If you are a lover of Nikki's fashion, stick around 'cuz we have a treat in store for you! Strap in for a whole run of Nikki Catch-ups!
She kicks it off appropriately in olive, visiting Navy personnel in Anacostia. I love the casual cool of this look, which pairs a deep scoop-neck tee with a coordinating set of olive jeans and a cropped olive denim jacket. This was in the throes of the choker-rage, so she added a slim one which looked fab, coordinating with her top and the breezily fierce vibe of her leather OTKs. It's so nice to see leather boots! I feel like we saw suede or velvet all year! A camo beanie added rounded off the look with an appropriate fabric and a bit of warmth and panache!
Next up is a BTS snap from a photoshoot for her friend's fashion blog, peacelovestyle. If Nikki can't do her own fashion blog, this is for sure the next best thing on my wishlist! Note: both Bella Twins make frequent cameo appearances there, so check out the blog for some extra shots of Bella fashion. Nikki's dramatic lace and tulle dress is by Jonathan Simkhai and it's an amazing choice for Nikki. It suits her sense of showmanship and seductiveness without showing too much. The sultriness is all in whispers and hints, while the colors and fabrics speak at full volume. When you say "tulle and lace", it sounds like some frilly thing, right? And this dress is anything but! Because of the colors and the bold guipure lace, the piece is both intricate and powerful - a stirring combination! She finished it by highlighting the red tones with scarlet pointy pumps.
After that masterpiece, she gave us a look in black and blue, pairing a Victorian-inspired high-neck top (the Jenny by Alice & Olivia [id by fashionofthedivas] - which boasted a velvet bodice and lace three-quarter sleeves - with a cobalt lace midi skirt with sheer insets. I love the way the ideas of sheer and lace and lace are explored here: the sheer panels and lined lace in the skirt complement the sheer lace in the top wonderfully. She completed the vintage-tinged look with modern details: crystal statement earrings, suede OTK boots and oversize sunnies. Noteworthy: the way the pink tones in her nail and lip shades enhance the pink rims of her sunglasses, creating a subtle pink-meets-deep blue harmony.
Next up is a floral halter dress. The lighting makes it difficult to tell if the background of the print is olive or gray. I'm leaning toward gray, as the olive comes off a touch heavy behind this whispy floral. The lower-cut back adds some intrigue to the easy beauty of this piece. I'm a fan of the way Nikki enhanced the way the halter shape highlights her shoulders (and kept the neckline from looking too crowded!) with her pulled-together pony.
If anyone had sold me on the jumpsuit lately, it's Natalya! How completely AMAZING does she look in this black halter-neck piece?! Ogh..I'm wild over this look! It's so simple, but so impactful! The wide, flowing legs create the feel of easy luxury, while the keyhole is super-sexy! The halter style highlights her shoulders, creates her curves and looks incredibly fierce! She accessorizes it perfectly with an understated gold bracelet. I love even more that she wore her hair in a smooth, polished ponytail. It accentuated the simple sophistication flawlessly!
The chic was strongly in evidence in her next outfit, as well. She paired a basic black tee with black pants and then topped it with a magnificent ruffle and zipper accented leather jacket from Alexander McQueen. We've seen her wear this piece in a similar way before - as the exclamation point on a simple outfit - and it's a perfect application for this fabulous piece. It would also lend itself to more complex stylings, which is why a wonderful piece like this is a great investment. As with any truly great design, this one will be chic and current for decades. She adds additional iinterest and sophistication with a Louis Vuitton scarf in a vibrant navy. I love the deep blue and black combination; it's a beautiful, mature and intricate twist on black monochrome. Big sunnies add the perfect final touch.
Natalya has always loved green and I have never seen her do it in such glorious fashion as she did here, in what looks to be a BTS from a photoshoot (do we ever get to see the whole thing? Pretty please! I can always use more slayage in my life! First, this gown is fantastic! It's simple, but dramatic, with a high leg slit and bold side cutouts, filled with excellently-done illusion panels. It reprises the halter-style that has worked so successfully for her in the past. This stunning kelly green is the most apropos shade I've ever seen her take a turn in. She added a gorgeous does of glam with a crystal statement necklace. I also love her choice to pop the look with a bright pink lip - it balances the rich color of the dress better than a receding nude shade and adds a lovely pop. The conservatory that this snap was done in is a magnificent backdrop for this dress. The greenery and furniture don't distract from the dress, but the luxe fabrics and delicate greenery add texture and contrast. The coup de grace is Nattie's glamorous pose. I love everything about this!
