Posts Tagged ‘fashion’

Festival Style: LACE

April 16, 2014

It’s music festival time, kicking off with Coachella last weekend. Festival dressing has a style all it’s own, with sexy, boho looks ruling the day. While flower crowns and hippie inspired dresses may not fit into most of our day to day lives, there are some trends to be extracted. Such is the case with lace. Textural cotton laces and crochet add a feminine, yet casual twist to any look. Why not try a lace trimmed blouse with your jeans this weekend, and embrace a little festival chic!

Here a just a few of our favorites:

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Softly tiered cotton with insets of rustic lace give this dress a sweet, yet edgy vibe. Add a sheer floral top to complete the look.

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This voile blouse trimmed with cotton lace is tucked into distressed denim cutoffs.The  tapestry bag is the perfect finish to this haute hippie look.

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Vintage lace and high waisted denim looks flawlessly chic.

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These macrame sandal-boot hybrids, leather bracelets, and woven bag take this eyelet top to another level.

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A soft peasant top and lace shorts make a case for tough and tender, when paired with studded leather accessories.

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Overall Impressions

April 7, 2014

Overalls, once the go-to outfit of farmers and toddlers, has made it’s way into the fashion scene. This time around, they have a sexy, almost sophisticated edge, taking the workwear staple to a whole new level. Being a woman of a certain age, I’m fighting the urge to give this trend a try. But looking at these chic ladies, I’m thinking  I can rock this look. You be the judge:

Donna Karan sent these overalls down this runway for DKNY this spring, adding a polished blazer and trench coat to complete the outfit.

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A slim fit, high heeled booties and a great flyaway sweater give these overalls a casual, yet pulled together  sensibility.

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How chic is this women, walking through the Tuileries in Paris, with gold toed pumps, a clutch bag,and her red coat tossed nonchalantly over her shoulders?

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Leave it to Alexander Wang to pair a leather bra top with his white overalls. A little skin makes the look sexy!

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Blair Eadie of the style blog Atlantic Pacific is known for her ladylike chic. Her messy undo, pointy stilettos and red lips and bag give this outfit an air of sophisticated ease.

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Want to try this look yourself? Just abide by a few simple rules.

Overalls should be on the slim side. Nothing oversized or sloppy.

Add a touch of the unexpected, through accessories, makeup or a great piece of outerwear.

Roll the legs and add a chic heel.

Accessorize to the hilt. Shoes, bags and scarves play a huge role in upping the fashion ante. Keeping it chic is key.

Take a little extra care with your hair and makeup. This isn’t the time to get sloppy.

Keep the tops fitted, or go ahead and show some skin. Let the world know there is a woman under there.

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Functional Style

March 27, 2014

Big name designers are looking at the practical side, taking utilitarian details and interpreting them into accessories of all kinds.

Alexander Wang takes the construction worker’s tool belt to a new level with his version in lemon yellow leather, replete with

storage for everything from coins to keys.

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Christopher Kane uses straps and plastic clips to secure his sleek, and modern take on the clutch.

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This “charming” brooch by Marc Jacobs holds everything from safety pins to guitar picks.

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Coach gets functional with their latest riff on the work boot. The thick rubber sole is ribbed for traction, and the fur lining and hardware add a chic touch.

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Backpacks are back with a vengeance, and House Of Holland adds heavy gauged zippers for extra functionality.

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Giuseppe Zanotti lets you protect your back and store your stuff, with his zip around corset style belt.

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Double Denim

March 24, 2014

It seems nearly every fashion faux pas has its moment in the sun. What has long been deemed a don’t, somehow becomes a do. Take for example, the idea of wearing denim on denim.
Often referred to as the “Kentucky tuxedo,” wearing denim on the top and bottom has been seen as something worn by farmhands, and those who lack sartorial savvy. Over the last few seasons, we have been seeing it sneak up on us, and this spring, its reached a fever pitch!

There are of course rules involved in breaking this strict rule of denim wearing.
Mix the shades, don’t match them. Mixing of textures and tones make the look a bit less matchy-matchy, and adds an air of “I don’t care” chic to the look.

Keep it simple, and keep it casual. This isn’t about a denim suit, ( although we saw lots of them on the runways for men!)

When in doubt, let the experts do the mixing. Denim mixology can be a fine art, and brands like Paige Denim and Citizens of Humanity took the guesswork out of it, by making items that already mix the shades of indigo to perfection.

Here are just a few of the looks we love.

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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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Golden Girls

January 27, 2014

The ladies of the music world positively glowed in gold as they made their way across the red carpet:

Chrissy Teigen channeled old Hollywood glamour in her gorgeous gold gown by Johanna Johnson.

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Taylor Swift went platinum in  shimmer by Gucci.

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Amber Rose rocked golden stripes by Naeem Kahn.

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Chiara brought maternity glam to the red carpet in her Emilio Pucci devoré gown.

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Rita Ora wore a simple Lanvin frock in gold with a patina effect.

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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.

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

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

Drew Barrymore

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

Taylor Swift

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

Kyra Sedgwick

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Kyra Sedgwick glowed in coral.

Amy Adams

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

Emma Watson

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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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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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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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