Friday, November 12, 2010

Runway My Way: Versace Fall 2010 RTW

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It's back! Runway My Way Fridays is a segment that started in September, but due to hectic scheduling, was not taken all the way through...until now. Every Friday, I will feature a look that is inspired by Fall 2010 Runway shows, in honor of my love for fashion and realistic styling.

Today's look comes from the Fall 2010 RTW line by Versace. Versace is one of those very sexy lines that when you put on one of their looks, it's instant sexy glamor. Donatella truly has an eye for what women want, and it showed in her Fall 2010 RTW collection. Versace is such an inspirational line, and it's an honor to be able to replicate one of their looks, but in my own way. Here's the original look:

This look plays on a popular theme on the runways...monochromatic ensembles. This red coat is not only a great statement piece, but from further away, you would swear it's two layers. This optical illusion only adds to the unique factor of this coat. By pairing black against the red, it keeps the look powerful, yet not too over the top. Recreating this look for real life is easier than it seems. Here's the inspiration board for it:

And here's how the look came out:

My Items:
Thrifted Sag Harbor Red Blazer $6.99
Forever 21+ Red Shift Dress $9.99
Random Red Patent Belt $9.99
George Black Lace Top Thigh Highs $6
Charlotte Russe Black Tiered Ankle Booties $25
Random Black Turban $2
Gifted Random Tiny Gold Stud Earrings $0
Charlotte Russe Gold Textured Rhinestone Ring $4
TOTAL LOOK: $63.97
The way that I made this look my own was by adding black opaque tights/thigh highs. this creates a lean line, whereas wearing the booties with bare legs and a practically knee-length dress would have made my legs look shorter. Also, adding accessories like a red belt, helped to create a smaller waist, whereas with a boxy jacket and a shift dress alone would have given me a boxy shape. Since I am busty, that would have look horrible on me lol. The red lip gives it a little extra edge to the look. I added a turban to include a more current trend into the look.
Keys to recreating this Versace look are as followed:
1) Keep in mind which color you want to wear. If you want to do red, make sure it's a shade that works well with your skin tone. Darker shades of red tend to be bland against darker skin tones unless it's in rich fabrics like silk. At the same token, women with fair skin tones can be a bit intimidated by bright reds. Pick what you love best. Don't like red? Wear cobalt blue or even a great bright purple. The key for color in this look is to have a primary color feel to it. Think the colors of the rainbow.

2) Be careful with shape and cut. The Versace look is more covered up, yet still packs a punch by having a cinched in waist. If you plan on wearing heavier fabrics, do cinch the waist in, otherwise you will look like a blob. If you are going for streamline, form-fitting pieces, a belt may or may not be necessary, Make the best of your body shape. If you're a curvy girl, grab a wide belt and accentuate/create that small waist. If you are boyish, pick an option with a slightly fuller bottom and use a skinny belt to create curves. For pear shapes, a blousy top and a slimmer skirt/bottom. This can give the illusion of a fuller bust time, evening out your dangerous curves. For hourglass shapes, pretty much anything goes for you guys. A belt is a must though to maintain that fabulous figure!

3) If your clothing is monochromatic, keep the accessories neutral, preferably black. Black is an amazing color that creates length on every person. So, it seems right to keep your accessories black. By adding black opaque tights, for curvy women and shorter women, it creates length and height. Wearing black shoes with the tights adds to the length, and looks as though your legs go on for days. If you are like me and always want to add a third color in the mix, add a little bit of accessories in a pair of studs, a watch, and/or a ring. Keeping the jewelry simple allows for the clothing to have the spotlight.
Thanks for reading and viewing the page! For more runway inspired looks, check back here at Sarah Jane R. Styling!

Sarah Jane R.

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