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Spring 2011 Fashion Week Trend: The Purity of White

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The Purity of White at Thakoon, Derek Lam, and Alexander Wang.


Style tip?  It seems apropos that we start off our Spring/Summer 2011 fashion trend coverage with a theme so pure.  White is clean, it’s fresh, and it’s a new palette from which to create.  And it’s clearly in line with Fall’s neutral, sand based palette.  Indeed, it seems that white is the new beige!  How to wear white?  We love wearing different shades of white and off-white together, mixing tones and textures.  A gauzy knit sweater, for example, contrasting against a crisp pair of knee length shorts, crease line intact.  As for accessories, you can go with anything you want - metallics look especially fetching, but if you want to add a spot of color, brights or pastels work equally well.

What do you think?  How would you wear white?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

1 comment September 13th, 2010

Fall 2010 Fashion Week Trend: Colorful Prints

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Colorful Prints at Thakoon, Proenza Schouler, and Peter Som.


Style tip?  Prints are the spice of fashion - the fun pieces that can breathe life into your wardrobe.  The beauty of prints is that they can really change up your look, adding color and visual interest to very simple silhouettes.  Case in point?  Proenza Schouler’s blue and green printed boatneck swing coat, which would have a very 1960s feel were it not for the electrifying print.  We also took note of Thakoon’s use of prints on multiple fabric types - look at how the animal print pattern on the top is echoed in the skirt.  But you don’t have to go too matchy-matchy with prints.  Do as Peter Som does and pair two different prints in the same outfit.

What do you think?  How would you wear colorful prints?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

3 comments March 3rd, 2010

Fall 2010 Fashion Week Trend: Blazer over Dress

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Blazers over Dresses at Erin Fetherston, Diane von Furstenberg, and Phillip Lim 3.1.


Style tip?  Styling tip for Fall (and for Spring)?  Pair your blazer over your favorite dress.  For day, you can pair a boyfriend blazer over your printed summer dress to continue wearing it into the Fall season.  But you can wear this trend right into evening, pairing a tuxedo jacket with a gorgeous evening gown, as at Phillip Lim 3.1.  Or play with layering by pairing a longer blazer over a shorter blazer over a fabulous dress, as at Diane von Furstenberg.  Don’t wait till fall to wear this trend - we’re all about blazers over dresses for Spring, Summer, and beyond.

What do you think?  How would you wear the blazer over dress trend?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

2 comments March 1st, 2010

Fall 2010 Fashion Week Trend: Bodycon Silhouette

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Bodycon Silhouette at Cushnie et Ochs, Herve Leger, and Yigal Azrouel.


Style tip?  Fashion’s continuing obsession with skinny jeans is just the first step towards a bodycon (aka body conscious) silhouette.  Bodycon dresses were huge for Fall 2009, and they’re continuing to ride the trend wave in 2010.  This bodycon silhouette is epitomized in Herve Leger’s skintight dresses, pictured middle.  But you don’t have to go for that sheer, skintight look - which, frankly, is hard to pull off if you’re not shaped like a model.  We prefer dresses with knotted, ruched, or draped detailing (as at Cushnie et Ochs), as they’re a bit more forgiving.

What do you think?  How would you wear the bodycon silhouette?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

4 comments February 28th, 2010

Fall 2010 Fashion Week Trend: Gloves

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Gloves at Marc Jacobs, Cynthia Steffe, and Cynthia Rowley.


Style tip?  What cold weather accessory do you need to add instant chic to your outfit?  The glove.  Fall 2010’s runways saw a versatile variety of gloves, both short and long.  How to integrate gloves into your cold weather wardrobe?  Try long, above-the-elbow length gloves with a floor length gown for glamour.  Knit fingerless gloves for a bit of sporty action.  Or even puffer gloves, juxtaposed against something feminine, to protect you from the cold winter.

What do you think?  How would you wear gloves?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

4 comments February 27th, 2010

Fall 2010 Fashion Week Trend: Cutouts

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Cutouts at Cushnie et Ochs, Herve Leger, and Diane von Furstenberg.


Style tip?  Leather was huge on the runways of Fall 2010 in all kinds of incarnations.  Along with the usual leather jackets and motorcycle-inspired gear, we saw the rise of the leather dress.  To tone down the hardness of the leather dress, designers decided to soften the look with cutouts.  How to get the look of cutouts?  The traditional cutout (as seen at Herve Leger) removes strategic sections of the garment in slivers.  But we also loved seeing cutouts as a texture.  The cutouts on the Cushnie et Ochs tunic and the Diane von Furstenberg dress made us see this garment detail in a whole new light.

What do you think?  How would you wear cutouts?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

Add comment February 27th, 2010

Fall 2010 Fashion Week Trend: Strong Shoulder 2.0

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Strong Shoulder at Yigal Azrouel, Marc Jacobs, and Derek Lam.


Style tip?  Fall 2009’s emphasis on the shoulder continues into Fall 2010.  But it’s not the same old shoulder for 2010.  What first arose as a throwback to the 1980s, the strong shoulder has evolved past the plain jane shoulderpads into something more sophisticated - and decidedly more feminine.  Try a poufy shawl, as at Marc Jacobs, to provide a womanly emphasis on the shoulderline.  Or do as Derek Lam does, and draw emphasis to the shoulder with tailored colorblocking.  Not your cup of tea?  Then emphasize your shoulderline with interesting detailing - such as the oversized piping at Yigal Azrouel. How do you wear the strong shoulder?  Boldly and proudly.  There’s just no other way.

What do you think?  How would you wear the strong shoulder?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

4 comments February 27th, 2010

Fall 2010 Fashion Week Trend: Metallics and Shine

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Metallics & Shine at BCBG, Luca Luca, and Charlotte Ronson.


Style tip?  Got shine?  If you don’t already have metallics in your closet, go out and pick up a piece with some shine.  Go all out with a cocktail dress or evening gown with head to toe shine.  Or dip your toes into the trend with a dress or top with metallic detailing, such as the icicle detailing on the BCBG look.  Or go bold with a shiny top - or, if you dare, pair of pants.

What do you think?  How would you wear metallics and shine?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

3 comments February 26th, 2010

Fall 2010 Fashion Week Trend: Highwaisted Pants

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Highwaisted Pants at Charlotte Ronson, Philip Lim 3.1, and Cynthia Steffe.


Style tip?  Calling all longwaisted women -  we have good news for Fall 2010!  The highwaisted pant is still in style.  Rock your highwaisted pants with a something fitted and cropped up top, as at Cynthia Rowley.  Or go bold with a dramatic coat and an oversized collar, as at Charlotte Ronson.  Or if you dare, try a bold colored highwaisted pant, like the bright orange number at Philip Lim.  Bonus tip for highwaisted pant figure flattery?  Accentuate your raised waistline with a belt to visually create some extra curves.

What do you think?  How would you wear highwaisted pants?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

5 comments February 26th, 2010

Fall 2010 Fashion Week Trend: Plaid

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Plaid at Nanette Lepore, DKNY, and Marc by Marc Jacobs.


Style tip?  Plaid continues its reign as fashion’s favorite fabric for Fall 2010.  While the plaid shirt is an easy way to snag this trend, we encourage you to go a bit further with this fabric.  We love the look of a plaid dress, either in strapless or sleeved forms.  Or, if you dare, try the plaid pants, paired with a top in like colors.  What to wear with plaid?  Juxtapose this classic fabric against something with a bit more edge - be it a leather jacket, moto boots, or a pair of killer sunglasses.

What do you think?  How would you wear plaid?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

5 comments February 25th, 2010

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