It's not a written rule to wear sparkles for NYE, and I'm not one to always go with conformity- but I LOVE the glitz and glam of sparkles. Look for a unique dress that would definitely stand out amongst the crowd. Not into too much? Try a shiny clutch or play up your accessories!
My best friend, Jaime is obsessed with warm chunky crewneck sweaters. She pulls it off really well, and although you may think this trend is left for the grandmas out there...not true! Today is Christmas Eve, and if you're thinking a sweater as a gift from your grandma may be a miss, think again! It can look really adorable (and keep you warm and cozy at the same time). I've been eyeing some while shopping. Here are a few of the best:
Alexander Wang, Opening Ceremony.
Striped Mohair Sweater, Madewell.
I actually bought this sweater in October and have been in love with it since.
This coming season for Fall, I'm realizing the classy and ladylike elements implemented into the accessories. I'm looking forward to a season of bold prints, strappy shoes, and polished pieces...a perfect finish to a great outfit. Some of my favorites include:
Oscar De La Renta
you can't tell me this little old-fashioned camera bag isn't the cutest thing you've ever seen.
For my Creative Fashion Presentations class, we had a fun final project to create a way to showcase new trends. My group decided to work as if we were an upcoming new company called "Flutterbye Fashion" that puts together creative trends shown on the runways, at a low price. We shopped at stores such as Forever 21, H&M, Urban Outfitters and Zara and created how-to videos to implement the Fall 2010 Trends; Animal Print, Soft Utility, Boy Meets Girl, and Grunge. Hope you enjoy the video!
My last post was all about Black Friday, and how that particular day held the power to predict the status of the economy. Well, on Friday I was one in a million who was crazy enough to wake up at 4am and join the crowd as retailers were ready to open the doors for the sea of people waiting outside. I went home to Long Island for the week and spent two days at Roosevelt Field Mall. As I shopped, I realized how mostly all the prices remained the same. There were particular items that were listed on sale to attract people to walk through the doors, but what made that day special from any other shopping day? I watched crowds of people in each store as they waited on line for the fitting room and to purchase. Two hours at Urban Outfitters...my friend and I waited on the line as it wrapped around the store several times. Their sale only lasted until 10am, adding an extra 50% off sale items. The hype of "Black Friday" had everyone in the mindset to shop. And for the economy, it's a positive sign. The National Retailer's Federation (NRF) surveyed results that are boosting the economy. Finally! Shoppers spent $365.34 compared to last year's $343.31 billion.
As for today, it's Cyber Monday! All the tweets I saw today had something to do with great deals. So of course, I had to shop! I have a good reason to, I need new boots and the economy needs a boost. I visited Bloomies in Soho last night, only to find a perfect pair of Lauren by Ralph Lauren dark brown leather riding boots on sale...that ran out of a size 6. I have been searching forever to find new boots, only to be disappointed many times because I am so picky. But this is a classic, and I placed my order today. There was free shipping over orders over $100 and many items were 30-40% off.
The busiest day of retail shopping is soon approaching, have you made your list of which stores to visit? If you have, set your alarm clock for a bright and early morning, plan an easy outfit and comfy shoes because you're going to to glad you did! Black Friday is almost like an unofficial holiday, bringing people together to buy tons and tons of merchandise. Customers are on the look out for the best deals, from purchasing holiday presents to marked-down prices of electronics. Not only is Black Friday beneficial for us personally, it may be just what the economy needs. Consumer spending definitely contributes to the economy's growth, and Black Friday is used to measure exactly how much money we are spending. In just about two weeks, we can compare this year's sales to last year's. Hopefully, this will be a postive outcome because our country needs it. With internet sales becoming more popular, many Black Friday deals are also available online, perfect for those who want to stay in our warm pj's, have their morning coffee, and shop at the comfort of their homes. But if you do decide to go for the shopping hunt, be careful. Shopping can get dangerous! Here are a few retailers that are advertising huge savings for this crazy day: Macy's, Best Buy, Costco, Kohl's, Macy's, Lowe's, Office Max, Old Navy, Radio Shack, Sears, Staples, Target, Toys 'R Us, Wal-Mart.
