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Birds Of A Feather

February 27, 2014

Avian motifs are invading the runways for fall, with dramatic prints and embroideries featuring birds of a feather.

Stella Jean tailored richly drawn roosters rendered on stripes and mixed with other patterns for a signature look.

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Giles kept it tough, with his moto-pants and bird print top in bright hues.

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Alberta Ferretti took a realistic approach to the bird trend, using scenic prints and embroidered birds.

6387ef50d71e4e0bd4847cba120c63bdValentino gave his models wings, on a classic camel coat.

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Birds embellish Brioni’s satin bomber jackets, worn over tailored suitings.

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New Kids on The Block

February 20, 2014

Color blocking has become a staple in the fashion world. It seems contrasting sleeves or borders is as common lately as a polka dot.

Just when we were starting to feel a little color block fatigue set in, designers in London put a new spin on it, creating new ways to splice an old garment.

Princess Kate Middleton’s go to designer, Issa, took amorphous shapes reminiscent of childhood favorite “Colorforms.” Remember them?

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Peter Pilotto is masterful in cutting and splicing prints. This season, his solid tones are worked together in contrast to form new and interesting patterns.

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Thomas Tait worked bright shapes on a black ground for an artistic approach to blocking.

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Roksanda Ilincic boldly spliced rich hues with neutrals.

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Topshot Unique took their color blocks to a new level, working a rich patchwork from fur.

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Wrap it Up

February 14, 2014

With all of the snow, rain and freezing temperatures wrecking havoc across much of the country, sometimes we just want to curl up in our bathrobe and stay in.

While that isn’t always possible, designers are offering a close “second best,” showing cozy wrap coats that are chic, and practical.

Richard Chai Love wrapped it up in a softly  brushed plaid:

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Joseph Altuzarra used bold color blocking and strong proportions for his robe styled coat:

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As seen on the streets at New York Fashion Week:
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Reed Krakoff kept it minimal with a skinny leather tie, cinching his camel coat:

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What We’re Buzzing About This Week

February 6, 2014

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It’s been a full week,and people across America are buzzing about the turn of events.

First up,the newly crowned winner of this season’s Biggest Loser dropped 155 pounds in just 14 weeks, triggering an outcry that she may have gone too far. At 5′ 4″, Rachel Frederickson weighs 105 pounds, just shy of a healthy BMI. While most professionals consider 1 to 2 pounds per week healthy and sustainable weight loss, Frederickson shed 1.5 pounds per day! Did she go too far?

Discussing the weather has moved from banal small talk to a hot topic. We have been bombarded by snow, extremely low temperatures and tornadoes, with no sign of it letting up. Is Mother Nature mad at us, or is all the buzz about global climate change really not just a political issue? Discuss.

Facebook is celebrating it’s 10th birthday by offering it’s loyal followers a personalized memory video. The cheesy retrospective, set to muzak, is based on your photos, most liked posts and profile pictures generated during your time on the social network.  It could move you to tears, make you cringe and at the very least lead you to re-evaluate what you share with the world.

Sports journalists are arriving in Sochi, Russia, in anticipation of the upcoming Olympics. What they are finding is accommodations that are well below sub-standard. Broken toilets, group toilets, and brown water are among the highlights of the hotel rooms they are staying in. One reporter found a large insect preserved for eternity in the packet of honey he opened at breakfast. Between the squalor and the terror threats, this is going to be an interesting Olympics. Let the games begin!

New York Fashion Week gets underway today, so again,  let the games begin!

Photo: Glasshouse Images

Red Carpet Color Watch

January 13, 2014

Awards season is in full swing, and the ladies of the Golden Globes had their share of red carpet hits and misses.Among the standouts were the beautiful  shades of red and coral that turned up in some the the most stunning looks of the evening.

Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o wowed in a dramatic Ralph Lauren gown with cape-like sleeves.

Julia Louis -Dreyfus

Julia Louis -Dreyfus

Julia Louis- Dreyfus channeled old Hollywood in her simple, yet sexy scarlet gown by Narciso Rodriguez.

Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore

A very pregnant Drew Barrymore wore scattered blooms by Monique Lhullier.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift shunned her usual sparkles for a beautiful bicolored Carolina Herrera ball gown.

Kyra Sedgwick

Kyra Sedgwick

Kyra Sedgwick glowed in coral.

