Monthly Archives: February 2014

Favorite Spring/Summer 2014 Beauty Tips

As we are entering Spring and visions of floaty sundresses, cardigans, and sandals float through our heads, stores will soon be filled with the spring/summer collections that we saw for the first time last fall. As we get ready to revamp our wardrobes in preparation, we have selected our five favorite make-up looks inspired by the Spring/Summer 2014 runways. From berry-stained lips to winged eyeliner a’la Twiggy, the overall look for the season is natural yet striking, with one feature highlighted, bold against a radiant complexion.

1. Mad for Merlot

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There is nothing more elegant than a berry-lip. On days where classic red feels garish and pink feels girlish, berry is always sophisticated and manages to be both sultry and work appropriate. While fair gals may be weary of darker colours, a softer shade of plum is striking without being harsh, and the blue undertones in the shade help to minimize redness in fair skin. Ladies with warm undertones should go for a rich raspberry shade, and darker-skin beauties a deep merlot.

2. Barely There Beauty

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The funny thing about makeup is that so often people put it on to look as though they are not wearing any. The no-makeup look is truly an art. The models on the runway for Dolce and Gabbana’s collection were all positively ethereal but looked as if they weren’t wearing a stitch of makeup. The secret? Take care of your skin (eat healthy, drink lots of water, cleanse, moisturize, repeat.) and prep the skin with a primer. Only use concealer where you need it, on blemishes and on under eye circles and use a lighter tinted moisturizer or BB cream instead of foundation and only apply around the center of your face (t-zone area). Not only will it be better for your skin, but it will provide sheerer, more natural looking coverage. Applying any makeup other than a light dusting of blush on your cheeks will leave you looking overly made-up. Next smudge dark brown or black eyeliner right into your lash-line and apply a few strokes of lengthening mascara for a wide-eyed look.

3. Orange is the New Black

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If you had suggested to us six months ago that we would actually consider the possibility of painting our lips orange we would have called you crazy. Don’t get us wrong, tangerine lips is one hundred percent a look that you can over-do. To keep yourself looking chic and fearless, instead of tacky and clueless, we recommend only highlighting your lips and keeping the rest of your face subdued and natural. If you feel like playing up your eyes then use a lip tint or gloss that is a little more sheer. Orange is actually a surprisingly wearable shade if done right and brings a lot of warmth to fair skin and pops against darker complexions.

4. Cat-Call

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The cat-eye is tricky business, even more so than the smoky eye. That being said, when done right, it’s utter perfection in a 1960s stewardess kind of way. Black liquid eyeliner and a steady hand are what is required for this look. Start from the outside and lightly trace the shape you want to create on both eyes and fill in with liner. Next, move mistakes and make sure it is even with a q-tip dipped in make-up remover. Instantly channel Audrey Hepburn with this sophisticated look.

5. White Noise

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It’s a well known beauty trick, used by makeup artists everywhere, to use white eyeliner on the lash-line and rim to leave one looking more awake and refreshed. Take it one step further and dust a pearlescent shadow on your lids for a angelic look, and a refreshing change from the usual smoky eye.

Is there a look that you think we should include? Send us an email at alicia@indiverve.com and we may include it in our next post (with full credit and links to you of course!).

xoxo,

Indiverve

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Lots of 70s Love at Missoni

Is it just us or is the world obsessed with the 70s right now? From flared pants and bell bottoms, to tapestry prints and velour, nods to the 20th century’s grooviest decade have been more than prevalent within the collections of designers at Milan Fashion Week. We have to admit that after seeing Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence all glamorous in their glitzy 70s glory in American Hustle, that we too were inspired by the era. Missoni’s collection is our favorite so far of this season. With it’s sleek, body-conscious silhouettes, surrealistic prints and quirky, retro colour palette of taupe, mustard, maroon and sage, the collection paid homage to the grooviest era while still being utterly modern and luxe.

Photo Source | Fashion Gone Rogue

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Xoxo,
Indiverve


Wisteria and Hysteria | Highlights from London Fashion Week

Every city’s fashion week, whether it’s Paris, New York, Milan, London or even Vancouver, has a flavor and spirit that is completely unique to itself. If Paris is fashion week’s pearl-wearing, champagne swilling, Tolstoy reading sophisticate – then London Fashion Week would be it’s leather pants and ironic t-shirt donning younger sibling. It’s impossible to choose adjectives that truly incapsulate London’s Fashion Week. That being said, the words we would use to describe this year’s shows would be quirky, quirky, quirky. From Ashish’s crystal encrusted lace tracksuits worn with white platform sneakers (appropriately or inappropriately – you decide) t0 Orla Kiely’s throw-back to London’s 1960s Vidal Sassoon/Twiggy/Beatle-mania hay-day – the entire show was eclectic to the point of bizarre. London has always been a city of incredible creativity in terms of its fashion industry and this season proved that London’s reputation for innovating design is well-deserved and continuing to grow.

