When we talk about the colder months, our focus is often on the holidays, with lots of glitz, cute accessories, and the same key color combinations reiterated over and over. But what about when you've got a hot date, not chestnuts roasting on an open fire? It's easy to forget that this is also the season for deep, dramatic lipsticks, vixenish eye makeup, and super sexy hair. The weather outside may be frightful, but these five trends will keep you hot and heavy.
Phillip and David Blond of The Blonds have been creating in-your-face spectacular designs since 2008. Yet some still describe the two as "up and coming." But, they are already "there." After all, they've dressed the biggest A-list celebrities: Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Fergie, Rihanna, Debbie Harry, Dita von Teese, Katy Perry. And most recently, some of their designs can be found on Carrie and Samantha in the upcoming movie "Sex and the City 2."
I was at your Fall 2010 New York Fashion Week show. I have to say, it was the most fun and energetic show of the season that I saw. The crowd was just crazy! I loved the cricket noises playing when I walked in!
Yes, the crickets! [laughs] We wanted to relax everyone to a point they were so serene that when the show started, it would be this huge impact. Mr. Wilson DJ did the soundtrack. He’s done the music for shows like Gucci and YSL He does the music for all of our shows.
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When I talked to J.Crew's Creative Director Jenna Lyons during New York Fashion Week, I had to ask her about those wonderful J.Crew jewels. Coincidentally, you can learn all about the brand's jewelry designer, Molly Carey, in the latest catalog. Molly sounds pretty rad, and here's what Jenna revealed about the upcoming Turkey-inspired Fall jewelry collection.
How do you start the jewelry process?
It's one of those things where it's anywhere and everywhere. This past season the girl who oversees jewelry went to Turkey and came back with some crazy cool pieces.
Is this for the Spring or Fall collection?
I'm sorry I'm so off, I never know…
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We have one week left — Paris, the crème de la crème of Fashion Week month. Can you keep going? Hear how how the pros survive fashion’s most anticipated event. Fashion Week designers and celebrities from Kelly Cutrone to Whitney Port to Rachel Roy weigh in on the dos and don'ts of fashion mania.
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Fall is always about bundling up, but Fall 2010 ditched ladylike and attacked extreme coziness — cocoon cozy, to be exact. Phillip Lim kept his sweaters cropped with extra long sleeves, Rad Hourani took his collars up, way up, and the Rodarte sisters opted for light colors and major fuzz. Other knits were oversized, and included rounded hems and large hoodies.
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Michael Kors, Peter Som, Charlotte Ronson, and Richard Chai all featured the Fall trend of the moment: the long maxi skirt. From casual to couture, the maxi skirt’s longer hemlines are much more forgiving than the shorter miniskirts of the past. Check out FabTV to see how to wear the must-have maxi skirt!Like what you see? Watch more FabTV.
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Let me preface this by reminding you not to shoot the messenger. Alas, in case you haven't already noticed, New York's Fall runways were flurried with fur. Dip-dyed, hooded, hatted, vested, trimmed, bagged, and even shoed (left, at Zac Posen) New York designers continue to have a penchant for fur. Will this be the season you take the plunge?
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For Fall '10, designers — such as Adam Lippes, Peter Som, Michael Kors, and Tommy Hilfiger — swapped out shorter hemlines for longer luxurious lengths. Maxed-out skirts are a sophisticated and refreshing alternative to the tights and minis combo and can be worn both casually or ultra-glamorous. Peep how Adam Lippes and Peter Som experimented with floaty, printed chiffon layers, while Michael Kors and Tibi decorated their long skirts with beads and shimmer. We love them all.
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