Posts Tagged ‘style’

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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Pretty in Punk

May 9, 2013

Monday night marked the annual “Met Ball,” honoring the opening of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s latest exhibition entitled Punk: From Chaos to Couture.

Much speculation lead up to the event, as to how the theme would be handled by the revelers, hand selected by Vogue’s high priestess herself, Anna Wintour.

Well, today we have the answer, and in most cases, it was handled poorly.

While a few went all out, (Madonna you go girl!) many opted for odd choices that left them looking awkward and uncomfortable. Below are some of our favorites, who embraced the movement and looked pretty in punk:

Madonna at the Met

Madonna at the Met

Miley just being Miley

Miley just being Miley

Sarah Jessica Parker channeling  Carrie Bradshaw in Giles

Sarah Jessica Parker channeling Carrie Bradshaw in Giles

Kim Kardashian in a custom slipcover by Ricardo Tischi

Kim Kardashian in a custom slipcover by Riccardo Tischi

Beyonce in Givenchy

Beyonce in Givenchy

And after couture came utter chaos. What made these attractive young women embrace old age, instead of punk?

Nicole Richie goes grey

Nicole Richie goes grey

Kate Upton goes matronly

Kate Upton goes matronly

Nicki Minaj left us speechless

Nicki Minaj left us speechless

Anna Wintour in Chanel

Anna Wintour in Chanel

The grande dame of the evening may have inadvertently been the most punk of all. While others tried to conform to societal expectations, Ms.Wintour bucked the norm, and showed up in a demure floral Chanel gown. What looked the least in keeping with the theme,may just have out- punked everyone.

Word

April 3, 2013

Words are making a big statement in the fashion world, with everything from tee shirts to outerwear emblazed with typographic treatments.

London designer Ashish sequined his doomsday slogan tops, and paired them with chic athletic inspired pants.

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Devastee’s tee shirt and cardigan sport quirky crossword puzzle graphics in bold black and white.

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Moschino Cheap and Chic used oversized script to create graphic prints on colorful backgrounds.

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This top states the facts, at Paris fashion week.

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Tie One On

March 8, 2013

From the modernist to the retro-couture inspired, scarf tied necklines made a statement on the catwalks this season. Wide swaths of fabric draped and wrapped the necklines of coats of jackets, framing the faces of some the world’s most beautiful women.

Nina Ricci

Nina Ricci

Nina Ricci’s couture-inspired suiting with an off the shoulder tie at the neckline.

Dior

Dior

Dior’s swing jacket is pretty in pale pink.

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Dior

Dior cuts a scarlet great coat with a scarf tied closure.

Hussein Chalayan

Hussein Chalayan

Hussein Chalayan’s slim coat with architectural folds has a tossed scarf in lieu of a collar.

Gucci

Gucci

Gucci’s smart tailoring with leopard trimmed sleeves boasts a self tied neckline.

Celine

Celine

Celine’s Phoebe Philo is fit to be tied with her tongue in cheek take on the cape.

 

Curses, Foiled Again

February 18, 2013

Fall 2013 Fashion Week has moved onto London, where the trends continue to evolve.

While metallic has been a big idea for a few seasons now, we are seeing a slicker version. These foil finishes take the metals to a whole new level of shine.

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KTZ

KTZ shows an oversized coat with a gold foil finish.

L'Wren Scott

L’Wren Scott

A ladylike pencil skirt in sleek gold at L’Wren Scott.

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Foil finish for fingernails.

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In New York, Marc Jacobs added a mix of gold and silver to his shimmery gown and fur scarf.

Jen Kao

Jen Kao

Jen Kao took an athletic approach to silver foil.

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Daks got into the act with a cropped gold leather top over a simple black dress at London Fashion Week.

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood foils a deep wine hue for a shimmery dress.

Purple Reign

February 16, 2013

In a sea of black and grey, one color seems to be emerging for Fall 2013. Shades ranging  from bright orchid to inky purples are entering the fashion scene with rich fabrics and eclectic color mixes.

