Monday, February 28, 2011

My Best Dressed List at the Oscars

When did fashion become almost as important, if not more important than winning an Oscar?! Well, critics can be pretty harsh these days. It is as though every main event is an opportunity for a celeb to end up in the "Best Dressed" or "Worst Dressed List". Last night at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, there were a few outfits I distinctively loved and some I really didn't care much for.  In my opinion, here's my Best Dressed List:
Amy Adams in L'Wren Scott. The gown is already breathtaking. And as for the jewelry? Altogether worth $35,000. The earrings are platinum and diamond 2-carat studs. The bracelet is a Cartier Platinum and Diamond Spectacular Emerald Haute Joaillerie secret watch that is $1.025 million. These are some serious jewels-can you imagine wearing that much bling?
Mila Kunis looked lovely in Elie Saab. The lingerie-inspired lilac gown was perfectly not too overdone, match with a small metallic box clutch and simple earrings and bracelets.
Hilary Swank in a gorgeous Gucci Premiere couture strapless floor evening gown. This one may be controversial. But I think feathers can work as your best friend rather than your enemy-as long as you get it right. She wore this gown with satin gray platform sandals with crystal encrusted heels.
And who could forget Anne Hathaway's 8 outfit changes in one night?! Out of the eight designers she wore including Givenchy Haute Couture, Lanvin, Vivienne Westwood, Oscar de la Renta, Atelier Versace, Armani Prive, and Tom favorite has to be the Givenchy. Amazing job, Rachel!

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Shopping Forecast-Weekly Round up!

This week we have lots more fashion inspiration from some of our favorite fashion bloggers. There is so much going on in the fashion industry at the moment from the Fashion Weeks to the amazing celebrity dresses that are featuring on the red carpet during the awards season. Of course, we can' t wait to see which of these looks are going to become the biggest trends for the season ahead.
The Shopping Forecast - Classic new fashions and trends for summer 2011 - looking at one of the most popular themes on the site at the moment.
Watch This Place - Hell Yeah, Goth Lipstick - How to wear the dark statement lip - without it looking like overkill.
Jen Danczak - End of Fashion Week FW 2011 - A review of the last day of NYFW
FreyaHillTalkin - Hello London Fashion Week -A post updating all fashion followers on London Fashion Week, with catwalk reviews to follow.
Style Meets Story - From Runways to Retailers - Lady-like, polished trends are noticed by retailers as wearable trends to sell in stores this fall
The Fashion Buzz - Red Carpet Fashion - A look at some of the dresses worn for this years red carpet events.
Style Eyes Fashion Blog - Tailored Jackets For Spring - the pick of the classic tailored jackets for the season ahead.

Monday, February 21, 2011

From Runways to Retailers.

The New York collections that walked down the runways this past fashion week has been screaming lady-like, polished and sophisticated trends. Designers from Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, Donna Karan to Marc Jacobs have taken us back to Hollywood Glamour. These looks are not only beautiful on the runway....but they are actually wearable. How amazing is that? As a merchandising major, I quickly realized the importance of this note towards retailers everywhere. Fashion directors, VPs, and managing directors of major retailers such as Saks, Nordstrom, Bloomies, Bergdorf's, Macy's, and Neiman Marcus (to name a few) are greatly benefitting from this particular trend to be in style this fall. These wearable pieces are much easier to sell to a trend knowledgeable consumer.

And what exactly are these wearable trends? Outerwear includes parkas, capes, peacoats, anoraks, and puffers. Blouses tuxedo-style, global-inspired prints, chunky knits paired with feminine skirts and dresses, fur and shearling, longer lengths in pencil skirts, fine tailoring, wide-leg pants, and surprisingly pops of bright colors such as cranberries, magentas, and pink. I am definitely looking forward to seeing these looks in store for fall.
Ralph Lauren
Calvin Klein
Alexander Wang

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Shopping Forecast- Weekly Fashion & Trends Write Up.

Today is the start of our brand new weekly link round up in which we share with you a variety of blog posts on fashions and trends for the season from some great fashion and style blogs. Today we have plenty of style fixes to inspire you for the spring and summer from minimalism to shorts, colourful prints and ethical fashion. Enjoy!
The Shopping Forecast - Fashion Trends in Evening Wear SS11- The BAFTA's - A review of the celebrity fashion and trends at this years BAFTA's
FreyaHillTalkin - H&M Are On Cloud Nine - An introductory post to H&M's new 'Conscious Collection' with lookbook images.
Jen Danczak Newest Minimalism - predicting a new fashion trend for the SS11
Watch This Place - Donning Daisy Dukes. Do It. Differently - This season's runways were filled with summer shorts. Here's how to wear the upcoming trend...
Style meets story - Love is in the air - Soft, feminine and romantic looks are seen on the runways for the Fall 2011 season
Style Eyes Patterned cardigans for SS11 - checking out the trendiest way to cover up this spring and summer.
The Fashion Buzz - Top 10 floral shift dresses for SS11- a round up of 10 of the best of the summers most versatile item.

