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THE MOOD

Utility Mood Board - Tastemaker Status

UTILITY - Tastemaker Status

 

As seen on the runways of Hermes and Giambattista Valli (to name a few), the utility trend is already popping up in your local retail store. This trend has been seen on the runways though jumpers or boiler suits, the garment inspired by coal-fire boiler maintenance men as early as the late 1920’s. The utility aesthetic can also be seen through thoughtful details such as belts, buckles, and drawstrings.

 

Utility Trend - Tastemaker Status

 


PALETTE

Monochromatic neutrals are the primary color palette for the utility look, ranging from army green, khaki, to off-white. Think uniformed-professions, such as camouflage green in the military or even a throw-back to the crisp white jumpsuit of the milk-man.

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TEXTURES

Fabrication relies on sturdier weights and a mix of smooth and coarse textures. To fit with the utility aesthetic, heavy cotton-twills and linens are the way to give that masculine but crisp feel.

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What do you think of the utility trend?

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Fabric List:

Rag & Bone Radiant Army Green Stretch Cotton Twill, moodfabrics.com

Tan Medium-Weight Linen, moodfabrics.com

Toulouse Beige Mercerized Cotton Voile, moodfabrics.com

Rag & Bone White Asparagus Cotton Twill, moodfabrics.com


Image Sources:

Featured image, Utility Boiler Suit, topshop.com. Paint stroke, Donald Martiny. 

 

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THE TREND

The Belt Bag - Tastemaker Status

The fanny pack has gotten an upgrade with a new stylish look


The fanny pack is all grown up with a new sophisticated look through clean silhouettes and lux animal textures. A big trend for spring ’19, these bags are great when you’re on-the-go; whether stopping on a few errands, or a night out. Your phone, wallet, and lipstick will thank you for the new stylish digs.

Zara is leading the pack with the belt bag trend, offering a variety of shapes and colors for every outfit. And with bags ranging from $18 – $50, this trend won’t break the bank. Get the look below:

 

 

Animal Print Double Pocket Belt Bag. $29.90, zara.com

Animal Print Double Pocket Belt Bag. $29.90, zara.com

 

 

Animal Print Belt Bag, $17.99, zara.com

 

 

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Studded Belt Bag with Large Ring, $49.90, zara.com

 

 

Animal Print Mini Belt Bag, $29.90, zara.com

 

 

 

Where have you seen the best belt bags? Leave a comment below!


Image Sources: Marcus Tondo / Indigital.tv, vogue.com. Donald Martiny, theinspirationgrid.com. Made with Canva.

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THE FIND

Steve Madden Cliff Sneaker - Tastemaker Status

Leopard and color-blocking and snakeskin, oh my! Get all your fav looks with these “dad” shoes.


What’s the new take on the old adage, “Less is more?” For those who think “More is more,” look no further than these eye-catchers. Whether you love leopard and neon, or holography and pastels, Steve Madden’s Cliff sneaker has plenty of options to suit your style–19 options to be exact. These sneakers are inspired by the current “dad shoe” trend, but with sleek lines and modern patterns/texture, the Cliff sneaker eases you into the trend without having to buy a pair of Wranglers and a Hanes sweatshirt (à la Jerry Seinfeld). Get ’em below:

 

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Steve Madden Cliff  Sneakers in Coral, $99.95, stevemadden.com.

 

 

 


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THE MUSE

Marilyn Monroe - Tastemaker Status

Get the iconic bombshell’s look with timeless (& bold) pieces


Ah, the great beauty Marilyn Monroe. Best known for her revealing white halter dress billowing over a subway grate, the Hollywood scarlet also loved a good cigarette pant, slinky sweater, and understated pieces. Top off the look with some sculpted curls and a red lip, and you’re ready for any subway grate or stiff breeze that comes your way.

 

 

Urban Outfitters Perfect Turtleneck Top

UO Perfect Turtleneck Top, $34, urbanoutfitters.com

 

 

J. Crew Martie Pant

Martie Slim Crop Pant, $79.50, jcrew.com

 

 

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Selected Femme Long Sleeve Knit Sweater, $79, asos.com

 

 

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Low V-Neck Cricket Jumper, $65, topshop.com

 


Image Sources: Top left, photo for LIFE magazine by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1953, divinemarilynmonroe.canalblog.com.  Top right, unknown photographer, date and original publication, weheartit.com. Bottom left and right, photos by Milton Greene, 1955, marilynmonroe.com. Made with Canva.

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THE FIND

Wishbone Earrings - Tastemaker Status

Make a wish with these artsy Wishbone earrings (just don’t *actually* break them…)


This week we’re featuring the very first item from the Tastemaker Status shop itself! Apart of the House Collection, these earrings transition from season-to-season and can add that finishing touch to any simple black outfit. Get them below:

 

Wishbone Earrings - shoptastemakerstatus.com

Wishbone Earrings, $24.90, shoptastemakerstatus.com

 


Image Sources: Paint stroke, Donald Martiny, honestlywtf.com. Made with Canva.

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THE READ

 

The Battle of Versailles - Tastemaker StatusGet lost in the glamour (and drama) of the iconic 1970’s fashion show that put American fashion on the map.


This over-the-top event has an accompanying over-the-top story to match. Filled with the personalities of design royalty (Halston, Yves Saint Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, and Hubert de Givenchy, to name a few), this book examines the famous runway show that head the best American and French designers going head-to-head on a global stage. Reality TV pales in comparison. Get the book below:

 

The Battle of Versailles by Robin Givhan, amazon.com

 


Images Sources: Watercolor Moon Art Print, StudioFactotumUK, etsy.com. White peonies, unknown source. Glitter, unknown source. Made with Canva.

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THE TREND

ContourDrawing - Tastemaker Status

This drawing technique makes for quirky graphics & eye-catching patterns.


Contour drawing is an art technique where artists are challenged to create without lifting their pencil. This creates one continuous line (another name for technique), hence the distinct geometric, but fluid, style. Though this technique has been around for a while, its been recently embraced by fashion as a cool decorative motif. Get the look below:

Contrast Tank by SketchStudy on Redbubble

One Line Bike Contrast Tank by SketchStudy, $28, redbubble.com

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Double Layered Face Earrings, $14.90, shoptastemakerstatus.com

Contour People Tote Bag by morgan markowski on Redbubble

Contour People Tote Bag by morgan markowski, $23.95, redbubble.com

Image Sources: Upper right and lower left illustrations by Boris Schmitz. Upper left, Marta Handrich, Instagram. Middle, Lady Fancy Nails, Instagram. Bottom right, THATSALEAF. Made with Canva.

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