Archive for the ‘fall’ Category

Launch Party for the Cole Haan Whitney Collection

July 25, 2009

The Madison Avenue Cole Haan store was packed to the brims on Wednesday night when Guest of a Guest hosted the Cole Haan launch party for its new Whitney Collection. The collection is a trendy, urban line with some bright blues and purples in addition to the classic browns, blacks and grays that Cole Haan tends to carry. Blue and grey flats, heels with elastic bands, sporty leather hand bags, and studded accessories were standouts in the collection. These were some of my favorite pieces:

Cole Haan Launch Party for The Whitney Collection

Cole Haan Launch Party for The Whitney Collection

Studded Heel and Belt from The Whitney Collection

Studded Heel and Belt

Totes from The Whitney Collection

Totes from The Whitney Collection

Studded Hobo Bag from The Whitney Collection

Studded Hobo Bag from The Whitney Collection

Sporty Flats with Elastic Bands

Sporty Flats with Elastic Bands

Elastic Band Pumps

Elastic Band Pumps

Dior Barbie

July 9, 2009

Am I the only one who had flashbacks of the original Barbie from 1959 when I saw this little Dior Couture number?

Dior Couture & Original Barbie

Dior Couture & Original Barbie

Vera Wang Fall Preview 2009

March 6, 2009
On Thursday, February 26th, Vera Wang had a preview of her Fall line at her garment district show room. The collection was mostly made up of black and greys, with just a few bursts of green, blue, and gold. What made the line distinct was its use of texture and unique fabrics- including neoprene, otherwise known as scuba diving wet suit material. Lots of ruffles, crinkled fabrics, ribbons, and sequins made the ordinary pieces extraordinary pieces. Out of everything in the show room, I enjoyed the accessories the most; big costume gems on earrings and necklaces, fur stoles, sequined scarfs, and big bustier-like waist belts. These are pictures from the preview:

 

 

Vera Wang Fall Preview 2009

Vera Wang Fall Preview 2009

 

Ruffle Cocktail Dress

Ruffle Cocktail Dress

Vera Wang Gem Detailing Fall 2009

Vera Wang Gem Detailing Fall 2009

 

Crinkle Detailing

Crinkle Detailing

 


 

White, Blue and Black Gem Necklaces

White, Black and Blue Baubles

 

Ruffle Cocktail Dress with Squared Neckline

Ruffle Cocktail Dress with Squared Neckline

 

Vera Wang Neoprene Waist Belt

Vera Wang Neoprene Waist Belt

 

Detailed Gathering

Detailed Gathering

Do yourself a favor…

August 22, 2008

Start shopping for fall! I just returned from a two week vacation and lots of NYC job hunting, so I hope you haven’t been too bored! Mercedes Benz fashion week is just around the corner and we will already know what to buy for next season so it is really time to get out there and stock up your fall and winter wardrobes. 

As I reported after Spring Fashion Week 2008, there are lots of great trends this season:

  • Greys, Purples, & Berries
  • Lace, Florals & Feathers
  • Platform Heels & Booties
  • Constructed Jackets & Tailored Pants
  • Geometric Shapes
I have compiled items for each of these hot fall trends:
Greys, Purples & Berries
BCBG Jersey Sweater

BCBG Jersey Sweater

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Via Spiga Double Breasted Trench Coat

Via Spiga Double Breasted Trench Coat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lace, Florals & Feathers

Rebecca Taylor Lace-Top Silk Dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

        

Michael Kors Floral Print Pencil Skirt

Michael Kors Floral Print Pencil Skirt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beth Lauren Metal Feather Necklace

Beth Lauren Metal Feather Necklace

Platform Heels & Booties
Nine West Citygirl Platform Heel

Nine West Citygirl Platform Heel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marciano Greek Bootie

Marciano Greek Bootie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Constructed Jackets & Tailored Pants

Halogen Crop Jacket
Halogen Crop Jacket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   BCBG Camilla Wool trouser

Geometric Shapes

Black Halo 2-in-1 Geometrical Dress

Black Halo 2-in-1 Geometrical Dress

 Herve Leger One Shoulder Bandage Dress 

Herve Leger One-Shoulder Bandage Dress

Style on a Budget

July 28, 2008

As I get ready to move to one of the most expensive cities in the world, I am preparing to put my clothing expenses on a tight budget. As I was looking around Target for some things for my upcoming trip, I strolled through the shoe section just to see what they had to offer. To my surprise, I found a few pairs of shoes already on sale that are very fall-fashionable. 