How about a little Americana inspiration from an Aussie today? :) I loved the super clean, minimalist vibe of this look from Emma when I saw it. While she took the white and blue combo into straight-up sporty territory with a cropped hoodie and sneakers, it immediately occurred to me that it would make a great base for a Fourth of July look. The sweatshirt might be a tad steamy for the Fourth -even with the included ventilation of the cropped silhouette :) - so I re-imagined the styling with less toasty pieces. The starting formula is about as classic as it gets: blue jeans, white shirt (are you humming a Lana del Rey song yet? Sorry ;)). Almost any iteration of blue denim will do nicely here: shorts, cropped, full-length, distressed, non-distressed. I would lean toward the classic summer-y vibe of medium-to-light blue washes, but darker ones will work in a pinch. It's a similar theme with the white top. Consider an au courant feminine blouse with a touch of ruffle, embroidery, lace, eyelet, etc. Go with an iconic white tee in any silhouette from slim to slouchy. Do a version of the scalding hot off-the-shoulder top. It's all a go, so pick your passion! With a classic combination like this, one way to spark it and make it feel fresh is to finish it off with unexpected accessories. (Doing said accessories in a scalding shade of red doesn't hurt either ;)).Whatever direction your top leans in, choose shoes and/or baubles that act as a foil. Contrast the formality of the femme blouse with easy and casual mules. Add polish and elevation to the tee with block-heeled pumps or strappy red heeled sandals. Tie a rolled, small square scarf at your neck and turn the ends to your back to approximate a choker. Use sneakers and a baseball cap as a sporty counterpoint to the flirty drama off the off-shoulder piece. I hope this inspires you to tweak a classic for your Fourth of July picnics, fetes and various whatnots. Happy fashioning!
Maryse sure knows how to rock some black! We're exploring a wide variety of her monochrome looks today. Her first looks was one of my favorites of this set (though it's tough to pick favorites from Maryse's continual run of stellar style :)). It's a dotted romper that blends playfulness and polish. I love that she completed the look with silver pointy pumps, instead of more expected black. The touch of shine elevates this look and makes it pop. Next up is a laidback gem. Maryse paired a black tee with skinny denim. She gave the outfit a dose of panache with a statement jacket: a slightly cropped, boxy band-style piece that is utterly divine. Leather OTKs finish the ensemble with a shot of fierce. I adored Maryse's "No Autographs" tee the instant I saw it, but I love it even more now, seeing the close-up. It's not just a sassy slogan ; the letters are ringed by crystals. How deliciously glam! Put this with skinny jeans, a leather pencil skirt, cut-off denim, a midi tulle skirt - I'm in for all of it!
Dear Nikki Bella,
You are a Queen and I love you. XoXo, Kiki.
It's taken me over a week to pick my jaw up off the floor after seeing what the longest reigning Diva's Champion rocked at the 2017 MMVA's, so please forgive the late review. I believe she tweeted something about wanting to wear something "sexy and different" before the event took place, and oh slay my life did she ever deliver in this Alessandra Rich sheer gown. With it's extremely low plunge and gold embellishments, she was turning heads all down the red carpet. I adore the attached choker that featured an eye catching circular pendent, which just so happened to match the blinged out pendent at her waist, bunching the the material together. Everything else about the outfit was kept very simple, which meant the dress didn't need to fight for attention. Simple, black open toe heels, straight hair, and a pop of color (red, of course) on her lips seals the deal. You need confidence to rock an outfit like this, or maybe I should say, you need to have no fear.... Well, she is Fearless Nikki for a reason.
Brie: I have to chime in with two thoughts :). First, the silhouette of this dress was giving me serious JLo vibes! ( see 2000 Grammy's Versace and 2017 Latin Billboards). It channeled Jennifer's risk-taking sensibilities and added a dash of Nikki's trademark glamour. Second, with all the drama and complexity of the dress, I massively applaud Nikki's choice of minimalist peep-toe pumps. It was brilliant! They were strong and structured enough to anchor all the sheer fabric, but didn't distract from the dress even an tad. Girlfriend got this one precisely right!
