Paris Fashion Week Fall 2019

There is absolutely no shortage of fashion in Paris. People around the world look to this fashion capital for all their style advice. Events held February 25 through March 5 concluded the first fashion month of twenty nineteen with a plethora of that said style. Though it has come and gone, see some highlight moments below. And tune back in for full length show videos that will be posted soon!

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Playing with proportions and exploration are themes this season at Yves St Laurent. The polka dot tights provided a super fun textural effect paired with short hemlines, but still remained modest paired with a richly patterned bomber jacket or sleek trench. And whats that I spy? More beloved animal print? A fun fact I read  from designer Anthony Vacarello was that power shoulder pieces in the show had to be done by hand! The things we do for fashion. The show ended with cool neon looks brought to life under black lighting. A few sheer tops were snuck into the show which was a disappointment. I know it was meant to mean power to the woman in the seventies, but 50 years later women still aren’t on equal footing with men and exposure just comes across as objectification.

Designers of Aalto are breaking free of the standard. No joke, there will be floral’s, bright colors, and even all white ensembles.. for fall. And I think I’m okay with that. Season less fashions are still currently trending. Why not mix our favorite patterns and colors as well? The multi media jacket above was by far my favorite piece. The brand also partnered with Swedish company, Knitology, for organic wool pieces, which is a genius way to source sustainable materials!

Kenzo designers shared takes from their Chinese Peruvian heritage. It was such a unique collection, with rice print bag dresses, pullera skirts and waterproof ponchos. It was all set against a colorful illustrated mural background by late Pablo Armaringo that added to the kaleidoscope of color to this collection. Plus there were bags that wink that provided modern applications tying together the heritage and ethic pieces to today.

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First off, the quilted tops from Isabel Marant deserved a huge shoutout. They are so chic paired with those power shoulders. Earthy tones and paper bag pants were standout elements. The Marant woman is a wanderer, but should not be confused as timid. Sleek black pieces cinched at the waist with big western inspired belts mixed with leather made for a strong ending to a beautiful show.

Loewe’s aesthetic goal was about reduction, which technically happened. A trench coat simply paired with crisp white sneakers helped make that goal a reality. Then it got crazy, not overtly, but in the details. A poets sleeve there, a fringe skirt there, a paisley print,  pinstripes, and ponchos galore. I feel like I’m trying to write a Dr. Seuss book! Designer Jonathon Anderson, whose own line shows in London, said he was concentrating on stripping away noise, which I don’t think was accomplished. Is something simple if feather trim is involved? Doubtful. Nevertheless I did like it. There were clean silhouettes with playfulness and an intriguing palette. So much for tame, better luck next season!

Nina Ricci started in elegant Parisian fashion, entirely colorless, in a palette of black white and beige. As I prepared to witness a snooze fest, the runway did a 180 turn and received a wonderfully timed splash of color. The notion was brought about by way of maillots, forecasted trend bucket hats and a pretty shade of dandelion yellow silk.

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Who has more fun than Elie Saab? The answer is no one. There was a lot of drama, starting with exquisite monochrome pieces in blue, burgundy, green and black. Ranging from day wear to evening attire with unctuous pieces in wild print, velvet, lace and pretty sequins still following the noted hues. The show ended forcefully in layered looks of black and red that you couldn’t look bad in if you tried.

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Balenciaga stripped back its background, which was in stark contrast to the last few seasons. Minimal elocution was the message ringing true. The cocoon coats struck me as odd, but not unwearable. This was six months of fashion laid out for the Balenciaga customer, as Demna Gvasalia is doing away with precollections. Inspired by Paris itself, and meant for any day or time, left each piece open to interpretation. It moves and works with you, which was a pretty cool statement.

It’s crazy when something is nice, and that doesn’t seem to cut it. That unfortunately seemed to be the case for Beautiful People. The cousin It looking jacket was a stand out, for appearing so out of place, and the rest of the collection was solemn. Either pieces didn’t go together or left no lasting impression.

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Alexander McQueen showed tailored suits and fluffy frocks. There were flower petals manipulated into the fabrics that added a fun whimsical touch to the collection. Remnants and industrial materials made up an upcycled portion of the show that I thought was well executed and beautiful. This was meant to show the balance of tradition and culture of the English countryside. Did you know that in 18th century England men referred to things that were fashionable as macaroni? I say we bring it back!

