My favourite Sneakers of 2020

My favourite Sneakers of 2020

I was never really into sneakers like that until 2020, I wouldn’t call myself a sneakerhead but I can appreciate a nice pair of trainers. And over time I’ve come to learn that no sneaker is ugly, it all depends on how you style it – there is a sneaker out there for everyone and everyone’s unique style, so just because it’s not for you, it doesn’t mean it’s not for anyone else!

Everyone these days is a so-called sneaker-head thanks to the rise in streetwear culture over the last 6 years. Collecting, loving, buying and wearing trainers is so different from what it used to be. We’re living in a new world where sneakers like Jordans reign supreme and are taking the industry by storm because unlike designer items such as your Chanels and Guccis, sneakers are accessible to a lot more people. Although sneaker collecting has long been trending thanks to resell sites like StockX and GOAT I really believe that it hit its peak in 2020, it’s so hard to get a pair of Jordans these days! I remember when there was a time that only American rap artists cared about sneakers like Jordans and low dunks, now it seems like EVERYONE cares. But how long will this last? Is this a trend or is it something that will continue on for generations to come?

There’s a lot of great sneakers from the past twelve months but these are my personal faves, I’m not saying they’re the best or that they’re most historically important, these are just my PERSONAL faves;

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Air Jordan 4 Retro “Black Cat”

Air Jordan 4 Retro

Air Jordan 4 Retro “Fire Red”

Air Jordan 4 Retro

Nike Dunk Low “Syracuse”
Nike Dunk Low
Travis Scott x Dunk Low Premium QS SB “Cactus Jack”

Yeezy Boost 350 V2

Off-White™ x Wmns Air Jordan 4 SP “Sail”

Yeezy Boost 350 V2

Adidas Yeezy Foam RNNR

adidas Yeezy Foam RNNR Ararat - G55486

2020’s Fashion Trends of the Year

2020’s Fashion Trends of the Year

I don’t think anything can compare or will ever compare to 2020, it has been a year that I will never forget, that’s for sure, it’s been a whirlwind, to say the least, and I am so happy it’s finally over. It’s so weird but in my head, I honestly thought that on the 1st of January (which is today) that COVID would magically disappear and that I would be able to go back to enjoying my prime years but unfortunately, that is not the case.

Almost nothing about 2020 was at all expected. It was the year of surprises and I think one of the biggest lessons I learnt this past year was to just enjoy life and live in the moment because tomorrow really isn’t promised, 2020 taught us that the hard way – life can be taken away from us at any moment so why should we sweat over the small things? This year we all survived and I am forever grateful but in the year 2021, I want us all to actually LIVE life, stop waiting for the right moment and just go for it!

This was the fastest yet shortest year of my life, and while a majority of us might not have dressed up as much as we thought that we would have or got a chance to wear or holiday outfits for obvious reasons there were still some very great trends that came out of this year and ones that we can probably wear into 2021! The fashion trends from the past 12 months felt normal or predictable, loungewear became not just acceptable but fashionable as it has been over the last 3 years, and multiple ‘90s styles made their triumphant return to our closets as they have been for the last 5 years but this year these trends really made their mark, hence why I said that they were predictable and felt normal and I envision that over the next 5 years we’ll see the rise of 2000s fashion. No one can even argue with me on this one because every trend in this list I have been rocking since 2018, I am ahead of my time when it comes to fashion hence why I still blog. Here are my top trends of 2020;

Maxi Faux Leather Coats

The Long Leather Coat Is This Season's Must-Have Trend | Teen Vogue

Grunge was the new normal this year and maxi leather jackets were leading the wave – high fashion or funky with a grunge twist, these long-line pieces are perfect all year round, after all, we do live in the UK. This is another ’90s staple that just got a fresh upgrade!