One tricky aspect of wearing the super-casual throw-and-go looks that tend to define a significant portion of summer dressing is that they need a pinch of je ne se quoi, elan, an exclamation point, something that anchors the look firmly in the "style" category, rather than the "something I just threw on" file. The lack thereof was what my praise got hung up on with this warm-weather look from Lana, so I've re-imagined a trio of iterations of this straightforward combo with a pinch more intentional panache. The canvas for the look is pretty clear: tee+shorts. So, basically, it's a check your drawers/closet/armoire kind of thing. Go with a cropped tee if you're feeling it, a boxy version with a feminine detail - like this flutter-sleeved piece - or a simple, curve-kissing knit. Cut-off denim, a la Lana, works on the bottom, but you can also make a more polished statement via chinos or a specifically summery fabric (think seersucker, linen, gingham). Non-shorts-friendly environment? No problem! Full-length denim or chinos lend themselves to these looks quite nicely. Classic color stories like all black or all white are perpetually fab, but also consider au courant shades of blush (the newest neutral! ;)), nude and olive in your mix. Once you have your canvas chosen, it's all about the spark. With such a simple background, you can be a little extra daring! Do you love the toughness of camo or wild-at-heart leopard but shy away from wearing it ordinarily? Go for it here, via a belt or bag (or even sneakers ;)). Always wanted to try pairing red and pink? Add a touch to blush - the risky color combo will be tempered by earth-toned or denim shorts. Other edgy color choices include lemon, canteloupe, and kelly. Try some 80's-tinged candy-hued combos with bright turquoise or lavender. Alternatively, toughen the girly pink up with some studs. Black monochrome lends itself to just about anything (camo = yep, leopard = yep, red=yep, studs=yep). Then again, how about getting some mileage out of one of the myriad of scarves you've collected over the years and only occasionally manage to wear? Knot it at your waist (or do a big, bold couture-esque bow :)). Alternatively, I love the idea of tying it at your neck, but turning the knot to the back. You get the look of a choker in front, but floaty streamers trailing behind you (the effect is particularly dramatic with lengthy oblong scarves or oversize squares). Complete the laidback vibe of the look with coordinating sneakers. (Classic or casual flats - think espadrilles or ballets - are also 100% acceptable). Happy styling, loves!
We're kicking things off with a little throwback Maryse, a one-off snippet she released in December. Seriously, though, how incredible is this shot? Her gray marble-pattern bodycon dress hugs all the right curves. Even more impressive though is her fashion-forward sleeveless trench in daring clear fabric. This looks so aamazing! It's dramatic and unique and the couture vibe totally makes my knees weak! It's so chic and fashion-forward that even the ordinary black backdrop can't downgrade it. Maryse's killer pose makes it just that much memorable! Next, we got a shot of Maryse's casually fierce side. She paired a tie-front white tank with distressed gray jeans (LOVE that color!) and insanely hot lace-up OTK flat (!) (Really) boots. This is how laidback glamour is done. Her sleek cool-girl pony is utter perfection. And for accessories? What else but oversize sunnies! Next up is a return of the emerald sequin dress she wore for NYE 2016. This fantastic confection just happens to be Balmain x H&M. Maryse skips the wide belt and minimizes the impact of the plunge-front with a coquettish lace cami, which was a nice twist from the cami-free original styling. She pulls this somewhat more demure look off just as well as the original one. She went hard for green, accessorizing the piece with matching earrings and bracelets and looks like she's having a blast wearing it. Sure makes me want to give emerald sequins a try :). The strong-shoulder silhouette of her next mini-dress (by Zhivago (id by fashionofthedivas)) would be at home in a Balmain collection. The piece blends a touch of 80's retro with a mod cutout-choker silhouette. The plunge-front keeps the drama highkey. I love how Maryse lightened the look u by styling the dress with delicate strappy gold sandals. Her smooth pony is polished and fits perfectly with the almost futuristic vibe. She returns to casual style with her next outfit, a combination created for movie nigh which paired distressed skinny jeans with a graphic tee. She gave the tough-urban pairing a nice twist by topping it with a statement studded floral-print jacket, which brings a dark feminine energy to the look. A jacket this fab would be an exclamation point even against a far simpler canvas While I could have done without the heaviness of her mid-calf boots, I love the stripped-down vibe of her YSL bag.