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Obviously one of the biggest shows this season was the final collection from Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel. Karl passed away February 19, but his legacy will last forever. This was a stunning collection, perfectly displaying his insight into the world of fashion. The hound-sooth mixed with classic Chanel tweed suits were an excellent start. Coats came in a variation of style, be it full length or cropped, parka or bomber. Gorgeous fair isle sweaters and skirts were paired together by neutral shades, but color was not eliminated from the runway. Purples, pinks, bright blue and red were paired with furry snow boots and logo accessories. It ended in angelic whites in true form to the brand and to the man. Feminine and pragmatic, Karl created some of his best work for this season and we will always cherish his beautiful mind and impact to the industry.

I would love to hear your thoughts about bucket hats! These are some styles from Dior, Loewe and Valentino. Do you love or hate this trend? Leave your responses in comments.

Images courtesy of Vogue

Milan Fashion Week F/W 2019

‘Make it fashion’ is a popular phrase I’ve often seen recently on social media. I like that it means being a little extra or having a creative styling moment. But can you do better than Milan Fashion Week? I think not! The debut of Fall 2019 Ready to Wear, according to Italian fashion houses held February 20 through 25, was unbelievably good. Naturally there were still a few snafus, but overall impressive. Keep reading to see for yourselves, and tune back in for full length show videos!

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Moncler was an event that seemed like you “had to be there”. The show took over an entire street, where a 12 designer show was done. I couldn’t find images for all the runways, but it included collaborations with London based designer Richard Quinn, Simon Rocha, Pierpalo Piccoli, dog couture designer, Poldo, Crazy Green, Liza Kebede, Valextra, Palm Angels, Sergio Zambon, Sandro Mandrino, Fragment, & Hiroshi Fujinera. The collections will be released monthly beginning in June. I’m not sure what the order will be, but I imagine with the displayed collection being cold weather attire, it won’t be until later this year. What I did see seemed like good high fashion. Many people continue to say fashion is dead and needs some kind of revival, but I don’t think reinventing the wheel is necessary by lieu of this show.

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Alberta Ferreti shared a moody runway that was very enticing. From day-wear to evening attire, your wardrobe can have it all. Romantic dresses, jumpsuits that shine, even white cowboy boots if your into that. I loved the neutral palette that gradually continued to included soft pink and gray tones in the show. The metallic mix was another fun touch. My favorite pieces were the all black ensembles, elevated by their play with textures for lots of depth and an all around individual look.

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Two years ago I had never even heard of the brand, Vivetta, and now its a show I always look forward to seeing. Even in its crazy moments- like this upcoming season’s teddy bear coat made of actual stuffed bears, this is the embodiment of fashion. It’s serious, but shouldn’t be taken so seriously. Vivetta is truly a world of its own, where art and fashion blend together seamlessly. I can’t help but be dazzled by the delightful aesthetics. The question is, how soon can I get that cobalt blue suit in my own closet?

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Prada is always expressive, but this might have been my favorite runway yet. Miuccia Prada still infused subtle prettiness into this collection, by way of flowers, pink and lace, even though she emphasized in backstage interviews she is conerned with the threat of war. This concern was hit with darker notes, spotlighting utility. There were uniforms, collars buttoned all the way up, and combat boots. The stern expressions models had and severe hairstyles, Wednesday Addams inspired braids and slicked back buns, created a perfect storm of fantasy and reality. The best Ready To Wear yet, am I right or am I right?

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Bottega Veneta was very structured, as expected. Many have been in anticipation as Daniel Lee became Creative Director in June, after formerly being Ready To Wear Director at Celine. The quilted pieces were a highlight for me, even the square toed pumps! There were plenty of knitwear options and one’s choice of leather outerwear. Other mention-able attire included dramatic scoop neck tops, sophisticated hem lines and a nice cheery orange made an appearance that really brightened the collection.

