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Ruffles Are Back….

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Women's Spring Fashion Trend - Ruffles!

The Spring/Summer 2010 preview runways were full of ruffles and this season, designers really did outdo themselves with their range of romantic shapes and tiers that adorned everything… from dresses and skirts to blouses and light-weight coats. So these coming seasons, it seems we are all going to be embracing our inner femininity and girlie side. Cute floaty ruffle dresses in beautiful neutral shades will be really popular, and I can’t wait for the sun to come out now!

As you can see above, the ruffle dress is an amazing piece of clothing to have in your wardrobe for the lighter months. It just oozes elegance and chic, and doesn’t need dressing up much to produce a show stopping outfit. Buy yourself a bold coloured ruffle dress and be prepared for admiring glances all the way through spring nights out!

Anyone can do ruffles but remember with any embellishment trend, the KEY is MODERATION. Ruffles immediately add femininity and elegance to any outfit, but you have to be careful not to over-ruffle yourself (no one wants to look like a cake) and add too much volume to your body. If you’re smaller on top, wearing a ruffled top is a great way to add size and volume to your bust. Similarly if you are pear-shaped or have quite a large bust, the ruffle can actually work in your favour. The ruffle detailing works really well at concealing a troublesome mid-section or to minimise the bust while drawing more attention to your legs.

Also be careful not to over accessorise. As you can see in the images above, the ruffle dress is eye catching enough on its own and looks best when kept really simple and chic. Pair with some beautiful heels and a simple clutch and keep it really elegant. The ruffle detailing is like an accessory in itself, so just stick to simple accessories and stay away from necklaces as they take the emphasis away from a ruffled top.

Tis the season to be jolly!

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Styling Jason White for First Thursday

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Two thumbs up!

This man is stylish, ultra cool and never fails to make a fashion impression. So when the clock struck 01:00hrs on a quiet Thursday morning in Portland, imagine the alarm bells that started ringing when Jason turned to me with nothing but a style-block for First Thursday (and well, there was another reason too but we’ll leave it out for now)!

Putting on my Rachel Zoe cap, I had a very clear brief in mind – It’s First Thursday evening where Portlanders come together to sip wine and mingle. And it’s art! So let’s dress up but not over-the-top. Bearing in mind that he’s coming straight from work (and a very important meeting with the global Nike client!), let’s go semi-formal that is effortless and comfortable for a gentleman who works in only the most amazing creative agency. Right. This will be easily sorted out in a couple of minutes. Or so I thought.

No half decent ad man was gonna crush evening art galleries without a fashion centre-piece to show for. So a sleeveless Calvin Klein thermalite shell jacket was picked out and mutually agreed upon. The layered look also meant Jason could easily pile on and off whenever he was indoors or outdoors (which will be chilly). So after an hour of trying on different colour schemes, cuts, fabrics and designs, we came to a final decision (see photo above left).

This was also the first time he’s spent so much time mulling over what to wear and I was honoured to be part of that inaugural moment. This is very special.

Know that it was past 02:00hrs on a school night AND Jason had a global Nike conference call happening at 06:30hrs. But that’s how he rolls. Respect to the man.

52nd Grammys Galactic Fashion Parade

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Gagalicious!

Leading the pack is our very own kooky girl, Lady Gaga. Totally off the wall, she totally owned the Armani Privé Orbit – I mean, look at her. Who else can pull off that fantastically sparkling corseted dress (the cylindrical orbits are genius) AND that spiky, metallic starburst ornament but her? True story.

Futuristic Styling. Oh yeah. This is the future.

Beyonce, Heidi Klum, Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, Keri Hilson and Katy Perry also nailed it for me this year.

Oh. And hues were everywhere on the red carpet. Out with the black, in with the pastels! Detailed tailoring, glitter and sparkles. So good. Wardrobe overhaul in progress.

Let it also be known that I yelled, “Fergielicious!” when she popped on screen. Leave it to her to bring colour to the red carpet. The cobalt minidress with gold slither detail fits like a glove! Gold jewels and strappy sandals added a midas touch to her perfect ensemble.

Best dressed for me? Glee actress Lea Michele lights up the red carpet in a short and very cute one shoulder Romona Keveza dress. Totally loving the feather hemline – very girly and coquettish. Well done! I commend her for avoiding fashion faux pas and being murdered on Fashion Police on E!

But girl, a little tip – please try and remember your designer. That could be an issue later. Just saying….