Latina Culture Writer at HelloGiggles. Writer with a penchant for occult, fashion and lifestyle pieces with a witchy or feminist twist.
Her work has been published by Nylon, Broadly, i-D, Fashionista, Refinery29, Complex, The Numinous, The Hoodwitch, and more.
The next full moon is this Tuesday, and if you let it, it can light up your sex life. This full moon falls in Libra, the sign of balance and partnership. Libra is ruled by Venus, the planet of love, beauty, sex, and money, says Gabriela Herstik, a Los Angeles-based witch with a practice rooted in the divine feminine, moon magic, and fashion magic.
Over the past few years, a trend has been abrew. An underground subculture previously reserved only for the religious and spiritual fringes has suddenly become a widespread social media phenomenon. Occult traditions, based in Wiccan and Pagan religions, are undergoing a resurgence in popular culture.
As we face down the inauguration of president-elect Donald Trump - whose administration has promised to assault civil and reproductive rights in America so intensely that Human Rights Watch has listed his rhetoric as a threat to "basic rights protec
In 1770, a law was allegedly passed by British Parliament condemning lipstick due to an association with witchcraft. The law stated that women who "seduced" men into marriage through the use of cosmetics could be found guilty of sorcery.
Every year around this time, we dust off our favorite movies about witches and indulge in a little spooky fun. From humorous fare like Hocus Pocus to scarier flicks like The Blair Witch Project, these movies and TV shows run the gamut-which is great news for people who hate horror films but want something Halloween-adjacent.
Five signs that Paris Jackson is a witch, straight from her Instagram.
ASK A WITCH
In "Ask a Witch," Gabriela Herstik answers your questions about channeling ancient wisdom in the modern age. From spellcraft to finding your path, explore what it means to be a millennial witch. If you have a question about all things magickal, contact Herstik on Twitter via @gabyherstik or Instagram@gabyherstik Question: How does your social and political awareness inform your practices as a witch?
In "Ask a Witch," Gabriela Herstik answers your questions about channeling ancient wisdom in the modern age. From spellcraft to finding your path, explore what it means to be a millennial witch. If you have a question about all things magickal, contact Herstik on Twitter via Question: Do you have a spell or ritual to help me move on from a terrible ex?!
In "Ask a Witch," Gabriela Herstik answers your questions about channeling ancient wisdom in the modern age. From spellcraft to finding your path, explore what it means to be a millennial witch. If you have a question about all things magickal, contact Herstik on Twitter via @gabyherstik or Instagram@gabyherstik Question: I'm new to tarot.
In "Ask a Witch," Gabriela Herstik answers your questions about channeling ancient wisdom in the modern age. From spellcraft to finding your path, explore what it means to be a millennial witch. If you have a question about all things magickal, contact Herstik on Twitter via @gabyherstik or Instagram @gabyherstik Question: I was wondering if you had any tips for a new witch that is having problems manifesting?
In "Ask a Witch," Gabriela Herstik answers your questions about channeling ancient wisdom in the modern age. From spellcraft to finding your path, explore what it means to be a millennial witch. Question: How do you figure out which practice is the right one for you?
New York City may feel like the epicenter of all things cool right now, but it went through an evolution to get there. The '70s were an evocative era for the city, specifically in its later end when disco was dying out and hip-hop was on the rise.
Can a bedazzled Texas tuxedo save the world?
Photo courtesy of Nyxturna If you saw Fay Nowitz on the street, you might not know who she is, although since the gothic creatrix would likely be clad in leather or lace, like a bat out of her cave, you'd probably be able to guess her witchy proclivities.
How many times have you been told to "just breathe"? If you've been to a yoga class, you've probably heard your instructor tell you to "listen to your breath." And although it at first seems pretty "woo woo," or plain old obvious, after time (and with proper instruction) it starts to make sense.
The world of Marchesa may be straight out of a romantic fairytale, but that doesn't mean we can't live in it. The latest endeavor by Marchesa is a collaboration with Stella Artois and water.org, through the creation of a bespoke gown that will help raise awareness about the global water crisis.
