During Couture Fashion Week held in NYC this past September, there were various exhibits stationed outside the entrance of the Grand Ballroom, including Oksana Tanasiv, a Ukrainian-born American artist who recreates fashion as a 3-dimensional art using fabric and Swarovski® crystals on canvas. The unique collection of oil paintings is really something to be admired. Beautiful crystals sparkle and glimmer off of “Secret” (pictured above) and soft fabric realistically drapes off the canvas of “A La Dior” (pictured below). Each masterpiece would make the perfect gift for the die-hard fashion enthusiast in your life. For more information and to see more pieces in the collection click here.
The other day I was sitting on the train in New York City and could not help but admire the feather earrings worn by the woman sitting across from me. Her outfit was nothing more than a plain grey t-shirt and blue jean shorts, but the addition of the long maroon feather earrings dangling from her earlobes took the outfit from bland to chic. Try adding some (faux) feather earrings inspired by your favorite bird, and watch your outfit pop. Below are some suggestions.
Whether it’s to the gym or on a night out on the town, color blocked leggings are a chic wardrobe must-have wearable any time of year. Take advantage of the trend, but remember, not all leggings are created equal….be sure to wear the most appropriate one for each activity.
As part of a fashionable outfit:
To the gym:
The recent Couture New York Bridal Fashion Week, held at the Hilton hotel in New York City, was home to many beautiful wedding gowns this season. But, amongst the sea of chiffon, the collection that stood out the most to me was Je vous aime by Cymbeline. The European company debuted its 2014 collection featuring regal gowns delicately constructed by hand with intricate lace detailing and embroidered bodices. Whether you’re preparing to walk down the aisle or just fantasizing about it, the collection, which evokes the spirit of French romanticism, features options that appeal to every woman. Here are some of my top picks.
The Timeless Beauty
The traditional bride will love the simple elegance of dresses like Hadda and Hane (shown below). The soft, romantic ball gowns with large skirts have a lightweight, airy appearance, while still looking luxurious and feminine.
The Vintage Princess
For the bride that wants to feel regal and channel the classic Grace Kelly look with a sheer bateau neckline and a blossoming skirt, dresses like Hippie and Himalya offer a modern twist on Kelly’s timeless look. Cymbeline also offers numerous hand-made wedding boleros and cover-ups that can be purchased separately to achieve a similar look.
The evocative sheer corset bodices and dramatic tulle flounces featured in dresses Holly and Hirma will be appealing for the fashion-forward bride that wants to turn heads and feel sexy on her wedding day.
The Simple Bride
Not all weddings call for extravagant gowns. Some brides opt for more simplistic looks on their big day and dresses such as Hermione and Hera are perfect for these no-fuss wives-to-be. Perfect for a beach or outdoor wedding, the delicate fabric on these lightweight dresses offer a graceful and romantic wedding look.
The full 2014 collection can be viewed here»
On October 9th the 3rd Annual United Colors (UCOF) was held at the Lexington Avenue Armory in New York City. Event Honorary Chair Fern Mallis presented legendary supermodel Pat Cleveland with the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award against a colorfully lit backdrop that spelled out the night’s theme in oversized letters: FAITH. HOPE. FASHION. Additionally, the event honored Sade Solomon, UCOF’s top student, with the Achiever of the Year award. Solomon presented her first collection featuring bold geometric cuts and a feminine tomboy aesthetic to the packed room of attendees.
In addition to Solomon, seven international designers showcased their collections: David Tlale, Marc Bouwer, Naked Ape by Shaldon Kopman, Ron n’ Ron, Sukeina Kosibah, and Carmen Marc Valvo.
Founded in 2010, United Colors of Fashion is a New York City-based non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that provides a free fashion education and mentorship program to under-resourced youth in New York City. The organization also offers financial assistance, food, and clothing to youth in South Africa who are living with HIV/AIDS, sickle-cell anemia and paralysis. Proceeds from the gala’s ticket sales will go towards the cost of running a year’s worth of the orginzation’s programs.
Check out photos from the event below.