Tod’s was another structured line that was very straightforward. A play with proportions made for a powerful ease on the runway. Choose between a trench coat, belted or loose, in patent, snakeskin or matte, or puffy vests. Select and Aline skirt or trapeze dress. Pick loafers or ankle boots and add a tiny bag or drawstring bucket bag and viola! The maroon and camel color combination was my favorite. I didn’t even know I wanted a pair of leather Bermuda shorts until I saw them! What are your thoughts on the leather button down shirt?

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How can a brand be fresh after 50 years? Just one look at Etro will make it look effortless. The runway meant to embody the company’s values, first by going back to it roots in paisley print. Veronica Etro, Creative Director of women’s wear said, “it’s all about how you mix things up and wear them, that’s life I guess.” There were time jumps from Edwardian collars to a current blazer dress. Crocheted and knit fair isle pieces created a  cozy folk ambiance. From baroque printed mini dresses to taffeta, there were so many great material options, I can’t pick a favorite. Timeless shapes, like cigarette pants, helped tie everything together flawlessly. Tassled trim, spangles and chunky belts added luxe detail. And the icing on the cake was seeing models of all ages on the runway, proving no one is too young or old for great fashion.

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Romance & flair made up the runway of Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini. It was inspired by the 90’s supermodel, and left the viewers nostalgic for that decade. There were slip dresses, tuxedo jackets, straight leg jumpsuits and vegan leather ready for girls looking to get glammed up and go out on the town. The silk blazer looked so delicate yet polished. And I’m dying curl up in one of those cozy turtleneck sweaters!

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The sky is the limit for Giorgio Armani, and this season was no creative exception. Ladies wear velvet pants with a wild top or simply suit up. There were so many great jackets and bags to choose from! For those who want to go the extra fashion mile, don a gown with a rose adorned collar or try a puff sleeve with ruching. As for the gentlemen, go double or single breasted in a suit jacket, either way you can’t lose. Chooose a pinstripe or go all out in leather. Mix things up with a jacquard or bomber jacket. Whatever you decide, you’ll look your best in any ensemble from the titled collection, Rhapsody in Blue.

Clockwise Left to Right, Byblos, Angel Chen, Marco de Vincenzo

Even though I truly love the holographic trench coat, I’m skipping on the shag accessorizing from Byblos. I also have no plans to have my hair done like a Who from Whoville, as donned on the runway from Angel Chen. What’s more, I don’t understand the Bird Box inspired look from Marco de Vincenzo. Things aren’t that dire, pinky promise. What are your thoughts about Milan Fashion Week? Share them in comments!

Photos courtesy of Vogue and Huffington Post

London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2019

February 16-19 took us to London for a fashion spotlight. There was so much to take in, and that doesn’t even include what the Duchess of Sussex wore to the shows! Take a look at some high and low moments below. Don’t forget to tune back in for full length show videos!

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I preferred the more streamlined looks to the playful ones from Jaime Wei Huang’s collection, but was left impressed by the end of the show. There were lots of memorable moments. From wool coats to puffer jackets, there were plenty of great outwear options. Other personal favorites included wide leg trousers amd a trendy large pocketed scarf. However, I was less impressed with the janky hemlines prominemt through the show or the see through sweaters, (like really?). There was also no love for the fuzzy fanny packs. Sad face.

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It was all about high drama & oversized shapes at 16Arlington. The label is interested in exploring red carpet opportunities and definitely succeeded at presenting a show. The oversized blazers were a highlight for me. And the two textured coat was such a surprise! The graphics were also a great idea to give a little dose of extra to pieces. The blend between minimal notes and maximalist ones is too good to miss.

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Full disclosure, I had a traumatic experience in argyle as a child that has still made me cringe at the pattern to this day, but thanks to Molly Goddard, I think I may be able to leave the past behind me. The distressed patchwork sweater captured my attention fully.

This show was meant to match strength and light heartedness, but opposites don’t neccessarily pair. I did like the message, but not the application. I preferred the gentler approach, with a touch of edge, as opposed to the outlandish outlook taken. Like those multi tie dresses were working for me, but that canary yellow feathered dress was more reminiscent to Big Bird. Lovable as he is, I don’t want to look like him.

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Streetwear inspired House of Holland  made for a cultural experience. Mexican influences topped with french tied scarves brought western inspiration to the runway, while Mandarin collars and Japanese obi knots brought inspiration from the Eastern hemisphere.

