Here's to grand openings and first impressions! YesStyle just opened their first ever physical store location and Miss Asian California 2009, Victoria Pham, was the guest of honor for the opening ceremony. We asked you to help put together an outfit for Victoria for this exciting event, and the YesStyle team picked 3 lucky winners for a YesStyle.com shopping spree!
Today's interview is with Kaliam, whosedistinct style caught our eye. Large photos are the main attraction in her sets with miniature images of clothing and accessories as the embellishments.We were impressed at how beautifully each of her sets tell a storyand how everything meshes together. Here are some of her sets:
I'm a 23-year old girl who lives in Italy near Milan, where I'm studying building engineering/architecture. The fashion world has always fascinated me, in particular the way in which architects are borrowing the techniques of pleating,stapling, cutting and draping from traditional tailoring to design buildings that are flexible and interactive. They observe the construction of the clothes and how the fabric goes together to make volumetric forms. I like the relationship between fashion and architecture, love when they fuse together using different materials and shapes like cotton, molded fiberglass, leather, resin with fiber-optics, nylon and so on. This was the theme of my degree thesis at the end of my first three years. After my studies, I would like to move to the USA. I'm substantially a simple person, I feel like a director rather than an actor, preferring to stay behind the scenes. I love reading architectural books, magazines, listening to music, watching TV, going out with friends and eating gummy candies :D
Describe your sense of style/fashion.
I'm not a huge fan of fluorescent colors, glitter, dots and floral prints on myself, but I love seeing them on other people. I like whatever is comfy or whatever looks good on my body. We should be comfortable in every situation, place and occasion. My style is pretty casual, and colors have to match perfectly. I've completely fallen in love with accessories (they can really change an outfit): necklaces, hair clips, brooches, bracelets, everything with butterflies and maxi bags. But I hate gloves, so my hands are constantly frozen in winter!
Are there any particular fashion trends that you've been seeing people wear in Milan lately?
Well, in Milan you can see everything! The 80's are back and designers render it in a modern and contemporary way, very feminine and chic. You can see everywhere studded bags by Miu Miu, Cavalli, Louis Vuitton, but my favorite is the Versace Vanitas bag. Thigh high boots are undoubtedly the hottest shoe trend for women in this season. One of the most fabulous shops in Milan is called Vergelio, you can find the most amazing shoes by top designers. On the Quadrilatero, the high-fashion shopping district with the famous Montenapoleone street, you can see women always elegant with impeccable coats and capes (the shop-windows are full of amazing capes). Torino Street is heaven for the youngsters: leggings, checkered dresses and leather jackets from Bershka and Paul & Bear are everywhere.
How did you discover Polyvore?
July 2008, Milan, 9:00 a.m. :D When I came out of the subway a man gave me a free daily newspaper and in a corner of the last pages there was a small article about Polyvore. I remember that there was a page with advice for people who can't spend much money on fashion. There were amazing ideas about dress-sharing as a business and not only as an usual ritual between girls. With a monthly subscription, stores and web sites can offer dresses, bags, shoes for rent with good prices. And for all the dreamers there was Polyvore, a place in which you can create your own style without money. "Mmmm...," I thought. "Let's see this website." And well, you know what happened, I'm here and totally addicted.
Tell us a little about what you use Polyvore for and why. What do you like about Polyvore?
I use Polyvore because it allows to express myself and my feelings. As you can see, my sets are not totally focused on the outfit, the pictures are very important, too. I try to find the perfect mix between photos and outfits. Polyvore is a beautiful place to discover new designers, new products, fantastic blogs too (speaking of this, I'm thinking of starting one soon.) And it's not like other social networks where people share only information about themselves and gossip, we can let the imagination run wild. Fantasy and creativity are the key words. This is really a great community of fashionistas!!!
Describe your set creation process. Where do you get inspiration for your sets? How do you pick a theme? How do you find your items?
It could takes one or several hours. Sometimes I can't finish a set because one little detail isn't perfect. I'm very very very obsessed with details. Sometimes the set is almost finished but if everything doesn't match perfectly, I won't publish it but I'll start another one immediately. You can't image how many drafts I have: more than 600! I always start choosing pictures or photos, then decoration and clothes that have to match with colors and style. I love when sets convey emotions and sensations. I don't have a particular theme. My sets reflect happiness, sadness, pain and joy I feel in my real life. But sometimes they're a dream, a desire, something I wish to be or live or I want to wear. Usually I clip pics from blogs or modeling portfolios (livejournal.com, fashionmodeldirectory.com, supermodels.nl are the best), or simply search on Polyvore.