What's the cutest thing about a new collection? The collection chopped into a baby version! I came across "Wee People" a line for the "Free People girl." It's probably going to be my next new obsession, next to Crewcuts, of course.
If you follow WWD on Twitter, then you very much know about their 100 Year Anniversary. I have their notifications sent to my phone and they have been nonstop tweeting, and there's quite a reason for the big buzz. Over the past hundred years, WWD has provided news on memorable designers, parties, artists, and celebs in a well-written editorial and fashionable way. I mean, a hundred years is a long time! WWD has been around even before the two-piece swimsuit had become mainstream in the 20's. From updating us to the lastest "It" bag to showing the most recent designer collection, WWD has always got our back when it comes to fashion industry knowledge.
And what's a celebration without a party? WWD hosted the party of the century this Tuesday at Cipriani on 42nd Street with a very interesting guest list including designers, models, celebs, reality TV stars...Everyone reminisced on the memories of the publication throughout the years.
Models Liu Wen, Arlenis Sosa, and Constance Jablonski
In this changing world of fashion, technology can't help but play a huge role! Especially when it comes to fashion shows. Back in the day, the majority of people who attended shows were the ones who really mattered in the industry; editors, buyers, designers, media...but now who are the ones in the front row? Bloggers, celebrities, and socialites have their names written all over the A-List seats. How did this happen? The world of Twitter, Facebook, and Blogspot have flowed through, creating a stream of social media that affects our everyday lives. In fact, anyone can attain the access to watch designer shows during Fashion Week, through streamed videos online. A greater audience can feel a part of the fashion world by tuning in to what is going on, in New York City and other fashion capitals. Social media is a fascinating world of updates as to what's new, every second of the day. It's a smart and free marketing tool for brands and retailer. A snapshot of a look from the runway could be the next "tweet" and a status update could inform everyone a new fashion trend. Live fashion streams are definitely the next new show format. It is revolutionizing the way we live, constantly changing and exciting. And that's how the world of fashion should be, never boring and absolutely always changing.
After doing a bit of research on trunk shows, I came across the jewelry line, Stella & Dot. The brand sounded familiar, I visited their website and found that their unique luxe jewels were featured in major publications such as In Style, Lucky, and Cosmopolitan. Speaking of unique, the way Stella & Dot showcases their brand is quite interesting. The line is sold exclusively through professional jewelry stylists who offer trunk shows in personal homes. Their belief that jewelry should not be locked in a glass case makes perfect sense- jewelry should be fun and easy to try on. Trained stylists are there for a reason- to find that perfect piece to fit the customer's lifestyle and taste. The website encourages "5 Simple Themes" for 2-hour trunk shows. They include: girl's night out, 'style makes me happy' hour, drop off, drop in for style, office break style, and sunday afternoon. Of course, there are no limits as to the fun themes for a jewelry trunk show. The hostess of the trunk show will also enjoy generous rewards through Stella & Dot. It's an overall fun and exciting shopping experience! Take a look at one of the trunk shows here:
If you haven't heard of Vizio Optic, they are a high-end boutique that sells quality eyewear. Located in Brookline Village, MA, they were featured in the "Boston Magazine" where they won the "Best of Boston Eyeglasses". Chanel, known to many for their designer quality of high-end fashion are featuring their line of sunglasses at Vizio Optic. In the above video, you can see their collection shown in a trunk show. This way of presenting a line is great since it showcases the brand as well as the boutique, gaining exposure to local people around the area. Customers are also more likely to purchase items after having a personal conversation or seeing the trunk show live. Vizio Optic only sells Chanel Brand eyeglasses in store. I feel that the trunk show sophisticated and showcases the line beautifully.
Who says Valentine's Day is the only day everyone should wear red? Imagine if everyone you see today were wearing the shade of hearts. How different would your day be? You would be sure to stay awake then, the bright color attracts your eye...that explains why it's a primary color we learned about in kindergarten. In the evergrowing industry of fashion, changes occur everyday. Street fashion plays a large role in today's influence on trends. Yes red can be considered a classic, but it is currently a huge color trend. The bold color compliments most skin tones. If you are more of a simple girl that prefers muted tones as opposed to bold daring colors, try something small to start off with. Accessories are perfect for adding a pop of red into your wardrobe. Start shopping and be ready for attenion!