Compare:

 

Women's Mossimo® Vergie Peep-Toe Booties

 

 

Women’s Mossimo® Vergie

Peep-Toe Booties 

Black Patent Leather

$29.99  Target

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nine West “Papoose” 

Peep-Toe Pump

$89.00 NineWest

 

 

 

 

 

Mossimo® Valentina

Peep-Toe Booties  

 

Dark Pewter

$26.99  Target

 

 

 

 

 

Nine West “Lovenyc”

Peep-Toe Booties

Metallic Purple

$99.00 Nine West

 

 

 

 

 

I also found a shoe deal on DSW online. This pair of Nicole Miller peep-toe pumps is very similar to a pair of Alexander McQueen shoes- the highlights on the Nicole Miller shoes are black patent leather rather than the gold highlights on the Alexander McQueen pumps, but they are both beautiful pairs of shoes:

Nicole Miller “Oriela”
Satin & Patent Platform
$79.95

 

 

 

 

Alexander McQueen 

Peep-Toe Pump

$879.00 Zappos Couture Online

A Dark Cloud Comes Over Our Closets

April 30, 2008

I have gladly worn dresses the last 3 summer seasons. Form flattering, fun, and comfortable, dresses are a great way to show off femininity and a great pair of heels. Unfortunately, the fashion gods have officially declared their doom. According to the fashion editors, stylists, and designers who make and create trend forecasts, dresses will officially drop off of the style radar by the end of August. The styles that will be replacing the dresses are going to be more tailored with wide leg pants, and a continuance of the high waist on bottoms. One of my favorite outfits I have seen in this style was by Ralph Lauren. This look was created for his 40th anniversary line. While most of us will not be wearing this tuxedo-like style, this outfit emphasizes the feel of fall fashion. If you just aren’t ready to let go and are still looking for a dress to wear this spring or summer, go for small floral prints. 

 

Happy Belated Fashion Week/ Valentines Day/Birthday

February 24, 2008

So, the last few weeks have been busy. Fashion week has moved from NY to London and landed in Milan, but I didn’t even cover the

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 second half of the week in Bryant Park!

Calvin Klein showed a palette of greys and navy blues. Most of his styles had a touch of sheen or an interesting neck line. The dress to the rig

ht was a more simple style. I feel like it could be fierce if dressed down with a pair of dark grey suede boots that hit right above the knees and a motorcycle cut leather jacket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donna Karan showed her collection on Friday, February 8th. Her collection included greens, burnt oranges, blacks and florals.

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Michael Kors also showcased some beautiful colors, like the golden dress above, on February 6th.

The rest of his collection included purples, greens, and lush browns. Instead of feathers, like many designers had in their collections, Kors used fur for enhanced texture in some of his styles.

Monique Lhuillier had both feathers and rhinestone details in her runway styles. She also had fur detail on cuffs and linings of her jackets.

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After all of the designs made their way down the runway, I determined a few must-haves for next fall:
  1. Black ankle boots (& black tights)
  2. Jackets with different arm length cuts and of varying colors; greys, blues, yellows, oranges or a delicate floral print in a darker color.
  3. Feathers or Fur, if you can afford it, on your evening wear
  4. Tops with different necklines; one strap, v-neck, and sweet heart
  5. A detailed black clutch & a wide waist belt

As for the belated Valentines/Birthday post…

I spent Valentines weekend in New York, shopping, walking from Soho to midtown, shopping, wishing I had more money for shopping, and celebrating Valentine’s Day and my birthday! I got two great buys:

HarrietThe Guess “Harriet” shoe in Gold Patent leather. They are actually more of a champagne/nude color. I have been trying to find a pair of nude shoes all over the internet within my price range (although I would really love some Louboutin nude peep toes) so I was very happy to stumble upon these in Guess.

 

 

 

 

Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses courtesy of some generous birthday money!

 

It was a great weekend and I can’t wait to go back to the Big Apple in March… maybe by then I will save up enough money to buy a dress with a full skirt, my favorite trend for this spring! 

 

Donna Karan Dress by: Donna Karan

It’s Fashion Week… Do You Know Where Your Children Are?

February 5, 2008

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in NYC started on Friday morning and dozens of the best designers in the world have already sent their Fall 2008 collections down the runway. While many news outlets have been plugging the Heart Truth’s Red Dress Collection which was modeled by A-List celebrities to support and promote women’s heart health, there have been countless other newsworthy shows and designs. Here are a few…

5Saturday Morning Abaete got classy with a midnight blue strapless cocktail dress anda beautiful sweetheart neckline. The rest of the collection featured other dark blues, blacks and whites with many skirts (hitting just above the knees) and some three quarter sleeved jackets

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Diane Von Furstenberg showcased this beautiful feather dress beneath a more casual blazer, mixing browns and blaks. Both feathers and tailored jackets have made multiple appearances in fall collections this week.

     
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On Friday, Nicole Miller let us know that we’re in for yet another fall/winter season of tights, patent leather, and ankle boots in 2008. Many designers layered up with jackets and different sleeve lengths.
And finally, my favorite so far this week has been Herve Leger by Max Azria. The collection of  dresses was virtually flawless and 100% wearable. Feathers
 reappeared (with even some of the models bangs set to look like feathers) along with horizontal stripes in a visibly constructed style and some very subtle florals. 10
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Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Zac Posen & many more to come during this excitingfashion week!