 

Printed tights

Chanel Logo Tights Are Here And We're Obsessed | Who What Wear UK

I have a love-hate relationship with tights, I wore them for 5 years straight during high school so for me I can appreciate the printed tights trend, however, I don’t tink you’ll ever see me rocking them, they’re cute but they’re not for me

Square-Toed Heels

Square Toe Shoes Are One of Fall's Biggest Trends

We call it the Bottega Effect, Bottega’s influence in terms of trends is astonishes me every single season – after so many seasons of pointed-toe shoes reigning supreme, the square toe is making a triumphant comeback thanks to Bottega Veneta!

Oversized Gold Chain Necklaces

Chunky Gold Necklaces Are Fall's Biggest Jewelry Trend | Who What Wear

If you’re looking for just one jewellery trend to magically make your outfit no matter how simple it is – it is a chunky necklace. It is an accessory that has risen above the rest thanks to our Scandinavian fashionistas.

 

Chunky Boots

Stomping ground: Why it's time to invest in the chunky boot trend | The Independent

My favourite trend of 2020 and one that I will rock until the day I die, Chunky boots are just that BITCH in terms of fashion. If you ask me they are a staple piece, they go with anything and almost everything!

TIE DYE

The Tie-Dye Trend Looks Really Different in 2020 | Shopbop | POPSUGAR Fashion

A trend I’ve hated from the get-go, to me it’s just so tacky and I just don’t understand the hype, I really hope we leave this 60’s throwback in 2020

SWEATSUITS

How I Learned That Giving in to Sweats Doesn't Mean Giving Up - Fashionista

I have literally been posting about tracksuits and athleisure wear every year since i started this series but this year, it really hit its peak during quarantine. SO many of us got so used to being comfortable that we completely forgot that jeans and other forms of bottoms existed!

BIKE SHORTS

Bike Shorts Trend - Bike Shorts are the Comfiest Trend You Didn't Know You Needed

I’m so over biker shorts, they’re just unflattering and belong in the gym and the gym only or as loungewear

Fringe

Autumn/Winter 2020 Runway Fashion Trends

Although this trend didn’t pop as expected this year, I have a feeling we’ll be seeing everyone this summer rocking fringe. Mark my words, hop onto this trend before the rest of the world!

Harnesses

Strap In—The Harness Is Officially Happening This Fall | Vogue

My problem with harnesses is that my generation don’t appreciate them as much as I do and just think that they can pair it with every outfit they wear so even though i still love them, I also hate them. It all depends on how it’s worn

Printed mesh is the vibe

Printed mesh is the vibe

Apparently, this whole mesh has been around for the last 7 years – since 2013. Either I haven’t been paying attention or I’m not the fashion connoisseur I thought I was. Personally, for me, I saw mesh become mainstream in 2015 after I discovered Coachella and it was always based around the idea of festival fashion but you never really saw people wear it as a ‘normal’ fashion piece until maybe late 2017 when underwear became the new outerwear. And now I think mesh has hit its peak within mainstream fashion and I am LIVING for it. I don’t what it is but mesh and I are spiritually bonded to one another, everything mesh that I see I instantly need it in my life!

Last year on the runway we saw A LOT of mesh, this material is a great transitional piece for summer to autumn to winter because you can layer it! There are so many ways to wear this trend – those bold enough can even go completely braless and rock mesh in all of its glory but odds are most women who aren’t  Rihanna wouldn’t dream of leaving the house in a full mesh or sheer top with her breasts totally exposed, especially in the U.K because the people here are super bad vibes sometimes lol. But I promise you, one day I’m gonna rock mesh the way its meant to be worn, like a true 90s supermodel, it’ll be a true moment!

Like I say all the time Fashion trends are cyclical, they’re always coming in and out of fashion and I’m sure that you can all guess that this trend is in fact from the 90s – slightly transparent, lightweight and majorly sexy, it’s a look that is largely associated with the iconic fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier, whose slinky, tattooed meshes first sauntered down the runway back in the early ’90s.

