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Pink Slip Music Festival Kimonos

Too Attached To Your Fringe With Benefits?

Lose the Fringe Kimono for Next Year’s Music Festival

Fringe kimonos were huge this season, especially at music festivals. The free-flowing, light weight fabrics and shake-ready hems encompassed the characteristics of a modern-day flower child. With help from celebrities who frequently don the boho-style, like Vanessa Hudgens, this particular look easily trickled down to the streets and into stores. Sadly, with the onset of fall and winter, boho chic for this season is fading to black and may be too stuck in last season’s closet for it to resurface for 2015.

Often paired with crop tops, distressed denim shorts, ankle booties, and a wide brim hat, fringe kimonos top off effortless looks with a featherweight touch. However, fringe has a habit of making its way back into our wardrobes with an element of out-of-date trendiness. Let’s avoid any wardrobe fads and axe the fringe hem before it makes it to the sale section of Urban Outfitters.

For next year’s music festival style, go for romantic patterns and diaphanous looks. Beaded, decorative fringe will also make a splash, wavering from the western feel of 2014. For an even more sleek finish, opt for suede in a deep, luxe hue adding decadence to your hit outfit.

Plan for next season and ditch the 2014 fringe kimono wardrobe fad. Fringe Kimonos are getting The Pink Slip.

Trending: Pink Hair Everywhere!

Pastel colored hairstyles have been picking up momentum, arguably since 2010, especially in shades of pink. From Valentino’s spring ‘10 advertisements featuring Dree Hemingway with romantically dramatic all pink locks to notoriously pink haired model Charlotte Free, this sizzling shade seems to be inescapable in a got-to-have-that-look kind of way. Designer John Galliano even took a swing and hit out of the park having his models sport the multicolor painted on shades at one of his shows. Though we’re creeping up on two years since this trend first surfaced, it’s hanging on and successfully making its way through the 2012 season with gained velocity.


How did this trend begin? It seems as if this fantastical style has dribbled up from the streets and onto the runways with seemingly impeccable speed. Outside of the Katy Perry, Gaga, or N. Minaj realm, all of who are expected to carry the torch of shock factor, other Hollywood stars have taken note and donned wearable  adaptations of colored locks, which has now quickly filtered back into the mainstream of the masses.

Everyone from Lauren Conrad, who’s notorious for donning flirtatiously dip-dyed pastel hues to Julia Roberts who has boasted a mommy-chic version with wavy pink streaks has personalized this youthful, yet sophisticated and cool style. And let’s not forget about one of our favorite comedians and host of E! Online’s Fashion Police Joan River who wanted a piece of this poppin’ pink shade for herself (also take a look at a new backstage interview with Chris Benz on E! Online who has debuted an all pink coiffure while speaking on his NY fashion week line).


After some debate, I too jumped on board with this trend and excitedly made a visit to my hair stylist to reinterpret this popular style. Once the process commenced and the dip-dyed phase of dying my dark brown hair to blonde took place, I knew there was no turning back. 5 1/2 hours later, I was staring vis-à-vis with handheld mirror adjusted in sunlight, witnessing my chopped, pink ombre locks. To say the least, I absolutely love it! 


(Photos from NYMag.com, Glamour.com, People.com, Sfgate.com, and Dolly Rocker Girl blog)

Fafi: Graffiti Meets Fashion

Hey readers! I apologize for not giving you interesting content to sink your eyeballs into for the past couple of days. Honestly, I wasn’t sure which direction I was headed towards next as far as who or what I should blog about. After cajoling the edges of my many crinkled post-it notes by my laptop with smeared ink of ideas, I finally decided at 5:00AM to bring you a post on the legendary female graffiti artist and designer Fafi. 

I first came across her work freshman year of college (never mind how long ago that was) when researching project ideas for my final in the course Art, Space, and Identity in Urban America. After my very down-to-earth professors orchestrated a graffiti tour in the heart of Los Angeles lead by graffiti artist Mear One and L.A. historian Mike the Poet, I knew I had to somehow bring the idea of urban art as graffiti into the forefronts of my final and integrate it with my love for fashion. 

Scouring through every Nylon magazine I could get my hands on, I finally came across the name Fafi (Nylon magazine has NEVER let me down) and her rise as a woman’s graffiti artist from Toulouse, France who has garnered attention with her eye-popping, multicolor visuals showcased on city streets. 

The ingenuity behind her art (in this case I’m referring to graffiti as art, not to be confused with inelegant street tagging or gang affiliated pictographs strewn on brick walls), stems from her impressive use of colors as well as subject matter. She boldly articulates herself as a woman in the mainly thought of male culture by choosing to illustrate sexy, doll-like women known as Fafinettes.

One thing that separates her from a traditional graffitist is her use of paint and a paint brush instead of spray paint, which as the Noisette blogger points out, makes her an undoubtedly easy target to be arrested. But where would we be without the audacious talents of Fafi who has earned respect not only on the streets as an artist, but who has also caught the attention of numerous fashion and beauty industry savants.

On that fateful day when I came across the Nylon magazine article covering Fafi, it detailed her collaboration with M.A.C. cosmetics. I knew at that point that fashion was more than just a private art for the elite, who arguably use runways similar to the likes of gallery showings. And despite high criticism from bohemian classmates at the time who defamed any artistic adventure, such as fashion, as a capitalistic and inarticulate means of expression to dominate youth culture, I turned to Fafi as a model for my argument against their ideas.

Fafi risked being apprehended for her artwork to bring to the public undeniably breathtaking visuals. She aroused a strong sense of personal responsibility as an artist, attracting a wide audience, including M.A.C. cosmetics, which earned her a spot as one of the designers for their February 2008 line. This was a clear case that fashion and beauty has and always will have the power to filter in from the streets, asserting the power of youth culture instead of youth culture being victimized by the fashion and beauty industry.

It’s also about taking one woman’s very public space and identity as a graffitist and re-creating that same momentum and love for art on a different platform via an industry of beauty and fashion. Outside of M.A.C., and if you can’t make it to a Toulouse city street, Fafi has worked with Adidas, LeSportsac handbags, and Chanel. She has catapulted into the fashion industry, bringing her edge and culture with her, unveiling the sought after persona behind her whimsical and fashionable street art. 

(photos from fafi.net and bkrw.com)