A New Perspective

stilettosandsubstance.comThis week’s style post highlights the idea of mixing and matching your previously owned fashion pieces. Dedicating a few extra minutes to our daily outfit choosing routine can go a long way resulting in fun new outfit combos. We all have that specific top and pants that we religiously pair together that we now can approach with a fresh new styling perspective.

Here I am rocking a grey peter pan collared button up top that I purchased from Asos a while back. I am pairing it alternatively with silky harem black and beige striped pants from American Apparel. This new outfit combo created a new day-to-night look mostly with the addition of the harem pants to a top that I usually wear with my black high waisted skinny pants as corporate attire.

With a neutral toned outfit there’s nothing better than to compliment it by adding a pop of colorful accessorizing. I accessorize the neutral grays and yellows with a scarlet red statement shoe by Marc by Marc. The statement show consists of golden buttons and chunky gold and red striped heel, which is my favorite element of the shoe.

I accessorize adventurously by layering many necklaces of different textures, lengths and shades for no reason whatsoever. Lastly I throw on my trademark Marc by Marc “clearly” bag, which has a vinyl panel on the front exposing the inner leather compartments of the bag. There’s an element of excitement that comes with rocking vinyl clear bags and exposing the inner workings of your life– an amusement i attained at a very early age ever since my first clear vinyl backpack with the legendary purple zippers… in Kindergarten.

Mona Hamid

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Photography by Nelly Karim (Mummy)

Styling, Editing and Writing by Mona Hamid

Outfit Details:-

Peter Pan Collared Button Up : Asos.

Silky Striped Harem Pants: American Apparel.

Shoes: Marc by Marc.

Clearly Bag: Marc by Marc.

 

WORK . PLAY

www.stilettosandsubstance.comA girl could never have enough white tops. In a closet of my dreams I would have endless amounts of white tops in designated sections labeled according to style, cut and fabric weight! Until then I continue to build my white top collection slowly but surely. A week ago I came across a boutique owner called Coco who introduced me to this attractive white top with embroidered sleeve net detailing that she carries in her online boutique Coco London Brooklyn. Coco’s philosophy is “ Style shouldn’t break the bank.” Yes…Amen Coco!

Here I pair the embroidered Fish Net Trim Top with a fitted pair of Checked Navy “Slacks” (I am amused by recently having learnt this word). These slacks are ideally lightweight and equally stylish for the Manhattan summer work attire followed by post work happy hour rendezvous.

I accessorize with my new favorite nude sandals from Zara. They manage to just pull everything together in an effortless manner. I like to think I’m the only one who has them.

The last accents of accessories include half-baked sunglasses by YSL, a violet patent bow satchel by Zac by Zac Posen, and a Crystal Necklace by Coast.

 Mona Hamid

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Outfit Details:-

Embroidered Fishnet Trim Top: Coco London Brooklyn.

Checked Slack: H&M.

Nude Sandals: Zara.

Necklace: Coast.

Tocca Fall/Winter 2014

stilettosandsubstance.comThrough my internship with New York city based Fashion House Tocca, I had the opportunity of witnessing the design process and the collection of  Winter/Fall 2014 in-the-making. Tocca was initiated in 1994, named after the Italian word for “Touch” creating intricate embroidered outfits that are uniquely styled. Tocca’s design esthetic took a new turn for a more modern sophisticated approach when brand visionary Emma Fletcher became creative director in 2011. The Fall/Winter 2014 Tocca collection was constructed with beautiful floral prints and a variety of different fabrics and textures. When watching the collection across the runway for New york Fashion Week, one can see the transition of the mood and the elements in the collection from being more structured to getting more and more fluid and free.

Having the best seat in the show backstage where all the excitement takes place i was able to capture some beautiful shots of the garments and the models. As an appreciator of various esthetics of design and a lover of florals  my infatuation with  the world of Tocca comes from the beautiful simplicity and the romantic palette setting the mood of the clothing, the simplicity of the style lines and the delicacy and flow of the fabrics used. The collection emits a sense of nostalgia portraying vintage silhouette and fabric elements in a modern form.

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Model wearing navy suede “Kerouac” Coat
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Left: Dot Burnout Velvet “Fuzzbox” Top paired with the pink wool “Sound” skirt
Right: Burnout velvet “Icicle” Silk Dress
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Dot Burnout Velvet “Haze” Dress in Black
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Backstage Excitement: Post runway, model pulls skirt off in a rush to change to the next outfit! #actionshot
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Model wears “Manifest” Top with Lace and “Surreal” Skirt
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Model wears “Fantasy” Dress

stilettosandsubstance.comThe collection was styled by John Vertin. The approach of the makeup was a simplistic one. The models’ makeup is to look undone, the hair middle parted and tied in a low bun covering the ears. Velvet ribbons tied around the neck and hair left to drape down the back. When styling, John  utilized the pieces from the fall collection  in fun combinations – suede skirts with pops of velvet bra tops and colorful underpants, mix and matched shoes, and layered different print combinations together.

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Creative Director of Tocca Emma Fletcher seeks endless inspirations for the floral prints of the collection. She expresses in reference to the “Blossom” print below,  “This is a flower print that i have wanted to do for a long time. I have an old vintage piece of fabric that i bought from London years ago and it dates back to the last century. For this collection we redid this print in a less classic and more free form.”