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It was a play with textiles from Ports 1961, how fun is that? The shaggy sweaters, drop earrings and slouchy boots accessorized seamlessly an all hours offering. The dress structures were so elegant in a rich palette for a truly luxurious feel.

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Emilia Wickstead was inspired by the film, The Godfather. The show was even held in Le Caprice, one of the oldest Italian restaurants in London. It really set the perfect backdrop for the Italian influenced showcase. It was very dramatic with a touch of ritz, but remained thoughtful and elegantly constructed.

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Burberry’s Creative Director named this season Tempest to contrast British culture and weather. It was posh, and honestly one of their best collections in structure and shape. I even enjoyed the handful of avant garde type pieces throughout the show. They said this runway encouraged inclusion, however there was a lot of backlash over a particular piece, the “suicide sweater”. It was a beige hoodie with a woven rope around the neckline that unfortunately did resemble something like a noose, sparking a heated internet outrage. As of February 26, the company had issued a formal apology and plan to educate and train employees on diversity. There are additional plans to assemble an advisory board of external experts and recognize talent through Burberry Inspire, an art and culture program the company owns. They also hope to support outside organizations that promote diversity, inclusion and aid to people in crisis. These are good causes to be behind, and I think this is a good reminder to everyone that its always important to be mindful.

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Natalie B Coleman partnered with UN and #wearingirish fair trade to celebrate UN sexual and reproductive health agency 25th anniversary. She is a student at Dublin College obtaining a masters of Philosophy for Gender and Women’s studies.

A highlight was a hand stitched ovary motif for scarves that took 32 hours to craft. It was so opulent and meant resemble medival scabbards.

Anya Hindmarch had another experimental show, remember the cloud pillow from September? This time showcasing woven bags and a climbing net that attendees were encouraged to try out made from the same material as the bags.

Margaret Howell, a favorite for simplicity, shared another stunning coed line. Offering ease and refined style, honestly, what more could you want.

Mother of Pearl, a brand focused on sustainability, was unique this season. It was a see now buy now show with vintage inspiration. There was also a ball pit meant to represent the profusion of microplastics that wind up in the ocean from synthetic fibers. This is putting marine life at risk. Mother of Pearl also made a 10 percent donation of sales in February to a charity working to clean-up the oceans.

Shrimps was not a highlight this season for me, although I did like seeing lots of bishop’s sleeves and cowell neck coats.

New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2019

Hooray its Fashion Month! Starting always in NYC, shows were held February 7-15. There were some new faces on the scene and longtime favorites. I’m always excited to see what different brands want to share, what inspired them and their game plan for the new season. Take a look at some highlights below, and as always tune back in to see full length videos of the shows!

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The premier cocktail and gown company, (Pamella Roland’s words and I agree) whisked the upcoming season away in crystals, pearls, beading and feathers that guarantee party worthy attire. I loved the deep shades of plum and red that were used against black and white frocks. And I couldn’t get enough of the sharp silhouettes or sheer overlay jackets.

Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s mix and match runway was a treat. What she called “handpicked dressing” allowed room for experimentation, and a challenge to fashion overall. Among tie dye and animal prints were a few understated looks that I felt helped bring the collection together. Not everything was a hit, but I appreciated the statement.

Another runway, sharing a love of tie dye paired with snakeskin, chintz, brocade and faux fur, was a bold and funky share from Kim Shui. I liked the colorful opaque tights and the different hem lengths and collars of dresses. It gives the customer lots of options, so fill up that social calendar!

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I’m obsessed with sets. They take the guess work out of an outfit for days I’m rushing or feeling lazy. So I was thrilled to see so many options from Ralph Lauren’s fall season. It was a black, white and gold presentation that was as stylish as it was beautiful. The flagship mansion was turned into Ralph’s cafe for the show and the runway started with a descending staircase. From the runway down to the ambiance, this collection was so fun. Bonus points awarded for the sparkle.

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It was no nonsense at Brandon Maxwell. His inspiration actually came from a illness his family is dealing with. This collection was about refinement and protection that  fashion can offer. Almost colorless save for a couple peridot and fuchsia gowns, there were still plenty of depth in the silhouette and detail. The high collars, over sized pockets and puffy or sleeveless shapes offered a reminder that there is beauty in strength.