Amy Adams

Amy Adams

Amy Adams’ Valentino gown in red and burgundy, may have been one of the simplest, yet most striking looks of the night.

Emma Watson

Emma Watson

Emma Watson

Emma Watson

Emma Watson was youthful and trendy in her backless Dior coral dress over skinny black pants .

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The Ski Sweater Goes Rogue

December 16, 2013

It’s that time of year again. The time when all those tacky Christmas themed sweaters come out of the closet to taunt us. You know the snowflake sweater, the Fair isle, and the animal motif; the stuff us fashionistas thought we’d never be caught dead in? Well, I have bad news for you: they’re totally in fashion this season! But wait a minute… before you start digging out the gift Aunt Ethel send years ago from the dark recesses of the basement, let’s look at what makes this year’s versions cooler than their predecessors.

They’re more graphic in nature.

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The colors are more sophisticated.

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The proportions are different.

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They are worn with more attitude.

Please remember that while scarves, layered shirts, and oversized jewels add to the fun, those Christmas light necklaces that flash on and off are never going to make the cut. EVER.

Images from JCrew, Madewell and Anthropologie

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Radiant Orchid

December 9, 2013

Pantone, the worldwide color authority, has announced it’s color of the year for 22014. Drumroll please…

Radiant Orchid!

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Look for this shade to impact everything, from fashion, accessories, cosmetics and even cuisine.

Handbag from Mulberry

Handbag from Mulberry

Shoes from Jimmy Choo

Shoes from Jimmy Choo

Max Mara

Max Mara

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Casual footwear from Skateboard company Vans

Casual footwear from Skateboard company Vans

Orly nail polish

Orly nail polish

DKNY dress

DKNY dress

Gizmon camera

Gizmon camera

macarons

macarons

Watch for the purple family to gain importance as the new year progresses.

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Face Time

November 6, 2013

Designers got some face time this season, with large scale portraits adorning everything from flowy dresses to fur coats.

Muiccia Prada showed overblown faces for Spring 2014, in bold, primary colors.

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Giles featured photos of models, including one of iconic model  Kate Moss.

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Jean-Charles de Castelbajac created Miro inspired drawings for his skirts and dresses.

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Scary Facts About Halloween Treats

October 30, 2013

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Halloween is coming and with it, an onslaught of candy and sugary treats. The statistics surrounding the sugar intake of the average American are scarier than a haunted house.

According to The American Dental Association, Americans consume 22 teaspoons of added sugar per day. Teenage boys are the biggest culprits, averaging 34 teaspoons per day, or a whopping 550 calories worth! Most of this comes from sweetened beverages.

The recommended “dosage” for sugar, is no more than 9 teaspoons per day for males, and 6 teaspoons for females.

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While the health risks longterm can include obesity, diabetes and cancer, but the most obvious concern is dental health. While one big Halloween binge will not cause cavities, the there are other risks to consider. Sticky, gooey candies, such as taffy and caramel get wedged between teeth and are more difficult to remove through brushing. They can also stick to dental appliances and cause breakage of fillings and braces.

Many dentists have offered a buy back program to incentivize  kids to give up their candy in the name of oral health. Consider charities that send the excess candy to soldiers serving overseas, or to those less fortunate. Below are some suggestions:

Operation Gratitude (military support)

Operation Shoebox (military support)

Contact  your local nursing homes and homeless shelters to find out if they are accepting donations.

Much of the fun of Halloween is dressing up, carving Jack-O-Lanterns and going trick or treating. Sharing the fun with lose less fortunate will have a positive impact on your family’s health, and bring joy to others who cannot share the experience.

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

photo: Glasshouse Images

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Numbers Game

October 28, 2013

Sports reference have been taking over the runways for several seasons now, but the latest version is emerging from the street. Cool fashionistas are wearing sports jerseys for a look that is laid back yet totally chic.

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Addidas adds a high/low hemline to their jersey, making it a sexy, yet sporty option over tiny basketball shorts.

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This football jersey stands in as a dress, paired with sexy heels and a Gucci clutch.

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Layer a basketball jersey over a tee and pushed up slim pants. The unexpected addition of heels, takes the look from the courts to the streets.

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Tommy Hilfiger took the look from the boardwalk to the catwalk, with his sporty take on the theme. Add an upscale sneaker to the mix for a look that is relaxed and edgy.


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