If you add one item to your fall must-have list, make it a Joseph Nogucci bracelet. Designed by a team of University of Toronto Architecture graduates, each piece in the line is meretriciously handcrafted using the finest materials, and invokes Buddhist traditions to bring you positive spiritual energy in a fashion-forward accessory. One of the most popular items in the collection is the Dharma Stone bracelets; each feature a silver plated Tibetan Buddha head and are meant to allow you to embrace the essence of truth and inner peace. My personal favorite is the shimmering bracelets in the Kikiballa collection, which feature dazzling Swarovski Elements Crystals and is a symbol of peace, tranquility and happiness. Check out some of the arm candy below and visit josephnogucci.com to learn more.
FTC Disclosure: These products were provided for review
London fashion week is one of the biggest fashion events in the fashion calendar and is considered to be one of the big four international catwalk influencers. What happens in London influences the world. With over 5,000 visitors, 60 catwalk shows in the official schedule, another 45 shows off schedule and over 30 on schedule presentations and designer showrooms showcasing over 120 ready to wear and accessories designers and over £100m orders placed during the week London still remains a must-attend week. The media coverage alone rivals that of a major sporting or current event. London crams a lot into a very short space of time and it’s very easy to get information overload. So here is a selection of key trends and designers you need to know about.
Rumours are swirling that JW Anderson will join the lucrative stable of LVMH, whether he chooses to join them remains to be seen. However this year he chose to remain bohemian and went ‘Avant-bland’ as he called it with dresses which were inspired by the mundane such as Vileda supermops and take away boxes. Not that Anderson is the first designer to take inspiration from the every day with Celine using prints inspired by laundrette bags last year.
Pastels are no longer reserved for the older woman with pale pinks, greens and yellows splashed across the catwalks this year. The feed back for Preen and Emilia Wickstead was unanimous so expect to see Kristen Stewart and the Duchess of Cambridge wearing these shades next season.
To dress up next season you’ll need to dress down with Antonio Berardi teaming smart skirts with sweatshirts. The days of lounging around in jeans and a blouse are over and don’t think the skirt can be slouchy either with sharp pleats or asymmetric hem to balance out the look. Think Mad Men meets university student.
Say it with flowers as petal prints and flowers are taking over from slogans. To look the part you’ll need peonies, lilies and buttercups emblazoned across your chest. They may not look it but flowers according to designers like Christopher Bailey and Christopher Kane are all about fragility and sexuality, using flower blooms as metaphors for a female body part. The House of Holland took this one step further with dresses decorated with rose tattoos.
Now you see me
Transparent and nearly see through are set to be all the rage next year with Burberry showcasing a semi sheer lace pencil skirt. The singer Paloma Faith was spotted in the audience already rocking this trend with her bronze see through latex skirt giving on lookers a good glimpse of her Burberry underwear. Preem decided cellophane was the perfect see through material for their collection, while Erdem went with layered organza for theirs.
This Is Not Just Pink, This Is M&S Pink
Like pastels, pink is back in vogue thanks to M& S with it becoming the must have shade of the season and was seen making its appearance on supermodel of the moment Cara Delevingne for Burberry and causing Richard Nicoll to go one step further and accessorize the furniture for his show.
Stephanie Potter is a blogger and is currently learning about all things fashion from Armani to Yves Saint Lauren. She loves writing, especially fiction, but is open to writing about many different subjects.
As part of Nolcha Fashion Week, held a couple of weeks ago, I attended the event’s annual brunch at Yotel in midtown Manhattan. At the brunch many different vendors were on hand including Msglocal by Glocal Connection, a company started by two friends to provide an e-commerce platform for global artisans and micro-producers, allowing them to make an income. The company curates beautiful handcrafted accessories by locals in communities across the country, and gives them the opportunity to sell their creations to a global audience. Additionally, Msglocal provides them with business coaching. The goal of the company is to achieve positive social impact via economic development: Impact GLObal Shop loCAL!
Check out some of the photos below to see just a few of the gorgeous creations by some of their artisans, and visit msglocalstyle.com to learn more.