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This collection from Tory Burch was inspired by a liberal arts school, Black Mountain College, no longer in operation. But that creative mentality really came through this season. Floral’s were featured, yes for fall, don’t freak out. And the shoes were understated stars, from gold toed and platform boots to metallic strap mules. I think this line showcases fashion’s evolution to breaking standard ideals and replacing them with whatever works. The frilly collars and bishop sleeves were great components as well.

I read an article a few weeks ago that said leopard print is out. In my book, never! It’s always and forever the ultimate print and pattern to accessorize and be fierce. I am female, hear me roar! So I was pleased to see the layers upon layers of leopard print from Adrienne Landau. I loved the balance between bright colors she created pieces in, against the perfect neutral attire. I may even wear bike shorts if they come in a leopard print! Ok, ok, that may be an exaggeration, but the collection was a smash.

Ryan Roche called his collection prairie dressing. It was neutral in it’s color and minimal in concept. Although he did a collaboration with Royal Stag Hats, there was scarcely an accessory to be seen. The collection being stripped back was meant to offer simplicity, but material choices struck me as high maintenance. Being that this is high fashion, I don’t mind, but when I imagine prairie terrain, it invokes the idea of the open frontier, undeveloped land. The elements make me want to dress down, not doll up to the nines like so.

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Always refined and sleek, the fall collection from Taoray Wang did not disappoint. The line offered a perfect silhouette and included soft gray plaids and pinstripes. A pink lined powder blue jacket was a highlight for me. I was also happy to see plenty of blazer dress options, I’ve been trying to hunt one down and there was a great selection in different materials.

Alice + Olivia was held in a gothic revival synagogue that set a dark background for its rainbow collection. The contrast was gorgeous, and do I spy with my little eye a leopard print? Wink wink. The edgy show included velvet and leather pants that will paired wonderfully with sequin slogan tees. And there were plenty of evening wear attire in deep, rich tones for an extra oomph when or if one is feeling moody.

Anna Sui’s retro runway was a star. Amongst a rainbow of brightly colored wigs and tights were plenty of sixties favorites. Tweed dresses, Mary Jane shoes and lots of plaid were just a few highlights.

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Recycled cashmere knits, alpaca jackets and alluring slip dresses were all apart of Zero + Maria Fall presentation. There was a lot of textural play, as most of the ensembles were monochrome. A favorite of mine was a tan corduroy jacket, but I also liked the composure of a geometric knee length dress paired with boot cut pants, a floral blazer set and royal blue jumpsuit. Each piece had a softness to it and paired with its counterparts created a strong statement overall.

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A sensory experience to behold was the nod to 70s glam from Michael Kors. Get your fill of all the best fashion goodies. Snakeskin boots, sparkly frocks, faux fur lined coats and jackets, even Studio 54 logos, the place of places to party. Everything came in the polished MK luxe we adore so much. In these ensembles you don’t have to ask where’s the party, you’re it!

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I’m taking a hard pass on these Ugg Eckhaus Latta collaboration open toed furry mules. What are your thoughtsabout New York Fashion Week?

Haute couture 2019

Haute Couture shows were held in Paris January 21 to 24, full of wonder and lots of shimmer. Elie Saab said he wanted to celebrate the magic of femininity, and I think that perfectly describes couture. It’s where fashion goes to be extra dreamy and playful just because it can. I always become inspired by these shows, honestly I think it would be hard not to at least view a couture show and feel happy. Enjoy a few of my favorites, and don’t forget to check back in for full length videos!

 

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Ralph & Russo

 

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Zuhair Murad

Photos courtesy of Vogue

2019 Fashion Forecast

Happy New Year! We are looking forward to a new year of great fashion, but are you up with the latest trends? If not, here are a few that are expected to be big in 2019. Adding one of two to your own wardrobe will put you right on the latest fashion scene.

Of course layers are especially important in the winter to keep warm, but you can also use them to provide your wardrobe with a fashionable twist. They provide length, depth and color to any ensemble for an extra chic appearance. A popular coat trend so far that’s also expected to continue trending has been the teddy bear coat, a fuzzy faux fur look that will supersize your silhouette. Due to it natural shades in light tan, beige and brown, it’s also a great option for those wishing to achieve an androgynous look.

