Kimonos and Stament Clutches

www.stilettosandsubstance.comOne of the staple fun pieces to style with during summer is the kimono. While some of us feel they are slightly adventurous to pull off they are actually an easy, fun, transitional piece to throw on over any basic summer attire. Here I am rocking an open-work beige Kimono that I absolutely fell head-over-heels for whilst browsing through the isles of the H&M conscious collection. I have it thrown over a red silk 20’s era reminiscent shift dress that I bought from Reiss a few years back.

To complete the look, i have incorporated another Asian inspired element as I accessorize with a statement metal handcrafted bag from Tibet. The Tibet bag is available at the lovely online Brooklyn based boutique Coco London Brooklyn. The ethnic handcraft detailing of this bag is immaculate and I am particularly in love with the plush violet interior that adds a fun element of surprise.

Mona H

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Styling, Editing and Writing by Mona Hamid

Outfit Details:

1. Kimono: H&M, available here.

2. Tibet Clutch: http://www.cocolondonbk.com, available here.

3. Red Dress: Reiss, similar here.

4. Shoes: Charles and Keith.

 

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Blue Black Hues

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The dark color palette of winter can easily take over your wardrobe. Why not brighten it up with a colorful statement coat to throw over the neutral under layers. This double-breasted boxy powder blue 80’s inspired coat from Reiss creates a stimulating color contrast and immediately adds an interesting androgynous factor to the look with the high collar and the bulky lapels.

The neutral under-layering of this look consisted of a color-blocked cashmere turtleneck sweater and my favorite embroidered knit drop crotch pants. The embroidery on the pants and the asymmetrical ivory panel on the sweater are the subtle details that make basic under-layering a little more stimulating.

Why not feel like a champion when rocking shoes that look like they came out of the wardrobe of King Louis XIV and subtly tweaked to fit our current-time shoe silhouettes. A well done job by the “Paris Collection” at H&M! The immaculate construction of these beautiful elongated suede shoes with the bejeweled front buckle detailing plus the comfort factor?!.. I’m sold!

Mona Hamid

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Photography by Mariama Wang, editing by Mona Hamid

Styling and Writing  by Mona Hamid

Outfit Details:

1. Oversized Coat: Reiss, similar here.

2. Cashmere Sweater: Designer Circus, Brighton MA.

3. Embroidered Pants: H&M “The Paris Collection”.

4. Suede Jeweled Shoes: H&M “The Paris Collection”.

Timeless Elegance

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Boston’s Fairmont Copley Plaza set the tone for timeless elegance and opulence in a recent wedding event held in the historic landmark. In return I chose to indulge with my timeless two-toned ruch/striped silk dress- one of my own creations from my first collection of cocktail gowns exhibited in a Fashion TV sponsored event held on February 2009.  The simple silhouette was created by combining silk in two different tones and forms, ruching high neckline, low back line, and a striped fitted pencil skirt-like bottom. The creation exhibited timeless elegance and form, even when worn 4 years later! I accessorized with a strappy striped black & white shoe to play off the stripes on the dress and paired them with my trademark ivory sphere-shaped clutch from Reiss. To finish off the look i decided to do an “up-do” inspired by the hairstyles of the women of Downton Abbey, with the help of a you-tube tutorial.

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The Bride was dressed in a contemporary couture gown, blush in color, and structured to perfection by non other than the designer himself, Rafael Cennamo. The styling of the brides outfit with the lace stockings was immaculate. They added an element of surprise and gave wedding attire a new outlook!

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Photography by Kameron Mand, retouching by Mona Hamid

Styling and Modeling by Mona Hamid

Writing by Mona Hamid, editing by Reem Buhazza

Location: Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston, MA

Outfit Details:

1. Two-Toned Dress: Monzlapurr by Mona Hamid

2. Shoes: Zara

3. Clutch: Reiss

To view footage from my first fashion collection of cocktail dresses shown in the Mayfair Hotel in  London from February 2009 check the link below!

Bon Voyage!

www.stilettosandsubstance.comKeeping a creative mind-set when it comes to your look can help you create unique outfits that tell a story. This ladylike take on summer day dressing evokes the glamour of old Hollywood starlets and was inspired by scenes of sailors bidding adieu to their impeccably dressed paramours at the port.

The elegant, loose-fitting cream dress is made of a lightweight material that is perfect for a summer day and features a subtle ruffle detailing on the neckline. The belted waist on the dress adds definition and creates a feminine silhouette, while the longer sleeves and below the knee length keep things demure and sophisticated. Chic accessorizing is all about keeping it simple with statement pieces that tie the look together. Here, a maroon hat acts as the focal accessory and gives another glamorous vintage aspect to the outfit. The complimentary bangles add a contemporary feel and accessorize the look without overwhelming it.

Low heels are a comfortable footwear option for glamorous daytime dressing. These navy blue suede shoes continue the nautical colour palette and also add colour contrast. To finish things off, dark red lips compliment the deep tones in the look and add a glamorous touch.

Reem Buhazza

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Photography by Nelly Karim

Styling and Modelling by Mona Hamid

Writing by Reem Buhazza

Outfit Details:

  1. 1970’s Ivory Dress: Encore Vintage Store (Portland, Maine)
  2. Maroon Hat: Reiss
  3. Navy Suede Pumps: Madewell
  4. Lipstick: YSL (Rouge Por Couture/Shade 206)
  5. Chunky Gold Bracelet: Encore Vintage Store (Portland, Maine).
  6. Half Baked Sunglasses: YSL.

Personal Style: Citrus Hues

www.stilettosandsubstance.comSpring brights aren’t just for colour blocking – they can also be incorporated into a monochromatic ensemble for an understated take on colourful dressing. Here, bright citrus hues like lime and yellow are paired with monochromatic black and white for a fresh take on trans-seasonal spring dressing.

This whimsical look was styled around a pair of patterned statement tights. Their intricate pattern attracts the eye and gives the look visual interest, and the lime green accents inspired the outfit’s colour palette.

A lightweight cover-up such as a blazer is a great option for trans-seasonal layering. This white blazer compliments the freshness of the outfit’s lime green elements, and its texture keeps things interesting. The yellow printed blouse underneath gives a complimentary pop of colour and is buttoned up all the way and tucked into the black skirt for a prim and proper feel.

Midi heel shoes are a great option for spring if you like your shoes to be comfortable and wearable.  These lime green suede heels provide a good amount of height but are also comfy enough to walk around in for long periods of time. A quirky chocolate bar bag provides the finishing touch to this whimsical and colourful look.

Reem Buhazza

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Photographs by Nelly Karim

Styling and Modeling by Mona Hamid

Writing by Reem Buhazza

Outfit Details:

1. Blazer: Reiss, available here.

2. Blouse: Diane Von Furstenberg (Beacon’s Closet, Brooklyn, NYC).

3. Skirt: Ted Baker, available here.

4. Tights: H&M.

5. Shoes: Madewell, similar here.