On September 11th, I attended the 7:30pm runway show of Nolcha Fashion Week. The night’s show was jammed pack with an audience eager to see the creations from up-and-coming designers Mariana Valentina, Leka, Lum, Studio 6th Sense and Nina Athanasiou. The designers did not disappoint. Mariana Valentina’s line on women’s eveningwear kicked off the show with freely flowing silk gowns. Next up, were breathtaking dresses by Léka, which featured crinolines and stylistic components inspired by her architectural and landscape design background.
One of my favorites of the night were the gowns of LUM by Lama Taher, which were adorned with sparkling embellishments and black lace embroidery on various tulle and chiffon creations.
Designer Stephen Goudeau of Studio 6th Sense presented his collection “Religious Paradise” which has bright colors of blue and yellow with patters inspired by his love of drawing and sketching.
Finally, Nina Athanasiou collection for both men and women started off with a rocker vibe so I was surprised when feminine silhouettes began emerging….so was the crowd. One model walked down the runway wearing a short cocktail dress, and within seconds transformed it into a long evening gown before our very eyes. Everyone was left in awe.
On Saturday, September 7th, Atlanta-based Fro Fashion Week closed out their four-day takeover with a GOTHIX themed fashion show, featuring the fashions of 6 upcoming designers chosen from across the US. One of the designers featured was Antoinette Middleton of I AM Designs, who creates fashionable clothes for curvy women. Sassy pieces were showcased on the runway including garments adorned with chains and waist-clinching belts. Check out some of the fabulous fashions from the designer below.
On September 6th, I attended the 6pm show of Couture Fashion Week New York held in the Grand Ballroom at The New Yorker Hotel in midtown Manhattan. The show opened with an amazing display of bedazzled gowns by up-and-coming fashion designer Priya Saluja. A native of New Delhi, Priya draws her inspiration from India’s rich cultural heritage and creates one-of-a-kind pieces embellished with handcrafted printing and embroidery. The opulent garments were visually stunning and made a statement on the runway, showcasing a very contemporary twist on traditional Indian garments.
First Nations designers Linda Lavallee and Luugigyoo Patrick Stewart’s line creenisgaa clothing followed with handcrafted and hand-painted leather boots, along with wearable art fashions.The line’s name “creenisgaa” is named after the Cree and Nisga’a nations Linda and Patrick belong to.
Up next were the fashions of Canadian fashion designer Linda Kay Peters who debuted her line Bell Robes by Linda Kay Peters. Her designs incorporate elements from her own Ojibway/Cree heritage, while others feature her interpretations of the Coast Salish/Sto: lo culture. The formalwear for women was seductive and sexy, without being too raunchy. Male models donned pieces from the men’s line featuring expertly tailored vests.
Finally, the fashions of Aboriginal Fashion Designer and Artist Sho Sho Esquiro took the stage, whose elegant pieces feature meticulous detailing and figure-flattering silhouettes. A show-stopping strapless black gown with billowing ruffled bottom evoked a waterfall of verbal “wows” from the crowd before the room filled up with applause, and it wasn’t even the final piece in the collection to grace the runway.
The show featured a performance by Reagan Richards: Rock & Roll Oddity.
A recent article in the New York Timers referred to the lack of diversity in the fashion industry as Fashion’s “blind spot, noting only 6% of African-American models were casted to walk the runways in at New York Fashion Week this past February. To combat this disparity in the industry, an innovative fashion experience is emerging in New York City this fall: Fro Fashion Week. Already in its 6th season, the Atlanta-based event is planning to take the East Coast by storm by bringing its highly anticipated event to Brooklyn, NY this September 5-8th. The week will consist of workshops, pop up salons, trunk shows, and an after party.
The festivities will culminate with a GOTHIX themed fashion show on September 7th, which will feature fashions of 6 upcoming designers chosen from across the US. The runway will be host to a diverse selection of models with various curly, kinky and coily hair textures, a non-traditional presence currently missing in the fashion industry. Also different from the credentials-only shows at NY Fashion Week, Fro Fashion Week offers designers, models and attendees the chance to be a part of the excitement of fashion week, an opportunity they otherwise wouldn’t be given.
