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Our Best Dressed of the Week

ZOE KRAVITZ

Wearing: Christian Dior Couture at the Emmy awards this week, Zoe Kravitz glided onto the red carpet like a rainbow dream. Her gown took over 200 hours to create, which looks straight out of our favorite fantasy land. Winning her a place for best dressed of the week.

KIRSTEN DUNST

Wearing: Rodarte, its one thing to show up in flowers on the runway, but Kirsten Dunst took us to a flower wonderland and wore them on the red carpet to the Hollywood Premier of her film Woodshock. She looked flawless with devine baby breathe wrapped around her floral gown. She earned a spot on our best dressed of the week.

MILLIE BOBBY BROWN

Wearing: Calvin Klein, at a young age of 13 Millie Bobby Brown is a legit style princess. Her prima ballerina outfit at the Emmy’s looked like it was taken preciously from your childhood jewelry box and enlarged into the perfect dress. Millie absolutely earned a place in our best dressed this week.

MARGOT ROBBIE

Wearing: Brock Collection, at the London, England Premiere of her upcoming film Goodbye, Chris topher Robin. Margot Robbie wore a sweet frock in vintage floral print that rivals your grandmothers linens for some serious style.

RIHANNA

Wearing: Molly Goddard, Rene Caovilla Sandals, for the third week in a row Rihanna has been showing us what her style is really about, the Emmy’s, and her appearance at Harvey Nichols. This time we are impressed to see her on-trend lavender babydoll dress paired with heels that snake up her calves like magic.

ADWOA ABOAH

Wearing: We can’t help but continuously praise model Adwoa Aboah for her electric style. Only she could successfully wear a orange zebra fur coat, shoulder-grazing statement earrings, and glittery disco-ball eyeshadow.

ANGELA BASSETT

Wearing: Romona Keveza, Angela Bassett attending in 2017 Creative Art Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California. The actress grazed us with her fiery presence. Her dresses asymmetrical neckline contrasted by a blunt bob is a killer combo, winning her best dressed of the week.

EMMA STONE

Wearing: Tom Ford, we always strive to match our accessories to our clothes, but Emma Stone’s chained straps make that task a no-brainer. She wore a white-and-gold dress with great gold accessories to the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of her upcoming film, Battle of the Sexes.

LILY ALDRIDGE

Wearing: Carolina Herrera, Lily Aldridge gave her simple LBD a touch of casual elegance with a statement belt at the Oscar de la Renta runway show. A vintage-inspired fabric belt is now at the top of our autumn shopping list.

SOLANGE KNOWLES

Wearing: Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Solange Knowles debuted her platinum braids at the Maryam Nassir Zadeh show this week, but its her twisted top we’re eyeing. Worn with wide-led trousers and funky sunglasses, it’s a crop top you can wear during the unpredictable weather between fall and summer.

Pre-Fall Fashion 2016, We Can’t Even

We recently read an article on Harper’s Bazaar Magazine about how the pre-fell fashion 2016 collections from top designers are looking better than ever. Well, we must say Harper’s Bazaar could not have been more accurate. These pre-fall fashion 2016 collections are absolutely stunning and we had to share the sneak peek with you guys.

ALEXANDER WANG

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ALEXANDER WANG’S pre-fall fashion 2016 collection embraces hard leathers with pin striped tights to complete a grungy attitude. Long fitted coats and logo embroidered beanies make this collection perfect for the upcoming fall season. Blacks, nudes, and grays give the collection just the right amount of gloom.

COACH

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COACH’s pre-fall fashion 2016 collection has us blown out of the water. Bombers, Vests, and Leather? We are in jacket HEAVEN. The perfection combination of textures and colors for any versatile fall look. Natural browns, nudes, blacks, and whites create the perfect color palette to complete this ever-so-perfect collection.

CALVIN KLEIN

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We will definitely be wearing our Calvin’s this fall. The perfect blend of trench’s, high, med, and low any of these bay boys will do. Oversized bell’s in neutral grays, crisp white, and nude. Who knew a trench coat would match so perfectly with a fitted pair of bell bottoms. Leathers and patterned texture for the most unique of coats we have seen yet. Calvin, you did it again.

ERDEM

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Fantasy heaven. Erdem’s pre-fall fashion 2016 collection brings the most wonderful fanatical thoughts to mind when looking at the beautiful layering and delicate details oh these gorgeous dresses. Floral prints, asymmetrical lines, and a majestic color palette have us wishing we were in a fairly tale so beautifully designed as this collection.

