Thank so much for another incredible year, everyone! I've loved sharing fashion with you all - the highs, the lows, the hunts, the finds, the fabulosity and the fierceness. And I can't wait to do it again in 2018!
May the fierce be with you, today and every day :)
I can’t believe 2017 is almost over! But, here we are and it’s time to reminisce and re-savor (prob not a word, but whatevs) the best, coolest, most fabulous looks that represented the major directions fashion took this year. Get comfy, style lovers! :)
I love a lot about this look from Mickie! I love that it feels like her, channeling her glam side. I love that it reminds me of something LayCool would wear. I love the irony of Mickie rocking a LayCool look – she’s a long way from Piggy James, babes! The crystal belt gives this ensemble the Western vibe we often see Mickie dabble in, but the pinstriped vest throws in a slightly masculine and very polished curveball that give the pairing a kind of throwback cool. Her pin-straight hair was a perfect choice, bringing sleekness and modernity to the look. She completed it with OTKs in suede – hard to go wrong with that extra shot of fierce!
I’m also digging this look from Natalya. It’s the kind of classicism we’d expect from her in terms of this gorgeous LBD, but that sweetheart neckline? Bring me a fan -that’s hot! Her beauty look is perfection as well. Her shimmery eyes and mauve lip feel uncontrived and look stunning! Nattie’s big glam tv looks are amazing, but I also enjoy seeing her do softer stylings, like this one that seem like something she would wear when she’s not working, just being her gorgeous self. LBD’s were having a moment for her, as she wore another in a midi length during her tour of China. The minimalist aesthetic rules, as she accents it with black pointy pumps, a Louis Vuitton bag, oversize sunnies and nothing else. It’s edited, subtle and oh so chic! Although, I almost missed it because I was totally focusing on what has to e the cutest dragon I have ever seen. That yellow fuzzball is totes adorable and I want one! Yes, I realize it’s someone in a costume. I’m not interested in the someone, but the costume? I want to stick that in a corner of my room and hug it for about a hundred years.
In love with these ankle strap heels worn by Mckenzie? You're in good company - me too! And there's a lot to love :). They come in a yummy selection of materials and colors (blush velvet, blue velvet, yellow suede, several magnificent brocades, a sexy black netting and - my fave - a crystal-covered version..oo la la!). The chunky heel makes them easy to walk, dance, party (etc ;)) in and, because they're Steve Madden, the price isn't insane. The ability to get fab and trendy pieces that I don't have to crack a piggy bank open for is one of the things I love about this brand! The shoe is the Carrson sandal and they're available here and here, if you're craving that delish crystal covered one. Happy shoe-whoring from a fellow madam ;)
I love the way Emma’s fashion began to incorporate more chic elements after her brief foray into being Emmalina! We see evidence of it here, as she paried a cold shoulder cropped top with a pencil skirt for a polished and professional look at a Be A Star rally in Melbourne. Her lace-up booties completed the modern, sensual vibe of the look. This outfit is uncomplicated, but well-chosen and effective.