Illustrated by Jihyang Lim Corinne Dodenhoff and Haleigh Schiafo are the sort of friends you want for yourself. Both women are so powerful that when their forces collide, it's truly awe-inspiring. The two are the founders of Babe Coven, an IRL and online space for women and femmes who are looking to reclaim magick through self-love and witchcraft.
As if being Miss Universe isn't enough, fashion and beauty maven Olivia Culpo is fighting the water crisis head on. Olivia has teamed up with Marchesa, Stella Artois, and Water.org for their "Buy A Lady A Drink" campaign, and we can totally get behind it.
Mel C, aka Sporty Spice, has just released a new album, and it's just what we want to hear right now.
Naomi Watanabe is the coolest damn bumblebee I've ever seen. Clad in a plunging yellow-and-black-striped flapper dress (complete with fringe), the Japanese comedian and plus-size fashion icon steals the stage as she pops, locks, and drops it under a disco ball at L.A.'s Union Nightclub. To say Watanabe is a star is an understatement.
Sad Asian Girls Club is working to combat the stereotypes of Asian women in our white male-dominated society.
As more young women get into paganism and crystal work, men are also turning to the occult for answers, power, and good Tinder pick up lines.
Whether it's angry music to thrash your limbs to or slow, melodic, dreamy grunge meant to make you fall in love, punk music made by women occupies a special, permanent place in our hearts. But the punk scene isn't the easiest place to be a woman in.
It's the deck everybody's talking about. Gabriela Herstik has the low-down on how to work with the Wild Unknown Animal Spirit Oracle... It's "Animal Spirit" and not "Spirit Animal" for a reason! For Kim Krans, head honcho/Goddess of The Wild Unknown, her latest oracle deck is an exploration of all the divine animal energies that encompass aspects of human existence and spirit.
What is witchcraft, and what makes a witch? We asked the experts and tackled the hardest questions so you don't have to. Ahead, your official guide.
In a world of selfies and #TreatYoSelf, taking the time to love and appreciate whom you are, doesn't seem like it would be revolutionary. The thing is, loving yourself is revolutionary and Gala Darling, the woman behind Radical Self-Love, knows it. She literally wrote the book on it.
By weaving a relationship with witchcraft and spirituality into her visual work, Brooke's has been able to explore rituals, paganism and feminism in a haven all her own.
Connect with mother nature, and recognize your own true beauty. Gabriela Herstik interviews Jess Morgan, the owner of Good4You Plant Makeup ... Can speaking the language of plants help you become more beautiful? Jess Morgan, owner of Good4You Plant Makeup thinks the answer is a deep, resounding YES.
Forget the battery operated vibrator, and pick up a high-vibe, soul-opening crystal sex toy from Chakrubs. Founder Vanessa Cuccia shares her story with Gabriela Herstik. Yes, Chakrubs are exactly what they sound like, and these high vibe crystal sex dildos are here to shake things up!
Because we never feature enough Numi dudes! Gabriela Herstik gets Unknown Mortal Orchestra front man Ruban Neilson's take on love, the Universe, and everything. Image: Dusdin Condren Best known for being the third eye of psychedelic pop rock band Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Ruban Nielson has more to offer the world than just some groovy tunes.
Yumi Sakugawa's cute illustrated books bring life's big questions down to earth. But mastering them herself will always be a work in progress, she tells Gabriela Herstik. If there's one thing Yumi Sakugawa thinks you should every day, it's meditate.
As an uber successful fashion blogger and founder of online jewlery store Crystal Cactus, Audrey Kitching has reached internet it-girl status. But she's an empath and healer at heart, she tells Gabriela Herstick ... In a world of what can be materialistic and poisonous celebrity culture, in her own little cocoon exists Audrey Kitching.
Tarot is having a moment. And with more artists than ever bringing forth new versions of the classic Tarot, it's never been easier to unleash your inner reader and find a deck that sings to you!
Miami-based Danny Brito is our latest fash-art obsession. He talks feminism, magic and alien abductions with Gabriela Herstik ... Okay so first off, totally digging the cute meets sassy meets edgy theme you have going on. When did you decide to start selling and creating your art? Were any aliens involved?
The Last Living Fashion Unicorn Ashley Laderer is a force to be reckoned with in the city that never sleeps. The recently turned 21-year-old is the sort of edgy, urban, fashion girl that every girl, and boy, wants to be friends with.
