Coachella 2014 Fashion Recap

 

Coachella ended on Sunday, but the fashions from the event offer us a sneak peek to what to expect for summer style! Check out some of our favorite styles from the last two music-filled weekend!les_meilleurs_looks_du_festival_de_coachella_rosie_huntington_whiteley__336662657_north_545xRosie Huntington Whiteley looked like a vision in white! The billowy, off the shoulder dress captures the free spirit of the festival perfectly.

Chanel Iman at CoachellaDespite the desert weather, boots were all the rage. If you want to rock this trend, keep the boots short and pair with a dress for an unexpected look!

 

 

Diana Agron at Coachella

Alessandra Ambrosio at CoachellaMatching two-piece patterned outfits were so popular this year! Check out this patterned look that Alessandra Ambrosio rocked.

Crochet and Lace CoachellaCrochet and lace continue to be a popular option for those who want to add a dash of delicate femininity to their outfits! We know we’ll be seeing this trend everywhere come summer!

What was your favorite fashion trend at this year’s Coachella festival? Sound off below!

Color Story: Mint

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Spring is only days away, and frankly we cannot wait! One color that comes to mind when thinking of the transition from winter to spring is a cool hue that has been popular for the last few years. It’s refreshing and springy, with a name that might give you chills. We’re talking about mint green of course! Here are some of our favorite examples of this gorgeous cool green.

Mint Green Dress with Embellished Back

Mint Green Bridesmaid Dress with Pink Bouquet

Mint green is the perfect color to wear to a formal outdoor event like a wedding! It’s a fun color that looks great on a lot of people, and really draws in the beauty of the season too!

Mint Green Doorway

Mint Green Drawers

Mint is a beautiful and unique color that can add interest to any room without being overpowering. It adds a pop without being distracting.

Mint Green Bathroom
That’s probably why so many people use this color in bedrooms and bathrooms. It’s a nice change from white, and evokes relaxation and calm.

Mint Statement Necklace

It’s also hugely popular for statement jewelry. Mint lends itself to great color pairings, and looks so beautiful with colors like coral and lavender.

How will you be wearing this color this season?

Burberry-Inspired Applique Pencil Skirt

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Embellishments are so hot for spring, and we couldn’t wait to take advantage of this fun trend! This DIY is modeled after the looks at the Burberry Spring/Summer 2014 show, classic shapes with sparkling accents.

Burberry Prorsum Spring-Summer 2014

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What You’ll Need:
Lace Pencil Shirt (Forever 21)
9 Silver Sun Disc Beaded Appliqués  #41991
Needle and Thread

Placing Appliques on Skirt

1. Lay your skirt on a flat surface, and place the appliques in your desired pattern. You can cluster them, or spread them out. We mimicked the pattern of the Burberry Embellished Lace Pencil Skirt.

Sewing Rhinestone Appliques Onto Skirt

2. Sew the appliques into place. You can place a little glue down first for added hold.

Finished Lace and Rhinestone Skirt

This skirt is the perfect thing to wear to an engagement party, or a semi-formal spring event. And the price is just right! You get the Burberry look that’s easier on your budget.

Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014

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Milan Fashion Week may be over, but we’re not done drooling over the looks we saw just yet! Italy has some of the most stunning and unapologetic style, so we knew this week was going to be pretty epic. Some of our favorites are listed below!

Moschino Fall Winter 2014

Moschino is no stranger to pushing the envelope. This season Jeremy Scott pulled in some iconic characters and brands in both media and food for his show. Spongebob, McDonald’s and Froot Loops all made an appearance at this show; and while we may not be brave enough to wear these come next winter, we appreciate the ingenuity.

Prada Fall Winter 2014

Prada was on on fire with it’s saturated color palette, smart geometric shapes, and shearling accents. The shapes were strong, masculine and boxy, with colorful shearling to help take the edge off of some of the powerful pieces.