Lana had her starlet on with this gingham dress from Lioness Fashionwhich showcased both ruffled sleeves and an off-the-shoulder silhouette. This piece is unique in that it’s incredibly glamorous, but not especially fancy. She accented the blue and white check with red ankle strap heels and a scalding red lip. Her high bun is a perfect choice, giving refinement to the look and showing off her statement earrings. She carried a Louis Vuitton tote for a sophisticated, classic finish. It’s too bad we didn’t get good lighting or clarity in the photo of her next look, because it’s a fun one! It looks like Lana topped wide-leg pants with a cropped top and a leather moto jacket. A gorgeous braid added casual beauty to the ensemble. With causal and sporty looks coming in, we’ve seen a lot of looks that feel kind of careless and bland pass as fashion – the kind of thing you’d wear around your house on a Saturday morning but which doesn’t have any real stylish zing to it. This look rocks my world because it embraces a laidback attitude without sacrificing fashionality and stylish intention. (Aside: this look could 100% be recreated with wide-leg track pants and sneakers). She kept the same vibe, but from quite a different direction with her next outfit, a camo jumpsuit. I’m not often a fan of camo, but Lana is selling me on it here with her well-chosen accessories! I love the way she’s styled this piece, rolling it to just below her knee and adding peeptoe mid-calf boots – so fierce! (The peeptoe could be swapped for a closed toe with no issues, too). I’m also on board for the curve-enhancing addition of the wide waist belt. I applaud how she coordinated it with her bag, as well. For myself, I might have leaned toward a black belt and bag, with a touch of hardware for a little extra attitude. Next up fromher is a choker-neck LBD with a super-high side slit. This look is a combo of minimalist elements: simple dress, simple bag, simple heels, with one trendy detail (the choker neckline). It’s an excellent example of how very simple can be very right! I love that Lana added a little extra flair with her half updo. She could have just left her hair long and loose and it would have worked, but this hairstyle adds a more polished finish which is both appealing and very pretty! She gave us a take on all-denim, next, pairing a tied denim shirt with destroyed, high-waisted skinny jeans. The laidback, Americana vibe of this look is fab and, again, I love the breezy gorgeousness of her half up-do. I don’t say this often, but…I actually would have preferred less formal footwear here. The metallic gold sandals are long way in formality from the destroyed denim and it feels like a bit of a reach to combine them. Her black mid-calf boots from the camo look would have rocked my world. Alternatively, using non-destroyed denim and keeping the gold sandals would have done the trick by elevating the outfit slightly and bringing it a little closer in formality-level to her shoes.
Question of the moment: can Brie review three months of fashion before the end of the year? Welp…I have zero clues. But I’m gonna try :).
Barbie’s late September gem of a look is a New Year’s outfit waiting to happen. I was wild over this the instant I saw it: denim button down, sequin pencil skirt – what’s not to love? Barbie completed the look with leg-lengthening nude pumps and kept her make-up soft as well, letting the shine from her skirt be the main focus. I love how this outfit is both relaxed and party-worthy at the same time! PS I would also happily do this look with a flannel buttondown ;)
Brandi showed off this snap on her Instagram, which seems to be from a photoshoot with Cody and herself. That dress tho! Lace, appliqué, sheer – it’s a total confection of gorgeousness wrapped up in an LBD. Brandi tones it down by keeping her hair long and loose and accenting it simply, with nude pumps, making the overall ensemble come off incredibly chic. I love this girl’s style! Have I mentioned that? (Only perpetually, yes?).
Lana updated her previous tv look (this vest+pencil skirt combo which reminded me of her early Ravishing Russian style) with red lapels. She echoed the shade in her lips and lovely ankle strap heels. I love her in red – it’s a stunning color for her, so I like this iteration very much. I do hope she’s going to do more than change lapel colors for this era, though, ‘cuz that could get old in a hurry. Lana has a wonderful sense of style, so I’m placing my bets on seeing her change up a bit more soon.
Charlotte often reaches for black monochrome looks for her tv appearances, and she does it again here, pairing a black cropped top with leather leggings and suede knee boots. The silhouette created by this pairing is a little challenging for her body type, which is quite straight. While the leggings help to define her waist, the top kind of cancels that out and makes her look more blocky. A looser and/or blousonne-style top would work better for these super-skinny bottoms. Alternatively, shortening the height of the crop just slightly, so it hit at the narrowest part of her body could work too.
We saw Alexa go for a similar look, using nearly all black, with leather leggings on the bottom. Blissy paired them with a simple, longer-length tank and topped the ensemble with a printed, gray hooded vest. I love the look of the shorter vest layered over the longer tank, as well as the sporty vibe it brings to the look. I’m super glad she added the hardware-embellished ankle booties! They add that totally needed dose of jazz to the look.
Aaaaaand, iiiiiiit’s tiiiiiiiiime! We are about to unveil the photoshoots that won our stylish hearts this year. And YOU get to award the one best ‘shoot the honor of the Silver Snap. Are you ready?
