New York Fall/Winter Fashion Week may be over for 2014, but we’re still raving about this season’s collections! From classic rich jewel tones, to unexpected extraterrestrials; this week has been filled with gorgeous styles that we can’t wait to see off the runways and on the New York streets next winter. Here are a few of our favorite collections from this past week.
As much as we love embellishments, sometimes the best style is determined by structure. Zac Posen’s dramatic gowns came in a limited palette without much pattern play. The magic of the styles was evident in their architecture, from gorgeous pleats to structured bodices.
Nanette Lepore went to a favorite palette for fall: berry and black. The silhouettes were simple and chic, and the lack of flourish made the collection look fresh and clean.
In a dark and drab winterscape, Ruffian offers a welcome splash of color and shape! Many of the pieces were dripping in luxurious silk, the perfect fabric for a glamorous winter gown.
The looks at the Tadashi Shoji show were romantic and mysterious. With ornate and intricate details, gorgeous lace and velvet fabrics, and billowing light skirts; these styles are sure to be red carpet favorites!
Venexiana’s collection this season had looks that were dark, daring and a little bit dangerous. Working with a cool icy palette, each style embraces the frosty season.
We can’t wait until Spring/Summer, but swooning over these looks might hold us over until then. For the time being, we’ll just imagine wearing these gorgeous frocks, while making our way through slush and snow of winter.
For some, a sure sign of the season is the Nutcracker ballet. Graceful dancers glide across the stage portraying a Christmas story full of sweet treats and brave toys. This magical event is inspiring for the season, and for its fashions. We love the light and airy styles of ballerinas. There’s something so simple and elegant about the delicate attire worn by these professional dancers.
Billowy ballet skirts add ethereal charm to any outfit. Switch out your a-line for a day, and try a more voluminous option!
Of course ballet wouldn’t by quite the same without a beautiful pointe shoe. Ballet flats have transitioned from a dancer-exclusive shoe to a modern staple. From basic to bedazzled, these shoes are the perfect solution for the woman who wants to be stylish without wearing heels. If you love flats, but want to infuse them with more ballerina style, check back on Tuesday for ballet-inspired DIY.
This month we’re really feeling the luxurious textures and tones of the Baroque Era. While it may have something to do with the fact that the latest Project DIY collection is Baroque n’ Roll, we’re sure part of the reason is that this style is so perfect for the season! We love the decadent golds and rich velvet textures that this time period is famous for, but we also absolutely adore a certain component that is inherent to this style. We’re talking about pearls!
This ornate bracelet from Alexander McQueen is beautiful and bold. The focus of this piece is that single pearl in the middle, and we wouldn’t have it any other way! It’s a total stunner.
This emerald green velvet jacket is definitely embracing pearl embellishments to the max. The jacket is so intricate and detailed, like a work of art!
Here are two easy ways to wear pearls every day! Sewing a spatter of pearls onto a basic piece makes it more festive and feminine. The bottom embellished beanie is a DIY from our blogger friend Kirsten Nunez of Studs and Pearls!
Pearls are great to use in decor as well! They are a sophisticated embellishment that adds just the right amount of shine. We love this ornament wreath that’s made to look like a ring of large pearls. What an elegant way to bring in the holidays!
We love the use of pearls in both fashion and home decor because they offer a little sparkle and glamour to everything they touch. Stay tuned because our upcoming DIY features a holiday decoration that’s completely decked out in pearls!
The wait is finally over. New York Comic Con is here! That’s right ladies and gentlemen. It’s time for pop culture costumes to make their way onto the streets of NYC! Out of every genre covered at the convention, we love the superhero look. Here are some of the most stylish crime-fighting costumes we’ve seen!
There have been many incarnations of the outfit worn by the “Caped Crusader”. Some cool, and some kind of embarrassing. (Not even George Clooney could pull off the costume in Batman and Robin.) The best had to be the one worn by Christian Bale in the Dark Knight. It was tough, durable, and looked like something a crime fighter would wear.