There are also many ways of wearing it and you can shop some of my fave mesh pieces here;

Asos

NaaNaa mesh long sleeve top in lilac New Girl Order mesh beach top in blue china print ASOS DESIGN Delila mesh corset top with underwire

River Island Petite mesh daisy organza shirt in pink Tara Khorzad mini dress with lettuce hem in love lava print mesh Sixth June mini dress in leopard flocked mesh

PLT

White Sheer Mesh Long Sleeve Crop Shirt White Corset Mesh Bardot Top Nude Mesh Tie Dye Print Ruched Bodycon Dress

Black Polkadot Mesh Frill Hem Mini Skirt Orange Tie Dye Printed Mesh Long Sleeve Crop Top Blue Dragon Printed Sheer Mesh Elastic Tie Crop Top

Black Ruffle Mesh Plunge Bodysuit Grey Zebra Mesh Strappy Crop Top White Abstract Faces Printed Mesh Long Sleeve Crop Top

OH POLLY

Love Note Mesh Underwired Corset Crop Top in Purple Runway Bardot Mesh Corset Crop Top in Ivory Love Letter Mesh Underwired Corset Crop Top in Blush

  

I SAW IT FIRST

HOUSE OF CB

Nia Acid Green Ruched Midi Dress Letitia Multicolour Ruched Mesh Mini Dress Nolene Multicolour Ruched Midi Skirt

Sasha Multicoloured Strapless Ruched Midi Dress Leila Blush Mesh Strapless Corset Dress Melinda Ivory Chiffon Boned Corset

Tatyana Black Frilled Lace Up Dress Aubrey Peach Gathered Mesh Mini Skirt Ella Tangerine Ruched Organza Mesh Mini Dress

net- a- porter

Aquazzura Bond Girl 105 chain-embellished suede and mesh pumps Fendi Runaway large leather-trimmed printed mesh tote 

FARFETCH

AMBUSH printed mesh top Supriya Lele Layered mesh skinny shirt UNRAVEL PROJECT mesh bomber jacket

Dorothee Schumacher mesh halterneck top Diesel stretch-mesh striped bodysuit Fendi perforated mesh belted trench

BROWNS FASHION

printed mesh bodysuit leopard print mesh top floral long sleeve mesh top

Lead Racer mesh top printed mesh crop top  printed mesh cycling shorts

matchesfashion

Faux leather-strap ruffled mesh top Rey mesh and croc effect-leather shoulder bag

LUISA VIAROMA

  

  

  

 

MODA OPERANDI

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Cropped jackets you need to cop

Cropped jackets you need to cop

Cropped jackets have been around since winter of 2017 and I don’t think they’re going anytime soon, they’re the perfect layering item and my favourite type of jacket to wear. For one, they keep you somewhat warm but at the same time you can still show off your outfit! A cropped jacket is the perfect outerwear piece to have during the summer, in all honesty, it should be one of your wardrobe staples.

The evolution of the cropped jackets over the last 3 years is one of my favourites – we’ve seen it go from being just cropped denim jackets to now cropped blazers (which I am LIVING FOR), cropped tweed jackets and cropped leather too! The item has been given a much-needed touch of elegance and we really love to see it.

Shortened to hit right at the waistline, this cut is seriously flattering too and here are my faves atm;

PLT

Black Holographic Cropped Hooded Tracksuit Jacket image 1 Camel Woven Cropped Belt Detail Blazer image 1

ASOS

Finders Keepers ride cropped jacket | ASOS Reebok Vector logo cropped jacket in pink | ASOS

FARFETCH

Image 5 of Nike zip-up logo print jacket Image 3 of Gcds cropped ruched bomber jacket Image 3 of Zimmermann patchwork cropped jacket Image 5 of Balmain square-shoulder two-tone jacket

Image 1 of UNRAVEL PROJECT ruched-sleeve cropped jacket Image 1 of Dorothee Schumacher wrap front cropped jacket