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Faux leather fabric is going to be very popular, especially by way of accessories. This eco friendly choice has increased in Pinterest searches by over 2,800 percent! I think this would also be a really fun DIY to try.

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We at Fashionightmares LOVE sparkles and sequin jumpsuits are definitely going to be a hit in the upcoming year. They are unique, pragmatic and a fun alternative to a party dress. The more colorful, the better.

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Pleated skirts are so versatile, and in the right fabric, so comfortable. Dressy or casual in a variety of lengths from mini to maxi, this is a multifaceted piece that you will love having in your wardrobe all year long.

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If you love a good cardigan or looking for that fun layering piece, then you might be interested in the popcorn cardigan. The style has already been seen being sold online and in retail shops. A pronounced stitch that resembles popcorn will provide a thick, textural element to amp up basics or add a playful touch to an ensemble. This cardi is also in Pantone’s color of the year: Coral. I love this bright hue when I want a pop of color that’s vivid, but not fluorescent. Keep in mind it will be a great shade to wear through the spring and summer.

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Silk and satin tops are making a comeback after fading from the fashion scene in the early 2000s. From long sleeves to camisoles, this fabric will add a touch or luxe and shimmer to your wardrobe. This is a revival we’re excited to have!

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The trend I personally am still on the fence about is the cycler short. I will admit as athleisure they are better than the dreaded yoga short, but I don’t find them as a suitable item to “dress up” or wear to work. If you really, really, really need the addition to your wardrobe, I guess they’d do for an extremely casual event, but personally, I’m not recommending it.

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Chanel, Fendi & Roberto Cavalli

Which trends would you try or find exciting? Share your thoughts in comments!

Photos courtesy of Google Image, Pinterest, Elle, Insider and Poshmark

Paris Fashion Week Spring 2019

Paris fashion is effortless, natural, undone and impossibly cool. As we make our way to the city known for such magnificent sites such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the Arc de Triomphe, keep in mind that it takes a herculean task to be mentioned in the same group as those sites, and this years Paris fashion week did not disappoint. Get ready for some top quality examples of fashion that will be worthy of being presented in this wonderful city. Some of our favorite and most beloved labels show in the city of light, so let’s take a look. Videos of the shows will be posted soon!

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Yes, yes & yes to Elie Saab. Yes times infinity. This collection had lots of energy and lots of life. Ever alluring, soft, edgy and vivid, there was great contrast throughout the runway. Solid black or white pieces worked seamlessly against red and orange florals, multi-color stripe dresses and even a few leopard print pieces. These are not your mom’s spring floral’s.

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Balenciaga shared an immersive experience of the runway with artist Jon Rafman from Art Basel. The light tunnel changing color throughout the show created a rare ambiance you wouldn’t normally get at a fashion show. High drama and logo prints definitely made this season vanguard.

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Isabel Marant’s bohemian energy was present as ever. I loved that this line is never overly fussy, but still maintains a touch of prettiness, with its frills or ruffles, lace, little touches of this and that. This season had sparkles here and shimmers there, faded pinks, copper, maroon, silver and light blue. There were some western plays with denim and vests paired with plaid, but then showed off its french side with trendy halter and asymmetrical sleeve crop tops paired with leather shorts, and ultra femme rompers. Fashion tip for next season: pair anything with slouchy boots and viola.

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Dance and fashion both speak about the body. That was the focus at Dior’s Spring show. There was lots of easy movement here, from pleated and flared skirts paired with oversized jackets and large sunglasses to exquisitely crafted dresses with cross body bags. The pieces came in just about every material, tulle, silks and macrame, with prints including floral, tie dye and logos. If you want to be the epitome of a French fashion “It girl”, you’d do well to choose Christian Dior.

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Balmain was inspired by Egypt. It was highly creative, with oversized sleeves, metal bodices and mummy-like wrapped dresses. It also included hieroglyph details, distressed muslin, mixed material ensembles including denim and organza, with and sculptural shapes that were excellent. However, the runway felt a bit costume-y at times, which wasn’t really a bad thing, just that some pieces ended up looking like you’d sooner see them in a sci-fi film than among streetwear.

