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Runway Rundown – NYFW – Day 1

10 Feb

Here are a few of my favorites from New York Fashion Week Day 1.  What do you think?

Chadwick Bell Fall 2012

Chadwick Bell Fall 2012

Jenni Kayne Fall 2012

BCBG Max Azria Fall 2012

Juan Carlos Obando Fall 2012

Nicholas K Fall 2012 - I like this look - sans TERRIBLE wig, heroine make-up, and harsh ankle boots...

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Green with Envy

9 Feb

It is official!  New York Fashion Week is officially underway.  I am truly green with envy.  Perhaps I will just wear one of these amazing looks as I run my errands today in Beijing.

Running errands in Beijing = The opposite of front row runway seats and the lights of Lincoln Center.

Carolina Herrera Spring 2012

Chris Benz Spring 2012

Diane von Furstenburg Pre-Fall 2012

Jason Wu Pre-Fall 2012

Jono Fui Spring 2012

Kenzo Spring 2012

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HAPPY NY FASHION WEEK!

NYFW Preemies

9 Feb

While New York Fashion Week doesn’t officially start until February 9th, there are always a few designers who deliver their collections early.  Here are a few of my favorites from the past two days.

I love the mix up of this look - a little school girl with the pleated jumper and blue Oxford shirt...a little bohemian with the fur...and a little ladylike with the long gloves. 10 Crosby by Derek Lam Fall 2012

I love the idea of a printed tuxedo jacket. Michael Angel Fall 2012

I have had a red pair of pants similar to these hanging in my closet for months. This looks inspires me to take them for a day-about-town. I think pairing them with flats, as opposed to heels gives them a more classic look. Less "red hooker pants" ...more "errand running ensemble". Steven Alan Fall 2012

GREAT fall jumpsuit. Z Spoke by Zac Posen Fall 2012

Perhaps it is a bit Charlie Chaplin...but I would swap out the flats for heels and cinch the waist with a thin, bright-colored belt to "ladylike" it up a bit. Steven Alan Fall 2012

I love a suit with a full skirt. It really adds a bit playfulness to everyday business attire. Z Spoke by Zac Posen Fall 2012

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FALLing Forward

9 Feb

The world of fashion moves so fast.  It seems that before it is even time to buy a spring wardrobe, it is time to look forward to buying a fall one.  The pace can be overwhelming at times, but it can also be beneficial.  It helps you recognize which trends have staying power, and more importantly – it pushes bad trends out the door a little more quickly.  In honor of the start of NYFW Fall 2012 tomorrow, this post is dedicated to those looks from the Spring 2012 collections that needed to be shoved, not just pushed out the door.  Here are my favorite Spring 2012 Fashion DON’TS!

Don’t Wear a Cabby’s Car Seat Cover as a Dress

Daniell Scutt Spring 2012

Don’t Forget to Remove Your Dry Cleaning Bag

Maison Martin Margiela Spring 2012

 Don’t Dress as a Toilet Paper Bride

(Outside of a Bridal Shower)

Comme des Garçons Spring 2012

Don’t Be Borderline Bjork

Giles Spring 2012

Don’t Wear Tissue Paper Skivvies Over Your Clothes

Maarten Van der Horst Spring 2012

Don’t Wear a Keg Around Your Waist

Thimister Spring 2012

Don’t Wear Pea Green Ankle Socks – Ever

Don’t Shop at the Local Looney Bin

Nicolas Andrea Taralis Spring 2012

Don’t Let the Dog Eat Your Wardrobe

Mugler Spring 2012

Don’t Bare All But Your Face

Alexander McQueen Spring 2012

The Countdown to NYC Fashion Week Begins

7 Feb

New York Fashion Week is just days away.  But before we shift our focus to the 2012 fall collections, I would like to highlight 10 of my favorite looks from the spring 2012 couture shows.

Dior Couture Spring 2012

Valentino Couture Spring 2012

Jean Paul Gaultier Couture Spring 2012

Giambattista Valli Couture Spring 2012

Chanel Couture Spring 2012

Jean Paul Gaultier Couture Spring 2012

Maxime Simoens Couture Spring 2012

Chanel Couture Spring 2012

Jean Paul Gaultier Couture Spring 2012

Chanel Couture Spring 2012

Do you have a favorite? 

