girl on outdoor steps in faux fur coat, black hat, black purse street style


The return of street style as well as the instant documentation of it on social media has led to fashion heading from the runways to downtown at almost lightning speed, Vogue relays.  Minis are heading even further up, while everything else is just getting…bigger. Yes, maximalism returns in major form this season. Into fur? Make sure those fibers are longer. Thinking about a new A-line skirt? Wider, baby. Colors? As bright as humanly possible, please. And those prints just better be spotted a mile away.

Valentino Store Front


Valentino, birthname Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani (No wonder he dropped the other three names!) was born in Voghera, Italy May 11, 1932. Drawn to fashion design from a young age, he completed his formal training in Paris at École des Beaux-Arts and the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, while also apprenticing under local designers that included his aunt Rosa and the salons of Jean Dessès and Guy Laroche. After completing his education, Valentino returned to Italy to start his own line in Rome, as aforementioned, in 1959. The following year, he met Giancarlo Giammetti in Rome, an introduction that would change his life forever.

Fashionable girl at the Eiffel Tower


When it comes to fashion, we quite often turn to our True Fashionista French friends for inspiration, and with good reason: They’ve got quite the track record, having made an industry out of fashion since the 17thcentury, says WhatParis. We’re turning the Face àFaces on Paris for the moment in order to fully understand the definition of “Parisienne chic”, and what it takes to rock it.  

Dolce & Gabbana storefront


It’s been said that Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana possess the True Fashionista ability of being able to mix periods and countries, masculine and feminine looks, fabrics and styles. They are one of the best examples of Italian ready-to-wear that exploded during the mid-1980s. Starting their company with less than $2,000, they are today considered “the most powerful designers of our time” and are among the richest men in Italy.

Blue and white relaxed bedroom with watercolor accent wall


So you’ve decided to take the plunge and dedicate one wall of your living space as a True Fashionista accent wall. Congratulations! The accent wall can be a leap of faith, as it takes a little bit of foresight to choose the best color then dress it up just right because it’s a fact: once it’s painted, said wall will then become the room’s focal point.

Straw tote bag


You can’t escape it…sometimes you just have a lot of stuff. It’s summer, so what with the water bottle, sunglasses in their protective Burberry case and various must-haves for work, kids and well, life, you need a larger bag. So yes, a great tote should be multi-purpose; look for one that can easily switch from grocery bag to beach bag, from picnic bag to overnight bag. A great tote is also essential for all of us fashion-conscious busy people, and designers are ready with this season’s hippest looks.