Unexpected Fashion Companions: Multi-Color Stripes on Multi-Color Stripes

Unexpected Fashion Companions: Multicolor Stripes on Multicolor Stripes

Unexpected Fashion Companions: Multi-Color Stripes on Multi-Color Stripes

When you think of an entire outfit comprised of all stripes, what’s your first thought?

Prison uniform-chic?

Embrace color this fall with multicolor stripes on multicolor stripes.

And if Ernie and Bert did it, why can’t you?

You can avoid looking like a fashion disaster by picking two colors that are complimentary to each other. Also, make sure that the patterns that you do choose include a neutral color.

If this look proves to be too experimental for your taste, try just the top or just the bottom paired with a neutral piece. Vertical stripes are the best for legs that need to be lengthened, so if you have short legs, stick to pants.

Be sure to keep your accessories simple and inclusive of the clothing’s color palette.

How to get this look:

Thakoon Striped woven cropped pants |  $ 880

Fendi Ayers Deco Snakeskin Pump | $895

Diane Von Furstenberg Minaudiere Coryn Moire Clutch | $345

Viscose Breton Stripe Long Sleeve | $40


Under $150: Rachel's Bilson's Look

Under $150: Rachel Bilson's Fashion's Night Out Look

Under $150: Rachel's Bilson's Look

Rachel Bilson leaves us wondering how we can pull off this covered head to toe look while remaining incredibly sexy. The simple lines and contrasting colors of the outfit are minimalistic and a look we are anxious to try for the fall.

Why We’re Obsessed: Bilson’s blazer is incredibly structured. The shoulders of the jacket give her tiny frame shape and a strong presence. While her jacket is very dark, the contrast of her eggshell skirt gives her volume on the bottom.

A great way to give yourself volume is focus the lighter part of your outfit to where you need it the most. Are you big on the bottom? Leave your lighter tones for your upper half.

Bilson chose to give a pop of color  to her outfit by carrying an appropriately sized green handbag for the evening. The true highlight of this look is Bilson’s smile, which is highlighted by her elegant hairstyle.

How to Get This Look: To get Rachel’s look and take a break from those summer prints, try this cropped tuxedo blazer, pleated maxi skirt, and this green handbag from Aldo.

Total Cost to Our Look: $138.80

GET THE LOOK

Aryn K. Pleated Maxi Skirt | $66

Cropped Tuxedo Blazer | $27.80

ALDO Deinert Bag Green | $45


Look Alikes: Diane von Furstenberg vs. BCBGeneration Leopard Bag

Look Alikes: Diane von Furstenberg  vs. BCBGeneration Leopard Bag

It is hard to think of a time when leopard won’t be in style in some way, shape, or form. No matter what your budget or favorite shopping spot, the wild spotted print can be seen everywhere.

Finding the right way to wear this print can often can be purrr-plexing. Tread carefully, more often than not, an overdose can have you looking more like a New Jersey housewife than the fabulously chic fashionista that you are.

An easy way to wear leopard is to make it the focal point in your outfit without mixing too many other patterns and prints. In other words, don’t make your prints compete.

We suggest starting with a nice bag for daytime use that can transition into evening.

And speaking of bags, one that we’re absolutely wild for is this calf hair and leopard DVF bag. Not only is the bag GORGEOUS but it also makes a really chic statement for the fall.

Still saving your duckets for the DVF bag of your dreams (and ours)?

Instead, try this BCBGeneration bag. It almost makes just as big of a statement without the heavy price tag.

GET THE LOOK

1. Diane von Furstenberg Harper Leopard-Print Daybag  | $1200 | Get it!

2. BCBGeneration Leopard-print Bag  | $98 | Get it!


Look Alikes: Alexander McQueen vs. Original Penguin Bowtie

Look Alikes: McQueen vs. Original Penguin Bowtie

Thanks to the likes of stars like Brad Goreski and the ad execs of Mad Men, bow ties have become a chic yet classic way to play up a suit or dress shirt.