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“Cap” Jacket and “Stem” Pants in “Blossom” Silk Blend Velvet Print
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“Mystic” Dress in Blossom Print

One of my favorite pieces of this collection is the “Morphine” clutch. This two-toned mink fur clutch is EVERYTHING. It is the perfect accessory to complement any simple outfit, acquiring it that extra chic and  “demure” factor. It is styled in the runway with an A-line midi skirt and a the burnout velvet bra top making a what might seem like an incomplete outfit oh so very complete!

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Mink Fur “Morphine” Clutch
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This navy mohair  “Soaring Cape” is also one of my favourites from the collection. Fashion lovers, I forecast a whole lot of capes making a comeback during the next fall season. I can invision capes over knitted turtle neck sweaters , over dresses paired with long gloves, over skinny fitted pant jumpsuits, the list goes on..

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Post show celebration backstage: Emma Fletcher with stylist John Vertin.

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Photography, editing and writing by Mona Hamid

Tocca RTW apparel can be purchased at Tocca.com, Shopbop.com, Couverture London, Montaigne Market Paris, and Blood Orange in Sydney.

Modern Day Babushkas

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In an effort to draw attention to former cultural fashion panaches that have been diluted in our current time, I have created a look based around the Eastern European headscarf, also referred to as ‘babushka’.

I am currently intrigued with the evolution of the headscarf as a focal fashion accessory. Think 1950’s, driving a beetle shaped convertible on the way to a fabulous getaway after a visit to the hairdressers that requires an accessory shield for protection against the roaring winds of the car journey.  This is indeed a calling for a beautiful silk square shaped ensemble to be paired with sunglasses and a pop of rouge. In my case it is calling for my beautiful blue illustrated silk  Moschino Cheap Sheep and Chic scarf.

My look was composed of a sixties Mod-esque Kate Spade Mondrian print dress paired with daisy nude shoes from Asos, cat eye shades, and pop of rouge from Mac. My lovely friend Katie, who has joined me for this duet style post is wearing a floral printed vintage fifties dress with a red and fuchsia hued vintage scarf, and lime suede pumps from Madewell. Katie and I are both accessorizing with handbags from one of our favorite go to retailers for quirky unusual bags: Kate Spade.

Mona Hamid

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Photography by 1000lotus

Styling by Mona Hamid and Modeling by Katie Owsley and Mona Hamid

Writing by Mona Hamid

Location: Boston Harbour, MA.

Mona’s Outfit Details:

1. Scarf: Moschino Cheap and Chic

2. Dress: Kate Spade Mondrain Print Dress

3. Daisy Shoes: Asos

4. Polka Dot Bag: Kate Spade

5. Red Lipstick: MAC

Katie’s Outfit Details:

1. Floral Printed Dress: Vintage

2. Fur Bag with Bow Detail: Kate Spade

3. Red Floral Scarf: Vintage

4. Orange Floral Necklace: Kate Spade

5. Lime Suede Pumps: Madewell

6. Pink Lipstick: YSL

p.s: We are obsessed with Kate Spade..obviously.

Old Boston

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Morning light and cobblestones are two combinations for a moment of inspiration and at this moment I was inspired by color and color combination- my favorite creative exercise.  This ensemble consisted of a tan, white & black color-blocked silk top from one of my desired English stores Hobbs, and was paired with a box pleated A-line skirt and a netted waistcoat. The skirt was created as part of my fashion collection “La Femme Juvenile”- a collection inspired by childrenswear for adults as indicated by the dotted lace overlaying the soft power blue. The ensemble was accessorized with vintage earrings and a pointed suede shoe from Zara. The early hours of the morning capture the articles in their natural essence with the soft light and the cobblestones bring a sense of nostalgia in one of Boston’s oldest landmarks Faneuil Hall.

Mona Hamid

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Photography by 1000Lotus

Styling and Modeling by Mona Hamid

Writing by Mona Hamid

Location Faneuil Hall, Boston, MA

Outfit Details:

1. Top: Hobbs

2. Skirt: Monzlapur (La Femme Juvenile by Mona Hamid)

3. Waist coat: Vintage

4. Suede Point Pumps: Zara

5. Earrings: Vintage

Urban Jungle

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Summertime in the city calls for easy dressing – light fabrics, a loose fit, and a kaleidoscope of colours form the perfect style trifecta in the warmer months. Throwing an on-trend jungle print into the mix doesn’t hurt either! This casual-luxe ensemble shows how you can effortlessly inject some opulence into your summer daywear.

The oversized vintage silk shirt is the undeniable focal point of this look. Its intricate jungle print, baroque gold detailing, and rich colours catch the eye and transform the shirt from a simple wardrobe basic into an eye-catching statement piece. Instant modifications like buttoning up the shirt, tucking it in to the shorts, and rolling up the sleeves give this oversized piece some much needed shape and structure.

The loose fitting silk safari-esque drawstring shorts with gold accents are the perfect neutral compliment to the vibrant shirt. A velvet navy blue turban and burgundy loafer slippers continue the regal vibe of this look, and a dash of gold accessories finish things off nicely.

Reem Buhazza

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Photography by Frances Ramirez Editing by Mona Hamid

Styling and Modelling by Mona Hamid

Writing by Reem Buhazza

Location: Central Square, Cambridge, MA

Outfit Details:

  1. Silk Parrot Print Shirt: Vintage
  2. Silk Shorts: H&M Conscious Collection
  3. Loafers: Topshop
  4. Turban: Isamarij www.everythingundertheshade.tumblr.com