Shopping season is upon us, which means it's also time for the annual MEGA Gift Guide.
The 2020 edition features the gifts to give the most stylish people in your life (yourself included). From the chicest fashion pieces for your virtual holiday parties to the coolest trends and finds, get ready for MEGA's style editors to give you a dose of fierce fashion.
Peewee Reyes-Isidro, Editor-in-Chief
2021’s Color of the Year is all about hope, strength and uplifting the spirit. This sunny color is the gift we've all been looking for—color-wise anyway. Prominently seen on the Off-White and Prada runways, in wild checkerboard prints and other bold statement pieces, this bold yellow shade is singular in its radiance. Paired with Ultimate Gray, the other Color of the Year, and Illuminating stands out, a ray of light that guides us to a (hopefully) brighter future.
On a personal note, I also chose this color as my featured trend because I want to embrace positivity and lightness, two things that dodged so many of us in this trying year. Wear it as bright accent piece like this divine Versace scarf, put it into high gear as a metal via gold chains and timepieces or as a playful pop of color on the face through eye liner or eye shadow. Just talking about it already puts a smile to my face, as I'm sure it will yours. 2020 hasn't been easy, but let's solider on—in time everything will be illuminated.[caption id="attachment_173703" align="aligncenter" width="724"] 8 Gold chain necklace by YSL. 9 LAURA MERCIER Illuminating powder. 10 BURBERRY Weekend Perfume. 11 NARS Shimmer eyeshadow in ‘Goldfinger’. 12 Beetle charm by CAROLINA HERRERA.[/caption]
THE (RE)BIRTH OF VENUS
Lyn Alumno, Fashion Associate
An antithesis to the futuristic techno trend, the Renaissance period has been reincarnated, not just by fashion houses, but the Instagram generation too. As a self-confessed art history geek, my style and works have always been influenced by and imbued by the grandeur of paintings from the Rococo and Renaissance movement. This includes even the religious undertones.[caption id="attachment_173707" align="aligncenter" width="724"] 1 Ruched chain-link detailed hoodie by DION LEE. 2 Birth of Venus mesh top by DOLLS KILL. 3 Baroque print boxing gloves by VERSACE. 4 Instapump Fury Hi ankle boots by MAISON MARGIELA x REEBOK. 5 Runway ruffled denim sorts by ALEXANDER WANG. 6 baroque-print logo swimsuit by VERSACE.[/caption]
Sure there’s logomania still floating around, but Venus, David and The Girl with the Pearl earring are all having a moment right now.
[caption id="attachment_173708" align="aligncenter" width="724"] 7 Painting print mini bag by MOSCHINO. 8 Butterfly angels iPhone case by FIORUCCI. 9 0.03 carat round brilliant cut in 14k yellow gold solitaire bracelet by TESSERA. 10 Angels face mask by FIORUCCI. 11 Medusa two-tone ring by VERSACE. 12 Three row pearl choker by VIVIENNE WESTWOOD.[/caption]
UNDER PASTEL SKIES
Nicole Almero, Sr. Graphic Artist
We’ve seen how the pastel color trend dominated our social media timelines. While we’ve been under quarantine since March 2020, the virus didn’t stop us from enjoying our summer the way we should—especially through fashion, at the very least.[caption id="attachment_173720" align="aligncenter" width="724"] 1 Day Tripper cardigan Vol. 2 by HOUSE OF SUNNY, 2 RM07-03 Automatic Marshmallow by RICHARD MILLE, 3 Mixed print hobo bag by VERSACE, 4 Gabardine stretch shorts macro foulard by MOSCHINO, 5 14kt Rainbow Sapphire Eternity ring by LVNA BY DRAKE DUSTIN, 6 ZX 2k Boost shoes by ADIDAS[/caption]
The best thing about this colorful candy palette is when all the shades are put together into one outfit: they evoke images of ice cream, candy floss and other saccharine childhood delights. The result is a pop-infused, nostalgic daydream. We all adore this classic pastel concoction, but if you want to really up your style game, I suggest pairing them with statement prints—the bolder, the better.[caption id="attachment_173721" align="aligncenter" width="724"] 7 La Vie est Belle Eau de Parfum by LANCOME, 8 Play Mask by ANDREA SUAREZ ATELIER, 9 Venus XL by LIME CRIME, 10 Star Eye mug by GUCCI, 11 Magic Star concealer by JEFFREE STAR COSMETICS[/caption]