Trend Alert: Mad About Mod

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This fall we’re falling back into the swinging 60s with short a-line dresses, knee-high boots, and bold graphic prints. Fashion always has a way of reverting on itself, and reinventing the old in a new way. This coming season we’ll be seeing classic mod styles with “modern” additions. Think more metallics, sparkling embellishments, and a diverse color palettes.

gucci-fall-winter-2014-show34Gucci knows how to modernize the trend with leather in an unexpected powder blue and go-go boots.

dsquared2-fall-winter-2014-show30DSquared2 has it down pat with a slinky blush mini and hair that’s as high as the heavens.

downloadSaint Laurent put the edge into this ’60s style with this all black ensemble.

Mod-SquadLouis Vuitton stayed classic with ’60s silhouettes in neutral colors. This style is super wearable and glamorous all at once!

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We love the bright mustard of this Carven two-piece ensemble. And when it comes to boots, it’s go tall or go home.

 

White After Labor Day

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Every fashionista has heard the age-old rule that one shouldn’t wear white after Labor Day. But why is this a rule, and more importantly, why should we listen? Rules are made to be broken after all, especially in fashion! Although you may not want to wear an all-white maxi dress with a big floppy straw hat, there are ways to work in white, all the way into next summer!

9f7221dc4982655c62b73cfd767f6d20A white top never goes out of season! If you want to keep rocking those delicate eyelets and crochet-trimmed tops, add some fall color, and a dark blazer. 8530af3e06546ce038942d5644793613Keep that white blazer out by pairing it with darker, black pieces.

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See? Wearing white after summer ends is easy!

 

How to Survive at Fashion Week

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Ah Fashion Week. The spring and summer shows of September are one of our favorite times of the year. The air is electrified, the energy is the chaos of a thousand Starbucks coffees, and the influence makes its way throughout New York City. If you’re lucky enough to be able to attend, here are a few tips to make it all go smoothly.

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Always keep bandages, bobby pins, and other essentials in your bag. Many fashionistas favor sky-high heels over flats, and if you’re in that category, definitely bring some foot protection.

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Stay hydrated! Running from show to show can be pretty tiring, and those glasses of champagne probably don’t help much either. Keep water handy at all times.

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Remember a layering piece. Sometimes September can be remarkably cold, make a layering piece a part of your outfit to ensure that the only shivers you get will be inspiration-induced.

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Don’t forget to put down your phone. So much of Fashion Week has become about capturing that first shot and being the first to post it on Instagram, but don’t forget to be present too! Watch that runway strut, take in the shapes, colors, sounds and energy. Trust us, there’s nothing like Fashion Week in the city, and you definitely want to be there for it.

Emmys Style Recap

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We love awards shows because of the talent, the entertainment, but mostly the fashion! This years Emmys did not disappoint in the slightest, with dresses in almost every shape, color and style represented!

true-detective-lead-actor-nominee-matthew-mcconaughey-with-wife-camila-alves-who-wore-a-zuhair-murad-gownThis power couple looks incredible. The blue and black suit looks modern and dapper on Matthew McConaughey, while Camila Alves’s white cutout dress looks chic and stylish.the-normal-heart-nominee-julia-roberts-didnt-take-home-the-award-for-best-supporting-actress-in-a-miniseries-but-she-did-lead-our-best-dressed-in-this-beaded-elie-saab-dressThis beaded dress worn by Julia Roberts is the perfect playful length! lizzy-caplan-emmy-awards_195334966585.jpg_gallery_maxLizzy Caplan looks radiant in this dramatic black and white gown!

scandal-best-actress-nominee-kerry-washington-looking-radiant-in-pradaKerry Washington’s orange with peakaboo black skirt, has a gorgeous subtle shimmer with subtle beading.mad-men-nominee-jon-hamm-and-jennifer-westfeldt-wearing-marchesaJennifer Westfeldt looks radiant in a rich raspberry Marchesa dress, with gold details.

Summer to Fall Fashion

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The days are getting shorter, and the nights chillier. Soon we will have to unearth those fall pieces that lay dormant in our closets, and replace them with the crop tops and neons of summer. But not quite yet. There are a few ways to keep wearing your summer favorites past their “wear-by” date.
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Keep it layered. Fall is all about layering! Add a jacket to that romper, a scarf to that tank top, and a cardigan to that sundress. Once you’ve added one layer, add another! Take a tip from the Olsen twins and pile it on!