Lookbook for spring term at the London College of Fashion. Inspired by masculine silhouettes, monochrome and power women dressing for themselves, even in a mans world.
Forever 21 lookbook for the Spring term at The London College of Fashion, inspired by the new wave of modern 70's style.
You never expected it to happen. The word itself never even crossed your mind. But one day, you wrap your mind around it like a sweater that's been sitting at the bottom of your drawer for ages- one that never fit until just now. Outsider.
Sometimes things are rough, sometimes you end up feeling like you're in a Woodstock nirvana. Although this December has been unseasonably warm (and people still don't believe in climate change!), Ivory and I used it to our advantage the other day when we decided to team up with my sister and make some magic.
Happy Monday one and all. I hope all my friends celebrating MLK Day are taking it easy, sending out grateful vibes for the amazing man and knowing that it's up to us to keep his mission and legacy goin'. Today I worked a little, chilled a little and took some photos- of my CUSTOMIZED BIRTH CHART TEE SHIRT!!
If there's a secret to having a happy life, it's definitely to surround yourself with friends just as strange and unusual as you are. Mornings spent draped in vintage lingerie with stacks of costume rings, stickers on your face, best friends, and iced coffee may be far and few between, but they're some of my favorites.
Spirituality, Tarot and Miscellanious
The word "witch" means something different to everyone. Although I can't define the practice for anyone else, I do feel comfortable talking about what it means to me, and what the past 11 years on this path have meant to me. So low and behold - my journey with Witchcraft.
It's 8:30 a.m. on Friday morning. I am rushing desperately around the Westfield Topanga mall until I find it: Like a shining beacon of hope, a neon-pink sign reading "Kylie" glows in the distance.
Tarot for clarity ask us to examine and explore four of the darker cards of the tarot. In this artile we will explore a spread to open ourselves up to their messages even when a dose of reality from inanimate objects is the last thing we want.
In honor of Vivienne Westwood's latest book release, 'Get a Life: The Diaries of Vivienne Westwood,' we've rounded up her top five favorite moments of the past six years.
If you don't have time to meditate or cast a spell honoring the Mother Goddess, you can always just throw a big party.
There's a lot to be said about the deepest, darkest parts of you-like the way your dick curves or shrinks or grows. If you can read a palm, you can read a penis. And with your penis comes an array of information specific to your own personal...gifts.
First off- my heart, my thoughts, my prayers- my everything- are with the Black community and people of color. I don't know what it's like but I am here. I am listening. I see you and hear you and feel you and love you.
What you'll need: Tarot cards- 2 or 3 tarot cards. They can be: The Tower The Two of Swords The Ten of Swords Death The Devil Or any card you're drawn to for healing purposes.
Today is the day the sun sits directly above the Tropic of Cancer, appearing to stand still as the longest day of the year rolls out over the sky.
1. Set up your space Cleanse your space by burning sage, mugwort or lavender and ask to only make room for that which serves you and is working in your highest favor. Have your clothing of choice in front of you, near an altar, facing North if you're called to it.
The spring equinox, a day of equal sunlight and equal darkness, means it's a good time to work with faeries who tend to hang out in liminal spaces.
Whether you're an astrology-loving goddess or just like to spend some time surfing the Internet, you've probably heard about mercury retrograde. And more than anything, you've probably heard about how horrible, annoying, and downright rude it makes the cosmos.
Untamed female sex demons, possessive evil spirits, brainless mud men, and even some exorcisms. Who says Jews don't know how to get down with the dark side?
Ah, spring. Love is in the air, we're all sneezing, the sun is shining, and the grass is greener. Spring promises flings, lots of (literally groundbreaking) florals, and a fresh, fresh start. Beginning March 20, spring is officially here-marked by the vernal equinox, when day and night are equal lengths-making it the perfect time to return to spiritual equilibrium.
Tonight is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year and a significant event for pagans. Here is how to properly celebrate it-be it with wine and the annual cow slaughter, with Tarot cards, or with passionate sex magick.
When she decided to shave half her head and dress only in black, it was an homage to the unyielding potential of the Death card, says Gaby Herstik. Photos: Alexandra Herstik My passion for what lies beyond the life we see, for spirituality and the occult, began when I was 12.