This trend no longer just appeals to men, as Ralph Lauren has incorporated this menswear staple into his womenswear fall collection.

We simply adore the McQueen classic plaid bowtie.  And if you can’t have McQueen, try this Original Penguin bowtie.  Both bowties will make you a stand out among your well dressed neck tie-wearing friends.

1. Alexander McQueen Plaid Self Tie Bow Tie | $185 | Get it!

2. Penguin Brick Wool Plaid | $29.99 | Get it!


Look Alikes: Giuseppe Zanotti vs. Roberto Festa Lace-Up Leopard Booties

Look Alikes: Giuseppe Zanotti VS. Roberto Festa Lace-Up Leopard Booties

 

The print of the moment is leopard, which you can see on everything from purses,  to wallets, and shoes for the fall. With a such a versatile print, it's easy to incorporate these into your wardrobe without breaking your budget.

Check out these feisty updates to your typical lace-up ankle boots from Giuseppe Zanotti and Roberto Festa.

With Festa's affordable version, it's sure to make you purr.

Giuseppe Zanotti Lace-Up Leopard-Print Calf Hair Ankle Boots | $775

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Roberto Festa Leopard Lace Up  | $129

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Scarlett Johansson and Olivia Palermo Team Up with Stuart Weitzman to Kick Ovarian Cancer to the Curb

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According to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States, and I can personally testify to that, having lost my mother to cancer after a three year battle with the disease in 2009.

Needless to say, when I heard that shoe designer Stuart Weitzman was partnering up with celebrities to benefit the Folkman Institute in Boston, I was more than pleased.

Weitzman recruited starlets Scarlett Johansson, Hayden Panettiere, Olivia Palermo and Michelle Trachtenberg to co-create the Young Hollywood Cares Collection, a line of shoes in which a portion of the sales will benefit ovarian cancer research.

The collection will be available at the designer's flagship boutiques beginning August 22 as well as on the StuartWeitzman.com website.

Now that’s what I call feel-good footwear.


Eccentric Glamour Meets Dark Romanticism in Prabal Gurung’s New Fall/Winter 2011 Campaign

Eccentric Glamour Meets Dark Romanticism in Prabal Gurung’s New Fall/Winter 2011 Campaign

The 2010 CFDA Fashion Fund Award runner up, Prabal Gurung, has created a dark, yet romantic collection for this fall, and his newly released campaign images are inspired by Miss Havisham of Great Expectations and John Singer Sargent’s A Parisian Begger Girl.

A windswept Julia Saner dramatically poses for photographer Daniel Jackson wearing Gurung’s romantic collection, and in reviewing what Gurung has done with A Parisian Beggar Girl for his Fall/Winter campaign, we can't wait to know what he has up his sleeve for his next collection.

 


Rumor Mill: Marc Jacobs is Top Pick to Replace Galliano

Rumor Mill: Marc Jacobs is Top Pick to Replace Galliano

Marc Jacobs is rumoured to be considered for the top job at Dior. Source: AP

For the house of Dior, it has been the year of fashion rumors. With the rapid departure of John Galliano (for you know what), the fashion house has been scurrying to replace its iconic designer.

For a moment, Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen seemed to be the front runner, especially after her much touted design of Kate Middleton’s royal wedding dress.

Now, the rumor mills are buzzing, and according to The Austrialian, Marc Jacobs is the man on top. Jacobs currently designs for Louis Vuitton and his namesake lines. With his renewed contract with LVMH--which owns both Louis Vuitton and Dior--Jacobs is a strong possibility.

But would Jacobs make the move to Dior, or design for both fashion houses?

LVMH chairman, Bernard Arnault hopes that Jacobs would chose between one of the two lines.

In the meantime, Jacobs has denied that he has been even offered the position.

Do you think that Jacobs is the best choice for head designer at Dior or is there a better fit?