Image 2 of Matériel Cargo cropped faux leather bomber jacket Image 2 of Giuseppe Zanotti cropped colour block jacket

NET- A- PORTER

Aleksandre Akhalkatsishvili Cropped faux leather wrap jacket SPRWMN Cropped leather biker jacket

Proenza Schouler Cropped leather-trimmed woven blazer Mugler Cropped tech-scuba blazer

Balmain Cropped embellished distressed denim jacket

 

 

Summer eyewear

Summer eyewear

I honestly feel like every blog post I start I always somehow manage to refer back to my childhood but that’s only because my mother made sure that I was a fashionista from birth! PERIOD. Like I remember I used to have a collection of sunglasses and I kid you not I had every single colour of the freaking rainbow because I loved matching my sunglasses to my outfits. I don’t know why I thought that was even appropriate at the time but back then, I really thought I was onto something but now, of course, I know better. A lot better for that matter.

Like clothing and shoes, sunglasses have trends too and this year 70s inspired frames are dominating the scene – I’m talking the return of oversize frames of all shapes, from round to square, yellow tints and of the map – tiny sunglasses. That’s the vibe for our 2020 summer, however, who really follows trends when it comes to sunglasses, no one! The key to finding the perfect sunglasses for you, of course, depends on your style but most importantly your face shape. NOT EVERY PAIR OF SUNGLASSES is for you so please try them on before buying.

Here are my top 15 atm;

LINDA FARROW DARE C2 OVERSIZED SUNGLASSES

Linda Farrow Dare C2 Oversized Sunglasses

FF Havana acetate and metal sunglasses

FENDI F IS FENDI - FF Havana acetate and metal sunglasses - view 2 detail

Celine Square acetate sunglasses

Miu Miu Oversized cat-eye tortoiseshell acetate sunglasses

COURREGES Blue square-frame sunglasses

Blue square-frame sunglasses

Miu Miu Eyewear

Image 2 of Miu Miu Eyewear geometric gradient sunglasses

Jacquemus 

Image 1 of Jacquemus Yauco tortoiseshell-effect sunglasses

Loewe Rectangular acetate sunglasses

Celine Cat-eye acetate sunglasses

Chanel Round Silver frame. Light blue lenses.

Silver Round Sunglasses A71292L2480UNI

Dior 30MONTAIGNE Black Square Sunglasses

30Montaigne front view Open gallery

SAINT LAURENT Betty oversized square-frame acetate sunglasses

Quay HONEY

TORT/BRN

Quay VINYL

YELL/SMK

LE ROND – D’Or

Throwback Thursday;  Rocawear

Throwback Thursday; Rocawear

I think out of all the brands, this was my oldest brothers favourite! I kid you not, there would be days that I’d see him in head to toe ROCAWEAR. I have the photos to prove it but I don’t want him to hate me hahaha. From its beginnings, ROCAWEAR planned on being the biggest player in this game we call fashion – but more specifically streetwear. They were on the way to becoming an international company that would compete with the biggest brands of our generation. I am talking Supreme, Dsquared, Comme des Garcon, bathing ape etc. So my question is, where did it all go wrong? Right now ROCAWEAR should be dominating the streetwear scene, we should be looking to them for our urban style outfits, not the likes of Givenchy and off white.

This brand had so much potential because ROCAWEAR was more than just your average fashion brand but a lifestyle. A lifestyle that everyone aspired to – one including;  private jets, yachts, and penthouse suites but on top of that, it was also a community that was all about goodwill, and never forgetting your roots. That is what ROCAWEAR stood for. Style, music, the high life, sex appeal. They instinctively knew the definition of the latest trends and fashion because they lived them. From the streets to the design studio, they knew trust started with the people, so that’s where they took their inspiration from. They watched the trends on the New York City streets, then translated these into fresh looks that rocked that fashion world. Showing up on the runways in Milan, New York, London and Paris, ROCAWEAR introduced a new, casual glamour with a streetwise sensibility. They didn’t just sell clothes, they sold an image—and the brand took off, becoming one of the hottest in 90s fashion and an international sensation!