Gabriela Herstik finds out about the Urban Priestess Mystery School - a new program designed to help you channel YOUR Priestess in every area of life... Additional images: Unnur Andrea shot by Karolina Daria Flora If there were ever a moment in history where a deep, vibrant connection to the divine feminine was needed it's NOW, and no-one knows this better than founders of the Urban Priesstess Mystery School, Ashley Turner and Sianna Sherman.
Collection Reviews and Features
If you're looking for a super potent time to work with the Tarot, the Full Moon could be the cosmic invitation you're after. Gabriela Herstik has five ways to work some Full Moon Tarot magick... Image: The Starchild Tarot Read For The Month Ahead Perhaps the most obvious and direct way to incorporate the Tarot into your Full Moon ritual is to do a reading.
Gabriela Herstik meets Goth queens Sisters Of The Black Moon, and delivers some style tips for dressing the part in the summer heat... Sisters of the Black Moon first opened their "matte black gates" in February of 2010, when a road trip turned into an epiphany.
Want to align yourself with every phase of mother Moon? Gabriela Herstik has a lesson in New Moon magick just for you... If you've ever wondered how you can use the energy of mother Moon to manifest or discard that which may or may not serve you, you've entered the realm of what's known as "Sympathetic Magick".
When Gabriela Herstik happened upon the Plain Indians exhibit at the MET, it was a fashionable reminder of her own awakening to MYSTICAL spirituality. Main image: Karolina Daria Flora I'm all about synchronicity and the wonderful way our life stories seem to loop together over time.
With the entrancing beats of electric fluorescent lights and the rosy aura of Valentine's Day, Unknown Mortal Orchestra wove a psychedelic trip at the Orange Peel in Asheville. The four piece collective took a vacation down memory lane, first stop, through tears that burn "Like Acid Rain".
Whether you're hoarding crystals or curating trinkets from visits from traveling, an altar is the perfect way to find connection to something bigger than yourself.
With a sartorial penchant for creating a sexy and sultry take on the bucket bag, Berlin-based Marina Hoermanseder has created a niche for herself with her Autumn/Winter 2015 collection, for her line entitled "Styled Visions."
Destination relaxation - but getting away from it all can bring its own stresses. Gabriela Herstik has 6 ways to stay zen on vacay... Yay, here comes vacay season!
Yes, it's a goth quiz. Because we can't all be Health Goth
Although the name of "Alabaster" denotes something fine and delicate, Jenevieve Lyons Spring/Summer 2016 collection manages to find its roots in the darker realms of the whimsical. Lyons' exploration of silhouettes leaves one wondering what it means to be strictly feminine and strictly masculine, and questioning when the two intersect.
With his clear knack for precision, innovation and design, Anton Edelshtein, Head Designer of accessory brand OMTURA, is finding the intersection between body and bag, and telling the story in a new light. Based in Tel Aviv, OMTURA's inspiration stems from shamanism, urbanism and futurism, which is translated into rich, handcrafted backpacks that combines old world craftsmanship with futuristic design and accuracy.
How to fully embody the lessons of the Tarot? Play tarot fashion dress up of course, says Gabriela Herstik... Photography: Mary Decrescenzio :: THE MAGICIAN :: There's a certain power that arises when you tap your own intuition, your spirit, and declare to the Universe that YOU are the one in charge of your own manifestations and actions.
An ode to polished punk and effortless New York style, Rebecca Minkoff's Fall 2014 collection consisted of the easy high meets low style we all so desperately crave. By pairing pieces like leather blouses with accessories like knit beanies and new age gladiator sandals, it is clear that Minkoff has a penchant for creating looks that we'd all love to live in.
Material girl, mystical world indeed- Gabriela Herstik rounds up all that's cosmic in fashion and beauty for July 2016. In RiRi's latest music video, "Sledgehammer," we're taken on a journey to a distant planet somewhere far away in the cosmos-where eyebrows are optional and Rick Owens is a necessity.
As fashion month comes to a close, it's time to reflect on the hottest trends of the season. There was no lack of original content, but designers across the globe seemed to be inspired by some of the same things, namely past decades and beloved textiles.
