19/11/14

Bronde

Bronde: Blend of "brown" and "blonde", golden brown hair with super-subtle highlights.


Source: Is Bronde the Next Must-Have Hair Color Phenomenon?

01/08/14

Power Brow

Recent beauty trend based on creating a fuller, thicker eyebrow shapes (like Cara Delevingne).

This trend first became popular in Autumn/Winter 08, today models such as Cara Delevingne are showcasing defined, thick eyebrow on the catwalk. 

The term has been created by Benefit UK head makeup artist and brow expert Lisa Potter-Dixon of the Cara-inspired beauty trend cosmetics. 

First born as a recession-savvy solution for who couldn’t afford going to waxers or pluckers frequently, bold eyebrows are now the surprisingly beauty trends of this year. In fact, the popularity of the strong brow has translated into big gains for beauty companies: eyebrow makeup is indeed the fastest-growing category of eye makeup in 2014. Anastasia Beverly Hills Cosmetics made a name for itself in the eyebrow sphere and is now the bestselling eyebrow makeup brand in the U.S.

This trend has been called also "Delevingne-ification" (term spotted in Fashionista: How to perk up your eyebrows in one easy step).


25/03/14

Normcore

Normcore: blend of normal + hardcore, in other words, hardcore normal.

Defined as a bland anti-style, the notion of dressing in an utterly conventional, nondescript way. 

But what is normcore, and where did it come from? K-Hole, the New York trend forecasting agency that coined the term, tweeted a simplified explanation: “Normcore finds liberation in being nothing special, and realizes that adaptability leads to belonging.

Beyond the jargon, this original notion of normcore is predicated on the desire to fit in rather than stand out. In fashion terms, normcore is all about anonymous, detail-free design.

Karl Lagerfeld transformed the Chanel catwalk into a super-lux supermarket where normcore models are wielding a trolley in distressed joggers and trainers

18/02/14

The IWWIWWIWI generation

IWWIWWIWI – Acronym of “I Want What I Want When I Want It”. 

It could be considered the mantra of the millennials and refers to something that has to be available to everyone immediately.

Google search and immediate gratification capabilities are the characteristic of the: “I want what I want when I want it” generation.

In the fashion world there is an ongoing debate about the efficacy of the show system. What’s the reason of making clothes available to everyone to see via a live stream, when they cannot be able to buy them for another six months? At that point they will either have forgotten all about them and moved on to the next thing, or already bought the high street copy, and moved on to the next thing.


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21/11/13

Recession-era brow

With the financial crisis looking more and more grim day by day, it’s understandable that all those extras we once spent on are no longer on our “to do list”. And, eyebrow grooming is one of them. It’s fuller, bushier, and, well, totally eighties. The thick “Brooke Shields-esque” brow is a lot easier to maintain than those thinner varieties, making trips to waxers or pluckers less frequent.

Only in 2010, the trend was about going completely brow-less. Models and stylists were bleaching or shaving eyebrows (see this cover).The idea was that having no eyebrows was a way to express oneself through edge looks without buying a product.



Source: Glamour

12/11/13

Not only thighgap: Is there such a thing as a side butt?


Sideboob

The origins of the sideboob – the area between armpit and ribcage – are not officially recorded, but it is thought to date back as far as 2005 to an episode of Family Guy, with Peter Griffin presenting his Sideboob Hour: "

Underboob

The bottom part of the breasts, exposed by an ill-fitting top – perhaps a jumper that looks like it has been unravelled from the bottom up. According to Urban Dictionary, there is even such a thing as an "underboob shirt". The underboob is not exactly new – think of those cliched 1980s shots of women in chilly crop tops – but it is enjoying a renaissance.

Back dimples

Also known as dimples of Venus, these are the little indentations some people have either side of their lower back (they're genetic).

Side butt

"Side butt is the new side boob," proclaimed New York magazine earlier this year, using an array of pictures of celebrities, including Kate Winslet and Jennifer Lopez, to prove it, all wearing dresses with transparent panels to display varying amounts of flesh between the top of the (side) thigh and hip, and around to the buttocks.

Thigh gap

The deranged idea that when you stand with your feet together, there should be a visible gap where your upper inner thighs do not meet, has apparently become the new obsession.

Bum slip

The bum slip is, apparently, the fleshy underside of the buttock cheeks, made visible when wearing very short shorts (Miley Cyrus), or a kind of leotard (Kate Moss). It is also known as "underbutt".

Butt cleavage

Already known as the "builder's bum", but now, thanks to Heidi Klum among others, the exposed arse crack has been legitimised as fashionable. At last, a body trend everybody – man and woman – can join in with.

Source:
From underboob to bum slip: the new female body parts

05/11/13

Fashion lingo reflects the joyous nature of fashion

My fav lexistar Erin McKean (that I had the pleasure to interview), interviewed by the fashion blog: The Fashionspot, gives her take on how bloggers are affecting everyday jargon, whether "arm party" might ever make it into a legitimate dictionary.

In the interesting article, Erin provides some of the main features of the fashion lingo:
  •  The use of the fashion singular "They're showing a great pastel stingray-leather shoe for spring"  or "This designer has a way with a pant that other designers can only envy."
  •  Overuse of the superlative everything is amazing, superb, fantastic, gorgeous, fabulous, delightful.
  •  The etymologies of fashion words.




04/11/13

Arm party

Arm party: to wear an armful of bracelets. 


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FS: "Arm party" is a big fashion word of the moment. Any thoughts?

EM: I love it! I think it really reflects the joyous nature of fashion. Why do we wear an armful of bracelets? Because they make us happy.

15/10/13

Grillz

Dental grills, usually made of gold and decorated with jewels.




11/10/13

Thigh gap

Thigh gap: to become so slender that the thighs don't touch even when the feet are together.


10/09/13

Top Fashion Buzzwords Summer 2013

Several new fashion terms made their debut in the Oxford dictionary this summer 2013. 

S/S and A/W: abbrev.:  S/S, spring/summer (denoting or relating to fashion designed for the spring and summer seasons of a particular year). A/W, autumn/winter (denoting or relating to fashion designed for the autumn and winter seasons of a particular year).

balayage: a technique for highlighting hair in which the dye is painted on in such a way as to create a graduated, natural-looking effect.

chandelier earrings:a long, elaborate dangling earring, typically consisting of various tiers of gemstones, crystals, beads, etc.

double denim: a style of dress in which a denim jacket or shirt is worn with a pair of jeans or a denim skirt, often regarded as a breach of fashion etiquette.

fauxhawk: a hairstyle in which a section of hair running from the front to the back of the head stands erect, intended to resemble a Mohican haircut (in which the sides of the head are shaved).

jorts: jeans + shorts.

pixie cut: a woman’s short hairstyle in which the hair is cropped in layers, typically so as to create a slightly tousled effect.

Source: Blog Oxford Dictionaries



Top Fashion Buzzwords Summer 2013

26/05/13

Shoepidity

The act of wearing ridicolously uncormfortable shoes.