First, a few quid pro quo: this year was especially difficult as it suffered from a dearth of photoshoots from both promotions. Also, both companies leaned toward gallery-type snaps where a number of ladies got individual sets all at once. Consequently, I decided to count each lady’s set as an individual ‘shoot. From there, I whittled down and split hairs and compared and contrasted and evaluated and… you get the picture. In the interests of full disclosure, since diva-fierce is a fashion site and we are all about the fashion, there is a slight bias around these parts towards fashion-type ‘shoots, so I tended to weight those a little higher than less style-inclined snaps. Ok…the lawyers can go off retainer now. Let’s get to the good stuff…
The Inspiration Boards have become one of the most popular features here on diva-fierce.com – which thrills me because I love creating them! As the year winds down, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at the looks that all of you loved best this year, as determined by the number of views. What was capturing your oh so fashionable gaze in 2017?
1. Maryse – Lacy Layers …ok, technically, this post is from 2016. I was still developing the concept then and didn’t do a year-end Top list, but I wanted to recognize it here, as it was one of the most viewed posts for mooooonths after it went up and gets a significant number of hits even now, over a year later.
2. Barbie – Candy & Flowers…I loved the sweet colors and unexpected pop of florals in this accessible and chic look from Barbie. So did you :) It was the runaway favorite of the year, getting nearly double the number of views of any other look.
3.Mckenzie – Denim 70’s…The 70’s has been a massive influence on fashion over the past few years and this re-imagining of Mckenzie’s Americana look embraced it wholeheartedly, with earthy colors, midi lengths and an off-the-shoulder silhouette. It got plenty of love from you, earning the next most popular spot.
4. Becky – Metal & Lace-kicker…nipping at the heels of the Denim 70’s look was one from a very different genre: a play on Becky’s femme-meets-tough-chick ring gear that melded lace pieces with hardware accents. It seems the Fiercenti who frequent diva-fierce love a whole range of styles! And that is so awesome because…me too!
5. We had three looks in nearly a dead heat for the fifth spot:
Natalya - a la Natalya, a glamour-tinged riff on Nattie’s incredible gear,
Naomi – When Tulle Met Stripes, a translation of Nay-nay’s Valentine’s Day ‘shoot look that paired chic tulle with the breezy Parisian vibe of stripes and
Lana – Gypsy Rocker, a casual luxe look that chanelled a bit of Stevie Nicks by way of Lana’s Instagram snap
Your fashion sense rocked in 2017, Fiercenti! Here’s to an equally stylish 2018 :)
Head over stilettos for Carmella's faux fur Teddy coat? We've flipped right along with you and started some research with an eye to buying 'cuz this is the coat of the season! They've been selling out everywhere so we had to do a bit of fancy stepping to find some that are still in stock. Fortunately, we're pretty good at fancy steps so..mischief managed :). Check these out and treat yourself...or add a little something to your gift list - for others and you! :
1. Shaggy Faux Fur Jacket by Trouve at Nordstrom
2. Textured Lapel Jacket at Zara
3. Reversible Contrasting Coat at Zara *I LOVE that this piece is reversible - wear now on the textured side. Wear later, when the fur trend has cooled, on the smooth side #WinWin
4. Chevron Hooded Faux Fur Coat from Gallery at Lord & Taylor
5. Textured Faux Fur Coat at Express
6.Kristie Coat by Jakke @ Urban Oufitters * note this piece is dark, teal blue, not black. Fabulous, isn't it? :)
7. Shawl Collar Faux Fur Coat by Gianni Bini at Dillards
8. Gray Faux Fur Hooded Jacket at Missguided
9. Oversized-Lapel Faux Fur Coat by Isaac Mizrahi at Lord & Taylor (a piece in neutral black - so hard to find rn! And a great oversized silhouette, too :) )
10. Rita Fur Coat at Free People
Welcome to the place where wrestling & fashion join hands. #BeInspired #LoveFashion May the Fierce be with you! ;) Peace & Glitter!
Brie: shoe-lover :) fashion-lover and generally glamorous semi-dork
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