Maria was all about the black with this little pleated number. The look demonstrates the minimalist, refined side of her style. Black hosiery enhances the professional vibe. Of course, she is Maria so she can't be too prim :) - she rounds off the look with fringed knee boots. Her next outfit is a complete about-face from polished and demure: she goes for arty grunge and nails it in this pairing of a graphic tee with cropped, distressed denim. I love how she uses the knot to define the length of the tee and thereby create a defined visual waist for the look. The details also really 'make' this look - her masculine fedora and leopard booties gives this look devil-may-care rocker attitude. The balance is perfect here - it's fun and sassy, but not over the top. Brava. I'm equally jazzed about her next look, a combo I would wear in a heartbeat: skinny jeans topped with a slouchy sequined tee (half-tucked) and topped with a laidback jacket? Pitter-patter my stylish heart! A little glam, a little rocker and I am a lot in love. Maria finished this look with ankle booties, since she put it together in early spring. For right now, ditch the jacket, add a belt and complete the ensemble with studded sandals. Ok, I def have to go excavate my sequined tanks now. PS The pin-straight hair is so sleek and fab! Ogh. Her next outfit catches a similar contrast with a less rocker vibe, as she combines a red bodycon dress with her staple leather jacket. Note: this is why a classic piece like this one is such a good investment; Maria has worn this jacket a gazillion times. Every single time, it looks stellar and makes the outfit jam. When you amortize the money spent over the number of wears, a piece like this is well worth a little extra expenditure, especially since you'll have it for years. Maria will be able to wear this piece in a decade and it will still be in style. That's what classic does. A silver statement necklace and ivory platform pumps finish this look. I couldn't resist sharing this snap Maria posted from her engagement photo session with Mike. How gorgeous is that snow scene!? And don't you love that half-crazy drama play of this gorgeous girl standing on the train tracks in her stunning dress? There's an underlying suggestion of risk-taking and partnership conveyed by the scene and poses that adds layers of meaning to the snap. I can't help but appreciate Maria's vision. Next up is a sequined emerald dress worn for an event in March. We only see Maria work with this mesmerizing jewel tone shade on occasion, but I go wild over it every time. It's super gorge, especially with the red tones in her hair! She gets fierce points for being ahead of the curve on the wide-belt trend here. The styling finished off with simple chunky-heeled platform pumps. I'm in for the chunky heel, but I wish she had done it with a sandal, or gone with a pointy toe pump here to parallel the au courant vibe of her belt.
Still got more Lana-fashion for ya! This Queen's a style machine!
At Fastlane, she rocked a velvet double-breasted dress, which she paired with shimmering, futuristic OTK's. The double-breasted style can get overwhelming if it's paired with a lot of other elements, so I love this design's simplicity. The silver OTKs are edgy and probably wouldn't have been my first choice to pair with this dress, but I think Lana pulls it off. The coordinating choker helps and her audacity and confidence carry it through. That being said, I love those boots in an of themselves and would ADORE them in an editorial context. Their unflinching Space-Age beauty would be flawless in a galactic setting.
She was back to red for this next look, a lovely cranberry bodycon dress. She get props for the mid length, as well as for pairing it with one of my favorite contrasting-genre toppers: a tough leather jacket. The red and black combo works as fabulously as it always does - #IconicForAReason. Next, she gives us two looks with this cold-shoulder choker-style top by Topshop. She makes it travel-ready in look #1 by pairing it with flared leggings and a fur duster. I really enjoy how Lana's style is rarely boring; even when she's being practical and comfortable, she still manages to inject panache and flair into her style. This statement duster really puts the exclamation point on this monochrome look. Outfit #2 pairs the tops with printed high-waisted pants from House of CB. I love the laidback -but thoroughly chic! - vibe of this look. The print is interesting but not busy and harmonizes nicely with the simple trendiness of her top. An oversize watch finishes the look with a hint of precisely (and perfectly) chosen sophistication.
Lana had a little love affair with burgundy during the winter and spring. She kicked it off with a cropped chunky ribbed sweater from Topshop paired with leggings and Lola Shoetique velvet OTKs. This monochromatic look works nicely because of the proportion-play: the boxy top, set above the sleek leggings and boots comes off stylish and sexy. The textural combination enhances the look: wooly, nappy knit with luxe, plush velvet adds visual interest. These are two key elements of a monochrome look; because the color story is so highly edited, the fierceness has to come from other aspects of the styling. Her second turn in deep wine came in this Missguided jumpsuit. The drapey front gives me a bit of a 90's vibe but the rest of the silhouette is streamlined and totally right now. I love her addition of a black choke, which puts a cool-girl exclamation point on the look. She doubles down on that with her Adidas sneakers. I'm not sure those would for everyone, but I think Lana handles the fusion of velvet and sport nicel,y, especially with her Vuitton knapsack thrown into the mix. I also love her candy-pink lip shade - it's gorge without being distracting or trying to take precedence in the look. Last in the line-up of burgundy is this amaaaazing faux fur coat that Lana styled over a cutout bodysuit, paired with lace-up heels. This whole outfit is ravishing! (Guess she's not called the "Ravishing Russian" for nothin' :)). It's seductive and glamorous and modern all at once, especially due to Lana's fabulous pose in front of the open car door! Oggh...I'm slayed. Can we have a whole 'shoot like this? I am willing to beg, if it will make a difference ;).
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Brie: shoe-lover :) fashion-lover and generally glamorous semi-dork
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