Tights and dresses are a winning combo. Keep your legs warm, while still rocking your sundresses by pairing it with tights!
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Bring on the boots. The easiest way to make any look more cold-weather appropriate is to add a pair of boots! Stow those sandals and think of all of the money you’ll be saving on pedicures.
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Add interest with heavier materials. Remember that layering tip? When you’re layering, pick fabrics that contrast with the ones you wear in the summer. Add leather jacket to a light cotton dress to instantly transform it into a look that’s darker, edgier and perfect for fall.

Leather Detail Fashion Inspiration

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When it comes to leather, even the tiniest detail in this luxurious material can elevate a piece from average to outstanding. Today we’re giving credence to one of our favorite materials used in one of our favorite ways because it’s not always about the main event. Sometimes the drama is in the details.
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51cc234f88782e77c05ab8f0be8eeb1eOutwear is perfect way to display leather accents! From a back of buttons to an understated trim, leather was made for the great outdoors.

d412b8802e4db9a2fc39eb79762cc70cGet flashy with leather elements on an embellished evening gown, like this one from Pucci. Leather adds edge to any look.

55a5e61a90871788b31318646011fa41Great in small doses too, like as the shoulder on this adorable sweater. Comfy meets chic!

Tote Bag DIY Roundup

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Tote bags aren’t just the perfect beach bags, they’re also great for carrying those books to your next class, picking up groceries, or holding your lunch for the workday ahead! These DIY tote bags are perfect for that transition from summer to fall, and they are inexpensive to make so you can make one for every season!
IMG_4181This DIY from For the Love Of shows you how to give your tote bag the paint chip ombre treatment.

 

simple-sequin-tote-bag-craft_zpsffa05c74This simple sequin tote from Madigan Made has just the right amount of sparkle!

tote10Cupcakes and Cashmere knows how to keep things classy with this preppy DIY tote!

No-Sew-Canvas-Tote-BagThis tote from Homey Oh My was made completely from scratch, and no sewing was involved! Can you believe it?

leather-tote-15Dare to take on leather sewing with this cool, classic leather tote from Melly Sews!

 

 

Color Story: Fuchsia

2014 was the year of Radiant Orchid, a cool toned medium-pink that captured the fashion, decor and beauty world by storm; but today we want to give a nod to one of Radiant Orchid’s close cousins: fuchsia. Fuchsia is a bright reddish-purple that takes its name from the equally beautiful fuchsia flower. This color would look beautiful in any season because it’s vibrant enough for summer, but rich enough for winter.

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A fuchsia dress is one way to liven up a room! It’s as dramatic as red, but a little more modern and playful.

 

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946a0a6b838a111e0c78b874c2adf852A popular choice for bride, this bold color is perfect for accenting more muted colors.

 

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And don’t forget about home decor! Adding fuchsia to your room is a fantastic way to make any room more lively!

 

Sheer Street Style

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We’ve been seeing sheer styles all over the city this summer, and with good reason! Dressing with sheer fabrics ensures that you’re covered up, but also allows for a more playful layering style. Sheer pieces are also often airy, perfect for those sweltering summer days.

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We love the bold colors of this outfit, and the smattering of red shapes on the top. This outfit embraces sheer style from top to bottom. And those shoes.

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Sheer is sophisticated when paired with tights and a long dramatic coat. This is a great way to don those sheer frocks when autumn comes a’ knocking.6203de96bc3da5ce396168b2594aa696

While we normally wouldn’t dare wear a bandeau, it looks perfectly pretty when worn under a tucked in shirt. Class mixed with sass.
e4055ceee9dfc3739024bd80efbca295Here’s a patterned sheer dress in a soft pastel. It’s light, comfortable, but still super chic.

 

Yves St. Laurent Designer Spotlight

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Today is late designer, Yves St. Laurent’s birthday. Laurent was an iconic French designer who rose to fame in the late 1950s, and introduced innovative new styles like Le Smoking, the tuxedo suit for women. Laurent’s fashions progressed with the times; as women became more liberated, the styles followed suit. While every piece was a work of art, we’ve picked out some of our favorites that really show off the foresight and intuition of this highly-regarded designer.c3fd0d72873c64fc06336a5ec00f745dThis graphic dress inspired by the work of artist, Piet Mondrian, is so closely associated with the 1960s that it has inspired countless Halloween replicas. The bold print and shift shape are the essence of the swinging 60s.

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Le Smoking, the tuxedo designed for women, turned the fashion world upside down in 1966. It was such a departure from the feminine styles of the 50s, yet still flattered the female figure.

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In 1968 the world was set aglow with this stunning Yves St. Laurent sequin dress. Dripping in gold and jewels, this look was all about more, more, more; the ideal look at Studio 54.

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Yves St. Laurent was a pro at making seemingly masculine styles look right at home on the feminine form.

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This magnificent blue dress from 2011 shows that although the designer has passed, his vision still lives on.