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Fall 2010 Fashion Week Trend: Bows with a Twist

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Bows at Lela Rose, Charlotte Ronson, and Marc Jacobs.


Style tip?  Bows may be reminiscent of childhood party dresses and adolescent headbands, but they need not be just for girls.  Women can wear bows too - just in a different, and age-appropriate way.  Skip the frills and the too-pretty pastels and wear bows with a bit of a twist.  A few ideas?  Abstract bows, as seen in the subtle bodice draping at Lela Rose.  Tailored bows, as in the tight black bow finishing off a blazer, button-down shirt, and shorts at Charlotte Ronson.  Last but not least, glamorous bows, like the glittering, shiny bow detail finishing off the delicate pastel dress at Marc Jacobs.

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

1 comment February 25th, 2010

Fall 2010 Fashion Week Trend: Return of the 1970s

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Return of the 1970s at Marc Jacobs, Vena Cava, and Peter Som.


Style tip?  It may be 2010, but it felt like the year 1970 on the runways.  Bohemian prints, maxi dresses, and flowing vests and sashes all graced the runways.  How to get the look of the 1970s, but circa 2010?  Make maxi dresses and bohemian dresses look modern with muted, more neutral colors.  And accent your look with a bold lip color for a look that’s less au naturel and more modern sophisticate.

What do you think?  How would you wear 1970s style today?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

6 comments February 24th, 2010

Fall 2010 Fashion Week Trend: Parkas

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Parkas at Cynthia Steffe, Vena Cava, and Cynthia Rowley.


Style tip?  What item of clothing can complement a dress just as well as a tee and jeans?  The parka, that’s what.  Parkas are the jacket of choice to pair with both casual and more formal outfits.  We love the parka for its versatility and its comfort - plus, the hood and the extra pockets make it as practical as it is fashionable.  Wear your oversized parka with slim fit clothes for a classic big-over-small look.

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

5 comments February 24th, 2010

Fall 2010 Fashion Week Trend: Lingerie & Lace

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Lingerie & Lace at Cynthia Steffe, Alexander Wang, and Herve Leger.


Style tip?  In 1990, Madonna introduced the world to underwear as outerwear with her iconic cone bra.  Twenty years later, lingerie is still inspiring the world of sportswear.  Case in point?  Alexander Wang’s lingerie-meets-tailored suit look, which mixes feminine lace with masculine fabrications and tailoring.  Then again, the lingerie influence need not be quite that overt.  Cynthia Steffe suggested frilly underthings with a fitted ivory dress full of tiny pleats.  And Herve Leger’s body conscious look merely outlined the bodice and skirt suggestively.  How to wear lingerie & lace inspired looks in real life?  We love the mix of masculine and feminine - a lacy cami under a structured blazer, a slip-type skirt with something more tailored up top.  The key is to suggest rather than to show.

What do you think?  How would you wear lingerie & lace inspired looks?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

2 comments February 22nd, 2010

Fall 2010 Fashion Week Trend: Fantastic Hats

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Fantastic Hats at Behnaz Sarafpour, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Charlotte Ronson.


Style tip?  What’s the easiest way to transform your look?  One word: accessories.  And the accessory of choice this season appears to be the hat.  Designers used fantastic hats as a way to transport this season’s looks to other places - whether it’s decades past (as at Behnaz Sarafpour), mythology (a la Charlotte Ronson’s Arabian Nights), or Marc by Marc Jacobs’ modern cowboy.

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

1 comment February 22nd, 2010

Fall 2010 Fashion Trend: Cocooning

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Cocooning at Cynthia Steffe, Preen, and Peter Som.


Style tip?  Sometimes all you want to do is to cocoon up when it’s cold out.  When that happens, you have a variety of options for keeping cozy.  Try a cape (belted, if you want to show off your figure) over something form fitting on the bottom.  Or drape yourself in a big, cozy coat, as seen at Preen.  Or just wrap yourself in a snuggly shrug, as at Cynthia Steffe.  PS - for all of us petite women, this is probably the easiest to pull off.

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

2 comments February 21st, 2010

Fall 2010 Fashion Week Trend: Calf Grazing Skirts

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Calf Grazing Skirts at Peter Som, Marc Jacobs, and Costello Tagliapietra.


Style tip?  Calf grazing skirts aren’t naturally the most flattering cut, as most womens’ optimal skirt length is at or around the knee.  But what these calf grazing skirts lack in figure flattery, they compensate in retro, Hitchcock heroine appeal.  The key to wearing these calf grazing skirts without looking matronly is to keep the silhouette of the skirt slim, like an exaggerated pencil skirt.  Finish the look off up top with a wildly patterned blouse, as at Costello Tagliapietra, or a perfectly tailored bodice, as at Marc Jacobs.  What kind of shoes to wear with calf grazing skirts?  Heels, of course, to create the longest, leanest leg line possible.

What do you think?  How would you wear calf grazing skirts?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

Add comment February 21st, 2010

Fall 2010 Fashion Week Trend: Black

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Black at Diane von Furstenberg, Narciso Rodriguez, and Charlotte Ronson.


Style tip?  If there’s one color that defines Fall 2010, it has to be black.  In a season of neutrals, dark colors, and understated tones, black is refined, it’s sophisticated, and it’s supremely chic.  Forget the simple Little Black Dress - opt for one with an interesting detail or silhouette, like the asymmetric banding and draping on the Narciso Rodriguez dress.  Or spice up your black with a shot of color, as at Diane von Furstenberg.  Or keep your look head to toe black, but mix it up by combining different textures - rough and smooth, shiny with matte, and so forth - as the bohemian look at Charlotte Ronson.

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

Add comment February 19th, 2010

Fall 2010 Fashion Week Trend: Belts

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Belts at VPL, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Proenza Schouler.


Style tip?  The beauty of belts are how they can help create a silhouette.  For those of you with defined waists, the belt can reinforce your hourglass silhouette.  And for those of you with a more boyish, up-and-down shape, the belt can create the illusion of a defined waist.  Wear your belt slung low, as at VPL, or up high (and even over your coat!) as at Marc by Marc Jacobs.  Or use a belt to create visual interest in an otherwise monochromatic outfit, as at Proenza Schouler.

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

2 comments February 19th, 2010

Fall 2010 Fashion Week Trend: Purple

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Purple at Erin Fetherston, Phillip Lim 3.1, and Luca Luca.


Style tip?  Purple is coming in all shapes, sizes, and hues this season.  Try, if you dare, a bright shiny purple, a la Phillip Lim’s dashing cocktail dress.  Or opt for a softer shade of purple, as at Luca Luca and Erin Fetherston.  Whatever the shade, purple looks positively polished on simple silhouettes.  Just let the color shine.

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

4 comments February 19th, 2010

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