Rag & Bone merges orchid boucle with olive, black and a hint of royal blue:

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Rag & Bone

Catherine Malandrino works a deep orchid blouse with olive green trousers:

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Malandrino

Marc by Marc Jacobs merges shades of cool purples for a pencil skirt and top:

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Marc by Marc Jacobs

Regal satins with an urban edge at Rag & Bone:

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rag & bone

Raf Simons’ hot magenta anorak:

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Raf Simons

Siki Im adds a colored wrap to his slouchy menswear look:

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Siki Im

Olive and ink with a shot of orchid at 3:1 Phillip Lim:

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Phillip Lim

Narcisso Rodriguez mixes magenta and rust for a modernist top:

Narcisso Rodriguez

Narcisso Rodriguez

Victoria Beckham adds a pop of purple to tailored menswear fabric for a sexy dress:

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham

Artsy Fartsy

February 13, 2013

New York Fashion Week is in full swing, proving even a blizzard can’t keep a good fashionista down.

In a season of very somber, mostly solid clothes, a modern art sensibility is emerging from the depths of darkness. Designers seem to be channelling contemporary artists, using prints influenced by their work to complement their own. Below, see how life imitates art for Fall 2013 .

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Kate Spade

Jean Miro

Jean Miro

Concept Korea

Concept Korea

Banksy

Banksy

VPL by Victoria Bartlet

VPL by Victoria Bartlet

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

Tess Giberson

Tess Giberson

Otto Freundlich

Otto Freundlich

Put Your Best Foot Forward

February 11, 2013

It’s fashion week here in New York,and that means it’s time to break out your most impractical, outrageous and uncomfortable shoes. Yes, the sky is the limit for heel height, and the more extreme, the better. So what happens when a blizzard rolls through the city? The shows must go on, but the footwear might have to change. Here are a few shots showing  intrepid fashionistas adapting to what will go down in history as the time when Fashion met Nemo: the great blizzard of Fall 2013 fashion week:

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And finally, a Twitter apology from editor Cindi Leive of Glamour magazine:Screen shot 2013-02-10 at 9.05.35 PM

How to Look Slimmer, Younger and More Fit

February 6, 2013

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This is a public service post for the ladies out there who want to look younger, slimmer and more fit. Now that I have your attention, can we talk bras?

Yes, bras. Those over the shoulder boulder holders have job to do, and many of you are not wearing the right ones. An unflattering bra can dramatically affect the way you look.

As Valentine’s Day looms on the horizon, many sites are talking about sexy lingerie: little wisps of silk and lace that look hot in the bedroom. That’s not what this article is about. We are here to talk about looking better with your clothes on.

Size Matters

It is amazing how many women are wearing the wrong size bra. Does everything you wore in high school still fit you to perfection? If the answer is no, chances are that your bra size has changed over the years too.

I’m With the Band

The band is linchpin of the operation. If the band fits properly, it will do the heavy lifting, so to speak. Many women assume a larger band will fit more comfortably, and not show any back fat. A too big band will cause the bra to ride in the wrong spot, highlighting imperfections and not offering the support you need. A low band causes a low riding bust line. Not pretty.

To determine your bra size, place the tape measure under your bust, and across your back comfortably. Round up to the nearest even number. The bra should fit on the loosest hook, to allow adjustment as it stretches out over time.

Don’t Let Your Cups Runneth Over

Now measure across the widest part of your chest. For every inch bigger this number is than the band, add 1”. For example, if you measure 34” across the band, and 36” across the center of your chest, you are a 34B.

If the cups dimple, you need a smaller size. If your breasts are not fully contained, or there is extreme cleavage, go up one size.

You’re Putting Me On!

Most women hook the bra around their waist, turn it around and pull it up.

The proper way to put on a bra is to place the straps over your shoulders and lean forward, allowing the breasts to naturally fall into the cups. Hook it from the back, stand up and adjust the girls if necessary.