 


LOVE Magazine’s Necrophilia, Bestiality and Bondage Themed Editorial

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In the supernatural summer edition of LOVE magazine, you’ll find an editorial shot by famous photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott filled with beautiful colors, imagery of nature, and an impressive list of models.

And the pervasive themes of death, necrophilia, bestiality, and bondage.

While I can appreciate this avant-garde editorial, I do have a hard time looking at some of these images and focusing on the fashion when “I see dead people” floating next to a car.

What do you think of these images? Beautiful or disturbing?


Trend: Cool Color Blocked Brights

Trend: Cool Color Blocked Brights

While most people wear colorful clothing in the summer, few people have mastered the technique of color blocking. Color blocking looks a lot like it sounds. (Think of blocks or segments of color as clothing items and accessories that make up your outfit.) Using shades that complement your skin tone as well as ones you enjoy wearing, makes the juxtaposition of color an easy trend to follow and a carefree way to expand your wardrobe.

Celebrities such as Emma Stone, Emmy Rossum, Olivia Palermo, and Carey Mulligan have embraced this fearless trend. It is a bold way to make a statement using your favorite summer colors.

So here are some ways for you to think about incorporating the color blocking trend into your wardrobe.

Trend: Cool Color Blocked Brights

Left to Right: Black Halo, Bebe

Feeling sexy?

Try this ultra-sexy Open Back Colorblock Bodycon Dress from Trend: Cool Color Blocked BrightsBebe that is sure to make heads turn.

For those who prefer a Bohemian look, try this Black Halo one sleeve halter dress.

If dresses aren’t your thing, you can always color block tops with jeans like with this

Marni V-neck top with these J Brand skinnies in electric blue.

Trend: Cool Color Blocked Brights

From Top Left: ALSO, Marcy by Marc Jacobs, Asos

Too bold for you? You can wear this trend on your feet! I recommend statement shoes like these ASOS MIND Suede Color Blocked Lace Up Flat Shoe and MARC BY MARC JACOBS Block Color Wedges.

If you're on a budget, the ALDO Krone Color Block Wedge With Peep Toe are a great alternative.

No matter how you decide to color block, the color wheel itself is a good source of inspiration. You can learn what colors complement each other best like green and red.

Christmas in August anyone?


Karl Lagerfeld for Macy's Collection Revealed

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Designer collaborations with budget friendly stores such as Macy’s and Target allow those without celebrity paychecks to purchase the final product of a designer’s creative process without the heavy price tag.

In the world of designer and retailer collaborations, one of the most anticipated collections to date is that of Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld for retailer Macy’s.

Images of Lagerfeld's collection for Macy's were recently released and have been winning over fashion audiences nationwide.

The collection images reveal a line that is comprised of dresses, skirts, blouses, and accessories, all with signature feminine Chanel-reminiscent detailing. Tees and tanks with images of Lagerfeld as well as his beloved fingerless gloves are bound to be best sellers. The prints among the collection are ultra feminine and remain true to the style of Chanel.

Pieces from the Karl Lagerfeld for Macy’s Impulse collection will retail from $50 to $170 and will be available in 230 Macy’s stores and online at Macys.com beginning on August 31st.


Fall Trends: Leather & Lace

The fall runways were packed with looks that were glamorous, sexy, and edgy. To help you out, we've selected a few of our favorite items this fall.

LBLD (Little Black Leather Dress) - Last season, the Little White Dress was the new LBD.

But this fall, the LBD is back with a new attitude and a little rock 'n roll.

In the Fall 2011 ready-to-wear collections, designers like Hakaan Yildrim, Stuart Vevers of Loewe, and Donatella Versace and Christopher Kane of Versus took the LBD to a new level with an LBLD (Little Black Leather Dress).

Here are a few of our picks for fall.

Little Black Leather Dress

1. Maje Hit leather mini dress $650.00 - Net-A-Porter

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2. Valentino Belted leather and lace dress

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3. Alexander McQueen Pleated leather dress $5,445.00

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4. Sara Berman Amy Whinehouse belted leather dress

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Lace - Lace seems to be a stronghold, season after season.