1. Ashish

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Whether one loved or hated Ashish’s glitzy parade of jumpsuits, we had to take our hats off to the designer for daring to be so different. The collection definitely walked the line between luxe and cheap, bold and tacky, Barbarella and Snookie. Nonetheless, the intricacy of the fabrics were stunning and the dreamy sorbet palette, breathtaking.

2. Giles

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We couldn’t help but fall in love with Giles’ bold colour palette of turquoise, cobalt, black, white and golden yellow. With the colour blocking and whimsical avian prints – this collection celebrated the unexpected and somewhat retro. Although we don’t know what Giles’ inspiration was, in our heads the collection was a fusion of “Swiss Family Robinson” and “The Jetsons”.

3. Matthew Williamson

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Wearing runners and sport shoes with ultra-glam formal wear seemed to be an underlying theme this season for many designers. What struck us most about Matthew Williamson’s collection however were the razor sharpness of the cuts and the vibrant colours and prints. The collection was truly a mix of classic feminine pieces with 90s inspired sportswear. Although this influx of athletic inspired clothing makes us worry that we are going to return to the days of neon spandex and sweat-bands a’la Olivia Newton John in “Let’s Get Physical”, if the trend shows itself like it did in Matthew Williamson’s FW14 collection, we will be happy as can be.

4. Mary Katrantzou

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Mary Katrantzou is revered for her striking digital prints. It’s her signature and the shocking realism of many of her past collections is what has really allowed Mary to build a strong and instantly recognizable presence as a designer. That being said, it was refreshing to see the designer branch out with her use of materials. Instead of dynamic prints, Mary wowed with her meticulous pleated silks, intricate jacquards, and ornate embroidery and beading. A mesmerizing blend of contrasting colours, fabrics and shapes, the collection reminded us of both the renaissance period and Ancient Egypt. With a muted palette of neutrals accented with rich jewel tones (think sapphire, dark jade, ruby, and amethyst), every look screamed Fall and was dripping in luxury.

5. Orla Kiely

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Orla Kiely truly channeled the swinging sixties with her Twiggy-esque parade of shifts and baby-doll dresses. Amongst a sea of edgier looks, Orla’s collection was definitely one of the more subdued and wearable. A throw-back to the classic looks that have made London such an iconic city in the fashion industry, it was both nostalgic and refreshing to see the classic mod-looks (mini-dresses, cartoonish floral motifs, shifts, mary-jane shoes, and opaque tights) revamped. Undoubtedly feminine but with the air of rebellion that is so signature to London fashion, Orla Kiely’s collection was quite possibly our favorite of London Fashion Week so far!

Are there any shows that you think we should have listed? If so, shoot us an email at alicia@indiverve.com. Let us know what you think of our choices! There were some crazy designs on the London Fashion Week runways and we’d love to hear your opinions!

xoxo,

Indiverve

Photo Source | Style.com


Emilia Clarke is Our Favorite Natural Beauty

In the light of Valentines Day being yesterday, we have to admit, we have a crush. A girl crush that is, on Game of Thrones beauty Emilia Clarke. With her fair skin, tousled waves and aqueous eyes, Emilia has the kind of ethereal beauty reserved for medieval princesses or angels. She is also an incredibly talented actress. Those who know and love her as icy blonde Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones may be surprised to know that she has also quite a bit of success acting on stage, and that she had recently played the timeless role of Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s at the Cort Theatre and is set to play the role of Sarah Connor in the next installment of the Terminator series. Talent, ambition, versatility, style, beauty. How could anyone not love this girl?

Acting as cover girl for the February issue of WSJ Magazine, Emilia looks understatedly chic and low-key as she poses in knit pieces from upscale designers such as Calvin Klein, Rag & Bone and Oscar de la Renta. The photos are shot by Lachlan Bailey in slightly over-cast weather on a sandy beach, giving the photos a bohemian, Pacific North-West feel, that makes our Vancouver-dwelling hearts feel warm and fuzzy. Emilia looks natural, candid and effortlessly beautiful as she laughs and runs around on the beach. A total bohemian beauty. In our perfect world, Emilia would be a model for an Indiverve campaign. One day.

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xoxo,

Indiverve

 


Wanderlust | Photography Inspired by Travel

We at Indiverve are in love with the world. We love to travel and it shows in our work. All of our designs are inspired by different cultures and countries, whether it is a colour, a type of embroidery or a method of beading – each and every Indiverve piece is a fusion of Western fashion and fashion from countries around the globe. We have been badly bitten by the travel bug and we aren’t the only ones. Below are photography series that are inspired by travel. French photographer Christophe Jacrot’s stunning series featuring the largest, most dynamic cities in the world (Paris, Tokyo, Hong-Kong) in the rain. The juxtaposing elements of nature and urbanity are the focus of the series. It’s amazing what Jacrot is able to do with a camera as each photo is so different from each other. Some look like paintings as the rain blurs the sharp lines of the city. There are many people who say that Paris is at its most beautiful when its raining. These photos make us believe that this sentiment may be true (although the best way to find out would be to go to Paris and see for oneself!).