What are your favorite online stores you like to clip products from?
Eruca.jp, maruione.jp, net-a-porter.com, mytheresa.com, topshop.com are my favorites for clothes. It doesn't matter if is a brand expensive or cheap, well-known or not, I like anything that stuns me at first sight. Easyart.com, furniturefromhome.com, homedecortoyourdoor.com, jamaligarden.com for home decorations. I have to say that often there isn't a particular web site, I love finding new websites and stores by googling.
What are your 3 favorite sets of the ones you've made?
The Hills is back on tonight...but this time, there's a not-so-new girl in town. Our beloved LC may not be around this season, but Kristin Cavallari is making a dramatic return. She made her first impression on our lives on Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, and for most of us it's been a love-hate relationship since. We can't wait to see what drama is brewing this season. With all the hype of the Hills' season premiere, we're not surprised to see Kristin Cavallari-inspired sets popping up all over Polyvore!
This guest post was written by Jennifer and Melissa of Workchic.com. Workchic helps dress women for work by offering suggested outfits, fit guidelines, tips and tricks on how to look professional, feminine and chic.Check out the Workchic blog for tips and trends!
Having a few White Blouses in your wardrobe is very important. They can easily be layered under blazers or sweaters and also look polished by themselves. Considered a basic item in your work wardrobe, a crisp white button down, can be a go-to item when you are not sure what to wear for the office. We created outfits to show you how to make them work in a couple of business casual looks.
For a more professional and polished look, wear your blouse under an updated stripe frill blazer. We would tuck it into this deep jade A-line skirt and pair the look with knee high boots. Keeping in shades of green, we found a washed leather hobo to carry your goodies to and from the office. Since we have a lot of detail in the jacket, we chose more simple gold jewelry. This style is ideal for a business casual office, or a more contemporary business environment.
As we mentioned white blouses also look chic layered under a sweater or cardigan. We love picking a bright color to pop off of a more neutral palette. We also had fun with your accessories. Zebra inspired striped heels will be unexpected but still chic. Keep your bag in a tonal palette and update traditional pearls with multiple chain strands. This is another classic business casual style. For more casual days, pair the look with dark wash denim instead of trousers.
Both of these looks show you how versatile a classic white blouse can be. This should be a staple in your work wardrobe and you can shop Workchic.com to find more white shirts perfect for your office. Stay tuned as we continue to help you update your basics every other Monday throughout the fall!
fashunfwd spotted a Lace Up Boots trend on Polyvore. Look out for the laces...they're everywhere! From dainty stilettos to rugged chunky heels, these hotties are in. Go for booties if you want to the most versatility. Perfect with skinny pants, boyfriend jeans and even skirts. But we're also loving the above-the ankle lengths for a stronger statement. Check out these Alexander Wang lace up boots from the runway:
Congratulations to winners of the Fashion Week with NYMag.com contest, my ballet flats<3, Stephanie♥Rene and Tori Su (who, by the way, are all first-time contest winners!) They truly captured the spirit of New York's Spring 2010 Fashion Week by re-interpreting the trends and looks displayed on the runways. These 3 lucky gals will be receiving Fashion Week grab bags from the team over at NYMag.com. We got a peek at the goods, and we're definitely jealous!
Wanna know how cool trends and themes get spotted on Polyvore? It's usually through the tags you use for your sets. Tags are important because they're the best way to indicate what your sets are about to others and see who else is on the same page as you (both literally and figuratively.) For example, we've started to see tons of sets with popular tags like: 'real life sets', 'celebrity style,' 'style steal,' 'get the look' and 'street style.'
Have you come across popular tags? Let us know by putting a collection together with sets you see that share a common tag and leave us a comment with the link to the collection. Don't forget to tell us the name of the tag!
joostyna has spotted a Sweater Dress trend on Polyvore. Cold weather doesn't mean you have to trade in the minis for pants. The runways predicted the sweater dress to be a favorite for fall 2009 and Polyvorians know how to work it. And joostyna was so inspired by this trend on Polyvore, she started a contest around it (you can join her 'Must Haves' group to enter your favorite sweater dress look here.)
Images courtesy of stylecaster.com (left) and cosmogirl.com (right)
Good news, Polyvorians! The Moxsie.com team was so pleased with your amazing contest entries in the Show Us Your Moxsie contest that they've decided to offer a 15% discount to all Polyvore members. Just use the coupon code POLYMOX when you check out.
Moxsie is home to amazing indie designers from all over the world. We're big fans of Matt Bernson, who makes a great line of shoes, including these gray peeptoe booties ($221 with the discount).