The concept of sheer has been near and dear to the hearts of designers for several seasons, as we’ve seen everything from subtle lace panels to totally transparent pieces. And while this look is slated to continue this season, designers have been opting for a much more edgy, graphic take on this trend by showcasing some peek-a-boo elements. From traditional sheer lace to textured to graphic, it seems as if the spectrum of lace possibilities was virtually endless, as model after model strutted down the runway in the fabric of the moment. Balmain designer, Olivier Rousteing, may have stepped away from the house’s signature embroidery, but didn’t go too far as he included a number of lace pieces in the Fall 2015 show, such as the standout piece — a body-con dress in stretchy lace. And while most designers have stuck with a black palette when it comes to lace, Olivier Rousteing chose to incorporate some bold pop of colors into his pieces. Sarah Burton, the designer behind Alexander McQueen, described her collection as “the spirit of the rose,” hoping to convey nature’s cycle of structure to dissolution — just like that of a rose. From the models’ Victorian-boudoir inspired lace pieces to the disheveled hair and coordinating make-up, the collection was perfectly imperfect. At Sharon Wauchob, lace wasn’t much of a surprise since the designer is known for her use of the material, but this season she upped her game by utilizing custom methods — to create modernized versions of French Solstiss lace. And just to keep the collection from coming off as dull, Sharon Wauchob incorporated other textured pieces such as fur and suede, which was layered with lace in order to create some diversity. Nina Ricci’s designer, Guillaume Henry, may be new but he surely didn’t disappoint. Stepping away from the line’s ultra-feminine vibe, Guillaume Henry chose less form-fitting silhouettes, a mostly neutral color scheme, and of course, a lot of lace. The way he handled the lace is what really separated him from other designers. Utilizing crushing techniques, Henry was able to give the fabric a much more casual vibe.

Ready to try this trend but not sure where to start? Sticking to neutral colors is your best bet, as they are the most wearable and will coordinate easily with your existing wardrobe. Another key to this trend is pairing your lace piece with something a bit more structured, in order to avoid appearing matronly.

– Daniella DiRienzo
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Returning to college after summer break can be a daunting transition, psychiatrist
whether you spent the season working, studying, interning or simply having fun. To help you make the most of the upcoming academic year, here are Viral Fashion’s three most important tips to back-to-school excellence.

Write it down | Lugging a daily planner everywhere may seem redundant in the digital age, so take advantage of the latest planning technologies to stay organized. Get in the habit of noting your schedule, major events, as well as longer-term goals so that your dreams always stay in your purview.

The Inner Guide is the perfect planner for students beginning to plan their careers, with far more than just a calendar. It helps you map out your broader goals, so you can monitor your progress as you achieve them. You’ll want this altruistic guide in tougher times, as it provides tips and strategies for working through challenges.

For the environmentally friendly or digitally obsessed, try a digital planning software like Planner Plus to integrate your class schedule with your phone or iPad. You can also add tasks, notes, and the notifications of your choosing to remind you when that pesky term paper is actually due!

Get moving | As the warm weather fades and finals approach, its critical to stay active. If you don’t have time to go to the gym, try the most effective at-home workout programs from the comfort of your laptop.

The Insanity workout program sounds intimidating, to say the least, but the high-octane interval training works wonders in relatively short time periods. You don’t have to spend hours in the gym– just spend 30 minutes per day to keep your body and your mind on point.

If you’re the type that doesn’t even want to be aware that you’re exercising, a dance workout is probably the best way forward. Many contemporary at-home dance workout programs allow you to shake and shimmy while you burn calories to some of the hottest tracks. Comprehensive workout sites like The Daily Burn have plenty of affordable dance workout videos, from salsa to hip hop to bhangra, that will bring out the fun in your cardio aspirations.

Never give up on fun | At the end of the day, college is the last opportunity you’ll have to be in the same 2-mile radius as all of your friends. No matter how hard you study, missing out on fun is missing out on the full collegiate experience. Frat parties aren’t everyone’s thing, so don’t be afraid to throw your own soiree or low-key dinner party once in awhile.

You can have friends over to cook with you, or invite new acquaintances from your classes to enjoy a non-cafeteria meal. Having a monthly or weekly dinner with classmates is a great way to blow off some steam, build life-long connections, and eat delicious food.

Make sure to have a good pair of speakers at your disposal to enhance the atmosphere, and use recipe sites like Epicurious and the Yummly to find easy, budget-friendly meals that won’t take too much time to create.

– Naakai Addy