Etched in the ancient walls and pews of Medieval churches are spells, talismans, and curses. They were created by both the parishioners and, more surprisingly, their church.
Ivan Grundahl Spring/Summer 2016 collection is one where the eerie meets the futuristic world and craftsmanship meets just the right amount of nonchalance. Grundahl's presentation at Copenhagen Fashion Week was an array of midi skirts in sweet creams were shown, all with expertly draped pleats and precisely cut midriff baring crop tops.
Daniela Barros has upgraded the idea of Zen minimalism by bringing it into the new age, abandoning the idea of simple and expected for something a little bit more adventurous.
What seems to trap a woman between this life and the beyond is the anguish of being hurt by those closest to her.
Erdem's latest offering is a tropical and sultry take on a garden party. From the very first look, it was clear that this collection takes a note from the tropics, ditching inhibitions in lieu of something a little sexier.
Dissembled details take a preppy approach in Maria ke Fisherman Spring/Summer 2016 collection at Madrid Fashion Week. A plethora of exaggerated rouching came to define the 70s inspired presentation, which featured graphic motifs, plenty of fine pleating and an innovative take on classic feminine silhouettes.
Slashed edges and an unrefined elegance dominated Marta Jakubowski’s Autumn/Winter 2015 collection in a concept that, according to London-based Jakubowski, was the idea of dealing with loss and feeling incomplete.
With an intriguing and futuristic take on menswear, Swiss-based designer Sandro Marzo is cultivating a new wave of innovative wares that are rooted in the concept of craftsmanship. For his Spring/Summer 2016 collection, Marzo found inspiration in cuts of marble, uniforms and even Eastern silhouettes.
If Alice had lived in a dystopian wonderland, she surely would have been wearing Youjia Jin’s latest collection.
The fashion industry is touched by innovators who never felt the need to walk the beaten path. Designers who have stayed true to their art while maintaining the walk and talk of the fashion scene are far and few, but they are true diamonds in the raw.
Where do neon lights and clean, futuristic white silhouettes find common ground? In Isabella Corell's Spring/Summer 2016 collection. The designer, who graduated from the Fashion Design Academy in Copenhagen, Denmark, turned towards the light for inspiration, in this case through high-waist, pleated trousers, knit vests with gill-like accents and matching cropped sets with optic white detailing.
J Moon took the idea of sweater dressing and elevated the notion, sending out piece after piece of color blocked, knitted luxury for his collection at London Fashion Week.
There are quite a few parallels between the wizarding world of 'Harry Potter' and today's witchcraft. Here are the 10 instances when J. K. Rowling got it right.
What does slick hair, 70s western inspired denim and luxurious loungewear have in common? They're all idiosyncratic influences found at Baartmans & Siegel's Spring/ Summer 2016 presentation at London Men's Fashion Week. Design duo Wouter and Amber found a sweet spot by incorporating a bit of edge and deconstruction into clean and modern silhouettes.
Tradition and jewelry are synonymous for 24-year-old Alberto Gallinari and his namesake collection. Refined elegance and an eye for both gems and fine jewelry are in the young designer's blood, thanks to his goldsmith father and gemologist grandfather. The Italian based house is facing its first year on the market, and finding its niche through a defined taste.
The idea of the unexpected seemed to be the chosen narrative woven throughout Patrik Ervell’s latest Fall Winter 2015 collection. This philosophy took the form of neoprene windbreakers in stark white, nearly matte black lab coats, breezy flared trousers, and furry outerwear.
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Not very often is there satisfaction found in a collection that sings to what it means to be both strong and feminine, the latter which seems to be continuously redefined in the modern day world.
Los Angeles based Chapter and Japanese brand Monkey Time of United Arrows have teamed up to create a limited edition capsule collection for the Autumn/Winter 2015 season. A collaboration that is both sleek, creative and inspired, this collection features everything from classic white button downs sans lapel with extra-large pockets to new takes on classic denim.
photo by Gabriela Herstik Witchcraft takes skill, it takes practice. It takes creativity and an overwhelming sense of trust in your own intuition. And although a part of the mystique of the path is the beautiful and wonderful tools used to create magick, they are often unnecessary and expensive or inaccessible depending on where you live.