TORY BURCH

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Hello 70’s baby. We are in love with Tory Burch’s pre-fall fashion 2016 collection, it emphasizes long sleeved flowy dresses with a hint of 70’s flare. Burgundy a peach orange tones contrast perfectly with dark browns and navy blue color plays. Collard and turtle neck designs accent flawlessly with the collections diverse dress lengths. Not to mention that ever so amazing banana palm dress. We cannot wait to see the rest!

BURBERRY

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BURBERRY’S pre-fall fashion 2016 collection could not represent their brand more flawlessly. Elegant and classy, this collection shines the Burberry identity. Long flared bells with the perfect fitted jacket make us swoon. Brush tan leathers, with accents of whites and reds make this collection one of Burberry’s best yet. Poised cuts and edgy styles are what these fall designs so enriched. Hints of gold and of course the long sleeved straight down dress have us begging for more.

So, whats your favorite collection? We can’t decide!

Xx, B

 

 

 

Seven Winter Coat Trends to Try Under $300

It’s obvious that autumn is finally here, even though this So Cal weather might not project the crisp fall atmosphere. The autumn reveals one important element for the stylish, … layers! We took a look at the most popular jacket trends from the Fall 2015 runways, like graphic coats & fur -trimmed leather to create some budget-friendly options that give you the designer look. Of course, after looking stylish for the season, you will also have some extra money to spend on those dreamy fall boots you love.

HITCHOCK HERIONE

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Zara cape, $189,

SHEAR GENIUS

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Mango coat, $120, mango.com

THE CAT’S MEOW

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Topshop coat, $170, topshop.com

BIKER BABE

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Joe Fresh Jacket, $129, joefresh.com

DONE AND DUSTED

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The Fifth New Moon Coat, $142, pixiemarket.com

GRAPHIC IMPACT

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H&M Coat, $89, hm.com

MAD FOR PLAID

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Gap Coat, $158, gap.com

 

 

 

 

Paris Fashion Week Fav

Although, I must say some of the designers on the runway this year displayed absolutely amazing pieces… Saint Laurent was the Paris Fashion Week Fav!

SAINT LAURENT

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The lights went on and the stage went up, and Hedi Slimane put on yet another raucous, rocking collection, titled “Pretty Boy.” It was pure punk, edgy,  and we can’t wait for the Hedi haters and lovers to battle over this one. The runway was classic to what Paris Fashion Week is all about, Glamour and the Pretty Boy theme complimented this classic catwalk perfectly. He’s been accused of a lot of “Same-y” styles season to season, but this season none of these accusations would stand a chance. The clothes and the vibes change. Slimane just likes it skinny, short, and a little dirty whether its 80’s kids, 70’s disco, or this seasons edgy punk. Saint Laurent is well-known and respected for its thorough characteristics in black and also a point of reference for many other designers. Slimane should be applauding himself for this seasons “Pretty Boy” Punk Collection.

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Slimane’s girl’s displayed a personality of party and were dressed to kill in fit-flare party dresses that ran the from polka-dotted numbers with tulle underskirts for an extra bounce to skintight animal prinkt minis barely hiding under furs in electric hues. The girls fishnets were torn and eye make up caked on to complete the ready-to-go party girl vibe.

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But, these were not even our favorite styles of the collection. Yep, it gets better! For fall there were pretty girls dressed as boys in sinfully skinny cropped pants, white shirts, suspenders and slim ties- so good. To keep the pretty with the boy, Slimane added a hot fiery red lip. The double-breasted pea coats, done in leather and wool made the absolute perfect finish to this edgy pretty boy. These were mixed in with the party crew to balance sass with swag.

Slimane also showed us that he likes it rough, with zippers that unzip across a breast or way up the thigh. Clean up the makeup and men the tights and you’ve got some seriously sexy crafted clothes that sizzle with femme appeal, pretty boy or not. This is a context element. Take all of the attitude and naughty styling away and a leopard cape is opera-worthy, a stapless gown with chiffon peaks sticking straight is red carpet ready, and a binding leather mini unzipping itself to reveal contrasting fabrics beneath looks ready for a chic, exclusive after party.