This was ROCAWEARS 20th anniversary collection;

Rocawear 20 years of hip-hop inspired streetwear new collection dame dash jay-z timbs deadass camo pants sweatsuits nate carty anthony white new york city streets subway Rocawear 20 years of hip-hop inspired streetwear new collection dame dash jay-z timbs deadass camo pants sweatsuits nate carty anthony white new york city streets subway

Rocawear 20 years of hip-hop inspired streetwear new collection dame dash jay-z timbs deadass camo pants sweatsuits nate carty anthony white new york city streets subway Rocawear 20 years of hip-hop inspired streetwear new collection dame dash jay-z timbs deadass camo pants sweatsuits nate carty anthony white new york city streets subway

 

The crazy thing is that I don’t hate the collection, everything about it actually has potential. But it’s the same thing with Akademiks. The entire team need to be FIRED. The design team, the branding team, marketing team, social media team. EVERYONE. They all need to get in the bing because how can they disgrace a brand that was once the king of the game like this!! Personally, I think if Jay Z gives me the opportunity to handle his brand, with my team of creatives, I could take ROCAWEAR to different levels. And the crazy thing is that I’m literally not even being cocky. I’m just speaking straight facts.

Times like this where people are coming to support black-owned brands, where streetwear and urban wear is dominating the scene, where 90s fashion is prominent in everyone’s wardrobes. Right now ROCAWEAR should be taking advantage but they’re here just making clothes for the purpose of making clothes. There is ZERO passion and that’s the thing that pisses me off. You can tell that no detailed market research has been done whatsoever because these are clothes that my dad and uncles would wear, not people of this generation. It’s sad really. The core values of ROCAWEAR that I previously describe in this post no longer live in the brand we see today.

Now let’s compare it to past campaigns

Naomi Campbell for RocaWear✨ (With images) | Naomi campbell Campaign: Rocawear. Photographer: Paul Rowland....

Images of Africa: Jay-Z Uses Stereotypes to Sell Rocawear Reading Tools

The Portfolio of Timothy Morris

ARE YOU GUYS SEEING THE DIFFERENCE!!!!! Look at the passion that was placed in their old campaigns! Look at the lifestyle, the brand image, everything. I mean they had Naomi model for them yet in 2019 they think it’s appropriate to make DJ Khaled the brand ambassador??? You really can’t write this shit. I just pray that ROCAWEAR finally wake up one day and become the brand that it was set to be back when it first launched because really and truly this is not it!

 

BTW Athleisure wear is still a thing

BTW Athleisure wear is still a thing

Hey! It’s me, Ivis and I am just here to remind you that athleisurewear is still very much a thing and that’s on PERIODT!

I feel like as the years go by athleisurewear just keeps getting cuter and cuter and it’s getting to the point where I’m like, “the gym doesn’t deserve this outfit, EVERYONE needs to see it.” I don’t know what it is, but when I wear cute ‘gym wear’, I really feel like I’m that BITCH. Do you know what I mean? And the thing I love most about athleisure wear is it’s versatility; I can wear it to the gym, I can wear it to my lectures, whilst running errands or even use it as loungewear at home and no matter where I choose to wear it I’ll still look cute AF.

I thought this trend had hit its peak back in 2017 with Vetements and champion fueling the entire thing but boy was I wrong! In a sense for celebrity fashion it hit its peak around that time, however, now mainstream fashion has jumped on the hype and I am seeing a lot more people sporting the look (pun intended). Never has it ever been more acceptable than it is now to wear your workout clothes outside of the gym. 