The Glitz & Glam of MERCURA NYC.

I just came back from the Indashio Fall '11 Show last night at the Metropolitan Pavilion. I remember going last year, and was surprised by the crazy designs. It's always a fun show when the clothes make you happy. Indashio was filled with energy and put on a really great show with awesome celebrities and models. And the perfect accessories to go with this collection couldn't have been a better match. I met the designers of MERCURA NYC, Rachel Cohen-Lunning and Merrilee Lichtenstein Cohen sisters who share the love of creating these unique accessories that everyone seemed to be attracted to. I mean if huge sunglasses with feathers, beads, sparkles, and frills don't catch your attention, i don't know what will! They started their brand in the mid-70's, and have appeared on many runways, magazines, and celebrities since. Check out their designs at

Everybody's wearing them...
Johnny Weir
Denise Richards & Adrienne Bailon
Kat DeLuna

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

NYFW Fall 2011.

The past few days of NYFW has showcased many, many great collections for this upcoming Fall Season. There are too many of my favorites to mention them all, but here are a few collections that I completely adore.

I've been noticing that many pieces from Theysken's Theory have been catching my eye lately, whether it be flipping through a magazine or working at my internship. The style is so chic, loose, and sophisticated.
I picked the following three looks from The Row, because I love how each piece makes a powerful statement. Its loud while standing out courageously against the all-black pieces.
Marc Jacobs puts on another fun show, almost a forties-esque theme...down the runway the models were sporting vinyl berets with chin straps, polka dots, lace, and boxy tops-very feminine.
And as I mentioned in yesterday's post, I was eagering waiting for Betsey Johnson's show. The "He loves me, he loves me not" theme was fun and inspiring. The looks started off with brights, florals, and prints. Towards the middle, "real models" with all different body types walked down the runway. These "real models" actually included store managers, regional managers, stylists, and design assistants. It's definitely a breath of fresh air to see something completely different like this.
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Monday, February 14, 2011

Love is in the air.

Happy heart day everyone! And it just so happens that Valentine's Day falls on Fashion Week, once again. And you know who's show am I dying to see the most? Betsey Johnson is showing her Fall 2011 Collection tonight at 6pm at Lincoln Center. Being known for her loud, one-of-a kind designs, I am excited to see what she is debuting next. This season, cupid has shot its bow and arrow making romance and fashion fall in love all over again. This fall, look out for soft whimsical fabrics, dusty pinks and rosey reds. If you've seen Alexander Wang's recent show, he incorporated much of this feminine romance into his own style of sportswear. From the oversized, flowy capes to the puffer coats seen down the runway, Wang used a variety of different fabrics in a very neutral color palette of blacks, grays and creams, with a few pops of light color. Speaking of romantic, Elise Øverland put on quite an impressive show...with figure skaters?! Yes...figure skaters. Even Johnny Weir was there. The models of Øverland's show nearly froze, standing on six inch platform stilettos while having figure skaters twirl around them on the ice rink at The Standard Hotel. The lightness of the collection altogether had a distinct charm, and she's not afraid to use color. The feathery minis, boxy pastel tops, and oil printed dresses were pretty yet modern. This trend is already on its way to ready-to-wear fashion. Brands such as Kenzie, Tulle, and BB Dakota are showing their love for soft and feminine styles. Talk about romance!
Alexander Wang
Alexander Wang
Johnny Weir in Elise Øverland
Elise Øverland
BB Dakota

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

NYFW. W Hotels Global Glam. is NYFW! I'm currently watching the Nicholas K show through stream at Lincoln Center as I'm waiting on a long line to see the W Hotel Global Glam Show, which should be starting in a matter of a few minutes. I'm pretty impressed by Nicholas K, I am loving the oversized drapes...both the female and male models that walked down the runway were well dressed, yet still laid back. Isn't that what we always long for in a collection? Effortless yet chic. Now preparing to see hopefully an amazing show! This collection shows the work of 15 designers, all of which represent a different location of the W Hotels. I'm wondering what to expect!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

I love that drape, obsessed with capes!

Since I read last month's issue of Lucky and spotted the 'Kavanaugh' Wool Blend Cape from Bird by Juicy Couture, I was obsessed. I need a cape. In general, I love flowy tees and oversized anything, so a cape would definitely be a great addition to my wardrobe. My closet would just need to squeeze in some extra room somewhere! Here are a few more I found while shopping online.

Bird by Juicy Couture 'Kavanaugh' Wool Blend Cape 
Boessert-Schorn Cape
Rebecca Taylor Belted Wool-Blend Cape
ASOS Leopard Print Cape

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