Not only do we see black lace this fall but colored lace in a variety of patterns. Lace is sexy, glamorous and elegant.

This fall, Marc Jacobs, Alber Elbaz of Lanvin, and Anna Molinari of Blumarine showed a number of lace pieces in their collections. For a demure look, we love wearing a lace dress with a blazer and flats or pumps.

Lace Dresses

 

1. Emilio Pucci Wool-jersey and lace mini dress

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2. Milly Cotton-blend lace dress

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3. JASON WU Celadon Green Shift Dress with Lace Trim

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Photoshop Fail: UK Bans Julia Roberts and Christy Turlington's Airbrushed Beauty Ads

L'Oréal's ad campaign for Lancôme with Julia Roberts.

We all know that fashion ads are airbrushed.

Beautifully coiffed models after all, represent a perfection and beauty that we aspire to attain for ourselves. And while some great airbrushing can take off a blemish here and there, for the most part, we believe that those girls--those Kate Mosses of the world--are natural beauties, and perhaps the airbrushing is simply a "white lie" we're willing to accept.

Or maybe not.

If you ask Parliament member, Jo Swinson, she'll tell you that airbrushing in fashion ads have gone too far.

In reviewing L’Oreal's beauty ads featuring actress Julia Roberts and supermodel Christy Turlington, Swinson asserted that the ads were overly manipulated and misleading to consumers. The ads showed Roberts and Turlington promoting foundations that claimed to make women look vibrant and youthful.

The Advertising Standards Authority agreed with Swinson, citing that the airbrushed images did indeed appear to falsify the actual results of the product, and banned the ads in the U.K.

Most people would probably agree that Roberts and Turlington are natural beauties, and do not need the "extra help" that airbrushing provides.

If anything, according to Swinson, airbrushing these women sets up unrealistic expectations of beauty. "Excessive airbrushing and digital manipulation techniques have become the norm," she said to the Guardian, "both Christy Turlington and Julia Roberts are naturally beautiful women who don't need retouching to look great. This ban sends a powerful message to advertisers – let's get back to reality."

What do you think? Do you think that advertising images today set unrealistic expectations for consumers?


Marc by Marc Jacobs Releases Diverse Denim Collection

Left to Right: Slouchy Slim Jean in Bergen Wash, Military Legging in Bowery Olive, 70s Flare Jean in San Francisco Wash

In today’s tough economic times, it speaks volumes that Marc Jacobs and his multitude of brands can continue to expand into an empire.

Marc by Marc Jacobs, his diffusion line, has been a great success since its debut in 2001. Now that continued success will encompass a collection of denim with nine styles of jeans in twelve various washes.

With a constant need for finding the perfect jean, the collection offers denim for everyone with many fit and wash options—all at a reasonable price. ($138-228)

While there is a wide range of options within this collection, our picks include the Jac Legging in Crosby wash, the Military Legging in Bowery Olive, the 70s Flare Jean in San Francisco Wash, and the Slouchy Slim Jean in Bergen Wash.

While each pair has a unique element all its own, they are all well-crafted and made with the Marc by Marc Jacobs customer in mind.


Going Green: Wearable Planter Jewelry

Whether it is handmade or vintage, there is always something for just about everyone at marketplace website Etsy.com.

And just when you thought you were living an eco-friendly lifestyle, a jewelry line comes along that may make you feel like you could be doing more to preserve our planet.

Jewelry designer and entrepreneur Colleen Jordan has developed a way for you to carry your own little piece of green wherever you go by designing jewelry in which you can house your own mini-plant.

Yes, your very own real live plant!

Jordan’s jewelry plant holders are made of printed acrylic and can be modeled into various shapes. Her wearable planter prices range from $30 for a pair of earrings to $55 for one of her larger necklaces.

Although the planter does not come with a plant, instructions are included on how to add them as well as which ones work best.

These planters will surely be a great conversation starter.