6 More Weeks!

3 Feb

It is official.  The furry little guy saw his shadow today.  Let the count down to Spring 2012 begin!  Check out these six great spring looks that you have to look forward to in just six short weeks!

Nina Ricci Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Barbara Tfank Spring 2012

Erdem Spring 2012

Vionnet Spring 2012

Ellie Saab Spring 2012

Chris Benz Spring 2012

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Suit Up to Celebrate 2012!

29 Dec

Why not mix it up this New Year’s Eve and trade in that LBD for a night-on-the-town worthy suit?  These sexy suits certainly won’t disappoint!

Note: Real life wear will most likely require a camisole! Or at least a HUGE statement necklace. Azzaro Spring 2012

Masquerade Ball Anyone?? Giles Spring 2012

This look definitely needs a different "do" - as in hair and a different shoe (this one feels a bit lack luster for NYE). Giles Spring 2012

How about adding a bright-colored clutch to this classic black look. Also...probably best to NOT show your mid-drift and crazy cleavage. John Richmond 2012

If you can't afford to run out and buy this Jean Paul Gaultier suit...how about adding a similar cape-like detail with a long piece of silk chiffon in the same tone as a suit you already own and love. Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2012 RTW

Be a show-stopper in this electric blue get-up by Elie Saab!

Or...if you can't find a suit you absolutely love, how about pairing a fitted jacket or blazer with a fabulous party skirt. It looks great here on Hillary Rhoda, right? *Just be sure to pull it down lower on your hips, like her, so the jacket can show off your slim waist. Zac Posen Pre-Fall 2012

Happy Suiting!

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Ring in a Red-Hot New Year!

27 Dec

Is there any color that turns a head like red?  I think not!  So why not celebrate the coming of 2012 in razzle dazzle red?

Here are 7 outstanding looks that work for a variety of occasions.  Please tell me your favorite!

Meeting Friends for Drinks

Emanuel Ungaro Jumpsuit - Spring 2012 RTW

Spicy red Ferragamo Suit - Spring 2012 RTW

Cocktail Party

This Nina Ricci frock is certainly not complete without the darling little turban. After all - it is NYE and hats are encouraged and often expected! Spring 2012 RTW

This look from Alice & Olivia will bring a touch of sophistication to any New Year's Eve party. Pre-Fall 2012

Be prepared to WOW in this littler Ungaro number. Not only is it red...it is a print and it is sequined! A triple threat. Emanuel Ungaro Spring 2012 RTW

Black Tie

A classic red look by Ferragamo. Spring 2012 RTW

I do believe that this is one of the most striking red gowns I have seen. If you do in fact have a black tie ball to attend, then I feel confident that wearing this Zac Posen gown will guarantee you the title, "Belle of the Ball"! Zac Posen Pre-Fall 2012

Happy Red-Hot New Year!

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Countdown to 2012

26 Dec

The Carpenter’s famous song “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” asks a very important question.  By now many of you have most likely booked a table at your favorite special occasion restaurant or you have made plans to go out-on-the-town with dear friends that you only get to see at this time of year.  So now I will ask you another very important question, “What Are You Wearing New Year’s Eve?”

In case you haven’t selected  the perfect ensemble just yet…(like me) here are some fun alternatives to the traditional LBD.

Today, I would like to play with color.  In fact, many of you might be able to create some of these unique looks with items already in your closet.  Wouldn’t it be nice to hold on to that Christmas money from your grandmother just a little longer?

BRIGHT IDEAS!

Pairing two shiny brights, like this look from Ferragamo Spring 2012, feels fun, fresh, and festive. All the look needs to make in NYE ready is a touch of sparkle...pick 2 of the following: necklace, cocktail ring, shoes, small clutch, or hair clip.

