It must be fate: with the first snowfall here in NYC, we're on the hunt for the perfect coat to keep us cozy and really cute — cue Lauren Moffatt's debut of adorable outerwear. The newly minted CFDA designer expands her schoolgirl-meets-cool-girl line with a selection of classically inspired coats and jackets in a wash of Crayola-colored brights, geometric prints, and playful contrast stitching or faux fur trim. Equal parts cute and kitschy, they remind us of that perfect back-to-school coat — though they'd be just as charming to wear around the city in our adult life, too. Click through to see all five styles and click over to Lauren Moffatt to shop them for yourself.
>> Designer Lauren Moffatt's love of all things vintage, and her penchant for eye-catching prints, is evident in everything she does — from designing her eponymous ready-to-wear collection to shopping for herself and her young daughter. "Whether it's in my home or in my closet, there's an LM thread through it all," Moffatt explains. It's this type of aesthetic consistency that has made Moffatt's line of patterned dresses, swing capes, and Peter Pan blouses a favorite among indie actresses and fashion veterans alike; the line — now in its 12th year — is sold everywhere from Steven Alan to small boutiques. We caught up with the Philadelphia native at her New York City atelier to find out where she looks for inspiration, where she goes for second-hand goods, and which pieces are currently topping her shopping list.
Kate Hudson was spotted frolicking in NYC, first in a navy romper and then in this Lauren Moffatt white maxi dress. It's been a while since we've seen a gorgeous boho look and leave it to Kate to deliver. This outfit is all about the accessories; Kate is a master at piling it on, from the turquoise earrings to the layered necklaces (Kathy Rose Arrowhead Necklace) to the stacked rings. It all comes together very naturally, doesn't it? If the maxi is too maximum for you, peep the shorter flutter-sleeve version.
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Check it: studded boots aren't just for the rough and tough biker babes. Today, any girl with a little bit of funk in her can sport these badass, embellished boots. Notice how Sienna Miller, English model Sarah Harding, and Megan Fox wore studded boots in very different ways. Sienna looked like a bohemian girl in a slouchy, suede pair by Vivienne Westwood; Sarah took the rocker route — with her utterly adorable Frenchie — in a hard-hitting strappy pair; while Megan stayed California cool and paired her slick, knee-high boots with jeans and a bright cardi.
In this scene from the eighteenth episode of Gossip Girl, Vanessa Abrams looks beautiful in her multi-colored dress and oversized statement necklace. The dress is from Lauren Moffatt, but the exact silhouette is sold out, so shop the strapless version instead. Pair it with bold jewelry to amaze like Abrams.
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I've noticed celebrities love them some Toast Cafe in LA. I can't blame them, it's yummy! Jamie-Lynn Sigler lunched at the trendy eatery dressed in a black and cream Lauren Moffatt dress and Repetto ballet flats. For a touch of bright, Jamie threw on red, two-tone Ray Ban Wayfarers, which match her red wallet. The actress kept the look refined with diamond earrings, thin gold bangles, and a simple gold necklace.
Lucky for us Gossip Girl fans, Georgina Sparks' wardrobe is as badass as her manipulative ways. Last night, things got seriously scandalous — I'll let BuzzSugar explain. Here, Michelle is laughing on set in NYC, but her character sure wasn't cracking a smile last night when she worked her devious acts. Along with her Lauren Moffatt-striped top and cropped leather jacket, Georgina sported a rosary. Something tells me it's not going to help her get to heaven.
Kate's really been stepping up her game lately, channeling a sort of rocker edge for her 21 press and a just quirky enough ladylike look in her off time. Her outing in the Hollywood sunshine was no exception, and she was looking adorably retro in this Lauren Moffatt striped minidress. The red piping and tiny studs keep it from crossing over into dull territory, and I'm still loving her Chloe sunnies. Now for the warm Spring weather to make an appearance!
There comes a time in every trend's life when it's no longer a trend and thus forth a fashion staple. Nautical stripes reached that point hella long ago. When Coco Chanel first experimented with them they may have been seen as a flighting thing. But who doesn't want to channel feelings of the beach, the ocean, the waves? Looks like Vanessa Minnillo (in Sonia by Sonia Rykiel) and Coco have something in common — oh, and the rest of us lovers of fashion!
LBD. LBD. LBD. I'm just as guilty as the next girl of owning at least ten. The LBD is indeed a fail-safe fashion choice, but what about when you want to mix it up just a tad? Kerry Washington proves that a Luella LND can capture attention just as much as its noir cousin.
The key to standing out in navy is to play with textures. In a flat silk, navy can look very, well, flat. Navy is regal and stunning in satin, fluid jersey, or flirty pleats. The best part? You can have a field day with accessories — especially costume jewelry. And yes: you can wear black shoes with a navy dress! Just pull it together with the rest of your accessories, a moody coat or a smoky eye.