Tim Gunn, America’s favorite fashion mentor, is best known for his work on Project Runway alongside Heidi Klum. Through his subtle wit and attention to detail, Gunn redefined the understanding and appreciation of modern fashion as we know it. On meeting him a few weeks back when he was getting ready for the Command x Gilt Pop Up Shop in New York City, I was gratified to realize that in-person, Gunn is gracious, wickedly sharp and incredibly kind. In other words, Tim Gunn personifies his catchphrase and seems to always “Make it work.”
In addition to his keen knowledge of fashion, Gunn has an almost encyclopedic knowledge of design history. He spouted architecture tidbits and design history and proudly referenced his past at Parsons School of Design where he served as associate dean before becoming Fashion Design Department chair. I’m certain I blushed fiercely when I mentioned teaching a class I developed in partnership with French luxury goods conglomerate LVMH. Gunn asked me the name of the course, and when I told him, A Short History of Beauty Culture from Cleopatra to the Kardashians, he drolly responded “Well, at least I like the first part, let’s just skip the ending.”
Gunn shared some of his thoughts on how to update your personal look and your home without breaking the bank.
Flowers everywhere: Floral patterns tend to pop up frequently during the spring, with this year being a flowery fashion bonanza. In case you’re wondering, florals go in and out of fashion for clothes, but they can be really tricky when used in home decor. “I think with interiors it’s different,” Gunn said, “because you’re living it and not just wearing it.” He referenced hyper-feminine and florally infused designer Betsey Johnson saying, “I don’t know how Betsey Johnson lives, but I would imagine it’s like her clothes. That’s got to be hard.” If you’re a die-hard floral fan, Gunn suggests using it in limited quantities and spread throughout your home instead of in high concentration in certain spots. Bedrooms and sofas could work, dining rooms—not so much.
With all this talk of florals and royal wedding mania, I was sure that the chintz and cabbage roses traditionally favored by the royal family would set off a craze on our own shores. Not so, according to Gunn. And though he covered the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton for ABC News back in 2011, he’s not really planning on binging the upcoming nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. It’s a style thing he said, and he isn’t really expecting much of a “celebration of fashion there.”
Your home vs. your personal style: Gunn said even in the fashion industry, one can grow tired of looking at eye-catching items all day. “You’re surrounded by beauty all day and sometimes you just want to shut it off,” he said. For that reason, his own home is decorated in muted shades and neutrals. “I feel like our homes truly are like a nest, the one place where you have to feel comfortable. I have a very neutral palette to my apartment inspired by the colors of limestone. Color is having a moment, but if that’s not your thing you can achieve the same effect with artwork. And keep moving everything around your home- the furniture, the artwork, the rug that doesn’t serve you, the upholstery you never liked. Just because something has been in your family for generations doesn’t mean it will work for you. I use artwork to really bring in more palpable color.”
Get Moving: Gunn grew animated when talking about his partnership with Command, the brand better known for their sticky strips and hooks. As he explained it, you can update your home all the time by switching things around regularly. “I think color can revive you and your home,” Gunn said. “In my home it’s all the colors of my book collection. I think people don’t realize how you can change the look of things by repositioning them. I move things around as opposed to trading things out, so it always feels new.” The new invisible or decorative items in the line allow you to hang your art temporarily and keep moving it around. Gunn also artfully arranged small gold hooks that can be used as decorative in and of themselves, or more glam when hanging favorite pieces of jewelry. “I like that you can move something 3 inches to the right, or change an arrangement in a room and change everything,” he said. “But don’t just change one part of a room, because moving pictures or furniture changes the proportions of the room and the visual relationships between what’s on the wall and what’s around it.”
Decorating battles: Meanwhile, what do you do if you live with someone who has terrible taste? Do you have to let them add their zebra printed metallic table to your living room? “You pick your battles,” Gunn said. “I’m not sure there’s one right way to solve it,” he said gesturing to an extremely shiny rhinestone and metallic pillow. “Maybe you add a pillow. No, not even a pillow. Maybe you add a border–a very thin border– and leave it at that.”
P.S. I tried some of Tim’s tricks for quick spring home updates. After struggling to arrange some hooks in a vee shaped design I kind of gave up, but my walls overall look so much better!