“Not everyone can find themselves in New York Fashion Week,” says Valaira Sa-Ra, Executive Producer of the ‘Fro Fashion Show. “We wanted to bring Fro Fashion Week to New York because we cater to a demographic that isn’t typically represented.”
The featured designers presented at GOTHIX are:
- D’Andra Williams, Renee Fredrique (Queens, NYC)
- Chantel Gibbs, Shannon Shenone (Elmont, NY)
- Ronnisha De’Lynn, Aura Clothing (Kansas City, Missouri)
- Antoinette Middleton, I AM Designs (Bradenton, Florida)
- Raqui Rhodes, Necessories by Raqui (Atlanta, Georgia)
- Valeri Reaves, MyMeApparel (Atlanta, Georgia)
The show will be hosted by blogger Rochelle “BlackOnyx” Graham and exclusive backstage coverage provided by NaturallyCurly.com.
For more event information including ticket sales and show times, visit www.frofashionweek.com.
ICU Eyewear, a global eyewear company featuring stylish designs at affordable prices, wants your opinion on the newest designs in two of their collections: Wink, a chic line of women’s frames or, Dr. Dean, a classically styled collection of specs for men.
As a special thank you for participating, ICU is offering the first 1,000 visitors who vote the opportunity to win the style they chose as their favorite. After the first 1,000 entries cast their vote and score their awesome prize, the giveaway will end. But, fashion-forward guys and gals who aren’t first in line will still be able to adorn their faces with stylish ICU specs, since they will receive a promotional code for a 40% discount to be redeemed at ICUEyewear.com.
The giveaway is open now through August 28th. Visit ReadInStyleGiveaway.com today to vote for your favorite style of readers, and instantly find out if you are one of the lucky winners.
Megan Fox was spotted wearing a gorgeous mustard yellow jacket on the set of ’Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” in late July.
Steal her look with one of these similar looking jackets:
Red is the new black. Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Julie Benz and Maria Menounos all have worn the classic Brian Rennie for Basler little red dress – a sassy, form-fitting peplum design with an open-cut neckline. Who do you think wore it better?
No outfit is complete without the perfect accessories, but not every woman can afford to stock up on multiple pieces of jewelry to adorn herself with. Enter At Style 24/7, a new accessory website that fuses trendy costume jewelry with savvy prices. The website features a versatile collection of watches, bracelets, rings, earrings, brooches and necklaces for the budget conscious fashionista that wants to look great 24/7. The collection includes statement pieces that are sure to make anyone stand out, while vamping up bland outfits. Check out some of my top picks below, and visit their website to see more.
1. Women’s Fashion Watch, $70.00
2. Thick Black Leather Bracelet with Gold Metal Lock, $35.00
3. Pave Crystal Stretch Bracelet with Two Jaguar Heads Connected with a Metal Texture Circle, $35.00
4. Necklace and Earring Set with Multi Colored Flowers in Various Sizes, $63.00
5. Jaguar Hinged Ring with Black Epoxy and Pave Crystals, $19.25
On a recent episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County, cast member Gretchen Rossi wore a beige bikini that I just couldn’t take my eyes off of, so I was so excited to find it online. The bikini features lavish Swarovski crystal embellishments on top of a nude mesh overlay, and is part of her swimwear collaboration with LUXE by Lisa Vogel called Gretchen Christine X Luxe.
Bikini Top: GR Bling Triangle Bikini Top from Gretchen Christine for LUXE By Lisa Vogel, $113
Bikini Bottom: GR Bling Tie Side Riviera Bottom from Gretchen Christine for LUXE By Lisa Vogel, $83
At a recent event, the World’s Largest Bachelorette Party at Tao Beach in Las Vegas, Rossi sported the pink version (seen below), which is just as chic.
On July 19th, actress Minka Kelly attended the “Almost Human” Press Room during Comic-Con International 2013 wearing a casual striped dress. Get the look with Lacoste’s L!VE Half Sleeve Stripe Scoopneck Pique Dress (pictured below) for $74.99.
Steal her shoes with these Nude leather pumps from Casadei.
