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Posts for February 15th 2012
Let's face it: Anna Sui knows how to have fun. So much fun, in fact, that we were even treated to models like Lily Donaldson, Joan Smalls, and Lindsey Wixson smiling on the runway! For Fall '12, Anna drew inspiration from a 1960s Jean Shrimpton silhouette but, in Sui style, took care to put her own signature whimsical spin on it, as seen in the psychedelic patterns and color palette. While the super-textured shag coats, Woodstock-worthy caftans, and babydoll dresses certainly set the retro tone, it was the designer's attention to the owl motif that left a lasting impression. The knitted owl hats, owl-shaped sunglasses, and owl-embellished fingerless gloves were just a few of the not-so-subtle themed items found within this playful lineup. Also worth noting? Anna Sui collaborated with Coach to design this season's line of bags — newly debuted on the runway — and yes, they had owls on them, too. It was a total Anna production, just youthful and fun from start to finish.
- Trends: Owls, oversized Peter Pan collars, super-textured shag coats, '60s-style babydoll dresses, and bright tights.
- Colors: Rich autumnal colors — rust, orange, ecru — matched up with neon blue, fuchsia, and pink.
- Key Piece: The cozy shag coats over sweet babydoll dresses.
- Accessories: Newly debuted line of Anna Sui for Coach bags, knit owl hats, owl-shaped sunglasses, knit fingerless owl-embellished gloves, and neon tights.
- Who Would Wear It: Fashionistas with a taste for kitsch and color, like Hailee Steinfeld and Chloe Moretz.
The ethereal collection of Marchesa gowns shown for Fall 2012 left us with one question: which A-list celeb will wear which dress on which red carpet? One by one, models floated out in decadent floral appliqué bodices in golds, crimson reds, and aquamarine teals, complete with even more ornate tulle-enhanced skirts, fit-and-flare silhouettes, and sheer formfitted overlays. Marchesa dresses are more about fantasy than anything else, and these dresses had a romantic feel, as if they had been plucked from the bodies of different heroines in Edwardian-era novels. There were looks for a princess in the full-skirted ball gowns, sheer lace dresses with asymmetric hems that would belong to the sexy mistress, and the queen who leads her country into battle — we can't think of a better look than the short black leather dress with black knee-high gladiator sandals.
- Trends: lace embroidery, feathers, gold detailing, lace
- Colors: red, gold, cream, black, baby blue
- Key Piece: a red embroidered dress with a huge skirt was a showstopper, and we love the short, light cocktail dresses.
- Accessories: luxe gladiator sandals and delicate pointy-toe heels.
- Who Would Wear It: Blake Lively will wear the short cocktail dresses all year, and Marchesa fans like Lea Michele, Halle Berry, and Jessica Biel will all give these dresses a spin on the red carpet.
What happens when premium espresso meets rich, creamy cocoa? Aside from your coffee dreams coming true, the answer is simple and decidedly delicious — Starbucks® Caffé Mocha. Like the yin and yang, a blogger with their laptop, peanut butter and jelly, or Angelina and Brad, espresso and cocoa are better together. The icing on the cake? Every Starbucks® Caffé Mocha is handcrafted from the world's finest beans, wholesome freshly steamed milk, and premium chocolaty mocha. Rich and delicious (another winning combo) and perfectly balanced, being together has never tasted so sweet. The new Starbucks® Caffé Mocha (much like cookie dough and ice cream) is the perfect balance of fabulous flavors. So, @Starbucks wants to know, who would you share a Caffé Mocha with? #bettertogether.
Michelle Smith showed a fun collection brimming with color and cool techno fabrics for Milly's Fall line. The results? A prim and polished collection injected with modern fabrics and a bit of edge. Tweed dresses were given a shiny finish thanks to a high-tech laminated finish, while full leather skirts lent a feminine feel. A wide array of cocktail-ready dresses were the main focus, ranging from scalloped hemlines to strapless neon and lace confections. Standout pieces included a brilliant metallic purple skirt paired with a textured dotted jacket and a red patent leather funnel-neck coat. More details from Milly's ladylike cool collection below.
- Trends: Techno fabrics, embellished collars, full skirts.
- Colors: Cobalt, green, black, hot pink, chartreuse, purple, red.
- Key Piece: The laminated tweed dresses were simultaneously fresh and feminine.
- Accessories: Shearling clutches, satchel bags, opera gloves.
- Who Would Wear It: In addition to front row attendees Tinsley Mortimer and Kristin Chenoweth, we can also envision Upper East Side personalities, like Blair Waldorf, wearing some of these pieces.
We went backstage at Michael Kors, where the designer told us how famous American couples from the past and present like Clark Gable and Carole Lombard or Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie inspired his ruggedly elegant Fall collection. Watch to find out how to get Angelina Jolie's effortless style — hint: it's all about balance — and how Michael's love of Broadway translates to fashion!
While checking out the Diesel Black Gold Fall 2012 collection at New York Fashion Week, Czech model Petra Nemcova showed us a new kind of edgy. That is, that the look doesn't have to mean all-black, ripped jeans, and caged booties. Even white jeans — when baggy and pulled up like Petra's pair — and shimmer can be badass when they want to be. To achieve this new kind of polished edge, a black leather jacket is necessary to balance the feminine pieces. Then wear a shimmery tank, white jeans — if you don't have a slouchy pair, rolled-up skinny jeans work, too — and a pair of unique ankle-strap sandals. Don't forget to finish the look with a dark metallic bag, like Petra's green satchel, for a pop of color. Wear this to your next nighttime outing and you'll make guys stare . . . and girls jealous.
The City alum Whitney Port debuted her first collection at New York Fashion Week, and we went behind the scenes to chat with the designer about how to wear mixed prints, the inspiration behind her fun and flirty Fall line, and the moment when she first fell in love with fashion. Hear more from Whitney here, and be sure to check out the full Whitney Eve Fall 2012 collection!
Pink is having a major moment right now, there's no doubt about it. But for many, the hue conjures up way too many silly childhood memories, so it can be hard to imagine pink as fashion forward. But with a quick styling tip, the lighthearted color can be elevated to seriously fashionable status. Case in point: Alessandra Ambrosio's latest ensemble while picking up her daughter from school in LA. Up top, it's pink on pink, with a striped pink long-sleeve tee and a pink scarf. Pretty, but not totally fashiony. But look down and you'll see the model mom's suede taupe ankle boots, which balance the pink up top, giving it a less girlie and more earthy edge. Wear this outfit when the sun is hiding and you need a dose of bright. Other pink-and-taupe alternatives to try are pink jeans with taupe booties, a pink sweater with taupe jeans, or a taupe blouse with a pink scarf.
Nylon style editor and star of modeling reality show Scouted Dani Stahl provided a very important fashion lesson when she attended the 3.1 Phillip Lim show in NYC: that it's more than OK to wear white in the Winter. Actually, it's highly recommended. All you have to do is layer a brown leather jacket — nonleather will do, too — over any chic white dress, then finish your look off with black tights and peep-toe booties. We are also into the accessory-fanatic's two-tone metallic clutch and major ring candy — turquoise, hot pink, and gold.