A roving band of gypsies, tramps, and thieves was the basis of Mara Hoffman's Fall 2013 inspiration. Her focus on prints turned in this offering to the textiles of Turkey and Uzbekistan, with leopard and zebra stripes thrown in for good measure. Bright colors like turquoise, pink, and yellow give the prints an optical appeal. Our full review will be posted shortly. In the meantime, enjoy a first look at the collection.
The bohemian girl got a makeover at the Mara Hoffman show for Fall 2013, where a devil-may-care attitude was traded in for a more polished look. This included a graphic take on eyeliner, courtesy of Maybelline New York. If you're a world traveler, then you'll love the heat-free way to create waves that are chic, not unkempt.
The look: Jewelry in the hair, winged eyeliner, and a lunar manicure
The inspiration: A modern-day gypsy
Key tips: Use mousse and hair clips to create loose waves in 20 minutes (no heat required)
We're all for wearing even our most summery of dresses come Winter, but it can be a tricky seasonal balance to strike. The key to getting this look right? It's all about layering, and we're showing you how to do so — like a pro. Simply pair a silky printed shirt dress (we prefer the kind that hits around the knee area) with a fur jacket and ankle boots for a look that's as cool as it is cozy. Here's a tip: when shopping for the perfect furry coat, make sure the silhouette hits you right around — or a little higher than — the waist to avoid extra bulkiness. The result? A highly textural cold-weather getup that's high on style points and might possibly get you snapped on the streets during New York Fashion Week if you just so happen to be in NYC. Shop our three mapped-out outfits below, and, of course, don't forget to don a pair of lined tights for extra insulation!From left to right: Mulberry Wild Lamb Fur Cropped Jacket ($1,227, originally $2,045), Topshop Letter Print Shirt Dress ($100), ASOS Altitude Leather Jodhpur Ankle Boots ($96), Velvet Alana Coat ($110, originally 275), 3.1 Phillip Lim Floral Shirt Dress ($750), Acne Pistol Boot ($399, originally $570), Muubaa Shearling Biker Jacket ($749, originally $1,071), Mara Hoffman Printed Crepe Shirt Dress ($204, originally $370), Nasty Gal Boyfriend Ankle Boot ($178)
Well, that was fun: another Fashion Month has come and gone. Now that we've had time to regroup, it seems like this one was a lot more eventful than seasons past. Certainly a lot of the excitement had to do with the new arrivals at Dior and Saint Laurent, but those weren't the only happenings that caused a stir this month. From the critic who got into public spats with two high-profile designers to the most recognizable accessory of the season, we examine the reasons why the Spring 2013 collections will stick out in our minds for years to come.
Kourtney Kardashian walked the streets of Miami with her family looking colorful in her Mara Hoffman printed high-low shirtdress ($368). While we can't take our eyes off of the eclectic tribal print, Kourtney's strategically stylish accessories — nude cat-eye sunglasses, white t-strap Fendi sandals, and a beige Céline luggage tote — are the reason her look is so spotlight-worthy. The reality star wore her dress in a summery way, but we think it would be just as fabulous for Fall. Sport it with tights, booties, and a statement coat, throw on a vest — leather, denim, fur — for further fun, or top it over a black turtleneck for unique styling. Then for some definition in your waist, belt it with a metallic skinny or wide belt.
Fashion Week is best experienced live — but if watching the shows at the tents isn't an option, never fear: we're streaming some of the best shows live from New York right here. Lacoste, Mara Hoffman, Donna Karan, Tory Burch, Vera Wang, Michael Kors, Rachel Zoe, and Calvin Klein as they happen — take it all in with the video, and see our full schedule below.
Lacoste Sept. 8, 10am EDT
Mara Hoffman Sept. 8, 2pm EDT
Diane von Furstenberg, Sept. 9, 4p EDT
Donna Karan Sept. 10, 2pm EDT
Tory Burch Sept. 11, 9am EDT
Vera Wang Sept. 11, 11am EDT
Michael Kors Sept. 12, 10am EDT
Rachel Zoe Sept. 12, 10am EDT
Calvin Klein Sept. 13, 2pm EDT
Mara Hoffman couldn't debut her beach-ready Spring 2013 collection on the shore, so she did the next best thing and hired three ukulele players to bring the sound of Hawaii to her New York runway show. With palm fronds in their hair, models paraded a series of fearlessly optimistic dresses, gowns, swimwear, and even a quilt-print caftan primed for sunny days by the sea. A breezy pink-and-coral column dress skimmed the floor, while an excellent sea-blue gown with side cutouts was affixed with an interesting chevron print. Hoffman nodded to the bare midriff trend with bikini and bralette tops, but her most powerful statement might have been her bold use of color. After three days of looking at mostly muted collections of pastels and neutrals, Hoffman's audience gave her collection a clamorous applause.
For those who cringe at the very mention of traditional wedding garb, now there's this. Online boutique Bona Drag has partnered with indie favorites Mara Hoffman, Pamela Love, Lindsey Thornburg, Samantha Pleet, Anna Sheffield, Meredith Kahn, and more on what can only be described as the least fussy bridal collection around. Even the name, "Ceremonial Collection," underscores the capsule's unconventional nature.
"I've learned that when buying, a lot of customers take things very literally," Bona Drag founder Heather Wojner explained. "If it doesn't say 'bridal' then they assume it can't be just that. I wanted to help show our customers where they can bend the rules, and that they don't have to be a cookie-cutter bride."
To that end, the collection is filled with exclusive pieces that are pretty, yes, but also tinged with edge. A ring set from Unearthen, for example, comes adorned with raw quartz, while Anna Sheffield's solitaires are punctuated with pitch-black diamonds and onyx. Gowns, too, come in unexpected shapes and hues: there's a dress in gothic black lace from Lover, and Mara Hoffman (who recently designed pal Pamela Love's wedding dress) offers an intricately-beaded chiffon dress with a neckline so daringly low it would probably be considered quite le scandale in any regular church.
"It's only natural for my brand to collaborate with Bona Drag on exclusive ceremony gowns," Lindsey Thornburg — who created two reversible gowns for the collection — explained. "Bona Drag understands what our clientele wants to drape themselves in for all of life's cherished moments."
See the entire lookbook — photographed by Wojner and Mike Goelzer — here.