by Ida Hsiang
Before you start questioning my knack for keeping up with the latest styles and trends, you'll need to re-think your ideas on tie-dye. While tie-dye used to conjure up images of brightly colored bursts on white tees (like the kind you made at the after-school program in elementary school) and is generally linked to hippie attire and reserved for those still stuck in the 60's and 70's (in both mindset and style), tie-dye as of late has gotten a modern make-over. Using an edgier or more wearable color palette, as well as differing patterns and shapes, modern day tie-dye is now more chic and stylish than tacky and dated. Whether it's as a water-color like print on a fluid tank, or as a unique and trendy way to add interest and texture to a hot pair of jeans or leggings, there's no denying that tie-dye is popping up everywhere ... and it's staying! The new, made-over tie-dye designs are youthful, versatile and totally fashionable and soon, over-sized rainbow tie-dye shirts will just be a thing of fashion-faux-pas nightmares. Want to take a look at the new and improved tie-dye and incorporate it into your closet? Click on the slideshow to see some of my favorite modern tie-dye pieces!
A red dress is never forgotten, which is why The Heart Truth has designated the red dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness. Every year since its launch eight years ago, the Red Dress has taken to the runways in a celebrity-filled fashion show. Select dresses from the collection are then auctioned off to the public, the proceeds of which will benefit the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health to increase awareness and fund research for women's heart health (heart disease is currently the #1 killer of women in the United States.) This year's show featured models and celebs painting the runways red in crimson dresses of every style imaginable, from figure-hugging to flouncy. There was certainly no shortage of attitude- bright smiles and effervescent poses added a refreshing twist to the usual fashion week fare. See the slideshow for a glimpse at the collection, and let it inspire you to take care our your heart- it's the best Valentine's Day gift you could give yourself! Then, click over to Elle to even more from The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection. Photo credit: Imaxtree