Original Article by: Parade
Absolutely essential Dresses for summertime
Absolutely essential Dresses for summertime
Stuffing your closet with different dress styles is actually a good step this summer, due to the fact they could be worn in a great number of different ways. There are actually countless multipurpose dress variations to pick from which are suited for use at all times of the day. A dress is a perfect garment to get decked out in, or alternatively throw on as an informal outfit. Dresses offer comfort and glamour, a real heroine of one’s wardrobe. Here are some fashionable dress styles that absolutely merit a spot in your closet ready for when it comes to summer.
The Maxi Dress
Maxi Dresses are a lot of enjoyment to wear and extremely functional. All through the breeziness of a long scorching summers day you’ll enjoy the flattering, womanly feeling this dress delivers. Maxi dresses are superb for keeping fresh without revealing all. Perfect for just about all sizes and shapes, a summer Maxi is perfect with a wedge heel shoe or roman sandals, and an additional belt highlight to emphasise the curve around the hips. Go to AX Paris for Maxi Dresses to suit your style and budget.
For taller ladies, a midi dress can be highly flattering. A very fashionable way to wear this style of dress at this point in time is in the form of a single colour block worn with a flat and relaxed shoe together with a summer season purse that ‘impresses’.
The Party Dress
This may not be very first choice for heading to the seaside, however for any summer evening, a party dress is really a must. A stylish party dress is actually the answer to your steamy summer night requirements and will certainly turn heads anywhere you go, whether it is a short or a long style. Simple to add some finishing touches, slide on your best heels or flatter shoes, and a designer purse and some statement jewelry and you’re geared up for an outstanding night out.
The Shift Dress
Bosomy, rounded women will like the way they look in a shift. Shift dresses may be found in a wide range of materials, tones and designs, making it easy to uncover delicate, bright styles that you fall in love with this summertime. Another style of dress that easily transfers from informal daywear to chic eveningwear simply with the addition of heels.
The Long Shirt Style
Stylish girls will be drawn towards the shirt style dress, the remarkably popular, fashionable dress of the time. Shirt style dresses are available in the market in a large selection of materials, styles, and colors, making them really flexible for all types of events, and the ideal item to accessorize with. They offer a laid-back appearance and look impeccable when paired with heels, flatter shoes or virtually any kind of footwear.
The meaning of diamond ring
1 carat: You are my everything
1 carat is 100 points, which means love you 100% without reservation. At the same time, the integer number of diamonds above 1 carat is also very collectible. The room for appreciation is also very large, and can also be used as a heirloom promise rings.
2 carat diamond: You and me equal to us
1+1=2, me + you = us. The world of one person is lonely, the world of two people is sweet.
3 carat diamond: The love of the past, present, and future
3 carats of diamonds symbolizing the love of past, present and future, not limited by time and space till forever name necklaces.
4 carat diamond: Live with you forever
4 carats of diamonds represent it is enough to have you a lifetime.
5 carat diamond: You are my other half
The 5-carat diamond symbolizes “you are my other half”, expressing your good wishes for living with your loved ones.
6 carat diamonds: Everything goes well
The 6-carat diamond symbolizes a lifetime of companionship with your lover and wishes that everything goes well.
The maintenance of diamond rings is very important in daily life. If you want your diamond ring that shines forever, learn more about the maintenance of the diamond ring.
1. Diamonds are lipophilic
It is easy to get stains, which weakens the luster and brilliance effect of the diamond. So don’t touch the diamond custom name necklace often, try not to wear diamonds in the kitchen while cooking or washing clothes.
2. Keep the diamond away from hot oxidants such as bleach and disinfectant. It will erode some of the diamond’s crystallographically weaker crystal faces, creating artificial craters and fading the setting.
3. Diamond is the hardest substance in nature, but it is also very brittle. Try not to put diamond customized necklace jewelry together, otherwise they will hurt each other. Diamond jewelry should be wrapped in a jewelry box or a transparent plastic bag with a soft handkerchief. Do not put it in a plastic box. It is recommended to gently wipe it with a soft cloth before storing.
4. Regularly use a pair of tweezers or toothpicks to toggle the diamond monogram necklace to check for looseness. It is best to check every 3 years to see if it is loose or worn and re-fixed and polished.
5. If you are cleaning at home, you can use a cup of warm water, add a little detergent (preferably neutral), put the mothers rings jewelry into the water, and then wipe it clean. You can also go to the store to clean it for free.
The diamond ring is really beautiful, but it will become dim if it is not maintained at all. If you want your diamond ring to be beautiful forever, then take care of it, just like maintaining your love, so that love will always be gorgeous!