Pucci Fall Winter 2014

Of course the styles at Pucci featured some unforgettable patterns, their signature aesthetic, but we were really drawn in by the exquisite draping. The looks were very wearable, and would look fantastic on a fiercely confident woman.

Missoni Fall Winter 2014

The styles at Missoni were, dare we say, cozy? The abstract geometric prints in subdued shades, and the basic collared henleys made for a practical and wearable collection. Plus their sweaters looked so warm and welcoming, even with their modern design. They would have made the perfect addition to this year’s winter wardrobe!

Marni Fall Winter 2014

The Marni show might not have been your cup of fashion tea with it’s obtuse silhouettes and mixed bag of prints, but if you can rock it, why not? Each piece was more a work of architectural art, than wearable fashion and that’s totally fine with us. We loved the bold use of fur, shape and feathers this time around, and we can’t wait to see how style bloggers embrace these looks next year.

Which looks did you love this year? Whose collections do you keep coming back to? Let us know!

New York Fashion Week Fall Winter 2014 Street Style Inspiration

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When it comes to Fashion Week, the hottest styles aren’t just on the runways. Style icons strut the streets of Lincoln Center on their way to see the latest collections wearing some of the best outfits. Lucky for us, the snow didn’t stop these trendsetters from making their way out this year! Here were some of our favorite looks from NYFW Fall/Winter 2014!Susie Bubble in Blue Coat

Rachel Effendy with Purple Stole

We saw a lot of fur at Fashion Week, colored fur. Fashionistas donned fur stoles and coats in bold and brash hues for a fashion punch. If you want to test out this popular trend without having to buy a super expensive statement piece, make a hat with our pom poms that come in fantastic colors!

Models in Black and White

Off duty models kept it cool and casual with neutral ensembles. Judging from the blue hair streaks and dramatic winged liner, their looks on the runway were the opposite of their outfits.

Moschino Jacket

This jacket from Moschino paired with the athletic knee-socks adds a playful touch to the gloomy winter.

Marijera Hamasaki and Hiroshi Hamasaki in White Ensemble

Wearing winter white was another common thread that we loved seeing. It’s so clean and fresh! Just be careful when crossing the street because you might blend in with a snowstorm. Seriously, this winter has been crazy.

What were some of your favorite looks in New York this season? What do you think comes first, the street style or the designer fashion? We would love to hear your answers below!

New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014 Recap

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.

Zac Posen Fall Winter 2014As 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 Fall Winter 2014

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.

Ruffian Fall Winter 2014

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.

Tadashi Shoji Fall Winter 2014

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 Fall Winter 2014

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.

DIY Fashion Emergency Fixes

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Fashion week is well underway, and the air in New York City is vibrating with excitement. The latest trends are on display, and the most fashion-forward are strutting their stuff on the runways and sidewalks of Lincoln Center. While we all try to look our best in case a fashion photographer decides to snap a street style shot, sometimes we’re struck with a fashion emergency! These quick fixes will get you back on the catwalk in no time.

EarringsDid your earring back fall out? Erasers are a great substitute. Just pop one off of your pencil, and place the flat end against your ear. It may be better than the real thing!

Static overload? Spray the area with a light mist of hairspray to make all cling subside.

Boots and Leather Leggings

Scuffed shoes are messing with your swagger? Use some Sharpie markers for a temporary fix. Word of warning: this won’t hold up as well in bad weather, so just carry a marker with you wherever you go!

If you’ve got a run in your stockings, use the oldest trick in the book: clear nail polish. That run will stop in its tracks (temporarily).

Yellow Pencil SkirtIf you’re having problems with your hem, use a stapler! We wouldn’t recommend this on very expensive pieces, but if you’re in a bind and need a quick fix, there’s no easier way to adjust a hem. You can also use packing tape for a sturdy hold that does minimum damage.

Another use for tape is furry friend damage control. The tape easily picks up any unwanted animal hair!

Have you every had a fashion disaster that you fixed with a DIY? Tell us your story!