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Victoria + Tomas were the epitome of french fashion. Structured jackets, tassled hems, bold lines and a few standout iridescent dresses will make for an incredible summer wardrobe. Kenzo shared an on point collection. The popular snakeskin pattern of the season was elegantly paired with an array of colors, something that always strikes such impact, at least for me.

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A few that missed the mark for me were Thome Browne, Vivienne Westwood and Issey Miyake. It might be fun to showcase something wild on the runway, but ready to wear should be somewhat applicable to everyday life. Is anyone really jones-ing for an oversized watermelon hat? Asking for a friend…

Photos courtesy of Vogue

Milan Fashion Week Spring 2019

It was another successful fashion season in Milan. Not that we should ever expect anything different. Held September 19 to September 23, escape into the complexity and evolution of Milan Fashion Week. Full length show videos will be up shortly to see more of all the splendor.

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Sporty was the name of the game at Byblos. There was a great dress selection and bright separates. Favorites of mine were the jaunty and bright recycle sweaters. Jil Sander hit the mark once again in minimalism. Excellent layering and sensible without lacking a single iota of style. While minimal tastes crave black and white pieces, its still always fun to see a splash of color; especially with great fabric choices, like plisse.

Be still my fashion beating heart, Fendi has finally done it! Lagerfeld says its all about the giant pockets and inspired by streetwear. It was a diverse range of sleek items from sporty to boho in the most breathtaking, fabulous palette. (And the giant pockets worked swimmingly.)

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Mountainscapes, butterflies, swans, rainbows and all other kinds of sweetness was on point at Vivetta. Meanwhile, at Prada, the team created an exquisite mix including eastern motifs and trapeze dresses in satin,  chiffonand cashmere. I’ve seen reviews before saying they don’t get the point to be made, and I don’t think there is a point to get. Its great fashion that speaks for itself. The end.

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Emporio Armani shared a 200 look runway. Maybe a bit overzealous in numbers but still so entertaining as a fashion show. There was spellbinding elocution and high drama from start to finish. It included nods to the 70s, 80s and 90s. The collection started off in neutrals, grays and whites, and moved into navy before adding neon green, royal blue and electric pink. Fun notes included drawstring jackets, fringe collars and a nice dose of sequins!

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There was mindfulness, balance and a touch of wanderlust from Etro’s Spring Ready To Wear. The collection used surf and sport motifs inspired by the Pacific, from California to Hawaii to Japan in warm tones with a variety of shapes for whatever a summer day has in store. Versace was also full of color and hypnotic, although a bit capricious at times. The overall mischievous and amusing nature of the show, however made a good impression.

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Missoni’s iconic gossamer knit was woven into robes, cardigans, kimonos, tank tops, skirts and pants in patterns or plain color. A traveler energy built piece by piece in the collection’s cozy palette. Since the brand celebrated 65 years, this collection was meant to be something special. Dare I say it was, for the win.

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A few other favorites from Milan included Tods, a sleek coed collection in rustic colors and Ultrachic was cheerful, happy go lucky and of course, very chic.

London Fashion Week Spring 2019

 

We leave from NYC and all of its glamour to jump across the pond to London Fashion Week which was hosted September 14 to September 17. It’s sometimes easy to forget the elegant ease of London and all the wonder it really brings during fashion week. After all, we always hear about the Royals and Big Ben and other famous landmarks around London. But what tends to get lost in the shuffle is the unique style the city has. This fashion week didn’t disappoint on reminding us of just that. Join me as I review the great new looks for spring and enjoy all the full length videos from the shows!

Amanda Wakeley shared a safari inspired collection, a palette full of olives, cream and tan and accessories made of sheared kangaroo. That was a noted feature, though I’m not sure as to why. She will also have a 6 month pop up in Bicaster Village. Ashley Williams gave a shout out to the 80’s while Anya Hindmarch hosted a non runway with the largest bean bag, “the cloud” at Westminster Banquet House. It’s purpose was for patrons could talk and rest. But at one point a guest was photographed reading Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham, so it was an ambiguous show to say the least. I recall completing circle time reading back in the second grade.