Blue, Green, and Yellow are not typically worn together all at once. But isn't it fun? Plus - just think how you will stand out in the sea of black that is NYE. I also highly recommend the beehive up-do and false lashes to add some Madmen sex appeal. DSquared Pre-Fall 2012

Take inspiration from Ferragamo's Spring 2012 runway. Delve into your closet and pick three pieces that are each a different shade of bright...a top, a bottom, and a belt. Have fun and be a show-stopper. Keep in mind that a neutral shoe might be in order!

How about trading in those nude fish-nets or black tights for a bright pair to match your outfit. This monochromatic look from Giorgio Armani Pre-Fall 2012 takes it up a notch, don't you think?

NOT SO BRIGHT

This look from DVF's Pre-Fall 2012 Collection proves that a basic pale blue (or insert your own color) frock can look fresh when paired with contrasting colored long gloves and belt. For NYE - a pair of shoes with a touch of glitter or sparkle is certainly in order. And - if your scene is on the edgy side, go ahead and sport the thigh highs!

Have an old bridesmaids dress or 20? Why not look through your "27 Dresses" collection and see if anything can be revived with a bright-colored belt. Just look how a skinny royal blue belt can add life to this simple asymmetrical chocolate number from Carolina Herrera's Pre-Fall 2012 collection.

This sophisticated look from Donna Karan's Pre-Fall 2012 collection can quite easily be recreated. Supplies needed: 1 slinky white or off-white silky top, a navy blue or other jewel-toned pencil skirt, and a long piece of black silk taffeta (purchased at your local fabric store) tied in an over-sized bow. And of course - ruby-red lips!

I challenge you to get creative and take risks with your New Year’s Eve ensemble.  It is the last night of 2011 after all… Live it up!

More NYE inspirations to come!

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Shine like the North Star

24 Dec

Who says you have to save sparkles for New Year’s Eve?  Certainly not ABIB!

I should probably warn you that some of these looks are NOT Midnight Mass or Christmas Eve church program appropriate – but if you are going to the annual see-and-be-seen Christmas Eve party at the “Smith’s” or celebrating with a new love at a fancy restaurant, then these little numbers are the perfect inspirations.  (I use the word inspiration because these looks are from the Spring 2012 runways…not available to us quite yet!)

Red sparkle pants! Perfect for this HO-HO-HO-Holiday! Alternatively, you could winterize the look with a sweater up top. Antonio Berardi Spring 2012

Who doesn't want to look like a snowflake this time of year? I also love the sequined jacket with the second look in the background. Chanel RTW Spring 2012

Going on a Christmas Eve date? Look "sweet" in this gingerbread house inspired cocktail dress. Pucci Spring 2012

Yes - this is a touch dressy for the average Christmas Eve celebration. That said, I am certain that Zara has a skirt very similar to these fish scale sequins right now, and it would be darling if paired with a crisp, perfectly fitted white button up shirt. Maybe throw in a few colored bangles too. Emanuel Ungaro Spring 2012

Work with me on this one....I realize that there is A LOT going on here. But my inspiration take-away for a fun Christmas Eve look is pairing Kelly green and silver sparkles. This could be done with a simple green pencil skirt (I have seen them at multiple retail outlets) and a shimmery silver sweater. Black lacquered accessories would add a needed bit of edge. Manish Arora Spring 2012

Who doesn't love a shiny gold package at Christmas? While this one is quite "slinky" for the occasion - I love gold at a holiday party. Also, shiny little numbers like this can always be toned down with a fitted black blazer or a sweet winter white cardigan. A pretty ballet flat is another way to take it down a notch...although you know how difficult that is for me to suggest! Obviously, a heel is a lady-leg's best friend. Pucci Spring 2012

Snow bunny anyone? Again - these looks are far too formal for the majority of people on this night, but I wanted to use it as an example of winter white. White is such an angelic color. What better night to wear it? But I should warn you to wear it cautiously...you don't want to end up looking like you are supposed to be at the Annual Tacky Christmas Party. Giorgio Armani RTW Spring 2012

Merry Christmas, God Bless, and Happy Sparkles!

I would love to see what you do end up wearing to your Holiday Parties.  If you send me pics…I will post them!

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