Nutcracker Ballet Inspiration

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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.

Black and White Ballerina Photos Ballerina with Full Pink Skirt

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Ballerina in White Dress

tumblr_mxllk0awhd1sgtp9ho1_500Christmas Ballet Scene

Billowy ballet skirts add ethereal charm to any outfit. Switch out your a-line for a day, and try a more voluminous option!

Clara and the Nutcracker Ballet

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Ballet Class from Vogue

Anna Selezneva By Patrick Demarchelier For Vogue Russia

Louboutin Ballet Shoes

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.

A Lesson in Lace

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At M&J we have a serious love of lace. You might call it an obsession really. We have walls of the stuff at our store! Of course not all lace is the same, and we’re not talking about just patterns either. There are many unique styles of lace from all over the world! Some are made by hand, others are strictly manufactured by machine.  Some are created with using the needle method, others use bobbins. Each method and material used creates a different, but equally beautiful, style. Here are a few of our favorites styles, and a little history behind each!

Alencon Lace

Alençon – One of the most popular types of lace for wedding dresses, Alençon is a French-style lace. It is also one of the most difficult, and thus most expensive, types of lace to make. This style is characterized by floral or leaf motifs on a mesh background. Fun fact: The process of creating this lace by hand has been preserved over the years by Carmelite nuns in Alençon.

Battenburg Lace

Battenburg – Popular in the 1930s and 1940s, Battenburg is a needle lace. You can find it mostly on tablecloths and linens. It is an easy-to-make lace, and much less labor intensive than other embroidered varieties.

Cluny Lace

Cluny – A bobbin-style lace, cluny often features small flowers and loops. This lace is sturdy, and more durable than most. Its name is derived from the Abbey of Cluny in Cluny, France, where it was used by monks.

Schiffli Lace

Schiffli – This is the lace of the new age. Strictly made using modern machines, Schiffli is created by embroidering both the front and the back of a piece of light fabric, usually tulle.

Venise Lace

Venise - This needle lace was once more coveted than jewels. Originating in Venice, Italy, using this lace as an adornment proved you were very wealthy indeed. Thankfully it is now more affordable, and easy to obtain! Its design features no netting, with motifs held together by braids or threads. This makes it perfect for using as a dramatic trim!

These are just SOME of the many styles of lace available at our store. Which look or style do YOU prefer?

Inspiration: Under the Sea

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The ocean is home to some of the strangest and most inspiring creatures, colors and things on earth. Why do you think we all tune in to watch Shark Week year after year? There are so many wonderful things in the water to inspire us, and here are some of the products of that inspiration!

Aqua Mermaid Hair

If this was a full-length shot, we bet she would be sporting a scaly tail. Her beachy aqua locks must be the envy of mermaids in each of the seven seas!

Lady Gaga Mermaid for Visionaire

Lady Gaga, with colored hair and an oil-slicked mermaid tail, looks mesmerizing. Despite it’s beauty, this shot is also a sharp reminder of how NOT to treat the ocean and its inhabitants.

Mermaid Shoes and Cobalt Dress

Let’s just start off by saying that everything about this look is amazing. The flow of the dress makes her look like she’s wrapped up in the ocean, and those Nicholas Kirkwood Mermaid Shoes really round out this under-the-sea style. Plus, the pairing of the bold blues is shrimply amazing. Too much?

Sequin Mermaid Dress

This dress is amazing! We love the cut, and check out those SEAquins! Seriously though. It looks like the ocean and the dress were cut from the same cloth.

Jean Paul Gaultier 2008 Spring Collection

In 2008 Jean Paul Gautier created a sea-inspired collection. Models glided down the runway in flowing, sequined frocks reminiscent of beautiful sirens. Their hair was even made to look perpetually wet!

The sea is a world unexplored for most, which is why its mysterious nature makes it so inspiring. See our treasure chest of  sea-inspired embellishments on our Under the Sea Inspiration Page.