The context is Slimane displayed was so simple, but if you analyze the styles and take away certain aspects the theme was crafted intelligently and intentionally. The “Pretty Boy” punk theme knocked Saint Laurent right out of the park. It was without a doubt one of our Paris Favs!

 

Our Fav’s from Marc Jacobs NYFW

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For showing the audience what a Fashion Show is truly about, the inspiring Marc Jacobs stood out with his plush pink shag carpet that took up the entire runway. If this pop of pink wasn’t enough for an entrance, Jacobs also had Beats by Dre Headphones plugged into the seats. As each model walked down the runway, each guest heard random everyday sounds as well as the models walking on different textures, with a thoroughly explanation of what was going on during the catwalks. The clothes were noted for their fun and theatrical styles with louche military. A complete opposite of the 50 & 60’s pink shag to make a perfect balance on the runway.

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Marc Jacobs also displayed some amazing color palettes at this year’s NYFW. Jacobs showed diversity from dove gray, nudes, camel tones, rich blues, and dark forest military greens. He showed over 50 ways to wear a field jacket though a number of different combinations such as: swing dresses, cinched satin minis, ball-beaded shirt dresses, day-time party dresses, pajama pants, tank dresses, and evening columns with peek-a-boo slits as well as cropped tops with long, silk skirts.

Not to mention just how AMAZING these field jackets actual looked. The jackets were designed in extra extra large proportions and with silk pockets. Jacobs carried the silk pocket inspiration to cute little sleeveless mini-dresses worn with cross-body bags, and magenta backpacks in silk nylon.

Marc Jacobs displayed modern, feminine utility, and while the stage and the models ‘ spare, homogenous beauty look. Every model had black, shaggy, and edgy bobs as well as ZERO make up! These beauty look’s suggest something severe, the clothes were very wearable. And that’s a pretty great way to end the New York season.

What was your favorite designer from NYFW?

Xx, B

 

NYFW with Sarah Owen

NYFW ALERT: From getting street style papped to sharing a cab with Karlie Kloss (sort of), Youth Editor Sarah Owen shares her experience of the Spring/Summer 2016 shows!

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Here’s what she had to say!

Fashion week in September always beats the February season – think slushy snow and Arctic temperatures versus summer heat and open-air venues – so I was naturally excited for the arrival of the spring/summer 2016 shows.

Weather aside, it was a relief knowing NYFW was venturing downtown and saying adieu to the Lincoln Center, which everyone from designers to editors had begun to disdain. Between attending shows, live-tweeting, trending collection images, juggling social media and guest-blogging for Collective Hub, this season delivered some memorable moments (and tips!). And here they are…

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DKNY x Public School: One of my top shows, perhaps because I gave in to some of the buzz (ICYMI: Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell were recently appointed as the new creative directors). And it all made sense. The show felt very New York, but not so much DKNY. The guys elevated the line, bringing both downtown and uptown elements, and reworked them into a loosely tailored collection of deconstructed power suiting and school uniforms #success.

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Subway vs Taxis: Don’t let those heels fool you. To those sitting at home clicking through street style slideshows it may look like taxis are the only way to go. In reality, the vast number of backed-up black SVU’s waiting outside a show may just mean you’ll be late to your next. Many a time I’ve sat across from top models (think Julia Nobis and Hanne Gabe Odiele) on the subway, because they definitely can’t be late for their call time, and they’re real people too.

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Refinery29’s #29Rooms: I attended the press preview (thank god I did – apparently there were two hour queues when it opened over the weekend). The team at R29 really knocked this one out of the park and it was probably the best way to start NYFW. An immersive 29-room funhouse intended to be a social gift to viewers who come visit and participate in spaces created by artists such as Petra Collins and Shantell Martin. My favourite was probably Print All Over Me’s aMaze room, featuring a labyrinth of bold patterned rooms that I fittingly dubbed 29Shrooms.

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Frame Denim: I’m a sucker for American classics and this season’s presentation was exactly that – wearable, digestible, and polished. The team gifted all editors with a pair of Frame denim jeans, which is smart thinking given the success of the Adidas Stan Smith sneaker they gave out to editors a few seasons ago. Side note: after the show, I ended up jumping in the taxi Karlie Kloss was getting out of and my colleague began laughing after I sat in a pile of her sweat. I get it! The girl’s running around, it’s hot as can be, and those leather (probably pleather) seats aren’t so bare leg friendly.