My favourite pieces;

PLT

Blue Ribbed Sports Bra image 1 PRETTYLITTLETHING Sport Light Grey Seamless Contour Leggings image 1 PRETTYLITTLETHING Hot Pink Sport High Waisted Gym Leggings image 1

OH POLLY

  

Farfetch

Image 2 of Off-White active long sleeve copped top Image 2 of Reebok x Victoria Beckham adjustable T-back sports bra Image 2 of Versace Jungle print sports bra

BROWNS

  

NET- A- PORTER

Year of Ours Ribbed stretch shorts Girlfriend Collective Compressive stretch leggings Adam Selman Sport Stretch leggings

 

Travel bags

Travel bags

I can’t believe I’m not going on vacation at all this year, it still hasn’t quite hit me yet and I think the moment it actually does I’ll go insane. I mean who doesn’t like a holiday? Time to refresh, be at peace. This staying in the country for an entire year thing isn’t really my vibe. SOMEONE NEEDA TO PUT AN END TO THIS AND GET ME OUT OF THIS COUNTRY!!!

For some of you, online shopping has become an addiction and I’m only here to make it worse!

If you don’t go to the airport with a carry on or as we call it in the U.K. then I’d assume that you are a certified serial killer. How can you just go on holiday and not have any hand luggage?? You gotta be prepared, what if your actual luggage gets lost or something? where do we go from there? Ever since I started travelling myself, I always but the most valuable items in my carryon/ my favourite pieces to wear because lord knows if I lost an entire suitcase and ended up with nothing to wear on a holiday, I would genuinely murder somebody.

For when we are ready to travel, here are some of my favourites;

Women - Keepall Bandoulière 50 Monogram Canvas Women Travel All Luggage and Accessories | LOUIS VUITTONWomen - Keepall Bandoulière 50 Monogram Canvas Women Travel All Luggage and Accessories | LOUIS VUITTON Women - Keepall Bandoulière 55 Monogram Macassar Canvas Women Personalisation HOT STAMPING | LOUIS VUITTON 

 Image 2 of Gucci x Globe-Trotter GG Supreme carry-on Image 2 of MCM Voyager Edium luggage bag

Image 2 of Gucci Ophidia large carry-on Image 1 of Gucci GG Supreme carry-on Image 2 of Karl Lagerfeld K/Ikonik Weekender holdall

 

What I would buy if  i won the lottery; my own film

What I would buy if i won the lottery; my own film

Do you know how lucky the Kardashians are to have basically filmed every significant moment in their lives, the only difference with this experience is the fact that it’d just be for my eyes only! From the minute I started watching reality TV, I have always been obsessed with the idea of documenting everything for the special moments in my life, for example from the minute I get engaged I would love to film the whole process from my husband planning out the engagement to executing it and then us filming the whole wedding planning process to us walking down the aisle. I just think it’d just be so beautiful thing to look back on and to show our children through a film. Like this would be more than your average wedding video!

This is not even sponsored, I just adore truly experiences because they offer the impossible, before I discovered their site back in 2017, I didn’t even know that experiences like this existed. People say money cannot buy you happiness and yes that’s true but look at the experiences that money can buy you, the possibilities are endless! Even thinking about one day purchasing this entire experience for myself literally gives me shivers, I am so excited – from the minute my future husband and I begin talking about marriage I will mention this to him, how he’ll get an entire camera crew past me without ruining the surprise I didn’t know, but that’s for him to figure out!

Originally, the experience is meant to be a custom-made cinematic experience with your friends/ family, in which you get to play out your favourite film, TV series or book with the expertise of a professional and experienced film crew, including professional actors, stuntmen and scriptwriters and you even get to pick a European location for your movie, with all travel, accommodation insurance and medical support organised. However, that’s not really me hence why I’d rather make it into like a reality tv special kind of thing to commemorate the special moments in my life. I know it’s a bit extra and over the top, but that’s who I am, everyone that knows mt knows that if I am going to do something I will go all out!

Check out the experience yourselves;

https://trulyexperiences.com/uk/make-your-own-film-experience.html