styles, it is even more important that you use enough sunscreen to stay safe.

COVERAGE

Perhaps in response to the overabundance of revealing swim styles, some designers have developed more concealing bikinis ― and they are just as attractive and stylish as their skin-bearing alternatives. Full-coverage tops feel comfortable and practical, and many boast the same beautiful embellishments as skimpier styles, including lacing, mesh-covered cutouts, and crochet regions. There are sportier options, that are more reminiscent of rash guards, but you can also find stylish women’s tankini swimsuits that are on-trend.

Additionally, this season designers went wild with cover-up options, moving away from the tried-and-true sarong to experiment with alternative after-swim clothing. Beach pants, which are lightweight and often flowy, are an emerging trend, but you should also consider looking for bolero jackets that match your bikini, open-weave dresses, and caftans.

NEUTRAL

Flying in the face of all other swim trends this season, some designers are pushing plain, nude-colored bikinis. With colors to match a variety of skin tones, these neutral suits are designed to give the sense of exposure while remaining quite concealed. Nude bikinis are particularly good for accessorizing with jewelry, jackets, hats, and pants, so if you are more interested in elements of swim style besides your bikini, you might try wrapping yourself in simple nude.

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