 

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Ports 1961 was full of ropes and ties, a nod to the nautical? It was unclear. The macrame and tiger print were fun touches to the collection though. Jenny Packham celebrated 30 years by highlighting the best of old Hollywood while Peter Pilotto shared influences of Polynesia. There was vibrancy and spirit, though a bit overwhelming at times, but had excellent shape. Form has played a large part in fashion this go around, which has been pleasant to see.

 

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Victoria Beckham had the perfect spring collection with splashes of color and distinguished form. The ensembles were breezy, ever posh (pun intended) and will whisk you away to long summer days. Preen by Thorton Bregazzi was nomadic…and a bit haphazard. Some shapes were better than others. The attitude was prominent however, throughout nylon, lame and frilly floral material choices, and that’s all I can ask.

 

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Shrimps brought its signature faux fur and created a charming motif complete with daffodils, which are significant to the designers and needlework bags that were delightful. Pringle of Scotland, known for their amazing knits , was really charming this season. I especially loved the block coloring and how the pieces all mixed and matched with each other. It really leaves one with endless possibilities of dress. Burberry was fairly lowkey, although a large debut, with 135 looks. Classic and luxurious notes were hit without missing a beat, the iconic plaid attire were some of my favorites.

 

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What are your thoughts from London Fashion Week? Share in the comments, and stay tuned as we head to Milan next!

NYFW Spring 2019 pt. 2

Continuing with a glimpse of the best in fashion, comes a second and final series of reviews from New York Fashion Week. Without further ado, let’s take a look. But don’t forget to tune back in for full length show videos!

 

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Romeo Hunte was named WWD’s 2016 designer to watch and its easy to see why. His spring 2019 collection was surfwear inspired collection with neoprene. There were highlighter colors, sequin emojis and faux fur trim, all brooklyn inspired. I saw some complaints that this collection was similar to his menswear showed in June and that with runways becoming more often coed why not just show them together. This is a fair point, but that’s also a lot of unnessecary pressure, especially if the company is focused on using a see now/buy now method.

 

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The Carolina Herrera runway had great skirts and plenty of different ways to wear them, but the winners were the gowns. There was a dress for any and every occasion. In an array of color from dreamy to practical, polka dot or floral, collared to off shoulder, pick a dress any dress; you might even want two.

 

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Veronica Beard showcased her collection in a greenhouse which I adored as a background. Plaids, lace leopard print and sequins were mixed and matched to create fresh and sharp combinations.

 

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Zero+Maria shared a relaxed presentation made with organic linen and denim that was certified gold. Gold certified means it’s made from organic cotton grown without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, using the cleanest indigo-dyeing process available. (Thank you to Vogue for that specification.) This trendy, urban collection had great colors and was modeled by women of all ages, which was pretty poignant.

 

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Anna Sui was inspired by the 1955 film Kismet, that takes you to a grand bazaar in a far away land. The collection has a rich palette and plenty of spunk. Crushed velvet bucket hats to turbans, spirited tie dye, leather caftans with shell jewelry, hawaiian print tops and silk cowboy fringe buttondowns were all in the musing. Choose a chiffon or starfish embellished dress, paired with a fishermens vest and go explore somewhere. This line was perfection all the way down to the Tevas.

 

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Another travel inspired collection at New York Fashion Week came from Alice+ Olivia. Places and faces are what its all about. Trot around the globe to Paris, Provence, Marrakech, Positano, Careyes & Tokyo, wherever your heart wants to wander, really. The third eye clutch was spectacular.

 

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Naeem Khan Spring 2019 was a runway heavy on evening attire inspired by his heritage from traditional garments of India as well as popular looks of different eras. Fashions included single shouldered gowns with sweeping skirts, tasteful cutouts, plunging necklines, boxy shapes, ruffly capes and cold shoulders. The long sleeve minis were my favorite. There were a few unnessecary see through styles, but over all the collection had great color and a jaunty spirit.

 

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And cue the applause for Michael Kors. One thing that can get lost in fashion is fun and whimsy. Nyfw had many lines with a shortage of these qualities but MK delievered. He showcased outfits you want to wear from beach club totes to breezy multicolor skirts to eyelet dresses, even floral swim caps. Anything you might need is here, so color me happy. Whatever your summer wardrobe needs, Michael Kors has you covered. Just add sun and sand.

Photos courtesy of WWD