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Art Happenings: I make the most of the shows being held over on the west side to pop into a few of my favourite galleries in Chelsea, because #Instagram and #ArtLover. I was lucky enough to catch Roy Lichtenstein’s Greene Street Mural recreation at Gagosian Gallery right before dashing to the Tibi show.

Xx, B

 

Fashion Myths Busted – Winter Edition

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There are A LOT of fashion faux pas floating around out there… you can’t wear black and navy, no white after labor day, don’t mix your metals…this week we are tackling some of the most common (and most absurd) fashion myths and busting them wide open. Let’s take a gander…

“YOU CAN’T WEAR BLACK AND NAVY”

False! You can absolutely wear black and navy, and in fact it’s one of the most elegant color combinations of all time! The thing you want to steer clear of is looking too dark and flat. Add texture with different fabrics to differentiate the black and navy and try adding an additional color to break it up. Also accessorizing with bold pieces is a great way to add dimension to this dark chic look. Try a metallic belt or some great layering necklaces.

“NO WHITE AFTER LABOR DAY”

This is probably the most absurd myth of all time and though it’s been cleared up for the most part, there are still a few who stubbornly feel the need to follow this “rule”. (ahem, you know who you are) This concept originated in the 1950’s when it was seen as inappropriate to wear white dress shoes after labor day-aka the fall and winter months. Somehow this evolved to clothes as well and now here we are, unable to wear out favorite white button up because it’s December.

Well ladies and gents, this is so not the case. You can wear any color you want all year round, it’s fabrics you need to pay close attention to. In fall in winter, stick with heavier fabrics such as wool, cashmere, velvet because well frankly it’s cold outside. Add texture to a white piece by layering scarves, chunky cardigans, and a great winter hat. The easiest way to wear white is to play with black and white pieces. You can never go wrong with a black and white outfit.

“FLORALS ARE ONLY FOR SPRING AND SUMMER”

Um, no. Florals are for all year round so don’t you worry. This pattern is super easy to incorporate into your fall and winter wardrobe, you just got to pick the darker florals. This means background colors like navy, grey, brown, black, purple etc.. My personal favorite is monochrome florals in shades of grey. This can add a fun pattern to an otherwise dull outfit but still sticks to the “fall color palette”.

Photos from thestylesample.com,  chicismo.com,  & themoptop.com

 

Favorite Fall Trends: A Mid-Season Look

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Robe Coats & Sweaters

Inspired by the classic house robe, the robe coat is usually mid length, ties around the waist, and has an oversized slouchy silhouette. Designers such as Chloe, Richard Chai, and Altuzarra included robe outerwear in their Fall 2014 collections ranging anywhere from thick knits to soft suedes. This ultra comfortable and cozy piece is perfect for layering in the colder months of fall and winter.

60’s Style (Mod)

            The 60’s era is making a major comeback this fall. Anything from mini skirts, knee high boots, high necklines, and big hair, this mod trend is everywhere. Mui Mui, Valentino, Louis Vuitton, and Gucci all incorporated the 60’s in their Fall 2014 collections with fun patterns, bright colors, and of course the classic mini A-line dress. This silhouette is perfect over leggings or tights, paired with a mid length coat and a bright lip color.

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Fair Isle Print/Pattern

            This popular print is the ultimate fall and winter must have. Seen on chunky sweaters, leggings, hats, scarves and everything in between; Fair Isle happily reminds us of the holidays. Included in designer collections such as Tommy Hilfiger, Rag & Bone, and Burberry, we are left day-dreaming of ski resorts, and log cabins.

Oversized Turtlenecks

            The last time turtlenecks were this popular was back in the 90’s and boy have they made a comeback. Especially popular in thick chunky sweaters; oversized turtlenecks eliminate the need for scarves or even sometimes outerwear in general. They add texture, warmth, and sophistication to a classic fall look, so be sure to check out Helmut Lang, Joie, and Phillip Lim for some of our favorites.

Sneakers

            The sneakers trend has to be the biggest trend this fall. Extremely popular with fashion bloggers, and high-end designers, the sneaker blends comfort and style in a perfectly chic way. Anything from bright statement sneaks to sleek neutrals with metal hardware; the sneaker trend has realism making a major comeback. Marc by Marc Jacobs, Chanel and Edun are just a few of the major designers having some fun with this 2014 trend.

Have fun with your fall fashion!