Clean lines and simple "on the court" staples come together in a flurry of conscious design for Ordinary People 's Autumn/Winter 2015 collection. A mix of chic jerseys and tailored outerwear come to define the Korean brand's offering this season. Perhaps the gold lame letters proclaiming "ordinary people 24/7" speak volumes more about the brand than anything else.
There are a handful of designers who manage to create collections rooted in a single concept that are also chock-full of breathtaking looks. Craig Green is well versed in this arena.
An unyielding exploration of form and figure seep into every piece J JS Lee sent out at her Autumn/Winter 2015 show at London Fashion Week. Effortless sexiness was defined by slinky silk dresses and plunging necklines, coats that revealed a sliver of midriff, and boyish tailoring paired with sweet feminine details.
Brazilian designer Lucas Nascimento is making a name for himself with his unorthodox treatment and use of knitwear. The London-based fashion designer graduated from The London College of Fashion in 2008 and has shown consecutively at Rio fashion week for the last three seasons.
Faustine Steinmetz Spring/Summer 2016 collection at London Fashion Week delivered an assemblage of deconstructed garments in a severely monochrome color palette of blue and white. For her presentation, the clothes were segregated in story segments with models literally coming out of the wall in every and all positions, dripping with delicately gathered white dresses, unraveled knit vests in s shade of ombre and carefully tailored jackets that only covered half the body.
A collection amply titled "Mystic European Dreamtime" promises notes of poetry and an imbedded sort of strength found in the garments. Lucky for label Each x Other, their Spring Summer 2016 presentation at Paris Men's Fashion Week delivered exactly that.
Oftentimes the most innovative of designers exist in the space between past, present and future finding inspiration for their own style in a place that subsists solely for them. So is the case for London-based designer Simon Ekrelius and his Autumn/Winter 2015 collection.
Korean design duo Su-Hyong Lee and En-Kyoung Lee of womenswear label, Surreal But Nice, or SRBN for short, have cultivated a brand that's rooted in the idea of surrealism and modernity. By coupling exquisite tailoring and dreamlike motifs, SRBN has a foundation that features perfectly constructed outerwear alongside whimsical pieces, creating stability in duality.
London-based designer Kit Neale has a penchant for decadence and the classic exuberance, which was overly apparent in his Spring/ Summer 2016 collection for London Men's Fashion Week. Over-the-top, bright floral prints in graphic, painterly strokes adorn nearly everything - from a blazer and culottes combination to jumpsuits and windbreakers.
The 70s revival is back, and it's back with a vengeance. This time, think classic 70s silhouettes paired with elegant, oversized accessories to help bring the looks down to earth. The latest designers to send out 70s-inspired looks on the runway were none other than the Mulleavey sisters over at Rodarte.
With a clear penchant for concepts and aesthetic alike, South African-based designer Jenevieve Lyons is creating a label that's rooted in the idea of visual parables. Lyons, who received a degree in fashion design from LISOF University, has created her eponymous brand with chock full of collections that are deep and intricate enough to tell their own story.
The Fingers Crossed man probably takes himself seriously, but all in good fun. After all, there’s nothing strict about a drop waist jumpsuit with patchwork pockets or bright yellow high waisted trousers worn with an exaggerated car belt
"Even though tarot is an intuitive practice, there are some cards that just hurt. They're scary- and very often they're the scariest because they speak of our deepest human emotions." Explore the 5 darkest tarot cards with our contributing writer, Gabriela Herstik as she shares informative ways to allow these cards to bring illumination to your readings.
With his clever use of textile and color, Yohan Serfaty of French label, Y/Project, is ditching the concept of classic menswear in lieu of something more exciting. For the Autumn Winter 2015 show, Serfaty sent out a collection chock full of expertly tailored coats, an abundance of leather separates and heaps of hardware finishes.
There is an interesting balance that is present in menswear label, James Long's latest offering. The London-based designer has a clear penchant for playing with silhouette and mood alike, and his Autumn Winter 2015 collection is testament to his versatility in theme and design.
There’s a rigid strength to Byungmun Seo’s Autumn Winter 2015 womenswear collection—a tailored masterpiece inventive in both silhouette and style.