Brooklyn-based photographer Zack Seckler has taken a series of aerial photos of the Kalahari Basin in Africa, bringing new meaning to landscape photography for an exhibition called “Botswana”. The photos, which were taken between 2009 and 2010 were taken with the help of a pilot who flew 150 metres above the ground to allow Seckler to capture these incredible images of the wild African landscape. These photos have a microscopic quality to them that is intriguing. Due to the distance, some of these photos don’t even resemble land at all but rather they look like moss, mold, bacteria, thread on fabric. It’s a humbling series in the sense that it shows us how small we are in a big world. The exhibition will be open until February 3rd at the Robin Rice Gallery in New York.

Last, but not least, Bertil Nilsson’s photography series, “Naturally” features professional dancers wearing nothing more than paint, contorting themselves into poses that would make the most experienced of yogis blush. The poses take place in some of the most beautiful locations throughout the world, in countries such as Portugal, Spain, Germany, Australia, France, and England. The poses are often wild and uninhibited but the surroundings are incredibly serene and almost ethereal. The photos are raw, animalic and sexually charged but with a peaceful innocence, as if they were taken of people who are completely themselves and completely at ease.

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Are there any photography series that we missed that you feel that we should feature? Send it to us at alicia@indiverve.com and we will post it with full credit to you.

Hope you all have been having a wonderful Monday!

xoxo,

Indiverve


Five Date-Friendly Looks for Valentines Day

As if anyone needs any reminding of this fact, but Valentines Day is just around the corner. It’s not as if this is something we need to tell any of you, after all the overzealous abundance of red, pink, sequins, hearts and stuffed animals sends this message across loud and clear. Whether you are planning on spending the night out with your girlfriends or have something planned with your significant other, we have selected five Valentines Day perfect outfits (without any hearts or clichés).
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The little-black-dress is a classic, and for good reason. It’s effortlessly elegant, it goes with everything, it can be dressed up or down like lickity, and it has a way of making your figure look its best. Since our tunic dress has a little bit of embellishment at the neckline, it is best to keep accessories to a minimum. Our silver paisley pendant would look stunning on a 30″ chain, lengthening the body in a flattering way. Our hand-crafted agate ring adds a punchy pop of fuchsia to an otherwise subdued palette of black and silver.

Outfit2

We swear, black and turquoise were made for each other. They are a visual match made in heaven. We love the way that our silver and turquoise pendant pops against our Edwardian-esque black lace dress. The look is elegant while being low-key enough for a more casual dinner or cocktails with the ladies. Pair with sheer tights, our metallic leather belt and our turquoise cocktail ring for a look that is refined yet playful.

Outfit3

We know, we know, the floral print on our ruffled dress absolutely scream romance and Valentines Day. To keep this look from being overtly girly, we’ve added our crochet belt in mahogany, our carved copper hints cuff, and an edgy tiger’s eye ring. It’s undeniably feminine, but with our signature bohemian vibe.

Outfit4

For a more casual evening, our chiffon poncho in rose is an ultra-chic layering piece over a simple tank top. We chose equally feminine accessories in a muted palette. Our intricately carved silver cuff, tear-drop amethyst cluster pendant, and beaded silver earrings add a timeless beauty to this otherwise casual look.

Outfit5

As far as we are concerned, there is no colour combination that is sexier or more glamorous than black and gold. Our shimmery, burn-out printed black and gold tunic is a head-turner all on its own. Throw on our woven metal necklace, threaded gold floral earrings, and black and gold studded bangles (loved by Coco and Vera’s Cee Fardoe) and you will have a look that would make Beyoncé blush.

xoxo,

Indiverve


Street-wise Sunday | Vintage Vixens

There was a time when the trends of what we wear were dictated by the runways of high-profile cities. Prestigious couturiers acted as dictators of the fashion world, selecting the colors, fabrics, and shapes that were to be adored and then abhorred as the seasons came and went. With the extreme accessibility and interconnection of the modern world, fashion is no longer inspired by any one thing and one could argue that we are often more influenced by the fashions we see on the streets than we are by what we see during fashion week or in the windows of stores such as Holt Renfrew or Bergdorf Goodman (depending where you live).

We have always been inspired by the streets. The streets are where the culture of a city is the strongest. People living their lives in clothing that fits their unique selves and situations is infinitely more interesting than a handful of different ideas dreamed up by more or less the same designers every season. Coco Chanel said it best when she said “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street. Fashion has to do with the way we live, what is happening.” What is happening in fashion is a revolution of how ideas are transmitted and shared. What used to be single-stream of ideas is now a intricate web and that is something that we are grateful for. Playing tribute to the fashions of the street we have selected seven vintage-inspired looks that left us feeling intrigued.

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Photo Credit | Lookbook.nu

Are there any street-style looks that you want us to see and feature? Send your suggestions to alicia@indiverve.com and we may feature them (with full credit to you). Happy Sunday!

xoxo,

Indiverve