Confession: 2017 has been a rocky start for us.
Let’s be real.
It feels like monsoon season (cold, dark, and raining for days), Christmas is over, Trump’s executive orders scare us everyday, and in the midst of it all our New Year’s goals have been slightly sidelined.
All we want to do is getaway!
It’s easy to get caught up in the stresses of life, and we often find ourselves neglecting our health (and sanity!) Sometimes we need what feels like superhuman strength to keep pushing forward.
How do we become our own superheros and power through?
Focus on reinvigorating inspiration, which for us starts with the power of a dramatic #OOTD. To get re-inspired, we went back to basics in a clean white and black palette (on the one day the sun came out to give us enough good light to shoot an editorial). Black and white are very cleansing to the mind, and always looks modern. The perfection of high contrast is shocking to the system in an ultra chic manner, jolting the wearer into action once again.
VALENTINA’S BOLT OF WHITE
A refreshing hit of white is just the tonic for turning a palette of darks from boring and insignificant into something memorable and interesting. Valentina took her creativity to the next level and re-designed an old Forever 21 long white dress (similar here) into a striking, minimalist, white coat – perfect for asserting her authority and confidence in herself and with others. To elevate the clean lines from to ladylike into edgy territory, Valentina employed the sophisticated underpinnings of Wolford’s lacey black tights. Valentina encourages us all to use the cold weather as a time to get creative with seductive touches of black lace, silk and suede a la her outfit here.
FRANCESCA’S SUPERWOMAN KA-POW!
The LBD has been around for at least 100 years. Coco Chanel was the first designer to create a big shift in the 1920s with the LBD; she gave power to an alluring concept, that simple black meant strength. In the 1920s Vogue had tipped the LBD to become, ‘a sort of uniform for women all over the world, from all backgrounds regardless of their walk of life’. Today Francesca chooses to wear the LBD as a statement of freedom and confidence.
Legs. For. Days.
Francesca’s perfect addition to her superwoman LBD has also become her official addiction. Spring’s key statement heel – thigh high boots – are becoming a growing staple for Francesca. This statement approach to dressing that instantly elongates the body. As someone who is never caught in pants, these velvet ( a hint of Old World elegance) Raven Simmi Shoes boots make the perfect addition to Francesca’s sculptural black cape dress.
Tell us below – how do you conquer your stress and become your own superhero? What are your go-to power outfits?