On the first X-Men film it took eight to nine hours to get Rebecca Romijn into her Mystique costume. Why? The whole look is created using prosthetics and makeup, not actual clothing. Fortunately by the second film they got it down to JUST five to six hours. The wait was well worth it because her makeup turned out AMAZING.
Not only does Peter Parker have Spidey Sense, he also has fashion sense in The Amazing Spiderman. The costume is true to the comic books, and looks totally sleek. If he swung through the streets, the most fashionable New Yorkers wouldn’t even bat an eyelash. If they were used to seeing superheroes swing through the streets, that is.
Many modern men wouldn’t feel comfortable in a pair of superhero tights. Luckily, Captain America got to wear an American staple instead. Blue jeans! The embroidered stars, full helmet and colorful shield keep the look bold and superhero-esque.
Our favorite comic book hero costume is actually donned by a villain! Despite the tough break the good guys got in Joel Schumacher’s Batman and Robin, Poison Ivy’s outfits were amazing! This fiery redhead was no stranger to embellishments, and the look is easy to replicate with some of our floral appliques.
Looking for some more superhero inspiration before you head to New York Comic Con this weekend? Take a look at our Marvel Comic Book inspiration page! We can’t promise you’ll be able to fly or fight crime with our trim, but we guarantee you’ll be the most stylish superhero at the convention!
Leather, studs, feathers, and trim. That’s basically a laundry list of some of our favorite things, and they’re all in fashion in the Wild Wild West! That’s why we wanted to show you some of our most-coveted Western-inspired looks and pieces.
These fashionable outlaws are killing it in those amazing Wildfox outfits. They would leave Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid shaking in their leather boots!
Is there a cooler cowboy than James Dean? The man definitely knows how to rock a cowboy hat! If you’re looking to emulate cowboy chic, take a lesson from this Hollywood heartthrob.
These leather cowboy boots are amazing. We love the aqua cutouts because they resemble the beautiful turquoise jewelry that’s so popular in the West.
We’re in total awe of this photo. The warmth of the colors brings to mind the desert heat of the West, and look at those amazing bangles and bracelets! You could definitely recreate the look with some of our leather cord!
This look is absolutely stunning (and pretty wearable). The tasseled shawl, the paper-thin chambray shirt, the leather bag, and the Western charms capture what makes Western-inspired wear so casual and so fashionable. The question remains, are those braids for real?!? Follow up question: What shampoo are you using?
Western pieces will always be in fashion. It’s a celebration of old American style! So whip out those cowboy boots, and pile on the silver accessories because the look is here to stay!
Adding stripes to your home decor can be conservative, preppy or even punk. In fashion stripes are very safe but in home decor they can be very daring. Rather than taking the plunge on your walls start small. Incorporating one or two striped pieces will add polish and sophistication to your home. For a deeper impact, incorporate stripes in more than one place. Here at M&J we have many striped trims. Check out our great assortment for inspiration.
Many runway shows are very intimidating. There’s a fierce model walking down with a well calculated soundtrack matching each step. We often overlook the details of each piece. While examining some of the recent runway looks, we came across M&J-like trims that resemble the most coveted pieces.
20MM Braid With Chain Velvet Ribbon
4MM Metal Chain
1 1/2″ Half Stem Aluminum Chain
Sequins were all over the red carpet at the 2013 Oscar Awards
Naomi Watts wore a Gunmetal Armani Privé gown alongside her husband Liev Schreiber. Although the couple looked great, it’s hard to take your eyes off of Ms. Watts in that dress. Halle Berry’s Atelier Versace gown was on trend for spring with the striped detailing. Nicole Kidman’s L’Wren Scott mermaid gown had intricate detailing throughout the bodice. Stacey Keibler wore a Naeem Khan sequined dress paired with Lorraine Schwartz jewels. Jennifer Hudson’s Roberto Cavalli gown flattered the star’s new figure.