At the beginning of this year I decided to get laser hair removal done on my lower legs. It was winter, so the rule of having no sun exposure two weeks before and after treatment, didn’t phase me. But, not that it is summer, I realized I have a problem. I can’t have sun exposure to my legs during the months when it’s over 90 degrees outside. So, what’s a girl to do? Look for alternatives! I think I found a good solution with these sheer maxi skirts, which are lightweight and offer sun protection.
Whether you will be spending the summer laying on the beach or fashionably strutting yourself to and from work, I’ve got you covered with the perfect summer handbags for every price point.
Sorial Ava Beach Totes
Make a statement, while keeping everything you need for the beach organized in one of these bold totes.
Kate Spade ‘grove court floral – tenley’ crossbody bag
Nothing says summer more than florals. Plus, the added pop of color makes this bag a showstopper.
For less money…
Forever 21 Studded Clear Tote
This very stylish tote, featuring faux patent trim with pyramid stud accents, looks more expensive than it really is.
Nine West 9 Jacquard Hobo
This slouchy-chic Nine West bag boasts plenty of pockets for your summer essentials. The teal color alone, reminds me of bright blue skies and refreshing beach waters.
XOXO New Horizon Hobo
This hobo just screams warm summer sunshine and is sure to brighten up any outfit.
Summer is almost here, and you know what that means? You need a wide-brimmed hat to keep yours kin protected from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Because I care about your skin, I’ve searched far and wide (at least on the internet) to find you my top picks for the most sun proof hats that will keep you fashionable while offering a large circumference of protection. Behold:
Last week I had the opportunity to preview the 2013 holiday collection by Kensie jewelry. The collection features triangular shapes, monograms and celestial-inspired pieces. My favorite accessories are the sparkly moon necklaces, which is sure illuminate any outfit, regardless of the time of day. As a special treat, bloggers were treated to complementary tarot card readings; according my tarot card reader, 2013 will be the most exciting year of my life. Check out some of the photos I took at the event below.
The manbag: once a most unfairly maligned accessory that was reserved for the more, let’s say, sartorially serious gent. ‘Real men’, of the kind of butch masculinity heralded by Yorkie chocolate bars and McCoy crisps, would never be seen with anything so fey and useful , instead preferring to stock their pockets or maybe condescend to use a natty skate backpack, at a push.
But that would be me showing my age, for in recent years, the manbag has undergone a reputation overhaul and now is the accepted accessory of nary a man, regardless of personal style or degrees of butch, with everything from satchels to duffle bags thrown over shoulders.
Personally, I’m all for a good man bag: why should men be so heartlessly deprived of life’s greatest pastime (namely, bag shopping) while simultaneously forced to ruin the line of their trousers with overstuffed pockets? Tsk, this is an age of equality we live in and it is only right and proper that men should be able to enjoy the finer aspects of life just as we women do. But just as the most unyielding have come round to this way of thinking and begrudgingly accept that it’s possible for something other than the briefcase to be carried, Burberry have challenged us anew with the latest update to the manbag: the man clutch. I see those questioning looks on your faces; this isn’t a return of the murse, but rather streamlined bags to be carried much in the way you might your iPad, which can no doubt be handily stored inside. Burberry’s offerings included those in brightly coloured metallics (which could work with this season’s skater boy trend, in theory) but the early adopters of the trend on the street often tend to favour oversized, slouchy leather versions in simple black or brown leather, which are more ideal for those wishing to ease themselves in. There are even some to be found that come with a slim chain, so, when you tire of carrying it, you may causally adorn your shoulder. But I see I’m losing you again.
Now, this isn’t going to be for everyone, I grant you, and it may take a few more seasons for the majority to come round, but if you can pull this one off with aplomb, why you’ll look the height of sartorial elegance.
And if anyone questions your choice of accessory, simply throw them a withering look of pity, deprived as they are of the wonder of the manbag. Or failing that, pretend like it’s your girlfriend’s…
Amy Lavelle is a journalist from UK fashion comparison site Style in View. She’s contributed to a number of publications including Spindle magazine.