Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her

Valentine’s Day doesnt have to suck.

Who cares if you have a Significant Other? This day is about love. Whether that be love for your boy/girlfriend, love for your besties, or love for yourself.

Today is a day to celebrate how amazing you and the incredible people in your life are.

And what better way to show someone how much you love them?!

Presents of course.


*Sidenote: you don’t have to buy someone something to show you love them, some of us just have a shopping problem*

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Valentino SS16: An Integration of Cultural Change

Glamour. Sophistication. Italian. Sexy. Red.

All of these powerful words evoke an equally influential image. A brand composed of an obsession over the female form and an appreciation of curves. Valentino Garavani is a man who encompasses class, confidence and sophistication. As a designer, he made incredible patterns that showcased a woman’s shape in an ideal and flattering manner. As a Vogue editor once said, “Valentino was the first to do clothes that really enhanced a woman and moved with her” (Beyfus). With current head designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli using their past accessory design to its best use, the Spring/Summer 2016 runway show incorporated the creative heads best attributes with Valentino Garavani’s. Both Chiuri and Piccioli have maintained Valentino’s heritage through their continued focus on the womanly figure. They utilize shapes that highlight the beauty of the female form- a feature crucial to the Valentino brand.

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Fringing in a Time of Social Change

There once was a man who created an entire trend based off an already existing color. A color that become synonymous with his name. Valentino has been the brain behind trend operations for the majority of his career. Now, with two different designers behind the wheel, the brand still continues to present garments, accessories, color palettes and more that are timeless, refined and sensual. They create works of art that, in fact, become trends. With the latest catwalk from Spring/Summer 2016, Valentino showcased one particular trend I found most compelling- fringing.

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The Synergy Between Art and Fashion

Everything is influenced by something else. Whether it be music, design, writing, or food; creativity stems from being able to reinterpret something that was once old into a new existence. It is fascinating to observe design as a reoccurrence of a former art movement because it allows viewers an insight into the designers thought process. Why was this art movement chosen and what makes it relevant?

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