Real and natural colors are emerging for next Autumn, and I am so excited to see these shades eventually implement to trends. After our long reflection of past seasons, next autumn is filled with warm colors inspired by nature itself. Be ready to see many shades of neutrals inspired by the beauty within our earth. Letting go of bright processed hues, we finally find the appreciation for unproccessed, clean colors. My favorite color for next autumn would be a deep violet shade, a picture below is shown from WGSN. The color has a vintage feel, romantic yet dark. The shades of purple seem to have a bruised tone, in contrast to the softer lilac pastel colors.
Overall, the color analysis of all shades are mostly on the deeper side, even the brights are toned down. The hues remain untouched and stripped from any form of processing. When I think about Autumn 2011, I imagine walking through the countryside, a cozy dose of nature surrounded by the warm shades of the brisk leaves and neutral sky.
Although "Punk Rock Princess" is one of my all time favorite Something Corporate songs, it also perfectly describes the Balmain RTW Spring 2011 Collection. The edgy collection filled the runway with studded leather jackets, micro-mini skirts, ripped tights, loose tanks, tight cuffed pants, blazers, denim, and metallics. So who's ready to rock & roll?
Feeling Sartorialist-inspired today, I went downtown to Soho for a day of shopping to browse what's in stores this season. I walked around everywhere and noticed that denim shirts were a huge trend, I've seen at least five people wearing them in different ways. I feel that denim is a particular fabric that pieces can certainly be versatile. Denim Button-Down Shirts look cool and casual, breezy and not trying too hard. So I've never asked anyone off the street if I could take a picture of their outfit before, but it was surprisingly easier than I thought! I came across a girl with an outfit that caught my eye, her denim shirt and light scarf were both from Zara in Milan, her shorts from Topshop, her shoes from a store in Uptown NYC, and her tote was given by Copenhagen during Fashion Week. This is a clear cut example of the trickle-up theory; where fashion can be influenced from the streets to runway. Chloe's A/W '10 Collection included a few denim shirts worn with layers.
So in fashion we are always thinking ahead of our time. So what am I thinking about next? Autumn 2011. Yes- in about another 365 days, we will have to be right on trend for what will be in style for the season. I know that Hosiery has made quite an affect for fashion's past decades. In between all of the legwear days of being in style and used as a status symbol, that fact will live again. Bold celebrities who have the courage to sport anything they want to wear, such as Lady Gaga and Rihanna are not afraid to show off their legs in hosiery. This trend meets history, where the picture below (shot by Edie Sedgwick in the 60's) impacted women everywhere. They created a fashion revolution, where stockings supported the average women's lifestyle. There were also the Christian Dior's extra sheer two-thread silk stockings imported from France, which were thought to be luxurious and prestigious. As we know, fashion always repeats itself, so look out for next Autumn's key item!
I have been so busy this fashion week, I need to update! I worked several shows for Elle Style 360 at the Metropolitan Pavilion. I worked three shows for them but my favorite was the Belle Parish Show. I have never seen a children's apparel fashion show before and it was just adorable. The models were toddlers, walking down the runway with a parent. The designer was Ali Landry, former Miss USA 1996, model, and actress. On Wednesday I worked with Kelly Cutrone, I'm sure she's well known from her two TV shows The City and Kell On Earth. She was sweet, inviting us to sit front row at the Eva Minge Show. This designer is from Poland, and her collection was breathtaking. I noticed many shades of camel tones, whites, and crazy boots down the runway. My favorite pieces were the feminine skirts romanced with tulle. After that show, I went downtown to Capitale. There were a group of designers that showed their collections one after another. I was lucky enough to see Diane Von Furstenburg sitting in the row across from me, Andre Leon next to her (former editor-at-large for Vogue and judge on ANTM) Jay from the City; who was actually a model in the first show, Tyson Ritter from AAR, Russell Simmons, and Foxy Brown. And that was my fashion week; I had the best time even though I was running around everywhere and was definitely sleep deprived!