Today is the first day of the annual London Collections: Men Spring/Summer 2015 shows, and we are kicking off our coverage with Liverpool-born, London-based menswear designer Christopher Shannon. The Central Saint Martins grad, who worked under designers Judy Blame, Kim Jones, William Baker, and the fashion label Helmut Lang before launching his own label in 2010, is known for his subversive, sporty and distinctly East London take on streetwear.
Where Sandro Marzo's latest collection lacked in opulent embellishments and bright colors, it more than made up for it with its angular style.
The time has come. The cool, chilly winter air is finally nipping at our skin, beckoning us to venture deep, deep into our dresser and drawers to grab thick sweaters and knitted beanies. There's a special sort of ease to dressing in the cooler months; comfy layers mean more canvas to play with - so to speak.
Beauty should never come second to a decadent outfit. Whether or not you're already cloaked in jewel tones and your most stylish ensemble, you can make sure that your makeup packs just as big of a punch. Designers are all about the gold this season, and bolder, edgier makeup has been popping up at runway shows, like Rodarte and Dries Van Noten.
Whoever said fashion comes at a price was probably just bitter and wearing uncomfortable shoes. This season is all about comfort dressing, taking the old idea of dressing for yourself to another level.
IIn a sea of monochrome and neutral heavy collections sits Lucio Castro. Without skipping a beat, the Fall Winter 2015 collection presented at New York Fashion Week starts off strong
Gosha Rubchinskiy repeated has been given situated in the ranks of the future of Russian fashion (along with a handful of other independent designers) and with good reason. Since graduating from the Moscow College of Technology and Design graduate and launching his label, ГОША РУБЧИНСКИЙ, Rubchinskiy has taken on the role of filmmaker, photographer and creative director.
Melitta Baumeister, who earned her MA in fashion from Parsons: The New School for Design last fall, is helping to jump-start a fashion revolution. The 27-year-old German-born, New York-based designer began climbing the ranks after sending her designs down the runway this past February as part of VFILES MADE FASHION show, which uses its online platform to allow designers to submit their work for a chance to show at New York Fashion Week.
Teruhiro Hasegawa's sculptured aesthetic has been drawing increased attention from the fashion world since he showed his graduate collection at London Fashion Week this past February. Japan-born Hasegawa, who recently completed both his BA and Masters in womenswear design at the acclaimed Central Saint Martins in London, is creating avant-garde designs that seem to draw inspiration from a gothic and ethereal fantasy.
Diane Van Furstenberg has been a tidal wave of power in the fashion world since 1972. Diane has always believed in the human spirit and the innate ability that women have to change the world.
There are leaders in the fashion industry who are pioneers in their respective fields as well as innovators in the hybrid field of fashion and philanthropy; Donna Karan is one such authority. Karan's colorful upbringing is a large contributor to why she is now one of the most recognizable names in fashion.
I don't believe in cosmic coincidence. I don't believe that things just happen; that which feeds our soul, those people who impact our lives, the moments where we stop and really and truly feel, to me, aren't coincidence.
It is said that fashion always ends in excess. The era of the micro mini has come and gone, and its older sibling the maxi, has seen its 15 minutes of fame as well. This season it's all about the love child between the two; the midi skirt.
There's something compelling about shopping for a sweater that looks just as good on as it feels. There's a sweet satisfaction that comes with knowing you can feel like a cotton candy princess and look hot at the same time. Welcome your new winter staple; the fuzzy sweater.
There's a certain power that arises when you tap into your own intuition, into your own spirit, and declare to the universe that YOU are the one in charge of your own manifestations and actions. I think this sort of surrender is an ongoing process, and it's one that I'm trying my best to practice each and every day.
Bobby Abley is shaping the way we think of menswear. The street style epidemic is well underway in taking over the runways and Abley's collections are certainly a guiding force.
For the third season in a row, NYC-based digital media platform, VFILES, is preparing to stage its MADE FASHION show. VFILES, which sources its talent via a global user-generated contest, is slated to select three winners again this season, who will show their collections at one of the most talked about runway shows during New York Fashion Week this upcoming September.
The English have a sort of sensibility and understanding about how to present themselves that is both effortless and unparalleled. Perhaps that is why Phoebe English, an MA graduate from the world-renown Central Saint Martins, is creating such a name for herself among up-and-coming designers.