Be Well Adjusted

Please, please take a moment to adjust your straps. Hoist them up, so they do what they are intended to do. This doesn’t mean they should cut into your shoulders. I have seen so many women wearing their boobs down around their bellies. Trust me, this isn’t flattering. You look old, you look droopy, and nobody needs all that extra stuff around the belly. “Nuf said.

Top it Off

Once you feel like you have achieved the right fit, and the right positioning, get dressed. Never leave the fitting room without seeing how the bra looks under your clothes. I made this mistake once, and will never make it again. Sometimes what looks great in the buff shows or causes an unflattering shape under a tee shirt.

The only thing worse than the “uniboob” look, is the quad look, where the cups cut you and make you look like you have bi-level boobs.

If you can, visit a shop that specializes in bra fittings, or watch for special fit events at your local department store.

The right underpinnings can make or break a look. Don’t get caught up in lace and bows that look pretty until you put clothes on.
Remember, it’s what’s inside that counts.

You’re welcome.

photo: glasshouse images

*Our friends at Wikihow have a great tutorial on how to fit a bra.

Check it our here: http://www.wikihow.com/Measure-Your-Bra-Size

Dreaming the Dream

February 1, 2013

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Yesterday was a day of contrasts.

Earlier in the day, I participated in a live chat on Huffpost Live with Christian Siriano, the fashion designer who was catapulted to fame after winning Project Runway. Siriano, age 25, has come a long way from those early days, launching an eponymous label and retail store, designing custom wedding dresses and collaborating with other brands such as Payless Shoes. His most recent venture is a lower priced line for HSN, which debuts next week. Known for his big personality and the taglines “fierce,” and “hot tranny mess,” Siriano came across as amicable, yet surprisingly serious.

His conversations leaned towards the business minded, and he appeared wise beyond his years. While Siriano wants to shed his reality show stereotype and be taken seriously as a designer, his career path has been defined by his television persona.

Ruminating on the story of Christian’s success, I wandered back to my office.

When I arrived, I got a panicked phone call; “Tommy is coming!”
The fashion equivalent of an air raid drill is the frantic call to arms when the namesake designer of a brand comes by for an unexpected visit.

I dashed upstairs to make sure that our presentation was up to snuff.

Mr. Hilfiger arrived shortly thereafter, with a group of young aspiring designers in tow, to talk to them about his company and how he got started.

I was lucky enough to be able to sit in, and hear him share his story with the group.

The career trajectory of today, as seen with Christian Siriano is unique: Go on a reality show, have the public fall in love with you and hopefully your designs, and parlay that into a business.

Mr. Hilfiger, more than twice Mr. Siriano’s age, started in a more humble way: with a small amount of money and a big dream.

As a young man, he invested $150 in the inventory of a New York City street vendor selling jeans. He took them back to his hometown of Elmira, New York, and opened a store he called “People’s Place.” He blasted loud music, lit incense and sold out his entire stock. Later, he decided to make the product more personal, and worked with a local seamstress to distort the classic jean and create an item that was unique to his store. As time evolved, he added other denim items to the mix, keeping his niche and expanding it slowly until it became the international phenomenon that it is today. He speaks of stepping outside his comfort zone, as he explored brand marketing and the expansion of his business.

The audience (myself included) was mesmerized, as he offered advice to young designers just starting out.

Tommy generously shared his knowledge, and a few self-deprecating tales of the less stellar moments in his career. His success came from finding a niche, having a strong vision for the brand, and being consumer-centric. He took on partners to help him with the areas of his business he did not excel at, and surrounded himself with young, like-minded talent.

The contrasts and similarities in the two men were stunning.

Both men have a passion for their work. Both began at a young age, and pursued their dreams. One started on a shoestring and built an empire. The other became an instant household name through reality show notoriety. One has their stellar career behind them, and is using his time and resources in a philanthropic way. The other has their whole future ahead of him, and is exploring ways to grow and develop as a designer.

Both proved to be inspirational in their own right.

The lesson was clear:

Vision and drive are essential on the road to success. How you choose to travel is what makes each journey unique.

Who inspired you today? Share your story in the comment section below.


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