Jen 🙂

2014 Favorite Fall Bloggers

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Julia Engel – Gal Meets Glam

Julia launched her blog in 2011 and in less than a year already had thousands of devoted followers obsessed with her effortless ability to add a bit of “glam” to any outfit. What started as an outlet for expressing her love of deals, fashion, and personal style has now evolved to include beauty, travel and home décor. This San Francisco based blogger has the perfect balance of feminine, classic and colorful looks that are bound to inspire any fashion enthusiast.

http://galmeetsglam.com

Tiphaine P. – Tiphaine’s Diary

Tiphaine (pronounced Tee-fen) is a 21 year-old blogger currently living in Switzerland. Since the launch of Tiphaine’s Diary in 2012, the blog has grown to be one of Switzerland’s most read fashion and lifestyle blogs and has even been featured in some of the worlds most popular magazines such as Marie Claire, Elle, and New York Magazine. Tiphaine stands apart from many bloggers as unique simply because of her utterly simple, yet chic looks. Her effortless style never looks over done and is perfect for those looking for minimalistic inspiration.

http://www.tiphainesdiary.com

Erika Fox – Retro Flame

Erika started her fashion diary in 2011 as a way to document her personal style and express herself on a platform that could connect her to others worldwide. Born and raised in Ireland, Erika recently located to NYC where she has had the opportunity to work with Whitney Port at New York Fashion Week, Refinery29, and Olivia Palermo. This classy blogger has exciting things in store and we can’t wait to see what projects she has coming next!

http://retro-flame.com

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Tonya Smith – The Mop Top

            A fashion marketing student currently living in Portland, Oregon; Tonya stands out in the fashion world as a blogger who dresses to inspire the everyday girl. Featured in the popular Seventeen Magazine several times as well as a member of their Style council, Tonya represents the perfect hipster chic style. Her blog The Mop Top features gorgeous North West scenery, endless cozy sweaters and of course her infamous hat collection. This is definitely one to watch.

http://www.themoptop.com

Sara Escudero – Collage Vintage

            This Spanish speaking blogger has some of the most wonderfully eclectic style of all time. One day she’s dressed in a chic pant suit, the next she’s rocking some distressed boyfriend jeans and a slouchy crop top. Sara has collaborated with major fashion brands such as ASOS and Zara, putting together fun looks that inspire readers and motivate them to try out trends the way Sara fearlessly does. Collage Vintage is perfect for fashion enthusiasts craving wearable looks that incorporate major trends, balanced with soft feminine pieces, and fun vintage finds.

http://collagevintage.com

 

Be sure to check out these great blogs when you’re in need of some fall fashion inspiration!

Be fearless!

Jen 🙂

 

Everlane: “Radical Transparency”

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If you haven’t heard of Everlane by now, it’s definitely time to change that. This San Francisco based brand is changing the game when it comes to the retail industry and we think you’re going to like it.

Founded in 2010 by 25 year old Michael Preysman; Everlane was established with the philosophy “Less is more”. By remaining exclusively online, Everlane has eliminated the middlemen that jack up cost, and found a way to delivery top quality products without breaking the bank. Pieces that usually cost $50 dollars are now available to you for a mere $15. So how does Everlane do it? Let’s take a look.

Everlane’s headquarters located in the Mission District of SF, houses not only the design team, but also the production, sourcing, marketing, engineering, and operation team. By having everything in-house, Everlane can cut costs and develop a company that is almost completely vertically integrated. In addition, Everlane establishes strong relationships with their production factories, monitoring weekly to ensure top quality and integrity.

What many people don’t understand is that the retail cost of a high quality product is expensive not because of the materials being used or the brand on the label but because of all the additional markups the product goes through. For most products, it begins with a design team, then is sent to people who source the materials, then a factory, then to a distributor, and then eventually to a retailer. With all these additional steps in between design and retail, the price can be increased up to eight times! Everlane has completely eliminated this. Their transparent step-by-step guide explains to their customers the true cost of items, and then reveals Everlane’s single markup.

Everlane carries top quality men and women’s apparel, shoes, and accessories. Their classic and minimalistic style ensures tasteful pieces that appear chic in an effortless way. Featured in many well known newspapers and magazines such as New York Times, GQ, Glamour, and Style.com, Everlane pushes the boundaries to ensure customers get what they deserve.

“We challenge the status quo-always asking why.”

https://www.everlane.com